I hope everyone had a great weekend 🙂
Mine was pretty uneventful. Michael and I saw True Grit on Friday night. It took everything I had in me to not fall asleep. I was a little bored. Sorry. Saturday we went to Redstone to have dinner and Michael had a few drinks. We are friendly with the bartender there so we sat at the bar to eat. We got to talking to the guy sitting next to us, and he made a comment about how I was drinking only water. He said “Is there a story behind that?” Well, for one, it was typical for me to have a water in my hand at a bar, pregnant or not. However, I then pointed to my belly and said “6 1/2 months pregnant.” and smiled. He replied “I suspected, but thought you looked way too skinny to be pregnant…wow, 6 1/2 months!” “You look great.” Umm, hello. Loved him. It made my night. Michael tells me this all the time, and I DO kiss him for it. But it’s always nice hearing it from a complete stranger (knowing my hubby isn’t just saying it because he loves me). 🙂 Anyway, turns out this guy had a 3 year old daughter, and he went on to tell Michael how it was the best thing that ever happened in his life, and there was nothing like it. I know that as much as Michael used to always said he wanted a boy first, that he is so thrilled to have a “daddy’s girl” on the way. He is going to be an unbelievable father.
I have been feeling a little “lazy” lately. Even though intelligently I know I am not “lazy.” I am just slowing down. As I have said on here a few times, my workouts are getting pretty pathetic. I am also moving around much slower in general. It’s getting harder to move around, get up and down off the couch like I used to. Simple things like that. So, hearing a stranger call me “skinny” at 6 1/2 months pregnant made me feel pretty good. As shallow as that sounds. Grant it, I was sitting down, and there was a napkin on my lap 😉
It’s just absolutely fascinating to me to see how limited my body has become. I am used to being in much better shape, and it’s almost like I took for granted being able to do all the things I could do before. I know it’s only a few more months until I can do those things again…but it’s just really weird for me. I have been strength training and doing cardio since I was 14 years old. It’s weird when you go from being at a certain fitness level, to see it decline so much. To give myself some credit, I am still doing what I can. I am still moving. I still do 25-30 minutes of cardio a few days a week. I try to get as much strength training as I can in. I just get hard on myself when I have a week where I felt like I didn’t do much. Even though I am leaving the gym feeling fatigued. I compare myself to these freakishly in shape pregnant women I have seen at my gym running miles on the treadmill when they were 7 months pregnant. I am barely doing 2 miles on the elliptical in the same amount of time I used to surpass 3 1/2 miles now . It’s also rough because I have been out of my yoga class for about a month now. No class times seem to work with my schedule. I have done my DVD a few times…but honestly. I can NOT get into doing the same DVD over and over. It’s borderline torture to me. Now is when I need it the most. I am super bummed about the whole thing. I wish there were more classes available in this area. I just haven’t found one close enough, that doesn’t conflict with my schedule 🙁
The best I can do is listen to my body with the workouts, and make sure I am still getting good nutrition:
In the juicer–
Nutrient-Packed Beet Juice
1 beet root and stems, leaves
bunch of mixed greens (collards, spinach)
2 stalks celery
I have been trying to keep a nutritious edge on my treats as well. Last night was his and hers pizza night:
I had my usual. Spinach and Goats cheese on multigrain with some caramelized onions on top.
Dessert I made an oldie but goodie that I have been craving for a while now. My raw vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Cookie Dough Balls:
These are such a tasty treats. Very simple to make, very little ingredients:
good thing I just stocked up 🙂
Raw Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Cookie Dough Balls
1/2 Cup Raw Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Agave (or natural sweetener of choice)
1/8 Cup Cacao Nibs
1 Tablespoon Carob Powder or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Sea, Celtic or Himalayan Salt
1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper
Mix is all together by hand, really well. Then scoop with a small cookie scooper onto wax paper and let set in refrigerator (or freezer if you are impatient) until a little firm.Enjoy 🙂
Let me know if you try them!!!!
Lesson on Cacao:
**Cacao is chocolate is it’s original state, unprocessed, unheated, no fillers, no additives. It contains a wide array of unique properties and minerals, including high levels of magnesium. It may increase your focus and alertness and contains nutrients to keep you happy. They also contain the highest concentration of antioxidants! See more about cacao’s super-food properties here**
I am working on a healthier version of a delicious recipe….that includes chocolate and peanut butter 🙂 Stay tuned!
I have places to go, and people to beat up. I will talk to ya’ll later!
What was the best thing you ate/made over the weekend?
What’s something that made you smile recently?
Have a fantastic day!