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All I can say is……WOW! I have the BEST readers EVER!  I can’t thank you all enough for cheering me up


Thanks to having my blog as an outlet to vent, and all the wonderful comments I received, I am feeling a lot better today. Sharing things like that is always so therapeutic for me because I KNOW so many of you go through similar things and can relate. I also like to show you all that I am only human and although have had an AMAZING pregnancy overall, there were ups and downs. As insignificant as they may seem to me in time 😉

Things I did to cheer myself up:

– I went to the gym yesterday and got through 20 minutes of cardio, and a few sets of squats and lunges and a couple triceps extensions before I almost passed out from how HOT it was in my gym. For some reason they do not think that it being 80 plus degrees in there validates putting on the air conditioning.

– Got to the market and stocked up on a few days worth of fruit and veggies. I was SURE that something was going to happen last week so I haven’t been to the store much. This was probably a factor in my recent carbo-loading, poor food choice episode that lead to a mini meltdown. I tried to get things that Michael could just grab and bring to the hospital so they don’t go bag like pieces of fruit, or my trail mix. I was worried last week that I would buy all my produce and it get wasted if I went into labor. Just a couple items to get me by. The veggies went into my Quinoa last night 🙂

labor inducing pineapple 😉

-Read your comments…this cheered me up the most 🙂

I am sure I will have more moments…but don’t we all! Like I said, I am having mixed feelings about the pregnancy ending. I want to meet her SO bad and GAWD I am B O R E D! I feel kind of guilty that I stopped working but know I am completely useless to my clients at this point. I am not 100% there, and not feeling great so it’s tough for me to be the best trainer I can be. If I am getting pains I can’t always hide it and I don’t want them to be concerned about me during a session. It’s all about THEM. However…I am getting a little restless and going a little CRAZY! I need something to do with my life while I embrace these last moments of pregnancy.

Speaking of….my girl Morgan made the BEST suggestion for when you are feeling a pity party coming on. 😉 A gratitude journal. I will share today my gratitude based on my meltdown yesterday:

*I am grateful for my husband who helped me to create a miracle

*I am grateful for a body that is healthy and able to carry a life inside of it.

*I am grateful for this experience & what is about to come.

*I am grateful that I have this time to relax and embrace the last moments of my pregnancy, as uncomfortable as it may be. There are women who are not as fortunate as me to experience this and I should feel thankful for every single moment.

*I am grateful for the most adorble, sweetest, smartest kitty in the world who KNEW I wasn’t feeling myself yesterday and decided to come nap with his sister for a couple hours like a little cutie pie. 🙂 He just knows.

my heart <3

On to the next order of business….

So, I had a meltdown, now I am over it. However…I am STILL bored. The kind of bored where I don’t really want to DO anything or GO anywhere necessarily. Or use too much brain power for that matter…but still need something to do. A simple project, a good book, a new TV series to get addicted to. However, there’s  NOTHING I am interested in watching and no books I can get into. I own an INSANE amount of books but I rarely read for fun. They are ALL nutrition and health books (and recipe books), and lately it’s been pregnancy books galore.

Don’t think I am TOTALLY lame but my “reading for fun soul mate” was totally The Twilight Saga. I read all 4 of those books in like 2 months and re-read them 3 times because I couldn’t find anything like it. I enjoy Jennifer Weiners books, and a bunch of others I can’t really think of now…but can’t find anything that TOTALLY sucked me in like The Cullens did. Totally pathetic, I know.

I can compare it to when Michael and I were first dating. Then we broke up for a while and I went out on a bunch of dates over those few months. No matter how charming, good looking, successful, or whatever the outside world saw these guys as…they were NEVER anything compared to my Michael 🙂 . No one was good enough, or measured up. (He will kill me for getting corny like this on here about him).

That’s how I feel about all the “fun”  books I have read since Twilight. Okay, now I sound totally pathetic using that analogy, haha…or I made you laugh. Hopefully the second 😉

So…with that in mind, and my “high standards”give me some book suggestions! Please. 🙂 Nothing with animals dying in the end. I can’t handle that, and nothing too vulgar like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. “The Help” was on my short list of thing I wanted to read. Not sure if I can get into it though. Just need something to occupy me, take my mind off waiting and help me to enjoy this time to myself. I am headed to Barnes and Noble today because Amazon may not be quick enough if she gets here this week! Will need something to pass time in the hospital too!

Thanks in advance 😉


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  • Reply Keri

    Ohh I love books. Have you tried Harry Potter. I know it sounds lame and not something that I thought I would EVER be into but I loved the series, having another book to start immediately once I flew through one. The books are way better than the movies…OR if you want some girlier books. I love Emily Giffin. She is the one who wrote Something Borrowed. She has 4 or 5 books out right now that are easy, fun reads. I’m pretty sure I have all the books I have recommended so if you are interested in any I can send them to you to borrow. They would probably get there by tomorrow 🙂

    Love your gratitude journal!

    April 26, 2011 at 6:44 am
  • Reply Donna @ Love, Run & Travel

    Gratitude journal is SUCH a great idea!
    I have to agree with Keri, Something Borrowed is a really good book though i liked the sequel Something Blue a lot more, the Shopaholic series is really cute, Harry Potter series is REALLY good and not just for kids!
    I just read Water for Elephants and it was awesome, i don’t like super intense/sad/weird/crazy books either
    Hope you don’t end up having to read any and she arrives soon!

    April 26, 2011 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    I’m glad you’re feeling better!! I just read Water for Elephants, and really liked it! And I love the Twilight books too! They’re such fun, quick reads, it’s hard not to like them!

    April 26, 2011 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Have you read The Hunger Games? I think you’d enjoy them and they are a fun (and fast!) read.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:16 am
    • Reply Leila @ Spinach and Skittles

      I’ve read this 3 times…and I never re-read books! I loved both Hunger Games and Catching Fire (not so much a fan of Mockingjay).

      April 27, 2011 at 12:21 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I also read mainly heath, nutrition, and food-related books! I did just finish The Help though, and it was really good!!

    April 26, 2011 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    I’m so glad you are feeling better hon! Sometimes we all need a little cheering up 😉

    As for reads, hmmm, I’m at a loss since I read a lot of True Crime ;-/

    April 26, 2011 at 9:42 am
  • Reply IslandChica

    The Help is super good! I recommend it! Like Holly, I was also going to suggest The Hunger Games. Both of my kids read the series and LOVED it, and many of my friends have read it too and highly recommend it! I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society right now but next I’m reading The Hunger Games!

    April 26, 2011 at 9:46 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks!! I will check them out and see!!!!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Munchkin is too sweet!! He knows when mama needs some good lovin!! Aww he’s going to be such a great big brother!
    Love the idea of the journal. there are SO many things to be grateful for, its such a good idea to write them all down and look at them when we are upset!

    April 26, 2011 at 9:50 am
    • Reply laury

      love him <3

      April 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Amy Lynn

    I feel lame sometimes for liking Twilight too, but I just love it! Even though I think the movies have really terrible acting, I still love the story and still love watching the movies!
    I also recommend Harry Potter, it’s really an amazing story. Sometimes I wonder how she even came up with some of the stuff. And the way the characters progress over the years is amazing, the story starts to change and get darker as they grow up. However, there are 7 books..
    Another book I just read was the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It was really funny and witty!

    April 26, 2011 at 9:52 am
    • Reply laury

      I agree about the acting but I was so into the books that I ended up loving the movies seeing it come to life!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    I’ve been wanting to get a pineapple. They’re on sale right now, and I WANT ONE! 🙂

    AWWWHHHHH!!!! I am absolutely LOVE munchkins pictures!!! He is so photogenic! Every picture you take of him is PERFECT!!!! 😀 How many kitties do you have? Just Munchkin? or do you have any others?

    April 26, 2011 at 10:00 am
    • Reply laury

      Just my little Munchi boy 🙂

      April 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I’m holding on until I have enough time to read “fun” books again, but there is a book called “The Four Decisions” or something like that which is supposed to be very mind-opening. I can’t WAIT to read again!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Cristin

    If you like vampires, the Southern Vampire Books (True Blood) are really good. They are more “intense” then the Twilight Saga, but still a fun read. And there are seven of them so that should keep you busy for a while!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:36 am
    • Reply jen

      I was thinking the same I read the whole series in 2 months and the new book is coming out next month and I can’t wait. It’s funny my friend talked me into seeing Twilight at the movies and I loved it so she gave me the books and I could not put them down. But the Southern Vampire Books are just as good, a diffrent story line as they include all the super naturals, but there really good!

      April 26, 2011 at 11:36 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! I tried to get into them right after Twilight and couldn’t..maybe because I was still in Twilight mode and they were so different. I LOVE true Blood and the books were A LOT different than the series too. Sookie is much more vulgar I guess?? I need to try again because everyone raves about how good they all are!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    I love anything by Jodi Picoult – My Sisters Keeper, Change of Heart, and one about a girl with a bone disease are all GREAT!

    I also love Judy Blume’s adult book Summer Sisters.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Katie

    Oh, don’t ask me about books, I could talk forever….

    I second (and third and fourth) both The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, but I also think you’d LOVE the Uglies series. Its also young adult, but it has a lot to do with how “pretty” is defined in society. Plus, its written for middle school kids, so its a super fast read. I LOVE them!

    I also have a whole page of book reviews on my blog:

    April 26, 2011 at 10:37 am
    • Reply IslandChica

      My daughter also loved The Uglies series!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      THANKS!!! Going to check out your recommendations!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I just finished The Help and really really loved it. Couldn’t put it down. I normally recommend Firefly Lane, cause it is soo good, but its a tear jerker!

    Munchkin really is the sweetest.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Chelsea

    Anything by Nicholas Sparks is ah-maazing =D

    April 26, 2011 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Katie

    I was totally going to recommend “The Help”! Hmm… I read “The Daily Coyote” by Shreve Shockton which hooked me right in and was a quick read (a happy one). “Agnes and the Hitman” by Jennifer Crusie was a light and fun read also.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:55 am
    • Reply Katie

      Ahh sent too soon… I love the pink polish!! Super cute and sassy!!! Munchkin looks soooo adorable! 🙂

      April 26, 2011 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    i’m so glad you were able to cheer yourself up! And I love your toes- mine look the exact same right now! ((Even down to them getting chipped cause of tennis shoes and cardio!))

    April 26, 2011 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Rachael

    You know, Stephanie Meyer just came out with a new book for the saga. Its the official illustrated guide. It is about the size of Breaking Dawn and has a lot of extra stuff in there about all of the characters. It has been getting pretty good reviews. You may also want to check out her book The Host. It takes a bit to get in to but its really good once you do. Happy Reading and good luck with labor!

    April 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      I saw that in Borders today! I was goin to get it but think I will wait and order on Amazon after I am finished with the 2 books I picked up 🙂 Thanks!

      April 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Jessica@ Fruit and Veggie Tales

    So glad you are feeling better!!!! I am a movie girl when I don’t want to exibit too much brain power! You could get some movies or, are you a FRIENDS fan? There is nothing like a FRIENDS or The Office marathon….seriously, you’ll laugh little Ella right out! 😉 …And because you have admitted your love for Twilight, I don’t feel like a huge dork telling you to read Harry Potter! haha I love those books, they really are great! It’s the only non-educational book I will read…except for maybe a good mystery a la Mary Higgins Clark! Hmmm, have you read ‘Orgasmic Birth’ or ‘Birth Without Violence’? I also really enjoyed ‘Gentle Birth Choices!’ I highly recommend reading ‘The No Cry Sleep Solution’ by Elizabeth Pantley now while you are not super exhausted! GREAT book and very helpful! Hope you find something interesting to do while you are waiting! Have a great day!

    April 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh, I have seen FRIENDS and The Office episodes countless times over and over and over. I was a FRIENDS fanatic! Thanks for the recommendations. Never heard of those books–going to look into them!

      April 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Leila @ Spinach and Skittles

    Glad you’re feeling better!
    I’m a total bookie, and loved twilight. I had a hard time getting into anything after reading the series too! Fun, quick, girly, chick-lit suggestions include:
    The Luxe series (it’s Young Adult, kinda like gossip girl in the turn of the century.) by Anna Godbersen
    Bright Young Things (similar to the above, but in the 1920’s) same author
    Something Borrowed & Something Blue by Emily Giffin
    Can you keep a secret, Remember Me, and Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
    The Time Travelers Wife (not as chick-lit but I loved it)
    Anything by Jane Green
    The Hinger Games trilogy I could not put down. Only thing that got me through the post twilight slump! But it is kinda violent (less so than the synopsis suggests though).
    Hope those help. Guilty pleasure tv is also fun. My personal favorites are Bethany Ever After and Teen Mom. 😉 terrible I know!

    April 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      I need to check out Bethenny, everyone keeps telling me to watch!

      April 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Anything and everything by John Green is good. Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines are really good, as is Will Grayson, Will Grayson. So is Looking for Alaska, but it’s not really a super fun, upbeat read. OH and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is really good too.
    Btw, your kitty is the cutest thing ever. I wish my cats were that sweet. =)

    April 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks…I love him so much!

      April 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Okay for a quick, easy FUN read: SOMETHING BORROWED (then you can go see the movie!) LOved this book! Then you can follow it up with Something blue, which is also SUPER cute! Emily Giffin has a bunch of other reads like, love the one you’re with (LOVED THIS TOO), etc You’ll be hooked!

    April 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Love the pedicure color 🙂 Glad you feel better even though the boredness must really suck. Sometimes doing nothing is the worst especially when you don’t feel so great =/ Keep up updated on twitter, I will be stalking…in a good way 😀

    April 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      keep your eyes open..still no news though 🙁 hopefully she moves along soon! Fashionable late at this point!

      April 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    Omg, the photos of Munchkin sleeping have totally melted my heart! I’m glad you’re feeling better luv!

    April 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply susan

    I like the idea of a gratitude journal, I used a run a class for my clients who had various disabilities. In the class, they used to have to thank someone for something nice they did that week. Loved teaching it and it made everyone including myself aware and appreciate the small things people do each day to make the world a better place.

    love reading, I do like trashy type books like Jackie Collins, if you don’t mind a bit of rudeness and trashy. The no 1 ladies detective agency are sweet books, Douglas Kennedy are really exciting books (loved The Job).

    Nice pedicure colour, Ella will have the prettiest mom! I wonder if my prediction will be right and she’ll be born early or mid next week.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply laury

      You may be right! I didn’t want you to be but Ella is fashionably late!

      April 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    I LOVE the pink!!!

    And Munchkin, omg, he is giving me a cavity with all the sweetness <3

    April 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm
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