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NEDA Week

Good Morning! Happy President’s Day, Everyone.

Oats cooked in water:

Used my method where RIGHT when it finishes cooking (when it is supposed to set for 2 mins) I add some Almond Butter, let it melt all the way through it. Then I added about a teaspoon of organic raspberry preserves, then a Tablespoon of Chia Seeds, of course.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mix it all up and enjoy. A few, simple ingredients. Next time I will add a banana, but I was out.

I grabbed a sample of this stuff just because it was there and I had never tried it (which I used in the above oats):

I definitely prefer my Almond Butter RAW.

It was good. But nothing spectacular that would make me switch from this love o’ mine:

Raw, Creamy, Unsalted Almond Butter fromย  TJ’s ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weekend Recap:

Friday we had GORGEOUS weather here.I had an unusual burst of energy Friday afternoon and decided to do some back to back short dance workout videos On Demand. I did Zumba, Latin Dance and some other crazy Hip Hop video. Munchkin looked at me like I was nuts (like he always does when I workout at home). It was a comical site. Seeing me, my new sense of wobbly-ness and a huge belly, in my living room attempting to be coordinated. It felt good though. I even did some weights between. Nothing fancy, just some lunges, presses, rows and a few other things. Fun stuff.

Michael and I went out to dinner, and I whipped out something any 30 week pregnant girl would cringe at the site of:

6 inch heels.

I didn’t do much walking in them. But got funny looks in the restaurant we went to. I was SO surprised that no one made any comments to me. Given the place we went to (I won’t elaborate). Whatevs, I live and workย  in sweats & sneakers. Once the weather gets nicer I want to be able to throw on a pair of heels.

Let’s see if I am still saying this in the weeks to come though ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday the weather made a BIG change. It was windy, cold, windy, cold and did I mention WINDY??!! I had a baby shower to attend at 2pm. Our power went out at noon (down power lines). Me…wet head…no electricity….not happy. I put my makeup on by the window and went over my moms to dry my hair. They were saying the power was going to be out until 11pm. But I got lucky, it went back on at 5 when I was on my way home from the shower. Phew.

Rest of the weekend, not too much excitement. We went over my moms Saturday night to watch the Slam Dunk contest with my siblings. It’s always fun hanging with the fam. Sunday I started my taxes (bleh) and hung out with my sniffly Munchkin:

He still has some sniffles and watery eyes. Seems to be getting better though. I am doing what the Vet advised to do along with some extra TLC (if that was even possible).ย  He’s been SO attached to me lately. Always needs to be by my side. I am not complaining in the least though ๐Ÿ™‚ Just wish he felt 100% better.

Sunday morning I went to the gym. Something I have not done on a Sunday in who knows how long. I have always made Sundays my “rest day” away from the gym. Either that or just do some type of physical activity outside or at home. I had a good workout though. I did 30 minutes of cardio glute workoutย  course, then weight trainingย  similar to my FF workout. I liked working out Sunday morning. It was a great start to the day. I am definitely working on my endurance for the inevitable labor to come in a few weeks. Biggest motivator these days!

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Yesterday was the start of NEDA Week.

I announced on Friday that I would be dedicating some time in each post to the cause so near and dear to my heart.

February 20th-26th

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to attract public and media attention
to the seriousness of eating disorders and the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to them.

Eating Disorders are Illnesses. Not choices.

In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Approximately 15 million more
are struggling with binge eating disorder. Because of the secrecy and shame associated with eating disorders, it is very likely that many more go unreported.

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The Fitness Dish will be doing it’s own take on awareness and self-love for NEDA Week.

This came at a perfect time. I needed a reality check. Lately, I have been finding myself criticizing my body a little more here and there. I even told my sister last week I was having an “I hate skinny people” day. This isn’t the girl with a past of disordered eating talking though. I have been able to keep her suppressed for the most part. I think it’s normal to have these types of days for any of us. There is nothing wrong with it from time to time. Not on a daily basis though. Not even for an entire day. Don’t let these thoughts consume you or define you. Do not let it doesn’t turn into an obsession or self-hate behavior. As long as you can recognize the beautiful person that you are. Know that you are more than a size. A number. You are unique. Each of us are.ย  When you compare yourself to another, stop it.ย  Give yourself a kick in the butt and remember the wonderful, sexy person that you see in the mirror. Then, tell yourself how hott you are ๐Ÿ™‚ Go ahead. There’s nothing wrong with you if you do. I encourage it.

My body has changed. My hips may be wider, my thighs may be bigger, and my arms may not as toned and little as they were 8 months ago. That doesn’t mean I am not beautiful though.That my body doesn’t still look good. My body may be more beautiful than it ever was before now that I am carrying another life around. To this day, it is hard for me to say the words “I am beautiful”. I show myself much more love on so many levels than I did in my teens and early twenties. As hard as it is to say it, I am telling you now. Iย  will embrace the words “I am beautiful.” No matter what shape or size.

I am healthy. I am fit. I treat my body with the love and respect it deserves.

This week I plan on starting my pregnancy series where I will get into all the fears that surrounded getting pregnant in the first place. I also will get into how much I surprised myselfย  in embracing the changes my body has gone through, given my past. Eating disorders may never fully “go away.” You just learn how to suppress those behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. For me, it was a long process, but I found the more I embraced my body, stopped the negative self-talk, and started treating myself with respect, the happier I was over time. The healthier my body became. The better I looked, not only in general, but to myself. There was no “ah-hah” moment in recovery for me. Things just started to come together. (I plan on elaborating on this in a readers request post sometime soon.)

I have been healthy and happy with my body for many years now, overall. However, I did fear that going through a change so big such as pregnancy might turn things around for me. It was always something that scared me to death. However, even though I have the occasional “fat talk” days. I have a whole new love and respect for my body. I said it before on here, how even though my relationship with food has changed and evolvedย  tremendously in the past few years. That it has an even deeper meaning for me to eat wellย  since becoming pregnant. If you are willing to eat well, nourish and treat your body with such care when you have another life inside of you, then why can’t you do the same for yourself all the time?

Which brings me to my NEDA recommendation of the day. Anyone that is struggling with the changed their body is going through during pregnancy should check out this book:

If you are not pregnant, and struggle with “letting go” of disordered eating. My read of the day (which I mentioned Friday) if the excerpt I posted last year for NEDA Week:

Letting Go of the Log

Some Topics I Plan to Touch Onย  This Week:

  • Society Pressures and Eating Disorders
  • I’m Having A Daughter! The fears and anxiety associated with body image in young women
  • Recovery
  • Turning “Fat-Talk” Into Self-Love

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What’s your favorite Nut Butter? Roasted or Raw?

Haveย  Beautiful Day.

xxoo

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43 Comments

  • Reply susan

    Love the new photo of you Laury, you’re glowing and blooming, you look fabulous! Not long to go now.

    Yep budgeting sucks, have to do it too, used to love buying books but I’ve had to cut that out and just get them from the library instead. I won’t cut back on my food budget though, I love to eat well. I tried almond butter but it just doesn’t do it for me, peanut butter works!!! You know about my peanut butter love.

    That’s fun you got to do zumba on Friday, it’s fun to do, it’s a workout that always puts a smile on my face. Wow I didn’t know there was an eating disorders week, it’s becoming a bigger problem here especially with very young girls, some even as young as 6 or 7.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:47 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks Susan, yup I am at the home stretch! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes..you and your peanut butter. I love it.

      It’s so scary how much younger girls are developing ED’s. So sad.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Aww Laury you are such a gorgeous momma! I have to say I love the positive messages that you are sending out about loving yourself! For the past several months I’ve really been working hard to push away the old inner ED in me. It’s been REALLY difficult. But in the past 2 weeks, I have felt like my normal self. I have been telling myself how much I love myself no matter what. Pregnancy DOES scare me bc of the weight gain thing (and I still struggle with that) but I think I will be like you, accepting myself and the new life I am carrying. I think I will be so focused on the baby that everything else won’t matter. Thanks for the positive vibes on this monday morning!

    February 21, 2011 at 9:18 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Erin. You know you can use me as a resource or email me any time when that time comes for you! Glad to hear you are feeling your normal self. Stay positive, you’re beautiful!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    LOVE the heels! I bought myself some new ones this weekend, just because, and they weren’t that high but I still love em! I also love that black and white photo of Munchkin under the couch – so cute!

    February 21, 2011 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete

    the heels are gorgeous and you are a beautiful mommy Laury!

    Thanks for the NEDA info today — I constantly compare myself to others and I know it is an unhealthy habit! That is definitely something I try to focus on and change.

    Fave nut butter? I like regular old natural PB and TJ’s AB is the best too!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:05 am
    • Reply laury

      It’s tough for us women to not compare ourselves to each other. It’s sad and I think has a lot to do with society amongst other things. Thanks for the compliment!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply erica@fashionmeetsfood

    oh my word loving those heels and your bump is beyond adorable!!!

    xo

    February 21, 2011 at 10:14 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    LOVE that you wore 6″ heels out. That rocks =)

    I’m actually a die hard fan of plain peanut butter. Crazy right?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 am
    • Reply laury

      It’ does rock, huh ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Not crazy at all. Plain all natural PB is delish!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Laura

    You look soo cute!

    I’ve never tried Almond Butter before but I think I might have to change that.

    I can so relate to you on the money situation. Before we moved to the city we currently live in we were both living it up. Not buying expensive things but just buying what we liked and with a little careless freedom. Then we moved and I was out of a job. I’ve basically been a cheapo since then ๐Ÿ™‚ Since it became necessary to watch our money its became a habit that I can’t seem to break even though we are both employed again. It’s sort of a good thing because being aware of your money is important, I just wish I wasn’t always so aware and trying to always make perfect money decisions sometimes.

    Oh and in case Munchkins gets jealous with all the compliments that I’m sure you are going to get looking so cute and stylish he looks adorable too with his leopard print ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 21, 2011 at 10:46 am
    • Reply laury

      haha, Munchkin appreciates it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, living off PB & J sandwiches is not fun. Good thing I am craving them right now. Save a lot of $ when all I need produce for it smoothies ๐Ÿ˜‰

      February 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Ay chihuahua, those heels are making my feet hurt! I’m all about the comfort and despise heels so if I could live in a world where all I could wear was flippies or boots, I would be happy.

    I’m one of the freaks who doesn’t like nut butters, I will eat it every now and then but don’t go bonkers for it like the rest of the blog world.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:03 am
    • Reply laury

      Not a freak. Well, maybe a little ๐Ÿ˜‰ kidding. I guess it’s better than loving nut butter so much you go through a jar a week. That stuff is addictive!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply kat

    Oh I can wait to read all the new updates you are planning!! Im scared to death of having a girl simply because I dont want to do what my mom did to me to her. Im so scared that I will scar her like my mom did me. I pray about it all the time. Cant wait to hear your thoughts and advice on it!

    February 21, 2011 at 11:27 am
    • Reply laury

      I think we all have those fears about raising children. I am definitely scared since I have no idea what I am doing! All you can do it try your best! And give lots of love!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply NIcole@makinggoodchoices

    You look so good! I can’t wait to read all of the new posts you’re planning. ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    I loved this post!! I think it’s great that you’re taking the time to write about NEDA Week. I definitely struggle from time to time when I look in the mirror. I wish it was easier to be happy and content with ourselves all the time. I also wanted to tell you that look beautiful in your pictures here!! You seriously are such a natural beauty! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m a fan of good old fashioned peanut butter. Can’t go wrong with that one ever!

    February 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Sophia! I wish that too. It’s not realistic, unfortunately. Only a rare few are always content I think. All we can do is try to stay positive and focus on what we love about ourselves most of the time. Instead of picking at things we see as flaws.

      Definitely can’t go wrong with PB!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Lisa Grobman

    Girl you look fantastic!! You have such a cute baby bump!!
    I love you blog and all the information you always post!
    Keep positive!!

    February 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    You look beautiful in your new photo! You’re a glowing mommy-to-be! My husband and I will begin trying for our first baby after the end of summer and I’m really nervous about seeing my body change and gaining weight.

    I definitely look forward to reading your future posts!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      End of summer is a perfect time to try!! Spring baby!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Caree@Fit-Mama

    You are definitely sporting the pregnancy girl! you look beautiful and healthy!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Aww girl pregnancy does you good! What a beautiful glow you have ๐Ÿ™‚ And I definitely believe in self love. I use to be another teenager insecure about my body and my looks but looking back it was such a waste of effort. I’m happy to be a woman and to feel like one. Embrace your body and take good care of it. Btw pb and j oats should a staple in everyone’s breakfast ๐Ÿ˜€

    February 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply laury

      I agree…it is such a waste of time and energy. I spent my entire adolescence letting it consume me. Totally not worth it.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    i love the shoes!!! my husband LOVES that maple almond butter but i agree with you, the raw unsalted creamy is where it’s at!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply carolyn

    You ARE Beautiful and I love you very much! You make me so proud!! xoxox

    February 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    you are all belly! You seriously look amazing-beautiful-gorgeous!!!! That’s the one part I did not enjoy of personal training-is the cx or being on other peoples schedules-it will all work out-and if all else fails, eat more of justins maple almond butter-it makes everything better:) Can’t wait til she arrives-she’s going to be gorgeous, just like her mom!

    February 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Girlie!!!

      Yes, that is the TOUGHEST part of training and especially working for yourself!! Especially when it’s your only form of income ๐Ÿ™

      February 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    Laury…you are the most SMOKIN HOT BEAUTIFUL pregnant girlie EVER! I mean it! I love the outfit! When I am pregnant I still love to get dressed up in tight leggings and super high heels. People always gave me huge stares all the time and were like “you look like you could fall forward with that belly and heels on!” LOL it never stopped me ever though. I wore what made me feel sexy when I went out with my hubby. Gotta keep it fly right?!
    I get the exact same raw unsalted almond butter from TJ’s. Love it and love the price of it too. I have some homework for you to do though. Find the Justins brand chocolate hazelnut spread. It is so flippin amazing on toasted ezekiel bread. It is like nutella, but so so so much better for you. None of the nasty stuff that nutella has in it, and only like 6 grams of sugar instead of like 33 or something like that in nutella. Also has a really short ingredient list. And it tastes like heaven on my tongue. haha. Just listen to Auntie Mo Mo on this one and try it. And then thank me later. Love ya!

    February 22, 2011 at 4:12 am
    • Reply laury

      **Blush**

      I can totally see you rockin the heels You were prob such a hott mamma!!!!

      Can you believe I have NEVER had nutella??? I will def try the chocolate hazelnut of Justins though. Sounds much more appealing to me with the low sugar. Aghh….just add to the cravings…

      Love Yah! xo

      February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    Wow, there is definitely a baby in there! But you still look so petite!

    That is my favorite almond butter too … nothing beats TJ’s raw creamy almond butter. Something different about it.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Alisa ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, TJ’s is the best!

      February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I absolutely love your outlook–and you ARE a hott Mama! So you should be telling yourself that every day love! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Raw nut butter all the way!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply My Pregnancy ~ First Trimester

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    February 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Shayla

    I love this post and I’m really looking forward to your upcoming posts for NEDA week. For the majority of my 20’s I’ve struggled with disordered eating and now at 29, I’m finally at a happy place with myself and have a better relationship with food and with body image. Some days I struggle, but I’m at a much healthier place than I’ve ever been and I can very much relate to what you’ve gone through. Later this year my hubby and I will be trying for a baby and I’ve always wondered how I will feel with the changes my body will go through and the thoughts I will have…..so I very much appreciate you being open and honest about this all and I really look forward to reading your posts about this and to learn from you.

    Btw, you’re an absolute gorgeous women and have the most cutest baby bump, you’re absolutely glowing and I hope to look as good as you while pregnant! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you for this wonderful comment, Shayla ๐Ÿ™‚ It;s so wonderful to hear other people share how they are not healthy and happy now and got through body image struggles. We all have our fears, and it is a scary thing when you have a past where you struggled to think about your body going through such a big change. You have to stay strong and embrace it. It’s such a beautiful experience, why let negative thoughts and poor body image ruin it, you know? All pregnant women are beautiful. Just keep that in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Ang

    I’m so glad you let me know about this picture post! I was curious to see how you’ve been lookin all preggers and glowy! (I have that great bronzer thanks to you! :)) You honestly are the most in shape pregnant women I’ve ever EVER EVVVVVER seen! Keep it up Laury you’re doing GREAT!

    February 24, 2011 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Ryan @ Aloha Appetite

    Baby bumps make my heart warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 24, 2011 at 1:27 am
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