Random Thoughts Tuesday

Hello, everyone!! Thanks so much for all the sweet comments yesterday on the wedding post. Jackie was a gorgeous bride and we had such a great time. I got a bit emotional a few times seeing how happy she was, and the way Craig was looking at her when she first walked down the aisle. Not sure if it was the hormones, or what…but it had me a bit choked up.

Here are some random thoughts on this Tuesday πŸ˜‰

I have been obsessed with Kale salad lately

The new layout at my gym makes it really tough for me to do my thang and get motivated,. I still get in my workouts, but really hate going there, I feel like I am on top of everyone else when I am working out…it makes me claustrophobic. I HATE that they got rid of the huge stretching mat where I did my own unique workout with weights, bosu, balance balls, med balls, etc. Now everything it clustered with machines…yuck.

I am so SICK of people telling me I need to eat a steak. I think I KNOW what is best for my body…I am taking better care of myself nutritionally than most people, thank you very much. I get PLENTY of protein and PLENTY of iron in my diet. I do NOT need rotted flesh. Stop pissing off the pregnant lady who also happens to be knowledgeableΒ  in my own nutrition πŸ˜‰

I love being pregnant. The 4th going into 5th month has been really good to me. I have to say, I felt really bad about my body in the very beginning…it was kind of like how you feel when you get a really bad period, all bloated, you feel kinda chunky, etc. It’s the stage where no one knows yet, and you feel like you look like you have gained weight and everyone’s looking at you noticing. I was really worried about how I would deal with the weight gain, but it’s been really good…I am not even weighing myself (only at the doctors office). I have totally embraced how I feel, and I really do feel beautiful; not in a vain way, but more so because I am growing a life inside of me and feel radiant.Β  Let’s hope this attitude sticks in the upcoming months.

This was me in my best friends wedding last year, about 15 pounds lighter…I think I look better pregnant, I NEVER would of thought I would EVER look better heavier. This puts things in perspective. I think know my husband agrees (for now).

Munchkin has a history of ruining or Christmas trees. This is year 3, and he has not forgotten how “fun” it is to climb up. The problem is, he’s not a kitten anymore…he weights 12 pounds, and once he gos up, the branches are about ruined. I can not get a real tree because I am so afraid all the sap will make him sick. So, he leaves our more expensive fake tree looking all lop-sided. He’s too cute to get mad at though.

Check him out the other day. Michael wanted me to put up the tree…I know that doing it this early means trouble…meaning, our tree will be just about trashed by Christmas. Don’t mind my crazy voice, it’s my “Munchkin” talk voice…and my big tosh in the beginning shot…Michael was filming.

I have been feeling less motivated to cook lately. I don’t know what’s up with me. I still do it, just haven’t been as creative. We went to dinner at my mother in laws Sunday night, she made her yummy Brussles Sprouts and Asparagus, I brought it home for dinner last night, no cooking πŸ™‚

My sister in law made sweet potato gnocchi which was also very yummy! I had those leftovers as well.

I was VERY excited to receive my Rocco Dispirito cookbook from The Healthy Apron! I won her giveaway a few weeks ago, and got a SIGNED copy of this cuties cook book! There is actually a sweet potato gnocchi recipe in here that only has 4 grams of fat and 348 calories (but who’s counting?). Apparently some original recipes can have up to 1,030 calories and 58 grams of fat! My Rosie didn’t make hers that fattening, I am sure πŸ˜‰

This should inspire me to try some new dishes…even though there is a good amount of dairy in this book (which makes me go into puberty all over again with the crater skin), and a lot of non-vegetarian dishes (which is GREAT for Michael)– most of the recipes look good! I am excited to try!


Although I love being pregnant…I REALLY miss Pilates….A LOT! ESPECIALLY since I am hating my gym lately. I have limited space in my house to really workout, but I can get a great mat pilates sesh in if I wanted, and did that a lot on days I didn’tΒ  have time to drive over the gym and back. I know that I am only going to get less mobile as time goes on…but I really am missing a lot of the kick-ass core moves I did in my workouts.

I am getting my teeth cleaned today….CAN’T WAIT!


That’s all I got for yah today. We all got a sneak at the belly, but my “official” 20 week photos will be up tomorrow…as long as my “photographer” is available πŸ˜‰


What are your random thoughts today?

Have you seen Rocco’s cookbook? Any recipes you have tried or want to try?

For any pregnant ladies, or moms out there—what “advice” or “lectures” that people gave you annoyed you MOST while you were pregnant?

Have a great day!



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  • Reply Keri

    Aww Munchkin is so cute! So glad the pregnancy is going well. I have friends who either love it or hate it. You are looking so fabulous!

    December 7, 2010 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Charlie

    There is actually not that much people who know I’m vegetarian. But the ones who do know seem to know how to get on my nerve :P. I’m going at my father’s on Christmas and his exact words were “if I put meat in your plate, will you eat it”. Being sick on Christmas is not my plan!

    December 7, 2010 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Agreed. You look beautiful now. And I LOVED pregnancy the entire time when pregnant with M. I really hope that lasts for you too. I think this time is just MUCH rougher on my body. I don’t know why, but it is. And it sucks. Luckily, I know not every pregnancy is like mine right now.

    December 7, 2010 at 8:35 am
    • Reply laury

      I hear that every pregnancy is different. I am so sorry you are having such a rough time πŸ™

      December 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I come from a family that is naturally thin (and we’re tall – 6′-6’10) and when my cousin was preggers with both her daughters, the only way you ever knew she was preggo was if she turned to the side. It’s just how we are, but I get that “oh you don’t need a salad, eat this huge burger and greasy fries instead – it won’t even put an ounce of weight on you” or “I hate you, how do you stay so thin?”… it always seems those comments are geared towards being negative. It used to bother me, but I try to brush them off and change the subject, or if it’s someone I can joke around with, I defend myself and try to turn it into a joke like say “I’ll go eat a steak if you eat a salad”. πŸ˜›

    December 7, 2010 at 9:46 am
    • Reply laury

      That is so annoying, yea…just feed the baby one of the most horrible things full of garbage. People drive me nuts!

      December 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Courtney F

    I completely agree that the 1st few months before I started showing I felt just gross. Its that stage where people might think, is she gaining a few lbs’s or is she pregnant?! Plus your clothes don’t fit right, but you don’t fit into maternity clothes yet.
    After, I started to show, I did embrace the belly! I’m so glad that is the stage you are at now!!
    People are idiots. Telling you you need to eat steak is just ridiculous!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Rosie

    Those photos of the food look glorious!! My sweet potato gnocchi isn’t too unhealthy. 1 egg yolk, ricotta cheese, parm cheese, 2 sweet pots, brown sugar, flour, and that’s about it! what is in the other recipe?!!

    even though I just saw you on Sunday- I can’t wait to see belly pics!!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    You need to listen to yourself as you are already doing when it comes to food. No one NEEDS beef. You are certainly an expert when it comes to yourself, so follow your own intuition and eat in a way that makes you feel great. You look wonderful and if you feel great, then that’s all you really need. I’m sure everyone means well, but sometimes people offer up unwanted advice as a way to be helpful…because they don’t know how to be otherwise. PS…the wedding looked awesome!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:27 am
    • Reply laury

      You are right, they don’t know otherwise…or just have it embedded in their heads that red meat is the end all be all for protein. I know better, and I know what’s best for me! It’s true, no one “needs” meat, the nutrients they get come from what that cow is eating, and frankly I can do better and eat those plants myself! Most of the time people are eating the commercial corn-fed beef, that doesn’t bring anything to the table but the risk of e-coli.

      December 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    i think you look beautiful! your hair is super shiny! random thoughts: why is it so cold outside? the wind is seriously making me want to cry haha. also, i would really rather be in bed right now than at work in this cold lab!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life

    I am the BIGGEST crier at wedding! I just think they are so beautiful!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:57 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    1. So funny you mentioned kale. It’s a veggie I have to say I hate BUT wanted to try in a salad mixed with other greens. Now you mentioning it today is a sign!
    2. I don’t know how many people tell me the same thing! Go eat a cheeseburger or if we’re out to eat they make fun of my non-meat choices. Frankly, they can shove it. You know what is best for you!!
    3. I definitely worry about gaining weight during pregnancy but whenever I see a momma to be I think how adorable she is with her little or big bump. I just love the pregnancy glow and you wear it well! A few extra pounds can be healthy!! I know my hubby likes a little junk in the trunk so to speak lol. And that is definitely where I got it haha
    4. I got my Rocco cookbook too! I was a little disappointed in it…like you said lots of meat and dairy but I did see the sweet potato gnocchi I was immediately intrigued! yum! ps. he’s hot πŸ˜‰
    5. Munchkin is adorable. My cat does not perch IN the tree (yet) but I pray he never figures that out!! We just got a new HUGE bookshelf and I swear i’m going to come home and it’s going to be knocked down!

    Have a good one!

    December 7, 2010 at 11:04 am
    • Reply laury

      Try it!! I think you will embrace the weight gain like me…trust me, I have been anxious about this for YEARS! Now, I truly am the happiest I have ever been, and feel the best about my body that I have ever felt! Yea, bummer about all the dairy and meat in Roccos cookbook..however, it’s pretty cool to have a signed copy! Thanks again!

      December 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    I honestly think you look better now, as well πŸ™‚
    And Munchkin is so cute!

    December 7, 2010 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Susan

    You look wonderful Laury, glad the pregnancy is going well. As for the steak, my sister had all the same comments when she was pregnant. She’s a vegetarian and when her doctor tested her iron level they were higher than a male meat eater! I say do your own thing and eat what feels right for you.

    Too funny that they’ve changed your gym around, they’ve done the same to my gym as well. The stretching area is all gone and they’ve put weight machines there so if you want to stretch or do your own workout, you have to do it in the middle of the gym in front of everyone. I feel a little intimidated working out in front of everyone so now I just do stretches etc at home and just do spin classes in the gym and weights at home.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:37 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh, my gym drives me CRAZY! I have the same issue about being in the center of the gym. I don’t feel self-conscious, I just don’t like everyone staring at me and don’t want to be in the middle of the gym where people walk through and the trainers bring their clients.

      That’s very interesting about your sister…I believe it though!

      December 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply christina

    you really do look gorgeous pregnant!

    December 7, 2010 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    You ARE looking great girl! And I have to say, I am absolutely adoring kale right now too. At first, it was just another green that I mixed into my salads but I love it even on its own now (with some seasonings of course!)

    December 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    You are seriously gorgeous little prego girl!! I love the picture of munchkin in the Christmas tree!! so so cute!!!
    I had the same thing as you while I was pregnant. People asked me NON STOP how do I make sure my baby will get enough protein while I was pregnant. I was like seriously, people get over the whole “we have to eat red meat to get protein and iron” issue. It did drive me crazy. WEll I had a very halthy 7 lb. baby. πŸ™‚

    December 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      OMG, you have to watch the video, it’s even funnier πŸ˜‰

      Yea, people drive me crazy…I know they mean well and just don’t know better…but I am like “EAT SOME VEGETABLES” everyone can benefit from eating LESS meat!

      December 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    You look absolutely beautiful pregnant and so classy in that dress! Enjoy every second of this pregnancy. It is definitely hard in the beginning and the end, but totally worth it! My cats do the same thing to our tree! They also take the ornaments off and carry them around the house!

    December 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Leianna

    My daughter is now 3 months. I am just as thin as you are and got lots of looks and others advice as well. But only you know what works for you. I didn’t listen to anyone and broke a lot of pregnancy “rules” but my daughter was born 100% perfect! The weight gain worried me as well but I lost all my weight a week after she was born!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply laury

      That’s good to know!!!!!

      December 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Awwe your baby bump is so cute!!! πŸ˜€ IAnd so is Munckin in your tree. What a cutie πŸ™‚

    I really don’t like when gyms change they’re layout. If it was working before..there’s no reason to shift things around. :/ Even small changes get me all mixed up!

    December 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Lori

    You look absolutely beautiful in that red dress- and pregnant. Sometimes, a little extra love (aka weight) really does make the difference. I think you look great! And that is great that you feel good! Even without that steak. πŸ˜‰ haha! I’d tell people to shove it.

    Even if you’re not inspired by your meals lately, there is no way you can ever go wrong with roasted brussel sprouts! Delish! Oh, and healthy gnocchi! I want some!

    December 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply naomi(onefitfoodie)

    you look BEAUTIFUL!!! for some reason your pics aren’t loading on my mac πŸ™ but i saw the pic of you in the red dress and LOVE IT!

    December 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Rocco could give me a glass of tap water and I would be happy. So hot. So yummy. So Rocco.

    :LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the Munchkin video!!! I talk all crazy like to Lincoln so I am right there with ya πŸ˜‰ And at first I was like “Wow, she has a really professional voice but why is she talking about Palo Alto when she lives in PA??” Then I realized it was the tv. lol Munchkin is a kook! I cant wait to see videos of him and baby.

    PS—you are a gorgeous lady any way—human inside of you or not πŸ™‚

    December 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL, yea we were watching Mark Zuckerbergs interview on 60 minutes. Munckin is a NUT! Thanks for the sweet compliment πŸ™‚

      December 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I think you look amazing pregnant. you’ve definitely got that pregnancy glow!

    My gym is under construction and everything is all crammed on top of everything. It sucks; I feel your pain.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:43 am
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    I completely agree, you are one pretty momma!! I also feel your pain when it comes to gym space. I’m not a huge fan of using traditional equipment all the time, so I like to have my space to be creative! πŸ™‚

    December 8, 2010 at 1:16 am
  • Reply Krista (kristastes)

    You look beautiful! Love the baby bump! The munchkin video is hilarious…I am about to foster a kitten and I’m sure she’ll destroy my 2 mini fake trees as well lol!

    December 9, 2010 at 12:44 am
  • Reply angela

    i have to agree – you look *adorable* pregnant and especially in the sweet red dress! i have never been pregnant, but have always thought i would struggle with the weight gain and body image. it’s encouraging to hear you talk about it in such a healthy way. πŸ™‚

    December 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Angela! That is very sweet! Yes, i was terrified of the weight gain at first, and pretty much my whole life. It’s a totally different feeling than what I expected! I feel great, pregnancy is the best thing to ever happen for my body image!

      December 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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