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Mini update!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm 17 weeks pregnant today!

I had my regular 16-week checkup with my midwife yesterday, and she is pleased with my 3-pound weight gain. That's TOTAL so far, and I've been freaking out a little because at my last visit she told me she wants to see 10 pounds by 20 weeks, and I continued to gain nothing despite not even thinking about calories for the first time since as long as I could remember. And I seriously don't know how I could possibly eat more!

It is a serious head trip after working so hard to lose so much weight to suddenly be upset when I DON'T see the scale tick up. emoticon But as long as she thinks I'm progressing well enough, I guess I just have to roll with it for now!

I am astounded that Baby G will be able to hear soon! Seriously, wonderfully crazy stuff this growing a person thing is. emoticon I'm eager for the first perceptible movements even though I know it can still be many weeks. Relying on infrequent ultrasounds to tell me is all is well is nerve-racking at best.

I let them bully me a bit into genetic screening for Down syndrome and such because of my "advanced age" of 37 (BAH), and I am happy to report the chances are next to none, according to the results. It wouldn't have changed nothing, of course, but it is comforting to know that is one additional challenge we won't have to face. Facing first-time parenthood at my ripe old age LOL is challenging enough!

I am scrambling to find ways to make room for Baby G in an already cramped two-bedroom apartment. Creative ways to "divide" a small office/library into part nursery would be greatly appreciated from anyone who'd done this before! Or perhaps some pointers about what gear we'll really need and what we won't? I've been thinking about going the mini crib route, and there's one that is collapsible, has locking wheels AND converts, evidently, into a playpen and changing table. Or do I not need those latter things? Because I also would like to go the longevity route and get a mini crib that later converts to a toddler bed.

I am still biking and have finally ordered maternity jeans and yoga pants, although I really didn't want to take on that expense. But I can't stand this belly band contraption much longer (so tired of readjusting everything!) and I think I got a moderately good deal -- $25-$30 bucks each, but at buy one get one half off. So around $90 after tax for four pairs of pants. MUCH more than I would ever spend on regular clothes, but what can I do? Especially since I am 5'2" and REALLY need petites, I didn't think I'd have tons of luck shopping used anyway. emoticon

In other news, we are headed to the Pittsburgh area this weekend for our friend's wedding, and I'm pretty excited because a) this friend more or less introduced my husband and me over 10 years ago, and we're sooo happy for him, and I haven't seen him in years, and b) we never EVER get to go anywhere! We'll have to leave Friday after my husband gets off work, and it's about an 8-hour drive (so at least 9-10 with all my expected potty breaks! LOL). The wedding reception is Saturday afternoon/evening and we'll have to leave sometime on Sunday, but I still plan to enjoy the trip as much as we can!

More later, Sparkies. Hope all is well with all of you!

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IRP1114 8/21/2014 3:38PM

    Thanks for the update! So exited for you. No need to stress the weight. Your body knows what it is doing. I think the one with the changing table is a good idea! Good luck with the upcoming trip! emoticon

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GHK1962 8/21/2014 11:44AM

    heh ... I like when you say Baby G....that is so cool. Maybe that'll stick for awhile ... well ... unless Baby G ends up having a name that does not begin with the letter G.

And ... you have a great weekend visiting friends and wedding celebrating!

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TRIPLE_EMME 8/20/2014 3:29PM

    Glad to hear things are going well for you and Baby G!

Good luck figuring out the baby gear situation. It's so personal depending on your lifestyle and preferences.

Have fun in Pittsburgh!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/20/2014 3:24PM

    I've never had kids so I'm no help with that sort of thing, but I am glad that you are fine and the baby is fine. What's the "G" stand for?

I think $90 for 4 pairs of pants is a steal!

Have fun at the wedding.

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HILLSLUG98239 8/20/2014 3:05PM

    Congratulations! It sounds like you have a very healthy little one on the way. emoticon

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    Try not to worry. I had sever nausea and only gained 7 pounds my entire pregnancy. My son weighed 4lb 7 ounces. I ended up weighing less after delivery than I did before I was pregnant. You will be a wonderful mother.

We didn't need our big crib. Our little one hated it and slept in his pumpkin seat. You will need a stroller but they fold up. And a car seat. Most other things are optional. The mini crib you mentioned sounded great. An electric swing is nice. There are play pens that fold up for when your child is older. High chairs that fold up.

I hope you enjoy your trip!!

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Sushi salad!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Prego safe! Mixed greens, scallions, cucumbers and avocados, topped with broiled salmon and jasmine rice, garnished with toasted sesame seeds and crushed seaweed sheets, and dressed with gluten-free soy-ginger dressing. Served with edamame (not pictured). YUM!

Inspired by the brilliant gals at the blog A Beautiful Mess!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/13/2014 10:44AM

    It looks and sounds wonderful!!

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IRP1114 8/12/2014 11:50PM

    Yum! emoticon

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GHK1962 8/12/2014 10:22PM

    Oh man that looks beyond yum! I am soooooo going to make that this week. The weird thing? I have all those ingredients except the soy ginger dressing!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/12/2014 9:59PM

    That looks delish!

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Long overdue update, including some BIG news!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Hello, Spark Friends!

I sure do miss all you guys. I've been just barely showing up around here for way too long.

Most recently, that is because life is just crazy-busy (as it is for us all), but also because I am trying to redefine my fitness and nutrition priorities in light of the fact that...


I've spent so long trying to hide it while I waited out the requisite first trimester that it now feels pretty darn exciting to shout it from the Internet rooftop. emoticon So thanks for listening! emoticon

It's been a pretty intense couple of months. Without getting into too many specifics that I am not comfortable with airing so publicly, long story short is I spent most of my life absolutely convinced that I was never going to have children. So needless to say, this is all a pretty big head trip for me now, at 37 years old!

Similarly, I also swore I would never ever get married, but since I took that leap a year and a half ago with the bestest guy there is (who knew I'd find him?!), it has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. So I am sure that Baby G will top even that!

I am a little disappointed that I had gained back nearly 15 pounds before I even got pregnant, but I am not obsessing over it. In fact, I AM obsessing over the fact that I'm starting to show but I have gained NO actual weight on the scale yet! How could I ever have guessed I would reach a point in my life where I am worried about NOT gaining weight?! emoticon

My midwife says it's fine so far. We'll see if I gain anything by my next appointment in almost two weeks and how she feels about it then. Problem is, I cannot possibly eat any more! I am not paying attention to calories at all, even though I know eventually I will have to again to prevent gaining TOO much weight.

And I'm still biking! Again, midwife says it's OK, since I've been doing it for years, as long as I can maintain my balance, etc. I am just slowing it down and being extra-extra mindful in traffic. I hope to make it through at least most of the fall and then reluctantly give it back up for the train. But we'll see what my body's plans are!

So there you have it, my dearest Spark Friends. I do intend to keep in better contact as life allows. Surely SOME of you will want updates! emoticon


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NGCHILD 8/21/2014 11:06AM

    Angie -- I am so happy for you!! I was 39 when I had Max so you aren't too old -- just doing things at the right time for you! Just take things nice and slow and lots of pictures to remember things. The time flies and I can barely remember being pregnant!! Pregnancy brain lasts for a long time!! LOL


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ANNEMARGAR 8/9/2014 9:05AM

    I just read about the big news!!! Congratulations!!! Woo-hoo!!!

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CMBELISLE 8/9/2014 5:39AM

    Congratulations! That is definitely big news. Just think about the exercise like this - I have known runners that ran their entire pregnancy. It can be done. emoticon

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DDOORN 8/8/2014 5:12PM

    Wow! Late to the party and your AWESOME NEWS! AND even keeping those wheels turnin' too...woo hoo!

Just found this article courtesy of a blog from WATERMELLEN:


You've done your baby a mighty humungous favor! Not to mention YOURSELF, of course... :-)

Looking forward to more super news as you and yours move along...!


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    Congratulations!! This is wonderful news!!

I didn't think I would have children either but I changed my mind when I was 30 and had my son at 32. I was not going to remarry but I did that too and it was the best decision I ever made.

I'm so happy for you. I know you will be a great mom!

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IDEBORAH 8/8/2014 8:06AM

    Oh this is soooo awesome. Huge congrats!!!
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PIR8CHIK 8/8/2014 1:40AM

    OMG ANGIE!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously?!!! I can't beleieve you waited this long to share!!!!! 15 weeks is FOREVER!!!!!
That is SOOOOOO Awesome! Congratulations! Yeah! Now I get to make a baby quilt!!!!
You'd better let me know what sex the little bundle is, if you find out!!!!
what perfectly happy news to hear today! Big hugs!!
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HDHAWK 8/7/2014 11:19PM

    Such exciting news! Congratulations to you! My grandbaby is 2 days past his due date so I'm anxiously awaiting his arrival. Enjoy!

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GHK1962 8/7/2014 5:12PM

    Aw man .... the Spark site will only let me hit the 'Like' button once ... not the 500+ times I REALLY want to click it!

When I read this I was like .... WOOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!

New(ish) husband ... soon to be new little G ... SWEET!!!!!

Not to rush you or anything ... but ...

What kinda bike will the little tyke have?!?!?!?!? Heh ... (and by the way, this soooooo means you have to not wail on rude drivers out there ... gotta be a good example heh heh)

You just make sure you take care of you ok ...

Way to go you!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/7/2014 4:59PM

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! CONGRATS my darlin'! Such exciting news!!
Sending you love and hugs!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/7/2014 3:44PM

    Mazal tov! So excited for you.

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TRIPLE_EMME 8/7/2014 3:35PM


So happy for you! Enjoy the experience, mama!

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IRP1114 8/7/2014 3:23PM

    That is fantastic news!!! Congratulations!!!!! SO happy for you. You will figure it all out. Don't stress it too much. emoticon

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FitBit Flex might be crazy :(

Friday, October 04, 2013

Or it could be me, of course. But it's only my second day with it, and I'm super frustrated!

Yesterday it seemed to be doing a few weird things, but since it was the first day and I was just setting it up and such, I decided to mostly ignore the feedback until today. It's not going well so far. So many people report loving these -- it has to at least in part be something I am doing/not doing/not understanding then, right? Any feedback from experienced users would be greatly appreciated, as I'm almost ready to pack it back up and return it already!


It told me I was restless quite often during my 6.5 hours of sleep last night (I know, I know), but not awake -- even though I remember waking up and speaking to my husband at some point -- leading it to report that my sleep was 97% efficient. Great! Except, as usual, I felt like I'd been run down by a train when I tried to wake up this morning. Hmmmm.

Now, it could be that you need to be up and moving -- like, walking to the bathroom? -- for it to detect that you're "awake," which I guess could just be a "limitation" of the current state of the technology (which otherwise seems crazy-advanced to me!), but that's not going to be terribly valuable for me. If I didn't want the sleep-tracking function, I could just buy an HRM or something.

Yesterday during the day I had set my main goal as steps counted, since I knew I was going to walk about 2 miles on my lunch break and I wanted to test out the feedback. But I changed it back to calories burned before I biked home for the same reason. I was pretty pleased when I got my "goal met" four flashing lights with about 2 miles still to go, until much later when I got a push notification (after 11 p.m.!) that I had almost made it to my goal -- just 2.000-some steps to go. Argh. So wrong goal AND obnoxiously late. I should have been in bed already. Maybe it will know when I am and not send them? I am not hopeful.

It finally seems to be remembering my main goal (about which you get the flashy-light feedback) but I also have tried to change the numeric part of my goals (number of steps, calories burned, etc.) numerous times, but it keeps reverting back to all the default settings. I don't see any "save" I missing something?

I just don't believe it so far! On the first day, by the time I got to work (before I had fully set it up yet), it told me I had logged a few hundred steps, even though I had walked only out to my bike and from my bike into my work building. It also told me I logged only 3.1 miles in distance, which is accurate only if it applies to STEPS ONLY. That's fine if that's what it does...but as I am primarily a cyclist, this also is not really useful to me. emoticon

It also says I burned a total of 2,052 calories yesterday. I average 175 per ride (5 miles! seems so unfair, doesn't it? LOL), and I rode to and from. Plus I walked about a mile or so one way on lunch (FitBit says 64 calories there and 60 back -- and at least that seems reasonable, since on the way back I slowed just a bit by my groceries). So that's 470 calories burned. Can I really be burning nearly 1600 calories just from walking no more than 30 feet to the bathroom at work multiple times a day and pacing my kitchen while making dinner?

Today the flashy lights said (and are still saying) I met my calories-burned goal before I even made it to work (same routine - modest movement getting ready for work and 175-calorie bike ride). My dashboard says I've burned 900-some calories so far -- but the goal setting has reverted back to the factory-set 2,184! 900 is NOT greater than 2,000...this much I remember from grade-school math. Argh again.

And if those things were true, wouldn't I be melting away when I am compliant with my 1400 calorie intake per day? Evidently not, because then there are food goals: If I tell it I want to lose 1 pound per week for a total of 13 pounds by January, it says I can only eat 770 calories.


And even though I have not logged any food yet with the FitBit, it says I have 0 of those 770 calories remaining. It does say something about updating over time as you log, but what - why? It's math.

And what the heck are "active minutes"? It says that yesterday I had 58 total, which doesn't seem right: 25 minutes biking, minus maybe up to 10 for traffic lights -- I doubt it's that many, but let's estimate 15 anyway. So 15 x 2 (bike to work, bike home), plus 15 minutes each way on my lunchtime walk = 60.


So far today: 2. MINUTES. Remember I biked 25 minutes in to work?


I wish I could upload screen shots from my phone to make this easier to describe, but I never ever have time for anything at home anymore, and it's not possible at work.

Helllllllp meeeeeeeeee. emoticon

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KLONG8 2/11/2014 12:20AM

    I've been considering a fit-bit but I think I'll pass after listening to your struggle. I just upgraded my phone and was so frustrated as I tried to get in synced with my laptop, and rolling again. Several upset/frustrated/angry days. Life is too short - but my sister loves hers.

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MISSCUS 1/31/2014 1:06AM

    Just checking up on you. Went to your page saw this blog. I have the One. It works fine for me, but I don't bicycle. It seems to count steps correctly as far as I can tell. As far as the sleep measuring, it seems to measure when you move around, at which time you are out of REM sleep. When I sleep, I barely move at all. So I have 96-98 % efficient sleep. Yeah, benadryl does that for me. LOL. Without it I simply don't sleep. I'm 62 going on 3, they say the elderly sleep less as they age. Mwa ha ha! I love sleep. I love Benadryl!

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PIR8CHIK 10/16/2013 8:32AM

    Wow! That thing sounds like something out of Star Trek! Crazy!

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GHK1962 10/9/2013 12:36AM

    Sorry you are having trouble with this piece of gadgetry (is that a word?)

As I do not have one, or anything like it, I can give you a whopping 0 piece of advice. Besides...I am older remember? Me and techie stuffs do NOT get along.

This is several days late in coming ... did you start to figure it out? are still riding in this soon-to-be-winter weather? YOU...are my hero :)

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    I don't have one but have lots of friends that do and it took them a while to learn how to use it. I guess there are some tics with everything like this. I hope someone can give you some concrete suggestions to help.

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JMEPAYNE 10/7/2013 2:11PM

    HEYA! sorry that you are so frustrated.

1st- the fitbit won't track your biking. it tracks steps. so your calorie burn for the biking won't reflect in your calorie count on the flex. You can log in your biking into the fitbit app and then it will apply the calories burned.
2nd- calorie burn on fitbit also reflects BMR in addition to calories burned through activity. So you will have a calorie burn when you wake up.
3rd- sleep tracking- it classifies "awake" by the movement. you have to take several steps to classify as awake. it reads restless when you move around- like tossing and turning.

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DDOORN 10/6/2013 11:15PM

    Sorry I can't be of help...don't have much use for gadgets. Have decided against anything to measure my cycling either, despite having apps on my iPhone which I could use...just can't be bothered. I just like keeping it simple and getting on my bike and


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HIPPICHICK1 10/5/2013 10:27AM

    Call me crazy, but if you are truly burning over 2,000 calories a day with all of your activities and exercise then you probably need to eat more than 1400 cals! Maybe you aren't losing weight because you are in starvation mode?
P.S. Am I ever glad that I have only a heart rate monitor!
Good Luck.

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SLASALLE 10/5/2013 10:25AM

    I have a Fit Bit Ultra that is a couple of years old. I can't address all that you're saying, but have a couple pieces of useful info.

On the calories burned, you burn calories even when you're sleeping. So there is a base number of calories that you burn each day just with normal daily activity. It's fairly substantial, over 1,000 for most of us.

I originally tried syncing it with SparkPeople and can't remember details, but I know I intentionally unsynced it. It had something to do with double tracking, as well as it not being real accurate when you're doing certain types of exercise.

Hope this helps a little bit. Don't give up!! I actually really love my FitBit, but I had to figure out exactly what I wanted to use it for.

I thought the sleep part of it was based on arm movement and/or your pulse since with the FitBit Ultra, I have to tuck it in a little wrist band.

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LAKOTALADY 10/4/2013 8:34PM

    Thanks for all the info. Now I know I WON'T buy one! THANKS!!!

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TKRYSTINA 10/4/2013 6:02PM

    I have the Fit Bit one & it told me I woke up over 50 times last night.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/4/2013 4:42PM

    I don't have the flex. I got the zip and couldn't get it to sync. Call me crazy but I went with the "one". Lost it, tried the spark tracker but am sending it back. My replacement "one" got here today. I hope I don't have problems.

The best to you!

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Gluten-free gumbo!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NOT "diet"-friendly, but my hubby made it for me! First time we've had gumbo since I stopped eating gluten, so ... 2-3 years?!

His go-to recipe (which he only ever uses as mere guides) used to be Emeril Lagasse's, and when I looked up a GF recipe I discovered both his daughters are gluten-free (one has celiac disease) and they wrote a GF cookbook, containing, of course -- gumbo!

Ours has all the fat (I found my stomach almost entirely souring at first at the idea!) but we used chicken andouille from Trader Joe's, plus shrimp and a nice piece of halibut. And we used the ONE bell pepper we got from our very-late-planted plant this year!

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MZZCHIEF 1/7/2014 2:52PM

    Sounds delicious!
YAY go gluten free! I have found that subbing corn starch or rice flour works for m.
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DDOORN 9/25/2013 9:37AM

    Yum! I love when I take the time to pull together good stuff in the kitchen! :-)


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    It sounds wonderful!! Today, at my doctor's appointment, I said I have a wheat sensitivity and he said he disagreed and thinks I actually have celiac disease. So I guess I have better do some more research on this. LOL.

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CMBELISLE 9/23/2013 2:36PM

    I wonder what Emeril's daughters use for the roux. I tried making gluten-free roux to brown one time and it did not do well. After nearly a year of buying Pamela's Pancake Mix, one of my non gluten-free daughters pointed out that I can use it like Bisquick. Duh! There are still a few things I haven't quite gotten converted though. Congrats on the tasty dinner!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/23/2013 1:40PM

P.S. I didn't know gumbo would have gluten in it...then again I'm not sure what gumbo *is*!
I'm so Canadian.

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ANATASHIKI 9/23/2013 7:34AM

    looks emoticon

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GHK1962 9/22/2013 10:22PM

    HOLY WOW that looks freaking tasty. KNOW I want the recipe right? Man...the greens in there looks soooooo yum!

Oh...and good that it's! heh

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