Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Late Monday night, hubby and I got back from our mini babymoon in Seattle. It rained Thursday (the day we arrived) but the rest of the weekend was absolutely perfect: sunny and in the low 70s! We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. We saw Mt. Ranier very clearly. Both of us love Seaattle so much! It's a beautiful place. It's also where we got engaged. :)
Anyway...I didn't do too well on the food front. Lots of junk at the airport and on the plane. We ate lovely and healthy dinners at our friends' house where we stayed. But when we ate out, it was not healthy at all. particularly not Chipotle or Red Robin. The great thing I noticed about Seattle is that restaurants (at least the chains) openly divulge their nutrition information. For example, at Red Robin a menu-sized listing of nutrition information was placed on the table along with our menus. Let me tell ya, it was SCARY! There are very few choices at Red Robin under about 800 calories. I ordered the least-ominous chicken sandwich, but I could have skipped the fries... Oh well. I beat myself up about my poor choices on the plane on the way back, and now I am over it and ready to start anew. I have to always remember that not only am I fueling my own body, I am providing nutrients for another little person who is completely dependent on me and the nutrition choices I make.
Tonight is the beginning of Passover, and it's a great opportunity to start over, so to speak. During passover, you're not supposed to eat things like bread, flour, beans and corn. For just this week, it will be a refreshing change in my diet to eat mostly veggies, fruits and eggs/protein and no bread products. It gets old, but it's only for a week.
I did walk around a lot during the trip, and also took advantage of our friends' treadmill. I'm hoping I didn't do too much caloric damage. I am, after all, supposed to be gaining weight right now (which I am). But I want to be careful not to gain too much or too quickly. I still have 19 weeks to gain more weight.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I've spent the past 2 years of my life losing weight. Now I am actually GAINING weight once more, but .... I'm OK with it.
As some of you know, I am pregnant with my first child. We are expecting a little girl in August. I'm so very excited!!! Thank you to everyone who has given me goodies and notes of congrats. Your friendship and support make me smile every day.
About two weeks ago, I felt her kick for the first time. What an amazing feeling!! Since then, I've been feeling her moving around pretty much every day. I live for those moments. So cool! She does get stubborn when hubby puts his hand on my belly. He's felt her kick before, but most of the time she decides not to when he is waiting. :)
I want to be fit and healthy throughout this pregnancy and beyond. I am still tracking my calories here and working out regularly, with some modifications of course. I joined Babyfit for their message boards, but I track my food here because I'm used to the tracker and nearly everything I eat is already saved in it. I do wish the Spark tracker and Babyfit tracker could somehow link up (hint, hint Spark employees).
I want to be careful that I don't gain too much weight and be back to where I started. I want to gain the recommended amount (which is 25-35 pounds) and not more. Of course, there's no telling what my body will decide to do. But I feel that, in teaching me about correct portion sizes, healthy eating and the importance/love of exercise, Spark has prepared me well for this time in my life.
So far, I have gained 7 pounds. I am going to keep my ticker where it is for now, and adjust it after I gain all my pregnancy weight. That way, I will know my starting point when I am ready to be in weight loss mode again, but in the meantime my goal weight will be my reminder to eat well and work out.
So, Sparkfriends, I'll still be around — tracking my food, tracking my fitness, checking in with my teams, blogging. I just won't be losing weight. No Amazing Race auditions for me for a while. But that's all right. I'm embarking on a new amazing journey of my own.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thanks to everyone who responded to my last blog with ideas for questions to ask the Food Network host I was going to interview. We had a fun chat on Tuesday. Of course, I thought of even more questions afterwards. :)
Here is the link to the story if you're interested.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Spring!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This week I will have the pleasure of interviewing the host of a Food Network show that I love for my healthy living column. I'm very excited!! I have my questions ready, but I'm sure there are better/more interesting questions to ask that I am not thinking of. :)
So...I thought I would ask my Spark friends: What would you ask a Food Network host about healthy living and cooking, or in general?
Hope everyone is having a good weekend. It's cold and rainy here. Blah!
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