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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Don't have a whole lot to say but I felt like posting a blog. It's week 26, and I'm really starting to feel and look big this week.

Food-wise, I have good days and bad days. I do eat veggies and fruits every day but I could definitely do better. I do have treats every day, however, and I want to cut down on that. I am trying not to beat myself up too much about it though.

Fitness-wise, I am doing pretty well. I am on track the most during the week. Weekends are just too crazy sometimes with everything we have to do. I do try to take walks at least on days that I do not get to the gym. Last night I went to Body Combat. SO FUN! I don't know how much longer I'll be able to continue this class, but I am hoping I can for a while. On tap for this morning is Bosu! The pool is closed temporarily for them to clean it and open it up for the summer (it's an indoor pool in the winter and converts to an outdoor pool in the summer) so no water aerobics today. Probably in another month or so, I will replace Bosu entirely with water aerobics. For now, I switch between the two.

Overall, I am enjoying this pregnancy. Baby has been giving me some great kicks lately. I never get tired of feeling them! :)

This past weekend we went shopping for nursery furniture. I think we finally decided on a set and will order it probably today. It might not arrive in time. They say 10-14 weeks. There is a place out in California that would get it to us sooner, but I am nervous about ordering something from a store all the way across the country. If something were to go wrong, we wouldn't be able to take anything back to the store. Plus, we would have to assemble everything ourselves, whereas if we buy locally the delivery people would put it together for us.

We also went to Lowe's and picked up some paint samples so we can decide what color to paint the nursery. I want it to be neutral enough that we wouldn't have to repaint it to sell the house, but still a pretty color for a girl. And we decided not to do a theme. Instead we will just find some cute things to decorate the room with.

We also planted some tomatoes and herbs in pots for the first time ever. I've thought about doing this every year but this is the first year we've actually done it. I hope they grow!! Another first: homemade lasagna! One of the ladies on my Babyfit team posted a recipe and I tried it. It turned out very well. I was happy considering it was my first time making it. It wasn't exactly low-cal but that's OK. I can tweak it now that I know that the basic recipe turns out well. Hubby loved it too. In fact, the entire pan is now gone as of last night. I made it Sunday night. LOL.

Have a great week everyone!! :)

  
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DNJEN471 5/16/2009 9:48PM

    You are wonder woman girl! I totally didn't have the energy you do!

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ASTER2606 5/16/2009 7:09AM

    Very exciting. I hope the furniture comes on time. If not, she can probably sleep in her car seat (which I presume would be in the house) or in her stroller for a few days.

A couple of thoughts about the baby room. I doubt you're missing anything by not going with a theme though it would never be too early to start indoctrinating your little Buckeye. emoticon Another thought I had is that light pink and chocolate brown might be nice with some other bright accents (thinking nonpareils on a cupcake). I'm sure whatever you choose it will be great. From everything I've seen you have really good taste.

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SPARKNMOM 5/12/2009 9:27PM

    So glad to read your update! Sounds like you're doing very well!! I'm so very happy for you : )

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PUPPYWHISPERS 5/12/2009 6:34PM

    Your tomatoes will do great in their pots. I planted mine in pots last year, and they were fine.

I can't wait to see pictures of the nursery. What colors are you thinking about? I could spend hours in the paint section of Lowe's because I love designing with color.

And that little girl of yours is going to be a soccer player with those kicks! Enjoy every moment of it.

How's the knitting coming?

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/12/2009 1:36PM

    Woo hoo! You are nesting! Enjoy this time.

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...Pam

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ZIRCADIA 5/12/2009 11:43AM

    I LOVE reading about you being so active and healthy during your pregnancy. :) It makes me excited about my future. WOOHOO! :D hehehe Continue keeping us updated, girl! I hope your set arrives in time!!!

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Race report: Saturday's Great Urban Race

Tuesday, May 05, 2009



Here is one picture. I have a few more that we had to take as we completed clues, but I wish we had taken some others along the way just for fun. The picture is of us eating a noodle "Lady and the Tramp" style at a pizza restaurant in Arlington, VA.

We got up early and drove to the place where they handed out the packets with our shirts and race numbers. I couldn't believe how many people had signed up for this thing. You could wear the T-shirt they gave you (which we did) or you could come dressed in a costume. There were some funny costumes ( "The Golden Girls" - with the teammates dressed in yellow robes, "super mario brothers," and "Octomom"). I soon wished we had come up with something fun and creative too, but oh well. They passed out the clues at around noon, and miraculously everyone got their clue envelopes without a stampede ensuing (it was super crowded in that room). Kudos to the organizers; they really did a fabulous job! The entire event was very well organized.

We spent about an hour figuring out the answers to the clues and mapping our route. A lot of people did the same thing but others just started running as soon as they opened their clues. We figured it would be best to have a plan first. It did save us time in the end. It was fun solving the puzzles and doing all the tasks. There were 12 clues total; you had to do 11 of the 12.

You could only get around on foot or by using public transportation. You couldn't drive yourselves, or get into a taxi and no bikes, rollerblades, etc. It was quite a workout -almost five hours of running around the city - but that included riding metro too.

Some highlights:
- Solving a clue involving how many rooms would be unoccupied in the White House if the Obamas had a slumber party, then taking a pic of us in front of the White House holding up the correct number of fingers.
- Taking a picture of 12 random "real people." Two of them had to be wearing a Washington Nationals T-shirt.
- Finding and bringing back a wooden popsicle stick or a toothpick with an American Flag attached to it. (We did the popsicle stick; much easier!)
- Taking a picture in front of the Crouching Spider sculpture at the Sculpture Garden
- Taking a martial arts lesson.
- Going to a comedy club and telling a joke (must make the judges laugh).

The clue we skipped was to bring a new size 42-54 D or DD bra (??? no idea why these sizes in particular), a new shower curtain liner or a new set of twin sheets to a certain organization that helps homeless and low-income women. We figured out which organization it was, but had the hardest time finding the bra or shower curtain liner. We were going to skip the joke task but that one ended up being easier. LOL!

My hubby wore his HRM and footpod so we could log our miles. In total, we walked or jogged more than 5 miles. I had to take it a bit easy since I am pregnant but we are proud to have figured out all the clues correctly and complete the race before 5, which was when the race ended. Teams who arrived after 5 did not get a time result. Teams who had incorrect answers received a time penalty. Our time was 4:39 and we finished in 171st place (out of 218 who finished and 331 total). Not bad for a pregnant lady!

The weather was perfect. Cloudy and in the high 60s/low 70s. So glad it wasn't a hot day, or it would have taken us longer. Especially now, I go into "slug" mode when it's hot outside. It threatened to rain but it didn't! Well, it started to sprinkle just as we checked in and started to head home, but that was fine. We really lucked out.

We hope to do this race again next year. In all, I think there are around 20 Great Urban Races in different cities around the country. There is a championship race in New Orleans.

All in all, this was a great day and a wonderful bonding experience for hubby and me. I find myself savoring these types of moments - the ones we get to spend together, just the two of us, before the little one arrives.

I will post more pics on my Spark page soon. And maybe a belly pic too. Maybe.

  
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STEPFANIER 5/13/2009 10:46AM

  One of my friends did this with her boyfriend, and they came in 12th overall! Sounds like a seriously great time.

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ZIRCADIA 5/6/2009 12:46PM

    That sounds sooooooooooooo fun! :)

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SPARKNMOM 5/5/2009 9:29PM

    Wow....sounds like fun : ) NEAT!!!

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MOM2ACAT 5/5/2009 8:22PM

    Cute pic, and the race sounds like fun!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/5/2009 7:24PM

    Sounds like you guys had an awesome time! And considering that you're pregnant and can only move so fast, that's an AWESOME time. So how many rooms would be empty at the White House?

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SIMPLEJOYS 5/5/2009 5:41PM

  What a riot! I would definitely have skipped the comedy club one! Whatever joke did you tell?!!

I love this idea - maybe I can suggest this to our burg leaders! :)

MORE PICTURES PLEASE!! So much fun!

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MILAYA 5/5/2009 4:34PM

    Sounds like you had fun. I have been waiting for a belly pic btw. emoticon hint hint Enjoy the time you two have because your life will never be the same again but.... you will never regret it not being just the two of you. I honestly cannot hardly remember life before children. I do know it was boring.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/5/2009 4:16PM

    What fun! I wish our city did something similar. Hmmm... I have an idea. Oh boy. When I have ideas I usually end up volunteering myself for something. LOL

...Pam

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How I did with last week's fitness plan

Monday, May 04, 2009

Great!! I'm super proud of myself. I stuck to my plan and it felt terrific! The only hiccup was Thursday night. I had planned to go to Zumba at 7 p.m. but when hubby came home he was hungry and so was I and we both wanted BBQ for dinner (YIKES). Knowing this was a BAD decision, I made a deal with him. We can go out for BBQ BUT we have to get up the next morning and go to the gym to make up for it. So instead of Friday being my day off, Thursday was my day off. Friday morning I went to a 6 a.m. cycle class and it felt wonderful!! I think I will put this into my regular gym schedule rotation. Yeah, it sucks to get out of bed so early, but after a good morning workout I just feel so fantastic, awake and ready for the day. It was a crowded class, too. I was surprised. I noticed that my gym's attendance level doesn't seem to go down all that much after January's New Year's resolutions. I must live around lots of fitness-minded people!

Saturday's Great Urban Race was SO awesome! I will make that a separate blog entry once I upload pics onto my computer. Tons of fun!

This week's fitness plan is very similar. It's supposed to be rainy pretty much ALL week but I won't let it stop me this time. I won't! Tonight I plan to go to Body Combat at 7.

Have a great week, Sparkfriends!

  
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ZIRCADIA 5/5/2009 12:45PM

    Cant' wait to hear about the GREAT URBAN RACE in detail. :) Congrats on sticking to your plan!

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SPARKNMOM 5/4/2009 9:43PM

    How fabulous are you!!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/4/2009 5:03PM

    Yes, getting up early to workout is really the pits, but it feels great!

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...Pam

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/4/2009 12:30PM

    BBQ tonight and cycling tomorrow sounds like a GREAT compromise. Awesome way to stay on track AND be impulsive at the same time.=D

I can't wait to hear about your urban race! I know that's something you've been considering doing for a while, and I'm glad to hear you had a great experience.

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ASTER2606 5/4/2009 11:35AM

    Cool that your exercise plan for last week worked out. Also great that you found a way to have BBQ but didn't let that derail your larger plan. And the bonus is that you found another class you like. Way to not get bored with the routine.

I think you feel about rain the way I felt about laundry when I was renting and had to go out to the laundromat. Thinking about it and getting ready to do it is actually worse than doing it.

Looking forward to your Great Urban Race post and pix.

Have a great week!

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Appreciating my body

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Being pregnant has given me a new appreciation for my body. Our bodies are truly amazing, and currently, mine is working on giving me the most amazing gift I could ever ask for.

I saw a segment on the Today Show this morning (was it this morning?) on body image and how a mother's negative comments about her body can trickle down to her daughter and affect the way she perceives her own body.

I looked back on my life and realized that I have always liked my body. In high school and college, girls around me were always saying how "fat" they were (even though they were thin) and how they hated this or that about their bodies. I was lucky enough to be a normal weight and I just did not devote my energy to such thinking. And even when I was at my heaviest, I did not hate my body. Sure, there were definitely things I wanted to improve, but I never BLAMED my body for its imperfections. Instead, I blamed my mind and my bad eating habits for letting myself get to that point.

Even before becoming pregnant and especially now that I am, I've often thought about how resilient and forgiving my body is, despite how much I abused it with lots of calories, junk food and soda. When I worked hard to get into shape, it responded and rewarded me for my efforts. I realized that if I treat my body well, it will in turn treat me just as well, if not better. Yes, I would have liked to be a little taller. Yes, it would have been nice if my hips were a little smaller. My upper arms could use some toning. But I can live happily with all those things. My body is an amazing machine and it serves me well.

  
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ASTER2606 4/29/2009 9:22PM

    Nice post. Excellent reminder to think about what our bodies can do and not just how they look or fit in clothes. Long term health and fitness are really precious gifts.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/29/2009 9:16PM

    Awesome post. =D

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NICOLEW926 4/29/2009 8:58PM

    Wonderful blog, this is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

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007JERSEYGIRL 4/29/2009 6:21PM

    What a beautiful post! A great attitude and one you can pass on to your little one! :)

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MYTURN11 4/29/2009 6:19PM

    I love your post and I love your attitude plus you are going to be a wonderful Mom to your child.

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MILAYA 4/29/2009 6:17PM

    Great attitude to have! I have had a love hate relationship with my body for years and now that I have a daughter I have learned not to talk about it in front of her and have finally come to terms with the fact that my body though it isn't perfect has given me two wonderful children. Even though it may not be perfect I need to respect it. I feel the worse thing I could do is pass my insecurities onto her. I want her to love herself as she is not as our culture says she should be.

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ZIRCADIA 4/29/2009 6:12PM

    :) GREAT POST!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/29/2009 6:07PM

    Your body is amazing. Now stop worrying about that bikini. LOL

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Nice week of fitness planned

Monday, April 27, 2009

It finally feels like spring! Summer, actually. We seem to have skipped spring. I am getting out of my funk from all the rain and hope to make this week a great week of fitness. Here's the plan:

Tonight: body combat (hoo-AH!)
Tomorrow: water aerobics
Wednesday: cycle class or elliptical
Thursday: body pump at noon, then perhaps come back in the evening for body combat or zumba
Friday: day off
Saturday: This will be fun! Hubby and I signed up for the Great Urban Race in Washington D.C.. We're of course not going to even come close to winning, as we will be taking it easy and walking the entire time. But ... being such an Amazing Race fan, I am really looking forward to this. I'll be sure to post pics afterward.
www.greaturbanrace.com
Sunday: Day off. Will cheer hubby on as he runs a 5K. Then we have plans to get together with my parents for lunch.

I went to the doctor last week for my monthly checkup. She said I was right on track and where I need to be in terms of my weight gain. Woo hoo! She also said to continue to exercise as I have been doing, as long as I am not lying on my back and not trying something entirely new. This was a new doctor; there are 5 in the practice and they want you to meet all of them b/c we don't know who will end up being there to deliver the baby. We only saw her for about 10-15 minutes so I didn't have much time to really form an impression but she seemed nice. It's crazy how much money doctors get even for such brief visits. (Of course, they deserve to be paid well, but sometimes it seems like they are rushing you out to get to the next patient, and I don't like that.) She said after my next appointment, I will need to start coming every 2 weeks and then eventually once a week.

Hubby and I went shopping (just looking) for strollers and cribs both days of the weekend. I definitely have pregnancy brain. I almost left the house with my slippers still on yesterday. Got halfway down the block to the car before I realized it. Ooops! Luckily my slippers look like flip -flops so I probably could have gotten away with it, but still.... emoticon

We decided on a stroller but the crib and nursery furniture is another story. My head is spinning. I read and reread that section of the Baby Bargains book at least 10 times. There are many choices and prices out there for cribs, but the quality doesn't always match the prices charged. My topmost concern for the crib is safety; all the recalls in recent past scare me. Plus, our nursery is REALLY small, I mean VERY TINY, with no closet, so we have the fun task of trying to find a piece of furniture that will hold everything yet not take up a lot of space in the room. Talk about a contradiction! I know we will find something, but it's frustrating for sure. We looked at a regular furniture store for dressers too. I don't really care if the dresser matches the crib, and I feel like just because something is called "baby" furniture it is twice as expensive.

Well, that's it for now. Have a wonderful week!!

  
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SSANFORD1 4/28/2009 8:20AM

    Wow! that's a great week planned keep up the good work and you will breeze through labor when the time comes.

Good luck shopping for furniture too.

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SPARKNMOM 4/27/2009 10:00PM

    What fun...I loved getting ready for new babies. I'll live vicariously through you for the next several months LOL!! Keep sharing. I'm enjoying reading your blogs!!

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ZIRCADIA 4/27/2009 1:10PM

    Sounds like an amazing week planned! :D And shopping for cribs? :D weeeee how exciting! I'm glad you got the good enws from the Dr. on your progress and exercise plans. :)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/27/2009 12:59PM

    Our second baby had to bunk with her dad and I. Instead of getting her any furniture over and above the crib that took up lots of floor space, we had colourful storage bins that fit under it, a change pad that went across the crib rails, and a diaper hanger on the wall. You can get creative and find items that don't take up a lot of space. Babies don't need much in their first year. Heck, for the first several weeks she slept in her carriage next to my bed. It was sure handy to be able to wheel her from room to room.

...Pam

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ASTER2606 4/27/2009 9:59AM

    Nice week of fitness, indeed. I can imagine that shopping for things for the baby's room must be both fun and frustrating. I think I'd lean toward the regular furniture store dressers. The crib won't be around so long and your daughter can grow up with the dresser. The urban race sounds like it should be a lot of fun even if you aren't seriously contending.

We got all that stuff planted this weekend. It was a very messy job with all the rain, but now the plants are benefiting from that.

Good luck with the furnishing the nursery.

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