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!! :)
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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....
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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