BEFIT_WITHGUSTO's SparkPeople Blog BEFIT_WITHGUSTO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Growing As of my 24 week appointment last Tuesday, I was up 19 pounds. That is 5 pounds above average. I'm trying not to freak out about the weight gain and I know that my body is doing what it needs to do for my baby, but it's still a little annoying! ;) I eat pretty well and exercise daily so at first I thought I wasn't going to change anything. But then I changed my mind. I do eat a lot of carbs so this week I'm focusing on a better balance of carbs and protein and also eating a lot more vegetable... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:10:49 EST Shopping Spree! I finally had good luck finding maternity clothes! I bought a few things at Target and Old Navy but really made out at Motherhood Maternity and bought so many things on sale. I'm so excited that I have so many more clothes options now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:37:28 EST Friday! Last weekend we went up to Santa Barbara for Brian's stepmother's 60th birthday. We had a lot of fun and it was great to see them and talk about the impending arrival! On Saturday, we went to a painting class and I did absolutely horrible and have no desire to go to another one! ;) I was stressed out the whole time. Everyone else had a blast and Brian loved it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:14:22 EST Tidbits Darn! I really thought doing Yoga everyday would be the miracle to get rid of my soreness and pain but the past 3 nights, I've been in pain again. Guess it was wishful thinking on my part, but of course I'll continue to do the Yoga since it feels so good! <BR> <BR> This past weekend was Comic Con in San Diego. Brian was able to get a ticket for Thursday and then on Saturday, we walked around the mayhem outside, then went to an early dinner in Little Italy - away from all the chaos! It was a ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:30 EST Yoga I'm sure you guys remember when I was obsessed with Yoga. I never talked about this, but after my miscarriage last year, I stopped going to Yoga classes and practicing at home. I had mentioned before that sometimes in classes I would get emotional because I would feel so grateful for what my body was capable of, even though at the time I was struggling with infertility and angry at my body a lot of the time. After the miscarriage and the three failed fertility treatments after that, I was sad... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:44:46 EST Brian's 2nd 5k In January 2013, Brian ran his first 5k and vowed he would never do another one again! I had a feeling he would, but it just took him a little while to make it to his second! <BR> <BR> He's been training with his coworker for about 2 months. He definitely hasn't fallen in love with running, by any means, but he enjoys the social aspect of running with his friend and knows he's getting in better shape by adding in running to his routine. On Sunday, he ran the Bolt to the Q 5k held at Qualcom... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:03 EST More details Thank you for all the love!!! We have been keeping the news pretty close to the vest because of our history so once we found out the genetic testing came back negative and everything was normal in the anatomy scan, and that it was a boy, we have finally let the cat out of the bag. (We found this all out last Friday and Saturday) It's been amazing to hear from aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who are so happy for us, it brings tears to my eyes! <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> <BR> As IAMZBEE no... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:03:32 EST Surprise!!!! I've been keeping a little secret from you..... <BR> <BR> Brian and I are having a baby! <BR> <BR> And.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I found out I was pregnant while I was in MA at the end of March, 3000 miles away from the father to be! It was awesome to be able to tell my family in person. <BR> <BR> The weeks have been flying by and I'm already halfway through! I am 20 weeks and growing every week! <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:29:55 EST Recent Haps In pictures, of course! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Beer Fest and Phil's BBQ at the Padres game...where we literally sat down to watch the game for 5 minutes. Fun night! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:07:35 EST A Wonderful Weekend What a beautiful weekend we had here in San Diego! <BR> <BR> On Saturday morning Brian and I walked around Mission Bay. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We went grocery shopping, spent a few hours at our pool, and then went to PF Chang's for dinner. We haven't been there in a few years because their dishes ar... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:32:47 EST Palm Springs We've had some fun times the past couple weekends! I didn't take any pictures in Santa Barbara (what is wrong with me?) but here are a few from Palm Springs. It was hot, hot, hot! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:49:47 EST Some Fun! Last Thursday Brian was given free tickets to the Padres Game so we went to our first baseball game of the season. (They're not very good so we don't go very often!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We left our seats after the 5th inning and went to Hodad's for their pretty famous (in San Diego) burgers... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:24:52 EST May! Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I've been kind of a lame blogger lately because I don't really have anything to report! But I thought I'd check in in case anyone missed me. ;) <BR> <BR> April came and went quickly, huh? It was a pretty good month, minus 4 days when I had a bad cold and was basically bedridden! It seems like that's going around. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Brian and my 3rd wedding anniversary! <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://p... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:21:27 EST Recent Haps Hey friends, <BR> <BR> So, what's been going on with me lately? Nothing too exciting! So I'll just dump a few recent pics here: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Hiked North Fortuna on Saturday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Saw Captain America in 3D - big favor to Brian since I hate action/superhero movies! Watching viole... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:11:43 EST Wedding pics It's been a little while since my last blog and a lot has happened since then! <BR> <BR> Brian and I moved into our new place on the 22nd and although there are some maintenance issues that need to be fixed, I am loving it! The vaulted ceilings make it feel spacious and homey and I am obsessed with my sink counter space and walk in closet. The maintenance guy is coming over today so hopefully everything will be fixed this week. (for example, none of the outlets work in the kitchen and the mi... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:28:08 EST Moving! My weight is just so screwy! Last week I was 118 pounds, this week I'm 110 pounds! Last week I was bloated and all my pants were too tight and this week the same pants are baggy. My eating and exercise habits are the same. I have no explanation why I went up to 118 but I did go off of the steroids so I'm assuming that's why I dropped the weight? Who knows at this point!? 110 was my weight that I maintained for a year before my wedding (in 2011). I feel like it's my ultimate look my best weigh... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:44:24 EST Biometric Screening Results Today was my work's Health and Wellness Screening Event. I've participated the past 4 years. I love seeing numbers like this! <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol - <BR> 2014 - 175 <BR> 2013 - 130 <BR> 2012 - 147 <BR> 2011 - 151 <BR> (Less than 200 mg/dl = desirable) <BR> <BR> HDL Cholesterol (the good kind)- <BR> 2014 - 90 <BR> 2013 - 59 <BR> 2012 - 67 <BR> 2011 - 66 <BR> (Higher than 60mg/dl = desirable) <BR> <BR> Wow, my HDL cholesterol went way up! <... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:58:16 EST Weekend Hope you all had wonderful weekends! We had such awesome weather in San Diego...not that it isn't awesome pretty much all the time, but it felt like a perfect summer day on Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> On Friday we got approved for the townhouse and our start date is next Monday! We have to move out of our current place by the 23rd. We started packing up yesterday and now we are living amongst many boxes. I'm excited! <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we went to Torrey Pines to enjoy the beautiful... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:03:32 EST Makes no sense My body and weight make no sense! <BR> <BR> I literally gained 6 pounds overnight and I have been there all week. I'm not going to dwell on it but it just irritates me that I feel like I have no control over my body when I'm on this medication. I'm back to feeling bloated and puffy. The medication seemed to be working at first but it's hit and miss again lately so I need to contact my doctor again. Fun times. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I found a couple workouts that I'm going to incorporate into my... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:57:09 EST A Successful February and new Progress Pics Well, it's a few days into March but first I'll reflect on February! <BR> <BR> As I said in my last entry, February was very successful. I reached my 1500 monthly fitness minute goal on Friday on the elliptical at my apartment gym. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finished up my 30 day challenge yesterday and I enjoyed doing them all month long but I definitely need a little break! I usually don't do ST everyday so this month, I'll take ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:42:22 EST Checking in! Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It's been a little while so I thought I'd check in! February has been going great. At the beginning of the month I was up 5 pounds because of the steroids I'm taking but my body adjusted back to normal mid month and those 5 pounds are gone! I've been doing great with my challenges and I really hope I end this month with buns of steel from all the squats I'm doing. I will for sure reach 1500 fitness minutes for the month. But I have failed in making any new recipes! I ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:42:06 EST February is flying! Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had wonderful weekends! <BR> <BR> My February goals are going well. As I stated in my last blog, my goals are: <BR> <BR> A combo of a bunch of the challenges, including "Little Black Dress", "Beach Body" "Arms" "Squat", "Ab" and "Butt". Some days I'll do all, some days maybe 2 or 3. <BR> <BR> Stay in nutrition range <BR> <BR> 64 oz of water <BR> <BR> 1500 fitness minutes for the month <BR> <BR> <BR> I've done all the challenges everyday so f... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:38:22 EST Cabrillo National Monument On Saturday, Brian and I went up to the Cabrillo National Monument to walk around and do a little hike there. You can see spectacular views all around! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we did a little lighthouse sightseeing: <BR> <... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:50:51 EST Join us! I'm glad you are all excited about these challenges as much as I am! :) On the Bad Ass Rock Stars Team, some of us are going to check in on our challenges for the month to help keep us accountable. <BR> <BR> From the Team Leader STRONGMOMMA2014: <BR> <BR> Hello Team! <BR> <BR> In an effort to provide some accountability for team members requesting it, as well as (hopefully) get some activity churning up within the team we are going to have a basic challenge for the month of February! <BR>... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:19:01 EST Goals for February Well, there's still a few more days of January left but I'm already looking towards February! <BR> <BR> Who loses weight over the holidays and then gains weight in January! <BR> <BR> This girl! <BR> <BR> I guess I've been a little less strict in the food department lately and I've added on a few pounds throughout the month and I want them back off! I just looked up 30 day challenges and here is awesome website that has a bunch to choose from: <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:18:04 EST A fun, tiring weekend! Friday night, Brian and I went to Island Prime and had a delicious dinner. Unfortunately we didn't get a window table this time but it was okay! ;) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Brian showed me up with his suit and tie. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Saturday at noon, we picked up our friends' daughters to have them sleepover. We had a very full day! We took them to a Whale Festival... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:53:57 EST An attempt at Mount Woodson Hope you all had wonderful weekends and for those with yesterday off, woo-hoo, it's already Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Brian and I attempted to hike Mount Woodson on Saturday - you know, the one with the crazy "potato chip" rock! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> From 2011 <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, Brian caught what I had the previous weeks so his lung capacity wasn't that great. We hiked for a little more than an hour and then turned around. So, unfortu... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:10:25 EST ST for the rest of the month Yesterday was an endless pit today but I'm back to normal today! <BR> <BR> Last week I went to the doctor's for my cold and got antibiotics, cough syrup, and nasal spray. I was feeling pretty well until today when my nose is all stuffy again and won't stop running. The doctor said to take the medication for 2 weeks so we'll see how I feel like in a week. This cold will just not quit!! <BR> <BR> When I do challenges like I did last month, I really enjoy having set ST that I have to complet... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:53:39 EST Black Mountain I've been fighting off a cold for 3 weeks now and it finally got worse on Friday and Saturday. By yesterday I was back to feeling like I had for the past 3 weeks. I can't wait until it's gone for good and I don't have to blow my nose every 2 seconds! <BR> <BR> I didn't do too much since I was feeling under the weather but we did get out of the house on Saturday to hike Black Mountain. Being out in the fresh air definitely made my nose and lungs feel better for the hour and a half we were out... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:12:21 EST Holiday Recap Hi Strangers!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had wonderful holidays!! <BR> <BR> I'm back to work after a glorious 12 day break. Here are some pics of the fun we had: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> (I added Brian in since he wasn't in MA with us) <BR... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:46:19 EST Check in before Christmas I'm less than 3 hours away from a 2 week break! Sooo excited. Brian is not enjoying my countdown because, sadly, he does not get the same break. <BR> <BR> My goal for the month was to maintain between 112 and 115 pounds. I've been mostly 113 and 114 until this past weekend in Palm Springs where we indulged in lots of delicious food and drinks, and then more food during the week with work holiday parties. I'm now in the 115's and I'm fine with that but I would have been happier to start my b... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:38:51 EST Weekend in Palm Springs I finally remembered to bring my phone cord so I could upload my pics and post a blog about our awesome weekend in Palm Springs! <BR> <BR> Last Christmas, Brian's parents gave us a gift certificate to Marriott and we finally got around to using it this past weekend. We headed up to Palm Springs after work and about 2 hours later, we arrived! Brian is a major yelper so he had done some good research to make sure we went to the best restaurants and he definitely gets an A+ for all of his choi... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:59:44 EST Iron Girl Hope you all had nice weekends! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the Iron Girl 5k. The San Diego Sparkteam has been participating for 5 years now and this was my second year participating. The past couple weeks I was contemplating whether I wanted to run it by myself or walk with friends. On Saturday I pretty much decided I was going to walk and treat it as a social event, rather than a race to PR. Our friends' daughters slept over on Saturday night and when I was leaving on Sunday morning, Brian ask... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:35:01 EST Can I reach my Fitness Minute Goal for the year? Last year I set my Fitness Minute Goal to 17,000 which I reached in November so then I changed to 19,000. I was on the treadmill on New Year's Eve to reach that goal and I did! <BR> <BR> This year, my fitness minutes have been much lower and have had a couple months of not even breaking 1,000. My minutes were lower at the beginning of the year while I was going through fertility treatments and then the last couple months, they've been lower because of my colitis. Right now I'm 1,739 minutes ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:06:04 EST The Weekend and Plans for December Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Back to the grind! I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 days off! <BR> <BR> On Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law came over for dinner and we had a very nice, low key time. Brian carved his first turkey and did an excellent job! ;) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The next day Brian had to work so I hiked Torrey Pines with a friend and then did a little Black Friday shopping. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:55:08 EST Lots of Thankful-ness Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings! I haven't had a chance to sit down and write a blog until now so you're getting 3 days in one! <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for my husband and best friend, Brian. When we met 8 years ago, I instantly felt comfortable around him. I remember one of the first nights we were roommates, we stayed up talking until 3 am getting to know each other, and I couldn't believe how easy he was to talk to, nevermind the fact that he was so handsome! I definitely felt... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:02:41 EST Confession time! I was so good with staying away from sugar and then Brian bought 2 big bags of Starburst last Friday and I've been overdosing on them since Saturday!! Ahhh---why do I have no willpower over stupid Starburst!?!?! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, that's my confession, I did not do good with my sugar detox! <BR> <BR> I will definitely be eating pumpkin pie tomorrow so I won't even pretend to say I won't be eating sugar from now on!... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:30:27 EST Thankful Day 8 I am very thankful for my in-laws. From the moment I met them all, they have welcomed me with open arms and I have truly felt like part of their family from the very beginning. <BR> <BR> I first met Brian's beloved Grandmother on Thanksgiving and right away I could tell what a special person she was and what an amazing relationship she had with Brian. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Our first Thanksgiving together <BR> <BR> This will be the fi... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:55:27 EST Thankful Day 7 I am thankful for Food!! <BR> <BR> I am thankful I have the knowledge to know what kind of foods are healthy and good for me. I am thankful that I have the ability to buy lots of whole foods and cook wonderful recipes. I am thankful that I really love eating and cooking healthy and I don't feel deprived at all by not eating junk and fast food. I am thankful that I have a Vons, Ralph's, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods all within 5 miles of me! :) I know there are people all over the world who d... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:20:14 EST Thankful Day 6 I am thankful for weekends! <BR> <BR> Is it wrong to live for the weekends? The work week really isn't that bad but the weekends are just much more fun. I feel lucky to live in San Diego that I can go out and enjoy my beautiful surroundings no matter the season! <BR> <BR> Now I'll tell you about this past weekend. <BR> <BR> For my birthday, I had Brian buy me a Living Social deal for a make up class. When I called to make an appointment, the actual deal was completely different than wha... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:14:58 EST Thankful Day 5 I am thankful for make up! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been wearing make up since high school. I feel naked without it and hardly ever go out of the house without at least foundation on. I love buying it, I love the process of putting it on, I love looking at pictures of it, I love watching youtube videos of tutorials and reviews. I love it all! <BR> <BR> Today's make up: <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:38:26 EST Thankful Day 4 I am so thankful for all of the mountains in San Diego that have allowed me to climb them! As you all know, hiking is one of my favorite pastimes and I can't imagine my life without it. I love being out in nature, admiring the beauty, while exercising and doing something good for my body. It's such a win/win! When I lived in MA, there was just one mountain that I would hike very occasionally. Now here in San Diego, there are so many mountains to choose from and I can't wait to hike them all! ... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:05:11 EST Thankful - Day 3 Today I am thankful for fun nights with friends! (not thankful that I'm really tired today!) <BR> <BR> We went to the Pearl Jam concert last night and I'll let the pics do the talking. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:49:33 EST Thankful - Day 2 Today is a little more superficial than yesterday -- I'm thankful for the internet!! <BR> <BR> Seriously, what would we do without these days? <BR> <BR> I remember when my family first got the internet. It was the summer before my senior year of high school (gulp, 1997), and we had a dial up connection and used AOL. Oh, that horrible dial up sound!! Pretty much everyone had AOL in those days and we made profiles and did lots of instant messaging. We've come a long way since then! <BR> <B... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:33:57 EST Thankful - Day 1 So, I'm stealing Jill's idea to talk about what I am thankful for. She started at the beginning of November, I'm starting with 10 days left! <BR> <BR> I've obviously had a hard year and have been very angry at my body for a multitude of reasons. But of course, I am very thankful for it, too. <BR> <BR> Of course, my body allows me to walk, run, hike, jump, and skip if I want to! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But it also allows me to do... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:57:54 EST Weekend I'm glad you all enjoyed my Random Facts blog! I had fun putting it together. My parents scan a lot of old pics and put them on Facebook so I definitely have enough material to do another blog post like that again! <BR> <BR> We had a nice weekend. On Friday, we had to pick up my car at the mechanic and we stopped at a place Brian found at Yelp and split two awesome sandwiches. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Three different kinds of pork on one ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:07:13 EST Random Facts About Me So I could tell you that I did not get back on track this week like I said I was going to...chewy candies are my downfall! But that is just boring so I figured it would be more fun to write a few random facts about myself, with pics included, of course! <BR> <BR> 1. I was born on November 1, 1980. My mom went into labor Halloween night but I am not a Halloween person at all! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:29:28 EST Weekend Hey Sparkers! Hope you all had nice weekends! <BR> <BR> I looked in the mirror on Friday and realized that I was dressed like a nutracker. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The red pants don't look so bad in this pic but in real life, they were baggy and saggy so they have to be retired for now. <BR> <BR> We met our friends for pizza on Friday night, continuing in my not so great eating for the week! When we got home, Brian prepared his chicken ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:42:07 EST Not a typical food week This week was not a typical food week for me, that's for sure! During the week, I hardly ever get take out. In September, I only ate take out food twice the whole month. But I didn't go food shopping at the beginning of the week like I usually do so we had take out 3 times this week! <BR> <BR> Monday - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Chicken Pita Burger from Daphne's <BR> <BR> Tuesday- <BR> <img src=" Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:20:15 EST Birthday Weekend Thank you as always for your kind words and support! <BR> <BR> Friday was my 33rd birthday. Oh, the years just fly by! I posted a couple pics on facebook from past birthdays: <BR> <BR> My 21st: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My 29th when Brian proposed...very memorable bday! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday night we went on a little hike by our got dark as we were on th... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:22:42 EST