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Thursday, April 02, 2015

So, in case you missed it...I got a positive pregnancy test on Wednesday! I am beyond elated. It was starting to feel like it was never going to happen for me. I do go in tomorrow for a blood test to confirm. It's required because the shot they gave me to ovulate can sometimes cause a false positive, but my understanding is that would only be if I tested too early. And I did not. Plus, I've been feeling some of the effects already: being more tired than usual, randomly irritable, sensitive stomach. And I feel like I'm working much harder during workouts, so I've had to watch that carefully and try to keep myself from focusing too much on calories burned and more on how I feel.

Anyway, the real reason for this blog was just to give a little info. I've been maintaining using the info from my Fitbit Charge and Sparkpeople since just after Christmas, and I've been pre-tracking my food for workdays since last fall. I feel like I've gotten into a pretty good rhythm with my workouts as well. So, I thought I'd give an overview of what a semi-typical week looks like for me as far as food goes.

Friday, 3/27 (my day off work & my rest day)
Breakfast: Half homemade whole wheat pita w/ PB, banana, and honey, egg whites with shredded cheese (446 cal)
Lunch: Leftover sushi from dinner out the night before, few pumpkin seeds (489 cal)
Snacks (anything eaten after breakfast and before dinner): Jerky, Celery w/ peanut butter, Strawberries (218 cal)
Dinner: Avocado Chicken Parmesan & garlic-roasted carrots (559 cal)
Evening Snack: Mango, Chocolate Pumpkin Cookie, (229 cal)
Total calories burned: 1959 Total calories eaten: 1940 (49% carbs, 31% fat, 20% protein; sodium: 2,287)

Saturday, 3/28
Breakfast: Shrimp w/ rice, kale, and sweet potato (dinner leftovers from the week before, haha), Strawberries (500 cal)
Lunch: Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich, Side salad w/ light ranch dressing (445 cal)
Snacks: 1/2 chocolate bar (shared w/husband), Apple, Un-tracked samples at Costco (172 cals tracked)
Dinner: Black Bean Sweet Potato Bowl w/ tomato & avocado added (595 cal)
Evening snack: Cherries, Coconut milk ice cream (200 cal)
Total calories burned: 2187 Total calories tracked: 1913--This is the only day I allow un-tracked food, so I try to leave 200-300 calories to compensate. (50% carbs, 30% fat 20% protein; sodium: 1768)

Sunday, 3/29
Breakfast: Chocolate PB2 Muffin, Egg & egg white scramble w/ chicken, Banana (461 cal)
Lunch: Leftover Black Bean Sweet Potato Bowl w/ tomato & avocado added (601 cal)
Snacks: Mango (107 cal)
Dinner: Leftover Avocado Chicken Parmesan, Mashed parsnips (535 cal)
Evening Snack: Popcorn, Strawberries, Smoothie w/ protein powder, PB2, and almond milk (330 cal)
Total calories burned: 2062 Total calories eaten: 2035 (49% carbs, 30% fat, 21% protein; sodium: 1321)

Monday, 3/30 (back to work!)
Breakfast: Pancakes (pre-made by me and frozen) w/ blueberries & maple syrup, Chicken lunch meat (475 cal)
Lunch: Mini portion of Queso Crockpot Tempeh Chili (frozen from forever ago), Open-faced sandwich w/ egg & egg white, avocado, and tomato, Strawberries (448 cal)
Snack: Edamame, Banana brittle, Greek yogurt w/ granola & stevia (380 cal)
Dinner: Sirloin steak marinated in Korean BBQ, Stir-fried peppers & onions, Quinoa (474 cal)
Evening snack: Mango, Leftover mashed parsnips, Popcorn, Granola (558 cal--did more activity than normal, had to make up for it at the end of the day)
Total calories burned: 2322 Total calories eaten: 2334 (50% carbs, 30% fat, 19% protein; sodium: 3037)

Tuesday, 3/31
Breakfast: Homemade bagel w/ cream cheese & strawberries, Egg & egg white scramble, Almonds (495 cal)
Lunch: Chips w/ chicken, garbanzo beans, 1/2 pepper, salsa, avocado, and shredded cheese (451 cal)
Snacks: Pretzels w/ mustard, 2 plums, Cashew mix (327 cal)
Dinner: Zoodles w/ tomatoes, ground chicken & sweet potato topped w/ avocado and shredded Parmesan, Whole wheat roll (476 cal)
Evening snack: Apple, Trail mix, Cherry Greek yogurt w/ pecans (441 cal)
Total calories burned: 2163 Total calories eaten: 2191 (51% carbs, 30% fat, 19% protein; sodium 2351

Wednesday, 4/1
Breakfast: Overnight oatmeal w/ cocoa, PB2, strawberries, chia seeds, & honey, Egg & egg white scramble (447 cal)
Lunch: 1/2 pita w/ chicken, cheese, & avocado, Cucumbers w/ homemade hummus, Apple, Dried orange slices (465 cal)
Snacks: Dried currants, Cashew mix, Babybel cheese, un-tracked few Cheeze-its and candied peanuts (360 cal)
Dinner: Kimchi Pork Enchiladas w/ queso fresco, Corn (enchiladas had onion & peppers in them) (529 cal)
Evening snack: Banana, Protein bar, Granola popcorn clusters (415 cal)
Total calories burned: 2340 Total calories eaten: 2217 (too excited to eat more! Plus I was thinking of those little things I shouldn't have eaten while at work. Probably evened out because of that) (50% carbs, 31% fat, 19% protein; sodium 2234)

Thursday, 4/2
Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt w/ granola, pecans, raspberries, & honey, Chocolate PB2 muffin (477 cal)
Lunch: Leftover enchilada w/ queso fresco, 2 plums (469 cal)
Snacks: Chick peas, Hamburger bun (random, but it needed to get eaten & I love bread!), Trail mix bar (360 cal)
Dinner: Homemade chicken noodle soup, 1/2 pita w/ avocado & tomato (492 cal)
Evening snack: Banana w/ peanut butter, Chips (338 cal)
Total calories burned: 2170 Total calories eaten: 2136 (50% carbs, 30% fat, 19% protein; sodium 2763)

So there you have it! I did have a couple nights where I had to do some heavier snacking to make up for how many calories I burned, but overall I feel like I've figured out how to balance all the bits and pieces I like to keep an eye on. And as you can see, I like to change things up and keep it interesting. I've been trying to figure out how to shave some sodium out of my diet without sacrificing too much, but it's hard. I don't stress about it, though. My blood pressure is always really good, it just makes me retain water sometimes. Let me know if you want recipes for anything! I loved everything I ate this week, haha. Especially those enchiladas. MmmmmmmMMMM!
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    Yay!! So exciting! You might want to put your profile on "private" temporarily until you have told the whole family, because your blogs are public right now. If you don't care, then that's ok, I just don't know if someone who doesn't know yet might follow your blog, but not have an account or just happen upon it somehow.

    Anyways, your food sounds great! And good on you for continuing your exercise program. Maintain a level that feels comfortable for you, exercise is good for you and the baby. And do it while you can, because I can tell ya, there may be a point where exercise of any sort becomes out of the question, especially if you haven't been doing it regularly during pregnancy! Ouch!

    I hope everything continues to go well. I love you!
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    THANKS for sharing your week's menu! How delicious it all sounds!!! What's banana brittle??? Sounds so exciting! I'm so proud of how far you've come!!! And I'm also excited for this likely pregnancy!!! What a huge blessing! God is good! :-)

    Thanks for the great advice on the smoothies and stuff. Not sure if I'll start this this coming week or not... we shall see. I'm just trying to weigh my options. Is rough being a planner sometimes.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend and I can't wait to hear more news of the pregnancy!!! :-) Sending hugs!

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    The chocolate pb2 muffins sound great! I would love the recipe for those!
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    And OOOOoooo I recently tried PB2 and am enjoying it! I'm thinking of mixing some with yogurt and see how that tastes! And YUM coconut ice cream! LOL
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