Hello October: Last Full Month Before Baby!

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Hello there! Happy Friday! This was our first 5 day week since starting school and I am WIPED.

Tomorrow I hit 33 weeks, which seems oddly far along and also realized that now that it’s October, we’re having a baby next month. Whoa. Is it just me, or did this pregnancy fly by?! From what I’ve read, the baby is now almost at birth height, could weigh between 4-6 pounds, and will likely gain half a pound between now and birth! Which, of course, means that I’ll gain at least that much…

Now that I’m growing exponentially, I have had a visits from my old pal ED. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job keeping ED at bay, but once in awhile he stops by for a good ol’ pity party. Thoughts like, “I will never get back to my pre-pregnancy body?” or “I’ll never have time to workout.” or “I’m freaking huge” do pop into my head, and I’ve worked really hard to fight back. At the end of the day (or pregnancy), none of those things really matter. My priorities have shifted and really my main concern is being a good mom. Being a fit mom doesn’t mean I’m doing a good job. Losing all my baby weight doesn’t make me better than anyone else. What matters is that I’m present and caring for the baby and for myself. Is it easy to see past this big belly and into the future of waist lines and visible toes? No. So when ED shows up uninvited, I put my hands on my big baby belly and feel my little one wiggling around. I’m pretty sure this will all be worth it.

Anyway, my energy seems to be coming back in waves and I’ve been trying to take advantage of any awake time I’ve had. This week, Gloria and I went for a long walk, I hit the gym twice, and I plan to do an online prenatal yoga class this afternoon. I split my gym workouts into legs/back/chest, and arms/shoulders and think they went pretty well! If you’re feeling wild (or aren’t pregnant),  you could probably squeeze these into one big workout.

Prenatal Legs, Chest, Back Workout

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Complete each exercise for 3 rounds of 10-15 reps. Be sure to get a solid 30-90 seconds of rest between sets.

Warm up: 10 minute walk (3.5 mph 2.0 incline)

  • Leg Press
  • Kettlebell Straight Leg Deadlift
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Seated Chest Fly
  • Seated Chest press (machine)
  • Lat pull down (wide grip)
  • Reverse grip lat pull down

Cool Down: 10 minute walk (3.0 mph 2.0 incline)

Arms and Shoulders Workout

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Complete each exercise in the circuit for 10-12 reps before moving to the next exercise. Complete 3 rounds of each circuit.

Warm up: 10 minute walk (3.5 mph, 2.0 incline)

Circuit 1: Bicep Curls, Overhead tricep extension, Kettlebell upright row

Circuit 2: Cable hammer curl, Cable tricep pushdown, bent over reverse fly

Cool down: 10 minute walk (3.0 mph 2.0 incline)

Complete every workout with a gym selfie, obviously.

That’s pretty much it for me! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

xoR

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HIIT and Pancakes: A Weekend in the Life

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a fab weekend! We had a super busy couple of days with two nights of Passover and Easter with our families. So fun, so full, feelin’ great!

With the eat-a-thon we experienced this weekend, I was looking for some quick, full-body sweat sesh’s to ward off that icky sloth feeling. No, these weren’t workouts to make excuses for eating, these were workouts to help me stay on track and feel my best! The following is an awesome Full-Body HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that I did on Sunday  morning before eating my body weight in stuffed shells:

Full Body HIIT

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This workout was modified from THIS Buzzfeed article. I also added a warm up and cool down from FitnessBlender.com, which are not only fun, but super important to avoid injury!

I also wanted to share my new favorite pancake recipe, modified from This Foodie Fiasco post. These bad boys are grain free, gluten free, low sugar, and SO FREAKING DELICIOUS I WANT TO EAT THEM ALL DAY!

Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

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  • 2T Coconut Flour
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Egg Whites or 1/4C liquid egg whites
  • 1/4C Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/3C Blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add whisked eggs and almond milk to dry ingredients and mix until completely combined. Batter will be thick. Add blueberries and additional almond milk if necessary (I usually do!). Spoon 1/3C into pancake shapes on griddle, frying pan or pancake pan. Cook 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve with fruit, syrup, nuts, peanut butter…whatever you want!

Let me know how they turn out! Sometimes I sub the blueberries for banana and they’re also super yum!

Have a fab week!

xoR

A Blog About Nothing

Hi! Long time no talk!

Here’s the deal: I really have nothing to blog about and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve been searching for some blog motivation for 2 weeks and couldn’t seem to think of anything worthy of a post. My Fitness Blender Challenge is going well. I’m feeling positive about my body right now (flaws and perfections alike!). My reduced grain (REDUCED!) diet feels great and everything is awesome.

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February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month . This is a great time to reflect on the past year’s challenges and victories on my recovery journey. I’ve had so many experiences (both positive and negative) this past year and my recovery is at a point where it feels better to just focus on the future instead of the past. I think I put too much emphasis on how I used to respond to challenging situations as opposed to moving on. So…I’m moving on. Recovery is something that I hold very sacred and it inundates every aspect of my life, as my eating disorder previously did. If you’re feeling like you want to see how I got here, here’s my recovery story that I wrote last year. My story is ever evolving, so it might feel a little outdated. Otherwise, let’s move forward together!

Anyway, today is my 4th snow day in 3 weeks. I’m binge watching my DVR, snuggling with Gloria, Charlie and Oliver, eating coconut pancakes, wearing the same pajamas that I’ve been in since Saturday night (no judgement) and feeling grateful that we’re going to Mexico next week. Life is feeling really nice right now. I don’t want to brag and I don’t want to complain. This is recovery. This is normalcy.

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No makeup. Dirty Hair. Kissing Dog. Life is good.

Have a fab day!

xoR

Grain Free Lifestyle: the new me

Hello! Happy Monday to you 🙂

I have made a bit of a diet change, and I want to share my thoughts with all of you. I’m going grain free. As someone in recovery from an eating disorder, cutting a whole food group can be problematic…as in, disordered. For example, before Chris and I got married, my trainer that suggested trying a Paleo/grain-free diet (Hi John!) . To me, that meant “NO MORE CARBS!” so I cut all resemblance of carbohydrates from my diet. No grains, no starch, no fruit. Just protein and veggies. I was miserable, weak and mean. I was very much NOT in recovery at that point in my life, so this lifestyle change did not go over well. However, at this point in my recovery, I am able to see that reducing one food group (not cutting entirely) can be beneficial for my overall well-being, and also means I can add more of another food group (like fat or protein).

Grain free diets are certainly controversial and there is a TON of misinformation going around out there. First of all, the word “grain” refers to wheat and wheat products. It does not refer to “gluten”, which is a protein, or “carbohydrate”, which is a macronutrient. Reducing grain, for me, means cutting down on bread, cereal, baked goods, etc. It does not mean reducing starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and corn. I am also not referring to this diet as “paleo” because I am still eating legumes and dairy.

That being said, you might be wondering why I’ve made this decision. Well…a couple of reasons.

1. I’m at a fitness stalemate. Abs are made in the kitchen, and while I’m not on a quest for the proverbial 6 pack, I am on a quest to increase strength, muscle tone and general feeling of goodness. A diet change can be pivotal to change physique.

2. I’m having some (ahem) skin issues. OK, I realize I’m probably have a standard “I’M ABOUT TO TURN 29 AND I HAVE ZITS and WRINKLES!” meltdown, but something needs to change. According to a few different sites, acne can be aggravated by inflammation, which apparently can result from consuming grains. Listen, I know it’s probably wacky science, but I’m really ready to do anything.

3. Grains may be inflammatory. Some studies show that consumption can increase inflammation in the body. Some say they don’t. There’s lots of back and forth, but I’ll tell you this: my belly feels better when I don’t eat a ton of grains. Maybe it’s placebo, but I’ll take it while it works.

SOOOO. Here I am. Grain free. I will say, another huge benefit of a diet change is that I’ve been cooking every day! I love cooking and had sort of lost all motivation. So, here’s a sampling of some new, grain free, delicious recipes I’ve made so far:

So that’s it for me! Check out my Food and Recipes page on Pinterest for more delish ideas!

xoR

My Top 5 Foods

Hello! Happy Tuesday. Since I’m following a workout plan that I did not write, I figured I’d talk to you about my second love: FOOD. With that, here are my top 5 foods, without which I’d drop dead (or possibly something less dramatic).

1. Oats

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I eat oats pretty much every day. My breakfast is almost always the following:

  • .33 cup rolled oats
  • .66 cup water
  • .25 cup liquid egg whites
  • .5 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Cook oats in water in microwave for 1 minute. Whisk in egg whites, zap for additional 30 secs. Top with banana, PB, and chia seeds.

Oats are awesome because they are a good source if soluble fiber, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure. That fiber also keeps you full longer than other cereals, plus it tastes damn good (in my bumble opinion). Source

2.  Speaking of peanut butter: Peanut Butter:

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I’ve raved about the benefits of this delicious butter of the gods, but in case you forgot:

“Each 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains more than 8 grams of protein, nearly 2 grams of dietary fiber, 208 milligrams of potassium, more than half a gram of iron, 24 micromilligrams of folate, 188 calories and 3 grams of sugars. The fat content is 16 grams per serving, but only 3 grams of those are saturated. The rest of the fats are mono- and polyunsaturated, which have proven benefits for heart and muscle health. While the amounts of protein and fiber are not large, every bit counts when managing your macronutrients.” Source

3. Coffee:

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Real talk: I’m addicted to coffee. Not even good coffee. Just any resemblance of coffee-like drink will do. I’m no snob (although I would never say no to coffee!). I start every day with my eggy oats and exactly 2 cups of black coffee. My brain doesn’t function otherwise.  Caffeine is a stimulant, and there have been numerous studies confirming the benefits of coffee from increased energy to lower risk of Parkinson’s! Check out this article for more! (You can trust HuffPost. They only publish really awesome articles by very good looking people ;))

4. Hummus:

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Ok, I know this makes me a total #basicbitch, but if I had to marry a food it would be hummus. I eat it by the bucketful.

A 2-tablespoon serving of hummus contains 50 calories, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of fiber. Only 0.4 grams of fat is saturated. This combination of protein and fiber will help keep you feeling full for longer than a high-fat dip that doesn’t contain much fiber, such as a full-fat ranch dip. Source

5. Champagne:

Some say there are health benefits to champagne. Honestly, I don’t care. I just wanna drink bubbles all day, everyday.

xoR

Change is Good…right???

Morning! It’s Friday and also my last official day of summer vacation 😦 I start my new job in Tuesday (which is exciting!), and things are about to get super crazy.

If we’re friends on FB you already know, but Chris and I bought a house! We’re super pumped and can’t wait to move to our new town and get situated, but there are several road bumps already along the way. For example, our lease was extended to 9/30, but we don’t close on our new house until 10/31…uhhh…so my fabulous parents are gaining two human and two feline roommates for a few weeks. Thanks mom and dad!

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As I said above, I’m also starting a new job. New job and new house within a few weeks of one another would have previously been a recipe for disaster for me (although last time I moved and started a job, I also got married within a week). So many transitions can be anxiety provoking, and don’t get me wrong, I am definitely anxious. However, I’m not allowing these exciting memories to be overshadowed by stress and self-loathing. I’m letting it stay fun, and trying to just ride out the anxiety.

Yes, I’ve already thought about what gym I’ll join in the interim and what gym I’ll join in our new town. I’m sad to leave Gymit, since it’s cheap and awesome, but I’m sure something else will turn up!

Speaking of gyms, now that school is starting back up, Chris and I will hopefully get back into our morning workout routine and I will start sharing more workouts with you all again. I’m thinking about starting this cutting plan this weekend for the next 6 weeks until Rachel’s wedding!

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Anyone interested in joining me?? I like the combo of standard weight training, super sets and plyometrics in this program. Let’s do it!

So, all in all, transitions can be hard and scary, but they are also exciting and new! I’m going with the latter and can’t wait to see what this new year brings! Yay for change!

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Happy Labor Day! Stay safe and have a good time!

xoR

The Heavy Lifter’s Dilemma

Goooood morning!

Its absolutely GORGEOUS out today here in MA, so I’m hoping to post this bright and early and get outside!

I’ve been feeling a little lost at the gym lately. Actually scratch that. I haven’t been to the gym much lately. I’ve been trying to get outside as much as I can before school starts up again, so I’ve been doing some running (almost got that 4 mile mark!) and some group classes including spin and yoga. I realize that those are not outside, but it’s been such a nice way to mix up my regular routine of workouts. That being said, I really love lifting heavy shit…and I haven’t been doing much of that at all. I’m trying to make a more reasonable schedule for myself this fall since I’m starting a new job in a new town and I was so busy last year that I lost all focus. What that really means is being  more flexible…and we all know how easy that is for me. Well, I’ll give it a try. I’m hoping to lift, spin, and be merry in the not too distant future.

Anyway, speaking of the gym, here’s another upper body workout that I did last night. Since I’ve been taking a lot of spin classes, I’ve definitely been skimping in leg day…which is counterintuitive because stronger legs would make those hills and sprints much easier….my legs are just so tired! Oh well I’m sure quadzilla will make her return eventually.

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I finished off with tabata sprints on the treadmill

1. walk 1 min at 4.0

2. sprint 20s at 8.0-9.0

3. hop on side rails for 10s

4. repeat steps 2-3 for a total of 4 mins or 8 rounds.

5. Walk 1 min 3.0

That’s about it for me today. I’m off to California tomorrow to visit my bro, so don’t miss me too much! Make sure to keep tabs on my Instagram and twitter while I’m away. Both links are on the sidebar!

xoR