I’ve been a slacker on this blog, I know. And it’s not like I’m spending hours at the gym, although I am spending more time packing healthy lunches for E and I. I do not like the 35-40lbs I gained on this pregnancy. Although folks say I look “small,” I know the reality is that there is no way that weight is all baby and increased fluids.
I was not consistently tracking food throughout most of this pregnancy. That plus the inability to work out at the level of intensity I was doing before I got pregnant plus my lack of desire to work out once I could no longer run or take spin classes resulted in too much weight gain early on.
Fortunately, after our vacation in late April, I got my crap together and started tracking religiously since then. And as a result, I’ve been making better choices. That’s not to say I don’t have the occasional Dairy Queen Blizzard or McDonald’s soft serve cone, but I make sure it fits into my daily calorie budget: 2,000 calories. After living off of 1300-1500 calories for the better part of a year, it’s more than enough for all the healthy stuff, my dairy and fruit cravings plus a daily treat. Each day features a snack of cereal/milk/fruit or a smoothie made with Greek yogurt, frozen fruit and milk. I swear it’s the highlight of my day. My favorite smoothie recipes so far:
- Black Forest Smoothie: 1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, 3/4 cup frozen cherries, 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- Chai Smoothie: 1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup chai tea concentrate, 1 small frozen banana
- Banana Cappuccino Smoothie: 1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 small frozen banana, 2 tsp instant espresso powder or 1 TBS instant coffee. (I’m sure Via would work well too!)
Lately I’ve started grilling or poaching a bunch of chicken each Sunday night and using it to make a week’s worth of lunch salads for Evan and I. It sounded like it could be boring, but we’ve managed to really diversify our salad options. The rotation includes:
- Asian Chicken Salad: chicken, mixed greens, cucumber, snap or snow peas, shredded carrot, red pepper, slivered almonds, ginger vinaigrette. (Sometimes mandarin oranges will make an appearance.)
- Buffalo Chicken Salad: chicken tossed in wing sauce, tomatoes, mixed greens, cucumber, celery, carrots and light ranch dressing.
- Taco Salad: lean ground beef (or ground turkey or chicken) seasoned with taco seasoning, cheddar, romaine, tomatoes, jalapeno slices, diced avocado, homemade salsa vinaigrette (sometimes I add corn or black beans)
- Italian Chicken Salad: chicken seasoned with Italian herbs or marinated in light Italian dressing, mixed greens, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, olives, shaved parmesan and a light Italian dressing.
- Apple Harvest Chicken Salad: chicken, mixed greens, cucumber, sliced green apple, craisins, walnuts, goat cheese, raspberry vinaigrette.
- Strawberry Fields Salad: chicken, mixed greens, sliced strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, homemade berry vinaigrette.
- Sometimes I intend to make a cold noodle dish (like Thai peanut noodles or soy sesame noodles) that we can toss on top of greens and load with fresh veggies to prevent total salad boredom.
- And finally, beet salad: Diced beets, goat cheese, grapefruit or orange sections and champagne or citrus vinaigrette on arugula. Sadly, E is definitely against beets so this one is all mine.
I’m also meal planning. I continued this even when I wasn’t food logging. It definitely helps to make sure I’m on top of my fruits and veggies, but it’s essential to smart grocery shopping and ensuring we don’t over-purchase or have to make three more runs to the supermarket because we forgot stuff.
I’m still testing out new recipes, although not as frequently as before. Most recently, I made Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella’s pepperoni sauce as a topping to steamed zucchini. It actually convinced Evan to eat zucchini, but I am trying to develop a lower fat and calorie version of the sauce.
Also, for the past month, I’ve been swimming regularly (now up to 4 times a week) and although it’s been way too dang hot for walking, I’m trying to fit more of that in (typically in air-conditioned malls or stores, but I could get my ass to the gym if I was so inclined–the crowds I battled in the winter should have moved on to outdoor activities by now).
Our due date is 12 days away, but if he’s anything like his father (or, for that matter, most first born children), he’ll be late. I was hoping for a July 4th weekend baby–partly because I’m ready to meet this kid, partly because I’m just about mentally checked out of work and partly because I need him to be born this early so Evan and I can make some commitments later in the month. Selfish and unrealistic, I know, but it’s Evan’s brother’s wedding and there’s a huge craft show in Maryland that I want Evan to be able to go to.
In the meantime, I’m just wrapping things up at work and doing random odd jobs around the house to keep me busy. Sunday, that includes scrubbing the kitchen. Last week, it was reorganizing the pantry. (In fact, there has been a lot of organizing and cleaning as we make room for The Kid and prepare for sleepless nights.) It’s also included writing thank you notes for baby gifts, trolling for new books to read while I’m on leave and keeping my family updated with our now weekly appointments with the midwife. What’s left? Not much:
- Updating my iPod and cleaning up my iTunes. I’ve had a ridiculous time getting iTunes to work lately and I’m not sure why.
- Finish writing Thank You notes.
- Organize computer files, including scanning and backing up my old taxes.
- Updating our rental insurance.
- Organizing a huge pile of recipes I’ve been accumulating.
- And perhaps making an adorable owl mobile using this pattern which I discovered MONTHS ago, purchased the felt and have since done nothing with.
Aside from that, hospital bags are packed and we’ve stocked up on seasons 1-3 of Dexter on DVD and adjusted our Netflix queue to get us through zombie-like days and nonstop nursing. The cat is chilled out more–possibly as a result of using Feliway, increasing her play time and training her. Yes, I’ve trained a 10 year old cat. She now knows to go to time out (space between the sofa and bookcase where she can be alone) if she’s mad and she knows to hop up on the windowsill to watch me leave for work each morning.Yes, I’ve become the crazy cat lady!
What are you all doing with your summer?