Having a healthy pregnancy is so important.. important for mommy to feel good and not have complications, and also for baby to grow big and strong in the most important time of development! I know eating healthy and exercise is hard when your not pregnant, so doing while pregnant can be trying… but its not impossible!! This is the BEST thing you can do for yourself because it makes that 40 weeks so much manageable!
We know the healthy weight gain is approx. 25-35 pounds to gain during your pregnancy.. give or take a few pounds if you are underweight or overweight. It is challenging if you have cravings, or if you are one who is so sick and struggles to eat! It is important to allow some leeway with your cravings and I do not want to say stay away from all the food your craving, because it may help you feel better at times. But the key is MODERATION! If you eat your cravings in moderation, you are less likely to feel bad, feel more swollen, and even develop issues down the road in your pregnancy!
At 31 weeks, almost 32, I am going to admit, it is getting harder and hard to breathe and move!! Steps make me out of breath… even sitting here typing makes me tired and out of breath lol… kidding, but not kidding!! Oh and yes, I am STILL working out, but the increased contractions scare me slightly, so I am now starting to take it easy!! It is hard to believe this baby of mine is only 3 lbs right now!!!! There must be a TON of water in there!!! HAHA
What workouts am I still doing at 31 weeks?? Well, there are a variety I can still handle, but certain moves I do modify.. I do most 21 Day Fix and Fix extreme.. except any ab exercises, some Shift shop, and 22 minute hard corps! My upside down yoga poses are non existent, but am doing a TON of stretches so I know that is one of the best things I can do for myself and to prepare for my home birth!!
Now.. can we talk about nutrition?? Nutrition is key!! You cannot workout a bad diet my friends!! And eating healthy during pregnancy will make a HUGE difference with how you look and feel!! I know from experience from my first and second pregnancy where I gained 60 lbs with each baby, and my third where I actually am taking care of myself and doing things the right way and have only gained HALF the weight of my last pregnancies!! Crazy right?? And I even worked out with my other pregnancies, so it definitely matters what you ingest!!
Meal prep went down and I will say it was my “ME TIME”… maybe you are not a fan of meal prepping… I am, but if you are not, there is a way to enjoy it, but you have to start and get creative!
Meal prepping is my key to success!! When I prep my foods ahead of time, I know exactly WHAT I am eating and WHEN I am eating!! So there is no excuse to miss a meal or to say “I don’t have time to cook something up quick and I was in a rush!” Isn’t that why many fail along their journey?? They use time as an excuse and then when you mess up, well “I’ll just start next week”, or even you just completely fall off track!
Some of the recipes I made were….
Pumpkin protein pancakes!! They are really yummy just how this recipe calls to make it, but I do like to add some extra calories to my breakfast because that is my biggest meal of the day!! So I added some plain Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries and blackberries, and topped it off with some agave nectar and cinnamon!! SOOOO GOOD!!!!!
Another meal I made was Spinach, tomato, and mushroom chicken… and so simple to make!! The chicken was thrown in the crock pot for 4 hours
Then I have my *new recipe* Honey Garlic Shrimp! It is great on top of some good ol’ spaghetti squash!! It will be a great dinner for me because I like to have mainly protein and veggies at dinner time so the carbs are not sitting in my belly at night!
I try to focus on getting around 1800 calories a day… don’t get me wrong, I do more of portion control that counting calories and I will not obsess about my food, but the most important thing is getting healthy whole foods in!
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1/4 cup Braggs liquid Aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp chili sauce (I use the Sriracha brand)
1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk the honey/agave, soy sauce/braggs aminos, garlic, and chili sauce together in a medium bowl.
Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes-3 hrs. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet and discard the remaining marinade that was with shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring every minute or so for about 4 minutes, and pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about another minute or so.
Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce with your choice of spaghetti squash or brown rice! Of course, a green veggie like broccoli or asparagus is a perfect side!
If you are using spaghetti squash, you can cook that while prepping the shrimp! Simply slice the squash in half length wise, use a spoon to take out middle with seeds, place each half upside down (round part facing up) on a plate, and place in microwave for 12 min! Fork out spaghetti squash onto plate or keep it in and use it as your bowl! Simply place your shrimp on top!
We all know its easy to let life get in the way and we then lose track and site of our own goals.. Life goals, family goals, faith goals, fitness goals, etc.
On another note, I am happy to say it’s still possible to change it all around, no matter how much you feel off in these areas or no matter how far away your goals seem! But the first thing you must do is come to reality and accept the need to change, and take the step to get started on the change!
I personally have needed help in all the areas mentioned above! I am more like 70/30 with my nutrition… I miss a couple workouts here and there, and sometimes I let the things coming up in life get the best of me. I hate admitting it, but I have to because otherwise, I will not change. So I am taking the initiative to work on myself more than ever NOT just with fitness, but all aspects of my life! I am excited to be more disciplined and find a good balance in my life for myself and my boys! My boys are 4 and 5 years old and it’s time to have a good routine for our family, along with me being the best role model I can for my kids and others around me!
30 days to commit to working out a day is not asking for a lot.. Its 30 minutes that is easily spent instead of watching mindless TV shows, reading books that do not impact your life in any way, or napping… of course we need the right amount of sleep, but many people in this society take naps just because the opportunity is there. Time to take a new opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle and do things that help us live longer!
I gotta just shout this man out right here… Brent has been a HUGE blessing to my life! God definitely put him in my life at the right time. We help each other be better in these areas of our lives.. we motivate and support each other through our faith and fitness journey! I highly recommend if you are in a relationship, work on building each other up because its the best feeling ever when you can compliment and help each other! If you are not in a relationship, find an accountability partner (friend or family member) who you can be on this journey with!
Nutrition is key! Guys, I swear nutrition is one of the hardest parts of this journey. Its easy to stay on, and its easy to fall off when your surrounded by temptations, others who aren’t living the “healthy lifestyle”, and when your “too busy” to eat healthy! This is my “easy healthy” right here! Just to show you, eating healthy does NOT have to be difficult. This is a choice you gotta make and commit to and be sure you eat for the nutrition, not because its a craving. But be aware… just like when you eat bad food and crave more of it, when you eat healthy, you will crave that too!! Your taste buds change according to what you feed your body!
Putting your faith as a priority! Many of us think, we can do this ourselves. NO!!! We are busy, we make mistakes, we stress, and we need to lean on God to pull us through!!! We stress ourselves out more when we try to be too independent! Lets focus on our blessings God gave us, start using the opportunities sitting in front of us to help us become healthier and better role models for our kids and families!
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Working on your fitness journey is NOT always easy!! As humans, we have temptations and we struggle!! One thing that does separate the successful vs the unsuccessful are the ones who give up all together just because life gets a little difficult and you struggle.
I am here to tell you, not matter how hard your journey may seem, someone ALWAYS has it harder than you and is still pushing!! So do NOT give up!! There is nothing wrong with reaching out for motivation and support (THAT’S WHY I AM HERE!)
This past week, I am not excited to be completely honest, but part of my job is to help others stay accountable, so I can not say I was perfect or I would be lying and I don’t like liars! 🙂
So, during the week, wasn’t bad! But those 2 days on the weekend can really do some damage to someone and their fitness goals!
I slacked on water intake BAD, my eating was off all together on the weekend… I did good in the morning and afternoon after our Super Saturday event, we went out for hibachi (my idea.. tis tis), and I went all out! GAH!! Then after that, I got pizza for my family and friend who had her kiddos so they had something quick before they had a long drive home. It sounds so good at the moment, but holy feeling of guilt after it all said and done!!
Ok It does look good though right?? Slightly over portion sizes with rice, scallops, steak and don’t forget the yum yum sauce!!
WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES?!?
We have goals, we set out a plan, and then boom, something small throws it off.. whats even worse is I had my meals made for the weekend and just didn’t finish them all..
It’s time to stop making excuses and start taking MORE action!! I don’t know about you, but my goals are important to me and after feeling so bad inside and out with how I ate, I knew it was time to get right back on track and let the past be the past!!
So my meals and meal plan is already prepped and ready to go!!
Here is what I got for this week, week 5 of BODY BEAST!!
It’s all about portion control and eating so you don’t feel like your in jail, but enjoying what you have!
Last night, I committed to myself that I WILL set my 5 am alarm, and NOT press snooze and get my 25 minute morning cardio in, before my BODY BEAST in the afternoon!! I am NOT settling for less!
I know I get so much more accomplished when I do this and I feel great and successful, so its time to TAKE ACTION!!
Today, DAY 1 of 5 am wake up SUCCESS!!! Got my T25workout in and ready to conquer the day!!
See, all I needed was one morning of success to get that momentum going!!! Now its on like donkey kong!! :)-
Let’s all have a great week ahead!!
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So who doesn’t love the summer time and the chance to use the grill to cook?! I have become slightly obsessed with my grill, but in a good way! Instead of cooking inside and baking, I’m using the grill to my advantage!
Since I am prepping for my first Figure NPC show and I am about 13 weeks out, I am using the grill for almost all my protein and veggies!! I don’t know why, but everything tastes SOOOOO much better this way!!
Some ways to keep your nutrition regimen healthy while grilling:
Use the grill instead of cooking with butter
Grill veggies and use spray EVOO instead of cooking on stove in butter
A little seasoning doesn’t hurt to improve the taste
Add fruit as a side instead of heavy carbs like macaroni or potato salad
Lay off the salt- Herbs will do the trick!
Here are just a few things I have grilled over the past week:
What better food than using from your own garden??! Ok well my mom’s garden lol! Mine aren’t up yet! Hopefully I didn’t kill them!! Im not good with watering haha! This seriously saves so much money at the grocery store, especially when we know veggies can be expensive, along like any other food!
Oh yea!! Topping it off with just a little shredded cheese, garlic powder, and pepper!
Kabobs?!? HECK YES!!!
Yesterday, I went crazy with my veggies lol!
Since I am not allowed my raw veggies with hummus, I had to find away to still eat the veggies… These are mini sweet peppers sliced up and I also added sliced zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and of course minced garlic and pepper!! YUMMO!!
I am so proud of myself for creating this recipe!! Ok, this may have been out there, but I thought of it without searching lol!
Spaghetti Squash with Chicken and Grilled Veggies
Ingredients: (Serving approx 6)
1 lb of 6 oz chicken breasts grilled
1 small spaghetti squash
1 medium zucchini
1 lb mini sweet peppers
1/2 medium onion chopped
4 oz raw mushrooms
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp crushed black pepper
3 tbsp EVOO
To cook Spaghetti Squash:
-Cut in half length wise
-Remove seeds from middle on each side and set upside down on plate (round part facing up)
-Cook in microwave for approx 12-14 min or until soft
-Use fork to remove squash that will appear like spaghetti
Grill Chicken on medium until thoroughly cooked.
Take raw peppers and zucchini, mushrooms, onion, garlic, black pepper, and EVOO and place on top of foil.
Mix so EVOO and seasoning is throughout veggie mix
Grill on medium for approx 12 min without covering, stirring a few times to brown ends slightly.
Cut Grilled chicken into small cubes.
Place Spaghetti squash on bottom of plate to act as spaghetti noodles, then once veggies are done, place on top of squash, then top with cubed chicken.
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