WIAW: Back on Track

28 Jul

Happy What I Ate Wednesday everyone! After a few weeks of over indulging- expensive (delicious) lunch meetings, birthdays, and random sweet treats– I’ve gotten back on track to being able to just say no! when offered something unhealthy. Does this mean I’m cutting out carbs and sugar and all the yummy stuff? Ummm, no. BUT, I am making a better effort to limit my sugar. I’ve said it a few times lately, but I’m for real this time. I even passed up cupcakes in the break room yesterday afternoon. Boom.

BREAKFAST: Nothing new here. A yogurt parfait with 2% Fage Greek yogurt, slivered almonds, puffed rice cereal, and chopped up strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Yogurt ParfaitOf course that was paired with some oatmeal, cooked in water topped with peanut butter and coconut creamer. 

PB Oatmeal

MORNING SNACK: After doing some fun research and an hour long morning meeting (had a cup of decaf coffee to keep me warm, the meeting rooms are always freezing!) I had a Berry Delight Nakd Bar. So good! I really like the fruit flavors from Nakd. Followed by an apple shortly after.

Berry Delight Nakd BarApple

LUNCH: I brought food, but come lunch time, all I wanted was a salad, so I went to the cafe and grabbed one. Work salad goodness- spring mix, chicken, chick peas, olives, banana peppers, cucumbers, beets, carrots with a balsamic dressing. On the side, I had the butternut squash I brought. I always make two huge batches- one with cinnamon, one with rosemary.

Work SaladButternut Squash

AFTERNOON SNACK: One of my faves! PB&J baby! ALWAYS hits the spot. And a La Croix Peach-Pear sparkling water.

PB&JPeach Pear La Croix

DINNER: Wild Alaskan Salmon was on sale at Publix for $7.99!!! That’s 50% off! You better believe I stocked up on it. Had it with a side of grilled asparagus and roasted baby potatoes. This is probably one of my top 5 fave dinners.

Salmon Dinner

DESSERT: Nut butters are back on the list of things I want to eat- score! Nut butter shot with a side of whip  ;) I was being all fancy like. In the shot- peanut butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter.

Nut Butter and Whipped Cream

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Have you fallen off the wagon at all lately? 



Pregnancy: Weeks 8-12 & Dad’s Bday Dinner

26 Jul

Happy Sunday/Monday ya’ll! I hope everyone had a great weekend and is starting the new week off right! Here’s a bit of why my Monday is Marvelous and a few week(s)end updates

Preggo Update

I’ve been reading blogs for several years now and one thing that remained constant was that pregnancy updates kind of annoyed me- until I got pregnant of course. Every week reading practically the same thing as the week before, with just a few changes. SO, since I DID go back to every one of those blogs and reread their updates, I figured I’d do a hybrid version. I’ll post monthly updates with each week’s differences. Sound like a plan, Stan?


10 Weeks Pregnant

Weight Gained: 5 lbs. It’s really hard to know how much weight I’m actually gaining with the whole OHSS thing. Residual water weight is still hanging around, so this is more of an estimate.

Workouts: Just walking, the whole month. And 25 standing push-ups when I remember to do it.

Symptoms: Sore boobs.  Wk 8- The nausea picked up and every morning I felt queasy.

Food Aversions: Wk 8- The only real aversion was steamed veggies. Things like oatmeal (of which I still ate every day), protein shakes, nut butters (I KNOW RIGHT?!) and anything healthy really, just didn’t sound appetizing. They wouldn’t make me gag, but I didn’t want them. I’d say around week 10 I was back to eating like my normal self, veggies and all :)

Food Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary, and by that I mean all the carbs. I don’t want to be boring, but honestly, I always “crave” carbs and sweets and all that jazz, so I don’t think it’s really a pregnancy craving, just more of a comfort food calling, since most foods didn’t sound interesting.

Misc: We had a fire drill one morning at week 8, just as I was about to eat my oatmeal, so I was standing outside in the heat/humidity for over 30 minutes with no food in my stomach (remember, food every hour helps) and I almost passed out. There was no place to sit, but thankfully we were under trees for shade.

Dad’s Birthday Dinner

For dinner my dad requested steak. I have been loving me some red meat lately, so I was happy with his choice- although, the steaks he chose were a bit on the fatty side for me- it was still tasty. Paired with a sweet potato, broccoli and salad. Yum Yum.

Dads Bday DinnerDessert was a homemade German Chocolate Cake. While this isn’t my favorite of all the cakes my mom makes, it’s still very delicious!

German Chocolate Cake German Chocolate Cake

Yes, she even homemakes the coconut pecan frosting. I’m more of a traditional frosting gal myself, but looking back at this picture, I guess I am a pretty big fan of the switch up.

What does your family do to celebrate birthdays?


Thinking Out Loud Thursday

23 Jul

Just some thoughts to get you through the end of the week…

I think Chick-Fil-A is SO GOOD. Always have, so no this isn’t a preggo craving. There’s just something about it that puts it over the top. And FYI if you order it sans butter on the bread you save some calories and sat fat and it tastes the same. Promise.


I think these tissue are brilliant. They are white until you get to the last few, which are a peach color so you know you’re running low. So simple, yet so smart.


I think color changing spoons are the bomb dot com! I want to stock up on these and only use them from now on.

Color Changing Spoon

I think these chocolate chip muffins were the best right out of the oven, still warm!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I think it was a good idea that when a coworker brought me this donut, I gave it to Todd instead. Baby doesn’t need all that sugar. Especially since I made the above, having been going on several froyo dates and have my dad’s bday coming up this weekend <- Read, lots of sugary cake, OBVs.



I think it was a good idea NOT to pass on this coworker offering. If you saw my Instagram yesterday you already know I was faced with four dessert from the Cheesecake Factory. They were too good to pass up. Sorry, not sorry. Talk about a sugar high!

Cheesecake Factory Desserts

I think I make my case about the froyo dates even more with the text below. Ummmm, ya, you know you go to a certain shop too much when the owner is willing to put a pumpkin flavor on the menu in July. #thankful

Pumpkin Text

I think I earned all my treats with my current mileage PR of 4 miles. Woot woot! I know it’s silly, but even the small PR’s are a win in my book. I’m not going for any records here or pushing my body for that matter. I’m still going about a minute per mile slower than usual, but after 4 months off, I’m not complaining. As a wise friend of mine said, “You’re growing a human, you’re allowed to be slower.” I agree, Stephanie, I agree.

Preggo Mileage PR

I think about my Ry girl a lot still. I know it’s been almost 2 months, but so much reminds me of her and I just miss her more than words can explain. My heart still hurts. She will always be my first child <3

Sorry to end that on a sad note. I literally started crying when I uploaded that picture. She’s just so happy and healthy there. Damn pregnancy hormones! See what others are thinking about…


What are you thinking about?

Pregnancy: Weeks 1-7 & Tried It Tuesday

21 Jul

Figured I’d combine my first few weeks of pregnancy with something a little more fun, as I have no real pictures in the beginning. I do want to record everything, so I thought combining was a good way to do both. If the preggo stuff bores you, just skip to the pics, haha.

Pregnancy: Weeks 1-7

There are many downsides to going through infertility and one of them, is announcing your pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong… we are obviously over the moon about being pregnant, but when your family and super close friends know what you’re going through, it’s hard to keep anything a secret. I mean, everything is a process and everything has a doctors appointment.

So, it wasn’t exactly a shock that we were pregnant, more of a relief. After doing the injections, IUI and beta tests, we finally had FULL confirmation that the baby was healthy and growing at our 7 week 3 day ultra sound. While at the time, all that waiting was horrible, mentally exhausting and made me so anxious, it’s kind of cool being able to look back and be like, I knew when I was 1 day pregnant. There’s no guessing when we conceived!

All that being said, here’s my conception to 7 week pregnancy update:

Weight Gained:  + 8 lbs from OHSS, then down 5lbs from OHSS, so in total, still 3lbs up, but it’s mainly water weight

Workouts: Nothing from the start of injections until week 7, in which I was able to start walking.

Symptoms: Sore boobs. Slight nausea starting week 7. Eating something small every hour REALLY helps.

Food Aversions: Nothing until week 7. I had to choke down steamed veggies.

Food Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary.

Misc: I had a hemorrhage at our first ultra sound and that freaked me out. It’s a large section of blood that is common in pregnancy and is supposed to be absorbed by the body. Because of this though, I had to take things easy. Still no exercise, only light walking and no lifting heavy things.

Tried It Tuesday: brought to you by Lake Shore Runner and Treat Yourself Tuesday with Olives ‘n Wine!

I’ve always done meal prep for myself, but lately, I’ve been trying to do it for Todd, too. Gotta make sure he’s getting some veggies in for lunch! Broccoli, carrots and hummus for the win. He’s enjoying it- Yay!

Food Prep

My coworker made these brown rice crispy treats from Alton Brown’s recipe and they were SO GOOD! Much healthier than the packaged or even typical homemade versions. They had dried fruit and slivered almonds. I liked the dried fruit, but I think if I make them I’ll leave it out to get a pure rice crispy treat taste.

Alton Brown's Brown Rice Crispy Treat

Another coworker- I guess these guys know I like food?!- brought over a Watermelon Chobani the other day. He said he wasn’t a fan and his wife bought a few, so he gave me one. Sweet! It had a light watermelon flavor and I actually REALLY liked it! Wasn’t a huge fan of the sugar content, but I could see past that every once in a while.

Chobani WatermelonAnd last but certainly not least, a girlfriend of mine’s boyfriend works with me (did you follow that?) and she sent him to work with Cheesecake Fudge she got over the weekend when they went to Georgia. It’s from a mom n pop place called Hansel & Gretel’s. Nothing like a sugar overload at 7AM. It did pair well with my coffee though!

Hansel & Gretel Fudge

What’s something new you’ve tried?

A to Z Survey

17 Jul

Surveys are always a favorite of mine. I try not to do them too much because they can become redundant, but I’ve seen this one floating around and figured I’d give it a go. It has a lot of my favorite things so enjoy this Friday Favorite…

A – Age: 29, who wants to celebrate the big 3-0 with me this year?!

B – Biggest Fear: Cockroaches

C – Current Time: 9:18 a.m. Yes I’m at work and should be working.

D – Drink You Had Last: Decaf Starbucks KCup

Decaf Starbucks KCup

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My sister.

Kristin Miami Marathon

F – Favorite Song: Don’t have a favorite. Lame I know. My music love ranges all over the map.

G – Grossest Memory: Having to go #2 during a long run… and then actually going… during the run. Good Gross times.

H – Hometown: Born, raised and still live in Tampa, FL. That makes me a Tampon- ha!

I – In Love With: Todd <3


J – Jealous Of: Everyone training for a fall marathon!

K – Kindest Person You Know: My mom.

L – Longest Relationship: 9 1/2 years with Todd! This was in 2003. We look so young! (and yes, I was chunky back then)

M – Middle Name: Elizabeth. A family name :)

N – Number of Siblings: One.

O – One Wish: A happy and healthy baby.

Santa Baby

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: The doctors office- what a great answer, haha.

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “What are you training for now?”= the miracle of life. “When are you due?”= end of December. “How can I get faster?”= to put it simply… run faster.

R – Reason To Smile: Finding out the gender of our baby today <3

S – Song You Last Sang: “The Great Escape” by Boys Like Girls

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:15 a.m.

U – Underwear Color: White- everything I’m wearing today is gender neutral color!
Neutral Clothes

V – Vacation Destination: Italy. Or Paris, or Taiwan, or Hawaii, or London, or Boston. It’s hard to chose. Typically we don’t go back to the same place twice though.


W – Worst Habit: I don’t know if this is THE worst, but eating beyond the point of fullness. When good food is in front of me, sometimes I just can’t stop and I pay for it later.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Mostly my knee.

Y – Your Favorite Food: Any carbohydrate.

Columbia Restaurant Post Race Food

Z – Zodiac Sign: Libra

I’m linking up today with Heather, Katie and Clare for my Friday Favorites!

Gender guesses? 

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