We Are Here…28 Weeks

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Were now a week into the third trimester! Woo hoo!

28 Weeks 6 Days

My hair is pretty sweet in this picture. That's what happens when it's 90 degrees with 100% humidity and you have awesome Salvadorian hair.

Last weekend I made my way into the third trimester and like clockwork, things changed. It's so crazy how your body just knows when it's time to do what. 


In the past week I've gone from comfortable and slap happy second trimester bliss, to an uncomfortable, peeing, zombie. As soon as I made my way into the third trimester, I stopped sleeping. I haven't slept a full night since last Saturday. I'm tired at normal bed time, I lay down to go to sleep, and fall asleep quickly. Then I wake up around 1 or 2 and suddenly I can't sleep anymore. So I'm awake for hours in the middle of the night…then when morning comes, I'm exhausted. It's very frustrating because I love sleeping. It's also tough because it makes for some very rough days. I've been supplementing with naps, but it's not the same as a solid sleep. 

I've also had some super leg aching. I read that in the third trimester women experience hormone surges because of the babies growth spurts, which can cause muscle aches.
That is an accurate statement. On Sunday my legs ached so bad that I felt like I had run a marathon the previous day. I'm talking throbbing muscles, pain while walking, burning tendons. 
I have a very high threshold for discomfort and pain. I love that point in training and racing, where you're at the peak of pain and you're just pushing through strictly on willpower. I love love love that. It makes me excited. But this unwarranted leg aching was just unbelievable. 

Baby Aria has also had a growth spurt this past week. I'm psyched because my belly button is so close to popping out! I think in the next two weeks it should make it's appearance. The growth spurt has added some extra weight in my mid section and her room for moving around has decreased. Which means…her movements are very pronounced! She's moving all the time and sometimes I can see my stomach move with her.

She has also started responding to different things I eat and drink.

Because she is bigger, she's putting pressure on the top and bottom of my abdomen, simultaneously…which is interesting.


I want peanut butter. 

Mini peanut butter and banana sandwiches, minus the bread. 

I've also started drinking a lot of Vanilla and Chocolate Soy Milk. A few days ago I bought some on a whim and I can't stop drinking it. It makes Aria move around a lot too, which is fun. 
This week I've also been eating giant, veggie only salads. I haven't been in the mood for too much in way of meat, so I've been supplementing with a ton of fruits and veggies. I actually made this huge crock pot of paleo chili on Monday, for us to eat for the week. I ate it Monday night, but haven't been able to even look at it since. PJ is happy, because that means 12 servings of chili for him. 

As for my appetite, it's back up. I'm hungry all the time again. I've been making a lot of snacks to keep in the fridge so that I eat healthy things during these snack attacks. 


This week I've had to make some adaptations to training. I don't know that they're permanent or not. I'm just going with the flow of what my body is telling me.

A few days ago I talked about my ego check on Tuesday. I was having trouble keeping my heart rate in check during Tuesday's run, after banging out a speedy 3 miles on Monday. It just didn't make sense.

Wednesday I headed into the gym with the intention of a 3 mile run, a 1200 yd swim and 30 minutes of strength training. 
I started out with a 10 minute warm up walk, then worked into strength training. Once my arms were sufficiently ready to fall off, I grabbed my belly belt and hopped on the treadmill. I didn't feel awesome. I didn't feel as bad as Tuesday, but I definitely didn't feel awesome. 

I ran 1.5 miles and then started to feel bad. By bad, I mean my stomach just didn't feel right. I was also getting a really intense feeling that I was going to pee myself. I think both of these things are because of her size. She's positioned right on my bladder most of the time, and she's also able to reach up to my stomach and diaphram. I'm a small person with a short torso, so there isn't really anywhere else for her to go.

I decided to call it on the run. I got on the elliptical for 30 minutes and did a glute interval workout. The gliding of the elliptical really takes that pressure off my stomach and bladder. After the elliptical, I hopped in the pool for my swim. 

I have no idea if shortening my runs is permanent for the rest of the pregnancy, or if it's just the result of a weird week. I'm just thankful to be running at all, and that I still feel great while working out so much. 

Pounds gained: 14.5 at my last check up. I'm positive it's more now. We'll see on Monday.

Cravings: Soy milk, peanut butter, salads

Aversions: Fish, meat

Nursery progress: The crib is put together. Everything else is in boxes. 

Movement: I feel like she is moving all the time! A few nights ago it felt like she was walking in place inside my uterus. 

Ability to balance objects on my stomach: Almost, but not quite there yet. 

Things I'm excited about: My belly button is almost popping out!

Update on the dogs intuition: Boston is still oblivious. I don't think he can tell that anything is up. Harper however is still in tune with the fact that something is going on. She still follows me from room to room around the house. When I shower she lays on the bath mat and waits for me to finish. When I brush my teeth or put on my make up, she is on the floor right at my feet. When she lays with me she puts her head on or against my belly. During our walks she always looks back at me to make sure I'm still there. It's really so sweet.

Weird dreams I've had lately: Last night I dreamt that I was at a 98 Degrees concert and Nick Lachey licked my husbands face.

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Knocked Down a Few Notches

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I may have been getting a little too braggy about how great I was feeling and how much I was still running, because yesterday kicked me right in the face.

I've been keeping up 6 days of training per week, including 4 running, 2 cycle, 1 swim in addition to strength training. Monday I banged out a killer strength session that left my arms shaking in the best way possible. Then I ran on the treadmill for 3 miles. I was holding an 8:15 - 8:30 mile pace and I felt awesome. It was one of those days where I was really feeling like a pregnant athlete.

Yesterday I headed to the gym and hopped on the treadmill first. Right from the beginning, heart rate was going crazy. I was only holding a 10 minute mile pace and I felt like my chest was going to explode. I couldn't get my heart rate under control.

After 5 minutes I decided to call it. Then I got on the stair climber to bang out some stairs. Again, my heart rate went buck wild. I gave it 5 minutes, and again I wasn't able to get it under control.

Then I did something that I haven't done in 7 years…I got on the elliptical. I hate the elliptical. Hate hate hate it. I always feel like it's time wasted. Time I could be running.

Yesterday the elliptical saved me.

I did a tough interval workout, hauling ass and sweating like a beast. My heart rate was normal for the effort I was exerting, and I didn't feel like I'd explode. It wasn't a run, but it was a fast paced cardio workout that my body was thankful for.

I'm happy that I gave the elliptical a try yesterday, because now I at least know that on those weird days I still have a fast paced option. I guess at 7 months pregnant I'm bound to have some weird days where my body has it's own agenda.

Actually, since third trimester arrived, it has totally destroyed me! But I'll talk more about that tomorrow.

I'm working on putting together a new strength workout. Since my mileage has decreased throughout my pregnancy, and I'm moving slower these days, I want to do some extra work on my strength and stability.

Time to head to the gym! I have 3 miles on the schedule for today! Fingers crossed I'm back to normal!!!

Here are some random pictures from my phone:

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

We Are Here...27 Weeks

Friday, June 21, 2013
Well, were down to the final two days of the second trimester. I'm excited for the final stretch and so is my lower back.

27 Weeks, 5 Days


The chocolate milk is back. Well, all the milk is back. I've been drinking a ton of milk the past 2 weeks. PJ and I transitioned our diet back to a cleaner, more whole diet. I'm following Primal guidelines, for the dairy.

I feel so much better when were eating this way. I don't know why we ever stray. My body responds so much better without grains and wheat. 
No, I'm not 100% perfect at following. it's about 85/15. Last week a PB & J somehow found it's way into my mouth.

I have been housing sweet potato's lately. Last week alone I must have eaten about 10. One day I had 3 of them. 

I'm back to being really hungry, and more often than not I wake up in the middle of the night with a completely empty stomach. I've been packing snacks for me to eat when I wake up that way, otherwise who knows what would happen.


Week 26 I posted that 90% of the time I feel awesome. Right now I'm probably at about 80% of the time I feel fantastic, but there is an ugly 20% that is rough. 
I have been experiencing a lot of cramps in my legs. I drink a ridiculous amount of water, so I am certain it's not hydration related. They are generally first thing in the morning or middle of the night, so it likely has something to do with position or lack of moving around during that time.

I've also found lately that I'm most comfortable when I'm moving...which is really nothing new. Sitting for extended time in chairs puts a lot of pressure on my pelvis...so rather than sitting I'm pretty much always moving. 
When I do sit I find that on the floor, indian style is the most comfortable. Then my belly can just hang naturally. 

I also just started to really notice the extra weight in my belly over the past week. Carrying it around and continuing my every day activities is more tiring than it used to be. 

I'm still loving my body these days. I proudly rock my bikini at the beach and at the pool, and I love the reflection I see when I'm running...strong and making life.


I'm still hitting it hard. I've made a few small adjustments since last time we talked training. 

First, I wasn't doing squats a few weeks ago because my balance was off. I read in one of my pregnancy books that squats are actually beneficial to preparing for labor, etc. So I modified my squat and I am now doing them with a 6 pound medicine ball. I squat and extend my arms outward holding the ball. This balances me out. It's still a little challenging because of my extra weight, but I love a challenge. And I'm all about strong legs.

I've also added 2 days of the bike (no, not outside...it's an hour long spin class), taken out 1 day of running, and added 1 brick day. Which means...

Sunday: Bike
Monday: Run & Strength
Tuesday: Run & Strength
Wednesday: Run & Swim
Thursday: Off
Friday: Run & Strength
Saturday: Brick: Run/Bike/Run

I'm still training 6 days per week and feeling great. I actually feel the best during and after exercise. It's that damn sitting or lying down and then trying to get up that is getting me!

Pounds Gained: 14.5 

Cravings: Milk, Sweet Potato's

Downfall craving that I felt overly guilty about indulging in: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Aversions: The usual...fish

Symptoms: Lower back, Intense pressure on my bladder, Very tired at night

Movement: She's still bouncing around in there. On fathers day we went out to dinner and afterwards it felt like she was kicking me right in my stomach. I was so nauseous!

Maternity Pictures: I'm planning to do a few shots. I don't like the posed pictures, so I'm planning on a couple dark silhouette pics.

Things I'm excited about: Baby shower/BBQ/All around good time this weekend

Things that recently broke my heart: My midwife and I were talking about post baby exercising and she told me that although I've kept my fitness and activity levels high, once the baby is born I will still need 6 weeks without training to fully heal.  Womp womp. I haven't gone 6 weeks without running in years. I don't even remember the last time.
She did say I can still be active, I just can't run or really train hard until after 6 weeks is up. 

I'm off to do some work. Have a great Friday!!!

What I Ate Wednesday

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hello hello! This week is flying by. Likely because it has been another busy week. 

I actually took 2 rest days in a row this week, because I'm crazy exhausted. The first rest day was a planned day on my training schedule, and the second ended up being spur of the moment today. 
I just felt like I was run ragged. I know it's mostly because of the sweet hulk baby, who is literally living off of me. But I swear it also has a little to do with that sugary drink of crap that I had to drink for my gestational diabetes test today. Immediately after I drank it I just felt awful. Then I was dragging the rest of the day. 

The good news…I had some yummy food today!!!

Things have been delicious on the food front lately. PJ requested to go back to Paleo a few weeks ago, so we did. Well, he went back to Paleo. I am more Primal…meaning I still do some dairy. My calcium needs are high right now…and I've been loving milk the past 7 months…so all of the dairy for me!


Omelet - 3 eggs, shredded chicken and spinach

AM Snack

Smoothie - Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Banana, Coconut milk, 1/2 Chobani Yogurt

Then I ate the other half of the yogurt.


Shredded chicken breast (Monday's crock pot creation) topped with diced tomato's and zucchini, yellow pepper, onion, tomato.

PM Snack


Achorn squash with ground turkey, onion, cherry tomato's.

Happy Wednesday everyone. 

What's New

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
So, I sort of dropped off the face of the earth for the past week and a half. It has been a very very busy last 10 days. I picked up some extra time at work, which lead to me moving everything else in the week around, topped off with family time, super secret fathers day missions, traveling around, learning, and a little redecorating.

I'm not sure if my need for extra sleep lately is because of the busyness, or it's because of the tiny human that doesn't feel so tiny.

Let's see…what have we missed in the past week…

Back to School:

Well, last Monday I started a course to become a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. It's something I've always wanted to do, and now just seemed like the right time. It is a structured, 9 week long course. After which, I'll take the test late August.

Ultimately (ie. over the next year) my plan is to continue after this first certification to a specialized cert. in Women's Fitness. I'd like to work with women, particularly pre and post natal. I think there is a lot of confusion about what women can and cannot do while they are pregnant. I also think that nutrition is pushed to the wayside during pregnancy, when it is actually most important. Then after the baby is born, taking care of ourselves takes a back seat to everything else going on in life.
Exercise and nutrition can be very beneficial to conception, a healthy and more comfortable pregnancy, and after. I also believe there is a lot of value in all women learning how strong and capable we are.

There are a few more goals I have further than that…but these are my immediate two.


The dogs are doing well…one making me a little more crazy than the other.

During the week Harper is on a schedule of 5am wake up and go outside, and then she comes back in, follows us around watching us get ready for work or the gym, eats, and sleeps another few hours.
On the weekend PJ and I sleep only until 6 (I know, were insane). In that hour from 5 - 6,  Harper get's really antsy about being the only creature awake. This past weekend in that short little hour, she chewed up another comforter.
That is the only time she ever chews up anything of ours. It's so bizarre.

The weekday schedule is very important because it gives her comfort of knowing what to expect and when to expect it. And she is doing a fantastic job considering she is only 9 months old. We never have accidents in the house and like I said, usually she doesn't every chew on anything that isn't hers. That hour on the weekend is really getting us.

The solution I came up with is filling her kong with a peanut butter and mushy dog food mixture the night before, and freezing it. When I get up to use the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning, I give it to her. She eats it for an hour, and then passes right back out. It's a nice little mental stimulation in the morning to exhaust her.


I've figured out the secret to Paleo. First of all…about 2 weeks ago PJ asked me when we could go back on Paleo. I'm always in support of us eating well (and having him request it was the pregnant lady push I needed to get in gear), so I said "Tomorrow", then headed to the grocery store.

The first few days I kept getting stuck on what to eat in the middle of the day. Breakfast is easy, dinner is easy…but during the 3+ times I eat midday, I was having trouble putting stuff together that was keeping me and this hulk child full long enough.
The secret is the crock pot! At the beginning of the week I'll make a huge batch of something in the crock pot, and we both have it to use all throughout the week. I've been trying to make things that are versatile and we can do a few different things with, so they don't get boring.
Last week I made a spicy chicken dish, and yesterday I made a lemon, garlic chicken dish. When I say huge batch, I'm talking 8 chicken breasts.

If you are on Paleo, or just looking for a way to prep a lot of healthy food for the week, I would definitely search some Paleo crock pot recipes. It has been a huge time saver and having it readily available keeps from unwanted snacking.

Now that were all caught up, I'll see you guys tomorrow for a delicious food and training filled Wednesday.

My Sister Comes Clean and a Recipe

Sunday, June 9, 2013
I've recently discovered how my sister really feels about me.

Below is a text conversation between us…

I suppose all those years of tormenting her and telling her she was adopted, are now coming full circle. I should have seen this coming.

A few people have asked about the recipe for the shrimp and raw veggie dish that I posted a picture of last week. It's very simple and extremely delicious!

Serving Size: Makes 4 big servings


1 lb. Jumbo Shrimp
2 Cups Rice (uncooked)
2 Zucchini
2 Avocado
1 Can Black Beans
1/2 Red Onion
1 Bunch Cilantro
3 Ears of Corn
3 Limes
Coconut Oil
Salt and Pepper

1. Cut up zucchini, onion, cilantro and add to a big bowl. Then use knife to cut corn from husk and add to the bowl.

2. Open and rinse black beans, then add to the bowl.

3. Start the rice. Any rice is fine…whatever you prefer.

4. While rice is cooking, heat skillet on med/high and liberally add coconut oil to pan. I used about a tablespoon (maybe more) because I love it. The add the shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook shrimp until they are pink and done.

5. Cut up avocado (I wait until now to do this because I don't like them to brown before the rice and shrimp are done). Add avocado to bowl. Then squeeze lime juice from all 3 limes into the bowl. You can add as much or little as you like. I added even more lime juice after the 3 limes.
Mix veggie and bean combo with a spoon.

6. Rice should be finishing up by now.

7. On your plate, layer rice, then veggie mixture, then shrimp on top.

8. Now enjoy!

We Are Here...25 Weeks

Friday, June 7, 2013
25 Weeks, 6 Days

It's been a few weeks since I've showed the belly in all of it's glory. I'll be sure to do a belly pic next week. Maternity pants go all the way up to your boobs, so it's just not practical to do with those on.


The reign of the cereal is over!!!! I'm actually very thankful. I don't like being a slave to cereal. I prefer my food to be more colorful. Like today's breakfast:

Raw vegetables are still all over my radar. I actually googled raw dishes yesterday and printed out 6 different recipes to make over the next week. Cooking is so over rated. 
My appetite is still pretty normal this week. I'm a little nervous about being weighed on Monday though, because my belly has grown so much over the past 3 weeks. 

I've had a little bit of a hankering for some sweet things. Rather than going balls deep in a tray of cupcakes, I came up with a much better option. 
I smear some peanut butter and nutella on a salted rice cake. It's sweet, delicious, and has a bit of protein so that I don't feel the need to devour anything else after I eat it. Very satisfying.


I totally rocked my bikini at the beach this weekend! It felt amazing and liberating.

I'm still feeling physically great, about 90% of the time. There have been a few times where I've felt really bad. Sometimes it's like she's putting a ton of pressure and just bearing down on my pelvis while I'm sitting, which isn't pleasant.  Or if she has made herself really comfortable on one side of my stomach, it'll feel hard as a rock and very uncomfortable.

It's actually ironic because I feel fantastic when I run and workout, but things like getting up out of a chair and down into a chair are hard. And sitting down on the toilet, because my legs bump my stomach, can be challenging. 

Overall things are on the positive.


I got back in the saddle last weekend! Yeah! I went to a spin class on Sunday. No, it's not the same as being outside on my bike...but it was still really great to be cycling again.

Seeing that I haven't been on a bike since the end of February, I was surprised at how strong I felt in the class. I kept up, pushed hard, and sweat my butt off. I did have to make a few adjustments to my spin bike set up, than normal. I set my handle bars up higher, since my bump keeps me from bending too far forward. It felt a little weird because I'm used to the fit of my bike...where it's comfortably set for me to spend my time bent into aero position.
I also found myself looking forward to the parts of class where we stand and pedal (which I usually hate), because it relieves the pressure in my under carriage.

I worked some spin to my weekly workout routine now. I cut out one day of running and added 2 days of spin. This week I'll be going Saturday and Sunday.

I've also started wearing a belly band every time I run. It helps tremendously now that I'm getting bigger. It supports my bump while I run, relieving pressure on my hips and back. I completely recommend it.
 This is the one I use: Gabrialla Maternity Belt

Pounds Gained: We'll see on Monday

Cravings: Raw Vegetables, Peanut Butter, Milk, Bananas

Aversions: Still fish. I'm okay with shrimp...but not fish!

Symptoms: Pressure in my uterus

Movement: Kicking all day long. She seems to be most active at night...and wakes me up a lot.

Something you wouldn't normally see in my freezer, but is there right now and OMG it's so good: Mini Snickers

Emotional Craziness: It's coming back a little bit. I must have jinxed myself last week, when I said I haven't been too weird. 

I woke up on Monday to see that Harper had chewed the biggest hole I've ever seen, in our duvet cover and duvet, while we slept. She pulled out so much stuffing, there was white everywhere. I popped up, yelled at her, and then immediately started crying. So crazy!

Things I'm missing this week: Really good espresso. And hard training sessions. You know...the kind that rock your body into an outer worldly state of exhaustion. I also woke up one day this week feeling the need to run a marathon. I also wouldn't mind a glass of wine.

 Titanic Blood and Steel? Anyone?

What I Ate Wednesday

Thursday, June 6, 2013
I haven't done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a while…actually since I've been off the hard core training wagon...so I thought that would be fun for today! Plus I have this weird delusion that people actually give a crap about what I eat. 

First things first...last night I read over yesterdays post, just to reassure myself that I didn't forget to fix any errors before posting it.
Upon reading it I realized that I had 2 stupid errors in it, that made me sound like I have no idea how to speak. Oops! I guess that's what I get for rushing to put the post out before heading into work. 

Lesson learned. Take my time.


Breakfast Burrito - Eggs, Soy Chorizo, Spinach


Workout: 4 mile run in perfect 73 degree weather!

Post Workout

Smoothie - Banana, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Yogurt, Splash of milk


Panini - Chicken, Arugula, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Cheddar

Late Snack


Raw Zucchini, Onion, Avocado, Corn, Cilantro, Black Beans, Lime Juice, Rice, Shrimp Sauteed in Coconut Oil.
This recipe was given to me by my coach. It's so fresh and amazing!!!

I hope you were able to get your miles in yesterday, for National Running Day!

Have a great day! 

Bye Bye Heat and A Box of Excitement

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The humidity is gone! And the heat too! Horray!!!!

The last few days have been gross for us up here in New England. Unusually high temps and lung crippling humidity.

Yes I am a freak, and there's nothing I love more than a super hot, dirty, sweaty run in soaring temps…but anything other than running…like existing for example, is hell in those hot hot temps.

Boston handled it well.

Now for something exciting.

A few weeks ago I ran across something fun on twitter, called Stridebox.

Stridebox is a monthly subscription for runners. You are sent a box, loaded with products and accessories for training, workouts and racing.

How it works:

1. Join Stridebox online. It's just under 15 bucks a month. You can continue your subscription monthly, take a break  or cancel whenever you want.

2. They stuff your Stridebox with tons of goodies.

3. Your box arrives at your door with lots of running goodies. Open it up and get excited.

I received my first box in May and it was just as exciting as I anticipated.

OMG it's here!!!

I've subscribed to a similar thing before, where you receive a box of beauty samples.
Stridebox was 1000 times better!!! When I opened it I couldn't believe how full it was with products, and that they were all full size!!!

Contents of my Stridebox:

Sport Beans
Vi Fuel Endurance Gel
Blister Protectors
Stinger Energy Chews
Perfect Fit Raw Organic Protien Powder
Klitch - Handy clip to hook your smelly running shoes to the outside of your bag
Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaner
Just Great Stuff Organic Superberry Bar
Bonk Breakers

I LOVED this. I found every single product to be useful! There were also a few products that I liked so much, I began buying them after I tried them. As I said before, it was very cool that all of the products were full size samples that you could actually get use out of.

I also really enjoyed that I was able to try out a few nutrition products that I was interested in, but didn't want to commit to buying until I knew I'd like them!

The best part were the things that I had never heard of, but now I love!!!

I've used almost everything from May's box, and I'm so psyched for June!

I definitely recommend Stridebox! It's a lot of fun.

Well, I'm off to eat the greenest breakfast combination ever:

Tortilla with spinach, cucumber, raw green beans and goat cheese. 

Have a great day!!!

*I did not receive any sort of compensation for my review os Stridebox. I reviewed it because I loved it, not because anyone asked me to.*
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