Fabulous Friday!

It’s Friday, but that doesn’t mean anything for me.

I work the weekends but I am perfectly okay with that. Everything is too crowded to enjoy anyways. Today I am sharing delicious eats and other “fabulousness” from this week and let me tell you, there were PLENTY.

Like this margherita pizza from Whole Foods.Or this breakfast; I had a mean craving for eggs!Mid-morning snack anyone? How about chocolate chip cookies? WITH PROTEIN?!How about this five-foot giraffe that Patrick’s parents bought us for Baby? It was our “happy ultrasound day” gift.That being said, we did find out the sex!It’s a girl! <3I had a feeling my little pumpkin was a girl. I am usually right with these things. #MotherKnowsBest!I am off in a couple of hours to teach spin and then work at the yoga studio ’til about 8:00pm.

Oh! By the way, if you are stumped on what to make for breakfast today or this weekend, you can check out my FIVE  favorite breakfast post here. :)

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

 

My {5} Favorite Breakfasts

Why good morning my friends.

Today’s post is all about the most important meal of the day: breakfast. I love breakfast. I look forward to it before I got to bed and after I eat it for the next day.

Maybe that’s just me, but breakfast is just so good. I like to make sure I have a little bit of everything; mostly carbs, some protein and fiber plus a little healthy fats. I am going to be sharing with you my current top five favorite breakfasts. Enjoy!

#1: Oatmeal with chia/flax seed blend, peanut butter (1-2tsps), soymilk, maple (1 tsp) and raspberries. This one is self explanatory, but do note that I make the oats with water then add a few tablespoons of soymilk to cool down the dish and add some creaminess.

#2: Kashi Go Lean mixed with SpecialK Protein and soymilk with a decaf latte on the side.I like to either use the regular Kashi Go Lean or the vanilla one. I change up the cereal I mix it with, in this case it’s SpecialK protein for extra protein goodness.

I was on a “Cheerios + Ancient Grains with chia, blueberries and soymilk” kick for a while. The latte is simply made with [any] decaf New England Coffee and soymilk.

#3: Quest bar (or any protein bar) and banana.Like when I went to New York, sometimes you need an on the go breakfast. Pair any protein bar with fruit (I usually do banana or an apple) and be on your way!

#4: Pancakes!I’ve been making my normal “protein” pancakes without the protein powder, since it still make me nauseous.

Instead I just sub the protein powder for 1/2 cup of oats instead of 1/3. Still taste delicious!

#5: Starbuck’s Spinach and Feta wrap. This is either breakfast or lunch for me. If I forgot to eat breakfast or didn’t really have anytime on hand to take with me, I go to Starbucks and grab one of these bad boys.

I love that it has a little bit of “everything” and it’s under 300 calories!

Question: What’s your favorite or go-to breakfast?

Baby Gendron: 18 Weeks!

Baby Gendron is officially 18 weeks today!We are almost halfway there. I like to keep it in back of my mind because it means summer is closer every week. Let’s get into a recap of how things are going, shall we?

Weight Gain: 7lbs. I catch myself trying to suck in my stomach just out of habit but, you know what? Just gotta let baby hang! I was on track with the first trimester, gaining a total of about 3lbs (1-5lbs being average).

Now I should be gaining about 1lb per week from here. I started the pregnancy at I’d say 162ish and now I am holding steady between 168.8lbs and 169lbs, still on track!

Workouts: Still teaching about 3 spin classes a week and the Stretch/Abs and Tabata class. My PERSONAL workouts are maybe 1-2 times a week, one being yoga. I’ve been wanted to be a bit more active/ lift some weights (the spin classes are the only real “active days”). I found a YMCA close to my house, so I will definitely get there a couple of times a week. They also have yoga classes, which is great! 

Symptoms:

  • Migraines: Down to 1-2 a week. Still taking either one Excedrin tension headache or one fioricet.
  • Exhaustion: I’ve been a bit more tired and restless at the same time… Grr!
  • Nausea: Maybe 1-2x’s per week.
  • Others: A lot more back pain and cramping the past couple weeks. Breasts are still growing, slowly but still growing.

Food Aversions: I can now handle coffee and dark chocolate again. Greens are a hit or miss but I am trying! Still refuse protein powders, just the thought makes me gag (even in pancakes/ oatmeal).

Food Cravings: For the past couple of weeks we have:

  • Oatmeal/ Raspberries (finally something healthy right?!)
  • Dairy Milk
  • Stonyfield Greek Yogurt
  • Orange Juice
  • V8 Splash Berry Blend
  • String Cheese
  • Lollipops (or other random candies)

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new yet, waiting for dresses!

Stretch Marks: None. Just my daily cocoa butter slathering.

Sleep: Sleep isn’t too bad, but I have had a lot of cramping in the middle of the night and the having to pee 24/7! :(

Gender: We are going to find out today! *cross your fingers* :)

Baby Items Purchased: My mom and I did the baby registry last week, so that is all set! She got me this cute bib. I purchase this little blankie and rattle. Adorable <3

Looking Forward To: Having a bit more energy this week, means I can get a bit more active! Also baby shower in May to see all the family I haven’t seen in months or years <3

Question: Are you ready for summer yet? I know I am! 

Frogs or giraffes?

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MIMM#16: Busy Bee

Happy Monday y’all!

Even though I just traveled to New York earlier this week, it seems that I have been busier than usual.

What’s a pregnant lady to do? Snack, snack, snack of course!I tried the pear flavor of the Stonfield Greek and Chia. It was marvelous and much better then the other flavor I tried which I cannot remember for the life of me which it was.

How about these NuGo Fiber D’lish bars? I won a giveaway from Linz for a box of these marvelous bars and opted for the coconut macaroon. Taste likes summer!

This weekend though, was pretty chill and I was off Saturday and Sunday with the exception of class.

This means I had ample time to make dessert.Make a marvelous breakfast for the fiancé.And… one for myself (I’ve been feeling oaty). Play with bunny. And even sneaked in a bump selfie {17Wks4Days}.Oh and happy March! :)

This month is going to be nuts: Between covering more spin classes (and working more in general), bump growing, our last month in this apartment, doctor’s appointments galore… it’s going to be a busy one!

I hope y’all had a marvelous weekend and have a wonderful week ahead. As always, thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!

“A Day In The Life Of” A Traveling Gnome

This traveling gnome has been out of the game for a couple of month.

To be honest, I have been wrapped up with work and Patrick and I are trying to save up for our little Vermont getaway as well as our trip to NYC in May. Today I share with you “a day in the life of” me traveling from Boston to NYC bright and early.

Difference is, I am taking the bus when normally I drive. I am just being safer since I am pregnant and get tired faster. Let’s get started shall we?

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Monday 2/23, 4:25am: Alarm clock goes off!

4:45am: I packed everything the night before, so all I had to do was brush my teeth, get dressed, gather my stuff, wake up Patrick and head out the door. I took a few sips of this Vitamin-C deliciousness as I got ready and saved the rest for later.5:00am: Begin the journey to Boston. I seriously need to thank Patrick for waking up before the roosters to take me to the train station. Love you.

5:45am: Arrive at the station, wait for my bus and munch on my breakfast: Questie bar and a banana.6:00am: Bus takes off! This bus was express and it went pretty quick until we got to Manhattan (we even passed by Yankee Stadium). There was tons of traffic in the city but we got there safe and sound at 10:45am.

11:00am: I was hungry but it was so cold, so I decided to get on the train to get home to the boogie down Bronx.

11:45am: Get home, make some lunch, relax and chat with my brother. 

1:00pm: I waited ’til my mom came home so we could head to BuyBuy Baby for the baby registry and other errands. I know, the baby shower is in May but I like to plan and have things taking care of. And now it’s done! In April we’ll announce the registry and send the invites. 

7:00pm: Arrive home, eat dinner and relax ’til bed.

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2/24, 9:00am: Tuesday was mostly a relaxing day. I slept in and when I woke up I made some oats, digested and did a little yoga. I made some cupcakes for my dad and waited for my mom to come home.

Baby Gendron even turned 17 Weeks! <3

1:00pm: Went to grab lunch with my brother. I really wanted some New York pizza and that’s what we ate!3:00pm: We went to the 92 Street Y to see a music appreciation performance that was for my mom’s school. It was about music mixed with silent films. I definitely felt baby move during the mini orchestra performance.6:00pm: Came home, ate dinner and relaxed again. Cutthroat Kitchen time!

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2/25, 8:00am: Woke up a little earlier, cleaned up, made some oats, did a little yoga and relaxed.

1:00pm: Wednesday was another low key day. My dad and I went to lunch at Olive Garden and enjoyed some conversation about baby and the future. I got a flatbread and a side of chicken and gnocchi soup.For the rest of my time in New York, my mom and I did a little shopping and I did some more relaxing. It’s always get to get some R&R every once in a while.

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2/26, 7:00am: On Thursday, I woke up a bit earlier to say bye to my mom and pop since they went to work early. I got ready for my bus trip back to Boston and ate some delicious oats for breakfast.10:00am: I took a quick stroll to the bakery up the block to get this delicious coconut and cinnamon sticky bun type thing. I haven’t had one of these since high school. 10:45am: I walked to the train station with my brother, got some goodies at the store and bid him goodbye.

12:10pm: I literally made it right on the dot to MegaBus. It was not in the place I though it was but thank goodness I made it, I was so frozen!

1:00pm: Definitely needed a sugar rush ;)5:10pm: I finally made it to Beantown (with a 15minute stop along the way).

I grabbed my things, then headed to the train to teach Spin. Only I would teach spin class after being on train/ bus from 11:00am to 5:30pm. That’s just me :) All in all, it was a nice/ productive trip to NYC.

Baby registry and baby shower decorations are done. Cake is mostly figured out too!

And, I got a new phone too! Early birthday gift from my dad. Now pictures should be clearer.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! :)

Find a Healthy Balance (Pregnancy)

Today’s topic?

“Finding a healthy balance.”

This can apply to anyone, not just for those pregnant mamas out there. Why am I bring it up? Well, I think there comes a point in everyone’s “health” journey where you just want to give up or just can’t seem to stop eating 2 donuts a day.

For whatever the reason may be; stress, lack of progress, etc. It happens to the best of us; especially when pregnant.There is a little bean that is growing inside that puts your hormones out of whack. Things you loved to eat and do, you find that you don’t want them anymore. You are more tired and may find yourself more sore second trimester.

The first 11 weeks for me were brutal; all I wanted to eat was bagels, eggs and iced lime tea. I couldn’t stomach any veggies, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, cheese, nuts & nut butter and so forth.I found that I couldn’t really workout much either.

I was lucky if I got in two good workouts and that’s only because I was teaching the class. Once 15 weeks came around, I began to feel more like myself. I found that I was craving my normal “clean eats” and not so much of the bagels and donuts. I found that I wanted to get up and workout. I also learned that I can’t be too hard on myself, after all I am growing a human. Life is about progress, not perfection and I think it’s important to revisit that ideal. So how am I finding a healthy balance during my pregnancy? Well, here are just a few tips and remember they can apply to anyone.

  1. Make small goals for EACH week. I made a calendar (that I will keep using past lent) to keep myself accountable. Right now my goals are: get in at least 2 servings of veggies per week (they still make me gag), practice yoga/mediation at least twice a week, get at least 2 good cardio workouts (my spin classes) and 2 weight training session per week. After I complete one, I do a little drawing (or the workouts I log on my Gmail calendar) and I can visually see progress. In my mind I rather workout 5 times a week, but I know right now that isn’t realistic. If I get in 3 good cardio workouts one week, it feels even better because I set a small goal first.
  2. Practice 80/20: Whether you are on a weight loss journey or trying to stay “healthy,” remember it’s okay to have a piece of cake. One slice isn’t going to make you gain 5lbs, just like burning 500 calories isn’t going to make you magically have six pack. Be sure that 80% of the time you are staying on point, exercising and eating well. That other 20% you can leave for make a small handfull of M&Ms or extra steak for dinner. ;)
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. As I mentioned before, your life is a journey, not a destination. Keep in mind that progress is moving forward. Sure right now I am not going to see abs for a while, but I know that as long as I keep a healthy balance and stay active, postpartum I will be able to get that body back and see “that type” of progress.

Is every day going to be perfect? No, of course not. There will be those nights where all I want is pizza or donuts for breakfast. The key is to find your healthy balance and be proud when you make better choices.

This morning, for example, I really wanted a donut. But I chugged a glass of water, made some oats and decaf and enjoyed it slowly. And you know what? Donut craving is gone… for now anyways ;). Baby steps y’all!

I am off to NYC bright and early tomorrow so today will be about packing, teaching my last spin class til Thursday and getting in some yoga. Hope y’all have a wonderful Sunday! :)

“A Day In The Life Of” A Fitness Instructor

Good morning y’all.I decided to bring back “a day in the life of” posts. I have done them in the past but what will it consist of?

Each week (or every other) I will post something different; this week is about a fitness instructing day, next is a day in NYC. The following posts could be about pregnancy, a day off, who knows?!

I will be posting these either Thursday or Fridays. And for your convenience, there will be a new tab at the top called “Day In Life,” where you will find all these posts.

You’ll also noticed the other tabs have been updated as well. Check them out and enjoy!

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Thursday 2/19, 7:15am: The alarm sets off and it’s time to get up. Lie; I delay for another 5mins and stay snuggled in the blankets. By this time, Pat already woke up and is getting ready for his day.

7:25am: Brush my teeth, wash my face and all those “little morning things” get done.

7:30-7:40am: Tall glass of water! Gotta hydrate for the long day ahead, plus prep breakfast. Today I had oats w/ a smidge of maple, cinnamon and peanut butter topped with raspberries, Kashi Go Lean and a decaf soy latte on the side.7:45am: Get dressed quick, grab my [prepacked]gym back, warm up the car and head to class!8:25am-:9:45am: Make it to the gym and get read for Stretch & Abs and Tabata class. Today I focused mostly on abs and shoulders for Tabata class.

9:45am-10:15am: Get a quick back, bi’s and tri’s workout in.10:30am-12:00pm: Call my mom (she’s off from work), run a few errands and munch on a snack.12:00pm: Get home, work on the blog, make lunch (multiseed bagel w/ 1 egg, 1 eggwhite, cheese and tomatoes) and relax.1:00pm-2:00pm: Download new music and work on some Spin playlists for this week.2:00pm: Start cleaning up the house a bit [and munch on some M&M crispy]. It was pretty messy, I’ll spare you the image ;)4:00pm: Start prepping dinner and eat before Spin class; whole wheat pizza wrap for him and hot dog & tomato wrap for moi! I know a little different, but really delicious!6:00pm: Drive over to Boston to teach Spin at 7:00pm. Love  night Spin sessions.8:00pm: Grab a few groceries, a snack (these Whips are a-mazing!), then head home. At this parking lot if you buy $10 you get free parking or you pay $11 for parking. I rather “eat” $10 then pay a meter. Right?8:45pm: Get home and shower. 

9:15pm: Relax with Pat and then fall asleep around 10:00pm. Zzzz.

 Question: What did you do this Thursday? For those who practice lent, what did you give up or are doing for it?

I decided to cut back on sweets, particularly donuts. I practice moderation, but I would rather get more fruit in then donuts. So no more then 4 donuts during lent, get in veggies at least twice a week (just something!) and practice yoga/meditation twice a week (even if its just for 15mins). :)