MIMM #12: What I’m Loving!

Today has been quite the Sunday;

…from a miscommunication at work to me locking myself out. I had to drive 30 minutes to get my key from the fiancé.

Luckily, there is a supermarket next to his work, which was one of my errands besides laundry and cleaning. It’s suppose to snow like crazy tomorrow. We already got a small taste on Saturday.

You bet the supermarkets were crowded! I am a glazed cake donut with sprinkles while I waited on line. It was marvelous! Here’s what it “kind of looked like.”Speaking of healthier eating, I’ve been loving the Special K original cereal. Since it lacks fiber, mixing in chia seeds is absolutely delicious and gives the cereal a nutrition boost!Also, since there are days I don’t feel good and Patrick isn’t here during the day, I’ve been relying on some quick meals like this Annie’s Homegrown microwaveable mac and cheese. It’s my favorite; not really a fan of “yellow cheddar.”My mom also got me there cute owl earrings. They are just too adorable, thanks mom!Since I will be home a little more often (and plus this snow storm), I picked up a book at Barnes and Nobles. I am a fan of mystery books with pets. I’ll let you know how it is. It seems similar to the “How to Wash a Cat” series, which I loved.And how could I forget that time I made some marvelous chocolate chip cookies and then made “mini” mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches for Patrick? Delicious!As always, thanks Katie for hosting MIMM! For those in the “storm” area, please be safe tomorrow! Stay indoors and cuddle with a book if you can :)Question: What are your favorite types of books or your favorite author?!

Food Alergies & Skin Testing

Remember my first food allergy test back in 2011?Since May/June of last year, my stomach wasn’t feeling right anymore. My “ehem” bowel movements were still okay but my stomach was always puffy and in some pain.

I had been bodybuilding since November 2013; eating a lot of chicken, green beans, broccoli, Greek yogurt, almonds, eggwhites, almond butter and so forth. I then stopped bodybuilding due to a back injury and switched to spin, but was still eating the same things.

Randomly, I just wasn’t feeling up to eating almond butter anymore and I tried some peanut butter, which I hadn’t eaten in years. Even though “I knew” I was allergic, I still had a small spoonful.

I didn’t experience any symptoms and it got me wondering if my intolerance/ allergies had changed. I gave in and had some wheat and I even tried some organic/ non-GMO popcorn. To my surprised, nothing. But yet my stomach was still bothering me.Then I had the surgery in late July and opted to just wait a few months since I knew my hormones were going to be off. Once my insurance was all settled, I made the appointment to see the allergist. Instead of a blood test, I had a skin prick test.

The doctor told me that this was the most reliable and instantaneous of all the food allergy tests. Here is a snipit from Food Allergy.org:

…To diagnose a food allergy, your allergist may use a skin prick test (SPT) to measure the presence of IgE antibodies for the suspect food. SPTs are inexpensive, produce immediate results, and can be performed in the doctor’s office.

During this test, the allergist places a drop of solution containing the food allergen on your forearm or back. (When testing fruits or vegetables, fresh food may be used instead of a solution.) Using a small plastic probe or needle, the doctor gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution to enter just below the surface. The SPT is generally not painful and there is no bleeding. The scratching on the surface of the skin feels similar to a fingernail scratch.

Depending on your case history, you may be tested for one food or several. Results usually appear within 30 minutes. Positive results are indicated by a wheal – a raised white bump surrounded by a small circle of itchy red skin. In general, a large wheal is more likely to indicate a true food allergy, but size is not always an accurate predictor. If no wheal appears, it is unlikely that you are allergic to the test food.

After the test was completed, I ended up finding out I was allergic to all fish, which I knew, including haddock, cod, salmon, shrimp, etc. I was also allergic to chicken, almonds, green beans and green peas, which when I think about it makes sense. During my strick bodybuilding days, that literally was all I was eating.

The doctor did say that the foods combined could make the symptoms worse. To my surprise, peanut, wheat, sesame seeds, lactose, walnuts and corn did NOT appear. Now the doctor did mention that sometimes it just depends on your body. Some people can eat cooked apples but not raw.

Listen to your body!

It’s been a few days and I did cut out the chicken and noticed immediate relief. I haven’t touched the greens and almonds in a while, so I wouldn’t know with that. I do know that too much dairy makes me bloated and raw leafy greens just don’t sit well.

I think once my normal “eating” comes back and perhaps even after pregnancy, I’ll be able to test better. Right now, I’m always some kind of bloated – I’m pregnant! So that is where I am at now; taking it day by day and really listening to my body. That’s all I can do right?Question: To those with food allergies or know someone; “Have you ever noticed any symptoms coming back?” Did you ever grow out of a food allergy or even have one come back?”

MIMM #11: #HePutaRingOnIt

Another Monday calls for another Marvelous in My Monday post.And let me tell you this one is going to be extra marvelous. You may or may not guess what it is from the title of this post, but in case you can’t figured it out…

Patrick and I are engaged! Yes “he liked it and he put a ring on it” ;)

Last Wednesday, he texted me at work and said what do you want for diner? Be ready by 7:00pm because we are going out. I was craving pasta and opted for Olive Garden.I had me some chicken and gnocchi soup the start, of course.And then their lasagna primavera with grilled chicken and parmesan sauce.We then went back home and he did his sweet proposal there. At first I was upset because I thought it was going to happen at the restaurant, but I think he was teasing me letting the anticipation build.

If anyone knows me, you’ll know I don’t like diamonds. I like pearls, which is one of my birth stones. This white gold ring has a peach Hawaiian pearl with two lilies on the side. It’s perfect <3

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My mom also came to visit this weekend and we did a little mini “celebrating” at my favorite place; Uno’s.

Still got the same thing and it’s the only way I’ll eat spinach; Mediterranean flatbread minus olives and feta.And she even bought me a baby outfit complete with a stuffy! So cute :)All in all it was a great week last week! Today is my mom’s last day here so we are going to just chill and shop around.

If you missed Baby Gendron’s week 11 update, check it out here. Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM!

Have a great week everyone <3

Baby G: Week 11 <3

Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s very rare for me to post on a Saturday. Usually it’s either Friday or Sunday. Either way, it’s just because I have a super special MIMM for y’all on Monday. Stay tuned. 

Today I bring to you week 11 update for Baby Gendron. This two Tuesday I will officially be 12 weeks! Pretty soon, we will be out of the first trimester and into the second. Time is flying fast, so let’s get to the update shall we?

{11Weeks 1Day}

Weight Gain: So far I am right on track with the first trimester; gained two pounds! Since I started at a healthy weight, 2-5lbs is recommended for me.

Workouts: Still a fitness instructor and teaching 3-4 spin classes now and the Stretch/Abs and Tabata class Morning sickness kicks in right when My PERSONAL workouts are now 1-2 times a week, one being a yoga class.

Symptoms: Getting better!

  • Migraines: Thank goodness they are disappearing, although I may have a small one every 1-2 days. I think it was due to my eye sight. I’ve been wearing my new new glasses and one day just out of comfort I put my old ones. I noticed they were better. That was one of the questions they asked at the OB has my vision changed, but I said no not thinking too much of it.
  • Exhaustion: I haven’t been AS exhausted as the first 10 weeks. My naps are now 2-3 times a week instead of every day.
  • Nausea: Pretty much has gone away but still here and there at night.
  • Others: Mild cramping and sore breasts, not to mention an increase in cup size (C->D)!

Food Aversions: Still coffee, peanut butter, nuts, chicken, green veggies, dark chocolate, protein powder and now eggs :(

Food Cravings: I’ve been craving things I haven’t eating in years!

  • BAGELS (w/ “real” butter) or any bread!
  • Burgers
  • M&Ms (pretzel or crispy – they are back!)
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Canoli’s
  • Donuts (Glazed Cake)
  • Diet Soda (Pepsi Max or Coke Zero)

Maternity Clothes: I haven’t bought any maternity clothes, but I have been wearing the new “one size larger” clothes. Lie, today I just bought a maternity sweater since all my smalls/mediums are pretty tight and super uncomfy now.

Stretch Marks: None, just my daily cocoa butter slathering.

Sleep: Sleep isn’t too bad, except for when I have to wake up at 4:00am. Thank GOD those are done!

Gender: Don’t know yet :)

Baby Items Purchased: This cute tiger body suit from Target. I just couldn’t resist ;)

Looking Forward To: Getting a bigger bump and see my baby grow. I have a prenatal appointment this Friday coming up. Can’t wait <3

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget, for all things pregnancy related; click here! :)

WIAW #119: Cravings!

Good morning y’all!

11 Weeks {1/13}

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

This one is going to be a fun one because it’s all about cravings. Last week it was all about bagels, butter and eggs. This past week it’s all about donuts, french toast and canoli’s.It’s funny how I went from cravings a ton of salty things, to back to my sweet tooth. Though, unfortunately, they are NOT Nutritiously Sweet ;).

Any who, let’s get going with this food show, shall we?

I must say, at least I managed to get some nutritious breakfast to kick start my day, like this “muffin tops” (with protein powder added). I’ve been craving bananas in the morning too for some reason. They bother my stomach, so it’s not a food I want to have too often, especially with bloating.I’ve been trying to get better about protein, more fruit and veggies. I tried out this Jamba Juice smoothie mix and it wasn’t too bad. I mixed it with almond milk instead of apple juice as recommended and added a little protein powder. Protein powder is still making me nauseaus, so I’d nix protein next time I make this.I also tried out the new Luna bar in chocolate cupcake. Now let me tell you the top layer tasted like legit chocolate frosting, but the bottom layer was just like your regular Luna bar. It was pretty good overall, but I think I’ll stick to their protein line.Speaking of chocolate, check out this holy canoli! It was half chocolate dipped with chocolate sprinkles and half plain with almonds. Probably one of the best canoli’s I’ve had, and I had a couple this week. Shhh ;)And lastly, what day isn’t complete with a nice big, fat, grilled hot dog loaded with ketchup? When you put it that way, doesn’t really sound appetizing. But trust me it was the BOMB!And craving diet soda too. I haven’t drank soda since like 2007. I guess that’s what pregnancy does to you, makes you crave things you never ate, haven’t eating in a long time or would never eat! As always, thanks Jenn for hosting!

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Lifestyle!

Sabrina’s 7 Top Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Lifestyle!

Embarking on a lifestyle change can be daunting. If you ever are looking for meal plans, workout plans or general coaching to get that healthy lifestyle going, please check out the online coaching section of the blog!I am a certified Personal Trainer and Health/ Wellness coach through AAAI/ISMA. For now, you can read up on some of my top tips and tricks that I used during my weight loss journey and even still use today for maintaining my weight and healthy lifestyle.

  1. Keep a food journal! You can also use one online or simply use a notebook as I do. This helps you stay accountable for what you are eating. Seeing it in writing makes you more aware about what you’re putting in your body.
  2. Have a workout plan: I like to plan my workout for the week and give myself a couple of rest days to recover or do yoga. Crossing out every time you do a workout helps you stay accountable and consistent.
  3. Make a grocery list before going food shopping: This is something that helped me tremendously. Making a list helps you avoid buying trigger foods that you may overeat. Know your cravings; if it is not on your list don’t buy it!
  4. Shop around the perimeter of the supermarket: Here you will find your dairy, meats, fruits and veggies. Only go in between aisles for products such as nuts, olive oil, beans and so on.
  5. Never ever skip a meal! More often than not you will overeat at the next meal because you are most likely starving. Try to munch on healthy foods such as fruits and nuts throughout the day.
  6. Carry portable snacks: This goes along with #5; I like to buy a jar of almonds and divide a serving into a few zip-lock bags and throw them in my bag or car. I also like to carry snack bars such as Kind bars. If you’re hungry at work or school, you’ll always have something handy and never have to starve.

7. Hungry? Drink a glass of water: I know it sounds kind of crazy, but if you feel hungry drink a nice tall glass of water and wait 15-20 minutes.

If you’re still hungry after then have a light snack like a handful of nuts, string cheese or yogurt. And of course, remember to drink about 3 liters of water per day. #NoExcuses!

Friday Feels

It’s Friday and I have some ‘feels.’

Each day this week was something different, emotionally and physically. Good and/or bad. I’m going to do something a bit different today and recap this week by day.

Monday: I was not feeling well at all the whole weekend. I literally wanted to never wake up from the massive migraine that I had. I knew I had to check with the OB and they did blood work and wanted to do an ultrasound to double check I wasn’t having twins. Can you imagine? I had to wait two hours for my ultrasound appointment. Luckily, there is only one healthy baby Gendron who enjoys doing back flips. Guess that explains one reason for my all-day nausea! They are going to be just like me; active! <3Tuesday: I had the morning off from work and Patrick was off too. It was nice to have a [semi] day off together and be able to whip up breakfast.And get a little pretty. We ended up at Pizzeria Uno’s for lunch. We started off with some bruscetta for an appetizer. I had a Mediterranean flatbread (minus olives, plus chicken). And a white chocoalte chip macadamia baked cookie sundae for dessert. Yes, yes, YES!Wednesday: I came to the realization that some places aren’t for me. I’ve been working my ass off post surgery to progress and get opportunity. I have found a few places that are truly willing to give you the tools in order to grow.

My goal by the end of last year was to have three spin classes (and now I really need them due to pregnancy). Bunny wanna spin?But guess what? I managed to get FOUR plus I’m covering one about every two weeks. Spin is my passion; I love giving people a great bike sesh and getting a good workout! Plus with donut cravings, I could use all the calorie burn.

Thursday: I felt I got a lot of my strength back, both mentally and physically. It’s hasn’t been easy not being able to work out. See everyone’s posts, New Year’s goals, clean eating and working at a gym.

It was overwhelming, especially when all you want to eat is donuts!Most of the nausea has subsided and the medication they gave me is helping. It’s been easier to get more nutritious meals in, which I am happy about. Granted I still have a little headache but I’ll take that versus a massive migraine that knocks me down of my feet.At least to end the crazy week, Patrick was super sweet and got my flowers “just because.” It’s the little things to me that make a difference. <3Question: How was everyone’s week?

Anything out of the ordinary happen?