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Why, hello there! It’s been a little while… Winking smile Life has just gotten too busy these days and sadly there hasn’t been much time to sit down and write. But we’re here now and that’s all that matters…well, at least I’m here. Hopefully some of you are still around. Open-mouthed smile

It is freezing in New England today (go Patriots, btw!) and a hot breakfast sounded good…but not eggs or oatmeal. So what else is there? A grilled pb & banana sandwich, of course. I felt like a little kid eating it but it sure was delicious! I added some granola for some crunch but it didn’t stay that crunchy. A glass of milk topped it off and we headed to church.


Time really is flying by and I’m already 21 weeks (I’m pregnant, if you forgot…I sometimes do, or would like to). I feel like we haven’t had time to even process this yet and it’s already half over. Help!

There is still so much to do but I feel like we are making a little progress.

Lots of reading and researching…we actually have a few names picked out and that was one thing I was most nervous about.


A few cloth diapers have been purchased…isn’t it just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? No? The things I get excited over these days…


Our first big purchase…swoon! Love at first…stroll? It really is amazing.


We looked at paint colors last night for the nursery but haven’t settled on one yet…things are getting done! Yippee!

As far as the whole pregnancy thing goes, I thought I would enjoy it more than I do, if I’m being honest. Maybe it’s just the stage I’m at but I can only imagine that it’s not going to get much better. I feel good most of the time (still kind of nauseous in the mornings) but I’m hormonal and uncomfortable. My clothes don’t fit. Maternity clothes don’t fit. Running is uncomfortable and I just want to run!! Smile Okay, I’m done now…I know it will be worth it in the end.

My diet is pretty much back to normal (no more bagels three times a day) and I am still going to Zumba once a week…I really want to get to the gym more often and need to start putting it on my daily schedule. Yes, it’s that bad. I’ve gained 8-9 pounds so far so hopefully I won’t be too far off of the goal of 20-25 total. It’s a little hard to get used to the scale going up and it being a good thing. Smile

We had our anatomy scan ultrasound last week and everything looks good and baby is on track as far as growth goes. That was a big relief since being diabetic (I’m Type 1) can mean certain complications. They are even making it an option to see the high-risk OB, rather than mandatory, since everything looks so good. We still haven’t decided if we will book those extra appointments or not. Between my monthly OB appointments and meeting with the diabetes specialist, I’m not sure I can handle more doctors! We decided not to find out the sex so it will be a surprise in June!

Side note: I’ve started to be able to feel the bean kick and move around this week! So weird but completely awesome too.

I’ve been taking progress photos and I think I’m finally starting to look pregnant, rather than just having eaten too much ice cream (though, yes, I have been eating too much ice cream). I’m not sure what I was thinking when I chose a striped shirt…really?? Winking smile Don’t mind the complete awkwardness and bad lighting, the one random outfit, etc.






So there you go! I’m going to go cry over the ultrasound pictures now (“Reid, there really is a baby in there!!”)… Open-mouthed smile I’m good at that…


Hi friends! It’s almost Friday!! Woot!

I worked this morning and then stopped by the pool for a little bit. My mom had grilled some hotdogs so I ended up eating one for lunch. Once again, I wasn’t very hungry. I ended up eating some crackers by the pool too.

Thursday night is Zumba night! Love it! I go to a 5:30 class and look forward to it every week. I am finally getting the hang of all of the songs (well, except for the new ones she throws in there) so no more stumbling around! It was a great class and I did a quick 10 minute upper body strength session afterwards. My arms were surprisingly tired from the class!

I want to keep up with strength training during half marathon training and would like to do it at least twice a week…

Reid made dinner tonight…what a guy! Tacos were on the menu and I made up a taco salad to get my veggies in.


Yes, pickles. The best part!! Smile I couldn’t even finish it though…it was huge!


I’m now contemplating dessert…a peach, an apple, or a bowl of ice cream? In the meantime, I’ll just have a spoonful or two of deliciousness…I and love and you! Winking smile


I’m still loving this song…

For some reason all of the official videos are restricted from playing on WordPress…annoying! Anyone know a way around this?

What song(s) are you loving right now?

This is random but when I went to put the (s) on song this is what it did…Sleeping half-moon

Who knew? I’m easily amused (and clueless, I guess).

Goodnight! Sleeping half-moon

Open-mouthed smile

Hi friends! Today was a much better day than yesterday! Smile Hope you had a good day too!

Breakfast consisted of a bowl of Cheerios with blueberries and an iced coffee…which reminds me that I need to brew some more for tomorrow! I’ve only purchased one coffee in the past two weeks! Not bad…

I got home around 1:30 but could not think of anything that I was in the mood to eat for lunch. It was a sticky day so nothing really sounded good. I finally made a tuna sandwich at 2:30…nothing special, just tuna with mayo and s&p, with pickles and lettuce.


I need to get some decent bread in this house. Yuck. I had an iced tea too.

I started reading The Help this afternoon in between loads of laundry and I love it so far! I couldn’t take my nose of it and started dinner a little late. Oops! This bookworm thing is becoming problematic. I had to take a break from Harry Potter since the store didn’t have the third book in the series…I’ll have to find it this weekend! It’s the only one I’m missing…

Back to dinner, I had a whole chicken to use and wanted to try something new. After some Googling and Foodgawker searching I threw together a glaze/sauce and started prepping the chicken.

All dressed and ready for roasting…


And the masterpiece…garlic mustard chicken!


I can’t wait to share the recipe because this was so delicious! It was very moist and flavorful…yum! I’ll post it soon.


I ended up having to head out to Zumba just as this was coming out of the oven but it was still good reheated. Enjoyed with sautéed kale and boiled potatoes from the garden!

I came home to find pictures of Reid’s dinner on my camera…


He’s a keeper! Winking smile 

But, this is a good example of how important natural light is for food photography! The camera was on the same settings for both, mine were just outside (well, picture #3 and #4 anyway)! Summer, don’t leave! Just a little tip for you…not that I should be giving any advice! Smile

Zumba was fantastic but it was super hot in the gym tonight…they need to crank up the AC; I was sweating even before we started! Yeah, I know…it was bad news once we started moving!

Time to stick my nose back in my book!

Are there any foods that you were hesitant to prepare but turned out to be really easy?

Whole chicken is one for me! I stayed away from it for a while but now am always surprised by how quickly it comes together (other than cooking time). Bread and other yeast recipes scared me at first, too, but it just takes a little practice!

Hi guys! Hope you had a great Monday!

After getting some cleaning done this morning I showered and headed to the farmer’s market…I’m going to all the ones in the area to hopefully find a good one. Well, no dice. It was pretty small and didn’t have much of a variety. Ah, small towns! I did pick up a small hand-carved wooden spoon but forgot to take a picture.

I stopped at Nature’s Green Grocer on the way home and picked up some goodies…


Blueberries, apples (pink lady), and an avocado, a mango kombucha, bread, ham, and a new bar. Everything is organic.


So, this was my second time trying kombucha (fermented tea) and I just can’t do it…I want to like it since it’s really good for you but I just don’t. The mango was better than the other one I tried (not sure what flavor it was) but still not delicious.



For lunch I made a quick salad with romaine topped with pasta salad and Italian dressing.


We made grilled pizza again for dinner…I experimented with sauteed garlic kale and feta…



Reid said it was “definitely not fabulous.” LOL…it was better in theory. Something was just off.


I had one slice of the kale and feta and two slices with ham.


I headed to the gym for a 6:30 Zumba class that was amazing, but hot! I was dripping by the end and actually felt a little dizzy. My water bottle was definitely empty by the time it was over! I finished it off with a quick 10-minute weight session and headed home.

After a cool shower, I’m watching The Bachelorette and enjoying an apple. It’s one of the best apples I’ve ever had and I could eat all of them. But I guess I’ll share. 🙂

Good night!

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a splendid day!

Another rather sluggish day over here since my pump was acting up again last night and I wasn’t getting any insulin. Not good! Hopefully the issue is fixed as I’m rather sick of feeling so lethargic.

I grabbed a Clif bar and an iced coffee for breakfast and packed a lunch for work…a huge salad that I got sick of eating before it was gone! Loaded with veggies…romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, ham, and croutons. I used some of the honey mustard that I left at the office.



Finding the Balance: Fitness

I thought I’d talk a little about how I started working exercise into my daily routine (well, almost daily :)). I was pretty active in high school, never really a runner but I played field hockey and was pretty active with school, extracurricular activities, and work.

(Source– Not me, just a random picture :))

After high school, though, my workouts were sporadic at best. It was around this time that I was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and taking charge of that aspect of my life took priority. Once my blood sugar levels were under control and I started using an insulin pump, I was able to meet with an exercise physiologist (who specialized in diabetes care) to put together a workout schedule. We decided that I would exercise 3-5 times a week. That lasted for a little while but I never made it a priority.

Some friends of mine had ran a half marathon and I was really impressed and considered it a major accomplishment. Running was not something I did very often nor particularly enjoyed so I never thought that it was something I would do. After looking up some races, I bought a pair of running shoes and started pounding the pavement. I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon plan, pretty strictly too. If it said to run 5 miles, I ran 5 miles.


Picking a half marathon as my first race was not the smartest choice, as I came to find out when I was sidelined a few weeks before the race with a stress injury in my tibia. It wasn’t quite a fracture but it was still too painful to run. I didn’t let it deter me, though, and after a few months off (rather sedentary months, I might add) I started training again. I took things a little easier and went on to run two half marathons (recaps here and here) and multiple 5ks.

After a while I started to burn out on running. I still loved it but just didn’t find it as enjoyable when it was my only form of exercise. I started adding in some strength training but didn’t really stick with it. I recently stopped running so much and started doing the P90X training program. I liked it a a lot, but as with running, I started to get sick of it after about 9 weeks.


I tell you these things to bore you to tears to show how I came to find a balance with the fitness side of healthy living. While some people run, and only run (or swim, bike, etc.), I’ve found that I need to mix things up to keep up with this side of the equation. After too much of one thing, I get bored and stop. Your body also usually responds well to change in your exercise routine.

I’ve finally found what works for me, and that is: no strict training plans/programs, planned (and unplanned) rest days, and variety. The last point is key. I still love running but I also love strength training, walking, Zumba, kickboxing and spinning. Why pick just one? I still try to exercise 3-5 days a week but rather than having a specific plan, I do what I’m feeling each day. I’ve found it to be much less stressful and therefore, enjoyable! I look forward to my workout most days…most. 😀

Do you stick to one main form of exercise or do you switch it up?

Top Three Tuesday- What are the top three places you have visited?

  • Hawaii (Our honeymoon)
  • France/Spain (that counts as one, right?)
  • Barbados

And in case you didn’t see it in the comments section of yesterday’s post, the answer to the Mad Gab riddle was Jack of all Trades. 🙂

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