Randomness from the Week

I kind of felt like writing but kind of didn’t, so I’m just checking in with some random things from this week.

1. My blogging motivation seems to come and go in waves. Some weeks I love writing and have lots to say; other weeks I couldn’t care less if I post. I go back and forth between wanting to grow my blog and feeling silly that I have a blog at all. This week is definitely the latter.

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2. This biostats final is kicking my butt. It’s a third of our grade and much more difficult than any of our homework assignments. So I’m dealing with it by not doing it.

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3. Nutrition is going a little better this week but still not great. I’ve been making peanut butter, banana, kale, and cauliflower smoothies to get some extra veggies in. They don’t taste bad but my smoothies always turn out sludge green or nasty brown. Are all those green smoothie Pinterest images a lie?

4. Still speaking of nutrition, my third trimester glucose test is on Friday and I’m nervous for it. Fingers crossed for good results. Is it bad if I calm my nerves with ice cream?

5. We’re (well Ryan is) almost done painting the nursery! We already have a crib, mattress, and dresser and I’m excited to put it all together. It’s starting to feel more real.

6. Tomorrow is my last day of work because the girls go back to school next week. I’m going to miss them but I’m also looking forward to just watching Netflix for a couple of days. Then fall classes start.

7. I’m helping lead an activity at new student orientation today and I’m feeling very old and pregnant. Thankfully it’s only an hour and then I can return home to the couch work on my biostats final.

8. I’ve been a touch hormonal (maaaaybe more than a touch) lately and took a Strike class last night. It was exactly what I needed.

I think that’s all the randomness I have. Hope you have a great Wednesday!

What’s something going on in your week? 

Fitness in a Week 8/7-8/13

Hey guys! I’m writing this on Sunday and I am CRANKY! Working on a Biostats final all day is no fun. So just I’m just checking in quickly before I go crash on the couch with some ice cream.

There’s not much to recap from last week anyway. It was a busy week and I was tired a lot. There are times to push through and other times, like now for me, it’s more important to rest.

Monday 8/7-Jazzercise

It was nice and cool on Monday so I could actually go to the 4:30 class. We did a couple new strength routines but both were done flat on the back. Since I can’t lay on my back, I did my own standing variation and can’t say much about the actual choreography. They looked like good routines though!

Tuesday 8/8-Rest

It was cool again in the afternoon and I was planning to take an afternoon class. But once I got home from work, I was exhausted and decided to rest instead.

Wednesday 8/9-Rest

Thursday 8/10-Jazzercise

My only day off this week, so I took advantage and went to a morning class. Yay for new routines! I got my DVD a few weeks ago and have been so looking forward to doing routines in class. I liked most of them, especially Castle on the Hill, but was disappointed in Despacito.

Friday 8/11-2 mile walk

The youngest girl I watch learned to ride a bike! That meant we had to go on a bike ride. Well, two girls rode their bikes, one rollerbladed, and I walked behind them, shouting for them to not get too far ahead because I move pretty slow right now.

Saturday 8/12-Jazzercise

More new routines, including Work. I so wish I could do high-impact for that routine-it looks fun!

Sunday 8/13-Rest

Maybe if I had gone for a walk, I wouldn’t be so grumpy. Hmm….

It’s another busy week but my last one working. After this, I should be able to get in some kind of activity every day, as long as I’m not feeling too tired. I’m 75 out of 100 classes for my Jazzercise challenge so good progress there!

Now the couch is calling and I must go. Have a great Monday!

Jazzercisers-what do you think of the new routines? Any favorites so far?

Non-Jazzercisers-try a class 😉 What was your best workout this week? 

Bumpie Friday: Weeks 24 & 25

Checking in for another pregnancy update! I missed last week but truthfully the weeks are starting to blend together. I debated about posting today because there’s not much to update but I really don’t want to work on my Biostats final so let’s do it.

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I wanted a picture of my new outie belly button so my week 25 pic is just in a sports bra. Meaning it’s not going to be posted on the internet #sorrynotsorry

Size: Week 24-Ear of corn and apparently I don’t know how to go back a week in my other apps

Week 25-Rutabaga, Cabbage, Cauliflower

Feeling: Huge! I’m obviously pregnant now and I feel like my tummy sticks out further every day. My new bigger clothes are already feeling tight and I’m a little nervous that I still have a whole trimester to go. Otherwise, I’m still feeling pretty good. I have achy feet if I’m on them very much and a little uncomfortableness after walking the other day but no major complaints.

Loving: I still have to say feeling him move. He moves a lot now! And I may be guilty of eating spicy food if I haven’t felt him much… It’s really the coolest feeling though and one I’m trying to make a point of embracing because I know it’s something that’s pretty much once or twice in a lifetime (depending on how many kids we end up having). The other night he was really squirmy and Ryan got to feel him more than he has before. I love when he [Ryan] can feel and we can share it together.

Purchases: We decided on a paint color for the nursery and Ryan has started prepping the room. I think his plan is to paint this weekend. I’ll be sure to share pictures when it’s all done! Otherwise, no purchases but I did work quite a bit on our registries. I’m sure there’s so much more that we need but it’s a good start. Or I registered for way too much or all the wrong stuff. Who knows? Baby stuff is overwhelming!

Other: We had our breastfeeding class last weekend. It was three hours and there was only one other girl there but lots of good information. I feel better about it now except the answer about breastfeeding after being induced for labor kind of freaked me out. Does anyone have any encouraging words about being induced and breastfeeding? It’s pretty likely that I’ll be induced and I’m worried about being able to feed him after he’s born.

Denver Burger Battle 2017

A fun fact about my dad: he’s a burger connoisseur. He has a (mental) list of all his favorite burgers and if a restaurant is lucky enough to make the list, we eat there a lot. A few years ago, my brother found the Denver Burger Battle, where you literally spend the night eating and judging burgers. This year we were fortunate enough to make it back.

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Sixteen area restaurants cook up samples of their best burgers in hopes of being voted “Judge’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” at the end of the night. For the price of the ticket, it’s all you can eat burgers, desserts, and drinks (water for sure and I think beer; none of us drank).

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This year they gave us those handy plates above at the entrance to carry all your food and drink. My dad and I had spent the afternoon looking at the competitors online and figuring out where the best tents were, so as soon as we got inside, we were off to find his favorites.

The Burger Battle has the best atmosphere. It was a gorgeous night, a great location, and everyone was polite. The lines moved quickly and it was never crowded. There were a couple games, like giant Jenga and corn hole, and a great 80’s cover band playing.

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An example of one of the tents. Sorry random guy in the picture

Once we sampled several burgers, my moment came and we hit the dessert tables.

If you can’t tell, that’s a Colorado flag made out of doughnuts. Right above is my favorite burger of the night-it was basically made out of frosting!

We continued to sample burgers (and I may have hit the desserts a few more times) before deciding we were full and it was time to vote. There were kiosks set up where you could submit your vote for your top two burgers. It was a decision we didn’t take lightly and my dad and brother sampled their winners a couple more times, just to be sure.

My brother’s flags, my dad’s flags, and my flags from our burgers (usually about a fourth of a burger, not an entire one!). It should be noted, though, that their piles should be bigger and mine should be smaller. A lot of the burgers were pink inside and so I only took a bite from the edge (where it was cooked all the way) and gave the rest to them to finish.

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Scott and the Hamburglar-clever!

We then found some chairs and settled in to listen to the band until the winners were announced. I don’t remember the judge’s winners but Stoic & Genuine and The Cherry Cricket were the winner and runner-up respectively for the people’s choice. Those were my dad’s top two and he was very proud of his burger rating skills.

Overall, it was a great night. The event is fun, the atmosphere is laid-back, and it was fantastic to spend time with my dad and brother. Hopefully we’ll be able to make it a tradition!

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Thanks to my brother and dad for several of the pictures! 

Less Than Stellar Nutrition

I’m a big believer in moderation when it comes to food. I don’t believe in cheat days or “good” and “bad” foods. Everything can fit into a healthy lifestyle and when you’re somewhere special with family or friends, you should enjoy the moment, including food.

But…when cake, French fries, and chocolate muffins made up 95% of your diet for the past week, it might be a good time to take a minute and reevaluate your nutrition choices.

For my birthday, Ryan got me an ice cream cake from Cold Stone. It was delicious but big, meaning the two of us ate a lot of cake. Then the girls I nanny made me a birthday cake and were excited to share it with me. My dad, brother, and I enjoyed the Burger Battle (post to come soon) last week, indulging in burger, fries, and, especially in my case, dessert samples. The past weekend included going out with friends and running out of food at home, meaning fast food and chocolate muffins for meals.

Anyway, all that to tell you that my eating lately hasn’t been the most nutritious. There’s no feelings of shame or guilt (well, maybe a little guilt just because I haven’t been giving my baby boy the nutrients he needs but ordinarily there’s no guilt). There’s no sweeping declarations of changing my diet or “today’s the day I start eating healthier”; there’s no “getting back on track” because I was never off. Eating is part of life and constantly being “on” and “off” a diet does not seem enjoyable to me.

This week though I do want to focus on making more nutritious choices and indulging less. So my goals (remember how to set healthy goals?) for the rest of the week are:

  1. Eat a vegetable with lunch, dinner, and for a snack every day
  2. Limit sugary desserts to 2x a week (being realistic because I’m pregnant and really want that Triple Truffle Blizzard from Dairy Queen 😉 )
  3. Plan and make enough leftovers to have lunches and dinners for the weekend (instead of only planning for 5 days and running out of food like we usually do).

I’ve enjoyed all the food I’ve eaten lately but have definitely reached that point where I know I’ll feel better with more nutritious foods. Anyone else want to set some nutrition goals for the week with me?

 

Fitness in a Week: 7/31-8/6

Hey all! Sorry for the disappearing act at the end of last week. I spent Thursday afternoon and evening in Denver with my dad and brother for the Burger Battle (so much fun!) and Wednesday, well, I was just being lazy and didn’t write anything. But I’m back today with last week’s workouts.

Monday 7/31-Rest

Tuesday 8/1-Rest

Wednesday 8/2-Jazzercise

Thursday 8/3-Rest

We walked around a ton though. My dad and I explored CU Denver/MSU’s campus for a bit, then walked around (literally around the outside) the Burger Battle to scope out his favorite tents, and then walked around inside the event going to all the different tents.

Friday 8/4-Jazzercise

I showed up for class and surprise! No instructor showed up (due to a scheduling mistake, thankfully nothing serious). So I grabbed my phone (which I don’t usually use to teach), found the last set on there (which turned out to be from January), subbed in a couple routines I know better, and jumped on stage. I did all low-impact and only goofed a few times-pretty good for not reviewing at all! It was a fun class and I enjoyed being back on stage. However, I still think waiting to return to regular teaching until after the baby is here is the best choice.

Saturday 8/5-Rest

Sunday 8/6-Walk

1.44 miles with Bailey (yes that number drives me crazy) and 0.27 miles with Benji. The cooler weather felt amazing!

Not a super active week but it was hard with work and the heat. This week is supposed to be cooler, so I’m crossing my fingers I can make it to a couple afternoon Jazzercise classes. My staying fit during pregnancy challenge is still going strong (posting it on Instagram, however, is not). I’m at 72 out of 100 classes. Technically I have about 15 weeks until my due date but I’m going to try to finish by 35 weeks, meaning 28 classes in 10 weeks. Pretty sure I got this!

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

 

Blog Stuff

How’s that for an eloquent and articulate title? I’m playing the tired and pregnant card today, so it’ll have to do.

Pretty soon I’m going to have a lot more free time than I’m used to, at least until Baby Boy makes his appearance, and blogging seems like a good hobby to fill the time.

Recently I had a lot of positive feedback on my “Being Active: What is your Why?” post. I enjoyed feeling like I was providing something from my blog and having some new visitors to the site. This is something I’d like to continue.

Don’t get me wrong-I’m still going to post my workout recaps and updates on my pregnancy; I like using this space as a personal journal and as a way to keep family and friends updated on my life. But I also really like the idea of doing something more with it.

So my questions to you are

  • What do you look for in a blog? What makes you keep reading?
  • Are you interested in more informative posts (exercise, nutrition, etc.) or more personal life posts? What are your favorite types of posts? (Not necessarily on my blog but blogs in general)
  • What topics would you like to see more of on here? Is there anything you’d like me to post more or less about?
  • Any suggestions for me to help make my blog better? Remember I’m pregnant and hormonal, so please be kind 😉

Also, I really need to decide on a blog name (here’s why I need a new one). The only suggestion I’ve had is Mama2Be (thanks Kelly!), which I like a lot but is only good for a few months. I’ve thought about leaving it RD2Be because I’d still love to be a registered dietitian but it doesn’t seem to quite fit anymore. The URL is actually my initials but I think something with Kaci K would be nice so the website makes a little bit of sense. I have no idea what though. Any suggestions? Please? All my brain cells seem to have gone to the baby.

Thank you for any help and advice you can give!

Fitness in a Week: 7/24-7/30

Hi all! Ready for another week? I’m enjoying the fact that I passed the health coach certification I did for my independent study and therefore have one less summer class to worry about now!

Monday 7/24-Rest

Tuesday 7/25-Jazzercise

Yay for afternoon storms that cool the temperature! I wasn’t planning to go to class but when I realized it wasn’t a million degrees out anymore, I quickly changed into my workout clothes and headed to class.

Wednesday 7/26-1.90 Mile Walk & Yoga

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Thankfully it was still a little cooler in the morning and Bailey and I did 1.65 miles. Then Benji got to join in for a walk around the block.

A little later I made my way to yoga. I’ve really enjoyed the class but unfortunately this was the last class of the session and it looks like I might have missed the chance to sign up for next month.

Thursday 7/27-Rest

I was hoping the weather would cool off again but the sun stubbornly stayed out.

Friday 7/28-1.6 Mile Walk

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My view on walks now

Bailey and I started the morning with a walk to celebrate my birthday and to get some movement in before more studying and my certification exam.

Saturday 7/29-Jazzercise

Sunday 7/30-Jazzercise

Two classes in two days may have been a little ambitious. However, when an instructor texts you and tells you she’s teaching a really fun set, you make it to her class. And she was right, it was a lot of fun!

I’m currently at 70/100 classes for my Jazzercise during pregnancy challenge and am hoping for some cooler days soon so Bailey and I can walk a little further. As my belly gets bigger, though, I’m just grateful for another active week. Hope everyone has a great Monday!

How were your workouts this week? 

Bumpie Friday: Week 23

Tomorrow marks the start of week 24 already! Can you believe it?! (My weeks change on Saturday, so I publish these posts on the last day of that pregnancy week).

Size: Baby is the size of a bunch of grapes, a large mango, or a grapefruit, depending on the app; to be honest, I really don’t get the fruit comparisons.

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For fun, check out this post from 2 weeks ago where I’m wearing this same outfit. Does my belly look bigger?

Feeling: Very pregnant! Things like getting up and bending over are already getting harder. My belly feels huge. I know in 15 weeks when I’m really big, I’ll look back at this and laugh. Otherwise, I’ve still been feeling pretty good. My feet get tired and swollen pretty quickly if I’m on them but I’m grateful to have no major complaints.

I’ve had some anxiety this week but I’m not really sure what triggered it. I know someone who lost her baby in the 23rd week so maybe that has something to do with it. Whatever it is, I hope it goes away soon because I know anxiety isn’t good for him or my blood pressure.

Loving: Ryan and I have been talking about names. We have one that’s leading so far and we’ve been trying it out this week, which has been fun. And no, we’re not telling until he’s here 😉

We’ve also enjoyed using the word “son” as often as possible. For some reason, “I’m having a son” makes it seem so much more real than “I’m having a baby”.

Doctor’s appointment: I had a check-up last Friday for my blood pressure. It was normal when the nurse took it but high when I did it with my home machine for the doctor. His heartbeat was good, a little lower than it has been but the doctor said that’s normal as babies mature. I was scheduled out four weeks for my next appointment instead of two, so I think that’s a good sign.

Pregnancy moment: Have you seen the movie Storks? It was the $2 kids movie at the theater this week so I took the girls I nanny to it. It’s based on the old story that storks deliver babies. In the movie, the storks switch from delivering babies to delivering packages. Towards the end, storks delivered babies to all the parents who had written unanswered letters. Well, at that part, I started crying. I started thinking about those parents waiting for their baby and how long it has taken us to get our little man, about those who had to wait even longer, and those who are still waiting. Yep, I was the person crying in a theater full of kids. Luckily, it was dark so my girls didn’t notice but I’m totally blaming this one on hormones.

Baby purchases: Just this onesie.

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I mean, how could I not?! My sister-in-law sent me a bunch of helpful suggestions on baby gear and we’re planning to do some work on the nursery this weekend, so I’m guessing we’ll have more purchases/a bigger registry next week.

I’m so excited to meet my little guy but I know I won’t ever this experience again (as in my first pregnancy-definitely hoping to have another one, although I’ve learned you can’t take that for granted). I’m trying to remember to enjoy each week and not just count down the days.

Thoughts on Turning 26

Tomorrow is my 26th birthday! How is that even possible? That’s such an official adult age. I mean, I know I’m married, own a house, and have a baby on the way but I still don’t feel that old. When do I start actually feeling like an adult?

I always think birthdays are a good time to reflect and think about where you are in life and how far you’ve come over the past few years.

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Last year (25), I was excited to start grad school but wanted a baby more than anything.

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Two years ago (24), I was frustrated when my school plans were blocked by out-of-state tuition but looking forward to getting married in less than two months.

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Three years ago (23), things were pretty good but I knew I couldn’t stay at my job much longer and was trying to figure out what to do next.

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Four years ago (22), I had just graduated college and started dating Ryan; I was excited to see where my life would go.

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Five years ago (21) wasn’t a good time in my life so we’re not going to talk about it. Let’s just say I’ve grown a lot since then.

This year is an exciting year because I’m really happy where I am right now. I’m so excited for my little guy on the way and am proud that I’ll graduate with my master’s degree next year. Even though I am disappointed that I won’t be completing a dietetics program, I’m grateful I’ll be able to be a stay-at-home mommy for at least six months.

Setting goals is something I usually do every year on my birthday. It’s fun to read over old goals, especially ones that I’ve met like start a blog (!) and live somewhere I could have Benji and another dog (a goal that predates Bailey). This year, though, I don’t really have any goals to set. I want to deliver a healthy baby, be a good mom, keep a strong relationship with Ryan, and stay on track with school. If those things happen, it’ll be a good year.

I’ll be spending this weekend with Ryan decorating the nursery for our baby boy and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate another year.