Thursday, October 19, 2017

I'm in a tailspin

It's been a while since I have blogged. My life has been in a tailspin since I found out I was pregnant and now I've found out something may be wrong with the baby and that we should prepare ourselves for fetal demise. I had already given him a name....Brody-Grey, where do you go from there? I feel like I've done everything I was supposed to do..... ya know? I eat right for the most part, I workout, I don't drink or smoke. The only thing I have to our disadvantage are our ages. My husband and I age of advanced parental age ,but that shouldn't matter too much right? There are tons of people that have children later in life.

I keep praying that they are wrong, I keep praying that God gives me this....this one simple request....one more healthy child. My poor husband thinks it's his fault because he has been constantly worried that something would be wrong and now it very well may be. Then I'm thinking " I knew I was pushing my luck" we have 4 healthy children we should have left well enough alone.

Monday we see a perinatal specialist to have a Chorionic Villus Sampling done to tell us definitively if something is wrong with little Brody-Grey. It takes two weeks for the results to come back. What am I supposed to do for those two weeks? I hate this, I'm not even enjoying my pregnancy anymore and I am starting to feel flutters.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Healthier Salmon and proscuitto alfredo

  • I like to play around with this dish, I will sometimes use peas instead of the asparagus. When I do that I do not add in the sundried tomatoes. 
    Also being pregnant I had to cook the proscuitto which was just as good.

  • Meat: I sautéed the salmon in a tablespoon of olive oil to desired temp seasoning with sea salt and pepper.

  • Zoodles were also sautéed in olive oil for a few minutes to desired tenderness then topped with sauce, meat, veggies and a sprinkle more of parmesan. 


  • Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce;
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 10 - 20 asparagus spears cut in thirds
  • 1/2 cup of portobello mushrooms
  • 3 or 4 pieces of proscuitto
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 parmesan cheese (I also mix in  a little mozzarella)
  • I also like to add sun-dried tomatoes for a bit of sweetness



INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Garlic: Saute the minced garlic, asparagus and mushrooms with the butter in a large nonstick skillet over low heat. Cook for several minutes or until vegetables are of desired tenderness and the garlic is soft and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Cauliflower: Bring the water or vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot. Add the cauliflower and cook, covered, for 7-10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Do not drain.
  3. Puree: Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower to the blender. Add 1 cup vegetable broth or cooking liquid, sauteed garlic/butter, salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, cheeses and milk. Blend or puree for several minutes until the sauce is very smooth, adding more broth or milk depending on how thick you want the sauce. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Serve hot! If the sauce starts to look dry, add a few drops of water, milk, or olive oil

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Finding my balance

I am working on blogging more consistently, it has been a bit of a struggle finding my healthy balance in this pregnancy. Between the cravings and fatigue I have been struggling. But I think it is getting better now.







I have finally come to a place where I am happy with what I am eating. My goal during this pregnancy is to lean out (meaning burn as much fat as possible) but still gain and build more muscle. So that means focusing on making sure my macros are where I want them to be. I am finally in a place with them that makes me happy. The foods I am currently eating satisfies my cravings without sacrificing my health and fitness goals. I am happy with the programs I have chosen to keep me strong and carry me through this pregnancy and finally starting to see a little results. I know that is 100% due to me meeting my macros more diligently this past week. So I am happy and looking forward to moving in this direction over the next 7 months.  I felt stronger during my workout today, which excited me. I am truly looking forward to what I can achieve over this next few months. #pregnantbadass that's my goal...hahaha!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My life is about to change

Well would you look at that. Life is going along just fine, I was 9.6lbs (give or take a pound or two here or there) from my goal weight and bam! Now I am pregnant, you know to be honest I am overjoyed about this. But this has me completely overwhelmed with what to do about my progress for the next 9 months. Well....7 and a half now.

All of this has got me to thinking....what do I want this pregnancy to be like? I know I want it to be healthy, I know I want to show other women that they can 100% still workout and take care of themselves while pregnant. That being pregnant does not mean you have to sit around eating and getting fat. It should and can be a time of optimal health. So that's what I want this pregnancy to represent. Everything that I know it can be, everything that I have learned and become over the years culminated into this period of time to show why this is a better way of life.

So how do I want to do this;

1). Eat the way I have learned how to eat: clean, delicious fresh ingredients, putting the absolute best food available to be into my body to nourish and sustain my body and baby during this pregnancy.

2).To get plenty of rest, and

3).To workout the way I like to with the goal in mind to continue to burn fat and build lean muscle.

To thrive, glow and grow with my baby in a way that shows women just how amazing and capable this process and our bodies were designed to be. That is what I want this pregnancy to represent. So let's do it :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I'm back with a tip :)

I cannot believe it has been more than a month since I blogged. Holy cow, if you follow my blog I would like to apologize for that. My life has been hella crazy. But I am back and with a tip :)

Salad lovers, have you tried using mason jars for meal prep? I love them to store my salads for the week because they keep the ingredients fresh if you layer them properly. And when you're ready to eat, all you have to do is shake 'em up!Here are a few tips for creating the perfect mason jar salad:




  1. Pour dressing in the bottom. That way your veggies stay crunchy and fresh.
  2. Layer heartier ingredients like carrots or beans after the dressing.
  3. Pack your greens on top.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Change fu*ckin sucks

Happy Monday, I like Mondays. I know a lot of people don't but I do. I think of it as my clean slate, my chance to get right this week what I didin't last week. So if there was a goal I fell short of last week, I sit down and go over what I did and where I can make some changes. That is why tracking helps. I track everything I eat, even the bad stuff so I know what happened if my weight stalled or I gained. I track what I did for workouts and if I ate strategically for them or not. So I know why I had energy or why I was lacking it. That part takes practice but simple tracking is pretty easy. Once you start doing that it makes a world of difference trust me.
 

 
So this morning I looked at what I did yesterday as I have a crazy goal this week that I am not going to share....lol and I saw what I could change and I did the same thing Saturday and it's working. Today I am going to add in a little something that could backfire but what the heck, ya gotta go for it right?
Anyways, my point is just look at this week as 7 chances to change just one thing. And I know it's hard, change fu*ckin sucks. I know because I have to constantly change things that I get used to and like. Like the heavy cream in my coffee that I have recently fallen in love with...gone as of Friday and the first day I could feel me resisting it. I was uncomfortable and annoyed that I couldn't have it, but today not so much. If you stay comfortable you don't grow, you stay the same. I don't know about you but I am so glad I didn't stay the old Phyllis because I'd more than likely be hungover or still drinking right now...yes at 9:30 in the morning, chain smoking a pack of cigarettes and fake smiling my way through the day instead of feeling real joy, and having a real life.  So pick one thing this week and get rid of it, or find a healthier substitution and go for it. Happy Monday, Carpe diem 💛

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday meal prep fun :D

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday's now..well.....besides take a nap 😊 is roasting veggies.
It's become my fav way to meal prep them because it's easy, they taste soooo good and i can do several days worth at the same time.
Tip: cook then slightly below your desired texture so when you heat them up they don't get soggy😋
Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower/Broccoli Preparation
Heat oven to 400°F.
 
 
Arrange asparagus spears on a baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tsp. olive oil for every 10-15 spears and season with Himalayan salt if desired.
Broccoli/Cauliflower
On a baking sheet, place cauliflower florets or broccoli drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil for every 3/4 cups of veggies and a dash of ground cumin and Himalayan sea salt.
Place the baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp.
Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
I usually can't wait that long and I start eating them right away. Not recommended with asparagus cuz you'll burn your mouth. Lol