Friday Favorites #18 and Super Easy Granola Recipe!

Friday Favorites #18 and Super Easy Granola Recipe!

Happy Friday friends!

Do you have a three-day weekend?  Four day weekend?  The Love Nugget is off school today and Monday.  We don’t have a ton of plans just a few fun things around our area.  We’ve had gorgeous weather this week so today we’re meeting some friends for lunch and outside play.  Then dinner with friends tonight at an outdoor restaurant.  Tomorrow we’re going to breakfast then The Hubby has something planned for my birthday, Sunday we plan to do some things at home then relax together with sushi and a family movie night.  I’m sure Monday will be here before we know it and hopefully we’ll be headed outdoors somewhere to play while the weather is still nice.  Speaking of the nice weather… Since our backyard is drying up the landscapers are supposed to start next week!!!! Beyond excited to have grass instead of mud :-)

Like I said, we have a busy fun day planned today so I’m just popping in to share a few favorites from our week and around the web.

Favorite reminder – After a rough start to my Thursday, I looked outside and saw a gorgeous sunrise.  Even though my morning wasn’t the best, my perspective on it changed as I stepped outside and looked at the beauty the new day was bringing.

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Disneyland Day 3

Disneyland Day 3

Good morning!

Are you sick of Disney posts?  This is the last one.  I promise :-)

We started our third day at Disneyland bright and early for Character Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe.  We purchased our trip through Costco (which I highly recommend) so it came with the character dining and a $40 gift card to Disney.  We also saved a few hundred Dollars by booking through them.  Anyway, we made our way down to the restaurant which was in The Grand California and were greeted by a large friendly bear.

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What I Ate in Disneyland!

What I Ate in Disneyland!

The last time we went to Disneyland I was eating pretty strict Paleo.  I didn’t really splurge on much other than the pineapple whip which was extremely disappointing.  This time I knew that I still wanted to keep things healthy but wasn’t going to freak out if I splurged on a few treats here and there.  Especially after seeing so many amazing posts on all the great food there was to eat.  Pregnancy excuse?  Maybe a little 😉

I still packed tons of healthy snacks and things to keep us from number one, not spending too much money, and number two, still eating some healthy foods.

Monday when we arrived, we went straight to Downtown Disney for lunch.

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A Healthy Mint Chip Protein Milk Shake

A Healthy Mint Chip Protein Milk Shake

When we were in Disneyland The Love Nugget had his first milk shake from Ghirardelli Chocolate and Soda Fountain.  I know, first milkshake?  We just don’t really eat stuff like that and tend to make smoothies at home so he hadn’t had one. Of course he enjoyed it.  So much that I didn’t even get to snap a picture because it was gone before we knew it!

Upon returning home I wanted to show him that we can have a healthier version of an ice cream treat that’s just as enjoyable.  Luckily I had just received a large package of a delicious protein treat that’s much healthier than your average frozen yogurt.

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Disneyland Day 2

Disneyland Day 2

Hi there!

So when I left you last we had just ended our first day in Disneyland.  We all went to bed early so we were nice and rested for our first day in the park.

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Disneyland Day 1

Disneyland Day 1

Have I ever told you guys that I didn’t go to Disneyland until I was an adult?

I went to Disney World when I was in college but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I went to Disneyland for the first time.   I have to admit that when we were there in May I kept wondering what all the fuss was about.  It was so overcrowded and we spent more time standing in line than we did doing anything else.  The magic was there but it just wasn’t like I had expected, even with The Love Nugget with us.  We decided to go again this year because we knew with the baby coming we probably wouldn’t return for a few more years.  Plus we wanted to do a fun trip with The Love Nugget before his world gets flipped upside down.  So we planned a few days in February when things are supposed to be much less crowded.  THIS, was a huge winning factor to our trip.  There were so many fewer people there that it truly made for a much more enjoyable trip.  That plus the fact that The Love Nugget was so much more into it this time than last being that he was a few years older.  His excitement just leading up to the trip was enough to make us anticipate the day more than we thought we would.

Like I said we planned our trip for early February and also chose mid-week which we knew would make for fewer people.  We left bright and early on a Monday morning to make the 6 1/2 hour drive to LA.  I know some people are probably thinking we’re crazy for driving but it’s really not all that bad when you leave early enough to miss traffic.   Along with The Love Nugget, we had my mom and mother in law with us which made for a more entertaining drive.  We arrived at Disney Grand California just after 12:00 and dropped off our bags to go explore Downtown Disney.

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Friday Favorites #17

Hi friends!

Hope you had a wonderful week!  We just got back from Disneyland and had such a great time!  Well… until our final night.  The stomach flu hit our group hard but we made it home safely and  I’ll be sharing all about our trip later next week.  In the meantime, here’s a few favorites from around the web to kick your Friday off :-)

Favorite Treat – Oh my this “Ice Cream” sandwich looks so good!  I’m loving anything with peanut butter these days so this is right up my pregnancy craving alley :-)

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10 Things I’d forgotten about pregnancy 

10 Things I’d forgotten about pregnancy 

It’s been five years since I’ve been pregnant.  A long enough time that I forgot SO many things about being pregnant.  For starters, how much I dislike pregnancy.  I really hate saying that because yes, I know how lucky I am to be pregnant especially after all that I’ve gone through.  In all honesty, I thought I would enjoy it more this time around because of that fact but the truth is, I still don’t love it.  There, I said it but now let’s move on to all those other things I had forgotten about pregnancy.  ALL meaning there are quite a few!

1. How your brain becomes mush – The saying “pregnancy brain” its real folks. The other day I was in the grocery store picking up a prescription before doing some shopping. I took my wallet out of my purse while in line to pick up and set it in the basket ready to pay. When it was my turn, I stepped away from my cart and after she rung me up I dug through my purse looking for my wallet. I told her I had forgotten it at home then turned around and saw it sitting in my cart…

Pregnancy brain!!

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Cookies and Lucky 7’S Workout

Cookies and Lucky 7’S Workout

You guys I’ve been craving cookies so badly lately!  I feel like I’m seriously the cookie monster!

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Changing my Fitness to Accomodate Placenta Previa

Changing my Fitness to Accomodate Placenta Previa

Hi there!

Hope you’re all having a great week so far!

You may have seen that a few weeks ago I was told I have a slight pregnancy issue called Placenta Previa.  This is a condition that occurs in about 1 and 200 pregnancies where the baby’s placenta partially or totally covers the opening in the mother’s cervix.  Having placenta previa puts you at risk for vaginal bleeding before or during labor.  In most cases, placenta previa fixes itself by 28 weeks allowing for the baby to pass through the cervix during the delivery.  In some cases, when the placenta is completely covering the cervix, a normal delivery is not an option and a C-section is needed.  In my case, the placenta is not fully covering the cervix so the doctors seem pretty confident that it will eventually move up and I’ll be able to have a natural birth.

When diagnosed with placenta previa most women are told to allow pelvic rest (no sex), and reduce activity level.  If you have any bleeding you must call your doctor right away and could be put on bed rest depending on the severity of the bleeding.

As I said above luckily my case isn’t severe and should correct itself by 28 weeks if not sooner.  Which is good news for me!  The unfortunate side of things is that I have to watch my activity level.  Which anyone who knows me, knows this is hard.  As hard as it might be I’m obviously going to do ANYTHING to make sure I have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.  So I’ve been taking doctors orders and keeping things very low impact for the time being.

Here’s how I’ve decreased my activity level since learning about my placenta previa.

  1. Cut out any running I was doing.  Instead I’m doing lots of treadmill walking, hill walking, and outside walking.
  2. Rowing more at a moderate pace.  We have rowers at Burn I.T. so sometimes before class I’ll hop on and get in a few hundred meters of light rowing.
  3. Light weights.  Before I got pregnant I was mostly using 20lb + dumbbells for my workouts and 35lb kb.  Once I found out I was pregnant I cut back to 10,15 and sometimes 20’s for lower body.  Now I’m only using 8 and 10lb dumbbells if any at all.
  4. Yoga – I enjoy yoga but don’t do it enough.  With the 21 day fix I was incorporating both yoga and pilates at least once a week which has been a nice active recovery.  Now that I’m cutting back on my activity level I’m doing even more yoga and pilates than I was before.  Yoga often at Veera and pilates at home with my fix and plyo dvd’s :-)

While decreasing my workouts hasn’t necessarily been the most fun, especially since I’m coaching others through workouts I’d LOVE to be doing, I know it’s definitely important for the safety of myself and the baby.  So I’m taking doctors orders and slowing down.  Plus like most things that come my way I try to look at it like a challenge.  Setting goals to do more of things I normally wouldn’t do like walking and yoga.  I’ve also had fun creating more mellow workouts that can be done with light weights or no weights at all but still get my heart rate up a little bit.  Like this lower intensity workout I did at the gym the other day.

low impact

Here are the workout moves,

Walking Lunges 

Push-rotation

Goblet Squat 

Curl + Press

Alternating Fire Hydrant 

Plank Knee to Elbow

A great workout that you can easily take up or down notch :-)

QUESTIONS – 

  • Have you ever had to modify workouts for health reasons?  
  • How did you do so?  
  • What’s your favorite low impact workout?
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