Archive | September, 2012

20 Week Bumpdate

30 Sep
20 Weeks

Halfway there!

New this week: Ever since I found out that little man is too small, I’ve been paranoid about the size of my tummy. Just a few weeks ago I was freaking out about it being too big, and now I’m worried about it being too small. I guess for me pregnancy is just one big freak-out session… And I keep thinking that it’s shrinking… Even though I know that sounds crazy. But today in church a girl told me I don’t even look pregnant. Which, ps, was awesome, but added to the paranoia. I think I’m just gonna try to stop worrying about it altogether and hope he just catches up to the size he’s supposed to be.

*Update. After looking over my last few weeks and comparing, Michael has informed me that I look “a lot bigger” this week. I guess I was asking for that, huh? Ha I love that boy.

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Just When I’d Resigned Myself to Pain and Torture for the Next 4.5 Months…

29 Sep

After finishing my C210K workout yesterday, I was pretty nervous. And a little depressed. I was dying a little toward the end of my (little more than 2 mile) workout, and I figured that since I have been at this whole pregnant exercising thing for a while now, it was just going to stay pretty painful the entire time.

But today. Today still hurt. But. It was better!

I decided to start out really slow and only increase my pace if I was feeling good. Yesterday I remember wanting to cry when I looked down at my watch and saw that I’d only gone .46 miles (oh my gosh, that makes me feel so pathetic), and today I was feeling really great until the 1.74 mile mark. Not bad, right? Well… not good. But not bad! I’m just going to try to remember to channel the tortoise, not the hare.

After my little workout, me and Michael went down to the Puget Sound to check out the ferries and the native wildlife.

At the Puget Sound

Pardon me not looking at the camera.

Ferry

We live in such a gorgeous place!

This place is pretty awesome because it has a 27-acre underwater park with a bunch of different trails and paths that divers can explore. There’s a lot of sunken ships and docks down there too. I really want to go dive around in here next summer! How cool would that be?

Seal

We saw this little cutie last week at this same place, but I forgot to post a picture. He followed a school of fish into the marina and was zipping around under the yachts and dock.

I hope all of you enjoy what’s left of the weekend! Happy sweating!

My Favorite Little Boy + PESTO

28 Sep

I ♥ this little guy. Note the teeth poised to come in, ready to make feeding an adventure in pain.

Michael and I went to the doctor’s again for an ultrasound today. It was so exciting to look at him wiggling around! I really don’t think he’s gonna be the kind of kid that likes to sit still for long…

Bad news though, he’s smaller than he should be. I’m going to be 20 weeks in a few days, but he’s measuring about 2 weeks smaller than that. I really hope the doctor doesn’t decide to change his due date, because I have my heart set on February 18. Maybe sooner, but definitely not later. We’ll have to wait for the official word from the doctor though…

After coming back from the doctors we ran to Trader Joe’s (ps: I love this store. So much cheaper than everywhere else. You were right, Emi!) to grab the ingredients for pesto!

If you don’t love pesto yet, you need to eat more of it because it is seriously tasty. It comes from Northern Italy and is traditionally made by grinding all of the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle. As per the fact that I don’t actually own a mortar and pestle, I used the next best thing: a Magic Bullet.

Magic Bullet

So magic.

Unfortunately, I turned on the bullet and then got distracted. And then waaay too much blending happened.

Pesto!

Even though this pesto looks like pea soup, it is still really yummy. And if you’re like me and could eat pasta for every meal of every day, pesto is a lot healthier than cream sauces because it has so many fewer calories.

Pretty Perfect Pesto (I just love alliteration, don’t you?)

1 1/2 cups fresh basil
1 1/2 cups pine nuts
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (or 2 cloves)
2 Tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup olive oil
A little bit of salt and pepper

Add all of these ingredients to your Magic Bullet (or food processor) and blend, blend, blend. But don’t blend too much or you’ll end up with pesto that looks like a green smoothie…

Pesto is also a great sauce to use on pizzas. And on sandwiches. And on meat. And as a dip. Honestly, you can really use it anywhere you want.

Quick tip: Pesto doesn’t take much time to make, but it can be a pain to blend it up every time you want to use it. Instead of making it fresh every time, just make a lot ahead of time and then freeze it in an ice cube tray. Then when you want to use it, just pop it out and heat it up. Genius! I completely stole this idea from my old roommate Lynne. We trained for our first half marathons together 🙂 She’s pretty awesome.

h2o

This is probably my favorite picture of all time. Lene, Caitlin, Lynne, Audrey, and me at the World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight at BYU a few summers ago. We obviously took it pretty seriously.

On the docket for tomorrow: More C210K-ing. Get excited.

Jogging and a Caprese Salad

26 Sep
18 & 19 Week Bump

My little bump is growing! I kind of love it.

The bump is getting bigger and bigger, and it’s happening really fast. Michael has started calling me ‘big belly’ and it’s not inaccurate these days… I’m starting to get used to jogging with the extra weight and at my doctor’s appointment today I got the green light for doing a Thanksgiving 10K.

Actually, he told me that I can run as long as I don’t reach the level of effort and performance that elite runners exert. Um, yeah, I’ll keep that in mind when I start averaging sub-5:00 miles. Thanks doc!

Golf Course Trail

This is the trail around the golf course that I’ve been using. Don’t worry, I always take my pepper spray… I may or may not be a little paranoid.

After getting back from my workout, I made this lovely little salad:

Caprese Salad

Post-sweat lunch 🙂

Cute, no? Me and Michael finished it off pretty quickly.

Caprese Salad Recipe

I just used this simple recipe that came with the basil plant I bought.

Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. The tomato and basil were really good, but the mozzarella was a little overwhelming. That might have been my fault for cutting it too thick though. I really think balsamic vinegar would have improved it, but I didn’t have any handy.

And maybe it’s just me… There are a lot of people who love caprese salads, so make sure to try it and decide for yourself. Let me know what you think if you try it!

Ps: We heard our little man’s heartbeat at my doctor’s appointment today 🙂 It took him a full minute to find it, and I was silently freaking out the entire time, but he eventually located it. So fun!

I Cashed in my Running Karma Points Today

26 Sep

I didn’t even know I had any karma points stored up, buy imagine my surprise when Buddha emailed me $27.40 worth of it this morning. Yes, that is correct, I got a screaming deal on the DAWN OF THE DEAD DASH!!

Dawn of the Dead Dash

Yesssss

To recap, I will be one of the running undead on the streets of Seattle on October 27. Even better? The deal was so good ($17.60 per registration!) that I also registered Michael. Because immediately after I pushed the confirm button, I realized that this event would be absolutely zero fun without a friend. And considering that as of this moment Michael is my only friend in Seattle, he was my obvious choice.

Other good news includes this little cutie and a caprese salad on the schedule for the day:

basil

I genuinely hope this plant lives longer than a week.

Stay tuned 🙂

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

24 Sep
Basil

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Delicious and nutritious

Did you read this book when you were little? I loved it—along with pretty much every other book I came in contact with. Yeah, I was a huge nerd back in the day. And actually still am, come to think of it.

Anyway, let’s move on to tastier subjects: basil. There is just so much to love about basil. It smells amazing, tastes even better, and is super easy to grow. Or so I hear… I have bought live basil 3 times and have yet to see it live longer than a week. But things are going to change. Tomorrow when I go to the grocery store I’m going to grab a basil plant and you can bet that this one will live. My plant-killing streak is over as of tomorrow. Don’t worry though, this isn’t going to turn into a gardening blog…

I have some great ideas for what to do with this yummy plant, so stay posted!

Basil Nutritional Information
(as usual, my info comes from this book)

So why is basil so healthy for you? Well, it comes down to the iron, calcium, and folate contents.

Remember how your blood levels increase by ridiculous amounts during pregnancy (by close to 50%)? If you don’t get enough iron from your diet, you can develop anemia.

Calcium is important as well because your little person is growing a complete skeleton, which requires a lot of calcium. If he doesn’t get it, your body will take calcium from your bones to make sure that your growing baby gets enough. Moral of the story: EAT ENOUGH CALCIUM. The body doesn’t absorb calcium from supplements as well as it does through food, so it’s really important to eat foods that are high in calcium and not to rely solely on supplements.

Folic acid and folate are responsible for protecting the neural tube during the first trimester, and during the second semester it’s still important because it helps your little guy’s or girl’s cells grow and divide. And just in case you’re curious, folic acid comes from supplements and folic acid comes from your diet. There are some other things involved, but that’s pretty much the gyst of it.

Bonus: Basil also contains volatile oils that inhibits the growth of bacteria and flavonoids that clear up free radicals.

So everyone go out and buy some live basil (it’s so cheap! Seriously, like $2 for a lot of it) so you can play around with it and try some yummy recipes with me.

2 miles! I ran 2 miles today!

24 Sep

Okay, okay, I slowly jogged 2 miles today. Still awesome, no? Is it sad that I’m so excited about it? It’s just crazy how quickly my life has changed from 6 months ago. When I ran 2 miles in a workout when I was training for the Ogden Marathon, it was because I hadn’t finished my workout or had decided that 2 miles was better than nothing. But only barely.

But today, I ran 2 miles and it felt pretty hardcore. I’m starting to worry about running a 10K for Thanksgiving. If I’m having trouble with 2 miles now, 6 miles in 2 months is going to be rough. I have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, so I’ll ask about it and make sure I made the right choice.

Another thing that I think would help would be this:

Zombies

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This. is. awesome.

Perfect! I am such a Halloween freak. It really isn’t normal. My very first long distance race I ever did was the Halloween Half Marathon in Provo Canyon, so racing and Halloween just go hand-in-hand for me. I want to do this race soooo bad. But it’s expensive. I’m gonna start digging around in the couch cushions to see if I can scrounge up the $45 registration fee (for a 5K? Yeah, that’s a little steep…). Until then, I’ll just be dreaming about my pregnant zombie running costume…

Ps: I found a running trail! So exciting! There were a lot of runners and walkers out on it and every time I saw runners I wanted to go hug them and tell them how much I’ve missed them lately. But I decided that was a really great way to freak everybody out, so I contained my excitement.