Pre-pregnancy I maintained my weight on 1800 calories a day. This is considerably low for the amount of exercise I was managing to push through week to week (3 miles of running a day, heavy weight training a few times a week, physical labor night shift job). As I work through my pregnancy, I look back and realize I probably could have gotten away with a lot more. However, seeing as that’s the number I set my goal to everyday and got so used to, it’s the one I’ve chosen to base my pregnant nutrition on. This means I’m attempting to hit 2100 whole, healthy calories a day. But it isn’t easy… especially with slow digestion, and I mean SLOW. Sometimes a girl’s gotta add a couple treats in here and there for fillers! Or nutrition shakes. But I’m sort of selective with those.
That being said, I have never found tracking what I eat to be more fun than it has with this baby. I’m normally, well, easily excitable when it comes to meal planning, anyway – once you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight in life, you change your habits permanently. My favorite lifestyle change is meal planning and counting calories, because I need that accountability to keep from gaining again. But man, when it comes to feeding not only your body but somebody else’s, too? FUN!
I love knowing that I’m trying to hit all my food groups and I love feeling their movement with certain ones. This baby is active 24/7, but they really like unprocessed protein and homemade baked goods (but who doesn’t, haha). So far I’ve put on 14 beautiful pounds and I’ve never felt more alive nor more attractive in my life.
So. Want an intimate look at my diet? (Can we not call it that, though? Blech!)
When I went on my weight loss adventure in 2011, I found one of the best ways to track my portions accurately, every-time I wanted to snack – was to eat straight from a measuring cup.
I kid you not!
And let me tell you, it DOES work. You can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting the exact amount the nutrition label lists per serving, and it also trains you to “eyeball” your portions later on. Eyeballing makes dieting and eating healthy feel less like you’re dragging yourself around in chains, because you’re hardly having to think about the size/weight/measurement of your food.
But let’s be honest – holding a measuring cup can look a little awkward, even when we’re chowing down by ourselves. It’s a cooking utensil! That’s why I decided to improve upon this little habit of mine by spicing up the outer appearance of my cups – and adding a mood boosting statement of support on the handle. I can’t wait to hear/see what mood boosting lines you come up with! Be sure to leave a link/picture to your motivational cup in the comments below, because I have a special surprise for those who are willing to showcase their creations on my blog.
TO GET STARTED
What you’ll need:
- Measuring Cups
- Decorative Duct Tape, or in a pinch, pretty band-aids (you’re using them for their grip and color, don’t be grossed out!)
- Paint (optional)
- Fancy paper, gems, beads, ribbon or whatever you’d like to spice it up (optional)
- Black Marker for writing – but I recommend printing out your quote, it makes it look so much nicer. I didn’t do this on this particular one of course, tsk tsk on me!
I will soon be transferring this blog into a self-hosted domain! This is a very exciting time for me, and I so appreciate all of my followers, whom I hope will continue to benefit from my blog. Let me know if there is anything I can focus on within my niche (pregnancy, fitness, nutrition, product reviews relating to those topics) that you would like to know more about on, and I will do my best to research your questions and provide you with the hottest news/information available.
I’d like to also announce that I will be adding a category to Knocked Up and Fit – again, soon to have a new name (The Fit and Frugal Homemaker) – that has to do with frugality/shopping/deal hunting! I know this is a huge thing for most of us mamas and mamas to be, and I recently have rediscovered my passion for it, which is why I’m showing you how I snag 75% of my shopping for FREE.
I hope you enjoy the video – I’m sorry there are a few glitches in the clips, I promise I’m not having a spaz attack, although I do tend to blink an awful lot. 😉
Hate swallowing pills? Don’t we all!
Thankfully, the “tasty gummy craze” bit onto Prenatals. Not only are they easy to chew and come in tropical flavors, they might just assist you in the first trimester when morning sickness strikes, and the idea of taking medication makes you gag.
Folic acid isn’t the only top priority in your daily vitamin – studies show that especially beginning in your second trimester, the need for extra iron and calcium is incredibly important for optimal baby development and growth. Plus, if you’re facing food aversions, sometimes the only way to ensure you’re getting to that magic milligram number is to take a vitamin.
Swinging back towards the title of this post – what are your options for these must have pills? Does organic really mean anything? How important is a prenatal with DHA, really? And can you purchase the bare minimum generic brand and still hit the healthy baby-growing jackpot?
Growing bellies and impeding backaches ahead! Plus, with mood swings banging on your door, is it really that easy to keep a positive attitude with cleaning?
Yes! Contrary to belief, pregnant women are more capable than given credit when it comes to cleaning. The “rules” about lifting, pushing, or pulling… Old wive’s tales these days. You all know this with my opinions on weight lifting for exercise. Of course every woman has an individual pace she works at, and anytime she needs to rest for a break she should take it. Pregnancy isn’t the time to set a new world record of how many “Wax-ons, wax-offs” you can accomplish!
That being said, there are some neat ways to keep your home spotless up until the day you deliver, ones that will make it easier on both your body and mentality. I find cleaning a huge stress reliever, and everybody loves a pleasantly organized home.
I’ve discovered through my home-keeping some fantastic products – tools and cleaners alike – that have been life savers as my baby grows. I’d love to share them with you! Continue reading
Spring is just 8 days away! When did that happen?
Probably around the time you realized Christmas and New Year’s were over… the months just fly by, don’t they?
With brighter and fresher days ahead, and all of that notorious outdoors spring cleaning we get ourselves into, the idea of toned arms become more and more appealing to us.
Free weights are a great way to achieve firm, defined muscles in a short amount of time. Up your protein intake and apply my favorite moves using heavier dumbbells. Note: My example pictures are for pregnant women or beginners/novices to follow. The moves have been modified (one seated) and with lighter weights to ensure safety. Tweak as you please if you’re postpartum!
Ready to pump some iron with me? Let’s go! Continue reading
It starts off with a bang.
Wow. You need more stuff.
But do you, really? By the end of this article, you will gain ideas on how to build your own personal style in pregnancy.