30 weeks! Ahh. Meal planning 3/29

It’s a milestone. Into the 30 weeks. 10 weeks to go, secretly hoping more like 7-8 :)  I kind of gave up running, but I was able to do an interval workout with 1/4 mile runs and strength work this week which felt great. Running is giving me pressure and shin splints and just doesn’t feel good! I have been keeping the workouts strong with lots of strength work with cardio built in. I’ll share some workouts below.  Here’s the 30 week belly:

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Last week I was reading up about almonds and the heat process they go through if they are not organic! Every day I find something else that is scary!  It is not easy to find organic almonds that don’t go through this process, and organic almond butter and almond milk brings up the grocery bill! Read more about almonds here and here.
Pic from Detoxinista article~
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Here is the meal plan for the week MARCH 29 – on to April!

Sunday – TBD. Family meal out with my sister <3 and parents!
Monday – Polenta with mushrooms (picture from TwoPeasandtheirPod)

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Tuesday – Lemon Orzo Salad with grilled chicken
Wednesday- Rice and beans with quinoa burgers
Thursday – out to dinner with swim girlfriends!  Egg & avocado sandwiches/breakfast for everyone else
Friday – Make your own Taco Salad in a Taco Bowl with black beans, tomatoes, avocado, dairy free cheese, lettuce!
I don’t know about you but I could eat tacos and burritos everyday (vegetarian and dairy free!)
Saturday – {Easter Dinner} have to think about something fun for this!

A few favorite workouts this week – from Blonde Ponytail. Felt like I actually broke a sweat. Yessss!

run 400m
20 power cleans
run 400m
20 kettlebell swings
run 400m
20 overhead squats
run 400m
20 pull ups
run 400m
20 dead lifts
run 400m
20 thrusters
run 400m
20 pushups
run 400m

You are supposed to do this one 10 times. I did it 5 times with a one mile elliptical warm up :)
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Current favorite workout?  Favorite meal for spring?

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What’s in the easter basket?

It’s Friday, friends! And we had one sunny warm day which was lovely around here! I am still plotting a move to California :)

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Easter is a week away!  Is the Easter Bunny looking for healthy easter basket ideas? I don’t know about you, but between school parties and easter egg hunts, my kids get enough candy before easter even arrives! They don’t need any from the Easter bunny! Some of their favorite things that they will find in their baskets are snacks, books, puzzles, baseball cards, mini dolls and/or small toys. Here are some ideas that you can ask the easter bunny to bring!

Clif Z fruit + veggie

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Clif Z bar protein

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Love this idea for the little ones losing teeth!

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favorite books!

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If you are going to do candy, consider:

Single serve peanut butter or almond butter packs!

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PB cups

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Sun cups

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What else will the Easter bunny bring to your house?

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29 weeks, the cleaner

In the past few weeks I’ve turned into a crazy house cleaner. Anyone need a cleaning service? Base boards, floors, dusting, you name it – I love the smell of all the cleaners and want to use them!  Other than that, I would love a hard workout and good sweat. Walking and running are giving me shin splints which is new for me, and running happens about once a week successfully. I’m lifting heavy (for me) weights and using the elliptical to keep up my fitness. I think the next 10 weeks are going to go by really slowly! Someone at the gym this week applauded me for being there and then said “any day now.” Oh man. Lady. I still have 11 weeks!  I felt weird taking this pic at the gym hence the serious face!

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This week’s new food items that we tried were Running on Veggies’ Banana Bread and Detoxinista’s Andes Mint Bars which remind me of Creme De Menthe Bars in Childhood but are so much better for you!

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We also cooked popcorn in red palm oil which was so yummy!

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We found a bread slicer for homemade sandwich bread which has been helpful! And I have a handful of recipes that I want to try this week. I’m not sure why my instagram feed is mostly raw desserts but that’s what I’m into right now! Especially some smoothie bowls.

Want to make:

Raw Tacos!


For meal planning, I’m so happy that spring is here, but the spring weather would be nice too! The snow was all gone and now the ground is covered again!  I’m into quick, fresh foods for our meals!

Sunday – leftovers from weekend at inlaws
Monday – Tempeh Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, Lettuce on Ezekial Bread with sweet potato wedges
Tuesday – fish tacos with a grain on the side, maybe risotto?
Wednesday – soba noodles and peanut sauce with carrots and veggies – need to look up a recipe for this!
Thursday –  taco salad and chips! from Damn Delicious – yum!

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Friday – I need a new friday night dinner. We tend to have pizza, but I’m moving away from that. Something easy and quick!
Sat – out

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The Runner’s Choice – for sore feet

I was able to try out The Runner’s Choice. The product is a bottle of natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint. It is designed for runners or those on their feet all day.  The overwhelming smell is the eucalyptol and eucalyptus out of the bunch.

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Below are the directions.


Apply to feet immediately before and after running, jogging, or when you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Coat the bottom of your feet, between the toes and the top and 2 inches above the ankle for best results. Do not rub in (rubbing is not required for effectiveness). Wash hands after use. Avoid contact with eyes and other sensitive tissue. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on open wounds.

Unlike many commercial creams and lotions, which require rubbing in, the botanical oils in The Runner’s Choice are most effective with gentle topical application, and no rubbing. The body recognizes the natural properties of these botanicals, and receives them very well as they gently soak through the pore openings in the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin.

I have used this at night before bed after a long day of being on my feet. I have not been running as much as usual, but I bet this would feel great after a long run. It feels great on my feet at night! The trial bottle sells for $19.97.

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Have you ever tried using essential oils? How did you feel?

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Meal planning link up & countdown to spring

I’m ready for spring, how about you?! In the last two weeks, I wasn’t super motivated to meal plan or follow through. I’m trying to get back on track this week with easy meals as we head into spring.


Ever since giving up dairy for *most* of December, I’ve realized I don’t really need it in my diet. Butter is the last thing that I use, but it’s slowly going away replaced with olive oil and coconut oil.  My diet has included less gluten, mostly because I like the taste more, but I don’t think I’d do gluten free religiously.

Take a look at my meal plan for this week – March 15 

Sunday – soba noodles with peas  – adapting this
Monday – Fish tacos (mahi mahi) and rice Screenshot 2015-02-15 08.58.40
Tuesday – BLT (sandwich or salad) – tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado. Good with cashew dressing!
Inspired by veggie grill salad

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Wednesday - Tabouli with hummus and pita and a greek salad.
Thursday – Eggs, kale, toast, goat cheese
Friday – leftovers
Saturday – out or wing it

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6 months & homemade bread

I hit the 6 month mark this past weekend while visiting my new niece in California! Awesome time. I don’t know why I don’t live there – it’s the lifestyle for me. Lots of ways to be active, beautiful, warm and healthy food available easily.  With the lack of sun we’ve been having – geez. I can’t take it. It was a rough few days being back with no sun.

At 6 months I am running occasionally. Some mornings I wake up and just have side stitches or cramps so that I can’t run, so I walk. I’m staying active walking, attempting to run, and lifting heavy weights. My favorite workouts are tabatas and then lots of walking, my goal is 5 miles a day and 10,000 steps from my fitbit just in daily activities and being active :)  I’m having lots of trouble getting to sleep at night, it’s hard to get comfortable!  I asked for an alternative to my glucose test (the drink) and was able to eat a meal and get my blood sugar tested 2 hours later. Unfortunately the meal was almond butter on a spoon because I was running out the door. Hopefully that turns out okay!

Last, I’m switching back to green tea and green smoothies for the time being instead of coffee. I wasn’t loving the coffee and was really making lattes, and I didn’t drink it while away, so back to green tea for now, or a smoothie or smoothie bowl to start the day off!
I really want to try the Square Bars, I follow them on instagram, it makes me want a smoothie bowl with square bar pieces on top!
Have you tried them?

While in Cali, I found this place called Veggie Grill and got a meal there everyday! It was vegan and yummy! Have you been there?


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I think this was the Caesar Salad!

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My daily life was wake up before the sun (because of the time change), warmup on the treadmill, then run/walk/jog right along the beach.


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Then, sit by the pool until my parents were ready to go!

I was taking nutrition notes. I really want to get my health coach certification :) so I dream and study all of it.

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While there I hit the 6 month mark:

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We found a smoothie place or two…and I got my parents into drinking them :)

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More from veggie grill. BLT salad.

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Then I returned home :(  Responsibilities, meal planning, you know…

I found a great recipe for bread and adapted it. The original recipe is from Bob’s Red Mill.

Here’s the recipe I used:

1 1/2 LB loaf:
1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
3 1/2 cups 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons SAF yeast
I put all of that into the bread machine and this is what came out:


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It’s delicious and awesome for sandwiches. Yum yum!

Since I’ve been home, I’ve been looking up houses in california. Tell me why I shouldn’t live there!

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meal planning link up {26 weeks}

Happy March!

Made it to 26 weeks and I feel like I’m 36 weeks and immobile and huge.

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So happy to see March, with spring just a few weeks away. I can’t wait! It has been a cold winter and I’m ready for some sun (hello Seattle this winter??) and warmth!

I’m starting to feel the largeness of pregnancy and feel a little restricted :(  I have 3 months and a week to go, almost to 6 months. Running has been hit or miss but mornings have not been going well and I usually do better running midday or in the afternoon. Lifting is still going strong with motivation from Blonde Ponytail workouts on instagram.

I haven’t been remembering my workouts lately to write them down, but going backwards it looked something like this:
Today- a record 5.25 miles on the treadmill around 10am.  Have not been able to run straight or that long for a while and it is rare right now.
Saturday – 1 mile, then TRX circuit and 2 miles
Friday – strength workout from BP
Thursday – off
Wednesday – run 3 miles
Tuesday – heavy weight circuit and 1/4 miles in between
Monday – run 2.5 miles and some strength

Here’s the meal plan for the week:

Week of 3/1. I’m off for the weekend so meal plan through Thurs!
Goal for the week – more raw food!

Sunday: Dairy free gluten free lasagna w/ spinach and tuscan kale salad with roasted veggies and cashew sauce- the veggies looked good yesterday but today make me want to gag. I’m kind of favoring a raw food diet right now!!
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Monday: Pulled honey chicken and rice (freezer from another week) with broccoli and rainbow chopped cashew salad

Tuesday: Risotto (frozen/leftovers) and peas, roasted veggies with dill/avocado dressing (yum!)

Wednesday: Tuscan soup with homemade bread, cucumber/apple/avocado salad

Thursday: quinoa burgers (costco), sweet potato fries and dairy free mac & cheese
OR… maybe fish tacos or a raw salad??

Friday/Saturday- off duty while I go meet my new niece! <3

I’m enjoying Ezekial bread with avocado, salt and pepper for lunch often, smoothies for breakfast with vega, and snacking on Vega + almond butter or last week almond butter brownies. I had to freeze those because I felt like I was eating the whole batch in one sitting!

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Lunch one day was this raw food wrap – I see more in my future:

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My little ballerina!

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