Twin Pregnancy-24 Week Recap

by Natalie on April 26, 2015

Hello!

I hope you had a lovely week.

I don’t feel like there’s a ton to recap over the last week, so I’ll make this short but sweet ūüėÄ

Highlights of the Week:

I spent some quality time with two of my close friends-both individually and then the three of us hung out. ¬†It was so great to just catch up and laugh! ¬†On Wednesday evening the boys I used to do drylands training with had one of their final swim meets of the season. ¬†I convinced my friend¬†to go with me (she’s friends with the coach) and we had¬†a great time.¬† They pulled out a team victory by a hair-so¬†exciting!

On Friday evening, another friend and I went for pedicures. ¬†She and¬†her husband jetted off to Mexico ¬†today, and I took advantage of the opportunity to join her (mostly for the foot rub!). ¬†We were there for nearly two hours and probably could have chatted for another two. ¬†From there, we met a group of friends for dinner. ¬†I ended up just staying for a¬†drink¬†and some appetizers because I’d been up since 4:45am (I taught the 6am class), but it was still a great evening.

In baby world, both babies are moving and kicking like crazy. ¬†Colin’s able to feel the kicks too, which is really fun! ¬†We go every nearly weekly for ultrasounds these days to monitor their growth and development, and I feel so lucky to get to see them that often.

Workouts:

I got in five barre classes¬†this week and three 30-minute walks. ¬†I also taught (coached) seven classes total,¬†so was on my feet a lot! ¬†Tuesday was a doozy…I taught a double and it ended up being a 7:00AM-7:00PM day, so I was careful to really watch myself the rest of the week and take things easy.

My month membership to the barre studio is coming to an end on Tuesday, so I will do a full recap of the studio and my thoughts here in the future. ¬†I do have to say that I plan to keep going…I just love it!

Food:

I’ve been totally into wraps this week and had some type of egg wrap nearly every day for breakfast. ¬†They’re an easy way balance¬†combine protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats!

IMG_1931[2 Scrambled Eggs + Leftover Beans + Kiwi]

IMG_1933[2 Eggs + Sautéed Veggies + Mozzarella + Strawberries]

I’ve also had this protein smoothie I think every day last week. ¬†It tastes like a Reese’s PB cup and is the consistency of a Frosty. ¬†I kid you not, it is¬†so delicious!

IMG_1932In the mix:
·1 cup almond milk
·1 serving chocolate protein powder
·1 frozen banana
·1 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
·4 ice cubes

For dinners this week, we mostly ate turkey tostadas. ¬†I had grand plans to do black bean burgers as our other meal, but we ended up having enough ingredients that this fed us most of the week! ¬†This picture doesn’t do them justice but they turned out so well. ¬†I just saut√©ed an onion and red bell pepper with ground turkey then added a bunch of spices (cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper) and let it simmer with about 2 tbsp. of water. ¬†For the shells, I misted corn tortillas with olive oil and baked at 450 for about 15-20 minutes (flipping occasionally), until they were brown. ¬†We topped ours with refried beans, the turkey mixture, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. ¬†The photo doesn’t do these justice…they’re really good!

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Looking Forward To:

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m really excited that my mom’s coming on Tuesday and we’re headed back home for baby shower weekend! ¬†I can’t wait to see friends and family who I haven’t seen in quite a long time.

I’m also looking forward to May. ¬†My birthday is on the 7th, we have our big 2-year anniversary party at Fitness in the City on May 9th, and friends and family are coming to visit two different weekends during the month. ¬†I have a feeling time is¬†going to fly by!

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I’ll leave you with a current pic, although it’s not the best one! ¬†I was dressed up with my hair down yesterday but we totally forgot to snap a picture. ¬†Today it’s been raining all day, so I’m definitely sporting a frizzy pony and some tired eyes. ¬†Oh well, you get the idea ūüėČ

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Have a great week!

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Twin Pregnancy-22 & 23 Week Recap

by Natalie on April 19, 2015

Hey, hey!

These last few weeks have been nutty, hence my missing last week’s recap. ¬†I’m going to combine both weeks into one post, but I promise I’ll just hit the highlights so it’s not overwhelmingly long ūüėČ

Highlights of the Week:

Since I last posted, time has flown by! ¬†I had a few really busy work weeks with Cycle360 training last weekend and Les Mills Launch week this week. ¬†I’m also working to get as many evaluations done as possible before I am done working in this role and I’ve¬†had a ton of emergency sub coverage needs for classes.

Last weekend Colin and I did a bunch¬†of stuff around the house: ¬†cleaning out closets, getting the nursery organized, and working in the yard. ¬†On Friday I met up with my good friend for a long walk and chat which was much needed! ¬†Cycle360 training was all Saturday afternoon and was a blast. ¬†Basically, it’s like SoulCycle, which is an indoor cycling/group fitness “experience”. ¬†It combines traditional fitness cycling with light upper body weights. ¬†I won’t be teaching this class till late next fall (at the earliest!) but I’m excited to launch it at our gym here soon.

On Sunday I had my first experience painting furniture! ¬†My mom and dad bought us a gorgeous dresser for the nursery and I’m painting it yellow. ¬†The drawers don’t come out, so it was a bit of a challenge getting it all sanded and the first coat on. ¬†I love the color and will paint the second coat this weekend-I think it’ll need at least three coats, so it’ll keep me busy for the next few weeks.

This past Saturday I met my girlfriend for barre and brunch, stopped by the birthday party of an adorable two year-old, and had a fantastic date night with my love!  Colin and I had dinner at Ocean Prime and then saw Motown the Musical.  The music and performance were incredible!  I blame pregnancy hormones but I was super teary through most a bunch of it.  The music reminded me of my childhood (lots of Stevie Wonder played in our house) and the actors and musicians were so talented.  We were both blown away!

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Throughout the week I also had long phone chats with three of my closest girlfriends, which definitely makes the ‘highlights’ list. ¬†AND…one of my friends from the gym showed up with a bag of the most adorable things:

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It was such a sweet surprise.

Woah! ¬†That’s a lot of highlights :)

Workouts:

I’ve still been able to¬†enjoy almost daily workouts. ¬†While my intensity is¬†much lower, my consistency has definitely made a difference in how I feel mentally and physically. ¬†Here’s how the last two weeks turned out:

Monday-Barre Class + 30-minute Walk
Tuesday-Barre Class + 45-minute Walk
Wednesday-Barre Class + 30-minute Walk
Thursday-BodyPump Evaluation + BodyCombat Class
Friday-Barre Class + 90-minute Walk
Saturday-Cycle360 Training
Sunday-Barre Class

Monday-Barre Class + 30-minute Walk
Tuesday-75-minute Walk
Wednesday-Barre Class + 30-minute Walk
Thursday-Barre Class
Friday-30-minute Walk
Saturday-Barre Class + 30-min Walk
Sunday-OFF

Food:

I’ve been feeling pretty nauseated again over the past five or so days, but I’ve still been able to eat¬†some good food! ¬†I haven’t had any real cravings or aversions, but have been drinking a lot of protein shakes and smoothies and eating lots of salads and wraps.

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[Almond Milk+Protein Powder+1/2 Banana+Spinach+Cinnamon+Ice]

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[Roasted Chicken+Avocado+Tomato+Lettuce]

I picked up this granola the other week-it’s delicious! ¬†It has a generous serving size (1/3 cup) and only has 3g of sugar per serving, so it’s not super sweet.

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[Berries+Greek Yogurt+Granola]

I made some roasted lemon dijon salmon during the week and had one serving for dinner than the leftovers in salad form.  It turned out so well!

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The highlight was definitely our Saturday night dinner.  I got crab cakes and Colin and I split roasted brussels sprouts.  We both could only finish half of our meals, so we will get to eat it again tonight!

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Looking Forward To:

I’m really excited to continue getting the nursery together. ¬†I have all the wall decorations and once I finish painting the dresser we’ll put together the crib(s)–> we plan to keep the twins in the same crib for the first few months or until one starts rolling over. ¬†Apparently they sleep better that way!

My mom is coming in 10-days and we’re heading back home for two different baby showers. ¬†I can’t wait to see friends and family…I’m just so excited! ¬†We are road-tripping because¬†when we were making plans¬†I was¬†so sick that I couldn’t bear the thought of flying. ¬†We’re going to break up the trip a bit and see some friends along the way, too. ¬†I will also see my sister in about two weeks (I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving!) and my Aunt is flying in for the shower…who I haven’t seen in almost two years. ¬†Many upcoming reunions!

Okay…I think that does it!

Here I am at 23-weeks:

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Twin Pregnancy-21 Week Recap

by Natalie on April 6, 2015

Hi!

I want to start off by apologizing for two things. ¬†First, I’m sorry this is so late! ¬†The weekend got away from me and it’s been quite a¬†Monday over here. ¬†Second, that the comment feature of the blog isn’t working right. ¬†I’ve received quite a few emails and I’m working on it! ¬†Not sure if it’s a template upgrade issue or something else. ¬†Standby on that one ūüėČ

Highlights of the Week:

This was probably my best and favorite week so far! ¬†It was a super productive work week, I got in quite a few great workouts, and had a lot of social time. ¬†Plus, I’ve been feeling really good.

It was really fun telling co-workers and friends that we are having girls! ¬†I started getting some ideas¬†together¬†for the nursery, which has been a blast too. ¬†I’m feeling a lot of movement, especially from the lower twin, so that’s exciting. ¬†I keep describing it as pop-rocks in my stomach because that’s¬†exactly what it reminds me of!

Sunday started with a special Easter Egg Hunt workout at FITC.

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I had 48 different eggs (6 different colors) and put exercises in each one. ¬†Orange was¬†“push” movements, yellow was¬†“pull”, turquoise was “legs”, blue was “cardio”, pink was “abs”, purple was “combo”. ¬†They paired off and had to pick two of each color…giving them 12 movements total. ¬†It was a doozy of a workout and I think they may have preferred having jellybeans in the eggs instead, but it was fun! ¬†I usually have 20-25 people in Sunday class and we had 10, so I’m glad I did something special for them.

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Sunday night we ventured up to Fort Collins for Easter dinner with a bunch of people at my aunt and uncle’s house and it was a great time. ¬†There were about 15 of us total with delicious food and good conversation. ¬†I made lemon cupcakes using this recipe and they got rave reviews!

Workouts:

It was a great week of workouts! ¬†I activated the special to the barre studio and I’m obsessed. ¬†I’ve tried a few different barre classes around the city and haven’t enjoyed them much…until I found this studio. ¬†It’s¬†so hard, which I love! ¬†It gives me the endorphins I’ve been craving¬†without any impact and I’ve been crazy sore which feels really good. ¬†I’ll do a full recap of the studio and my thoughts when my month is up, for sure.

Here’s how the week ended up:

Monday-Barre Class (60-min) + 30-min Walk
Tuesday-60-min Walk
Wednesday-Barre Class (60-min) + 30-min Walk
Thursday-Barre Class (60-min) + Cycle Evaluation (60-min)
Friday-Barre Class (60-min) + 30-min Walk
Saturday-Barre Class (60-min)
Sunday-OFF

Food:

I’ve still been eating lots of fresh, healthy food with some treats sprinkled in. ¬†I think I’ve been doing a better job of balancing protein and carbs to keep my blood sugar a little more stable (which helps with nausea too, I think) and I’m enjoying more of my old favorites again.

IMG_1892[wrap + cottage cheese and pineapple]

IMG_1889[greek yogurt chicken salad + veggies]

IMG_1879[smoothies]

IMG_1881[pb+jelly oatmeal with chia seeds]

IMG_1880[salads]

Looking Forward To:

I feel like April is going to fly by…every weekend for the next 6-weeks has at least one fun/exciting something going on! ¬†I’m doing a Cycle360 certification this weekend (similar to soulcycle or flywheel) and a fun date night planned.

Here I am at 21-weeks:

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