Twin Pregnancy-Weeks 28 & 29 Recap

by Natalie on May 31, 2015

Hi there!

I hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks.  I may combine two weeks’ worth of recaps into one post from here on out because there doesn’t seem like that much to share on a weekly basis, but we’ll see.

This past week was my first week not teaching any classes in years, and in all honesty it was really tough.  I love what I do and guess I didn’t realize just how much joy I get from the interaction, high-fives, and sweaty hugs I experience on a daily basis.  I’m already excited to get back to teaching eventually!

Highlights of the Week(s):

Visitors!  We had two “sets” of guests come stay with us over Memorial Day weekend and it was a blast.  We had a quick 48-hours with the first crew and had a great time.  They even accompanied Colin to my last scheduled class at Fitness in the City 🙂

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I had a smaller group than usual because of the holiday weekend but it was still a really good one.  I will sub a few classes in June but I can tell it’s definitely time as I’m feeling totally wiped out when I finish teaching.

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On Monday, our first set of guests left and tears were shed…and I picked Amber up for a short visit.  She came in the afternoon and we spent the evening grilling and chatting.  It was great!  I took Tuesday off of work and we did a long walk, some shopping, some lunching, and talking galore.  As fate had it, we left for the airport with about 2 1/2 hours before her flight (we live about 30 minutes from the airport) and it was bumper to bumper traffic all the way.  It ended up taking more than 2-hours to go 15 miles.  Crazy!  Well, she missed her flight but was able to book on the same flight the next day so we got another entire day to spend together 🙂  Even after an additional 24-hours we were both crying messes at the airport saying our goodbyes.  She’s planning to come out after the girls are born to help out and stay for a while, so we’ll get to see each other in a few months!

Workouts:

I got quite a bit of structured and unstructured working out over the past two weeks.  I did four barre classes, two water aerobics classes, two cycle evaluations, a few strength workouts (see below), and lots of walks.

Yesterday Colin and I ventured to Fitness in the City to take class because my good friend was teaching, and it was great!  I could pretty much do everything prescribed, just with lighter weight, and it felt SO good to sweat.

Last weekend I headed to our basement and knocked out this workout, which ended up being awesome!  I just kind of threw it together and think it would be really tough if you the walk was a run.

 Full-Body Cardio/Strength Workout

Walk (or Run) 1-mile

Repeat exercises A and B back-to back without rest before moving to the next.

1A.  18 Pushups
1B.  20 Squats (w/ or w/o weight)

Walk (or Run) .25 miles

2A.  20 Band Rows
2B.  12 Gliding Reverse Lunges (each leg)

Walk or Run .25 miles

3A.  20 Tricep Dips
3B.  18 Kettlebell Deadlifts (I used 12kg)

Walk or Run .25 miles

4A.  18 Dumbbell Bicep Curls (I used 10# dumbbells)
4B.  25 Gliding Knee Strikes from Low Lunge (each leg)

Walk or Run .25 miles

5A.  15 Lateral Raises (I used 8# dumbbells)
5B.  25 Lateral Band Walks w/ Black Band (w/ or w/o weight)

This was a really well-rounded workout and I loved the cardio intervals!  We’re lucky to have a treadmill in our basement and a bunch of equipment because I imagine there will be quite a few “at-home” workouts in my future.

Food:

I haven’t had a huge appetite over the last few weeks and I’m excited for when food tastes great again!  I randomly bought some sprouted bagels, though, and have enjoyed them a few different ways:

IMG_1995[Hummus+Pickles+Quinoa Chicken Salad]

IMG_2005[Heated Deli Turkey+Avocado+Veggies]

I had the urge to cook one evening and we didn’t have a lot to work with, but I ended up whipping up a pretty delicious meal.  There’s a cheesy sauce on the pasta made from nutritional yeast, almond milk, and spices that came out really well!  I’m going to try to make it again and tweak a few things, then will share the recipe.  Colin loved it too!

IMG_2007[Sautéed Veggies + Brown Rice Pasta with “Cheese” Sauce]

And now that it’s getting a little warmer, smoothies are in full effect.  I’ve been having one a day and have been cramming it with kale, chia seeds, frozen fruit, and protein.  This one was particularly delicious!

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[Almond Milk+Chia+Hemp Seeds+Frozen Banana+Frozen Cherries+Cacao+Kale]

And lots and lots of veggies and hummus!

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Looking Forward To:

We almost have the nursery finished…just need to hang a few pictures and get a rug!  I love how it’s coming together and will share pictures when it’s completely done.  My boss is throwing me a work baby shower this Friday which was a complete surprise, and I’m excited to hang out with many of the group fitness instructors outside of the gym.  June will be a busy month as we have quite a few friends and family coming to visit and will hopefully enjoy a few date nights before the girls come.  I have one more instructor evaluation (tomorrow at 5:45AM) and then I’m DONE!  I hope to keep working through June, but it’s nice to have something so big checked off.

And I think that sums it all up 😀

Here I am at 28-weeks (looking a little tired…):

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Here I am at 29-weeks:

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Have a great week!

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Twin Pregnancy-25, 26 & 27 Week Recap

by Natalie on May 18, 2015

Hiya!

It’s been a very busy few weeks and I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and write a re-cap.  I was so lucky to be showered with love at three different occasions over the last three weeks that all my free time has been spent writing thank you notes! And being that my current emotional state is quite fragile, I found myself crying while writing about 99% of all of the thank you’s because I was so filled with gratitude…which definitely extended the time it took to get them written 😉

I’m not going to recap the baby showers here, as I hope to do a separate post on those, so I’ll just get to the “normal stuff” with a few shower pictures thrown in.

Highlights of the Week(s):

Definitely seeing friends and family at the baby showers.  My mom flew in and we drove to Kansas which was an insane amount of fun.  We realize we have never done a road trip together in the past and I’m already looking forward to our next.  Believe it or not (okay, if you know both of us I’m sure you can believe it) we chatted the entire way there AND back.  That’s like 18+ hours of solid talking!

Our first stop was the airport to pick up my sister.  I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving and we were both teary messes!

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The next morning we picked up my Aunt and the rest of the weekend was a blur of laughter, tears, and catching up!

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In about 48-hours time I saw lots of friends-some that I hadn’t seen in years-and most of Colin’s extended family.  I spent Sunday afternoon visiting his grandparents on both sides which was really, really nice.

The time went so quickly.  If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

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On May 9th we celebrated Fitness in the City’s 2nd Birthday party, which was a blast!  I’ve been there just about two years too and spent a lot of time catching up with members.  I taught a 30-minute circuit class as part of the festivities, which was fun.

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Last weekend my best friend from high school threw me a really nice shower/brunch here for friends and it was perfect!  It was a gorgeous day out and we spent the morning drinking mimosas (them), eating delicious food, and chatting.

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Other highlights of the week include getting the dresser finished and starting to set up the nursery.  I’ll post pictures when it’s all done but it felt like a huge feat for us over here.

Workouts:

My workouts have definitely struggled a bit over the past few weeks with traveling and then picking up a cold that hung around for a week.  I did get in quite a few walks and about 6 barre classes over the past three weeks.  Last Wednesday I hopped into a class at Fitness in the City and it felt so good to workout, even if most of it was just body weight!

I’m definitely feeling more energy this week so I hope to get in some solid workouts.

Food:

My appetite isn’t too strong but I’ve been eating a TON of berries (as you can tell!).

IMG_1958[Overnight Oats + Berries]

IMG_1937[Grilled Cheese+Roasted Brussels Sprouts+Berries]

IMG_1986[Cereal+Greek Yogurt+Berries]

I’ve also been enjoying more mini-meals throughout the day, like this:

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[Cheese+Crackers+Veggies/Hummus+Cherries]

Over the last few weeks I’ve done a poor job meal planning for dinners, but we’re back on track this week!  I have to admit that we picked up hot bar from Whole Foods a few too many times the beginning of May 😉

Looking Forward To:

This is my last week of teaching classes on a regular schedule at Fitness in the City.  It’s definitely bittersweet because I’ll miss seeing everyone, but I’ve been struggling with swollen ankles and feet by the end of the day, so knowing I will be able to rest after work with my feet up sounds SO good!  I hope to sub some classes here and there throughout June, but it will be a welcome break.

This weekend we have friends coming for Memorial Day and then Amber is coming to stay for a few days…  it’s going to be a social weekend and I can’t wait!

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I don’t really have week 25 and 26 pics to share, but I do have a 27-week shot for ya!

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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 😀

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 sautéed 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 😉

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Have a great week!

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