As of TODAY, I am +/- 2 weeks until D-Day!
I say +/- because I have absolutely NO CLUE when this boy is getting here. I'm barely starting to dilate and haven't had any form, fashion, or flicker of a contraction. While I'm hoping he keeps cooking until his due date which just so happens to fall on my school's Spring Break (impeccable timing, right?), I know he will join me when he's ready.
No rush, little buddy. You do you.
This is probably going to be my final pregnancy update, seeing as I could technically go into labor at any point now.
As I've shared all along, pregnancy has been and continues to be a blast. It's been waaaaay more comfortable and easy than I anticipated. I don't expect labor and delivery and recovery to be as easy breezy as my pregnancy, but God only knows what's in store for us. I trust in Him 100%.
Like last time, I'm reaching out to all y'all veteran mommas for some final advice (thank you SO much for your hospital bag advice. Mine has been packed, unpacked, and repacked about 7 times these past few weeks). Today's question I have for y'all to answer is this: What are some things I SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do these last two weeks (hopefully) leading up to delivery? In terms of nesting and organizing to-dos, I'd say I've done a SOLID job. But I'm still eager to hear your advice! Leave me a comment below you fabulous mammas!
A few years ago as I was starting to dig into my Paleo journey, I decided it was about time I put myself on a sugar detox. Like I shared with y’all last Monday, I was tired of being caught in the vicuous cycle of losing control around sweets, overdoing it, then spiraling down into shame and punishment.
I was always a ‘I deserve a dessert a day’ kind of person. And in some ways, I still am though it looks A LOT different now than it did four years ago.
If there was birthday cake around, so was I.
If there were chocolates in the candy bowl, I needed to have one.
If someone was giving out samples of granola bars in the grocery store, I needed to try them.
If my husband wanted to get ice cream, I had to eat some ice cream, too.
If sugar was around me, I couldn’t help but oblige it and indulge in it, even if I knew I didn’t really want it or felt a little too full to truly savor it.
After hearing one of my favorite Paleo podcasts, Balanced Bites, discuss how toxic sugar can be to our systems and how it can wreak havoc on our metabolisms and immune system and so many other aspects of our life, I decided to give their sugar detox a try.
To be honest, it was kinda tough.
No artificial sweeteners or stevia, no honey, no maple, nothing processed that had sugar or natural sugar in it, no alcohol, and no overly sugary fruits (peace out ripe bananas, pineapple, oranges). After each week, you could slowly include a little more natural sugar into your diet.
While it was not the most pleasant three weeks of my life (because of course life goes on and I was still going out with friends in Dallas and around birthday celebrators at work and exposed to daily treats and temptations), it sure did open my eyes to how much I let sugar control me.
And by cutting out sugar for those few weeks, it set me up on a path in which I now can easily resist the weekly donuts and birthday cupcakes and other treats that roll through the teacher’s lounge that would cause nightmares to diabetics.
Because I made the painful choice to rid my body of those daily sweets that weren’t doing me any benefit, I bettered my physical and emotional health in the long run; my immunity, skin, digestion, sleep and overall sugar cravings seemed to balance out a little more.
I realized putting too much garbage into the system only results in garbage coming out of me.
And y’all, I’m here today to emphasize that this rule doesn’t just apply to our physical bodies; we’re going to have a little spiritual detox today. It may not be fun or pleasant at times, but we will be better in the long-run for doing so.
Plus, no cayenne pepper, lemon juice, or maple syrup concoctions are required!
Howdy there you bucket of sunshine, you!
How you doin?
Hopefully, you are feeling relaxed, rested, and ready for a few days to enjoy your family and friends and fur babies. Whatever you're up to, I hope you make some time for you, your health, and your own joy.
Cause that's certainly what I'm doing this weekend. Yes, I'm hard-core nesting still, washing tiny hooded towels and organizing onesies and prepping nursing-friendly snacks (those recipes are on their way!) to freeze. But I'm also making time for some extra walks, quality time with the mister, and extra time with friends up in Dallas that we won't be able to see quite as easily in a few weeks (unless they come to us, of course).
At this point in the pregnancy, I can't say I'm ready to put up my feet and nap when I get home from work everyday. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite; I feel like I go into hyper-productivity mode when I get home from school, wanting to wipe down my bathroom counters and clean out drawers and scrub the guest toilets at around 9 p.m. each night.
With that said, have I stopped working out? Absolutely, positively not. I feel fantastic, and I know it will be beneficial for my boy and myself come labor and delivery in a few weeks.
Check out what we've been up to this week! And as always, you keep movin', too! Whether it's a yoga class or a walk or a quick circuit at the gym, your body and health deserve it!
How's it hangin?
Hopefully you're week is in full swing and you're enjoying some springtime weather like we're having down here in Texas. Regardless of where you are right now, I sure hope you have a solid day.
If you're already thinking to this weekend's Wal-Mart trip, I've got you covered with another round-up of healthy finds. And, to no one's surprise, some healthy baby finds are starting to sneak their way in this week. Ready or not, this boy is comin' in 3-4 weeks. I'm beyond excited for his arrival, and I'm starting to broaden my Wal-Marting with him in mind.
As you go about your grocery shopping this week and weekend, if you spy any treats I've covered while you're out and about, snap a pic and TAG ME on Facebook or Instagram. It sure floats my boat when y'all do that! Keep on keepin' on, as me and my belly are doin' here.
This time of year, late winter, holds one of the greatest competitions on the face of the Earth.
I’m not talkin’ about the Super Bowl. No Winter Olympics. Nope, not March Madness even.
I’m talking about Girl Scout Cookie season.
As a former Girl Scout, I know the fierce rivarlry that goes on amongst these young girls. The hours spent outside Wal-Mart, the sweat trudging through neighborhoods with Red Flyer wagons stuffed with boxes, and the horror of finding out the one girl in the troop’s dad works for a HUGE office where she sells hundreds in minutes.
It gets real. But, that’s how the best life lessons are learned, right?
While my days of pushing the cookies are LONG over, I have been continuously supporting the Girl Scouts and their mission for years. Nowadays, I purchase the cookies though I don’t eat them (Mister HHT is a cookie monster).
Out of all of the flavors, I think we could all agree there is a Top 3 (and if you don’t agree with these Top 3 flavors we need to chat in private later about your priorities in life) and they include (in no particular order): Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas.
While all three are wonderfully delightful in their own way, I just can’t bring myself to eating a box of gluten, sugar, and soy. Darn my nutritional conscience!
But have no fear! I have found a way to embrace the Girl Scout cookie spirit in a healthier, more nutritious yet still delicious way. Gang, let’s give a warm welcome to my new bestie, Samoa Granola!
You told yourself you were just going to have one bite of the leftover birthday cake and you end up eating half of it.
You only wanted one bite of the cookie dough ice cream and suddenly the entire container is empty.
You were only going to munch on a few Doritos and now your hand has reached the bottom of the bag.
You wanted one spoonful of Nutella and now, well, I think we get the picture.
After one of these episodes, the guilt, the shame, the embarrassment is almost too much to take; for me, I had several years of my life where I felt like my relationship with food was one ridden with guilt and shame, constantly facing my own self-deprecation and ridicule after overdoing it once again on something not so healthy.
And for me, when there was guilt and lack of control, I felt a need for punishment- three hours in the gym (how did I have time for that?!), no more sugar for the rest of the week, 200 calories for dinner.
Throughout college and my early twenties, or really until I really dug in to eating clean and going primarily Paleo circa 2014, this cycle of losing control-shame-punishment was just apart of my life. And it’s not a joyous way of going about life either.
Maybe you put yourself through a similar cycle with something else. But today I want to remind you that this punishment is not necessary. The guilt is not necessary. After all, no matter how badly you think you have messed up, be it with food or at work or with a relationship, the punishment has already been paid on your behalf, our behalf.
We have a God that has already forgiven us, so it’s time we start forgiving ourselves.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!