For many of y’all, you are enjoying your last few days of Spring Break 2017! Woohoo!
Yet for another sizable portion of y’all, you haven’t seen the likes of a spring break for years, and for that I am truly sorry. Yes, it's the perks of being a teacher. But trust me people, teachers have EARNED the week off. Leave them alone and let them rest. They deserve it.
Whether you fit into the first or second group, we all appreciate and deserve a good cocktail, or mocktail, now and again.
As a result of A- being my Spring Break B- being 40+ weeks pregnant and C- being stuck at home with a little more free time than normal, I’ve whipped up a healthier mocktail in honor of one of my favorite cocktails, the mojito!
It wouldn’t be Spring Break without an indulgent cocktail or seven…but too often most cocktails leave us (okay, at least ME) feeling like the garbage that’s inside them…loads of sugary syrups, cheap liquor, and junk-filled mixers=recipe for a grade-A hangover.
But today my friends, I’ve concocted a mocktail (that could easily be turned into a cocktail with a splish splash of rum or processo or both…yummo) that is clean, easy, and actually nutritious. Healthy alcoholic beverages?! Now that’s my kind of Spring Break.
No passport is required to enjoy my healthier Strawberry-Kiwi Fauxjitos. Crank up the blender, turn up the Jimmy Buffet, and let’s get sippin’!
Yo yo yo party people!
SPRING BREAK 2017 IS HERE!
Or, as my nerdy fellow language arts teachers and I joked together, it’s time for Water Break 2017. Any hour, any day, any week now I anticipate my little boy making his way into the world. And I can hardly wait.
To keep my sanity in check, stress minimized, and third trimester aches and discomforts calm, I’m still workin’ it in the gym 5-6 days a week. Lots of walking, lots of no impact cardio moves (this boy’s head is waaaay too low to be hopping and bouncing about), and lots of lighter weights.
Is it kinda hilarious to watch me in action? I’d say so.
Do people smile and giggle as I walk by? They sure do.
And I could care less. In fact, I join them in the snickering.
Do I plan on still working out all the way up to my water breaking? I’d say so, unless I start feeling drastically different in these next few days, which is possible but unlikely.
And whatever your weekend and Spring Break may entail, remember to keep moving daily. A walk, a little yoga, a workout class at your YMCA…remember you can’t give your spouse, your family, and your friends around you your very best unless you take care of yourself.
So what does a 39 week-pregnant lady do to stay fit? Read on to find out!
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!
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!
Top of the mornin’ to y’all!
I sure hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. I know I’m enjoying my calm before the baby-nado that is about to rock and roll my life into a whole new, utterly unknown but utterly beautiful chapter. Loads of organizing, cleaning, and meal prep are happening to prepare for little man’s arrival in the next 3-5 weeks.
In the meantime, he and I are keeping busy in and out of the gym with plenty of walks, weights, and a weekly Pound class. Loads of y’all are aghast that my belly and I are still hitting the gym, and another load of y’all can’t help but giggle as I waddle my way through the weight room. I’m on the latter side of things; this turtle-shell belly CRACKS me up. And oddly enough, I find it helps with balance on certain weight moves like a back squat.
Whether you’re rockin’ a turtle-shell belly or not, what’s most important is that I’m still moving in a way that is comfortable, joyful, and therapeutic to my body and mind. If you don’t view your workouts and exercise as joyful and cathartic, you may want to rethink what you’re doing.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this week! Keep rollin’ on with ya bad selves, and I’ll see y’all on Monday!
Happy Saturday to y'all!
My boy and I are rocking and rolling away this week. Now that we've put that nasty sinus infection behind us (cause NOBODY got time for that), we got back in the swing of things, especially in the gym. No more jogging, no heavy lifting, but we both are better off getting a little exercise daily.
And you know what? You are, too! Whether you get in a two-mile walk or a yoga class or a 20 minute sweat in the gym, our sleep, digestion, stress management, hormone regulation, and, of course, waistlines are better off with a little physical activity.
As motherhood approaches, I know this is an area of my life I will NOT sacrifice. In order to be my best self and best mother to my boy, I will make time for my health and physical activity. With that said, baby daddy needs to get that stroller together today...one of many tasks of the honey-do list this weekend.
Whatever you are up to this weekend, remember that I'm here supporting YOU in your journey to a healthier, happier you. If my 35-week pregnant self can keep and stay moving every week, I'm quite sure you can, too. We can all make the excuses- I have no time, I don't have a gym membership, I'm too tired, I have too much work to do around the house- but this is an area of your life that should be a priority. Show yourself some love. Your family, coworkers, spouse, and all those around you will benefit from a healthier, happier you!
Check our what me and my healthy, little man (6 pounds already, y'all) have been doing this week to stay sane.
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!