battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise

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Baby Love

This little baby is so loved.  This is just one of several full hampers of clothes, bedding, hats, socks, towels, washcloths, and the list goes on, all laundered tonight in anticipation of his arrival this month!  He’s gonna be stylin’.


Cameo by my 36 week preggo belly. Yes, that’s all I can see of my feet, and yes, those are Jamie’s sweatpants.  (Sweatpants are all that fits me right now — no, I couldn’t help myself.)

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Healthy Eating for Two

It’s official — I’m on maternity leave!  I started on December 31, and we’re not due until January 28, so I fully intend to take advantage of this time off pre-baby and get back on the healthy cooking train.

With work being so busy, it’s hard to find the time to cook, and Jamie and I tend to take the easy way out when we’re exhausted at home and pick food up from a local restaurant (…or, even lazier, have it delivered).  But that’s not always the healthiest thing, especially since my eyes are bigger than my stomach.  Why not order four meals instead of one so there are left overs?  (And then I proceed to eat all four meals despite not being hungry.)  Plus, restaurant meals are always so high in sodium and calories.

With a little creativity, and a little cookbook help, we’re off to a great start in 2015.

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Week 35: Progress Photos (and a full on belly shot)

Happy holidays, yall!  Starting to get really big over here.  And heavy.  And uncomfortable.  Sitting hurts, laying down hurts, standing hurts.  There is no answer except to get. this. baby. out.  (Well, in a few weeks, that is.)

But it makes for some fun “fun house mirror” photos, I tell you.  I had to document the actual bare bump because, well, #yolo (or something like that).


Bare bump photos:

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Hello from San Pedro

Hi all!  Just a quick hello from San Pedro, CA.  I tagged along with Jamie today.  He has a rehearsal, a dinner break, and then a concert with the Golden State Pops Orchestra, so I drove down with him and am eavesdropping on the rehearsal.

IMG_1663I’ve been feeling so sleepy lately, being at 35 weeks pregnant now!  And for the pregnancy, I’ve cut out coffee 99% since all of the books and internet say to do so.  I can’t tell you how difficult that was for me, an attorney who is literally addicted to coffee and Starbucks runs with co-workers.  In fact, I cut out caffeine while we were trying to get pregnant because all of the tips say that can help with fertility.  It was tough, but here we are now, with an almost fully-baked baby!  Totally worth it.

That said, now that we’re nearly full term, I’m allowing myself to cheat here and there and have a coffee about once a week.  The books all say a cup a day is fine, so I figure one per week and I’m golden.  The theater is next door to a cute coffee shop so I popped in there for a soy latte.  Nom.

Not sure if I’ll go back to drinking coffee post-baby.  Now that I’ve basically put myself through caffeine rehab, it’s nice not to get the caffeine headaches and feel so dependent on the coffee to keep me going.  But I do love a coffee or latte every now and then, so I can see myself having a few cups a week.  And once I get back to work after maternity leave, I can definitely see myself falling back into the habit of relying on caffeine to keep me going — especially with a baby, too.

Speaking of maternity leave, only 10 more days until I start mine!  Starting to feel super exhausted and the aches and pains are really getting to me.  Fingers are swollen, tailbone feels bruised, legs are sore, back hurts… it’ll be nice to have some time off!

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Week 32: Progress Photo

Third of four prenatal yoga classes today!  The four-class series that I signed up for was scheduled to be a “semi-private,” meaning it was limited to 10 students.  Well, lucky for me, I was the only person to sign up!  Private instruction for the price of semi-private!  (:


I feel so amazing being back in the yoga studio.  I love being pregnant in my exercise clothes, and I love practicing yoga while pregnant.  So much of the prenatal yoga class is focused on stretching, breathing, and connecting with baby, preparing for the birth, and calming the mind and body.  It’s the perfect way to prepare and set the tone for our upcoming labor and little baby Jordan’s birthday.


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