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Let’s Have A Catch-Up Coffee Date

Hello there, friends! I haven’t updated you all on my life in a while, so I thought we could have a virtual coffee date. So, I will sip my Starbucks and fill you in.

My belly is officially a table now haha.

UPDATE #1:PREGNANCY

*I will be 31 weeks on Thursday, which is just crazy to me!

*I’m feeling pretty good overall, just tired.

*We had a class this weekend called “Ready, Set, Baby” at the hospital I am delivering at and it was so informative! It put my mind at ease…somewhat.

*We got so much done on the nursery and I am pumped!

*Sweet girl is moving around like crazy!!

*My cravings have been peanut butter and alllllll the cheese LOL

UPDATE #2: FOOD LATELY

Some favorites this past week and weekend…

Fish, rice, and a red pepper broccoli bake

Chick fil a

Bibibop (My best friend visited me on Saturday and this was lunch)

We had my family Christmas on Sunday and this was our tasty spread!

UPDATE #3: CHRISTMAS THINGS

*We had my side family Christmas this past weekend and it was so nice!! I love this shirt haha.

*I won my first blogging giveaway and received a bunch of fun goodies in the mail! Thank you to https://thehappyminimalistgirl.com

I used the glam glow mask and lip gloss over the weekend and loved both! I can’t wait to try the rest!!

*My blogging friend Hunida from https://hunidasblog.com and I exchanged Christmas gifts this year! I loved the idea, and was giddy when I got hers this past weekend. The hand lotion is amazing!!!

*I had fun exchanging gifts with my family this past weekend! We will go to my husband’s family Christmas Eve and Christmas! I love this holiday.

UPDATE #4: FITNESS

Since I have been feeling better, I am able to get good (safe) workouts in. I am enjoying doing light cardio machines and pure barre videos! I love staying active for my little sweetie.

FINALS THOUGHTS…

*This is our last week of work until Christmas break…whoooo!

*My cats have been extra snuggly lately and I hope they adjust well to their human sister.

*I hope you all are doing well!!

Sending love!

Carly

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Fit Friday (This Week In Food And Fitness During Pregnancy)

Hello and happy Friday, all!! We have a big weekend planned. My in-laws are coming and we are doing the nursery. I am so excited to get our sweet girl’s room done!

I am 29 weeks pregnant (as of yesterday) and feeling huge.

I had a dr. appointment today and little miss Kennedy is doing great! I have gained 19 pounds and have 11 weeks to go. Whoo!

Overall, I’m feeling good, minus having some trouble moving around haha.

I feel really good about my workouts this week, especially since my back feels better. Not perfect, but tolerable. We ate well, too! Here’s the recap:

MONDAY:

After work, I went to the chiropractor before heading home. Once I got home, I did prenatal barre workout.

Dinner was whole wheat spaghetti with meatballs and a salad.

TUESDAY:

I went to the gym for some cardio. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 10 on the stair climber.

Dinner was a big salad with cast iron chicken and plantains. Yum!

The hubs and I rented the new Mission Impossible, but I slept through most of it. Pregnancy problems! Lol!

WEDNESDAY:

After work, I went to the gym for another cardio workout. Dinner was cornbread and chili! So perfect for a cold evening.

THURSDAY:

After work, I came home and did a hiit barre workout. It was a short one, but felt good!

My husband had a potluck at work and brought home leftovers, so I had a seven layer salad with tuna and pita chips for dinner. I also had a cornbread muffin!

I spent the evening cleaning and folding laundry before watching a show in bed.

FRIDAY:

I woke up and grabbed Starbucks on the way to my dr. appointment. I plan on hitting up the gym and Target after work!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday, Fitness, And Pregnancy (28 weeks)

Hello and happy Friday, all! I hope the week has treated you well! I feel like I have been a zombie all week. I have been absolutely exhausted. Guess that’s what two jobs and pregnancy do to you haha. I finally feel human today since I got to sleep in until 6! Yay!!

Anyway, as far as pregnancy goes, I am 28 weeks. Not too far away from meeting baby girl! Appointments are officially every 2 weeks at this point.

CHALLENGES:

*Exhaustion: If I lay down, I fall asleep. It is a painful tired most days.

*Acne: I sure do miss my nice, pre-pregnancy skin.

*Back pain: I am still having bad back pain, which makes even simple tasks so hard.

*Bladder pressure and cramps

*Itchy skin

Okay, enough complaining lol! Let’s talk positives!!

THE GOOD STUFF:

*Baby kicks: I love feeling her move!

*Seeing my belly grow: this was hard at first, but I love it now.

*Extra bonding with my husband.

*Getting our home baby-ready.

*We are so in love already!!!

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken with a salad.

Whole wheat pasta with meatballs.

Ground beef, onions, mushrooms, and cream of mushroom soup over brown rice.

Pizza!

Food was so good this week and I saved money shopping at Aldi! Yay!!

WORKOUTS:

I have been taking it easy since my back has been bad, but I’m getting them in!

*Monday- barre video

*Tuesay-arc trainer

*Wednesday-a pregnancy lifting video

*Thursday-a lateral cardio machine

Today will be a barre video after work!

Well, there’s the update! Have a great weekend!!

With love,

Carly

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Thanksgiving And The Start Of My Third Trimester

Hi, everyone! I hope the week treated you well!

Thanksgiving Day marked the beginning of my third trimester. I can’t believe we will be meeting our sweet girl so soon. It is surreal.

As far as how I am feeling…

Well, overall still pretty decent. My back pain ranges from dull, constant pain to severe shooting pains.

It is improving somewhat with my belly band and yoga!

As far as exercise goes, I was able to do a cycle class this week! Yay! I also did an upper body workout and a few barre workouts!

My skin seems to be getting better, too!

Cravings include grilled cheese, peanut butter cups, and fruit snacks LOL

I had the dreaded glucose test this past week.

The drink left me nauseous all day, but overall it wasn’t as bad as I expected! Plus, the results came back great! Baby is doing awesome!

Anyway, yesterday for Thanksgiving, my husband and I went to my mom’s place and had a delicious meal and watched football. It was just the three of us this year, which was nice and relaxing!

On Sunday, we have my husband’s side Thanksgiving, which will be big, so it was nice to spend the holiday the way we did.

Having some time off of work has been nice because I am getting things off of my to-do list! So much to do before Kennedy arrives!

Now off to (maybe) do some Christmas shopping and knock more off of my list!

Have a great weekend, all!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday And Pregnancy Pains (End Of The 2nd Trimester)

Hi, all! Well, I’m less than a week away from my 3rd trimester, which is crazy! It is officially a struggle due to some terrible back pain. I tried on the dress for my baby shower today and just can’t believe how much my belly is growing.

STRUGGLES:

*Baby girl is potentially laying on a nerve and it hurts to even walk. This makes work tough, but I have my amazing work bestie who helps me out all the time.

*Leg cramps: they come in the middle of the night and are excruciating.

*Continued acne and redness on my face.

*Hungry ALL the time….like so hungry haha

Pregnancy is hard as it is beautiful. I do love my growing belly and have SO much to be greatful for.

THANKFULNESS:

*Baby kicks: they literally are amazing.

*A healthy, growing baby girl.

*A husband that rubs out cramps in the middle of the night and helps me put my shoes on in the morning.

THIS WEEK IN FOOD:

Pasta, turkey meatballs, and toast.

Taco salad with coconut oil fried plantain.

Veggie burger (I had 2) and corn.

My hash/stew that was delicious! It had chunks of turkey, coconut oil fried sweet potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. YUMMMM!

My bowl with toast. I love healthier comfort food!

THIS WEEK IN FITNESS:

I have done super low impact this week due to my back pain. I want to stay active and healthy, yet listen to my body and take it easy.

MONDAY: I took an upper body workout class at my gym. I avoided the cardio they did, but still lifted a little.

TUESDAY: I went for a swim which felt good to get cardio without impact.

WEDNESDAY: Pure barre video

THURSDAY: I did the stationary bike, then stretched out.

FRIDAY: A short pure barre video

This upcoming weekend will be busy, but I’m excited for it!!! Tomorrow, we are heading to Cincinnati for my niece’s first birthday party. It is about a 2 hour drive each way so we will be gone most of the day.

Sunday is my baby shower!! Yay!

I hope you all have a great weekend! With love,

Carly