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Weeknight Recap- Wednesday

9 Nov

Hey everyone!

Today was another super busy and productive day.  I can’t believe that tomorrow is already Thursday!  So crazy to me and even crazier is that in two weeks it will be Thanksgiving!


Today’s workout in the gym was all about the upper body lifting.  I did a quick five minute warm up on the treadmill with a little running, before starting my upper body strength workout.  Here is a breakdown of what I did:

  • 5 minute treadmill warm up
  • triceps pull downs and triceps overhead pull x3
  • cable hammer curls and bicep curls x3
  • straight bar pull, cable row and back extension x3
  • shoulder press x3
  • lateral raises and rear delt flys x3
  • 5 minute treadmill cool down

The time in the gym went by really fast today.  While starting my back superset, I noticed I was developing a rash on the insides of my elbows and on the tops of my shoulders.  It was itching like crazy as little red bumps started appearing out of nowhere.  I have no clue what was going on, so I decided to take my workout a little bit slower and sure enough, the redness and bumps completely went away by the time we got home from the gym.  I’m telling you, the body does the strangest things when it is pregnant.  Even Keith couldn’t believe what he was seeing!  Anyone else ever experience this before or know why it happens?  I’m pretty sure my upper body is going to be pretty sore tomorrow and I can’t wait!

In addition to going to the gym this morning, I took the dog for a walk after work.  It was sunny and beautiful out so the walk was really enjoyable.  After that, I did prenatal yoga and meditated for a bit.  I was so sleepy after all the activity, I had to take a 20 minute power nap before moving on to making dinner.



Eats from today were pretty standard.  In fact they look a lot like my past two days.  Tonight I wasn’t very hungry when dinner time rolled around, but I knew I should eat something, especially for the growing baby.  Here is what my day looked like:

  • Breakfast-  coffee with creamer, 1/2 banana and an Ezekiel English muffin with egg, cheese and tomato
  • AM Snack-  1 small apple + Cliff Mojo bar  <—I was planning on eating this for lunch but was so hungry I decided to eat it as a part of my snack
  • Lunch-  Greek yogurt with chia seeds, almond butter and honey
  • PM Snack-  Whey protein shake mixed with water and peanuts in shells
  • Dinner-  Salad + a whole wheat pasta with red sauce and chicken breast
  • Late Night Snack-  Candy cane green tea

Breakfast (recycled picture)

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Lunch (recycled picture)

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I find when I’m eating the same foods days after day, it really helps me stay on track with clean eating.  I once read that the 10 years Jennifer Aniston was on Friends she had the same cobb salad everyday.  I like sticking with what I know will provide my body with the nutrients it needs and also keep me full.  I’m so busy during the day I mostly just eat quick grab and go foods.

Have a great night and I’ll be back in the morning with a holiday post!


  • Are you a creature of habit when it comes to the foods you eat?
  • What is something you have been eating for a long time that you love? 
  • Are you a grab and go kind of person during the day?

I think mine would be apples as my morning snack.  I used to have them with almonds, but lately since I’m having almond butter at lunch I’ve been skipping them (although I’m a huge advocate of eating a little bit of protein with fruit, it helps keep you fuller longer).




Week 26 Pregnancy Update- English Cucumber

9 Nov

How Big is Baby?

She is getting big, no?

Baby, fetus at 26 weeks - BabyCenter

According to, the baby is still the size of an eggplant. Here are a few other tidbits I found:

  • Her eyes are forming, and his eyes will soon start to open.
  • And her eyelashes are now grown, too.
  • She’s getting her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies.
  • She’s taking breaths, too. They’re of amniotic fluid, not air, but it’s still good practice.

According to,

The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

How I’m Feeling Physically

Physically, I felt good during week 26.  Nothing to out of the ordinary.  I was a little more tired than usual over the weekend, but I think that is to be expected.  Another slight thing I noticed was the swelling of my feet after a long day of moving around and being busy.  I also noticed that if I have a great workout in the gym, I can expect to get to bed earlier than usual.  I’ve been getting tired after my sweat sessions.  My belly continues to grow and I’m amazed at how big it is.  I can’t imagine what it will look like in three months as I think it is huge now!

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

Last week, I felt great.  Besides being overly excited to meet our little princess, I am getting anxious to go to our next prenatal appointment.  We go next week, which will be five weeks from our last appointment, so I can’t wait to hear her little heartbeat again!  I’m also more than ready to get my gestational diabetes testing over with and to book our 3D ultrasound either at 30 or 32 weeks!  I can’t wait to see what our little baby looks like!  I believe starting at our next appointment, we go in every two weeks until week 36, when we switch to going in once a week.  As I type this, I am in week 27 and can’t believe that I’m in my last week of second trimester.  Where is the time going?  I’m really thankful we have the holidays to distract us until January as I think it will help move the third trimester along nicely!

Random Tidbits

  • Weight Gained so Far:  16lbs
  • Days Until our Next Appointment:  7
  • Days Until Quincy Turns 1:  3
  • Days Until Quincy Gets Neutered:  4
  • Workouts so far this Week:  2 (cardio and upper body weights)
  • Cravings:  Mostly healthy eats.  I’ve been loving breakfast!  Also nuts.  I can’t get enough almond butter and really need to buy more peanut butter.  I’ve been eating peanuts in the shell to satisfy my peanut butter craving!
  • Days until Due Date: 91

Week 26 Baby Bump Pictures

Week 4 for comparison:


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