Life update

Hello friends. It’s been awhile! So sorry for the extended hiatus. As I’m sure you have been busy, so have I!

I know you are all hanging on the edges of your seats to hear about me & my life. NOT. Haha. Sorry for being so self-absorbed. But I’m going to tell you anyway. I’m expecting a baby with my husband. So that’s the real reason for my long break. I’ve got about 10 weeks to go. The first trimester completely zapped me of my energy and desire to do ANYTHING. It’s crazy how a little teeny tiny baby can wreak havoc on you body.

It was about the middle of the second trimester when I started to feel like my old self again, but tempered with a little extra concern. The great news is that I really started feeling like I could work out regularly was right before my third trimester. I had been running sporadically, but it just a) was too painful for my back after my run and b) I kept having to stop to use the restroom. So, I started my weekly spin class again which has been great. I can feel it in my back afterwards, but it’s nothing like my runs were.

As far as eating has gone, during the first trimester I actually lost a few pounds because I felt so nauseated and had an aversion to most foods. Don’t worry, my appetite is back! LOL. In my second trimester, I gained about 10 pounds from one month visit to another. Since then, I’ve tried to reign it in and really make healthy choices instead of eating everything in sight (since I felt as though I would never eat again from the first trimester–not dramatic or anything, I know).

Currently, I’m at the doctor’s office for my 3 hours glucose testing. I took the one hour test and it came back at 134 rather than 130. So I’ll be patiently awaiting those results. For those who have to take it, here’s how my doctor’s office did it: I fasted for twelve hours (12 am–8 am). The nurse took my fasting blood sample, which came back fine at 91. This meant that it was okay for them to administer the dreaded glucose solution (the like 8-10 ounce bottle of straight up sugar). I drank this within 5 minutes, which was trying, but baby and I made it through. Then I had to wait an hour, then they tested my blood again (this time leaving a bruise, WHOMP). Then, waited another hour and tested it again. Then, waited another hour and tested it again. This brings me to a total of FOUR blood draws.

Hopefully I don’t have gestational diabetes, but my doctor reassured me that typically with people like me, it’s easily managed by checking sugars. All the prayers appreciated for this, and for a safe and healthy delivery.

Hope you all are doing well, I’ll try to keep you updated more frequently.

Apple Betty FAIL

You all know by now that I’m really good ruining recipe execution. I’m really learning how bad I am at following instructions. I’m not a good enough of a chef/baker to improvise. So, let me share with you my lovely story of this fail, just because it’s fun.

So, I have a cast iron skillet I received for our wedding and I have never used it. I put the thought in my pretty little mind that I would season it and make an apple betty. I followed the instructions on the Kitchn’s website to season my skillet. When I pulled it out of the oven, it was completely gross and sticky. I had never seen a skillet like this. I couldn’t figure out what happened, but a Google search led me to this article. Well, it turns out I used way too much vegetable oil and rendered my skillet sticky and basically disgusting to handle. To be fair, the article did not emphasize the importance of LIGHTLY seasoning the pan. As the stubborn girl I am, I decided to keep calm and carry on without fixing the issue.

When making the betty, I decided to follow a few recipes, first one from Allrecipes, and Betty Crocker, figuring she would know about it since she shares a name. The reason I chose two is because I wanted to use some oatmeal for the topping. See below for a step by step failure graphic:

So here’s what I would change about my rendering of this recipe:

  • Re-seasoning the skillet before starting the recipe.
  • Peeling the skin of the apples before adding them to the skillet. The texture when biting into them was less than ideal.
  • Make more topping to fully cover the apples in the skillet.
  • I would also add some caramel drizzle, that sounds like a delicious addition.

Also it made a ton, which I could never eat so much. I ended up tossing the whole thing because I am not about to waste my calories on something that isn’t deletable. Hope you enjoyed this failure and decided to try something new to make. The best part of failure is learning from your mistakes.

Treadmill Blues

Going to the gym to run on the treadmill is not my ideal form of running. I like running outside and listening to my preferred playlist. However, running outside is not always feasible for me. I live in an apartment, and there are not great trails in my neighborhood. So, in the winter, I will go to the gym.

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The single best thing I’ve found to do for myself when running inside on a treadmill (not a track, there’s not one at my gym) is to watch a really high intensity show like 24. This not only keeps my heart rate up, but also keeps my attention. It also helps to not have seen the show a lot. If I watch The Office when I run it feels like the run will never be over since I know everything that’s going to happen & my mind starts to wander.

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Another way to mix up the gym in the winter is by using the elliptical sometimes too. It’s definitely not ideal, but if you cannot stomach the idea of running another single step on the stupid treadmill, it’s definitely worth it to switch up the machine to prevent burnout.

Also, create your own vengeance running scenarios like Mindy Kaling should also work if you don’t have access to a TV.

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Two Ingredient Pancakes (a review)

There are some recipes that you see online and wonder if you could make, but it seems daunting. Like, “I could never figure that out.” Well friends, this is NOT one of those times. I found this recipe on The Kitchn and knew that I could not possibly ruin it. And guess what? I WAS RIGHT!

The two ingredients are: eggs & a banana. That’s it. All you gotta do is mush up the banana and scramble the eggs and mix the two together. Then scoop it out and make as you would with regular pancakes.

So, I would recommend using this recipe, especially if you are doing some kind of paleo diet. Also if you are trying to eliminate flour or sugar from your diet. The texture is a little spongey and fluffy, but SUPER BANANAEY at the same time. You probably couldn’t ruin these either. I’m just saying.

Sometimes we need to be THAT guy

How many of you use Snapchat? I use it all the time to send pictures to my family in Florida of my everyday life. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love seeing my family easily throughout the day, but don’t get me started on their featured stories, which I HATE. (Okay, you got me started–they’re wildly inappropriate for young kids who have snapchat, and there’s no way to filter them.) Anyway, I use the “memories” feature quite a lot because I like taking pictures of my food and taking pictures of myself working out and being generally “THAT guy” on the regular.

The Snapchat memories feature allows me to do that without being THAT guy. I have a record of my workouts and can look at my accomplishments and feel good WITHOUT annoying everyone. Win/win. It also helps to motivate me to keep up my goals. No, seriously, I use it all the time:

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It’s nice to go back over the past week and give myself a pat on the back. “Hey, you did that. You can do it this week too.”

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“What does it mean to be a ‘runner?’”

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. I follow a lot of running moms on Instagram because they inspire me so much. They run despite having a lot more hurdles in the way than I do (KIDDOS). I saw a post one day that said:

How to become a runner? Run.

I love that, because you have to start somewhere! You don’t have to run a mile in five minutes, you don’t have to run a marathon, you don’t even have to run every day. You just have to run. Let that be your motivation. What does it mean to be a runner? It means running. Just get out there, and run.

Roasting veggies (aka taking the easy way out)

You may have realized that roasting veggies is the easiest thing in the world. If so, you may save time by not reading this post. If you haven’t, this post is for you.

Beau and I have roasted veggies at least twice a week, sometimes three times, since I’m a lazy lopple and do not have a creative bone in my body. But, it’s so good. And so easy! I can’t say no. First, pick two to three veggie combos that you wouldn’t mind eating. My favorite at the moment are Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.

Chop about a cup-cup and a half of Brussels sprouts and a small sweet potato (or half a large one)  and place it on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Drizzle veggies with olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, pepper, and (LIGHTLY) salt. Mix together & place in an oven in either 350-400 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes or until light brown, and kind of crispy just the way I like ‘em.