Road Trip: Morro Bay & San Luis Obispo. 

All in a day’s work. Fun shoot in LA. 

LEG DAY - 26 WEEKS PREGO

I’ve been working like crazy and sadly hadn’t been to the gym in a week or so. It felt so good to be back. I’ll be sore tomorrow. 

Another sad thing, no more dead lifts. I’m not sure what the pros say - but for me, they just don’t feel right with my belly. So, I’m all about lunging these days. Amazing for Sciatica. 

Here’s what I did today:

Barbell Squats - 5 sets, 45 lbs, 10 reps each

Dumbbell Lunges - 5 sets, 20 lbs„ 10 reps each

Leg Press - Alternating stance - 5 sets, 100 lbs., 15 reps each

Leg Extension - 5 sets, 40 lbs., 10 reps each

Walk 40 minutes.

DONE!

xx / H 

Adventure in Boca Raton. 

Almost-Cake: Blueberry Protein Muffins

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These really do taste like cake. I could have just eaten the batter, but I know I’m not supposed to, what with the raw eggs and all. Anyway, this recipe is amazing. If you want a quick hit of protein and a sweet snack, make these. 

The recipe makes about 12 muffins

- non-stick cooking spray

- 1 cup vanilla protein powder

- 1 cup oat flour

- 2/3 cup honey

- 1 tsp. baking soda

- 1 tsp. baking powder

- A dash of Kosher Salt

- 1 1/2 cups nonfat, plain greek yogurt

- 2 eggs, beaten

- 4 tablespoons earth balance, melted and cooled (you can use olive oil or another butter substitute, but I can’t vouch for it). 

- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

- 1 pint of fresh blueberries

 * Heat oven to 350.

 * Coat muffin tin with cooking spray 

 * Combine everything except blueberries into a mixing bowl and mix it all until it’s super smooth. 

 * Fold in the blueberries, reserving a few to top the muffins

 * Spoon into muffin tins - and top with 3-4 blueberries

 * Bake until top is golden - about 30 - 35 minutes.

DEVOUR!

Recipe adapted from Domesticated Academic! DELICIOUS!

MACROS:

Calories - 196

Fat - 5.1 (g)

Carbs - 27.6 (g)

Protein - 11.2 (g)

6 Small Meals - 1/20/14-1/24/14

Monday, January 20

7am - 1 scoop chocolate protein powder + 1 cup of coffee

9am - 3 scrambled egg whites with 1/2 oz. of goat chevre and lemon pepper, 1 slice ezekiel toast topped with 1/2 tsp. earth balance & 1/2 tsp. raspberry preserves

11am - Peanut Butter Protein Ball + Protein Shake

1pm - Peanut Butter Protein Ball 

3pm - Bowl of Cereal (it was a total craving - organic “fruit loops” type cereal) 

5pm - Turkey Chili with Corn Bread 

Tuesday, January 21

7am -  1 scoop chocolate protein powder + 1 cup of coffee + 4 oz. Kefir

9:30am - Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats

11:30am - 2 egg whites, 1 piece of turkey bacon, 1 tbsp. shredded goat gouda, in a tortilla (breakfast burrito) 

1:30pm - Turkey Chili with Corn Bread

3:30pm - Cottage Cheese with Blackberries 

5:30pm - Peanut Butter Protein Ball + Grapes

Wednesday, January 22

7am - 4 oz. Kefir + 1 scoop protein powder & 1 cup of coffee

9:30am - Breakfast Burrito  (2 egg whites, 1 piece of turkey bacon, 1 tbsp. goat gouda, in an organic tortilla)

10:30am - 1 cup of red grapes

11:00am - Peanut Butter Protein Ball

12pm - Turkey Sandwich (2 slices ezekiel bread, roasted turkey, 1 slice dutch goat cheese, yellow mustard, 2 slices tomato, spinach)

2pm - Elvis-Inspired Overnight Oats

4pm - Banana w/ Honey

6pm - 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese

7:30pm - Turkey / Goat Cheese Enchiladas

Thursday, January 23

7am - 4 oz. Kefir + 1 scoop protein powder & 1 cup of coffee

9:30am - Breakfast Burrito  (2 egg whites, 1 piece of turkey bacon, 1 tbsp. goat gouda, in an organic tortilla)

11:30am - Banana + String Cheese 

1:30pm - Almond + Honey Rise Protein Bar

2:30pm - Spinach Salad with shredded roasted turkey, olives, jalapeños, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and balsamic dressing

4:30pm - Whole Foods Beet Juice 

6:30pm - Almond + Honey Rise Protein Bar

8:30pm - Lowfat Turkey Meatloaf

Friday, January 24

7am - 4 oz. Kefir + 1 scoop protein powder & 1 cup of coffee

10:30am - Almond + Honey Rise Protein Bar

12:30pm - 1/2 Turkey Sandwich on Sourdough Roll - turkey, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, pickles, jalapeños and a tiny bit of yellow mustard.

2:30pm - The other  1/2 Turkey Sandwich on Sourdough Roll - turkey, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, pickles, jalapeños and a tiny bit of yellow mustard. 

4:30pm - Probiotic Drink 

5:30pm - Almond + Honey Rise Protein Bar

7:30pm - 4 beef bolognese raviolis from Trader Joes - plain

8:30pm - Organic Fruit-O’s Cereal from Trader Joes (3/4 cup) + 3/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

I had gotten off the overnight oats thing for a while (for whatever reason overnight oats were a food aversion during my 1st trimester). But now I’m BACK! These are amazing. They sort of taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But for BREAKFAST! And THEY’RE GOOD FOR YOU! 

Recipe 

1/4 quick cook, steel cut oats

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 tbsp. crunchy, unsalted, organic peanut butter 

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk 

Handful of blackberries & walnuts (or whatever toppings you want) 

Mix the oats, protein powder, peanut butter, vanilla, and almond milk together - stir until it’s smooth. Top with berries and walnuts and EAT IMMEDIATELY - or put it in your fridge and eat tomorrow morning. 

Can’t wait to have mine at work today! 

xx/H

First Trimester Essentials

1. Cereal - STARCH STARCH STARCH STARCH STARCH STARCH. I haven’t eaten this many unrefined carbohydrates since I was 16 and didn’t know any better. I’m not sure about most women - but for me - one day all of my favorite protein foods made me gag. Literally. Gag. I just couldn’t conceive (pun intended) of eating tempeh ever again. Now in my second trimester, I still can’t. Just typing about it makes me want to hurl. Sigh. The kicker when you have morning sickness is that even though everything makes you want to throw up, you have to just keep eating. Eating when you’re not hungry. Eating. There is a creature inside you demanding food. I ate Puffins and Sourdough Toast 5 or 6 times a day, every day for 4 weeks. I’ll never be mean about carbs again. Dear Bread: I love you.

2. Shift Dresses - If you’re planning on getting pregnant, buy some swingy dresses now. You’ll wear them when you’re skinny, you’ll wear them when your bloated as all hell. And you will be. Bloated. As. All. Hell. OMG.

3. Heating Pad - A lot of women run really hot when they’re prego, but I ran cold at first. And still cold when I am just lounging around. Nothing feels better on a Sunday than being horizontal on the couch, with a heating pad, wrapped in a blanket. Now in my 2nd trimester, the heating pad really helps when I have round ligament tearing pains. And my cats love it. 

4. Bio Oil - Skin that is stretching gets REALLY itchy. Even before my belly grew, my bosom was blooming. Bio Oil saved the day - I put it on in the morning and in the evening before bed and it really calmed my dry, dry itchy skin. I’d avoid anything thicker at this phase - it will get all over everything. Just ask my still oily steering wheel about the one day I rubbed vaseline all over my belly and body. Big mistake. 

5. Sports Bra - Holy crap, my breasts feel like they’re filled with rocks. And bras just really aren’t comfortable for me to wear them to bed. Solve? Sports bras. They strap down those boulders and give you some comfort when you’re getting your lounge on. I’ve had to size up in my 2nd trimester, but I still wear them almost every day. 

6. St. Pauli N.A. - I know “they” say you can drink when you’re prego. I’ve had a few real beers so far - well actually - just a few sips. I’ll probably drink a few more glasses of wine and whatnot when I get into my 2nd trimester, but why risk it? I just want a taste of beer with dinner - and St. Pauli NA is pretty darn good. Also, seltzer with fresh lime.

7. Ginger Candy - This was a deal breaker for me when I was sick. My acupuncturist actually gave me some candies from a Chinese grocery store in town. Just find the non sweetened, STRONGEST ginger you candy you can and suck on it. Instant relief for nausea. PS: Ginger Ale does not work. Ginger beer might - but stay away from the sugary ginger products, because they don’t help. 

8. EOS Lip Balm - My skin dried up like I’d spent weeks rolling around in the Sahara. Seriously - my lips got weird dry patches and then puffed up, like I’d had work done. I had to CONSTANTLY apply chapstick and for some reason, this stuff is fun for me to use. I like the shape of the container and I like how the minty flavor makes my lips numb. 

9. Tylenol PM - Toward the end of the 1st trimester, I started getting a lot of headaches. Oh, and sleeping became a real biotch. It’s not that I “liked” getting headaches, but I didn’t mind the excuse to take a tylenol PM, which would ENSURE I would get a good night’s sleep. I don’t take them all the time - but on those magical nights when I DO take them, I feel like a new woman the next day. 

10. Trader Joe’s Pre-Cooked Meals - I. Just. Can’t. Cook. Anymore. The kitchen makes me sick. And when I get home, I’m so tired, the thought of standing up and making dinner is more than I can handle. Thank goddess for TJ’s. Husband is fed, and I can sleep. 

11. Prental Probiotics - You can get them at CVS or Whole Foods. I had read the horror stories of people getting … ahem … backed up during the 1st trimester. As long as I kept taking these, that was never a problem for me. You have so much else going on that is whacko in your body, this is $20 well spent. 

12. Last thing - buy a good water bottle. Drinking a million glasses of water a day has been really important. It makes my skin not as scaly (though it’s still reallllllllllyyyyyy dry), and it has kept me from being too sick and too hungry. Get a good, glass, pretty one. You’ll hate plastic because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be able to taste the plastic flavor after a while. 

xx/

H

JANUARY GYM PLAYLIST

LEG DAY - 22 WEEKS PREGO

Again, I’m sad to say deadlifts aren’t doing it for me these days. They just kind of hurt my belly. :( 

I’ve been having some issues with sciatica, so I thought I might try some lunges today, to strengthen my lower back and give it a good stretch. So glad I did. My butt was happy too. Also - since my balance isn’t PERFECT these days (blame the baby), the Smith Machine was PERFECT, kept me from wobbling. I’ll def do these again.

7 x Sets Barbell Squats @ 65 lbs (keeping things light these days) - 10 reps / set

6 x Sets Leg Press (alternating stance, hip width, legs together, wide stance) @ 90 lbs - 12 reps/ set

3 x Sets Smith Machine Lunges @ 65 lbs - 10 reps / set

xx/

H

SHOULDER / BACK DAY - 22 WEEKS PREGO

It kind of hurts for me to bend over too much (Little Boy Modine is a low rider) - so I’m not sure if dead lifts are in the cards for me for a while. {sad} That said, I have learned to LOVE assisted pull-ups - they’ve been a great addition to my back workouts. 

Here’s what I did today: 

7 x Sets - Seated Cable Rows @ 40 lbs (10 reps/set) 

7 x Sets Assisted Pull-ups (7 reps/set) 

5 x Sets Dumbbell Shoulder Press @ 15 lbs (10 reps/ set)

5 x Sets Rear Delts (Reverse Flyes) @ 30 lbs (10 reps/ set)

Walking outside @ 3.5 mph 40 minutes

I love it when he kicks when I’m working out. We have a little muscle boy on our hands! :) 

CHEST DAY - PREGO

I’m really bummed that I’m not supposed to lie on my back an exercise anymore, but alas, gotta keep this baby healthy and strong. 

As such, I am forgoing my usual chest days on the bench, in favor of cables. 

Here’s what I did today: 

Incline Cable Press - 7 sets @ 10 reps/ set - 15-25 lbs.

Decline Cable Press - 7 sets @ 10 reps / set - 15 - 25 lbs.

Flyes - 5 sets @ 10 - 12 reps / set - 15 - 20 lbs. 

+ walk 10,000 steps 

Happy Lifting! 

Leg Day - Prego

It was a long three months sans weights, I just didn’t have the energy, but I’ve been itching to get back to the gym and today I did. I’m going to feel it tomorrow. I’m reading that it’s totally okay to keep pumping iron while pregnant, just modified, so I’m lowering my weight and taking it really slow. 

Here’s today’s workout:

Barbell Squats - 5 x Sets / 10 reps e/  @ 55 lbs

Russian Deadlifts - 5 x Sets / 10 reps e/ @ 55 lbs

Leg Extensions - 5 x Sets / 10 reps e/ @ 40 lbs

Treadmill Walk - 45 minutes, 3.5 mph, 10% incline

Pumpkin Banana Protein Bread

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We had some VERY ripe bananas around and I was in a baking mood … so this happened. It’s really good. I’m going to make french toast with it later this week. Mmmmmmm.

1/2 cup oat flour

3/4 cup vanilla protein powder

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 ripe organic bananas

1/2 cup pumpkin purée

2 tbsp. coconut oil

1.5 tsp. stevia extract

3 drops vanilla stevia

3 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325. I’ve discovered with protein baking, it’s best to bake really low, for a long time - otherwise it just gets burnt on the outside. :( Grease your bread pan. 

Mix together all your dry ingredients (flour, protein powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice). And set aside. Then, using a mixer, blend up your bananas, pumpkin, coconut oil, stevia extract, stevia, egg whites, vanilla extract. Add your dry ingredients … and mix until smooth. 

Pour into the greased breadpan and bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry! 

xx / H

Pumpkin “Cheesecake” Bites

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I bought some tofutti a week or so ago and just didn’t find myself eating it as much as I thought I would. Not one to waste, I baked it. And I’ll buy more again - because these are SOOOO good. And easy. The texture is super smooth, almost like little crepes. Ooooo … we should add nutella next time. 

Salivating.

2 egg whites

5 oz. tofutti (you can use real cream cheese, but it upsets my stomach)

2 scoops (64 (g)). Cinnamon Protein Powder (or 64 (g) vanilla protein powder + 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice) 

1 cup nonfat cottage cheese

1 cup pumpkin purée

1.5 tsp. splenda extract 

3 drops vanilla splenda

1 tbsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender, combine all of your ingredients and blend until creamy. I ended up mixing all of my ingredients together first, then blending them because my blender sucks and I didn’t want the powder to get stuck on the sides. Spray 2 mini-muffin tins with non-stick spray and pour the batter into each muffin. I ended up having some leftover and no extra muffin tin, so I put the leftover in a cooking pan and figured I’d make bars. 

Bake for about 30 minutes. 

Let them cool and store in the fridge. AMAZING! 

Yields approx: 36 bites

MACROS:

Calories: 28 per piece

Fat - 1.1 (g) // Carbs - 2 (g) // Protein - 2.6 (g) // Fiber - .4 (g)