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{February 1, 2017}  

You know that time where life is happening so fast and all of its blog worthy but you can’t seem to keep up with it all? Yea, me too. The last six months have been a blur of blogable events and yet I haven’t really blogged. So I figured maybe if I just list everything that’s been going on then I can organize my thoughts and pump out some posts. So here we go:

  1. Husband and I developed a fertility diet for me after weeks of research based on some great books and blogs. 
  2. We found out we were pregnant after one cycle on the diet. Which was wonderful because we’d been trying for awhile and had received really distressing news from the doctor. I attribute a lot of this to faith in action. I had faith God would make a way, but I didn’t sit on my laurels either. 
  3. We celebrated a milestone birthday for hubby with a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing and we loved it. 
  4. Then I went about finding the right care provider by of course researching. Who would have know this sadity girl is crunchy when it comes to her baby. I wasn’t impressed with the apathetic or overly medical options I was being offered with traditional medicine so we picked a midwife. What! It’s actually becoming more common but mine is not associated with a hospital so for me that meant I could seek the care I want and not the treatments dictated to me. 
  5. I have had to do a lot of traveling for work and family in the last few months. Which has helped me come up with a pretty stellar travel “must haves” list for the pregnant woman. 
  6. I also switched my fertility diet and exercise routine to a prenatal one. I didn’t follow one particular plan but rather I took practice options from several to create a plan for a real pregnant person. You know one who is has a  below average fitness commitment and likes food (even if it does make her sick right now).
  7. I put together a registry early on based on great advice from my sister and mother, two vets in the game. It’s also gender neutral!
  8. I’ve resisted the new mom stereotype of everything must be new and instead opted for a Sadity Cents type nursery and baby preparation. 
  9. I’m prepping for taxes because organization and life don’t stop with a baby. 
  10. And of course cooking! I will say that’s fewer and far between because standing and smelling for too long just aren’t working right now. 
  11. As a bonus I figured out the man I married is awesome! And really is the best daddy-to-be. He’s consistently take on a number of chores and pampering techniques to make this a wonderful pregnancy. 

Follow the links, which I will add as I write the relevant posts. Said posts will be written in between naps, so please be patient. 🙂

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So I created for myself a health chart with potential pregnancy health concerns and the correlating natural remedies. I am doing this as a targeted plan for my pre-baby routine. I  am very goal oriented and need lists to check. Check out my Pregnancy Health Condition chart.

My Action Plan in Short is:

  1. Exercise Outside 20 minutes a day
  2. Take a complete prenatal
  3. Do back and core exercises daily
  4. Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water/ hydration a day
  5. Eat 30 grams of fiber

It’s a simple enough plan and nothing new when it comes to living a balanced and healthy life. Somehow though, doing it for the goal of a baby makes it more feasible. So if I need to dangle that a baby as a carrot to stick to my routine, so be it. What helps you stay focused on your health routine?

 

 



{February 26, 2016}   Healthy Body to Healthy Baby

Hubby and I are completing our first year of marriage soon. According to our plan that means trying for a baby. I’ve worked hard over the last few years to get healthy. While I’m not as skinny as I would like to be, I would venture that I’m definitely in better shape than I was when I could fit into a size 4 dress ( I just PR’d in Crossfit). However, could I be better? Always. I’m entering my 30s so why not be just a little more cautious and make sure I’m at my prime when I conceive.

In recent months I’ve been attempting to focus less on a dress size and more on getting my body prepared for baby. I tried to find articles that discussed steps to a healthy pregnancy, but instead most of them were very generic. My type-A personality likes an actual list. Most gave the very basic and generic advice,  ‘get your body healthy.’ Not very helpful…

I mean we all want to be healthy. But how do I actually take steps to achieve that health? What does that look like?  What health concerns should I focus on preventing? So I made my own list, specific to my issues by doing a little reverse engineering of sorts.

Here’s my thought process: Why do women want to be healthy for pregnancy? To avoid complications. So rather than the generic instruction of “get healthy,” I decided to specifically target the most common complication in my health efforts. Hopefully by tailoring my health regimen in this manner I will decrease my likelihood of developing complications and increase my overall health.

Here are the most common general health issues in a pregnancy:

  • Anemia
  • Back Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constipation
  • Cramp
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Faintness
  • Feeling hot
  • Fibroid/ complications with uterine fibroids
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Itching
  • Leaking nipples
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • Nosebleeds
  • Urinating a lot
  • Pelvic pain
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Skin and hair
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stretch marks
  • Swollen ankles, feet, fingers
  • Teeth and gums
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Varicose veins
  • Weight/ Excessive Weight Gain

 

The highlighted health issues are the one’s I’ve witnessed in my own family or I am personally concerned about.

  1. Anemia
  2. Backache
  3. Cramps
  4. Feeling Hot/ Hot Flashes
  5. Fibroids
  6. Headaches
  7. High Blood Pressure/ Pre-Eclampsia
  8. Itching
  9. Pelvic Pain
  10. Teeth and gum issues
  11. Excessive Weight Gain

My strategy is to develop a health plan that targets these issues with natural means of relief. If I make it a way of life now, hopefully it will reduce or eliminate my susceptibility to these health concerns in the future. Stay tune for the full plan!

Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregcomplications.htm



They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; and if home is where the heart is, then my home is in the kitchen…

Okay now that I’ve gotten all of my anecdotes and puns out of the way I thought I’d add a new element to the blog. 

I love to cook and I love to eat (thus I devote a lot of posts to weight loss. LOL). One thing I’ve been trying is making healthier spins on some favorites. Not every recipes will be “healthy” per se and I won’t pretend to be a nutritionist. I’m just a gal who loves to cook and who married a man with a military sized appetite. 

Anyone who cooks knows there’s no science to it. I’m an intuitive cook. Sometimes I hit on a win, sometimes not so much. Last night was a win. 

I saw a recipe for Lemon Cream -Sauced Mahi Mahi. I revised it and then  I paired it with fried rice from the night before and cabbage salad. 

  

Mahi Mahi with Lemon Cream sauce

Ingredients

  • Mahi Mahi fillets
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper (coursely ground)
  • 4 Tbsp. Lemon Juice (fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp. White Cooking Wine
  • 1 Tbsp. Brandy
  • 3 Tbsp. Cream Cheese (whipped)
  • 2 Tbsp. Cashew Milk
  • 1/4c Butter / 2 pats of Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Sugar
  • 1/4c water

Method

  1. Note: This recipe cooks very quickly so don’t leave the stove. 
  2. Season fish well with garlic salt and pepper. Preheat skillet to medium heat. Steam fish with half the butter in a pan  with a lid for 10 minutes. Turn pan down very low with lid and with water to keep moist. 
  3. In a seperate skillet: Melt cream cheese on a med-low heat. Add lemon juice, brandy, and white wine. Whisk until blended. Bring to a slight boil and immediately reduce the heat to a simmer.  The cream cheese may appear to curdle this is normal. Add a splash of cashew milk (about 2 Tbsp.). Add remainder of butter and whisk well. Then add sugar while stirring.  Simmer about 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Remove from heat and allow it to sit 5 more minutes. Sauce should appear eggshell white with a creamy consistency. 
  4. Serve over fish and garnish with herbs or sliced peppers. 

Review

I loved this fish recipe it was just the right amount of sweet and savory. Typically I pair some kind of mango chutney with Mahi Mahi but I wanted a change and I’m so glad I tried something new. I think this would be a great recipe for a dinner party. 

My husband loves it as well. He let out an audible “mmm” when he tasted it. 

Side Dishes

Red Cabbage Salad with Mango Vinagrette

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4c Red Cabbage (Half a head)
  • 1c Asian Pear
  • 1/2c Carrot (finely diced)
  • 1/4c Celery
  • 1/4c Bell Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Concentrate
  • 1/4c almonds (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp dried cranberries (optional)

Vinagrette 

  • 1/4c Mango (diced)
  • 1/8c water
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 6 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix salad ingredients with lemon juice. 
  2. Add craisins and nuts. 
  3. In a blender purée the mango with water. Then combine the purée with the othe Vinagrette ingredients in a smaller bowl.
  4. Toss salad and Vinagrette together. Chill until ready to serve. 

Review

This salad is a spinoff of a recipe I found on Pinterest. The original recipe called for apple as instead of Asian pears. Since I’m in Korea right now Asian Pears are far more plentiful than apples. 

I really enjoyed this salad. It was very refreshing. I thought it paired well with the citrus flavor of the fish sauce. I had a first mind to skip the craisins and only have fresh produce in the salad. I now think that would have been the best. The salad is crunchy and full of flavor. The addition of dried fruit takes from the fresh taste. 

My husband also preferred the salad without cranberries and I’m glad I only put a small amount. However I wouldn’t discourage others from adding the craisins, we love them, it’s just our preference with this very specific pairing. My husband also said to lose the almonds.  I have to veto him on this one. They added a healthy crunch to the salad. He’s just adjusting to a healthier lifestyle. 

Restaurant-Style Vegetable Fried Rice

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tbsp Green onions (diced)
  • 1/2 c Red and Yellow Peppers
  • 1 c Frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 2 Eggs (beaten or whisked)
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 c Brown Rice (cooked and refrigerated)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Cooked chicken, beef, or shrimp (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat a skillet to medium heat and add olive oil. Cook onion and peppers until tender and then add frozen vegetables. Push to the side or in a seperate skillet cook the eggs. Allow them to cook almost all the way through before dicing. Once cooked mix with vegetables. Add rice to the mixture, stirring occasionally until heated through. 
  2. In a small sauce pan combine soy sauce and honey.  Cook on medium-low heat until honey has completely dissolved. 
  3. Remove both pans from hat and pour soy-honey sauce over the fried rice. 

Review

We love fried rice. My favorite was from this restaurant that had the slightest sweet flavor to offset the saltiness of the soy sauce. I can’t even remember the restaurant name anymore but I have found that adding a bit of honey provides a very similar flavor. I often add chicken apple sausage to the mix and it is divine. I didn’t this time and I’m glad because it would have destracted from the fish.  




{September 1, 2015}   September Fitness Challenge

My fitness challenge for September is to maintain my walking at the higher end. Last week alone I walked 36 miles (about 91,000 steps). Rather than go for a higher rate, I want to maintain a consistency. Right now I can go anywhere from 12 miles a week to nearly 40 miles. So I’ve got the mileage down, not to step up the intensity and variety.

  1. Steps: Walk at least 60,000 steps a week. This will equal approximately 24 miles. I think this is a happy median that will keep me from having “lazy” weeks.
  2. Strength: I am entering into an ab challenge this month. I need to focus more on strength.
  3. Scheduled Classes: I am really getting into HIIT workouts so I am challenging myself to 2/ week. This particular YouTube channel, Millionaire Hoy,  has a variety of HIIT workouts that are tough but doable for me. I will also continue with my yoga each week.
  4. Substance: If I could just focus on working out and not my food intake it would be a great world. But I have to be honest with myself. My progress is never going to speed up if I don’t get my food under control. No crazy diets or outlandish promises. There is a 7 day challenge going around. For the last week I’ve been doing a fairly good job of sticking to these relatively simple rules. It’s not precise nutrition guidance, but I just need something that’s workable for me and something I will stick to.

I am also challenging myself to provide more frequently. Unlike other bloggers I follow who are working on releasing weight, I have the fitness and nutrition knowledge. It’s the consistency that get me every time. So while I am pushing myself physically, my challenges are equally focused on practicing the habit of habit. Meaning, I am trying to get consistent exercise at specific times ingrained in my psyche and in my muscles’ memory.

Finally, I’m not in love with my ab challenge so if someone finds a better one that is effective, fun, and has variety I would appreciate it.

  

UPDATE

I am proud to announce that I met my challenge and then some during the month of September. I walked and/ or ran 115 miles in September!!!! it helps that walking is my primary mode of transportation. 

I also lost 6 lbs in September!!!!!

I attended my classes, especially yoga and I had designated dessert days. I did eat bread but significantly less than normal. So I am feeling good and ready to to start a new challenge. 



{August 28, 2015}   August Fitness Goals Update

My body is getting used to the heat and constant walking so weight loss has slowed but not stopped. So that’s always a good thing. I’ll have to get back to you about how many inches I’ve lost (I lost my tape measurer lol. ) but I have released 10 lbs so that’s makes me very happy. I need to start watching my diet a little more.  In Korea, we eat a lot of rice so that has been tricky for me.

Yoga has been my fitness class of choice about 2 days a week and every now and then I do a hula fitness class. Let me tell you hula is deceptive. I had no idea how much my abs would be engaged for an entire hour at a time! Thus, abs that are on fire the next day. Lol. I also tried my has at cross fit but with all the walking I already do (on average 7-10miles a day) it just felt like too much at this point. I’m getting my water in which explains my fascination with Korean bathrooms right now. 🙂 Overall I am pleased with the progress. It’s especially gratifying when others notice… I went to pay my rent the other day and my realtor exclaimed, “oh my! You’re shrinking!” Thanks for noticing. 🙂

P.S. In August I lost 2.5 inches!



{August 1, 2015}   August Fitness Challenge

Challenges

For the month of August I am taking my fitness challenges in a different direction. As in indoors LOL. It’s monsoon season but its hot! Like sweating in the rain hot. So I decided that to avoid anymore dehydration issues, I should take it inside. There are several fitness classes on the base so my challenge this month is to:

– Drink at least 30 more ounces of water a day (this is actually going to be difficult, how much water can one person drink!).

– Attend 30 fitness classes this month or do this HIIT workout on days I don’t go on base. However, I am also challenging myself to at least attend a class one class every 3 days.

– I also challenge myself to apply to at least 3 jobs a week (It’s hard to work overseas, but I think even the act of applying is mentally stimulating)

– Bonus challenge is to attend one social event each week. This is mostly because its easy to get into a rut and only hang around people in your service member’s squadron, except very few of the service members are married or accompanied in my husband’s squadron. So hopefully this will help me think out of the box as far as socializing.



{July 31, 2015}   July Fitness Challenge

RECAP

Because of the move I haven’t been keeping up with logging my fitness challenge. I am happy to say that though I have not blogged about it, I have been good about keeping up with it. This month I kept it light because I was adjusting to the daily heat and humidity of South Korea (can we say 90-degrees and humid, even in the rain!). However, because this was a walking base, I challenged myself to 10,000 steps a day or about 5 miles a day. I am happy to say that I have been able to hit my mark most days. I have missed a few days, but in the aggregate I’ve met my goal all except the third week in July, because we were moving into our new apartment so I stayed close to home. So basically, although I didn’t walk 5 miles everyday. By the end of most weeks I did hit at least 35 miles!

RESULTS

So far the results of my challenging myself are looking good. I need to step up running, but again the heat has limited my ability. In fact, I actually have been suffering from dehydration. Even with drinking a good deal of water, it’s still not enough in this heat. However, I have lost 4 inches in 4 weeks. So far so good.



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