#wholefoodsreset is over.

February 15th I started a food challenge to “reset” my eating.  I intended to try for 21 days, but last Wednesday I had some hot cocoa (for comfort), and after that, I let myself slip more and more.  I made it 11 days, which is weird, because the 2 attempts at a 21 day sugar detox both ended at day 11.  Apparently my body NEEDS sugar after 11 days (yikes.)  I’m not disappointed in myself for quitting early, in fact, I’m proud of myself for realizing that it was causing me stress.   I listened to my mind and body as I grieve the loss of a friend, and practiced kindness toward myself.

I did learn a few things this time around….

1.  I love vegetables. I mean, I already knew that I did, but we really just dump any veggies we have into a pan and cook them. And they always taste delicious. Our grocery shopping and meals are more centered around vegetables and protein, and that was the whole purpose of doing this challenge.

2.  When I have meals centered around protein and vegetables, I stay full for hours, and definitely don’t feel as bloated or sluggish. I usually only need 2 full meals/day (with some snacks of course!).

IMG_63723.   I feel tired and sluggish when I eat sugar.  I have added sugar back in (I know I need to cut back again), and when I do have sugar I feel more tired and have even had to take more naps–some of this might be due to being emotionally exhausted/pregnant, but I don’t think the sugar helps.

4. I want to get better at controlling my stress eating.  I use food for comfort. I love ice cream and sweet things and when I’m stressed, I like to treat myself. I would like to find a better balance of “treats” during stressful times, because good food makes my body feel better, which would help with my stress.

5.  I got a few more recipe ideas from my friend Jamie and the other people I have been following on instagram, with the hashtags #wholefoodsreset  #whole30  I will probably continue to use the #wholefoodsreset hashtag to tag pics of delicious food that I eat so I have a place to be inspired when I get in a slump.


6.  Eating this way is pretty. I get what they say by “Eat the Rainbow.” Our groceries and meals have been SO colorful lately.

So while I only made it 11 days of a 21 day challenge, I’m proud of myself.


Pregnancy: 25 weeks

We got to take a little vacation to Florida around the 22-23 week mark (some might call it a Babymoon).  It was really great to get away and relax before chaos ensues!


Concerns: My biggest concern is my weight gain.  I was a little concerned about gaining too much weight (I think every girl is..).  I asked the doctor last visit and he said I’m right on track. I would say I’ve gained about 18 pounds. I’m hoping I will not get over 30 pounds, but I’m going to let my body do what it needs to and make sure I’m eating as healthy as I can.

Side effects:  Not too many new side effects to report.  A couple days shy of 22 weeks I got my first bout of heart burn. It isn’t horrible but in the evenings for several days I was feeling it some… Good news though– I haven’t had heartburn since I started the #wholefoodsreset!

Cravings:  I am still craving grapefruit and kiwis and eat at least one of each a day.  I also have been loving granny smith apples —anything sour, tart, or citrusy tastes SO good!  I started a #wholefoodsreset over a week ago and am definitely eating a ton more vegetables and fruits and good proteins.  This is helping me stay regular (sorry, TMI, but its a legit concern during pregnancy). I also get full faster and can’t eat as much in one sitting, and if I try, I pay for it.  Hello side cramp!  There must be less room in there!

Size:  My belly continues to grow! 


Clothes:    I’m wearing the same skinny jeans (they feel like stretch pants), maroon cords, black maternity pants (for work), and leggings that I have been wearing the past few months. I don’t really need much more. I did get a long black maxi dress and a pair of comfortable capri pants at Old Navy right before Florida and am excited to wear them this spring.  I have a lot of clothes (given to me) stashed away for when I get bigger or for spring, but so far, I really haven’t worn too many of the donated clothes. I invested in a few pieces that I like, and have definitely been wearing these things on repeat (long sleeved cotton t-shirts, old navy v-neck t-shirts, and target tanks).   I really need a new bra, but I am just dreading the shopping.

Exercise: I’ve continued to stick with walking and yoga, although thanks to vacation my scheduled exercise was a little less frequent.  We did walk and walk in Florida, so I feel like I got enough activity most days.  I did get to do a little yoga on the beach in Florida–so lovely!


Sleep: I’ve been sleeping well.  We definitely rested and relaxed more in Florida–we needed that vacation! I have been listening to my body and choosing to sleep in some mornings instead of get up for exercise, especially if I’ve been busy or working all week (like last week).

Mood:  I’m in pretty good spirits right now.  I do think my better food choices have a big influence on my moods, I am much more motivated to get things done around the house and also a bit less irritable. It could be all the Vitamin D I got in FL too.  I will never know if it was one or the other, or both, or even something different, but I’ll take it!

Overall feelings:  I have been able to feel the baby kick for several weeks, and somedays it is so active!  Dave felt it move the other day too–its starting to become a reality.  I am getting excited to meet the baby, and really excited to find out if we will have a little boy or girl join our family.  I’m also a bit nervous, as there are so many unknowns and uncertainties…like how are we going to manage the nursery and a newborn?  I’m also feeling the push to get on the preparations…like buying a crib (where do you do that?!) and maybe registering for baby stuff (I don’t even know what I’ll need!).

Baby Names:  Our baby has acquired some nicknames:  Little Hopper, Sweet Baby, and Captain Gil (don’t ask…)

We’ve had names picked out since before we were pregnant and so far those names have not changed, except we’re still debating on the middle name if its a girl…which Dave has a feeling it is.  I can’t say that I have strong feelings either way, but my 3 year old niece Emily seems to know.  She walked right up to my belly and asked sweetly, “Can I see her?” *heart melt* Kate, my 5 year old niece, thinks its a girl too, and hopes we name it Rachel.  And Emily wants a baby girl cousin named Joseph. Go figure.


Update: #wholefoodsreset

Last Sunday I started the #wholefoodsreset to get back on track with my eating (sugar cravings were out of control).  Here are my thoughts on the first week…


I think whole foods are so pretty!

I have been posting pictures of my food on instagram and tagging #wholefoodsreset and have been amazed at the response I’ve gotten.  My ego tells me that no one wants to see what I’m eating, and that its annoying to post pics of your food, but I’ve gotten comments and inspiration from people by doing this.  My high school friend Jamie is joining me (follow her on instagram: @thekitchenarium) and visit her blog Jamie’s recipes!  She is inspiring me to branch out with my cooking and meal prep (she’s a great cook–at least her food looks amazing… I guess I’ve never tasted it before-ha!).   A few other friends and family have reached out saying they would like to do the something similar, but are needing some motivation to get started.  Just reaching these few people is incentive enough to keep posting annoying food pics. 🙂 It definitely holds me accountable knowing I’ve got people watching me.


The cooking part of the #wholefoodsreset has been easy for me. I’ve done a #whole30 a few times before.  This time around I’m being even less strict, which I think is my saving grace.

Food prep is key.  I made this delicious frittata on Sunday, and boom, a filling breakfast is served for the next couple days. I also shredded up carrots, and cut up broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage to make a coleslaw (without the dressing) and we used that all week in salads, stir frys, egg salad, and other concoctions.


So far, I am feeling better (maybe its all in my head, but does that matter?).  I have more energy and more motivation to do things around the house.

I still crave sweet in the afternoons (Friday afternoon was the worst), but I have just been reaching for a healthy snack, like an apple, kiwi, or grapefruit to fill this urge.  Eventually I would like to not have to have anything sweet, but for now, baby steps.

IMG_6321I’ve been more regular and stay full longer between meals.   I’ve had a few temptations: donuts, candy, hot tamales, but really I haven’t had a hard time saying no.  We are going out to eat tonight at Cancun (Mexican).  I have already decided I will skip the chips, and order the fajitas (and have a few beans and rice with it).

Its weird, but I almost think this #wholefoodsreset is easier to do while pregnant.  I have more incentive to choose healthier foods and I’m not drinking alcohol (a glass of wine or margarita was hard to resist during my other challenges).  I’m finishing up Day 6 of 21 ..already planning my meal prep for next week.  Preparation and planning are key.

Are you interested in doing a #wholefoodsreset or something similar?  Let me know if you need help getting started!

I also recommend the book It Starts with Food if you’re wanting to learn more about the #whole30 and eating more whole foods!



IMG_2282I’ve done a few @Whole30 challenges in the last couple years and always feel amazing afterward.  I’ve been toying with the idea of doing another one for awhile, but haven’t found the motivation and always talk myself out of it. Especially because I’m not just eating for myself, I’ve got a little one that’s eating everything I eat.

But, I’ve seen Kelsey Williams (of the blog Snappy Casual and Words of Williams) who is due around the same time as me, start and get half way through a whole30 and she has inspired me to do my own little version.

I want to do this for several reasons, but most of all I’m addicted to sugar.  Bad. I don’t go a day without eating some kind of “treat” that is laced with sugar.  My worst time of day is from 2-5 in the afternoon, I always seem to reach for something sweet around that time.  I’ve been worried about what all this sugar is doing to the baby (even though I’m confident everything is going fine in there…) and I want to get a handle on my sugar addiction so I can set a good example once this little one can make its own food choices.  I also want to focus on getting my vegetables in (not hard for me, I love vegetables), but for convenience purposes and vacation, we have been eating out WAY too much.

It’s time to do a little #wholefoodsreset

So here’s the plan:

21 days.  No gluten.  No dairy.  No sugar.  No processed food.

I’m not going to do the “3 meals/day” thing because lately I’ve found that I can’t eat 3 big meals (I feel really bad after and get a side cramp) so I’ve been snacking and eating small amounts all day.  I’m also going to allow myself to eat rice, beans and some oats, in moderation of course, but think these do provide some good nutrients for the baby.

I plan to take some pics and post on instagram with hashtag #wholefoodsreset and hopefully (if I can get myself together and stick to it) do a few updates here–I’m hoping this holds me accountable…wish me luck!



21 weeks

2015/01/img_6018.jpgI’m over half way, and this baby is growing!  We had an ultrasound last week, and the baby measured 11 oz and was very active through the whole thing.  It was crazy to see him/her move so much …I am feeling the movements, but not as much as it is actually moving!

My mind is still blown away by all of this. I try not to think too hard about it, mostly because it really is too much for me to grasp.  I feel so fortunate that all has been well during this pregnancy.  The first trimester seemed to last a long time, but now time feels like its flying by. I really like reading other people’s pregnancy recaps, and I’m hoping to continue these posts throughout the rest of my pregnancy.  I think it will be fun to look back on and a good reference for future pregnancies!

Concerns: These are pretty minimal right now.  I was told about this second trimester stuff…lots of people said it was the best trimester. And so far they are right. I haven’t read too many baby books, or done much research, because I really feel like right now, the less I know, the better off I am.  I’m just taking each day in stride and not trying to stress about things.  My biggest concern is that we don’t have the nursery painted or the floor laid, but I’m confident all this will get done before June.

Side effects:  Not too many new side effects to report.  I have had a few pimples underneath my jaw bone, and still on my back (but it seems better than it was).  Some shortness of breath after exerting myself, but I think this has gotten better since I’ve been walking on a consistent basis.

Cravings:  I have been craving grapefruit and kiwis and eat at least one of each a day.  I am also making an effort to eat more vegetables.  I do have some concerns about gestational diabetes, I have a hard time saying no to sugar, and have noticed I get kind of sleepy after I eat a lot of sugar.  I had a squirt (citrus soda) when we were out the other night and it tasted so good I bought a 12 pack…oops.  I do drink green tea every morning, but have added coffee back into some mornings (and caffeinated too…oops).  I  try to get a lot of water in (some days are better than others..) and feel better if I’m well hydrated.


Don’t mind the messy room and dirty mirror!

Size:  My belly is growing! I am still learning how to dress my new body and have some insecurities about whether I look fat or pregnant, but I think each day I feel more and more pregnant (and less fat).  We are taking a trip to Florida and I was worried about swimming suits but surprisingly I put my bikinis on and I think I’m going to go for the 2 piece (I’m borrowing a few bigger tops because my chest is definitely bigger).

Clothes:    I think more form fitting clothes that show my belly are more flattering on me.  I am definitely feeling more confident as I acquire a few more clothes that fit better and are a little more “me” than some of the hand me down maternity clothes I have.  I did order a pair of stretchy skinny jeans (that feel like leggings!) and a pair of maroon corduroy skinny pants that I definitely feel more like myself in.  I also ordered a few v-neck t-shirts from Old Navy that are a dream–not going to lie, I’ll probably get a few more before all of this is said and done (Old Navy has been the best for maternity clothes!).  And almost everyday I wear a gray or black maternity tank (under my tops) that I got from Target.

Exercise: I’ve still been walking 4-5 times per week (mostly on my treadmill because it’s so cold) but I think the walking is helping my confidence and mood.  Cannot wait to start walking more outside as the weather warms up! I also hit up yoga 1-2 times/week, and know I should pick it up with my at-home practice!

Sleep:  I have been having crazy dreams.  Too crazy to share here.  I wake up and think, how did my brain even come up with that? I do have some difficulty falling asleep at night but I think if I limited my screen time in the evenings I might be better off.  I really enjoy taking a warm bath at night with some lavender epsom salts.  I am truly convinced that getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night has kept me healthy (knock on wood).

Mood:  From first trimester to now is like night and day.   I was very down during the first trimester.  I am much more pleasant to be around and definitely have a much better attitude.  I actually feel motivated to get things done.  I have been “nesting.”  I am working my way through our entire house, cleaning out drawers, deep cleaning, and pitching stuff we don’t use any more.  Making way for all things baby!  I do get a little irritable at times (I’m blaming the hormones still) and am really looking forward to soaking up some vitamin D in Florida.

Overall feelings:  I’m feeling much better.  I’m excited to meet this little person that is growing inside me, but I am enjoying this time, when its just Dave and I (and Mika and Maggie of course).  Our lives are about to change forever.


Yoga Teacher Training

I am currently in the middle of taking an online yoga teacher training course. It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  I chose to do an online course because I wanted to work at my own pace, which has proven to be a real challenge for me.  I signed up for the online training the first week in October, the same week I found out I was pregnant.  The entire first trimester I had no motivation to do anything, especially not work on yoga teacher training.  I did get through the first two texts during that time.  For the past 2 months, I have been working 2-3 days/week as an OT which has been taking up a lot of my free time, and limiting the time I have to spend on my coursework.  The papers and exam are hanging over my head and I know I just need to designate some time to just get them done.  I have until October 2015, however I fear that as soon as the nursery season starts up again, and then the baby comes, I will have very limited time to work on it. I’m excited to finish the course and need a kick in the pants to just get going on it.

Being certified to teach yoga will open up opportunities for me to expand my yoga practice and maybe even incorporate yoga into my OT. I have a few ideas or possibilities on how I could use this training:

1.  Market myself to businesses to do a yoga class for their employees (possibly Mercy?), especially businesses where employees are sitting at a desk all day or are in high stress environments.

2.  Yoga for kids.  I really enjoyed doing the pediatric yoga at the Autism center. I would love to do this again and would really love to do private yoga lessons for kids.

3.  Prenatal Yoga classes: I’m not sure how this would work, but maybe something through the hospital or clinics in town? I think having a class offered to pregnant women (maybe with daycare provided), would be a great service to add.

4.  Early morning yoga:  I am looking for an excuse to get my behind out of bed at least one day/week, and if I taught an early morning yoga class, I wouldn’t have a choice in the matter.

5.  Yoga at the nursery:  I would love to have a building here at Natural Plus to house yoga classes and workshops.  It would be so wonderful to have a yoga class here when the nursery is full of green and blooming plants and flowers.

I wrote this blog post to get me motivated about finishing my online teacher training course.  I do have to record a video of a couple classes that I teach, so those might wait until after baby, but I would really love to have all of my other course work completed and handed in before June. I better get to work!

Intentions for the New Year



Its going to be a great year, and I have a feeling its going to just sneak right on by, just like 2014 did.  I have some ideas of things I want to do in the new year, ways I want to improve, things to make my life simpler, and happier, and more fulfilled.

Here are a few I’m hoping to focus on this year:

1.  You choose your reaction, so choose to react positively.  I find that my initial reaction to a lot of things in my life is negative.  When my phone rings and its work, when someone says something I wasn’t expecting, when I open the mail, or sometimes even when I get a text message from a friend.  I want to change that initial negative reaction, and have a more open mind.  When work calls, it means there is work out there for me, and I am so fortunate that I have the opportunity to say yes or no to that work.  When someone says something I wasn’t expecting, a lot of times that can bring some positive experience into my life, or I can learn something new from that person.  When I open the mail, it could mean money coming in, not another bill. When I get a text from a friend, it could mean they are needing me, or maybe they are reaching out to me, because I need them (and don’t even know it).  Its so easy to look at the world through a negative lens, but whats the point.  I’m going to take the energy to change my negative lens to a positive one.  (Its a hard task, but I’m going to do my best).


2.  I want to be more giving.  This can be done in so many ways.  Sending an unexpected thank you or greeting card to someone.  Rubbing Dave’s back.  Opening the door for someone.  Smiling to people I meet or pass by.  It feels good to give.  And there are many easy ways to give to others without spending money.


3.  Be more intentional with my time.  I wish I could get up every morning an hour before I need to start getting ready and take that time to meditate, reflect, read, work out or stretch.  But I just can’t seem to do it…I really like to sleep in.  But I want to make sure I am spending time on those things everyday, and making that time a priority.  This will mean cutting back on tv and Facebook and other time wasters in my life.  I know this is going to be especially hard once the baby comes, but I know this is a huge priority and necessity for my sanity.


4.  Let go.  Be spontaneous. Give up some control.  So hard for me, but so necessary.  When I let others take care of something, or just let life happen, I am so much happier.  Its so hard for me to give up control, but I learned in the past year that life isn’t in my control. The only thing I can do is make good decisions and the rest is not up to me.  I do know that I am going to be forced to let go as our family transitions from 2 to 3 and our lives are flipped over and we have to figure out a new normal.

IMG_51685. Live simply.  I want to let go of material possessions.  I want to let go of the past.  I want to eat simply.  Exercise simply.  Work simply.  Have simple, pleasant relationships.


6.  Lastly, I want to show myself forgiveness and compassion. Stop being to hard on myself. Continue to grow and learn, but be ok with where I’m at right now.

Read about my 2014 intentions here.

And what I was loving and working on in 2013