It was only last year that I thought about how raw veggies are so nutritious and how I don’t consume them much when my nutritionist made it clear that I had to incorporate them in my regimen and eating cooked veggies was not sufficient. I didn’t have the habit and I wasn’t aware that was important. Since then I’ve been looking for ways to do so. Eating a couple tomatoes for breakfast and a cup of salad a day was not enough I felt. And preparing that salad was time consuming so I didn’t pay attention to making it colorful, made go only with 1-2 ingredients.
Then juicing/blending and drinking your raw veggies caught my attention. I saw on many blogs that many of you start the day with a smoothie full of veggies and fruits. That was something I’m not accustomed to, no one I know in real life does that. And a green smoothie looks so weird to drink. I thought.
Then I decided to go ahead and buy a blender. I was hesitant between a juicer and a blender, decided to buy a blender to take more fibers in. We, Turkish people, not accustomed to that, so there’s not much high power blenders in the market that can make a smoothie out of your greens. I read the review between Blendtec and Vitamix blenders in blenderbabes web site which is extremely thorough and clearly put. Blendtec was what I needed. The basic modal being sold about 350 USD in USA, the only importer sold it for 850 USD in Turkey!! Lucky enough, I had a friend travelling to US and agreed to bring one for me.
This morning I made my first trial. Didn’t follow any specific recipes, just threw in stuff I had at hand. I just made sure to follow the order: liquids-chopped fruits-greens-frozen fruits/veggies-ice
Here’s what I put inside: Orange juice (from 3 small oranges), lemon juice (1 large lemon), 1 bit of fresh ginger, a handful of swiss chord (5 big leaves), a handful frozen bluberries
I decided not to use the apple you see above and saved it for another smoothie.
I’m happy that the smoothie turned to have a color other than green because I wasn’t perfectly sure that I’d be able to drink something ‘green’.The taste was really yummy. It came out in 2 glasses, one I drank at breakfast and the other in the afternoon snack.
.. because life happened:) I gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl in the world (as all the baby girls are) end of November and since then I’m just trying to catch up with the day. Not that I’m complaining. Not even a moment. She’s so easygoing, any complaint would be unjust.
I’ll make separate posts on my pregnancy, my labor&birth and postpartum. But this post is just to tell I am back. And I’m still caring about my health, even more than I used to. Because I’m breastfeeding and whatever I put into my mouth goes to my baby as well.
Plus I’m training 3 times a week and I’m giving it my all. I’m still carrying a lot of pregnancy weight. But training is more for my soul as well as my body.
I was telling that I wanted to squeeze in 1 or 2 swimming sessions in my weekly exercises because:
- yes I need cardio
- pregnancy swimming is comforting beyond words
- I don’t like walking anymore because it’s mid-September and it’s still too hot outside (for me)!!
- I finally stopped gaining weight like crazy so I want to keep it under control another 2 months if possible:)
Soo I worked super efficient this morning, cleared up all procrastinated work from last days and managed to go to the pool for a 30 min swim session. When I say I went swimming, please do not picture a athletic lady stroking in the pool, rhythmic and smooth. Instead I look more like an iceberg moving slowly from one continent to another, striving to stay on the water. Anyways, it still counts and I feel all my body has worked out enough for the day.
Here’s me with the clothes on. I look less pregnant with clothes on.. until I turn to give a profile photo!! Oh God how my belly managed to get this big is not describable… And thinking about how much bigger it can get in the remaining 2 months is scary!!
And here’s my baby bump with all its might!!
This week’s exercise plan is:
Saturday: 1 hour cross fit - done
Sunday: 30 min swimming - done
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: 1 hour cross fit - done
Wednesday: 30 min swimming - done
Thursday: 1 hour Cross fit
Friday: rest day
I feel the most healthy when I eat home-made food. It is a feeling like being refreshed inside and I also feel much lighter. No pressure in my stomach or intestines - if that feeling can be described.
I am trying to prep food in the morning for the whole day and sometimes I can and other times I suck. But still, I don’t give up and I try my best to cook&prep as much as I can.
This morning’s meal is below. 1 extra thin slice of whole wheat bread, 1 scrambled egg, a piece of feta cheese, tomato-cucumber salad with olive oil. It was really delicious. At the weekend I had prepared prune compost, with only very little added sugar, together with its fiber, cinnamon and clover flavored. As it’s a little dense, I mix it with chilly water and add some lemons for the taste before I drink. The whole thing was lovely!
That means three quarters of the pregnancy marathon is over and we are into the last quarter as of today. Only 10 weeks left! I am so happy and excited at the same time. I put on 10 kg in total in these 30 weeks (actually in the last 15 weeks). I still wear stuff from my wardrobe and the only maternity wear I own is a pair of jeans. I feel great putting almost all the weight in my belly and the rest not getting too big yet. Plus I’m grateful that I have no backache etc. thanks to regular exercise and keeping my core strong, supported with muscles.
I don’t make any target weight for the end of my pregnancy because there are things that I can’t control (i.e. swelling!!) so I don’t want to be disappointed in myself. Instead, my only target is to keep eating healthy, clean food and stick to my high protein/low carb diet. When I say low carb, it still includes lots of fruits and veggies. Only limited amount of grains. My high protein sources include fish, lamb, eggs, cheese, yogurt and milk. I also try to include beans as much as I can. Lately I’m very much in love with hummus, I’m preparing it almost once a week:)
I still do cross fit 3 times a week + I swim once a week. I’m trying to add in one more swimming and a yoga session into my week. I’m quite active these days, busy with housework as well as preparing the nursery room. The nursery will be ready in 1-2 weeks and I’m very excited for it.
I get to sort out a few more things;
- I’ve almost decided on the hospital I plan to give birth in but I still need to go and see the place
- I need to write my birth plan (although it’s all clear and ready in my head)
- I need to prepare our hospital bag (I need to make a list for the contents in advance)
So that looks like all the major things. Other than that, we are ready to welcome our little daughter. Now I got to leave for our ob-gyn control. I’m very curious to see how the little baby doing inside. Last time 2 weeks ago she was yawning and sucking all the time:)
That’s me yesterday before I went swimming.
P.S. I can’t stress enough how relaxing and comforting swimming is!!
That is a big find to me. Having a lot of responsibilities in life and trying to make the best out of my possibilities, I found the way out in planning ahead of time. To name a few, my main priorities in life and how I deal with them:
1- Healthy eating: I do shopping in weekends, go shopping strictly with a list, I plan which meals to cook that week and make my list accordingly. I have certain places where I shop and don’t go anywhere else to make sure I don’t lose time finding a product in the shop or being unhappy with a produce and go search somewhere else. I cook most meals in the weekend so that we can have meals ready for the week. Also I keep leftovers in small bags so that I can take them to work for weekday lunches. I buy my milk and fruit in bulk so that I will have enough for each day for the whole week. Same goes for meats. I buy from a local shop once a month and keep all in freezer. I prepare some chopped onions, tomato puree and similar stuff in advance for the month so that when I start cooking, I don’t spend time with preparation of all that stuff. I just put everything in the casserole and that’s more or less it:)
2- Exercise: Years ago, I found out that the best way not to skip your exercises is to have fixed days & time for your exercise. It can either be a class or I may be exercising on my own but I noticed that unless I have scheduled exercises, it’s very probable to skip them or just to postpone them when something comes up. For 1.5 years, we have Tuesday&Thursday evenings + Saturday mornings cross fit classes and their times are fixed. If something comes up, we say that these times are already full so we make all the other programs in other blanks in the schedule. Plus I keep my exercise bag ready in my car all the time. So whenever I have some extra time for a run or a swim, I got all my gear ready with me.
3- Work: It may be crazy to some, but it’s my my main key to success-> I work with 3 different agendas:) One for monthly planning, one for weekly and one for daily tasks. I use all three at the same time and this makes sure I don’t forget any payments or tasks and for important projects, I do plan ahead the smaller tasks to get the project ready on time.
4- School: I’m a PhD candidate and have a written+oral exam coming up in February which will determine if I am competent enough in economics to be able to start writing my PhD thesis or not. Taking into consideration that I am due with my pregnancy end of November, I planned my studying schedule in advance and started in the mid-summer. Last week I went to the school to see my adviser and I was surprised to see none of my classmates had started studying yet. On the other hand, I am way behind my schedule and that makes me freak out a little but I am looking for ways to speed up.
My family always has the first priority in life so when family time intersects with any of the above, family comes first. I am trying to be as flexible as possible in that cases.
Yesterday evening I had cross fit training. The WOD was:
11 reps x 5 sets x 3 - 5 kg dumbells
Dumbell fly on swiss ball
Dumbell push on swiss ball
Triceps on swiss ball
11 reps x 5 sets - 8 kg kettlebell
One leg - one arm balance down - left + right
11 reps x 6 sets
Walking lunges (This is what killed me!!)
11 reps x 5 sets
Barbell deadlift - 17 kg
The WOD looks short but it took almost 1.5 hours. I was in the gym at 21:00 and left around 22:30. The drive home is 20-25 mins when the roads are fre but yesterday night was freaking busy and I was home at 23:30!! Couldn’t even take a shower and went straight to bed.
This is me last week when doing dumbell row:
Me & Z doing barbell/dumbell row <3
Me before yesterday’s workout
And my uncontrollably growing bump!
Soooo being a busy pregnant lady, expecting a little girl in 2.5 months, working 9-18 in the week, training 3 days a week, studying for my PhD competence exam in economics (3 hours written+ 3 hours oral), running a home and being pregnant did not leave me much time for blogging. I’m often on tumblr, reading blogs but didn’t manage to update my own.
Well so here I am, being 28 weeks pregnant (6.5 months), having gained 10 kgs, totally healthy, active and happy. I’m a little disappointed about my weight gain, that it gets out of control certain times, and it going at a higher pace than I had wished for but despite that, I’m happy with how I look, I feel perfectly good and happy, I have no problems exercising, no backaches or whatsoever so I don’t complain at all.
I’m mostly conscious about what I eat but there are days I fall off the wagon. I get up and jump back so no guilt comas allowed in the house. I love exercising, I’m still doing crossfit, modified for my situation and I can’t tell how comforting it is. Still I found the major key to a healthy lifestyle lies in food prep. Now I’m trying to focus more on food prep, how to plan my food, keep my veggies pre cooked / prepared in advance and stocked at the fridge so I can save time and have healthy stuff to eat whenever I need.
I decided that planning and preparing in advance will be the key to my success if that’ll be, especially when the baby is born. I’m trying to imagine how much time I will be able to have for cooking and preparing food and due to experience from others I hear, the time is not really generous:)
The last couple days, I’m at my most productive self. Last evening/this morning I prepared;
Dinner for yesterday: grilled steak + salad with walnuts and olive oil + plain yogurt
Meals+ snacks for today: home made hummus + fresh carrots + salad with walnuts and olive oil + oatmeal with cranberries and chocolate drops + chopped meat cooked with onions + plain yogurt + milk + almonds + dried apricots
One thing I need to learn is to cook in bulk because I work and spend hours to cook and the produce is gone in max 2 meals, that’s not fair!! I need to cook in bigger portions so that I can freeze half and eat later in the week.
Here’s a couple photos of me from 4 months to 6.5 months.