Events galore & 31 weeks, eeek!

You guys, I have been one busy little beaver!  This post is going to be a total photo dump and if you are friends with me on Facebook, I apologize for the duplication of pictures.

I am on the auxiliary board of the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and we had an event a couple of weeks ago to raise money for the cause.  It was a pretty exhausting day for me as I had to go help setup from about 10-2.  Then the actual event was from 8-midnight (but I left around 11:00).  Lots of standing for a lady who is pregnant!

The event had a 1920’s theme and it was held in the Chicago Cultural Center — it was a gorgeous successful event 🙂

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Then last weekend I flew down to Fort Lauderdale for a wedding and my baby shower!!!!  Could it get any better?!?!?  I think not. 

The wedding was at a historical center on the river in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the weather could not have been better! 

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Bryan was the best man (and only man!)…

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The beautiful couple…

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The reception deets…

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The next day was my baby shower and again, the weather was so perfect. 

My two besties (Rachelle & Iveline) took care of all the decorations and MADE all of the desserts!  These girls made cakepops!  DRUNK!  THAT, my friends, is what you call talent.

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I wanted to add more pictures but my interweb is not cooperating, I’m sure you will cry yourself to sleep tonight.

As I type this, I am about 31.5 weeks along, eek!  That means the babe will be here in about 8.5 weeks, say whaaaat????

I’m warning you people, I’m huge.

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I have completely blown up in the last few weeks.  Check me out a mere 6 weeks ago…!!!!

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And there you have it, folks.  This post pretty much sums up what I’ve been up to these last few weeks.

I hope you guys have an amazing week!

I’m over it and the 3rd trimester has begun!

Hello lovers and friends!  I hope it is warm where you are because Chicago sucks.  I read a report where the meteorologist said that Chicago’s winter has been “impressive.”  Do you know what that means?  That means it’s been F@&king cold AND snowy 😦

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Word.

I, for one, am OVER IT.  I miss the summertime.  I miss being able to wear sleeveless dresses as I did when I went to NYC to see my bestie in what seems like 800 million years ago.

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A little while ago I, I promised myself that I would refrain from complaining about the weather because let’s face it, nobody cares.  But I admit, it’s getting HARD.  So there, there is my rant. 

Thank goodness I am going to South Florida in early February.

In other news, I have officially started my 3rd trimester!  I can’t believe it.  In some ways, the time has flown but in other ways, it seems like it’s taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R.  I am so done with being pregnant and it is only going to get worse as my due date creeps closer and closer.  However, the good news is that my placenta has moved all the way up which means….I CAN WORKOUT AGAIN!!!!  This makes me so happy.  My first day back at the gym was on Saturday and it was slow-going.  Today was slightly better with this workout:

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Working out is so much harder now that I am 1) a little over 6 months pregnant and 2) out. of. shape.  I would typically try to repeat this circuit about 3-4 times and I’ve got to be honest here, I barely made it through 2 rounds.  So not only was the circuit difficult for me to get through but even my warmup on the the stair master/elliptical was miserable!  Hopefully, if you try this workout, you can make it through better than I did.

Here are a couple of progress pictures in case you have nothing better to do on this fine Monday evening…

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I thought it was pretty crazy how much BIGGER I got over the course of 2 measly weeks.  The next 13 weeks is going to be brutal, waah!

I took a gander at some of the earlier pictures of when I was at first pregnant and laughed at myself and here’s why:

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Did I really think that I was “showing”?  Why did I even take this photo?  Even my boobs are tiny in comparison to how they are now.

Ah well, only 3 more months, pray for me, would you?

Stay warm, my friends!  And if you live in a warm climate, I envy you.

Holiday photo dump + 23/24 weeks

Merry belated Christmas!  Can you even believe that 2013 is almost over already?  I certainly can’t.  

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday 🙂

I thought I would share some of the pictures I took over my holiday vacation in New York because I know you guys can barely keep your hair on in anticipation of these photos.  I aim to please, people!

So, put your hair back on because here are the pictures…

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ImageWe take our puzzles/parcheesi very seriously in this family

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ImageImpromptu photo shoot in front of the tree

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ImageIt was a full house that included 4 dogs — 2 boxers and 2 wiener dogs (above is a picture of Rocco & then me + Scooby; Otis & Buster did not make it in the photos but I don’t love them any less, promise).

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ImageI made everyone stand on the porch and take pictures together.  Above are a few of the many I took.  The pictures came out less than stellar but I think everyone was over the moon about having to get off the couch and stand in the cold.  You’re welcome everyone!

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ImageSince the doctor has ordered me to halt my workouts (more on that later), I decided to become one with nature and take a 2 mile walk every day in New York.  My mother-in-law informed me that I don’t “need to worry because the bears are hibernating.”  Hmmmm, maybe me and nature should not be one after all!

ImageAnother day we drove into Brooklyn (my in-laws live about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of NYC) and this was the only photo I managed to take.  Whatever.  Sue me.

In other news, I am already more than 5.5 months pregnant, HOLY SHIT BATMAN!!!  That means this baby will be here in less than 3.5 months, whoa.  Here are a couple of pictures that show me in the last couple of weeks (compare those to what I looked like at 13 weeks, what a difference, huh?)…

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Anyway, everything is going along quite swimmingly save for one thing: I have placenta previa.  I won’t bore you with the details but I will say that basically my placenta is sitting low (on my cervix) which means that working out can cause some major problems for me.  This was some pretty devastating news my doctor gave me but you know what?  It certainly could be worse.  The doctor thinks that it still could move up which would allow me to have a regular ole’ vaginal delivery.  If not, I’ll probably have a C-section 3 weeks early.  Either way, I’m sure it will all work itself out 🙂

In the meantime, I will be spending all my gym-time walking on the treadmill.

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Happy New Year!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent food stuff, treadmill workout and 21 weeks

Howdy friends, how’s life?

Life for me is jussssssst dandy.  If you follow me on instagram, you know that I recently shared a photo of what it looks like in Chicago (HERE).  It’s snowy, freezing and overall miserable.  But, on the bright side, at least I’m pregnant and feel perfectly content sitting my lazy rump on the couch. 🙂

I happen to be feeling somewhat like my old self and therefore, I’m not AS embarrassed about what I’ve been eating these days so I thought I would share a couple of things.  So here goes nothin’…

This is what breakfast has looked like lately: fruit, egg whites and turkey sausage with a side of english muffin

ImageI also made Bryan’s favorite: mashed banana, egg whites, walnuts, strawberries and almond butter

ImageLunch has been pretty boring, I typically bring a salad and then also go pick up either a soup or sandwich from somewhere nearby.  On this particular day, I made a spinach salad with dates, pears, walnuts and goat cheese tossed with olive oil and agave – I think I got a veggie sandwich on wheat from Corner Bakery as well (no photo because I feel like a weirdo taking pictures of my food at work).

ImageDinner has been all around the board including: chili, meatball subs, tacos and…PIZZA!!!  Seriously, who am I?

ImageDespite the abundance of shitty food choices of late, I have managed to keep my snacking pretty normal/healthy; typically, I go for fruit and yogurt (I used to eat carrots a lot but carrots are DISGUSTING these days, such as life).

ImageWorking out these days has also been a struggle.  I’ve noticed that either a) I am just too lazy to bring myself to the gym or 2) I am having one of those days where I just feel like dog shit.  However, even still, I’ve managed to get my whoopie cakes (according to the internets, this is another name for “butt”) to the gym about 4 times a week.  Last week I did this walking workout on the treadmill:

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The other day this woman in the elevator at work asked me “I heard you are 5 months pregnant, is that true?” to which I replied “why yes, yes it is” … Apparently, I don’t really look like I’m showing which I guess just means I look like I’m getting fat, ha!  Actually, I think I look like I’m showing.  Here’s a side shot so you can decide for yourself:

ImageOn second thought, I guess this picture doesn’t really show much so here is one with my shirt up (I apologize for the grainy picture, there is zero natural light in my apartment so pretty much all my pictures look like they were taken with a disposable camera):

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How have your meals looked lately?  Any good recipes?

Progress, recent eats and a workout

Hi friends!  How are you?

Things for me have been chugging right along.  My weeks have been pretty uneventful except for a couple of fun things that have been going on…Last weekend we went to go see Wicked (it was AMAZING) and this weekend my mom came to Chicago.  The highlight of the trip was a painting class we took yesterday:

ImageIn case it’s not obvious (which I’m sure it’s not), we were taught how to paint peacocks.  However, Bryan had his own idea of what he wanted to paint:

ImageThere may or may not have been people giggling as we were taking this photo.  I told him that the black stuff on the butt of the duck looks like poop to which he replied “NO! those are his balls”  ::sigh::

Anyway, in terms of my pregnancy, I have been making quite a bit of progress in the belly department…

ImageImageImageI still feel pretty awful which means I’m still eating pretty awful so I’m sure that accounts for a portion of the fatness protrusion in my midsection.  It doesn’t help that I typically take these photos later in the afternoon when the bloat is at an all time high but you get the point!

Here is a brief look at some of the things I’ve been eating.  As you will see, my meals are not very healthy but for the most part, they aren’t completely terrible either.

ImageFrench toast with strawberries, organic agave and a side of egg whites

ImageSteak salad with romaine, avocado, bleu cheese, tomato and homemade dressing (olive oil, juice from the steak and chipotle peppers in adobo)

ImageGrilled goat cheese with strawberries and arugula + a side of salad

ImageMy personal favorite lately: twice baked sweet potatoes with turkey bacon, fat free sour cream, tomatoes, scallions and cheese <—Heaven!

I have still been keeping up with my workouts (although they have been scaled back A LOT) and I thought I would share today’s workout since it was a goodie!  If you try this out feel free to kick this up or down a notch — however you see fit 🙂

I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by 2 rounds of this:

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For the Russian twists, squat jacks and KB swings, I used a 25 pound kettleball.  Also, the rope arm exercises got me really tired, I forgot how hard those things are!!!

And just because, here are a couple of wiener dog photos:

First, I saw this lamp at World Market today and I almost bought it (maybe later!?!?!)

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Do you have Monday off?

I don’t 😦

Why I’ve been MIA and yesterday’s workout

Hi there!  It’s been a while, no?

If you’re wondering where I’ve been, let me break it down for ya…

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That’s right! Baby Hanrahan is on the way!  Which means I have been feeling like total dog-shit.  I’ve been eating like I weigh 300 pounds and my workouts have been less than stellar.  On top of it all, my work-life has been nuts-O…So as you can probably imagine, blogging has honestly been the last thing on the planet I’ve felt like doing.

I’m hoping things will soon take a turn for the better…Onward and upward Tobias!

As you can see by the pictures below, I’m not really showing just yet, but I think it’s safe to say that it will begin to look obvious quite soon.  As of now, I think all the cookies, pizza and everything else is what’s producing the slight bulge…

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In terms of my workouts, they have slowed down quite a bit.  I won’t lie, I can feel my fitness slipping away and it is something that I’m struggling to cope with because of how hard I worked for it.

However, I am still working out and I wanted to share with you the workout I did yesterday because I thought it was pretty good given how quick it was.  I started off with about 20 minutes of cardio (I think I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the stair climber), followed by 4 rounds of this:

1. Burpees with pushups x10

2. Russian twists x10 (15 pound medicine ball)

3. Kettleball swings x15 (20 pounds)

4. Plank jacks x30 seconds

5. Static lunge w/ overhead press x 10 (10 pound dumbbells, alternate your leg each round)

6. Vee-ups x10

That’s all I’ve got folks!  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Weekend randoms and dog costumes

Happy football Sunday errbody.   Hope you all had a spectacular weekend!

My weekend was pretty random.  I didn’t do anything special but it was nice 🙂

I took a long walk on Friday and thought to myself how it really hasn’t felt like fall here (it’s been abnormally hot) but it sure is starting to look like fall here!

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Then on Saturday we had to run a few errands before the weather turned to shit.  Before we ran said errands, we had to pick up some lunch and stumbled upon this!!!!

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HELLLOOO!  How awesome is this?!?!  It seriously made my day.  I have also come to the conclusion that when Scooby kicks the bucket, I am buying a Pug as a replacement and I am going to name him Pig.  It’s going to be great.

Then today, I ventured out for lunch and more errands and stumbled upon this sign next to the train station.  

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I’m not sure what a “Donet” is but it sure looks as tasty as a donut!

And then this happened:

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Poor Susan, she never knew what she had coming, ha!

Now I am just sitting here looking for dog costumes to throw my money away purchase for my dogs and I thought I would share my favorites.

I actually already have this one and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

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Found here, it’s only $15…what a steal!

For the future Mr. Pig, the Pug:

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This little guy looks like my Scoob:

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Apparently, he was the “Wile E. Coyote“?  I don’t care what he was, he is freaking awesome!

Or perhaps if you have a larger dog…

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All right, I’ll stop wasting your time, have a great weekend!

 

Oh you fancy, huh?

Sun-daaay FUN-daaay = Miserable Monday

Happy Sunday, ‘errbody!  I hope you all are having the type of awesome Sunday that makes for a miserable Monday.  As for me, I’ve got a rough week at work ahead of me so I took it easy and rearranged/added some things around the house.  Whenever I do the decorating thing, I feel super fancy (because I’m totally not).  I thought I would share because you know, the internet.

My bar cart didn’t have any fun decorations on it so I made a quick run to Pier One to sass it up a bit

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Here’s a closer look at the top & bottom shelves.  The top shelf has the frog and candle combo that I picked up from Pier One (the bottom shelf consists of items I scrounged from around the house).

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RIBBET!

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I just realized that it might have been helpful to include the “before” photos…but I’m an amateur so I’m sure you forgive me.

Anyway, after tackling the bar cart, I moved onto the coffee table.  All that was there before was a little tray for the remotes and the books.  I left the books and bought a new tray plus the vase and the bird.  In case you didn’t notice, I am very festive which explains the little pumpkins in the vase.

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And finally, I am going to eventually frame this picture that I took to hang up in my bedroom.  We’ve got a couple of black and white photos of Chicago already hanging up so this will fit in perfectly!

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That’s all folks!!!

Any home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to tackle?

-I’ve got a ton of empty frames that I’ve been meaning to fill and hang up but ugh, that takes too much energy.

 

Some meals and a quick workout

Hi friends!  Can you believe it’s already almost FALL?!?!  I am more of a “glass is half empty” type of gal so this just makes me sad because it means that winter is right around the corner…

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Aaaanyway, since my life has been somewhat boring uneventful, I thought I would share today’s sweaty little workout and some pictures of the food I’ve been eating.  This is really exciting stuff people, I know.  But hey, you can’t say I didn’t warn you that this post would be a complete waste of time.

So yea, let’s get to it!

Today’s workout:

20 minutes on the elliptical followed by this circuit…

Bicep curl + wall sit x 15 (I used 12 lb dumbbells)
45 second plank
Kettleball swings x 15 (I used 20 lb KB)
Alt. standing side crunch x 30 (20 lb KB)*
30 second plank jacks + 30 second mountain climbers

Repeat circuit 3x (for a total of 4 rounds)

*Here is a visual of the standing side crunches

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I’ve been dropping the ball when it comes to using my fancy-dancy camera but here’s a look-see at the pictures I did manage to take over the last couple of weeks.  [Side note: it’s pretty pathetic that the ONLY pictures I’ve taken involve food but nobody is perfect]

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Smoked salmon and cream cheese frittata (recipe HERE) with watermelon salad and roasted sweet potatoes

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Eggs scrambled with avocado, onions and red pepper.  Topped with hot sauce and served with a side of banana + pineapple

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Brown sugar coated salmon (baked) served with a loaded sweet potato and roasted broccoli

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This lunch was nothing special but it was healthy, easy and filling –> grilled chicken with spinach, wheat berries and sweet potatoes

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Salad topped with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, sweet potato (ermahgerd, someone likes sweet potatoes!), balsamic vinegar and olive oil

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Grilled chicken wrap with spinach, wheat berries, tomatoes, avocado and honey mustard

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Homemade pizza + strawberry salad

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Peach crisp from Run Eat Repeat (best served with a side of Light Cool Whip ;))

That’s all I’ve got folks!

Anyone have any vacations coming up (or anything that is exciting, in general)?

-I’m a bored little person over here so I don’t have anything coming up, waaah!

I have a problem and some random photos

Hey party people!  How’s your week coming along?

Mine has been a little rough but I guess that tends to happen from time to time, right?

Aside from my rough week, I have been struggling to keep my diet in check.  For me, once I start eating shitty food, it slowly morphs into a problem <— where I’m at now.

SO, with that being said, it is time to clean. it. up.  For the rest of the week, I am going to work on my path to eating clean again.  Which means I am going to focus on cutting out the following:

1) Sugar (ice cream, I’m looking at you!)

2) Alcohol (waaah!!!)

3) Processed carbs

My weekends these days have been fairly boring so I haven’t been taking pictures like I usually do.  There are a couple of random pictures from the last few weeks that I thought I would share.

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A friend of ours, Ryan is going to run the Chicago marathon and so he and his wife had a little rooftop party to help raise money for PAWS.  The rooftop had a cool view of Union Station.

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And the food was quite delicious!

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Sunshine + Beer (which I don’t ordinarily drink but…when in Rome, right?)

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I went on a run for the first time in a loooong time and snapped a quick photo of the skyline.  I did a .5 mile warm up + 3 mile run + .5 mile cool down.  My legs are still giving me issues so I think I’ll have to continue to layoff for a while 😦

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Now that the summer is winding down, we were sure to grab at least one more concert in the park.  Boy was it CROWDED!  Crowds are not my favorite (read: I am a total lunatic when it comes to crowds in that I. can’t. deal.) so we left at intermission.

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We had a little lunch at West End because we could bring the dogs.  I’m not sure why though because every time they come, I get so annoyed that I begin to question my life choices.

That’s all I’ve got for now! 

Has anyone else been slipping up when it comes to food or fitness goals?

-As usual, I find that the fitness/working out part is easy but my real challenge is with my diet!