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!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly planning, early Christmas and SHOPPING

I am trying diligently to make sure I plan out my workouts and meals for each week.  I’m usually pretty good about planning my dinners, but not so much with lunch (I usually try to make enough dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day).

This week’s planned (completed) workouts look like this:

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This week’s dinners are (were) as follows:

Monday – My husband made some chicken stew, not sure how he made it, but it was so yum

Tuesday – I made this awesome sausage & leek casserole but I used a lot of lower calorie options as substitutes (turkey sausage, wheat bread, egg whites, low fat cheese, etc.).  Even with the substitutes, it was DELICIOUS.

Wednesday – Steak with Brussels sprouts, salad and black beans

Thursday – Stuffed peppers (I’m just going to throw together whatever we have lying around but there are tons of healthy options out there).

Friday – Pizza + salad (we have friends coming over to do a secret Santa gift exchange so we opted to make it easy and order pizza but I’ll likely have mostly salad)

Saturday – Out to dinner

Sunday –TBD

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Christmas came early this year!  And do you know why?…Because my husband is so NOT smooth.  He ordered my gift using MY Amazon account so OF COURSE, I get an email right away saying that my order is confirmed.  I knew instantly what happened.  It’s cool, I LOVED it (he also got me a Kindle, woo hoo!!)!!!  I can’t wait to run some long distances outdoors!

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If you live in the Chicago area, you probably know a thing or two about TBOX (Twelve Bars of Xmas).  It’s a pub crawl where people dress up and everyone usually ends up quite drunk.  My friend Leslie’s husband was planning on going with my husband but she and I decided that binge drinking all day was not in the cards for us so we went shopping at this special event in Merchandise Mart instead.  Some cool things we saw along the way (magnet board for the office, wine rack & a chalkboard placemat for kids).

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[thanks for the pictures Leslie!]

After shopping, this happened:

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Then after our little champagne extravaganza, we met up with our husbands for some delicious Mexican fare.  Here is my hubby sporting his ugly sweater and santa hat, so festive!

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Hope you guys are having a productive week!