Daily Eats: 20 Weeks

October 9, 2013

First off, its giveaway winner day!!

Giveawway Winner


Congrats to Wehaf! I’ll email you and get your information!

Giveaway Winner

What I’ve Been Eating

I have been pretty conscious about my eating during these first 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is important to me to feed myself well, because I know the nutrients I get are directly affecting the baby. Luckily, I really haven’t been getting any crazy cravings (other than the occasional cookie or Starbucks cake pop), so I haven’t felt like I am eating bad stuff at all. One thing I have had to change a bit is my dairy intake. It seems like Baby Baum just doesn’t like the stuff, which hasn’t been all that big of a deal. It does mean no ice cream though, which is a bit of a bummer sometimes!

Anyhow, here is a quick look at standard day of eats for me lately.

Breakfast: Oatmeal!

I use half a cup of oats, a banana, cinnamon, and a scoop of peanut butter. I’d say this is my breakfast during the week about 80% of the time. Depending on time, sometimes I’ll do an egg sandwich on Eggo waffles – always a winner!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal 2

Mid-Morning Snack: A piece of fruit or handful of nuts 

I don’t always eat my midmorning snack – it really just depends on what I have been doing for the day. If I work out in the morning, I am always hungry by 10:30. If not, then sometimes I just skip the snack. It really just depends on my activity level that day. Musselman’s sent me a sample of their new big cups, which are 2x the size of their standard size snack cups. One of the 6oz containers is a perfect morning snack to tide me over until lunch! My favorite is the unsweetened with cinnamon that I put in myself – it isn’t quite as sweet and is the perfect snack! (I didn’t catch a photo because I ate them too quickly!)

Musselmans apple sauce

Lunch: A sandwich, a salad, or some type of left overs.

Lunch tends to jump all over the place. If we don’t have a lot of food, I’m looking at a peanut butter and banana sandwich with some healthy snacks on the side (fruit, nuts, some dry cereal, etc.) Most of the time, it is leftovers from dinner the night before. Making extra food at night makes lunch the next day easy peasy!

Mid-afternoon Snack: Anything with peanut butter!

This always used to be a Greek Yogurt of some kind. I was addicted to them before pregnancy. No dairy = no yogurt. Now, I always incorporate some kind of protein in my afternoon snack, which is usually peanut butter. Today I ended up with a pear on some peanut butter toast. I have been loving pears being in season!! Usually it ends up being a banana, but the more pears, the better!

Pear on Toast


Dinner: A meat protein with veggies and some sort of carb/starch

Dinners at our house are pretty darn predictable. We grill or bake some kind of lean protein – pork, chicken, beef, etc and pair it with roasted potatoes or rice, usually with green beans (my favorite!). Every once in a while, we go on the different route and make a casserole meal (lasagna, enchiladas, etc.), but tend to stick to norm most of the time. We always cook to have leftovers to make our weekdays hassle free.

Evening Snack:

This is another snack that varies. If I am hungry, I’ll have something small –  bowl of cereal, piece of fruit, popsicle, or dairy free ice cream bar. I can not go to bed hungry anymore, or I’ll wake up in the middle of the night famished and have to raid the pantry.

Now that I’ve actually written everything out, I’d say my daily eats are pretty darn boring. Oh well, whatever works to grow a nice healthy baby, right?! I imagine I’ll start increasing my caloric intake a bit  in the coming weeks. I’ve noticed myself getting a bit more hungry at meals, so I’ll add an extra scoop of food here and there. So far, so good!

Disclaimer: Musselman’s sent me the applesauce to review the new 6oz Big Cups. All opinions are my own. 



Giveaway: Swiftwick Running Socks

October 4, 2013

How many times have you heard that the only equipment you need for running is the shoes? Yet, we consistently seem to need wayyy more than that.

Top of the line sports bras

The latest running shorts or skirts

Running water bottles and belts


and the list goes on and on….

An item that I am very hooked on being a top running necessity is a pretty simple one: good running socks. In the past, I really didn’t think anything of good socks. I would wear the cotton ones I got in multi packs and be on my way. That is, of course, until I picked up a pair of socks specifically meant for running.

Dealing with blisters and chafing on long runs (or any run) is the worst. The last scenario you want to have happen is to be in tip-top shape, and have a blister that slows you down considerably, or even stops your progress. Investing in a few pair of running socks can help to drastically reduce your chances of this happens. They are made of synthetic fibers – the same kind your shoes are made of. Cotton socks rubbing on you synthetic shoes cause a lot more friction than you need. However, synthetic on synthetic is a much better match.

Swiftwick was nice enough to send me a couple of pair of  running socks to try out a few weeks ago. Of the two pair, I love one! The other pair fit well, but it was a mid ankle cut. I just do not like my socks to fit that high. The ones that I really like are the Swiftwick VIBE Zero’s

Swiftwick Socks


They are light compression and very light weight. I like the little bit if pink they added to the sock to give it something extra and girly. They actually call it “breast cancer pink”, which is perfect for October, which is also breast cancer awareness month! The technology of the sock, right from the Swiftwick site:

A compression “no-show” sock that sits just below the ankle and will never slip down. This is the starting point for all socks, with a compression foot bed and minimal cuff.

Swiftwick Socks

Some socks slip below the heel, and end up rubbing pretty bad. Luckily, these socks do not do that. They sit in the perfect place right above the top part of my shoe.

Swiftwick socks

I am very excited that Swiftwick has also offered to give a pair of socks to one of you! If you would like to try a pair of Swiftwick socks, please leave a comment letting me know what piece of running gear is absolutely necessary for you on each and every run (other than your shoes!). 

The giveaway ends next Wednesday, October 9th. Good Luck!

Baby Baum: Week 18 & 19

October 2, 2013

2 more weeks have flown by – again! I really can’t believe it is already October and I am headed into my 5th month soon. Not to mention, I am definitely showing now. There is no mistaking it!

18 Weeks


19 Weeks

I’m pretty happy about that too. It is pretty nice to have people ask how far along I am, rather than just looking and hoping I might say something about it so they don’t get stuck in a sticky situation.

So, what’s up with Baby Baum now…

  • He or she is now the size of a mango, with an average length of 6 inches and weight of 8.5 oz
  • Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid
  • The baby is now stretching and kicking so measurements can be taken from head to toe, rather than head to rump.
  • I can expect to gain about a pound per week from now until delivery

As for me….

Weight Gain: I am not sure about this one. I haven’t weighed myself since the last appointment I had. I don’t want to worry about the weight or anything like that. I am eating well and exercising, so I can’t imagine I’ve gained all that much.

Workouts:  I think I was able to get in 6 or 7 runs. They are pretty slow right now, but at least I have been getting in a few miles here and there. Luckily, I am able to get some strength workouts before and after training clients, so that has been super helpful. I ran my first 5k race pregnant last weekend, and that was definitely interesting! Not running for time is a whole new experience. I have been feeling some aches and pains in my hips when running, so I am doing my best to get that under control. If it continues for much longer, I may have to cut out running all together. I am really hoping it doesn’t come to that.

I also walk at least 2-3 miles a day with Winnie. We always go about 2 miles in the morning, and usually round out the day with another mile at night. So even if I didn’t get any planned workouts in, I always get in some walking, which is much better than nothing.

Symptoms: I am starting to feel like I am carrying something else around, that’s for sure. My back and hips are consistently pretty achy, which I was not expecting to have happen already. I am considering investing in a support belt to see if it might help ease some of the extra weight, mostly when exercising. It is so important to me to be able to stay active throughout the entire pregnancy, so hopefully this will help.

Food Aversions: Still not eating much chicken. I slowly started to reintroduce it into my diet my hiding it – think stir fry’s, tacos, etc. I still don’t particularly care for just a grilled breast or anything

Food Cravings: Nada

Sleep: This has been awesome lately. After the addition of the pillow Marcus bought for me, I feel like I have never slept more soundly. I do get up usually once a night to go to the bathroom, but that is nothing new.

Baby Items Purchased: The only things I have picked up in the past couple of weeks is for me, rather than for Baby Baum. I grabbed a few pair of exercise shorts in a bigger size. I am nervous my nice stuff is going to be stretched out, so I finally but the bullet and just sized up. I am so happy I did too. No more waist bands cutting into my side or built-in briefs giving me a wedgie! Woo hoo!

Miss Anything?: Nope, I really can’t say that I do. I have started to embrace my pregnant belly, rather than not liking it quite as much.

Anything you are looking forward to? We have our 20 week appointment a week from today. This is the anatomy scan appointment, so they will be able to see more about Baby Baum. We decided to not find out the sex to keep it a surprise for Baby Baum’s birthday. Finding out the gender or not, I am so excited to see the baby again! Its been 8 weeks since we saw him or her last and I am thrilled to see how the baby has grown.

 Anyone else have hip pain early on? What did you do about it?

The Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede 5k

September 30, 2013

One part of being pregnant this time of year is seeing race recaps and long run brags and feeling completely jealous (I do at least). It is legitimately tough not training for anything – unless you count childbirth of course. Saturday morning I ran my very first race since the marathon back in April – the Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center.

Chick Fil A 5k

Now, remember I said I ran the race. I didn’t race the race. This was quite a new concept for me. The distance was a 5k, which is honestly the only distance I’m comfortable signing up for at the moment. It’s still pretty warm down here in Tampa, so I am not ready to up the mileage yet. Give me some mornings in the 60’s, and we’ll talk.

The gym I do personal training for was one of the sponsors, so a few of us went out and participated in the race. It was held in downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park, one of the best event spots in the city. It’s right on the Hillsborough River and makes for a great backdrop. The course was out and back, with a bridge right in the middle, so we ran over it twice. It’s always crazy how differently distances feel depending I what you are training for. I’m consistently running 3-4 miles right now, so a 5k seems like a decent distance. When marathon training, 5k’s are easy breezy!

Chick Fil A 5k

The race was well executed, and depending on my training schedule next fall, I would consider doing it again. I appreciate races with hills, since most everything around here is so flat.

Chick Fil A 5k

Running a race at 19 weeks is definitely humbling. I didn’t push myself whatsoever, and had a blast! Out of (bad) habit, I always look at my watch for splits, and I was just under the 10 minute mile mark. I ended up finishing a little over 29 minutes. Seems like an easy enough pace now, but I expect it to get slower as I get a bit bigger. My hips are starting to ache a bit, so I am hoping to get that handled before I have to stop running all together. I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen, but we shall see. Growing this baby is wayyy more important than a little bit of running. :)

Chick Fil A 5k


Here’s to hoping I have a few more races in my (and Baby Baum’s!) future.

Chick Fil A 5k


Anyone else have hip pain when they run while pregnant? Did it go away for you, or get worse?

Running in Ohio

September 24, 2013

At this point, I’m pretty certain most of you know what my favorite thing is to do on vacation. It’s probably the same as many of you. Go for a run in a new place.

I visited my sister over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio and was able to run 2 of the three mornings I was there. Woo hoo! Cleveland is one of those places that has a bad rap, bit it’s really a fun place to visit. I guess I’m a little partial given I was there on the first day of fall (not winter) and I spent a lot of time just hanging with my sister and sister in law.


I was thrilled to have some cooler weather to run in, so I opted for a couple early morning wake up calls to take advantage of not having to run in Florida. I’m so glad I did!


We probably will not see anything below 60 until November (if we are lucky). 59 was cool enough for me to wear long sleeves and hardly break a sweat!


It was a pretty windy morning, especially by the lake where I ran. Braving a little bit if headwind was worth it though. I had a nice view at the half way point.


There is something about running in an unfamiliar place that is so soothing. I tend to be very thankful for the miles I am covering, as I always see something new and different than if in a car or other form of transportation. Oh, and the cool weather was a welcome change too. I felt so much better and it have me a little bit of hope to be able to run further into the pregnancy when the temps drop. Fingers crossed!

Do you run solo or with friends when you go out of town?