Jan 192016
 

I have to confess, I don’t really like the term “babymoon”. It’s kind of cheesy but…it’s a nice idea. One last holiday as a family of two before becoming a family of three. When we started talking about doing something, I foolishly considered Vegas. I mean, we both LOVE Vegas and this could be the last opportunity to go before the baby…I can go to Vegas and not drink. It’s not about the drinking for me; I love the atmosphere, the food, the glitz, the trashiness, the gambling…But in the end we decided not to spend the time/money going to Vegas and I’m glad we did. Something a little more low-key was what I wanted by the time the mini-break was upon us and I was glad we decided on the beach.

Even though Bella loves the beach we decided not to take her with us this time. We wanted something relaxing and about us and the one drawback to bringing Bella is that we can’t leave her alone in hotel rooms (she’ll cry) so it makes it difficult going to restaurants and such. Besides, Bella needed some puppy play time! So she spent the weekend with her Auntie Amy (the dog walker) and her boyfriend Raja. 😀

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You think she was excited to go?? 😉

We decided to go to Pacific City, near Lincoln City. Pacific City happens to be a place we’ve been before–when Michael and I biked Reach the Beach! It was kind of a blast from the past to drive part of the route we biked! And to see the monster hill we biked up (and where I threw my bike chain!). We stayed at The Inn at Cape Kiwanda. Michael got a Groupon for it, which was nice.

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Saturday morning I worked out, we packed and ate lunch and Amy picked up Bella. We were on the beach by mid-afternoon. There was a nice break in the rain so we had a chance to go for a walk on the beach. It wasn’t raining but it was stormy. The waves were huge and the tide was coming in.

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There was a lot of froth on the shoreline, too. It was cool to see. While we were walking there was a break in the clouds and the sun came out just a little bit. Sure it would have been nice to have a perfect weather weekend but even stormy weekends at the beach are fun.

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One odd thing–there were bunnies all over the place at the hotel! They were so cute. And you could buy bunny food for 50 cents and feed them (which I didn’t). I guess that’s why there’s so many bunnies hopping around the yard.

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Our room was on the top floor and had a deck and view of the ocean across the street. We had the deck door open the entire weekend so we could hear the ocean. It was nice. The hotel had a “happy hour” on Friday and Saturday nights. We went down for a little bit. Michael had some complimentary beer, I got sparkling cider and they had a cheese plate out where I ate way too much smoked Gouda (it was so good).

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Then we walked across the street to the Pelican Pub & Brewery for dinner. I was craving fish and chips and that’s exactly what I got! And I have to say it was one of the better fish and chips I’ve ever had. Perfectly crispy, great flavor, beer battered fries…it was absolutely excellent! Michael got the fish tacos. It came with a southwest quinoa salad that I had a bite of and it was really tasty.

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Part of the Groupon gave us a credit for dinner and a free beer for Michael. He got the double IPA (which looked and smelled amazing…cannot wait to have my own soon!).

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The place was packed but the food came out really quickly. Dinner was excellent. We got dessert to go. It was a key lime mojito torte. We hung out in the hotel room and ate the cheesecake in bed. PERFECT.  😀 It was so so good.

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Falling asleep to the sounds of ocean waves and rain is most excellent.

Sunday

Sunday morning we went to a local hole-in-the-wall called Village Coffee Shoppe. It was an odd, quirky little place. A mom and pop type cafe, small with limited seating and a simple and cheap menu. They definitely liked the decorations and the place looked like Valentine’s Day had exploded in there! They even had a sign on the wall counting down the days until Christmas….LOL

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Michael got a sausage omelette and I got the french toast. The french toast was decent. The coffee was really good. After breakfast we went back to the hotel. Michael wanted to watch the Seahawks game and I had intended on working out in the small hotel gym (it had a treadmill, stairmaster and bike). But I sat down in the chair near the deck, listening to the rain and ocean waves and decided to take a nap instead! I’m not the type of person that takes a nap–like ever. Unless I’m sick. But I was suddenly so sleepy. I crawled into bed, Michael kindly took my shoes off (yes I am getting to that stage where I need help with my shoes) and promptly fell asleep for over an hour!

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Once I woke up, I was itching to get out of the hotel. There was a break in the rain so I decided to go for a walk on the beach while Michael worked out with his kettlebell and finished watching the football game. It wasn’t too windy and the walk was kind of nice. The beach was really quiet.

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I ended up walking nearly 2.5 miles, went back to the hotel to shower and change and then we drove to Lincoln City.

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We spent an unlucky 30 minutes at Chinook Winds Casino, then walked around the outlet mall. I got a nursing bra for cheap and ended up buying some really adorable and SUPER CHEAP baby clothes at the Carter’s outlet. Everything was on clearance. We got a few cute outfits and some newborn mittens. By this time we were both getting hungry after skipping lunch so decided to have an early dinner.

Dinner was at Kyllo’s Seafood restaurant in Lincoln City right on the water. We shared the spinach artichoke dip (it was SO good!).

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Michael got the blackened salmon Caesar salad and I got the clam chowder with garlic bread. It was so delicious. The entire meal was perfect and just what I’d been craving.

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We made it an early evening and relaxed watching a movie in bed in the hotel room. The whole weekend was really relaxed and leisurely and exactly what I wanted. I got this photo from Amy:

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Bella caught with her boyfriend Raja! So cute. It was nice to hear she was having such a fabulous time on her own puppy vacation!

 

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Dec 092015
 

I used to give examples of daily food diaries but for the most part I stopped doing that because  1) my food didn’t change a whole lot day to day and  2) I wasn’t trying to lose weight, just maintain. Then I started doing some posts with daily food diaries when I was trying to lose some weight (remember the Slow Carb diet that basically did nothing for me?).

I figured I’d do a post as an example of what my food looks like now that I’m “eating for two” (not really eating for two).

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As I am getting towards the end of the 2nd trimester I’ve been following doctor’s orders and eating 300 more calories a day than I was in the 1st trimester so that means my base is around 1900 calories a day. This was kind of a big change from the low calorie range I was striving for before getting pregnant around 1300-1400 a day as a base because I was trying to lose 10 pounds.

So here is what I ate in a day:

Breakfast

This one doesn’t change much and hasn’t changed since getting pregnant except for one thing — I added orange juice because for whatever reason I crave it!

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2 fried eggs with hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cinnamon and sugar (or stevia) on top, glass of orange juice and when I get to work I have 1 cup of coffee with creamer in it. I also had a small glass of Trader Joe’s Kefir.

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Calories: 505

 

Snack

Right now I’m eating my favorite seasonal fruit! Satsuma oranges!

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Calories: Around 50

Lunch

Tomato and penne soup with a small green salad with raw peppers and Trader Joe’s Vinaigrette dressing. I also had a slice of smoked Gouda cheese. And 2 pieces of chocolate. :)

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Calories: Around 460

Snack

Plain Greek yogurt with some Craisins. Ever since switching to Costco’s plain Greek Yogurt years ago, I cannot eat “regular” yogurt at all OR flavored Greek Yogurt. Sometimes I splurge and get the Chobani Flipz but that is more like having dessert than yogurt. Flavored Greek yogurts are sooo sweet to me now. I just can’t do it.

It was a slow transition going from the sugary ones to plain. When I first started eating the Costco plain Greek yogurt I put honey or agave in it or ate it with some trail mix or granola mixed in. Now I can eat it without anything in it but I usually want a little something. I like using fresh berries in the summer or dried cranberries in the winter. It gives it just a hint of sweet and a bit of tartness that I like.

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Calories: Around 160

Dinner

For dinner I made this recipe:  Easy Teriyaki Chicken & Brown Rice. The recipe was decent and had a nice teriyaki flavor but it wasn’t glazed like I would have liked it.

I had some leftover rice I wanted to use and I read through the comments on the recipe to see what people thought of the recipe. There were some good recommendations and variations. I didn’t have broccoli so I used frozen peas and it was just fine. Any veggies would do. One reviewer recommended adding water chestnuts and that was good, too. I used leftover forbidden rice instead of the brown rice and I had some cottage cheese on the side. EmergenC to dink.

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Calories: Around 530

Dessert

Hot cocoa with whipped cream and 3 squares of chocolate. I ate dessert while we were watching Fargo (if you aren’t watching that show, you’re missing out!) and kind of forgot about my cocoa after drinking 3/4 of it. I dumped the rest out when I remembered and it was cold!

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Calories: 225

Total Calories for the day: 1930

Gym

When I work out I eat back some of the calories I burned. I’m not necessarily trying to create a deficit like I did before when I was trying to lose weight. Instead I just listen to my body and if I’m still hungry, I eat a little bit more.

Today at the gym I did the elliptical. I had planned on doing something else but had twisted my ankle early in the morning and wanted to take it easy.

I’ve rolled my ankle/sprained/strained it so many times in my life I consider myself an expert at it, sadly. But I honestly haven’t twisted it in years–like 5? I guess this is proof that my ligaments are loosening and I need to be more careful how I step. I don’t think my ankle is bad but I still didn’t want to push it, so the elliptical was all I did (and it was fine).

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Tomorrow I will do weights.

Calories Burned: 340

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So as you can see, my day doesn’t look a whole lot different from how it was before getting pregnant. I am eating a little bit more but it’s not crazy. I have days where I am FAMISHED. Then I have days where I don’t have much of an appetite. It’s odd and it really changes day to day. But overall this is what a typical day lately looks like!

How much did your eating habits change when you were pregnant?

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