spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Saturday turned out to be a really lovely day in Portland! After some gloomy, stormy, rainy weather it was finally dry and sunny and slightly warm (ish). I didn’t sleep well the night before (getting up to pee hourly–fun!) but I managed to get my butt out of bed and go to the gym. I’ve been skipping the weight lifting the last week or so. So Saturday I just did the elliptical. My heart rate was a little on the high side so I went slow and easy on it to keep it lower. Pre-pregnancy when I used the elliptical I usually had the resistance at a 10 or 11. First and second trimester resistance was around 8. By the third trimester I was down to like 6. This time? It was at a 4! Oh well.

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Since it was such a nice morning Michael went for a run and he took Miss Bella with him. He’s been taking her running with him lately, which is awesome. She needs the exercise and is a good running buddy. I miss running!

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The one little bummer about Saturday is that it was finally a decent day and probably would have been the perfect day to go hiking. But that’s not in the cards for me right now. I just wouldn’t be able to do it. Walking is difficult (but somehow swimming and the elliptical aren’t too hard for my body at this stage). I also miss hiking! I hope we get a chance to do a lot of it this summer.

Michael and I had plans with friends for lunch. The original plan was to try out Red Sauce Pizza (a few people have recommended it). Unfortunately, we got there and it was closed for some reason! We improvised and ended up at Jerk Pizza down the street. It was your typical pizza joint. I was really hungry! I got a Greek salad to start. It was pretty tasty.

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The four of us shared the White Pie–it was mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and basil. It was really good! Michael and I both agreed that the flavor was great but that we wish the crust was slightly thicker. It was a little on the too-thin side for both of us. Despite that, the pie was tasty.

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Our friends were child-free for the day so we ended up spending a few hours just hanging out chatting after we were done eating. It was nice to just hang out and catch up. And who knows, it might be the last social outing Michael and I have for awhile!

The rest of the weekend was spent spring cleaning the house. Like obsessively. Cleaning, organizing, doing tons of laundry. I even took down drapery and washed those. I re-organized the pantry and the hall linen closet. I think it was a combination of nesting and of just wanting the house perfectly clean after being a bit lazy this winter!

Also, Michael and I finally saw Straight Outta Compton. It was such a good movie! I am so glad we finally saw it. It was excellently done–the casting was great, the acting was great, the story was so well done and I really enjoyed it! And it was also great seeing the backstory of musicians I loved as a teen.

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I can’t express it enough that it was well worth watching.

Sunday (after another sleepless night) I went swimming, we took Bella for a walk in the neighborhood and I worked on house stuff. More spring cleaning!

Dinner was baked chicken breasts marinated in a sesame ginger sauce, sauteed kale and some brown rice rice.Β IΒ really liked the marinade and will definitely use it again.

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Overall it was a good weekend even though I don’t feel like I got everything done I wanted to do. How was your weekend?

Spring Clean Your Diet

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SPRING IS HERE!

Well, almost I guess. The spring rains have arrived here in Oregon and the flowers are starting to poke up above the muddy ground and bloom. Crocus flowers are one of my favorites. With spring here and the drive to clean things up, why not start with the diet? It’s a good time of year to ease into weight loss–the pressure of New Year’s Resolutions is come and gone and it’s much easier to focus on change when the prospect of summer is upon us!Β Spring Clean your diet with some of these tips:

Cut Out The Sugars

If you struggle with sugar like I do, then perhaps taking a break from eating candy and sugary-treats is a good idea. It’s a good idea for me! An easy way to cut out sugar from the diet is to eat natural, whole foods like fruits and vegetables. There’s sugar in so many things–even your salad dressings, ketchup, lots of things you’d never even suspect have sugar. A way to cut out sugar is toΒ substitute fruit when you’re craving something sweet. Often times a sweet, juicy orange or a bowl of blueberries is just what you need for that craving. The other day I had a banana with a little whipped cream on top for dessert. It was 100 calories and totally satisfied my sweet tooth!

Add More Veggies

Read this post about how to get more veggies in your diet. The short version: try adding roasted vegetables to your dinners and healthy green salads to lunches. Even if you do this just a few times a week, you will feel the difference. Spring is also a good time to check out your local Farmer’s Market. I love the local markets here in Portland. It makes me feel good to support local, small farmers and you know their vegetables aren’t super GMO creations.

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This is also the time of year that Michael and I start cleaning up our raised garden beds. We get things ready for a spring crop of lettuce and kale. Growing our own kale is fantastic. It’s so healthy for you. And kale chips are pretty tasty, too. πŸ˜‰

Try Healthier Grains and Starches

Instead of white rice, try brown rice or quinoa. Instead of white potatoes, have a yam or sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are so healthy and much more satisfying to me! Instead of pasta, try spaghetti squash. It really does work as “spaghetti”! What about trying lentils instead of rice or pasta?Β Lentilles au Vin BlancΒ is a good one.

Challenge Yourself

How about trying something new? Like giving up bread for a month, or going dairy-free. Even going meatless one day a week can sometimes jump start healthy eating habits. I don’t know about you, but when spring arrives I get an overwhelming desire to IMPROVE. Everything — my diet, clean the house, de-clutter my life…What about trying a new recipe?Β Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad,Β Southwest Quinoa SaladΒ to name a few.

Spring Clean Your Kitchen

This is the time of year I want to purge all the stuff in my pantry that’s been there forever. If I haven’t eaten it over the winter and I don’t plan on eating it anytime soon, I donate it. I do this about twice a year.Β Toss the junk food. If it’s not in your house you won’t be tempted!! Trust me, this works! I do so much better with my diet when I don’t have the sweets and trigger foods in my house.

Do you do any Spring Cleaning?