What I’ve been up to lately…
1) Working. (This is good!)
2) Exploring my new gym. I dropped my yoga studio membership (Pure Yoga) because I wanted access to more workout variety. I joined the 92Y which is actually closer to my apt. Thoughts on that:
- I miss the Pure locker rooms. Their showers were sooooo nice. 92Y has a steam room and sauna (which Pure didn’t have) but I can’t use them until after I have the babe.
- 92Y yoga is actually quite good for gym yoga. And definitely challenging enough for a pregnant lady. All the teachers but one (I will not name names but she teaches at 9am on Sundays) have been super accommodating and welcoming of my pregnant belly into their non-prenatal classes.
- I miss a couple of my favorite Pure teachers, but I’ve found some really great teachers at the 92Y… namely the Thursday morning instructor for Power Strength! It’s a 45 minute class that starts at 7:15am; it’s perfect for me to hit up before I go to work.
- Confession: One of the reasons I joined the 92Y was for the pool – I joined a month and a half ago and I still haven’t stepped foot in it.
3) Eating! Apparently. For the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy I didn’t gain a pound (despite eating more?!); in the next 9 (I’ll be 21 weeks tomorrow) I’ve put on about 10-12. Apparently I am having a big baby. He is tracking in the 90th percentile for “size” (whatever that means) as of last week’s ultrasound (unless the due date is off, which I’m pretty sure it is not). What I find weird is that I don’t think my eating habits have changed all that much from the first 12 weeks to the last 9. I wonder how much of it is water/fluid and how much of it is baby/uterus/whatever else.
First up – ice cream. I’m actually not eating a ton of sweets (oddly enough, I’ve craved sweets less since getting pregnant), but sometimes I do just need that chocolate-vanilla fix. B and I shared this a few weeks ago at Ootoya, a new restaurant down by Union Square.
This was the omelette + potatoes + muffin we shared after finding out the sex last week (BOY! Did I say that??). They forgot to put the bacon in the omelette (it was mushroom, goat cheese, and bacon) so they gave it to us on the side. Even better. At Corner Cafe outside the ultrasound office.
This is chicken dumpling soup at a new little cafe called DTUT (Downtown/Uptown). It’s a coffee shop during the day and a bar at night. Soup was decent.
And finally, here is gluten-free pizza I got for lunch with a friend last week. My stomach has reallllly been acting up lately and I’m trying to do less gluten. No gluten is too hard but less is manageable. This was from a place called Mozzarelli’s (they have regular pizza too). (By “stomach acting up” I mean digestion is even slower than normal; very annoying; very bloaty!)
4) Feeling kicks. I have been feeling pretty solid kicks for the last 2-3 weeks now. Before that it was very vague flutters. Makes me very happy. B can feel them very occasionally too.
5) Body changes. So far my arms and legs have not changed much, but boy has my middle changed! The belly is not so huge that it’s in the way that much, but I can’t lie on my back anymore (feels weird) and certain yoga poses are pretty much impossible…
20 weeks! (last week)
The whole middle is just expanding and I feel like it’s not really a rounded bump yet. Maybe my abs need to relax a bit more so he can settle down and pop (I need to do a pic of this week – 21 weeks; it’s already actually starting to pop more.)
6) Yoga changes! Which could also be due to the fact that I have been way more lax in my yoga practice so I don’t have the strength I had 5 months ago. My chaturangas are horrible and most are done on the knees. I am hoping carrying a baby around will improve my arm strength Another example: no more koundinyasana! The belly is in the way and my body just doesn’t wanna do it.
I am actually still doing handstands against the wall (but only at home; not in class) simply because they feel awesome right now. It’s so nice to get the blood flowing in the opposite direction – out of my tired feet. I can’t do legs-up-the-wall because I can’t be on my back.
I’m not doing twists – twists are a no-no after about the 12th week.
(I’ll do a whole post at some point on yoga for pregnancy, but you get the gist – it’s totally different when you have a baby in your belly.)
So that is what is up with me lately. Keeping busy and very happy. Happy Monday!
The last weekend in October Bobby and I went down to NJ to visit my family. My dad sent us back with a late birthday present of CSA meat. Of course I forgot to snap a picture of the delicious chili that I made with it, but here is the simple recipe – based on this primal chili from The Grok Pot (my dad’s suggestion).
Paleo/Primal Crock Pot Chili
- 1 pound grass fed organic ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup leftover pasta sauce
- 1 14 oz. can chopped tomatoes (I try to make sure I get mine from Eden foods or other organic companies that don’t have BPA in the cans)
- ~1 cup leftover veggies (from Chinese food the night before) (optional)
- 1-2 tiny Thai peppers (optional; you can just add more chili flakes if you don’t have hot peppers)
- 3 cloves of garlic, mashed and chopped (I use the pre-chopped garlic you get in a jar – sort of cheating but easy!)
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- chili flakes
- salt and pepper, to taste (1/2 teaspoon salt to start)
- Throw everything in the crockpot and mix a little; heat all day on low OR at high for 4-5 hours.
- If you want, you can start to cook the beef and onions to brown them before you put everything into the crockpot. This brings out the flavor a bit more.
We had ours on top of white rice (rice cooker) and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. We also had a salad on the side.
This was a perfectly satisfying meal – and so far we have managed to make it into 3 meals. Once it was the main, the 2nd time was with leftover homemade pizza, and I just had some with a fried egg for breakfast.
Speaking of that pizza…
I cooked up some pork belly (more CSA meat) and then sauteed turnip greens and scallions in the leftover fat. Slapped some pasta sauce on a premade crust, then topped it with fresh mozzarella, the greens, raw peppers, and the pork – then baked it til done.
Delicious! The side salad is baby mustard greens, raw turnips, and radishes, simply dressed with olive oil and black mission fig balsamic vinegar + salt & pepper.
And as for pregnancy updates – I’m feeling great. I’ll get into details more soon! Just wanted to share these 2 delicious meals this morning.
What have you been eating lately? How is fall treating you?
Loved the extra hour we got this weekend. If only we always needed one less hour of sleep or had an extra hour in the day
What I Ate Wednesday
I had a nice day of eating Wednesday. This is happening more and more! I used to struggle a lot with how much I ate – I would eat too little, or too much, or overeat at night and feel sick – but lately I have been in a pretty good place with my eating habits. I still have days where I “feel fat” or feel the need to check myself in the mirror (to make sure I haven’t sprouted an extra head? who knows – how much can really change in a day) – but most of the time I am very much OK with myself as I am. I think it just comes with practice, like anything else.
Enough chit-chat, here is what I had:
- Cinnamon walnut bread (from the CSA) toast with butter; 2 slices of salami (Costco, heh); coffee of course; a calcium chew (Adora dark chocolate)
- Turkey and basil hummus wrap from Pret a Manger; a peanut butter cookie someone had at the office
- 1 fun size of whoppers (I think there were like 3 in the package – I need to bring some healthy snacks to the office otherwise I resort to eating whatever they have at the front desk)
- Dinner at Moustache on 103rd and Lexington - Bobby and I shared everything, and he had more of each than I did (he’d had a tiny lunch):
- Spinach and chickpea salad
- Lamb platter (lamb meat balls, with tomato sauce and rice)
- Lamb “pitza” on whole wheat pita
- Homemade yogurt with fruit, pistachios, and honey
- Apple + 2 pieces of beef jerky (no preservatives, Costco) later that night
Here are the Moustache pics:
Spinach & Chickpea salad (had a lemon-y, onion-y, tomato-y dressing)
This was the lamb platter – lamb meatballs, tomato sauce, and a big thing of buttery white rice!
This “pitza”, or pita bread pizza (whole wheat pita) was delicious. Simply a pita with ground lamb. Surprisingly light.
Last but not least – the best part of the meal. Fresh homemade yogurt with 2 fruits – we think they were papaya and mango but we are not sure. Topped with bits of pistachio and honey. Definitely the star of the night.
Before dinner I took a class called “Center Sculpt” at Pure. It was fun (and hard). It was basically a yoga-inspired weights class. My arms were dying by the end. Surprisingly, yesterday (Thursday) my arms weren’t sore, but my legs were a little bit (odd because I didn’t feel like I exhausted them in class). Today (Friday) both arms and legs are killing me! I will definitely be back next time as long as I can get out of work early enough (it’s at 6:15).
I was going to post last night but I got absorbed by this book (Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes):
$0.48 at Strand! I read all 400 pages in about 2 days. The book is about Rachel, a drug addict who does not believe she is a drug addict. It’s about her experiences at a rehab center. As she is there, the story of her life unfolds seamlessly alongside what happens at the center. She’s a very likable protagonist even though she has done some bad things. Obviously I liked it – definitely recommend it. I love Marian Keyes and I’ve read a few of her books in the past.
What have you read lately? What did you eat Wednesday?