Portland Fit Club

Feb 20, 2010

Roller Fun!

Call me crazy, but I decided to get my almost 5 year old a pair of rollerblades......solely for the purpose of getting myself a pair too!  I remember how much I loved my blades when I was a kid and I miss it.  I am sure my OBGYN would not be happy at all to hear that I plan on going rollerblading here soon, but what she doesn't know won't hurt her :)

I took my daughter out on her blades this afternoon and she managed to stay on her feet! I was very impressed with just that fact.  She doesn't quite understand how to turn her feet slightly to push off, but I am sure that will come with time.  My husband has guilt tripped me into buying a pair for our just barely three year old.  I am afraid that he will hurt himself, being a munchkin of a three year old as it is, but he was so sad to find out that he didnt' have a box with blades in them in the mail.  So I have ordered him a pair as well and plan to blame his dad for any accidents that befall him.  Just kidding.  He is actually pretty physically capable, so he might even be better at it than our oldest.  Plus we have helmets, knee, elbow & wrist guards for both of them.  I couldn't find anything made specificially for the tailbone.....that might be a problem!~

Feb 13, 2010

12 Weeks

So today puts me at 12 weeks along.  It also puts me 6 lbs heavier and able to stay up 1 or 2 hours later than the first part of my pregnancy.  All in all, I am quite pleased with where I am at this point.  With my first three children, I gained between 12 and 14 pounds by 12 weeks, so I am doing much better this time around.  I am well on my way to meeting my goal of keeping my weight gain under my usual 50ish pounds. 

The next 8 weeks will be difficult because my company starts bringing in catered food for dinners during the week until April 15th.  The meals are delicious but sooo bad for you.  In addition, for the next 8 weeks I will be strapped to my chair staring at tax returns for 12 hours a day.  My only exercise will be walking up the 5 flights of stairs to my floor, walking to the printer or to get lunch.  So being sedentary & feed fattening food will set me back a bit.  Once April 15th rolls around, this mom will go back to her part time 3 day 30 hour schedule and will be able to get outside & stretch her legs again.  I will also have more time to keep up with my workouts.  At this point in my pregnancy I am going to just stick to the Turbo Jam workouts.

Here's to a gradual weight gain during the next 27 weeks of my pregnancy!

Feb 12, 2010

Child Obesity Risks

I found this article to be saddening.  As a parent it is my responsibility to make sure my child has the right foods to choose from and a balanced diet.  A child doesn't even realize they are missing things like cake, candy & sugary drinks if they are not offered.  My children get a little bit of candy for Halloween, Easter & Valentines Day, and cake on special occasions, but we don't stock that type of stuff in our cupboards because none of us need it.  Our children need to be taught the value of taking good care of our bodies and that some foods are only ok "once in a while".


Feb 6, 2010

New Do!

I think this pregnancy has taken the term "pregnancy craving" to an all time extreme.  Not only did I go through a bad spell of craving awful foods (which has thankfully ended), but I also have been dwelling on the idea of perming my hair for the past month.  Well yesterday my body must have made an extra shot of hormone, because I decided to leave work in the middle of the day to get my hair permed.  It is ok, my hair isn't going to hold it well (my hair is as straight as it gets, naturally), but hey I got my fix right?  I hope my body is done with all these fixes because my hair was a $100 fix after tip & gel :(.  All that money on my hair...I don't even like to pay to have it trimmed.  I wonder if I could use the pregnancy craving excuse to get a new car.....now theres a thought!

Feb 5, 2010

Safe Harbor

I promise this post is not about tax safe harbor :)  I had a checkup with my OBGYN on Thursday, and got to see the baby & a good strong heartbeat.  So we have shared our news with our friends and family, since our risk of miscarriage has dropped significantly.  It is a relief to be able to address those looks that say "are you pregnant again, or just getting fat?"  with a reassuring "no, I AM pregnant and therefore getting fat".  I hate keeping secrets anyway, so it is nice that I no longer have to watch what I say.

I think that I may have avoided getting excited over the pregnancy due to fear of miscarriage.  Now I need to relax and get excited because the alternative (thinking about having 4 kids 5 and under in my ever shrinking home) just might cause a stress induced miscarriage!  I can't wait to add the second floor to our home.  We are hoping to do so in 3 years or so.  We definately need the space!

So 11 weeks and counting.  In 2 more weeks I will officially be out of the first trimester and will update on weight gain & add new photos.

Feb 1, 2010

Trying to tip the scales just a tad less

The cravings just keep coming and coming and they are for foods that I would never ever eat.  I just never even have any desire to eat them.  Tonight I ate chicken nuggets (yeah the real ones) & french fries.  At least they were baked rather than fried, but I am sure they were full of calories, preservatives & fat.  I can't just clean all this stuff out of the cupboards because those are the few things my husband likes to have.  He already eats entirely different than he would if it were just him.  He doesn't mind eating healthy, but he also likes his junk too.

I had more energy this evening, so I did Burn It Off and the cardio portion of Kickin' Core.  I burned 826 calories tonight, WOOT!  I am sure that barely covered the nuggets I ate, but it helped minimize the damage.  I am going to double check my intake today to make sure I didn't go below 2,000 cals after my workout.  If I did I will have an apple or some raw veggies to make up for it.  Gotta keep the baby's wellbeing in mind!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

I found this recipe online as I was browsing for healthier versions of the foods I take to work with me.  I love my raw veggies & salad with Ranch dressing, but Ranch dressing is terrible for you.  I plan on giving this dressing a shot next week (unfortunately we did our shopping trip this morning before I found the recipe).  I will post back with an update after I make it!

This will last about three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Makes 1 cup. Serving size: 2 tbsp


1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt or
1/3 cup plain Greek-style nonfat yogurt
1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbs finely chopped fresh chives
salt to taste


If using regular yogurt, place it in a strainer lined with a paper towel and set the strainer over a bowl. Let the yogurt drain and thicken for 20 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together the strained or Greek-style yogurt with the remaining ingredients.

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