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First Trimester: Meal Plan & Workouts [Round 2]

With baby#2 things have been a lot different. Everyone tells me that every pregnancy is different.  I am a lot more sick (like super sick) this time around, but the cool thing is that 1) I know that’s a good sign that my body is producing great levels of hormones and 2) I know my pregnant-body better this time (ie I know my limits).

For my first pregancy’s first trimester I ate healthy and I listened to my body to tell me when I could workout or not or how hard to push myself.  If I felt too tired or too fatigued then I would rest.  This time around I understand my body a little better. I know that I can push a little further than I originally thought and that I will be tired and still sick regardless of whether I workout or not.  NOW…IMPORTANT… these things may be obvious, but I want to make sure this is clear…you need to know the following things:

  • If you are pregnant, you should listen to your body.  I share what I have learned about my body, but you know YOUR body better than anyone, so trust it.
  • When I say “push myself” I really know my limits. “Push” could mean “finish my reps” or “push” may mean a bit extra weight, but “push” NEVER means pushing yourself so far that you are dizzy, lightheaded or vomiting.  (Which is totally different than when I’m not pregnant because I welcome all those things 🙂 haha)
  • If you feel like you are about to black out, STOP.  I have reached that point a few times and so I will back off and rest then get back to it, but if the black out feeling comes again I quit that day’s workout. You’re done. Overheating is bad for baby. Recognize the early signs.

Meal Plan?

If you are like me, there is no way that I could have a “Plan” because I had so many food aversions that would come and go. I was feeling sick A LOT.

To combat this, here is what I did:

  1. If something sounded good I would drop everything to fix it and eat it as fast as possible regardless of whether I was hungry, because by the time I might be hungry I might not be able to choke anything down.
  2. I ended up eating small meals every 2 hours (just like preg#1)
  3. I made a giant list of well-balanced meals so that when hunger hit, I had a menagerie of things to choose from rather than running to the carbs

Meal & Snack Ideas

  • Two egg-white, 1 yolk omelet with broccoli, salsa and sprinkle of cheese
  • Two egg-white, 1 yolk scramble or over-easy with slice of toast
  • 2 boiled egg whites and 1 yolk
  • Chocolate protein shake in water
  • Vanilla protein shake in sugar free coconut milk
  • 3-4 slices low-sodium turkey with 15 grapes
  • Handful of mixed nuts
  • Salmon burger patty chopped up over spinach salad with Ginger Sesame apple cider dressing (Bragg’s)
  • 2 slices turkey bacon and 1/2 English Muffin with sugar free blackberry jam
  • 4 oz flank steak with steamed carrots
  • Protein shake – I love Beverly International Cookies & Creme  OR SRX Zero Graham Cracker
  • Pumpkin cheesecake protein:  1 Scoop vanilla protein, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1 pkg sugar free cheesecake pudding mix (I added SF coconut milk to the mixture till the consistency was right. It was about 1/2 the amount of milk mentioned on the pudding mix instructions)
  • Greek yogurt with fresh berries on top and 1 piece of 80% cacao chocolate bar
  • Flavored greek yogurt cup and a handful of almonds (about 12)
  • Applesauce with cinnamon pouch (50 calories) and 1/2 turkey sandwhich on sugar-free whole wheat
  • Hummus and veggies (my latest favs are celery, carrots or broccoli)
  • 1/2 English muffin with all natural nut butter
  • Small apple and 1 tuna packet
  • 1/2 C cottage cheese with slice strawberries on top
  • Turkey/Chicken Waldorf Salad wrapped in lettuce leaves, or with 1 serving of wheat crackers, or as an open face (1 slice) whole wheat sandwich
  • Homemade high-fiber bean dip with veggie sticks
  • Romaine salad with 2 artichoke hearts, 4 olives, shredded peppered turkey or chicken – drizzle with apple cider vinegar and olive oil and cracked pepper
  • Italian Turkey Mozzarella Melt: 1 slice whole wheat bread. Spritz one side of the bread with spray butter and toast in a skillet on medium heat. While it is toasting: Splash balsamic vinegar and olive oil on the bread, lay turkey meat, a slice of tomato, a sprinkle of skim mozzarella cheese, and a dash of Italian seasoning (I like to add extra basil). Do not turn. Lift the corners to check the toast. Remove when it is the perfect golden brown that you like. It tastes rich and gourmet like a cheat, but still keeps it lean and clean.  I eat this with a fork because the bread is very moist.  If you like yours more crunchy, mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and italian seasoning to form a pesto and spread it on the turkey (rather than the bread).

My guilty pleasures and current cravings:

  • Sour Mango, Philippine import – sprinkled with salt 
  • Sushi
  • Lean Cuisine

Workouts

I am using Bodybuilding.com’s LiveFit Trainer by Jamie Eason.  It is a very popular and successful program that takes you through 3 phases: Conditioning, Muscle sculpting, Leaning.  I am blogging about variations I use since I am both working out at home and pregnant.

Click here to get started: LiveFit Trainer Day 1


Baby Lidon Par Keith is here!

I gave birth to my baby boy 2 weeks ago and am LOVING it. As a first time mom, everything is just so new and exciting. I started working out this week (upper body at home), but am waiting to do lower body for a little longer.

Diet week 1 was great! Lean and free of sugar and grease – partly because that’s all my tummy could tolerate.

Diet week 2 was clean, but I made allowances for a cookie, or some frozen yogurt or bread

Diet week 3 has kick started with a GREAT beginning.  Notice I am still keeping some extra fat in my diet.

Meal 1: 1/2 whole wheat Eng muffin with PB, 1/2 cup of black coffee

Meal 2: Protein shake, 1/4 C oatmeal with truvia

Meal 3: 3 eggs scrambled on 1 slice whole grain toast, sprinkle of cheese, 2 cups spinach salad

Meal 4: Banana with PB, 1 scoop chocolate protein “pudding”

Meal 5: 1/2 C brown rice, 3-4 oz chicken/fish/turkey, 2 cups broccoli (or other green veggie)

His name will be *Lidon **Par, for God is our righteous judge who deals with us by His righteous hand, giving and taking as He sees fit. Job 1:21; Job 2:10. And this child will be as a stone pillar [alter] in honor and remembrance of God’s mercy and goodness in our life.

*Lidon: judgment is mine

**Par: rock

The story behind the name

March 2, 2008 I begged God to let Luke live – please, Lord, let him survive this car accident and use us to be stronger together than I could ever be on my own. God heard my cry and spared Luke. Acouple years of surgeries and doctors appointments and a lifetime of ailments, but Luke has reminded me that God gives and He takes away, “shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” he says (quoting passages from Job).

Then after we were married and were ready to start a family we struggled with infertility. The doctors said I was “in a gray area” meaning that things seemed fine on charts, but I was inexplicably unable to get pregnant. We were left wondering what God has in store for us and why He was making us wait – what were we supposed to learn from this?  Remembering that God spared Luke’s life often made me feel guilty about being upset that I couldn’t get pregnant – I felt like “how dare I ask for another miracle”.  Over 2 years of waiting and hoping and being disappointed and trying to stay strong and just trust in God’s perfect timing…my heart was weary. Then just when I did not think I could handle hoping for one more moment, we found out we were pregnant.  “Thank you! Thank you!” were Luke’s first words – thank You, Lord…

We see adversity…but God has also given us many blessings.

It was important to us that our child’s name honor the God who gave him to us.  The passages that resonate in our marriage have been Job 1:21 and Job 2:10 – and we truly believe that God is a righteous God who allows us to go through adversity and blesses us as He sees fit. Praying for wisdom as we continue to seek how to honor Him with our lives and now, the raising of our child.


Second Trimester [Meal Plan and Workouts]

[Meal Plan Sample]

  • Meal 1: Green Smoothie: (3-4 cups spinach, 1 scoop vanilla protein (or 1/2 C greek yogurt), 1 cup frozen berries or mixed fruit, 1/2 banana, 1 1/2 cup water)
  • Meal 2: 1 Cup Greek yogurt with sliced almonds (about 8-10 almonds) + berries if I needed something sweet
  • Meal 3: Chicken Salad in whole wheat 1/2 pita (with sliced avocado, bean sprouts, pickle bits and peppers)
  • Meal 4: 1 Cup fat free cottage cheese and a small apple (you could sub the apple for wheat thins  OR Apple slices with 1 Tbsp All-natural peanut butter)
  • Meal 5:4-5 Egg whites with veggies
  • Meal 6: Fish and steamed veggies  (or sometimes boiled as a soup)

[Workouts]

I got back to running 5ks and am running one nearly every Saturday! My week typically looks like this:

  • Monday: Legs
  • Tuesday: Back/shoulders/chest + light cardio  (short jog, elliptical, bike, stairmill, or walking)
  • Wednesday: Arms + Run (for distance)
  • Thursday: Legs
  • Friday: Full Body + light cardio (short jog, elliptical, bike, stairmill, or walking)
  • Saturday: 5k Race

2 Tips on Successful Dieting

Stemmed from the Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day, I give you 2 tips to increase your chances of succeeding with your new diet.

  1. Be specific. Be precise about what you are trying to achieve and when you will do it. It’s not enough to say “I want to be fit and will work out consistently”. Write in your calendar the exact days and times so you can hold yourself accountable and have your diet written out to follow (including when you will have a “treat meal”).
  2. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t. When trying to change behavior, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the bad habit. Focus on the substitute instead. If you want to stop munching, don’t dwell on the times you’ve caved to your cravings. Think about what you will do the next time you find yourself hovering over the pantry.

Thank you Michelle for sharing the Harvard tip of the day – you inspired this post!


Dealing with the Bloating, The Golden Rule

I realized last weekend that I was not drinking enough water. Started guzzling as much as I could but was not getting in as much water as usual. Over the week I was consuming about 1/2 gallon daily and every day increasing by a little.  I’m now up to a gallon a day so this is right where I wanted to be with water intake. The bloating has continued to decrease and I’m seeing my body normalize – hooray! Took about 2 weeks, which seems to be pretty standard because most of my friends have mentioned 1.5-2 weeks for them as well this season.

The Golden Rule:Drink water! Eek!

2 things I learned in my post-comp weeks:
  1. Water is mondo importante. It is so worth it to indulge just remember to drink lots and lots of water!
  2. Pace yourself. I learned to tell myself “The food will be there, it’s not going to run away or become unavailable”, so I don’t need to feel like I have to gorge all in one sitting.

Scrambling to get my eggs

Today I had to take my dad to the airport.  Naturally I was thinking days ahead about how I was going to eat my breakfast – food is almost all I think about now. My scheduled breakfast for today was egg whites and spinach. Thanks to the amazing Google, I found a healthy recipe from iateapie.net for little frittata muffins! They look so cute!

I tweaked it to work for my diet and taste buds, but kept pretty close to the original.

French toast flavored coffee, black and 6 of these little babies made me one happy competitor 🙂

Egg white Frittata- Faith Keith

Get my recipe from my kitchen at faithkeith.com OR get the ORIGINAL recipe here


Bread is the Worst Thing You Can Do When You’re in Prep…

I THOUGHT I knew how to eat healthy and how to improvise, but I proved that idea wrong over the weekend.

I had gained 2 pounds when I was supposed to LOSE 2 pounds.  I really set myself back with only 4 weeks left.

I had to face the music. After informing my trainer she was honest about the implications of my food choices but also told me a lot can happen in the final 4 weeks, but I have to stick to the plan.

Abiding the diet now 100%, but I am kicking myself for what I did. Ok…regroup…what can I do. I absolutely do NOT want to get on stage with thoughts of regret or “I should have done…” or “oh my gosh I should not have…”

The diet is making me feel weak at the gym so I am not pushing myself as far as I used to. I decided I need more time with my trainer or Luke so that I could be pushed or spotted.

I am an action girl – a doer. So here is a list of things that I need to do to help me feel like I am doing EVERYTHING I possibly can to come in strong on April 2nd:

  • GET BETTER SLEEP – I really, really, really need to get serious about sleep
  • Drink all my allotted water
  • Stick 100% perfectly to the nutrition plan Susan designed for me
  • Train more days with Susan to make sure I can get through my workouts
  • Watch my posture

My cardio has increased a bit and am relegated to running or stepmill. Relegated…that is such a negative word…I have been AWARDED the opportunity to still reach my potential! THANK YOU, I’LL TAKE IT!! 😀

This is me about to bust my butt like no body’s business. It can be done. It will be done.


Vacation with Dieting and Fitness

Taking a vacation during In-Season…Tips from my first experience.

Our River Run Village condo in Keystone, Colorado made it possible to cook and prep all my meals.  I can’t wait to go back – now I know it is doable to vacation while in-season.

Flight

KLM MD-11

Image by caribb via Flickr

Only dilemma: Airline security will not allow you to bring liquids more than 3 ozs

Bring:

  • Money for water or bring your jug and fill at water fountain after security
  • Food in disposable tupperware and ziplocs.  Nothing worse than grossing everyone out with empty tuna-smelling tupperware
  • Splenda + cinnamon

On the Road with Friends 

road trip - Faith Keith

image from europeword.com

Dilemma: friends may snack the entire trip

Bring:

  • Sugar free gum (there are tons of yummy dessert like flavors)
  • Thermos for coffee
  • Crystal light drink mix on the go for your 8 oz water bottles
  • Healthy, portioned snacks. (you can still binge on healthy foods, so portion it out ahead)

Staying Sane During High-Altitude Activities 

Allie Snowboarding

Image by VancityAllie via Flickr

Dilemma: in-season diet plus high-altitude in the Colorado mountains makes for weak energy

What to do:

  • Check with trainer before changing your nutrition plan, they may have better suggestions or tell you to wait a day to acclimate
  • It WILL throw you off schedule, but make time to eat when you can.  Don’t go more than 4 hours without eating
  • Drink LOTS of water
  • Turn your meals into snack like munchies! I cut up my evening yam into small pieces and treated it like the chips and queso everyone else was eating, dipping the pieces of yam into splenda and cayenne pepper
  • Schedule your fitness plan – if you can’t be SURE that you will have the will power to hit the gym during the day while on vacation, then wake up and get it in first thing in the morning to get it out of the way
  • MENTION your fitness endeavor.  Don’t talk their ear off (no one likes a person who is obsessive), but do mention it or make everyone aware in some way that you are sticking to a meal plan – this will help you stick to it because you can’t let them see you fail.  They will respect your efforts and might even be an encouragement to you.

If you have “been there done that” and have tips – please share!!


[Un]Potluck

Every first Sunday of the month my church has a potluck lunch.  I cooked a Canadian Stew to share, but weighed and measured my 5oz turkey+2Cups Spinach+1Tbsp Apple cider Vinegar+1Tbsp Olive oil for MY personal meal.

After church everyone lined up and was already going through the food line, while I made my way to the fridge to pull out my measured meal. All smiles because it is one of my FAVORITE meals of the day.

Enter fridge…no meal to be found….I tried to stay calm but I began to panic.  I scanned the buffet table….OH MY GOSH!!! IT WAS ON THE TABLE NEXT TO THE SALADS!!! Someone had already taken some of it (they must have been adventurous because it looked disgusting).  Nooooooo!!!!!

I had to laugh at myself for being panicky about losing 1 ounce of turkey and maybe a half cup of spinach.  Oh the life of a figure athlete…

Next time I will clearly label it 🙂


H2OMG – Can Water Really Cure A Bad Mood?

The other day I was having a really downer day that was the sum of the previous two days that were also quite rough. My mood was down and out, I could tell I was very tense.  I posted that the last 3 days were rough, then when my friend Donloree asked if I was staying hydrated, it hit me! I broke my water jug 4 days ago!!

I quickly downed the first 24 ounces and already was feeling a world of difference!  I ran for more water…I am still in shock at what a difference water makes.  I am on such a strict diet, that the smallest imbalance is magnified, so it should be no surprise that the dehydration was so largely impacting my well being.

Beginner’s tip: STAY HYDRATED

😀


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