Fit Pregnancy: The Birthing Month

I have finally reached my birthing month. Today I am 36w4d pregnant and that means this baby could come (almost) anytime now. Since I was 10 days early with Edith I am keeping that in mind by also preparing myself to go to 42 weeks as well if that so happens (which I hope isn’t the case).

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I have to say this pregnancy has been less intentionally active than I was when I was pregnant with Edith and more active as a result of having an active toddler. Before I go further lets compare the two pregnancies:

  • Pregnancy With Edith: (Working a desk job) daily 1-2+ mile walks, yoga class once per week, strength training 2-3x per week and yoga at home once per week
  • Pregnancy With Baby #2: (Stay-At-Home-Mom) chasing a crazy toddler, 1-2 mile walks 2x per week and yoga or prenatal workout video 2x per week.

As you can see my pregnancy with Edith had me sitting more hours during the day at my job but I was making time for consistent and intentional workouts. With baby #2 I have been trying to stay active with semi-intentional workouts but most of my time has been chasing Edith, cleaning or being up around moving around the house (less just sitting). However, once 35 weeks arrived I suddenly realized that this baby could come in as few as two weeks and I suddenly felt this crazy urge to get myself more intentionally active.

Since around 35w4d I have been going out for daily walks with Edith and/or Neil, working on squats around 10 per day held for 30-60 seconds each, lunges, and lots of cat-cow on top of chasing a toddler, packing our house and nesting. While this may not seem like much it is actually a significant change in my activity levels and I’m feeling great. Feeling ready to have this baby and want to make the point that it’s not too late to be intentionally active.

I don’t over do it, try not to push myself to much and am making sure to rest, drink tons of water and listen to my body. Now on to having this baby!

Sunshine Burger Recipe + Giveaway | California Burger

Disclaimer: I received Sunshine Burger product to review without monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. I was given the opportunity to review through the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. 

There was a time when we ate veggie burgers all the time at our house but over the past few years we have been diversifying our meals more so now when we do have burgers we like to go all out. It also happens that summer time is our favorite time to indulge in veggie burgers because it’s grilling season and there is also a summer bbq party to host or attend.

While the standard burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard and onion) are fine a burger is always better if there is upgrade to toppings. Some of my favorite combinations include bbq sauce, sauteed mushrooms, crispy onion rings and vegan cheese slices. I also love a good “cheese” burger with lots of banana peppers and pickles and of course your standard toppings. When I’m feeling a little crazy going a more Tex-Mex route is always fun with toppings such guacamole, salsa and refried beans. However, while all of those are great combinations my current favorite is what I like to call the California Burger.
Sunshine Burgers: Cali Burger

Ingredients:

  • Tomato, sliced
  • Red Onion, super thinly sliced
  • Micro Greens or Sprouts
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Vegan Cheddar
  • Whole Wheat Bun
  • Garden Herb Sunshine Burger – cook based on instructions on the box
  • Herbed Vegan Mayo (1 tablespoon each freshly chopped basil, chives, parsley and lemon juice with 1/3 cup vegan mayo)

Sunshine Burger: Cali Burger top and bottom

Simple and easy to put together! I like to slather a healthy serving of mayo on each side of my bun and then I place the micro greens on one side and the tomato, onion and avocado on the other. I make sure to melt the “cheese” onto the burger and then that goes in the middle. Then it all gets smooshed together and I gobble it up. P.S. this is messy so get the napkins ready or just lick your fingers like I do.  Sunshine Burger: Cali Burger Finished

Now I have been a Sunshine Burger fan for years now so I was thrilled to work with them.  My favorite way to eat them (besides the recipe above) is either on top of a salad or in a wrap. They are seriously delicious and they are free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts AND Non-GMO project verified. <—All the more reason I love these burgers. My favorite flavors are the Garden Herb and the Hemp & Sage Breakfast but now that I see there is a Loco Chipotle one I am going to have to try that one out because I love chipotle flavored foods.

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Virtual Blog Tour | The Details On Why I Write

I am slacking on this hugely! Nicole invited me to participate in this tour and while I agreed I dropped the ball and forgot to post last week. So here I am posting a week late but better late than never?

35weeks

Total eclipse of the sausage feet. 35w4d prego and still growing.

1. What am I working on?

I am working on growing a baby but that’s not what this post is about. Lately I have been working on getting my affairs in order in preparation for the birth of baby #2. I have a few fun sponsored posts coming up, some products that I’m looking to forward to sharing with you and also a few surprises in between. I have also been working on doing the same thing over on Naturally Family. I feel like I have so much to share and yet life has been really taking over or should I say a toddler + exhaustion has been dominating my life. I feel a big surge of nesting coming on and with that lots of planning and prepping for everything.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am not really sure how to answer this question. I think that being an active mom and a health coach gives me a different perspective on life. My blog has certainly changed and evolved over the years from being a specifically vegan recipe blog, to being a vegan food and lifestyle blog, to being a plant-based fitness and healthy living lifestyle blog. While I did blog and still do a bit about pregnancy and family I have chosen to keep that a little more separate and started a second blog before Edith was born called Naturally Family. Now I don’t know if that really answers the question but that’s my story.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write what I do because I love to. I love writing about health, fitness and food. I love creating recipes and sharing them with others. I also write what I do to keep myself inspired, motivated and on track with my own personal health and fitness goals. I write to (hopefully) inspire. I write to share my life and my favorite things. I write because I need to have an outlet that is specific to my passions and time to myself. I write to connect with others.

4. How does my writing process work?

I have an editorial calendar that I try and keep up with for sponsored posts and time sensitive posts. Otherwise I just write based on what is currently going on in my life. I try to plan as much as I can to keep myself on track but honestly the best posts I write are ones that are not so planned. As for writing I tend to hand write an outline/first draft of my posts and then I type them, work on photographs, edit the posts and photos, schedule social media and then finally schedule posts.

I know it may seem a little strange that I handwrite my blog posts first but honestly it’s the best way for me to organize my thoughts. I have always done this whether for a paper for school or a blog post for me. While you will find me just typing things up (like this current posts) usually my best posts are the ones that I write out by hand first.

So that is a little bit about why I write and my writing style and now is when I am to pass this on to a few other bloggers. Well again I dropped the ball on recruiting and since I am not positive as to who has participated in this tour I am going to switch things up and ask that if you are reading this that you take a moment to answer these four questions on your blog and then come back here and leave a link to your post in the comments. I look forward to reading your answers and learning more about you! 

 

 

 

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