Thursday, April 28, 2011

Goals!

My due date is still (just under) six months away, but I'm already thinking about my post-pregnancy fitness-related goals. Staying healthy and achieving these goals is very important to me for a couple of reasons. First of all, I want to look and feel great (and there is nothing wrong with the desire to look great -- don't let anyone tell you otherwise!). I also want to reach my maximum athletic potential (whatever that is, I still don't know). Most importantly, though, I want to set a good example for my child. If I am healthy and strong and active, he or she will benefit. In so many ways.

Anyway, these are my goals ...

1) I'm going to conquer the rope climb. Right now, I can't even figure out what to do with my feet. By this time next year, though, I'll be at the top of that rope. This will be a major accomplishment -- I've never been able to climb a rope. Not even in fourth grade.

2) I will do handstand push-ups. Right now, I'm stuck doing a modified version on a plyo box. I know I'm strong enough to do this right now, but I'm uncomfortable being upside down and don't really feel safe. I've managed to get into the handstand position a couple times (thanks to some assistance and encouragement from my gyms pals Susan and Denise), but in reality I'm just not ready. Yet.

3) I am going to compete in Masters Track and Field. This is something I actually planned on doing this year, but I set it aside once I became pregnant. I've realized over the past year or so that I really love sprinting ... it is so much for fun for me that training for 5Ks and 10Ks. I'm thinking about 400m sprints. I'll still do 5Ks and 10Ks for fun, but I'm not going to concern myself with time or anything. When it comes to competition, sprinting is going to be my new thing.

4) Pull-ups. I just want to do (at least) one unassisted pull-up. I'm not strong enough yet. But I'll get there!

Road trips and holiday buffets: A game plan is a must

Last Sunday we went to visit Carl's parents for Easter brunch in their retirement community's dining room. Because this involves a five-hour (round trip) car ride and a huge spread of eats that are off limits, planning ahead is essential.

The plan starts with finding out what is on the day's menu. In this case, it was easy -- the retirement community published the Easter brunch menu in its April newsletter. So, I knew that while there would be a lot of meat most of it would be some form of pork or shellfish. Not an issue for most paleo devotees, but I do not eat pork or shellfish -- ever (one of these days I'll write a post explaining my reasoning). I went in knowing that my only choice would be the carved roast beef.

I also knew that there would be a lot of fresh fruit, but no fresh veggies. And I knew there would be a custom omelet station, something that sounds very safe but is actually a terrible choice in this scenario. Typically, the omelets served at events like this are not made from actual eggs -- instead, you're getting some sort of pseudo-food like 'liquid egg product with citric acid.' Trust me, if you are used to eating farm-fresh eggs (and healthy whole foods in general), this junk is going to make you super sick. So don't do it!

Nothing else on the menu (waffles, crepes, cheese, cinnamon rolls, some sort of cheesy frittata, carrot cake, petit fours) was even remotely paleo. I wound up with lots of fresh pineapple and strawberries, along with the roast beef. And because I am not above the occasional dessert, I did have a bite of the carrot cake. It wasn't worth it, though, so I stopped with that one bite (if I'm going to indulge, it has to a 10 -- I have no room in my life for mediocre carrot cake!). Yes, the options were very limited -- but it wasn't a big deal because I knew exactly what to expect.

Which brings me to the second part of my game plan. Because I knew what to expect, I knew that I had to pack snacks for the road. Before I was pregnant, my standard road-trip fare included oven roasted turkey from the deli at New Seasons Market, beef jerky, carrot sticks and steamed broccoli. Now, though, I have to stay away from the turkey (potential listeria risk) and I am completely repulsed by the broccoli and the beef jerky (I cannot wait for these food aversions to subside -- I used to love broccoli). Instead, we brought along hard boiled eggs, an orange, trail mix from Trader Joe's and carrots. Overall, it was a very successful road trip. I felt great the entire time, and even though the giant cheese platter looked tempting I am so glad I resisted. I would have regretted it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vision changes? I had no idea ...

Yesterday I went in for my annual vision check-up. The results surprised me. The vision in my right is getting worse while my left eye is holding steady! Usually, it is my left eye that gets worse (and worse and worse) -- I mean, I can't see well with either eye, but my left eye always seems to struggle more and more each year while my right eye stays about the same. What is going on?

Turns out it is a pregnancy thing -- apparently hormones, blood volume and other changes in the body can impact vision. In my case, the change is small enough that my optometrist doesn't think it warrants a change in prescription. Especially since it will probably continue to change over the course of the pregnancy, and will probably return to normal (normal for me, anyway) at some point. Huh.

Naps, headaches and potatoes

I've had such an easy, comfortable pregnancy so far that days like today and yesterday really catch me off guard. Yesterday started out fine -- I had a very busy morning (annual eye appointment, visit to the chiropractor), and intended to get to work on my massive to-do list as soon as I got home. But as soon as I walked through the front door, I knew nothing on my list was going to get checked off. I needed a nap. Immediately. When I woke up two hours later, I decided to make a baked potato for lunch. I still haven't officially determined how I feel about potatoes (are they paleo? not paleo? paleo in moderation?), but a couple of days ago I came to the conclusion that I'm going to include the occasional potato in my diet (I need more variety -- I've been living on eggs, fruit, carrot sticks and almond flour muffins for far too long already). So anyway, about 90 seconds after finishing this potato I felt nauseous. Then, I threw up (sorry -- I'm not trying get all T.M.I. or anything; I'm just trying to be real). The throwing up was the weirdest thing, because I didn't really feel sick before it happened (aside from those 90 seconds), and I didn't feel sick after. I just felt overwhelmingly tired again, so I took another nap.

Later, I managed to not only make dinner (a miracle in and of itself) but I also created a new, paleo meatloaf recipe. It was decent, but not worth sharing quiet yet. Cooking wiped me out, though -- I spent the rest of the evening zoning out in front of the television. At 10pm I went to bed with a pounding headache.

Today hasn't been any better. Maybe even worse, actually! The headache was not gone when I woke up, and it was so bad that I stayed in bed most of the morning and I even missed my noon workout (I do not like missing that class -- it has been a part of my routine for so long). I know the headache is allergy-related, and under normal circumstances I would just take a Sudafed and an Advil and the headache would be gone. But, since I can't take that stuff while pregnant I just have to wait it out. The good news, though, is this whole seasonal allergy business is a lot better this year than ever before! In the past, I've had sneezing and itchy eyes in addition to the headaches. So far the sneezing has been minimal, and the itchy eyes non-existent. Thank you, paleo diet!

I guess the bottom line here is that I think I've finally had a small taste of what it feels like to not have a great pregnancy. I think paleo goes a long way toward making pregnancy better than average, but I don't think it makes anyone immune to side effects or difficulties.

As for that baked potato -- I still cannot figure out why that happened. A part of me wants to try another potato to see if I get sick again (I know this sounds weird, but I'm curious), but then again it is probably better to just scrap the potato idea altogether. I can always just go back to boiled eggs and unsweetened organic applesauce.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Move over Nordstrom -- I'm now shopping at A Pea in the Pod

Today I bought two pairs of super-cute pants at, A Pea in the Pod. I love this store. Everything is soooo stylish, the quality is incredible and (most importantly) they carry my size. Plus, sales the associates always send customers home with a little goody bag. Today they hooked me up a picture frame, some sort of miracle stretch mark potion, a box of tealight candles and about 10 chocolate truffles. I'm sure I'll be shopping there a lot over the next several months.

Anyway, even though it is a somewhat difficult transition (from a psychological standpoint, since I am only 3 months along) I am going to start wearing some of my new clothes tomorrow. I realized today that maternity pants in my actual size are a lot more flattering and a lot more comfortable than regular pants that are one or two sizes two big. I've been resisting, in part because (as I mentioned the other day) I keep reading about other women who don't even attempt to wear maternity pants until month five. Well, forget that! I said early on that I wanted to embrace the physical changes rather than bemoan them -- so that is what I'm going to do.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

13.5 weeks and showing

I read a lot of pregnancy books. I also read a lot of pregnancy-related web sites and blogs written by other pregnant women. I'm trying to educate myself, and trying to glean wisdom from the experience of others. Often, though, I just wind up feeling like some sort of anomaly -- especially when it comes to weight gain and physical changes.

At just over 13 weeks, I have gained 7 pounds. My smallest pre-pregnancy pants do not fit. Although I can still hide my belly with with cardigans and scarves, it is impossible to conceal if I'm wearing a t-shirt or anything form fitting. Don't get me wrong, it isn't huge or anything. But it is definitely noticeable. And while I know I shouldn't really be comparing myself to anyone else (with some exceptions, I suppose), I can't help but feel insecure when I read the pregnancy books, the web sites and the blogs. They give me the impression that what I am experiencing so far is out of the ordinary.

One of my books, for example, says a 5 to 10 pound weight gain by week 17 is "normal." I hit the five pound mark by week 10. Others say most women should be able to wear their pre-pregnancy clothes until the fifth month. Ha, that won't be me! Even now, I'm just about to break out the maternity pants. And then there are the stories I read about women with diets high in processed garbage who (despite their uncontrollable cravings and inability to drag their tired, pregnant bodies to the gym) only gain two pounds in the first four months. How is this possible, when my diet is super healthy, I haven't increased my caloric intake at all and I work out five days per week? The only explanation I can come up with is that every body is different.

A book can point out generalities, but it can't really tell me exactly what I am going to expect. I am 5'2 and on the small side. A pregnancy is surely going to look different on me than on someone who is 5'6, or someone who weighs more to start, or someone with a completely different body type/shape. I know that we all want a frame of reference, but so far every frame of reference I've encountered suggests that every woman needs to fit right inside a neat little box and if she doesn't, well, she must be doing something wrong (and needs to see a nutritionist, pronto). I for one do not fit into said box. The weight I've gained is all about my body's natural response to the pregnancy and has nothing to do with behavior. I can't let a book, or a web site or a blog convince me otherwise.

Recipe: Paleo beef tacos, adapted from Cooks llustrated

Even though there are tons of great paleo-specific recipes out there, you don't need a paleo recipe to pull off an excellent paleo meal. I've found that some of my most successful paleo kitchen creations initially came from a regular recipe. One of our favorites is the beef taco recipe from Cooks Illustrated. Their recipe (which is very tasty, by the way -- I made it several times in my pre-paleo days) involves vegetable oil, onions, garlic, brown sugar, corn tortillas, cheese and sour cream. The vegetable oil, brown sugar, corn tortillas, cheese and sour cream are not included in my version for obvious reasons, but I also leave out the onion and garlic (nothing wrong with onion and garlic, of course -- this is just my personal preference).

Paleo beef tacos
Serve about eight, so you'll probably have plenty of leftovers

4 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 pounds grass-fed ground beef (preferably 10% fat)
1 cup organic tomato sauce (preferably Muir Glen brand)
1 cup chicken broth (homemade if possible)
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium heat (no extra oil is needed -- you'll get plenty from the beef itself). Season the ground beef with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan. Cook until it is no longer pink (scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon while cooking to prevent scorching). The next step is optional -- drain the fat (I prefer to drain it because it is too greasy for me otherwise). Add the spices, tomato sauce, chicken broth and apple cider. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low until you have a thick, saucy reduction (probably about 10 minutes).

Serve with iceberg or butter lettuce leaves and toppings of your choice (avocado, cilantro, salsa, fresh tomato, onions, etc). Yum!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Challenging workouts

My workouts have been really, really tough the past couple of weeks. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I almost felt like giving up halfway through. I can't even remember what we did at High Def last Tuesday but whatever it was it really kicked my butt! Wednesday's TRX/kettlebell class was equally daunting. By the end of the week I started feeling somewhat normal, fortunately. Friday was TRX, with a lot of jump rope intervals thrown in. And on Saturday, we did 33 minutes of sprinting intervals and kettlebells. At first, I was moving really slow -- but I was able to pick up the pace as the workout progressed. I even outran a lot of people (which is great for my pregnant-and-gaining-weight ego). Oddly, I was sore within two hours and stayed sore until Monday night. I was so sore I even skipped yoga (probably not the best decision I've ever made -- yoga likely would have helped).

As for today, it was like last week all over again. We started with ladder drills and handstand push-ups -- no big deal (by the way, I really dislike the upside-down feeling, so for now I'm doing handstand push-ups on a plyo box). The workout itself actually seemed pretty doable at first: 5 rounds of 12 pull-ups, a 400m sprint and 12 squat cleans. In reality, though, it was a killer. By round three, I thought it would never end. Eventually it did (each round took five minutes, so it was a long one), and I scrapped my plans for an afternoon run because I had clearly done enough for the day (who knows, though, maybe I'll still go -- it is super nice out)!

I don't know if the difficulty with today's workout has to do with pregnancy, but I suspect it does (not that it would have been easy otherwise -- it was definitely just one of those tough ones). It almost seems like the baby is going through some sort of a growth spurt and is using up a lot of my energy. That might explain last week, too. Looking back, I probably should have taken some time off. Pregnant or not, a few recovery days here and there are a necessity.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Changes I've made to my diet

Aside from a couple of errors in judgment and a few occasions in which I purposely made the (guilt-free) decision to indulge in something non-paleo, I've managed to stay on track for the past 13 weeks. I feel fantastic, and each day I am more and more thankful that I made this commitment to myself and to my baby.

I have made a few changes to the way I approach paleo, though. Nothing major -- I'm mainly just doing what I need to do to accommodate my body's needs.

The most significant has to do with carbohydrate and fructose intake. Pre-pregnancy, I limited fruit to a maximum of two servings per day. This usually involved 1/2 cup of berries with breakfast and possibly an apple or pear in the afternoon. Often, I skipped fruit altogether (sure, fruit is found in nature and has a lot of vitamins -- but that does not mean it should be consumed freely; "natural" sugar is still sugar).

Anyway, now that I am pregnant I've upped my fruit intake to approximately three servings per day -- primarily oranges, grapefruit, apples, organic unsweetened applesauce and the occasional banana. Part of this has to do with food aversions. A lot of things I would normally eat still gross me out, so I'm just being practical and choosing the things I do like. Plus, I'm obviously not overly concerned about body fat right now -- my body fat will increase, whether I like it or not (and I doubt an extra serving of fruit per day is going to lead to excessive gain).

I've also been a little more relaxed about paleo-ish baked goods. In my opinion, a muffin made out of coconut and/or almond flour is a treat -- not an everyday breakfast. Lately, though, muffins are appearing on the menu more often. This gives me more variety in my diet (otherwise, there would be days I eat nothing but eggs, fruit and carrot sticks) and -- as an added bonus -- it satisfies my (often desperate) urge to bake without filling up the kitchen with brownies, cookies and pie.

And then there's the change that I didn't expect but certainly welcome: the addition of avocado and coconut to my diet. Pre-pregnancy, I stayed away from avocado and coconut because they didn't agree with me. Now, they don't bother me at all! Too bad this didn't happen with fish.

I guess that is just about it. Well, unless you count the change I experimented with but ultimately decided to forget about -- sweet potatoes. I don't think they are the best choice for someone like me, but once in a while seemed OK (especially after my workouts). Turns out, I just don't like them (I never have, and pregnancy hasn't changed that). It is probably for the best.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why I don't take fish oil

While I believe there are guidelines every single person who calls him or herself paleo should follow, I also believe paleo offers room for individual choices. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition.

Some people, for example, regularly consume starchy foods like sweet potatoes and still maintain/achieve their desired body composition. There are those who include some dairy in their diets (butter, cream, cheese), those who go very low-carb and those who regularly engage in intermittent fasting. Some folks are 100% paleo, 100% of the time. Others occasionally indulge in treats. The way I see it, all that matters is whether the individual feels good and is meeting his/her goals. Personally, I tend to lean toward a lower-carb approach (although this has changed some since becoming pregnant), and I'm not ashamed to admit that two weeks ago I went out and had a cheeseburger (so, in other words, I do have a non-paleo experience every once in a while).

And just because something is technically paleo doesn't mean it is a good choice for every single person. For me, one of the not-so-good choices fish oil. Most (if not all) of my paleo friends take it. All of the paleo experts seem to recommend it. I've heard repeatedly (even from run-of-the-mill, S.A.D.-promoting pregnancy books) that I must take it while pregnant; that it is essential for good health, etc., etc., etc.
Well, in my case this just isn't true. I get sick when I take fish oil. I've tried it. Numerous times. I even went to a specialty pharmacy and spent a fortune on the very best fish oil available (meaning: the highest EPA/DHA on the market). It just isn't for me. Consequently, I also get sick from salmon, tuna and many other varieties of fish. I'm not sure if this qualifies as an allergy, but I do know that (for whatever reason) my body doesn't need or want it. And I want to feel good, so I'm steering clear.

I'm pregnant, and I drink coffee

I love coffee and, while I know I could live without it, I just don't want to live without out. So several mornings each week, I make a small cup in my French press. I savor it, and then I move on to water for the rest of the day.

I know a lot of moms who give up coffee altogether during pregnancy. I knew right away that this wasn't the choice for me. And while I completely respect and support each mother's right to make her own call on this matter, I personally don't see a compelling reason to kick coffee to the curb. However, because I am concerned about caffeine consumption I initially switched to decaf.

As of last Friday, though, I'm back on the real stuff. Here's why: most decaffeinated coffee is loaded with chemicals. I think chemicals and additives are far more risky to my baby and me than one small cup of caffeinated java (my midwife agrees -- in fact, she was the one who suggested I ditch the decaf). I knew this all along, but for some reason I felt like consuming caffeine would make me irresponsible. Sure, drinking cup-after-cup all day long is not wise, but the March of Dimes considers less than 200 milligrams day safe in most situations. With only one small cup a day, that is all I'm getting (especially now that my food-aversion list has expanded to include chocolate).

Monday, April 11, 2011

My new midwife gets an A+

Last Friday, Carl and I met my new midwife for the first time. We really, really like her. She is super nice, very thorough and extremely supportive. The experience was 100% positive, and we left feeling relieved that we had parted ways with my original obstetrician.

Unlike the old doc, she actually cared about my diet and wanted to know the specifics. Calcium intake was her only concern, so she was glad to hear that I take a calcium supplement (along with a multi-vitamin and folic acid). She was also very supportive about my workout schedule, and said I can run as long as I feel OK running (not that I've been running lately, but I'm determined to get back out there asap).

Our next appointment is in four weeks. It will just be a standard visit, but at the appointment after that (eights weeks from now) we get to find out if we're having a boy or a girl! Right now, we're both leaning toward boy for some reason.

How pregnancy thwarted my menu planning capabilities

I used to have a really excellent meal planning system in place. I loved the way this system helped streamline our evening routine. We never had to wonder what we were going to have for dinner, or whether we even had anything edible left in the fridge.

The plan went something like this ...

Every Sunday, I spent about 30 minutes developing our dinner menu for the week ahead. Then, I recorded the menu on our special 'what's for dinner' Google calendar. This allowed me to easily change things around and to make notes to myself (i.e. this recipe is in the such-and-such cookbook), and it allowed Carl see what was forthcoming.

After wrapping up that portion of the planning, I made my shopping list and checked web sites for coupons (a coupon find is rare, though, when you're on paleo). On Monday morning, I shopped. It usually took about three hours because I had to hit at least two stores, sometimes three. By the time I was done, we had almost everything we needed for the next seven days -- including breakfasts, lunches and snacks. I did have to stop by the store on Thursdays or Fridays to restock veggies and/or grab any last-minutes items for the weekend menu, but that was quick and easy. And even though the entire planning/shopping routine took about five hours, it didn't feel like a chore because it was just a part of the schedule. It worked, and it worked very well.

Then, I got pregnant. Food aversions kicked in, and meal planning went out the window. How could I possibly plan a week's worth of dinners when I couldn't even predict what might be tolerable in two hours? Well, I couldn't. And so, I stopped planning. For the past two months, we've been operating without any plans and -- even though I find planning absolutely impossible -- it feels chaotic. I find myself making last-minute trips to the store most days, which is time consuming and expensive. I make purchases on a whim, and I often buy things I never end up doing anything with. There's never anything for lunch, and I'm always lacking at least one key ingredient in any recipe I decide to try. Last week, I think I went to the store four times. And technically I should go today, but I just don't feel like it. I'm going to have to make due with what we have on hand: five carrots, a rotisserie chicken (part of one, anyway), two sweet potatoes, one package of turkey bacon, one head of lettuce, two pounds of frozen cod, two dozen eggs, homemade chicken stock, a jar of red peppers, canned green chiles, two cans of organic diced tomatoes, several cans of coconut milk, a bunch of citrus fruit, salsa and a variety of spices and condiments. Realistically, that is a lot to work with -- but everything sounds so repulsive! I'll be so relieved when I can get my meal planning back on track.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A few things happening in my life this week ....

1. Soon, Carl and I will have a freezer full of grass-fed beef from Full of Life Farm. We're splitting a cow with three other families from our gym. I never thought I would be so excited about steak, but I am thrilled. I love that the beef from Full of Life is grass-fed, local and under $3 per pound. I also love that I'll be able to just step out into my garage when I need something. Full of Life has chickens, too! I'm still trying to decide whether I want to invest in a 40-pound box of chicken, though. I kinda prefer boneless/skinless chicken breasts to whole chickens.

2. Yesterday, we had our carpets cleaned -- finally. We've lived in this house for six years now, and this is the first cleaning. I know, yuck! Anyway, this is the first step in getting the house ready for the baby. Ideally, we would love to sell this place but that prospect isn't looking good. Instead, we're clearing things out, rearranging rooms and selling furniture. I'll be giving up my office/piano room and selling my beloved Dania desk. I really do love this desk; I bought it the year my freelance writing career really took off, so it holds a lot of significance for me. But, we just don't have the space and -- realistically -- I have no need for the desk since I'm not working anymore. My office will become the guest room, and Carl's computer will move from the junk/futon room into the loft to make way for baby furniture.

3. On Friday, we have our first appointment with my new mid-wife. I'm really looking forward to meeting her. I think this will be a much better fit. And if for some reason it isn't, we'll work something out -- there are lots of other midwives out there.

4. And finally, I'm working with my friend Janel of Louette Design to create a custom theme for this blog. She's very talented and creative and I can't wait to see what she comes up with. Whatever it is, I'm sure I'll love it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bella Band

It is official. My favorite pre-pregnancy jeans are just a tad too tight. I can still button them and could probably still get away with wearing them, but they don't look quite right. Fortunately, I still have some of my pre-paleo clothes. I also now have a Bella Band, thanks to my friend Amber. She didn't use it much, so she passed it on to me (perfect timing, because I was going to order one anyway). I'll be breaking it in later this week.

Frequently asked questions

People ask me a lot of questions about my pregnancy. I love talking about my pregnancy and answering the questions, of course, but I must admit that I am always surprised that people are so interested in these little details.

Here are the top five FAQs I receive (along with my standard answers) ...

How are you feeling? For the most part, I feel great. My first trimester has been a breeze so far! I did have some nausea early on, and I do have random less-than-perfect days now and then. For the most part, though, I have no complaints. I do get tired easily, but that is easy to manage with naps and early bedtimes.

What? No morning sickness? Yes, it is true -- I do not have morning sickness. I feel very fortunate (and grateful!).

Any cravings? No real cravings. Every now and then, I'll crave something unusual (like a ham and cheese sandwich) for about 30 seconds. Then the craving passes, and I forget about all about it. My only food issue right now, as I've mentioned before, is an aversion to meat and cooked veggies.

Are you still working out? How long do you plan to keep that up? Yes, absolutely! I work out five to six days a week, and I plan to keep working out five to six days a week for the duration of my pregnancy (unless I have a compelling reason to cut back).

Are you guys going on vacation before the baby arrives? We have a couple of short, close-to-home getaways planned, but we've scrapped our plans for a big vacation this year. I won't set foot on a plane without strong anti-anxiety meds, and I'm not going to take anything like that while pregnant. So, we're postponing till next year. We'll just take the baby along.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A sweet treat

This week, I made the most delicious paleo-friendly cookies ... double chocolate chunk from health-bent.com. The cookies were so good, I had a really difficult time believing they were grain- and dairy-free. They tasted like brownies. Carl, who prefers non-paleo baked goods, loved them.

I made a few tweaks to the recipe. Instead of sugar, I used grade B maple syrup. I also doubled the chocolate chips. I baked the cookies for seven minutes, turned them, and baked for seven more minutes. I think they need to cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before serving. We tried them right out of the oven and weren't impressed. The cooling time is key.

Friday, April 1, 2011

12 things I will still do after the baby is born

I had a big explanation planned out for this post, but then I decided it really doesn't require an explanation.

I realize there will be sacrifices and changes, but a few things are going to stick ...

1. I will still work out consistently. 
2. I will still take a shower every single day.
3. I will still get pedicures.
4. I will still wear high heals (probably even while pushing a stroller).
5. I will still go out to dinner, movies, parties and other events with Carl, alone (yes, I believe in babysitters).
6. I will still care about I'm wearing.
7. I will still meet my girlfriends for coffee, wine, shopping, etc. 
8. I will still encourage Carl to go sailing, to hang out with his friends and to pursue his own personal interests.
9. I will still wear mascara and lipstick. 
10. I will still have long hair.
11. I will still make time for personal, professional and spiritual growth.
12. I will still follow paleo.