5 for Friday

This Friday is a little bittersweet.  It is the last day that it will be just me and Helen…or so I thought!  Actually, Big H was with us until we dropped him off around 10:30.  He had to go in for a doctor’s visit due to some swollen lymph nodes in his neck.  Thankfully, the doctor checked him over very thoroughly and pronounced him in good health {with a bumpy neck!}.  She advised us to keep an eye on them, but they should go away over the next several weeks.  It was a little crazy trying to get there and having our last day of girl togetherness horned in on by a little boy, but I’m so glad that we know all is well.  Doctor’s office pics below…Holden was being a turkey and wouldn’t take a pic with us!

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Speaking of which…little girl is my number one!

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Helen is becoming a little person, and it so great to interact with her.  She’s been trying on lots of new outfits.  This lasts about an hour or until the next spit-up occurs!

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So precious, right?!?!?

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Run work-outs – I’m so, so, so thankful to be running again.  I stopped when I was about 35 week pregnant.  Little Girl arrived at 38 weeks and 2 days.  I remember jealously watching runners in the neighborhood just jogging along.  Babies are such gifts.  However, they take a lot out of you including your plans {i.e. going for a run}!  I’m also so thankful for our treadmill.  I was going to go into the gym today, but the little girl had the hiccups and needed extra help going down for her first nap.  Therefore, the window of time was lost.  Enter the treadmill.  🙂

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I am really looking forward to getting to the gym this weekend.  P.S. I always walk the first two minutes at an incline and speed of 4.0.

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Greens!  We have been eatings lots of greens.  Arugula, spinach, kale, romaine…you name it!  I went a little crazy in Sam’s Club one day this week with produce.  I mean, who doesn’t need 6 heads of romaine lettuce for three dollars and change!

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The fruit we currently have:  apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries!  Veggies are:  shrooms, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, kale medley salad mix, romaine lettuce (x6), celery, and more kale.  🙂  It makes it so much easier to avoid after-dinner desserts when there’s lots of fruit choices.  However, I believe animal crackers and popsicles are all the desserts we have right now.  We had beets earlier in the week.  They are so crazy!  Look how they dyed my hand for hours afterwards!

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HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training – I’m loving youtube workouts!  I did this one by Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up.  Wow!!!!  I was sweating big time and about to fall over on some of the moves.  It was only 19 minutes long!

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I took the picture above when it was a beautiful day, so I had to improvise and do my own HIIT workout on the deck.

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Salads for Lunch – I’ve been eating a salad every day for lunch for about a week and a half.  The more variety the better!  A big change I’ve been doing with it is using one tablespoon of hummus as the “dressing.”  Try it!  Even better if you can add a bit of avocado.  My avocados are as hard as concrete.

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This salad includes kale, celery, cucumber, corn, a bit of leftover roasted broccoli, one hard boiled egg, pepper, 21 Seasoning Salute {salt free from Trader Joe’s}, and hummus.  I had this with a slice of toasted bread with almond cheese {yes, fake cheese.  It was surprisingly good and had a nutty flavor.  Obviously!}.

Well, that’s it for me.  I’m so excited to pick up Big H from preschool this afternoon.  I’ve got a few balloons for the car plus three new books from Goodwill to celebrate the end of the school year.  Plus, we are headed to the “fro-yo” {H’s name for our local frozen yogurt place} to continue the celebration.  Have a great weekend!

Natalie

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