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My Paleo Pregnancy - Week 6

First, let me back up a bit. This is my fourth pregnancy. I have three boys: 18, 9, and 7. All of those pregnancies were pretty rough. Morning sickness was terrible for me. It pretty much lasted all day for the first 3 or 4 months. I was either throwing up or feeling like I wanted to. It was rough and I dealt with it with a steady diet of saltines and Sprite. Once the nausea finally passed I then ate whatever I wanted, heck, I was pregnant! Rueben sandwich, fries, AND an Oreo shake? Yes please. Lots of junk was consumed. Which of course resulted in my gaining 60 to 80 pounds for each of those pregnancies.

It wasn't until after my third son that I got serious about getting healthy and changing my choices. I want very badly for this pregnancy to be different. It's uncharted territory for me, but I'm committed to making healthy choices.

Week 6

I had forgotten how early the pregnancy cravings start. This time around I'm trying very hard to listen to my body and give it what it needs. So far I've been craving things like sweet potatoes and fruit. Score. I sent my husband to the grocery store the other day with a list that requested a "crapton of fruit". This past week I did also have a few cravings for vinegary type things like pickles and saurkraut. Yum.

Nausea raised it's gnarly head for the first time this week. The past couple of days were rough. I find that Celestial Seasonings Peppermint tea is the only thing that helps much. Even just smelling it!

My breakfasts had been looking like this:

But I can't really stand to look at eggs right now, so mostly it's been fruits and my prenatal for breakfast. Sometimes a smoothie will sound good. Hopefully I'll be back to more normal foods before long.

Speaking of prenatal vitamins, I debated whether I'd take one. Generally I do not take a multi-vitamin and choose to rely on good, whole, healthy foods to get my nutrition. But with nausea being an issue and just wanting to be safe I decided to take a vitamin. I chose this one:

It is a gluten free, soy free, dairy free, non gmo, whole food prenatal. I searched and searched before settling on this one. It's a tall order to find a paleo friendly prenatal! This one does have some brown rice. But so far it's been the best option I can find. I'm also taking Green Pasture Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend in the capsules. Pretty sure I couldn't choke down cod liver oil right now otherwise!

My workouts this week have been sporadic. The nausea has been a problem. So, I've been listening to my body and giving it rest. I try to at least go for a walk each day even if I'm not feeling well enough for a regular workout. I can't wait for this nausea to pass!

My awesome friend Margo sent me my first pair of prego jeans this week! 

They're Liz Lange for Target. Cute.
Thank you Margo!!! My youngest is 7 and I've given away all of my maternity clothes (and baby stuff!); starting from scratch on your fourth is pretty crazy.

Since finding out I was pregnant I'd debated whether I'd go completely off of coffee or not. (You know how much I love it!) Initially I'd decided to stick to one cup a day, but I weaned myself the rest of the way off coffee this week. Well, the nausea did that for me. I can't stand the taste of coffee right now. I know, *faint*. 

So, here's my question for you this week: 
What's your favorite non-coffee k-cup? I need suggestions to try!

Paleo Pregnancy

I took a little flak for announcing to the world (and my husband) that I was pregnant via instagram.  Oh, and twitter, and facebook...
Pregnancy changes things. It just does. Our bodies change. Our wardrobe changes. Everything from our priorities to our tastes can change during pregnancy. And, well, when you're a fitness blogger, your blog can't help but change as well!

I didn't want it to be all preggers all the time around here, so I've decided to corral those posts to one day a week. Every Wednesday from now until baby time will be dedicated to posts on having a happy, healthy, fit, and paleo pregnancy. I've added a menu tab 'Paleo Pregnancy' to make it easy to find these posts in the future. I'll be doing paleo pregnancy vlogs, posts on pregnancy and baby related products, and having some awesome guest posts on staying healthy and fit throughout pregnancy.

A little pinterest humor.

My you tube channel will also be changing. Since moving to FitViews it's always bothered me that my you tube url still had katdoesdiets. I've had the FitViews channel for a while and was waiting for the right time to 'move' my channel. Now seems good! So, from now on my regular videos, monthly favorites, reviews, and health/fitness related videos will be uploaded there. (Please subscribe!)

My current channel will become my vlog channel, which from now until baby time will all be pregnancy and baby related. 

And for those of you who are bored to tears hearing about someone else's pregnancy...I hope to have a new yummy paleo recipe up next Monday and some new workout reviews after that!

JNL Fusion Review - Update

You might have noticed that there was no week 1 JNL Fusion post or vlog. No results, no review of week 1. Nada.

Slight change of plans.

I found out I'm pregnant!

This obviously changes my goals with this workout, and therefore how I'll structure this review. 

I am going to finish the workouts, but I'll be dialing back the intensity a bit, possibly working out less days (depending how I feel this first trimester), and not lowering my calories. So, blogging weekly and tracking my weight and measurements would be pretty pointless! 

I will however do a full review of JNL Fusion once I'm through the workouts.

Yes, I'm a tiny bit sad that THESE jeans:

...well, they'll have to wait a bit longer...But I'll happily trade them for these jeans:

PS are these not the cutest things ever?

I AM The Next Deen Team Blogger

OK, I'm not... yet, but I know I have what it takes to make a great addition to Paula Deen's team of bloggers.

What would this fitness/paleo blogger blog about on the Deen Team?

Healthier, paleo versions of family favorites and sweet treats of course!

Like my Paleo Birthday Cake:

Or my famous Paleo Pumpkin Bread recipe:

Let's not forget my Paleo Energy Bars:

Delicious paleo family dinner recipes anyone? How about my Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables:

You all know I'm passionate about supporting and encouraging people along their journeys to healthier lives. What better place to do more of this than as a member of the Deen Team?!

Do you think I'd make a great addition to Paula Deen's team of bloggers? Leave a comment below!

Blogging My Way Through Jennifer Nicole Lee's JNL Fusion

Confession time. 

Since finishing the 30 Day Shred back in July my workouts have been inconsistent.

Very inconsistent.

Since finishing my paleo re-set in August my diet has included a few too many paleo treats. Paleo pumpkin bread every single day while I was perfecting the recipe *may* have happened.

I stopped setting goals. I ambled along. I lost my focus a little.

Which all contributed to...gaining 7 pounds. Whoops.

I'm not freaking out, I'm making a plan.

I've decided to blog my way through Jennifer Nicole Lee's JNL Fusion. My unboxing video for this set:

JNL Fusion is an 8 week program with workouts 6 days a week. I started this program last Friday and will be updating weekly on Thursdays or Fridays.

My beginning stats:
Weight 162
Waist 29 1/2
Right Thigh 19 1/2
Right Calf 13 1/2
Right Bicep 11 1/2
Bust 37 1/2
Hips 39 1/2

My first goal is to lose a pound and a half per week, which is 12 pounds by the end of the program. I realize that for me this is a big goal, but I'm ready to bring it and kick some butt for the end of 2012. No waiting for January one for this girl!!

As I've said before I've ditched the concept of a goal weight, but I do have a pair of goal jeans. I will be wearing these jeans at Christmas: 

I will.

My plan is to track my food for the next 8 weeks, complete JNL Fusion, and blog/vlog weekly for accountability. 

What are your goals for the rest of 2012? Do you have a plan?

Disclaimer: I was sent JNL Fusion for review. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

The Power of Community #WhatsBeautiful

Depending on how long you've been reading my blog you may or may not know that I was originally a weight loss blogger. (Comment below if you remember katdoesdiets!) 

If you click on my "My Story" page you'll read about my process of going from a size 22 to a size 8. You'll read about running, lifting weights, paleo... But what you won't see listed is one of the most important weight loss tools I used on my journey: community.

I truly believe that the amazing community I found among my fellow bloggers is the single most important factor of my lasting weight loss success.

When I first began blogging I had no idea that I'd find such an amazing, supportive, encouraging, wise, and caring community online. 

From them I learned. With them I shared. Through them I found myself. 

I fought obesity and won. A large part of that I owe to community. My online community provided a safe space for me to hash out all of my junk and become the me I was meant to be. I could never thank them enough.

Now that I've evolved into more of a health/fitness/paleo blogger, with less focus on weight loss, I still love my online community. I still view them as priceless. I've found life-long friends and count my online community as a major positive influence in my life. 

I think most people underestimate the power of community. With community we have support, information, encouragement, and accountability. These things are priceless no matter your pursuit. That's why I love what Under Armour is doing with What's Beautiful. They're building an amazing community around sharing our fitness.

From the What's Beautiful Site:
Together we’re redefining the female athlete by pushing beyond the brink every single day. Join us. Set your own personal goal. Then document your journey by posting videos and photos that tell your story from start to victory.

We’ll also continuously post challenges for you. But that’s just the beginning. Go above and beyond. Show us your stuff. Create your own challenges. Crush them. If you meet your goal, set a new one. Make it even bigger. Prove to everyone, and yourself, that you have more than what it takes.
Every week we'll give away Under Armour Swag Bags full of gear to women who are seriously bringing it. On or around November 6th we'll narrow it down to the top 20 finalists. Then, on or around November 27th, we’ll announce the 10 winning athletes who've documented the most impressive, motivated, monumental stories.

All 10 winners will be flown to Clearwater, Florida, in early 2013 to train and team up with the best. Elite UA trainers. Ultimate training sessions. Rejuvenating cool downs. Nutrition experts. And luxurious spa treatments. All at your disposal. This is where some of the top athletes in the world come to train. Now, you could too.

I firmly believe that we should make the effort to surround ourselves with positive people doing amazing things. What's Beautiful is an awesome place to do just that.

How about you? Have you experienced the power of community?

Disclaimer: Fitfluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I love to bake. I don't do much baking during the hot summer months, but there's just something about fall that screams out to me to bake up a storm.

Previous to going paleo pumpkin bread was one of my favorite things to bake in the fall. There's just nothing like a kitchen filled with the smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven.

I missed this and so I set out two weeks ago to figure out a paleo pumpkin bread recipe. Several failed attempts and 10 or so test loaves later I've come up with one my family loves!

Paleo Pumpkin Bread
1 cup blanched almond meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon melted ghee (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine dry ingredients. Beat eggs and add in. Add remaining wet ingredients. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan with coconut oil (or you can use cooking spray). Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Delicious! Goes beautifully with a cup of coffee and my Cinnamon-Vanilla Paleo Creamer.

What's your favorite Paleo treat to bake?