Monthly Archives: April 2014

FAB Fitness: 19 weeks (weekly workouts) + Get in Gear 5K race recap

If you missed my Boston mini-recap, check it out here!

Monday: Walking around Boston (9,501 steps)

Marathon Monday! I was pretty wiped out (and had a headache all day) from walking around so much on Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday: Walking around Boston (16,238 steps)


More sight-seeing, making our way from our hotel in Chelsea to the South End and then the North End and then back to the hotel again. I slept really well Tuesday night!

Wednesday: Traveling and airport walking (10,907 steps)

We flew out of Boston at 1 p.m. so we didn’t do any sight-seeing, but J and I made sure to get in a 30-minute walk in the Atlanta airport which definitely helped me get to my 10,000 step goal!

Thursday: Rest day

Thursday was back to work after being out of the office all week. We had a doctor appointment and celebrated J’s birthday with Mexican food.

Friday: 3.5 mile walk (12,925 steps)


Packet pick up for Get in Gear just so happens to be in the same park as one of my favorite summer restaurants, Sea Salt, so my friend Liz came over and we walked from my house to the park. I picked up my packet, we got some shrimp tacos and then walked home. What a perfect evening — I CAN’T WAIT FOR SUMMER!

Saturday: Get in Gear 5K – 31:58 (16,394 steps)


Well today’s race might be the beginning of the end as far as my running is concerned — well, while being pregnant, anyways. The round ligament pain that showed up earlier in the week made the first part of the race mildly uncomfortable and then my back started seizing up during the last mile or so. I’m going to try and run/walk as long as it feels good and make an effort to get to yoga more consistently, but if running continues to be this unpleasant, I might stick to walking from here on out. Sniff sniff.


Sunday: Rest Day

Saturday night we were at my in-laws, celebrating the fact that my father-in-law is now cancer-free! We spent the night there and drove home on Sunday morning in the pouring rain. Once we got home, I took a little nap and then went with my friend Jen to start my baby registry! She’s a new mom and it was so helpful just to get anything and everything we might possibly want onto a registry so then J and I can whittle it down and shop around for better deals as we decide where we for sure want to register. After that, I caught up on some housework and called it a night.

I’m really happy with the amount of physical activity I was able to get in this week, but the trick will be keeping it up — especially with the round ligament pain making things less than pleasant. But if it doesn’t get any worse, it’ll be manageable. I also have access to a pool so I might try and add lap swimming to my workout routine. If only the weather would get (and stay) nice so I could go on more outdoor walks! Wearing my Fitbit again has been really motivating, as well as upping my weekly workout Pact.

What are your favorite workouts (besides running?)


Top Five: Boston


Boston was such a whirlwind trip and we did so much that I thought it would be hard (and really long) to write a full recap, so I decided to do a top five list instead!

5. The food!

I don’t think I ate anything on this trip that blew me away, but cannolis from Mike’s always hit the spot (I may have gone there twice), I also had a pretty incredible fresh mozzarella grilled cheese and lobster bisque soup from Anthem and the bite of my dad’s clam chowder soup was quite tasty.


4. Being tourists

It wasn’t my first trip to Boston, but it was the first trip for some people in our group so it was fun to do some new sight-seeing and some that we’ve done before.

Of COURSE we went to Fenway!

Of COURSE we went to Fenway!

3. Meet-ups galore!

It all started when our flight to ATL was canceled (on our way to the airport at 4 a.m.) and we got put on a different flight that connected in Chicago. We ended up on the same flight as Coach, Chanthana and Angela! It was fun to finally meet in person. Then, when I ran into them again a few days later, I finally got to meet Jenny!

On Sunday night I navigated (OK, Uber navigated) my way out to Winchester for a fun Oiselle team meetup. Runner parties are awesome because Nuun is one of the offered beverages and you never run out of things to talk about. It was great to see Tracy again and meet other Oiselle team birds! And even though I had to leave early and didn’t get to chat with her, it’s always pretty cool when Kara Goucher shows up to a party you’re at.


2. Alllll of the love

In total, and not counting myself, 12 people made the trip to Boston to support Jesse and just thinking about that alone makes me tear up.




1. The marathon

I think this goes without saying, but marathon day was pretty magical. Seeing the elites fly by was pretty awesome:



But seeing my husband run by, looking SO strong, was the #1 moment of the entire trip. So proud of him!


I can’t wait to go back!


Also, congratulations to Mel for winning the Bellabeat giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered.

App Lets You Hear Baby’s Heartbeat: Bellabeat Review + Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Bellabeat provided me with one device at no cost to review and one to give away. All opinions shared are my own. 

Our big anatomy scan and ultrasound is coming up in just a couple of weeks and we still haven’t decided if we’re going to find out the gender or not! And while I still haven’t felt movement that I’m 100% sure is the baby, every so often I feel something strange that I’m starting to believe could be the start of full-on kicking! I haven’t talked a lot about worrying during pregnancy on the blog, but it’s something that consumed my life during the first couple of months.

In an earlier post, I alluded to the fact that J and I had experienced a miscarriage the first time we got pregnant. While it’s not as much fun to talk about as things like, what color we’re going to paint the nursery or what’s the name going to be, it’s something that many women unfortunately go through, yet it isn’t talked about often. Well I’m not going to go into detail about that experience, but my point is that being pregnant has brought my worrying to a new and different level, but thankfully (and surprisingly) it’s stayed at a healthy level and hasn’t been majorly anxiety-inducing. I’m also realizing that it’s normal to be worried and that it isn’t going to stop once baby is born 🙂

Right now, with our doctor appointments taking place only every four weeks and the fact that I’m not feeling any major movement yet, I count down the days until my next appointment so I can be assured that baby is doing OK. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out a pretty cool new app and device that has the potential to help minimize this worry in between appointments.

Bellabeat is a pregnancy tracking app that lets you:

  •  Listen to & record your unborn baby’s heartbeat.
  •  Track your baby’s movement & keep a Kickcounter Chart.
  •  Organize your prenatal care & keep a pregnancy diary.

Pretty wrapping paper!


What’s in the box:

  • Handheld fetal doppler
  • Headphones
  • Cord to connect your phone to the device
  • Ultrasound gel
  • User manual

The hubs and I were so excited to try it out for the first time.


The device connects to your iPhone and instead of using the headphones, we connected it to a portable speaker so J and I could hear at the same time.


(Photo courtesy of Bellabeat. No, that photo is not of me.)

After just a little bit of searching around and first finding the placenta (it makes a “whoosh, woosh” kind of sound) and my own heartbeat (which was much lower than what I knew to be looking for, for the baby’s) we locked onto the baby’s heartbeat.

(I can’t figure out how to embed this, so click on the link if you want to hear baby Nelson’s heartbeat! It was strong, right around 143 bpm.)

It was really cool to then be able to upload the file — it gives you the option of sharing it on Facebook if you want, but we chose to email it to some family members instead, which was really fun! There are also a ton of other features within the app like a mood tracker, kickcounter tracker, weight gain tracker, lots of informational articles and a prenatal calendar with pregnancy milestones. I’m not sure that I’d use all of the features because I’ve been using some other apps that I simply came across before Bellabeat.

For me personally, the one major downside of this device is not anything that’s actually wrong with the device itself. It’s more about what I’m comfortable with in terms of exposing baby Nelson to. The Bellabeat uses ultrasound waves instead of simply amplifying the sounds (think: fancy stethoscope) so each time you use it, you’re exposing the baby to this. And although the Bellabeat emits a very low level of these waves, I still don’t necessarily feel comfortable with using this too often since the research is still ongoing about the long-term risks of repeated and prolonged exposure. Also, I’m not a health professional and do not have training on how to properly use a doppler or what to be looking for, so there is always the risk of a false sense of security that everything is OK.

But other than that, this is a very cool product and I love the founder’s vision for it. Check out this video for an interview with her here. If you want more information, check out the Bellabeat website or on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m so excited to be able to give away one Bellabeat device (retails: $129) to a lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below with your answer to: What are your favorite apps? Tracking, organizing, health, fitness, food-related (doesn’t have to be pregnancy apps).

For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway and make sure to tag Bellabeat (@getbellabeat) and myself (@hyedi) and link to this post. Good luck — I’ll choose a winner when I get back from Boston first thing next Thursday morning!


FAB Fitness: 17 weeks (weekly workouts)

I definitely spaced and skipped last week’s recap, but I promise you that it wasn’t all that interesting.

Monday: Rest day

I took a half day at work because it was a very important holiday — the Minnesota Twins home opener!


With a (Minnesota) Twins-inspired bump pic!

We didn’t win and I had a headache, but I’m so glad outdoor baseball is back. That means summer is right around the corner!

Tuesday: 1.2 mile walk

I got my first “when are you due?” question from a stranger today. Talk about awkward. I was so caught off guard that I almost forgot when I was due and definitely stuttered a bit when answering her. It really didn’t bother me too much, but I do think I took a little longer looking at my side profile in the mirror in the bathroom after that.

Tuesday afternoon I took a nice walk with Patti and the pup and enjoyed the sunny weather!

Wednesday: Rest day

The hubs and I attended a Dogs and Storks class on Wednesday evening. What bad timing — an amazing 70 degree day and I go straight from work to a classroom for two and a half hours. Oh well.

The class was really interesting and included tips for introducing your dog to your new baby. Now if only they had some sort of feline introduction class.

Thursday: 1.2 mile walk

A nice walk after dinner with Mandy!

Friday: Rest day

I flew home to Wisconsin on Friday to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday! Technically, her birthday isn’t until Wednesday but it was too hard to get home in the middle of the week. My dad picked me up from the airport and had it all worked out to meet my mom for dinner. He planned it so we’d get there about ten minutes before her. When she walked in, she exclaimed, “what are you doing here?!” (But in a much more excited way than typing that out makes it sound.) It was pretty fun to pull off that surprise and then I got to eat fish fry (complete with corn fritters and potato pancakes) — win!

Saturday: Rest day

Saturday was pretty relaxing. My mom and I were going to go for a walk but it ended up raining almost all day (with some thunderstorms at night!). So instead, we ran some errands and baked this beautiful cherry pie:


I mostly just supervised.


That night, my dad and I took my mom out for her birthday dinner. We went to a place near where my mom grew up and although it took FOR-ever to get our food, it was definitely worth it. We had an asparagus tart for an appetizer that consisted of a pastry puff filled with brie and asparagus covered with some kind of horseradish sauce — really amazing. My entree of prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with mushroom ravioli was delicious, and the bite of my dad’s rack of lamb was also outstanding.

Sunday: Rest day

Sunday was my last day in Wisconsin so we made the most of it with breakfast at my favorite place: Egg Harbor!


The Handler: over hard egg with swiss cheese, bacon and ham on a pretzel bun with fruit and breakfast potatoes!

Before I knew it, it was time to head to the airport. It was a great weekend with my family, but it’s always so nice to get back home.

Next week I hope to surpass my goal of working out 3x/week to make up for my lack of workouts this week. I also have yoga on the schedule next week which always helps.

Random pregnancy-related things this week:

I think my fruit cravings have subsided a bit. Nothing really seems to have taken its place either.

We’ve decided on a babymoon location! We are going sometime in May and I’ll share all of the details once we return 🙂

All week I was hoping to feel the first signs of the baby moving and nothing. Although a couple of times while I was working (and drinking a smoothie) on Friday, I thought maybe I felt something. And I had a few other moments of thinking I felt something over the weekend, but nothing that I am 100% sure about. Can’t wait to feel that actual first kick!

Do you ever visit your hometown? Do you still live where you grew up?

How do you know that summer is right around the corner?


Liebster Award — thanking you for inspiring me!


Thanks so much to Erin, Jess, Shawn and Katie (OK, Katie and Shawn, you nominated me a long time ago and I never got around to doing this post — sorry!) for the nominations. I hope you know how much all of you ladies inspire me with the healthy lifestyles you lead and the awesome blogs you write!

Just so this post isn’t TOO long, I’m only going to answer Erin’s 11 questions 🙂

What was the inspiration for your blog and its name?

I originally started my blog in grad school for my master’s project and it was targeted at college students who were trying to find a balance between the go, go, go to class and work and internships and parties and late night study sessions with making healthy decisions. I quickly realized that the journey to finding a balance in life is one that I’ll likely experience the rest of my life!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in hopes it would help inspire even one other person. Healthy living blogs have really helped me live a healthy lifestyle and I’d love to pay that forward.

What’s your favorite topic to write about?

I like writing race recaps and writing about my pregnancy has been a lot of fun (for me anyways!)

What keeps you motivated?

Seeing progress and feeling good overall. Before I started taking care of myself better I didn’t realize just how crappy I used to feel.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

I’d love to have the power of telekinesis or teleportation. Telekinesis would just be cool and plane tickets are expensive, so teleportation would just be so much more economical (and better for the environment!).

What’s your biggest fitness goal, or A race, this year?

To  have a healthy pregnancy and to get back into shape once baby arrives!

Describe your perfect day.

Summer day: Sleep in, morning run, brunch, walk with the dog and hubs, dinner at Sea Salt = perfection.

Do you have a mantra, and if so, what is it?

I don’t really have a go-to mantra, but I used “you can do anything for ___ more minutes or ___ more miles” and “you’re stronger than you think” during my last marathon!

What’s your go-to dinner?

Tilapia tacos, pizza on the grill, Lee’s super easy pad thai. Simple and both the hubs and I enjoy them!

If you could give your 16-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

This isn’t what life is going to be like forever. In ten years, it won’t matter how popular you are or what kind of clothes you wear. Start taking care of yourself and develop healthy habits now!

Are you going to pass the torch and nominate 11 other bloggers?

No 😦 But I am going to update my blogroll soon since my list of blogs that I regularly read has grown since I originally created it! Thanks again for the nominations, everyone!

Also, congrats to Katie M. or @carrotrunr who won the Nasoya TofuPlus giveaway!


#Meatless Mondays + a giveaway

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend. You’ve probably seen the hashtag #MeatlessMondays on Twitter and maybe you even participate in them from time to time (or religiously). I had been starting slowly, making an effort to do a meatless dinner for the hubs and myself, but now am paying closer attention to what I also eat for lunch on Mondays. Everyone has different reasons for participating in #MeatlessMonday — mine is that it just makes me pay closer attention to what I’m eating on Mondays and I tend to make healthier decisions when I do that!

SO in honor of #MeatlessMondays — it’s giveaway time!


Photo courtesy of

The folks at Nasoya contacted me about trying their TofuPlus — their line of tofu that’s “beefed up” with the nutrients commonly lacking among those actively reducing meat in their diets. I was immediately interested because this was something I struggled with when I followed a vegetarian diet (for four or so years).

I picked up a package of the Extra Firm TofuPlus, as well as a package of their wonton wrappers (found both at SuperTarget) and the first recipe I made was off of the Nasoya website. I tried to pick something that the husband wouldn’t turn his nose up at, so I went with the Parmigiana Tofu. I’m pretty open to eating most things and have been eating tofu for years now, but the husband? Not so much. So you can imagine my surprise when he took his first bite, and then his second, and just kept on eating, barely stopping to breathe. And THEN he went for seconds! I call that a success.

Some other information about Nasoya Tofu:

All Nasoya Tofu is Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified as well as gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian/vegan. Replacing just one serving of beef (the size of a medium hamburger) with a serving of Firm TofuPlus or Extra Firm TofuPlus avoids 9 grams of saturated fat and 66 milligrams of cholesterol, while maintaining important B and D Vitamins, and Calcium.

• Available in two varieties: Extra-Firm for a solid, meaty consistency perfect for stir-fry or baking and Firm ideal for scrambling or dips

• Fortified with vitamins B-2, B-6, B-12, Zinc, D-2 and Calcium

• Provides 20 percent of the daily nutritional requirements of the vital nutrients most commonly found in meat

• Low in saturated fat, is a good source of protein, cholesterol-free, USDA Certified Organic, is made with non-GMO whole soybeans, contains 80 calories or less per serving

I’m already looking forward to all of the new recipes to try. While I am limiting my soy intake while pregnant, my doctor said it’s fine to

Now it’s your turn. Want to win two free Nasoya products?  Just leave a comment answering one or both of the following questions:

  • Do you participate in #MeatlessMondays?
  • What’s your favorite way to use tofu?

I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday! This giveaway is limited to US only, as that is where the coupons are valid. There is a store locator on the Nasoya website, but you are able to find the product in retailers nationwide.

Disclaimer: I didn’t receive any compensation for this post. I did receive product for free to try. All opinions are my own.


FAB Fitness: 15 weeks (weekly workouts)

First, this week’s bump pic! I don’t think I’m going to post a photo every week, just when I feel like something has changed quite a bit. I do think that I actually look somewhat smaller this week — the bloating has finally seemed to decrease slightly.


Oiselle Flyte tank and Stride shorts

Unfortunately, with the exception of running the Shamrock Shuffle and walking my a** all over Chicago, my workouts were nonexistent for most of this past week. And what a shame since my energy levels have pretty much returned to normal, despite my inability to sleep more than six hours each night. The cause for my lack of workouts was due to a sprained ankle. GAH!

I did have a really great doctor appointment last Monday. Things are still looking really great and it was really funny — baby was moving around so much, my doctor had to “chase” baby to be able to get the heartbeat. Once she found it, it sounded strong! The next appointment will be when we return from Boston and then we’ll schedule the anatomical scan and we’ll have to make a final decision about finding out the gender! And even though my doctor said it’d be a few days, I got a call from her office the very next day saying that my lab results were great and no further testing is needed.

One thing we did talk about at the appointment was my frequent headaches lately. She recommended that I keep an eye on my sugar levels throughout the day which is something I really should be doing anyways.

This week I’ve also been reading my new book:


If nothing else, it’s inspired me to clean out my closet and get rid of three bags of clothes/shoes. I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of any handbags, and let’s be honest — it was only one pair of shoes. But it’s a start! Next up, cleaning and organizing all of the paper clutter around the house. AND the hubs said I’ve inspired him to go through HIS closet.

Finally, I decided on a doula this week! Actually, two doulas because the ones that I chose work as partners so you get to know both of them throughout your pregnancy. We met in person when I interviewed them and then we had a great call to go over some initial questions I had. I’m so happy to cross this off of my to-do list!

Also this past week, fed up with the rate at which my hair is growing and thickening, I decided to get a haircut (which may have been evident in my Chicago photos). I didn’t have any ideas, just let the lovely Jesikah do what she thought would look good and cut down on the amount of time I spend blow drying it. I’m loving it so far! Haven’t had short hair in a long time but it feels so much lighter on my head and it really does take less time to do in the mornings.

Short hair or long hair?

Have any house organizing tips for me?