I am playing catch up in a lot of ways. I have mentioned several times over the past few weeks that my daughter has been waking up ALOT in the middle of the night. After several attempts to soothe, I have realized that her intention is to play. She isn’t hungry. Her teeth don’t hurt. She merely knows that if she cries mom or dad will come in and hang with her. Such, I began the process of sacrificing my sleep to let her cry it out. Mom – 3. Baby – 0. By Wednesday, she had slept graciously through the night. That said, I was up at 4:15 this morning all revved up coming off of a solid 6.5 hours of sleep uninterrupted! Thus begins the catch up.
Walnut & Garlic Linguini – I promised several weeks ago that I would post the recipe for my mom’s vegetarian linguini. Super easy and very light. I don’t know if I have mentioned that my my is a Registered Dietitian. Although, we don’t always eat the best, several of her tips have allowed us to eat “balanced”. That’s what it’s all about.
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 chopped parsley
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 12 oz. linguine (try to get it fresh)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil OR 1 tsp dried basil
In a stovetop pan, cook olive oil, garlic and walnuts over medium heat. Stir frequently until walnuts are lightly toasted. Remove from heat. Cook pasta. Drain. Add hot pasta, parsley, salt, cheese and basil to walnut mixture and serve immediately. Voila! Serves 4-6.
My oven is still busted. By that, I mean, this is what it looks like. Yes, that controls my microwave too. The part that we had replaced several weeks ago (that blew out again on Christmas Eve) was covered under warranty. It is on order. I have been assured that the power is cut off and that the oven in this condition is not a fire hazard. Note, I have picture of this in the case that they were wrong. With no oven or microwave, all of my cooking this week has been in the toaster oven, on the stove or in a crockpot. Thank you crockpot.
After a quick morning workout, it takes me no longer than 20 minutes to throw the ingredients for a healthy chili into my crockpot. Set it on low, and we have a steaming hot meal to come home to in this crazy cold weather. What’s in there today? Chicken is the base. About a pound in a half. I covered the chicken with carrots, drained red kidney and black beans, 2 16 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, peas, corn and chopped potatoes (not shown). After pictures will be posted later on in the week. My mom (the dietitian) would be impressed. She always says that your plate should look colorful. I would say so!
Perfect Third Trimester Morning Workout (really, for anyone)I have to say that I am getting bored of doing my pregnancy DVD. I need a change up. It is very relaxing once or twice a week, but after a good nights sleep, my clear mind got it together enough to put together my own workout. Equipment needed – Bosu Ball (or not) and a set of light weights. I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, so I opted for four pounds weights.
Total workout time was approximately 27 minutes (including warm up). My warm up included walking in place, side steps, imperial walkers, body weight squats and hamstring stretches. This took about two minutes. The workout itself was made up of one set of exercises that I repeated three times. Complete 20 reps of each exercise sequentially, before starting at the beginning.
- Standing on Bosu (flat side down) step your right foot to the floor and lower into a squat. Return to start. Repeat on the left side. That is one rep. You do not have to use a Bosu for these if you are worried about stability.
- Standing on Bosu (flat side down) complete bicep curls using your light weights.
- Standing on Bosu (flat side down) complete tricep extensions using your light weights. You can transition straight from your bicep curls.
- Body weight forward lunge on floor. 20 on your right, 20 on your left.
- With Bosu rounded side down, hold the sides and complete 20 pushups. I was on my knees.
- Standing on Bosu (flat side down) complete shoulder presses using your light weights.
- Standing on Bosu (flat side down) complete rows using your light weights.
- Finally, standing on the floor, complete deadlifts using your light weights.
Nothing is too intense, and none of the exercises require me to be flat on my back. I will talk about the risks of this in a future post. I want to finish by saying this. When I stopped working, I thought that I would have time to sleep in and relax a little. My life has been far from that. I am still trying to get my workouts done in the morning or when my daughter is asleep because I truly want to be engaged in the new job that I have. When she is awake, I want to take her places. I want to be unselfish. By being at home, I have seen a different side of my daughter that is just too funny. With only a few more weeks left with just her, I am savoring every moment.