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TheYearOfContentPhysical

It’s a Sunday and I’m working from my virtual office here at Panera (soup and salad combo for the win!). My florals I needed on Friday were delayed by two days so I had to rearrange my schedule and plan to pick everything up this afternoon instead. So tonight will be spent in the studio crafting together some florals for an editorial up in Northern Michigan tomorrow and then this week will be one packed full of planning, executing, and hustling for two brides getting married on Friday and Saturday, respectively. We also have a wedding on August 1st and the Trouvaille Workshop coming up in just three short weeks from today so you can bet things have been a bit hectic around here as we get our ducks in a row and continue to serve our colleagues and clients exceptionally well. Phew! Wedding season is not for the faint of heart my friends! It’s such a wild ride.

One of my goals for this year’s wedding season, was to be more intentional with how I fuel my body and mind. Wedding season usually leaves little room to make healthy eating choices since my team and I are always on the run and unable to find healthy restaurants in our travels let alone even make time to sit down to enjoy a balanced meal. Tied together with long days on our feet and early mornings on the go, a typical night of rest can last around 4 to 5 hours and well, everyone feels exhausted despite planning out our every hour. Being pregnant has admittedly made the whole tired thing and the whole balanced eating thing much tougher on me but now that I’m far enough along in my pregnancy and feeling a bit more like me again (phew), I’m excited to feel more energetic and back on track with being more in control of how I fuel myself! Onto my debrief!

Week Twenty Seven

What has not been working: Well, while certainly delicious, the endless bowls of noodles and butter, bland sauteed potatoes, dense starches and otherwise nutritionally lacking foods have not been working. On one hand they have curbed my hunger and been the only few things I can stomach but as I get further along in this pregnancy and notice all of these miraculous changes with my body, I’m realizing how important it is to eat more variety and use food to not only nourish myself but this little babe. My insomnia has gotten a little better as I’ve started to incorporate meat and veggies back into my diet but more time planning ahead (like packing a cooler of snacks for our next event road trip) is going to be very crucial to setting myself up for success. There hasn’t been much planning lately but instead a mentality of eat-whatever-you-can-cause-you’re-pregnant.

What has been working: Andrew and I have been looking into some prenatal yoga classes for me to go to (I’m hoping I can make some new mama friends!) and have been doing a great job with taking Zoe for walks around the block each night. It’s not much but these short little bursts of activity have been really nice lately as so much of my time has been spent behind my computer. As I’ve learned a lot about what I can and cannot eat because I’m expecting I’ve also started to find really great ways to get around my food aversions while still getting nutritionally beneficial food (no appetite for meat resulted in many, many peanut butter and banana smoothies!). I was so set on having a paleo pregnancy but have learned that within reason dairy, grains, and sugar are ok! Trying to look (I wanted clear skin and a less bloated body so badly) and feel a certain way when there’s a life inside of me is so last week (ha!) and I’m ok with that now because it’s not all about me anymore. Being a mama to be has surely taken over a piece of my heart.

Short term goal: Prepare healthy snacks in advance for the remainder of our 2015 events/trips.

Long term goal: To make the best choices with my body (and mind) until birth and beyond.

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Happy Weekend friends xoxo