16, 17 and 18 Week Updates!


For the 16 week shot, I tried to set up my own photo on the way out the door… Bye-bye to my legs and top of my head.. 17 and 18 weeks, Jeremy and I accidentally left the flash on and I didn’t release how much it can expand my bump haha. I tried to go over the shadow in Photoshop and lighten it a bit, so that may look odd in the 17 & 18 week photos. Also… 18 weeks was technically taken 2 days before my 19 week mark… We are now going to set an alarm to remind us on photo day, for consistency. I’m honestly starting to notice the bump now! She’s growing!

Weight Gained: Still not sure, but likely up between 8-10 lbs at this point!
Workouts: Similar to before, Feeling great second trimester, still, outside of some tiredness from terrible sleep affecting some of my fitness level (energy-wise). Attempted some short runs, but don’t love the heavy feeling on my bladder, so I still do cardio 2-3x week on the elliptical.
Maternity clothes? Same as before. Bought some new leggings, which have been comfortable with the cooler weather! <3 Fall!
Stretch marks?: Nothing new!
Sleep: still an issue… Waking up constantly to go to the bathroom, or I get uncomfortable on one side and have to flip over constantly because my shoulder starts to bother me.
Miss anything?: Sleeping on my back and stomach; Extra caffeine!
Movement: Yes! She has progressively wiggled and squirmed more often, especially after dinner at night. I’ve noticed in class a few times too, and it can get distracting… but I don’t mind her reminding me she is there!
Food cravings: Hmmm..  Still  roasted chicken wings from Taco Maco Mac, which I satisfied the craving during week 18 on a random week night with Jeremy. ;); double dark chocolate gelato (Talenti and Whole foods both have delicious ones),
Gender: It’s a girl!!!
Symptoms: Worst symptoms were during week 16… I had the worst constipation towards the end of the week and was in pain/tears. Finally tried one dose of milk of magnesia per doctor’s advice after daily use of stool softeners doing nothing. This mostly did the trick, and I’ve felt better since – maintaining Metamucil+softeners most days to fix this…. Sorry if TMI!
Happy or moody most of the time: Still happy most of the time, but I’ve had a few minor breakdowns due to school stress/exams/and lack of sleep.
Looking forward to: My 20 week appointment next Thursday!
Purchases: Mostly my mom doing the purchasing here, finding some cute baby clothes, toys, etc
Thoughts/Feelings/Random Musings: Jeremy and I are finally settling on a girls name… (To be announced some day soon)

Will work on the photo quality for next time!

Leg day+eats, Stargate Atlantis, + Another Survey!

Oh hi! What’s up? I know I keep disappearing, but I promise it’s all for good reason(s)!

So today was productive! I had a great breakfast of eggs, toast, and avocado for fuel.

I was off work (from the gym) and managed to fit in a great squat workout: after a walk to gym, I warmed up for front squats with Kettlebell swings, followed by lighter sets. Then 95×10,105×10,115×10,115×10,105×10
135×3, 135×3, 135×3
I also managed a few TRX and bodyweight exercises to round it off.

I got stuck in a lovely thunderstorm on the way home, which delayed my lunch. By the time I got in, I fit in a Lara bar, and a chickfila Cobb salad I picked up on the way home. After a nap, Jeremy came home and we built my new Ikea dresser that Jeremy and I picked up last weekend… along with some fun Swedish gummies. 😉
Tonight I am introducing Jeremy to Stargate Atlantis, an old favorite of mine, over a dinner of grilled cheese (with swiss cheese+cream cheese! Delicious!) and spicy noodle soup with chicken/rice stir fry leftovers.

I leave you with a survey!

A to Z Survey

A – Age: 27

B – Biggest Fear: Roaches. Irrational, I know. A real fear? Losing someone I love.

C – Current Time: 8:35 PM

D – Drink You Had Last: Water with lime & Cranberry Juice.

E – Easiest Person to Talk to: my husband, and Shelley 🙂

F – Favorite Song: No favorite right now, but been listening to a Seven Lions Pandora station quite a bit.

G – Grossest Memory: Busting my head open on a stone fireplace. I was 4? or 5?.. But I remember the blood… everywhere.

H – Hometown: Atlanta, GA.

I – In Love With: Jeremy

J – Jealous Of: My parents, who just returned from a cruise on a cruise, visiting Europe.

K – Kindest Person You Know: My father and mother, and mother-in-law. I’m very blessed.

L – Longest Relationship: With my husband, Jeremy 🙂

M – Middle Name: Ann

N – Number of Siblings: 3 (2 younger brothers+1 younger sister). and 2 sisters in law (or 3 in-laws, counting Heather’s husband)

O – One Wish: amongst many (currently secret) wishes… to swim with wild humpback whales, spinner dolphins or killer whales one day… or all three!

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: my mom

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: what I do for my workouts

R – Reason To Smile: I’ve got a secret… 😉

S – Song You Last Sang: shut up & dance, maybe?! I sing along to songs absent-mindedly often.

T – Time You Woke Up: 9 AM. I slept in, no early work today.

U – Underwear Color: black

V – Vacation Destination: Seattle… I want to go back!

W – Worst Habit: Anxiety for no reason. Picking at my thumb cuticles. (The former makes me do the latter)

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: where to start? hand, back, arm, wrist, foot… I’ve had a few breaks, mostly soccer injuries.

Y – Your Favorite Food: This changes a lot… Panko breaded cod. Plantain chips. Sashimi and good sushi rolls.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Back from Hiatus.

I’m back! Between moving  (still in Atlanta), working, finishing classes + an internship this summer, and some exciting life changes coming up for Jeremy & I, I had to take a brief summer hiatus.

Don’t worry, I’ve kept up with my workouts 😉

I was craving pizza last night, so we decided to go out and watch the USA vs Jamaica Gold Cup game last night at Mellow Mushroom. We wanted to buy tickets because the game was downtown at the Georgia Dome! But saving money was more important this time. Unfortunately, we lost and I don’t think the goals from Jamaica were deserved. Regardless of the disappointment, we enjoyed our Kosmic Karma pizza & the walk home in a brief summer storm.

To wake up this morning (& work off pizza + beer 😉 ) I did a 20 minute lateral elliptical cardio session followed by 15 minutes of bodyweight intervals (mountain climbers, pushups, squats, burpees!) before finishing my last class final for the summer. Woohoo!

Sorry it’s been a brief update but I can’t wait to catch up with everyone later! <3

A wonderful Wednesday!

Happy birthday to my beautiful and amazing mom! We’ve had our fair share of fights but she is one of the strongest women I know 🙂 with an amazing husband/my father by her side!

  • Now, I have to brag… I got a PR on bench press (I know.. I cheated on humpday!!) – 130#! Full range of motion, 15# over my body weight! Doesn’t sound like much, but with the metal plate in my right hand, this has been my slowest lift for increasing my one rep max (1RM). Super excited! 135#, here I come!
  • Finally, I’m so thankful for the cooler temperatures and thunderstorms this week! Enjoying it before the 90 degree temps come back in.

What has been wonderful in your life? 🙂

Sunday – Father’s Day! + week in review+tea

Happy Fathers Day to my amazing dad, who has done more for me than I have ever deserved. I love you, dad! (photo from his birthday, also in the last month!)


Week in review: Got back in town late last Sunday from Erin’s beautiful wedding in North Carolina, and immediately jumped into buying a domain name and host for my websites! The process took a little longer than expected, but I am finally done (maybe need a few tweaks here and there). I also picked up an extra job and got caught up on summer classwork. But I’m excited for what I have in store for the blog. For now, a quick photo dump!

The bride and her father at the wedding in Cary, North Carolina last weekend <3 BEAUTIFUL!Erin_dad_062015_sm Continue reading

Hang tight!

The move to the new domain at http://alifehd.com is almost complete!  The project took a little longer than anticipated but for now, please stay tuned!! & enjoy the weekend like Jeremy & I are at the lake. 😉 <3