Pregnancy Diaries – Week 24

(haha meant to be posted last week) I can’t even. I mean, how is that I am now already 6 months pregnant?? I’m definitely looking like it now and am lapping up the attention that it get me haha. That means, people carrying my heavy laptop bag and making sure I’m sitting down as much as possible. I also have no shame in taking the elevator these days as well, because stairs are like the devil to me.   First Trimester Week 12 Week 13 Second Trimester Week 14 Week 15 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 <—halfway!! Week 21 Week 22/23   How far along? 24 weeks, 6 days How big is baby? An eggplant! How I’m feeling? Pretty good still. I have noticed that I am getting a little more tired easier these days as mentioned before, taking the time to make sure I rest is kinda a priority. How much that actually is working out is a different story. That being said, I am looking forward to the holidays where I can truly relax. I actually missed our Firm’s Christmas party because I had just come back from a 2.5 hr drive from the client, had a full day of work and decided to have a nap. Yeah…that nap went for a while. Fitness? Back to swimming! I missed it and I felt so good when I went this week. I am as slow as anything, but I do my hour and I’m good. Also walking again – my mum and I went for a walk down one of the park trails while my...

Weekend Reading #31

source WOOHOO!! Hello friends! You’re all alive I am presuming? All good? I actually hesitated in posting this post yesterday just in case, despite my practical side saying that the world wouldn’t end and spent my so-called last hours watching Pitch Perfect and wrapping Christmas presents. (By the way – watch it – it’s like a friend described it – Glee meets Mean Girls. HIL-arious). That woohoo was also for another reason. I have now officially finished work for 2012. Ohhhh yeah. Bring on summer and days of heading down to the pool/beach, summer barbeques, long walks in the lasting twilight, copious amounts of food, family and fun. I’ve been pretty quiet around here and the truth is that my energy hasn’t been the greatest and trying to juggle everything, especially as the close of work came near was slowly and quietly driving me insane. There may have been a meltdown moment, when I was on my laptop at night and Evs asked me how my day was. Cue the waterworks. Gah. Anyways, I got over it – things got better, the partners at the Firm gave me Lindt chocolates as a Christmas present (which was simultaneously a very bad and very good idea) and I have now waved goodbye for the next three weeks. I’m also in slight panic mode because I feel like I have got NOTHING ready for the baby’s arrival. Example. Yes, I may have a bassinet, but I don’t actually have any sheets in it. Um, oops. The poor thing only has maybe a couple of outfits to wear, which is truly horrifying, because...

Weekend Reading #29

source Hello friends! It’s been a quiet week on the blog for me due to being slammed at work. As much as I haven’t been wanting to, there have been inevitable days of working late into the night after coming home from the office that have left me not-no-motivated to then spend more time on the computer. I think the clincher was yesterday where I had back-to-back meetings from 8:30am to 3pm, after which I came home and collapsed into a bowl of icecream. Christmas is definitely in the air and we have also finally put up our Christmas tree as well. We have a non-traditional tree that is all white from one shopping trip soon after Evs and I were married and we decided to brave the shops at 2am when they had their pre-Christmas all-night shopping. Astoundingly, it was packed and after wondering what people were actually DOING there at the shopping centre when most sane people are asleep, we picked this tree up and got the hell out of there. Pretty tree. Summer has truly arrived with hot, hot days over the weekend and going into the next week. I am going to make the most of it by wearing as little as possible and eating copious amounts of watermelon and mango and sitting on the deck to just relax and read. And for you, some links around the web this week:   I love Ashley’s simple take on Christmas this year for gift-giving – 4 inexpensive gifts for your special someone – something they want, something they need, something they wear and something they read....

Pregnancy Diaries – Week 21

Seriously time is just flying by…I realised today that I only have about 4 weeks of work left for the year and then when I come back in the new year, I’ll only have about another 6 weeks before I’m off on maternity leave! (Is it weird to be jumping up and down for joy inside??! Coz I know, you know, it’s not like it’s going to be a holiday or anything but boy do I need a change!)   First Trimester Week 12 Week 13 Second Trimester Week 14 Week 15 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 <—halfway!!   How far along? 21 weeks, 6 days How big is baby? A spaghetti squash! So the app I use obviously relates everything to the US of A, since I don’t think I’ve ever seen one here in Australia. And the only reason I even KNOW what that is, is through reading blogs. For those, who like me, are like WTF – this is a spaghetti squash. source (has a good recipe in the link too :P) How I’m feeling? Pretty good – bubs is kicking up a storm and I’m just waiting for the day that Evs can feel it from the outside as well. I swear there have been a few that I’m like whoa, steady on, but he/she likes being a tease and not doing anything when Evs puts his hands on my belly. I’m also very addicted to the whole rubbing-my-belly thing. I don’t know how I started, but it’s soothing.     Fitness? Swimming 😀 The heat has been turned up here in...

Quitting Sugar (Again)

At the start of the year, like many, I had a lot of ambitions. One of them was to Quit Sugar. I started on and successfully completed Sarah Wilson’s 8-week program that got me kicking the habit. It was fucking amazing. I felt good, I had energy, my skin cleared up – and I lost weight. I was converted and started preaching a sugar-free way to all that would listen. Fast forward a few months. Ok….most of the year. About halfway through the year, and looking back it was funnily enough after coming back from holidays in Sri-Lanka and falling pregnant, I started craving the sweet stuff again. When I found out I was pregnant and couldn’t have my beloved wine, I think I started compensating by replacing wine with chocolate. MILK chocolate. And if that amount is anything to go by, then I was well on the way to becoming an alco. Lots of compensating was done. It was done in the most overt way that I didn’t even realise I was doing it. I’d accept a handful of M&M’s while watching a movie, and then find I’d eaten the whole packet. Foods that hadn’t graced our kitchen for a long time suddenly started sneaking back in for those “just in case we have visitors” moments. Vegetables were on my hit list for things I couldn’t stand the sight of. I started feeling sluggish and tired and bloated and I put it down to the joys of being pregnant. The funny thing was, everything tasted SO SWEET to me still  yet I couldn’t stop. Weird. Anyways, Sarah is throwing...

Weekend Reading #23

Firstly I want to thank ALL of you who read, commented and emailed me on my last post. I can’t tell you how stunned I feel when I see you all thanking ME. I didn’t do anything to be thanked about – it was just my heart poured out onto the page and posted with my eyes closed and a feeling of nervousness engulfing me. It was just a reminder to me that no matter where we are in our own journeys, what our dreams are and where we have come from – we’re all looking for that place of just…peace. I want to say to all of you now – YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are more than your body, you are your experiences and intentions and mind and soul. You can do anything you put your heart and mind to But enough of the soppy 😀 I was going to post this on Friday but I came home, buggered after a long day at work and went straight to bed only to get up and head back into the city. I swear I’m too old to go out anymore – but I ended up having fun at a friend’s 30th and then at the movies after where I gave myself a fright by watching Paranormal Activity 4. Throughout the movie, I could feel my belly shifting and I hoped it wasn’t the bubs getting freaked out, because I definitely was. Yesterday I had my cousin’s baby girl’s first birthday and it was great seeing all my family again. I feel like it’s been too long. But to squeeze in the...

Healthy Chilli Soba Noodles/Ravioli with Broccoli

A few weeks ago…ok, probably close to a month ago now I was the winner of a blog competition from this lovely lady that had me squealing for joy. Part of the prize was a cookbook from one of my favourite chefs – Heidi Swanson, author of the amazing blog 101 Cookbooks and various other cookbooks. The book sat on my desk, waiting for the perfect moment for me to flick through the pages and really immerse myself in it (Does anyone else do that?? Hold off on things so they can savour the moment more??). I did that one rainy Saturday afternoon when Melbourne was being a jerk and not being very Spring-like with the a bite or two of the chocolate that accompanied the prize. Unfortunately, my pregnancy aversions at that stage meant I wasn’t so enamoured with dark chocolate and could only eat a little bit but it was happily devoured by Evs who didn’t even care that it was raw, organic and pretty much fructose free.   Anyways, I had my eye on a few things I wanted to try (the pepper tempeh being recommended as a good one!) and a week or so later I got my chance when Evs proudly walked into the house one evening with our very first broccoli from our veggie patch.   (Picking kale)   If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the picture I posted there a few nights ago when we made it, but we have loved it so much that I’ve made it twice since. I based on the recipe from  Heidi’s book...

Weekend Reading #22

source Man it’s been a long week! I’ve been dipping in and out of here, loving all the well wishes and wanting to respond as soon as I can. But, life gets in the way. More to the point, work gets in the way which leaves me exhausted in the evening and scouring the net on my phone because laptops are abhorrent to me after hours. After spending a fantastic weekend last week getting my blog-geek on at my very first blogger conference at the ProBlogger Training Event (which I’ll blog about!!) and then almost running to the hills when faced with aisles and aisle of baby-related items at the Pregnancy and Baby expo – all I want is a quiet weekend. I’ve been feeling good – physically and emotionally. Pretty much everyone knows my news at work and I’ve had a few people come up to me and say conspiratorially “I’ve heard a rumour about you…” to which I start to reply with an exaggerated wink “Well, it’s true…WAIT. What rumour?!!” before I realise I probably shouldn’t be admitting to anything that might be floating around the office about me. I’ve started up at the gym again this week. This time at the fancy-schmancy new one where we now do our swimming. They had a good deal on for $30 for 30 days and I thought I’d try it out now that I was feeling good and not inclined to fall asleep on the couch in mid-sentence. This weekend I have to vote, go swimming, pick up a Snoogle, head to a friend’s 30th birthday drinks, meet the...

5 essential characteristics of a great yoga instructor

  source Finding the right yoga practice for you can be daunting. In fact, sometimes it feels downright impossible. When I first started yoga a few years ago, it took me a while to find a style and a studio that just felt….right. As I lay in savasana at the end of a particularly sweaty session, my thoughts wandered to how much I had actually enjoyed that class. Coming in on a particularly stressful day, it was exactly what I needed to soothe my body and soul. And as I pondered while the room filled with the soft breathing of my fellow yogis, I realized that a big part of feeling so at home where I was right then was due to my teacher. I hadn’t realized it, but I made the effort to be there for her class, I pushed myself that little bit harder and took every piece of wisdom she imparted to my heart. Sounds like a bit of a girl crush (and yes how she rocked a neon Lululemon tank also appealed), but after the class talking to the other students, we all agreed that she was the bomb. While everyone might have a different view to what makes a good teacher, I found that the following was pretty essential for me in deciding on whether to stick around. 1. It FEELS right I know this sounds obvious, but trusting our instincts when it comes to choosing someone to lead us in our own practice is so important. How does your body feel around this person? I’ve found that a sign of an immature or...

Pregnancy Diaries – Week 13

  To catch up on the story… First Trimester Week 12 Almost up to date in documenting the last couple of weeks… How far along?13 weeks, 6 days How big is baby? A lemon!   As an aside, Evs and I are also documenting the changes to the room that will eventually become the nursery. I will spare you the week-by-week updates on this, as frankly it won’t change much between weeks. Consider this the BEFORE. (Note the collection of baseball caps (Evs) and Buffy boxed sets (mine)). How I’m feeling? Better! My energy has returned as the second trimester starts and I’m proud to say I even made it past 10pm most nights this week. Bloating is still playing havoc with my body and I need to start looking at my diet again to see what is causing it. Fitness?  I started swimming this week. We had a new pool/leisure centre open up about 5-10 minutes away from me and as I finally cancelled my other gym membership, Evs and I decided to go down once the opening weekend crowds had dissipated to check it out. It was pretty amazing – the biggest change for us was that it was a full-size 50m pool and we had been swimming in a 25m pool previously. So it was quite evident that my fitness had taken a bit of beating as I struggled a bit at the start and found myself getting tired more quickly. But I loved it. Weight?No change (~ 1kg overall) How I’m changing? Physically I feel like I’m showing and that it’s really obvious to everyone.  But...