Hi everyone, I hope it’s sunny where you are! The weather has been quite lovely here the latter half of the week, but I do have a love / hate relationship with the warmth. On one hand there’s nothing I love more than waking up to sunshine and getting outside to enjoy it. However being pregnant I’m hot enough at the best of times so have been getting quite uncomfortable, as well as having swollen feet. I spotted those daisies out on my walk yesterday, so summery!
To keep cool I’ve been drinking lots of coconut water with ice, my iced coconut water mochas and these lovely ice lollies:
I discovered these greek yoghurt lollies in Sainsbury’s this week from Claudi and Fin. How cute is the packaging and the name? They do contain some sugar but are a decent option when I haven’t had the opportunity to make my own like my raw chocolate dipped strawberry ice pops at home. Other lovely eats this week include…
Baked sweet potato with organic broad bean and feta mash
Salad with feta, beetroot and walnuts
Salad with feta, strawberries and soya beans
Homemade lamb burger with baked sweet potato, broccoli and harissa spiced yoghurt
Scrambled eggs, strawberries and peanut butter
Peaches, yoghurt, almond butter and coconut nectar
2 squares of Lindt 90% with cherries and a few Tyrells sweet chilli crisps as a treat on Friday night
I have been a bit ‘off’ with eats this week, those were all great meals but a lot of the time I’ve found myself snacking more than eating proper meals. I think it might be a pregnancy thing as I find it get full quite quick, alongside all the recipe testing I’m doing right now for the book, but I don’t like to feel as if I’m constantly eating! I think there’s a balance to be found, so next week I’m going to refocus on making sure I eat more nutritious meals, even if they are smaller in size.
Workouts this week:
- Monday – Gym: 10 minutes step machine, 10 minutes bike, weights for 10 minutes and then my pelvic tilt exercises
- Tuesday – Rest
- Wednesday – Rest
- Thursday – 30 minute pre natal yoga workout from Yoga Download on You Tube
- Friday – Gym: 10 minutes step machine, 10 minutes bike, weights for 10 minutes and then my pelvic tilt exercises
- Saturday – walk, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening
- Sunday – walk, aiming for the same today as yesterday although right now it’s chucking it down so I might do more yoga
It’s been a ok workout week, but on Wednesday I decided to give the gym a miss and keep working on getting the site ready. I regretted that as I think the lack of movement during the day was what left me with swollen feet! I’ve enjoyed walking when it’s a bit cooler and I’m trying to keep up with a little bit of weekly yoga from You Tube. I’m thinking as of next week I might start and do the Davina DVD again as I’m about on that level now!
Necklace: Monsoon, floral vest: H&M, black maxi skirt: H&M, silver flipflops: Accessorize
Urgh, it’s been one of those weeks where I haven’t made much of an effort other than that! At least it is a good example of non maternity clothes working for the later stages of pregnancy. The clothes that fit me comfortably are reducing but I have bought a couple of new dresses which should help. I’m definitely at the point now where I don’t want to spend any more cash on clothes I’m only going to wear for a few weeks and I’m starting to look longingly at the regular clothes in the shops!
The big highlight of my week was of course getting all the changes made to the this site and lauraagarwilson.com! It was pretty stressful, at one point I thought all my recipes had disappeared and then all my followers on Bloglovin disappeared too! Luckily I’ve been able to iron out the issues, if any bloggers are considering the same thing I’d be happy to share my experiences. Ultimately it’s top of my love list because it all got sorted and I love the new look of the site. Thanks again to all of you that have told me you like it as well! Also…
Spending time with my Grandma, I’ve been to visit her a couple of times this week and she always makes me laugh with some of her stories and never lets me leave empty handed. This week I left with a dress and apples! // my midwife appointment on Friday, getting a clean bill of health and hearing the bubs heart beat // getting the flat pretty much sorted with all the new furniture in place // shopping trips and coffee dates with James // making smoothies with some young people at one of my community projects
It felt really weird not blogging last week! As I was so absorbed in getting my sites sorted I haven’t really been that active elsewhere online, but here are a couple of great links I did click on!
- My best piece of advice for writers from Gala Darling
- 18 of the best no bake bars from Brit & Co – not all healthy, but all look delicious!
- 50 coconut water benefits from The Chalkboard Mag
Just when I was feeling like things might start slowing down for me, it seems I have another busy week coming up. I’ve got my usual community projects, recipe book testing and I’ve also been invited to a blogger breakfast event which should be interesting. Plus I really need to start getting my butt into gear with baby things now we have the space to store things I have no excuses!
How has your week been? Do you ever have days where you snack more than eat ‘square’ meals?
Those lollies have such cute packaging Laura, will keep an eye out for them! You’re looking lovely too, the top is very flowering and summery :-). Huge congratulations again on launching wholeheartedly healthy, the site looks fantastic and design is so pretty. Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!
Thanks Claire, someone needs to start doing coconut milk ice lollies at the shops like those ones for you, although I know they are easy enough to make at home. I might try making some with coyo!
Congrats with the new sites! Looking lovely! i can certainly relate to the stress of sorting all of the tech stuff – and how weird it feels to not be blogging! Well worth it though ;)
You reminded me of one of my fave combos – fruit + eggs + nut butter! I think I know what I’m having for brekkie…
Thanks Cat! Hope you enjoyed your breakfast!
So glad to here everything is going well and you got a clean bill of health :)
Delicious eats as usual – those lollies look fab and I need to get my hands on some of that 90% chocolate! Hope you have a great week!
Thanks Lauren :-) The chocolate is heavenly, definitely try it!
Your new site looks fabulous! I’m on holiday at the moment and staying somewhere with a yummy and yummy healthy breakfasts and your eats this week have inspired me to get more creative and organised when I gt back to work! I also need to investigate a 24hour gym I think… Loving having the opportunity to work out rain or shine! Well done on staying so active as well! Walking was my main form of exercise from 30weeks onwards – its hard work when you are walking for two! Xx
Thanks Bron! Yummy healthy breakfasts sound very good :-) Yep I have to admit I’m starting to feel it, 30 weeks next week although I still feel good working out the tiredness is coming back into play!
I am hating the hot weather at the moment, so I have no idea how you are coping. Oh well, this is the UK, so it won’t last long lol.
Hehe you aren’t wrong there! Watch us end up with a freak heat wave or something!
New site looks great, glad it all worked out for you in the end.
I must have missed something – your writing a book! How flipping exciting – you are totally kicking some this nations unhealthy attitude in the ass:) love it.
I’ll tell you all about it when we catch up next week but yep it’s exciting!
Those lollies have such cute packaging! Glad everything went well with the move in the end.
I went to see my Nan this week too- she was cheerful as always so it was good to spend some time with her.
Today I had more of a snack day- I went on a run and pottered so had more of a brunch, then we went to the shops and shared a slice of cake (had a John Lewis voucher) and then had tea at Andy’s parents- the only real meal.
Thanks Maria. It’s always nice to catch up with grandparents when we can. I think sometimes those snacky days are pretty normal, maybe I’m over focusing on it!
Those ice lollies look adorable. Love the packaging!
I love the broad bean and feta mash!! Broad beans are like my favourite vegetable. I just adore them and could eat so many. I do have days when I just seem to be non-stop eating, either when I’m really bored or just really hungry because I’ve done a lot.
I definitely want to make that broad bean and feta meal again it was so yummy!
Hey Laura, really love the new layout and name.
I find your ‘eats’ inspiring – can you tell me whether it is a conscious decision to avoid wheat/grain in your meals (i.e. by making ‘cabbage noodles’? I am reading ‘Grain Brain’ at the moment and trying to reduce the amount of gluten I eat – is this something you try to do?
Would be really interested to hear your thoughts if you can spare the time.
Thanks again for a great blog,
Thanks Bonnie! Good question, I don’t actively avoid wheat or grains, but I do try and balance it out by including those alternatives. What I find is when I eat too much of it I feel slugish and bloated so I try and use alternatives like courgette spaghetti when they work for me, so I can enjoy the wheat / grain products I like the most such as the odd slice of bread. Hope that makes sense! xx