slow down you move too fast

I love Simon and Garfunkel. There, I said it. When people ask me how I am doing I generally answer “feeling groovy” but honestly that has not been the case lately. I have been a bit over-extended and exhausted. Normally that is not a big deal but I am pregnant. 17 weeks now and dropping weight, low iron, etc. I took the week off from working out last week to work on bringing up the iron and making sure I was eating consistently ahead of the Black Midwives and Healers Conference I went to over the weekend. For the most part it went pretty well, I feel like I pigged out and downed a bunch of Mega Foods Blood Builder. I was able to network and do what I needed to do for a non-profit I work with without feeling like poop when I got off my plane around midnight last night.

Here is my 17-week belly shot from Miami Beach.

I am home now and giving myself the space the chillax. My commitments are reducing and I would love to focus more on my health and getting this home prepared and minimized before this baby gets here in March. I would rather do that now while my energy level is picking up than further in pregnancy when I will be definitely having to slow down. I am also feeling decent enough to get back to the exercise this week.

I am trying not to have a massive amount of guilt for not having the big girl panties on to take care of myself as best as I should with this little squid all along but am doing that now. Foremost if I am not eating consistently through the day I need to plan my meals out through the day and treat myself like a child with planning what I put in my mouth and when.

First up I am sitting here and looking at my week thus thinking meal planning. I have commitments out of this house Tuesday-Thursday evenings and Saturday night. We have two days of snow forecast and I am thinking slow cooker to the rescue to make sure that whoever is here feeding my son is also well-fed plus I’ll lave leftovers during the day.

Monday: Roasted sweet potatoes, sausage, eggs + veggies
Tuesday: Slow roasted pork + black beans
Wednesday: Salad
Thursday: Chicken pot pie
Friday: Butternut squash ravioli
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Kale, Sausage, White Bean Soup

For exercise I am looking at 3 hours of cardio and 2 strength training sessions for the week.

Leaving you all with some Feelin’ Groovy because I am slowly getting back on this train.

6 thoughts on “slow down you move too fast”

  1. you have probably announced this pregnancy but I have not been around lately at all….so first, Congrats! I loved following you along with your first, and you did so great. Hope you have a relaxing week! I am going to have to look up the recipe for the butternut squash ravioli. This was my first year planting a garden and have tons of squash. That sounds like something that would be great!

    1. Colleen I have told myself I would be better about posting recipes and as I am changing a few things around on this site that is a commitment I am going forward with. I have been making this ravioli for years and the best part is that kids love it. I used to make it for my nieces that are all grown up when they were tots.

  2. I love that you are a Simon & Garfunkle Fan :) but most of all, I love that you remind us to take a step back and re-evaluate when needed. I love your menu too and hope that you do share more “recipes” that I won’t follow but instead will use for inspiration for my meals in the future… because seriously, I hate following recipes hehehehe. I’m such a rebel. Kale, Sausage, White Bean soup sounds DELISH… and since I never got around to making kale chips, I may look into that for the weekend.

    Big squishy hugs to you Kia :)

  3. <3 Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm a little late, but I've been out of the loop for a while. Was the conference totally amazing? It sounds like it! Your photo looks awesome! Taking the time to take care of yourself is so important! Thanks for the reminder! :-)

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