Bun in the Oven!!

I am incredibly excited because in January we will become parents!  In May, I was feeling super tired and had crazy heartburn.  I thought, hmmm, could I be pregnant?  But I didn’t want to get my hopes up, because the previous two months, I googled every symptom under the sun and was convinced I was pregnant but actually wasn’t.  This time, I decided I wasn’t, and wasn’t going to even think about it.  However, as the time for my period to come got closer and closer, I decided to take just ONE test.  I took it after work in the evening, when you are not supposed to take a pregnancy test!  I was SHOCKED to see that there was a faint line.  I told Jim and he said to not get too excited because, well, we were clueless about how all this worked!  I looked at the directions, and it said that this does mean the test is positive.  I was still too cautious to get too excited.  The next morning, I took another, and it was positive again! So I decided to run to CVS at 5:30 in the morning to get a digital test.  I thought this would be the true deciding factor.  I felt a little weird buying pregnancy tests at 5:30 am, but figured nobody would even interact with me and I could be in and out in 5 minutes.  However, much to my dismay, the self checkout was closed.  Uh oh!  I had to go to the counter, and checkout with the notoriously chatterbox worker.  I KNEW she would say something to me about what I was buying, and sure enough she did!  She said, “Wow it looks like you’re here for something important”.  I just smiled.  Then she said “Well I hope you get the results you’re looking for.”  “Thanks” I responded.  Then she asked me if I was trying to get pregnant.  I was so flustered and confused that a total stranger was asking me this.  “Yes” I responded.  “Have a good day!”  And then I bolted out of the store.  How awkward!  When I got home I was nervous and shaking with excitement waiting for the results.  On the screen popped up Pregnant 1-2.  Meaning I was 1-2 weeks pregnant.  I couldn’t believe it!  I thought it would take many more months and didn’t think this month was even a possibility.  I texted Jim a picture, and my mom.  My mom called crying.  I was SO happy and excited.  Once I got to work, I called the doctor and set up an appointment for a blood test to make sure I was in fact pregnant. Over the next few days, I realized that the heartburn was due to my hormones raging, as was my fatigue.  I walked around that day at work feeling so excited and scared with this crazy, amazing secret!  My life has already changed so much and I am beyond happy!!

What I Ate Wednesday 

Here is everything I ate yesterday! I am linking up with  http://peasandcrayons.com/!

Breakfast- 2 eggs with cheese, and a multigrain English muffin


Snack- watermelon! Can’t get enough!!


Lunch- leftovers from our dinner at RPM Italian. I had pappardele bolonese and the noodles were homemade. Homemade noodles make a huge difference in taste! So delicious! I also had a salad with feta and olive oil.

  
My leftovers were pretty small so I had a snack in the afternoon- cut up veggies, hummus, and pretzel chips.


Since we are leaving on Friday for vacation we are using up what is in the kitchen. So for dinner I had couscous with feta, an unpictured chopped up tomato, and MORE wedding cake. I can’t stop! Thankfully I froze the rest to save myself from a sugar coma :)

Celebrating our First Wedding Anniversary

 Sunday was our first anniversary!  I can’t believe how incredibly fast this year flew by.  Our first year has been easier than I expected.  Everyone told me to have low expectations and to realize that there will be problems and growing pains.  I was pleasantly surprised, and think our relationship got stronger throughout the year.  I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man!


 

   To celebrate our anniversary we spent the whole day together.  It was lovely!  We were going to go out of town, but we have been so busy lately, so we decided to just stay here.  We started our day with our respective workouts- T25 for me, and a run for him.  Then we headed out to the bakery that made our wedding cake.  They have an awesome deal where if you send them some professional pictures from our wedding of the cake, they will make a new cake top for your anniversary for free!  After picking up our cake, we saw the movie Trainwreck, which was hilarious!  I laughed the whole time.  We had dinner downtown at RPM Italian, and totally forgot to take a picture all dressed up!   Afterwards we exchanged gifts, ate our cake, and watched our wedding video.  All in all, a great way to spend our anniversary.  I can’t wait to see where this year takes us!

  

Cooking Class

For Jim’s birthday, I got him (and me) a cooking class at The Chopping Block in Chicago. http://www.thechoppingblock.com There are so many choices but I chose New England Lobster Party since we are heading to Cape Cod on Friday!

  
  On the menu:

Boiled Maine lobster with buerre blanc

  
Fennel and new potato salad with roasted garlic vinaigrette

  
Grilled corn on the cob with dill butter

  
Individual blueberry cardamom crisps-I forgot to take a picture! :-( 

The class was very informative, and the recipes were simple enough that I would actually try them again, but we still learned a lot from the class.  You worked with another group of 2, so it was fun to socialize with other people and work together.  One thing I was shocked about was how we prepared the lobster.  I thought you just drop the lobster in the pot, but actually we were instructed to tear the tail and claws off the lobster (when it was ALIVE)!  I was not a fan of this, so I took the instructor’s lobster that was already ready to cook.  The upside to preparing the lobster this way was it was easier to eat afterwards.  I would probably not make lobster this way again, because I was too grossed out but if you have the stomach for it, it cooks more evenly, and you don’t have to deconstruct the whole thing while you are eating.  After we made everything, we got to eat everything and it was all so delicious.  We were beyond stuffed after this decadent meal.  It was a really fun experience and I would love to go back with another couple so we could all work together! 

   

Kindness project Day 7

It is the final day of the kindness project!  I have felt so good trying to be extra kind.  I also have tried to eliminate extra stress from my life during this time, and it has done wonders for my psyche.  The combination of being extra nice, and eliminating toxicity in my life has really made me feel wonderful.  Today’s challenge is a little more work than the other days, because it is the last day, so we have to go big!  I challenge you to “pay it forward”.  This can be in whatever way you choose.  Maybe pay for the next person in the drive through or coffee shop.  Leave some change in the vending machine.  Pay someone’s toll.  Give to a charity.  Or do more than one thing!  I am planning on paying it forward today, and also am going to continue to challenge myself to continue to do kind things everyday. 

 

Kindness Project Day 6

Today I challenge you to show some extra affection to someone you love.  This can be someone you see today- give them a hug or kiss for no reason. Or this can be someone you aren’t even with- send them a text telling them you love them.  How good would you feel if your sibling send you a text saying he loves you?  Or your husband gives you an extra hug?  I would feel amazing!  I can’t wait to shower the people I love with extra affection today! 

 

Kindness Project Day 5

The kindness project is coming to a close soon.  I have enjoyed doing a few small things each day that I normally would not do to be extra nice.  Today’s challenge is to reach out, visit, or send something to someone who is sick or needs a little pick me up.  I hope that you do not have anyone who is truly sick in your life.  If you don’t, think of someone who is in need of a little extra love.  Think of something nice you can do.  Send them flowers?  Spend an afternoon together?  Even just a quick phone call can make a person’s day completely different.  I do have someone in my life who is sick, so I visited her in the hospital yesterday.  She is surrounded by people who love her, but I wanted to be one more person showing my love for her. 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

This is my second WIAW post! Here are all of my eats from yesterday (Tuesday). I didn’t change anything about the way I ate… Just a normal day!  I am linking up http://peasandcrayons.com/ to join in the fun of WIAW!
For breakfast I made eggs with cheese and half a bagel. The bagel got super burnt! After taking one bite I decided to toss it and make the other half.

Much better!


Coffee of course!!


I had some cherries as a morning snack.


We have tons of leftovers from having so many people over, so for lunch I went with a small piece of Lou Malnati’s cheese deep dish. The best!!!

To make my lunch a little healthier I had half of a sliced cucumber.


My afternoon snack was crackers with peanut butter. I typically try to always have a fruit or veggie with, or as my snack but needed to go to the grocery store so is made do with this!

I didn’t go to the grocery store until I was STARVING- always a mistake! I grabbed a sushi roll for dinner because I was too hungry to make anything.

 I also had a salad with arugula, spinach, tomatoes, and olive oil.


For dessert I had a nestle yogurt bar. This was a peach one. So delicious! I may or may not have gone back for a second one 😉 Nestlé outshine

My Mama Needs a Break!

My mom deserves a #breakyoumake from Chobani Flip because she is an incredible, strong, loving, and compassionate woman.  When Chobani told me about #breakyoumake I immediately thought of my mom!


It is hard for me to put into words all the things I want to say about my mother. I could write about her all day long!  To say that my mom has had a rough year would be the understatement of the century.  She received some news a little over a year ago that changed her life, and ours forever.  Instead of crumpling up into a ball and shutting down, she has handled everything with grace and dignity.  She has held her head high, and been so incredibly strong.  Instead of sinking into a depression and missing work and family obligations, she powered through and showed us all how to behave in times of adversity.

My mom now has to support herself and my brother, and put him through college all on her own.  Because of this, she works at her full time job during the day, and then teaches night class until 8:00.  Her days are 12 hours long, and she never complains.  She just does it and makes the best of it.  On her birthday, she had to teach until 8:00, and instead of complaining, she said that it was no big deal, and we all met up for dinner afterwards.

My parents lived in our childhood home for 25 years, and we had to put it on the market this year.  My mom was left with an incredibly packed house full of things that were not hers.  She worked tirelessly with Jim and I to clean it out to get it ready to sell.  She spent countless hours organizing and throwing out garbage on the weekends.  The house looked so beautiful by the time she was done, that it sold, in January, in three days!  She could have been sad about the fact that her life was being uprooted and she had to downsize, but she never looked back. She just did what she had to do, and now lives in a wonderful place that is all her own.

Aside from this past year, where my mom has shown incredible strength and dignity, my mom has always been completely selfless.  She always puts everyone else first.  She has sacrificed an incredible amount to make my brothers and I happy, and to give us a good life.  When I talk to her on the phone twice a day, she always wants to know how I am doing, and how my day is first.  She never complains about her day or her situation. She always puts me first.  She helps my brothers through their struggles and hard times, and is our rock.  My mom will drop everything in a heartbeat to help me when I need it.  She drives 3 1/2 hours  to Iowa and back to visit my brother at college and see him play lacrosse.  She will stay up late at night just to see me and bring me back home afterwards.  She truly is selfless.  I am so lucky to have her as a role model and friend.  There is no one I can think of who is more deserving of something nice than her!

August challenge groups 

Being a Beachbody coach is a very rewarding experience. My favorite part about coaching is the fact that I get to host challenge groups each month. What is a challenge group? It is a private Facebook group of people all working out together using similar workouts. Each day we post what workout we did, and healthy choices we made. The group provides accountability and motivation. I also post healthy recipes, and Shaleology recipes. It has been amazing to work with some of the same people for three months. Some of the challengers have already lost over 10 pounds, made changes in their routines, and even gotten into running! Also, challengers who post each day get entered into a drawing to win a gift card! In August I am hosting a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group. Everyone will be working out doing 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, and we will post about our workouts, share recipe ideas, and motivate each other. 21 Day Fix is a 30 minute per day workout program that incorporates strength and cardio workouts. There is also an awesome eating program that goes with it! 



I am also teaming up with some other coaches to host a Cize Challenge Group. Cize is a new dance workout by Sean T, the creator of T25 and Insanity. It is such a fun way to get your daily exercise in! 



If you are interested in joining either group please email me at juliafisher22@gmail.com. Also to see all the Beachbody programs go to juliaschachtfitness.com!