Maybe after eating this chili mac I’ll look more pregnant.

Last week, before a cold overtook Miles and I this weekend, I took Chris and Miles out to a drive-in for dinner. We had fun eating in the car, Miles loved it.

I ordered new protein, I guess I was hungry when I made my order. The one on the right is one I tried for the first time weeks ago (not a fan) and the one on the left is one of my usual go-to proteins if they are out of my favorite Integrated Whey Supplements brand at BodyBuilding.com

I’ve been getting comments a lot lately that I don’t look “that” pregnant for being more than halfway cooked (24 weeks). I think that’s a compliment, but knowing I’ve gained about 20lbs already and can’t reach my feet, it sure feels like I’m “that” pregnant and more. Terrible photo.

This week I made a new recipe from Seeded at the Table, Family Favorite Chili Mac. It turned out to be a quick, easy recipe that made enough for a week’s worth of lunches – after – we had our bowls for dinner. I’ll definitely keep this one in mind for future weekly lunches during a Sunday prep session. I may swap out the jarred sauce for homemade, but otherwise, pretty simple and straight forward!

And a colleague of mine suggested to make these Jalapeno Cheddar Sweet Potato Puffs for breakfast, so I made those after the chili mac dinner to put in the fridge to heat up later. They smelled delicious baking, and were even tastier when done. Definitely a “healthier” treat for breakfast (I think…) and if you love bacon and spicy flavors, these are it.

A lot of the blogosphere is about Boston recaps, spring marathons, and upcoming races. Once again, I’m missing out this spring/summer on a LOT of what I love to do and be involved in. What makes me feel like – me. It feels quite a bit isolating, as my only hobby I’m keeping up with right now is reading (wahoo!) but I desperately need to move my body more for mental reasons. I’ve been walking, 5 miles this weekend, and during the workweek on my lunch. It’s wiping me out, truthfully.

This cold has taken me by storm, unable to take any medication to help it out of my system, I’m just stuck in limbo. Poor Ruby has been sick for over a week now, but it seems to be improving (slowly) through changing her diet to rice/chicken (possible food was making her ill) and being on meds. I hope in the next week, by the 70 degree days our household is back up and running (if not really “running” ha). Chris never seems to get sick, lucky.

At least I cooked a few days recently, so that felt like a nice change of pace. I’m still considering a 5k walk the end of the month, but not sure if I want to push it depending on how long this cold lingers. I might just try to keep up with 5mi trail walks this spring/summer.

I’m definitely no fit-preg-inspiration who’s going to run a marathon in my 37th week, but since I ran last time through 6 months I feel like I did my time pushing myself and this go around, I’m not going to overdo it. I’ve got a lot to do this coming year and a much shorter maternity leave, so while I love Wonder Woman, I’m going to try to let it go and do the best I can. Once I’m through this “season” I’ll get back to doing what I love and hopefully reaching those further distance goals one day.

– kate –