Post-Partum Hysteria!

ImageThree weeks after being thrown into this whole motherhood thing and finally I’m beginning to feel like a more recognizable version of myself. The first two weeks were spent in a whirlwind of diaper-changing and crying. Yes, crying. If the baby cried, I cried. If she didn’t sleep, I cried. If she slept too long, I cried. If she didn’t make a sound, I cried. And what’s worse, I couldn’t even explained why I was crying at all. I guess that’s what they call the “Baby Blues” which is a bullshit cutesy name and they should just call it “Feeling Like a Hormonal Shell of Your Former Self.” I guess that’s not as catchy.

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Hello from Outer Space!

Well, it certainly has been a while since I posted here, hasn’t it??

TONS of things have happened. Let’s see, oh yeah, I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant!!! So, in about a week and a half, Mark and I will be welcoming little Francesca Alessandra into the world. I’m super excited. And terrified.

The pregnancy has been mostly hassle-free until the very end when I’ve had some blood pressure issues and almost had to be induced early but thank goodness everything is fine now. I barely gained 25 lbs for the majority of being pregnant (even though I was eating SO badly. Oh, yeah. I have been all about sweets, carbs, soda and fast foods and comfort foods. Bad Kat.) but after all the craziness with my blood pressure and preeclampsia scare, I was put on bedrest for the last 5 weeks of my pregnancy and have managed to gain an additional 15 lbs. Sigh. I won’t lie, it has been a total mind-fuck to see the scale going up and up and not being able to do anything about it. After getting diagnosed with the high blood pressure I went back to eating healthy, but I’m still gaining weight. My OB assures me this is just water weight at the end and not to worry so much, but it’s hard, you know?

As far as other hectic things in my life, the boyfriend and I decided we should buy a house since we were becoming parents, so we have been shopping around and dealing with that whole mess. Let me tell you, getting a house is no picnic. So, due to all that stress, plus helping my mom plan a baby shower and now getting ready for the baby to come home, I’ve barely had enough time to think, let alone update the blog.

I’m catching up with what everyone has been up to, though, and I wanted to make an announcement that I will go ahead and follow through with my idea of blogging about motherhood.

The new blog is called “Kat Bites! Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Baby” and it would mean so much to me if you guys checked it out! It’s still a work in progress but I promise it’ll be good LOL

I will still try and update this blog as much as possible.

I hope you are all doing awesome!!!!

Love,

Kat

Weekend of SLOTHHHH!!!!

Mark has a sinus infection and is taking antibiotics which are wreaking havoc on his poor stomach so we didn’t do much of anything this weekend except watch movies and eat…

Oh, and I got new running shoes! I bought the Mizuno Wave Creation 12, and they are FABULOUS!

I can’t wait to wear these in!

I hope everyone had a happy easter!

Ch-Ch-Changes!

So, I changed things around a little bit on this blog…

If you look to your right, you will see that I added a “Before & After” page of pictures, a list of my favorite blogs (if you want me to add yours, send me a link!), and added a subscription link at the bottom.

That is all 🙂

Slight Hiatus

I’ve been super sick this last week (sun poisoning, can you believe it?) so I haven’t been logging what I eat or working out and my diet has not been the most varied lately because of how crappy I feel, which is why I haven’t been posting. I start a new job on Monday and hopefully will start my couch-to-5k training then (as I want to run a 5k in May) so I should start my regular posts then. See ya soon!

Mark’s Kidney Bean Stew

So, another reason I started this blog was to feature my boyfriend Mark’s awesome cooking.

Tonight, I will be sharing the recipe to his delicious Red Kidney Bean Stew:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red kidney beans (Dry)
  • 1 cup raw chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped cubanelle pepper
  • 1 smoked pork neck (4 oz.)
  • 1 clove (3g) raw garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 small cachucha peppers
  • 1 russet potato (in chunks)
  • ¼ Cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp dried ground oregano
  • 1 tsp hungarian paprika
  • 1 dash ground black pepper

Prep Time: 15 min / Cook Time: 2 hrs / Serves: 4

Stats per Serv (4oz): Cal – 184 / Carbs – 37g / Fat – 2g / Protein – 17g

With 4oz of white rice (as pictured): Cal – 287 / Carbs – 59g / Fat – 3g / Protein – 20g

Instructions:

  • Wash and soak beans overnight (or at least 4 hours) in three cups of water.
  • Pour beans and soaking liquid into a sturdy saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute. Then, cover and simmer for one hour.
  • After simmering, add the bay leaf, chopped onion, garlic, dried oregano, cubanelle pepper, sliced cachucha peppers, smoked pork neck and russet potato chunks.
  • Toast cumin, paprika and black pepper in a hot, dry pan until fragrant. Then, add to simmering liquid.
  • Cover and simmer for an additional half hour to hour. Longer if necessary.
  • Add chopped cilantro.

So, there you have it, a delicious dinner and not bad on the calories, either. Enjoy!