Happy 23 weeks to me and my sweet baby girl! She’s now the size of a sweet grapefruit and loves to move around these days. It’s truly one of the coolest feelings ever. It’s funny because every time I’ve felt her move I always grab Coach Kozak’s hand so he can feel her too & as soon as he’d do so, she’d stop moving, LOL! Luckily she has come through once or twice for him.

We’re still settling on a name but we probably won’t reveal what it is until she’s here. We keep going back and forth on a family name because Coach is sentimental that way. As for me, I’m a little more stubborn and like what I like (the Latina in me) but marriage is all about compromise so he’ll probably get his way. 🙂

Now, speaking of grapefruit, I wanted to keep you all updated with how my pregnancy diet has been these past few months. I’m well into the thick of my second trimester and as we all know from my first trimester, I was living on a high carb diet because that’s all I could stomach. I’m happy to report that my diet is much more balanced much like it was pre pregnancy and as of now, I’m not having any crazy cravings. Thank goodness!

I really try my best to stick to whole foods at all times with exception of my occasional treats. Here is how my typical day is broken down as far as food consumption:

Oatmeal with 1/2 scoop of Vega protein powder usually topped with 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt, walnuts/raw pumpkin seeds & sliced banana OR Two eggs, a turkey sausage patty, and a slice of toast OR PANCAKES!

Slice of Ezekiel bread, 2 tablespoons mashed avocado, 2 tablespoons cottage cheese OR an apple with 2 tablespoons of almond butter

Tuna salad using light tuna in water with Nut-Thin brown rice crackers, assorted veggies (carrots, cucumbers, celery, squash) and 2 tablespoons hummus & an orange OR an opened faced chicken sandwich with spinach, slice of cheddar cheese, mustard, a pickle, all the veggies previously mentioned as well as a piece of fruit of some kind (apple, orange, half a grapefruit).

PreWorkout Snack:
1/2 banana drizzled with almond butter (yes, I have an almond butter addiction)

Post Workout Recovery: (if it was an intense workout)
Always a protein smoothie of some kind. My favorite these days:
1 1/2 cup water or milk
1/2 a banana
1/2 scoop of protein powder
1/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp of almond butter
dash of cinnamon
2-3 ice cubes

Sometimes enchiladas, sometimes lasagna, sometimes sweet potato slider night, or it’s spaghetti squash with my version of chicken Parmesan. Just depends on what kind of mood I’m in.

Discovered & currently obsessed with TruWhip to which I now add on top of my chocolate chip cookies that I now find myself making weekly.  Or I am adding whipped cream to my Arctic Zero ice cream of which it’s never too cold for. For my post dinner sweet treat I try my best to stick to the serving size.

I believe in balance and don’t get me wrong, some days coach and I will have lunch or dinner at our favorite Greek place, have a Friday night pizza party (I stick to two slices), or share a huge slice of coconut cheesecake. Good example, this past Friday was pizza night and the following day I had a half order (6) of chicken fajita nachos with my parents the following day. Having those few treats once or twice a week is good for the soul. However the majority of the time, we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home most if not all days of the week.

I’ve given up non fat yogurt for full fat, I love avocados (even in smoothies), chomp on seeds & nuts, aim for 2-3 servings of veggies a day as well as fruit, and love getting my carbs in the form of Ezekiel bread, whole wheat tortillas, oats, and sweet potatoes. I’ve found that my body functions best when 35-40% of my daily calories come from carbs, 25-30% from proteins, and the rest from high quality fats such as my walnuts, avos, and coconut/olive oil. I rely on my food diary to ensure that baby is getting everything she needs to grow healthy and strong.

Of course my workouts are still coming in at 4-5 times a week and are a mix of HIIT, strength training to include some Olympic lifting, suspension training, and yoga/pilates. Which reminds me, I’m in need of new workout gear, I’m sure nobody wants a flash of my baby belly at the gym. My top is so tight it’s a tad embarrassing, lol.

I’m up about 11 pounds and feeling more beautiful and confident than ever to which I also attribute to my amazing husband. What you see in the videos is really how he is in person. Isn’t he the best?!


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