I cannot believe we are already 19 weeks pregnant!  

19 weeks

I have been really absent from my blog because I’ve been so TIRED, but I plan on blogging much more!  Everything changed the day I found out there was a little human inside of my belly and I feel like I’m still adjusting to that!  Every day I wake up, I am amazed and filled with joy at this little bundle.  I thought I was living, and maybe I was.  But now everything makes sense, or it’s starting to.  I see God’s hands on everything, from the flowers behind me in the picture to the animals on the street to my precious nephew who is like my own first born.  I’ve become kinder, more empathetic, and definitely more gentle on my body.

Not being able to fit into my regular clothes was really hard for me (I gained 11 pounds by my 16 week appointment), because I haven’t weighed this much or been this round in years.  But once I got some really cute maternity clothes around week 16, I felt more beautiful and began to definitely embrace the journey my body is taking me on.  Then came the hurdle of not being able to run as long or as fast as I once did. My Type A personality was shut down, and I began to really enjoy the 11 minute/mile pace for 2-3 miles only twice a week.  My love for the run really grew as the world slowed down at this pace, and I smelled the clean air and felt very blessed that my baby could run with me before he/she was even born!  I’m feeling more energetic than I was during my first trimester, and most days I either run, walk, or do yoga for 30 minutes.

We find out the gender on Friday, and then we are having a gender reveal party with close friends and family on Saturday!  Luke and I are genuinely not putting our vegan eggs in either of the gender baskets.  We will be so thrilled with a healthy boy or girl!

I can’t wait to do more posts about what I’ve been eating, maternity workout gear, how I get through the work day, and all kinds of baby stuff.  Lots of love,

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Running during my first trimester has not been an easy challenge. In fact, I have not had a solid run of more than 2 miles since January 6. Lethargy and nausea left me wanting to do nothing at all but lay in bed. For a couple of weeks I was barely able to eat anything, and then this week the nausea went away and I feel back to normal (sans the little bit of belly weight gain).

It recently snowed more than 10 inches in Virginia Beach so the neighborhood roads are still packed with snow and ice.

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Although very boring, the safest choice was to go to the gym and run on the dread mill. And I’m so excited because I was able to run 30 minutes without stopping! I finally feel back to my old running self. I’m hoping to be able to run 3-5 miles three days a week. And maybe build up my mileage some, comfortably.

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Xoxo

I remember being in college and seeing pictures on PETA’s Twitter account of the Lettuce Ladies, and I thought “I’m going to do that someday.”  Never did I dream this would actually come true.  

I was feeling very nauseous during the first week of January, but I attributed it to all of the working out and nervousness I had in preparation for the Lettuce Bikini demonstration for PETA in sub-freezing 16 degree Fahrenheit weather.  Obviously, a little something else was going on!

Set up in Downtown Norfolk, the demo went sooooooooo well.

 

We gave away free veggie burgers to passerby’s, talked to people about the benefits of being vegan, and posed for pictures with people eager to tell their Facebook friends how crazy vegans are.  

Luke even came down to support and give me sips of hot tea and warm hugs when I needed it.

Someone actually told me he was going vegan, which made my day!  It was such a fun, cool experience that I will live to tell my grandkids about… because I was actually SIX WEEKS PREGNANT on that day and didn’t know it.

How We Found Out!

We have told our families and now I feel like I can share with the world that Luke and I are going to be parents!

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We came home that night and took a pregnancy test… it was positive!  So we took a few more …

POSITIVE.  POSITIVE.  POSITIVE.

We were overjoyed and in love with everything about life.  We’re still floating on cloud nine imagining all the love that will surround this new bundle of joy and how he/she will do wonderful things in the world and make us so proud.  Lots has happened in preparation for the baby, and I’m so excited to share it on my blog in the coming weeks and months.  I’m looking forward to advice from moms, dads – both runners and/or vegans!

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This new year could not have started any better.  Two of my dreams came true – I was a PETA Lettuce Lady and I found out I’m going to be a mom!!! :) :) :) We’re gonna have a little vegan runner baby, y’all!

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I can’t even explain how full my heart is right now.  What a truly awesome moment and dream come true. More pictures to come…

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I remember telling friends and family years ago my dream was to have an internship at PETA and to wear one of PETA’s famous lettuce lady bikinis!

 

Never did I dream that I would get a full-time job here, much less be asked to be a lettuce lady.

I was asked a week ago if I would be willing to wear the bikini and hand out free veggie burgers.  Of course I jumped on it, and began training twice daily!  Luke and I wake up and do P90X in the morning, and then I’ve been going to the gym and doing HIIT workouts on the treadmill for 20 minutes followed by strength training.  On top of that, I’ve done my best to be 100% raw vegan every day.

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It has been tough to go through these workouts when all I wanna do is stay in the warm bed and eat mashed potatoes.  But the motivation comes from the animals.  I literally scream it out loud on the treadmill “FOR THE ANIMALS!

One little bitty last piece of info… It will be between 10-25 degrees F tomorrow and will feel like sub zero temperatures with the wind chill.  WHOLEY LETTUCE LEAVES.  :) 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Somewhere in between fall and winter, I got carried away with love and life and work and family that I forgot to come back to my blog to make record of all the great things that happened!

In no particular order:

1. I TURNED 25 YEARS OLD!  It was my absolute best birthday yet!  I took the day off from work (PETA gives us birthday holidays – so cool, right?) and I went for a 5 mile hike/run through the most beautiful trails in Virginia Beach all by myself.

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Can I just say that the fall season on the East coast is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!

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Later that day, Luke and I went to see the Hunger Games Catching Fire movie on my birthday, which was premiere night!

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My spicy birthday suit.


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2. I FELL IN LOVE!  I knew I loved Luke for a long time (there was this “knowing” when we first met, and then a few weeks/months later when we became inseparable friends).  It has been really a quirky situation of being roommates and friends, and then more than friends and not wanting to tell anyone until we were certain of what we were even doing.  We just did this whole relationship thing all backwards.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  He’s the ying to my yang, and I’m so happy!!!!!!!!

Luke and I at a Virginia Beach, VA PETA protest :)

3.  I’M GOING TO THE ONE DIRECTION CONCERT NEXT YEAR!  I blame it on my baby sister, Audra, but really I am the instigator of all things One Direction.  I called my mom one day and said “Mom, all tickets are SOLD OUT in D.C. but there are some available in San Antonio, can we please go??!!!”  She immediately bought the tickets and the rest is yet to be history!   Please tell me I’m not the only adult woman who loves this cheesy boy band?  Someone…. anyone?

4. I TOOK UP YOGA AND P90X!  It has been SO cold every single day since early November.  There has been no relief, and I’m pretty sure my bones have icicles in them.  Coming from a place where it may start out 40 degrees and end up 80 degrees by the end of day, I am grossly unprepared for Northeast winters.  Thanks mostly to Luke who drags me out of bed to do them, P90X has helped keep me in shape.  I still run 3-7 miles two or three times a week.  I also have been going to Yoga classes at my gym, and it has become my second favorite exercise.  I love seeing my body adapt and become stronger and more flexible!  My goal is to be able to do a handstand and some of those other crazy twisted poses.

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5. I HAVE A NEW SENSE OF AWARENESS.  This year, everything changed.  I moved to Virginia Beach, VA.  I started my awesome cool job at PETA.  And I met the sweetest most loving person you’ll ever know.  For the first time in my life, I feel free to be me.  I have forgiven myself for people I have hurt and loving friendships and relationships I have let go.  I no longer live in a prison in my mind which contributes vastly to my state of happiness.  I have learned what matters in life are my conversations with my mom, my little sister looking to me for a positive example, my nephew knowing I will always be here for him, and the support and unconditional love of my older sister.  Above all else, I am centered in my relationship with God, and I can always find refuge in His presence. For all these reasons and more, this has been the best year of my life.

Cheers to 2014 being abundant with blessings, hope, love and smiles! 

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A few weeks ago, I was asked to model some of our hoodies for the PETA Catalog.  It was so much fun!  I’m glad to share the picture now that it’s posted.

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The hoodie I’m wearing is super comfortable and can be purchased here.

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This weekend I’m going to attempt a 10 mile run on the trails, go to a haunted ship, and most importantly relax a little.  Hope you have a great weekend too! :)

xoxo

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