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Sandy Lee  🤰🏻Mama To Be 🍉 All about balance w/ food + fitness 🍕 💥 I help busy gals master meal prep & go from burnout to bangin' body! 👇🏼 FIT & FULL COOKBOOK 🍴

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Years ago all I cared about was how my body looked and I'd obsess over having more muscle and less fat and cellulite and I hated my stretch marks I got when I was a teen. Now I just don't care about all those insignificant things. That's not to say I don't like to look good but it's just not my priority right now. Little babe's health is number one and the main reason why I choose to exercise. It's also the reason I choose not to exercise when I don't feel well enough or don't have enough energy to. Listening to your body is so important - pregnant or not!⠀
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I know a lot of people are confused about exercising while pregnant (I definitely was) and believe it's dangerous for the baby. This isn't true and being informed will really help you understand this (do your research🤓). Some women can't exercise as they have complications in their pregnancy so of course they shouldn't train if that's what the doctor orders. Everyone needs to do what is best for them and their baby and not beat themselves up about it if they're not able to do what they used to do or what others can do.⠀
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The biggest thing for me is to do physical activity that makes me feel better after exercise, not worse and not more tired. I feel very lucky that I'm able to move my body, even though it's a greatly reduced intensity and frequency! I'm just doing the best I can and this is what I believe we all should do! ✨

💪 legs + back 🤰🏻 #25weekspregnant and expanding!⠀
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Not every sweat sesh is intense, and it's not every day that I can make it into the gym depending on how I feel and what my body allows. Yes the hard realization for many women is that your body cannot do everything it did pre-pregnancy!! Raise your hand if this was a slap in the face 🙋🏻 .⠀
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But what I can tell you, is on the days I can bring the intensity, you better believe I sure as hell do!! 💪 Otherwise I back out my yoga booty ballet dvd and call it a day 😄.⠀
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Listen to your body and your doc. It's OKAY to make modifications. Do what's best for you and your pregnancy. Don't compare yourself to other preggos because their experience is going to be different to yours.⠀
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3 sets of 15 reps done circuit style:⠀
🔹Barbell Sumo Squat (I didn't put any weight on my back during the first trimester)⠀
🔹Reverse lunges⠀
🔹Side shuffles (feels a whole lot better than running during pregnancy)⠀
🔹Assisted wide grip pull ups (I could only do about 5)⠀
🔹Resistance band standing row⠀

Sunday morning preggo power foods 🍳🥑🍞🥗🍊⠀
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I know we hear a lot about MACROnutients (proteins, carbs, and fats) - the nutrients we need in large quantities. But let's chat about MICROnutrients for a sec. The term micro means "small" and nutrients means "a substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and maintenance of life." Put those together and micronutrients means what you need in small quantities to nourish and grow life 💪🤰🏻. These are the vitamins and minerals you need, even if only in small amounts, that play an important role in baby development and your well-being.⠀
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I found learning about all the vitamins and minerals a bit overwhelming. And frankly, you don't need to know that tomatoes are a source of vitamins A, C, K, potassium and folate 😴. That knowledge doesn't help you or your baby get healthy. What does? Filling your plate with nutrient-dense foods.⠀
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Nutrient-dense is another technical term that is thrown around a lot these days. Simply put, it means that the ratio that compares the amount of calories the food gives you to the amount of nutrients contained in the food. Lower calorie foods with many nutrients (like fruits and veg ) have higher nutrient densities.⠀
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By making good choices with your macronutrients you likely are making good choices with your micronutrients. Filling your plate with a variety of nutrient-dense foods (fruits, veg, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats) and packing a micronutrient punch in the first meal of the day gets all the good stuff into your belly early and can still taste amazing 💥💥💥. Do you agree?? 😋⠀
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Get more healthy recipes in my Fit & Full Cookbook via the link below and in my profile 👇🏼👆🏼 . sandyleenutrition.com/cookbook 💕 . . . . .

💪 Shouldazzz + triceps 🤰🏻 #25weekspregnant
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The 🔑 is to do what I can and what feels right during my pregnancy. My Doc is good with me doing low impact lighter weight training. Also, if something doesn't feel comfortable I don't do it. Listen to your body and do what's best for you! 🙂 If your body is tired, you should listen to it and rest. I am the last one to judge anyone poorly for being an activity addict in the nonpreggo state, but I sound the alarm when you have a human being growing in your belly. If you feel like wonder woman move a little or a lot. You'll build the confidence and energy you need to have the best pregnancy possible ✨. ⠀
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Take each day as it comes and modify your activities to what your body is telling you. Somedays I can kick major ass, and others I struggle to pick up a pencil off the floor😑.⠀
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P.S. Let me know if you'd like me to continue sharing my pregnancy workouts on here? I recently started a Pre/post natal Exercise Specialist course and this helps with implementation 💕

A pregnant woman's hunger is no moderate or simple hankering! It's a hunger so ferocious that wakes you (well me) up in the middle of the night or early in the morning for all the things 🥓🍳🥞🥑🍞🍯🍑🍐
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Perhaps there is some medical explanation, such as a rapid drop in blood sugar levels or something? I do know that it makes you feel anxious, cranky and desperate. Any other mamas feel or felt this way while pregs 🙈😝

🍫 DARK CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH PEANUT BUTTER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING 🍫 Made these during the hurricane today and they were amazing!! These also include lots of yummy superfoods like chickpeas and greek yogurt 😋⠀
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FOR CUPCAKES:⠀
▪️ 1/2 cup chick peas⠀
▪️ 1 cup vanilla almond milk⠀
▪️ 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt⠀
▪️ 1 tsp vanilla extract⠀
▪️ 1 cup coconut sugar⠀
▪️ 6 TBSP cocoa powder⠀
▪️ 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
▪️ 2 tsp baking powder⠀
▪️ 1 cup dark chocolate chips⠀
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FOR FROSTING:⠀
▪️ 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt⠀
▪️ 1/2 cup peanut butter⠀
▪️ 1/2 cream cheese⠀
▪️ 1 cup confectioners' sugar⠀
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1️⃣ Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tin with paper liners.⠀
2️⃣ Blend the chickpeas and almond milk together in blender or food processor. ⠀
3️⃣ Combine the chickpea mixture with yogurt, vanilla, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder. Stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.⠀
4️⃣ Fill cupcake liners evenly. Bake for 25 mins. Remove from oven and let cool completely.⠀
5️⃣ For frosting: Combine yogurt, peanut butter, cream cheese, and confectioners' sugar in food processor or use hand mixer to blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a frosting bag or use ziplock bag (cut a corner) and pipe onto the top of each cupcake.⠀
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Get more healthy recipes in my Fit & Full cookbook via the link below and in my profile 👇🏼👆🏼 . sandyleenutrition.com/cookbook 💕

When you take your first step into a baby store, all moderately pregnant🤰🏻 and wide-eyed and defenseless, you know what the sales person sees? Lunch.⠀⠀
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Sureee, he is very kind and helpful, but there is a big sign on your forehead that says I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING, and he just spotted it. The next thing you know he is handing you a list of items that you absolutely must buy if you love your child... (you do love your child don't you??)⠀⠀
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You will recognize the names of about one percent of the items on this list, and the total price will be at least one million dollars. You will mentally calculate the square footage of your living space. And then you will cry. But it doesn't have to go down that way! Try these things instead:⠀⠀
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1️⃣ Cheat: ask your friends who already have babies to send you their own registry lists. Thanks @vannystock @iliya_h 💕⠀⠀
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2️⃣ Mooch off your friends: friends who already have children have stuff which they no longer use. If they are not having more children or anymore children of the same sex to yours then they will gladly give it to you. Thanks @jsibferk @amandagarel 💕⠀⠀
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3️⃣ Remember that adding the word "baby" to a product also adds $$ to it's price tag: You know what a "baby washcloth" is? A washcloth. Except it has a duck on it.⠀⠀
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4️⃣ Register online: to avoid (a) guilt-inducing sales people and (b) crying over how adorable and tiny everything is... SO TINYYY, SO CUUUTE OH MY GOD I'M HAVING A BABYYYYY!!⠀⠀
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5️⃣ Have fun: the story is nobody ever uses ridiculously fancy baby items because what babies do to these items is destroy them. But one of the fun parts of pregnancy is that you get to make irrational purchasing decisions and no one can get mad at you because you are making a human being from scratch and are therefore basically a goddess 👸🏻. ⠀⠀
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🤔 How many of you mama's registered for the milk monster breast pump?⠀⠀

Breakfast kale cobb salad 🥗🍳 🥓🥑 🍅 Trying to squeeze in as many super healthy meals as I can before baby wants 🍕 🍔 🍟🍦🍩 🍪 which will most likely be in a few hours.⠀
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Massage de-stemmed and chopped kale with 3 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Boil eggs and cook bacon. Chop toppings and place on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!⠀
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Get more healthy breakfast recipes in my Fit & Full cookbook via the link below and in my profile 👇🏼👆🏼⠀
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sandyleenutrition.com/cookbook

The one superfood you have to eat RIGHT NOW if you are pregnant 🍧 🍨 🍦😋

#tbt to my 20 week anatomy scan 👶🏻: Is that the baby? Is that the heartbeat? Is that a vagina? Why do I suddenly have a moustache, and can you please fix this? why can I not sleep anymore, and can you please fix this? Why am I all of a sudden occasionally vomiting into my own mouth, and can you please fix this? How bad is it if I forget to take my prenatal vitamin sort of all the time? If we have sex, can we, you know... poke... the baby? Like is there even the vaguest, most one-in-a-million chance of this happening? So it's still ok to have sex? Do I have to tell my partner that it's still ok to have sex? Can we say I'm not allowed to have sex again until the baby is two years old? Do you have a cell phone number for emergencies? How late is too late to call you? But if it's really an emergency can I call you whenever? This is a normal amount of weight gain, right? My boobs are going back to normal, right? My vagina is going to go back to normal, right? On a scale of one to ten, how bad is coffee actually? 🤔🤓⠀
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.... Ma'am, I'm just the receptionist. 👩‍💼

When you download that app that tells you what fruit your baby is and skip ahead and see "watermelon" and possibly collapse 😳😱.⠀
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a poppyseed! precious.⠀
a strawberry! 🍓 So sweet.⠀
a banana ? 🍌 Okaaaay.⠀
a pineapple? 🍍 Oh my god.⠀
a watermelon... 🍉 *faints*

Second trimester includes some extremely good stuff. First, you are basically a hair and nail supermodel. The best part, though, is you finally have a real bump, one that looks undeniably pregnant rather than like bloat or too many biscuits with my gravy. People start to notice - this is fun, because now they start doing things like giving you seats on crowded trains and holding doors for you and generally treating you like a snowflake.
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You will most likely feel the baby move for the first time. This is 100 percent as thrilling as it sounds. And in a few short weeks you will actually see the skin on your belly moving around. You will not be able to believe this has ever happened to a person before, and you will want to make a video of it to put on YouTube, where it will get six views because it totally happens to everyone. ⠀
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Also, time to start planning my shower and choosing stuff for registry - BUY ALL THE TINY THINGS.⠀
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It's an exciting time. It's is the proudest I have ever been of my body. I have never felt more comfortable or happy with it. Everything that my body is doing to grow this incredible life inside me blows my mind. I have to admit though, I'm having to make a few adjustments with my spacial awareness - I keep bumping into things and dripping food all over my belly and there's still SO much growing to do!

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