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Sandy Lee  ๐Ÿคฐ๐ŸปMama To Be ๐Ÿ‰ All about balance w/ food + fitness ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ’ฅ I help busy gals master meal prep & go from burnout to bangin' body! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ FIT & FULL COOKBOOK ๐Ÿด

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People say that in the second trimester you'll completely forget that you're pregnant. I can't say I completely agree with this. I mean, the fatigue in the first trimester: GONE! The nausea and extreme aversions to certain smells: GONE! The strange cravings for only plain mashed potatoes and cheese puffs: GONE! But, I can't say that I forget I'm pregnant. Not even close. Especially when it comes to lacing up my running shoes๐Ÿ‘Ÿ.โ €
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In the literature that is out there, running during the second trimester seems to be the 'easiest' and when you feel most 'normal'. I wish that were true for me. Instead I feel pretty inadequate when it comes to the whole running while pregnant thing. It just doesn't feel right, so I opt for a fast preggo power walk instead which my husband finds very funny.โ €
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This post isn't about comparison or competition nor am I complaining at all. I just wanted to highlight the fact that nobody is perfect, we are all different and all of our pregnancy journeys are going to be different too. I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful for my precious growing baby that all of the "downsides" are insignificant ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ‘ถ.โ €

17.5 weeks pregs and we're excited to say we're having a girl! ๐Ÿ’“ #itsagirl #babygirlyap #babygirlbump #legitpregnant

Who run the world? ๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€ #genderreveal #genderrevealcupcakes

I've been eating watermelon during this pregnancy like there is no tomorrow. I go through one every few days, sometimes I eat the whole thing (smaller ones) in one day. I eat it so much I can't stuff any more into my belly and I keep eating it ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰.โ €
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So, today someone told me that when they were pregnant with their daughter they would eat watermelon and fruit all day long. And apparently salty cravings mean it's a boy. Is that true? Or this a crazy old wives' tale? ๐Ÿ˜ƒโ €

Sometimes I feel fab about my changing body, sometimes, like today, I feel like a rubbery seal. But knowing I've got this amazing little life growing inside me is incredible. ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿป16 weeks pregnant ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿปโ €
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The greatest lesson in life, and particularly in pregnancy, is to BE NICE TO YOURSELF. It's time to really understand that your body was intended for more than just being a vehicle through which you amuse yourself, promote yourself or abuse yourself. It is designed to gestate a baby!!โ €
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At the beginning of my pregnancy I wanted to continue exercising rigorously because I was trying to frantically take back control of a life that I thought was spinning out. My body is distorting in more ways than I ever imagined, my emotions are whack + I'm scared of giving birth and becoming a parent = me trying to act "normal" to keep myself from freaking out.โ €
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The truth is, it didn't work then, and it doesn't work now. There is no such thing as a "perfect" pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different and comparing yours to another is pointless. If you can P90x your way through pregnancy, then knock yourself out - within reason. But for me relaxation and flexibility are where it's at. โ €
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You might want to dance, swim (if you are brave enough to put on a swimsuit), walk or do yoga (my personal favorite even though I feel like a rubber ball). These activities oxygenate your blood and help get kinks out without making you overheated or exhausted.โ €
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Do whatever feels good and you enjoy it. If you are going to continue with your exercise program, you may want to move it outdoors whenever possible. 1) there are fewer mirrors outdoors, and 2) there are fewer gym odors outdoors (and we all know what havoc foul odors can wreak on a nauseas pregnant woman!)

Tonights dinner...when you feel for something lighter but don't exactly feel like chomping lettuce you make cauliflower "fried" rice. Added shrimp and bacon this time ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ“
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P.s. I just learned how to pull the tails off shrimp without taking out half the meat. The tail can often be left on for cooking, but if you'd like to take it off now, pinch the tail vertically where it meets the body of the shrimp and gently pull. The rest of the shrimp should pull cleanly out of the tail! This seems like common sense but I had no idea how to do this up until now.โ €
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This recipe plus other waist-line friendly recipes in my new Fit & Full Cookbook! (link in bio).

Back to basics for this mama-to-be! If it's one thing that remained the same for me since pregnancy is my love for eggs ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿฅš. Before pregnancy I would only have half an avocado ๐Ÿฅ‘and maybe only half of the Ezekiel english muffin ๐Ÿžbut my growing tummy loves the extra fat and carbs!โ €
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Appetite is somewhat back to normal. I'm starting stomach healthier foods again like what's picture above, but when it comes to certain veggies I'd still rather lick dirt than eat broccoli.โ €

All the new cookbook feels thanks to @kadycreative for capturing the entire embodiment of my brand and the beautiful design ๐Ÿ’“

It's here!! ๐Ÿค— Over 100 brand new delicious FAT BURNING recipes!!! You've seen me cooking and posting healthy dishes over the years and now all my recipes are in one compact gorgeous book. Get it now - hard copy full color or instant download. Link in my bio takes you there ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘† or head over to my website sandyleenutrition.com and hit books and programs ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฅ—๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฅ˜ ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ˜‹โ €

Got ready for one of my first workouts in months and on my way out of my bedroom I catch a glimpse of my self in my exercise attire. I do a double take ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ. "Who is that squishy being, anyway??" Then I realize that the "squishy being" is me, and I ran frantically to my bed to lie down before I dropped to the floor.โ €
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I sufficiently recovered to make it downstairs and into my gym. But holy cheeseballs... these sleek, skin tight workout clothes take on a whole new identity when they are stuffed with pregnant boobs, pregnant bellies, pregnant thighs, and pregnant knees, and topped off by pregnant arms #hellocellulite #helloidentitycrisisโ €
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Anyhoo, #15weekspregnant and the nausea and fatigue I had for the first trimester is going away (sort of) and my little baby is growing! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™Œโ €
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I bought this one maternity workout top I'm wearing in this picture and its pretty comfortable. I don't even know if I should bother buying more maternity workout clothes or just get some stretchy/loose fitting clothes in a bigger size ๐Ÿค”. Any advice from you amazing moms out there would be greatly appreciated! ๐Ÿ™ โ €
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Starting at 8 weeks pregnant I found myself eating everything in sight in a desperate attempt to make the nausea and queasiness go away. I also gagged at the mere thought of certain foods. You'd think that a nauseous pregnant woman is a woman who cannot eat a crumb. Not this girl! Food was the only thing that could settle my stomach. The challenge was finding just the right foods to soothe the nausea because a lot of my old favorites such as chicken, fish and veggies made my stomach lurch uncontrollably at the thought of eating it.โ €
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I craved "comfort" foods and carbs mostly (yes I indulged). Other times I'd be on a fruit kick. Here's one thing that satisfied and gave me some semblance of nutrients: Greek yogurt with granola and fruit. This is refreshing, sweet, tangy, healthy snack for preggos and non-preggos alike. Change up the fruit and add whatever toppings you like. Make a "parfait" in a container and store in the fridge for when tiredness hits.โ €
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Obviously, the goal is to eat some foods from the five major food groups, if not at every meal, then at least once a day.
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Did any of you ladies feel like this or are currently feeling like this in your pregnancy? What did you do to relieve nausea?

Oh I miss this tiny waist!! And that long hair now that I see this pic ๐Ÿ˜…. But this motivates me to get my butt moving even though I'm pregnant! Not gonna lie... before pregnancy my greatest joy (outside of hanging with my family) was working out. Now at 14 weeks preggo... I'm struggling to make fitness a weekly regimen. So I'm choosing to take each day as it comes and just do my best.โ €
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One thing I've learned so far is that pregnancy is a great time to learn the life lesson of surrender. This body is not for my personal enjoyment at the moment. It's a cozy home in which a tiny human is growing, and I can either choose to fight it or to relax and enjoy the ride. Happy 4th Merica! โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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