#MyKetoPregnancy // Week 13 - A Spicy Shakeup!


#MyKetoPregnancy -- This is WEEK 13


I’m going to start the blog post off this week by expressing something that is critical to anyone success in health and generally in life…self-care comes first.


Now, I have to press that because this week was a combination of high stress, tons of workload, and feeling a little lacking in a self-care department but then balance off with appropriate downtime, fulfillment, and achievements. At the end of the week, I can say that it ended up being a bit of a rollercoaster, but all in all if we look at it in terms of a health perspective, I leveraged exercise to boost my mood and stay active, I use food mostly as a fuel source versus one of comfort (of course there’s some exceptions which I’ll explain), and I did what needed to be done trip my days while also enjoying my keto pregnancy.



So first things first, I changed up the format this week.

I like to be efficient and also have a chance to look at my blog from an outsider perspective to say – hey, is this easy or hard to follow along? I noticed that going day by day is GREAT in terms of a full recount, but that a nice little summary of my food, fitness and overall health could be even BETTER. And since I’m about optimizing in many aspects of my life, I’ve made a few little charts so that you can get a quick snapshot overall of Week 13 (and beyond)


I’m going to post them – along with the food choices and workout types RIGHT at the beginning so in case you are in a pinch for time – you can check them out!


Then, let’s delve into more of the day-by-day and answer any questions you’ve been asking or see the fun events going on!






WEEKLY RECAP // How I Feel, What I Did, Progression Notes!

Shifting away from a solid week of fulfillment in week 12 notes, I was anxious and excitement to a) get back into a solid workout regime, b) plan ahead for all these new events popping up like fireworks on Canada Day, and c) having Baby Baroud double in size this week!


Mondays for me are always stellar. I go into it with so much fervour and determination, and it rarely fizzles day one (that comes later haha). So – with that in mind, I got that trusty planner our again and all my stickers and made good use of my AM by plotting out my day and using my weekly project sheets to map out success in all areas of my career and personal life.


It was still tail end of the month, so Pruvit sales were going strong and the REBOOT around the corner. I love to be invigorated by the excitement of a new person trying ketones for the first time or a promoter just jumping out of their skin when they gain new insight or tools.


Crushed my workout, listened in on multiple huddle calls and Zooms and gave into my cravings for Keto Shepherds Pie (i.e. we went to Costco specifically so I could make it! Thanks babe).






Onto Tuesday – oof – remember my rant about self-care in the first paragraph…I should have heeded my own advice.


I literally wrote nothing down in my planner because the day went like so. Wrote my blog post (all 12 pages of it) over the course of MOST of the day. Was constantly plugged into my screen, my phone, all the white noise and blue light and my eyes would hurt and squint as I was firing off the last of my reach outs and content.


What did that lead to? Minimal movement or self care and the worst sleep to date, friends. Thanks to my FitBit, I can see how often I am restless throughout the evening and I know that it’s due in large part to my lack of activity and my eyes peeled all day at the screen. My melatonin production and circadian rhythm must have been way out of wack.


Fady worked late so I did manage to take an hour to head to the shop to bring him a delicious homemade ground pork patty burger that was top notch.



Nevertheless, I took a little extra time or Zzz’s on Wednesday morning to catch up and then was thrilled because Wednesday’s are officially my NEXT WEEK of pregnancy. My Ovia Health app shows all the progression of the baby, and I get to take my photos and release this blog post, film my YouTube video and share in the excitement.


The day was another long one, but hey – it’s LEGS DAY! All the glycogen stores burn away with HIIT and lifting. I am still going relatively heavy, though I’ve given up the rack and machines in lieu of dumbbells but my split squats, sumos, and deadlifts give my lower body a well-deserved kick in the butt after all that sitting.


Fady has fire training in the evening, so as he was off to that, I filmed my FB live/to-be-edited YouTube update for week 12. And then, our buddy Shayne (who I sometimes call my son because he often pops in unexpectantly) showed up at the house before Fady got back.


Normally, I’d be a little annoyed if a buddy comes over at 9pm when I’m tired and preggers, but the fact that I wanted to stay up to complete editing of my YouTube video was a great excuse to hangout with the boys and to also get work done.


Another late night (Gen, you know better than that!) but it was a fun one and I called it quits to retire to the bedroom just after 12:30am.



THURSDAY – Looking forward to this day for a while.

Tonight, I hosted an inaugural event called ‘A Keto Night Out’ at the Barrhaven location of Natural Food Pantry. I love my cooking classes, hosting workshops and learning sessions, but there’s something about a social event, that’s classy and has epic keto foods that is the icing on the cake.



Chef Bruce and the team at NFP did not disappoint. Three full courses of delectable food, served in a warm ambience with the backdrop of the café and candles made for either a romantic night out for some couples or a way to mix and mingle for those who came along or with friends.

From sparkling mocktails to appetizers, bone broth soup and seared beef with cauliflower gratin to a small cup of BPC and rich, chocolate cake – let’s just say I was STUFFED.


The chefs joked about coming fasted to the event because of the amount of food but with baby in tow, it’s not a possibility. Don’t fret – I obviously ate it all (do you know me?!).


I was pooped at the end of the night, and had a lovely sleep shifting into Friday.



ROAD TRIP!

Friday was my ketone delivery day for The 5 Day Keto Fix program kicking off February 4th. I had 15 incredible participants in this round, two of which were couples doing it together, and I love to hand deliver the ketone packets when possible.


I travelled far East End (if you know Ottawa, I went passed Casselman) all the way to Stittsville. A full day but I filled it with my podcasts and audiobooks, huddle call with our CEO and topped off with an evening with our friends out to play pool.




Onto the weekend!!!

After sitting all day Friday (or driving, may I correct), I needed to move. And move, I did. I danced my little heart out to CIZE routine and lifted chest and triceps. 52 minutes to burn about 400 calories – I’d say it did the trick.


The weather was a poor today, but I had one more delivery and I picked up a Fetal Doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. I’ve been eager to use one to have handy when we wanted to tune in and finally we had the chance!



SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!

Are you a football fan? Let’s be real, I don’t generally watch regular season unless we host it here BUT ironically, I chose Rams (bandwagon, sue me) early on as my choice favourites PLUS I love making food and hosting people so I was going to enjoy this!


Keto Chicken Chili was on point, with a side of Keto Foccacia bread that I added butter, garlic and cheese to for dipp-able (pretend it’s a word) cheesy bread. A huge yum from all around!


Another crazy dance routine and 550 calories burned (I have the video proof, watch this). And then a chill evening to go into the next week ready for business, self-care and yeah – more food!




FAVOURITE WINS //

Dancing! Adding the dance cardio to my workouts has made time fly, more effective and my energy SPIKES!


Drinking my KETO//MAX Key Limeade Decaf has been a catalyst for more energy throughout my week and honestly, mitigating a lot of crashes that I could feel coming on.


Closing out the month STRONG with my businesses! New clients, lots of progression with Pruvit and engagement with my team. Love it!


Hearing the heartbeat for the first time at home. That is a win every day.


WHERE TO IMPROVE //

Self-Care. It was the theme this week and I know that I need more time for Gen. My goal is to do my exercise in the AM or after my bulletproof so that I can continue my day KNOWING I crushed it for Baby and myself.


Macro check. I’d like to preplan more of my meals instead of winging it. While I am at home a lot, that still doesn’t give me the excuse to not have planning in effect. Even though I went over the prescribed calories I was striving for – I only gained 1 lb which is in alignment with my regular gaining schedule here on out


BABY & MOMMA UPDATE //

Energy is surging now! I’m back to being full-on my motivated self, and my mood swings are reduced (hopefully for a little while longer).


Baby Bump is more and more prominent and I can feel the round ligament little pains once in a while but nothing I can’t handle. Mornings are my favourite – less symptoms and more pronounced lower abdomen protrusion without food getting in the way.


Week 13 is the size of a jalapeno pepper – and spicy it is with my cravings aligning by adding paprika and hot sauce to lots of my dishes! Ironic how my cravings are matching with the food equivalent to baby size.


Q & A //

What have you decided for birthing options?

We chose to go with a midwife after many of our friends raved about the experience locally. Disappointed at first as they were all full, we received a call for an opening at our preferred location, Carleton Place, and met with our midwife and learned about their practice.


We will be giving birth in Almonte Hospital, expected due date is August 7th. Our home space will not be condusive to a homebirth and I feel more comfortable in the presence of medical surroundings just in case of complications. I’m not a spring chicken, you never know and preparedness is key!


Will you take time off from work?

As you are aware, I work for self. I am a ketogenic lifestyle coach with Keto Better Life (an extension of my personal training business, Goddess Gains) and along with clients, have frequent speaking engagements, seminars, and travel that takes me around the city and beyond.

In terms of personal training, I have put the one-on-one in person training on hold for now but still offer my remote training services. I have a very intuitive custom app where my clients can log all their workouts, progress, have videos to follow along and we can communicate through it. It’s a game changer and those with some autonomy can be highly successful.


And of course – Pruvit! Three years in and leading a big team in Ottawa and beyond means that I’m constantly on Zooms, out in the market, helping promoters, and educating our customers about the innovation.


Sidebar – I also do small business marketing and social media management for individuals and companies and have a few subcontracts on the go.


All in all, it’s a busy life but I chose it and I love it. So when it comes time to deliver, my plan is to prepare in advance, to allow myself to have downtime but still serve my clients and to have assistants and teammates pick up the slack if and when it needs it!


Mom & Dad time, plus the addition of newborn, will just mean shifting priorities but I’ll likely still be working through it all!


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