Whoa Mama!

Oh hai. Wait….let’s just get this out of the way….


Yup. That’s pretty much how it’s been around here lately. Sorry kids, what can I say? There’s not much additional brain space left when growing a human. I’ve been busy trying not to fall asleep in the middle of the day and making sure I’m eating enough produce, dairy/calcium-heavy foods and whole grains. Plus I clean when I can, make baby to-do lists, pick out cloth diapers for our registry (yeah, we’re going to try cloth this time!) and try to keep my feet on the ground as my time as a mother of one is quickly coming to a close.

Health-wise, things have been great, I’ve only gained 16 lbs total and I have only 9 weeks to go! This means I’ll be within my recommended weight gain range (even if I gain a pound a week from here on out, which is normal in the last tri) thanks to tracking and daily guidelines I try hard to follow. You know the usual: 3-5 veggies, 2-4 fruits, 3 servings of dairy, 3ish servings of whole grain. That alone has kept me crazy busy, I find it really challenging to stay on top of these goals. I’m still struggling most days, especially since I grew out of enjoying the taste of a glass of milk. Luckily, almond milk makes a good substitute but still…by the end of the day, if I haven’t met my daily health goals I’m usually too full or too tired for anything else. It also doesn’t help that staying on top of healthy cooking has also been tough, pasta and meat sauce is just.so.much.easier.

The reality is that there will more than likely be more days like that from here on out. Energy-wise, I’m back to first trimester-like symptoms. This kid is growing so fast and I’m getting more and more uncomfortable that sleep is sometimes rough and I’m just exhausted all over again. I’m also having stronger cravings lately. Mostly for sweets and I’ve had to really try and curb those or come up with substitutes like these awesome blueberry yogurt muffins I made for my cake cravings I was having last month! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve given in a lot more lately (like this wicked carrot cake craving i’m having) but luckily, my ability to have just one serving and/or get over something after a taste still lingers from my weight loss days. So even if you put a whole cake in front of me and tell me to have at it, chances are I’ll be good after a slice or two (over 2 days, not all at once!).

My days of binge-eating have been over for a while now, even more so now that I just don’t have the room for both a baby and a super full stomach. And now that I’ve been reaping the benefits of a healthier pregnancy, I have even less of a reason to get crazy and let myself go these last few weeks. Seriously, by this time last pregnancy, I was not making any intentional decisions and went for ice cream and pizza most days for the last two weeks. I won’t be doing that this time. If I even want to go there, I’ll probably switch to frozen yogurt instead because I love me some toppings and it meets my daily requirement of low-fat dairy, huzzah!

Here’s the latest pregnant lady pic of me!

Whoa Mama. 31+ weeks

I realize I missed out on supplying you with a steady stream of these but never fear, your compilation is here!

From top left to bottom right: 13 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks, 31 weeks
From top left to bottom right: 13 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks, 31 weeks

I’m going to try and write a little more from here on out, I’m thinking of adding a “Dear Diary” section in an effort to capture more of my daily happenings in life but let’s be real, once this baby comes out, I can’t guarantee anything and the tumbleweeds might come back for a while or at least until I start unfluffing once again! Either way, I’m here, I’m doing great and I’m loving life.

❤ M.


What Up, Pregnancy?

Thanks to all of you who showed me some love for my announcement last week! It’s been really fun hearing how excited you are for me and my growing family. It’s been a fun ride thus far, my second trimester is upon me and besides my achy body and need for a little extra sleep most days I’m feeling good! My energy is back up and I’m making progress in wanting to get back into the fitness game.

Speaking of which, I’ve had a few things on my mind lately. As you know, this is my second pregnancy so I’ve been around the baby-building block before. I loved being pregnant the first time and I’m remembering why all over again now. It’s quite literally the coolest thing I have ever done in my entire life. I love the way my body changes to accommodate a little growing person , I don’t mind the stretch marks and the bloating and the overall discomfort even though I’m the first to complain when I get the chance. It’s all so fascinating to me, I feel like a science experiment in which my innards are rearranged, I grow temporary parts like a placenta and amniotic sac and my body produces and pumps twice the amount of blood than it does when I’m not pregnant. That, my friends, is really freakin’ cool.

Also on my mind? How I can do things differently this time. Last pregnancy, I had yet to adopt a healthier lifestyle and it was pretty much impossible to do since I was still in graduate school and working full-time. I was really just practicing the don’ts of pregnancy to keep my baby as healthy as possible (i.e. don’t drink alcohol, smoke, take unapproved meds, eat unpasteurized foods and raw meats/fish, etc.). Working out was not on the list nor a whole lot of clean eating. Those are things I’m working on including this time around because I really want to get back in the game as soon as I am able.

Along those same lines, I also witnessed the explosion over Maria Kang’s weird attempt at motivating people by reposting (cuz she originally posted it a year ago) her version of a “fitspiration” poster. Now, if you want to know my opinion, it’s this: Maria lives a lifestyle that is extremely conducive to staying on top of her fitness and for that I respect her for not using motherhood as a reason to stop exemplifying the industry for which she is a part of. What irks me about her attempt at “fitspiration” is that she stated in an interview that what she wanted the poster to say was this: “I wanted to say, ‘I know you think you don’t have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you can do it, too.’. Man Maria, you should have just said that. Really, those words are far more inspiring and supportive in my opinion, it’s a bummer that it became this sensationalized fat-shaming/fit-shaming/mothers vs. mothers thing. Instead she chose the words “What’s your excuse?” which in any situation can be hurtful and shaming to some as opposed to her more supportive statements that would have probably been a better choice. But you know, people do things either to inspire or provoke and in some cases to attempt to do both. And in that, she succeeded. Nice job Maria.

On most days I have some legit excuses, on others, I don’t. Either way, I could care less about your conventionally hot post-baby bod, Maria, not all of us can ever look like that regardless of how many or how little babies we have or workouts we do. We just won’t, I’m good with it and if I were to choose someone to motivate me to let go of my excuses and just do the dang thing, I’ll pick someone who’s a little more conducive to my need for unconditional self-love and support while making me sweat something fierce. If you need an example, check out my Fitbloggin ’13 post about Patricia Moreno from IntenSati Fitness. But that’s me and I know many people, including a few of my friends, family and followers agree with Maria and if that gets you up and moving, I respect that and high-five you for it. Really, whatever works as long as it gets done, amiright?

Anyway, the point of all of this is to say I’m excited to have better outcomes after this baby makes his/her grand appearance. I’m already in much better shape, with cholesterol that’s 40 points lower (as of May 2013) than last time, no anemia detected in my blood work from 8 weeks ago and I’m already shopping for maternity clothes that are 2 sizes smaller than my last pregnancy. Check it:


So I guess you could say, I’m feeling pretty rock star about having this baby. I already know the hard work is paying off by how I feel this time around.

❤ M.


I have been DYING to write this post for WEEKS!

Looky, looky!


Yes! Casa Unfluff is having another baby! We are ecstatic and we can’t wait to meet Babycakes 2.0 (or baby dos as I like to call him/her) So. Here are the things that have been going on these last few months:

1. My last major workout project was training for the Pretty Muddy Run that occurred back in August. Right after that, the fatigue and nausea hit me pretty hard and I was down for the count for pretty much all of September. I went to the gym about twice a week until a few weeks ago when I stopped going altogether.

2. I never really had morning sickness with my daughter but this time around, I was nauseated for almost 3 weeks straight! I had to force feed myself most meals, ate mostly bland, processed things cuz fresh food grossed me out and although I usually have a terrible sense of smell, some days I could smell EVERYTHING all at once and it was awful.

3. I thought first trimester last time was exhausting but now that I have a toddler among other full time commitments, I would fall asleep on the couch after dinner everyday from about weeks 6-9 this time around and crawl into bed at least an hour earlier than usual most days.

4. I have had a terrible time staying motivated enough to keep working out! I’m so tired nowadays that the thought of running and/or getting sweaty repulses me. Yes, I know I can’t stop working out now and that it is in fact the best time to keep exercising. My energy levels are back on the rise lately and I have a 10K in 2 weeks I have to run so I’m well aware that I need to get my shit together. I have accepted the fact that I will do my best and FINISH the race but if I don’t run the whole thing, I am ok with that and I will add running a full 10K to my list of post-baby fitness goals for next year.

5. Things are so different now that I’m more fit! I feel so much stronger this time around and I look awesome! I do! I look like I’m glowing, I have more confidence in my body and even though I’m already showing (which everyone says happens after the first pregnancy), I don’t feel self-conscious nor am I scared about getting big and swollen like last time (well I will get big but I’m looking forward to it). My health stats are great, I’ve committed to fighting my anemia and my latest blood test proves that I am NOT anemic right now AND since the day I found out I was pregnant over 2 months ago, I have only gained 1.5 lbs (even though my eating hasn’t been as on point as usual).

Overall, this will be a different pregnancy because I’m a different person now. Last time, I had no energy ever because I didn’t have an established workout routine or good eating habits. And although last week’s hot wings and yesterday’s cheeseburger and chocolate sundae were my idea and me giving in to some cravings, I’ve already worked on compensating for those moments of giving-in by cutting out excess snacking and most of my boredom-related calories because I’m committed to not getting carried away this time. Also, like last time but earlier in this pregnancy, I’m getting fuller faster and I’m not pushing past that fullness like I used to as the old Mariana. I’m really trying hard to pay attention to how I’m feeling and the choices I am making lately. Some days have been bad (like really bad, almost all three meals bad) but most days are balanced out nicely and I’ve been mostly intuitive with my choices.

Additionally, I’ve joined a research study through my hospital called MomFit. I haven’t been chosen for the control group or intervention group yet but they will be tracking my health stats and if I’m chosen for the intervention group I’ll meet with a nutritionist and have a postpartum wellness coach! This is a study for women who are starting off their pregnancies overweight in an effort to learn what kind of interventions might help prevent excess pregnancy weight gain and healthier babies and mamas. I’m really excited about this! I went in today for initial screening and they have me wearing an activity tracker for the next 9 days. It’s not as cute as my fitbit flex though:

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So that’s my big announcement and the reason why you haven’t heard much from me lately! It’s been not so easy keeping up with all the super Unfluff stuff and I’ve had to slow down and work on accepting that I’ll be putting on a little bit of weight again and have switched instead to wholesome eating and at least getting my 10K steps in as much as possible. On to Adventures in Pregnancy! I’m really excited about this next little chapter of our lives 🙂

my bump, my bump, my bump, my bump, check it out!

❤ M.