Wednesday Workout: Stretching out!

Vegan Goodness:
Today we ate:

  • Breakfast: Cornflakes with raspberries and toast with peanut butter for mom and cereal and smoothies for LP and his dad.  Mom also had a soy chai from Starbucks to help her get through her morning of training.
  • Lunch: Lentil salad, a bag of fritos and fruit salad for mom and leftover curried rice for LP and dad
  • We all enjoyed some pita chips and hummus for snacks and a special treat: chocolate coconut vegan ice cream from JP licks (after visiting the Davis Square farmer’s market).
  • Dinner: Pasta with garlic scape pesto with carrots and edamame.  Quite yummy!

Money Matters:
During the month of June we have a bigger budget than we will in July.  This is partially because I am still working, and there are costs that come with that (transportation, classroom materials, meeting co-workers for weekly Friday breakfast, etc.)  So, rather than be completely limited by our “Year of Family” budget, we are simply trying to be more aware of our spending this month, and trying to cut down on “extras.”

Today we spent the following:

  • $4.83 at Starbucks for a soy chai
  • $29.98 at Amazon where we ordered a new smoke detector and a CD by Brandi Carlile (to get free shipping)
  • $10.00 at the Farmer’s Market for kale and blueberries
  • $30.00 on our CSA box.  CSA stand for Community Supported Agriculture, and many local farms across the nation have this program.  Simply put, we pre-paid around $700 in order to receive a box of fresh, local produce every week (from June to November) from a local farm.  We get our CSA share from Enterprise Farms, which is one of the bigger farms in our area.  We like their shares because there is a lot of variety, and their produce is great!  Although we have prepaid for our CSA share, I put it in our budget on a monthly basis to remind us that we have spent that money on groceries already.
  • $6.00 on our JP licks ice cream treat
  • $26.26 on gas – gotta be prepped for when we need to drive to the hospital and have a baby!

Wednesday Workout:
Since school has ended I have been trying to make time to exercise a little bit.  I have started doing squats and stretches during the day, usually when hanging out with LP.  I can usually get a set of 10 squats in when LP is hanging out in his play room, and that might happen once or twice a day.  I have also been doing the following stretches while the G-man reads LP his bedtime story or while LP is playing with his toys.  I think the stretching has really helped my back (it has been a lot less sore this week) but that could also be the fact that I’m not at work anymore!

Mom’s Stretches:

Tailor Stretching
Sit on the floor with your back against the couch or wall. Bend knees and put your feet together sole to sole. Slowly, see how close to the floor you can get your knees.

The Pelvic Tilt
This stretch gives expectant mothers a double reward: relief from lower back pain and it helps prepare the body for birth. In the standing pelvic tilt position press the small of the back against the wall and then relax. The standing position should always be used after the fourth month of pregnancy.

Dromedary Droop
This stretch relieves the pressure of the enlarged uterus on the spine. Get down on hand and knees on the floor. Keeping the head straight and neck relaxed and aligned with the spine. Roll the back to make a hump while tightening the abdomen and buttocks. Allow the head to drop down. Slowly relax the back and bring the head back to the original position.

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