The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect is a book I had to read for my Healthcare Economics class. I have to say this book is probably one of the best at laying out the blueprint on how to be successful. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest you do. I finished it in one day, it was that captivating and motivating. It gives you the steps you need to take to be successful not just in your career but in life, finance and relationships. What it boils down to is if everyday you make small positive changes then over time it will result in a drastic change or outcome. An example is saving for retirement at an early age. Over time you keep saving and saving, once you hit retirement you have a reliable source of money. If you never made that decision to save for retirement then you perhaps cannot travel the world or live comfortably as those that did. I am including the link to this book in case you decide to read it, it is also available on Kindle.

https://www.amazon.com/Compound-Effect-Darren-Hardy/dp/159315724X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492911214&sr=8-1&keywords=the+compound+effect

First Trimester

Well I am almost 9 weeks pregnant and boy does pregnancy take a toll on the body. I have been feeling super tired, taking long naps during the day. I have been throwing up at night time after dinner which I think is related to acid reflux. Many people say the second trimester is when you start feeling better, I cannot wait ! Oh! Also it’s like an overwhelming feeling of nausea/hunger just comes at random times. Like the type of hunger as if you didn’t eat in days. As soon as that feeling comes over the only thing that will help is eating carbs ASAP! I am still trying to stay active even though I feel like a zombie sometimes and also trying to stay positive through the whole journey. Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes not just physically but emotionally and mentally as well. It helps to have an amazing support system! Also this picture I include pretty much sums it up !

First Trimester Feelings:

 

Healthy Recipes

Having a hard time figuring out what eating healthy looks like ? Trust me, I have been there and still struggle with trying to find new ways to incorporate healthy meals into my families diet. For the longest time eating healthy to me meant meal prepping. This at which I was truly HORRIBLE at. Yea I would be motivated the day I cooked for hours cooking 10-15 chicken breasts, baking sweet potatoes and cooking some broccoli. I would have all of our to-go containers in the fridge ready to eat. Thing was after 2 days I didn’t want to eat the same meal again and that’s where we began to go downhill eating out and deviating from our meal plan. Since multiple failed attempts at meal prepping now I try to research new healthy recipes that incorporate different flavors and vegetables giving more of a feeling of variety. I am going to include multiple links to many of my favorite recipes I have tried below. Please give a try and do some research and share your recipes !

One Pan Southwestern Chicken and Rice

Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/avocado_chicken_salad/

Crispy Baked Lemon Parmesan Chicken

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Pregnancy and Exercise

Staying active when pregnant has many key benefits. These benefits include: strengthening your body for childbirth, improving your mood, helping with sleep, boosting energy, easing back pain and many other aches, and reducing your risk of complications such as developing gestational diabetes or needing to have a c-section. I just recently found out I am pregnant and I intend in staying as active as I can through the pregnancy. Currently I practice yoga and go to the gym with my husband 3-4 times a week. People must understand as well that though there are some exercise restrictions such as avoiding contact sports and doing sit-ups, most exercise is considered safe. Yoga, swimming, walking, dancing, biking, and even weight lifting are considered safe if your healthcare provider agrees. I may post in the upcoming weeks with the progress of my pregnancy and how my body will be changing.

Exercise during pregnancy is associated with multiple health benefits for both you and your baby, and is safe for most women from the time of conception to delivery. Staying active while pregnant can help prepare your body physically for labor and delivery, as well as boost your mood and energy levels. Exercising regularly will also help you lose weight and recover faster following the birth of your baby.: