Checkin’ in

 

 

 

Welllll, it’s been about 5.5 weeks since I gave birth…SO! let’s take a gander at my progress, shall we?

 

1 week postpartum // 2 weeks PP // 5 weeks PP

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As you can see, there is not much change between 2 weeks and 5 weeks.  I will say that I am having some trouble losing the weight — it’s not coming off as easily as I had hoped – who woulda’ thought?!?!

Therefore, I have decided to start really start watching what I eat (i.e. counting calories, #barf).  So here’s a look at what I am eating in a typical day…

Breakfast is either oatmeal with a banana and apple or eggs with turkey sausage and avocado

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Lunch is almost always a sandwich of some sort

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Dinner varies but on this particular occasion, I had steak fajitas with corn and salad

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Because I am still breastfeeding, I am constantly snacking and I am trying my darndest to keep it healthy around here

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Hopefully all this work will amount to some REAL progress soon!

In other news, the baby is…a HANDFUL!!!  People always tell you how hard it is to have an infant around and let me tell you, these people are not lying (as I type this, Penny is screaming bloody murder because I put her in her crib)!

Here she is at 1 week and 1 month…

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Side note: people allllways assume she’s a boy even when I put her in a dress!

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#mysonhasavagina

Enjoy your week, folks!

My post-pregnancy diet & 6 days left

As this pregnancy inches towards the end, I find myself constantly thinking about what my diet will look like once this baby decides to finally make her debut.  Let’s be real here, there is going to be at least 15-20 pounds that won’t come off when the baby is born and that’s ok.

It’s no wonder because my diet these days has been AWFUL and I know that getting back to a healthy diet will be hard.  Let’s take a look at a couple of the dishes I have been finding myself eating these days to give you some perspective:

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Spaghetti Bolognese (with a side of garlic bread no less!)…so freaking delicious but not so good for your health or waistline

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MEATBALLS!!!! 

Other eats have included: pop tarts, ice cream, pizza, brownies and the freaking list goes on!!!

Since my diet has been this terrible, I am planning on tackling my post-pregnancy diet in phases.  I am doing this because I feel like if I try to do a total overhaul all at once, I am setting myself up to fail.  SO, here is a general guideline of what the plan will look like:

1st week post: No changes, work on my new life with a newborn

2nd: week post: eliminate all desserts; no more pop tarts, candy, ice cream, etc.

3rd week post: eliminate breads & pasta (this will be the most difficult phase for me)

4th week post: eliminate most processed foods (including: granola, cereal bars, etc)

5th week (depending on how things go): eliminate dairy <— this is a hard one so I’m not sure I will take it to this level but if I feel that I need to go there, I will.

I don’t plan on counting calories at first but in the back of my mind, I am thinking that 1,800-2,000 calories a day should do it (higher than what I would normally eat but I plan on breastfeeding).  Again, if I don’t see any progress, the next phase will involve counting calories as well.

In short, I need to get back to eating meals that look like this:

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Chicken breast with a side salad

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Crock-pot chicken with pineapple, avocado, spinach, cilantro

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Egg frittata with watermelon + arugula salad and sweet potatoes

I know it’s going to be hard but I am looking forward to getting back into eating healthy.  Working out is going to come more slowly so I am planning on focusing on my eating habits first.

It’s hard to believe this new diet will be slapping me in the face in about 6 days (hopefully)!!!!!

I don’t think I’ve grown too much in the belly department these last few weeks but I am definitely huge:

37 weeks:

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38 weeks:

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39 weeks:

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The doctor seems to think I will have a “petite little baby” so I’ve got that going for me.  However, I definitely think I will be at least a week overdue before anything happens.  #ShootMeNow

Any tips for getting your diet back into shape after eating poorly for an extended period of time?

Some meals and a quick workout

Hi friends!  Can you believe it’s already almost FALL?!?!  I am more of a “glass is half empty” type of gal so this just makes me sad because it means that winter is right around the corner…

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Aaaanyway, since my life has been somewhat boring uneventful, I thought I would share today’s sweaty little workout and some pictures of the food I’ve been eating.  This is really exciting stuff people, I know.  But hey, you can’t say I didn’t warn you that this post would be a complete waste of time.

So yea, let’s get to it!

Today’s workout:

20 minutes on the elliptical followed by this circuit…

Bicep curl + wall sit x 15 (I used 12 lb dumbbells)
45 second plank
Kettleball swings x 15 (I used 20 lb KB)
Alt. standing side crunch x 30 (20 lb KB)*
30 second plank jacks + 30 second mountain climbers

Repeat circuit 3x (for a total of 4 rounds)

*Here is a visual of the standing side crunches

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I’ve been dropping the ball when it comes to using my fancy-dancy camera but here’s a look-see at the pictures I did manage to take over the last couple of weeks.  [Side note: it’s pretty pathetic that the ONLY pictures I’ve taken involve food but nobody is perfect]

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Smoked salmon and cream cheese frittata (recipe HERE) with watermelon salad and roasted sweet potatoes

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Eggs scrambled with avocado, onions and red pepper.  Topped with hot sauce and served with a side of banana + pineapple

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Brown sugar coated salmon (baked) served with a loaded sweet potato and roasted broccoli

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This lunch was nothing special but it was healthy, easy and filling –> grilled chicken with spinach, wheat berries and sweet potatoes

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Salad topped with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, sweet potato (ermahgerd, someone likes sweet potatoes!), balsamic vinegar and olive oil

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Grilled chicken wrap with spinach, wheat berries, tomatoes, avocado and honey mustard

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Homemade pizza + strawberry salad

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Peach crisp from Run Eat Repeat (best served with a side of Light Cool Whip ;))

That’s all I’ve got folks!

Anyone have any vacations coming up (or anything that is exciting, in general)?

-I’m a bored little person over here so I don’t have anything coming up, waaah!

I like food…a lot

‘Sup homies?  It’s almost the weekend, baby!

Per usual, I’ve got a lot going on (who doesn’t, right?).  So, I thought I would make this short and sweet by sharing some of my recent meals with y’all.  Everything is fairly easy to prepare, delicious and healthy!  So let’s get to it, shall we?

I lost a bet to my husband not long ago so I had to make him breakfast and do the dishes.  I decided to make veggie-packed eggs and The Lean Green Bean’s French Toast Oat Muffins (I used blueberries and walnuts in the recipe and topped it with light agave syrup)…

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SALADS:

Spinach, garbanzos, red pepper, red onion, basil, walnuts, olive oil (you can add goat cheese, if your little heart desires it)…

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Spinach, dates, slivered almonds, strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar…

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Spinach, dates (again, yes!), pistachios, apples, red onion, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil…

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This one is a crowd pleaser, promise: Cobb Salad with Spinach (I prefer romaine but I work with what I’ve got people!), hard-boiled egg, chicken (cooked the night before for ease in the morning), red onion, cucumber, tomato and the same dressing mix as the previous salad: dijon mustard, olive oil, apple cider vinegar…

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Dinners:

Loaded sweet potato equipped with: grilled chicken, jalepenos, cilantro, scallions, corn, avocado (I added some salsa after I snapped the picture)…

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My husband found THIS salmon burger recipe and let me tell you!  This thing is the SHIT!  I also made a watermelon salad on the side…

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Let’s talk about the watermelon salad for a minute.  I mixed up some watermelon, goat cheese, tomato, basil, arugula and balsamic vinegar.  Try it, you’ll thank me in the morning…

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Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and shredded brussels sprouts (I just shred the sprouts, add some olive oil and dried cranberries into a teflon pan and cook until the sprouts are ready)…

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And finally, I made Kath’s Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken, oh my goodness, SO good!…

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If anyone makes one of these concoctions, let me know how it turns out!!!

Any recipes you wish to share?

What I ate Wednesday and my favorite memes

Hey, hey!

Doesn’t moving suck?

I spent my Saturday biking through the West Loop looking for potential places to live, but once I looked online I found that these apartments are expensive.  I’m talking like $2,500 a month for a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, expensive.  Ouch.

Here is a money shot of the city:

ImageI also saw this strange (and large) door with a monster peeking out, RANDOM…

ImageLike, wtf IS that?!?!? I digress…

Anyway, my best girlfriends and I have decided that first, they will make a trip to Chicago in May and then we will all make a trip to NYC in July.  The July trip will involve me hanging out by the pool with a bunch of models whilst in my bikini so I decided to start an online weight loss challenge to prepare for this mortifying super fun event.  

With the challenge in full swing, I have been keeping a close eye on what I eat.  Today looked like this…

Breakfast: Spinach, carrot, banana, pineapple smoothie (est. 180 calories)

ImageLunch was a salad with spinach (again, ugh), walnuts, carrot sticks, beets and bleu cheese dressing (est. 400 calories)

ImageSnacks: fat free cottage cheese with 3 strawberries and a red anjou pear (est. 230 calories)

ImageDinner was Kath’s Slow Cooker Chicken served with avocado, cilantro and sweet potato + kale on the side (est. 500 calories).  I didn’t take a picture because hers would put my pictures to shame.

Daily totals amounted to about 1,300 calories.  Since I worked out, this should be o-okay.

Whenever I am on a diet, this is what I’m constantly thinking about…

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I don’t know why, but some of these internet memes get me every. single. time.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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 GUYS! I am cracking up as I post this!!!!

Do you have any internet memes that make you die laughing?!?!?!

Gym pet peeves, a new book and I’m screwed

Happy hump day everybody!

My week has been flying by, I hope yours has too 🙂

Workouts:

Monday: 30 minutes on the elliptical + upper body strength

Tuesday: 4 miles on dreadmill

Wednesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical + 1/2 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred (level 2)

While I was running on the dreadmill on Tuesday, I got to thinking about all the irksome little things that people do at the gym (what can I say, that thing is BORING). 

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Here are my 3 top gym pet peeves:

1) People not wiping down the machines once they are finished, GROSS

2) When I am waiting for a machine, and there is someone who is barely using it (talking on their phone, walking at a turtle pace, zero resistance, etc.)

3) Those girls who basically wear a bikini (you have a hot bod, we get it) to work out

Any pet peeves that drive you crazy?

Anyway, today I got very excited because my new book finally came in…

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Have you guys heard of it?  The basic premise is that modern-day wheat is genetically altered to create manufacturers with the greatest yield at the lowest cost.  This modern-day wheat is what’s making America fat.

I am not saying that I am going to go nuts and dive off into this wheat-free diet but I am interested in what Dr. Davis has to say.  So we’ll see.

In other news, as I mentioned earlier, I ran 4 miles yesterday and you know what?  It killed me.  My hips and hamstrings are completely sore.  I used to run 6 miles no problem, what happened?  Winter.  Winter is what happened.  Anyway,I just realized that the Shamrock Shuffle 8K is this weekend.  For some reason, I thought I had like 4 weeks until this sucker.  Considering the fact that 4 miles completely put me on my ass, I would say I’m screwed!  

Anyone else running a race this weekend?  If so, I hope that it will be warmer for you than it will be for me (48 degrees, FUN!).

 

 

Super Bowl, shrimp dip and my favorite snacks

Hello everyone!

I haven’t posted on here and a while!  I guess I’ve just felt like life has gotten the better of me these days.

Anyway, last Sunday, we went to our friends house for the big SUPER BOWL.  It was a typical gathering filled with lots of food, beer and JENGA!!!  

FOOD:

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I ended up bringing this wonderfully (and healthy) delicious Hot and Spicy Buffalo Shrimp Dip.  It was a big hit! 

Anyway, back to the Jenga…In case you were wondering, we (naturally) managed to turn Jenga into a drinking game.  You see, each block has instructions to either drink or do something else silly.  Exhibit A:

ImageLeslie pulled the card that required her to keep her head on the table AND have her next turn skipped…tough luck Leslie.

Here are a couple of other pictures from the night:

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ImageIt was a good night 🙂

In terms of my workouts, I haven’t really been feeling like myself so I haven’t doing anything special.  Mostly just running, the elliptical, spinning classes and weights.  I’ve noticed that I do a lot better when I wake up early and get going in the morning so that’s what I’m going to strive for this week.

I have been doing pretty good with eating healthy, low calorie and yummy snacks so I thought I would share some of my favorites…

Cottage cheese with sugar free jelly mixed in
Carrots dipped in hummus
Greek yogurt with blueberries (sometimes I also mix in some granola)
Broccoli with veggie dip
Banana and sunbutter

Do you guys have any delicious go-to snacks?