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!

Recent food stuff, treadmill workout and 21 weeks

Howdy friends, how’s life?

Life for me is jussssssst dandy.  If you follow me on instagram, you know that I recently shared a photo of what it looks like in Chicago (HERE).  It’s snowy, freezing and overall miserable.  But, on the bright side, at least I’m pregnant and feel perfectly content sitting my lazy rump on the couch. 🙂

I happen to be feeling somewhat like my old self and therefore, I’m not AS embarrassed about what I’ve been eating these days so I thought I would share a couple of things.  So here goes nothin’…

This is what breakfast has looked like lately: fruit, egg whites and turkey sausage with a side of english muffin

ImageI also made Bryan’s favorite: mashed banana, egg whites, walnuts, strawberries and almond butter

ImageLunch has been pretty boring, I typically bring a salad and then also go pick up either a soup or sandwich from somewhere nearby.  On this particular day, I made a spinach salad with dates, pears, walnuts and goat cheese tossed with olive oil and agave – I think I got a veggie sandwich on wheat from Corner Bakery as well (no photo because I feel like a weirdo taking pictures of my food at work).

ImageDinner has been all around the board including: chili, meatball subs, tacos and…PIZZA!!!  Seriously, who am I?

ImageDespite the abundance of shitty food choices of late, I have managed to keep my snacking pretty normal/healthy; typically, I go for fruit and yogurt (I used to eat carrots a lot but carrots are DISGUSTING these days, such as life).

ImageWorking out these days has also been a struggle.  I’ve noticed that either a) I am just too lazy to bring myself to the gym or 2) I am having one of those days where I just feel like dog shit.  However, even still, I’ve managed to get my whoopie cakes (according to the internets, this is another name for “butt”) to the gym about 4 times a week.  Last week I did this walking workout on the treadmill:

ImageIt wasn’t too bad!

The other day this woman in the elevator at work asked me “I heard you are 5 months pregnant, is that true?” to which I replied “why yes, yes it is” … Apparently, I don’t really look like I’m showing which I guess just means I look like I’m getting fat, ha!  Actually, I think I look like I’m showing.  Here’s a side shot so you can decide for yourself:

ImageOn second thought, I guess this picture doesn’t really show much so here is one with my shirt up (I apologize for the grainy picture, there is zero natural light in my apartment so pretty much all my pictures look like they were taken with a disposable camera):

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How have your meals looked lately?  Any good recipes?

Recent eats

Greetings!  This weekend was AMAZING (minus the awful weather).  As I said in my last post, my wonderful friend, Rachelle and her husband came to Chicago this weekend so I was hanging out with them and it was AWESOME!  I plan on doing a separate post about my past weekend because it was one I will never forget.

I have been pretty good about taking pictures of some of my recent eats and I thought I would share them with y’all.

So here goes…

Favorite breakfast of the week: green smoothie with avocado toast on the side

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A couple of my lunches included:

Cucumber and tomato salad in a carb friendly wrap

ImageSalmon and pineapple skewers (well, they were on skewers but I failed as a human being today and they completely fell apart) with chilled roasted brussels sprouts on the side.

ImageI’ve been eating carrots and cottage cheese with fruit every.single.day this past two weeks.  What can I say, I love the stuff!

ImageCONFESSION: I’ve been really into making bread every week.  I think it’s because I am in “nesting” mode where I want to be Martha Stewart when I grow up.  Last week was cheddar chive cheese bread and this week was Onion cheese bread (I think someone (ahem, me) likes cheese).  I don’ think my husband is complaining 😉Image

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Anyone been consistently snacking on something healthy and delicious?!?!  Please share because I NEED to get out of my snacking rut!

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?!?!?!

What I Ate Wednesday…

…But on Thursday.

I knew this week was going to be hectic with late nights at work.  So, I made sure I planned my meals carefully.  I made all my dinners the night before, to eat the next evening at work.  This allowed me to skip out on all that takeout (thank goodness!!!).

Here’s what is on tap for this week:

Monday: One of my favorites Skillet Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Hash

Tuesday: Shrimp Tacos, Yum!

Wednesday: Picadillo!

Thursday: Pesto Spaghetti Squash which you can find HERE

Friday: I will probably succumb to the takeout of my boss’ choosing (what? It’s Friday!!)

Anyway, here is a quick look at what I ate on Wednesday:

Breakfast: Toast with sugar free jelly and a banana (est. ~ 230 calories)

Lunch: Tunafish (with mustard and a dab of mayo) on an English muffin with pickles and lettuce (est ~ 350 calories)

Dinner: Picadillo (see above for details).  I personally chose ground turkey and it was still awesome.  My husband even liked it (wait…WHAT?!?!?).  I would have taken a picture of it but it looked kind of gross.  I can assure you, it was DELICIOUS!  According to the recipe, each serving is about 277 calories.

Snacks: Home made trail mix with cashews, raisins, almonds, pecans (est ~ 140 calories) + 4 strawberries (est ~ 25 calories).

And there you have it my friends!  What I ate on Wednesday!  The total was about 1,022 calories.  I probably ate a little more because I don’t think I only ate one serving of the picadillo (do you blame me?!?!?!).

Have a great weekend!!!