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?

Treadmill workout, total body circuit and my favorite salad

Guys, I am soooo happy about the long weekend.  My job has been kicking my butt lately with these crazy hours so an extra day off is ALWAYS welcome 🙂

This weekend I got in a couple of really sweet workouts and made a yummy yet easy dinner. SO…

I am going to move it along in chronological order so let’s start off with Friday.  I didn’t really feel like braving the cold so I made this balsamic onion, bacon and goat cheese pizza recipe that I found on Pinterest + my favorite salad [aside: For the pizza, I bought a pre-made wheat crust and used turkey bacon instead, it was still delicious!]

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My favorite salad is so simple yet so delicious, I can honestly tell you that I eat this thing AT LEAST once a day.  To make it, all you need is: Arugula (or some other super green mix, spinach, bok choy, etc), goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, liquid agave and olive oil.  Just toss all the ingredients in a bowl and ENJOY!  You’ll thank me in the morning.

Saturday morning got started off on the wrong foot, to say the least.  I was signed up to do my very first Bar Method class with my friend Leslie.  Well, for some reason, I thought the studio was a lot closer to my apartment so I wounded up full-on sprinting to the place.  WELL, I got there TWO WHOLE MINUTES late and they wouldn’t let me take the class!!!  OMG, to say I was pissed would be the understatement of the year.  So instead, I pouted walked my booty home and did this awesome treadmill workout instead:

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Guys, this thing kicked ASS (for me, anyway)!

Today was nothing special, I didn’t feel like doing much in terms of working out but I’ve been taking a lot of cheat days so I thought it best to drag myself to the gym.  I ended up doing 15 minutes on the elliptical + 10 minutes on the stair climber (the one that rotates) + this awesome circuit workout that I found on Peanut Butter Fingers <— If you’ve never been to her website, check it out ASAP, it’s awesome!  Oh yea, the workout!…

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The workout only took about 20 minutes so I was on my way back to the couch in no time!

As for the rest of my day, I am going to fart around with my camera and take random pictures of Chicago like a total tourist.  Then tonight, I’m off to see Identity Thief and then to grab some dinner.

Hope you all have an awesome Monday off!!!!

 

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:

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Here are a couple of other pictures from the night:

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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?

Mini-goals for the week

Hello!  How are you?  I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start 🙂

Mine has been a little bit rough as I’ve completely somewhat fallen off the wagon in terms of eating right and exercising.  I blame it on all the traveling!

Anyway, this week is my week to get back to it!  So, here is a flavor for the workouts/meals that I’ve got planned for the week:

Workouts:

Monday: I ran 4 miles with varying inclines and speeds, it took me a little over 45 minutes plus abs

Tuesday: I did the elliptical with varying resistances for 30 minutes plus this stability ball workout <– I wasn’t wild about it but it did the trick

Wednesday: Run for 30 minutes in the morning; upper body strength training in the evening

Thursday: Spinning class

Friday: Off

Saturday: 5 mile run

Sunday: Yoga

Dinners:

Monday: My husband made shrimp and grits and I made a salad

Tuesday: Loaded sweet potatoes (avocado, red onion, turkey bacon, greek yogurt, salsa)

Wednesday: Turkey meatballs plus salad

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Tacos that I found on Skinnytaste.com (OMG it is SOOOOO good)

Friday: Out

Saturday: Out

*Lunch will be either salad, open faced sammie or leftovers, hooray!

Remember how I said I blame my falling off the wagon on traveling?  Well, here are a couple photos from a couple of my adventures…

The weekend after new years, I went to NYC to celebrate one of my best friend’s marriage (she had a small ceremony with family only) and the party had a photo booth…pure GENIUS!

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THEN, this past weekend I went skiing in northern Michigan.  There was tons of snow and our place was awesome.  The only crappy thing was that on the second day, it was BRUTALLY cold, yikes!

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ImagePS – I am not that good at taking pictures, all my good photos can be attributed to Instagram (you can follow me at @sweethanrahan)

I hope you all tackle your weekly goals!

Question:

When you guys workout, do your toes ever go numb?  What is up with that?

-When I did the elliptical today, my toes went totally numb towards the end!  #NotCool

 

 

Grumpy Cat, daily meals and injury

Am I the only one who thinks Grumpy Cat is hysterical?!?!?!?

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So today, I did pretty good with my eating plan.

Breakfast:

If you read health/fitness blogs regularly, you will know about this delicious breakfast scramble.  If not, prepare to be wowed.  Mash up one banana, 2 egg whites and a dab of vanilla extract.  Cook like eggs.  Then I usually put almond butter and fresh berries on top.

DELICIOUS

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Lunch was an awesome tuna sammie.  I made the tuna with a dab of light mayo and 1/4 of smashed avocado.  I put it on a Flatout (90 calories!) and topped it with spinach, tomato and shredded carrots.  Man, that thing filled me up!

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My afternoon snack was greek yogurt with some granola

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Dinner was this awesome stuffed sweet potato that I found on one of the blogs that I read…Can I just say: AMAZE-BALLS.  You MUST MAKE THIS!

I worked until about 9:15 last night so I was sure to squeeze in a workout this evening.  I’m still battling knee pain so I’ve decided to (more or less) stay completely off of it for a couple more weeks.  If it’s still hurting, I’ll see a doctor soon.  My workout looked a little something like this:

30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 3 sets of the following (all with 10 lbs weights where applicable):

Reverse fly x 10, 30 second plank, bicep curls x 15, crunches on the ball x 40, front rows x 15, arm pull/straight leg crunch x 15, push-ups (on knees), 30 second plank.

I capped off my night by snuggling with these little guys.

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Friendsgiving, The Flu and Bouncing Back

This week has been busy/hectic/rough.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

Last Sunday marked the Frenks’ Second Annual Friendsgiving…We had a total of 7 people and everyone brought/made a dish.  Let me tell you, we had TONS AND TONS of food + wine.  Here is a pictorial recap of the evening:

ImageGuys + gals on the left and the lovely couple on the right hosted it…Thanks guys!!!ImageAfter dinner, we capped off the night with drinking Jenga…terrible idea on a Sunday night before work.

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Brendan pulled the block that said “head-to-table for one round.”

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On Monday, I felt AWFUL…I thought it was simply the price to pay for such an awesome/fun/wonderful/alcohol-infused night but alas, it was the flu.  I was sick pretty much until Friday (yes, I was sick during Thanksgiving).  It was a little rough at first because my in-laws came to Chicago to visit but I was able to still have a good time with them and by Friday, I felt pretty much back to my old self.  With that said, being sick and working out don’t really seem to mix.  I tried to workout on Thanksgiving but it was extremely hard.

So, today I was finally able to do my usual workout which looked a little something like this:

30 minutes on the elliptical followed by…

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I was supposed to do 3 rounds but ended up only doing 2 because apparently, if you don’t workout for a week, you’re a little slow to bounce back.

BUT, I am ready for the week!!!

Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! 🙂