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The Journey Begins

28 Dec

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My lil snuggler is 3 months old now and my heart could not be full of more joy with my little family. But there is one thing that is weighing on me quite a bit and that is the extra 20 pounds I’m toting around with me. It is true that I just recently had a baby and that’s a great reason to have gained the weight and to still be carrying it around but it doesn’t make it any easier to look in the mirror or to fit in my jeans. I’m not planning on having any more kids in the future and I’m dreaming of the day when I’ll be back in my prepregnancy clothes.

I was pretty tired and frankly cold this afternoon and all I really wanted was to take a nap during the kids’ nap time but I was reminded that whether I went to the gym or took a nap- I would probably regret not doing the other, but if I went to the gym, I might wish I had taken the nap but would probably be happy I got a work out in. I took that gentle reminder to heart and laced up my new hot pink and black running shoes and hit the gym.

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The gym was delightfully empty so I had my pick of machines. It’s hard to admit just how out of shape I am, I was definitely moving at a much slower pace and had to shorten each of the times on all of the machines. Having a difficult pregnancy and skipping about 11 months worth of workouts will do that to you. I was definitely sweaty when I left and proud of it, it wasn’t the best workout or probably the most successful workout I’ve ever had but the time has come to reclaim my body and take action to improve my situation.

I’m setting new goals and am going to be implementing all the strategies that I have been successful with in the past. After recently turning 30, I know that it’s only going to get harder to stay in shape from here but I owe it to myself, my husband, and my kids to embody and promote a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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Beating my bad habits is going to be tough. As I type I’m reminding myself, ‘you’re not hungry, you’re just bored’ and resisting my very strong urge to go for the dark chip chocolate gelato that is calling my name from the freezer. I am an emotional eater, a boredom eater, an overeater, a salty food lover, a sweets lover, a carb lover, a veggie lover, a comfort food lover, you name it- I love it. So portion control and cutting out certain foods will help steer me in the right direction. I’m trying to avoid looking at this like a diet but as a lifestyle improvement. Because, let’s face it- diet is an ugly four letter word.

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Good Morning Smoothie

4 Aug

Pretty much in no uncertain terms my OB is not pleased with me. She let me know that I am 7 weeks away from my due date and 2 lbs away from the maximum amount that they wanted me to gain of 25 lbs (probably would have been good for them to set up expectations prior to me getting close to that amount). So of course my husband starts joking asking if ‘eating cookies while lounging on the couch is a recommendation for that’, which she laughed at but was like ‘no, I’m pretty sure that no one recommends that.’

Ok, so I have to do better. I know that although I have gained a few more pounds than I planned I am not too far gone and whatever I do and put in my mouth now is going to effect my ability to get back into all my cute pre-pregnancy clothes which I miss dearly. It’s a little tough thinking about getting up and getting out there to get more exercise since I have hit that 3rd trimester wall of being exhausted by every activity, from things as small as walking downstairs from my office to refill my water bottle to a full hour long grocery shopping trip with my three year old. Not to mention that it is just about a million degrees in Southern California as we have started the month of August. My body is revolting against me when I even think of going outside. But I know that I need to get more exercise to be able to have a smoother delivery and recover more quickly from the birth. But besides getting outside and taking a walk or a jog, or hitting up the gym during lunch while I am at work I know that I need to still keep working hard (much harder) to sustain making healthier choices when it comes to what I am putting in my body, and no I don’t spend all day or evening eating cookies on the couch. I often have to wait to eat breakfast until I get into work since I usually choose sleep over getting up a minute sooner to do anything extra in the morning. Which means that sometimes my breakfast selections are influenced by what I see on the way to work, like fast food etc. Now I only do this maybe one to two times a week but I know it’s not good and I need to start somewhere. So I am issuing myself a little challenge to eat a healthy breakfast at home each work day this week.

To kick things off this week I made my Good Morning Smoothie. I am pretty picky when it comes to smoothies and I am definitely not on the level of most of my friends with their green smoothies. To me, I don’t really care how good whatever crazy ingredients are for you, I care about taste. But with this smoothie I am able to incorporate lots of good healthy ingredients with great antioxidants and the taste is still great! It has a great berry flavor but with a slight citrus tang and is hearty and healthy! It’s very refreshing and I especially love this smoothie in the summer even though with the use of mostly frozen ingredients I can have it any time of the year.

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Good Morning Smoothies

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 fresh banana, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup 2% milk (could use another kind of non-dairy milk if desired)

Empty all ingredients into your blender and liquefy to desired consistency. *If it needs more liquid, I recommend adding more orange juice. Enjoy!

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It’s Been A Long Time

5 Jun

We’ve been pretty busy in the past 6 months prepping our little house for a big new edition- a lil’ dude will be coming soon. We’ve been in each of our busy seasons at work as well so time is passing as quickly as it can when you’re growing a tiny human in your belly.

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I had a rough go at it in the first three months but fortunately the last couple have been much easier for me. However not feeling sick all day, everyday means that I have had plenty of time to do what pregnant women do best- eat. I’ve gained more than I would have liked to by now so it’s time to get better about what and how much food I’m putting in my body. Of course cooking and eating comfort food is more fun (at least for me) than ‘healthy’ food. So now it’s become important to me to try and reincorporate my healthy meals into my routine. Making eating healthy into something enjoyable is my new challenge (oh and getting the house ready for baby #2).

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Last night we grilled chicken breasts (that we marinated in Italian dressing for 30 minutes in the fridge) sliced some fresh mozzarella and Roma tomatoes sprinkled it with kosher salt and pepper and drizzled it with balsamic vinegar. I served it roasted asparagus that I had drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and dashes of kosher salt and pepper. It’s quick, easy, doesn’t require too much prep, and is pretty healthy.

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This morning I had some leftover egg whites from a new recipe I made earlier in the week so I decided to make us an egg white scramble. I took a good assortment of vegetables in my refrigerator and chopped them into small pieces. I used carrots, asparagus, zucchini, and spinach (which I wilted whole rather than chopping).
I heated extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a medium frying pan and added the carrots, asparagus, and zucchini and sautéed them till just about tender, I added a clove of minced garlic and the spinach and sautéed until it had wilted. Once the vegetables were cooked, I added salt and pepper and poured in 8 egg whites. I cooked the eggs with the vegetables until cooked through. It was simple and light but filled me up on good stuff rather than my usual carb heavy breakfasts. This vegetable scramble can easily be made with any kind of vegetables you have on hand.

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For lunch today I made a spinach salad with sliced strawberries and sliced roasted almonds with a light honey Dijon dressing (I like Ken’s Steakhouse).