11.14.2016

BODY after BABY


A lifestyle change. That's what I'm starting today. Allow me to make a ton of excuses, k? 

The back story. It all goes back to last December when we moved from our house with a great kitchen to our current house, an old 1940s bungalow with a.... not so great kitchen. I just couldn't get into my cooking groove here. Partly because the kitchen was old and smelly, but also because I was pretty pregnant and between that and moving, I was tired. So I stopped making all of these home cooked meals and we started eating out a lot. 

Fast forward to March when we started our kitchen renovation and didn't finish until June. (That was fun!) The eating out just increased since we didn't have total access to our appliances and fridge. Also because we had a baby during that time and just could stand to be in the house with all the reno mess. Ah, great memories!! 

Since then, I have to admit: I haven't really used our kitchen much and we eat so. badly. I made a few really great Terra's Kitchen meals right when we finished the reno, but I mostly rely on junk food to fuel my body. So yeah, that has to change. When you eat like that, there's only so long you can go without feeling like junk too. Even while eating so badly and with minimal exercise, I managed to lose almost all the 50 pounds of baby weight I gained during pregnancy. (OMG, 50! Yes, I know.) Breastfeeding had a lot to do with that, but I did wean Watson last week and he's strictly on formula now at 7.5months. Now that I'm not burning those calories from nursing, I can already tell that I'm not going to be able to eat the same way and expect to keep losing weight. 

So, what's the plan? I'm starting a regular workout routine and going to start COOKING! I've been looking for easy, healthy meals and thought I'd share some of my finds below. I'll share more on the workout routine later... I'm thinking about starting barre classes on a regular basis. It's true... after you have a baby and lose the weight, your body just doesn't look the same. It's due time for some toning! Excited to share my journey with you guys.

A few notes... When it comes to diet and exercise, I am all about moderation. Even in my pageant days when I was at my smallest, I still would eat a candy bar if I wanted it. Or I would take a few days off from exercising if my body told me to. On the same note, my healthy meals may not be as healthy as your healthy. To me, healthy means non-processed, wholesome foods. You know, I just don't get extreme with anything pertaining to food and fitness because at the end of the day, you've still got to enjoy yourself! So bring on the brownies and the waffle fries, just not every day.

A quick roundup of easy, wholesome meals:

  • If you have a sweet tooth like me... I bet these apple cookies are delicious!
Ok, what's your GO-TO weeknight meal that's fairly healthy? I need quick, easy, and flavorful! (Bonus points if it involves a crockpot.) 

Ps. I had some questions on the pillows I shared on snapchat yesterday. I bought them from here!

10 comments:

  1. Ugh I struggle with this everyday! Ever since I had my son, who's 13 months so I have no excuse, I eat so bad!! I make sure he eats very well but for me I eat a lot of granola bars, chick Fil a and pb and j just to get me by. We do Blue Apron for dinner and it's been the best. It also makes me feel ok about eating junk during the day because I know my dinner is real and not processed. So my advice is Blue Apron haha! Plus it's so nice coming home and not having to worry about what to make for dinner!

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  2. Skinny Taste Fast and Slow has a whole book of delish crockpot meals. 8 months preggo over here and entering the REALLY BIG MONTHS .. these recipes have been a lifesaver!

    xo

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  3. I'm right there with you!!
    This is my go-to crockpot dinner. It goes well with asparagus & rice (for the hubby).
    http://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-balsamic-pork-roast/

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  4. I'd be really curious about the weaning process and how you decided it was time. I'm still nursing my 8.5 mo old but starting to think about weaning process after a year.

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  5. I have been SO BAD on the eating/workout train. This summer was crazy with travel and I have gotten out of the groove with cooking. I just feel so uninspired after a day of work, but I've been feeling the same way as you and need to make changes. I just signed up for Barre3 online since there isn't one in Lexington and I love being able to do it from home on my own schedule... even though I do miss the studio! Better than nothing though!

    This zoodle ziti is awesome and only requires one pan -http://foodefile.com/2015/01/540/?utm_source=Olive+%23162&utm_campaign=41+Olive+-+ROW+Data+Report+&utm_medium=email

    This salad looks good for weekday lunches: http://www.littlebroken.com/2014/10/19/butternut-squash-and-cranberry-quinoa-salad/

    These stuffed shells look delicous and comforting, but not terribly fattening? http://rachelschultz.com/2013/10/08/butternut-squash-ricotta-stuffed-shells/

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  6. thanks for sharing those recipe's you've been loving!

    Abigail Alice x

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  7. www.realfoodwholelife.com is my go to for cleaner eating--take a gander at the crockpot page for some DELICIOUS recipes. My favorite is the balsamic, tomato & basil chicken!

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  8. Thank you for sharing the recipes and the link to the pillows :)

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  9. I just started my baby boy on formula too but he's SO picky!! What kind of formula do you give Watson and did he take to it easily after being breastfed? Thanks so much!!!!! Love your blog!!! -Lindsey

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    1. We got so lucky because Watson wasn't picky at all! We started off with Similac Sensitive just because that's what our Ped gave us a sample of—and I like that it is non-gmo. But then I was in Target and started talking to this girl on the aisle. She said she did tons of research and apparently, Similac makes Target's generic formula. It's the same ingredient list to a T. So we bought the Target Sensitive—it's cheap and Watson loves it! She also said that Enfamil makes the Costco brand of formula. Their generic is exactly the same as Enfamil Gentle Ease (we use their on-the-go bottles sometimes and it agrees well with him, too!).

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