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:
- These chicken avocado burritos look to die for.
- Instead of fries, these zucchini parmesan crisps.
- I’m not a salad lover, but this cajun shrimp kale salad is one I could get behind.
- This garlic parmesan spaghetti squash recipe looks simple and comforting.
- If you have a sweet tooth like me… I bet these apple cookies are delicious!
- Something to make with that crockpot chicken: chicken pesto sandwiches.
- Cucumber, avocado and feta salad. That’s what’s pictured above. Doesn’t it look so good and fresh?
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!