Happy Halloween

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From our pumpkin patch to yours…

Madelyn’s been a sick little baby the past week. With starting daycare and getting her shots in the same week, it was bound to happen. She then passed it along to dad and then of course me. Being sick with a new baby is EXHAUSTING! I hope to be back on a regular blogging schedule by Friday.

Happy Halloween!

Weigh in Friday-Week 2

Weekly weight loss: -2.6 lbs.
Total Weight loss: 5.6lbs

I had another successful week with Weight Watchers.  I’m learning that it only works if you track EVERYTHING you eat-everyday.  I’m surprised that I lost this much just because I didn’t get a chance to work out as much as I normally do this week, but on the other hand I’m back at work now and I had to plan my meals for the day.

Some of last week’s meals included:

-slow cooker jerk chicken w/brown rice
-breaded pork chops
-Salmon, cooked zucchini, and mashed potatoes
-And these somewhat healthy, delicious muffins posted below.  They count as a breakfast meal :-)
Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Middle
7 points +
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum-eliminate if you’re using regular flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 coconut oil-melted
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 tbsp low fat cream cheese-separated
Directions
preheat the oven to 350.  Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners.  In a medium bowl whisk together all your dry ingredients.  Stir in coconut oil, agave, vanilla, and milk.  Stir until smooth.  Using a spatula, stir in hot water and pumpkin. Fill the muffin tin only half way.  Spoon in about a tablespoon of cream cheese.  Then, add more muffin mix  on top of the cream cheese, like this:
Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the muffins 180 degrees at 15 minutes.  Check to make sure they’re done by poking a toothpick through the muffin.
  Onto week 3!

 

Happy 2 Months Madelyn

It’s been an absolute joy getting to know this little person over the past two months.  I know I said this last month, and probably will continue to say it, but time goes by way. too. quickly.

Watching her grow and discover new things (like her hands) has been incredibly awesome.  One day, while we were playing and learning in her room my sister came over. Madelyn’s face immediately lit up at the sight of her and she started kicking her legs in excitement.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Her smiles are becoming more social now and are not to be confused with gas :-) She smiles at me most when I have her the changing table-girlfriend hates dirty diapers.

Sleep. Well, Larry and I hit the baby jackpot with this kid.  I told him that I don’t want another baby because this one is just too great that I’m scared we’ll get a problem child the second time around!  She sleeps through the night.  Consistently.  I lay her down around 9:30-10pm and she sleeps until about 5:30 a.m.  Sometimes she’ll wake up around 4am but for me, that’s about the time I’m waking up for work anyway.  On the weekends however, it’s a little bit of a struggle for me-but I feed her and she usually goes right back to sleep until about 8 am or so.  I feel bad telling new moms this because I know that she’s the exception-at least among my new mom girlfriends anyway.

Eat.  Luckily she started taking a bottle right away, so there hasn’t really been any issues with her eating habits transitioning into daycare.  Today was her first day there.  While I was on maternity leave, I pumped and stored enough milk so that she would have some for daycare.  While I was at work today, I managed to pump 3 times and produced 12 oz of milk, so she has enough breast milk for a 2nd day at daycare.  They did give us a container of formula to use just in case I ran out of milk.  After day 1 of work, we’re still doing good in that area.  My job is pretty good about letting me go pump at random times throughout the day.

What she loves.  Her crib!  The first night we put her in it was the best night of sleep for everyone.  She woke up at 4am to eat and then went back to sleep until 9am!!  I finally had to wake HER up.  We have a little sleepy head on our hands.  She’s becoming more intrigued by her play mat and her soother that’s in her crib.  I have a mirror in the car so that when I’m driving I can see her and she enjoys starring at herself in that as well :-)

Me-2 months postpartum.  I had a very easy pregnancy.  My morning sickness was barely existent.  I was able to remain active throughout my entire pregnancy-I walked two miles the day I went into labor.  Everyone was healthy & happy.  I had a very short & natural labor.  When Madelyn was born, she latched on right away and I had zero problems breastfeeding.  Everything was going along way too perfectly.  I was just waiting for something bad to happen-like Charlotte in Sex and the City the movie.  I few weeks after she was born I developed a rash all over my body.  I had read in one of my baby books that some women have a reaction to the influx of oxytocin in their bodies.  I was worried that this was from that and that I would have to give up breastfeeding, because the itching was awful.  I saw my doctor twice for this issue before she referred me to a dermatologist who then diagnosed me with PUPPP (Pruritic Uticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy).  No one knows why certain woman get it, but it usually arrives in the 3rd trimester and goes away with delivery.  In rare instances (like myself) it can last well into the postpartum period.  BUT the good news is that it only happens with first time pregnancies so this shouldn’t deter me from having anymore kids (according to the dermatologist).  She put me on anti-itch meds and creams and I just have to wait it out until it works its way around my body.  It started on my stomach and spread to my legs, arms, and back.  I’ve been taking lots of oatmeal baths and applying ice to the itchy areas to keep from scratching.

The same time that I was battling this rash, I also developed mastitis.  When it rains, it truly pours.  I woke up one morning before Madelyn with an awful pain in my right breast.  At first I thought it was because she was sleeping so long at night that I was engorged, but I had never felt pain like this before.  I woke her up to eat, and then came the chills, vomiting and fever.  The doctor put me on antibiotics and told me to NURSE, NURSE, NURSE!  And to pump out whatever she wasn’t finishing.  I truly believe that all the nursing & a very long nap helped with me feeling better already later that day.  I’m so thankful for my mom-who took off of work to come help me with Madelyn while this was going on.  In the hindsight of it all, I think to myself that if this is the worst thing that has happened to me, I should consider myself lucky.  I have a healthy, happy baby who came into this world full speed ahead and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

I’m looking forward to seeing what month 3 has in store for us.

Weigh-In Friday: Week 1-Low Carb Night

Weekly Weight Loss: -3 lbs
Total weight loss: 3 lbs

This was my first week tracking every single thing that I ate.  I hit my points on most of the days and were left with a little extra on others.  I managed to workout 4 times this week, alternating between Zumba, Turbofire & Bar Method.  I’m looking forward to running more starting next week when I’m back at work but as of right now, my workouts are done when the little one naps.  I’ve been trying to get as much cuddle time as I can with her because I go back to work on Wednesday :-/ I’m hoping there are no tears from either of us.  We are putting her in daycare 3 days week.  I’ll be home with her one day during the week and LC will be home with her another day during the week. After doing lots of research and getting references, I have a very good feeling that she’ll be in good hands and the daycare is about 10 minutes from my job, so I can stop in during my lunch breaks.

Tonight’s dinner was low carb and full of protein and veggies.  I made stuffed peppers with  ground turkey and balsamic asparagus and tomatoes.  A glass of vino would’ve gone well with this meal, but I opted for a crustless pumpkin cheesecake instead (only 4 points!), recipe courtesy of Gina at The Fitnessista.

Turkey Stuffed Peppers-Italian Style

Weight Watchers + Points: 8
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 4 green or red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1.25 lbs ground lean turkey
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp of garlic powder (heaping)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (italian style)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • shredded parmesan cheese for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
1. preheat oven to 350.
2. in a skillet on the stove, sauté onions, mushrooms, garlic and celery in the olive oil until the veggies have softened.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the ground turkey, egg, veggie mix from the stove, garlic powder, italian seasoning, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
4. Stuff mixture into hollowed out peppers.  I cut mine in half length wise because they’re easier to eat and stuff this way. Place in a casserole dish.
5. Mix tomatoes and sauce in a bowl and pour over peppers.
5. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake for 50 minutes.

I’m off to catch some Zzz’s!  Tonight is Madelyn’s first night in her crib.  I’ve been so lucky to have a baby that sleeps as good as she does.  Up until tonight, she’s been sleeping in a bassinet in our room, but she’s getting too long for it and I’d like her to get used to sleeping her own room before I head back to work.  Here’s to hoping tonight goes well-fingers crossed!

 

 

Accountability

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had issues with my weight.  Up until my junior year of high school I was overweight.  The summer after my sophomore year one of my good friends and I got serious about losing weight and lost about 35 pounds.  We would workout twice a day and ate very little.  I remember some days only eating a footlong veggie sub from Subway-not good.  As you would’ve guessed it, over the years the weight has slowly crept back on and it’s been a roller coaster ride every since.

RIght before I found out I was pregnant, I was down to the lowest weight I had been in years.  I was about 10-15 pounds from my goal weight.  I credit that weight loss to my one month deployment overseas-there was nothing to do but workout and it was a month after I was advised by my doctor to go gluten-free so my food choices were very limited.  I came home in the beginning of November and by the middle of December I found out I was expecting my first child.

I continued to eat healthy and workout.  I wanted to give my baby a healthy start to life and I knew that if I stayed active I would have an easier pregnancy and a easier delivery-which I did.  Over the next 9 months, I gained 35 pounds.  I worked out at least 3 times a week and was very careful about what I ate.  I can’t imagine what my weight gain would’ve been had I used pregnancy as an excuse to “eat for two.”  I also read that if you remained active during pregnancy, it would help make those post-pregnancy pounds easier to lose.

On August 17, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl who weighed nearly 8 pounds.  When I got home and weighed myself, I had already lost 22 pounds.  The weight just fell off those 3 weeks after delivery.  Then one month postpartum things slowed down and my weight did not change.  I was up about 12 pounds and it looked like it was there to stay.

I continued to eat as healthy as I could, but I also knew that in order to support breastfeeding I had to consume 500 more calories a day to keep up my milk supply.  I remember shortly after I had Madelyn, running errands with Larry-we stopped at Kopp’s frozen custard for lunch and I ate a cheeseburger and a milk shake.  I didn’t think anything of it (besides the tummy ache I received from eating dairy and gluten) because I needed the “extra calories” for breastfeeding.  I then realized that I didn’t know how to eat in order to support both a healthy weight-loss and breastfeeding.  Before I became pregnant, I used MyFitnessPal to track what I was eating-but I was eating for weight loss and I didn’t know if I would be able to use this app while breastfeeding.

Back in college when I was trying to keep those pesky pounds from sticking around, I remember giving weight watchers a try.  I never really “officially” joined-my mom and sister joined and I kind of just went off of what they did.  I had a little book that gave me the points for all the food and I kept track of what I ate that way-and it worked until that is I got down to a weight I was comfortable with and stopped counting points.  The weight then returned.  A few weeks ago, I started doing more research with Weight Watchers and I found that they took into account nursing mothers and gave you extra points for breastfeeding.  I was sold.  I joined the online portion of it-my life with a newborn is too crazy to devote to weekly meetings right now, but perhaps in the future. The only problem that I’m finding is that with it being just online it’s easier to cheat or to not count that Reece’s mini pumpkin-it’s only two points and I earned 7 activity points doing 40 minutes of Zumba!  So, to hold myself accountable, I’m bringing my Weight Watchers weigh-ins to the blog.  Every Friday I will do a summary of how my week went and how much weight I’ve lost.  I want to get down to a weight that I’m comfortable at again and I want to stop this roller coaster once and for all!  Most importantly, I want to be a healthy role model for Madelyn.  I want her to be able to naturally make smart choices when it comes to food and to not have to worry about being overweight.

I realize that I just had a baby two months ago and some people might think that I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to lose the weight quickly.  But, I’m already almost 2 months postpartum and I haven’t lost any of the weight that has stuck around.  In my job, I have to be physically fit and I have 6 months postpartum to get myself back into shape and pass a fit test.  At first I remember thinking, “No problem! 6 months is a long time!”  But now here we are with only 4 months left to go and I’m no where near ready-not even close.

So from this point forward, I’m making a commitment to myself to lose the weight once and for all.  I realize that it’s not going to happen overnight-it is something that is going to take time, patience, and willpower but it will definitely be worth it.

6 weeks postpartum

A smoothie for Every Season

This weekend was filled with all sorts of Fall goodness.

A ride out to Holy Hill

 

Football Games

My first cool weather run-fastest 3 miles postpartum :-)

And a smoothie?

Since the cooler temps have been rolling in, the Vitamix was being neglected and replaced with oatmeal bowls and egg bakes. Last week I was flipping through the Vitamix cookbook looking for recipes when I came across an Autumn treat: The Autumn Sweet Potato Smoothie. I was a little hesitant to try a sweet potato smoothie, but then I remembered how much I surprisingly loved the avocado smoothie and decided to give it a try. The verdict? Extremely tasty!

Autumn Sweet Potato Smoothie

  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1/2 orange peeled
  • 1/2 sweet potato cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 medium apple
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 2 cups of ice

Blend to desired consistency and enjoy :-)

I’m off to get some cuddle time with my little girl. This week is my last full week home with her and then it’s back to work for mama :-/ On one hand I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine, but I know that I’m going to miss her like crazy. 8 weeks goes by way too fast.

10 days of Real Food days 8, 9, &10

**The 10 Days of Real Food challenge actually ended last Friday, the 28th, but I’m just getting around to posting it now.**

The last few days of the Real Food challenge were kind of monotonous.  Lots of apple cinnamon oatmeal bowls and pancakes filled my mornings for breakfast while baked sweet potatoes smothered in almond butter remained a lunchtime staple.

Last week, I broke out the slow cooker to try out some recipes for when I go back to work. One of the recipes I found via Pinterest.

Source: food.com via Maria on Pinterest

Slow cooker Asian Sesame Pork Ribs.  Since I went to Trader Joe’s for this particular grocery trip and they didn’t have pork ribs for sale, I just used boneless pork chops instead and during the last half hour of cooking, I added in broccoli florets.  Serve over brown rice and you have yourself one tasty/healthy little meal.

 I’m off to get a little workout in while the little sleeps :-)  If I have enough energy leftover later I just might celebrate October by making pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting…