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how to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight

It’s been over 7 months and I still have a bit of weight to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  Yes, it’s frustrating that it is taking so long, but I can’t say that I have done too much these past 7 months to help matters.  Yes, I have been going on long walks and eating healthy when I can, but not like I used to.  Before having our baby, I was extremely motivated to workout and eat healthy.  Now, I still want to do those things, but it is hard to get motivated and even harder to find the time!  My motivation has changed from being motivated to be the healthiest that I can be to being the best mom that I can be.  But, what I have realized is that being my healthiest is helping me to be the best mom to my daughter.
Everyone talks about ‘losing the baby weight’, but no one tells you how hard it is to find the time to exercise.  From sleep loss to just taking care of another person, there really isn’t much time!  Over the past 7 months, I have learned that I need to make time for myself.  It may not happen every day, but each week, I need to set aside some time for me.  It will benefit everyone!
Exercise is awesome.  At times, it is definitely hard to get motivated, but once you do get out there and exercise, you feel so much better inside and out.  However, the key to really losing the weight is nutrition.  You can exercise all you want, but if you continue to eat poorly, then your body will hold on to that extra weight.  I have been walking, jogging and trying to eat healthy since our baby was born, but it is time to kick it up a notch!  So, my goals each week are to:
  • run 3x per week
  • weight lift & light cardio 2x per week (walking, elliptical, etc)
  • eat some type of veggie with lunch & dinner
  • eat fruit with breakfast and for snacks
  • I also love to take long walks with my husband and daughter, so that will be thrown in there as well.
The nutrition part shouldn’t be that difficult for me because I really do love healthy food.  But, I need to get back in the kitchen to make sure that I know what is going in to my food, and my body.  My downfall for the past 7 months has been sweets.  I can eat healthy all I want, but the sweets are what get me!  Now, I don’t want to completely give them up and I don’t want to go on a diet (if you haven’t figured out yet from my blog, i’m not a fan of diets.  I believe in a lifestyle change, not a diet).  You should want to eat well…and I want to eat well and set a good example for my children.  Plus, good food tastes good!
My daughter has been eating solid foods for the past month or so, which has made me really want to get back on track.  I want to teach her the best eating habits, exercise habits and lifestyle habits as possible.  Mmmm…sweet potatoes!
Michael Pollan said it best: “you can eat as many sweets as you want, if you make them yourself”.  Homemade treats taste better anyways, and you won’t make them everyday, so why not induldge when you do?!  With the holidays coming up, this could be tough.  But, as long as I eat healthy and get enough exercise each week, I am not going to worry about it.
Another goal of mine is to blog more.  Blogging keeps me on track because I love to come up with new recipes, easy weeknight meals, and easy food to bring on the go.  Blogging will hopefully motivate me to do that!  But, honestly, this is the only motivation that I need…
I hope you continue to follow my journey!

a fresh (and healthy) start

I am finally back on track with my eating and feeling great!

The past week, I have been starting my day off with a glass of fresh squeezed juice.  I have been feeling dehydrated, tired and just crappy lately, so starting my day off with a lot of vitamins and nutrients is a great way to start the day.  I feel re-energized!

Beets, carrots, apple, 1/2 lime and a knob of ginger were in the mix.

Refreshing and delicious on these hot and humid summer days!

Juice is a great way to get a natural boost of energy and essential vitamins in to your diet.  The calories do add up, but a glass every morning or every few mornings won’t do any harm as long as you eat healthy the rest of the day.  Healthy eating makes me have more energy and feel much better about myself.  And, now that I have a little one to raise, it is important to me to get her on a healthy track right from the start.

On Saturday morning, we took Hayden out for a walk through the trails at Elm Bank in Wellesley.  It was a gorgeous day; perfect for some exercise!

After our walk, we toured the gardens, including the children’s garden!

And, we had a picnic on the grounds and relaxed.

Once home, I made up a batch of Angela’s Veggie Burgers and we had a delicious meal!

These burgers are delicious!  Jam packed with oats, beans, nuts and carrots, these burgers are filling and healthy!  I piled my burger high with cheddar cheese, avocado and a slice of tomato.  And, served them with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob.

What a perfect day!

another month goes by

Well, clearly time is flying over here!  I can’t believe that it has been another month since I posted…and that my baby girl is now 3 months old!!!

She has changed so much over the past 3 months, but I have noticed the majority of changes over the past month.

Hayden – 1 month old

Hayden – 2 months old

Hayden – 3 months old

She has her own little personality now!  She is smiling all the time and “talking/cooing”.  And, this past week – she has been sleeping 8-10 hour stretches at night!  A huge change from the 2 hour stretches that we were getting only 2 months ago.  Time flies!

Now that 3 months have gone by, my husband and I have vowed to get back on track with our eating.  We haven’t been eating poorly, but we have been getting a lot of takeout because it is just so much easier.  We are now on more of a sleep schedule with our daughter, so it should be easier for us to make this work.  It is hard to get back on track!

I have run a few times over the past month, but I am ready to make that a priority again (behind being a mom, of course!).  Being a mom means that I need to set a good example for my family.  Healthy living is important to me, therefore, it needs to be a priority.  I want to get back on the road…and back to the kitchen.  Summer is the perfect time to do both with the longer days and nicer weather, it is easy to stay motivated.

And, this baby girl is even more motivation to get back on track!

where have I been?

Wow!  It has been over two months since I last posted…and what a two months it has been!

On March 31, 2011 my husband and I welcomed our new baby girl at 7:19pm!

Hayden Lynne weighed in at 9 lbs 5 oz and was 20 inches long.  She was a big girl!

We have been having the time of our lives ever since.  We love Hayden so much and cherish every second with her.  It is amazing that two months have passed.  She turns two months old today!

She has changed so much in the past two months, just look at these photos…

Two Days Old

Two Weeks Old


One Month Old

Six Weeks Old

Two Months Old

I will be back with updates on my labor and how we have been adjusting to life as parents…it is the best!

rawbert’s organic cafe

This past weekend, Brant and I decided to take a day trip to explore a cafe that I wanted to visit in Beverly.  I have had a Groupon for over 9 months that expires March 31st!  Instead of letting it go to waste, we made a day out of it and spent some time together before we have our baby.

We headed out for lunch at Rawbert’s Organic Garden Cafe.

We both weren’t really sure what to expect at this cafe, but we knew that it was a mix of raw and organic cuisine using dehydrators and low-heat ‘cooking’ in order to preserve the food’s enzymes.    I knew that this place was perfect for me and after looking at the menu, we were both pleasantly surprised!

Everything on the menu sounded delicious, it was a really hard decision as to what we should get.  So, we went all out and got a bunch of stuff!

Brant immediately browsed the organic beer selection, while I went straight to the juice menu. 🙂

This gorgeous drink was a mix of Apple, Carrot, Celery and Beets.  It has been awhile since I have had a fresh squeezed juice and this was awesome.  Time to start making that at home again!

For our appetizer, we decided on Kale Chips.

These delicious and crunchy kale ‘chips’ were dehydrated with cheesy sunflower and red pepper dressing (website).

For lunch, I had the Thai Spice Wrap.

A lavash filled with sunseed croquettes and bean sprouts with an almond butter sauce and sweet chili date sauce (website).

It was awesome.  So flavorful, and the sunseed croquettes were perfect.  They almost tasted like an un-fried falafel.

Brant ordered the Monk Bowl, which was so interesting to both of us…and SO good!

From their website:

As the tradition goes, Monks make their rounds once daily before noon for alms of food
offerings from householders. Living on the charity of others, they can focus all of their
energy on spiritual development. With their bowl in hand they gratefully accept what
is given. In keeping with this tradition, you may accept our daily monk’s bowl special.

Lettuce, choice of brown rice, quinoa or bean sprouts, and a choice of topping.
Our toppings include a choice of either gaucamole, avocado, sunseed burger,
portobello burger, or falafel. Covered in a soup d’ jour.

He decided on lettuce and brown rice topped with corn chowder, veggies and pumpkin seeds.  The soup acts as the sauce, which is delicious.  Definitely something to be recreated at home. 🙂

We had such a great meal, but couldn’t leave without trying some of their raw desserts.  They were, in fact, why I wanted to try out this restaurant in the first place!


Apple Pie

Holy moly!  Both desserts were absolutely delicious!  The tirimisu was a special, but I am dying to know what it was made out of.  It was better than a ‘real’ tirimisu…creamy and delicious.  The apple pie was their exotic take on an American classic made fresh with organic native apples, apricots, raisins, ginger and spices, set in our walnut/pecan cinnamon crust (website).  It had so much flavor.

Both desserts were so good, but so rich and delicious that we basically had to be rolled out of the cafe!

The atmosphere inside was great too.  It’s a small restaurant with table service, but they move people in and out pretty quickly.  We arrived about 1:30pm on a Saturday and got a table right away, even though it was pretty full!

We would go back to Rawbert’s in a second…especially for the desserts!

i’m pregnant: week 36

Hello blog friends!  Just a quick little post to tell you that I am still here. 🙂

I haven’t posted in just over a month, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been having tons of fun.  My 8th month of pregnancy was pretty good!  I continued to feel great and tried to get in as many walks as I could with the snowy and cold weather we have had here in Boston.  We spent the majority of our time relaxing and getting ourselves ready to have our baby.  The nursery is almost complete (pictures to come when it is complete!) and we have just about everything that we need for our little one.

Tomorrow marks the end of my 36th week of pregnancy, which means that I am considered full term, so the little one is fully developed.  Our due date is a mere 3 weeks away!

Week 32

Week 34

Week 36

The baby keeps growing bigger and bigger, but I am still right on track where I should be.  Everyone is healthy and happy. 🙂

I have been trying to keep up with the healthy eating, which really isn’t that difficult when you make delicious healthy dinners, like Angela’s Mandarin & Maple Quinoa!

Delicious ingredients combine to create a sweet and spicy quinoa dish.

Overall, I have been feeling good.  Definitely getting more and more uncomfortable, especially while sleeping, but nothing that won’t be worth it in the end!

pregnancy tips: working out

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor.  Everything that I write about has been researched by me for my own pregnancy.  Please consult a doctor for health advice and before starting any exercise program.

Staying active while you are pregnant is important for many reasons.  For one, it keeps you sane and keeps you and your baby healthy.  You will gain weight while you are pregnant, and 25-35 pounds is about average, depending on your starting weight.  But, too much weight isn’t good for you or for the baby.

It was really hard for me to workout during my first trimester because of the way that I was feeling.  I felt sick and tired for the majority of the day, so working out was not a top priority.  Luckily, it was summer time and I love to be outside, so I did try to fit in quite a few walks.  Walking actually made me feel better!  The sickness would subside for a bit, and I would feel like myself again (kind of :)).

During my second trimester, I worked out as much as I could.  I took it easy, of course, but I was able to run, walk, swim, lift light weights, etc.  I felt great!

Now that I am in the third trimester, it is definitely harder.  I just feel big!  And, the tiredness has come back, so working out seems to take a backseat some of the time.  There are just certain days where I feel like rest and relaxation is more important than fitting in a workout.  I still try to get in some form of exercise 4-5 days per week, inclusing walking, the elliptical, swimming and using resistance bands.  And, I feel great on days that I do!

You don’t have to workout while you are pregnant, but the majority of people would recommend it.  Not only does it keep you healthy and in shape throughout your pregnancy, but it will help you during labor as well.  Every woman’s body is different, and some may not be able to workout while pregnant, but even a 20-30 minute walk 4-5 days a week will help with your breathing and circulation.  It will also keep your baby healthy!  And, who doesn’t want that?!

I’m not going to lie, nowadays when I go to the gym, I feel a little weird!  Over the past 7 months, I have not seen any other pregnant woman at the gym!  Yes, people definitely look at me when I am on the treadmill or swimming in the pool, but who cares?!  I am doing what feels good for me, and keeping my baby healthy.

If you would rather workout in the comfort of your own home, then I highly recommend this DVD!

Summer Sanders goes through 3 full length (or express) workouts specifically for the first, second or third trimesters.  I am loving supplementing my walks with this DVD because they use resistance bands to build some strength (which will help when carrying the baby) and a lot of squats to prepare you for labor.

The most important thing is to have fun!  So, get out there and enjoy the fresh air and time by yourself while you can. 🙂