a healthier me

Being a new mom is hard.

Don't get me wrong. When I look into Evelyn's face or even just think of the amazing joy she has brought to our family, it is all worth it. But that doesn't change the fact that motherhood involves some serious challenges

I am especially learning about balance...how to spend your time, restarting work and still being a mom, giving baby daddy some attention too, what to eat, how to get back in shape. There are a lot of challenges.

One of the ones I plan to conquer first is getting healthy. When I got pregnant, I was already the heaviest I've been my entire life.  Part of that is getting older, and part of it is a combination of poor diet and not much exercise thanks to the rigors of medical school, marriage, and an attempt to maintain a semi-normal social life. Now that I'm a mom, I want to put my health a little higher on the priority list again.

So my goals are:
1) lose the last 5 lbs of baby weight (...and maybe 5-10 more?!)
2) find new recipes and snacks to support a healthy diet...one that I can stick with long-term
3) find forms of exercise that I ENJOY so I stick with them
4) keep up my high water consumption from pregnancy...at least 64 oz / day

Tomorrow marks Evelyn turning 6-weeks-old. My midwife just gave me a clean bill of health at my post-partum check-up this morning. So today is the start of my campaign to start a new, healthier lifestyle! I got a bit of a head start over the past few weeks with a couple of new recipes and a pact with my friend Lyndsey to workout together twice a week (and a plan to workout on my own 3 times a week).

Here are some of the recipes I've found that I really enjoy:

Parmesan Garlic Quinoa:
-Cook quinoa in vegetable broth on stovetop according to package instructions
-Season with fresh minced garlic (or garlic powder)
-Add parmesan cheese to desired taste...I did about 1 tbsp in 1 cup of quinoa

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
-Clean sprouts and cut in half
-Toss in (small amount of) oil with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
-Place on greased baking sheet
-Top with minced garlic if desired
-Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes

Baked Caramelized Chicken (not as healthy, but SO good and still semi-healthy!)
-Mix 1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup honey, 2 tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp oil, and 1 minced garlic clove in dish
-Place boneless skinless chicken breasts in greased pan and top with sauce mixture
-Bake on 350 for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is caramelized
*You can use the extra sauce on your veggies!! YUM!

-Apple with PB
-Trail mix
-Cheese stick
-Leftover veggies...brussel sprouts and asparagus especially!

And some of my go-to workouts are:
-This bollywood inspired dance workout on youtube...fun, not too hard, but challenging enough to keep you interested. 30 minutes long.
-"Workouts with Jessica" on youtube...you choose the workout by song and can do as many as you want! She's great, and the songs are really fun, which helps to keep me motivated. Some of my faves are this and this.
-Zumba classes (technically my first time back at Zumba will be tonight, but I know I love it from classes I've taken in the past!)

Let's see how this goes! I'm excited to start a new healthier lifestyle! I hope to set a good example for Evelyn and to be happier with myself, as well :)


my 1-month-old

Evelyn is 1-month-old! How is this possible?!

The past month has been a beautiful, messy, challenging, rewarding, and amazing time in our lives. We have really started settling into our new life together as a family of 3. Evelyn is such a wonderful blessing! Mikey and I have loved getting to know our precious little one over the past month!

My little munchkin is:
-about 9 pounds (aka growing like a weed)
-sleeping a 6 hour stretch at night
-eating 4 oz at nearly every feeding
-almost outgrowing her newborn clothes
-holding her hands together
-focusing on objects and tracking with her eyes
-getting better at holding up her head
-loving her bird toy
-loving her bedtime story (Good Night, Charleston)
-loving her paci
-loving bath time
-loving her mom, dad, Gramma, Grampa, Gammy, Papa, and all of her aunts and uncles!

Evelyn on her 1 month-aversary :)

Family picture from Evelyn's newborn photo shoot...she was 2 weeks old :)