Back in action

I recently had my second child and am beginning to plan my year of getting back into shape and achieving my best self. In preparation, I purchased Jessie’s Girls Home Edition program, and will be starting it once I get the ok from my doc in a month or so. Part of the program involves tracking your macronutrients (fat, protein, carbs), which can be tricky and definitely something to get used to. So I decided to start this now in order to get the hang of it by the time I begin the workout program. I calculated my macro allotment based on my current weight and limited physical activity, and adding an additional 500 calories towards carbs and fats to support breastfeeding. Once I start the workout program, I’ll recalculate my macros, as they will increase due to an increase in physical activity. What I like about this system is that you can eat whatever you want, as long as they fit within your macro allotment. I downloaded the app My Macros+ย to my iPhone and am ready to go. I am now playing around with recipes that I can frequently access and incorporate into my lifestyle.

Below is one of these recipes. The Mr. and I love having chia puddings for breakfast, and I’ve tweaked my recipe by incorporating protein powder. It’s delicious and satisfying for breakfast! I make a big batch to last all week, for both the Mr. and I. It keeps very well in the fridge, just add your berries before serving.

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Vanilla Berry Chia Pudding

Makes 10 servings

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup berries

Combine all ingredients except the berries, mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes and mix again. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, the pudding is ready to go! Just add your berries for the day.

FATS: 6.2g

CARBS: 16.6g

PROTEIN: 12.1g

Starting a healthy year a day early

I absolutely love starting new years. It feels fresh, I can leave the year prior behind, and I look forward to improving myself every year. I also start the new year with a few goals to achieve–they are usually health-related. One of these goals for 2015 is to consistently plan out my meals and workouts every Sunday. This used to be fairly simple for me, but once Baby Boy was born, my healthy habits were placed on the back burner. My ideal healthy day is getting in a workout, a post-workout smoothie, and healthy meals all day. So why not start my healthy year a day early?

That’s what I did. Today’s workout was focused on my lower body. I got this workout in in the morning, which I so much prefer compared to later in the day. The Mr. is off so it was relatively easy to do while he stayed with Baby Boy. Let me know if you try it out. As always, check with you doctor before starting a workout routine.

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Next up was my post-workout smoothie: blueberries, banana, almond milk, flaxseed, vanilla protein powder, and a few ice cubes.

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Not a bad start! Here’s to a healthy, joyful, and positive new year everyone!

Sesame Devilled Eggs and 4-Month Doctor Checkup

Baby Boy got his 4-month shots today–poor little guy. He wasn’t in a good mood all day, so we took a few walks to help him sleep it off. I hope he sleeps through the night as usual.

A few weeks ago I wrote about starting the 30-day HIIT challenge. About a week later, I felt like I pulled a muscle during one of the workouts. I mentioned this to the Mom & Baby bootcamp trainer and she thought that the pregnancy and breastfeeding hormone relaxin may be the culprit, especially when doing non-symmetrical exercises (which is how I got injured, during 180 degree jumps). I’ll have to come back to the HIIT challenge in a few months. So to switch things up and keep myself injury free, I moved on to do theย Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred challenge. Today was my second day, and it feels great! There are 3 workouts, 1 at level one, 1 at level 2, and 1 at level 3, each 20min long. So I planned out to do 10 level 1 workouts, 10 level 2 workouts, and 10 at level 3. I also scheduled active rest days every four days of workouts. Mom and Baby bootcamp is also going on once a week. Hopefully the 30-day shred challenge will help me lose some more baby weight!

On to today’s recipe: Sesame devilled eggs. These are so tasty and a great protein-packed snack.

Sesame Devilled Eggs

Serves 2

  • 5 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • Peel the eggs and slice them in half length-wise. Carefully remove the yolks and place them in a small bowl. To the yolks, combine the tahini, tamari, chill garlic sauce, and sesame oil. Mash it all up and carefully spoon 1 tbsp or so back into the egg whites. Finish off by sprinkling the sesame seeds over top. Enjoy!
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You can tell I had some trouble peeling those eggs!