I can’t believe my new baby is already over six months!! So much has happened in our lives and I know it has been too long since I have updated…but better late then never!
Overall, I feel AMAZING! I have made some HUGE changes in these past couple months and am looking forward to making a lot more (some of which I will have to cover in a future post).
Thankfully, I am still nursing my little one and hope to continue that until he is one year.
My weight loss has become…complicated.
Since my last update I lost another 6 pounds without a lot of trouble. But then I hit a roadblock!
With a total of 55 pounds lost since the day before the birth, I was now at the weight that I had been at during our wedding…and for several years before that (although it was now in completely different locations!). I think my body was used to having this weight on and wasn’t letting go very easily.
So I made even more diet changes, trying to choose my food more carefully but not cut down my quantity too much so that my milk supply wouldn’t suffer. Thankfully, those changes have started me losing again and I have now lost a grand total of 60 pounds!!
The losing is much slower now but as long as I keep heading in the right direction I am happy!
Only 25 pounds to go!
There have been some changes in this category as well. I was pretty regular with the exercise I mentioned in the last update, but was quickly getting over the constant repetition and didn’t feel it was working the female muscles that I had weakened so much by having two large babies back to back.
After doing quite a bit of research I discovered that Trim Healthy Mama had actually put out DVDs that looked amazing! My generous husband agreed that it would be worth the investment in order to keep my body in a good condition for making what we hope will be a large family.
Since it arrived in the mail about a month ago I have been doing it every 3-4 days (per their suggestion) and have LOVED it!
I have exercised the majority of my life and have tried everything from going to the gym to getting DVDs from Walmart to using YouTube videos. But I can truly say that this is the first time I’ve truly looked forward to working out and felt like it was truly targeting the areas that most need it!
I’m realizing that when your body expands, opens up for a baby, and then shrinks so quickly there are very unique muscles that women need to work or else pregnancy, labor, and life in general are much more difficult and uncomfortable.
Even if you aren’t a mom, women have different muscles than men and are made to be “lean” and not “bulky”. That requires a completely different workout then most women are used to!
There are SEVEN different routines included in the Trim Healthy Mama set, so I only repeat every two-ish weeks!
Food for our entire family is the area of my research focus right now. I will go into more detail in a future post, but a lot of love and research has gone into the menu I am about to share. As I mentioned earlier, there are still several changes coming, but I can’t begin to communicate how much better I feel by taking out any remaining processed foods and filling my body with so much nutrition.
This menu sticks to Trim Healthy Mama standards and is causing weight loss, but keep in mind that I do include a few “crossovers” (THM term) because I am nursing.
Trimmy (THM cookbook – pg 430) – I make this coffee drink first thing in the morning using herbal, caffeine-free coffee.
The Shrinker (THM cookbook – pg 400) – My goal is to drink one gallon of liquids a day and this makes up half of that. I make a gallon of it at a time (with eight tea bags) so that I only have to remake it every other day.
Water – This is the other half of my liquid intake.
Egg and Avs (THM cookbook – pg 245) – This is basically scrambled eggs with a side of sliced avocado, drizzled with olive oil and nutritional yeast on top…DELICIOUS!
Oatmeal and Banana – Cook your oatmeal…add some cocoa powder, stevia, vanilla, splash of almond milk, and a sliced banana!
Salmon/chicken and Chard salad – Depending on what is in the freezer I cook up a piece of meat (in advance) and make this easy chard salad recipe.
Sweet potato hash – I make a full recipe every week so that it will feed my daughter and me every day. This recipe is on my pinterest page or you can find it here.
Small dinner and bone broth – We have started going to our local farmer’s market and getting soup bones to make our own bone broth every week. Since my husband gets home late from the office, every day I add some veggies to the bone broth and we have it with just a little of the main course, so that we are not eating too much that late.
Small dinner and salad – On the days we don’t have bone broth I add a salad made up of lettuce, roasted garbanzo beans, hard boiled egg, oil/vinegar dressing, and a sprinkling of Superfood Salad Sprinkles (THM cookbook – pg 493).
Smoothies (mid morning snack)
Ginger-Vanilla Smoothie (Clean Green Drinks – pg 164)
Apple Smoothie (Clean Green Drinks – pg 102) – I use almond milk instead of coconut water, skip the kale (because my tummy is sensitive to it), add a scoop of greek yogurt for additional protein, and a spoonful of homemade (stevia-sweetened) maple syrup.
Big Boy Smoothie (THM cookbook – pg 414) – I skip the lemon juice, collagen, and sunflower lecithin.
Chocolate Smoothie (Clean Green Drinks – pg 82)
Green Matcha Smoothie (Clean Green Drinks – pg 86) – I also use almond milk in this recipe.
Juices (mid afternoon snack) – since I only make two recipes during the week I am able to buy the organic ingredients in bulk at Costco and fit them into our budget easily.
Beetroot-Sunshine Blend (Clean Green Drinks – pg 78)
The Everything Blend (Clean Green Drinks – pg 106)
Evening Snack (Shared with my daughter as her dinner and to hold me over until I have a late dinner with hubby)
Tummy Spa Ice Cream (THM Cookbook – pg 361)
Pancakes with almond butter and homemade maple syrup (THM cookbook – pg 262)
Chocolate Monkey Crepes (THM Cookbook – pg 267)
In order to make my healthy eating more manageable I do my shopping and a lot of food prep on Saturday. These are the things I prepare in advance:
- Cook salmon or chicken for the week
- Prepare juicing vegetables
- Tummy Spa ice cream
- Sweet Potato Hash
- Pancakes (one family sized recipe lasts us three weeks so I freeze the two extra portions)
- Maple syrup for pancakes (I double the recipe so that it lasts several weeks)
- Chocolate syrup for crepes (I double this as well)
- Roast the garbanzo beans
- One stevia sweetened dessert for Josh and I to enjoy during the week
Side note: Some of these dishes have some specialty/superfood ingredients that will be an initial investment. But I have tried to use them in a small enough quantity and with enough variation so that each ingredient will last for quite a while. Each one was found for a reasonable price at either Amazon or Whole Foods (with their new and improved prices!).
The only three sources I’ve used for these recipes is Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, Clean Green Drinks, and Pinterest. I would STRONGLY recommend those two cookbooks for anyone looking for solid nutrition, weight loss, and a great variety!
So that you can see how I’ve laid out all the listed meals during the week, I’ve put my actual menu under the printables here.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and feedback on the changes I’ve been making!