why yes! that IS sweat. today...was a great day. not just cause it's friday either! it was great cause i started my day super-duper early this morning in the what?
i'm back baby!!!! i'm home. kinda. i miss the smell, the energy, the whirring of the machines... is that weird!? the same smell that used to make my stomach turn when i was training for my bikini comp, go figure. and i definitely miss my gym buddies and instructor friends! i said 'kinda' cause i only came to walk, which is still the only thing i've been doing until i'm cleared to hit those weights again. that's next though! i haven't gotten up at the crack of dawn to workout since i took my hiatus from teaching my Lifetime classes at the end of May. i had my headphones blasting and arms swinging as i power walked to the beat. before i knew it, my hour was up! pure, sweaty, bliss.
Odego is sleeping a lil' longer these days (prolly 3-4 hour stretches if that) so this morning i had a small window of opportunity that i ran and jumped straight through. praying for more mornings like that! else it's back to my evening neighborhood walks or whenever i can get them in.
i felt like i had the entire day ahead of me to get stuff DONE. i've been losing track of what day it even is while trying to get a routine going with the kiddos, and today's workout made me energized, refreshed, focused, and most important, MOTIVATED!!! you see i even got this blog post up :D
i'm eating around 1900 cals a day currently, and this morning's balanced brekky consisted of scrambled egg whites with homemade guacamole (i only had a fresh lime instead of lemon and it worked just as well, yum), low fat turkey sausage, a nectarine, and some whole wheat toast with a tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. for your own customized meal plan, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
i marinated some chicken breasts in homemade honey mustard (equal parts dijon mustard and agave nectar and yes you can you honey) and a little sea salt and black pepper to taste. i grilled them up on my grill pan and smoked up the 1st floor of the house real good. all you need is a HOT grill pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray, cook the breasts for 8 minutes on each side (depending on size), then cover the meat with foil and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. here are a few of my grilled chicken lunch/dinner plates from this week:
,..paired with plantains pan-fried in coconut oil, a fresh spinach, tomato, pecan, jicama salad, Annie's all natural Artichoke Parmesan dressing on the side (i could turn the entire bottle UP it's so good) and my prenatal vitamin...
..paired with sautéed spinach and mushrooms, a summer corn, tomato, cilantro & mozzarella salad with honey mustard on the side..
..a ginormous spinach salad topped with pecans, strawberries, blueberries, jicama, green onion, and feta cheese crumbles.. this was actually my first time ever buying jicama and it won't be my last!
3 weeks postpartum now and my sweet tooth is still RAAAAGING, so i've been trying to stick to natural sugars as often as possible. the cravings are SO strong though and all i want to do is eat chocolate and chips all day. so i've been having fresh fruit with a little sugar-free cool whip and cinnamon for dessert most nights. super yummy and a better option than the Marble Slab i will go HAM on. also, the peeps over at Squarebars so graciously sent me some samples of their organic protein bars to try. omg. can you say right on time!? they are D-freakin-licious!!
no refined sugars, no GMOs, soy-free, gluten-free, low glycemic, vegan, and 12g of protein. i'm feelin'em, and their nutritional stats aren't too shabby!
newborn life lol! have a fun friday evening!