The baby weight struggle is real! Before baby, I worked out almost daily up until four days before the little man was born. Working out now has definitely been a challenge. It’s a challenge that I’m not dealing with very well. I know, I know, it took 9 months to gain it, 9 months to lose it…blah, blah, blah. I have 18 pounds left and it’s driving me crazy!
That said, I track everything I eat and less calories, does not equal weight loss. For me, I try to hit 1500-1600 calories a day, protein making up about 40-50% of my day, 30-40% fat and 10-20% carbs. I’m gluten free, don’t drink soda and definitely don’t eat those pre-packaged, processed meals. I use the MyFitnessPal app to track everything, add me as a friend if you are on there. My username is Kellyt888.
Some days I make it, some days I don’t, but hey, that’s life and I am doing what I can with the time I’ve got. All I know is that I have to eat every three to four hours to make my body burn it. This week, I’ve actually noticed I have been eating more frequently, like on the three hour side, rather than four and I’m seeing some results. Small ones, but hey, something is better than nothing.
So last week, I focused on lunches and meal prep. Since I have had the baby and am now back at work, my breakfast routine had to change too. I have gone from snack/water/workout/protein shake to wake up, feed the little man, shower, feed myself then leave for the day. I needed to come up with some breakfast ideas that I could prep and wouldn’t bore me midway through the week and would be easy to eat.
This week, I bought a four pack of sweet potatoes. For some reason, it was cheaper to buy them this way. Oh, and as a side note, I also found out that North Carolina is the leading producer of sweet potatoes in the United States (if you don’t believe me, here’s the link 🙂 http://www.ncsweetpotatoes.com/sweet-potato-industry/ ).
Anyhoo, sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6 and they are full of fiber. They are filling and can be eaten in a variety of ways. This week, I felt like a good use for my sweet potatoes would be to roast them, which is super easy.
I diced all four potatoes into small approximately ¼” cubes.
Next, I drizzled them with a small amount of olive oil, sprinkled them with chili powder and then cinnamon. That may sound weird, but stick with me on this one. To sweeten them up a bit, I drizzled them with Organic maple syrup.
I laid them flat on a large cookie sheet and baked them at 425 for about 30 minutes.
While the potatoes were roasting, I prepped lunches. This week consists of sandwiches for the hubby (per his request) and will be made the night before. And I will have salads for me. I prepped the salads in containers, leaving the protein out.
I also made fruit cups with cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries and grapes in 1.25 cup containers.
I had leftover taco meat, which I separated into two ½ cup servings to top my salad on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, I will top my salads with pre-cooked chicken that I bought on sale. I portioned out carrots and celery in Ziploc bags and boiled some eggs for my mid-morning snacks. I keep peanut butter in my desk drawer to go with the celery.
Once the potatoes were done I let them fully cool and then I separated them into ½ cup servings and placed them in the fridge. Now, what kind of protein can I put on my pre-cooked sweet potatoes that won’t take forever in the mornings? If I had time, I would just cook up two eggs and throw them on top, but who are we kidding, I need something quick if I’m gonna get the little man to daycare by 7:30.
I found that the Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, by Al Fresco will do the trick! One link is 160 calories, 7g of fat, 14g of protein and 10g of carbohydrates. The great thing about these are that they are pre-cooked! So, before I stick the sweet potato in the microwave, I cut up a sausage and throw it in with the sweet potato and then heat them together for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Simple as that right? Right!!
Here’s a sample of my morning routine in a nutshell:
5:30 a.m. – wake up, be as quiet as possible so Jake stays asleep and hop in the shower.
5:40 a.m. – sneak around quietly getting dressed and ready for work (today is a ponytail day, so no real hair fixing is being done)
6:00 a.m. – get my lunch ready, which literally takes all of 5 minutes or less since everything is ready to pull from the fridge and place in my lunch bag
6:05 a.m. – get my coffee started and heat up my breakfast
6:10 a.m. – sit down, watch some news, eat and enjoy the last couple minutes of silence before waking up the little man
6:20 -7:00 a.m. – wake up Jake, feed, burp, feed some more, change his diaper and clothes, and make sure I didn’t forget anything in his daycare bag.
7:05 a.m. – load up the little guy in the car and off to start our day!
It definitely has taken some getting used to, ya know, getting another little human used to a routine, but repetition has helped and I think we are all learning everyday from each other.
If it takes me 9 months to lose these last 18 pounds, then so be it. Some days are harder than others. Some days I don’t get to work out. Some days we may even miss a real dinner. But everyday is a blessing and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
*And yes, I know there are only 4 lunches for this week. Friday we are leaving to go camping. We will all be home together and can figure out lunch when it gets here 🙂