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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

One month since my son was born - in some ways it has flown by. I am feeling much better and I'm really looking forward to being active again, it's just finding the time with two kids under two years old that is going to be the challenge! But I know I have to make a commitment to making myself a priority, which means I find the time somehow. Walking in the neighborhood pushing a double stroller will be one way to get some exercise!

I've been watching the Biggest Loser this season and while I find it inspirational I also know the way they do it is unrealistic. I will be happy to lose 1-2 lbs a week on average. The big thing for me is making lifestyle changes that I can live with. I am worried about my eating habits the most. With my hudband overseas I don't tend to cook dinner for myself that often which means I turn to convenience food. I know I have to have good food in the house, but I also have to make sure I eat regularly - sometimes I get so busy with the kids that I forget to eat for hours or I just snack on whatever I can grab. And for some reason I can't even think of good food ideas right now - I don't even know what to make for myself that is healthy and easy. I have to find a few good recipes that I can rely on. Luckily, my daughter loves fruit so I always have fruit in the house for snacks. It's lunch and especially dinner that I'm blanking out on. Give me some ideas!
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    wow! Thank you so much for the ideas! Salad is a great stand-by to have on hand, and there are so many different things you can throw into it. I don't usually think about putting meat in my salads, but that would make it a good meal as well. I like the idea about the sauteed veggies too - and now that it's getting warmer I can start grilling veggies!

    It's funny, I've eaten all these things in the past but for some reason I just couldn't think of them (I'm going to blame mommy brain and sleep deprivation!) Thank you for suggesting them!
    4430 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/7/2009 8:33:36 AM
    As a mom who worked for years and who volunteered in our community after work hours I can empathize with you about taking time for yourself. One of the things that is really hard is that when you have little ones, they need the higher fats, so fixing things like that is what we do.

    What is working for me is that I have been buying a nice variety of fresh already made salad mixes (2 or 3 week) along with cucumber, radishes, red or yellow peppers, baby carrots, anything else that looks like it will be good and crunchy in a salad. I then make up a big bowl of the salad and have it on hand to have for quick meals. I do take the seeds out of the cucumber so it won't make the salad go bad from being wet and I don't add tomatoe until I am ready to eat it. I have a big plate of salad with my cooked meat on top. Or I make a sandwich with Sara Lee Delightful bread (45 cals ea. slice) with no dijon mustard, fat free cheese, ham and lots of salad on top. I also love having sauteed vegetables (zucchini, summer squash, peppers, onion, etc.) with Spike seasoning on it. I saute it with only about 1 tbls. of olive oil and only cook it until the vegies are crisp tender. Makes a very satisfying lunch and keeps me satisfied.

    When my mom lived on her own, she would go to the deli and get the roast beef and turkey sliced a bit thicker than for sandwiches . She would freeze it in single serving packages and then take it out and heat it for a dinner. She would open a can of vegies or use frozen vegies with it.

    The good side for you is that you don't have your hubby home right now to cook for, so you can just cook what will be good for you and what you would like to eat. Hope this helps.

    4431 days ago
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