Mommy Tell All Monday: Fit Moms Have to Eat

Good morning and happy Monday mommas! Sara is back again this month with more Mommy Fitness tips and tricks for us! Today’s topic is all about one of my favorite things… FOOD! Sara is sharing that Fit Moms Have to Eat in order to lose unwanted weight/gain muscle. Sara shares some great tips and go-to recipes for the busy mom who is trying to stay fit. 

fit moms4

When you bring a new baby home everything changes instantly. When I became a new mom, I found that it was a crash course in time management. Here I was with my thoughts of, “I can get so much done when the baby is sleeping or playing or –fill-in the blank–.” Don’t worry, I can hear you giggling now as you read this because you know what I didn’t know, having a brand-new baby takes so much time.

Now, for the most part I figured it out the tricks for finding tid-bits of time to get things done here and there.

What I didn’t have figured out was something pretty essential to sustaining life (and sanity): eating.

Seriously, eating.

There would be evenings my husband and I would say, “Gosh, we are so hungry” and then try to recount the last actual meal we had eaten. Sometimes, we wouldn’t have eaten since breakfast and others it would be the night prior.

For someone who loves food, not eating really doesn’t bode well for the body or mind (you know you’ve all reached a point of being ‘hangry’ before). Also, when you’re trying to lose the baby weight (that was supposed to magically go away because you’re breastfeeding, but it didn’t so now you actually have to work at it) not eating makes losing weight really difficult.

hangry quote

Did you know that when you skip meals it makes it more difficult for your body to sustain enough energy to properly function? Your body actually goes into starvation mode and takes whatever you eat (healthy or not) and stores it as fat to be later used as energy because it has no idea when it will be fed again.

Yeah, so, not eating = not a good weight loss trick.

For the first three months postpartum when I figured out eating actually helped, a lot, I lost a bit of the baby weight.

And then, nothing.

For two months.

Not a single pound.

Eating is one thing, but eating the right foods is a whole other thing. (Doughnuts aren’t healthy, say what?)

For me, I knew I had to clean it up. (Seriously, why can’t doughnuts be healthy?)

Now, if you know me, you know I don’t cook. I bake…. Which of course is completely counterproductive to losing weight.

In our household, my husband is the cook, but he is also a fireman which meant that for forty-eight hours I was on my own for meals. Six meals to be exact. For a girl who doesn’t cook and can’t cook very well, that’s too much thinking and too much work. Add a brand-new baby in the mix and that makes the task of cooking a meal daunting.

To solve that problem we began to prepare meals that were very simple for him to prepare ahead of time, easily re-heatable, and versatile. This included meats, veggies, and breakfast pancakes. (C’mon, if doughnuts were out of the picture I needed something to take its place.)

I am a master at re-heating foods.

I’m also a master at eating really healthy if someone else does the work. (Thank you, husband.)

The plan worked. Within a matter of months, I dropped the baby weight and by the time my daughter was eight months old I was in my pre-baby jeans. (My goal was to be in them by twelve months so eight was stellar in my book.)

One of our go-to recipes that is part of our weekly menu is Mexican-style shredded chicken. It’s so simple and easy to prepare that even I can do it. (Can we get a cheer for crock-pot meals?!) Plus, it is super versatile and can be used on a salad, tacos, healthy tex-mex burritos, healthy enchiladas, or, if time is really tight, heaped on a plate with a side of sweet potato.

fit moms2

Mexican-style Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:

3 lbs. Chicken

Dash of garlic salt, cumin, Spanish seasoning of your choice

1 large can of Mexican stewed tomatoes

1 can of Rotel

1 small diced onion

1 can of green chilies

Directions:

Chuck it all in the crock-pot and let it cook. Our timing depends on how quickly we want to eat it; we put it on high if we need it within a few hours or on low when we want it after a workday. Once the chicken is ready, shred it and enjoy.

For breakfast, I am a fan of easy-peasy. I normally scramble four egg whites and one whole egg to be enjoyed with a side of healthy pancakes. The pancakes my husband throws together are amazing, but he literally throws them together so I have no idea what the ‘recipe’ is. Maybe someday he will actually come up with a recipe for me to share. Until that day, however, you’ll just have to enjoy this photo of said delicious pancakes.

fit moms5

Finding time to cook is difficult when you have a new baby (or have kids, or a job, or a life) at home.

It’s easy to just go through a drive-thru or pick-up something that can be thrown in the microwave. But, with a little planning you can make really healthy and really yummy food that you can use throughout the week.

Don’t let all of your hard work in the gym and in life get sabotaged by what does (or lets be real, does not) in the kitchen.

fit moms quote

Light and Love,

Sara

Pinterest Feature Friday

Pinterest Party: Mad in Crafts

PinterestJoinUs1

Hello! Malia here with this week’s Pinterest Feature Friday.

Each week, Michele, Bev, Kara or I get the opportunity to feature an awesome pinner. This week’s featured pinner is Jessica Hill from Mad in Crafts.

Mad in Crafts

Jessica has 162 Boards and 5,478 Pins. Let’s check out this boards!

Fall Decor Inspiration

There are loads of great ideas on Jessica’s Fall Decor Inspiration

Christmas

I know it’s hard to believe but Christmas is around the corner! It’s a great time to check out her Christmas Board.

Future Projects

Jessica is such an awesome crafter, it’s fun to look through her Future Projects Board.

Sunday Night Dinners

Here’s a smart idea… a Sunday Night Dinners Board.

Time to get up close and personal with these pins!

Frozen Cake

Disney Frozen Cake pinned from Bubbly Nature Creations

Polished Pumpkins

Polished Pumpkins pinned from By Stephanie Lynn

Cream-Cheese-Carrot-Cake-Trifle-I-Tastes-of-Lizzy-T-I

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle pinned from Tastes of Lizzy T.

Life is too short

Life is Too Short printable pinned from The 36th Avenue.

Jessica, I hope you’ll grab a featured button!

Pinterest Feature

Have you joined the Pinterest Master List? YOU just may be our next feature.

PostSignaturearrows

Food-a-licious Friday: Verde Crockpot Chicken

verde crockpot chicken2

Hello everyone! Erin here from Crafty Auntie and I’m sharing a recipe for Verde Crockpot Chicken today!   When my crockpot becomes a permanent fixture on my counter, I know that cooler temperatures are quickly approaching.  Verde Crockpot Chicken was introduced to me by my best friend several years ago.  She said it would be […]

[Continue reading...]

His Feathers Print

His Feathers Print4

Hello friends! I’m sharing this His Feathers Print today. I made it to put up in my craft room as a reminder that I can see every single day. Sometimes I worry too much. Okay. Most times I worry too much. About little things… Did I remember to turn on L’s humidifier when I tucked […]

[Continue reading...]

Fall Fabric Bunting

fall bunting1

Hey there! Shanon here from HustleMama Handmade. It’s hard to believe we are half-way through September. Especially here in the desert where it’s still a hundred degrees daily! Nevertheless, I decided to crank down my A/C and close my curtains to pretend we have a fall! I’ve been crafting fall projects with my kids, and […]

[Continue reading...]

Pinterest Feature Friday

mypoppet_fabric_twine_01

Happy Friday Friends! Welcome to Pinterest Feature Friday! Bev here with this week’s special Pinterest Master List Feature. Every week Michele, Malia, Kara and I get together to bring you a special feature from the Pinterest Master List for Crafters, and this week our special feature is the super sweet and talented Steph, from The […]

[Continue reading...]

Teach Me Tuesday: Fall Leaf Mobile

fall leaf mobile.jpg

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Michelle of Delicate Construction is back and getting us ready for autumn! She’s […]

[Continue reading...]

Mommy Tell All Monday: Daydreamer

daydream4.jpg

Happy Monday, mommas! Mommy Tell All Monday is our weekly meet-up to discuss all things *motherhood.* Grab a cup of tea, infused water, soda, coffee…and kick back for another awesome read from our Parenting/Motherhood contributor, Sara of A Mom’s Battle of the Selfie. Today she’s discussing the importance of being a daydreamer…  Live in the […]

[Continue reading...]

Pinterest Feature Friday

Wood-Pumpkins

Hey there! Welcome to the weekly Pinterest Party, Pinterest Feature Friday. Each week, Michele, Bev, Kara or I get the opportunity to feature an AMAZING pinner. This week, I get to feature two… Kat and Melinda, the duo behind Home. Made. Interest. These ladies have 4190 Pins and 142 Boards to drool over. I am […]

[Continue reading...]

Two Tone Chair Makeover

two tone chair makeover1.jpg

Hi friends and Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well so far…it seems to be flying by for me.  A couple of weeks ago I shared My Craft Room Reveal with you, and in case you are wondering- yes, it’s still my favorite room in the house. And if you remember, I […]

[Continue reading...]