So it’s been a while….a looooong while! I can’t believe it has been 3 months since my baby girl has been born, and an amazing 3 months it has been. Becoming a new parent has been amazing beyond words, rewarding, scary, and challenging. I would be lying if I said it was all butterflies and roses (all moms and dads know this isn’t true). Somewhere in the mix I kind of lost who I was. I knew my whole world was going to change, but NOTHING will ever prepare you for it. I love every minute of being Bean’s mom, but I had to except my knew identity. I was Tiff, the girl who is a wife, worked out 6 days a week, went to crossfit, ate healthy, blogged, ran a Facebook page and had somewhat of a social life. But now I am Tiff, the woman who is a MOM and wife, works out at home, eats healthy, runs a Facebook page, has a minute social life ;), and blogs (occasionally). My blog has suffered a lot because I wasn’t taking any time out for myself. I thought every minute of my day needed to be consumed by Bean. During her waking hours….they are, but at night-time I realized I need to take some time to do things I still enjoy, and blogging is one of them. This past week I went camping with my mom, and needless to say she is my mentor and the person I can talk to about anything. After our heart to heart I felt invigorated and renewed. I knew I needed to start doing things again that I enjoyed on a regular basis. You get so caught up in “not having enough time”. I get it, it’s an easy excuse, especially when there is dishes and LOADS of laundry to be done, the house is dirty and all you want to do is something for yourself. Well, I am now doing it….writing. Writing is my outlet and I ENJOY it. As a mom we except the fact that our life is going to change and there are things you might have to give up for the time being but there are things you don’t have to. What I have learned over the last 3 months is to not give up who you are, sure you have to alter your life, but if you love something, find a way to do it. Sometimes by the end of the day I feel haggered (and look it to :)) and thinks “who wants to hear about what I have to say anymore”, but then someone out of the blue sends me a message and lets me know they love what I write and the recipes and information I share, and then I remember why I do it. I don’t ever want to lose theffitlife as part of my identity. I truly love this lifestyle and sharing it with others. So I thank EVERY single one of you who have stuck with me and continued to support me, even though I haven’t been blogging much. Also please let me know if there is anything you would like me to write about, I LOVE sharing my experiences. Feel free to comment on a post or private message me!
Now that, that is out-of-the-way I want to share what I have been doing to get back into shape and stay healthy. Breast feeding makes it hard to consume enough calories in a day, and Bean is ultra sensitive to certain foods, so it has made it easy for me to stick to a healthy diet. I have no idea how many calories I consume in a day, I just eat when hungry. As a breastfeeding mama I keep myself full by eating:
Breakfast: Protein Pancake. The recipe I use makes about 8 pancakes.
1 cup rolled oats (the kind I use have 16g protein per 1/2 cup)
2 cups oat flour
2 cups almond milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp hemp seed
dash of salt
*you can add chia, flax, blueberries, shredded unsweetened coconut or any other add ins you like.
Mix all ingredients together and cook in a non stick pan like a regular pancake between low and medium heat. They will be more dense than a regular pancake.
Top with pure maple syrup, cinnamon, coconut oil, peanut/almond butter or sugar-free jam!
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
Microwave oats for 1 min and 30 seconds, stir and microwave for another minute
I add in 2 tbsp hemp seed, almond milk, cinnamon and blueberries.
*This makes a great nutritious and quick breakfast.
Snack: 2 pieces of squirrelly bread (I usually never eat bread, but I have a hard enough time getting in calories, and once I am done breastfeeding I will nix the toast) and a Granny Smith apple
1-2 cups brown rice
Turkey burger (2 packages of turkey, 2 tbsp flaxseed, spices)
Spinach and mixed green salad with goat cheese and walnuts
Oatmeal (Same recipe as above)
I graze on carrots and snap peas all afternoon as well
Protein Shake (2 cups spinach, 1 cup frozen fruit, 2 cups almond milk, 1 scoop of protein powder and ice blended)
and brown rice
Same as lunch.
*I used to consume A LOT of beans before Bean was born but she isn’t able to tolerate them so I have had to bring a lot more meat back into my diet. I have also had to cut out peanut and almond butter, which has proved very difficult ;).
At night, I usually enjoy some popcorn with olive oil.
Eating healthy DOESN’T have to be hard. It may be more bland than you like and may take some getting used to, but it is worth it. You have to take the best care of yourself to be the best you can for your babies 🙂
As for exercise I am following Jame’s Wilson’s workout program. Right now it is 4 days a week and is in circuit fashion for the first month, and then transitions into sets after that first month. It is easy to follow and quick (which is very important when your baby doesn’t nap long first thing in the morning!). I have seen great results so far and it is nice to take 30 minutes out of my day to do something I love that keeps me healthy! If you are wanting to exercise from home, I highly recommend splurging on a set of Bowflex weights, you can buy them in store, online or find a set on Kijiji. Also an exercise ball is also handy. If there is a will there is a way. If equipment isn’t in the budget there are lots of workouts that don’t require any.
I know eating right and exercising are sometimes the last thing on your mind when being a mom, but you can’t forget about yourself. It is amazing how exercising can change your entire mood and give you so much more energy. Get your husband/boyfriend/mom/dad/brother/sister/ or friend to take care of the baby for 30-45 minutes after bedtime while you exercise, or do it during nap time in the day time. I feel strong and energized after a workout. It makes me feel like I can take on the day after and starts my day off right. You will never find time, you have to MAKE IT. You can make all the excuses in the world why you can’t do something or you can find all the reasons why you should. I know from experience it’s hard when all you want to do is sit and enjoy your nice morning tea/coffee and go on Facebook, but DON’T. Eat a pre workout meal, get baby to bed (skip this step if you don’t have one :)) and pick up those dumbbells either in your home or in the gym!
No more excuses. Start making time to be the best you can be, for yourself and your kiddos! Also it sets a good example to have them watch you keep yourself healthy, and there is no better example for your kiddos than you :).