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This is my "take two", incase you saw my post about a month ago. I barely got off the blocks on my first attempt. The exercise component was somewhat successful: I am still walking a lot with my new baby, Will. But, I haven't been able to figure out a schedule with breastfeeding/baby stuff that allows me to play more tennis, and I'm having a seriously hard time getting motivated to do yoga/fitness DVDs at the house. I miss my workout buddies at Carmel (my club) - a big shout-out to Nancy and the Wednesday morning Cardio Pump gals!! Anyway, for now I'm mostly walking.
My biggest issue however, which I'm hoping to resolve this time around, is my enormous appetite and weird (for me) cravings. Breastfeeding seems to have sent my metabolism through the roof (yay!). This means I pretty much eat whatever I want every day, and have still managed to lose about 8 pounds in the last couple months. However, the craziness of my hunger has lead to reports of me pulling a Tasmanian Devil on an entire bag of mini Snickers bars, and inhaling entire pizzas while my friends wonder how dangerous it might be to reach in for a slice. I'm even provided my own personal bread basket when we go out to dinner. Seriously. That happened.
So, if I'm not gaining weight, why am I complaining? Because I'm not getting healthy, and I can feel it. Plus, imagine how much weight might have come off in the last 2 months if I HAD been eating healthy. I know I'm not supposed to be thinking about weight loss at this time in my life, and honestly it isn't really about the scale. It's about being healthy, and able to enjoy the life I have to the fullest. So with optimal health and well-being in mind, I'm back on the Challenge wagon.
For one of my snacks, I made "Raw Brownies", the recipe for which I found on a website called Deliciously Ella. For the most part, these brownies satisfied my chocolate craving, even though they definitely weren't a bag of mini Snickers bars or a double-sized slice of chocolate cake from Hawthorne's Pizza. But, since Ella's brownies are made out of only four (healthy) ingredients: pecans, dates, cacao and agave - AND they prevented me from becoming unhinged in the bakery section at Harris Teeter - I deem them a success. For my other snack, I brushed two sprouted corn tortillas with olive oil, sprinkled them with chili powder and salt, and baked them until just crisp. I broke them up and used as chips to dip in simple guacamole which I made from the other half of my avocado, lemon juice and Kosher salt.
Tomorrow, Will and I are going to try a baby-and-me yoga/workout DVD. Now that Will is 3 months old, his neck/head strength is good enough to allow for the movements in this program, where his weight is actually used as part of my exercise. Sounds like he's going to be having a great time as I grunt and groan. I'll let you know how it goes. There will be no pictures. Shall we place bets on whether I make it through the entire routine?
Last but not least, it's time to honor an important part of being healthy: sleep. This has been a particular challenge for me lately, but last night Will slept from 10 PM until 5 AM!!!! Hallelujah! I slept from 11-5, and hoping for another long stretch tonight. It's 10:55 now, so gotta go. Sweet dreams.