Sunday, June 25, 2017

Postpartum Journey Week 5 Update

Postpartum Journey Update - Week 5

If your following the postpartum journey you may have wondered where last weeks "update" was. Here's the thing there wasn't one. We traveled home to visit family and by the time I got back home Monday night I was more worried with making a meal plan and shopping than I was with blogging. Last week was more of a survival week. Needless to say it was a good week. I find myself getting more and more adventurous with going place with her. I remember with my first I was afraid to GO ANYWHERE with him until 8 weeks. This time around I have enjoyed more outings and I swear it's helping to keep me sane. 
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Enjoying my little love and admiring the body that helped to grow her. Instead of hiding the imperfections that postpartum brings along with it, I am trying my best to embrace it and see beauty in it. 
I did a video about this on Monday on my Facebook page which you can check out by clicking here but this past week I got brave and did ONE workout with my hubby. Why you ask? Because I am planning to use the new  Beachbody workout that is coming out called Shift Shop to be my postpartum bootcamp. They were having a one day screening of the workouts and I wanted to see what I was getting myself into. Boy did I ever discover how out of shape I am right now. It was humbling and both exciting to know I have my work cut out for me in the coming weeks. 
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Post workout - sweaty but proud! 
All in all my nutrition was pretty good this past week. I made a blueberry coffee cake for my hubby on Friday that was way too tasty looking not to try so that set me back a little, but I have been pretty intentional with what I have been eating. This picture below is one of my many meals I had this past week. Some have asked me if I feel like I have enough food using the meal plans that I am. My answer is yes absolutely. If anything I am struggling to actually have the time to eat it all. I may find that once I add in daily exercise I might need more to keep up with my supply. I will adapt if needed, but for now all is well in the nursing department. She's an awesome breastfeeder and terrible at taking the bottle. This was so not the case with my son when he was little. She HATES the bottle and almost refuses to take it. I think I am going to have to try a few different types of bottles in the coming weeks. Otherwise mom is going to struggle getting to go anywhere alone in the coming months.

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One of the many clean eating benefits I have been enjoying is easing back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. The tops all fit again. It's the bottoms that I am struggling with. I was a size zero ALL my life and even went back to that size after having my son. I stopped to try on clothes and see what size I am right now the other day. 4's were fitting nicely and I am planning to go back and do a little shopping because I can't keep wearing the same pair of shorts each day.

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New respect for high waisted "mom" pants. They make my postpartum belly not look so postpartum. 
As for my little one, she is an awesome baby. Only cries when she is hungry or needs a diaper change. She is growing like crazy. Her newborn outfits are getting snug. She is starting to wear 3 month stuff. She adores being worn in my Solly wrap and I love the snuggles while having my hands free to multitask. 

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This Thursday is my six week postpartum appointment. Anxious to go and be cleared foe exercise again. This clean eating has been fun but I am ready to take it up a notch in the coming weeks. Anxious for my transformation. 

Below you will find this weeks meal plan. As usual, it is gluten free (I have Hashimoto's disease and feel a million times better without gluten in my diet.) It is also pretty low carb. I use the portion control system and am still drinking Shakeology each day. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my meal plans. 

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Postpartum Journey - Week 3 Update

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How in the world can my baby already be three weeks old? I have no idea where the time is going. I will be quite honest, I have been lost in a fog of newborn life. I have been getting SO much less accomplished than usual and have simply been soaking her up. At first this was stressing me out. Each day I would make a to-do list and only accomplish like half of what was on it. Then I started to remind myself how much we wanted this baby. How hard we prayed and how short this period of time is. So I decided to change my perspective and just slow down. This is a season. I can do more later. For now I need to just soak her up. 

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One of my many healthy meals I enjoyed last week. 
Still no workouts this week and still following my meal plan using the portion control containers along with drinking Shakeology daily. There were a few days that Shakeology really helped stop my chocolate cravings dead it their tracks. I was glad to be able to drink that instead of the brownie blizzard I was craving all week from Dairy Queen. I stopped using my prenatal vitamin now and am only drinking Shakeology in it's place. The baby seems to be fine with me drinking it. No stomach issues for her. I have even tried both the regular and vegan formulas to see if it made a difference for her. Often babies have trouble with dairy so some of my clients have to do vegan because of that, but it seems she's good either way. 

Some have asked me if my meal plan was enough to keep up my nursing supply. My answer is yes for sure. This is PLENTY of food. To be honest I have even been pumping a few times a day to start building my stash for the freezer.

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Clean eating and shakeology are working well for me. Postpartum belly is starting to go away! 
As I mentioned last week I am not taking measurements or pulling out the scale right now. I need to be patient and kind to my body and my body image so I can't tell you how much I "dropped" but I can tell you I am liking what I see in the mirror when it comes it my waistline. Little by little the pregnancy look is going away. To the extent that I actually wore my bikini this week outside. Okay I didn't GO ANYWHERE in it and I won't, but I did manage to wear it and play with my little guy in his pool outside. I am going to need a new swimsuit though to wear in public. The tops that I have right now are WAY to small for this nursing momma. I am still not sure what kind I want to get. I sort of want to get a sexy but chic one piece. Some of them are great. It's not that I "can't" wear a bikini it's more so that I don't know if I want to this summer. Between nursing and that dark dark line I have going up my belly from pregnancy, I may just keep my stomach covered up this year. One pieces can look awesome too right? Besides I am starting to feel a little old for a bikini anyways lately. Stay tuned on that one.

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GOAL - To be able to fit back into my wedding rings again soon. My hubby was less than amused when I asked if he could buy me a new one to wear for now. It was a firm no. Guess I have some work to do. At least it is now fitting half way down my finger. 
Here is what I will be eating this coming week. I have to admit my sugar monster is getting better the longer I am eating clean like I have been. The first week back to eating this way I was craving sugar like it was my J.O.B but that is starting to subside. I am finding myself crave heathy foods again. I have also been doing a pretty good job of sticking to my gluten free lifestyle. Towards the end of pregnancy I got away from it and my body was hurting because of it. This meal plan like all of my others is gluten free and as a result pretty low carb as well.
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Most weeks I like to have this all typed up but I am learning that life with a newborn is all about survival. I should just be happy I have a meal plan right? ;) 
I am getting closer and closer to be able to exercise. Feeling so ready for some toned arms and legs again. Momma misses her workouts! 

In the event that you too are a postpartum mom and are looking for some support, please take a minute to fill out the application below. I will be in touch about including you in my bouncing back after baby challenge group.

Until next week friends! Thanks for following the journey! 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Beachbody Summer Sale

Grab Them Before They Sell Out 

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Just a few times a year Beachbody offers a killer sale. They mark down programs and products upwards to 75% off. While I am not one to post often about sales, I can't resist sharing this one with you. This promotion is going to kick off on Monday June 5, 2017 for US residents and Tuesday June 6th for residents of Canada. The sale will last for one week. Items will sell out quickly and will not be restocked at this price so I recommend grabbing them while you can. The sale pricing will launch no later than 3 pm pacific time and could be earlier in the day depending on when Beachbody loads everything to the site. 

If you have questions about a particular product and would like more info before ordering please email me using the following address: S.Griffith27@gmail.com


Happy Shopping friends!


* Sale prices listed are for US residents. Canada resident pricing will vary slightly. 
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Postpartum Journey - Week Two Update

Taking It Back To The Basics 


I knew that if I did it once, I could do it again. Except this time I wanted to do it faster than last time. What am I talking about? I am taking about dropping the baby weight from my pregnancy. 3 years ago I started my own weight loss journey to get back in shape after having my son Carter. He had just turned two when I started and I could no longer say it was baby weight because honesty,I let it hang around for TWO YEARS. It stopped being baby weight and ended up just being excess weight as a result of poor eating, stress, lack of sleep and motherhood. While I was able to lose the weight I feel like I waited too long to work on caring for myself again. 

Now that I am doing this again for the second time, my plans were to get right to dropping the baby weight. This time around I gained 47 lbs and I don't regret any of that weight gain. It grew me a perfect baby girl and my body did it's job. Now it's time for me to do my job and thank my body by taking good care of it. I made a choice not to exercise until I am cleared by my OBGYN at my 6 week appointment, but I did want to begin the journey by focusing clean eating. 

I took it back to what started the journey for me and that is eating mindfully by using the portion control containers that came along with my 21 day fix program as well as incorporating Shakeology into my daily routine.
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One of my daily Shakeology treats! I like adding in coconut oil and shavings. It helps to build the immunity in your milk supply for the baby. 
This past week went better than I had expected. I was worried that going back to the mindset of caring about my portions rather than eating as much as I felt like it would be hard. After all, I just spent the last 10 months eating until I was full. While my nutrition during pregnancy this time around was much better than last I was still very lax in my ways. I found that instead of feeling hungry it actually was as much if not more than what I was eating while pregnant. I felt satisfied after every meal and stayed full for about 3 hours each time. To ensure that my milk supply didn't dwindle I made an effort to drink excessive amounts of water in addition to having my Shakeology each day. I am still having one small cup of coffee each morning but am finding that I don't even finish it. All in all it is very little caffeine intake and so far the baby seems to be fine with my one cup a day approach.
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One of my many meals I got to enjoy this week. While this picture may make you think it's not much food, it's actually PLENTY!!!! You will not feel hungry when using these containers. 
I did begin to walk daily as my form of exercise. Nothing intense at all probably only half of a mile. I walked my son to school and tried to pick him up each day using the stroller instead of driving. (It's not far at all.)

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I will say I caved once this week and had to have a cheat meal. Friday night we had our newborn photo session and I did not have my foods prepped ahead of time so I ended up with pretzels from Sheetz and a peach iced tea follow by a small ice cream treat. Okay so it was kind of a big cheat meal but all in all I am happy with my ability to stay on track this past week and love how great clean eating has me feeling already. It's really been helping me with recovery both physically and mentally. It's a good feeling when your making an effort to take care of yourself. 

Below you will find this weeks meal plan. I will try my best to follow it to a T. Stay tuned for next weeks updated picture and weekly progress update. 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Post Partum Survival Challenge

Calling All New Moms... I NEED YA!!! 

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As you may already know I am about to embark on my own weight loss transformation as I adventure into the "4th trimester" and begin recovering from pregnancy. I will begin my work to get my body back to where it was prior to having my sweet baby girl. I realize that this is going to be a journey and I plan to be kind to my body. I have to remind myself that it took 9+ months to gain the 47 lbs that I gained in pregnancy and that it will take some time to get rid of it. I am planning to wait until I am cleared by the doctor to resume exercise and will spend the next five weeks getting my nutrition under control all while keeping my breastmilk supply up. 

I plan to follow the portion control system that comes along with the Beachbody fitness programs. In addition I will be incorporating Shakeology into my daily diet as one of my six meals that I have each day. Typically I try to drink at least half of my weight in ounces of water, but I will be increasing that amount since I am nursing. I will also be adding in an additional 400 calories to my allotted calorie bracket that is suggested for my current weight.

Below is an example of what a typical week will look like in regards to my nutrition. I will create a different meal plan that I will follow each week that aligns with the container system.
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I will be running an accountability group specifically for moms who have had a baby in the past year or are currently expecting. Others are of course welcome, but I will be incorporating specific help for those in a similar situation to my own.

Applications for this exclusive group are now being accepted. The group will begin on Monday June 12th and will continue into the summer to help you to stay on track once you get started.

Please fill out the application below to be considered. Participants should not be already working with another Beachbody coach.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

3 years in the making - welcoming our rainbow baby

One Week To Go.... 

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If you have been following our journey with infertility you may realize that the journey after three long hard years is about to end in less than a week. 

To be honest I am not sure how I feel right now. You would think I would be overjoyed and excited and just ready to meet her. While I am to an extent, I also have to be very honest and admit that I am terrified, worried and also anxious about all of the change that is about to come our way. I woke up this morning knowing that a week from today I will be induced to have her at some point on the 16th of May. I feel like I have a million things I need to do still to get ready, but I just don't feel ready.  

I keep praying that my anxiety stays down and that I calmly have an uneventful birth, but until shes in my arms I don't know that my fears will go away. I spent most of the first trimester worrying about a miscarriage. Then the second trimester worrying about how well she was growing and worried about her coming prematurely. Then I got to the third trimester and I started to have some major worry about the actual labor and delivery process. I am not sure why because my sons delivery was a breeze. I prayed a ton and that helped, but I still find the worrysome thoughts creeping in. 

I think all of this worry was my minds way of protecting me from the hurt and what we had been thru over the last three years. It's like I don't want to allow myself to get too excited until I know she really is here and safe. I would like to think this is normal when you walked the dark road of infertility, but who knows maybe it's not. 

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So for the next week you will find me waiting and waiting and waiting some more. I am praying big and hoping that all goes according to HIS plans that are waiting for our family and this sweet little girl. We have such a special life planned for her with lots of love waiting for her. 

I have envisioned the moment when they hand her to us over and over in my head and every time I envision it I cry. The hard ugly kind of cry.

I have no doubt that it will be one of best moments of our marriage and my life as long as all goes well. I hope that the labor and delivery nurses who are there with us have a tissue because I anticipate it will be an emotional moment for everyone in the room. 

There was a bible verse that I held near to my heart during our dark days. Romans 8:18 says that "the pain you have been feeling can't compare to the joy that is coming." I believed deep down it was true. That all of our hurt and pain was going to turn into something beautiful someday and sure enough it did. 

I will be reminding myself over and over of this verse during labor as I endure a few hard hours before meeting our precious rainbow after the storm. 

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks for coming along for the ride these past few years. We hope our story gave you hope for your own. God Bless you all. Can't wait to share her with you. 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Turkey Quinoa Taco Dinner



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We are a TACO TUESDAY family, but lately I have been craving change and wanting to try something new. This weeks recipe was just the change I was looking for. I call it Turkey Quinoa Tacos. The protein from the turkey as well as the quinoa was super filling. I wish I could say I could got my son to eat this one, but it was a mom and dad kind of dinner. There was just too much in this mixture for him to be a fan. I used corn flour tortillas because I eat gluten free, but any kind would work well. May be something fun to make for Cinco De Mayo in the coming days! Enjoy. 
Ingredients 

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (I use 99% lean)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions 

  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. When the skillet is hot add in the diced onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it starts to soften.
  3. Add in the ground turkey and minced garlic and cook until the meat is almost cooked through, breaking it up into crumbles with a spoon as it cooks.
  4. Stir in all the spices and the diced green chiles, cooking for another minute.
  5. Add in the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, salsa and quinoa, stirring until everything is combined.
  6. When the mixture starts to bubble add in the water, cover the skillet with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low.
  7. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked, it should still have a slight bite to it, but not be hard and crunchy.
  8. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and cover with the lid cooking until the cheese is melted.
  9. Serve as is, in tortillas for tacos
This recipe is awesome as left overs too or you could freeze any extras that you may have.