Saturday, July 30, 2011

The ‘Get Skinny Real Quick’ Diet

Two big things happened this week: I went back to Weight Watchers and, per the suggestion of Miles’ pediatrician, I’m giving up dairy.

Just call it the one-two punch of “dieting.”

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 Weight Watchers

If you are a new reader (or have mommy brain or more important things to remember), I successfully followed the Weight Watchers program from August 2009 until October 2010, losing 70 pounds in less than a year. (The other months were spent maintaining my weight.) The program was the perfect combination of rules and flexibility for me, and I learned a lot about eating good foods, portion sizes and planned indulgences. However, knowing and doing are two different things and, as much as I hate to admit it, I don’t need just the “knowing” but the accountability that the program provides.

So far, you know a whole three days in, it hasn’t been that bad. It’s taking some adjusting to get back to counting points and learning a whole new program but I feel good knowing that I’m taking control of my eating and putting myself on a healthy post-baby path. My meetings are on Wednesdays so we’ll see how it goes then.

Note: I do receive extra points for nursing, and I am in now way restricting myself in a manner that would negatively affect Miles.

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Dairy-free

We had about one good week with Miles. A week where he was alert and content and slept semi-regularly. Then, as if a light switch went off last Sunday, he turned to the fussy side. He wanted to eat non-stop, cried if he wasn’t nursing and was no longer comforted by Mark. A lactation specialist told us that it was most likely a growth spurt, and it would last a couple days. By Friday, we were still nursing non-stop, and Miles (and Mom and Dad) grew more agitated.

As a nervous first-time mom, I made an appointment with the pediatrician – sure something had to be wrong with my child. Nope. He had no fever, no ear infection, he’s gaining weight fairly well. The likely culprit? Acid reflux. Like mother, like son, I guess.

Among several suggestions, the doctor advised that I give up dairy for a week and see if it has any effect. Dairy, you see, is one of the food groups most likely to agitate a baby’s sensitive digestive track.

What does that mean? No ice cream, no milk, no cheese, no pizza. As my neighbor, who has gone dairy free while nursing her eight (yes, eight!) kids, it will get you skinny real quick. And that’s the only upside of it, she said.

Amen, sister.

Has anyone gone dairy free? Got any good tips or products for me?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Threesomes are fun

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Guess who signed up for a sprint triathlon?

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A) Mark; B) Kim; or C) Miles

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If you guessed D) Denali, you’d be sort of right – he does train with us after all. But if you guessed B or C, you’d be wrong. I mean, come on, I’m 3 weeks post-partum and while Miles has the strongest lil man legs, he can’t even walk.

So the answer is A) Mark.

And I’m insanely jealous. Well, except for that whole swim part. Swimming is dumb. Anyway, his registration made me antsy to get back out there so I did what any good-natured (read: bored of walks) mom would do.

I signed up for a race of my own.

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I’ve been planning all along to do the 4-mile walk/run event at Fort-4-Fitness this year and I finally made it official. And since I’m doing the shorter distance, someone will get to do his first race.

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Fist pump!

What races are on your horizon?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You say tomato, I say dinner

Move that body: 3-mile walk (Miles for the win!)

Look what came out of my garden!

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Beautiful, juicy, ripe tomatoes. Lots of them. They were just perfect for roasting and throwing in a make-up-as-you-go Greek-inspired pasta.

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Say it with me: Mmmm.

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By the way, that smile isn’t just because the food tasted good. I was smiling because Miles stayed sleeping long enough for me to eat. I swear that boy has a sixth sense to start crying just as I’m about to eat.

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach and Feta

A bowlful of tomatoes, roasted using this recipe

8 ounces pasta of choice, cooked (reserve ladelful of pasta water)

Olive oil

1 clove garlic

Bag of frozen raw, deveined shrimp, thawed

1 teaspoon oregano

Salt and pepper, to taste

Juice of half a lemon

6 ounces baby spinach

Handful of reduced fat feta

Prepare tomatoes and pasta according to directions. Drizzle olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat and add garlic, cooking until just fragrant. Add shrimp, oregano, salt and pepper and lemon juice to the pan; cook until the shrimp are just pink. Add reserved pasta water and spinach, cooking spinach until it wilts. Toss in roasted tomatoes and pasta, combining gently as to not mush the tomatoes. Sprinkle with feta cheese as desired and enjoy!

Mark and I were big fans of this recipe, and it was a great way to use our summer “harvest.” What’s your favorite way to use your garden veggies?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Seven links

I’m cool. I’m really cool!

The fabulous Lizzy over at Run, Bake, Race tagged me in her seven links post – the first time ever (I think) that I’ve been tagged in the blogosphere. Thanks, Lizzy – not just for tagging me but giving me a blog idea :0)

My most beautiful post …

Anyone with a photo of me – HA! I’ll state the obvious for the sake of being lazy and say the post where we welcomed Miles to the world and blogosphere.

Most controversial …

What about the one where I’m sure my son hates me? Oh. Wait. I haven’t written that one yet. Just pretend I have.

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For two days in a row, he has done nothing but scream when I put him in the car seat/stroller. Yesterday, he made it about a half-mile. Today? We couldn’t even get down the block. Apparently, putting him in a star onesie does not, in fact, make him a star baby.

Most helpful post …

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There are just so many – how can I choose ;) Let’s go with my tips for eating out and keeping things in check. It’s something I might need to re-read, anyhow.

Most helpful blogger suggestion …

I read a lot of food blogs when I’m not reading about people running. Funny how exercise and food go together! I find a lot of good dinner ideas at: Confections of a Foodie Bride, Sing for Your Supper and Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Surprise success …

I’m not sure success is the word but I was surprised at the outpouring of support I received on my post about being reprimanded by my doctor for gaining too much weight during the pregnancy.

Not enough attention …

Weight loss doesn’t always make shopping easier, and I shared some of my disappointment and self esteem struggles in an August post.

Most proud …

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Meeting my sub-2 half-marathon goal at Fort—Fitness.

I’m supposed to tag bloggers but I’m lazy I don’t like to exclude people. So I’m going rogue and telling you to tag yourself :)