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Day 5 I started the day rather well. It was a perfect Autumn Sunday morning. I woke up ate an apple with almond butter, laced up my running shoes and headed out the door with my neon orange Nike hoodie & black lulu pants. I had my longest run postpartum (a 5k in 37ish minutes). It definitely wasn’t my best time but I was proud of myself for going that far -I’m still trying to find the perfect running route for our new neighborhood. I came home, put up yesterday’s blog post and ate some breakfast (oatmeal with blueberries and peaches). My plan was to clean our bathroom, shower and head to the grocery store for some groceries. But after writing yesterday’s post, I bopped around online, took care of Madelyn, and started cleaning the bathroom but instead of hopping in the shower I just cleaned our whole house and before I knew it, it was 6pm. Grocery shopping did not happen and so enters carryout pizza from DiCarlo’s. I was doing so good with the real food challenge until that little thing called life got in the way. Days with an infant just seem to fly by. But I’m back on track after that little slip up.
Day 6-A new day. For breakfast, I made myself some homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal…so much better than the prepackaged apple cinnamon oatmeal. I cut up a fresh apple and mixed it into some oats, sprinkled some cinnamon over it and added almond milk. Pair that with some pumpkin spice coffee and you have yourself the perfect fall breakfast.
For lunch, my sister came over and we snacked on a few different things: a sweet potato with almond butter, cucumbers, and trail mix. After lunch, we strapped Madelyn into our new jogging stroller and took her for a walk. While we were walking, chatting and enjoying the day, I couldn’t help but think to myself that I picked the best time to have a baby because I have maternity leave during some of the best weather of the year (in my opinion). I was talking with a friend about whether we’d rather be pregnant in the dead of summer or in the dead of winter. Both have their challenges (she’s due in December), but I said the dead of summer. The days are longer therefore giving you more energy. Pregnancy already saps so much energy from you, I’m sure the shorter days of winter doesn’t help this problem.
Tonight for dinner, I made a slow cooker creation: beer flavored chicken. I chopped up 1/2 of a white onion, seasoned 4 chicken breasts with dill, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and then poured 1 bottle of New Grist beer into the pot. I cooked on high for 5 hours and served it with some brussels sprouts (seasoned with olive oil, lemon and parmesan cheese) and a sweet potato-the reason for all the sweet potatoes the past week? I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and instead of selling them individually, they sell them by the bag so we have a lot to eat-same with the avocado.
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