This aint no Noodles

Tuesdays are always a rough day for me.  It’s my equivalent to what most people’s Mondays are, but instead of coming off of a two day weekend, I’m returning from a three day weekend (I know I shouldn’t be complaining).  Our weekend was jam packed with house stuff and deployment returns, so I couldn’t get to the grocery store until after work today.  

I had my list in hand and bopped around TJ’s, rounding up this week’s dinner and something super easy & delicious for tonight.  Had we still been in our apartment in Oak Creek, I would’ve had hubs pick up dinner somewhere but since moving into our new house, it feels like I’m cheating on my new & fabulous kitchen when we eat out.  So, in efforts to save time, Hubs and I tag team-ed dinner and cooked up something pretty awesome.

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Hubs cut up two chicken breasts into bite size pieces and I cooked them over the stove in a mushroom and sage olive oil, rosemary, fresh garlic, sea salt and garlic powder.  After the chicken was brown, I moved it into a different bowl and in the same pan I cooked one sliced zucchini, chopped tomato, 1/2 sliced sweet onion, a small can of sliced black olives, and sliced mushrooms.  I added in a bit more olive oil and sage.  Once the veggies were almost done, I mixed the chicken back in and let it cook for a few more minutes.  Meanwhile, I had a pot of brown rice penne pasta boiling.  Mix the pasta and veggies together and top with feta cheese and you have yourself a meal.  Within a half hour, a delicious dinner was served.  It’s always nice (and MUCH appreciated) when hubs helps out in the kitchen.

Now that I’m completely done nursing Madelyn (more on that in her monthly post), I feel like I can completely devote myself to eating more consciously and focus on getting to my preferred goal weight.  For the first 6 months of her life, I was more concerned about producing enough food for her and less about shedding the “baby weight”.  At 7 1/2 months postpartum, I am about where I was pre-baby.  For me, the last 10 lbs. (out of 34) came off extremely slow.  I ate really healthy for the most part, but I noticed that when I tried to cut calories my milk supply dropped so I more so used Weight Watchers and Myfitnesspal as a guide to make sure I wasn’t eating too little or that I wasn’t going overboard.  Now that I’m only nourishing myself, I can be a little bit more strict with my diet and amp up the activity just a little bit more.  

I had planned to run outside when I got to work this morning, but mother nature put the kabosh on those plans.  So I took my workout to the treadmill.  Because we’re a Guard base, we don’t have a big, Active Duty type gym.  Our “gym” consists of two treadmills, two bikes and an elliptical along with various weight machines.  I got lucky and was able to get on a treadmill right away.  In order to beat the boredom of the ‘mill, I did a variety of things: Steady running, sprints, hills, etc.  It helped pass time and I burned a lot of calories!  Win win. 

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 After my ADD-type run, I hit the mat for some ab work: Sit ups, planks, side planks, bicycles, wall sits and stretching.  I finally feel back to my old self again as far as workouts go.  I actually feel like I have gotten a little faster and my endurance has improved since having a baby.  Maybe working out with that baby bump had something to do with it?  I’m not sure, but it feels great to be back at it and motivated.  

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