My name is Lisa, and like Ashley, I’m a new mom too! Our daughters are just two weeks apart, and I’m beginning to adjust these past few weeks to a new schedule since I’ve been back to work.
In terms of my weight loss goals, I was lucky enough to lose the 22 pounds I gained during pregnancy pretty quickly through breast feeding, but I’ve had different kinds of challenges with how I approach food and exercise since returning to work.
A little bit of background: I’d call myself a fairly serious athlete since I was about 20 when I ran my first marathon. Having just turned 33 and with lots of races and spin classes under my belt, I’ve been at a very consistent weight for more than a decade. That said, I really struggle with my love of carbs, and have been able to “get away with” eating lots of carbs due to my exercise routine these past ten years. All of that is changing as I a) get older and my metabolism slows and b) I prioritize time with my husband and daughter over exercise sometimes these days. I’ve given myself permission to do that, but need to adjust my eating habits accordingly. All that said – Here is a recent snapshot of what I ate in a day!
Breakfast, when I have time, like I did on this day, is often an egg sandwich, whole wheat English muffin, boca sausage patty, a small glass of OJ, and coffee. ALWAYS COFFEE.
For a mid-morning snack, I went with a Luna bar. Kind of boring, but always a good staple.
For lunch, left over Italian wedding soup from dinner the previous evening. This included chicken sausage, whole wheat shells and garbanzo beans, along with a few other veggies. My husband does all of the cooking in our house and his meals are always healthy and delicious!
My afternoon snack was a orange. I’m trying to make sure that at least one of my snacks is something not processed, like a bar. I’m super prone to reliance on packaged things…
Dinner was pasta salad – I basically threw this together – whole wheat shells, feta, and lots of veggies. This may have been what I felt like was my only “bad meal” of the day because it meant pasta twice in one day, but I had to throw this together on the fly because of lack of options.
All and all, I felt like this was a good day with lots of good veggies and not too much processed stuff. If I can be consistent like this most days, I think it will help with my reduced exercise schedule.