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    The “Mom” Diet

    I know some of you are wondering how I lost the baby weight so fast, and honestly I can credit a majority of it to my “Mom Diet.” So what is the “Mom Diet”? I know I’ve mentioned it a couple times in my previous post so I wanted to explain it you. I never knew about it until I became a mom. It’s an exclusive diet only mothers would know about, and only mothers can relate to.

    I remember the first week I was home with my baby I was exclusively breast feeding. It was one of the hardest and yet most rewarding thing I had ever done. But it was also one of the factors that contributed to my “mom diet”. They say when you breast feed you will loose your post baby weight faster. I did’t realize why until now. I remember every 3 hours breast feeding my baby with no breaks in between. I felt like a cow at a certain point because it was literally all I did for days. I rarely got any sleep, and nor did I have time to eat. I was too tired and too stressed to even think about eating. All I could think about was my baby eating and being happy.  My nutrition was no longer a priority in my life.

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    I decided being a stay at home mom was not giving me the life balance I wanted. I needed to make myself a priority as well so I decided to go back to work part time where I could continue to pursue my passions yet be able to be there for Jayden. I was really thankful to work for a company that allowed me to make my schedule and prioritize my family first.

    After I started supplementing with formula and started to work part time my diet improved. I ate better at work, where I had a designated break time to enjoy my meals with no interruption. It was one of the perks of going to work. But at home the only consistent thing I was eating was my protein shake and protein peanut butter cups, still not enough nutrients or calories to keep and build my muscle. I had lost all 35lbs of my baby weight in less than 4 months.  With the “Mom diet” I was loosing weight the unhealthy way. It wasn’t fat I was loosing but muscles.

    Currently right now, I am no longer breast feeding. I still have days where I am so exhausted from staying up all night with the baby that I forget to eat all day. I never thought I would ever have a problem with eating, but it has become more of an after thought than a daily routine some days. My mindset has changed when it comes to eating. I have to remind myself daily my nutrition is important. It is hard for me when all I can think about is my baby, but I know in the long run I have to prioritize my health for me to be the best mom I can be. My friend recommended me to check out a website talking about shifting that baby weight in a healthy way. After having a read, I realised just how important it was for me to get my diet and nutrition back on track before I end up making myself ill!

    The “Mom Diet” is not as glamorous as it may seem, and I would not condone it for any mother. Ask for help, take time for yourself, and know you are enough. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to make your health a priority. Don’t feel guilty if you take ten minutes to eat while your baby entertains himself. Yes he might cry for a bit because he just wants to be held, but he will understand eventually. Don’t feel bad if you can’t juggle it all by yourself. It takes a village to raise a child. Being a mom is a selfless job, and we would give more than an arm and a leg just to make our children happy. But if we don’t put or health first, we will end up just giving bones. We are more than just a mom, we are someone’s daughter, wife, sister, friend, coworker, ect. If we want to be the best mother we can be then we have to make ourselves a priority. Our health matters for our children’s sake. I know this is a common sentiment as well, I have a friend who regularly goes to Austin Tennis Lessons and she says it really helps her keep fit enough to keep up with her children.

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Capturing my little man and his little attitude. He did not want mommy to put him down at all this day.
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    Food

    Easy 15 Minute Veggie chicken wrap

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    One of my resolutions this month is to cook something new every week. Cooking is something I can improve on. I don’t have the patience for it, and as a busy mom it’s one of the last things on my to do list. I decided to make this a priority in my life so I can experiment and find recipes that are healthy, tasty, and not time consuming. Below I put a fun creative spin on eating veggies and chicken, two things you can get very tired of eating when you are eating healthy. Check out this easy 5 STEP recipe.

    Veggie Chicken Wrap

    Ingredients:

    thin sliced chicken breast/ bell peppers/ salt and pepper/ asparagus

    Directions:

    1. Slice chicken breast in thin long strips, and slice bell peppers in thin strips and cut bottoms of asparagus

    2. Season chicken and veggies with salt and pepper

    3. Cover pan with aluminum foil and spray cooking oil

    4. Wrap veggies with one strip of chicken and secure with tooth pick. Arrange in Pan like picture below.

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    5. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

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    VOILA!

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    Try it out and let me know what you think!

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    <3 Dawn

    Fitness

    Top 3 FREE Fitness apps

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    Here are my top three favorite fitness apps I use. Not only are they free but they allow you to connect with friends who share a similar interest so you can work out and stay fit together!

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    1. Nike Training Club – This is my favorite workout app. I love all the different types of cardio, strength,  interval, and body specific workout they have. It is great for all fitness levels, beginner, intermediate, and advance. Most of the workouts require no equipment and can be done anywhere at your home, the park, at the gym, or even a hotel room if you travel. It guides you through each workout and has a video and step by step instruction for each exercise. I first fell in love with it as a busy working woman who like many people didn’t have the time to go to the gym everyday, but now as a mom I appreciate it more in a whole new level. I do these workouts with my baby, and he loves being part of my workout routine.Processed with Moldiv

    2. Map my Run – This is for the walkers, the joggers, the runners, the explores, the ones who like to take the unbeaten path. Guess what?!? No matter where you go you can always find your way home because it has a live tracking GPS! It’s great for safety reasons, just in case anything happens your friends and family will be able to find you. I loved it because when I was single and living on my own, I felt secure no matter where I went running or what time of day because my family always knew where I was at. I also love how it tracks your pace,  your distance, the altitude of your run, and you can compare results with your friends on your app.Processed with Moldiv

    3.My Fitness Pal – This is more than just a food diary, it is the largest nutrition and calorie database! I love how you can scan nutrition labels with this app so it makes it easy to track food you buy from the grocery store. If you are a calorie counter or follow IIFYM you will love this app. It breaks down carbs, protein, and fat percentage  of your daily intake and you can also set your goals to follow a certain percentage breakdown. It is the easiest food diary app and a must have for anyone working towards a fitness goal.

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    I highly recommend these apps for anyone at any fitness level. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more fitness tips and motivation make to sure to like my Facebook page. Thanks and have a great day!

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