How I Bounced Back After Baby

Helloooo Spring! I know I am a couple days late, but boy am I excited. Spring is by far my favorite time of the year. This winter has been especially tough because 1. This was my first New England winter in YEARS and 2. I just had a baby and was stuck inside the majority of the time (hello baby blues). But now that spring is here and there is a promise of warmer weather in the near future I am oh so excited.

I wanted to do a brief post on my postpartum journey so far. Today marks exactly 5 months since little Nolan entered the world. This has been the most wonderful, challenging, loving, overwhelming months and I could not imagine my life without this little guy.

Anyway, I wanted to post some encouragement and tips that I feel like helped me bounce back quickly!

Here are my progress photos. The last is current at 5m pp

1. Stay active throughout your pregnancy and eat as healthy as you can. This will result in a healthy and steady weight gain. Everybody is different and you will gain  what you need to for baby, but making the effort to stay active and make good food choices will benefit you both. I will do a post later on my go to workouts that I did throughout my pregnancy.

2. Invest in a postpartum girdle. I bought a Bellefit (which I will review at some point) to wear after delivery. I couldn’t fit into it right away so I wore a compression tank top the day after delivery until I could. I think it helped “shrink me down,” but mostly I enjoyed wearing it because it made everything feel tight and back in its place. I hated how squishy I was after!

3. Walk, walk, walk! When you feel okay and are okay’d by the dr. I felt like utter s*it for 2 weeks after delivery so I didn’t start walking until then. I started with just 10 mins or so, but it was soo nice to get up and move! Walking is one of my favorite workouts and the fresh air helped the baby blues.

4. Drink a lot of water (espectially if you are breatfeeding) and eat lots of fruits and veggies! I know no brainer, but water is so so important.

5. Breastfeeding. Holy cow did the weight melt off from breastfeeding! I wasn’t active the first 2 weeks but I was into my jeans about a week after delivery (when I was wearing my girdle of course).

I know these tips you’ve probably read/heard a thousand times, but it’s because they WORK!

Remember it’s also imprtant to keep your mind healthy along with your body. Every woman is different and will bounce back or not at different speeds-AND THAT’S OKAY. You just made a tiny human after all 🙂 I hope you find these tips at least motivational to start or keep up the good work!

 

 

 

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Loooooong Break :)

Oh goodness what a break this has been! When I started this blog it wasn’t too high up in my priorities, but now I regret not documenting the past few years! So much has happened it’s crazy :). We were living in Jefferson, Texas, and then we moved to the San Antonio area….and then to Zap, North Dakota….and then to Asheville, North Carolina…and then to Charleston, South Carolina…and now we are settled here in Massachusetts!  Haha. Clearly moving wasn’t enough to keep us busy as we just welcomed a beautiful baby boy 4 months ago! We moved constantly for my husband’s work and although we loved and are SO grateful to have been able to see the different parts of this beautiful country, being near family was important to both of us for our new little addition.

So please without further adieu let me introduce you to mister Nolan Alexander…

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Now let me start off by saying this child is MASSIVE. I’m talking 12m clothes only 4 months old massive haha. We don’t know where on earth he gets this from! Neither my husband or I are big people. The only “giant” in my family is my Papa who stands at an impressive 6’4″ ish or so. I’m just glad I bought the majority of his clothes second hand at thrift stores as he didn’t get a chance to wear the majority of it!

I apologize for the hasty/brief/mod podge of pictures, but I just wanted to introduce my little guy. I will have to post my birth story and some maternity goodness a little later. As you can see I’m not really following the correct sequence around here ;).

That is all for now! I’d love to hear from other big baby mamas on whether or not your baby ever leveled out!

Ashley

 

 

A Healthier Chocolate Glazed Donut

Hey all! I have been completely MIA lately, but this post will make it up. I promise.

Right now I have discovered a “healthier” chocolate glazed donut recipe! I just made them as a surprise for my husband who loves chocolate glazed donuts. To start out, I do not believe in diets or completely cutting out sweets- one just needs to indulge in moderation. Therefore, I take it as a personal (and almost fun challenge) to recreate our favorite unhealthy treats and make them guilt free!

My first project: chocolate glazed donuts. These donuts use minimal sugar and some of the ingredients can be substituted for even healthier options, for those of you who are super ambitious.

Donut and Milk!

I enjoyed mine with milk! Perfection!

Donut Pan

Donut Glaze #2

I don’t have a wire rack, so I just placed my newly glazed donuts on a plate

Donut Glaze Close Up

I found these donuts to be super delicious (although I personally think they taste better/more chocolately when you sprinkle them with chocolate chips). They are “airy” and moist, and they’ll pair perfectly with some milk or coffee!

Now to business.

What you’ll need for the donut batter:

1 Cup Flour (For even healthier, use wheat)

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey’s)

1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Egg

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Sour Cream (For even healthier, use Greek Yogurt)

1/4 Cup Milk

2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil (melted)

Nestle Milk Chocolate Morsels for sprinkling! (Optional)

For the Glaze:

3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tbsp. Milk

To Prepare the Batter:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease your donut pan. I personally used PAM Coconut Oil.

2. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Stir well and set aside.

3. In a separate, smaller mixing bowl, combine the melted coconut butter, egg, milk, vanilla extract, and sour cream. Mix well and combine to flour mixture. Stir just to mix. The batter will be VERY thick/sticky/ hard to control.

4. Put the mixture in a Ziplock Bag and cut a slit to pipe the batter into the prepared pan. Fill about 2/3.

5. Sprinkle as many chocolate chips as you want over the donuts before you bake.

6. Place into the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

To Prepare the Glaze:

1. Mix all ingredients. Feel free to add more sugar or milk, depending on what consistency you prefer.

2. Wait until the donuts are completely cooled and dip them into the glaze.

Viola! Enjoy!

Welcome to my blog!

Hello there! This is my first blog post ever on the internet (ooooo), and I’m rather nervous writing it. If you have stumbled upon my blog, you’ll notice quite a bit is under construction. I am new to this “blogging” world and am trying to figure out how exactly everything works (I’m am not the most tech-savvy). It took me an hour and a half just for me to figure out categories-verses-pages-verses tags. It’s quite a lot to learn! However, I wanted to understand what the hype was all about, and more importantly, have a space on the internet to update my family and friends. See, my life is pretty hectic. If you have read the “About” me then you already know I travel with my husband for his work. It is hard for me to update my family and friends as we are always either moving or out and about on some adventure.

However, if you are not family or friends, then I ask you to refrain from looking into my life.

PSYCH, I’m kidding. I love to meet new people and read about other people’s lives, and I am completely ecstatic if you find my life interesting and want to be my friend. I tend to read blogs about people who are really just good at life or stellar chefs- you people fascinate me. So please do not hesitate to contact me, I look forward to it!

Anyway, my husband and I are approaching our one year anniversary and we have already lived in three different areas, about to move onto a fourth in less than a month! We’ve been to North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas, all within this year. It sounds crazier than it actually was when I write it down haha. I will be posting more on these areas soon!

That’s all for now 🙂

xoxo Ashley