We took Tripp to his first MLB game last night. You can't see them (and the picture Patrick took with my phone isn't uploading to the blog...ugh) BUT can I just talk about the jeans I'm wearing for a second? They're not maternity jeans, nor do they belong in my "in between" wardrobe. Those are pre-pregnancy jeans my friends! SO EXCITED!!! Okay, I'm done. Just had to get that out.
A lot of people have asked me how I lost 30ish pounds about 4 years ago. Honestly? I don't know. It was a combination of things and I'm not really sure which one or ones worked, but something did. I fell in love with Bikram Yoga and I became a pescatarian at the same time - probably a pretty magical combo. That's not to say that everyone will lose weight doing that though. Different strokes for different folks ya know?
When I first toyed with the idea of giving up meat, a yoga instructor I was practicing with put up a big red flag and told me to be careful. A lot of times, people that go vegetarian without doing their research go the carb route because they don't know how to prepare a full meal out of fruits/vegetables/grains. I basically had to relearn how to cook. I still ate fish, but that would get old if you had it every single night. I also got very lucky because I was dating a handsome man that would pretty much eat whatever I put in front of him. :-)
circa Dec 2007
I've tried the vegan thing, the raw thing, the master cleanse....all that trendy crap. I definitely have a different relationship with food than I did before I was pregnant. Now, the most important thing to me is eating what my body needs to be healthy and provide nutrition for Tripp. That being said, its a fine line to walk trying to get the right calories to breastfeed but still try to lose the baby weight. I lost a lot of muscle tone when I was pregnant, so I wanted to focus my workouts in that direction instead of just doing a ton of cardio to burn the fat off. I lift 4-5 days a week, but in order to build muscle, you need a LOT of protein in your diet. I don't love dairy enough to load up on cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc (and that's a lot of the kind of calories I didn't want) and loading up on soy-fake-meat products isn't fantastic for you, so I had to figure something else out. Enter the chicken.
My first meal back on the meat wagon:
grilled chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and basil. (Patrick and I were sharing a plate...I did NOT go for a whole chicken my first time back.) Nothing crazy since I'm a little out of practice, but hopefully I'll have some tasty things to post for you carnivores in the near future.
If I want meat, I'll eat it. If I'm not in the mood, I won't. I LOVE vegetarian dishes so most of my meals will probably still be that way. There's actually a name for that. I'm a flexitarian now. :-)