Hello readers. I am so sorry I left you in the lurches...yet I needed to take a step back and reevaluate a couple of things about my life.
First, after a LONG, LONG winter, I needed to welcome the beauty of springtime and spend a good amount of time saying HELLO to the awakening seedlings of new flowers and growing leaves. Yes, I sound like a hippie tree-hugger, but after being cooped up in my house with my little boy for months and months of winter, I have never appreciated spring as much as I do now! So, I planted a garden for the first time in my life. I planted some gerbera daisies, marigolds, kalanchoes, and pansies. I also planted some vegetables: sugar snap peas, carrots, and broccoli. AND, in addition, I created an herb garden, which is something I've always wanted to do...This includes rosemary, thyme, basil, spearmint, and lavender.
Herbs from my garden
The second act of business that I needed to fine tune was my diet and exercise routine. While trying all those new recipes was a lot of fun (and gave me something to do while cooped up inside), I was feeling bloated and unhealthy, and wanted to get back to how I was eating before I had my boy. I didn't feel the need to blog about it until now, after people have started to see a difference in my appearance and asked what I have been eating.
To give you a little idea of my daily diet, here is a sample menu:
Cup of oatmeal or magic bread bran muffin
Kashi "GO-LEAN" protein shake
Cup of coffee
Glass of water
Banana and strawberries
Salad with olive oil dressing
1 serving of whole wheat start (bread or pretzels)
Can of veggies
Kashi "GO-LEAN" Snack Bar
Carrots with Hummus
Whole Wheat Rice Pilaf
Veggie of some sort
In addition to following this menu, with occasional treats here or there on the weekends, I walk every day and do strength training whenever I get the chance. I also drink LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER!!! This is key to draining any toxins from one's body. I feel better, and my clothes fit better too! I will try and keep you posted of some new, healthy recipes I try over the course of the next few weeks.