As you probably have noticed, I haven’t been writing much over the last 2-3 weeks. It has been a BUSY time. My husband and I welcomed a baby boy in the world about 2 weeks ago. I have been out on mommy duty but now that I am getting the hang of this, I am back with a few posts a week until I can get back on track. I ended up having to have a C section, so recovery has been longer than expected and I am ONLY allowed walking and lifting my baby for the first 6 weeks. I am being very good about following instructions (although it is VERY hard for me to do that). I do not want to injure myself in the healing process, only to make it longer for recovery. I will not be posting any video workouts until I am cleared to lift again. However, I will be eating healthy and doing as much walking as my body will allow. Once I am cleared, I will be introducing beginner workouts and then moving back into more intense workouts as I build my strength and energy back up to speed.
With all of that being said, I knew that these first few weeks would be hard. I was right. Nothing prepares you for mommy-hood. And nothing prepares you for mommy-hood after major surgery. It is the most wonderful thing in the world and like most have told me, you forget what life was like before your little bundle of joy.
I knew that when I got home from the hospital, I would worry about my weight (even though I should not). Not only did the pitosin pack on the water weight, just the simple fact of surgery did not help me lose any weight, at least not right away. I am now down 25 lbs and I have 10 left to go! Ahhh…..the wonders of nursing! I know that nursing will help, as well as the walking I am doing every day, but I wanted to make sure I had healthy meals in the freezer for my husband and I to eat over these few weeks when it has been so hard to get into the kitchen. Before our son arrived, I made 4 different meals and froze them all so that we could pull them out and thaw them for a quick, healthy, no prep meal. Over the next few weeks, I will post these recipes so that you can make them and freeze them for your own family. They are all very easy, one pot meals, mostly in the crockpot. My favorite.
- 2 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, no salt mrs dash or Tony’s
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 ounces egg white noodles
Place all ingredients in Crock Pot, except for noodles. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken and bay leaf. Once your chicken has cooled a bit, shred chicken and return to broth. Add the noodles. Cook another hour on low or 1/2 hour on high until noodles are done. Enjoy!