Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A year ago my life changed forever.

It has been the craziest year to-date and I wouldn't change a single thing

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

A year ago

I was a massively overdue preggo lady, desperate to meet her child.

I was eating my weight in pineapple, walking for hours, and doing a whole host of other things to try to get this baby out.

I was very fearful and upset of my pending induction, scheduled for 8am the next day.

Amazing to look back at it now.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Almost One?!

Nope, not possible.

I don't believe it.

Where did the last 360 odd days go?

My baby will be no more come next week.

I can't take it.


Baby Eats - Quinoa Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pancakes

I love cooking, and now that I have a tiny gourmet on my hands I have even more reason to ensure we are always eating well.

Little E has been a champion eater since we started solids at the 6 month mark but I am always looking for ways to ensure that he is getting everything he needs. He is a vegan baby so I have to be aware that he is always getting enough protein, iron, calcium etc, from non-animal sources. For me this is easy, for him I sometimes find it challenging - not to get the food into him but to keep it interesting and not to offer the same meal every single day.

Pancakes are our go-to in the AM and today I tried to mix it up a bit. This has been my standard recipe for a while now ( and as you can see its super simple. I've done an apple cinnamon version, a pumpkin spice version and a pear version and those went over super well, so I decided to be a bit adventurous today.

Since we ventured into peanut butter yesterday I thought a Peanut Butter Banana version may work well. And for an added UMPH, I tossed in some quinoa. And I was not wrong. LOL - E gobbled up 4 full sized cakes, in addition to an entire banana and 1/2 a pear. This boy has an appetite!

Quinoa Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pancakes

  • 1/4 cup toasted quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup water
  1. In blender (I use my Nutribullet) blend together quinoa, oats, flour and baking powder
  2. Place dry mix into large mixing bowl
  3. Again in blender, combine banana, peanut butter, milk and water
  4. Add wet mix to dry and stir until combined 
  5. If you find you mix is too thick add a tbsp of water until your desired consistency is reached
  6. Cook up and enjoy!
Makes about 22 full sized cakes - I use a ice cream scoop to portion out my batter

Each one of these bad boys packs in:
  • 70 calories
  • 3g protein
  • 10g carbs
  • 3g fat
  • 4g iron
  • 2g sugar

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Progress and Motivation

Eating well and exercising really works.

I never really doubted it, however it is still always amazing to me to see it actually work ... on my own self.

Weight and body image have been issues for me for decades  I have waged the battle of the bulge for as long as I can remember. My past major success have stemmed from lifestyle changes only, not dieting or sporadic exercise, nope, good old life changes are what works for this bod.

So here we go again. I slipped and slid right off the mark over the last 2 years, but I have reigned it in and taken control over the last month and the results have been fast and unexpected.

In less than 30 days I have shed a belt notch. That is huge. That is massive, that is the best motivation out there. Eff what the scales says, I am way more in love with what my pants say...

And they say keep at it lady, this is just the beginning.