Postpartum Health & Fitness

For everyone that has had a baby, getting back into shape is just plain ugly! I literally feel like a big squishy blob that just absolutely does not want to move…anyone else?? I feel you! Actually I had times of feeling like that before I even had children.

With my first pregnancy I gained 50 lbs and kept on 20 of those pounds before getting pregnant with Audrey. The 2nd time around I didn’t gain quite as much, but I was more determined than ever to ensure I didn’t keep on that extra 20 pounds again! A friend of mine caught me at just the right time and asked if I wanted to join a 21 Day Fix challenge group. It is basically a clean eating and portion control program with daily 30 minute workout videos. I was slightly skeptical because another thing about me is that I HATE diets and after trying so many of them and never really sticking with them, I vowed years ago to never do a diet again. But when she invited me I had exactly 21 days until I returned to work from maternity leave, so I thought, why not? Plus I really wanted to lose that baby weight! Continue reading

Crock pot Balsamic Chicken {Recipe}

Sharing one of my favorite clean crock pot recipes.This balsamic chicken is delicious and healthy! I’ve found balsamic vinegar is a really good alternative to sauces, such as teriyaki or BBQ that have a lot of added sugar. I made this one as a freezer meal. I divided the amount in the below recipe between 2 freezer bags {I doubled the recipe to get 4 meals out of it}, and wrote the directions on the bag.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup balsalmic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Add all ingredients to crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours, on high for 4 hrs. Shred chicken with 2 forks about 15-20 minutes before serving. 

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I like to have this with rice or quinoa and sauteed veggies on the side {as shown in image above}. Oh and a glass of good red wine 🙂

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