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Back by popular demand

Want to know something AMAZING. I’m a momma now! I spent the year making a tiny person who makes every day an adventure and smiles every time I talk to him. It’s awesome. Last year me would think this year me is crazy, but everyone should have a baby. Everyone should have all the babies.


Throw caution to the wind and #haveallthebabies

I also spent the year eating Wegman’s chocolate chip muffins and baking “lactation” cookies aka – normal oatmeal cookies with an excuse to over eat. This is evidenced by my 12 month sized 5 month old and a beautiful belly pooch to rest the baby on. That’s what I tell myself at least.

Here’s the quick rundown of mommyhood-to-date as far as health goes. I gained about 38 lbs during pregnancy and lost 18 in the two weeks after birth. We went dairy and soy free because little bit is apparently allergic to them in my milk and 8 weeks of colic weren’t really colic, but silent reflux and food allergies. Awesome. Learning to swim in the deep end of parenthood.

We’re 5 months postpartum tomorrow and doing much better. Little bit takes three naps of random length each day and goes to sleep around 7:30 each night. Mommy is actually sleeping for the first time for more than 4 hours since his birth and things are going well. Except weight loss, that’s not going anywhere. I now weigh 175.4, about 24 lbs less than my weight at birth, but still 13ish pounds from my pre-preggo weight.

With a new baby, weight has really become just a number for the first time in a long time for me. Its there and something you could describe me with, like she’s wearing pink nail polish and boots, but its no longer something that contributes to who I see myself as. It happened pretty much overnight. I was obsessed with weighing myself during pregnancy, and now, while I still weigh myself, its mostly – “meh.”

That said, its time for a change. Pregnancy DESTROYED my health. I ache all the time. I have headaches, back aches, muscle aches, whole being aches. I got clogged ducts, thrush, and engorged. I’ve been sick 3 times for 4 weeks in 5 months. That’s like for-e-ver. Oh and postpartum anxiety is real. Really real. Awake from 3-6 am real.

Now that my hormones have somewhat regulated, and I’m no longer checking that the baby is breathing every 20 minutes (j/k I won’t stop doing this until he’s 18 and moves out), I feel like its time to put some energy into me. A heathy mommy is a better mommy. And I need to feel better for me. I need hobbies, friends, and coffee. Lots of coffee. I need exercise and energy. I need to change.

So I’m cutting out sugar and gluten again and limiting carbs. I’ll share recipes here as usual and recap some of my days. I’ve had several friends and followers ask when I’d start blogging again from the mom side of things so I’m back by popular demand. Thanks for not giving up on me!


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Thank you, @nakedsoles, for twisting my social media arm and forcing me to give cauliflower rice a try again. Let’s get real, I’ll do anything you want me to (exceptsharenewclothes. itsalittlesisterthing). All jest aside, I have been making this rice substitute wrong forever…or since the one time I tried it and lost faith in vegetables for 6 years. The key is roasting it. Don’t steam it, you’ll hate your life and eat chicken nuggets to recover. All the nuggets. Don’t rush. Recovery takes time. Roasting gives it a firmer exterior and an al-dente interior which is a perfect rice imitation.


CAULIFLOWER RICE (original recipe)

  • 1 Head Cauliflower
  • Cooking Spray
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 F.
  2. Remove cauliflower florets and place in vitamix/blender/food processor. Pulse until finely chopped (~1 cm).
  3. Place on pan and coat in cooking spray. Shake pan a little and spread it all out.
  4. Roast for 15-20 mins or until some “rice” is brown.


STEAK STIR FRY (paleo friendly)

Once you get your rice going, you can move on to the easy part. Frying up your veggies. I never use the same veggies for stir fry, so feel free to get creative or use leftovers. Some interesting additions could be asparagus, watered chestnuts, bamboo shoots, leek, or even chopped cabbage.


  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped (big pieces)
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 c mushrooms (whatever kind. I had baby bellas)
  • 1 c chopped carrots
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T mirin
  • 2 T teriaki
  • 1/2 lb sirloin steak, seasoned salt + pepper
  • 1 recipe cauliflower rice
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat coconut oil over med/high heat, saute garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add onion, saute 2-3 mins.
  3. Add broccoli, saute 3 mins, add remaining veggies, sesame seeds, and mirin.
  4. Grill sirloin to medium rare ~2.5 mins/side. Remove from heat. (veggies still going). Rest 4-6 mins.
  5. Scramble two eggs, set aside.
  6. Chop steak to 1 in cubes. Should look delicious.
  7. Add teriaki to veggies and toss. Remove from heat, add steak.
  8. Mix scrambled eggs with cauliflower rice.
  9. Top egg/rice mixture with vegetables and steak.

imagesSIDEBAR: Buy your groceries on Wednesday! I’m a Sunday grocery shopper. Me and the rest of Northern Virginia. We all go to Wegman’s at 4:00 on Sunday and proceed to showcase the best of our East Coast personalities (#typeA, noonemovesheretowait, bitchthatsmysalmon. whobringskidstothegauntlet). If you had asked me to shop for groceries on Wed three months ago, I would have laughed in your face. Its not what I do. My week follows a strict formula. Sunday = groceries/meal prep. Monday-Fri = try to make it. Sat = drink. Now, I’d have to apologize to your imaginary and wise face. I’m a convert. We didn’t use up last week’s groceries until Tuesday because of our trip, which left me with a weekday run. Everything was SO CHEAP. Everything. Like 66% retail cheap. I bought so much meat because the deals were too good to pass up. Organic? Yes please. Lamb? Sure, why not? Two Cornish hens? My blog be flossin. \endsoapbox

Below are my eats for DAY 12. Stay tuned for the bolognese sauce recipe. I promise, its worth the wait.


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The Plan

I’ve had some practice with diets/lifestyle changes/body comp improvements and learned a lot over the last few years. I think the more you know about yourself, the easier it is to pick something that will work. I’ve done weight watchers, a year of gluten free eating, the 4 hour body, and a nutritionist guided plan in the past. All yielded successes and taught me a little more about my unique physiology in the process.

When choosing what to do this time, I considered Body for Life, Autoimmune Paleo, 17 Day Diet, Weight Watchers, gluten free, and the nutritionist plan I followed last year. My goal for the short term is to re-shape my body and lose weight. My long term goal is to improve my health, lower my stress, and lower autoimmune flare ups which my body tends towards. I currently have the time to prepare my foods, enjoy recipe creation, and feel comfortable making my plans independently, listening to the feedback my body gives, and committing to something challenging.


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Taking all of that into consideration, I decided to make my own plan! Its a combination of what I like from each of eating model, and I think it incorporates the changes I want to make.

SIDEBAR: I’m neurotic about measurements. If you can’t see it, quantify it, or measure it, you’re probably making it up. People only believed in magic until they understood science. So, if you’re not a numbers person (who are you and why are you here?), you’ll probably want to skip reading the rest of this and being my friend.


  • drink 75 oz. of water per day
  • eat every 3-4 hours
  • focus on healthy protiens
  • veggies 4-5x/day
  • fruits 3-4x/day (focus on low sugar)
  • 1 small starch 1x/day
  • protein with every meal/snack
  • take probiotics or drink kombucha
  • daily vitamins: fish oil, calcium + magnesium, multiv, fiber

COMPLETELY AVOID: ibuprophen, nuts, sugar, processed foods, bread, grains, cereal, etc., alcohol

LIMIT:  dairy, seed based spices, fats, potatoes/nightshades, salt, eggs (farm fresh or omega 3s)

My Daily plan will look something like this:


I intend to do a full 30 days before changing anything. I want to see how dramatically I can change my body composition by eliminating sugar and processed foods. I think those changes will be more dramatic than any weight loss and contribute more to my overall health than anything else. I will update my progress weekly.


Initial Measurements

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Love it or leave it, you’ve got to start somewhere.

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Get Haute

For the first time in while, I’ve found myself with free time (first retirement problems). For a productivity addict, that’s basically the kiss of death for my sanity…and the husband’s. After leaving/losing my job (It was planned. It still sucks.), I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, then How to Win Friends and Influence People, then How to Invest $50 – $5,000, wrote a personal creed, and purchased 4 planners. At the end of that day, I realized I needed to pace myself.

I’d allowed my work and success to become the center of my values and that was gone. Somewhere amidst the career steps, three moves, and Northern Virginia hustle, I’d run right past all the trees, missed the forest, and wasn’t in Kansas anymore. I took a few vacations and started to look at what I’d missed. One year ago, I loved my work, was losing weight slowly, hitting my goals at work, felt great, exercised daily, and looked forward to seeing the hubs every weekend while he wrapped up his doctorate work in Charlottesville. When business declined, everything else went by the wayside. That was seven months and 15 pounds ago.

I started to envision what I wanted to be in one, five, and ten years and asked myself where I was missing the mark. About $50 in Starbucks coffee later, here I am, working to establish balance, challenge myself physically, and have some fun.

Happy, healthy, and strong are always high class.

amy poehler“No one looks stupid when they are having fun.”

-Amy Poehler

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