41 Thoughts: Going to the Gym After Baby

My family recently joined our local YMCA. One of the driving forces behind that decision was to have access to the gym. I’ll admit, I was nervous for my first trip back to the gym after having my baby. OK – confession time: my baby is 3 years old, and I haven’t been to a gym in much longer than that. It’s probably been about 5 years since I’ve stepped foot in a gym. At the time, cropped, loose yoga pants were everywhere, carrying around your cell phone was not OK, and having a personal TV on your elliptical was still new and exciting.


Pink is Fat? Uh, Nope. Fat Shaming is Out of Control.

Well, I see that twitter haters (twaters? Yes.) were all up on Pink for being, um…heavier? I’m sorry. I don’t see it. When I saw this in my Facebook feed, I was thoroughly confused. Does she look bad? No. Does she look fat? I really don’t think so. I don’t see it. If Pink is considered chubby, what hope do the rest of us have? 

Source: Cosmo
Why does it feel like body shaming shenanigans seem to get worse and worse? Why does talent get tempered with dress size? Kelly Clarkson is getting crap, and she just had a baby. Give these people a break already. Again, if Kelly Clarkson has to defend her body, what hope do the rest of us have? 

Source: Redbook
Lucky for these ladies, they have a stage. They can look down on their haters and graciously wave them off. Pink wrote a warm response with just the right amount of snark. Kelly has to talk about it over and over, but she’s rocking the cover of Redbook this month to tell everyone she has better priorities than internet trolls who tweet vile things (while probably treating their waiters like crap). 

I’m proud of them for responding. The rest of us normal squishy people need to see these women rise above the crazy. We all need to be able to go about our daily lives without worrying about the scum of the earth judging us. While they have a platform, we just have to let it roll off. Because if we can’t, what hope do we have?


Whole 30, Take 2: Success Recap

My second round of the Whole 30 has officially come to an end. But I'm not really stopping. I may have a froyo or something this weekend, but I'm pretty much staying on the wagon. That's the plan. I have a run in less than 2 weeks, and I'm planning to stick to the plan until then, and possibly beyond.

This round has been a success.
Pounds lost: 5
Inches Lost...
Waist: 4
Hips: 4

Now for the big before & after. Left is before - not a massive difference, but a good start. 
(images adjust for crappy lighting only).
Right "after" shot looks funky b/c my mirror
needs cleaning #lazy

As you can see, this is pretty much how my weight loss went down...

Luckily, my stomach followed suit. During the first 2 weeks I came close to quitting because I thought my midsection was actually getting bigger. Then I saw this meme and felt better. Thanks interwebs!


Whole 30, Take 2: Couch to 5k

My Whole 30 mission is cranking along. I'm feeling great, and had a fully on-track weekend! I surprised myself by not even craving alcohol. And we didn't eat at a restaurant all weekend! That right there is BIG victory for my family. We live in a great area for food...which is hazardous for the long-term dieter. Instead we grilled. Hooray for amazing weather!


Link Up: Sorry I'm Not Sorry Link Up

Taking a break from the food and dieting fodder to participate in a Link Up with Skinny Meg and Crystal Michelle's Mess about kids & parenting. I don't talk much about my baby girl on this blog. It's one of those things I've typically kept off limits for sanity and safety's sake. But I broke the rule last week and posted a pic of us on my Diet Drama Instagram. And I'm breaking it again by talking about her as part of this link up.

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Writing this was way more fun than I thought - who doesn't love talking about their kids? - but I think it will still be rare that I share much about her here. I watch too much Dateline, what can I say?

Here are my 5 Sorry I'm Not Sorry items about parenting and my kiddo.


The Whole 30 Take 2: Mother's Day Strong

I think I'm the last blogger in with my OMGMOTHERSDAY recap, yeah?

It was a great weekend. We went to my Mom's to spend the night. She recently moved to a beautiful place by a lake, and is super happy which makes me super happy. When I used to go "home" to the house I grew up in, my will power completely vanished. Something about safety and comfort I'm sure, but also combined with our familial love of food. My Mom always stocked the place with goodies, even if I was dieting. I'd usually indulge.

Something about her new place lets me say no. Maybe it's the new place, maybe it's the new me. She stocked up with all my favorites - and some Whole 30 treats too. She planned a dynamite Whole 30 friendly dinner too, so that negates the sweet stocking in my book. Despite the minefield, I was able to stay strong and not dive into a carrot cake headfirst.


Diet Drama: Whole 30 Herbed Mashed Cauliflower

Yes. Yes. Yes. A quarter of a million results pop up if you Google Whole 30 Mashed Cauliflower. Thank you if you took a chance and clicked here. It’s yum.
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Herbed Mashed Cauliflower (Whole 30 & Paleo Compliant)
1 Head Cauliflower
2 oz Panchetta, Diced Small and Cooked
1 TBS Penzeys Parisien Bonnes Herbes, (but any herb blend of any country will do)
1 Tsp Penzeys Fox Point Seasoning (a mix of garlic powder & onion powder, dried shallots, or minced garlic would be great too)
½ TBS Ghee
¼ cup Coconut Milk
Salt & Pepper
Trader Joe’s Chili & Garlic Smoked Sea Salt (optional, obviously)
Cut the Cauliflower into chunks and boil in salted water for 5-10 minutes…good rule of thumb is to overcook it by 3 minutes after it’s “done” if you intend to mash it.
Drain and put the cauliflower back into the hot pan.
Add the herbs, ghee and Coconut Milk and mash with a potato masher (hard) or stick blender (MUCH easier – you can also use a blender or food processor). Mash until it’s creamy and looks something like mashed potatoes. NOTE: You CAN over mash these guys. If you go too far or add too much liquid…well, congratulations - you made soup.
Stir in cooked pancetta. Don’t be shy. Add some of the fat that rendered out of it.
Add salt and pepper to taste. If its tasting dry, add more coconut milk.
Add 3-5 grinds of Trader Joe’s smoked sea salt (optional, more salt and/or pepper will do, or a little smoked paprika – its all about bumping up flavor and perceived richness) and stir it in.

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