First of all, I had my brother in law take our first family photo this weekend.
Despite the fact I failed to change my camera’s settings before handing the machine off to him — leaving the picture’s quality far from perfect — the kidlets still look pretty darn cute.
Next time, however, I’ll remember two things before trying another family portrait:
- check the camera
- bribe the kidlets to look happy (sigh)
Second, as we drove back home after a long day of picture taking and spending time with Hubby’s family, Hubby and I talked about our healthy living goals and my
desire need to get back on track now that my pregnancy is over.
This was our last family photo — when I was only about 5 weeks pregnant. Notice anything different about us in this picture?
Ding, ding, ding!!!! Yes, we each had a discernible CHIN!
We would like to get back to that stage . . . and sooner rather than later.
So, it’s back to focusing on healthy living for us by:
- menu-planning with an emphasis on whole and real foods (i.e., no ingredients we can’t pronounce and/or would need a laboratory to create)
- paying attention to appropriate and balanced portions as we eat
- drinking lots and lots of water
Daily exercise is going to be the most challenging aspect; last year, we were rock-stars of staying active — running, strength training, yoga became habits for me. But, certain pregnancy side-affects caused me to slow down — and Hubby took time off as well. Now, we will be trying to fit an active lifestyle in around nursing, the daily ins and outs of work, and life with three kidlets.
And we’ll be doing it all while sleep deprived. . . but we will cheer each other on.
And on and on — till our single, skinny chins are back.
Here’s What We Are Eating This Week
To kick off our healthy living “reboot,” I have found some great recipes that either use only “real” ingredients or can be easily modified for real ingredients (for example, some of the recipes call for canned cream soups, which we don’t use … I will be making my own cream bases – using almond milk – for those recipes).
Monday: Homemade Turkey Meatballs with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Peas, salad with homemade vinaigrette
Tuesday: Slow-Cooker General Tso’s Chicken (an “un-breaded” version from a new slow-cooker cookbook I purchased recently), brown rice
Wednesday: Vegetable Soup and salad with homemade vinaigrette
Thursday: Slow-Cooker Herbed Chicken with Wild Rice, salad with homemade vinaigrette
Friday: Whole wheat Pizza Rolls with Slow-Cooker Marinara
Saturday: Cooking with Hubby — not sure exactly what … just planning in trying something from our Rick Bayless (Mexican) cookbook
Sunday: dinner with our Church Life-Group
Do you and your significant other work together to live a healthy life or is it all on you to make it happen?