How to lose the baby weight without really trying

How to lose baby weight without sweating it out the gym every day.  Here’s my story.

I am now one year postpartum.  It’s about time I get back into shape.  Full disclosure:  I have lost all (and then some) of my baby weight without  much effort.  I know, I know.  Some of you might hate me.  But somehow it happened.  It didn’t happen overnight, but it all came off.  So here’s my story.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was about 10 pounds above my normal weight the summer before I got pregnant.  I wasn’t working out and somehow it just happened.  I started my P90X journey, which had worked for me before, in September.  I found out I was pregnant in October.  I continued it for another month or so, but my OB was not fond of that kind of workout at all.  So I switched to running (until about 28 weeks or so) and barre.  I did barre three times a week up until 38 weeks and I loved it.  I really feel like it helped me throughout labor and most importantly my recovery.  I felt great afterwards, and planned to start working out at at 6 weeks postpartum, but, yeah…life happened.  Luckily, I was dropping pounds easily (Yeah breastfeeding!!).  It definitely didn’t “melt off”, and I hit some plateaus but by around the 5 months mark I was back at my ideal weight again.

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A letter to my daughter on her first birthday

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To my daughter on her first birthday,

Layla – it’s hard to put into words how I feel today.  A year ago, you were born.  A year ago, on this day, for 23 hours and 51 minutes I didn’t know you – I didn’t know you were a girl – I didn’t know your name [Full disclosure – I didn’t know your name for another 24 hours after that].  You came into this world and I was forever changed.  You have made me smile more than I thought was possible – you filled a void in my heart that I didn’t know was empty. When you were born, the nurses in the hospital all consistently said a few things.  She is beautiful.  She is strong.  She will tell you what she wants.  At the time, I didn’t really get it.  How could a newborn exhibit such a personality already?  But they were right – boy were they right.  I am, of course, biased.  But I’ll say it.  You are the most beautiful baby I have ever laid my eyes on.  You have this sparkle in your eyes that melts hearts.  When you smile your whole face lights up.  I don’t have to be biased to know that you’re strong.  At a year, you are walking (practically running) and climbing everything in sight.  You are the opposite of a laid back baby – you are pretty vocal about getting when you want.  So, a year later, I’d like to say those nurses were right.

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Seared Opah with Capers, Tomatoes and Basil in a White Wine Sauce

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I saw Opah at my supermarket, and having never tried it, decided to give it a whirl.  The fish guy/monger/cutter (what are they even called?) reported that it was tasty and who is he to lie?  So I bought it.  It was fresh and wild caught, which means tasty and tastier in my books.  I was pretty sure I could stick a lemon on top and serve it and it would taste good, but what fun would that be?  So I came up with this concoction and I’m proud to say the food critic/chef/husband deemed it “really good”.  In Katie’s Confessions Blog speak, that means it was freakin amazing…so you should really get on this recipe, like stat.  Any firm white fish will do.  This was a thick, meaty fish and reminded me a lot of swordfish.  I haven’t seen it at my supermarket since, so I will keep this recipe handy next time they have swordfish.

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Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Carrots

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One pan y’all.  I promise.  That’s all you need.  I didn’t know if I could do it, but I did.  I’ve been making this really good, ok maybe even great bone in chicken thigh dish for years and I wanted to transform it into a one pan dinner.  So I did.  What is it about crispy golden chicken skin?  So. Darn. Good.  I never claimed to be a health nut, did I?  And I mean come on, it’s not like it’s loaded with MSG and thrown in a deep fryer.  So I render this a healthy meal.  You can interpret healthy however you want 😉

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