Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 Running Announcement!

I, am Erin of Miami. You will follow my (Disney) Instagram and keep me accountable as I train for the Walt Disney World, MARATHON! 
See the line at the end of the race? It Calls me... 
That finish line 26.2 miles from the beginning have been calling me since I crossed it in January of 2015.  Roughly three months after crossing that finish line we welcomed our sweet love bug into the world and I've thought about running another marathon ever since.

I wasn't planning to run a Marathon until 2019 or 2020. However, when my friend Stephanie  reminded me that it was the 25th Anniversary and that it wasn't sold out, I just couldn't resist...



What can I say, I get distracted by shiny things like 25th anniversary bling! 


Training Schedule
I will be following the schedule put together by Jeff Galloway and RunDisney for my training. Jeff Galloway has never let me down with his Run/Walk method, it's a method of running that i've used for all my running and with it was able to complete the Goofy Challenge with a baby on board.
Read about it here.

This time I am not expecting, so in addition to Marathon Training, I am hoping to continue my weight loss journey. That being said, plan is to stick to the following schedule as much as possible.

  • Monday - Pilates or Yoga
  • Tuesday - 30 minute Run
  • Wednesday - Upper Body 
  • Thursday - 30 Minute Run
  • Friday - Stretching 
  • Saturday - Long Runs 
  • Sunday - Rest / Roll 

I will be posting most of my journey on my NEW Disney themed Instagram, and I'd love to have you follow along!

https://www.instagram.com/erins.disney.story/






Thursday, June 22, 2017

21 Day Fix - Round 2

I've reached what should have been the end of round 2 of the 21 day fix, and here are my thoughts.


Workouts
I got WAY too bored with the workouts, and started mixing it up by week 2.

Meal Plan
 It was really hard to actually measure with the containers this time around.  I think it had to do with my current season of life, in January the baby was on a more consistent eat, sleep, nap schedule. Right now, we are working on a bunch of teeth and other huge milestones (like walking) so her sleep has been really rough the last couple of weeks.

Additionally, my middle daughter is working on some molars.

So, planning the meals just was really rough.

Container Eating
Even though I didn't plan out my colors every day and track them very well, I did  make sure to portion control myself. I always tried to eat more veggies then anything else and watched my dairy intake.

Lessons Learned

  1. Portion Control is key to success! 
  2. 20-30 minute workouts are effective and go by faster than you think. 
Round 2 Results
  • 8 inches gone
  • better understanding of how to portion control in daily life 

Final Thoughts 
The 21 Day Fix is a great program for kick starting your healthy eating and weight loss. However, for someone like me who just struggles SO much with doing the same scheduled workouts it can be extremely hard to stick to the program. Having said that, it is one of the reasons I just can't commit to purchasing another BB program right now, perhaps the on demand would be a good option for me... but we will have to wait on that. 



Question of the day: What's your favorite mix-ins for a salad? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Help your Baby FALL in LOVE with GREENS!

In the fall of 2013 I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during my first pregnancy I became very interested in healthy eating and pregnancy. Just what exactly do the babies get, can they taste?

I'm not sure if they can actually taste like we do outside the womb, but tastes are being developed from inside the womb, and eating a healthy diet while you are pregnant is a gift to you AND your baby.

Once you start introducing solids to baby, I like to start giving greens as soon as possible. My pediatrician chuckled when I told him I wanted to start my first born on Kale as soon as he thought it would be okay.  Around 7-9 months is when I introduced greens to my girls, but be sure to talk it over with your pediatrician when starting any new foods.

I am thankful to report that my girls all LOVE Spinach and will even have Kale in smoothies from time to time without an argument, and it's all thanks to this quick and easy recipe.

Greens Recipe for Baby

Ingredients: 
  • Spinach (or Kale)
  • Apples 
Instructions:
  1. Wash and Peel Apples
    • I like to use a variety of green and red apples to make the flavor more interesting 
  2.  Steam Apples until soft
  3. Steam Spinach for about 2 minutes 
  4. Blend 
  5. Enjoy! 

It's THAT easy friends!! 

Why I LOVE Spinach? 
Spinach LOADED with essential vitamins such as iron, vitamin A, C and so many more.  Just like leafy greens are recommended for healthy digestion in adults, this fiber rich meal can help keep things moving with your baby. 

I remember with my oldest daughter she would often get constipated when we started introducing solids, every since introducing spinach as a regular part of our children's diets this has not been a problem. ;-) 

Question of the day: Do you prefer Spinach raw or cooked? 
I prefer steamed spinach, but my husband prefers raw spinach to be eaten in a salad. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sweet Potato Lentils

Do you LOVE Lentils? 

Growing up, I'm sure I never finished a bowl of lentils or requested them like my kids do (sorry mom).  To be honest, if it weren't for the recommendation of my pediatrician and mother in law I probably would have never considered making them for myself OR my children! 

With its low in fat, high in protein, iron and fiber properties, this little legume packs a serious health punch for you and your little one. Not only is it super healthy for you, a small bag at the grocery store costs about $1.50, and will last your family for several meals! 

*When did/do I introduce Lentils to my Children? 
Around 7-9 months, I begin introducing Beans and other proteins to my children. I follow the recommendation of my pediatrician and do it very slowly.  So far, all three of my children have been EXCELLENT eaters (as babies...)
*always talk with your personal pediatrician about when and how to best introduce new foods to your little ones*


Sweet Potato Lentils
Ingredients: 
  1. Lentils
  2. Sweet Potato
  3. Carrots
If you are making this for your family and not specifically for baby food add some seasonings like Salt, Pepper and Onions. 

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Rinse Lentils
  2. Fill Pot with plenty of water to cover the lentils
  3. Add Sliced / Peeled Sweet Potato
  4. Add Sliced / Peeled Carrots  
  5. Bring to a Boil and let Simmer for about 45 minutes
  6. Enjoy

MOM HACK:Lentils are one of the few legumes that you don't have to soak overnight before making - so not only is this a great budget friendly meal it's also quick! 

Serving Instructions: 
  • If you are making this for your baby, I like to blend it in my food processor. It gives a nice smooth consistency and the sweet potato gives it a nice creamy texture. 
    • Word of caution: The color isn't all that pretty, but the flavor is amazing! 
  • If you are serving this to your family, we like to cook up a nice pot of rice and serve the lentils over rice as a side dish with pork chops or alone. 

This dish is so simple, and so yummy! I'd love to know if you gave it a try, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram (@StorybookErin)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The SECRET to a SWEETER Sweet Potato!

As a mom of three children, three and under I've had to develop systems and find ways to make the healthiest and tastiest recipes for my children. I'm no chef, in fact, I personally believe i'd benefit from being on one of the worst chef type shows you see on T.V. However, I have mastered the art of making healthy, and delicious baby food recipes, and I'll be sharing some of my favorites with you during the month of June!

My tried and tested way of making the BEST and SWEETEST Sweet Potatoes EVER! Before I give you my secret, I wanted to give a little background on how I used to prepare them for my first born.

Before I discovered this amazing hack for cooking sweet potatoes, I would spend hours chopping sweet potatoes and squash to either boil or roast and then blend. Making baby food often felt overwhelming because it took SO long. Then, one day read a little secret, and it completely changed my world!

The longer you roast a sweet potato, the more the natural sugars begin to release and the potato becomes this creamy, yummy dessert WITHOUT adding ANY sugar, or sweeteners.

So, how does a Mom of three accomplish roasting such amazing sweet potatoes?

Hello Slow Cooker. 


Yes, wash those sweet potatoes and throw them in the slow cooker and let them roast for a few hours. It is the PERFECT way to make baby food for your infant, and a side dish for your family.  I use this hack for making sweet potatoes for our family, baby food and even sweet potato casserole.  This hack also works for different types of squash as well.

In order to make this into baby food, just let it cool for a little while then add to your blender with a little bit of water and blend, it makes the perfect first food for your baby.

If you are starting to introduce meat to your baby, these sweet potatoes make the perfect addition to
the meat.

Instructions for Sweet Potato & Chicken Baby Food

  • Roast Sweet Potato
  • Bake Chicken in Oven 
  • Let Cool
  • In your food processor, blend the chicken
  • Add Sweet Potato & Water and blend until smooth
We like to mix all our meats with sweet potato or other squashes, and now that I know I can cook them in the crock pot, no more chopping, peeling or spending additional time in the kitchen prepping the food. Making baby food is easier than you think! 

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