Jul 23

Why the rush?

I swear I just gave birth yesterday! I remember driving to the hospital in the middle of the night with my husband, it was so much fun and is such an amazing memory. Our son Adam is almost one now. Time just flies on by….

He has grown so much. He is crawling everywhere and practicing his walking, any day now he will take his first steps on his own. Just writing that makes me tear up.

As his first birthday approaches it does make me reflect on this past year. I really am blessed and grateful to have a healthy baby boy, an amazing husband and 2 loud dogs. haha.

I miss my maternity leave. Getting to spend every second with that little nugget was amazing. I learned so much about taking care of an infant and I am still learning as he grows. Three months off just isn’t enough, a year would have been nice so I could comfortably breast feed without interruptions, without having to pump at work. Breast feeding is an amazing thing that I have mastered and he has mastered as well, a big misconception is that babies are born “knowing” how to feed, but in reality they are learning too, it can take months for them to get the hang of it. We had our struggles at first but worked them out.

These days common questions I get “are you still nursing?” or “when will you stop nursing, when he turns one you can give him regular milk” These are great questions and I love sharing my story but as I said things are going by too fast, so what’s the rush to stop, we live in such a fast paced world and I feel like we just need to slow down and savor every second with our little babies. I could talk about breastfeeding all day but will cut it short.

Another thing I get a lot “is he sleeping through the night?” or “he should be sleeping through the night!” or “he should be in his own bed”. And of course from what I have seen and researched every baby is different. I see babies that sleep through the night from day one and I see babies that don’t. I don’t sleep through the night, I am constantly getting up peeing. And while I would love for Adam to sleep through the night in his own bed, I will take the snuggles and cries for me in the middle of the night. Why? Because he is my baby, I love him and want to comfort him, some day I will be missing his little baby snuggles but right now I am taking all I can get. And I wish other moms would just be compassionate of the fact that everyone is different instead of “shoulding” and being so opinionated. All I have is love for everyone. 

We were in our backyard playing a couple weeks ago and my husband started talking about Adam getting married some day…. tears started flowing, wow I am always crying. LOL. 

Moms, no matter what your story good or bad, lets lift each other up and support each other. xoxo

 

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Jul 22

Single Serving, #fatlossfriendly Blueberry Pancake

Hi Friends! Hope you are having a great week! 

Just wanted to share my pancake blood sugar disaster from last weekend. We went out for breakfast to the local diner that we love, I ordered a pancake and shared it with Adam, but afterwards I felt awful, it was so bad I went home and laid in the bed for an hour. Next time I will be sticking with some healthy eggs with maybe only a bite of a pancake. :)

But it got me thinking of recipes. So here is one that is #fatlossfriendly and won’t send you on a sugar high and need a nap after. I adapted this recipe from #BeyondFitMoms signature recipe. 

Blueberry Pancake

This recipe makes 1 single serving pancake but double it to make 2!

  • 1/4 cup oat bran (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 of a ripe banana or use whatever sweetener you like
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • About 10-15 fresh blueberries 

Mix it all up in a bowl. Preheat your skillet and spray with non-stick spray. Pour batter into pan and put your blueberries down and let cook for a couple minutes till it starts to either bubble or you can see golden brown on other side, gently flip and let cook another minute. Enjoy with either, real maple syrup, sugar free syrup or plain. 

Got a great #fatlossfriendly pancake recipe? Share with us. :)

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You can't see the blueberries because they are on the other side.

You can’t see the blueberries because they are on the other side.

 

 

 

 

Jul 14

My Favorite Protein Shakes

OH MY GOSH, it has been a couple months since I blogged, life has been busy! Being a mom is so much fun, we have been vacationing, swimming, playing and visiting friends.

Even with all this fun I have tried to stay on track by having my shakes each day and also prioritizing protein at each meal. Slowly I am almost back to my pre pregnancy weight. I have about 8 lbs left to lose. 

As you may or may not  know I call protein smoothies/shakes the ultimate busy mom fuel. If you have them in your life you will have no excuses but to eat healthy! They are quick, easy and delicious if you make them correctly. 

I blend one up in about 3 minutes, put everything in the blender and rinse the blender real quick after. A high quality protein powder has all kinds of vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function properly. I attribute my awesome sleep to my shakes each day. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

 

Chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothie

16 oz spring water

3 ice cubes

1 packet chocolate Isalean protein powder

1/2 banana

1 tsp real peanut butter

Blend up and drink. I use 16 oz of water for this smoothie because I have found this fills me up the most. Drink it with a straw and avoid gulping to avoid bloating. 

 

Chocolate strawberry smoothie

1 cup spring water

3 ice cubes

4 frozen strawberries

1 packet chocolate Isalean protein powder

Blend and enjoy!

 

Vanilla creamsicle

1 cup spring water

3 ice cubes

1 packet vanilla IsaLeanPro protein powder

1 pack Isagenix Orange Replenish

Blend and enjoy!

 

Tropical smoothie

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 packet vanilla IsaLeanPro protein powder

1/4 cup coconut water

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut or fresh coconut if you have it

3 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! You can add any fruit you like to this one. 

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Apr 12

My Favorite Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I love Brussels Sprouts so much. I crave them. Even my husband loves them. We have them about 2 times a week paired with some kind of protein and possibly even some rice. :)

These leafy green buds are part of the brassica family and grow on a stalk and look like #tinycabbageheads. 

I hear a lot of people say “ewww” they don’t like them. I always tell them to try this recipe and report back because it is so flavorful and super easy. You will love Brussels after you try this. And of course bacon makes everything better, right?

Brussels, Bacon, Apple and Onion
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 20 Brussel Sprouts, cut into 4's and almost shredded
  2. 1 apple, I use whatever is in the house, chopped
  3. 1 small onion, chopped
  4. 3 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut and wash your Brussels Sprouts.
  2. Chop your apple and onion also.
  3. Sauté your chopped up bacon till crispy and cooked all the way through. Leave the bacon in the pan and put everything else in the pan and sauté for 10 min, till cooked.
Adapted from A bunch of people's recipe
Adapted from A bunch of people's recipe
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Apr 09

Spring Favorites <3

Hi friends, we are finally starting to get some nice weather here in MA so that means coming out of hibernation and actually going outside to play. Woop woop.

I keep seeing everyone posting a list of their favorite things so I figured I would jump on board since I have so many favorite things in this wonderful life.

  1. KIND bars. Soooooo many good flavors to choose from.
  2. Amazon Prime – How amazing is this? I never have to go shopping again. As a new mom I love having the opportunity to order things and they are delivered 2 days later.
  3. Isagenix chocolate protein powder – The ultimate busy mom food. Keeps you full for hours, kills cravings and no cooking required. #BOOOOM.
  4. Walks/jogs outside with Adam, Maggie and Rae :) My Baby Trend Jogging stroller is pretty sweeeeeet.
  5. Smuckers organic all natural peanut butter – I have tried so many peanut butters and this is my fav!
  6. Prowler pushes at the gym – try them you will love them.
  7. TV!!!!! I freaking love TV, my favorite time of the day is watching TV with my sexy hunk husband. All my favorite shows like “Shameless” or “House of Cards” just ended so I am waiting for ‘Game of Thrones” to start this weekend.

I am pretty sure there are many more things I love, but I will save some for another post. ;)

What are some of your favorite things right now?

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Apr 01

My plan of attack for losing the baby weight

Ok friends, I am trying to lose the baby weight and it is just not melting off like I would like it to, but I have been introduced to an amazing product that I am super excited to use and share with you guys!

Here’s what happened. A friend came into my work the other day selling Isagenix protein powder products. She lost 30 lbs and looks amazing. I instantly knew I had to use this product! I have used this protein powder in the past but didn’t give it my all when trying to lose weight.

And then when I went home and went on social media I realized I have a TON of friends using the products and having such great results. I am confident this is going to get that stubborn fat on my hips moving.

My plan to start off with, is to do a shake in the morning and a bar as a snack and eat regular for the rest of the day. Stay tuned on FB for updates. :)

This is my go-to recipe for a smoothie.

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 spoon of natural peanut butter
  • 1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • Lots of ice
  • Blend on high for a minute and drink!

So this morning I had my smoothie at around 8am and I wasn’t hungry till 12 ish and I probably could have gone a little longer without eating but I started thinking of the food I packed so I went and heated it up. My issues with food are definitely mindset related. I know what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat but don’t listen to my own advice, my crazy brain takes over.

If you are interested in seeing some results for yourself too, message me on FB or email me at ericafonseca17@gmail.com.

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Mar 30

Thoughts on working out safely post-partum and having attainable/realistic goals

Happy Monday!
I can’t believe Adam will be 8 months on April 4th. Where does the time go? He is so cute trying to crawl and stand. I taught him how to wave and say hi too. I want him to stay this small, it’s such a fun age.

Today I wanna talk about safely exercising post-partum and having attainable/realistic goals. This weekend I was chatting with two different friends at two different times. One conversation was about me modifying an exercise because my form started slacking and she said well you had the baby almost 8 months ago, you shouldn’t be modifying. Her and I joke around a lot when exercising so she can say these things. But, it got me thinking if I am slacking on an exercise and my form is really failing it is definitely good to modify, rest or change-up the exercise to something a little easier for a couple of reps. After you have a baby your body is still healing for a really long time and I think it’s good to stay in tune and listen to it so you don’t hurt yourself, even if it is a year or even years after the baby is born. There shouldn’t be a time limit on how fast your body bounces back, everyone is different. :) Take things slow and controlled, focus on strength and exercises that are beneficial to healing then you can get back on the higher intensity wagon.

At 3 months postpartum I did a couple of burpees and tweaked my back, definitely not my finest moment, I think back like WTH was I doing. Of course in my mind I said I used to do burpees all the time so I should be fine, but having bad spinal alignment from breastfeeding my back was a wreak so I had to take some more time to off to heal. Anyhow, I think I am rambling but it is something to think about.

Onto my other conversation with one of my friends, she used to work out regularly but now that she has a baby she is having trouble organizing and prioritizing time to exercise. I won’t get into too much detail on her situation but we were talking and she was saying if I could only get to the gym 4 times a week that would be great. I said lets start with an attainable goal. 4 times a week to start off with after not going at all just doesn’t seem attainable. Lets start with 2 days a week and increase as you start making this a habit first. You can make sure there is one weekday that you tell your hub he has to watch the baby in the morning and also make sure there is one weekend day where you can take some time for yourself to workout. Block off these time slots. Starting off with too much will most likely end up in doing nothing at all. Another thought I had was as moms we are already stressed enough with lack of sleep and everything related to having a baby that it really is important that we find “me” time in our lives and for “me” exercise is one of those things that make me feel good so it is very important my husband understands I get gym time.

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Mar 26

What I have been up to + a workout for ya.

Hi everyone! This month has been crazy with sicknesses. Adam has been sick basically all month with a cold and cough. Doctors will not give us any meds because he is too young, so the poor guy has been roughing it. I got sick 2 times and then Scott recently just got over being sick. Give me the sunny days of summer so we can be done with all these germs!

NO I will not smile this time. :)

NO I will not smile this time. :)

Yesterday the sun came out and it was a little warmer so I went on a light jog with some friends. Adam of course fell alseep. This weekend there is a consignment sale at Itsy Bitsy in Billerica that I plan on checking out. I am going to buy a jogging stroller so our runs are smoother. I love being outside and I love working out outside, fresh air is very motivating.

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My workouts post partum have been sporatic, I go to the gym when I can. If Adam sleeps good and I can drag my butt out of bed I will go to class, but sleep has been more precious than ever so I find myself sleeping in more. :) Sundays are a guaranteed workout since I teach this wonderul group of people over at Forever Fitness.

Here is the workout we are doing this Sunday. 3 exercises per circuit, do them each 30 seconds repeat the circuit 2-3 times.

Circuit 1
Right leg rear lunge
Left leg rear lunge
Squat shoulder press
Plank toe taps

Circuit 2
Rear delt flys
Frontal skater hops (add some punches for fun)
Hip lifts

Circuit 3
Lean backs
Alternating front lunges with a bicep curl
Plank jacks

Hope you have a great weekend, enjoy!

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