Super Busy Mama!

I have not forgotten you, dear readers. I started a brand new, grown up 8–5 job last Monday. I have been trying to squeeze in workouts and study for the NASM personal trainer certification whenever I can.

I ran twice this week, did plyometrics one day, cardio another, and yoga nearly every day. If I don’t get my body moving and my heart pumping, I just don’t feel well. I’m hoping to run daily this week, as I settle into my new schedule, and I’m doing a big wildflower hike near Silverton, Colorado on Saturday. I can’t wait. Stay tuned for amazing photos next weekend!

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I don’t have a lot to say today about my workout. I did the first day of week 4 of the Couch to 5k program and it was a little bit crazy. Running for 5 minutes straight would have been impossible for me a month ago. I brought the stroller and the dog and we ran to the grocery store and I DIDN’T get a cinnamon roll, which is a big accomplishment for me. I love those cinnamon rolls! Then we walked home. My dog is almost 11 and while I know it’s good for him to jog, he gets tired for sure. He did go in the river today and looked happy as sh** while he waded out into the currents and drank.

For this yoga session, I was following along with a video posted recently on Yoga With Kassandra. She’s a bad ass and I know I’ve said this before, but she’s my absolute favorite yoga channel. 

Namaste, motherfuckers. πŸ™πŸΌ

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Hungry Baby

Tonight I made a delicious pumpkin bread recipe I found on The Lean Green Bean. Except I made pumpkin mini muffins. The baby loved them. I loved them. My 6 year old niece took 5 of them home. And we froze the rest. 


Here is the recipe (which can also be found on the aforementioned blog):

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 cups white whole wheat flour

Combine butter, pumpkin, eggs and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into greased loaf pan (or two mini pans) and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Note: I cooked for only 25 minutes and they were very done.)

The baby also chowed down on a hard boiled egg, and a corn on the cob. I get so excited when she eats, I just stare and take photos like the rookie mom that I am.

It Tastes Like Chicken

Last night I somewhat half-followed the meal plan I have written out for my toddler. I made her chicken breast and edamame, and then sliced a couple cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and pepper jack cheese. 


Unbelievably, she ate almost all if it! Well, everything except the tomatoes and edamame, but I ate those. Maybe this toddler feeding thing will improve as time goes on and I get better at cooking and momming, and she gets better at chewing and swallowing. It’s not hopeless after all.

Betty Rocker 30 Day Challenge

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​While I’m busy studying up for my personal trainer certification, I decided to try out different online challenges to see what I like and don’t like about each one. That way, when I start creating my own challenges, they are going to f**king rock so hard. 

I’ve started with the Betty Rocker Free 30 Day Challenge. I am going to refrain from mouthing off about my opinions and judgements until I do several more days of her workouts. So you guys will just have to wait. 

Above is day one, the Full Body Burn. I used an interval timer. It’s 3 rounds of these exercises, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. If you’d like to try this challenge along with me, go to the Betty Rocker website.

Feeding a Toddler

Almost every day, I think to myself how lucky this baby is to have been breastfed…. otherwise she’d be either completely emaciated or dead. I’m only sort of joking.

I’ve struggled with food for most of my life. I had eating disorders in high school, and have always felt like it was me against food. It’s never been a healthy relationship, period. So now that I have responsibility to feed and nourish this little growing human, I sometimes find myself overwhelmed.

Nevermind the fact that she never wants to eat. Like, never. I cook up a meal for her and she just says “no,” shakes her head and walks away. Or, she puts it in her mouth and acts like she’s eating it, then spits it out on the rug 35 minutes later. She’s a doll. That’s really not the hard part though. It’s sticking to a schedule, planning meals and shopping, remembering that it’s mealtime, etc.


I am an extremely erratic eater, and I will binge out on junk, for example, and then forget that it’s time to make dinner for the baby. Then I’m left scrambling to find something to give her at 7pm when she’s too tired to eat. Or I simply don’t know what to feed her. I’ll shop and then half the food goes bad because I have nearly zero practice with cooking and meal planning.

So this week, I decided to break out MY meal planning journal, and just use it to plan HER meals instead. I found this awesome mommy blog with LOTS of ideas for toddler meals, and I chose a bunch of those for the week, did the shopping, and planned out the week. Tonight, she had veggie sausage, peas, broccoli, and a tiny bit of quesadilla. Mostly sausage and broccoli though. And then she ate some strawberries! I am always super stoked when I find something she likes.

Have any of you struggled with feeding your young toddlers? Or with feeding yourSELVES? What worked for you? Any new solutions would be greatly appreciated. I’m trying out a new recipe for her in a couple days. I’ll update you guys with photos and reviews (from me AND Mia) just as soon as I get it going.