19 Weeks Postpartum and my delicious Oatmeal!

19 Weeks today and I weighed in at 139 this morning. Yay! I’ve broken into the 130s! And I pushed past my plateau.

I cut out my protein snacks in between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner, and I also have not been adding protein powder to my protein milk after workouts. So I’ve effectively eliminated around 700/calories a day that I was consuming regularly.

To make sure that I’m still getting the protein I need though, I’m incorporating it into my dinners better than previously, which I’ve also been more particular about this week and which has also likely contributed to my weight loss. My post workout almond cashew protein milk already has 10g per cup, and I usually drink 2 cups, which is plenty of protein for recovery. In hindsight, the scoop of protein powder was a bit overkill.

I’ve kept my breakfasts fancy though. I am in love with my oatmeal!

1/2 c. whole oats
1/2 c. Almond milk
Cook in microwave for 2.5 mins or stovetop until soft
2 t. Cinnamon
1 T. Wheat germ
1 T. Ground Flax seeds
1 sliced banana
1 Handful or about 3 T of slivered almonds
1 Handful or about 3 T of dried cranberries
About 6 or 7 dried dates
Handful of fresh blueberries (optional)

No sugar is needed. The dates and banana is enough to make it sweet and delicious.

Now, I know this is a lot. This breakfast is probably around 500-700 calories minimum, but its also full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and macros and micros and all that good stuff, so I don’t feel at all guilty.

This week for lunch I will be skipping a big lunch and instead of getting fast food, I will be drinking a big glass of protein milk and eating a protein bar. I did it today and it was actually really filling and came in at around 450-500 calories, not bad for a lunch which is usually somewhere between 900-infinity considering fast food options, and was around 40g of protein, and maybe 5g of sugar tops.  Not bad at all, not to mention it will save the bank too.

I’ve made it to day 5 on darebee’s Cardio Trim program. I like it so far. I like the more advanced options you can “unlock” if you want to work a little harder. The workouts seem to be around 20 minutes long so totally doable for my mom of 3 lifestyle so far.

I’ve also been doing February’s Upper Body Light program. It’s a lot harder than it looks and to be honest I’m not confident that I’ll complete it. But it’s a nice little timeout workout I can do at work that takes less than 4 minutes

That’s all for this week! Hopefully my lunch plan works out and I continue to lose weight–12 lbs to go!

Until next week!