Looking back, I realize I was a “lucky” healthy person.  I always had decent toned muscles, plenty of strength, and was considered pretty healthy.  After my daughter, Elise, was born 6 years ago, I dropped 10 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight fairly soon.  I also lost a great deal of muscle.  Same outcome after my son Evan was born 2 years ago.  Only this time, I lost more muscle, and once I stopped nursing, I gained quite a bit of weight.  Age, sleep deprivation, and a busy lifestyle caught up with me.  A “diet” wasn’t going to fix me now; it was time to become accountable because I’m no longer “lucky!” 

I’ve added freeze-dried strawberries to my oatmeal in the mornings, which is amazingly good.  My daughter and I buy a batch of strawberries, blueberries, and green grapes and mix them in a big Tupperware container each week to snack on after school and work.   We’re still working on adding more veggies, as I’d like to get more creative (while still keeping it quick and simple) than dumping some mixed frozen vegetables in the microwave steam pot.  Hopefully I will have found some great ideas to share in my next post.

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