Postpartum Clearance + Edamame Salad Recipe

This week was the week.  Monday morning I had my six week postpartum check up.  Essentially at this visit the doctor examines the birthing area and asks a series of questions necessary to give a new mom clearance to resume normal activity.  I have to admit that I had resumed the majority of my routine prior to this visit.  I literally had the entire morning planned out by the minute prior to going to bed Sunday.  Whenever I think I have it all figured out, it always seems like I am reminded how unselfish you have to be as a parent.

IMG_5011While my children were all smiles for the start of yet another week, I woke up to a message that our sitter was sick.  While I was glad that she was not coming, because she and I both had no desire for her to come over and get my children sick, I was scrambling to figure out how to reconfigure my morning.  Workout gone.  Errands gone.  What was I going to do with my kids while I was at the doctor?  Thankfully my neighbor was able to take my oldest daughter for the hour that I was at the doctor. However, prior to me dropping her off across the street, she so kindly blew out a diaper and proceeded to rub it all over her Pottery Barn chair.  You know those overpriced styrofoam chairs (seen below).IMG_1731Awesome.  Yet another thing to add to my already hectic morning.  Who doesn’t want to do a load of laundry first thing in the morning, instead of taking a much needed shower?  This is parenting.  Sh*t happens.  Literally.  I lugged my infant to the doctor with me.  Thankfully, my exam went fine.  Final verdict – I am good to go physically, and my doctor was actually happy to hear that I already started resuming my regular activities.

IMG_5053 That said, I still had no plan of how I would get a workout in that day.  I have to admit, I get pretty grumpy when I plan a workout and don’t do it.  Especially when I am trying to lose post pregnancy weight.  As soon as I got home from the doctor, both girls ate lunch and (gasp!) took a nap at the same time.  As unmotivated as I felt, I rallied up the energy to do a workout in the living room while they both slept in front of me.  I needed something that would make me sweat, was mindless and would work my legs.  My hips are where I carry all of my weight with babies.  I took a picture of an old workout from this website!  BOOTY burner.  Try it.  Two rounds.  28 minutes.  I even had enough time to jump in the shower before they woke up.  Crisis averted!

IMG_5057My afternoon was now wide open.  It is amazing how much better I feel when I workout for just a half hour.  I wish more people would try it.  With extra time, I was finally able to make a new edamame salad recipe that my sister-in-law had sent me. I like easy.  I like healthy.  The recipe was from a cooking website, however, I put my own twist on it based on what was in our pantry.

Edamame Summer Salad

  • Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Frozen corn, thawed
  • Shelled Edamame, thawed
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved/quartered
  • Cilantro
  • Olive Oil
  • Lime juice
  • Salt

Notice I didn’t put detailed amounts for anything?  That’s because I made it based on what we had and what we like.  We had leftover black beans from taco salads earlier in the week that I threw in.  I tried to balance the corn, tomatoes and edamame with the beans.  I then added cilantro, olive oil, lime juice and salt to taste.  Serve cold.  Such an amazing dish to eat at home or even bring to a barbecue!


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