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.
While 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).Awesome. 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.
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!
My 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
- Olive Oil
- Lime juice
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!