An update from a "Busy Mom"

December 22, 2010 | By | Comments (2)



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.

Read Kristi's profile and find our advice on how she can add more fruits and vegetables, even with a busy lifestyle. And find our full Veggie Up guide for recipes, nutrition tips, and more advice on meeting your Healthy Habits goals.


  1. Ally

    Over the summer I started going to a fitness boot camp with a great trainer. I’ve been following one of his great suggestions as a way to sneak in an extra veggie by adding a handful of fresh spinach leaves (pre-washed in the plastic clamshell container makes it quick, easy and stays fresher longer) into a smoothie for breakfast in the morning. Smoothies are fast, easy to make and I can drink them on the way to work. But still they pack a huge punch with a bit of protein powder or added peanut butter for flavor. My favorite is skim milk, 1 banana, 1 T all natural/no salt, sugar, or oil added peanut butter, a scoop of protein powder (try chocolate flavored) and a handful of spinach. Easy, tastes like a treat, yet starts the day off right!

    January 6, 2011 at 7:48 am
  2. Malinda

    I like the freeze dried fruit idea. I read in Cooking Light Mag. that you buy it at Trader Joes. I’m heading there now…

    January 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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