Long Lean Grilled Chicken Salad Rockin Mama

Ummm, I just made the most delicious salad and had to share.  Nothing too crazy, just super frickin’ tasty and satisfying.

What you need:

  • Foreman Grilled, marinated chicken breast – marinated overnight in lemon juice, safflower oil, Simply Organic Garlic herb seasoning
  • Organic green leaf lettuce
  • Organic grape tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • feta cheese
  • sunflower seeds
  • dressing – squeeze of lemon, tbsp of homemade garlic infused safflower oil, pinch of kosher salt

Shhhh…I’m licking the bowl

Shed the Layers Challenge!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Let’s love our bodies this year.  As discussed in my last post, Spring is right around the corner and soon we’ll be wearing less and showing more.  That said, we need to tighten it up, literally!   We can only hide behind our down puffy coats and wool sweaters for so much longer.

As a fitness professional, it is my job and my passion to inspire others to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle.  One of the best and most effective ways for me to do this is to lead by example.  We can all make excuses why there’s not enough time, but believe me there is time.   You just need to make a commitment and stick to it.  One of the most effective ways to stick to a plan is to make that plan known…then there’s no turning back.  So, I challenge you to make the commitment.  In return I’ll listen, offer encouragement/advice, and hold you accountable!

The Shed the Layers Challenge starts today, February 14 and goes to March 21, the 1st day of Spring.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make the commitment – Comment on this post that you want to shed the layers!
  2. What are you looking to achieve? State your goal – could be a variety of things…lose a specific amount of weight or inches, eat healthier or just become more acitve, etc..just be reasonable.  Set an attainable goal.
  3. What’s your plan? How do you plan to achieve your goal?  Will you join a gym, start a healthier diet plan, work out at home, start working with a trainer or perhaps a Pilates instructor (wink, wink). If you would like some advice, please ASK!  I am qualified to help you in the fitness/Pilates department.  If it’s diet related, I have a couple great resources that can give advice if needed – virtually or locally in NYC & Boston.
  4. Check in regularly – I will post my daily Shed the Layer check-in on Twitter (#shedthelayers), Facebook & here at LongLeanMama.com.  You must comment on what you accomplished that day.
  5. Achieve and be recognized!!! At the end, I will post all active participants’ accomplishments.  If you have before and after pics, I’ll post them.  Tell me about your experience and your achievements, I’ll give you a guest post.

The great news is, not only do you have my support but also the support of your virtual shed the layer compadres!

Here’s my plan…

  1. Exercise/be active everyday – at least 30 minutes
  2. Practice Pilates at least 3 days/week
  3. Run 15 miles/week
  4. Make a new healthy recipe at least once a week
  5. Look and feel leaner at the end

So, consider this your official invitation…Please join me in my Shed the Layers challenge.  Comment below and make the commitment !

Spring is coming, time to start shedding the winter layers!

My Winter "Layer"

After countless holiday parties, followed by New Years Eve, followed by blizzard induced cabin fever, followed by the Superbowl…the eating, drinking & hibernating is over!   Spring is upon us and soon we will be putting on less clothing, perhaps even a bikini.  It’s time to cut back on the 12 oz curls, put down the chips and salsa, grab an apple and get active!

I haven’t been hitting the party scene per say, but I have been plagued with cabin fever and lack of motivation.  I may be a fitness professional, but honestly I haven’t made the time for MY OWN exercise.  I work on other people’s fitness, then I go home and focus on my family; and when I do actually have a little time, I want the couch or my laptop.  So, now I find myself 5 lbs heavier then I was in December and ready to shed my winter layer.  LongLeanMama is not feeling so long and lean.  So, I challenge myself, and anyone who cares to join me, to start shedding our winter layers.

Stay tuned for more on my “Shed the layers” Spring challenge where I will hold myself and you accountable!

LongLeanMama & Baby are weaned – it’s bittersweet

LLB - 13 months

LLB is 13 months old and officially fully weaned from breastfeeding.  I’m not quite sure who it was more difficult for – the baby or the mommy!  There’s no doubt about it, weaning can be a challenging, emotional process.   When LLB was around 9 months old we tried to start gradual weaning with her as I was going to start working a lot more and we needed to get her comfortable with taking a bottle or a sippy cup.  However, if you’ve read my past post, Waaaaah Weaning, you’d know that little Miss LLB would not take bottles or sippy cups EVER; so, the whole weaning attempt ended up pretty unsuccessful. In fact, it just made her want to nurse more.  I was up in arms.

Like every other stage in motherhood so far, I’ve tried to do my due diligence to find out what’s the best path to take for me and my family when it comes to parenting.  The research began…What should we do &  how can we make the weaning process go smoothly?  Well, my lactation consultant and the trusty website kellymom.com have always provided me with great advice when it comes to breastfeeding.  Without them, I don’t know what I’d do!!

From kellymom.com:  there are two forms of weaning: child-led & mother-led weaning. Child-led weaning is where the child no longer feels the need to nurse.  They gradually stop nursing on their own.  This is said to be ideal in the but sometimes that doesn’t work for every family. Mother-led weaning is when mom/family decides it’s time to stop nursing.  There are a few ways – sudden, gradual & partial weaning.  Sudden being cold turkey, which for emotional and physical reasons, is not recommended.  Gradual weaning is where you slowly, over time, eliminate feedings.  This is typically the best way as it’s usually less stressful on the baby and less painful for mom.

LLB was very resistant to taking anything but the breast and with my new work schedule keeping me away from home more, she was kind of holding out until I got home and then up all night nursing, mostly for comfort.  I get it, she probably missed me, but I was going crazy not getting any sleep and then having to get up at 5 or 6am the next morning to go teach Pilates, which is not an easy job.  I need to be on my game to make sure my clients are safe and to build a strong, long term clientele, which is what puts food on the table.  This situation was stressful and had me feeling torn – I want to be the best mommy and I want to be successful at work.   You can probably see by now that I am becoming a little defensive.  (ding ding ding, mommy guilt!)  Seriously, I really should have ZERO guilt here.  She nursed over 1 year, which is amazing!

Well, as it turned out, sudden or “cold turkey” weaning worked for all of us.  We come home one night, I decided to try putting LLB to bed without nursing.  As we all share a bedroom right now, I slept on the couch.  She got up once, fussed for a minute and then went back to sleep.  She then slept the rest of the night.  I nursed her the next morning and that was the last time.  I went to work that day and my husband, LLD (hehehe), gave her a sippy cup with milk…she drank it!!!  I slept on the couch for a few more nights and by then she was sleeping straight through the night (7-7)…lalalalalalaaaaaa!

However, the breasts…not so happy.  They were filled with anger, literally!  Yes folks, I was ENGORGED.  To get through this phase without infection, I followed my lactation consultant’s advice and I pumped or self-expressed only a little just to relieve the pressure.  I also took Motrin to help with the soreness.  Oh, and I implemented a strict no hugging policy.  Eeek!  After about 5-6 days the pressure went down and the pain subsided.

Me & my big girl!

Now that the milk has dried up and LLB has moved on, the feelings are bittersweet.  I have been mostly happy about it and definitely much more rested; but I have to admit, I miss nursing.  I miss the bond…the closeness.  Instead, I make sure I cuddle with her a lot and if she wakes occasionally at night, I love bringing her in bed with me.

As for LLD, he is mourning his own loss…the loss of my C cups!   But, he too is happy to have a healthy and well rested family 😉

Brighten your day Brunch

Winter can really ride my patience sometimes; especially after walking home in freezing rain, trudging through 6″ deep mucky slush puddles that left my Uggs and feet soaking wet and cold.  So, today when I got home from teaching my morning Pilates clients, I decided to turn my frown upside down.  I dug into my fresh vegetable stash and created a healthy, colorful breakfast that made my family and me feel good inside & out!  I’m calling it “Brighten your day Breakfast”.  So, here’s what you need:

  • Egg whites
  • kale
  • cherry tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • red onions
  • toasted 12 grain bread
  • roasted garlic hummus
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil (mine was garlic infused)
  • Garnish with fresh fruit – tangerines were perfect!

Cut up the fresh veggies, heat up a couple tbsp of olive oil, saute them with a squeeze of fresh lemon until they start to soften.  Set aside.

I then cooked up an egg white omelette, toasted the 12 grain bread, added a tbsp of garlic hummus and a sprinkle of feta and VOILA…day much brighter!

Brighten your Day Breakfast!

Vegelicious Turkey Meatloaf

Vegelicious Turkey Meatloaf - Jan 2011

Recently, I started getting organic produce delivery from Boston Organics.  The new variety of veggies in the house and a burning desire to get LLB to like them has inspired some new cooking ideas.  This is by no means a new phenomenon, but LLB was digging on this turkey meatloaf I made yesterday and it is loaded with veggie deliciousness.  Try this out…its quick and healthy:)  Feel free to sub with other veggies.  I bet shredded zucchini would rock…when its in season.

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 small organic yellow onion diced
  • 1 large organic carrot shredded
  • 1/2 organic turnip shredded
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • a few shakes of garlic & herb seasoning (whole foods)
  • a few pinches of sea salt

Mix it all up in a bowl – get those hands dirty!  Form that sloppy mess into a loaf on a baking sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.  Serve!