Setting goals is often necessary to get you motivated and to your ass moving especially after you have had a baby. I spent many years doing Crossfit, I participated in a variety of competitions. I loved it, it gave me something to work toward. In the last 5 years I have gone through two pregnancies, and two recoveries from giving birth and growing humans.
P.S it can take nearly as long for your body to fully recover from having a child as it does to grow one. Just a side note really.
Now back to the training portion of this post. About 5 weeks ago I decided to train for a Strongman competition.
Have I been lifting heavy? No.
Have I ever done this before? No.
Do I really think that training intensely, working and raising humans is a great plan? Yes. Wait...what!?
Yes, it gives me a goal to work toward. I asked a close friend to help me with a training program since even coaches need coaches, and another friend is helping me keep track of some nutrition habits and choices.
Don't I have amazing friends. That being said the last 5 weeks have been hard.
Somedays I don't want to lift, like yesterday for example. After working, running errands and getting ready to leave town. I questioned if I could just postpone my training session.
Most days my joint pain is constant no matter if I am lifting or, not so there is a balance of learning how to train with chronic pain (thank you autoimmune thyroid disease btw)
Also momming and training is a whole new level of challenge. This is were awesome husband comes in.
Will I make my goal? Who knows. I sure hope so, am I training like I will be competing on July 8th. Hell Yes I am! So how does a mom who is training eat to maintain consistency, improvements, and total body support?
Here is a list of some of my super foods to keep me running like a well oiled machine
1. Protein: duh, this much needed nutrient is part of my well balanced diet. I choose organic chicken, and grassfed beef as well as pastured eggs to support tissue health
2. Collagen peptides: again protein, but this is an easily digested source of amino acids. It is also an AIP protein powder and can be added to smoothies, coffee, and even pancakes to boost protein intake
3. Greens: kale, chard, spinich you name it I add it in. Greens help support your calcium and magnesium needs. They are also a rich source of folate, and non-heme iron, just make sure to eat your greens with some citrus to help absorb all of the nutrients they have to offer.
4. Berries: these low carb fruit snacks are an amazing source of polyphenols which are a great source of antioxidants that can help support your body from the free radicals that are created during exercise. This can help protect your cells from oxidative stress. Oh and they taste delicious.
5. Carbs: OK this leaves plenty up to the imagination. In fact we have been hearing so much about low carb eating, and I had been keeping my carbs on the lower end so how does this play into what I am doing now? I choose some starchy carbs like sweet potatos, potatos, and plantains to help support my bodies need for quick energy since my demands are usually done in short bursts of work. That being said, I eat a serving and try not to over do it. Again balance is key to support my training and the body comp changes after having the newest tiny human just 10 months ago.
Now onto the coleslaw since we all know that is really why you are here.
3 cups cabbage
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 lime juiced
1/2 TBS Taco Seasoning ( I usually buy it in bulk from Frontier Spices or Whole Foods)
Salt to taste
Seriously this is so easy, combine the ingredients and let sit for an hour or a day in the fridge, it gets better with time.
Time Saver: Buy cut up cabbage. I know how lazy right? Forget that I am a working, blogging, training mom, who will happily save time where she can.