Hey guys! I have no idea how it’s Friday already.
I still don’t quite feel like I have my life-with-two-kiddos rhythm down yet, so my days are all a big blur right now. But we’re getting there!
This isn’t an official Friday Favs post, but there are a few things I’ve been loving this week that I wanted to tell ya about…
I’ve been trying some recipes out of the Trim Healthy Mama book I recently picked up at the library (you can read all about the book here and here), and this was a winner. SO simple—literally just 12 eggs + 2 c. cheese + salt and pep, along with whatever extras you want (I added leftover cooked/diced bacon and frozen spinach).
Since this is a high-fat “satisfying” meal, per the THM method, it has to be low-carb. (The idea is to center your meal around fat or carbs, but NOT both, along with protein.) Which means: no crust.
BUT if you MUST have crust… (and I must…) the book offers an easy low-carb alternative. 1 1/2 cups of almond flour + 2 egg whites (I added the leftover yolks to the quiche mix) got me this:
It was fantastic! The husband noticed it was a little blander than regular crust, but the texture was dead on, and it definitely satisfied that “I NEED CARBS at every meal” knee-jerk.
(Don’t mind the bulldozer stickers on the front…I just noticed those, ha…)
We have a giant blank space above our couch in the main living area, and I’ve been trying to find something to put there for—honestly—years. (I tell myself I like the super minimalist look, but that’s not completely true…)
I picked these up on sale at Michaels’ a few weeks ago (pre-baby, which is why I haven’t touched them since) and now just need frames to put them in. I was super impressed with the quality of the prints, and there’s also a pretty extensive guide inside on different gallery wall configurations you can follow.
For some reason, I’ve been having these intense soda cravings lately and I just haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, so I ran out and grabbed these last night.
They aren’t the most nutritious things in the world, but they’re also not the worst things you can drink. At least they don’t include aspartame, although they do have caramel color (thought to be a carcinogen) and those elusive “natural flavors” (vague much?).
I doubt that I’ll “get into” them, but they’re satisfying that craving for now.
So! On to the topic of the day…
I’m in a pickle guys. (Who says that?? No one. Disregard.)
How do you know when it’s time to unfollow someone?
There’s this person I follow, who, first of all, I completely admire. She’s extremely successful in her work, has amassed a huge fan base, and is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. I’ve learned a ton from her, and—let’s be honest—I want to BE her a little bit. (Or a lot.)
But she’s also a little too perfect. She looks like a model in every picture she posts, she’s a never-miss-a-5-AM-workout kind of girl, she always has something brilliant and interesting to say on social media, AND she has kids. Oh, and her most recent kid came into the world (2 weeks early and 9 pounds healthy) after just 2 hours of labor and 6 minutes of pushing.
I’ll admit: it’s that last part that’s affected me the most. Despite working out and taking great care of my body through my entire pregnancy, per the promise that it would lead to a quicker labor (along with the fact that everyone promised me a faster second labor), I still ended up with a 15-hour labor and an hour of pushing. Now, how can I encourage anyone else to stay active during pregnancy when it clearly didn’t “work” (huge, huge quotes) for me?
I was almost in tears yesterday, thinking about it and comparing myself to this girl. I couldn’t help it. I know all pregnancies/bodies are different, but what did I do “wrong”?
Not to be all negative on a Friday, but it gets worse. The next phase of following this girl will likely involve watching her get her pre-baby body back super quickly, while my body clings to the extra weight. You’re welcome to say “you don’t know that!” but I know my body, and I know people with bodies like hers, and while I’ve generally made my peace with all of that in life, this is a particularly vulnerable time for me and my confidence is naturally a little weaker than usual.
Is it something I’ll be able to handle, during this time when my self esteem is most fragile? Do I keep following her, knowing that it’ll probably cause me a few sad moments down the road, or do I cut ties until I’m “back on my feet”?
Then again, is anyone ever back on their feet”" enough to not feel like less in the face of perceived perfection?
So what do you think? Keep following/unfollow??
What are the unfollow rules?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!!