after. day 37.

6:45am. i was awakened by the sound of nash saying "mom. mom. MOM! quit breathing in my face!" at some point she must've crawled into bed with me and in the dark and wee hours of the night, i must've obliged. because there she was, all 43 pounds of the-child-formerly-known-as-baby-A, cuddled up in the blankets with me, asking (nay, telling) me to quit breathing on her. no, nash. you quit breathing on my face and get out of my bed... is what i thought to myself. but since i'm a mama now, albeit a very imperfect one, i simply said "okay", and got up.

my alarm went off at 5:15am to get up and run, but i turned it off and slept instead. i had a rehearsal last night that went until 8:30 and even though i tried to get in bed by 9:30 in order to get up and run, i was just too wound up from all the air supply and chicago. i laid there until about 10:30 when i finally decided to take a benedryl to get K.O.'d.

8:30am. i held off eating until i got into work.

3x3 breakfast bread with greek yogurt and strawberries.

this breakfast bread is kind of like a healthier, higher-protein version of a breakfast pastry. but i freely admit that the high sugar and high carb contents of breakfast pastries really don't do me any favors. so here's my version of this "3x3 breakfast bread".


recipe: 3x3 breakfast bread
(makes 4 decent-sized portions)

you will need:

an 8x8 pan
a food processor
1 cup of whole rolled oats (dry, uncooked)
1 cup of low-fat, non-fat, or fat-fat cottage cheese (whatever your fat preference may be. i'm using low fat cottage cheese right now because maybe fat does make you fat? i just don't know...)
3 eggs
3/4 cup of canned pure pumpkin
2 Tablespoons of pure maple syrup
3 teaspoons of baking powder
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoons of ginger
1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg and clove (can omit if you don't have it)
1/2 teaspoon of salt, for flavah!

turn your oven to 375. drop everything into the food processor and whirl it up. pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake for about 35 minutes. it shouldn't be jiggly at all when you pull it out. if it is, stick it back in the oven for a few minutes. let it cool completely, then cut into 4 big hunk-o'-hunks-o' burnin' protein love.


my latest thing is that i'm going to try and eat 80% of whatever i would typically eat, and just stop there and give it 15-20 minutes to see if i'm still hungry. it worked this morning. i ate half of a fourth of the hunk of the breakfast bread. which i guess would be 1/8th of the pan? i don't know. math is hard.

12:45pm. i held steady until lunch time, forgoing my morning snack because the protein bread kept me pretty full. i forgot to bring lunch today, so i wound up at chipotle. "wound up? really ashley?" okay, so no. i didn't wind up there. i chose chipotle and walked myself there of my own free will. and i made pretty good choices, given the over-abundance of options at such a "mexican" (quotes mine) buffet: a bowl with brown rice, black beans, chicken, all the salsa's, 1/2 a scoop of guacamole and some lettuce. and again, i stopped at eating half. i was actually quite full and satiated, not overly stuffed like i usually feel.

"near, far, wherever you are,
you are safe in my heart
and my heart will go on, and on..."

3:30pm. i was hungry. so i ate the rest of the bowl.

after work i headed off to rehearsal and while there, i had a glass of wine. i wasn't really hungry for anything else.



ashley "i can't blow sunshine up your ass everyday" rebekah

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