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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Weekly Wrap-Up: Double Stroller Edition.

Another good week, and I did a better job getting out and moving a bit more.  Casey was out of town at the beginning of the week, so I got my activity in chasing after two crazy kids from sun up to sun down. 

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At the five month mark, I feel like I can say that we’re finally getting into a decent groove.  I’m planning to write an updated “day in the life” type of post showing our daily routine now with two – hopefully later this week!

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I spent a lot of this past week trying to get Graham to nap in his crib.  He loves to sleep peacefully here for about 20 minutes…

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But he will sleep peacefully here for at least two hours.  Adorable, and also frustrating.  The snuggles are pretty amazing though.  Hard to wish for anything else, despite not really ever getting anything done.  Someday, right?

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Other big news of the week – I finally bit the bullet and ponied up for a BOB Duallie!  I cashed in some credit cards points for Amazon giftcards to lessen the sting, and I couldn’t wait to go for a stroll as soon as it arrived.  Other members of the family thought it would be best to wait until after nap time though…

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I went for my first double stroller run on Thursday afternoon, and HOLY COW – running with a double stroller is 10x harder than running with a single.  Or maybe I’m just 10x more out of shape than I was last time – very possible.  There is also double the need to soothe, listen for cries, provide snacks (or make sure bellies are full), cover with blankets, etc.  It is a circus, but it is well worth it. 

Plus, I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty hardcore pushing what felt like a school bus around my favorite lake loop.  But I also kind of felt like dying afterward.  Here’s hoping pushing this tank will get me into great shape when I’m ready to go out and run on my own!

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So with that said, here’s the weekly breakdown of activity and workouts:

Sunday – Rained all day and stayed at home most of the day with the family.  Took a very rainy afternoon walk with the dogs in order to get them (and me!) some fresh air and exercise.  (11,183 steps // 4.67 miles)

Monday – Rain all day and Casey out of town.  My babysitter came in the afternoon, so I was glued to my desk for most of it.  Took the dogs for a short 35 minute walk in the rain before she left.  (9,819 steps // 4.21 miles)

Tuesday – Casey still out of town.  Did a 60 minute Barre3 class in the morning, and took both kids and both dogs for a 45 minute walk in the afternoon. (13,063 steps // 5.46 miles)

Wednesday – Spent the morning chasing Cullen around an indoor sandbox and was on my feet the whole time.  Walking in sand for two hours + bouncing a baby to sleep = workout.  (13,268 steps // 5.93 miles)

Thursday – Mom’s group in the morning chasing kids, and my first double stroller run in the afternoon – 2.8 mile loop around Greenlake. (12,897 steps // 5.62 miles)

Friday – School with Cullen and two hours of running errands on foot in Fremont (carrying both kids because I forgot my stroller – ouch!).  (13,227 steps // 5.67 miles)

Saturday – First postpartum race – a 5K that I will tell you all about tomorrow!  Fitbit was charging so no steps – boo. 

A few comments and thoughts on the Fitbit, since many of you have chimed in with your own experiences and advice.  A few people worried that perhaps my device wasn’t calibrated correctly, or that it was measuring arm movements that aren’t really steps.  I don’t think that is the case, but here are a few things I’ve noticed now that I’ve had it a few weeks:

– After the first few days of wearing it, I noticed that it was logging steps when I was in the rocking chair feeding Graham or rocking him to sleep.  Now I always make sure I take it off when I sit down in his room!

– Others commented that it might count “steps” when I’m bouncing or swaying with Graham trying to get him to sleep.  Am I crazy, or does that not totally count?  Have you ever bounced a baby for an hour?  It is an athletic endeavor for sure. 

– On that note, I actually noticed (and then googled, and confirmed!) that the tracker does not count steps as accurately when pushing a stroller since my arm isn’t actually swinging.  Almost all my walks are with a stroller, so I figure this probably balances out any incidental mis-steps that might be counted otherwise.

– I also wore it to Barre3 class for the first time and it barely logged anything, which I expected since it’s mostly strength holds and less aerobic movement.  This didn’t bother me because I’m just using it as a general activity tracker, but for those who are more regimented you can manually add activity afterward that isn’t picked up by the device. 

– On mornings when we are out at places like beaches, playgrounds, or parks my steps tend to be much higher because I am generally standing and moving around for 2-3 hours (chasing after Cullen, and keeping Graham moving/rocking).  If we do something like a playgroup, they will be lower because I’ll probably get a chance to sit down for a while.  But out in public there is rarely a chance to sit, which means a lot of activity before the end of the morning!  I’m going to do that “day in the life” post soon, and I’ll make sure to include my steps for that day too since many people have asked how they breakdown over the course of a day.

– And lastly, I’m really mostly interested in using the Fitbit to compare my own steps and activity from day to day.  I never even look at the social component, so I’m not trying to compete with friends or other users.  If my Fitbit is over-estimating in some areas and under-estimating in others, it doesn’t really matter as long as I’m just looking at my own numbers over time. 

I love having it as a basis for looking at my daily activity, and I find it really motivating.  If I see my numbers are still low as we go into the afternoon, I know it’s time for some fresh air and a walk!  Casey just ordered the Fitbit One, so I’ll be interested to see what he thinks of it once he gets started (particularly as someone with a desk job!). 

Up next – a recap of this weekend’s 5K and Cullen’s first kids’ race (SO cute!).  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!



Coconut Mango Banana Bread.

I should start by saying I’m going to skip the weekly wrap-up this week.  Nothing really notable happened – I worked out once and did a lot more cookie-eating than moving around on most days.  I’d rather move forward to fun things like…food!

We had a super rainy weekend and I had zero motivation to drag two kids around through icky weather, so we stayed at the house and relaxed and got a lot of home projects finished.  I took advantage of all the extra time at home and did a bunch of baking!

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It is no secret that I love banana bread.  Just on this blog alone I think there are probably at least five different variations of my favorite breakfast treat (and lunch, and snack, whatever).  I’m trying really hard to look past the current cool temps and looming rain, and to look ahead toward summer – waiting just around the corner.  Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.  This coconut mango bread reminds me of summer breakfast – something served with a cool juice and a side of creamy yogurt!

Coconut Mango Banana Bread

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or sub 1/3 each cane and brown sugar)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup dried mango, diced

Instructions

I think we all saw this coming.  I don’t know what it is about banana bread, but I just cannot get enough.  I almost never eat fresh, raw bananas – I’m not even sure that I really like them?  But man, throw it in a muffin or a bread (or a cookie!) and I am done. 

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I am also a total sucker for all things coconut.  I put coconut oil on pretty much everything – vegetables, toast, my face, my kids…  This recipe includes coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut sugar, and coconut flakes.  So if you are not a coconut person, this might not be your recipe.  But if you are, hold onto your hats.

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Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and coconut sugar in a large mixing bowl. If you can’t find coconut sugar (they have it at Trader Joe’s!) feel free to swap in equal parts cane and brown sugar. I love the hint of flavor that coconut sugar adds!

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until they are liquefied and free of most lumps. Add the eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, and coconut milk and whisk to combine.

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.  Fold in the coconut flakes and finely diced dried mango, and pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.  Sprinkle a bit of extra coconut flake on top!

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Bake for one hour until golden brown on top. Check for done-ness using a knife inserted at the thickest part of the loaf – make sure it comes out clean!

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Transfer loaf to a cooling rack and allow to cool before slicing.

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Slather with even more coconut oil if you can stand it.  Or go crazy and try mango or pineapple jam.  Or if you want more of the classic banana bread taste, you can always opt for butter or Earth Balance (boooooooor-ing!).

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However you slice and top it, I hope you enjoy.  Our loaf has almost disappeared in less than 24 hours – always a good sign of something we’ll most definitely make again. 

PS – since we didn’t have a wrap-up this week, I need to share the winner of the Oh She Glows Cookbook giveaway!  Our lucky winner is…

Kaitlin who said, “Angela’s blog was the first foodie blog I ever read and I’ve never stopped! I am constantly trying out her recipes and picking up tools she recommends. This book is a must in my kitchen!” 

Thanks to all who entered!

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