Author Archives: Lindsay Ingalls (Running With Tongs)

About Lindsay Ingalls (Running With Tongs)

Lindsay Ingalls, a certified holistic health coach, began writing in 2006. She has been featured on Living Harvest, Live Strong, Meatless Monday and other online publications. Lindsay received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. To learn more about Lindsay visit her blog at http://runningwithtongs.com/ and her health counseling site http://gethealthywithlindsay.com

Runtastic #Orbit | Getting Back to Active

I am still a few weeks out from being able to get back to regular activity. While my postpartum journey has been a little bit easier (okay a whole lot easier) this time around both physically and emotionally I am still a far way off from being back to my normal active self.  When it comes to working out I feel like I am basically starting from zero.

Taking a break after a walk with Edith in the stroller and Alder in the Lillebaby.

Taking a break after a walk with Edith in the stroller and Alder in the Lillebaby.

I have been getting out for walks most days but after about a mile of walking and either pushing a double stroller, which feels like I’m pushing a bus, or wearing Alder and pushing Edith in the stroller I can really feel it. It’s a reminder every time I go out that I am ONLY four weeks postpartum. While I mentally and physically am feeling better I still can’t do as much physically as I think I can. By the end of my walks I am sore all over especially down there …

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While I haven’t been able to get out and run or do anything crazy I have been keeping track of activity via my new Runtastic Orbit. Thanks to my partnership with Fit Approach I was sent a Runtastic Orbit to test out and review (as always all opinions are my own). It has been helpful to keep track of how active I am being during the day and I love the feature that I love the most is the Sleep Cycle Tracker. As a nursing mom of a four week old it has been great to track my sleep cycles so that I can really take into account how much sleep I get and how often Alder is waking me at night.

I have been averaging around 8 hours of sleep with around a total of 40 minutes of awake time, a good (or rather bad?) amount of light sleep and a tiny bit of deep sleep. Overall I say that’s not too bad for having a four week old. I attribute the decent sleep I have been getting to the fact that we co-sleep and that I have been trying to go to bed by 10pm at the latest.

As for my activity I have been averaging around 9,000 steps per day and my goal is 8,000.  I have been wearing the Runtastic Orbit consistently for about 3 weeks now and during that time we moved and have been out for lots of walks. I also think the fact that our new townhouse has three floors makes a difference because that is a whole lot of steps everyday especially since the bathrooms and diaper changing stations are on either the first and third floor(s).

Overall Thoughts: Overall I really like the Runtastic Orbit. As many of you know I have tried out a number of different tracking watches and this one ranks in my top three. It fits well, is sleek, has a clock feature and I love the vibrating alerts. The iPad app is super easy to use and sync with and an easy way to check my stats.

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Recipe | Nutty Honey Chocolate Bites | Blue Diamond Almonds

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always all opinions are my own.

I’m back in the kitchen and it feels great! The past two months have been a little chaotic and I haven’t really been inspired or in a position to really work on any new recipes. Yesterday however I made it back into the kitchen and I brought Edith with me.

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I really want Edith to love cooking as much as I do and I also think that having her in the kitchen and being apart of the process makes her more interested in food and healthy eating. As you can see she is also learning how to become a food blogger with her Cabbage Patch camera. I’m thinking I need to find one of my old point and shoot cameras or maybe an inexpensive kids digital camera for her so that she can take real pictures – any recommendations?

Anyways we headed to the kitchen to make a snack for the week. Now you might be thinking chocolate as a snack? YES! These bites are filled with yummy and healthy ingredients like oats and almonds and just a little chocolate to make them a treat as well as a tasty snack. I used Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds in this recipe because a. they are super tasty and b. I thought they would be amazing with chocolate. Check out the recipe below and then head to the kitchen right away and MAKE THESE they are seriously insane! 

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Nutty Honey Chocolate Bites

Inspired by Annie Eats

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-6oz container of Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds
  • ½ cup creamy unsalted almond butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ tsp. Himalayan pink salt

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DIRECTIONS

  • Place oats in the bowl a food processor fitted with the s-blade and process until it is small coarse pieces. Add the almonds and coconut and pulse 15-20 times until finely ground. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Blue Diamond Almonds- Honey Roasted Vanilla - process
  • Add the almond butter, honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips to a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate chips are completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the salt. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the oat-almond mixture and stir together until everything is evenly mixed.  Blue Diamond Almonds- Honey Roasted Vanilla - chocolate
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour out the mixture. Top with another sheet of parchment and roll out into a square or circle that is 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours until set and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container the fridge or freezer

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OUTTAKES

Edith enjoyed helping me make these tasty treats but she is only two so she is easily distracted by other things like putting stuff on top of her baby brothers head. At least he didn’t seem to mind!

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Lately…

Well hello there! It’s been far too long since my last post and I ambitiously thought that I would be able to blog our first week in or new house but well as you can see that just didn’t happen. We actually didn’t even have internet until Friday and let me tell you six days with no internet was a huge challenge for me.

Taking a break from unpacking to go to the farmers market - smiles all around!

Taking a break from unpacking to go to the farmers market – smiles all around!

 

Okay, so I had some internet because our new complex has Xfinity Wifi but for any of your who have experience with Xfinity Wifi you know that basically equals no internet. For those of you who don’t have experience with Xfinity Wifi let me just tell you it’s like using dial up – slow as molasses and constantly dropping on top of that. If you have never experience dial up internet well consider yourself lucky. Anyways I had hoped to get out of the house to a coffee shop or even just over to the clubhouse to get a post or two up but moving + unpacking + toddler + newborn = no time.

Well we have internet now (wahoo!) and we are slowly getting unpacked so I am finding myself with a little more time. Bonus my parents come into town this week which means that I will have two extra sets of hands to entertain Edith and hold Alder which means free hands for this mama to catch up on blogging and finish unpacking.

I had planned to work a little bit tonight but after a busy week and weekend I am going to call it a night and relax on the couch with a glass of wine (yay for not being pregnant anymore!) and watch a show or two with Neil before heading to bed. I’ll be back this week with some fun new posts though!

XO. Lindsay.

Hood to Coast & belVita Prep You for a Morning Run! | +Giveaway

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Currently 8.13.14

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Book Feature | Plant-Powered for Life

I have been wanting to share this book with your for awhile now but honestly have just dropped the ball a bit when it comes to regular blogging due to pregnancy, birth and now moving (we move in 9 days!!).  I have a moment this morning while Neil is our running, Edith is watching an […]

Pancakes & Clean-Up Confessions

Life has been a little crazy the past few days since adding in a new baby to the mix but we are all adjusting to the changes as well as one could imagine. I have been spending a lot of time hanging out on the couch trying to heal and nursing Alder.  That being said, […]