Many people say that once a woman becomes a mother, she will lose her body, become fat and have jiggly yet flabby body especially those who has baby delivered through c-section including me. Don’t even dream to get your body back, so they say. But here I am, I prove them wrong. You can still have a well-shape body even you have many children be it through normal delivery and/or c-section.
I started getting back to my training regime at seventh weeks postpartum. I must say that I didn’t find it easy. Sometimes I got frustrated because I didn’t seem to lose any baby fat after working out for one month. Sometimes I got frustrated or even depressed because l only run at the slow pace. Sometimes I even gave up, just sat down, did no exercises for hours and just played with my phone because I felt that I did not make any progress.
But one day, I said to myself “Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just started again,” so I started to take it easy that time. I just forgot about the aesthetics result and just focused on the form of my exercise as well as my diet.
At the end, aesthetic result is not my main exercise’s goal but sanity is. As a result, I got my body back faster than I expected as you can see on the picture above.
Ps: no whey protein is being used. It’s all natural diet.
[2017: Mie ayam]
Mie Ayam is an Indonesian style chicken noodle which is normally sold by street vendors. The dish is usually used handmade egg noodle, chicken oil, spiced chicken as well as quick boiled bok choi or pak choi. For me, mie ayam is one of my favorite comfort food whenever I feel under the weather. So here I am sharing the recipe of Mie Ayam.
- 500 gr of handmade egg noodles
- 2 pieces of chicken breast (chopped into chunks)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 5 pieces of small sizes of shallots
- 3 cm of ginger
- 3 cm of turmeric
- 1 tsp of coriander seeds
- 1/2 tsp of black-pepper
- 4 pieces of candlenuts
- 2 tbs of oyster cause
- 2 tbs of sweet soy sauce
- 3 pieces of leeks (chopped it finely)
- 1 liter of chicken stock (preferably using the real chicken stock which could be made by boiling chicken)
- a bunch of bok choi
- 1 tbs of sunflower/olive oil
- 5 tbs of chicken oil
- For serving: prepare 5 medium size bowl, place 1 tbs of chicken oil into it; place it aside;
- Wash the chicken, pat it dry and place it aside;
- Seasoning paste: in a food processor, place ginger, garlic, shallot, candlenut, turmeric, salt and black-pepper and process them until finely ground;
- In a frying pan, heat sunflower oil over medium heat, add the seasoning paste and cook it for 1 minute;
- Place chicken chunk into the frying pan and mixed it with the seasoning paste, sweet soy sauce and oyster sauce; cook it for 7 minutes until the chicken well-cooked and place it aside;
- In a pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil over the high heat; place the bok choi for 2 minutes, pat it dry and place it aside
- In a large pot, bring the water to a boil over high heat; add the noodle and stir it quickly for up to 2 minutes; pat it dry;
- Place the noodle into the bowl with chicken oil and mix the noodle with the oil;
- Add the cooked spiced chicken, boiled bok choi as well as 1 tbs of chopped leeks on the top of noodle;
- Lastly, add the chicken stock into the mix and the mie ayam bowls are ready to be served.
In the making of Indonesian Sambal Tomat (Spicy tomato sauce) [2016:EO]
- 1 medium size tomato (chopped into chunk)
- 2 small size shallots (chopped into chunk)
- 8 pieces of red chili (chopped into chunk)
- 1/4 tsp of shrimp paste (grilled)
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- a pinch of sugar
- 1 tsp of vegetable oil (sun flower oil/olive oil/canola oil)
Sambel Tomat [2016:EO]
- In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat for 30 seconds;
- Add the chopped tomato, chopped shallot and chopped chili into frying pan and cooked it for 3 minutes over medium low hit until it gets soft;
- Transfer the cooked vegetable into stone mortar;
- Add the shrimp paste, salt and sugar into it;
- With the stone pestle, pound all the ingredients until it breaks down; continue to grind and mash the ingredients well into paste;
- As all the ingredients turn into paste, the sambal is ready to be served with all kind of dishes.
PS: If you do not have mortar and pestle, you can make sambal with food processor.