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Resolutions / Stay Fit / Stay Healthy

Healthy New Year

January 4, 2016

img_6611Now that 2016 is officially underway, and the holiday break has ended (sob!) I thought I’d share with you all one of the things I’m doing to get healthy and feel like my best self this year.

Like many (most?) people, I indulge a bit over the holidays. And one of my biggest weaknesses? Sugar. Strangely, I’m not someone who lives and dies for dessert, but I have this huge soft spot for candy. So, since the holidays are laden with sweets and treats, especially candies, I tend to go a little nuts on the sugar.

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a fan of dieting. I don’t really see how eating nothing but cabbage can be a solution to any sort of problem. But, I do believe in eating mindfully and consuming foods in their purest and most natural form. And, having endured 38 weeks of pregnancy followed by the birth of that sweet face at the top of the post, my body could use a little more love and care to get back to feeling as strong as I did pre-pregnancy. So, in that vein, I’ve decided to limit the amount of added sugar I’m consuming on a daily basis.

In case you’re curious, added sugar is obviously found in things like cookies, cakes, candy, and other sweets, but it’s also found in processed foods; some crackers, breads, and even pastas; and also in those low-fat or no-fat “diet” foods. For example, one of the ways full fat dairy products become no-fat dairy products is by adding sugar. So, while I won’t be depriving myself of many things (including natural sugars like fruit and honey), I will be taking a more mindful approach to what I’m eating and consuming foods in or closer to their natural state, without the added sugar.

And given the sheer amount of sugar I’ve consumed over the past month or so, I think it’s going to be a bit of a transition!

I’m not looking to convert anyone to my approach, as everyone has their own way of “getting healthy” in the new year. I just thought I’d share my plan on here because I’m always curious about what people do to feel healthy, and also because I think it will help me stick to it during those first few weeks without all the Christmas treats. (insert crying emoji here)

I’ve decided to start with the month of January and see how things go. I’m hoping that it’s something I can be rigorous about for the first few months of the year and then use as a loose guideline going forward, as eliminating added sugar altogether makes life a little boring, but overall I think it’s a good goal for the type of lifestyle I strive to lead.

Washboard abs, here I come!

Holidays / Resolutions

Thoughts on a New Year

January 1, 2016

unnamedThere was so much about 2015 that was so amazing — the end of my pregnancy and meeting Prim definitely tops the list. But there was also a lot that was really hard last year. Unforeseen moves and transitions, and the settling into parenthood, which, as wonderful as it is, is still all-consuming and emotionally (and physically) challenging.

Now that KC and I have (mostly) found our groove together as parents, I’m looking forward to a little more calm in the new year. And (dare I say it) a little more sleep, maybe?

2015 felt like it was sort of a survival year. Powering through the second half of pregnancy, surviving birthing a child (literally), and then keeping up with the exhaustive, marathon pace of having a new baby, while weathering the bad luck of being kicked out of our house, then moving in with our in-laws the weekend before I went back to work.

It was kind of a lot.

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So, while 2015 was a year I wouldn’t trade for anything, (I mean, look at this sweet life that started in 2015!) I’m really excited to see what 2016 has in store for us.

We have a lot on the horizon for this year, (including a tiny lady’s first birthday in May!) but for now I’m taking a moment to sit back and think about what things I’d like to commit to more in the new year.

  • Be good to myself and my body. 2015 brought about a lot of change to my life and my body. Pregnancy and childbirth change who you are down to the cellular level, so it can be easy to sort of lose your sense of self in the process of becoming a mother. In 2016 I’d like to focus on feeling like my best self, which means remembering to take some time just for me and getting my body back to a place where I feel strong and healthy.
  • Embrace the big changes to come. KC and I have some big decisions and changes coming in the coming months, so rather than fretting and over-analyzing everything (like I am known to do), I’m going to focus on embracing the changes as a whole and try not to bog myself down trying to control every tiny detail or worrying over every possible outcome.
  • Let go of the guilt. Growing up in a Catholic household, I’m very familiar with guilt. In fact, I’m pretty much fluent in it. Add being a mom into the mix, and sometimes it’s like, “Oh hey, is that Guilt River? Let me just go drown myself in it.” But, bathing in guilt is neither healthy nor productive, so in the new year I’m going to do my best to trust my own instincts and stick to my guns, while working to keep that creeping sense of mom-guilt at bay.
  • Give credit where credit is due. I’d like to focus a little more on being appreciative in the new year. This means not only appreciating the tangible things we have (like our health and a roof over our heads), but also appreciating the acts of those around me, and appreciating myself as well. I think so many of us work so hard, but continually focus on all the things we could be doing better, rather than taking a moment to be proud of all that we do and have accomplished. I think it’s about time I learned how to say, “I did this, and that’s awesome.”
  • Reconnect with KC whenever possible. Having a baby is a huge stress on your relationship (people who have kids to “save a marriage” — how?? I don’t understand it.) And while KC and I are as strong as ever, I’d like to make a concerted effort to really focus on finding time for just the two of us. Even if we can’t make it out for date night as often as we’d like, there’s plenty of other ways to make sure we carve out time for just us (hello, date night at home!)

What are your goals for the new year? Do you want to learn to pat yourself on the back? Get rid of the mom-guilt? (Easier said than done, right?) Or maybe just be better to yourself overall in 2016? I’d love to hear!

Happy new year, guys. It’s gonna be a great one.

Personal / Resolutions

New Year Non-Resolutions

January 13, 2015

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I’m fully aware that it’s now mid-January, which is totally beyond the acceptable time to start talking about new year’s resolutions.  And, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know I have mixed feelings about resolutions, but do believe in periodically taking a step back and thinking about what small changes might make a big impact in your own life every once in awhile.

And what better time than in January, when you’ve got a fresh new calendar year ahead of you?

So here we go.

My resolutions are small this year.  I’ve got kind of a lot of change happening in 2015, with even more on the horizon for 2016, so I’ve decided that I need to be a little gentler with myself this year.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, here’s a little bit about me: I’m type-A.  I will be the first to admit that I’m kind of perpetually busy, highly organized, and routined to a fault.  This means that when things get in the way of my routine or organization, my brain goes a little haywire.  And given that this little lady is about to come along and upend everything I’ve known for the past 30 years, I think I need to embrace the idea of going with the flow.

So this year my goal is to take things as they come, be kind to myself, and relax.

I’m currently working on embracing all the changes that are happening to my body (yes, I realize it’s all for a good cause, but it’s still weird to have your body change so completely and rapidly right before your eyes).  Some days are full of energy while others are achy and tiresome, so it’s been helpful to just focus on putting one foot in front of the other and think of all the wonderful things that are on the horizon (and when my abs feel like someone has been bludgeoning them repeatedly with a sledgehammer, just hope that tomorrow will be better).

I’ve embraced the idea that I may not be the person who works out regularly and continuously throughout pregnancy, and I may not be the person who eats perfectly all the time (hi, this baby loves candy as much as her mama does), but that’s all ok.  So long as I’m healthy, baby is healthy, and everything is on the up-and-up, there’s nothing to get down on myself about.  This is a philosophy I hope to carry over into parenting — looking at the big picture and trying not to sweat the small stuff.  Some days will be better than others, but with each bad day, there’s a whole new chance to start fresh the next.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year, or make any resolutions?  I’d love to hear about them!

Fall / Favorite Things / Personal / Resolutions

My Fall Bucket List

October 13, 2014

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It’s officially been fall for a few weeks now, so I’ve started thinking about what I’d like to knock off of my fall bucket list this year:

  1. Have the first fire of the season in the fireplace (y’know, once it’s not a million degrees outside)
  2. Spend a rainy day inside watching movies under a blanket (with lots of popcorn)
  3. Figure out how to make a scent on the stove that makes the whole house smell like the holidays
  4. Paint the ceiling downstairs and finally finish off that freaking laundry/family room (uggghhhh)
  5. Post about our little basement redo (complete with floor install!)
  6. Make applesauce from scratch
  7. Make some sort of fall muffin (plum streusel? apple bran? pumpkin cream cheese? So many options!)
  8. Indulge KC and try his special fall-cocktail (Fireball + hard apple cider.  But seriously, ew.)
  9. Take a walk outside with Penny once the air is nice and crisp (and step on every single crunchy leaf I see)
  10. Host Thanksgiving for the second year in a row (like a boss!)

What’s on your list this year?  Fall knits + sweater snuggles with a special someone?  Pumpkin-based everything all the time?  I’d love to hear all about it!

Personal / Resolutions

An Update

September 15, 2014

Piggy-backing onto my post from last week about lessening my screen time on my iPhone, so I don’t waste my life falling into the abyss of Instagram and Facebook, this weekend I went one step further and deleted the Instagram and Facebook apps off my phone altogether.

Now, we all know how easy it is to just re-download that business from “the cloud,” but for now it’s actually helping me use my phone for its intended use (texting, photos, reading my Kindle books… Oh yeah, and calling people.  Almost forgot about that one.)

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if this resolution lasts, hmm?

I’ve got a couple of DIY posts coming up soon, including one about the transformation of these two pieces:

dressercartGet excited!