It’s already February 5th. This is that time of year that everyone either falls off the bandwagon with their goals or reassess them. I’m going to do the latter.
Even though this post may seem counterproductive to what I said in Wednesday’s post about sharing less about my personal life, I think I didn’t really get my thoughts across too well in that post. I am most definitely going to always blog about “my life” as long as I have a blog. I just think I’ve decided to be more mindful with what I share and not feel compelled to share it all or have it be a major focus of blog content.
Anyway, this post is honestly more for me to get some thoughts out than to make good content. But in case you are curious where I’m at with my goals for 2016, read on.
On starting a diet…
This has been completely hit or miss depending on the day or week. I’m not going to sugar coat this at all (or should I because I just want to eat sugar? Hah). I feel like I am failing with this one completely. Meal planning is a huge struggle between making things I like and my husband likes and that provide enough calories for him but enough for me to be within my calorie range. Having time to meal plan and cook is extremely hard with a baby.
I did really well for the first two weeks or so. I lost four pounds in about a week (which I attribute mostly to not eating cookies all day anymore after Christmas). But then I was on the go on a trip and had visitors in town last week and have gained it all back.
I feel pretty defeated with this one, but this is just one of those one step forward, two steps back kind of process right now I guess. I was trying to follow the Flat Belly Diet, which was okay but too limited in what I could eat. I just want to eat my own regular meals instead of making stuff from their list all the time. I’m not going to continue with the FBD but just do what has worked for me in the past and hope for better results going forward. I know I have made progress, I just haven’t found my groove yet.
On a new workout plan…
I did start a new workout plan and am sort of training for a half marathon right now. Both of these are complicated for various reasons. I started Jamie Eason’s 12 week LiveFit trainer program. I really love it but it requires going to the gym 5 days a week and eventually 6, which I just don’t have the capacity for with my schedule. There are two days a week I just can’t go to the gym because I have other activities and by the time I could go to the gym, their day care is closed.
I was so frustrated about this, but just decided to work around it. I can’t do the lifting plan perfectly, so I came up with a new workout schedule that incorporates real life while still doing as much of the lifting plan as I can.
Here’s my new plan:
- Monday: total body workout at home + stroller run
- Tuesday: gym leg day + cardio, possible stroller walk later
- Wednesday: core workout at home + stroller walk or run
- Thursday: gym arms/back day + stroller run
- Friday: morning yoga class + stroller walk
- Saturday: long run (if training for half)
- Sunday: gym shoulder lifting + cardio
This looks packed and I realize there is no actual rest day but I know that I will miss at least a day or two of this schedule most likely between something coming up. That’s just motherhood right now. So I’d rather have a full schedule because one of these days will end up a rest day anyway.
This schedule is also completely dependent on if/when Claire naps. As I write this, Claire struggled to nap all morning and threw off our normal routine so by the time she gets up, I probably won’t have time to go the gym before they close. It’s just how it is these days.
As for the half marathon, it’s a trail race. I have been running some trail races that correspond with the training for it, but the races are muuuuch harder than a road race. I am not able to train on trails since I can’t bring Claire, so it’s just really hard to prepare for this. These races take way longer because I am basically trying not to break my ankle the whole time. I have one more trail race that I already paid for but I actually haven’t signed up for the half yet. I’m not sure if I really want to run 13 miles on the trail conditions. The last race was really hard and I rolled my ankle 5 times. I walked a lot of it because it was not even “runnable.” We’ll see.
This one is definitely going well. No problem there. I finished The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (which I started reading last year, so that one is kind of cheating?). That was SO good. I would highly recommend. I also read the Flat Belly Diet, but I don’t really count that one since it was 50% recipes, which you don’t actually “read.”
I’m currently reading Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, both of which I’m enjoying. Bed of Roses was on my to read list but I just picked up the Kondo book on a whim.
On getting published…
No actual work has been done here. I have had lots of thoughts brewing in my head for post topics but haven’t had the inspiration or made the time to sit down and write anything out.
This isn’t a top priority right now and I’m okay with that. I do need to be more mindful of actually making time to write instead of just saying I don’t “have” the time, though.
On using more natural products…
Definitely winning here too! I got a new face wash from BirchBox by Acure organics. I love it and apparently my husband does too. 😉
I also got natural deodorant that ACTUALLY works. I have legit tried them all. I am not even a smelly person who really, really needs deodorant, but man so many natural ones just sucked. I got Primal Pit Paste in lavender and I am in love. Goodbye, old, flaky, bad-for-you deodorant!
I also got a new lotion that was in the “natural” section of the grocery store. I’m not sure how natural it actually is, but it smells amazing. Love and Toast body lotion in honey coconut.
The past two weeks or so, I was feeling pretty crappy about my goals. But when I sit back and look at the big picture instead of just one bad day, I realize I am making progress, even if some of it is slow.
One of the best quotes I saw recently was “even slow progress is progress.” And that’s so true. I tend to get very impatient with myself and want all the big changes to happen now. But big changes are really a series of small changes added up, right?
Questions for You:
- Are you reassessing any of your goals right now?
- What small but significant progress have you seen in your life lately?