This is a topic I have needed to look straight in the face for a long time, but I kept putting it off and making excuses. Â With a 7 month old baby in tow, I need to stop “flying by the seat of my pants” and start to get some things accomplished. Â Don’t get me wrong – I’m not disappointed in myself and I have done the best I can since Aiden has been born. Â However, there have been several aspects of my life that have completely gone on the wayside even since being pregnant that are important to me and I need to get them back on track.
1. Eating healthy. Â I know the term “eating healthy” can mean many things to many people and at this stage in the game, I’m not going to set any drastic limits on myself. Â However, getting salt water taffy at the store nearly every time I go there, eating extra handfuls of marshmallows and chocolate chips, etc. need to stop. Â When I got pregnant, I was at a good weight for me that I was able to maintain and I also had a good relationship with food. Â When I got pregnant, I became much more lenient with myself and 7 months postpartum, I’m still in that mind-set. Â I am going to choose fruits as snacks over packaged foods and make simple swaps for healthier foods. Â With Aiden eating now, I want to be a good role model too!
2. Exercise.Â I know this is a lame excuse, but time and energy have been my biggest problem with getting exercise since Aiden was born. Â I walked a lot during my pregnancy and I have continued that, which is great, but I am feeling the need for some more intense workouts. Â Aiden is now old enough to go to the gym daycare, so I think I’m going to start taking some classes again. Â I have been doing a postpartum core workout everyday to get my core back in shape also. Â I’m going to make an effort to get at least 3 higher intensity workouts in per week. Â Once I feel stronger, I’m going to start training for running events again. Â I’ll start small and then work my way up to 1/2 marathons and hopefully a marathon. Â I have done 4 marathons in the past and it’s bugging me that I don’t have 5 completed. Â I’m listening to my body right now because I still have some pelvic pain that I don’t want to get worse from running.
3. Time Management.Â I have always been really good at time management and productivity. Â These days, I feel like getting the dishes done and the house picked up is a huge accomplishment. Â I am trying to run two businesses and keep up with the blog (which I love), take care of a baby and myself and do all the chores a household requires. Â My husband is great help with the baby and household chores, so that’s awesome. Â David and I sat down with the drawing board and tried to remedy a plan of attack for this. Â I’m going to leave the house for 1 hour per day to keep up with business stuff. Â This is huge for me and if I leave the house, there are no distractions. Â I think this sounds a lot better than I’m doing right now. Â Aiden’s sleep is still fairly sporadic, so I do work on things during nap times too, but that’s never guaranteed. Â I know someday it will be, so I’m not concerned about that right now.
I’ve been feeling a little blah about myself lately and I think these three things will help so much! Â I haven’t been taking the best care of myself, but that’s about to change!