Hi friends! How is your week going? So far so good here. I went for a run outside yesterday and it felt amazing! I used to run several times a week, and now I can’t remember the last time! But, our weather has warmed up and it’s staying lighter out later now, so I can go in the evening after dinner if the sports schedules don’t interfere.
Ever since Jordan’s birthday party, I’ve been slacking on my diet and exercise. I think what happened is I got busy with party planning and all of James’ sports and activities and trying to keep up with blogging and home chores, etc. and I started putting my food and exercise at the bottom of the list. We tend to do that as moms because everything else seems so important. And there’s so little time to do everything we want and need to do. It’s hard to stop and say, “I have to put myself back on my list. I need to take care of me. I’m going to make time for me.” But, truthfully, we can care for everyone else better when we’ve also taken care of ourselves.
I went down to just one day a week with my trainer (sometimes two and sometimes none) and haven’t been running or working out at home, so the days with him were my only exercise. As for the meals, I know my body operates best with 5 meals a day, but I can only do that when I prep my meals in advance and I haven’t been doing that.
Instead, I usually eat just breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a big helping of ice cream for dessert. The dinners are sometimes cereal or cheese and crackers. It’s not terrible, but for me, I can tell my body was suffering. I was actually losing weight and muscle and that’s not how I feel my best. I want a strong, healthy, energetic body! Not a skinny, weak one.
So, to reset and recharge, I’m putting in place some goals I know always get me back on track and hopefully, they give you a friendly nudge too if you need one. It only takes a couple weeks to start noticing a difference in both your body and how you feel once you’re diligent about changes.
1. WAKE UP AT 6:00 a.m.
The time change also messed me up and I reverted back to my old bartender days of staying up too late, then sleeping in. I’m a night owl by nature, so I have to be really conscious of going to bed at a decent time. I like to get up and get going around 6 am so I have some time to myself before everyone else wakes up. But, I’ve been letting Jordan be my alarm clock lately, and that means we haven’t been getting up until 7:30 and that only leaves me a few minutes in the morning with James before he goes to school.
This will be hard to do the first couple of days, but eventually I’ll be tired enough at night to adjust my bedtime to earlier, usually around 10 pm because I like the whole 8 hours please! I’m more productive with an earlier wake up time too because I can get some things done in the time before Jordan wakes up. That helps me feel like I’m running my day instead of the other way around!
2. MEAL PLAN & PREP
This takes some forethought and planning, but always ends up saving time in the long run. It will help you eat healthier because you’ll be eating what your “best self” planned for you to eat instead of what your “I’m so hungry and don’t care how bad this is for me self” scarfs down without thinking.
This means deciding in advance what you’ll be eating throughout the week and then making your grocery list, shopping for those items, and prepping them in advance so they’re ready to go when it’s time to eat. I wrote a whole post about one way to prep your meals for a week here.
Of course, it isn’t necessarily exciting to eat like this but you can plan for meals that you enjoy and that are still healthy. You can give yourself some wiggle room as far as which things you’ll eat when, and it ends up being a great way to go.
Your meals don’t have to be things you are ‘choking down’ in the name of healthy eating. There are so many vibrant, delicious healthy options out there. I’ll stick with something similar to my bikini meal plan throughout the day because I know how to do it easily, it helps build muscle and I like it. Then, I’ll make something new or different for dinner. This goes hand in hand with my 2017 “try one new recipe a week” goal and I give myself a B- on that one.
3. DO CARDIO 3 DAYS A WEEK (AT LEAST 30 MINUTES)
Notice how specific I was about this goal. At first I started to write, “do cardio”. But that didn’t give me a certain goal to reach for or a way to plan that into my day and actually schedule it in. If I don’t plan out my week ahead of time and schedule in things like my workouts, I’ll never get them done.
The easiest way for me to get cardio in is to go for a run outside my house. I save the extra time not driving to the gym and I get a nature boost by getting outdoors.
The sports bra keeps you locked and loaded and it’s sized like your true bra size for a perfect fit. Before I found this bra, if I was going for a run, I’d have to double up and wear two sports bras and I hate doing that because it’s so uncomfortable and makes me feel like I can’t breathe.
When I run at home, I’m jogging on the street or sidewalk, and that can be really hard on your feet, ankles, knees, back, etc. But, when I started running in these shoes, I felt so much more cushioned. It doesn’t feel like you’re running barefoot or like most of my shoes that feel very protective, but more stiff, this shoe feels cushiony, but still very stable. It’s my favorite running shoe I’ve tried by far.
I need to update my running playlist, but I just added three new songs yesterday and played them on repeat: Bruno Mars (That’s What I Like & 24K Magic) and Ed Sheeran (Shape of You). My husband got me wireless earbuds (yay!!!) for my birthday back in February, and yesterday was the first time I used them! But, I really liked running with them instead of having my wires flapping around.
I’m totally off my game here too. Why is something so simple such a challenge sometimes?! I have two big tumblers I like to fill up and keep one upstairs in my office for when I’m working and one downstairs when I’m down there so I don’t have to chase them down when I want a drink.
I’ve noticed that my skin has been breaking out lately and I’m hoping the water helps it. It also just makes me feel better. Most people go by the 8, 8 oz glasses a day rule for a total of 64 ounces a day rule, but it’s not necessarily what you need (and remember all fluids count toward that goal). I chose 75 ounces because I know I need more when I’m running and exercising. Also, one of my tumblers (pictured below) is 24 ounces, so multiplied by 3 = 72 ounces and I rounded up.
5. MEDITATE 10 MINUTES A DAY
I’ve actually been doing great on this one. I downloaded the Headspace app and use it every morning. Since it’s just 10 minutes, it’s easy to commit to. I feel so much more aware and present during the day and able to focus on Jordan when I’m with her. I often catch myself “in my head” and meditating daily helps remind me to bring my attention back to whatever I’m doing.
I guess I should mention the details about these crop pants and Zella top since they’re featured in all the pics. I’m crazy for the crop leggings because they fit and feel so good on with a figure sculpting stretchy fabric. I also appreciate the wide waistband. The perforations are cute, but they actually have a purpose- to help keep you cool while you’re working out, and they come in more colors. They fit TTS, I wear XS.
I always wear a sports bra and tank or tee like this one to the gym. They are utilitarian in that they let you get a great workout in without being irritated by your clothes and yet still stylish. I always avoid boxy shirts because those just make you look bigger. This style with a slightly tapered waist are so much more figure flattering- and I like the longer back that covers your rear too.