Let me be clear...
I am not pregnant- contrary to what it may look like in this photo of me, taken on Mother's Day.
Don't get me wrong, this is a cute picture of Rick and I. We're both smiling and very happy. I love the color of the shirt I am wearing, and I love the necklace and earings even more. The problem is the type of shirt I'm wearing- a peasant shirt- which looks an awful lot like a maternity shirt. Especially when you're packing an extra 10-15 pounds around the mid-section- as I have been lately.
I'm going to place an equal amount of blame on my own laziness, the hectic season of student teaching, and the crappy weather we've had in Portland all winter/spring. I barely ran at all (like maybe 2-3 times) the whole time I was student teaching, I was sick with some sort of cold or another pretty much constantly, and the stress of the whole thing didn't help much either. It was a perfect storm. And in that perfect storm, I gained 15 pounds... since December! YIKES!
I knew my clothes were slowing getting a tad bit tighter, but that's what Spanx are for, right?
I knew I wasn't feeling 100%, and I was constantly tired and sluggish.
I knew that the number on the scale was creeping up... but that pound at time didn't seems to matter until one day those single pounds equaled 15.
It wasn't until I saw the photo above that I decided enough was enough. It was time to reclaim my health and waistline... but mainly my health (mental, emotional, AND physical). I mean, getting winded while carrying Cooper up the stairs- really???
So, around my birthday, I decided that rather than having New Year's resolutions on January 1st, I was going to have New Me Resolutions on June 1st! And when I say New Me, I mean the whole me, and not just my weight. I have been unhealthy in all areas by allowing myself to get overstressed, wearing myself too thin, and not leaving enough time to enjoy some "me" time or enjoy the simpler things in life.
Here are a few of the things/goals/resolutions that I have been/will be working on:
- Wash my face before bed every night/don't sleep in make-up (see, I told you- laziness).
- Drink less Diet Dr. Pepper and WAY more water.
- Drink less beer and more red wine... (OK, not more red wine, but choose it instead of beer).
- Do something active every single day, especially on overnights, when I don't have the excuse of kids being around.
- Cross train more this time around while training for the marathon... On "off" running days, choose something like biking, swimming, a workout video, or simply taking a walk, rather than just doing nothing.
- Make smarter choices when it comes to meals- what to eat AND portion sizes.
- Spend more time doing fun things with Rick and the kids on the days I am home from trips, and less time worrying about housework.
- Do not spend the last day before I am suppose to leave on a trip, or the day of, running around cleaning house and trying to finish laundry- do all that 2 days before I leave. Then I can concentrate more on the item listed above.
- Go on more early morning runs or work out first thing, rather than waiting until naptime or when Rick gets home. Otherwise I blow it off for something more enticing like a show on DVR or blog updating... :)
- Have a dinner planned out earlier in the day or day before, so that when said-dinner time rolls around and the kids are being grumpy and I'm tired and don't want to cook, an unhealthy option doesn't end up being more "convenient".
- Spend more time playing games or playing outside with Rick and the kids and less time with the television on- something that will become a lot easier when our backyard is done and the sky quits raining!!
I hope you can all help keep me accountable a little bit. And I'd also like to know- What are some goals/resolutions you have set for yourself lately? Also, any great workout ideas so I don't get bored?? Please share goals or workout ideas in my comments section, thanks! :)