Are any excuses really valid?
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Wow, it's been a long time since I've blogged! Who am I kidding? It's been a long time since I've really committed to a healthier me.
I could use my new baby as an excuse. I could say that lack of sleep has propelled me toward poor food choices. I could say that taking care of a very active, needy infant is an excuse for missing *all* of my workouts. I could say a lot of things that could sound like acceptable excuses but the truth is this: I have zero excuses! While there are times when these things may influence what I can accomplish, I have to remember that it's only temporary and not an excuse to accomplish *nothing*.
Yes, having a new baby changes things, but the key word here is "changes". Having a baby isn't an excuse to let myself go or to put myself last. Do I have the time for two hour workouts everyday like I used to? No. Do I get the amount of sleep recommended for healthy weight loss? Nope. Do I have time to make really complex, unique meals every night? Nah. While missing out on these things, the things that helped me lose almost 100 bls a few years ago, has been kind of devastating to me, I'm learning to accept a new normal.
Am I able to stay within my calorie range everyday? Yes. Am I able to get in at least 3-5 T-25/Insanity/21 Day Fix workouts every week? Yep...even if I have to double up on the weekends. Am I able to squeeze in short 15 minute workouts throughout the day when my boy is napping? Hell yes. Am I am to do lots of food prep on the weekends when my amazing husband is on baby duty? Absolutely. Should I remind myself daily that I'm lucky to have a fully equipped home gym and to be a stay-at-home-mom? YES!
My goal is to be *at least* 50 lbs lighter by my son's first birthday (September 3rd). I'm hoping to lose significantly more than that but I will be beyond thrilled with 50 lbs. Coming to terms with the fact that I'm 35 and don't lose the weight as quickly as I did at 27 has been difficult but it's also taken then pressure off in some ways. What I want is to feel beautiful (even though my husband tells me a hundred times/day that I'm the most beautiful woman he's ever seen
). I want to be healthy...healthy enough to run around with child without sweating like a hog. I'm so lucky to have a healthy, happy, adorable baby boy and he deserves healthy parents!
So, I'm committing to blogging at least once/week. I hope at least one person gets as much out of my experiences as I will get out of writing about them. I'm committed to being brutally honest with myself and with anyone who takes the time to read what I write.
On that note, time for a quick snack before my adorable little peanut wakes up form his morning nap!