Y’all, as I write this we are smack dab in the middle of an early 4-month sleep regression (he’s currently 3-1/2 months old). I’m exhausted, A is exhausted, and I still haven’t fully moved him to his crib upstairs yet. It’s rough. So rough that I wandered all over our house looking for a piece of chocolate of ANY kind just to dull the tired. No dice though.
I say this not to brag about my lack of sleep, although I know you guys must be jealous. I say this to point out that when the going gets tough and I get tired, then all I really want from life is junk food. This is the opposite of what it should be; I know that to fight the exhaustion that eating well is paramount. I get it. But when it comes to want? I WANT anything but.
Before my 6-week checkup we had amazing friends and family that brought us delicious food and ALL THE DESSERT, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t just throw caution to the wind and consume desserts and muffins and casseroles all the livelong day. It’s what we had on hand, I was tired, and I couldn’t really work out to relieve the stress…so I ate. I’ve never been one to really want to keep track of my weight, and I can honestly say that I don’t have a clue how much weight I gained while I was pregnant. My desire is to look and feel healthy, to be confident in my body, and to be strong.
Now. If you’re a new parent you probably are aware of every single infomercial that is out at this time. And if you’re like me, you kind of love infomercials anyway, amen? For about 6 weeks straight all I saw were Friends reruns and 21 Day Fix infomercials during the wee hours of the night, and I almost pressed “complete order” about 85 times on the BeachBody website. Heck, I want a great before and after too gosh darnit! But the thing that kept holding me back was money. In reality it doesn’t cost that much to buy a workout program, but when you take into effect all of the fantastic free content that’s out there then it really doesn’t make sense to spend 3 easy payments of $19.99. And when I have a background in nutrition and personal training, I just can’t justify the expense.
What I CAN do, however, is use the basic concepts of eating well and working out and apply them to getting in shape post-pregnancy. And seeing as how the food part is always the hardest for me, I started there first.
After all of the generous post-pregnancy meals were gone I cleaned out our house and got rid of any junk food we had left. Then I made a pact with myself that I wouldn’t get crazy about it, but that grocery shopping would only consist of whole, healthy foods and very little sugar. For the most part? I’ve stuck with it, although this past weekend wasn’t a shining example, and so far I’ve been pretty pleased with the results.
I’m thinking about creating a little series about the eats and exercise stuff post-baby, especially because I’ve never known a time crunch like the lone nap time that a baby and a toddler share. Someone is always on the cusp of waking up, and short and effective workouts are key. It also means that eating well must require very little prep time and be easy to do. And at the base of it all is the reality that, in order for this to become and continue to be a lifestyle, it has to be about more than losing weight. It has to be more than feeling confident in looks alone. It has to be about taking care of my body, not just for me, but to honor the One who made it and to bless the ones that it made.
Thoughts? I’m an open book and would be happy to share this journey!