I have never really gotten caught up in the whole New Years Resolution thing, but this year I have decided to give it a try. My resolution is to be healthier. And while that seems like an easy thing to do it actually has so many things involved that I have been putting off for one reason or another. Being healthier is not just working out, loosing weight or changing my eating habits (which are all things I do actually need to do) but also my mental and emotional health. >>I’ll touch on those another time<<
Now I’ve had a rough start to the new year with a month long sinus infection which I admit has already dampened my spirits a little. But after 3 rounds of antibiotics, steroids, LOTS of Sudafed and plenty of Tylenol & Ibuprofen I am finally starting to feel better! And praying that the virus my son now has does not decide to pay me a visit as well. But we have escaped the flu so far this season so I am thankful for that.
Now that I can function again it’s time to start cooking and eating better again. Now this is a daunting task to me. I am not a good meal planner and I hate eating the same thing over and over so cooking once or twice a week doesn’t really work for me. I have to rely on crock-pot recipes, thank you Pinterest, since I don’t get home from work and picking up the Little until almost 6 and at that point dinner is not happening if it isn’t already almost done and just needing finishing touches. I think it’s time to try something like Wildtree meal planning for freezer meals that I can just throw in the crock-pot before work in the morning. My only reservations about cooking like this is the money up front for the initial shopping trip. I know it’s really not that much per meal when it comes down to it but it’s a lot at once. If you have any recipes or ideas let me know! (We do not eat Pork)
Can I be honest for a minute and tell you that we have been eating a least 5 meals a week from fast food or a restaurant for the last 2ish months and I can feel it. This seems like a easy fix. Stop doing it! And hopefully the meal planning from above should put a stop to most of it. I mean we will still go out to eat but it just can’t be any every night kind of thing because we didn’t plan ahead or at all. For me eating out also means drinking soda. We don’t normally keep soda in the house and if we do it’s usually diet and well… gross. I hope that by cutting soda out of my diet again, because I used to reserve soda for a treat at some restaurants and for when I need a caffeine boost for headaches or migraines.
Once my body can handle it (and the Little isn’t running a fever) it’s time to start the gym adventure. Okay let me be honest, I HATE going to the gym. It is a complete chore and I whine every time. But it is something that I have to start doing for myself and my family. I need to be healthier to kept well and loose the weight I gained while pregnant and never lost (he will be 2 in April). I want to have more energy and feel like running around after this hyper toddler all day on the weekends. Right now, I can’t keep up and I know it’s only going to get harder if I don’t do something about this now.
I am very lucky in that my boyfriend is completely supportive of this and I’m actually the one having rein him back in. He would have us go the gym 5 days a week and be vegan. It works for him and I will not stop him from being vegan if that is what he wants to do but it does not work for me and the Little one. We have added some vegan recipes in the mix but it’s not something I can commit to or want to force my son to follow. But overall we agree that it’s time for both of us to get back in shape and take charge of our lives! He is also calling for NO sweets and I think he’s funny. But we can definitely do with way less sweets. I say this knowing Easter, the Little’s birthday and mine are all in April. Oh well, hello cheat month?!
**Also I promise to figure out the best flow for the blog and get reacquainted with adding gifs and images…