A Day in My Life

I really want to keep this blog and my habit plans going but it’s a bit hard with a three month old and a two-year-old. So instead of writing about any particular habits today I thought I would show you a¬†day in my life.

Now this is not a typical day because there really is no typical day. Isabel isn’t really on a schedule yet so her naps are a bit all over the place. Some days she only takes 45 minute naps and some days Nathan refuses to nap, which can make for a really long day. And our day he can start anytime between 7 and 8:30 pretty much depending on when Nathan wakes up.

So having said that here was our day on Friday, May 12.

Warning: My tenses are really off in this post – I hope you don’t mind! ¬†Some of this is me recording it as it happens and some is looking back and I honestly just don’t have the time or mental capacity to edit it. Also, this is a long post because, well, my days are long.

7 AM Everyone is awake. I get Isabel out of her crib, bring her into bed with me and nurse her to the sound of Nathan jumping and chatting to himself. I leave Isabel on the bed, go down and make myself a cup of coffee because, well, priorities. Last night I was up with her at 2 and 5:30 so I’m a little tired today. I’m a little tired every day. I drink my coffee in the bedroom while Isabel and I smile and coo each other. I don’t hear Nathan so I think he might have fallen back asleep. I use that as an opportunity to take a quick shower.

7:45 AM Nathan is up. I go in and get them and say good morning good morning hello good morning. I change him out of his pyjamas and we eventually make our way downstairs for milk and breakfast which this morning is french toast and bananas. Isabel’s pretty fussy this morning so I put her upstairs in the crib for her to stare at her mobile which is her favourite thing to do these days.

8:45 AM Isabel’s up in the ergo carrier. Nathan is colouring on the living room floor and I’m trying to get him out the door to his daycare, which is just a few houses down.

Oh man, look at that tired face!

may 12

9:00 AM I’m back home from dropping Nathan off at the daycare. We always see a cat on our way, so we stop and talk about the cat for a little while. “Yes, it’s a cat. ¬†That’s right, it’s white. ¬†I know, I saw the cat too. Say bye to the cat, ok bye bye cat. ¬†Yes, I know, it’s a cat. ¬†That’s right it’s white.” ¬†And so on…it usually takes a long time to get there but today was actually pretty quick. By the time I get back Isabel is ready for her nap.

9:10 AM Isabel is napping. While I was nursing her down today she started shaking which has never happened before and it scared the crap out of me but she stopped as soon as I said her name. I then spent the next 15 minutes googling it and apparently it’s normal. Still, I don’t like it. So while she naps I throw in a load laundry, clean up Nathan’s crayons, clean up the kitchen and¬† did this really great 20 minute yoga routine. It was hard but I modified where I needed to. I then made it through 12 minutes of meditation. Isabel cried out halfway through so my mind started wondering to what we were going to do today and I somehow ended up thinking about wanting to buy a piano. I then had a coffee answered some texts checked my email while listening to Yoga Girl’s latest podcast.

11:10 AM she’s up! Big nap today. This is her reaction to seeing me, melts my heart every time!

isabel waking

We have about an hour before we have to go get Nathan so I nursed her, change her, and we play a bit. I have lunch (left over chicken stir fry) and then I put her in the ring sling and we head out the door.

12:00 p.m. We walked down the street to pick up Nathan and on our way back we watch the squirrels climbing the trees. Nathan plays with the rocks in the backyard for a bit and then we come inside to colour and I nurse Isabel while Nathan eats crayons and pretends to shove them up his nose all while saying OK play? OK play? Yes Nathan OK play.

silly nathan

12:40 PM I bring Isabel upstairs for a nap while Nathan stays downstairs and colors. She went down quickly with no shaking (phewf). I come back to find him reading a not so child appropriate book (it’s A Game of Thrones graphic novel) and he wants to read it together so we spent some time reading. ¬†Mostly it’s me saying ‘boy, eyes, hair, horse’ and ignoring the fact that there’s lots of fighting and blood and just not appropriate things.

nathan reading comic

I spend the next half hour trying to convince Nathan to come upstairs with me for his nap. What¬† finally works is putting him in the ring sling. He loved it. I think he likes to be reminded that he’s still my baby. It’s not easy having a new baby sister I’m sure.

1:20 PM Nathan’s asleep. Both kids are napping. I have coffee, text some friends and start this blog post. I put on some music and think about tidying up the house and folding laundry¬†but end up surfing the net, staring out the window, and enjoying this calm moment to myself.

2:30 PM ¬†Both kids are still napping. ¬†This is unheard of!! ¬†I’m contemplating another coffee, but I try to limit it to three a day. ¬†I have a tea instead along with a handful of cashews, some goldfish crackers, and half a bagel. ¬†And then a bowl of chilli. ¬†Breastfeeding is hungry work!

tea

I read my book, check on Isabel three times, and drink two glasses of water.

3:30 PM Nathan wakes up crying, as he does unfortunately. ¬†I usually give him 10 minutes before going in, otherwise he’s an inconsolable mess, so I wait.

4:00 PM both kids are up we make our way down stairs and have a smoothie with spinach, banana, blueberries, yogurt, and coconut water. Isabel plays on her activity mat and Nathan walks around drinking his smoothie. He’s also learned how to unlock and open the patio door, so that’s fun.

patio door

4:30 PM Dad’s home! Danny orders pizza while I hang out with the babies.

5:00 PM We eat. Isabel eats my hand and drools all over me. I’m pretty sure she’s starting to teethe. More hanging out.

6:00 PM Isabel goes down for her last nap of the day and we read books with Nathan. He’s going a little crazy, we think it might have been the pizza.


6:40 PM Isabel is up and it’s bath time. Nathan wants to get in the bath with Isabel and 2 minutes later points at her and says ‘out’. I do Isabel’s bedtime routine and danny does Nathans.

Wine o’clock YAY! aka 8:00. Kids are in bed. Danny and I have wine and watch a little Netflix.

10:00 PM Time for bed. ¬†I get up with her twice in the night and start the next day at 7:45. ¬†Tired but happy ūüôā

Three Things I Need To Start Doing

So I’m having a bit of a hard time keeping up with this fitness challenge. ¬†I did the pushups and shoulder exercises on Monday, but I didn’t do yoga on Tuesday nor did I do yesterday’s exercises.

Not good.

But I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because:

  1. I have an 11 week old. ¬†As amazing of a sleeper as she is, she’s only 11 weeks old and I’m still getting up in the night with her at least once. ¬†Taking care of a baby (and a toddler) is also pretty time consuming and when I do have a moment to myself I’d honestly rather lay on the couch watching bad tv than do pushups.
  2. I just had a baby 11 weeks ago.  The last few weeks of pregnancy and the first few weeks I got very little sleep.  I feel like I have some major sleep catch up to do.  Plus, even though my postpartum recovery has been amazing, pretty sure my body is still recovering.

I know, excuses excuses.

The original plan was to do the exercises while they nap. ¬†When I’m not tired from being up in the night I can totally do it during Isabel’s morning nap. ¬†If that doesn’t work out, and the stars align and Nathan and Isabel nap at the same time, I can do it in the afternoon.

But then there’s days like today. ¬†Nathan is home with me because he’s sick so I spent the morning with him. ¬†Then he went for a nap just as Isabel was waking up. ¬†I just put Isabel down for another nap and I can hear Nathan waking up now.

And then I think, I can just do it when they are awake. ¬†But honestly, I’d rather play with my babies.

I guess the thing is if I really want to bring fitness back into my life, I need to do to things:

  1. I need to prioritize it.  I have the time.  I do.  I mean, it only takes 15 or 20 minutes РI can for sure find that somewhere in my day.
  2. I need to take it one day at a time. ¬†If I miss a day, it’s ok. ¬†One day missed does not have to mean the end of the whole thing – which is kind of how my mind works. ¬†I need to be flexible and I need to be forgiving.
  3. I need to just start. ¬†When I’m tired just the thought of doing exercises is exhausting. ¬†But if I just start, it’s easy to go on. ¬†If I tell myself: just do one pushup, there’s a good chance I’ll do more.

So today’s exercise is elliptical, which is too bad because that’s one that I really can’t do with the babies around today. ¬†So instead, in the spirit of flexibility, I’m going to do some yoga – seeing as I skipped Tuesday.

I’m sure I can find a mom and toddler yoga routine on youtube…that should be interesting.

10 Minute Clean Up

Have you guys seen the movie Adventures in Babysitting?  You know that scene at the end when they all get back from their crazy night and Chris (the babysitter) does a quick clean up of the house?  That scene for some reason always stuck with me Рweird, I know.  It just showed how quickly you can get shit done when you really need or want to.

Some days I look around the house and just feel overwhelmed with how messy it is. ¬†And too lazy and tired to do anything about it. ¬†But I know I can’t relax if the place is a mess. ¬†So what I do is put on a good song and tell myself to just clean to that song. ¬†Get as much done as I can and leave it at that.

Doing that not only gets me started, but I usually end up cleaning for longer.  But even if I just do clean for the length of that song I find I can actually get a lot done.

So if you’re like me and don’t feel like cleaning, try just doing it for one song. ¬†Or set a timer for 10 minutes.

Here is an awesome example of the 10 minute clean up which I found pretty motivating.  Plus, I like the song a lot.

 

Oh and I didn’t really do my exercise challenge yesterday. ¬†I did move my body though. ¬†We went for nice walk as a family in the morning – Nathan pretty much ran the whole time.

A running toddler is pretty  much the cutest thing in the world, by the way.

When we got home I decided to attempt to do Monday’s workout instead which was pushups and shoulder thingies. ¬†I did a few modified pushups and felt extremely wimpy. ¬†Then Nathan climbed on my back and I did a few more and we had a good laugh.

So all in all, not a complete write-off.

A Hectic Morning

This is going to be a quick check in to say that¬†today’s exercise is done and done. ¬†Instead of elliptical I went for a walk to my friends house and back. ¬†It was a bit of a disaster of a morning – baby screaming, toddler hanging off my leg crying, laundry piled on the couch…you know, typical ‘I have two small children’ scene.

It was actually incredibly stressful. ¬†I hate when my sweet baby girl cries and I can’t get to her. Or when my son needs my attention and I have to tend to a screaming baby. ¬†And I feel it all so much more when the house is a mess.

But we did it.  We managed to leave the house.  A half hour later than planned, but we did it!

Oh and it was only once I got to my friends house that I noticed I had completely neglected my appearance. ¬†No makeup, hair a disaster. ¬†I was wearing pants though, so that’s something.

And it’s a beautiful day. ¬†It was a nice walk there and back – total 50 minutes of walking. ¬†I’m thinking I’ll get out for another walk once the babies wake up from their naps.

That’s right – they are both napping at the SAME TIME right now. ¬†Well, my son is currently babbling in his room, but he’ll fall asleep soon. ¬†Point is, I have no one screaming at me or hanging off my leg.

Sorry, I realize this is quickly turning into a ‘mom blog’ but yeah, that’s kind of my life right now.

Oh I also wanted to say that I’m pretty sore from yesterday’s workout. ¬†Just goes to show how out of shape I am.

As for tomorrow…the plan is:

BENT OVER ROW (with weights)
DEADLIFT (with weights)

Ugh that does not sound like a good time. ¬†Not sure when I’ll fit it in seeing as it’s a holiday and Danny and Nathan will both be home in the morning. ¬†Maybe we’ll all do a workout together ūüôā

Until tomorrow…

Using the Baby Weight

Oh man I am tired today. ¬†I really had to talk myself into doing Wednesday’s planned exercises. ¬†I didn’t do it this morning while Isabel napped because, well honestly, I don’t remember why. ¬†It’s only 2 pm and I don’t remember what I did from 9-10 this morning.

I bet I drank coffee.

Oh yeah, and I watched an episode of Workin’ Moms.

Obviously too busy to work out.

And then noon came and I picked Nathan up from daycare. ¬†He’s so great. ¬†I often feel guilty for having him in daycare when I’m home, but at the end of the day I do think it’s better for him, me, and Isabel too that he spend three hours a day playing with some other kids.

Anyways, so Nathan went down for his nap at 1 just as Isabel was waking up, as is the way. ¬†So I decided if I’m going to work out (which I have committed to doing every week day) then I might as well do it now.

Today’s Progress Report

So today’s workout was:

SQUATS BANDS/ WEIGHTS
LUNGES BANDS/ WEIGHTS
AB THINGIE

I was going to go downstairs and get the weights when I realized, I have the perfect weight right in front of me Рa 13 (ish) pound baby!  And a pretty cute one at that, if I do say so myself!

Isabel

 

So I picked Isabel up and did three sets of 15 squats. ¬†I was winded at the end but I didn’t go to muscle failure (or whatever that term is that my husband uses).

I then put her down to do my lunges. ¬†These were hard for me without any weights – again, haven’t worked out in about a year. ¬†I did three sets of 15 again.

As for the ‘ab thingie’ this is just bridge pose with leg extension things. ¬†Not sure if that makes sense. ¬†I can’t do crunches because I have some ab separation and so this was the alternative. ¬†And they were hard! ¬†I didn’t expect them to be that hard. ¬†I did three sets of 10.

Here’s video proof of my work – not the best lighting and no sound, but it’s proof!

The whole thing only took 16 minutes – I probably should have done more reps but I’m pretty happy with today’s workout.

Plan for Tomorrow

Tomorrow¬†I’ll be dusting off our elliptical and hopping on there for at least 20 minutes. ¬†It’s supposed to be a beautiful day out so I may swap this out for a 45 minute walk outside. ¬†I’ll have to check with the boss first to see if that’s ok ūüėČ

Until tomorrow..

Getting Back on the Mat

I just finished my Tuesday workout Рyoga.  This was the first full yoga routine that I have done in a very long time and it felt so good.

I mentioned in my last post that I had a tough pregnancy.  Back in May 2016 I, and my whole family, got really sick. I got the stomach bug, followed by a cold, followed by a horrible sinus infection.   Then just as I was feeling better, I started to experience morning (more like all day) sickness.  That lasted for months.  I also experienced a lot of physical discomfort this pregnancy Рa lot of pain in my back and hips and I found the more I moved the worse it got.

All that to say, it’s pretty much been a year since I’ve done any kind of physical activity, including yoga.

Today’s Progress Report

The yoga routine that I chose to do today was one designed for postpartum Рthis is it here.  I have some separation in my abs so I need to be careful not to do crunches or anything that could strain those muscles.

I did the routine right after I put Isabel down for her first nap of the day.  I think this will be the time that I do all of my exercises.  She only napped for 45 minutes but it gave me enough time to do the 30 minute routine.

I have to be honest, I got a little bored half way through. ¬†It was a really slow practice and I’m a little rusty so I’m not going to read too much into this. ¬†I checked to see how much time was left on the video at 27 minutes, so not bad, and I did make it all the way through to the end.

Plan for Tomorrow

Tomorrow Danny has me doing:

SQUATS BANDS/ WEIGHTS
LUNGES BANDS/ WEIGHTS
AB THINGIE

We were going to buy some bands last weekend but we never got around to it so I’ll be doing the squats and lunges with weights. ¬†As for the ‘ab thingie’ – well, you’ll just have to wait and see what that means ūüėČ

So until tomorrow..

 

 

 

Cultivating Some New Habits

Oh hi there.¬† It’s been a while, I know.¬† Seven months in fact.¬† It’s been so long that I don’t even know how to begin this post.¬† So I will begin with why I am writing again.

I’m ready to cultivate some new habits.

And that’s really why I haven’t written here in so long.¬† I’ve been a bit busy to cultivate anything but babies.

Yes, babies, as in plural.

I now have two babies.¬† Nathan just turned two in February, so technically he’s not really a baby anymore.¬† He’s full blown toddler which comes with a whole lot of toddler sized “fun”.¬† Seriously though, he’s super cool right now.¬† Learning new words every day, really watching us to see what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, and he continues to be very brave and physical.¬† He’s also a bit of a lunatic, but aren’t all toddlers?

My second, Isabel, is just the sweetest baby girl.¬† She’s 10 weeks old and her smiles make my heart melt.¬† I had a tough pregnancy and a crazy intense home birth (maybe I’ll tell that story here one day) – pretty much everything was different the second time around. And she is so different from how Nathan was as a newborn.¬† He was high needs and could not be put down, including to sleep.¬† She is super chill and sleeps long stretches on her own.¬† It’s aaaaamazing.

So yeah, I’m 10 weeks post partum and I’ve got a few ideas for habits that I want to cultivate.¬†¬† I’m finding that being a mom to two little ones makes me a bit obsessed with being a mom.¬† Which is not a bad thing really, but I don’t want to lose myself in motherhood.¬† I want to continue to do the things that make me feel like me.¬† And since Isabel actually naps and I have time in the day I want to make sure I’m making the most of that time –¬† meaning, not binge watching bad tv or scrolling through social media.

So I’m going to start with getting back into my physical body.

I’ve asked my husband, Danny, to put together a workout plan for me.¬† I asked him to keep it to 30 minutes a day, that I can do it at home, and to make sure it’s post partum appropriate (no crunches, not too intense – I honestly haven’t worked out in about a year, so I need to take it slow!).¬† This is what he came up with:

MONDAY
PUSHUPS
SHOULDER FLIES (with weights)
SHOULDER RAISES (with weights)

TUESDAY
YOGA

WEDNESDAY
SQUATS BANDS/ WEIGHTS
LUNGES BANDS/ WEIGHTS
AB THINGIE

THURSDAY
ELLIPTICAL

FRIDAY
BENT OVER ROW (with weights)
DEADLIFT (with weights)

I totally meant to start today but I didn’t.¬† And I have excuses!¬† But I can always have excuses, especially with two littles at home.¬† So if I want to do this, I need to prioritize it.¬† And I need to do it at the same time every day – but not at the end of the day which is what I had planned to do today.¬† I’m just too tired once the kids are in bed and our evenings are often a bit hectic.

Take tonight for example:¬† an entire beer smashed on our kitchen floor which woke the baby up which upset Nathan.¬† The dinner I made turned out disgusting (though the face Nathan made was pretty great) so we ate peas and pizza instead.¬† Both kids went to bed fairly easily but after cleaning the kitchen that last Corona in the fridge was just too tempting.¬† And we all know Coronas and pushups just don’t mix.

So today starts with just setting my intention.¬† Putting it out there that I will commit to this plan for 3 weeks.¬† After three weeks I’ll reassess and see where I’m at.

I started this website 3? 4? years ago as an accountability tool and that’s what I’m going to use it as once again.¬† Each day I will post here how many reps I did, any obstacles I overcame to get the workout in, and just sort of a progress report.

So tomorrow I will begin this journey with YOGA!

Super pumped.

Do Something Different

I got an email today from a program that I did years ago called ‘Do Something’. ¬†It was a 14 day program that motivates you to get out of your comfort zone and do things you would not normally do.

To shake things up.

To see things from a new perspective and experience something different.

Each day for 14 days I received an email telling me what to do. ¬†It remember some being interesting and some being pretty lame. ¬†I did them all for the first few days and then I started lagging. ¬†I don’t think I completed the program.

Which is not like me! ¬†I’m a cultivator of new habits! I stick to my goals and do what I say I’m going to do.

Turns out, I do what I say I’ll do, not what others tell me to do. ¬†I guess that’s not so surprising. ¬†After all, the motivation behind my own personal goals and testing out a new program are very different.

BUT – I loved the idea, and I still do, which is why when I got this email from them announcing a new program I immediately signed up.

The Do Something Different Program

So this one again is a 14 day program. For 14 days I will receive emails with things to do.  I can then log into the app check off that I did it (gotta love a little accountability built in!) and I can comment and share my thoughts with other people in the community.

Before starting the program they had me answer a bunch of questions. ¬†They do this so that they can tailor the program for you so that you’ll get the most out of it. ¬†They asked things like:

  • behaviours that best describe me (like introverted, extroverted, calm, energetic, etc)
  • some of my habits (like screen time, spending time with people you love, noticing good things around you, etc)
  • my wellbeing (feeling happy, coping well with problems, physical heath, etc)

They then gave me a ‘score’ – which I gotta be honest, I think is a load of crap. ¬†They say that I’m only using 10% of my potential personality. ¬†Oh and that 80% of my personality is waiting to be unlocked – ha yeah, ok.

Despite this silly report, I’m still open to giving it a try.

The First Do

So I got my first ‘do’ right away and it’s an easy one: switch seats today.

And I’m gonna do it. ¬†I work at a university (and I do all my work on a laptop) so there are a lot of great places that I can go work. ¬†Maybe I’ll go work here today:

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Only it won’t look like this because 1: it’s rainy and gloomy outside, and 2: it’s the second day of classes and the campus is packed with students.

I’m sure I can find a quiet place on campus to work.

I’ll keep you posted on this program and let you know how it goes. ¬†Or you can just give it a try yourself (it’s free).

 

Go For a Walk!

One of my favourite things to do is to go for walks. ¬†I know, that sounds really lame,¬†but I get a lot out of going for walks. ¬†It’s a big de-stresser for me – especially if I’m¬†walking amongst trees, or near flowers or the ocean. ¬†I think a lot while I walk. ¬†If I’m sitting at my desk and feeling uninspired or a little stuck, I get out for a walk and chances are ideas will come to me. ¬†And then of course, there’s the exercise aspect. ¬†It’s just so good to get up and move!

So I’ve been trying to get out every day for a walk. ¬†I’ve said this before, but I work in a really beautiful setting. ¬†I’m walking distance from a river, a canal, an arboretum (trees!!), and coffee shops.

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At the Arboretum near my work.

It’s actually crazy that I wouldn’t get out for a walk every day. ¬†But you know how it is. ¬†You’re at work, head down focused on something and the time just slips away. ¬†Or you feel lazy.

I often feel lazy.

But it’s one of those things that once I get up and out I think, why don’t I do this more often!

So my new (ok, repeat) habit for this summer is to get out for a walk every day.

You with me?

A Rough Month

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and that’s because in the midst of my Get Healthy Challenge, I got sick. ¬†And then I got sick again. ¬†And then.. yes… I got sick again.

What can I say, it’s been a rough month.

First our whole family got hit with a stomach bug. ¬†Nathan got it first and it just about broke my heart to see him that ill. ¬†And then, I got it and let me tell you it was a crazy nasty thing. ¬†And then..not surprising…Danny got it too. ¬†There was one day that all three of us were sick and it was probably one of the hardest days I’ve ever had. ¬†Nathan was crying, crying, crying, and there wasn’t much we could do to help him but give him cuddles and keep him hydrated.

Danny was better after four days.  It took me five.  And it took Nathan seven (!) days to get over it.  We were so worried.  And so very sad.

And then our happy baby was back and we got back to enjoying trips to the park and eating – yum food!!

A day later I caught a terrible cold. ¬†Coughing, sneezing, and feeling pretty lousy. ¬†That passed after a few days. ¬†And now – get this – I have some crazy sinus thing going on! ¬†My throat hurts, my face feels like it’s all puffed out and it’s sensitive to the touch and I feel like my head is under water. My immune system is obviously not up to par right now.

So go figure, in the midst of my get healthy plan I feel the crappiest I’ve felt in years.

Please send some healing vibes my way!! I need them!! ¬†And if you have any home remedies to rid nasal congestion and sinus pain, let me know! ¬†I’ve tried steam inhalations and they don’t seem to be doing the trick.