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:
SHOULDER FLIES (with weights)
SHOULDER RAISES (with weights)
SQUATS BANDS/ WEIGHTS
LUNGES BANDS/ WEIGHTS
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!