Ok so obviously we are some very slack mommies. Our last post was November! In our defense, since that time it was the holidays and Cameron is working hard at her job and I’ve been still getting into the swing of back to work with two kids. I’d love to say my new year’s resolution is to blog more. The thought did cross my mind, but then I realized unless the new year came with longer days I know there is no extra time to add in regular blogging. And I can’t make “lose weight” my resolution, because that was the whole point of the blog we started a long time ago. So I don’t really have a new year’s resolution. Since November my only goal has been to maintain my weight. Winter and holidays are hard enough. I call them the Dark Days. It’s dark when we get home from work. It’s cold/rainy frequently. There are mountains of yummy food and holiday obligations. My only goal for the Dark Days this year was to survive and hopefully come out the other side not weighing more than before. Mission accomplished! Despite my total lack of exercise and chronic eating of chocolate and delicious meals I maintained the same weight. Now that it is the new year and the Dark Days are almost over I can start focusing on my healthy eating. One thing my husband and I realized after spending some time with our families is how fragile health is once aging occurs. We are much older than our parents were when they had kids, therefore we’ll be much older as our kids grow up. Our parents are already faced with health issues in their 50s. Scary! Losing weight and getting healthy isn’t just a goal for a bikini (which will never happen anyhow) but for extending our healthiest years to have with our kids. That being said, I’ve been developing a plan in my head.
My plan for my diet is going to be: Remove, Replace, Reduce. Remove temptation. Easier said than done. So far my removal efforts have been to eat the remaining holiday treats. And when I thought we were getting to the end my husband arrived home from the store with a cake mix and ice cream. Not helpful. Replace ingredients and food choices with healthier options. I figure if I can replace ingredients in dinners with healthier options that would be a good start. Try to replace a carb somewhere in my day with a veggie or fruit. And Reduce. If I think about eating less maybe I will. I’m sure all the extra bites of kids’ food and dinner while cooking and snacks add up. Plus I always eat dinner like a ravenous shipwreck person and end up eating too much. I am hoping that my remove, replace, reduce method will be a no stress way to diet. I don’t really have to think about things or change too much. Of course seeing if it has any results will be the true test.
The second half of my plan is activity. (Notice I did not say exercise. Exercise implies I have time to go out running or to the gym or lift weights. Given my current schedule none of those will be happening, unfortunately.) I’d like to improve flexibility, muscle tone and strength, and cardio endurance. Activity will be tricky to do until after the Dark Days end. I need light and decent weather after work or on weekends to take kids out walking. I don’t really have a plan for “activity” yet. I just know I should.
Really my new year fitness and health goals are no different than most peoples. Focusing too much on it though makes it no fun and stresses me out. With two kids and work I have to be content to know that small things make the goal. I want to lose ten more pounds although I don’t have a specific timeline on that goal. I would also like to do some type of family run with my daughter this summer.