Each month, Jo and I each commit to a One Simple Change (OSC) challenge for the betterment of our physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and family wellness and share the experience with you. Read more here.
Last Month’s Review: January
Goal – Use my ab roller every day to get myself back on track to toning my body post-pregnancy (make that TWO pregnancies!)
Fail/Success? Success. There were only about four days I missed completely, but I liked to tell myself I made up for most of those by doubling down the next day. I’m not sure what happened the last weekend of the month… Somehow I forgot both days and I sure hope it’s not a sign as to where this will go post-January!
What I got out of it: On the up side, it was a good reminder of how little time it takes to do an in-home workout like that and that it does not have to be a huge deal. However, on the flip side….it assured me that my regular work out and in-shape days are long, long ago! The reality that three years of nothing cannot be made-up for in one month was quite clear! I may have worked through my initial week’s soreness and noticed a gain in strength, I have a looooong way to anything resembling a six-pack!
Moving Forward: This was a simple enough daily task there is no reason not to continue. If anything, I should step it up, but for now I just want to push myself to continue working out to some degree each day. I’m “blessed” with petite genes, but that does not make me healthy.
New Challenge: February
Goal: Wake up before the kids/with my husband on week days
Motivation behind the challenge: I’m not a morning person. Never have been. I always kind of assumed that once I had kids, I’d start getting up early, but no such luck. I stay in bed as long as the kids let me…Every. Day. When I do roll out I’m all groggy and immediately bombarded with the mayhem of the day. It’s really not even fair to my poor children to deal with a mombie. Plus, I know having a solid morning routine is the best way for anyone to start the day.
What I hope to get out of it: Where to begin… I feel I have so much to gain by this! You’re likely to learn that I love lists… so let’s make a list, shall we?
- Some non-kid time: I get some time to myself before the Lallybroch Kids rise and run for the day. Dot doesn’t stop talking from the moment she wakes. I can’t turn my back on Jake for a second or he’s somewhere he shouldn’t be. If I can get over the initial tiredness and pull myself out of bed, that time to pull myself together without will do so much for both me and them.
- Enjoy a cup of HOT coffee: Seriously… I am constantly retracing my steps to see where I set my coffee down… And I usually find it luke warm or cold and only half gone. It’s dangerous to leave it most places with two little ones on the loose. (Honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t had more coffee dump disasters in the past two years.) To enjoy a cup of HOT coffee in peace, daily… That’s a whole extra level of starting the day out on the right note.
- Some Husband time! To have a chance to start the day with My Mingus (more than just giving him a half-asleep smooch before he walks out the door) is really the only motivation I need for this goal. Seriously, I feel bad every morning he gets up to head to work and I am laying in bed. Plus, I do love my children beyond words, but sometimes I miss my husband. So much of our time is chasing little ones where our conversations are interrupted and distracted. And while we do have a couple of hours at night together, we are both beat at that point (not to mention I’m usually working). A chance to have a conversation in the morning? I want that.
- Morning Reflection & Me-Time: I know writing this will only jinx it, but I’ll tell you anyway… Lately the kids have blessed me with sleeping in. So after having some Mingus time, if they continue on this path, I’d have some solo time! I don’t take a lot of “me” time most days. If you’re a mom, you know this is necessary. If you’re not a mom, that may sound silly, but it’s true. If you don’t take time to forget the endless chores and let go of the kiddo upkeep and touch base with the things that made you YOU before parenthood, you might get lost. I’d love to use time to read or get back to my journaling.
Jo did an awesome job getting a lot of her house organized last month and this month she has picked out the CUTEST toddler activities to do with her little SJ. Jump over to the vlog to hear about them and she’s got links to them all as well. Next month she’ll let you know which ones are winners.
Speaking of winners………..
[CLOSED!] Valentine’s Day Giveaway Time!!
[GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Congratulations to KaraBeth on winning! We hope you thoroughly enjoy this fabulous set of prizes. Thanks to everyone who supported and entered! Don’t worry… This won’t be our last giveaway!] I know we mentioned it forever ago and you probably thought we were big fat liars, but instead we are just busy moms who took awhile to get it together.
Anyway, we have a fabulous little package of goodies for a lucky winner. It’s really just our way of saying THANK YOU to our earliest followers in this adventure and show you a little love… And of course we’re hoping you give us a little love in addition.
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