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Small, Daily Habits That Keep Me on Track

November 2, 2015

I’m so happy to say that we did not acquire any Halloween candy this year. Let me be clear– I love candy…which is why I’m glad there’s none in our house. Because I eat ALL the candy! Mark does not care for anything but super dark chocolate so I’m the lone candy-consumer in our house.

Besides getting no candy (Hudson is too young for trick or treating…it was not even on our radar!), Mark, Hudson and I had a very low-key Halloween. We did a Halloween themed workout, some housework, and, in the evening, we hung out with family (including Hudson’s cousin who is one week older than he is!) and watched the Florida/Georgia football game, ate some good food and went to bed early. 

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It really feels nice to have adapted to having a baby. We’re almost 3 months into this whole “family life” thing, and I can finally say that most things have gotten a little easier. I can now balance eating, sleeping, caring for a baby, working, and doing the things needed to maintain our household…whereas a month ago, I had a mental breakdown  and felt hopelessly overwhelmed about every other day.

Now that Hudson and Mark and I have more of a normal routine and we’re back in the swing of life, I’ve been developing some small, daily habits that I find really helpful in keeping my mental and physical well-being in check:

  • I ALWAYS eat breakfast. If I do not, I’m ravenous by 10am and eat every terrible food option known to man. Especially now that I’m breastfeeding, I make an especially concerted effort to eat regularly. I focus on eating the most nutritionally sound breakfast I can, but making sure I get plenty of quality fat and protein are my biggest focuses.
  • I schedule my workouts. I’m a planner through and through. Every Sunday I sit down with my calendar and schedule out EVERYTHING important to me in the upcoming week. This includes my workout schedule. On days that I don’t attend Fit Camp at the gym, I schedule runs, Tabata workouts, or mobility stuff. Even if it’s just a 15 minute increment of my day, I put it on the calendar! I don’t let myself have any excuses for not doing some type of fitness each week– especially not a scheduling conflict!
  • I do my best to get 8 hours of sleep per day/night. 8 hours of sleep seems to be my magic “I-feel-really-rested” number. Having a baby definitely makes this one tough, though. But here’s what I do and it seems to keep me from being a zombie: If I sleep 7ish hours at night (which is my norm these days!), then I schedule a 1 hour nap during the day (while Hudson is also napping). Sometimes Hudson will sleep longer at night and I will get 8 hours of sleep at night but I will still rest (read a book, journal, listen to music and zone out) for about 1/2 an hour. 
  • I have a tiny bit of “me time” every day. Again, this was a little easier pre-Hudson, however, I find this little habit more important than ever. I carve out at least 10-15 minutes every day to do something for myself. Maybe it’s online shoe shopping, watering my herb garden, eating a piece of chocolate in peace, walking on the beach, watching the Real Housewives– whatever it is, I try to do something that makes me happy without letting myself feel guilty, stressed, worried, or pre-occupied with the 100 things usually running through my head. It’s my daily few moments of letting go and breathing!
  • I say no. I used to be a complete “yes” girl. No matter what was asked of me, I did it. Now, I’ve learned that it is empowering to not do and be everything for everyone. I focus on Mark and Hudson with 90% of my energies and the rest of the world gets my other 10%. Once I feel like my 10% is filled, I say no to everything else!

That’s it. These are the little things that add up to a sustainable, healthy way of life for me. Granted I had more time and energy to devout to other healthy habits before having Hudson, I’m certain I will be able to get back to those things one day. For now, I do what I can and don’t let myself feel guilt on the days that I take a nap instead of responding to 50 emails or have dessert after lunch and dinner…3 days in a row. It’s all about balance, people!


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