It’s no secret that I have been feeling a little stressed out lately – trying to do one too many things, taking on way too much, trying to do it all. And the saddest part, not doing the right things for myself – taking care of myself has fallen to the back seat [is this even a right saying, hahaha]. December is traditionally a busy month, but adding to it a 7 month old and a new role as a mom, things got a little out of hand.
While I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, I haven’t really done anything about until I read a post from “City Life Eats” – December Sanity Challenge 2011. While I might be a little late to start the challenge [yup I am starting it on December 15th], I am a firm believer that any time is a good time to make a change as long as you are truly ready.
What is this challenge about – it’s about making holidays sane, happy and healthy. My hope is that the habits I create this month will carry on and the stress levels will magically disappear. OK, I know they will not disappear, but hopefully habits I “pick up” will help me cope with stress better.
I decided to concentrate on three areas that will help me gain sanity.
1. MOVE MORE – it doesn’t matter to me what I am doing, as long as I am moving – walking with Kiki, running, doing yoga, weight lifting – any of it and all of but as long as I am moving EVERY DAY. Doing something like this for myself always makes me feel better, so I will make an effort to do something every day. For a Type A person like me, to-do lists are essential for my daily survival, so I am placing “MOVING” on the to-do list so it’s there every single day until it’s part of my routine.
2.GO TO BED EARLIER – I have being “fighting” going to bed earlier for years now, and you would think with a baby going to bed at 7pm every night, and getting up by 5 or 6am every day as exhausted as I am somehow I still can’t get myself to bed before midnight. So my resolution is to start going to bed only 10 minutes earlier than the previous night and change that time every 3 days. My goal is to start being in bed by 10pm, reading, actually reading a book and no blogs (sorry blends) and lights out by 10:30pm. I bet if I do this, the “Moving More” part will be easier.
3. and last but not least, EAT MORE VEGGIES – notice I didn’t say healthy, but eating more veggies. I eat pretty good. I start well with healthy breakfast, mid morning snack and lunch and than evenings unless the chef is in town, are terrible. My dinner consist of cereal, or banana chocolate bread or ice-cream – terrible, terrible, terrible. I eat a lot of fruits, but not enough veggies. My goal is to incorporate veggies in all of my meals. I know I can do this. After all, I read enough of healthy food blogs to have ideas for a whole year and never eat the same thing.
I know it’s a middle of a month, and right before we all start making New Year’s Resolutions, but I believe no time is better than NOW. I need this, I want it and I know I can do it.
Since today is the day, I have completed my moving more challenge. I went for a really nice 45 minute walk with the sous-chef and Kiki and everyone loved it. And as of now I have 3 minutes to get to bed 10 minutes earlier than yesterday, so I better get going. The eat more veggies part – total fail today, but tomorrow is a new day.
Q: How about you? Do you need more sanity in your life? Do you want to start some new habits? Join me! It’s a party!