This is me, being kind to myself – ignoring the clothes that need to be folded and enjoying coffee/computer time while my husband and son are out:
Happy 2018! The New Year kind of snuck up on me this time around. Somewhere between nursing my new baby and surfing FB, I realized I haven’t taken time to make any New Year’s resolutions. I started to feel bad about that, but awoke this morning and realized I’m kind of done with resolutions. I appreciate the fresh start that January 1 offers and all, but I’m so over being disappointed with myself half way through February when I haven’t been as consistent as I had hoped.
I was talking with my dear friend and Life Coach, Whitney Post, on the phone the other day, recounting the all the moments I was NOT the gentle parent I aspire to be with my son. Adjusting to two kids has been wonderful and incredibly hard, all at the same time. Whit, in her typical profound question-asking fashion, suggested, “How about being gentle to mama (referring to me)?” Ummmm…yeah. What does that look like?
Well, for starters, it means this year I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions except for half-@ssed ones that don’t really count. Yup, that’s right. I’m not expecting anything more of myself. I do, however, have a few goals I am going to be intentional about pursuing. They may or may not commence January 1, and that’s ok. Also, I may or may not implement them with 100% fidelity, and that’s ok too.
In the realm of physical nourishment, I will share two goals publicly in hopes that it will offer some form of accountability. I find that speaking (or writing) things out helps me, so here goes:
1. Use Plan to Eat on a more regular basis
I’ve shared about this meal planning program before. Basically, Plan to Eat is a customizable meal planning website that helps you keep track of your recipes, meal plans, and shopping list — all in one place. I have been using it on and off over the past three years. With the ability to drag-and-drop recipes into calendar, a shopping list created based on recipes chosen, and simple input of new recipes it is easy to use and customize to one’s dietary needs. Also, I find several benefits when I use this program on a regular basis:
- Reduced grocery bill due to the fact that I buy only what we need based on the meal plan I’ve made for the week.
- Healthier eating for the whole family because I have a plan in place and we are not subject to the whims of taste buds and convenience.
- I feel less stressed and more on my game
If you want to give Plan to Eat a try, sign up for their 30 day free trial here. Also, I’d love to share all of my recipes with you, so be sure to let me know if you do sign up!
2. Give the Trim Healthy Mama plan a try
I often see January as a time to “re-set” my body, especially after all of the allowances I give myself around Thanksgiving and Christmas, when processed sugar is REALLY hard to avoid. In year’s past I have used this season as a time to do the Whole 30, GAPS, Eat to Live and other healthy re-boots. This year, I’m nursing and want to be sure I don’t compromise my milk supply, so it’s going to look a little different. My friend, Emily, introduced me to this plan and some of the recipes – super delicious! In short, it’s basically a carb-cycling dietary plan. More info here if you’re interested in learning more.
So what about you? What kind of New Year’s Resolutions are you coming up with for this year? I’d especially love to hear what is working for you in the realm of food and physical nourishment.