when it’s always been my preferred beverage.
I feel super lucky that I bounce back from pregnancy pretty quickly.
But now that I’ve had three children and also now that I’m nearing 30, I’ve noticed that
I’m starting to leave behind the days of “eat whatever I want, exercise not at all, and still
weigh 95 pounds.”
We’d been eating really well up until Star was born, and then it sort of spiraled downhill
I can’t even blame baby fatigue because she’s been a fantastic sleeper from the
It was more like I just wanted to bake everything in sight after she was born and that
really set my sugar cravings off and suddenly instead of two desserts a week, it was
venturing dangerously near to two desserts before lunchtime.
I could tell that it was all starting to take a toll on me, with frequent headaches, clothing
that didn’t fit quite right, and way more photos of double-chins than I’d like to admit (I’ve
always gained weight in my face the fastest which. . . is not my favorite).
My sister Merrick told me she’d pretty much given up eating sugar except for special
occasions and then Ralphie gave up ALL sugar for a month and I picked up a copy of
Slim by Design from the library which was completely fascinating and useful, so those
thoughts were kind of rolling around in my head, usually as I ate one more cookie.
Then Bart came home from his trip to Philadelphia a few weekends ago and said, “I’m ready to
start running again and eating better.”
So. . . .that was an easy sell.
- Spend more money on healthy foods. As you probably know, I’m notoriously
frugal at the grocery store, but I’ve come to realize that if I don’t buy any healthy
foods that are fun for me to eat, then of course I’m going to be eating handfuls of
chocolate chips or spoonfuls of ice cream straight from the carton. I’ve started
buying quite a bit more produce, yogurt that I love (Noosa!), keeping the pantry
stocked with more nuts and dried fruits, and making fun, healthy snacks every
week or so to keep in the freezer.
- Wash and cut all the produce immediately. I was really great about this last
summer when we were in Arizona, and then got out of the habit in London. Now
I’m back to doing it and it’s made a huge difference. I wash all the produce and
then put them in clear Tupperware (and then, thanks to the advice in Slim by
Design, I keep them all on the eye-level shelf in the fridge). I cut the tops off the
strawberries, snip the grapes into small bunches, take the baby carrots out of the
bag (where they inevitably go to die), and slice up cucumbers.
- Keep water handy. I’m a huge water drinker in general and always have been,
but when I’m nursing especially, I am SO thirsty all the time. A lot of the time, I’ll
think I’m starving, but after I have a big drink of water, I realize that I’m not
actually that hungry at all. I’ve started keeping a Nestlé Pure Life bottle both on
my desk and in my bathroom so that I don’t have to go downstairs to get a drink
(because inevitably when I go into the kitchen, I think “while I’m here. . .”). I also
tend to get super thirty during the night if Star wakes up to nurse, so the one in
my bathroom gets frequently used (and having a lid on it seems way more
sanitary to me than having an open cup on my bathroom counter).
- Stop eating after dinner. I usually eat pretty well through lunch. And then once
the girls go down for naps and quiet time, it’s like I suddenly fall apart. I’m super
lucky that my office is upstairs because I’m lazy enough that I rarely am willing to
go downstairs to get a snack, but if I have to go down for something else then all
bets are off. And then as the afternoon wears on, I’ve suddenly spiraled into
snack-mode. And then after dinner, I could easily eat another 1000 calories
without batting an eye. So I’ve just called it quits on eating after dinner now. Also,
I make a bigger effort to find interesting things to do once the girls are in bed
because if I’m involved in a project or being productive, I don’t find myself
thinking about food all night long.
- Find a time to exercise that works NOW. In the early days of our marriage, Bart
was always talking about wanting to find habits or routines that he could maintain
forever. But with kids and frequently changing schedules, I just don’t think that’s
at all realistic. Instead, I try to figure out what will work for me THIS week or THIS
month. If I have to change it after that, so be it. For now, I’m going running a few
times a week in the evenings once the girls are in bed and starting up at Zumba again which
has been one of my all-time favorite exercises. I’m also planning to give
ClassPass a whirl once Bart is out of school and he’s more available to stay
home with the girls. And then I do a little strength training a few mornings a week
(which the girls love to do with me) – I like using the free Nike+ Training App. I
don’t know what will work for me once we move this summer or when Bart goes
back to work, but I can make something work RIGHT NOW.
I love that not only do my clothes fit better (a great excuse to make YET ANOTHER
order from Twice), but I also have more energy and it’s easier to have the girls eat well
It’s like fifty wins in one.