I feel like these “catch up” posts might become a monthly affair. The days fly by and boy can a lot happen/change within a month. Today I have some exciting news to share and am glad we can play catch up.
I don’t talk about my professional career much, but I am thrilled to share that I was promoted into a director position at work a couple of weeks ago. Sports have defined my life and I’m really grateful for the work I’m able to do in college athletics. My days and nights are consumed with plans for the future, but I’m thrilled to move into this new role.
These past few months have been pretty hectic and blogging has taken a back seat. Up until January, I was able to take photographs for posts on weekends and then write each night before bed. When I returned to work full time after my maternity leave my priorities shifted, and rightfully so. I treasured every minute I had with Magnolia after work and often chose sleep over blogging. After adjusting to my new role as working mom, I got back into my blogging groove. I missed blogging and the joy it brought to my life. I missed connecting with readers and being able to share my experiences.
My life felt balanced for a few months, but then things got crazy. My career started to shift, I started playing football again, Magnolia became more mobile, and my blog content shifted. I’ll be the first to admit that I feel disconnected, but my blog is a great reflection of where I’m at in life. Life is a little unsettled right now but my hope moving forward is to be able to share the realities of balancing (or not balancing) everything on my plate.
Magnolia has slept from 8PM(ish) to 6:30AM since she was 4 months old. I loved the fact that she stayed up late because it gave me more time to spend with her after work. A few weeks ago, after our road trip to Atlanta, Magnolia’s sleep schedule started to shift. Some nights she stayed up until 10:30PM and other nights she was asleep at 7PM. She’s also teething, which I think is playing a role in the shift, but it has been hard. Neal and I try to tag team but there are some nights where I’m just not able to get anything done. I can’t blog, can’t clean, can’t read, can’t go to bed early, it’s tough. As a working mom I feel like my time is so limited, so the past few weeks have been tough.
Aside from this sleep shift, Magnolia is doing amazing. I’m in denial of her turning 10 months in a few weeks, but it’s amazing to see her grow. Motherhood is pretty amazing.
The past 2 months have been so freeing. To walk away from restrictive dieting has been life changing. As I shared last week, I’m working to create habits that will last a lifetime. I fully admit that I miss the fast changes that come with restrictive dieting, but I’m working to focus on the big picture and the example I am for my daughter. I’m far from perfect and have a lot to learn, but I’m trying. I really hope to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight come September when my scaleless summer ends.
Diet wise I’ve been trying to eat more raw vegetables and to drink more water. My go to lunch this week has been raw summer squash, grilled chicken, and vinaigrette. So easy and incredibly delicious. I still crave sugar each day, but I’m using different tactics, like drinking tea, to curb those cravings. All in all, I’m feeling good about my food choices.
My workouts have really suffered these past few months, but I’m working hard to get back into my groove and routine. I’m really bad about taking/using my lunch break at work, so I’m trying to take advantage of that hour if I don’t workout before work. Since I’ve been staying up so late, my 5AM workouts have turned into snooze fests. I’ve really struggled to get up to workout, so I’m trying to figure out alternatives.
- Monday – HIIT Workout
- Tuesday – Cardio and football practice
- Wednesday – HIIT Workout
- Thursday – Cardio and football practice
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday – Football game or cardio
- Sunday – Rest
Football has been awesome and I’m excited to move into the next round of playoffs (bruises and all). We’re working really hard and I know it’s going to pay off!
I’m really looking forward to the 4th of July weekend! I have a number of things I’d like to get done and I hope to use the 3 days to get organized. The pile of laundry in our guest room is a little absurd and I have quite a few recipes I’d like to try, including this one for the 4th. July is going to fly by, so I’m determined to stay organized and to accomplish my “to-dos” each day.