This is a letter to myself as a part of the Blog Forward Challenge. Although I received complimentary product and ZonePerfect promotional items, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Blog Forward challenge was created as a way to make smart resolutions and then stick with them. Many bloggers are taking this challenge, me included, to help meet our goals. We’ll check in every couple months.
This year you are definitely up for a challenge. Adding a new family member is hard, and takes time to adjust for everybody. Yes, even you. So, you need to make sure you take care of yourself as well as your family. So a couple reminders.
1. It’s not about losing the weight right away. Having it slowly come off in a healthy controlled way is much better for your body. Continue to eat healthy for you as well as for the nourishment of B. Don’t feel guilty about snacking right now. It’s important you are eating enough calories for breast feeding. Sure, those calories should be high in protein and not junk food, so make good choices. Those first few weeks you will feel like you are eating all the time, and you are. It’s okay. Again, good healthy choices. And, it’s okay to eat while you nurse too, because three other little people need you at other times.
2. You resolved to do more random acts of kindness this year. DO IT! It doesn’t even have to cost money. Pay somebody a compliment. Greet a stranger with a smile. Stay back and hold a door open for somebody. Send a handwritten note. It doesn’t take much. Remember, it will bring you just as much if not more happiness than the recipient.
3. Remember that fitbit you got almost 1 year ago? See if you can slowly get back up to 10,000 steps a day. It’s a gradual process for sure, but get a stroller out and get your body moving. Vitamin D will do you wonders as well as any kids that go with you.
4. Remember to take time for yourself. You need to decompress. Sometimes, being the mom is hard. It’s okay to give yourself a time out and have a mom’s night out. Or even a mom’s run to the store solo. You need those breaks and it’s totally okay to take them.