Thursday, July 24, 2014

90-Days to "Be Better"

At the beginning of June, I joined TracyFixen.com for her 90-day "Be Better" Challenge. I hoped to get back into shape by partnering with Shaklee (taking their Vitalizer vitamin) and setting goals to eat better and be more active for 90 days.

My short-term goals were: 1) Get outside everyday, which had been a challenge with work and baby 2) eat healthier and 3) do something for myself once a week. An underlying long-term goal was to loose the baby weight, but I wasn't going to hold my breath. My sanity and overall health were and are more important.

It started out slowly, getting outside once a day to take a walk (sometimes as short as 10 minutes) or drive into work. Trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and less chocolate chips and crackers. The doing something for myself was a hard one. The things I found myself doing "for myself" were grocery shopping or editing photos, or cleaning... not exactly what I had in mind. But I had no time to do them during the week and they had to get done.

The first month went by, and I had felt better than I did the month before. I wasn't having headaches everyday and I wasn't feeling quite like a zombie-mom. This was a huge improvement even though the scale didn't show any change.

The second month is almost over and I've pushed it up a notch by adding the 7-minute workout to my day which I try to do twice everyday. Chris's sister introduced it to me when we were in Texas and I was hooked. (Its an app on my phone that does 12 exercises for 30 seconds each with a short break in between.)

I've started to establish a little more of a routine with Baby B and work and have discovered a peace in this new balance. I'm less anxious and stressed and can actually enjoy my time at home. With this routine, I feel I actually have time to think about what I'm eating and how I'm taking care of myself (which I haven't done for nine months). There is still a ton of room for improvement but I'm on my way. And I'm excited.

I'm looking forward to the last 30 days of this challenge. I know I can "be better."

**I didn't write about this 60 days ago because I was afraid of failure. I was afraid of letting myself down publicly. But I've come a long way in the last two months (even if you can't tell on the outside) and I wanted to be accountable for the last 30 days. I really do want to be better -- a better wife, mother and a healthy person.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our Week in Texas

On Saturday, June 21 (Yes, I am that far behind on blogging), we three Babiaks flew to Texas to spend a week with Chris's family. One of the main reasons we took this trip was to meet our newest nephew Elijah, who was born in April, but it would also be William's first time seeing his aunts and uncles face to face (Skype doesn't count).

Grandparents with all five grandchildren

William and Elijah had matching outfits!
Emilee and I both ended up wearing white too!

It was a fairly relaxing week; we spent a lot of time just hanging out with the family and watching the kids get to know each other. We tried to keep William's routine as normal as we could, which made him me happier. When the baby slept, we played games like Pandemic, Survive! and Bang.  When he was awake we kept him busy with toy trucks and chasing him on the floor.




On Wednesday were had planned to have a family photograph taken but it was raining. Later that afternoon when were all together for lunch we did a quick one anyway. It had been a year since we were all together last (at Brad and Emilee's wedding) and two little boys had joined the family since then!



On Thursday, Chris and I left William with Nana and went hiking at Perdernales Falls which was really pretty.  Then we took a little dip in the swimming area. It was a very relaxing morning for the two of us.

That evening, Chris's parents took us out to The Silo, a fairly fancy and elegant restaurant. They were treating us for our 5th Anniversary. With white table clothes, fine china, and a slice of cucumber for our water (or citrus of your choice--they came around to each table!) it felt like a real treat! Since Bob and Sheryl had just celebrated 35 years of marriage last month, we decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to glean from their wisdom. We had such a sweet conversation of reflection and story telling. I learned so much about my in-laws that night!

On Friday evening, Chris, William and I drove over to a friend's house for dinner -- Brandon was one of Chris's groomsmen in our wedding and he and his wife just had a baby. It was really great to catch up with them and meet their darling baby girl. They had a dog that William just loved to watch, too.

On Saturday, before our flight back home, I was able to meet up with my college roommate, Abbey. She had moved to the Austin area a little over a year ago, but I don't think I had seen her since 2009! Our visit was short but it was so wonderful to see her. (I totally forgot to break out my camera though).

William had gotten sick the day before we needed to leave. He woke up with a fever and was really crabby.  I thought it was an ear infection but thankfully by Sunday he was feeling better. He still has a cold but seems more himself now.

We had a wonderful time in Texas. We really were blessed to spend so much time with family. William got to meet just about everyone including his great-grandma and great-grandpa! The family made it so easy for us to be there as well - stocking diapers and formula and getting a carseat and pack and play ready for William's stay.

The week went quickly and it will be Christmas time before we see these silly faces again.