What I really want to focus on now is eating better and exercising more. I've been doing okay, but I could do so much more. Since we got back from Miami last week, I've been eating better and fitting in some sort of exercise every day. I feel good, like really good. I've also stopped drinking coffee because I'm convinced all that creamer I put into my coffee (coffee with my creamer kind of girl) has been making me gain weight. I'm sure it's also all those cookiies and sweet treats I bake too...so I'm cutting back on both. It's day five of no coffee and no sweets (except for an occasional oatmeal cookie), and it's much easier than I thought it was going to be.
The reason for the sudden push? Well, we're going on a beach trip in three weeks (not a lot of time, I know) and I haven't liked how I've looked in a bathing suit since having Miss A. Actually, if I'm being completely honest, I've never been comfortable in a bathing suit. Like ever. The bottoms always seem to squeeze my love handles and I don't have much on top to fill out bikinis. So I've embraced the one-piece, which I actually do like wearing and feel better in. I only have one, because they're so damn hard to find. Am I right? One that doesn't look like it's for old ladies or isn't crazy expensive. Why is it so hard to find a one-piece?!
As for exercise, well, I suck at it. If someone isn't telling me to do it or watching me do it, I half-ass it and come up with a million excuses not to. I'm too tired, I didn't sleep well last night, I have to clean the house...yada yada. We come up with so many reasons not to. I really wanted to avoid doing that this year and while I have been exercising more than I usually do, I know I could do better. I love group exercise and the energy you feel from being a part of a class so I have been going regularly, sometimes twice a week, to a class. Miss A and I have also been going on lots of walks, with me occasionally jogging as I push the stroller. I'm not a runner. I never will be. And that's okay! I feel good knowing I've done something. When we get home from our walk I'll do some strength training as she runs around and tries to hop on my stomach while I'm lying down doing ab work. It's certainly not easy exercising with a toddler!
How do you stay motivated? What are your favorite healthy recipes? I'd love to hear!