By Megan Byrd, RD – Getting Back On Track After The Holidays post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure page for details.
Okay, confession time. If you’ve been following my blog then you know I haven’t been writing for awhile. Now that it’s after the holidays, I’m hoping that will change.
Actually, there are a lot of things that have fallen by the wayside for me in the last 3 months:
- Working out
- Keeping up with any social media
- Basically taking care of myself and my life in general (eek!)
The number one reason for all of this is that……..
Yes, so so pregnant. And by the way, no one ever warned me how freaking exhausted you are in your first trimester.
Now that I’m 22 weeks along (and it’s after the holidays), I’m trying to get back into the groove of my life and taking care of myself.
But it’s hard. After 3 months without keeping anything up in my life, it’s been difficult to get back into the rhythm of things.
Here’s how I’m motivating myself to get my life back together:
1. Setting Realistic Goals
Yes that’s right. I’m being honest with myself in what I can do, especially while pregnant.
I’ve decided to start meal planning again, and cooking while I have the energy. But I’m not making the same labor intensive meals I used to make pre-pregnancy. I just don’t have the energy. So I’ve been planning more in the crock pot, and choosing basic sides that are healthy and EASY.
Plus, I was gifted an Insta-Pot this year for Christmas, so if you have any super fast healthy recipes for me, send them my way!
I’ve decided to go to the gym again after the holidays, but I’m taking it super slow. I feel so out of shape because of the pregnancy, but that isn’t stopping me from staying active. I’ve been walking my dog more and doing some cardio dance classes.
But I’m also giving myself permission to take rest days if I need to.
I’m also only going to be posting on The Oregon Dietitian once a month, but more if I can. Working my 9-5 and posting a blog post once a week got to be a little too much, especially in the first trimester. I feel that once a month is realistic for me right now, but I will definitely be posting more when able.
2. Remembering My “Why”
Yes, I have all these goals for myself right now. But that won’t do me any good if I forget why I’m setting them at all.
For me, I’m motivated for my growing family. I want to take care of myself so my baby is taken care of too. I want to walk my dog more because my dog deserves to be active and explore the world. I want to work out because it makes me feel good and it’s good for me and the baby.
Plus, the more vegetables I eat, the more the baby will like vegetables, right? LOL
3. Not Dwelling On My Failures
This is kind of a big one for me. I’ve been feeling SUPER guilty about letting my health fall by the wayside up until now.
It’s been really unproductive.
I actually lost sleep last night thinking about the blog and how I need to be blogging more. And what I should be writing about, and how often.
Instead of stressing out all I night, I set a goal to blog this morning.
And then something amazing happened. I got up this morning and I actually started writing.
Instead of dwelling on my mistakes and feeling guilty that I didn’t do something I know I should have, I’ve just been trying to move forward.
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What goals are you setting for yourself right now after the holidays? What is your “why”?