Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year, New Start

This is my first non-baby related post in quite sometime, and it is LONG overdue.

They say 9 months to gain the weight, 9 months to loose it...well Addison is 9 months old, and I still have some lbs to shed. 10 will get me to pre-baby weight, but I'm setting my goal a little higher, as I wasn't in amazing shape to start off with. So my new goal is 20 lbs in 3 months, which will put Addison at 1 year old! I think that's doable...right?

I wish I were, but I am not a very self motivated person...so Russ and I did the very cliche thing at the beginning of the year, and became members of the YMCA. New year, new start. Our Y offers loads of great classes, and has both an indoor and outdoor pool. So far, 1 week in, I feel great! I've started the Couch to 5k program all over, running 3 days a week, and then taking classes (upper body sculpt, butts and guts, and pilates) 3 days a week. Can I just say that so far this has been one of the best decisions we've made? It feels great to have an hour or so all to myself to just think, run, be active, all the while Addison is enjoying some play time with other kids...win win in my opinion. And, when they open the outdoor pool, I fully intend on taking advantage of the free daycare and sitting by the pool for an hour or so all by myself...does that make me a bad mom? ha. Don't worry, after I've gotten my sun, I'll snag the little guy and play with him in the pool too :) Currently I'm feel pretty determined and motivated to stick to our morning routine...I'll let you know how it goes!

Another "New Year, New Start" thing for me is cooking. I truly admire all of you out there that can just throw ingredients together, and make something absolutely amazing. Give me yarn, fabric, or something else crafty...I can hang, but cooking is just not my thing. But I'd like it to kinda be my thing, so with the help of dear Martha, I've been looking up healthier recipes, and trying one out each night this week. So far, every recipe has been a complete success, including my first ever quiche last night! I still have a couple more to try out this week, but am on the hunt for more for next week. If you have a healthy yummy recipe you love...PLEASE send it my way :) It truly is rewarding to put a little hard work in to get something pretty great out of it. Now if I could just learn to love cleaning, I just might be the perfect little housewife...haha.

Of course there are tons and tons of new projects I'd love to tackle this year, including repainting our living room, redecorating, and lots and lots of art projects. But I'm REALLY excited about a little handmade exchange I've become a part of. You may have seen posts like this roaming around facebook (including mine), but basically I made a post and the first 5 people to respond I will send something homemade too...and they will each send me something homemade, as well as the 4 others that responded first. Then they have to repost. I love that I get to make things for some people I know, and others that I don't. And I cannot wait to get some lovely handmades in return :)

I'm so thankful and blessed to be where I'm at right now. This weekend I get to spend it with my two favorite boys in the whole wide world, and I cannot think of anything better then that!

Enjoy your weekend!


You didn't think I'd go without posting a new picture of this little man did you?

4 comments:

Cassimus T. said...

Hi!
Here are two amazing cooking blogs- i steal lots of recipes from them -they're super inspiring !

http://www.dinneralovestory.com

http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/

happy cooking!

chelsey meyer said...

girl i love the y. i have been going to the green hills one but if ryan and i move out there, i'll be switching to that one. i can't wait for summer when i'm 40 pounds heavier and wearing a bathing suit in public.....

Elise said...

What a cutie! Love this... Trav and I are trying to be healthier this year, too. :) Here's a post I really enjoyed this week with some yummy recipes - http://blackeiffel.blogspot.com/2011/01/finally-healthy-recipes-that-actually.html

Elizabeth said...

Jill, just so you know, I didn't get to my pre-baby weight until probably the last couple of months or so. And Maren turned one in October! So don't worry. Completely normal. I don't know who made up 9 months on, 9 months off but it definitely didn't apply to me! You'll get back to your normal weight soon, especially with all the exercising! I didn't do anything significant (at least I don't feel like I did) so keep that in mind as well..haha. Anyway, good luck with your new plans! I need to be inspired to follow suit! Especially with the cooking. Definitely NOT my forte. :P