A goal is a goal

I have 6 more days left in my blog challenge and although I have a blog calendar I don’t have anything prepped for today’s post.  And by today I actually mean yesterday.  And by prepped I mean have my talking points or pictures ready.  I definitely will be going back to my 3 day a week posting scheduling after this challenge is over.  Not sure what I was thinking when I thought I could do 5 days a week of blogging (I remember my teacher saying that even 4 days a week of blogging is not easy).  But it’s a goal I set for myself and I intend to meet it.  So today’s post is more of a #DiaryEntry.

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Photo taken circa 2011 in Paris after my MBA convocation

Yesterday was the mister’s MBA convocation.  (If you need ideas on how to spend solo parenting time with your kid you can read this).  At first Miss S didn’t want to attend because she was going to have water play day at her preschool.  I was a little sad but also relieved because having her miss a celebration of her father’s achievement would be disappointing but keeping a toddler quite and still for 2 hours would not be easy.  However because the forecast for the day was raining she had decided that she didn’t want to go to preschool and would attend the graduation ceremonies.  Luckily, I had 2 sets of grandparents to help! …All went well except when both kids wanted me to hold them LOL.    Thank goodness for my sling and strong arms :)

This morning we I had early wake up calls (thanks to our #HumanAlarmClocks).  Brought the older one to our bed and she played with my hair and back so I could sleep for another 20 minutes.  Managed to get her ready for the day (bathroom, dressed, breakfast and play time) and write in my journal before the baby woke up.  We let the new grad sleep in 1.5 hours more before I made the toddler wake him up :)

This evening we are heading out to my parents house for a belated Father’s Day BBQ.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday.

#OOTD and a solo mom outing

Today I had my FIRST solo mom outing with my girls.  Like any mom I got prepared the night before by packing a few healthy snacks and my toddler’s kid friendly laptop as well as the diaper bag for the baby.  Miss S really helped by staying true to her “big girl” status but of course she eventually got tired of holding it in and had to be in my arms for a little bit.  I was sure to tell her how proud of her I was.

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People were so helpful.  I guess when you see a parent out numbered by their kids, it only make sense to help out! I have finally had my #ItTakesAVillage moment.

And just a tangent thought here: I realized that on Monday I had the icky feeling because I had consumed more than I created (binge watched Netflix, Instastories and way too many Youtube blogs) . It was like a light bulb went off in my head when I realized that the feeling of being drained, empty and depleted was because of a simple concept.  I ended up feeling lifted when I took care of my mind and body before bed.

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I seem to really like just writing what I am thinking with these OOTDs.  I think I’ll keep it that way going forward!

Back at it with @Fitbit

I love the fitbit.  And I think it’s because my job is pretty sedentary – it’s a way to get up and move during the day.

Around the 8th month of pregnancy and although I was still going into the office, I stopped wearing my #fitbit.  It was hard getting around (obviously) and because I was/am in so much competition with myself and getting my steps in, I was really putting myself down when I would end the day at 8000 steps or even 9500 steps but too lazy to walk a few circles around the house to finish it off.

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Now I’ve been wearing my fitbit again consistently for the last 3 months and I’m back in love.

I pretty consistently hit 10K 5/7 days a week.  Some days I get over 10K steps – and those days I want to go to bed early!  Who knew that walking could be that exhausting.

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What’s different this time around?

I am doing more challenges, some with friends (Weekend Warrior or Work Week Hustle) or solo (NYC Marathon etc).  These are just fun ways to be competitive but also get badges and trophies.  That said – it can become to competitive so I am taking a break from them.

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What have I learned?

You cannot push a stroller and expect to have your steps counted if you wear your fitbit on your arm.  If I know I am going to push a stroller or grocery cart, I put my fitbit in my pocked or into my sock to get an accurate count.

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Is there anything I don’t like about the fitbit?

I wish the fitbit was more fashion friendly.  I don’t like that the bracelet is as big as it is (although I wear one that is pretty close to my skin tone).

Admittantly using a fitbit for me is a bit of an obsession but a healthy one I would say. On the good active days I get a workout in, I’ll get my goal steps in, over 30 minutes of activity, have walked 8km and got pretty close to “burning” 2000 calories.  It’s just a gauge and everyone is different but it keeps me accountable it’s easy for me to manage.  Looking forward to the next 3 months of stepping.

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 8)

June 18 2017

I may or may not have become addicted to Netflix documentaries.  The lack of unstructured days is starting to get to me and Netflix takes up too much time.  Or maybe I need a way to decompress during one of the those days that seem longer than they actually are.

I should push myself to workout, foam roll, stretch, meditate or even take a bubble bath – but pressing the space bar a few times to restart the docu I was watching is easier (and quieter).  I am tired, the sink is full of dirty dishes, I barely got a workout in (got my 10K steps and promptly removed my fitbit), ate a little too much popcorn and ice cream #LeftOverPartyFood…. ookkkkaaay <end rant>  After I finish this blog post, I am

  • Foam Rolling
  • Journalling
  • Drinking Water, Brushing my teeth and flossing
  • Going to bed!

I’ve committed to this June Blog Challenge so here I am – gotta show up and do that damn thing.

Here is a look at last weeks list.

  1. Read a chapter
  2. Take some everyday/creative photography
  3. Get my 10K steps in 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days
  4. Tuesday Self Care: Mediate, Bath and Yoga
  5. Put away clean laundry
  6. Order birthday cake
  7. Finalize day of party plan + list of things to bring
  8. Join Miss S’ Preschool bday party
  9. Find family pictures from last 3 years
  10. Send pix to friends

And for this week

  1. Read a chapter
  2. Take some everyday/creative photography
  3. Get my 10K steps in 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days
  4. Tuesday Self Care: Mediate, Bath and Yoga
  5. Put away clean laundry
  6. Born to Read program
  7. Wear something other than leggings everyday
  8. Send pictures to friends
  9. Grocery Run
  10. Try my hardest to get in touch with my Mentor

#OOTD + 10 things done


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I can’t think of anything to write today so I would list the things I got done this week #SmallVictoriesFTW

  1. Saw WonderWoman with Baby Ellie #SoGood #StarsAndStrollers
  2. Finished organizing the loot bags
  3. Put some laundry away
  4. Did my nails a really cool reverse french manicure with a nude white and gold
  5. Planned and executed Miss S’s pre-school birthday party (including thank you cards and treats)
  6. Did multiple pre-school pick ups/drop offs with both kids
  7. Worked out!
  8. Straightened my hair (but put it up in a messy bun every day so far)
  9. Ate pretty healthy all week
  10. Worked out 3 times this week

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