I realized that I needed to actually meditate (not just throw it off my goals list with an excuse). I also realized I needed a bit of guidance. Thank goodness for free apps from the Appstore. I tried this one as recommended by my sister.
There was a little too much talking but I did appreciate the idea the announcer made of feeling my body’s weight and listening to the sounds around you (usually with mediation you try not to focus on those things). When my thoughts wandered, I tried to focus mainly on counting (from 1 to 10) and following my breath.
It actually felt really relaxing and I even got an idea of something to paint #The100DayProject.
Something that helped me get in the mood was actually putting on clothes to mediate in. #GetUpDressUpShowUpNeverGiveUp
The weather finally stayed consistently warm this weekend which was pretty rad because I pretty much lived in my jean jacket!
On Friday, Thursday I watched Minimalism (check the blog later this week for my thoughts on it). And then on Saturday I started watching Food Matters(another documentary I plan on discussing). If it were up to me I’d watch documentaries more often but that would mean the hubs would be falling asleep on the couch more often too :P
I am currently working on my June EdCal and plan on sharing my EdCal process for May as well. Without going into too much detail I loved having a tangible place to see my blog post ideas and found that it allowed me to be on top of my posting schedule (considering that posting more consistently is one of my Mat Leave goals).
Ok onto how our weekend went!We had one of Miss S’s preschool friends 3rd birthday party on Saturday morning.Although birthday parties can take over your weekend – I actually love that the kiddos get to interact and see each other outside of school.The rest of the day we took it easy by fitting in a workout, doing some groceries and hanging out at home.Sunday we braved the rush at IKEA for an early lunch and to get my steps in. The Misters mom and I were in a Weekend Warrior challenge going on and she legit gave me a run for my money. Later in the day we headed over to the in laws to visit as my Father In Law just returned from India and it was my nephews birthday.
I love seeing what other mamma’s find helpful during different stages of our journey so I thought I’d add to the wealth of knowledge out there.
Mustela Maternity Cream: Although I wasn’t too concerned about the stretch marks (really it has to do with more than a cream) I really wanted a cream that smelled nice because I hate the smell of cocoa butter on myself and MORE IMPORTANTLY I really really wanted to avoid the itchy feeling you get :) This cream was perfect. It smelled clean and really helped with the itch factor.
Floss Picks: Hello laziness! This is an easy way to floss your teeth especially on those evenings when all you want to do is eat some fried chicken, ice cream and then pass out on the couch :P Ok I didn’t really eat those things every night but passing out on the couch was my new lifestyle.
Aveeno Makeup Wipes: Hello Laziness again! It did an OK job (considering I normally use a foam face wash, then a cream eye make up remover) but it was good enough that I didn’t feel guilty going to bed with a full face.
Sea Salt Spray: Loved Loved LOVED this as a product and so glad I found it. Sometimes super straight hair is too routine and it doesn’t really balance the bump. So it was super great to have some proportion with more texture and volume in my hair.
Snoogle Pillow: Sometimes you just need some extra support. I mean there were nights that I didn’t want it and nights that it was the first thing I grabbed. The hubz and kiddo also found it pretty comfy :)
Perrier Water: I was only drinking water, milk and tea throughout my pregnancy. And having bubbly water at the end of the day with my dinner or as a mocktail (with some muddled fruit and either basil or mint leaves) was such a nice treat!
Chocker Necklace: Another great style option that I added to my fashion look. I didn’t buy many clothes and felt that I ended up wearing the same 10 pieces near the end. So wearing chockers of different styles was an easy way to be on trend.
Hope this list was helpful…!
Check out these other mama essentials must haves here,here and here.
Since about mid October 2016 I have been wearing my Fitbit (well actually my Husband’s fitbit) everyday. Although I haven’t been working out as a normally do, the Fitbit has provided me with a new challenge in my fitness game.
Essentially a Fitbit is a pedometer (step tracker). You wear it on your wrist (either left of right) in the band provided, but it can fit into a variety of made-for-Fitbit jeweler accessories (necklace pendant, bangle etc).
I have hit at least 10,000 steps 80% of the time in the last month. A few times I’ve crossed 12000 steps but some days I fall short (7000-9000). Last week was particularly disappointing as I came down with a cold and the weather didn’t help.
Along with tracking steps the Fitbit can also monitor:
calories burned (from your activities)
hourly activity (tracking if you take 250+ steps in an hour)
You can now track food intake, water intake and your weight. You can also add other fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking etc.
Does the Fitbit work?
Yes I would think so. I think it more accurately counts steps than the iPhone (which is what I was using before). It’s definitely more compact than a phone and lighter to wear.
Has it helped?
Yes but only if you put in the work! Also knowing I have a goal of 10K steps, I usually make a mental note of where I should be step wise at what time (ex: 9am I should have hit 2K, by lunch time I should be at 7K or slightly over etc).
Why is it different that just going to the gym?
I am most definitely a gym rat but I haven’t gone in almost 3 months. Using the Fitbit, I was shocked to find out how sedentary I was. Meaning a 45 minute gym session at lunch time or after work was not the best way to keep my activity level up throughout the day. The Fitbit has opened my eyes to what it means to be active. The hourly activity was probably the most shocking because I learned that I had A LOT of sitting-at-a-computer-time (and now I HATE that). Because of this, I make a conscious effort to get up every hour.
You can read about the beginning of my Fitbit journey here.