I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.
You all know my life has been as crazy as Miley Cyrus lately; between the new baby addition to my already crazy mom-of-a-toddler life, our move to Georgia, and Zach starting his new job, it’s been insane. And on top of all that, I haven’t felt very good about myself and comfortable in my own skin after having Paislee.
|C.C Lake top c/o// Candies leggings (old)// Brady’s Boutique necklace c/o// Metal Marvels bangles c/o// Sweet & Spark bangles (similar) c/o//Gap flats (outlet)|
I really wanted to start Weight Watchers Simple Start but because I’m nursing, I was unsure of how to go about doing so. So for now, I have been trying to make a few small changes daily in order to feel better about myself. Within the past week, I’ve felt better emotionally and physically and it was super easy to incorporate these changes into my life.
My doctor recommended not working out for at least 6 weeks after baby, but I decided light exercise was absolutely necessary to feel good throughout the week. Whether we were taking walks through the woods or chasing Nolan around the playground, we made sure to get out and be active in some way.
I also took it upon myself to finish the household decorating. We’ve been here since the end of December, and there are still pictures that need hung, totes that need put away, and clothes that need donated. By de-cluttering our space and finishing the house, I felt a lot better about my to-do list and even managed to break a sweat!
Because I’m usually hauling two kids, a giant stroller, and a diaper bag with me wherever I go, I usually try and find the closest parking spot humanly possible. But this week, despite the precious cargo, I parked in the absolute last spot of the parking lot. I know, I don’t deserve a prize or a medal or anything, but any physical activity is a step closer to feeling better about myself.
My biggest accomplishment this week? Incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet. Because I stay home all day, I sometimes get bored and pick through our cabinets to snack myself silly. But this week when I went grocery shopping, I bought a lot more fruits and vegetables than normal and made sure to eat extra servings of fruits and veggies everyday. Sorry Girl Scout cookies…Sam 1: You 0.
And although I don’t feel great about my body right now, I wanted to buy myself something new to wear out and feel good about myself. I’m always buying clothes and things for the kiddos and it was time I treated myself to something nice. More often than not, I’ll hold off from buying something because I want to “lose more weight” or “wait until I’m skinnier” but it’s important for me to feel good about myself now, because this is me now. So I bought myself a dress to wear out with the hubby and these TOMS because they were on sale. And who doesn’t love a sale?!
By making these small changes and choosing to do a few nice things for myself this week, I feel better about my emotional and physical health already. I hate fad diets or commitments I make that set me up for failure; I want to make lifestyle changes and do things that become routine in my everyday life.
What small things do you do daily to make yourself feel good?