There’s nothing like motherhood that shakes up your life. Nothing is the same, so I’ve had to readjust everything in my life – and so far I’ve been happy with the outcome! Sometimes starting from scratch is what you need. It’s what I needed, and I didn’t even really realize it until now.
Here’s a run-down of how I’ve had to change due to having a newborn baby, and why I see some long term benefits from the changes :
- Nutrition: My main focus has been to make convenient, tasty meals that satisfy me, and can be eaten with one hand if need be. Check out my smoothie packs, mini meatloaves, chia seed chocolate pudding, marinated kale, and protein pancakes. Making things in advance is my jam now. I’m also on a budget, so I’ve been MUCH better and not letting the veggies at the back of the fridge die. Being a mom has motivated me to continue to eat well in a way that will sustain both me and my daughter. But from time to time, I do eat all the pizza. And when I do eat all the pizza, I don’t feel bad about it! This is a first for me, as I used to try to “correct” what I ate the previous day the next day. Now, I don’t have time for those mind games. I eat it, love it, and move on. I know what’s good. And I know what’s a good treat. Finally, some peace of mind when it comes to eating. I guess I just know better now!
- My gym and workouts: My gym is also my living room. My workouts range from 0 minutes to 30 minutes. I’m flexible. I get done what I get done. Previously I would think that anything less than an hour workout at the gym was a waste. But throughout my pregnancy and my first three months of motherhood, I appreciate that I get some form of movement in, because it makes me feel good. My priority is to feel good – and I think that it shows! I am getting many compliments on how I look (thanks guys!) but I think it’s more my outlook on life and good nutrition that is coming through 🙂 My biceps will return one day, but I don’t see it as a measure of success. It’ll be a cool outcome of finding a neat balance of carrying my baby around, and rocking some bicep curls from time to time.
- My mindset: It’s way more relaxed. I’m thankful for that. As someone who has struggled with stress and anxiety in the past, I’m happy that my hangups about food and body image have melted away. I don’t really know what happened here, but my mindset is finally where I want it to be. In the present. With my family. I have a feeling this relaxed mindset will have me feeling the best I ever felt (as soon as I start to get some routine sleep that is!) It’s kind of exciting!
- I feel the feels: In the past, I was a pro at bottling up my emotions and pushing through a stressful day. Now I feel the feels. If I need to cry, I do. Which is more than I’m used to these days (I mean, right moms?! some days you just gotta let it out). Oddly enough it feels good to cry and tap into the emotions I’m feeling. I know this is a little “woo-woo” to some, but not carrying around emotional baggage from one day to the next makes the days that follow lighter and brighter.
- Supplements: I have changed some of my supplements and feel so good with them! Most notably, is the introduction of collagen into my diet. My hair and nails are getting stronger – and I think it’s having an impact on my workout recovery too. Three cheers for feeling good and having no joint pain! I’ve kept up with B complex and vitamin D as well (and have continued with my pre-natal vitamin, which I may switch back to a regular multi vitamin soon).
I have to say, that even though I knew it was coming, I was shocked at how absolutely EVERYTHING in my life changed after having a baby. I mean, I thought maybe one or two things would stay the same, but for me, everything was flipped upside down ( yes this is a fresh prince reference to those who caught it). Instead of trying to jam in my old life’s habits into my new life, I learned to embrace the benefit of starting from scratch and designing a new life for me and my family. Letting go is tough (and for some people that I talked to, they’ve had to mourn their past life a little bit), but it’s neat to wipe the slate clean and restart. Parenthood (or any other major life event) is the perfect opportunity to do that!
If you’re going through something big, explore starting from scratch!