I’m not sure if it’s hormones (probably), the start of a new school year (possibly), recovering from all that has happened recently (yup) and just knowing I still have so much to unpack after a summer of travel—but I’m in a funk.
I don’t like to be in a funk so I’m especially annoyed. Everything is off and especially my weight. We’re all different in terms of what we tolerate, but for me there is a specific threshold of fluctuation I will allow.
Spring conference travel, which yielded a few extra pounds, followed by first-trimester weight gain, then the absence of a baby to eat up the first-trimester weight gain, along with a few summer travel pounds? I could not be more uncomfortable—well, without being about 8 months pregnant, which I am not.
So yes, I’m annoyed.
And then, tack on some unstable hormones. It’s only been a little over 6 weeks and I thought by now I’d feel back to normal, but I don’t.
Because I’m a firm believer of the saying—fake it until you make it—I’m making some changes!
After taking an almost 5-year break, I’ve signed up for a half-marathon. The last race I did was 6-months postpartum. It was a very slow race for me, but I did it just 6-months after my daughter was born.
I’m ready to get back to it, and I miss the motivation of early morning 10 mile runs. Seriously, what else am I going to do with my time?
Kidding. I have no time.
But, I did it. I’ve signed up for my first race in almost five years. I like to think I’m excited, but really I just feel blah. I’m writing this off to a hormonal imbalance and hoping it starts to subside soon.
But wait! There’s more . . .
Parenting is a struggle, and though I clearly vent/complain/share stories on the struggles there are some areas where I actually do not struggle (believe it or not!) and that is with feeding my child.
I’m not sure if it’s luck, if I did something right while pregnant with my first, or if it’s genetic—but my daughter eats everything. Seriously, everything.
There are a few tricks that help of course, such as limiting her sugar, never ordering her chicken nuggets or sandwiches at restaurants, and at 4.5 years old has she finally learned about cereal.
We don’t all share the same struggles. While I realize this is something I do not struggle with, many of you do and I hear you! So with that I’d like to introduce you to Mommy Has Food Struggles.
I’ll be sharing some of my go-to family favorite and kid-friendly recipes on this very blog (coming soon!), but in the meantime I am happy to introduce you to a spin-off Instagram account dedicated solely to tackling the food struggles so many parents experience each day.
Whether your child has an allergy, only eats cookies, or despises anything with a vegetable, I’m sharing some of the best and easiest recipes to create.
To get over my personal slump , I’m also sharing some of my favorite healthy recipes (gluten-free, paleo, vegan, etc and etc) that all of you will enjoy as well. Call it accountability. Call it boredom. Or simply call it a cry for help for us all—it’s time to focus on my health again and by doing so I am here to help all of you, in hopes that helping you will help me and then we’ll all be happy.
As much as I’ve loved taking the summer off to recover—and by recover I mean enjoy way too many summer-themed cocktails with my girlfriends—it’s time to get my bottom in gear, lose the extra weight and get back to my happy and healthy self. All the while, I’m simultaneously sharing the very same recipes that I know your kids will learn to love.