Wednesday, May 02, 2012

post- postpartum / may goals

almost 4 weeks 
observations:

1) the human body is incredible.  as are HORMONES.  i continue to be amazed observing the powers of endocrinology at work!   [guess i picked the right career.]

2) i need [NEED, NEED] my hair cut and straightened.

3) i'd like my pregnancy glow back, please.  [it really does do something magical to your skin tone!]

40 weeks -- and ~44 weeks!

don't get me wrong -- i still have plenty of clothes that don't fit, my midsection is not back to its original state, and there is no question that i lost considerable muscle mass during the pregnancy, especially in my upper body.  after all, i can no longer do 'real' pushups, whereas i used to bang out two sets of 12, no problem.  but slowly, i'm starting to have more wardrobe options [more than 1 pair of jeans!  woohoo!].

orla kiely for uniqlo top that sweet lindsay helped me to get!!  

and even more importantly, i feel really good.  normal.  rested, even.  

may goals
i feel well -- and ambitious enough -- to take on some new goals for may!  as i write this, my parents are currently on their last day of visiting, so i've had extra time over the past week that i won't necessarily have after they leave.  


sleeping on her grandfather's lap.  [i promise she's normally on her back!!]

plus, annabel will hit the magical 6-week mark -- a period which healthy sleep habits, happy child describes as the peak of fussiness for most babies [less sleep, more crying].  

therefore, i need to be careful not to put too much pressure on myself.  so, here's a short list of things i'd like to work on and accomplish during this lovely month:

projects - fairly self-explanatory!


health
workouts -->  essentially, my goals are to work on improving my running endurance [using the 'fitness' plan from daniels running formula] and to start working on bringing back some strength.  

specifically, i am going to aim for 3-4 runs/week and at least 2 strength workouts.  hopefully i'll be able to do true pushups again soon enough!


diet/nutrition --> i know that i need to eat really well in order to a) maintain my breast milk supply and b) replete nutrients lost during pregnancy.  lately i have been in a serious dietary RUT -- eating the same things over and over [and they're not even the most fantastically nutrient-packed things].

basically, i'd just like to to diversify my diet this month.  i want to incorporate some different grains, more vegetables, and just more options than just the same old things day in and day out.  to help me do this, i am going to plan ahead when i am grocery/farmer's market shopping to ensure that i make a few meals each week that are a little bit outside my usual box.  and of course, i'll write about these creations here.

i also want to start tracking my water intake to ensure i'm getting enough [for milk supply purposes].   i'm sure there's an app for that :)

life
basically, i just want to NOT get too caught up in plans/goals/projects [even though obviously i do have a few!] and remember to savor every day with this brand new little one.  the feedings, singing to her, cuddling -- these are little things but all so important, and i know i will miss them so much when she gets older -- not to mention during the day when i head back to work in 8 weeks.  she's growing up so fast already.


pretty soon she'll need actual shoes . . .