Hey. I was just thinking about this space and wondering what to fill it with today. As I sit here with the twins (big sis is napping), I started thinking about my life since I began blogging, over 4 years ago. So much has changed. Diet and exercise used to be my life. I thought about both all day – what I would eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and how and when would I fit in at least 60 minutes of exercise.
Looking back I realize my priorities were really out of whack, and I’ll be the first to admit I had some issues. I remember one day waking up at the crack of dawn to go trail running with a friend. We ran for about 40 minutes. It was a great way to start the day, but I of course wasn’t satisfied with anything less than hour of exercise. So, I drove straight to the gym and ran for another 20 minutes on the treadmill. So silly. Do I still exercise? Yeah, when I feel like it, but these days, exercise consists of going on a walk with a baby or two. We have a jog stroller for Summer, and maybe once or twice a week I’ll do some sprints while walking with her. Let’s see, I did 12 push-ups on Monday (On my knees. Still sore!), and if I wake up before the twins, I might do a yoga podcast (OK, so that’s happened once in the last month.). I really miss my yoga studio, but my favorite classes simply don’t fit into my life right now. That’s okay though. I’ll get back someday. I enjoy being active, but I no longer equate it to, Did I get in my workout today or must squeeze in a trip to the gym., etc. Now, it’s just about getting outside for a walk or running around the playground, and that’s enough. More importantly, it’s not forced. It’s just life, and it’s good.
Fun on the monkey bars.
Food? Hahahaha – seriously, you guys should see some of my dinners as of late. I try and cook casseroles or a meal that will leave us with leftovers at least once a week, but dinners aren’t much of a priority around here anymore. Our kids go to bed fairly early, but by the time everyone is all tucked in, I usually don’t feel like cooking. Chris will often whip up some kind of veggie beef stir-fry for us (thanks CD!), but some nights I’ve been known to eat cottage cheese straight from the container using tortilla chips as a spoon <– it’s really good with a little salsa thrown in as well. Many days I just graze, but other days I’ll eat a good lunch and dinner. Breakfast involves a lot of coffee. Eating well is still important, but the way I view food has changed. We prepare mostly simple meals using wholesome ingredients, and that’s that. I’m sure I’ll have to put more thought into meal planning as the kids get older and we start sitting down to dinner together, but for now, I’m enjoying keeping things simple. If anything, I’ve realized that meals don’t have to be a big production, and it’s okay if I don’t get in my veggies for the day. Well wait…chips and salsa totally count as veggies, right?!?
Oh gosh, the twins are starting to doze off. I need to get them into bed, and Summer is due to wake up soon. I wasn’t sure what I was even going to write when I started typing this. Thanks for listening to me babble. I’ll leave you with a photo of some yummy almond flour cookies we baked last week. Many thanks to Evan for the recipe!