Looking to 2016

SNOWMAGEDDEN!

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Sunday morning we awoke to snow in Portland! And not just a light dusting of white, but actual snow! However, it was not a “blizzard”. The above news article is pretty hilarious because people tend to freak out when it snows here. Which doesn’t happen a lot. But it was kind a nice start to 2016!

We had plans to take maternity photos Sunday morning and what’s funny is that our friend, Christi, who did our engagement pictures, originally wanted to go up to Mount Hood to take the baby bump pictures in the snow. Instead I found a nearby park that had covered areas because we were all sure it would be raining when we planned on doing the photos…So it’s pretty funny that she got her wish in Portland–snow. We were going to cancel the photos and reschedule but…it seemed a shame not to take advantage of snowy Portland for our photos. So we did it. 🙂 I’m happy we were able to do them (and get snow photos!) and I can’t wait to see them.

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Since the new year is off to a pretty good start, I’d like to make some goals for 2016 even if I’m a little wary of doing so. I mean, I have no idea what it’s going to be like suddenly being a family of three. I don’t want to set myself up with unrealistic expectations, or feel like I’ve somehow been lax in my goals. Really, my big goal for 2016 is to give birth to a healthy baby, recover and learn how to be a mom.

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But in the spirit of goal making, feeling nostalgic for past New Year’s Eves and wanting to have something on my radar for 2016 I will make a small list.

Run a 5k.

5k’s are a good distance for me. My body doesn’t seem to rebel against it and I can train for a 5k without injuring myself. In 2015 I ran two 5k races (both while pregnant!) and would LOVE to run another one this year. Obviously that will depend on how my body heals and how the training goes but it’s my goal. I like doing the Portland Parks and Rec 5k series so I will probably pick one of those and I’ll do one at the end of summer or early Fall. That seems to give me an adequate amount of time to train. Wish me luck!

Lose the baby weight.

I’ve talked about this a lot throughout my pregnancy–I dislike the pressure that is put on women to lose the baby weight IMMEDIATELY (and to also not gain very much weight while pregnant). I hate it. I hate the pressure, the expectation; I hate the judgment, the side-eye you often get from other people. I do NOT expect the baby weight to melt off the second I give birth.

During my pregnancy I still counted my calories. I was definitely eating more calories but I did my best to be reasonable about it. I was NOT “eating for two”. I was eating for ME and for the baby, who only needed like 300 extra calories a day. I followed my doctor’s instructions and counted my calories (without beating myself up if I did go over once in awhile) and I tried to make good choices about the food I was eating. Which was a lot easier once I got out of the first trimester. I still worked out (even during the worst of the morning sickness). I listened to my body and did what I could. Sure I modified a lot of things and wasn’t going at the same intensity but I was still very active. Overall I am happy with how I’ve maintained my health while cooking this little bug.

Now that I’m in the last few months, I’m trying to enjoy my changing body. I’m looking forward to the “after” too, because honestly, the biggest adjustment being pregnant for me was my body was no longer my own. I’m looking forward to getting that back–in whatever shape it ends up being in.

All that being said, I do want to lose weight because I am healthier and happier at a lower weight. I lost 110 pounds, kept it off for 7 years and would like to get back somewhat close to what I was at before getting pregnant. I’m not going to be crazy or restrictive about it. I’m simply going to go back to doing what I did before: continue exercising and reduce my calories in a reasonable way.

I know it will take time. I’m willing to do the work. The hardest part will be the mental aspect of it. My body shape being different. The weight coming off slowly. Clothes not fitting quite right. I hope I can adjust ok.

This goal won’t start for awhile. I’ll be following my doctor’s advice, listening to my body and not rushing back into anything until the time is right. My goal is to breastfeed and I know that trying to lose weight while that is happening is not wise, so this goal might be for later in the year. I know *I* won’t be the focus for a long time–but at the same time, I think it’s important for mom and dad to be healthy and take care of themselves, too. So I won’t just be letting things go–taking care of myself is important just like taking care of the baby. I will try and find balance.

Don’t forget about my fur-babies when the real baby gets here!

I really really want to give them all attention and love. I know it may not be the same or the same amount of attention but I’m going to try my best. Bella, Fat Kitty and Maya are family and they will still be family.

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I’m really looking forward to getting back into hiking. Bella loves it. I want our baby to be exposed to nature and grow up loving tromping through the woods. I am inspired by the blogger at Trail Snail, who hiked throughout her pregnancy and has THE most adorable little girl who has been going into the woods with them since birth! Love it! I think getting back to hiking will be a good goal for us as a family and a good way to give Bella attention.

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Focus on Slowing Down.

I saw this article:  Healthy Habit Forming Gifts to Give Yourself that suggested practicing things like awareness, forgiveness, focus, patience (I need this one!) and community. Those are good categories to build resolutions around as well!

One thing I want to focus more on in the new year is making time for myself and SLOWING DOWN. I tend to overbook my life, over-schedule activities and then when I do get downtime I am burned out and just want to sit in front of the TV and watch Netflix for hours, totally checked out. It’s not a good cycle. But I find that I struggle with just sitting and doing nothing, so I tend to fill my time. ALL my time. I can’t remember the last time Michael and I decided to forgo a scheduled activity and do something on the spur of the moment. It’s time to learn how to stop and smell the roses.

Learn my new camera.

I love the new features of my camera! Michael got me the Canon 760D camera for Christmas and I’ve been slowly experimenting with the new features. I love the photos I’m getting but I need a lot of practice. I have two months to figure out my camera before baby gets here and I’ll take a zillion pictures. 😉

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Read 80 books in 2016.

I’m sure all the parents out there reading my goal are laughing at me…but…I have to have a goal, right? I may not get there with a new baby but we’ll see. It feels odd to have such a low goal set for myself after last year’s monster goal! 2015 I read 150 out of 140 books. 2014 I read 139 out of 125. Each year I’ve read roughly 10-20 books more than whatever goal I set for myself. Last year was the biggest goal I had and I met it. Friend me on Goodreads! And send me your favorite book recommendations. 🙂

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What about you? Any goals for the new year?

14 Responses

  1. Sounds like awesome goals! 🙂 And isn’t Ingunn (trail snail) adorable?

    Loved your post on Trillium snowshoe. I’m dying to get out, but currently sorta shelved with a back injury. Talk about stir crazy….
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    1. Yes! I love Ingunn’s post. They are inspiring. I wish we could have done more hiking this Fall/winter.

      Sorry to hear about your back. I hope it heals fast so you can get out there. Something tells me it’s going to be a good snow year!

  2. That’s just the thing, every baby is different so you won’t know what to expect, but I do like your goals – you’ll laugh that my goal is to read TWELVE books this year – which would be an increase of 10 books in the last ten years – ha!

    I used to follow a popular blogger who had a baby and before the baby was born she wrote our her whole schedule for the first month the baby was born – not kidding it was like “wake the baby at 6:00 a.m. – feed the baby at 6:15 a.m., bathe baby at 6:45 a.m.” and I was like “girl, you have no idea what’s in store for you!”
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    1. I’m sure it will take time to figure out everything and figure out what our new “norm” is. I’m trying not to have expectations and just see what happens. That is too funny about the schedule. I am ALL about schedules and routines and controlling things but even *I* know that doesn’t happen with a baby! LOL

  3. Just love your photography! We have been having 82* weather here in Central Florida. It is more like summer!! I think Bella is so cute. Hope every is going well for you.

  4. Bella looks so happy all the time. I want to work on my side business which in my eyes easy money. It is dog sitting. I also need to stop and get control of my love affair with carbs. I have issues with that one!

    1. Thanks Jan! Yes, Bella is a very happy puppy. We got lucky with her. 🙂

      I think dog sitting is a great goal for a side business. I’ve contemplated doing something similar. Maybe some day. I’d much rather spend my time with animals anyways. 🙂 Good luck!

  5. Aaaw yay! Hiking as a family has been so much fun for us. At first, it was the perfect way to get out of the house while Nora napped in the carrier, and now it’s so much fun showing her the outdoors. She knows how to click her tongue when we see squirrels and chipmunks, and she can say things like snow and mushroom (in Norwegian), it’s so cool to see her learning!
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  6. I like your goals for this year! And it won’t be a surprise to you that I look forward to more hiking reports. I always enjoy them a lot.

    I recently bought a Nikon D3200 and all the buttons and possibilities are sometimes overwhelming. Right now I mostly use the automatic setting 🙂 But I signed up for a Nikon workshop on the 17th where they explain the camera to you and afterwards I am going to practice with the camera. The location is at the zoo so that should be fun.

    I wish you a happy and healthy 2016 and look forward to following you this year.
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    1. I really hope the weather cooperates this spring for more hiking! I miss it.

      Nice camera! I totally understand feeling overwhelmed. When I first got my Canon 5 years ago (or so) it was overwhelming teaching myself all the buttons and features but trial and error really helped me learn how to use it out of auto mode. And I took a few photography classes which helped a lot, too. Have fun!

  7. I wouldn’t worry too much about losing the weight – between the breastfeeding and taking care of yourself now, you should be fine. I had a baby in November (he’ll be 2 months on Saturday!) and, like you, spent my pregnancy keeping an eye on what I was eating and working out (although not as hardcore as you are) and was shocked at how fast I lost the weight. I still have 5 pounds or so to go, but I was back in prepreggers jeans (unbuttoned) about 2 weeks after I popped him out. The breastfeeding calorie burn is no joke.

    As far as your book goal, as long as you’re breastfeeding, you’ll have PLENTY of time to read. My Kindle was my best friend. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the comment and reassurance Jenn! It’s nice to hear other experiences from new moms and how it went. I am trying not to focus too much on the “after” right now because in all reality, I won’t be trying to lose weight for another 4-6 months anyways. But it’s still in the back of my mind. I am happy the pregnancy is going well and I’m excited about our baby, but at the same time I’m ready to have my body back!

      Congrats on your little one! 🙂

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