New Year’s resolutions always pop up this time of year, especially in our social media feeds. People start to think about what they’ll resolve to do for the coming year and how they’ll make big changes in their lives. However, resolutions can also be stressful. That’s why I’m skipping the resolutions this year. I’m already doing it right – mostly – so I don’t see the need to put the added stress of trying to live up to some resolution that I’ve made.
I’ve come to the realization that with three children, a husband that travels all the time, and my own full-time job, I need to celebrate the everyday wins in my life and remind myself that whatever it is I’m doing, I’m doing it right. As long as we are all happy and healthy, that is really all that matters, right?! I’m encouraging you all to celebrate your everyday wins. For me, it is taking care of both my body and mind with an exercise routine, while I juggle work, play, and family life. It’s a lot to do, but I have a system, and it works for me.
Whether you get in your exercise on a treadmill, chasing the kids, or power grocery shopping, you’re still exercising. I’ve always known the importance of physical activity, and I make sure to make time to exercise every day. It’s good for my body and mind, and it ensures that I’ll be around to enjoy my kids and grandkids for years to come.
My Daily Routine
Mornings – I need my coffee and I always make sure to get up at least a half hour earlier than my children, so I can actually enjoy a hot cup. I’ve always needed to sweeten my coffee and just switched from sugar to Truvia. It’s a sweetener made from the stevia leaf. It has zero calories, and satisfies my voracious sweet tooth. Their cane and brown sugar blends also bake and brown like sugar (with 75% fewer calories per serving that traditional sugar) so when I do bake (hey, I do it sometimes) I know that I am doing it right there too.
Once I’ve had my coffee fill, I start to make my kiddies breakfast, and get them ready and off to school, which is an exercise routine in itself. Next, I try to head to the gym in my building or take a spin/yoga class. This only happens about two to three times a week, but when I do go, I feel incredible, so I try not to miss this time for myself.
Next is work, work, work. I rent office space in SoHo, so I usually camp out there and meet with my team, till it’s time to pick up the kids from school. Checking off things on our to-do list just makes me so happy and I feel so accomplished and ready to take on the next task.
Then it’s off to the races for after school activities. My sitter and I usually split up the day and divide and conquer. And before you know it, it’s dinnertime. I try to cook four to five times a week. I actually love cooking for my family, and consider it a win when I carve out that time to do so each week. Next, it’s homework and bedtime routines. I know this all sounds like a lot but I sort of have it down to a science at this point, and when I have all three kids in bed, I actually pat myself on the back mentally, knowing that I’ve conquered the day!
Rather than making big, sweeping proclamations, join me in ditching New Year’s resolutions. All of us are doing it right in one way or another. Let’s continue on a course of being better and achieving our wellness goals. From my family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!