Hi friends! Sorry for disapperaring on you last week. I had some unexpected things come up that I had to deal with which left very little time for blogging but hoping to be back to the regular MWF schedule this week. I love reading random thoughts from other bloggers so I felt like this would be a great way to start the week. It’s kind of like a mix between coffee chat and weekend recaps, so I hope you enjoy these!
Thoughts on my Gym Membership
So I cancelled my gym membership this weekend. Or, I should say I put it on hold. It was bugging me that I wasn’t really using it and I almost felt compelled like I had to go to workout classes or plan around my day to get there to get my money’s worth. But truthfully, right now, there’s just not a place in my life for the gym. I run when I can and that’s my favorite part of exercise. I can do that now with Cam in the jogging stroller. I can do some light weights at home sometimes.
The gym day care just hasn’t worked well because Cam cries the whole time (I suspect this will improve as she gets a little older) and I feel guilty, so all of these feelings just weren’t producing a positive gym experience for me. So, I put the membership on hold. I want movement to be a positive thing that we look forward to! And I realize that will sometimes look different as life ebbs and flows, and that’s okay.
Now, I’ll look forward to trying new classes wherever I can when my schedule allows and I actually look forward to them. I already feel more free-er knowing I can choose from a variety of classes. Even if I’m paying a little more per session, there’s just overall less pressure. Can you relate?
Anyway, did my longest run to date this weekend and it felt good!
We were scheduled to go apple picking yesterday. But, after Hurricane Florence, we learned that there would be no more apple picking for the season! So, we picked pumpkins instead! Now, I officially declare it fall. And yes, Cam and I are matching which was only semi-planned 🙂
I know the days are starting to get shorter because now it’s dark for Cam’s bedtime when it used to be light. It’s not as hot and humid as it has been in Charlotte (finally!) Those are starting signs of fall, but c’mon…now that I’ve picked
apples pumpkins, it’s officially fall. I even had my first sip of pumpkin beer!
How do you define fall? Is it the leaves changing, the weather cooling, apple/pumpkin everything?!
Baby Thoughts Around Food
I’ve mentioned this before here and there and in Instagram posts, but I’m really adamant about culminating a positive experience for Cam around food. That means being a positive role model, and neutralizing all foods in front of her. Right now, it doesn’t mean too much, but babies are observant. So, I want her to watch me eating food and see that it is an enjoyable experience.
We’ve started having her sit a the table with us (in her high chair) when we eat so we can be part of the experience. And we’ve just started introducing solids. We are going to be doing baby led weaning, with probably a combination of purees/spoon feeding. I’ll be planning to share some posts on introducing solids once we get the hang of it but since she turns 6 months on Thursday (WHAT!), we are just beginning our journey.
I also enjoyed taking her to the Farmers Market last week! I think she had a great time seeing all of the different foods and colors and textures. This is something I want to do on a regular basis with her. Maybe it will increase her interest in food and where food comes from? Too early to tell, but for now, it’s mostly for fun!
As she gets older, I realize I can’t shun her from all the diet talk. But I want to do my best to promote positive feeding experiences, and showing that there are no “good” foods and “bad” foods. I’m curious if any of you moms have any advice as to how you’ve gone about this, in setting up positive feeding experiences for your children as they grow?
Reframing Calorie Thoughts (& Thoughts on Nutrition Labels)
Many of my clients get stuck on worrying about calories. They read nutrition labels up and down and will not eat more than the serving size states for many foods. I try to explain that while the nutrition label originated as a way of bringing awareness to serving sizes, it doesn’t specifically apply to them. Especially during this phase of their life. A serving size has no idea how hungry YOU are or how much food you need throughout the day. It’s a snapshot in time, while we are fluid humans who’s needs are changing every day. Some days we’re hungrier than others. Other days, we have less of an appetite. Eating by external cues won’t help us tune into our internal cues.
Serving sizes, in my opinion, do have some role and purposes, like those who are in serious training and need to ensure adequate macronutrient intake. Or, older adults who need to prioritize eating enough protein to prevent muscle breakdown. Or, even someone with diabetes who is carb counting and trying to balance carbohydrate intake with insulin injections. In those situations, it is definitely important to be aware of serving sizes and how much something is providing.
Now that I’m writing this, I”m thinking I could do a whole post on it…is that something ya’ll are interested in?
Share some “things” or “thoughts” that you’ve had recently!