Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Beginnings..


Although we’re already a month into the New Year, it’s never too late to start a new chapter or even a completely new book of life.  With building our forever home we are about to start a new book and I’m determined (see there’s my word!) to make it the best one yet!  I've had to start new “books” a couple times in my life and although I don’t believe that my current edition is quite ready for an end, there is something invigorating about a fresh start, a blank page.  On January 1st I saw (and I think I even quoted) “today is page 1 of a 365 page book…” all over the place, but I don’t necessarily believe it has to start on January 1st.  It’s taken me a couple weeks to get out of the swing of the Holiday’s, the eating, the relaxing, and the general “holiday slump” we can tend to get into.  I definitely did a very poor job of self-care after my last failed IVF cycle in November and I've finally realized I’m ready to get back on the horse and start fresh.  I want to get a jump start on these changes before our big move and next cycle and there are a few areas that I need improvement and a few areas that I just want to do something different for myself than what I've been doing so here’s my plan…

Revamping my Diet…
This is a challenge for me.  I've always been naturally thin, but my soft stomach definitely shows my love for pizza, pasta, and alcohol.  Although I've been health-conscious for the last few years, I need to take it up a notch.  I've always worked out enough to basically be able to eat what I want and still have some muscle definition, but that’s been out the window for some time now and between the ages of birth and 21 years of age, I had a killer fast metabolism and didn't have to work out to have 6-pack abs, now that I’m older, my body doesn't work that way anymore.  So I decided I really want to take my diet to the next level.  I’m trying hard to avoid preservatives and artificial stuff as much as possible.  I finally got my spiralizer and have been using Skinny Taste and Detoxinista recipes often.  This will be somewhat of a challenge because I've got a husband with a big appetite, but he could definitely use a diet clean-up himself, although he can eat an entire pizza and LOSE weight… SMH…



Revamping my Work-Out Routine
Daily Burn has been awesome.  I've made it a point to do a 30-minute work out immediately when I get home and I've got my heart beating and the sweat dripping so this has already, just in a few days, been a great lifestyle change.  I’m really ready to start running again too, but with this winter weather and slippery conditions plus a knee injury, those two things don’t mix.  Come Spring I’ll be ready for some outdoor running and will hopefully be investing in a treadmill too.

Revamping my Finances…
With building a big new house comes big new house payments.  We will have some adjusting to do, but we've already been socking money away for the last several months to prepare for these changes.  Kicking my online shopping habits is still a work in progress, so are those random Target trips that end up costing $100.  I've also tried cutting back on some of our monthly bills by changing our car insurance deductibles, removing some of our cell phone features, and cutting back some of our grocery bill.  I want to get back into the mindset of “memories over materials” which is hard when you’re living in your parents basement for free! Yikes!


Revamping my Infertility Treatment…
The diet and exercise plan will certainly help improve my fertility.  I’m hoping that with a new doctor and a change in protocol we will be successful this year.  After our 3rd failed cycle Joe and I worked on reconnecting and taking a break to focus on our relationship which was huge for us and what we really needed.  Now we are ready to hit the ground running, and take the bull by the horns on our treatment.  We will stick to what we really want and stand our ground when it comes to our treatment.

Revamping Life in General…
Planting my garden (cannot wait!! I miss gardening so much), changing my hair, donating unwanted clothing, organizing EVERYTHING before we move, refinishing my grandma’s hutch, even though these are small things, they are things that will give me a sense of accomplishment which is the most rewarding feeling.  I wrote this all out and hit Publish so that I can hold myself accountable to these changes that I believe will change me for the better.  

There will be some BIG changes this  year and there will be some small ones too.  I have no doubt that it will be a very rewarding year no matter what happens.  I'm sure there will be some tears and I know there will be lots of laughs and lots of love.  I can't wait for this next book of our lives!

22 comments:

  1. Great post love it. Best of wishes and best of luck for you and hubs always.

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  2. I love this!! I'm working on making similar changes right now after our 3rd IUI didn't work out. It's great to have others working towards the same things to stay motivated! :)

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    1. Absolutely! There are lots of little changes we can make that will boost our fertility and they're all pretty much worth a try! You never know!

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  3. Love this. And I got a veggie spiralizer for Christmas and need to bust that goodness out ASAP!!!! xx

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  4. I love this! It all sounds so exciting!

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  5. So excited for you and your big changes! I think the diet and exercise plays such a big roll in the feelings and motivation we have to take on everything else, good for you - it's never easy but it will most definitely be rewarding!

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    1. I agree, working out makes me feel better all around and so does a proper diet! I am completely obsessed with Detoxinista now! Thank you so much for introducing me to her!

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  6. This just put a smile on my face, you sound like me haha. Hitting refresh, making a few changes and just truly wanting this to be the best year it can possibly be. Love it, inspiring too :) I really want to try some zoodles!

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  7. I can totally appreciate you striving for "memories over materials"... I think that is always a good reminder. I hope I can live like that more too!

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  8. Great changes! We could all learn a little from this post!

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  9. Whew! SO much going on! Wow! You set a good example for all of us! Love your driven nature to improve so much! Love reading about your healthy eating, working out and working on the finances! So awesome girl! I admire you for all you are doing! PS. So fun that you are doing a garden! We love ours :)

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  10. It sounds like you have set some good plans in place. I hope they all go well for you :)

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  11. Love this post girl! I love "memories over materials" saying too. That's a great thing to remember. :)

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  12. yay changes! i have been eating not so well lately, and i definitely have a husband who can eat whatever he wants and only make small changes to lose weight (less cheese or beer, but for me i need to like legit diet). and oh the finances.. i've done SO badly this month it's embarrassing. your 'memories over materials' really hit me today, i needed it!

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  13. Your positive spirit continues to show through! I can't wait to see what this year (and new book) have in store for you!

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  14. Yay for changes! I need to apply some of these to my life too! :) Especially the whole shopping thing. Darn you Target for getting me every time!! Can't wait to see how everything turns out for you girl!

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  15. I just love reading your blogs! You are so right, a new chapter in our lives doesn't necessarily mean we start exactly January 1st. It can be any time of the year :) I'm so excited to see your house finally finished. Everything is looking great in your life and I'm cheering you on :)

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  16. The best part about all of this revamping is it will all intertwine to make the BEST you!! Can't wait to see all the things in store for this new book of your's! :)

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  17. Great post. I do want to stick to my revamped new diet! Love your blog girl :)

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  18. Great post! You rock! All of these revamping things are going to be so worth it and rewarding for you! Even though it's not January 1st, your definitely right that starting fresh can start anytime! Every little change is going to make a huge difference in the long run! No matter what, this year is going to be a great year for you guys and I can't wait to follow along!

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