One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


5 Steps I took towards Re-Prioritizing Today

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As I said yesterday, it’s time to refocus. I’m tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed, so today I took a few steps in the right direction.

Step 1: I Went for a Run

At 6 AM I was lying awake in bed, trying to sleep but failing miserably. I just knew the baby would be up within the hour to eat, and my brain wouldn’t shut down. Then it hit me–I could RUN! Why not? It would be a great way to start the day. All I needed was 20 minutes. If the baby woke up, the Husband could handle it.

So I strapped on my sneaks and headed out. It. was. AWESOME. I ran 2 miles in about 23 minutes. When I got back the baby was just starting to stir. I doubt I’ll be able to do this every day but I can react to the baby’s schedule and find time for myself. Running is something I like to do. It’s something I want to do. I need to find time for it, for me.

Step 2: Reduced my workload

I recently took on some additional blogging responsibilities for babble. I’ve been having fun sharing Little Bean on Baby’s First Year, and the company asked if I’d be willing to write more for them. I said yes, but it was simply too much. This morning I wrote them and said I would have to walk away from the other opportunity.

It felt good to relieve myself of a responsibility. I need to learn to say "no" more.

Step 3: Focus on healthy food and having fun in the kitchen

I’ve been eating mindlessly too much. Trying new foods and having fun in the kitchen helps me refocus on the food front. Today I scanned the pantry and took advantage of my herb garden, making Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil. It was DIVINE! I need to remember this the next time the husband temps me with an eating out request.

Step 4: Sleep IS Important.

Today I took a nap when the baby was napping. It was hard for me to do with an overflowing inbox and a messy kitchen, but I did it. It’s not healthy to live on 4-5 hours of sleep a day. Sleep is just as important as eating right and staying active. I need to respect it more.

Step 5: I Kept a Food Journal

Food journaling has helped me in so many ways. It’s an easy way for me to be more conscious of my choices, as I do have a habit of mindlessness munching. I’m committing to it for at least a week.

Here’s today’s journal.

Food Notes
Uncle Sams with almond milk and blueberries Had real quick after my run
Rainbow fruit kabob FUN snack. Will post video of us making tomorrow
Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil Had fun with lunch! Wanting something fun and filling.
more fruit I had a request from the little guy for more fruit. I had to comply. :)
Burger on a whole wheat with all the fixins except cheese, a side of Spiced Sweet Potato and some cut raw veggies Great dinner on the grill!
Light Yogurt Was a little hungry.
2 mile run + a walk to the library with the kids
water could have been better. Taking my vitamins now before bed.

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There are 16 comments so far.

    Charlie Hills

    June 21, 2011

    Hi Roni! My day was very similar:

    Step 1: I overslept

    If you have waaaay too much to do in a day, what better way to handle it than making the day shorter? And what better way to do this than by not getting up on time?

    Step 2: Reduced My Workload

    I did a really crappy job on my last project and work and as a reward they’re now taking away more work from me. I think I may only have to work an hour on Friday.

    Step 3: Focused on Cheez-Its

    I realized I hadn’t had Cheez-Its for weeks. So right after I rolled out of bed and before hitting my busy job, I stopped by Sam’s Mart and picked up a few Family Size boxes.

    Step 4: Sleep When You’re Dead

    Because I woke up late, I had to stay up extra late to catch up on that seventy-eight hour DVR backlog. I tell you there’s nothing more important that finding out what happened on Lost, October 25, 2006.

    Step 5: The Food Journal

    Thanks to easy data entry tools on The Daily Plate, I was quickly able to enter 27 servings of Cheez-Its. But don’t worry. That’s not all I ate today. There was also vodka.


    June 21, 2011

    Roni, great job! Charlie, thanks for writing for the rest of us! ;)

    Tiffany @ Turbo Fire

    June 21, 2011

    I’m right there with ya. I work from home & now have 3 kids with the oldest being 4 & the youngest 4 months. It used to be that I could work during the day a little & then when kids went to bed at night. Now with the baby I am running on about 4-5 hours of sleep, trying to get in at least 45 minutes of exercise a day & trying to work at least 3 hours a day. Talk about stressed out and I think I need to follow what you did and start making life a lot more fun instead of stressful.


    June 21, 2011

    Charlie cracked me up!
    Roni…way to go for taking the time to figure out what you needed in your life. Again, you show all your readers/friends how real you are!!!!
    Have a great day!!!

    Sounds like a great refocusing plan! It is hard to say no, but we just can’t do it all. I love that you started your day with a run. And I think sleep is so, so important. If I don’t have enough sleep, everything seems 5 times more stressful and is more difficult. Plus I tend to munch just to stay awake when I’m tired.

    I was curious to see what the re-prioritization was all about – thanks for sharing. I like the areas of focus you chose – my liberal interpretation: Exercise – Work – Cooking/Eating – Rest – Accountability.

    I think the work one can be the hardest, especially if you’re a freelancer like you are – at the beginning more work = awesome, and then at some point you have to switch over to the law of diminishing returns and cut away the projects that either don’t bring enough money, provoke too much stress, or aren’t rewarding enough.

    Yay for re-prioritizing :)


    June 21, 2011

    Glad to hear it! I always wonder how you do it all! :) Make sure you take care of yourself! I always say a happy life is a happy wife! ;)


    June 21, 2011

    I really like when you write out your re-prioritization….it makes me feel better when I fall that I’m not alone. That’s a little schadenfreuden, but true. I’ve been keeping a food journal which is telling me that my metabolism isnt wholly responsible for my recent weight gain. Perhaps my eating over 2k calories a day could have something to do with it. Yes, I’m exercising more but I’m using it as an excuse to eat more…crap. That’s right. In a house full of fresh fruits and veg, all I want to eat is crap.
    thank you for keeping me motivated. I’m glad I’m reading this before breakfast so I can make a healthy choice.


    June 21, 2011

    great job on taking care of yourself! :)


    June 21, 2011

    Too funny Charlie!!!! Yay for focussing on you Roni!!! Have a great day with some relaxation built in!


    June 21, 2011

    I agree, Charlie is really funny :) I just found this site and really like it, so I’m going to try to find time to look through some of the archived entries and read them all.


    June 21, 2011

    Boy, Roni, do I understand. I have only one son who is a teenager, but I am a middle-school teacher with an additional 100 teens and tweens, 3 bosses on sight, 7 other department chairs, and several teacher colleagues. By the end of this last school year, I thought I was going to really lose my mind. I am good at my job, but I work a lot of extra hours to be effective and more to be a good leader for my department. Then, there’s the tutoring, extra duty hours for event coverage, grading, oh, and my family!

    I am enjoying this summer and time for myself so much and I am doing wonderful things for my health. I will absolutely change some things when I get back to work because I am loving taking care of myself too much…and it is so necessary.

    Great job on taking care of Roni!


    June 22, 2011

    I love step 3 and 4. In my book Think, Act, Love, Lose Weight just released I educate people on the importance of chickpeas and alkaling recieps. I lost 65lbs changing in 3 months using this method. And I kept a food journal as well. That played a huge role in my success.
    Great post.

    Katherina @ Zephyr Runs

    June 24, 2011

    I’m in awe that you have a food journal, like 5 websites, a newborn AND the rest of the family to attend to! You’re probably our modern version of superwoman!


    July 3, 2011

    I love how you took the time away to analyze your workload and outlines how to change it. Being able to step back and make different choices is so important.

    Love the food journal table, is it available in your resources list? Just curious.


    July 5, 2011

    Patty – It’s not but I can shoot your the HTML for it if you want.