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baby steps for baby bunchers in the new year

Posted Jan 05 2010 7:03am

Typically, I am squarely with Linda in the anti-resolution camp, but this year my hand has been forced.  Between the addition of child #3, a husband who works insane hours and is barely home during the week, starting my own company a year ago, and the start of kindergarten last fall for child #1 (which somehow became an entire-family experience), I have pretty much been spinning out of control for the past year or so.  I have been beating up on my body quite a bit - too much caffeine, too much sugar, too much snacking/grazing instead of meals, too much wine, and not enough sleep and exercise.  No wonder I've been feeling like I'm running on empty! 

I'm sure there are many of you in this same boat because one of the occupational hazards of Baby Bunching is that it is a very physical job to mother very young children.  Make that multiple young children and you're constantly hopping in an effort to feed, water, clothe, bathe, entertain, and monitor little ones who can't do much for themselves. 

While I'm staunchly opposed to setting myself up for failure by making resolutions I know I can't keep, something has got to change when it comes to taking care of myself.  And honestly, I have so much to work on that if I'm actually gonna change it and keep it that way, I've got to do it with baby steps.  So I made a few small goals for myself.  Somehow I'm under the impression that if I write them down for the whole world to see, I might actually STICK to a few of them, so here goes:

  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Scale back on the caffeine by drinking 1-2 cups of regular out of the pot hubby makes and then refilling my cup with decaf.
  • Go back to 1 Diet Coke a day, a habit I successfully adhered to for 15 years and only recently broke for some reason.
  • Sit down and eat lunch and dinner.  It only takes 10 minutes.  Let people cry if I have to.  I deserve to eat, for God's sake.
  • Would like to go back to my rule of 1 treat per day, which I have never successfully adhered to.  But I CAN adhere to 2 treats per day.
  • PLAY with the kids (without multi-tasking, checking my BlackBerry or doing anything else) for an hour after school.
  • Exercise a little each day.  My previous, physically-fit self always believed that it wasn't a workout unless you could commit at least an hour to fit in cardio and strength training and be drenched in sweat at the conclusion.  My new, maternal self has finally realized that something is better than nothing.  20 minutes a day of either is a start. 
  • Wine only on weekends.
  • Bed no later than midnight during the week.

None of these are earth-shattering, but they're all a (baby) step in the right direction.  Do you have just one or two little changes you'd like to make this year?

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