True Life: If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t get done. And sometimes even if I write it down, it doesn’t get done (can’t win ’em all). And sometimes I write down things I’ve already done, just for the satisfaction of crossing something off. Whatever. Here’s a free printable.
I use a weekly planner (the Get to Work Book — love it) to keep track of appointments, writing and art projects and general “to dos,” and Co-Schedule for an editorial calendar, but I prefer something simple when it comes to my weekly plan. After a little design trial and error, I came up with this pretty number, and thought I’d share it. Feel free to download and print and plan all kinds of things.
I stick with a Monday start partly to pretend I’m a sophisticated non-American (just kidding… kind of) but mostly because I like carving out time on Sundays to plan for the week ahead. If you’d prefer a file with a Sunday start, reach out or leave a comment below and I’m sure I can help you out.
You might use this weekly planning printable for
A gratitude diary
1-2 must dos (or want to dos) per day
I laminated mine using a 3M self-sealing pouch (you can find them on Amazon in packages of 10 for less than $10, or in the office supply aisle at Target) and use a fine tip dry erase marker, rather than printing a new page every week (I feel like I am forever living dangerously… in the low ink zone).
Time to go write something down. And maybe, eventually do that something.
What is it about spring that makes me want to be a runner again?
That year I ran two marathons (the Walt Disney World Marathon and the NYC marathon <– click though for recaps, if you’d like to read about very mediocre running, but above average emotional expression) seems like ancient history, but give me a new pair of kicks and a 60 degree day and you’d think I was heading for the starting line (more likely: I’m heading to Target because I forgot to buy hand soap… but remembered to buy chocolate chips…).
Regardless, I’m looking forward to several spring races (the Marine Corps Honor Run in Southie and the Corrib 5k in West Roxbury for starts) and sort of feel my running mojo coming back. Whatever that means. If you’re getting back outside to train, I’ve got a great giveaway below that might make your (running) life a little better.
Last week’s workouts
Monday: Mama Beasts — I’m always a little giddy when the deck of cards comes out (and I’m impressed at how many ways Antoinette puts those cards to use!).
Tuesday: Mama Beasts spring challenge workout (at home) and a long walk with the little people. Grace went on a two week nap strike (and attempted to eat a crayon while I changed Nick’s diaper), so escaping getting out of the house felt very necessary. It’s amazing what a little fresh air (and ocean views) can do.
Thursday: Push-up playdate with my sister-in-law, Colleen– we earned a point for our MB team for every push-up we completed in an hour. I’m still working on being able to do regular push-ups on my toes (hello, two children… and a temporary goodbye to core/back strength), but got 163 good form push-ups done on my knees. I rounded out the day with a gentle flow from OneOEight yoga.
Friday: Mama Beasts (followed by an adorable egg hunt for the little ones!)
Saturday: Mileage day for the MB challenge — a morning walk and an afternoon trip to the track for a total of 5 miles.
I recently received a dual pocket run belt from SLS3 and have used it on several outdoor runs and walks, and loaned it to Nick for a rowing workout. I’ve used other running belts in the past, and this one is far more comfortable (it doesn’t bounce around and has a wide, fully adjustable belt) and it can hold an iPhone 6+ (and comparably giant phones), keys, IDs, gels, snacks, and heavens knows what else. I look forward to continuing to use it for spring runs and races and am thrilled to host a giveaway today.
The giveaway is open for a week, and a random winner will be chosen and contacted by SLS3. Please enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Thursday: Make-up class with the Mama Beasts — 12 Days of Christmas! I’m really glad I made it to this class, as I missed this workout when Antoinette ran it in December, just after Nick was born. I had to scale back some of the running (indoor laps instead of outdoor) half-way through… I pretended I needed to be close to the babes, but in reality, my lungs and legs were burning). Merry Christmas, body!
Friday: Class with the Mama Beasts, BeFit Toned Abs and Arms — class three days in a row was no joke, but I really liked the abs/arms workout from earlier in the week, so I snuck that in, too.
Sunday: Yoga (Mellow Me Out… again, and a yin yoga class)
In addition to making it to class four times both weeks (there was an extra class held both weeks), I managed to sneak in a few short at-home workouts, too. I’m really enjoying BeFit’s 30 Day Workout Calendar, which corresponds to this YouTube playlist. The program is free to access — I definitely recommend checking it out.
Each workout is short, but intense (check out this intro video to learn more) — perfect for fitting in between appointments, during nap time, or whenever your schedule allows. You could work through the 30 day calendar as it is laid out, or pick and choose, as I have been doing. This program is both really well organized and manageable (especially when you consider how little time you need to carve out) — and the variety of workouts has kept me feeling engaged and motivated.
As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was given the chance to review BeFit’s 30 Day Fat Burn program and received a generous gift of BeFit nutritional products from the company.
Because I’m breastfeeding Nick, I am not taking any supplements (just a prenatal vitamin and my good ol’ Floridix for anemia), but I’ve heard great things about the products we received from my fellow ambassadors and look forward to trying them in the future. I’m especially excited to try the pre-workout formula, as well as a few of the whey protein recipes that BeFit has shared on Instagram. If you’d like to win your own gift set from BeFit, please see details below.
I think I skipped a week. I think no one cares. Let’s move on.
Last week was the final week of the Mama Beasts’ winter challenge and I’m sort of disappointed that it’s over. I think I’m going to start giving myself imaginary points for workouts, non-Cheeze-Its dinners and routine “me” time. Points are weirdly motivating.
They also distract (sort of) from the actual work — the past few weeks flew by and I’m left with some pretty solid good habits. Like eating breakfast. And staying tuned in during workouts at home. And being a bit more mindful of my tendency to snack when stressed.
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Monday: The Name Game – Class was canceled due to snow, so we were given a “name game” workout to complete at home. Each letter of the alphabet had a corresponding number and exercise (for example, E = 50 squats). There were extra points awarded for completing your first, middle and last name… I got through E-L-I and considered whether or not I could legally change my name to Eli Smith… or something even a letter or two shorter than my ridiculously long name. When it was all said and done (I broke it up over the course of the day and it took me until almost 10 PM to finish), I completed:
25 power burpees
90 second wall sit
50 biceps curls
100 high knees
90 second high plank
90 second low plank
300 mountain climbers
50 plank jacks
50 triceps extensions
900 swear words
You could easily come up with your own “name game” workout and use random (or not so random) words instead of names. I’m definitely holding onto this one for future use.
Tuesday: Plyo pyramid (another at-home workout)
Wednesday: Class with Mama Beasts
Thursday: Yoga (Happy Hips + Hearts flow from OneOEight.tv), “Booty Burner Pyramid” from a past MB challenge
Friday: Class with Mama Beasts; Class (and the challenge) ended with a Beep Test (it has a bunch of other names — more details here thanks to the Internet). This was my first time running a beep test and admittedly, had no idea what was going on… so I am looking forward to redeeming myself at the next opportunity. Also, I downloaded a beep test app and fully intend to train under the cover of darkness in our driveway. Or whatever.
Saturday + Sunday: Rest (I think I was still sore from the name game).
Last week, I treated myself to an in-the-house only yoga mat (my other mat has spent some time outdoors, on the beach, and being run over by toddlers wielding doll strollers). It only took one unrolling for Grace to claim it as her own. She told me she’d share it with me and then demanded I do squats and “exercise with my feet.” Lord, help me.
I do appreciate that I am able to workout with both children at my side, as challenging as that can be at times. I want them to see exercise as an opportunity to care for themselves. I want them to feel strong, capable and proud of themselves and their bodies.
And hopefully, down the road, they’ll have a much better understanding of how those bodies work. For instance: They will know that before they were born, our belly buttons were not connected to one another by an umbilical cord (a fact I came to grasp just weeks before Grace was born… so that was special).
Anatomy aside, here are last week’s workouts. (I’m including FitBit stats this week for the heck of it).
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Monday: Class with Mama Beasts // FitBit: 16,065 steps, 6.71 miles
Tuesday: At home workout (for our Mama Beasts challenge) // FitBit: 12,121 steps, 5.06 miles
Wednesday: Class with Mama Beasts // FitBit: 11,517 steps, 4.81 miles
Thursday: Yoga and a little time playing around with my Stretch Deck (a great, portable reference for people who know they need to stretch, but are too lazy/tired to put much thought into a routine). I signed up for a free trial with OneOEight and have been loving their online yoga classes and guided meditations. You can select classes based on length, vibe, etc. // FitBit: 10,048 steps, 4.2 miles
Friday: More yoga. // FitBit: 10,056 steps, 4.2 miles
Saturday: At home tabata workout (for our Mama Beasts challenge) // FitBit: 7,073 steps, 2.97 miles
In an effort to make good on my January goals (uh…three weeks into the month…), I’m sharing last week’s workouts. This was my first full week back in the game, so to speak, having been cleared to exercise by my midwife the week prior.
Also, to be clear, this “game” I speak of is basically dressing in lululemon, getting the babes packed up, searching for my phone/keys/sunglasses/wallets/extra change of clothes/keys again/extra package of wipes/and snacks (always snacks), attempting to leave the house, sometimes succeeding, always arriving with spit up in my hair, and occasionally participating in a workout.
I bought an 8 class pass with Mama Beasts and started back last Monday. The timing could not be better, as the group’s winter team challenge kicked off mid-month. We’ve been earning points for workouts, logging our meals, staying hydrated, making time for ourselves and occasional special challenges… like squat day.
I’ve also been making use of my home gym in a bin and “do anywhere” workouts found on YouTube and Pinterest.
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Monday: First day back at class with the Mama Beasts — this is also the day I realized how much coordination it takes to leave the house at a specific time with both Grace and Nick.
Tuesday: At home ladder workout… and 315 squats… because I mis-read the instructions for the aforementioned “squat day” and overshot by 100+. Needless to say, I could barely walk after this. All in the name of points.
Wednesday: Class with the Mama Beasts
Thursday: Random yoga flow (thank you, Pinterest*) and gymnastics class with Grace. I fully participated in the warm-up and stretching… like, to the extent that it may have made the coach and other parents uncomfortable. Regardless, it felt good.
Saturday + Sunday: Plank weekend. I totaled 17 minutes (in sum, not in a row) of planks of all sorts (high, low, side, modified) between the two days. And um… that’s all I did workout-wise. I can only hope my form was as good as Grace’s.
It would appear I haven’t cleaned under the sofa recently. Or ever.
*Random aside regarding Pinterest: Am I the only one who finds Pinterest completely annoying lately? I have to scroll through 800 sponsored or “picked for you” pins before I find anything that’s not junk. Oh, and one of those “picked for you” pins the other day was “How to get a thigh gap.” (It was recommend for my healthy living board….)
On one hand I was like, that’s not okay. And on the other hand, I was like, Bahahahaha. That ship has sailed. And I’m waving it off in my maternity leggings, which I refuse to give up. Like, ever.
Also On Tap for Today:
Taking the Jeopardy! online test. I have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing, but a girl can dream.
Painting (I made an appointment with myself and my art cart)
Sort of meal-planning and definitely food shopping
I missed President Obama’s final State of the Union last night. I was wide awake, and just feet from the television, but was preoccupied by one event (that sounds nicer than crisis) after the next, most of which involved diapers.
On one hand, I’m disappointed because I really wanted to watch it. I wanted to see Dr. Hamo seated with the First Lady. I wanted to pretend I was high-fiving Vice President Biden every time President Obama said something great. I wanted to watch it so I had something normal to talk about today, in case I was lucky enough to encounter another human over the age of two.
This photo sums up my life at the moment rather perfectly.
But I didn’t watch the State of the Union, because I was taking stock of our own union and serving as Commander and Chief of “No, I don’t think we’ll see Santa at exercise class.” (Side note: I will be *fingers crossed* cleared to work out after my postpartum checkup on Thursday. In the meantime, I need to come up with something cooler and less geriatric to call it than “exercise class.”)
I was folding enough onesies to clothe a small nation (small, because its citizens would need to fit into size 3-6 months), and cleaning up enough cereal (like… how on Earth did it travel from the kitchen and end up in the sofa) to feed an army.
If our condo were a country, it would be called something like The Land of Unfinished Projects. Or, Island of Perpetual Laundry. Or, What Is That Smell?
I would be in charge, not because I’m especially capable, but because I am always awake… And I was the only one who voted when I held an election at 3:45 this morning (while writing this post on the Notes app of my iPhone…). Being awake seems like a good qualification for being in charge. Or a decent start, at least.
And in my State of the Union address, I’d say this: Things are kind of wild right now, but they’re bound to level out. In the meantime, we’re doing okay. Some days are more okay than others. I can only hope my children and husband go to bed every night knowing just how loved they are.
And I’m increasingly hopeful about tomorrow and a month from now and a year from now. But I don’t want to look too far ahead, because I cry when Grace and Nick outgrow their tiny pajamas… so I can only imagine how I’ll feel when they can read or drive or go to college or whatever. That’s just too much right now. Then again, 18 years from now, I hope to be averaging more than 3 hours of sleep a night.
It may take us 2 hours to leave the condo for a 15 minute trip to the library, and I sometimes forget to shower, and I’m not sure when this bone-deep exhaustion will pass… but I feel lucky and grateful and happy… all good (emotional) states to occupy.
(For the record: Now that we’re nearing a month of newborn-related sleep deprivation, everything I say and do is the funniest thing ever… to me, at least. It would seem my siblings feel differently. Either that or their phones are broken in such a way that they cannot reply to my hilarious bitmoji texts.)
January goals and a printable calendar
Materials used: Micron pen (black 01), Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens, Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolors, random craft paint (acrylic), good old Microsoft Word (for the calendar table)
My questionable comedienne status aside, it is New Year’s Day and I’ve got January goals and a printable calendar to share with you. Rather than setting year-long resolutions, I’m sticking to monthly goals and intentions. Mostly because I can barely imagine what tomorrow will bring, let alone how many days I can deprive myself of Diet Coke come November.
The calendar is a part of a larger goal I have to both make and share more art. Please feel free to share, download and print as you like. Consider it a gift to offset the un-funny Adele joke above. And unless I completely space out, I’ll draw and paint a new calendar for you on the first of each month.
Join a new parish (this is sort of major, and in the works — we love our current parish, but will be moving to one in our own neighborhood this year)
Participate in at least one of my fitness group’s social activities (the group has monthly birthday parties for kids, a mom’s night out, recipe swaps, etc.) rather than ducking out right after the workout, as I’ve done in the past #awkwardfaceemoji
Share at least one friend’s blog post or project per week
Here’s to a productive, happy, healthy, sort-of-hilarious month.