Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Year, New Me?!

So the new year is upon us, it is now officially 2014 and I am not a New Year's resolutioner- ok I don't think resolutioner is a word, but you get the just of this. I am usually not one to make so called "resolutions", but this year I do want to make some goals. Why? I don't know. Maybe it is because this is the year I turn the big 3-0! Or maybe it is because our family is now complete, I am done having kids (I think) and I am ready to focus on my marriage, kids, career, health etc.  Maybe it is all of the above. Yes, I think so, all of the above.

So this year I want to focus on the things I can control.  If I have a bad day at work, I can go to the gym and work it out, I can control this, I can push hard or go easy on my run, all up to me.  I also plan to show the weights some love this year. I have always pretty much stuck to cardio and hot yoga. Maybe a few weights here and there, but now I am taking on a full 3 day a week push, pull and legs weight routine. I am only 1 week in and feeling extremely sore and loving it! I want to see what it can do to my body. I am making this weight regimen a Q1 goal and will evaluate from there. As anyone who reads knows, I am not the healthiest of eaters, so we will have to see what it will do without the diet part, but I am feeling extremely weak at the weights, so I am pumped to get into this new routine. Quite the change for me!!

I want to pray and praise. I feel so very blessed for the beautiful life I have been given, I want to praise God for all of his blessings and pray daily. I want to enjoy my family more, nurture my friendships and have a positive attitude. Also, someone recently reminded me, after the kids grow up and go to college, it is back to just me and the husband. I want to nurture my marriage. This is a lot easier said than done, we love each other, but over the past 3 years of IVF, getting pregnant, doctor's appointments, pregnancies, doctor appointments, newborns, doctors appointments (haha) our love has definitely taken a loss in the spark department and this is something that is hard to kick back up. We have gotten into a routine that does not include cuddles, hand holding and kissing and we need to turn it around. Maybe more date nights and trying to focus on all the amazing qualities I value so deeply about my husband. It's a work in progress, but as long as we are working, so is our marriage.

Cooking. I SUCK at meal planning. Terrible. Picking out a week of recipes, making the list, actually remembering to bring the list to the store, then actually getting everything on the list? Not my thing! I did great when I was on maternity leave and could grab the kids and run to the store a couple days a week if needed, but now, I am back to sucking at it. But...I have always wanted to cook more meals at home and now I am more serious about it than ever, so we are trying this awesome meal service called Dream Dinners. Basically we pick our menu out from their choices once a month. They have about 20 choices and you pick 12, so 3 dinners a week are planned out. It is all fresh ingredients, you go to their facility once a month and prepare everything, then you bring it home and follow the cook instructions when ready to cook it. Each meal is cooked in about 20 minutes. We have done a sample week and I enjoyed it. It averages about $15 a meal for a 3 serving meal, but it is healthy, it keeps us at home, cheaper than eating out, fresh, gives us a chance to try new stuff and takes the planning out of 3 of our meals, then we still have time to throw in an easy recipe and a Sunday meal that takes a little more planning. I am pumped about this and hope we love it as much as I think we will.

2014 is a year of small changes. I hope and pray it is a great year (for all of us)!


  1. Love your "resolutions"! I started meal planning this fall and wow, it has made a world of difference. I'm not scrambling to make something after a long day and it has surprisingly saved lots of money on our grocery bills! Happy 2014 :)

    1. Thanks girly! So far we are enjoying our meals we are making and while they are more $, they do help with the planning and much better for us than going out ALL the time! Happy 2014 to you!