Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date {#55}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Easter to all out there who celebrate this holiday, and happy weekend to those who don’t!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that this holiday has really sneaked up on me.  I don’t have a single Easter basket supply yet, and J has informed me that the Easter Bunny hides candy eggs in the backyard for an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning.  Really, buddy?  Weeeeelllll, we’ll see about that!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this weekend we hope to make some good progress on our vegetable garden!  Our garden plans have morphed a bit, so rather than building stone beds that match the current hardscaping, we’ve decided to go with a straight-out vegetable plot in an area right off our patio where we cannot grow grass.  We’ve already ripped out some big ugly shrubs that were there, and Albert will take down one of the trees that makes the space too shady to grow anything. Yes, I know cutting down trees = bad, but our yard is chock full of trees.  When they were smaller it probably wasn’t an issue but they’re all getting much taller now and it’s obvious that one or two need to come down.

My dad has agreed to help Albert build the fence to enclose the vegetable patch, which very well may spill over into the next couple of weekends.  But hopefully they can get a good start on it so that we can actually get our vegetable patch this year!  I’m really excited about all this 🙂

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I’ve been following along with Miranda’s personal energy series over at One Little Minute, and it’s helped me put a name to a few positive changes I’ve made over the last couple of months.  Primarily related to my health and workouts.

I mentioned a while back that I started a new workout program that I really liked.  I felt like I had so much more energy and was much more motivated to get my workouts done.  Since then I’ve realized that my increased energy and motivation is due only in part to the new workout program.  I do love the format of the program I’m using now — it’s so perfect for how I like to do things.  This is an e-book format rather than videos so i can be a little more self-directed and do my workout with a favorite TV show in the background 🙂

But a huge part of why I have so much more energy is because I finally chucked the idea of working out early in the morning.  I’ve always been told that early morning, like 5 am early, is the best time to work out.  You have the time, there are no excuses, you just hop out of bed and get it done, no distractions, you feel great and really energized the rest of the day, etc etc…

Well, I’ve tried it, and I hate it.  I kept at it for months, thinking that I just needed to let my body get used to it, but after all those months of dreading the mornings, and feeling tired, sluggish and completely not energized all day long, I have finally thrown in the towel.  I’m sure early morning workouts are great for a lot of people, maybe even most people, but they are decidedly not for me!  Rather than having it be an energizing, no-excuses time to work out with no distractions, I found it to be an energy-draining time to work out when my bed was a huge distraction along with the very persistent excuse that, “I’m F-ing tired and I need to sleep!”

So instead I’ve gone back to evening workouts, which was my time of choice pre-kids.  My routine these days is get home from work, put on my workout clothes, eat dinner with the fam, clean up, read stories, get the kids to bed, and then head to the basement to get sweaty!  Some days I manage to get out for a run over lunch, which is nice because I have an extra 30 minutes to do other things in the evenings.

It’s been 5 weeks now, and I haven’t missed a workout.  I’m more alert and energized during the day, I’m sleeping great, and best of all, I’m finally starting to see some changes in my body!  These are my 4-week progress photos:

I still have a ways to go to reclaim my body post-babies, but a flat stomach and some level of ab definition no longer seems like unattainable goal!  Who knows, you might even see some swimsuit-making around here this summer 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been slowly but surely working on my end-of-year teacher gifts for this year.  I’ve actually never done teacher gifts before.  Most of the time I think they’re pretty cheesy and likely to never get used.  Seriously, how many cutesy crafts or buckets of candy can one person need?  But, our kids have had some outstanding preschool teachers this year, and I really want to give them something to show how much we’ve appreciated their hard work.

J’s teacher in particular has been amazing at working with him to get him ready for kindergarten next year.  So for her I’m doing something that I have never done for someone, well, someone other than myself!  I’m knitting for her.  Not just a hat, which I have done for family and others, but a shawl.  A big, time-sucking shawl.  I’m using the Onward pattern from Very Shannon in a lovely pale blue.  The pattern is simple and modern and I think it fits her aesthetic really well.  It’s taking forever so I sure hope she likes it!

And speaking of kindergarten — J had his kindergarten round up yesterday!  He had a blast and is so looking forward to starting school next year.  He looks so grown up!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

0 thoughts on “Coffee Date {#55}

  1. Hi Katie! It’s been ages since I’ve commented. Well done on the workouts! Where do you get the energy?! I know exercise is meant to make you feel more energised but right now, trying to train our baby to sleep in his own bed ALL night long, I can’t imagine it haha! J is so adorable & it’s lovely you’re doing something so personal to say thanks.

    1. Glad to hear from you again!!

      Keep in mind that my youngest was almost 17 months old before I really got serious about working out and getting my body back again. When I was still struggling to get him to sleep through the night, I barely had enough energy to make it through my day! Eventually you’ll have energy again!

      It’s crazy how fast they grow–I can hardly believe that he starts kindergarten in a few months!

      1. Thanks for the encouragement – yes I’m sure energy levels will increase once sleeping improves though the start of spring proper in the past few days has already done wonders for my energy levels!
        Friends with children kept warning me how quickly the time would go but until I had my wee one I really didn’t believe it, but it’s true, it does go so fast!

  2. I have been a long time reader of your blog, but I think this might be the first time I’ve commented. I’d just like to say that I really find you inspirational. You are such a busy person, yet you manage to do all the things that I want to do, and more! I just had a baby (well… 5 months ago), so I’m really getting ready to reclaim my body too. Your reclamation looks like it’s going well. Are you still eating Whole 30-ish? I plan on doing my second Whole 30 when I get back from Mexico.

    1. Glad you commented!

      Yes, our diet is generally Whole 30-ish. Some days are better than others. I’ve really been bad these last couple of weeks and I need to get back on the wagon. It’s hard when there’s candy all around! Good luck with your Whole 30! I found my first Whole 30 to be the single most effectively thing for losing the baby weight.

  3. I’m sure he’ll have a blast in Kindergarten! This fall my oldest goes off to middle school, so it feels like that first year of Kindergarten all over again. Glad to hear the workout program is going well! I need to check it out. Hope you had a nice Easter weekend!

    1. Thanks, and same to you!

      I am guessing that every time they start a new stage of school it feels like sending them off to school for the very first time. Middle school seems like such a long way off but it will be here before I know it!

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