I think one of the biggest challenges I've had with motherhood is the lack of ability to control things. You can have all the best intentions in the world to tackle a to-do list, but then wake up with a teething baby who needs your constant attention and love. You never know what kind of day you are going to get, or how much sleep you'll be running on. This has been a huge adjustment for me, especially when it involves working from home. I used to be able to procrastinate until last minute, knowing that I would be able to carve out a chunk of time to sit down and focus. This lack of control has left me feeling exhausted at times and I've realized that those are the days I make poor health choices. I've always been pretty healthy eater, but it's the afternoon chips and salsa binge or the mid morning desire for sugar that have become poor ways I attempt to ease my stress. These are habits that I want to kick sooner than later, so for the last week and a half I have been focusing on clean eating with my sister. She is much more disciplined when I am when it comes to food, so when she said that she was going to do it for 8 weeks I jumped on board. It's pretty simple. We're just focusing on eating whole foods and avoiding anything processed. We eat five times a day, and the best part is, we try to send a photo to each other of everything we eat. It sounds funny but it's so much more motivating to me when a photo of a heathy snack shows up on my phone. I've never been one to follow through with any sort of eating plan so the fact that I've even lasted a week and a half is exciting to me. The best part is, that in midst of loosing a lot of control, I've found that how I choose to nourish and energize my body each day is something that I can control. And even though somedays I just really feel like eating 5 muffins in the afternoon when I am sleep deprived, it's so empowering to take control of that craving and feed my body something whole that will fuel it properly.
Another thing I have been trying to do to keep myself sane and clear my mind, is workout a few times a week. I don't know about you but most days I get dressed in workout clothes in hopes that I might actually fit in a workout. These Soul & CO shirts are my new favorites. They are so soft and their fits are feminine, so you feel somewhat pulled together even if you are wearing yoga pants and Teva's ;) I am not lying when I tell you that I wear them all the time!