Happy Friday!  January is almost over and it has got me thinking about the resolutions I made 25 days ago.  I kept them simple this year:

  1. Be Present with my kids and husband – more simply put, PUT THE PHONE DOWN!
  2. Stop using Postmates
  3. De-Clutter annoying piles of paper
  4. Start and finish the BBG program (a 12-week workout program)

Right about now is the time where I fall off the resolution wagon and forget/give-up on the commitments I made at the beginning of the year.  But I am so proud of myself, I haven’t given up!

My husband and I are heading to Punta Mita in May to celebrate his 40th birthday and I am determined to be confident and happy in my bathing suit.  I don’t want to hide behind a cover up or make up an excuse as to why I can’t (actually won’t) get in the pool.  This is the reason for #4 and why I am sticking to it.  I downloaded the SWEAT app by Kayla Itsines and officially joined the BBG community.  It is a 12 week program and each week three new 28 minute resistance training workouts are given.  On top of these quick yet hard workouts, she suggests you do about three low-intensity cardio workouts a week.  The app keeps track of everything.  I have actually done all of the workouts and am keeping up with the cardio too.  This upcoming trip is really helping to keep me committed!  I am doing a variety of cardio so I stay interested – hiking the canyon near my house, getting on the elliptical at home, and walking everywhere that is feasible, and playing (chasing after) with my kids, that is a cardio workout in itself!  I will keep you posted on my progress…

One of Matt’s biggest pet peeves is my clutter (his other is when I leave both refrigerators open and walk away to tend to something else but let’s stick to my clutter for now).  I keep a pile on the kitchen counter, a pile on the dining room table, and endless piles on top of my desk.  Each pile has random papers, lists of things I need to do, bills I need to pay, photos I need to file away,  catalog pages with interior design ideas for the house, magazines with articles I want to read, and so much more.  If I can’t see it, I won’t remember it.  Hence the piles!  This year, I am going to try and get rid of ALL of my piles and figure out another plan to stay organized.  I’ll let you know how that goes…

At the end of last year, I got lazy.  Plain and simple.  I took advantage of all the luxuries that Postmates has to offer, most specifically freeing up some of my time.  I was ordering Pinkberry for the kids after school for their snack, rather than stopping, getting three kids in and out of the car, going in and picking it up.  I was ordering dinner for me and Matt rather than prepping and chopping vegetables and cooking us a healthy and delicious meal (I love cooking but honestly I just didn’t feel like prepping and cleaning up).  I was ordering lunches so that I could save time rather than taking Coconut out to eat so we wouldn’t be late for her nap (yes, I am pretty rigid in the schedule department).  January 1, I decided I wasn’t going to use Postmates unless the circumstances were dire.  It has been 4 weeks and I haven’t used the oh so addicting app once.  We now stop at Pinkberry after school and enjoy some quality time together while the kids have their after school snack.  Coconut and I have been either eating a homemade lunch at home or out together.  And most importantly, Matt and I have been eating home cooked healthy meals for dinner.  I am loving experimenting with new recipes and he is loving all of the delicious food.

I am addicted to my phone.  If I have a moment of down time, I am on it scrolling through social media, shopping, emailing, texting, getting caught up on the news, you name it, I am doing it!  I found myself zoning out, allowing myself to be easily distracted, and not being present with the kids.  After I put the kids to bed, I found myself regularly cuddling up in the corner of the couch and tuning out Matt as a way to decompress from the day.  That is why this is #1 of my resolutions.  These amazing moments with my kids aren’t going to last forever.  We are very busy and Matt and I need to make the most of the time we do get to spend after the kids are tucked away in their beds and fast asleep.  It was time for me to put the phone down and BE PRESENT!