:: weather ::

In the land of danishes, rye bread, and happy people, babies nap exclusively in strollers…. while their parents dine peacefully inside! In this magical land, they also say:

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

And so, with that in mind, barring total weather disaster, my exercise routine is moving outside for the summer!

Hills, stairs, pushups, planks, burpees, yoga… all outside. Kid loves it (trees!) and so do I.

Sweaty, very sweaty, after my Think Fitness workout. I nearly died.

mxo

P.S. The magical land is Denmark.

 

 

:: eat food ::

Of this I am certain: something happens every time I stop fighting with the way things are […]

I don’t know what to call this turn of events or the freshness that follows it, but I know what it feels like: it feels like relief.

When it comes to diets, I’ve tried them all – seriously. For the last 20 years, I’ve been on an endless quest to “fix” things. I am so over it.

And, if I’m honest, any dietary tweaks would have been just another attempt to lose pounds I don’t need or want to lose. I am done fighting my body. It grew two beautiful boys and continues to sustain one – that’s good enough for me.

So I live by Michael Pollan’s seven simple words:

eat food. mostly plants. not too much. 

Tons and tons of veg.  A bit of meat and seafood. A good cappuccino and a piece of dark chocolate each day. Ice cream cones with my kid because it’s summer and we’re making memories. This, to me, is nourishment. 💕

:: Weekly(ish) Update:: The last few weeks were a bit challenging with sick kiddos, hubby’s business trip, etc. I briefly fell off the exercise wagon and quickly realized it is essential to my wellbeing. Essential. There is nothing quite like a hard workout to shake off the sleep deprivation and instantly lift your spirits. Woot! ☺️

Happy sunny Sunday…

mxo

P.S. The top quote is from Geneen Roth’s Women Food and GodSo good!!

:: rest ::

It’s just after 6am on Saturday, “stay-home-day”. My boys are still asleep – “a tiny one, a big one, and a man-boy” (three-year-olds are the best!). I am the “gwirl”, loving these quiet mornings to myself.

This week in a nutshell:  Hubby got sick. I felt weird. Hubby went on a business trip (or, as I’d like to call it, a vacation). Thank god for grandparents. Hubby came home, still super sick. I got sick. Three-year-old threw tantrums. Little one did what babies do. Now it’s the long weekend… 😳 🙃

I almost threw the towel in on this whole project about 80 times. BUT I didn’t (yay me!). Instead, I decided to focus on what I could: the listen” and “be” pillars, specifically rest and acceptance. This too shall pass… blah, blah, blah.

Yesterday I unscheduled and spent the day catching up on Hockey Wives and Super Soul Sundays with the babe. It was kind of lovely, snotty nose and all.

Bit by bit, inch by inch.

mxo

 

 

:: the plan ::

After many iterations and (too) much thought, here is my 6ish-month, doable-yet-challenging plan:

  1. Eat:
    • Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
    • Identify the foods that work best for me. Eat them.
    • Identify the foods that don’t work for me. Eat less of them.
    • Herbs.
    • 4 litres of water per day.
    • Enjoy every sandwich.
  1. Move:
    • Walks, walks and more walks.
    • HIIT and weight training.
    • Make space for yoga.
    • Whatever my physio tells me to do.
  1. Listen:
    • Meditate.
    • Unplug.
    • Rest.
    • Journal.
  1. Be:
    • Gratitude. Practice it.
    • Pleasure. Delight the senses.
    • Connection. Reach out.
    • Acceptance. One day I’ll miss these days.
    • Perspective. Tell happy stories.
  1. Allow: Be open. Allow this to be a fluid journey that ebbs and flows as it needs to. Allow for imperfection. (By no means is this a rigid daily checklist!). Say yes to life.

More details on each pillar to come…

mxo 💕

P.S. Thank you so very much for the tremendous amount of support! Wow. 🙏

:: project nourish ::

 

Nothing happens unless first a dream…

 

Fact: I have spent 40 of the last 48 months either pregnant or breastfeeding, or both. The other 8 months, I was recovering from lost pregnancies or trying to get pregnant… or both.

I am physically, emotionally, and spiritually spent.

But all of that is behind me now (except the breastfeeding part)! Two beautiful boys chose me to be their momma – I know I am blessed. Now it’s time to replenish my reserves and fill up my cup so that I can be the best momma possible to these two souls.

Enter project nourish: 6 months of nourishment to set the foundation of a lifetime of self-care and love. Starting today.

5 pillars:

  • eat
  • move
  • listen
  • be
  • allow

… all to be explained in time. And a weekly status update right here.

This is bold and a bit scary, but it’s also necessary. It’s time to commit. Join me on this journey (and keep me accountable!). 🙂

mxo 💕

:: sweetly laden ::

P.S. This will also force me to update this blog – painfully out of date. 🙃