Month: January 2014

More Energy: Part 1

by Erin

I’m tired.

There are many reasons why this is the case but the two biggest are 1) I have a 9 month old who is just now (more often than not) sleeping (almost) all the way through the night, and 2) in an attempt to grow my business, I have been blessed with more work than I should really be taking on right now, with only about nine good daytime hours in a typical work week to actually work. That means some late nights. So there is some context (whining) for you.

What to do about it?

Get more sleep. But that is just not possible right now.

After some extensive research (about 20 minutes of internet searching), I have compiled a list of strategies that may help boost my energy and don’t include increasing caffeine intake. Rather than take on all items from my list at the same time, which is sure to fail, I will be gradually adding them into my daily routine. First up: food. (Those who know me would not find this surprising.)

So over the next few weeks, I plan to:

1. Eat protein or whole grains within thirty minutes of wake up

2. Fill up my water bottle and drink it throughout the day

3. Take my multivitamins at lunch instead of breakfast

4. Make an effort to have a protein + fiber snack during that afternoon drag from about 2-4 p.m.

5. Drink a glass of milk before bed

Most of this should be pretty easy; a lot of food  I need should already be on hand. It really comes down to being mindful about eating at certain times of the day. I’ll check in later with some whys (because that fulfills another resolution) and observations.

How about you? Can you add one or all of these into your routine? Tell me how it works for you.

Now, I am off to bed.

It’s on, 2014!

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Hi Resolution Revamp Readers!

Erin has kindly invited me to contribute to this blog again this year, and I am happy and honoured to do so.  (Thanks, Erin!)  My first post regarding resolutions, in which I lay them all out for the year ahead, is on my personal blog:  Experiments In Bliss.  You can pop over there and take a gander if you like.  However, I’ll be doing all of my updates on this blog.  I look forward to once again sharing this forum of inspiration and motivation with you, and I can’t wait to hear how you’re changing and shaping your lives in 2014.  Good luck!

xoxo,

Melanie

New Year and New Experiments

01 January 14

Now that it is the end of January…welcome to the new year!

Last year I made some huge goals. Then life slowly crept in and ate up some of the time I would have used to accomplish them. All in all, I feel pretty good about what I achieved last year. And given that my philosophy with “resolutions” is to be forgiving, I view what I did do as a success and what I didn’t do as something to look forward to this year.

So, The New Year. Given the intensity of last year’s “list”, I decided to just use the blog this year as a place to reflect on and keep track of projects and experiments that arise throughout the year. That, of course, didn’t stop early January inquiries from friends, acquaintances, and my hair stylist: “Any resolutions this year?” Why do I feel like I need to explain when I say “no”? Maybe because it doesn’t always make for interesting small talk. Anyway, it got me thinking… As usual, I really did have some goals that I have set for myself. They just didn’t happen to time themselves with the turn of the new year.

So for now, here are some places I am already headed this year:

  • The Great Illness Battle: When the cold weather arrived and the first (and hopefully last) case of bronchitis weaseled its way into our house I pledged war on all viruses and bacteria. I HATE when my kid gets sick. I DREAD the baby getting sick because a) it sucks for him, b) it has the potential to totally ruin some really good sleep schedules that we’ve been working on together, and c) with our first guy, the first runny nose turned into three months of antibiotics and tubes in the ears. And, with two young kids, when one parent is stuck in bed (or SHOULD be in bed, but just can’t quite manage it) no one is happy.
  • Waking Up: HOW IN THE WORLD CAN I GET MORE ENERGY? I AM SO TIRED.
  • Art times 10: Did that whole “I’ll make art for you” post travel around your Facebook feed? Basically, it was a pledge to the first ten respondents that you would make some art for them in the coming year. What? An excuse to get arty? I was sold. But wait, that means I have to follow through.
  • Anti-hypocrite: Basically, I roll my eyes at people blindly following trends because some social media guru told them to, but I’m just as guilty. I want to start looking into WHY “you shouldn’t have aluminum in your deodorant” or “elderberry syrup will help boost immunity”. Can I back up some of my choices with real science? Most of this research will involve health and wellness claims with a healthy dose of eco-friendliness on the side.

With 12 months in the year, I am sure many more projects will present themselves. More posts about all of the above to come.

So, what is your “resolution” plan this year?Interested in writing about it again/for the first time? Let me know.