Goodbye 2014!

2014 is drawing to a close, so it’s time to take stock of the previous year, and think about health and fitness goals for the next one. This was an amazing year for me… the year I created a person and thereby became somebody’s mom! Wow!

I started the year feeling fit and healthy. That healthy state was a great way to start my pregnancy. For any woman who hopes to conceive, I suggest getting into the very best shape you can manage! I was ready to bear the weight of pregnancy because I was already doing it in the gym. I’ve seen photos of ripped cross-fit ladies with their pregnant bellies, dead-lifting like they did pre-pregnancy. I salute those ladies, but that’s not me. I was just NOT able to work out intensely while pregnant (especially the bigger I got), so being in decent shape ahead of time was immensely important!

In the month after giving birth, I’ve been very lax about exercise. I’ve also been eating anything and everything that crossed my path — I am sure it’s way more than the extra 500 calories I burn by breastfeeding. I have not beat myself up over this lax attitude since I was recovering from the birth, but now I feel ready to recommit to health for 2015! So here are some of my health goals….

1) Little-to-no alcohol — I’ve avoided alcohol for about a year now, so it should not be hard to meet this goal. Studies are conflicting as to whether it’s OK to drink a little bit while breastfeeding, but I’ve decided I’ll err on the side of caution for the sake of baby, and will thereby avoid the empty calories, inflammation, and depressed immune system that alcohol can cause. So, there will be no champagne toast for me! And that’s ok! I’d rather start the year off with a healthier beverage. One exception may be an occasional kombucha, which has a very small amount of alcohol, but is relatively low-calorie, low sugar, and has (arguably) beneficial probiotics.

2) Down with sugar! — Sugar (a/k/a “The Devil”) has *really* crept into my diet during the holidays. Cookies, candy, pie, hot chocolate, egg nog. Ugh. Just thinking of all the junk I have ingested in a short period of time makes me a bit ill. I am not looking forward to the sugar withdrawals that I will face over the next couple of days and/or weeks, but I am very much looking forward to getting those withdrawals behind me.

3) Back-to-basics — Rather than thinking about what not to eat, I plan to re-focus on all the good, unprocessed foods that I can and should eat. Veggies, fruit, nuts, proteins. I’m planning to head to Whole Foods tomorrow to stock up on the good stuff.

4) Exercise, eventually — I am not going to worry too much about exercise for the next couple of months. One thing at a time, and the first “thing” I want to get back on track is my diet. I’ll get some exercise walking, carrying the baby, and doing household stuff. Gym workouts can wait for another 2 months when I have to return to the office.

5) Breastfeeding — Since I am in the unique position of being able to breastfeed, I intend to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible. This will burn 500 extra calories a day, and is also the best way to feed and bond with this sweet little baby.

So, that’s what I’ve got planned. What are your health and fitness goals for 2015?

Happy New Year!

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