Hello, Living Like the Kings readers! I’m excited to be able to share with you today. My name is Kelly, and I blog over at No Sugar Sweet Life. Struggling with my weight for my entire adult life, I finally decided life is too short to live perpetually unhappy. I recently lost over 55 pounds and am currently working on the last 25. I made a few simple changes to my lifestyle (less sugar, smaller portions, and more veggies), and have never felt better!
Here’s a pic from my recent “Rewards” Photoshoot:
And here’s a quick before and after so you can see where I’ve come from:
My daughter, lovingly referred to as “Babycakes” in the blogosphere is the main reason I decided to get healthy.
I wanted to be healthy for her. I want to show her what it looks like to have a healthy relationship with food, to use it as fuel for strength (not for comfort or numbing pain). I want her to grow to love her body and KNOW 100% that she is beautiful, loved, and enough. And heck, I want her to be a positive influence in others’ lives as well – friends who will no doubt struggle with these same issues. How awesome would it be for HER to be a catalyst and encourager in others’ lives to live the happy healthy life too?!
I want her “normal” to include veggie juices and humus and quinoa and bell peppers!
I want her to dance and jump and smile with glee.
I want her to feel the amazement of accomplishing a long run.
And if possible, I want her journey to be easier than mine.
A Day in the Life of…
First of all, let me preface this with: when Kat asked me to write this post (a few months ago) life was a lot more “normal”. One day looked a lot like the other. But, in the past 2 months I’ve made the following changes:
- I quit my job (of 10 years) as a full-time accountant to stay home and spend more time with my toddler.
- Realizing we only had to deal with one partial commute (Dear Hubby drives into town/the office only twice a week), we decided to try to sell our house and move TO the mountains instead of just looking AT the mountains.
- I had to organize, clean, and put our house back together after it had been neglected for the past 2 years. (Welcome to parenthood!!)
- Our house went on the market this week and sold in 2 days.
- We are now scrambling to find somewhere new to live our dream home in the mountains.
So I will share what a day might look like every once in a while, though it’s far from a routine yet.
6:30AM: Rise & Shine
Babycakes, now 2, is an early riser. No matter when she goes to bed, she’s up at 6:30. I thought that making the switch to staying at home would allow her (and ME!) to “sleep in” more. Yeeeeah. Not so much!
7AM – 9AM: Breakfast & Playground
The first thing out of her mouth in the morning (almost) is: “I want to go to the park.” Forget food. Forget “I love you, Mommy.” Forget milk. This girl has a single-track mind for the playground. So much so that I have started feeding her breakfast in the stroller on the way to the park. A snack-cup full of pieces of fruit and waffle chunks (I buy health-ier ones from the local market, without dyes or high fructose corn syrup. Seriously, I can’t believe they put yellow dye in kids’ waffles. Irks me to no end.) Sometimes we walk in the neighborhood or jog, but we always end up at the park.
9AM – 11:30AM: Playdates, Errands, Trips
This morning window is one of our favorite times. She’s happy, active, alert…and not yet sleepy for a nap. So I use this time for playdates or a trip to the zoo, or a hike with friends, or splashing around in the pool. Or on occasion, I’ll run some errands with her during this time. She absolutely LOVES Target and there’s a little train that drives around the shopping center nearby, which she adores. Get some stuff done AND have fun?! Yes please!
11:30AM – 1PM: Lunch & Quiet Activity
Babycakes is a really good eater. People are amazed at the things she’ll eat – hummus, kale, risotto, beans, to name a few. And I think it’s because I always offered her a lot of choices. Now, yes… there are days that she refuses to eat anything but toast. But more often than not she’s devouring sweet potatoes, blueberries, fish, etc. I recently employed a new “trick”, feeding her out of cute little Ikea trays. She thinks it’s the most fun thing ever! After lunch we’ll color or play with playdoh, or play at the water table in the backyard: something quieter to wind down before nap time.
1PM – 3PM: Naptime & “Me” Time
This is one of the most coveted times of the day, and one that she’s been fighting BIG TIME lately. Some days she refuses to nap and I’m like, “noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!” After trying everything, sometimes I just plop her back in the stroller and walk around the neighborhood again until she falls asleep. Even though it’s not really “rest” for me, at least I’m not dealing with a fussy over-tired toddler. A little more exercise never hurt any mom :p On days she does nap, I spend time blogging (like right now!!), prepping meals, and photographing them (like this pretty lemon tofu and tomato Sammie!).
3PM – 5PM: Errands & Chores
Now that I am staying home full-time, I use this chunk of time to do things for our family that I normally didn’t have time for or would’ve had to squish into a weekend. We’ll get groceries for the week, or get the oil changed on the car, or we’ll clean together. Babycakes loves getting wipes and helping to clean the floor, or the furniture, or the doggies J
5PM – 6PM: Playground Round 2!!
By this time, she’s chomping at the bit to go outside again. Seriously, I don’t know what I’m going to do once winter hits!!! So we pack up some snacks and head to the playground. This time I let her walk (or run) there, so she gets a little exercise to/fro.
6PM – 7:15PM: Daddy’s Home & Dinner
Daddy & Babycakes play together while I finish up dinner prep. It usually involves a lot of running, spinning, jumping, and general ruckus-ing, and non-stop giggles.
7:15PM – 8:15PM: Bedtime Routine
This is THE most consistent routine in our day. Shower time, jammies, book reading, hug and kiss daddy, 2 songs, and then night-night. She’s a bit scared lately of the dark, so she’s been falling asleep with her lamp on and then I turn it off before I go to bed. She usually falls asleep by 8:30 or so. Then, up and at ‘em at 6:30AM J
8:15PM – 10:15PM: Adult Time
Whew, this stay-at-home mom thing is hard work!!! Once Babycakes is asleep, it’s a lot quieter in the house. Dear Hubby sometimes has to work at night, in which case I’ll blog or catch up on reading blogs. We watch a few tv shows each week – Parenthood is our favorite, followed by New Girl. And lately, we scour realtor.com for new listings until our eyes get buggy!!
So there you have it!
Thanks for stopping by and reading about a day in the life of little ol’ me J