Flexibility is key

Well, let’s dive right into it, shall we?

Sometimes – particularly when you have a baby! – your best laid plans for “being healthy” go awry. This morning, my 10-month-old daughter, Vera, woke up crying at 5 am, which is annoyingly close to 6 am, when I usually wake her up for the day. So, I nursed her and put her back down to hopefully sleep in.

But that put me in a bind because I wanted to nurse her again so she wouldn’t take three bottles rather than her usual two. But I also wanted to leave at my normal time to go work out.

In this situation, I asked myself:

  • What’s more important? Easy: nursing my kid. Not necessarily because she needed to eat – she wouldn’t have starved if I didn’t nurse her again before work. But if she took three bottles today, I would have been a stress ball all week about my ability to replace those bottles.
  • Will missing this workout derail me? No. I worked out most of the last 4 days and have plans to work out most of the next 4 days. (That’s why I never skip a workout just because I don’t feel like it!)
  • Can I easily shake up my schedule? Yes. I’m lucky to have family watching the baby a few days a week, and this was one of those days.

Healthy living isn’t an all or nothing game. Normal people aren’t 100% healthy or 0% healthy…it’s usually somewhere in between. Plus “healthy” encompasses so much- it’s eating right and exercising, yes…but it’s also stress, sleep (and rest days!), relationships, etc.

And that’s my long-winded way of introducing this space. I am here to explore and share my total health journey and some things I’ve learned (and messed up!) along the way.

Welcome – make yourself at home.

-Stephanie

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