The 52 Project

The 52 Project || Year of Me: 8/52

So it’s week 8 of the year of me, and since 8 is my favorite number I decided to post 2 pictures and…I’m gonna list 8 things. These will be things that I want to improve on as well as me switching up my goals some.

1: my private accountabrittany instagram is now public. I need to be true to myself and not worry about others. I need my journey to be public. I do not like having a private Instagram. This wellness instagram will still stay separate from my main instagram that’s associated with this blog.

2: i’m going to try my hardest to run a 5k in April. Running is something I haven’t done in years. I have plenty of time to train, and I know that I can do it if I believe in myself. I do believe in myself. I GOT THIS.

3: eating right is important for my body and I need to listen to her more. She’s telling me the foods that make her feel bad. She’s telling me that I need to eat in moderation. She’s telling me that I need to stop binge eating at home. She’s telling me to love her so that she can help me live a healthier life. So I’m gonna listen to her and I’m gonna get my shit together.

4: weight loss is not important to me, but my knees and my back need it. I’ve had bad knees for as long as I can remember. Even back when I was small, I dealt with chronic knee pain. Like 4th grade I remember crying in the nurses office about it. The pain has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older and gaining weight did not help that one bit. By losing weight, I’ll be able to make my knee pain lessen. I’ll also be able to better tolerate my chronic back pain. These are things that I do not take prescription strength medication for because I am terrified of becoming dependent on it. I rarely even take over the counter medications for it. So yeah, weight loss to help deal with my pain. And I’m gonna track it. And I’m gonna unapologetically celebrate it.

5: i bought multivitamins. I’m gonna start taking one everyday. I didn’t even take a vitamin while pregnant because they made me barf more so yeah this is new for me.

6: i’m going to go to the gym more. I try to work out on my days off, but that’s a pretty inconsistent schedule. I’m off 2 days one week and 5 days the next week. Can you see why that’s a problem for me? That plus how sick I’ve been lately, I’ve been in the gym nowhere near as much as I realistically want to. I am going to start going to the gym after work some mornings. I’m going to try to go 3 or 4 days every week. Once I figure out a gym schedule that works for me, I’ll share it.

7: i’m going to meditate twice a day. Meditating every day before I go to sleep has been stellar. Adding in an extra session when I feel stressed has helped. I really need to meditate when I wake up every day too though. I think that I will have even fewer rough nights at work that way. The nature of my job is trying, and I’m sure I’ll benefit way more by meditating daily before work versus starting a session while I’m already a puddle of tears.

8: my skin will be moisturized. I will wash my face every single day. I’m going to pay attention to my legs and feet when moisturizing more often. I treat my skin so bad. I have been making sure to moisturize more often but I typically forget to moisturize my legs and feet because I keep them covered. I forget to moisturize my face because it already feels moisturized (though I know it’s just my face being oily). When my hands feel dry, I’m gonna put lotion on them. When my lips are chapped I’m gonna put on chapstick. I’m gonna drink more water.

My goals last week were to buy a multivitamin (check!) and to close my rings 4 times. I closed my rings 3.5 times!! The watch doesn’t always register my stands and when I am not wearing my watch, it doesn’t count my stands so even though I crushed my stand goal all week, it doesn’t count for my watch if I’m not wearing it. Goals for next week: take the damn vitamin every day and drink more water.

See y’all next week!

The 52 Project

The 52 Project || Year of Me: 7/52

So this wellness journey has been going swimmingly! I made an Instagram account to keep myself accountable and also so that I’ll be able to have some people cheer me on! The support of my friends means SO MUCH to me. I love that so many people care about my wellness just as much as I do. I did deal with the loss of a dear friend because they inserted themself in my journey and tried to make it about them. When I told them that they were acting out of line, they went F U L L F R A G I L E. They didn’t understand how they were centering themself in MY journey. They claimed that I was doing it because I didn’t like how THEIR body looked. They claimed that since I might lose weight, that I hate my body. All of that untrue so After trying to break it down for them while sick when I should have been resting, I decided to just throw in the towel. My journey is about me listening to my body and taking care of it the way that I need. Part of that is cutting people who don’t support me out of my life. Wellness doesn’t look the same for everyone. I LOVE that about my journey. There will never be another with an identical journey to mine.

I had no goals last week which was great because I ended up with the stomach bug that’s been going around. This week my goals are to find and buy a multivitamin that matches what I need and to close all three rings on my Apple Watch 4 times.

The 52 Project

The 52 Project || Year of Me: 6/52

I didn’t go to the Y three days last week but I did workout three days so ✅. I didn’t even attempt a meal plan ❌ because #lazy. I don’t feel like planning our dinners in advanced to help me out on my days off. No goals this week. This is my long work week so I’ll be working out just twice.

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The 52 Project || Year of Me: 4/52

Special thanks to my sister for accurately capturing my thoughts on David’s Bridal

Y’all. After my first experience with them, I have decided that David’s Bridal is the worst. The woooooorrrrst. Specifically the store I visited in Hampton, VA. I went into the store expecting them to at least have a dress in or close to my size to try on. They have the style in store so they should at least have something in a wide variety of sizes since basically everything needs to be ordered anyway right??? WRONG. My sister told them the style because it was in the appointment information and I told them I want to try on the size 24 in the one shoulder style. Well they didn’t have that, but they had a 20 in the halter style. Whatever I’ll try it on though that size is too small. As we guessed, it didn’t fit and it wasn’t even the right style so I was annoyed. So after about an hour of my kids running around in their dresses that they were trying on as well, the attendant came back with a dress in the correct style but in a size 16!!!!!!! YALL. A 16. I haven’t seen 16 since well before I got married. I humored them and tried it on anyway to see where it would stop coming up. Yep it didn’t get past my shoulders (see picture). They said “try it on and we can measure you.” LMFAO. I ended up just taking the girls with me to sit in the car. I was so over that store and that day. In the end, they just measured me so they could order the size I needed. They should have just started off with that since they knew they didn’t have my size. If the store offers in person fitting, they need to have a variety the sizes for the styles they offer. Smallest size, biggest size, and some sizes in between.

Anyways, David’s Bridal is terrible and if it weren’t for the fact that my sister is getting married and using them for dresses, I’d never set foot in that store again.

I did end the week on a positive note by getting behind AND in front of the camera. I love love love photography, especially babywearing and breastfeeding photography. I took some great pictures of myself and my girls. Check out Smitten soon to see what I’ve been up to!

Goal update: I went to the YMCA twice this past week, 3 times if I count the tour, and I listed 19 carriers!

Goals for this week: YMCA twice. DONT GET SICK.

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The 52 Project || Year of Me: 3/52

I was hoping that this would be a much better week for me and guess what? I GOT THE FLU. So this week was me trying to work, leaving early twice then me finally just calling out and heading to a doctor to see what was wrong with me. Luckily I am feeling more human today than I have since Tuesday when I first started feeling bad. Going to see a doctor was a pretty big deal for me because I hate going for myself.  I thought about it for a while then remembered that I am taking care of myself this year. My guiding word for 2018 is WELLNESS so I need to take care of myself. I’m pretty proud of myself. I also joined the YMCA this week before their free registration special ended. I hope I have fun there! They have a lot of fun looking classes and programs. I’m looking forward to using their parent’s night out babysitting thing too. I cannot wait to feel completely better so I can head up there to check things out without infecting everyone.

This week my goals are to visit the YMCA twice and to list a few wraps.