Happy September! August was a busy month with lots of moving parts, and with Fall and the end of the year fast approaching, things don’t look to settle down anytime soon. Last month’s goals were fairly ambitious, so September is about slowing down, simplifying, and focusing on what is most important. Namely, rest, family, and some big work tasks!
August in Review:
1. Clear out clutter.
This started out in one drawer in my kitchen, and slowly took over cabinet by cabinet, room by room. If we hadn’t used it since we moved in 2 years ago, out it went. So much open space everywhere now! Hopefully it stays that way for a while.
2. Start marathon training plan.
I’ve made progress since our California adventure with completing my couch to 10k plan, but I decided to completely forego a marathon this year. My heart just isn’t in it. And the thought of figuring out how to pump or nurse mid-race solidifies the decision to wait until breastfeeding season is over to tackle this goal again. I have signed up for an 8k in October and am now targeting a December 13.1 goal. Training plan is ready to go!
3. Batch cook meals.
This technically didn’t happen until this past weekend, but I am SO SO glad this got completed! I tacked 12 recipes over 2 days. I spent $140 and made over 50 individual servings for meals for the coming months. The last thing I like to do on busy nights now is cook, especially with trying to get a fussy, teething baby to sleep!
- Read 4 books.
- Update Celebration Nutrition services.
- Carve out time for weekly self-care.
What are your big goals for this change of season? How are you slowing down and simplifying as we move toward the end-of-the year, holiday madness?
I never really thought about meal planning before having a baby. I just did it. I enjoyed it, I got lost in however long it took to find recipes, write down ingredients, shop, prep, cook. Nowadays, I only cook on Hello Fresh nights. Unless its pasta or salad. My time is way too precious now, especially with running a small business. But my freezer stash is almost gone, I’m getting bored with my staple meals, and trying to slowly regain a piece of my old self in this new season.
Meal planning is meant to make our lives easier, not harder. Prepping on the weekend should make weeknights less stressful. Having a game plan should make the weekend planning less of a chore and more of an adventure. So where the heck to we start? I’m going back to the beginning and following these easy tips. And then starting with these fun, flavorful recipes.
- Favorite Meal Prep Recipes: Summer 2017 // Three easy, repeatable options for busy summer days.
- 10 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Easier and More Fun // Eating well should be a lifestyle, not a chore.
- The Case for Meal Planning // It is possible to follow your body’s hunger cues and still prep and plan ahead.
- 5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 5 Years Ago About Meal Planning // It can be quick, manageable, and even fun.
- Meal Planning Tips for a Healthy Vegan Diet // Ready, GO!
- Corn and Green Bean Tomatillo Tacos // I cannot think of a better way to end summer.
- Cashew Coffee // WHY haven’t I thought of this before???? Amazing!
- Thai Quinoa Salad with Sesame Peanut Sauce // All the best things in one bowl.
- Hummus Heaped with Tomatoes and Cucumbers // Refreshing and filling.
- Autumn Glow Milkshake // Embracing the fall season in these 100 degree days.
We’re two weeks into August, and I’m just posting these. But done is better than perfect, right? Last week was full of traveling, immunizations, jet lag, sleep training, and settling back into a new home routine. I really love doing these, because I felt like July was a lost month of baby madness. Work got pushed aside. Routines went out the window. But then sitting down to work on this, I realized the three big things I set aside for July actually got (mostly) done. All the more reason to write it down. You realize there’s progress even when you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere.
July in Review:
1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.
This was actually easy to do, thanks to a baby who insisted on being held and worn for all naps most of the month. I’ve learned to do quite a few things with a baby attached to me, but slowing down and just doing one thing at a time is much easier. And baby snuggles do not last for long.
2. Outline two new work projects.
One project is about 50% worked out, the other 25%. Now that we’re back home, and my sweet child is taking naps on her own again (hallelujah!) more progress is being made on these this month.
3. Get out and explore.
Yes! Being in a new city, without the creature comforts of home every day, kind of forces you to get out and try something new. Even just a naptime walk was usually to a new part of town. And weekends were spent on longer outings, driving around town, checking out new restaurants, wandering through parks. Forcing myself to get out at least once a week made daily life coming back home so much easier.
- Clear out clutter.
- Start marathon training plan.
- Batch cook meals.
Here’s to a productive and fun last month of Summer!
What goals or bucket list items are you working on before back-to-school and Fall madness begins?