I've never been a fan of New Year's Resolutions. I've always been of the mind that if you want to make a fresh start, do it now. Why wait til January 1? So in June I resolved to lose the rest of my baby weight -- about 8 pounds -- by year end. Like a lot of resolutions, that date came and went. My daughter is approaching 16 months and here I sit, resting my laptop on legs that still won't fit into my pre-baby jeans.
You see, pregnancy does a lot of things to a woman's body, especially a body that is 15 years past prime childbearing years. It doesn't bounce back like a 21-year-old's. And it doesn't help that my strategy until now has revolved solely around exercising the pounds off. (I type this as I eat leftover Christmas fudge.) I just have a hard time accepting that I'm going to have to change my eating habits too.
So, despite my feelings about resolutions, I am renewing my goal of getting fit and getting back in my favorite jeans. I'm excited about this resolution because it's not just about me. It's about spending more time with Spence and Caroline, going on adventures, hiking and biking. And, believe me, taking her along in a backpack or bike trailer is an excellent workout. It's also about spending less and enjoying what we have. As we prepare for the big expenses associated with adoption, we aim to spend our money only on the things we really need -- and that doesn't include bigger blue jeans!