Yesterday I had an epiphany.
You know those Mommy moments (introspection moments, really) where you look back at your day and wonder if you did your best?
Samuel's birthday party last Saturday.
After tucking my kids into bed, I looked at their angelic, sleeping faces and I wondered - Ashlee, did you give it your all; do the cumulative moments of the last 16 hours foster greatness?
And then my knees hit the floor.
I pondered how I could do better. What could help me be more sensitive and aware of my children's needs without losing balance, or completely neglecting myself or my home?
After rising again, I headed upstairs to my kitchen to finish the dishes and put away dinner. Slowly and quietly, a peaceful feeling entered my heart. An answer.
Take better care of yourself.
And then a list.
You didn't eat breakfast, even though you were hungry.
You didn't exercise.
You didn't shower; you just threw on some jeans and went out the door.
You didn't nap when you were tired in the afternoon.
How can you expect to be sensitive to others' needs if you choose to completely ignore your own?
And then a promise.
I promise to do better. To rise early and exercise, to eat healthy, hearty meals when I am hungry, to shower in the morning, and to allow myself a short nap when I hit my brick wall.
And then I am going to try a couple of new recipes -- it's what keeps me excited about whole foods.
Now you know what I'm up to today. What are you up to?
P.S. I've updated my weight loss story to include pictures!
P.S.S. For all you Mac N Cheese lovers, I've been messing around with the recipe. Alisa commented that using only one cup of coconut milk, instead of the whole can, tasted great. I tried it out, adding 1/2 of a roasted red bell pepper. BINGO. It pushed the cheesiness level over the top!
And just one more P.S.S.S! I made chocolate chip cookies with chia seed gel again and realized that I had not previously followed the rule of replacements for oil. I made some changes, trying it out in the recipe. The result? A crunchier, chewier, oil free chocolate chip cookie!
I hope you have a great day!!! What motivates you to do better?