The Healthy Life

Camel Toe, No More Booze, and Our New Evening Schedule

posted by Heather April 30, 2019 16 Comments
She found the FIRST flower of the year all by herself from the Love Bush that the Giorgio’s gave us as a present when we first had her 🙂
Jocelyn endorsed our HB Nutrition Challenge on her Insta today! Check her out, too. She’s a HUGE resource for all things fashion and beauty related, in particular!
And, she’s in college.
LOCKED AND LOADED.

Look, I am trying. Ok? It’s just that there’s no room on the cool girls bus for me because high waisted leggings just (a) make my torso look the same length as my 4 year old’s, and (b) give me the worst camel toe. And, to confirm for me that I just need to stop trying, Ben has made it loud and clear that I don’t look good in them. He also isn’t a huge fan of the ole’ camel toe look.

Weird.

So, I’m sticking with my low rise pants the same way I did with boot cut jeans in the hopes that it they’ll eventually make their way back around the circle of fashion. It eventually worked with parachute pants, so I’m going to be patient…and, keep it trashy.

Ok, so now that my entire world has been rocked by FINALLY being able to respond to readers on this blog, let’s talk a little bit about this little HB Nutrition Challenge that I really want to take off.

Because we all know that the more of us that are on board, the more likely we are to get excited about actually making all of the little changes that will move the needle enough to get us back into our jean shorts and bikinis without the need to lunge our way out of our closets to stretch a size 26 into a size 28. I would rather spend my husband’s hard earned money on highlights and hair extensions than on a new summer wardrobe because I no longer fit into my last year’s clothes. Yes, I do “work” now, but coaching one 1-hour CrossFit class a day isn’t a big enough paycheck for the damage I’d do at Nordstrom Rack. So, let’s just choose the healthier lifestyle route and call it a day.

For me, the the two big changes (I need an extra one above what I’m laying out in the guidelines for this challenge) are the no alcohol thing and the 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

Ever since our last challenge when I eliminated alcohol for a month, I’ve settled into 1-2 glasses of wine, once or twice a week. Not that bad, but could just use a month of better choices to head into what I like to think of as “country music and drinking season”…because that’s an actual season that they don’t talk about in school. It’s just tons of empty calories, it affects my sleep, it makes me question the next day’s workout and whether I could’ve performed better without having drank the night before, it dehydrates me, it encourages me to eat more plantain chips and less vegetables, and it screws up my gut micro biome.

That last one I just made up, but I’m sure it does.

The sleep thing is the hardest one to put into place consistently, yet probably the one that makes the biggest difference in my overall quality of life.

We’ve laid out a whole new family evening routine and schedule that is a permanent part of our kitchen chalkboard so there’s no confusion about when things should be happening. The evening schedule from 6-9 pm is SUPER tight now and can be a little stressful trying to make things happen on time, but the reward of sleeping 7-8 hours far outweighs the new sense of urgency and feeling-like-we’re-rushing that we have to work through every day.

Here’s how we’ve been making it work for the last week or two:

6:00 Ben gets home

6:15 Dinner prep goes down

6:30 We sit and eat at the table together

7:15 Ben takes the kids upstairs for bedtime prep (showers, teeth, jammies, books, snuggling), while I clean up the kitchen and make the kids’ snacks and lunches for the next day

8:00 I go up to lay Harley Love down in bed, Ben does Bode

8:15 Kids’ lights out, Ben and I get ready for bed

8:40 Reading time

8:45-9:00 Lights out

5:05 am Our gradual light alarm clock starts turning on

5:25 am Alarm goes off

NOW, tell ME what’s working for YOU!

16 Comments

Stacy April 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Starting tomorrow?!

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:14 am

ASAP 🙂

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Laura April 30, 2019 at 2:41 pm

I thought I was the only person in the world waiting for low rise to become a thing again. Sleeep. I get that in place and everything else is just easier.

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:15 am

The lower the better. Haha

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Sheila Rixon April 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm

I am 100% in agreement with those high waisted pants – jeans, leggings, shorts…you name it! My back pockets don’t need to be billboard sized and cover my low back as well as bottom and I don’t need to tuck my bra into my waistband! Lol – short-waisted problems!!!

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:17 am

OMG, SHEILA. That visual of you tucking your bra into your waistband? That just made my day. Thank you. hahaha

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Jocelyn April 30, 2019 at 3:13 pm

I wish we were home by 6 to start our nighttime routine. So taking into consideration all the kids activities we will: be home by 7-7:15 hopefully we had eaten dinner before our sports but if not, we will slam down some food as fast as possible. Everyone is upstairs to shower by 7:45-8pm the latest. Kids bedtime starts at 8:15 to read books and have pillow talk then abbi is asleep in 5 seconds and Camden rolls around complaining that he’s not tired till 9. Hopefully someone (Jay) has escaped his room around 8:45 to get downstairs and clean up the kitchen so we can lay in bed by 9:15 to read and lights out at 9:30. 5:30 wake time so that’s 8 hrs although I’m pretty sure I’ll need a Xanax to calm myself from the chaos that most definitely just ensued while doing bedtime 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:20 am

Jesus, Jocelyn. I’ll take a Xanax, please, after reading that. But, that all sounds about right. We’re not there yet because the little kids are still so little, and Jonah’s literally the easiest child you could ever dream of. Maya’s still FaceTiming us at 10:30pm just to piss us off. Doesn’t even wanna’ talk, just wants to wake us up because she knows we’ve been asleep for 2 hours.

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Beth Gentry April 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm

I am 10 days into a 30 day no alcohol/keto diet plan. I have consistently slept for 8 hours for a few years and I track my sleep with the SleepWatch App – using an Apple Watch. What I have noticed is that not consuming alcohol has had a tremendous positive impact on my sleep quality. Specifically my heart rate drop % is better than ever. I think this daily metric is a great reminder of the benefits of not drinking alcohol.

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:21 am

Why can’t alcohol just be GOOD for your physical health? It just doesn’t make sense 😉

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Lydia April 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

I always wondered where my comments went to when I would post one LOL!
My husband and I have been working on the sleep thing for awhile now. We are gadget nerds so we have been using the pillow app and our Apple watches to analyze our sleep. It’s so nerdy and fun and has really made us work so much more to get in bed by 9. I can tell a difference in my sleep pattern, how much REM I get and how many times I wake at night when I get in bed on time! I’m going on 6 years sober this August so drinking is not an issue for me! My biggest struggle is the always full candy dishes on peoples desks at the office. I’m on a roll currently though and haven’t touched candy since 4/12!

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:23 am

YESSSS!!! It’s like Candyholics Anonymous. “My name is Lydia, and I’m a Candyaholic.” Perfect! We used to use sleep monitors, but it was stressing me out so much because I’m so competitive that I was LOSING sleep. Unbelievable.

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Angie April 30, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Do you have a recommendation for the Gradual Light Alarm Clock? That’s something I haven’t tried yet but have heard good stuff about

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Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:25 am

THIS Here’s the one we use. Kat recommended it to us and it’s changed ALL of our wake up lives. I tried to get a cheaper one first, but it was terrible. $42.50 on Amazon Prime Free 1-Day delivery. DONE.

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Jay May 12, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Question about the fridge/food setup! I see the labeled containers. Are those foods just constantly refilled in the fridge so they are always available, or do you constantly re-label? …bacon, burgers, ground beef, etc

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Heather May 13, 2019 at 6:09 am

Both. Mostly refills, but even those I end up reprinting because the dishwasher fades the labeling. It’s worth it, though!

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