If I were a day of the week, I’d be a Monday.
I love the beginning of a fresh new week. (A little less now that Monday means I have to leave Teddy for three work days in a row. Being a working mother is not my fave.)
I love fresh starts and clean slates. And I’ve been finding myself making many resolutions, big and small, that I’d like to put on paper.
This week, I’m kicking off my week working on a new program that I am feeling excited-but-ambivalent about. It’s called the Whole30 Program, and it’s all about food – spending 30 days with a lot of foods eliminated from your diet and then reintroducing them one by one and evaluating how the food affects your mood and your functioning.
I have a complicated relationship with food, so in general I avoid dieting of any kind. However, I’m pretty excited to do this – to learn about how eating dairy affects me, what foods might cause acne or lethargy, etc. (See this website for more info!)
That’s Resolution Number One – eat well.
And for Resolution Number Two? Wean off tea and coffee. With the Whole30 Program, this will happen pretty organically. I’m allowed two cups of coffee each day, but no cream. When I drink coffee, I typically am drinking a cup of coffee-flavored Organic Valley half-and-half, so I’m thinking it’ll be natural to cut back.
And then, there’s Resolution Number Three – improve my bedtime rituals.
My current bedtime ritual is crap. I don’t need to read articles on sleep hygiene to know that I am doing it all wrong.
I really, really, really want to be realistic about this goal. I set this goal for myself all the time – I want to try to fall asleep without listening to a book or a podcast, specifically. I am frequently able to achieve this in the short-term but have trouble sustaining it.
Pretty soon, Teddy’s going to be getting into a standard bedtime ritual. He goes to bed at around 8 p.m. each night – that’s when we start the process, at least. And as we work toward having healthy sleep habits for him, I really want to try to have them for myself, too. This mean: no phone, actual pajamas, and no late night snacks.
I’ll write more about sleep later. Fingers crossed that tonight will be a good night’s sleep for all!