July 23, 2016

It’s Saturday, and I am officially past the midpoint of my call week.  I am happy to report that Wednesday I did follow through on my determined plan to cope better with the stress.  Doing barre / watching a show / reading = much much preferable to prior tactics.  Need to remember this . . .

Remember how I mentioned “No S“?  I tried it.  I failed.  No S is an eating concept (I really loathe the word diet . . .) where you do avoid snacks, sweets, and seconds on all days that do not start with S (S days = Saturdays, Sundays, and Special days like birthdays and the like).  I think it’s a great idea in theory.  But maybe not for me.
My issue is specifically the snacks!  I typically work out early (done by ~6:30 AM or so) after just coffee, have breakfast at ~7:00a, lunch at ~12:30 or 1p, and dinner at ~8:30p after A&C are in bed*.  I am fine all morning (honestly usually too busy/distracted to think about snacking in AM) but absolutely cannot last with a clear head or a modicum of energy when I attempt to last from ~1p – 8:30p.  So then every day I would “cheat”, and that brought out a sort of failure mindset which led to worse choices than if I hadn’t attempted the whole thing.
So I think we’ll call No S a fail.  I’m not exactly what my goals were either.  I did come home from my CA trip with a few vanity lbs I wanted to get rid of, and I may have accomplished that, but I don’t feel particularly fit right now (hot slow summer runs = not helping).  Usually cleaning up my eating habits helps with this pretty quickly, but I’ve been so inconsistent.  I think I am just going to concentrate on making generally healthy choices + ramping up mileage a tiny bit in Aug + getting in at least 2 strength workouts (barre) per week.  (Plus the pushup app, which is SO HARD but maybe I’m making slooooow progress.)

The truth is = I don’t want to have to follow any sort of dietary rule long term.  But I also am vain and body-conscious (and I live in a world where mommy makeovers are spoken about like they are the norm).

The good news is that I genuinely enjoy exercise (especially running, but I like barre too!) and eating healthy food.  I don’t have to follow rules, I just need to be mindful.  Need to try to remember that, but that can also be harder than it sounds.

Noemi’s post reminded me that I haven’t updated on this front in a while.  That’s because there is not much to say!  I’ve been off FB since Feb.  I miss it maybe a tiny bit.  But I am 100% happier off of it. Too much comparison, too much mental clutter, and too many group threads sucking me in for mindless scrolling.  Perhaps my love of Instagram has increased as a result, but I don’t find scrolling through my (fairly limited) regular feed or my plannercentric feed (love) nearly as toxic as FB’s was.

Will I be back?  Maybe.  Definitely not until the election is over.  Speaking of which, I sort of can’t even deal with this election.  I don’t want to get political here, so I’ll just leave it at that.

The kids slept at our nanny’s last night as I’m on call today.  I got to sleep in and oh MAN, was it wonderful — such a treat.  I feel so good today!!  And I had the morning to get things done, both work & non-work related.  Headed to pick them up soon, because it looks like there is no one for me to round on as of now.  Hooray for healthy kids!

Sooooo most of my Boden order got sent back 🙁 Shirts too long, dresses not fitted enough, nothing looking as neat or together as it did in the catalogue.  I kept 2 cardigans, a cute belt, and a short sleeved striped shirt (my summer uniform plus I thought I could get away with wearing this one to work).  It appears that I am going to have to go to an actual store to refresh my work wardrobe.  (When did I stop going shopping in person!?)

✔︎ Brittany’s tips for raising healthy eaters.  We follow all of these!  This is a couple weeks old but I flagged it as a great post so I wanted to share.

✔︎ Breee Berry‘s bullet journaling essentials.  If you are into planners / bullet journaling / stationery, you have to check out Breeeberry’s stuff.  Seriously, I just LOOOVE her aesthetic.  (And have started using the Stabilo 88 pens at her recommendation and am now addicted.)

✔︎ LV’s take on Satisficing.  I am absolutely a Satisficer.  I have dragged Josh into Satisficing too and honestly I think it has made our lives easier & better on several fronts.

✔︎ Speaking of shopping, this post from Un-Fancy was inspiring.  I actually do have bras I love (Natori = fits me really well!), but there are definitely things in my drawer that have been there for waaaaay too long if you know what I mean.  I loved how functional her collection is.

* I would love to change this, but Josh gets home late most nights.  If I eat with A&C then I’m not eating with him!  Unfortunately waiting sometimes doesn’t work anyway because he’ll come home after 9 and I end up eating by myself at 8:30 or so.  Hmmmm.  


  • Reply thefitty March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’m gonna try no S! also, do you have a Korean planner?

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      no, it’s Japanese – Hobonichi Techo! Check out out, I LOOOOVE it!!!

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Having had nasal surgery 2 weeks ago to repair a broken nose, it’s hard for me to imagine having elective cosmetic surgery – especially something as extensive as a Mommy Makeover. I looked at some of the pictures and all I could think of was how much those procedures must have hurt and how much recovery there must have been before the "after" pictures were taken. Obviously there’s a market, though. We get those kinds of ads in Orlando, too.

  • Reply xykademiqz March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I think I am an awful person — I read that post you linked to about raising healthy eaters and I found myself seething with rage. I just can’t take all the one-true-way righteousness and all the pastels. I generally don’t tolerate well (and thus avoid, for everyone’s benefit) life-coach type blogs, especially when they serve what is at best common sense as profound insights that are somehow supposed to 100% work if only you tried implementing them (which you of course did, because they are common sense, and they still didn’t work, because kids are different). And have I mentioned all the freakin’ pastels? When we become moms, our whole worlds must become pink, teal, and beige. And very, very clean. Cleaning-commercial clean. Ugh.

  • Reply Tara March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’m sorry your Boden order didn’t work out! I wasn’t a fan of the skinny belt – it felt really cheap. I like my skinny scalloped belt better and I wish I had bought a second colour in my size because I wear it all the time.

  • Reply Coree March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    My Boden order went back as well. Two dresses were well-made and had really fun prints but maybe better for someone apple shaped versus straight up and down. Loads of extra fabric in the torso. I need to give up on Boden, it just never quite works for me. Otherwise, I need to go to the Boden shop and try on all the dresses and confirm that they are meant for a very different body shape.

    Did pick up a very nice plain v-neck tshirt and some fun stripe-y socks for my husband’s birthday (so boring but he likes new socks and boxers).

    I too need to visit stores but find it all a bit tedious!

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve definitely felt that Boden is hit or miss. Some of my favorite dresses are from there, but I’ve also sent back a lot of dresses that just don’t look right. The pants really don’t work for me. Certain shirts do, others are SO OFF its laughable. I guess that is generally how most retailers are, though, which is why you have to try things on. I just don’t like dressing rooms and having to try to make decisions in a crowded store. Maybe going with a friend would be fun? I haven’t done that in decades.

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Oh, and I thought about the "no S" thing but didn’t really like the "no snack" rule. I have this mindset problem that if I think its going to be a long time before my next meal I tend to eat a lot more than I need to. Vs. if I pack some fruit or nuts for an afternoon snack, I’m fine with a small-ish lunch. And I don’t always eat the snack, if I’m busy or not hungry. I do think you should eat with the kids some nights if you are hungry at that time. 8:30 is so late, when you are going to bed so early! I’m sure its nice to eat with Josh, but maybe you can do that sometimes?

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      I agree, I need to do that more. Because they are not babies anymore, after all.

  • Reply SusannahEarlyBd March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Another comment on Boden being hit or miss, yes! Just depends on your body type sometimes, I think. They do a good job with petites usually, love that it is all over petite and not just length. I find more success with their fitted/tighter pieces, like the jersey wrap shirts.
    THANKS for the unfancy link….I have been looking for advice on minimalist lingerie! reading tea leaves has one too but her recs don’t work for fuller figures in my experience.

  • Reply omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I honestly can’t imagine getting through the day without snacking. I have breakfast around 5:30 and if not for a snack, would not infrequently have to go until 2:30 before I could eat again. I think I would pass out!

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  • Reply PamDDO March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Note that the No-S eating plan does not specify how many meals. Why not have a planned "afternoon mini-meal"?

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