AUGUST new month / new week madness

August 1, 2016

New month AND new week – it’s almost too much for me to handle.  We had a jam-packed weekend, which included the following:

– camp show Friday afternoon – A’s class danced to Katy Perry’s ROAR.  It was awesome (and necessitated a half-day of work, also awesome)

– kids sleeping past 7:30 AM both days (hoorah!)

– a run (w/ stroller) to the beach

– really good takeout pizza from Harry’s

– community theater!  We took both kids to The Little Mermaid at PPTOPA and the show surpassed my expectations.  Seriously!  A loved it and sat through 3 hrs (including an intermission) completely rapt.  C lasted 20 minutes.

– ballet school open house event at Miami City Ballet.

– playdate/dinner featuring cheesy lasagna, rosé, salad, and cookies.  Can’t go wrong there.  4 kids really are easier than 2 when they play together in (CUTE) pairs.

Seriously, I feel like we did so much.  What I did not do was my weekly / monthly reviews.  But hopefully tonight I can catch up.

I did, however, create some August goals.  July was . . . meh.  I started out strong but ugh, the typical every-3-months-viral-blast swept through our household and then nothing really went as planned.  I totally failed at No S (honestly ate horribly last month — maybe really last few months — and I’m feeling it!).  Avoiding phone use 6-8pm was a fail.  I did continue to floss (mostly), meditated 19 times, and updated the planner Insta plenty.


1) Re-attempting No S.  And healthier eating overall.  For real this time.  (Anyone want to do it with me?  Seriously, I kind of want an accountability partner of some sort!)
2) Read every day.  Even 10 minutes.
3) Take INTENTIONAL breaks.  More walking / breathing / etc.  Even listening to a song.  Less scroll / check / etc.
4) Try for 10,000 steps / day
5) Meditate daily
6) Make evenings a time to focus on being present.  Ie BE THERE.  Do fun things.  Do not waste time & zone out.
(Also: Watch Olympics!  Totally counts.)
7) Get to know 2 new albums.  (new discovery today: Tele Novella)
8) Skincare – do routine each night
9) Continue pushups / running (ramp up to 20 mpw) / barre 2x/week
10) Cook Sunday dinners at home

A copying my outfit.
(Also yes Orla madness here.  Overkill I realize 🙂 )


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

    You look so good in that photo, I don’t think you should worry about getting back into shape at all.

    I have been reading your blog for a while and I had a question for you regarding HA/ lack of period since I remember you experiencing that befor Annabel. Did your periods stay after pregnancy / losing the baby weight etc? I lost 10-15 lbs or so after my baby and breastfeeding, putting me at a BMI of around 18.5 so it’s just at the edge of healthy and lost my periods with it. I am trying to get them back and I was wondering if you experienced any issues after C and A. I know in the past cutting exercise and gaining weight worked for you (which seems to be the consensus for most bloggers) but it seems like you were able to lose some of the weight back without losing your period again?

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

      After I had Annabel, my HA disappeared! Even at a BMI where I was not cycling previously, I have had cycles ever since. (Between Annabel & Cameron I actually never had any cycles really because I got pregnant on the first ovulation). The month after Cameron weaned, I started having ~40 day cycles. They are now closer to 30 days. I have a Paragard (copper) IUD, so I am not on any hormones.

      My "post-baby" weight has fluctuated anywhere from my HA weight (esp at the end of breastfeeding A) and 7-8 lbs above that, where I got pregnant with A in the first place. (I’m not far from there now 🙂 ). Things have changed though. I definitely run less (except in the highest mileage weeks of half marathon training) and I really don’t stress as much about what I eat. Even now wanting to get back in shape I am far far less crazy about it than I was in the past. I don’t know if that helps as well, but I am really happy that HA seems to have gone away after the pregnancies.

  • Reply Monica Moriak March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I love the No S idea and am working on it. Some days are better than others. We are on vacation this week with extended family, and I have been doing better than I thought. There are two dozen Krispy Kreme donuts in our condo (my favorite), my goal is to not eat any. (so far so good). I do plan 4 meals a day so that I don’t grab who knows what around 3pm. That has really helped with avoiding sugar. I also drink protein powder in my water at certain times throughout the day, so I don’t count that as a snack, since it is planned. Good luck with your August goals, sometimes you just have to push through the tough days and move on. Here’s to a healthier month.

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

    I would love to be an accountabiity partner for a month of healthy eating! July was a month of excess- between the 4th of July, our anniversary, a few parties, and a WEEK at a conference (over-drinking and eating conference food) so I’m feeling quite over-stuffed. If we’re following No-S, today was a disaster because I bought a bag of Cheez-its from the vending machine at work this afternoon AND just ate a handful of chocolate chips after dinner…… oops!! I will start tomorrow 🙂 My goals are to stop reaching for carbs like pretzels, cheezits, and stuff like that when a hunger pang hits. The problem is that I ran out of mixed nuts at my desk right before I left for my conference and haven’t had a chance to restock. I also have a tendency to eat dinner really fast (because I’m SO hungry when I get home from work) and still be hungry after finishing what’s on my plate, then I scrounge around the kitchen for snack foods until I feel full (and then feel Grossly Over-Full). So for me
    1) Take my cheese sticks and almonds to work for my afternoon snack (I bike home – this is necessary)
    2) Eat dinner slowly to allow myself to become sated on a normal portion of food
    3) Stick to my Sweets only on S days.

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

    A new month for new goals. You can do it! Random, but what is your skincare regimen? Your skin looks fab to me!

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