Seriously, THANK YOU for your support (and commiseration and ideas/experiences/expertise shared) in yesterday’s post. I was nervous when I hit “post”, I will be honest. But it’s been on my mind and I wanted to share. I don’t have any grand conclusions, but I appreciate the great resources shared — from Stacey Sims to Meghann Featherstun and way beyond.
Before I try changing anything specific (including the OCP – thank you for the notes related to that!), I do think I will try some (imperfect) quantitative nutrition tracking to better understand what is going on. You all know I am a huge believer in tracking things in general when I’m trying to work on them, so there’s no reason this needs to be different. Like time tracking, it’s not something I want to commit to long term, but getting some info seems reasonable.
(My biggest qualm about nutrition tracking is that it is SO HARD to accurately measure things like non-chain restaurant meals or things that are made at home – especially when often I’m not the one doing the cooking! But estimating/eyeballing and accepting that some values are just an approximation is probably better than throwing my hands up entirely because obtaining perfect data is impossible.)
One thing I know I have to work on is not letting the feelings of not being at my bodily ‘ideal’ take up more mental space than they need to. I have made some progress in this realm over the years, but still. I have sooooo much I am looking forward to over the next few months, from trips to kid milestones to professional things. Just like with things that feel like something to work on, but also morally neutral — like the clutter in my house — I want this to be something I’m paying attention to/working on WITHOUT letting it dominate.
Because I definitely do think there are many more important things to spend mental energy on.
- connecting with family + friends
- savoring the ‘golden years’ of having kids 5-11
- having fun running and being grateful that I can still do it — and even see some improvement — in my 40s, and hopefully much longer
- enjoying travel and nature
- supporting my kids in big transitions this year (all 3, really, in one way or another!)
- having fun with art the world has to offer, from a juicy novel to a great movie or concert
- making plans (personal fave . . . ) and pursuing dreams personal + professional
NONE OF THE ABOVE are impacted by anything I wrote yesterday. Can’t lose sight of any of that.