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2014 Plans & Goals

I already recapped my progress on 2013 goals {HERE}.

Here are my goals/hopes/intentions/plans for 2014…

1) Sleep.

I don’t get enough sleep. I don’t prioritize going to bed early (there’s always so much to do and I feel like I am missing out when I just go to bed). I realize that I will likely get even less sleep after the baby comes, but for now I’m going to try to hit this goal – in bed and dozing by 10:30pm, 3x per week.

If I need motivation, here are some articles on why sleep is so important:

2) Yoga.

Make time for me/yoga every week. Something that will definitely be hard come April, but it’s something that will keep me sane. I need to take time out each week for myself and do the things that keep me happy, like yoga. The goal – 1x yoga 60+ minutes and 2x yoga 20+ minutes per week. If I can’t make a 60+ minute class, I can sub 2 20-minute sessions.

3) Time management and prioritizing.

I am not as efficient with my time as I’d like to be. This ties in with #1 (sleep). I have a couple goals here – get in to work by 9:45 consistently (3-4x/week). (Don’t know what will happen with this after the baby – exact work schedule is TBD.) I also want to spend more time doing productive things and not fiddling around on the internet. Goal here is to spend 30 minutes/day (can be rolled over from other days) either reading or working on a side project that I am neglecting.

4) Food.

Eat less sugar. Maybe it’s due to pregnancy but I have been going back for dessert seconds way too often. And eating less sugar is good no matter what. Goal is to not have dessert 2-3x per week. (I usually have something sweet every night.)

5) Charity.

I want to donate things I am not using on a monthly basis rather than letting things collect in an unsightly pile. I also want to try volunteering more often, which I used to do but haven’t lately. Goal – volunteer 5x this year. That might sound like very little, but going from nothing I have no idea how it will turn out. I’m signed up with New York Cares which is a great organization and it makes signing up for individual volunteer events really easy.

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That’s it for now! Maybe I’ll update them after the baby comes and I get a better idea of how the rest of my year will go.

Do you have goals for 2014?

Bumpdate: Week 31

31 weeks tomorrow (Tuesday)!

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For a refresher, here was 30 weeks:

30 weeks jan 20 400x400 Bumpdate: Week 31

And 27 (same shirt as today):

maggie 27 weeks 400x400 Bumpdate: Week 31

And almost 23 (in Miami!):

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And I thought I was big then (23 weeks). Holy moly. I can’t believe there are 9 weeks to go. Countdown is 64 days to April 1st. I am up about 21 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I think the baby is a little on the big side – I’m guessing he’s close to 4 pounds now. He does have tall parents (I’m 5’10″ and Bobby is 6’1″) so that is not unexpected. I have an appointment next week to find out his position. As of now he is moving allll over the place. I feel movement on the bottom, on the sides, up top – everywhere pretty much. He is very active in the mornings around 6am and likes to wake his momma up. Guess I should get used to it icon wink Bumpdate: Week 31

I have been up and down in terms of how I’m feeling. I was good for a while, but I’m starting to feel incredible exhaustion at different points of the day. I can’t nap; I work full time in an office. There’s also been a recurrence of morning sickness, especially on public transportation (subway is worse than bus; neither are great). Also, rather than sleeping earlier, I have been tending to stay up until around midnight every night. I have no idea why. I’m not really a night owl (though Bobby is).

This weekend I made it to a wonderful birth prep class with Lara Kohn Thompson – it was a birth workshop for couples for labor & delivery, so Bobby was there as well. We went over breath, posture, and hands on tools for the partners (massage!) to help the mommies-to-be have as easeful a labor as possible. The workshop was 3 hours and was held at Bend & Bloom Yoga in Park Slope. I highly recommend it for anyone who is pregnant and interested at all in Active Birth. Lara was so kind and warm; I hope to take her class on postpartum as well.

The very next day I went to my first official prenatal yoga class up at Harlem Yoga Studio on 125th between 5th and Lenox. It was great! We even got to do a little bit of “birth art” (draw what you think the doorway to birth looks like) inspired by a book called Birthing From Within. I had been doing yoga (at the 92Y) up until about 2-3 weeks ago, but it’s been harder and harder to modify for pregnancy so I’ve just been doing little yoga quickies at home. Taking a real prenatal class was amazing. I bought a 3-pack so I’ll be back at least 2 more times.

I have 2 more posts lined up for this week – one is to post my resolutions (before the end of January) and the other is to post about a new meal planning site I am testing out.

Thanks for reading and hope you are having a lovely Monday!

Sunday Brain Dump

I was reminded today when looking at old comments that I used to love Sadie Nardini’s yoga routines. I just went through this one. I had to modify a decent amount due to being 7+ months pregnant (30 weeks on Tuesday) but it was great. I haven’t been making it to the gym for yoga (or anything really – I am quitting the gym but that is another story) so it was great to be back on the mat.

Little guy, which is what I call him in lieu of his proper name, which is in fact decided, but not publicly announced, goes quiet when I exercise but then wakes up and gets excited afterwards. He’s punching around right now. Probably telling me I should be putting that T-bone steak on the stove instead of blogging.

I’ve spent the last few weekends doing housework – final touches on the downstairs renovations and fixing up things I have meant to fix for months but never got around to it. I think this is what they call “nesting”.

Work has been good. I revisited this post from nearly 4 years ago where I talked about my thoughts on ranking the following: family, friendship, love, health, and career. Back then I ranked them: love, family, health, friends, and then career.

Today I think I rank this differently. I’m torn. All of them are important but my priorities have certainly shifted. I would do: family, health, career, love, and friends. My career has become so much more important to me over the last year or so. Love is obviously important, but how can you differentiate between love and family? My love is my family. And we are expanding it. Health may not seem so important now, because I am young and healthy, but I don’t want to think I took this time for granted. How do you rank them?

I should leave you with a bump picture but I don’t have one since last time. Instead I will leave you with this photo of dinner the other night. Souen will be hard to get to with a newborn in tow so we are trying to get in all our favorites before April 1.

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And this is avocado toast, a new obsession for both me and Bobby. We have it for breakfast constantly. Simply mash avocado with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Spread it on freshly toasted bread and top with an egg (fried or scrambled – scrambled is actually our fave!). If you’re extra hungry or pregnant, multiply by 2. Devour.

avocado toast 400x400 Sunday Brain Dump

What have you been thinking lately? Or eating lately?

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