Am I dead?

by Kim on January 23, 2015

In case you were wondering…

I’m alive! Hi!

Just being a super flaky blogger right now.

Life is crazy, as usual. For one thing, I’ve had multiple meaty freelance projects come at me at the same time, including a 4-page spread (!!) for that magazine I wrote for last month. This time I’m writing about mompreneurs—a pretty exciting topic for me!—and I have four women to interview and profile.

I’m also launching my 6-week challenge group for Fit Moms 4 Life (you can read more about what the heck that is here). We had an info session this week, and our first official meeting/workout is next Monday. Right now, I have 10 ladies signed up to participate—so pumped!

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I’ll tell you more about that once we get going.

I’m also gearing up to start teaching my own BodyFlow class in two weeks (TWO weeks!). I’m a little nervous, only because I’d love to know more releases before I officially dive in. Right now, I only know the class I trained on.

But lucky me: one of the other instructors at the gym loaned me her collection so I could learn some of the older stuff. Let’s just say I have a few options…

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I basically spent the entire evening watching these last night, noting the songs and choreo I liked best. It’s so much easier to learn a track when you’re excited about the music, vs. having to familiarize yourself with a new song on top of new choreo. So now I’m cherry-picking my way around, putting together a Kim’s Favorite Hits master class from a bunch of different releases—seriously fun, in a nerdy way.

Oh yeah, and also on the list of things keeping me busy are the #1 and #2 culprits:

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Indoor sledding practice, haha.

Mason actually got his first legit sledding experience last weekend. We had very un-Wisconsin-in-January-like temps in the 40’s (I was still freezing), and the giant hill near our house was half grass thanks to all the melting snow, but there was just enough left to get some runs in.

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Mason got sprayed in the face with snow on his first trip down, so I was worried that he’d be traumatized and anti-sledding for life (he’s a VERY sensitive kid), but with A LOT of prodding, we got him to go for round 2 with much more success.

Meanwhile, Josh is looking less like a squishy-cheeked baby and more like a little boy every day…

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He’s a super easygoing guy, as babies go, but another source of my busyness lately has been his habit of timing naps so they’re never quite coordinated with his brother’s. The couple precious hours Mason sleeps every afternoon (aka my work time) seem to always be Josh’s most wakeful times of the day.

I’ve also been very mindful about how I’m spending my evenings lately. It’s the only time I have that’s just for me, and if I don’t feel like being productive, I let myself not be. Life’s short, right?

Plus, there are amazing books like this one to read:

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Seriously—go find this ASAP. I can’t put it down.

Another thing that’s on my mind (as always, really) is the future of this blog. I’m trying to decide if I’m just going through a phase, which will resolve itself once the kids’ nap schedules start aligning a little better (big question mark there), or if I’m hitting a real turning point in my blogging life.

I love blogging, and there’s no way I’m giving it up, but I’m considering some changes. Now that I’m a contributor for the local moms’ blog, I’ll always have a way to scratch my blogging itch (gross?), and I’ve always known that I’d want to be less of an open book as my kids get older.

So…what does that mean?

Well, probably less daily blogging, and more feature articles (my secret favorite) + “I have a lot to say all at once” posts like this one. I’ve also been really loving the multiple-contributor style of the moms’ blog I’m involved with—so much so that I’m considering starting my own multiple-contributor site. There have to be women out there (specifically, moms who are into healthy living) who would love to blog but don’t have the time to maintain an entire site by themselves. Maybe we could join forces?

Anyway, just something I’m mulling over. I know myself, and I know I have a tendency to get swept away by exciting ideas, so I’m trying to really sit on this one, to see if it survives past the initial “wouldn’t it be awesome if—!” stage. (Although if you’d be interested in something like that, you should definitely let me know!)

Hope you had a great week!

I’ll leave you with this: the most genius marketing I’ve seen in awhile.

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What woman can resist 0 calories?? (But why the quotes? Reminds me of this.)

Tell me something you’re excited about right now!

Fellow bloggers: have you hit a turning point in your blogging life before? How did you handle it?

 

xoxo

Kim

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Ok, let’s start with the important stuff: we booked our Florida vacay!

Mid-April, 6 nights, Ft. Myers beach. We somehow got an insanely cute 3 bedroom house with a private pool for less $$ than ANY of the hotels I looked at. I guess the secrets are: 1) booking a place 20 feet from the beach (literally) rather than directly ON the beach, 2) not going in February or March with the rest of the entire country.

In a few months, I’ll be on that exact lounge chair…

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I hope 6 nights is a good amount of time. My biggest lesson learned from my last Florida trip with Mason was: kids need time to adjust. If you want 3 nice days of happy kids, double that to allow for cranky adjustment time, and you should be good. We’ll see how that theory holds up (especially with 2 now)…

The only loose ends now are related to kid logistics. Do we buy a super compact double stroller and bring it along (pro: using it in the airport, con: bringing a stroller on a plane) or rent one down there (there’s a company that rents out double BOBs—dreamy!), do we bring carseats (1 or 2?), do we check a Pack n’ Play or rent a crib there…

Fellow mom travelers, I’d love your advice!

In other news, I’m over 4 months postpartum now, and really starting to feel like my old self again! For one thing, I’m excited to be back to my post-baby weight (even a few LBs under, for some reason).

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Even though I’m pretty sure I lost weight at about the same rate with my first pregnancy, it’s still blowing my mind how it ended up happening. Here’s a rough look at my body’s preferred postpartum schedule:

Month 1: Lose 15 pounds within the first week, 5 more in the second. Feel insanely skinny because, wow, the difference between 40+ weeks preggo and NOT preggo!

Month 2: LOSE NOTHING. Like maaaybe one pound. Eat healthy—feel like a giant blob.

Month 3: STILL LOSE NOTHING. Ok, technically 3 pounds, but only because of the no sugar challenge. Work out plenty—still feel pretty blobby. Nothing fits—buy new clothes.

Month 4: Lose 5 pounds PER WEEK by eating enormous holiday meals and unlimited sweets. Barely work out—feel awesome. New clothes are too big.

I’ve always known that women’s bodies are all over the place on the postpartum weight loss front. Some lose it all in two weeks, some turn a corner at six months, and some cling to the pounds until they stop breastfeeding.

What I didn’t always realize—or, maybe, didn’t want to accept—was that we have little control over what camp we fall into. Genes and hormones run the show in a BIG way. Our noble efforts to eat healthy and work out are nice, but all they can really do is support our bodies’ natural tendencies.

Now, my goal is to remember all this for next time (if there is a next time?!?!)…

Well, the kiddos’ naptimes are over—I guess that’s it for me! Hope you’re having a lovely Monday.

xo

Kim

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