When I reflect on this past month, I can think of about a hundred different ways to describe it.
Just to name a few.
The month started off on the worst note of all, when we found out about our miscarriage the day after returning from vacation. The next day, we decided it was just best to get our next move out of the way, so we moved from our friends’ house to my parents house over the course of about two days. The following week, I had my scheduled D&C.
Once that procedure was over, it took some time to heal. But then, the month slowly started to turn from bad, to better, to good…then to great.
I’ve been making a conscious effort to really try to focus on the positive each and every day. Not that I’d say I wasn’t a positive person before, but I think we can all probably admit to allowing negative thoughts to creep into our head at least a few times a day, right? Staying positive is just a good practice to follow anyway, and it helps immensely for when my emotions are all over the place. Which, trust me, they certainly have been this month.
On the positive side though…
Our New House
Our new house continues to make progress daily, and the more I see new things being completed, the more I can really start to envision us in there. As of right now, it’s expected to be done one week from today. ONE WEEK. I feel like it was an eternity ago when they just started digging the foundation…but in actuality, it was really only less than 3 months ago!
Extra Time with Family
I hadn’t really thought about it until many of you actually mentioned it, but it was sort of ironic the way everything turned out this month in terms of finding out about the miscarriage and then living with family to help with the healing process. It’s just been so nice to be around family during everything that’s been going on, and I can easily say there’s been more than one occasion where I’ve had to be “talked off the ledge” so to speak (i.e., freaking out about x,y, or z and then being reminded I was being silly/stupid).
It’s also been great for Lucas to be able to spend some extra time with everyone too (while, at the same time, giving me and Jay some time to ourselves).
Watching Lucas Turn Two
I’m still sort of in disbelief/denial (whatever you want to call it) over the fact that my baby is now two.
Call me a broken record, I don’t care. But it’s just SO weird to me to think that he’s two years old. I am amazed as I sit and watch him grow and learn new things every single day. He makes me smile more than anything in this world, while simultaneously being a contributing factor to my desire for a nighty glass of wine.
Keeping up a Routine and Staying the Path
There were a lot of times this past month where I wanted to just throw my hands up in the air and say “Screw it! I’m done!” And sometimes, I did do that. But for the most part, I’ve been able to keep fairly cool when things have gotten crazy with trying to complete a home, move for the second time, arrange a closing, resolve issues with banks…you know, all that super fun stuff we as adults get to deal with.
Wine certainly helps with all of those things above. So do shoulder rubs, and pool time, and Netflix. But as cliché as it may sound, one of the things that has really allowed me to stay somewhat sane amongst all of the chaos has been my commitment to my workout routine.
For the past month or so, I’d say that I’ve been sticking with working out 3-5 days a week, depending on the week. Some workouts are a quick 25-30 minutes, others are longer (like my 55 minute Pump workouts which just rock my world in the best way possible), but they’re all done because I want to do them. Not because I feel like I need to do them.
No, working out is so much more than that. It keeps me on track. It keeps me feeling good. And it allows me to stay the path.
I told you all last month about my intentions and plan to stay the path this summer, and I’m happy that I can say that I’ve stuck with that. That’s exactly what CALIA by Carrie Underwood is all about; they want to know how you stay the path on your own fitness journey (you can see more about that HERE).
I’m in love with her line of clothes so far, and every outfit I’ve gotten my hands on has not only been incredibly comfortable, but I also adore the look. It’s great for working out, but it’s just as versatile to wear out to run errands as well. I would absolutely (and have already done so) gone out to the store wearing this top and these shorts.
And you knowwwww that I had to pair them with my wicked cute purple Reebok Skyscapes (although they aren’t currently selling them in solid purple, they have some really great colors and patterns right now!).
The line is available exclusively at Dick’s Sporting Goods and at caliastudio.com, and they have some fabulous pieces available. For example, I totally want to get my hands on this sweater. Adorrrrrable.
So my hope is that, as we *hopefully* (keep your fingers crossed for us!) begin our next journey into our new home in the coming week(s), I’ll be able to maintain my routine of working out at least a few times a week. Otherwise, I may just have to up the wine intake which, then again, really isn’t all that bad of an idea either, right?
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