Right before I had Oak, there was this one day where I had party jumped with River throughout the whole day. I was deep into my pregnancy, but I had stayed moving the entire time, feeling great and mostly not pregnant. I was unaware of how much weight I gained during my pregnancy because I walked constantly and had fairly light and healthy meals most of the time. It felt as though that was the way pregnancy was supposed to be. Not a time where I overindulged, or skimped on food, I just did and I just was. That day in particular I had joked about being so active that my body would just "snap back" post labor. Soon after I had Oak I realized that no such thing would happen, at least not quickly.
Right before Jawbone reached out to me, I had tried and failed at cutting back on the time of day I ate my meals. I also spent many mornings running, burning off a lot of calories too, and gaining a pound or two in return. I still was hungry at various-inconvienent times of the night because of breastfeeding, and waking up early to run before Peter started his work day seemed impossible at times with a new baby. After receiving my UP24 I realized that I was doing it all wrong. The sleep, the eating, the exercising, all of it. (fact: if you're nursing you are supposed to consume 500 more than your pregnancy calorie intake, which should have been 2,000. So 2,500 it is. Don't skimp, you end up gaining weight if you do.) I started using my UP24 right away. I soon realized that my goal isn't and should not be losing x amount of pounds, at least while I am nursing full-time. My goal should simply be to change my lifestyle. I am a habitual under-eater during the day (I feel like all moms forget to feed themselves during the day? #hangry), and working/blogging snacker at night, with little sleep. I am so excited to change these ways!
This month, I am partnering with Jawbone, by using the UP24 to help me with these lifestyle changes. The UP24 is a small device that wraps around your wrist, and helps you reach or maintain a healthy lifestyle in a more holistic way. By connecting directly with the app that tracks everything daily (sleep, food, movement, water, the whole shabang) quite conveniently in real time, it fits seemingly into your life. It doesn't stand out in an unsightly manner, and I've been wearing it just as I would a bracelet every single day, and loving it. In just a week or so, it has made me change my bedtime, leaving me feeling joyous in the morning, instead of cranky. It's funny how things change when you're more aware of your bad habits.
I think the fun part of all of this is, Peter is joining me on this journey too. Already we both wake up and besides a stinky morning kiss, we ask each other "How much sleep did you get babe?" We've already tweaked little things to help each other be the best we can be, and who doesn't love a good ol' competition when it comes to who's moving the most around here?
I plan on popping in and out of instagram a few times here and there to share some updates throughout the month. Thank you all so much for joining me.
This post was in partnership with Jawbone, thank you so much for supporting my partners who I believe in!