When the Brain’s Been Hijacked

My writing bestie and critique partner, Charissa James-Weaks, said it best: Babies hijack your brain. Boy, is that ever true (especially during pregnancy)!

If you follow me on social media, then I’m sure you’re aware of my amazing news: there’s a Baby Collins on the way!

13 Week Ultrasound of Baby Collins

13 Week Ultrasound of Baby Collins (taken March 24th).

But I’m not posting to talk about the baby–at least not exclusively. I’m posting to talk about how pregnancy seriously hijacks your brain. If you remember, at the first of this year I made a commitment to get back into blogging and being active on social media and all that other jazz. BUT… the universe decided that after 2.5 years of trying to no avail to finally gift the hubs and I with a baby, and that’s when everything changed (and don’t get me wrong–I’m beyond THRILLED to finally have the child we always dreamed of, so my thoughts in this post no way lessens that or makes me ungrateful 🙂 ).

From that point on, whatever writing/revising plans I had, blog posts scheduled for writing, books to read…basically anything that wasn’t pregnancy, sleep, eating, dayjob, and hubby-related was out the damn window.

Whatever enthusiasm I had for my new blogging schedule, or my book and it’s schedule for completion became NONEXISTENT. I’m not even kidding a little on that. Between utter exhaustion and mood swings and the overwhelming excitement of a baby finally happening zapped every single bit of interest I had in my dream of publishing a novel. Cause my brain was literally hijacked.

So how am I going to overcome this so I can get the rest of this damn book revised (preferably before the little one arrives)??

Well, not quite sure yet, but I’m sure the first step is the simple fact that I’ve realized what’s happened and accepted that it’s totally okay for this to be happening. It’s my first pregnancy and I should enjoy it. If that means not being eyeballs-deep in revisions the entire nine months, then so be it.

So far the second step is shaping to be inching back into the creative part of my brain. For this I’ve just finished reading Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBird, and man, can I just say that it worked in getting that part of the brain churning? 😉

Next I’ve printed up the pages I’ve revised so far in the book (about 150 total), and plan to read in order to immerse myself back into that world. From there we’ll see what happens, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get back into some kind of revision schedule that allows me to spend more time away than I would under normal circumstances (because I know every weekend from now until the birth will be filled with getting things ready for the baby). So if that means the expectation is one fully revised chapter completed at least every two weeks should work, then that’s what it’ll be in order for this soon-to-be-mama to keep her sanity.

How all of this re-immersion into my writing-self will go is yet to be determined. But I do know one thing: Life’s too short to be hard on yourself. Give yourself a break, accept how things have changed (or how they’re going to change), and roll with it. Everything will work out how it’s meant to in the end.

Til next time! 🙂
Melinda

Gotta Try It: 21 Day Fix

21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese

21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese

So yeah, it’s that time of year when everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions, and the most famous one is–say it with me now–LOSING WEIGHT.

How about this year, instead of making that simple goal of losing weight, we simply aspire to become healthy? To change our lifestyle from a few weeks on a particular diet to lose a certain amount of weight to one of simple and easy healthy eating and daily exercise?

Sounds good, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought when I first saw 21 Day Fix last year.
(Note: I’m not a Beach Body Coach so I don’t receive perks for marketing my favorite product of theirs).

What is 21 Day Fix?

Let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not a diet. It’s an eating & exercise plan that allows you to eat what your body needs in proper portions that’ll stimulate weight-loss when used in conjunction with the 30 minutes-a-day exercise program.

How Does it Work?

Let’s start with the food. When you purchase 21 Day Fix, you’ll receive not only the workout DVDs but the colored food containers. These are sized & colored based on the correct portion you should have of a certain type of food. The colors represent:

What you receive in your 21 Day Fix kit
What you receive in your 21 Day Fix kit

 

 

Green: 1 cup Vegetables
Purple: 1 cup Fruits
Red: 2/3 cup Proteins
Yellow: 1/2 cup Carbs
Orange: 2 tbsp. Seeds & Dressings
Blue: 1/3 cup Healthy Fats
1 Teaspoon: Oils

 

 

Based on your weight & current activity level, you will be provided with how many portions of each food group you can have throughout the day. For myself, I’m allotted 4 veggies, 3 fruits, 4 proteins, 3 carbs, 1 healthy fat, 1 seeds & dressings, and 4 teaspoons.
*For a thorough rundown of how it works, check out BeachBody’s 21 Day Fix site and watch the infomercial in the middle of the page.

Are the Workouts for Everyone?

YES. No matter your current activity level or how long it’s been since you’ve worked out or if you have bad knees and ankles THE WORKOUTS ARE FOR EVERY ONE.

The daily workouts are only 30 minutes and are designed to work every part of your precious body. No, there isn’t a day off, but there are two active rest days (Thursdays & Sundays) and a moderator. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: Total Body Cardio Fix
  • Tuesday: Upper Fix
  • Wednesday: Lower Fix
  • Thursday: Pilates Fix
  • Friday: Cardio Fix
  • Saturday: Dirty 30
  • Sunday: Yoga Fix

Is it Going to be Enough Food?

YES. I know the amounts appear to be super small, and when the colored containers arrive you’re like “OMG I’m going to starve!”, but trust me, it is PLENTY of food. You just have to know how to mix your allotted colors throughout the day. Here’s an example of a day in my 21 Day Fix meal plan:

  • Breakfast: Turkey sausage (1 red), oatmeal (1 yellow)
  • Snack #1: Mixed fresh fruit (1 purple), plain non-fat Greek yogurt (1 red)
  • Lunch: Roasted chicken (1 red), tomatoes & cucumbers (1 green), brown rice (1 yellow), 1 apple with PB (1 purple & 1 tsp)
  • Snack #2: Carrots (1 green) and humus (1 blue)
  • Dinner: Turkey taco meat (1 red), 50/50 salad mix w/ tomatoes & cucumbers (2 green), nonfat Italian dressing (1 orange), 5 oz glass of red wine (1 yellow)

YES, you can have wine IF you trade-in one of your servings of carbs. And it’s the same for chocolate! Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Where Can I Buy?

BeachBody’s 21 Day Fix site is the best place to get started with purchasing your kit. Based on my math (hah!) the program is only a total of $72.80 (that’s 3 monthly payments of $19.95 plus $12.95 shipping & handling).

Now, unfortunately, I don’t have before/after photos to share, but I did measure myself before and after my first round (which was in April 2015), and I lost a total of 4.5 inches and 5lbs. Now remember, a lot of the results you see online are from more than a single round. These results were from a SINGLE round, which is amazeballs! Just imagine how many more inches/pounds I would’ve lost if I’d continued straight into a second or third round.

Want to join my next 21 Day Fix Challenge?

I plan to start back with 21 Day Fix on Monday, February 1st. Are you interested in joining? If so, let me know in the comment section. I’ll shoot you an email so we can exchange information. If we have enough folks interested, I’ll create a Facebook page for daily updates and inspiration as we go through round 1 of 2016.

If you want more information on 21 Day Fix, or need some ideas of how to put your color-coded portions together into some seriously delicious and creative meals, check out my 21 Day Fix Pinterest board.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016! *cheers*