New Year, New Me

Posted by Demi Duncan on


HAHA I’m sure you have heard it all before, I know I sound like a broken record but hey we’re still in January so I’m gonna roll with it.

"This year, my new year’s resolution is to be a morning person. Whether that’s to exercise first thing, go for a walk, have a cuppa or just get up early to start my day, and so far, so good!!"

On the exercise note, I’ve changed my mindset about it!! I’ve always been an active person however I would never really just go for a run on my own or go to a group class on my own (I always want a gal pal to meet me there), and I am one of those annoying people who just complain about having to exercise instead of just doing it.

Let me break down my train of thought….

Goal one: be a morning person. Don’t just lay in bed and scroll, get up, have my coffee, unstack the dishwasher, get the kids’ breakfast ready before they get out of bed (Ollie wakes up HANGRY AF) just be 'up and at em' before the kids wake up. Within this goal, exercising in the morning is a great way for me to start my day so I don’t have the temptation to just lay in bed. And I’ve changed my mindset about exercising in general…

Instead of doing it to officially “lose weight”- which let’s be honest; that’s the main reason 😂 I have changed the way I think about it. I now exercise for mental health/alone time and I am loving it! Some mornings, I am getting up to start my day by being active, I’m not thinking or worrying about the scales or my dress size, I am focusing on how much better it makes me feel in general and how it sets me up for the day and to be honest, since doing this, I already feel so much more organised and productive. I also feel like my morning bad moods are a thing of the past 🤣 (although I may need to double check that statement with my husband).

Just before NYE, I messaged my sister about how I was feeling and what I wanted to get out of 2021. She (Zoe) helped me set some short term and long term goals, sent me a calendar to fill in each week which I send her a photo of and then she checks in with me daily to see how I am going. We also review each week to see where there is room for improvement – usually its “maybe try cutting out having a wine so often” 😜 but it’s made a huge difference having her to keep me motivated, she messages me with other options if something doesn’t go to plan and she encourages me regardless how I feel, she also sends me motivational quotes.

Since this whole ‘new year, new me’ thing started, I have realised there is actually so much time in the day (shock- if you wake up earlier, you have more time lol). I have always had a bit of an overwhelming feeling that there isn’t enough time for me to be a Mum, interacting and playing with my kids, owning a business, keeping on top of the house cleaning, socialising, spend time with my husband... etc etc – you all get it!!! I now give myself a spring cleaning task each week to complete; whether its clean out the pantry, sort out the kids’ wardrobes, clean out the bathroom cupboards etc, and I just do it. 

(PLEASE NOTE: this is just my personal experience, and this works for me and my family. My husband doesn’t ever have to start work before 730am so I am able to get exercise done before he leaves and I also have so much support from my parents, mother-in-law and my brother who help out heaps with the kids).

I haven’t changed my diet or anything like that. I absolutely LOVE wining and dining, it’s one of my favourite things to do and I also love a drink, whether it’s a beer or a glass of wine while I am cooking dinner or a few drinks when catching up with friends. I cook at home at least 5 times a week (actually one thing I am finding hard at the moment is inspo for dinner 😑.. for anyone reading this, feel free to send some dinner inspo my way!) and usually get take away of some sort or eat with friends on the weekends so I haven't changed my eating habits (and most definitely haven't cut out alcohol) but I'm about balance and enjoying what I love doing. I love a dinner date or a long lunch so even though I haven’t been “strictly eating healthy” or “cutting out alcohol”, I am still feeling so much better within myself for being active and productive of a morning. If I don’t exercise in the morning, I try to fit in an arvo jog before “peak hour” begins in the household; anyone with kids knows that’s 4:30pm onwards!

I have more energy throughout the day which allows me the energy to clean up the house after dinner so once the kids are down by 730pm, I feel good about the day that's been and can happily relax on my phone, my computer or while watching Netflix. 

We live in the Geelong region, the exercise I am currently doing:

People of Arcadia by Rob: Beginners Running Group (Geelong Waterfront)

Upstate Studio: Mat Pilates & Boxing (Geelong Studio)

I also have Strava, a few of my girlfriend’s and I post about our walks and/or runs and we find it so encouraging, motivating.

My Pro's so far for starting my day early:

  • More energy throughout the day
  • Less screen time
  • WAY more organised with MISSTA
  • Accountability with exercise
  • LOVING exercising 
  • Feeling better within myself 
  • WAY less bad moods, especially in the morning
I hope reading this can help you realise that a healthy mindset really does help! As mums, we have to remain flexible because as our kids' routine's change, our kids start a new phase and we need to be able to adapt. If I miss a run, or have a few too many wines, it’s not the end of the world... it’s all about balance and enjoying everything for what it is with a healthy, positive mindset.

Time to yourself is so important and as a mum of two toddlers, I am really appreciating it more than ever when I get it 😎

Anyway… it’s only mid Jan, so wish me luck until I check in again 🤞🏼

Demi 😘

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