Although this month has been basically a repeat of January, with flus, colds and not much running. It has given me some time to reflect on things while I lay trapped under sleeping babies ❤
First off, I have decided to ditch calorie counting. Why you may ask. Well because basically it is a pointless time consuming task that stresses me out. I have calorie counted for years and years and what seems like, well, years. I really don’t know anything else. Well at least I thought I didn’t. Turns out I eat pretty good. My biggest set back is treats and finding moderation. This is generally how calorie counting goes for me. I meticulously measure and count everything for days and sometimes weeks until I hit a calorie counting wall and go in the complete opposite direction and eat basically whatever I can get my hands on. Well, ok maybe not just anything but I usually get my fill before going back to counting calories again.
I have struggled for years to find a balance and it was like a light went off the other day. Why don’t I just try listening to my body. Hmmm, crazy idea right?! Maybe not. So this year, I am ditching the scales, ditching my fitness pal, ditching my little colour coded containers and just eating when my body says so. Maybe I won’t lose the last 10lbs. Who set that goal anyway? Me. And what scale is that based on? I feel great right now. This is the weight I was before I had my first baby and I fit into the clothes I wore when I was 10lbs lighter than this. Muscle counts for a lot. Maybe I will gain. What if I do? Than I know I need to make adjustments. And who knows, maybe just maybe I will get to know myself and this body a little better 🙂
Worth a whirl anyway I think. It’s got to be a more sane idea than calculating everything I put in my mouth. At least my husband will be more sane hahaha.
Last weekend we went out to eat at a local spot that offers Maple Brunch this time of year in celebration of the season for maple farming. It reminded us that we bought taps about 4 years ago and never got around to tapping the trees on our property. So, that is exactly what we did that afternoon. We invited the neighbours/friends kids over and tapped our maples trees. We got about 7 taps in and all of them are producing but one. I intend to move it, I just haven’t got to it yet.
Did you know it takes about 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup. That’s a lot of sap right. I figure we can get our money back for the taps and the buckets in about 4 years. lol. It is super fun for the kids though, they loved being able to help drill and set the taps as well as the hot chocolate and marshmallows afterwards. It was a fun afternoon whether we get much maple syrup or not.
I recently invested in my very first farm share 🙂 I am so excited about this. I did a small veggie share and am hoping to be able to get in on the egg share. Just waiting to hear back. I love the idea of locally grown food and supporting small local businesses and our farming community. This is the trial run for us. If we enjoy it and use it all we will upgrade next year and look at getting a meat share and possibly a fruit share as well. My first box of produce comes in April. I will definitely be blogging about it when I get it!
This month I think I clocked a total of 20k. Blah. I had to move to indoor cardio until the girls get well enough to either take them with me or take them to my friends place so we can switch off and get our running in. I am trying to keep up with my cardio as much as possible but have definitely been doing more weight training this month. Which is fine for now, I don’t have another race until late April and it’s only 10k. I will have my running back in check by then.
Here’s a few pics of the girls tapping the trees and pretending to drive daddies bike.
Oh and this is the link to the farm share we purchased if there is anyone in my area that is interested http://taprootfarms.ca