#FitReaders ~ Update October 1 – 5

Posted October 11, 2019 by Berls in FitReaders / 2 Comments


Fit Readers is a group/challenge run by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About, designed to support and encourage each other on our health and fitness goals. In years past I’ve participated but just done quick updates on my Sunday Post. This year, I want my goals to be a top priority, so I’m going to share my updates in a separate, more detailed weekly post. The day it appears will probably fluctuate, though, so just keep your eyes out for it 🙂

October 1 -5

I’ve decided my “FitReaders Week” will be Sunday – Saturday, so these updates will always be covering the week prior… if that makes sense. Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain that. Although my main fitness goal is losing baby weight, my biggest goal is taking care of my emotional health right now, because it is not doing so hot at all. I’m not at Post Partum Depression (PPD) just yet, but I can see myself being in real danger of going there. So I’m trying really hard to take care of myself and avoid it.

Emotional Health Goals

Here are my October goals and how I did:

  • Start back on a Miracle Morning routine (starting Monday). I actually managed to start this with October. Yay! But I’ve had to MAJORLY adapt it. It’s less a morning thing and more a “things for my emotional health that I will get done sometime today.” Because that schedule Dante was falling into… yeah, it’s non-existent right now. He’s so fussy and I’m at my wits end.
  • Blog daily. This has been a life line for me and I’m loving that I’m back. Didn’t miss any days this week.
  • Get out of the house for me time 1x a week. I didn’t get out on Saturday, but a good friend and her mom came over and it was the same as if I had gotten out. They held Dante and I didn’t really have to take care of him at all for the 4 hours they were there. And I got some much needed adult interaction. I felt much better Saturday night.

Fitness Goals

My Fitness Goals and how I did:

  • Do some yoga every morning as part of my miracle morning routine. Yoga happened the first two days only. I think it may have been an unrealistic goal as it depends on Dante being asleep AND not in my arms. Lately, if he’s asleep during the day I seem to be either holding him or wearing him. Not exactly conducive to yoga.
  • Go on 1 walk a day. This is my daily escape and I have yet to miss it. Even when Kiko is home, I enjoy getting out of the house with Buffy, if not with Dante.

Eating Goals

I’m officially not breastfeeding and the relief is huge. I wanted to do it so badly and I definitely beat myself up a bit. But on Friday the lactation consultant did help Dante to latch. And what I learned was that (1) he is only really able to latch if I’m so full of milk I’m ready to burst and (2) he’s going to be hungry again way too soon for me to feel like anything but a dairy cow. So I decided to throw in the towel. He got 2 weeks of breast milk thanks to pumping and that’s better than nothing. So that de-complicates my nutrition a bit. My goals remain the same though… here’s how I did.

  • Get in a minimum of 64 oz of water daily. I kind of stopped keeping track, but I do think I drank lots of water.
  • Eat 2 servings of vegetables daily. I’m trying to make sure that at least 1 meal a day has veggies in it… but I’m struggling here too.
  • Make a meal plan for Monday-Friday over the weekend. I did not make a meal plan, but I did plan on a couple dinners to cook so it’s a start.

I’ve gotten back to posting semi-regularly on Instagram. If you want to follow me more closely, I’m @berlssc.

What are your fitness goals for October? How are you doing? Happy Health and Fitness!

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About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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2 responses to “#FitReaders ~ Update October 1 – 5

  1. Jen

    I give you so many props for your plan, for recognizing what is important to Dante – whether it’s switching to formula or allowing yourself some adult and/or alone time. It’s not easy and you are doing your best. GREAT JOB!!

    I have to laugh about the yoga thing – you know how they have “baby goat yoga?” You could do “Baby Dante Yoga!” ahaha. Keep plugging along my friend – you are doing it!!