From Wikipedia: “Shit or get off the pot” is a common English language colloquial expression, used to imply a person should follow up their stated intentions with action. It is also used to urge someone to complete a task with a greater degree of efficiency or timeliness than is observed at the time the expression is used.
I feel like that pretty accurately summarizes where I’ve been at with this blog for the past couple of years. It was time to make a decision to either write again, or shut ‘er down. So I’ve decided to shi… I mean, write.
Here’s the Coles Notes (Cliff’s Notes, for my American readers) version of what I/we’ve been up to:
Kids: There are still two of them; none pending. Oliver’s four and Alexander will be two this month. They’re fun, they’re intense, and they (and all their various needs and activities) are basically the reason I haven’t blogged much in the past two years.
Fitness: Might as well go ahead and remove the “fit” part from the title of this blog, because it’s been a grim couple of years for fitness. I had to let my Crossfit membership go shortly after Alexander was born, as I wasn’t making it to enough classes to justify the cost. For this year, my goal is to reinsert regular exercise into my routine, sans gym membership. At my disposal, I have kilometres of beautiful seaside and forest running trails, several parks and fields, a tiny gym in my building, some odds and ends of equipment (a kettlebell, a jump rope, a timer…) and a brand new pair of Vivobarefoot runners. As much as I like to think of activities like hiking, cycling and snowshoeing as fitness, the reality is that doing these things with small children is primarily an exercise in cat-herding and sherpa-ing. So I will carve out my own little bits of time for fitness, even if it means 10 minutes doing sprints on the rowing machine in my building’s gym, after the kids are in bed. Once Oliver starts kindergarten (next fall — can you believe it?!), I would definitely like to go back to Crossfit. I miss it!
Food: We’re doubling down and committing to 90 uninterrupted days of “Paleo-ish” eating habits (no grains, no potatoes, minimal legumes, minimal dairy, and most importantly, NO TREATS). We’re focusing on super strict habits more than super strict Paleo. For example, while honey and maple syrup are technically Paleo, we won’t be sweetening foods or making Paleo versions of treats. Likewise, peas and beans are legumes – which are technically a Paleo no-no,” but from a habits perspective, they’re more like veggies than anything else, so we’ll enjoy them from time to time.
Work: I’m still doing sleep and parenting consulting, and I’ve got my own little thriving business, Eat Sleep Potty. Until now, I’ve been operating entirely by word of mouth referrals, but I’ve got a shiny new website in the works, which I’ll share with all of you as soon as it goes live. You’ll probably start to see a lot more posts related to sleep, feeding and potty training in the near future, as I’ll be cross-posting anything parenting-related between my two blogs, but in the meantime, if you’re looking for help with getting your little one to sleep, feel free to drop me a line at carli (at) eat-sleep-potty.com
That’s all I have time for right now, as one of my most important new year’s resolutions is to start getting to bed earlier! 🙂 Happy 2016, everyone!