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My Happiness Project: June Recap

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Wow, this month really flew by! It’s not even technically over yet, but I’m cheating a little…

Am I happier now than at the beginning of June? Yes, definitely. Is it because I focused on Health for My Happiness Project for the month of June? Well, no. It’s because I had my adorable son and he is just perfect. How can I not be happier with this new little addition to my family?

It was a bit difficult to stick with my goals for Health. I’ll give myself a grade of C for the month:

1. Take naps. I should be doing this more, like every day, considering the amount of sleep I am losing each night. But it’s so hard! There’s always STUFF to be done at the time when I can be taking a nap. So it’s a battle. But I’m getting better at knowing the days when I have to take a nap or I won’t be able to make it until backup (my husband) arrives.

2. Drink 64 oz. of water each day (and no coffee). HA! I started out doing well with this one. For the baby’s first two weeks, I think I had one cup of coffee. Then I fell off the wagon. Now I am making a half-caff blend most mornings…unless it’s been a really rough night. Then it’s full-caff. I have been doing better with my water consumption, too, but I doubt I’m at 64 oz. every day. To help with drinking more water, I leave a water bottle in the baby’s room each night and try to drink it each time I’m up feeding him.

3. Plan weekly dinner menus on Sundays. FAIL! I don’t know why this is so hard for me. Instead of having it all planned out in advance, I spend a frustrating half hour each weekday trying to come up with an idea of what to cook. I think my issue is that I always make the same meals and it’s so boring. Whenever I have made meal plans in the past, I feel the need to seek out new recipes and make it fancy. Then I don’t end up making those meals, because I never have all the ingredients.

4. Eat fruits and/or veggies with every meal. The past two weeks I have done really well with this. Making it easier was deciding to go in on a bulk fruit/veggie purchase with my sister each week. Every Sunday one of us goes to the local bulk produce store (down here we have a place called Produce Junction) and picks up a few different fruits and veggies. Then we split it up, because neither of us would be able to use the entire amount by ourselves. I definitely want to keep this practice up. My other trick is to cut up the veggies (when applicable) at the start of the week, so that they are easy to grab for snacking or to use in a recipe.

5. Go for a walk every day. I wasn’t able to commit to this goal. It’s been hot and humid since I had my son, and I really don’t want to take him out for walks in this weather. Once it cools off a bit, I will be able to take him out in the stroller. This will make it much easier to get out for walks.

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2013. Has this year been as fruitful as you imagined back in January? Or is it time to buckle down and recommit yourself to your goals?

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  • Allison
    June 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Back when I used to cook dinners, I would make a different thing each night: beef, chicken, seafood, soup, pasta. You could also make a list of all the dinners you make to remind yourself of the good ones.

    • The Naughty Mommy
      June 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Yes, that’s a good idea. I should try that. Thanks!

  • Zoey
    June 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I find that if I have canned goods ( like chicken broth, black, kidney and cannellini beans, canned tomatoes, jars of pasta sauce, capers, etc) in the pantry and chicken and beef in the freezer, it’s much easier to try different recipes since you already have most of the basics. I try to keep stocked up with those and buy the fresh veggies and fruit once a week

    • The Naughty Mommy
      June 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I’m lacking in a stocked pantry, mainly because my kitchen storage is so small! Hopefully in my next house I will have a nice, big freezer and pantry!