Getting Ready For Spring
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It snowed here on Monday. By here I mean New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Monday was also April freaking 2nd. The day after Easter! Easter Sunday was actually beautiful and pretty warm, and then Monday morning we woke up to like 3 + inches of snow. What a literal nightmare.
Ok so complaining aside, I am readdddy for it to feel like spring. I am sick of my snow jacket and I am sick of boots. I am ready to go for a walk in the park and be able to maybe wear a light jacket or fleece. BUT the only problem with the beginning of spring and warmer weather, means that my winter body has to be prepared. Presently, it is not quite there. I went to the store to try on some clothes for golf the other day and YIKES. I need some self tanner and a long run badly. And an Easter food/candy detox. A good night sleep would be great too but hey, beggars can't be choosers.
In order to get ready for spring I want/need to do several things:
1. Spring clean our living space. This is unrelated to anything physical, although it is DEFINITELY good for my mental health. I love when my space is clean and organized. In order to not go nuts and get overwhelmed by doing bimonthly or monthly "deep cleans" of our apartment, I try and clean the bathroom once a week and if I'm being honest I probably vacuum about every other day.
In order to really set ourselves up for spring, I'd like to organize our cabinets (which even after only a few months of living in our place have gotten messy and disorganized), get rid of any clothes I do not wear (a la the Marie Kondo method) and get rid of any unnecessary clutter in he apartment.
We've also been working on adding art and photos to the space, so I am hoping to finish that up and make our home feel more like ours.
2. Take a look at my nutrition and try to clean it up. try some new spring recipes!
This one is both mental and physical. Winter is a time where I tend to eat more hearty warm dishes (although I am constantly trying to eat lighter) but spring is when all the fresh produce and fish, etc. really shine in my diet. I love going to the Montclair farmers market and getting the freshest stuff to cook for the week. One of my favorite dishes as of late is, embarrassingly, a bruschetta pizza slice. In order to make this healthier, I googled bruschetta chicken dishes, and one of my favorite food blogger's, Skinny Taste, has a great looking one that I am really excited to try.
I'll definitely be taking a look at this list, in order to see what's in season for spring cooking.
3. Another important thing - to me - for spring, is getting into the best shape I can be in. After months of being indoors and trying as best I can to stick to a workout routine as well as I can, but not always succeeding, it is important to me to get back to a routine in that regard. I have always used Tone It Up (well for about 1.5 years ish) and I love that program. Lately though, I have been wanting to branch out and expand on my workouts. My sister has had amazing results with BBG and loooooves it so I printed some of those workouts. I also recently discovered Madeline Moves. She is the best for motivation, counting macros if that's your thing, and has amazing workouts. I printed some of hers as well and have been trying them out. I have to say I really love them!
We actually have a treadmill in our apartment but are going to sell it because it is simply too big and loud for the space - we are going to replace it with a smaller fold up recumbent bike for cardio! I'm excited to get this process rolling.
For me, within my entire lifestyle, I thrive on routine. I seriously live an die by them and absolutely love having a plan - this absolutely is something that O and I differ on and gets on his nerves because I am always trying to plan everything out, where as he moreso likes to go with the flow. I digress. I find if I am sticking to my wellness/fitness/nutrition routine I feel and look better. In the coming months I am excited to try and really hone that routine and start living my best life.
4. Get myself a good self tanner :) I am PALE. In the aforementioned pictures I was taking the other day I was honestly disgusted by my pasty complexion. I understand that this is natural during the winter months, but seriously everyone looks better with a tan it is simply a fact. I have tried a few that I like: The St. Tropez and Jergens of course, and I just got this one which I have been loving for face and body. It smells good, goes on evenly and you mix in the drops with your face or body moisturizer, which I am obsessed with.
So lastly I'll ask, what do you guys do to get ready for spring? It can be whatever, but I'd love to hear!