You know you are a mommy when you plan out how much you hope to accomplish during nap times. My list is always longer then what M will allow but it’s there. Usually on there is working out, showering, brushing teeth, picking up the house, starting laundry, putting away dishes, etc. Somehow updating my blog has never made it on this list. I have warned you before that I am a bad blogger. You can see that it’s been a month since my last post! I am really working on getting better and to be able to blog at least 1 time per week.
I think writing things down is essential to our health and well being. Journaling or blogging can be a way to get out things that are bottling up inside. They can help you step away from a situation so that you can see it from another angle. They are essential when you do not feel there is someone else to talk to. I do really recommend doing some writing in some way at least once a week. As I said I am working on this myself. As a mommy it is so easy to put everything into your family and little ones and forget about yourself. We see it as a badge of honor but in reality I think it can actually hurt us. We need time to ourselves. To be able to step away from everything, even if it is for 30 minutes. The sad things is we feel so darn guilty when we do. So if you can’t get physically way then journaling can be it.
My life has changed a bit since the last time I wrote anything down. I went from being a stay at home mommy to a working woman again. I am so lucky that they have worked with me so that I work once my hubby gets home and only part time. This way M doesn’t need to go to daycare and gets individual attention from both of us. I can tell you I never expected to feel so guilty being away from him. I really am not missing much since I work nights and my hubby can handle dinner, getting into jammies, reading to him and putting him to bed. But I can tell you that I completely miss not being able to be a part of that 5 days out of the week.
I do love being able to chat with adults again, and getting away for 4-6 hours is nice when things get stressful. The funny part is I hate working nights. I am more of a morning person naturally but you do what you have to when it comes to being there for your kiddos. Do I plan on working out of the home forever? I can’t say right now as I do not know what they future will hold for me. I don’t mind being away but I would rather only have to work 1-3 days a week out of the home and the rest at home.
This is where the beauty of Beachbody and Young Living come in. They are supplementing my income in a way that this can be a reality for me in the near future. I love that even though it is hard to do and yet another thing in my schedule. It is completely rewarding and helping me get to where we want to be. And with that I will end this so that I might be able to go to the bathroom with the door shut since little man is still sleeping. Ah, the life as a parent.
Are you a planner or a go with the flow kind of person. I am more of a go with the flow type of person except when it comes to cooking. We try to plan out our meals each week so that we can keep our food budget low. We don’t eat many if at all any processed foods so it takes time to plan everything out so that I am not in the kitchen all day. M wouldn’t let me be in the kitchen anyways. We have tried a few ways of planning but a great one I found to get started is called the No Plan Menu Plan. It is pretty healthy, set up easily to follow, and includes over 20 weeks of meals. They are bit too animal protein and dairy based for me but you can very easily make some changes to the recipes to make them work for you and your family.
This week I tried my own hand at planning in this same style and so far we are 2 for 2 in delicious meals. Saturday we had crunchy orange cauliflower over rice and today we had red beans and rice. Both were vegan and delicious and what I needed. Last week I said I had to get back on the plan that is best for me and look at that one step in the right direction. High five me!!!
Now this week it’s all about getting back into the work out phase. I am not sure what program to go with right now. I have so many that I love. I could do Piyo again, 21 Day Fix, T25, Les Mills Combat… really the list goes on and on. Maybe I should just go with the flow and go with what makes sense that day. I dunno. My intuition is saying Piyo and I have yet to finish that program from start to finish so maybe I should start that one over. Hmmm, thoughts anyone? Well here’s to staying on the path of being the best, healthiest me I can be!
Oh my goodness guys, I am on the bad blogger train and I need to jump off of it. I had every intention of blogging at least once a week but as we can all see that hasn’t happened, lol. I wish I had some excellent excuse on why, but in reality I just was a slacker. I don’t know if you are like me but once winter hits I just get so unmotivated to do anything! Maybe it’s the cold, the dark, the lack of vitamin D but I find everything hard to do. It doesn’t help that I have been a bad eater lately. I know what things make me feel good and what make me feel bad and I have not been listening to my body like I should.
Sometimes in life you have to go away from the popular opinion. You have to stand up for yourself, your body, your life without the support of others. I am lucky that I have people in my life that are completely supportive but that doesn’t mean that sometimes things get hard. I know that animal protein, dairy, and gluten are pretty much on the no fly list for me yet there are times I find myself consuming at least one of the three. I am not perfect. I have never claimed to be and can find myself struggling even though I know what steps I need to take.
It’s time to be a grow up (even though I am in my 30’s) and stand up for myself and my health. I do not want my son to learn that slacking off is the way to go. That being healthy means only doing it in January. I can’t let stupid excuses like “oh, it’s winter”… or “oh, it’s the holidays” allow me to treat myself badly. I know that a plant based diet without gluten is the best for me and darn it I deserve to feel my best! Time to get back on the health wagon, making delicious food that will make me feel amazing. And while I am at it, it’s time to get back to working out consistently! I am not going to wait until January…the slacking stops now!
I recently came across an article on how to make eco-friendly and non-toxic dryer sheets. Being the gal that I am I of course had to try it out. What you do is use some cheap cloth (I found a set of thin dish towels for like $1.25 at my local grocery store) and cut them up into fourths. You then mix up a 1/2 a cup of vinegar (a natural softener) and 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend. I used Young Living’s Christmas Spirit essential oil blend for this round because I am currently obsessed with it. Give it a little shake and pour it over your towels. When you are ready to use them take out one and squeeze out the extra liquid and throw in the dryer. Once the dryer is one just add that cloth back into the stack and it’s ready to be used again. I love not having any waste! Are you a dryer sheets kinda family or do you have your own eco-friendly tricks?