Friday, August 08, 2014
I can't believe the school year starts next week already. Back in my day, school didn't start back until after Labor Day. My oldest is not excited at all. She turned 13 this summer and has hit "teenager" faze hard.
My youngest is starting middle school at a new school so I think he's a little more excited. He'll be leaving the house in the morning on his own and riding a school bus for the first time. I'm really nervous for him. He has been going to a very small private school for the last 6 years so this is going to be a huge change for him.
Looking back at summer, I wish I would have planned things better. We didn't get to do nearly enough "fun" stuff like we have in previous summers. It seems like it just went by so fast. We did get to the lake a few times and to a water park a few times but that's about it. Maybe next year we can actually go on a vacation. Need to start planning.....
I did manage to stay on track with my exercise and eating for the most part this summer. Haven't really lost much weight but haven't gained either so I guess thats good. My drinking has not been the best either but this last week we have been really busy everyday with volleyball practice and getting ready for school that I haven't had a drink since Sunday. If I can stay busy until 7pm then any urge passes and I'm good for the night. It's those day's that I have nothing planned in the afternoon that get me. Weekends tend to get me too....
Well summer, you will be missed at our house. Especially by my 13 yr old daughter.......
Monday, April 07, 2014
Throughout life we start many new journeys such as graduation, married life, having children, starting a healthy lifestyle. I've started all of these journeys at some point in my life. A new journey I started 2 weeks ago is living the rest of my life without my parents. My mother died 5 years ago and now my father died 2 weeks ago. It is a very odd, scary feeling not having any parents. I know many people live their whole lives either without parents or they may just not be close to them. I was very close to both of my parents. Even though I moved out at 18 and have been very independent my whole life, I still looked to them for advice and companionship. We spent alot of time together, whether it be on vacations or just hanging out on weekends. They were always a phone call away with any questions about cooking or plants or basically anything.
Now, I've blogged before about my marriage problems and actually things are still really good between us. While my dad was sick, my DH was there for me and is there for me now. I feel like we finally have a good marriage and have come to realize in the last couple of weeks that our little family is my only family now. I have brothers and a sister but they have their own lives now too. Birthdays, holidays, vacations will just be my little family now.
My new journey is coinciding with my new clean lifestyle journey. I think that is very fitting. I feel a sense of responsibility now to my children to be as healthy as I can be and live as long as I can. I don't want them to lose me when they are only 40.
Along with eating mostly clean and using mostly clean products, I am going to continue to exercise at least 4 times a week, hopefully 5. I am going to sleep at least 7 hrs a night and do yoga/meditate at least twice a week. These are all things that I already do most of the time.
Along with those things, I'm going to either be completely AF or mostly AF. This is going to be very hard for me but with so many bad things coming at us in every direction, drinking causes damage to our bodies that can be completely avoided. This is going to be my number 1 goal. I am also going to make Dr. appts that I have been avoiding. I need to have a complete physical, a mammogram, and a dermatologist checkup.
I am making a vow to take care of myself not only for me but for my family.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
So, I wrote last week about DH trying to lose weight and get healthier and how I just wasn't motivated at the moment. Well, finally I feel motivated!! We did alot of talking about our lifestyle and I don't know how or why but something has clicked in him. I have slowly been trying to get the family to eat "clean" and up until now it was just me. Now he's all in!
I've read blog after blog about what chemicals are doing to people and how we can become healthier by eliminating as many chemicals as possible. It's not just in our food but in everything we use. It's really quite overwhelming if you think too much about it. But we've come up with a plan to do little things here and there to eventually get us on the right track to a clean lifestyle.
First thing we are trying to do and I have been trying to do for awhile is to eat clean. To me this means buying organic veggies and fruits, diary, eggs, and meat. So far doing pretty good with everything except the meat. Organic meat is soooo expensive. Will definitely have to learn to budget for that. Also we are trying to stop eating canned goods. That is really hard to do but as items are being used up in the pantry I'm replacing with either jars, frozen, or fresh. Packaged foods are actually a little easier for us to stop using. I've started making things that I used to buy in a package homemade, like mac n cheese and noodles/rice.
Things I will work on the next couple of weeks for our clean eating-
Buying organic meats
Make homemade seasoning packets and dressing
Replace kids "snacks" with clean alternatives
Replace kids high sugar drinks with something they will actually like
I will work on these things a little at a time. Other area's I want to work on are-
Like I said, it's a little overwhelming if you try to make all these changes at once. For the most part, my strategy is going to be as the product is used up, I will replace it with something that has less chemicals and is better for us and the environment.
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