Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Day 2 of the challenge. Yes, technically yesterday would have been day 2, but I'd rather not blog on Sundays. It is a day if rest after all. (Although I wouldn't hold me up to the whole 'I don't blog on Sundays thing,' since I'm maddeningly inconsistent)
Today the challenge was to let my hair be 'au natural' and let it be. This meant no products, irons, curlers (although that'd be silly in my case) or anything like that. I imagine shampoo and conditioner would be exempt.
This was an easy and fun one for me because I don't do much with my hair. It's naturally curly. It gets tangled easily, but also does it's own thing. The ,purpose for today was not to hair bash. I don't know why, but saying hair bash makes me smile. Possibly because it sounds like ki-bosh. Possibly because it's late, I'm tired and everything seems a little bit funnier than normal. So if you don't get my humor, by all means try again around 2am. True it probably still won't seem funny, but it might just seem a little less lame. Though I make no promises.
So, what's your favorite thing about your hair? Is there a style or hair do you've always wanted to try? I want to do the top bun that looks like a bow. It seems cute. True it was probably geared more toward the 7 year old crowd, but why should they have all the fun. They already get all the cool shoes that glow when they walk.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I wrote 10 answers to Jame's Lipton's questions and my next thing is going to be a 10 day challenge. So is 10 my favorite number? No...actually it's 6. Although that's neither here nor there.
More than a year ago I did a "10 day Recovery challenge." I enjoyed it and it helped me reflect on who I am. Since I haven't done it in a while, and because the challenge is revamped each year, I am going to do it again.
Care to join me? You can get a spiffy PDF on https://recapturingbeauty.byu.edu/challeng
Don't care to join me? That's all right. I promise it won't hurt my feelings.
Firstest, the motivations quotes from the site:
“A woman’s relationship with her body is the most important relationship she’ll ever have. The body is, quite literally, our vehicle for being—for giving, for loving, for moving, for feeling—and if it doesn’t work, it’s fairly certain nothing in our lives will work either.”
Diana K. Roesch
“It is not only possible but natural for each of us to love our bodies, to find ourselves beautiful—no matter how different, disabled, old, or battle-scarred we may be.”
Harriet Goldhor Lerner
Secondly, the challenge:
Cover the edge of my mirror with nice/possitive comments about myself.
At first I tried sticky notes, but they fell off. I decided to use my eyeliner to write motivational phrases and mantra's on the borders of my mirror. My 9 year old saw me doing this and was naturally curious.
"I'm writing some motivational phrases on the mirror," I said. There was a long pause as the watched me write a few words down. For a moment I wondered if she was going to read over the words or even ask me a question about it. Instead she continued to stand behind me for a little longer.
"O.....K......, that's weird," she said. Then went off to play with her friend. I couldn't help but smile.
Here are some things I wrote:
"My body is a temple"
"My words are kind"
"Thank you body for what you help me accomplish"
The mantra I'm going to keep repeating in my head is that "I eat and act with self respect"
I left space on my mirror for other motivational phrases as well as quotes. I might have to use paper and tape for quotes though. My poor eyeliner can only handle so many words. Spared no expense at the lofty price of $0.99 I might add.
What mantra would you write down? Do you have any favorite phrases?
Friday, November 22, 2013
I am too scattered to talk about anything specific, so instead I thought it's be fun to answer James Lipton's questions from "Inside the Actors Studio".
1. What is your favorite word? - superfluous , especially when saying "jettison the superfluous"
2. What is your least favorite word? - the N word, but really any word used to belittle others
3. What turns you on? - hearing or seeing someone brim over with excitement about a hobby they are passionate about.
4. What turns you off? - intolerance for harmless things outside of the social norm
5. What sound do you love? - my daughter's giggling
6. What sound do you hate? The screaming noise of a terrified rabbit. There is an almost surreal quality to the noise that they can emit.
7. What is your favorite curse word? - chicken mole. It's not a true swear word, but since I don't curse my daughter came up with her own "expletive." I'm not sure where she came up with the idea to use chicken mole, but when she was four she would say it all the time. When she was excited she would point at something and say "what the chicken mole is that?"
8. What profession other than your would you love to attempt? - oh plenty. I would love to be a helicopter pilot, novelist, play write, Preschool Teacher, Personal Trainer, a host on Top Gear (or at least someone who can test drive the cars), wildlife photographer or Travel Writer.
9. What profession would you not like to attempt? - IRS
10. If heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? - All of your friends and family who have passed on before you are hear to welcome you with love. You have spent your time on earth well, serving those around you and living an honorable life. You will be able to learn all of the skills that you weren't able to get to during your time on earth.
What about you? What the chicken mole would your answers be?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
...it makes the find forgetful. At least in regard to healthy habits. The last time I was on here it was in March. Even then, I was only on for a week and then slipped back into my old ways.
In the meantime I've read a lot of health books, tried some meditations, joined a gym and tried a lot of new recipes. Most of the meals ended up being unprint worthy. It's a term we use at home. When we try a new meal I ask my husband if it's print worthy. If he says yes I print it up and add it to my recipe binder. If it's not, then I don't do anything and no one gets glared at for criticizing my cooking.
All good right? Well not exactly. During that time I've also eating like an emotional binging addict, skipped plenty of days/weeks of going to the gym, raided the snacks until I felt like exploding and had a few...yeah let's say a few...breakdowns.
To make a long story a little longer, I've gained friends and support at the gym, but I miss the support I had here. The support that I need at 9:30 at night when I am tempted by the siren song of the junk food (and sometimes whole food, but in extremely unhealthy portions) calling out to me. Most of which is food which my husband and children have decided that they " need" for survival. Which is a blog in and of itself for another day.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Usually a detox brings the following things to mind:
Only consuming liquids
Drinking weird concoctions
dangerous fad diet type of things
How about you? The truth is that the word detox is much like diet. The true meaning has become twisted. When I'm talking about detox I don't mean any of that. I just want to get rid of white sugar and white flour. Easier said than done obviously.
By white sugar I mean: granulated sugar and any artificail sweeteners. I'm still fine with honey, molasses, organic cane sugar(I probably could do without this one, but for now I'm keeping it in the list) and maple syrup. The natural sugars in whole fruit, milk, cheese, and plain yogurt is also fine.
is anyone interested in trying this with me?
I'd like to do this in stages: (possibly week by week, although I might do it month by month to make sure I have the habits set before moving on)
1. get enough lean protein in my diet
2. get enough fiber in my diet
3. drink enough water
4. Eat meals while sitting at the table-eating mindfully
5. Get whole grain flours for cooking (not just whole wheat, but try out other flours too)
6. Get whole grains: teff, kamut, quinoa, millet as well as the normal ones
7. Write down what I eat-calories as well as emotions
8. Cut white flour and white sugar cold turkey
9. Gripe (Not a step per say, but just a possibility)
10. Feel super awesome and possess super powers...well at least the ability to have less mood swings and better sleep. A cape might have to be involved.
Any interest? If so, I might put up a spark group. No promises though, I can be a bit of a spaz. And not in that card playing kind of way, although I've been known to hit myself in the head. Usually because I'm not paying attention to where I'm going though.
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