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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Okay so this morning isn't going as planned but it's going better! Plan was to start the day at 8 am (everyone is gone by then) with tidying up the kitchen and getting dressed. Then at 9am go for a walk.
Well started the day at 8am, kitchen done, dressed before 8:40. So instead of going on facebook and playing games, I switched on the WII, played tennis for 10 minutes, did the fitness test on it and then decided I needed punishment not a walk and dropped in Jillian's kettle bell workout. Now I'm tenderized! I'm going to drink the nettle infusion I made yesterday and head downstairs to make so soap. I have the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival this weekend and I'm not ready - though with all the stuff I have made you wouldn't know it. LOL Tonight when I get home from soccer practice my daughter and I will be going for a run. Then hopefully she'll want to go downstairs and make some bath bombs with me.

I'm sure some are wondering what the heck is a nettle infusion.
I don't think I've ever mentioned I'm very into learning about plants and especially how herbs and other plants can be used to balance, enhance my health and the products I make - hence finding infusions. I've already been working with oil infusions for my soaps and I made my own vanilla extract (tastes so much better than store bought!). Nettle infusion is similar. It's dried herb infused in hot water, you strain it and drink it. Mine goes in the fridge over night so it is cold. If you want more information, send me an email.
I thought I would start with nettle as I already have it in the cupboard and enough to get me through till grocery day. Nettle is also high in calcium, magnesium and zinc as well as a whole whack of other vitamins/minerals. Not alone that over time it can increase energy and is good for the body. It's also another way for me to get in a quart of water everyday as you use only water to infuse the dried nettle with.
Smell wise, to me it smells like tea. Taste wise, it's different. Reminds me of the cedar tea I get from the women on the reserve. I may try adding a drop or two of lemon to it. I will drink this for one week and then try another one.

On today's making list, other than another nettle infusion for tomorrow, is a soda culture so I can make lacto-fermented Strawberry Soda. I'll let you all know how it goes.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/13/2011 11:19AM

    Wooo hooo! Great job on chosing your workout over FB!

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CINSROAD2HEALTH 4/13/2011 10:38AM

    Great job on the AM workout! The nettle infusion sounds really interesting to me...I'll have to do some research. I'd love to find out if there is something that can help me with my balance. I need help with that so much - my yoga poses on one leg leave something to be desired!

Can't wait to hear about the Strawberry Soda! Yum!!!

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Great Weekend

Monday, April 11, 2011

Had a great weekend! Saturday, lots of outside work, played basketball and some soccer with my son.
Sunday we went to the father in-laws, got in a 20 minute walk with the kids. I really need to keep my camera on me. I miss so many photo ops with those two.

Plans for the week: to get out as much as the weather allows. It's suppose to rain most of the week.
Today I have to go to the school for soccer tryouts. Not sure why hold them when we only had 13 kids sign up. I told my son I will be there to watch everyone and figure out what position to start them in.

Otherwise, I just need to concentrate on getting work done for business and some spring cleaning in the house. I'm going to do one room a day to try and make it easier and less overwhelming.

Better get my day going. Have to eat still and hubby is home today. The push for him is to clean his workroom so he and son can work on son's dirt bike some more.

This week is going to be a productive, active week!


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CINSROAD2HEALTH 4/11/2011 10:35AM

    Have a great day! I'm glad you had such a nice weekend!

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MOMWANNABSLIM 4/11/2011 10:27AM

  Productive and active is always a good combo for a great week. Enjoy soccer "tryouts".

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LOOZINITNOW 4/11/2011 8:52AM

    Happy spring cleaning! Make this a fantastic week!!!
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In A Slump

Friday, April 08, 2011

Since coming back to SP I have done great with my eating, not always with tracking what I eat but still I know the choices I've made have been good ones. But I can't seem to get moving. Yes, I've done a little here and there, or had a day or two that were okay but overall no. And I can't figure out why. The weather has been nice, I've had fun outside with the dogs playing ball. I can't get my motivation to go for even a walk. It's not that I'm online, or working, or even sitting in front of the tv. Honestly I couldn't even tell you where that time went.
I don't get it. I love walking and hiking, I love being outside and I've dreamed of these days. Now that they are here, I just can't be bothered, don't want to, don't care. I need to change this mindset and I'm at a loss on how to.
I know part of it has to do with the oldest. Now that he and the girlfriend broke up, he wants to act like the last 8 months and things he has said to and about me didn't happen. And now he says he's coming home after school ends for a week or so before he heads out west to work. I'm not looking forward to it.

On a happier note and maybe the kick in the butt I need, I've been asked to coach my son's soccer team at school. It's been a long time since I did and they were alot younger (3-4 yr olds) so I have to hit the "books" and learn the rules and game play again. Son is happy that I am, I told him I wouldn't do it if he didn't want me to. Hopefully I don't embarrass him. I'm very nervous and excited at the same time.

Tonight is "gym night" and if I can get all my work done, I'll be going with the kids to have some fun. The weather has changed for tomorrow - sun not rain is the forecast - so I'm now heading to market. I have a number of things I need/want to make for tomorrow. My "Monster" spray recipe is done, just have to find a cool bottle for it to go into.

Time to get everyone up and do my weigh in.

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MOMWANNABSLIM 4/8/2011 11:49AM

Maybe you could use a friend/buddy and you can walk together. Set an appointment, then you will be held accountable.

I think coaching soccer sounds great. Enjoy every minute of it. What a great chance to exercise and spend time with your son.

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MARINO124 4/8/2011 10:32AM

    I agree with LOOZINITNOW. Look at what you ARE doing. Not what you aren't. You set the rules. Nothing is mandatory! Baby steps! You don't need to exercise to lose weight if you don't want to. Do you think a little walk would get your mind off the situation with your son? emoticon I had this problem in the past. It will pass (not wanting to move at all), just don't give up!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/8/2011 7:54AM

    Try not to think of it as exercise, but movement. Any movement is great. Playing ball with the dog counts. Gardening, weeding, playing outside with the kids; those all count. Start out with a 5-10 minute walk and eventually your desire for longer walks will come back.

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HOLLYL7 4/8/2011 7:13AM

    When I start to think too much about exercise, that is when I find a reason to not do it! I suggest carving out a regular exercise time for yourself - non-negotiable - and just do it! I use my lunch hour at work and go to a very basic gym just down the street. I was surprised how fast it became a habit. I erased the excuses (such as "I'll get too sweaty in the middle of the day") and found that the motivation followed the habit of just showing up at the gym every lunch hr. Go for it!!

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Finally Movement!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Finally I got to see the scale move this week! And it moved down, not up. Just a pound but I've been struggling so much with everything.
The test results are back. I'm pre-diabetic according to the doctor. He wanted me on pills right away. I refused. I have a pop addiction. And I know it will take time for the damage from that alone to be corrected. I WILL loose the weight and keep plugging way with changing my eating habits. It's getting easier the longer I stay off the pop.

I realized this weekend that I have let alot of things slip over the past few months, including my business. It's amazing how much your weight struggles affects how you deal with the other areas of your life. Just like how I've dealt with my business - I've just been maintaining. Not learning, growing, enhancing my life. Time to change that.

Time to set some serious priorities and goals and make them happen.

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It's Been A Full Week

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It has been a long week. I've done pretty good though I haven't had time to track, I have to work on making that a priority, even if it's right before bed.
I didn't get much exercise in, about 304 calories burned a day, I ate well though DD insisted on making cupcakes for everyone. She is such a good baker when it comes from a box, I need to set time aside to teach her to use recipes - I know I have some low calorie ones in the binder.
Spent the week dealing with some parent council things at the school as well as getting ready for my show on Sunday. It's in Kitchener which is 3 hours away so my sister is coming to help and we're making a weekend of it. This is something we have never done, so I'm really looking forward to getting to spend time with her. I then decided I didn't have enough to do and went space hunting this week in search for a space for my business. So far, nothing but I know the space is out there I just have to be patient. We topped off the week by going to the gym last night at the school. An hour and a half of ball hockey. I did a lot of running and even scored. Then the payment hit after I sat for an hour..lol. I was and still am sore! I'm so sore that I'm up at 4:30 in the morning aching all over. Good thing though, no inhaler needed while we played! And my Spibelt came in. It will hold everything while I'm out walking/running but it worked well for last night to hold my phone and inhaler. It's very comfortable and I even forgot I was wearing it. I'm looking forward to trying it at the show on Sunday.
I better get my morning going. I still have to finish packing and load the car to be out of here by 10.
Have a great weekend everyone!


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