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A plan FIVE YEARS in the making....

Friday, March 15, 2013

....and I am FINALLY actually getting started on it!

For five years I've been making plans for my own personal organic garden. Plans were coming along nicely, even if the money was hiding. But now I finally am able to get started, now that I found the information I wish I had found five years ago. All this time I was holding off because we need container gardening and I was concerned about the possible chemical leaching into the soil and thus getting into the food I'm growing, but I have spoken with some people and found some online information that gives me reason to decide to just risk it. There is no scientific evidence there actually is leaching INTO the foods being grown in the containers with the chemicals. Given our financial situation and the fact that we don't have money to be spending on the containers without the chemicals, this is good news....and a risk I am willing to take.

I'll do the best I have the ability to do, and ask God to bless our bounty. And even if the leaching IS a problem with the produce, growing our own otherwise organic produce in it HAS to be better than buying the non-organic produce at the store.

I am hoping to have at least a small summer harvest, a bigger fall harvest, and hoping I can manage a winter harvest as well. Start small, though, or I could get overwhelmed.

  
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DIETSAFARI 3/16/2013 9:03AM

    They taste so much better if you eat them within 30 mins of being picked. You will love it.
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I also love always having something awesome to give to visitors...
May the Lord really bless your garden as in Deut 8

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One moment's pleasure on the tongue.....

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I admit: I love food. I'm usually up for trying new foods, or foods I once upon a time hated - hence my new love of beets and brussel sprouts. I love it so much that even when I know I'm full, I keep eating JUST so I can continue tasting it on my tongue. If it weren't so strange to chew your food up and just spit it out, I'd probably do that.....but I don't want people thinking I have an eating disorder. Or maybe that *is* an eating disorder?

Right now my first step is learning to stop. Chewing more slowly and for longer gives me that oral pleasure I do so enjoy, and it also allows for my eyes to catch up with my stomach. So far I've been doing well - what used to be a two plate meal has now become a half plate meal. Even on those foods I absolutely ADORE (lasagna, anyone?). I'm going to continue with this step for a while, though, before I continue on with the next step (which is to be determined). I want to make sure I have this one good and under control before I add too much to my plate.

Pun intended. ;-)

  
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CLARISSABOND 3/12/2013 1:46AM

    You've got it right. Trying to do too much at once is a recipe for failure. I'm like you. Food is fabulous. I now love the squash and cabbage I hated as a child. I've always loved beets and brussel sprouts. Of course we all know that these foods aren't the problem unless they are loaded with butter, salt, and sugar. I believe that us foodies have an advantage in liking almost everything. It makes it easier to make healthy choices. emoticon



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No Excuses

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I'm not going to make any excuses. It doesn't matter what's been going on in my life, health should be one of my top priorities. I just find it difficult to stay motivated when I've got so much going on. I started working part-time since my last blog entry. And I now have a two year old who only just now started sleeping through the night. Add homeschooling two olders to that equation. I can barely manage to get housework done let alone find time for any sort of work out.

Yes, I know, excuses. Health should be a top priority so I should *make* time for it rather than *find* time for it. Yadda, yadda, yadda. I get it, I do. Don't hurt me. I'll try to do better, I promise I will. I just need to convince myself I'm worth it.

  


Changing the Habits of Others Around You

Friday, September 07, 2012

I started both my older boys on SparkTeens. There was a minor incident on Tuesday for home school P.E. that prompted me to create individual profiles for them and hold them accountable for their exercise. I haven't started the plan yet, I have to figure it out more over the weekend, but starting Monday they'll be largely responsible for their own health and exercise, with some monitoring by me.

I did some sort of activity every day this week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we walked. Monday and Friday 1 and I walked to fetch The Boys from their Dad's, and then as a foursome we walked some more. Thursday the four of us and my s/o went to the park and "played" basketball. I did more chasing of 1 than doing anything on the basketball court, but at least I was active. Tuesday is when we have the issue with the home school P.E.

I had planned to do 10 minutes of Cardio Dance to get our heart rates up, followed by 20 minutes of a low-impact Free Weight workout to tone our muscles. I explained to the older boys that I didn't care if they didn't do the right moves, all I wanted was for them to keep moving at the same pace the dancers were moving. Not two seconds into the video, 14 stopped. COMPLETELY stopped. He told me he just didn't see himself doing this. I know he hates dancing (something that happened somewhere between three and 12 years old, because he used to dance with me ALL THE TIME), but it was only 10 minutes. So I told him he didn't have to dance, but he did need to keep moving to the pace of the dancers. He did it for about three seconds then stopped again and told me he just wasn't comfortable doing it.

I'll admit, I got upset. It was just 10 MINUTES, for pity's sake. But no, he didn't want to. So I told him he had a choice, he could either keep moving at the right pace, or he could run around the block for 10 minutes. He opted for running, so I told him what route to take so I knew where he would be if I needed to come find him. I knew that route wouldn't take more than 10 minutes, even at a slow jog, but 15 minutes later he still wasn't home. I grab my keys to go looking for him, and he come mosying on up to the house. He WALKED.

*sigh*

I couldn't take it anymore, so I sent him up to his room to think about what I had been asking of him compared to what he did, and why he decided to not do as he was asked to do. Then I asked my friends on Facebook who have teenagers for their thoughts. One of them suggested giving them a certain length of time they have to exercise every day and making them responsible for not only keeping track of it, but choosing their exercise. So starting Monday, our Phys.Ed. class is going to consist of whatever exercise is scheduled for that day, and me teaching them how to use SparkTeens Fitness Tracker. If they don't like what I plan, they can take responsibility for themselves.

It's my own fault they don't really like exercise. It's not like I've been a terribly great healthy role model for them the majority of their lives. Just like it's a habit I have difficulty changing, I expect it to be a habit THEY have difficulty changing. I just have more motivation to change it at this point because I have seen in MYSELF what happens to my body when I don't. They don't have those problems yet. YET.

  
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KARENLUNK 9/19/2012 2:33PM

  I have a friend who is extremly obese and i need to keep keeping tabs on her. She trying so hard to lose the weight and she so depressed and i try thebest i can to keep her spirits up
so i know where you are coming from. thanks for the input.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 7:34AM

    I think it is extremely important to let them pick their exercise. They need to find what excites them and keeps it fun. That is the only way they will truly embrace the exercise and want to do it even when it's not mandatory anymore. Maybe they would enjoy kicking around a soccer ball or playing 1-on-1 around a basketball hoop or actually running, etc. The important thing is to relenquish the control because the more control they have over the situation the more inspired and excited they will become. Good luck! I hope this week goes MUCH better.

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CHEETARA79 9/8/2012 7:25AM

    Maybe you should ask them what they want to do for exercise. But don't call it exercise. Call it sports or activities. By making it their choice, maybe they'll have more enthusiasm for it. Perhaps a sports team would be more their speed or even martial arts class perhaps.

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SASIKHASI1 9/7/2012 11:47PM

    I got my nephew to join spark teen. He is 12 and overweight and called me and told me the kids were making fun of him at school. He wanted to go on a diet and was asking me how I lost weight. I do need to check in with him and see how he is doing. Keep encouraging them and leading by example. He is at the age where it is not cool to do anything with mom. He will grow past that.

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Thank technology for the interwebs!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I hate walking. I seriously do. Hiking - fine. Running - yeah, if I could without getting a black eye. But walking? Borrrrring. But *shrugs* what else can I do without money for a gym membership or exercise videos?

YOUTUBE!!

YouTube has THOUSANDS of exercise videos, so I went browsing through. Right now I have playlists for Yoga, Pilates, and Free Weights. Once I've got a regular routine of exercise and can handle a little higher intensity, I'll go looking for Kickboxing and Aerobics.

So now, on the off-days from the walking, we have something FUN to do. Okay, so maybe *I* will be the only one who thinks Yoga or Pilates is fun, but it will keep us active. And they'll eventually enjoy it. Even if they don't, it's Phys.Ed. - they'll deal with it. ;-)

Best part: I don't have to try to figure out how to afford the monthly fee for a gym membership, and I can do it in the comfort of my own home without having to worry about who I'm going to have watch the kids. Yeah, I'd say it's a win. :)

Do you have any favorite workout videos on YouTube?

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/30/2012 7:37AM

    I'm glad you found a way to mix things up very inexpensively. Sounds great!

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SASIKHASI1 8/29/2012 10:40PM

    I solved the black eye problem here. A breast reduction lol. They took 11 pounds off my chest. I have never been happier.

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