Wednesday, December 03, 2014
A lovely combination of flavors for those families who love year-round smoothies:
a half bag of cranberries
a can of pineapple with its 100% juice
a banana or two (depending on sweetness preferences and blender size)
a scoop or three of plain non-fat yogurt
a couple of navel oranges, peeled (or a scoop of OJ concentrate)
a generous dash of cinnamon
Makes 8 to 12 1-cup servings, depending on how much you've put in.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
I love it that so many people tell me that they don't mind if they lose weight or not, that they've chosen a healthy lifestyle so they feel better, have more energy, etc. I'm glad that this good attitude works, and that they're not worried if the weight doesn't come off.
HOWEVER. . .
For those of us still having children, one of the main advantages of having a healthy lifestyle is losing weight between babies. And now that I'm in the "Over-35" crowd, losing weight in case we were to have another child is crucial! My hips and back will not do well if I start a pregnancy closer to 200 than to 100. So here's to my big push! Off with the pounds! And being healthy and making healthy choices is the side-benefit. Yes, it does matter to me whether I'm losing weight or not!
GOAL: 5 pounds off in November
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
My oldest sister visited last week with some of her children. She's been homeschooling for a decade more than I have, at least. I picked her brain on my stage of life. (I've got kids in middle school, elementary school, and pre-school.) She helped trouble shoot a lot of my difficulties. (What to do with two active boys while trying to make sure the education I give my older children surpasses the quality of the public school education they would get is my constant struggle!)
The solution is elegant and simple: let the girls "school themselves" in the morning while I give uninterrupted time to the boys and the baby. Then, in the afternoon, set the boys to doing quiet things while I give uninterrupted time to the girls. Why did I never think of this solution? After only two days, there is much more peace and much less angst in the homeschooling portion of my day!
Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. In my young and enthusiastic days, I might have imagined that anyone could and should homeschool. Not So!! Now, at every turn of the school season, at every new year, my husband and I review the question of whether we should homeschool another year. This year, the answer happened to be, "Yes, one more year." We don't know what the answer will be next year! Every day of pre-algebra my daughter and I can get through with all our hairs intact is a major victory! (Between us, we have a full brain for math. . . I can compute, but often miss concepts; she gets the concepts but can't compute worth a toot!!) And any day when all the "piano aged" children get their practice in is a victory! And any day when there are three (sort of) square meals on the table is a victory!
Which is why when the "glory moments" come, when you actually talk to your child about something meaningful, when one child slows down to help or encourage another instead of blowing up at him, or when your husband can share laughs with you over how your daughter taught you a new method of figuring percentages when you thought her concept was impossible, it's more than a victory. It's euphoric!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A friend grew pumpkins this year and gave us some of their crop. I started processing the pumpkins yesterday: cut, scoop seeds and rinse them for roasting, bake the pumpkins, let cool, scoop the goo into containers for freezing. I made pumpkin custard and pumpkin soup for lunch, since we had not a small amount of pumpkin. My oldest daughter reminded me that I was the only one who really likes pumpkin soup, and that she knows because I fix it EVERY year when I process pumpkins. (I had 3 bowls! It WAS yummy! I had to coax the soup down everyone else's throats.)
I've been down for several days now. It just hit me that the days are much shorter, and that I need to adjust for this in the way I'm thinking. Most people think of winter as the long/gray part of the year. But for me, this time between now and Dec. 21st, when we're losing more and more light, is hardest. I can handle the cold of winter better than the shortening days, because by January we're getting more light every day, not less. Time to start using more lights in the house and giving myself extra wiggle room emotionally.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Kids were up and going on their piano and school work today. I gave them the incentive of a walk to a playground at some distance if they could finish by noon, which they did with time to spare. It was warm and windy and I got my 32 minute jog/walk in for my 8-week train for a 5K program. While we were at the park (we took a light lunch), it turned cold and windy.
I feel so happy about being outdoors today. We saw Milkweed seed pods (learned about them yesterday at homeschool co-op) and cattail puff fuzz (the kids had read about that). There was a prairie trail around the playground we went to, so we walked that. We discovered a short cut between the playground and our route home, which cuts off our need to cross a very busy street (YEAH!). Since we take that route a couple of times a month in the summer to visit the farmer's market, it seems like a really big and positive discovery.
This is the first time in DAYS I might be close to hitting 10,000 steps. That feels really great!
I'm losing weight, even if I'm not hitting 10,000 steps a day, perhaps because so many of my steps are with a baby on my front.
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