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.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Weight loss isn't going so bad right now. Every other area of my life feels out of control, though. It's a weird sensation, probably brought on by the extraordinary departure from routine this weekend. . .the Creation Day conference yesterday, then visiting a new church today.
Yeah. The church. It's so hard to know what to do about church right now. Mom and Dad want to go where we go, so we have to factor their interests and convictions into the equation. And we've got these children who have opinions. And of course, we come with our own experiences and presuppositions. It feels like an almost impossible conundrum. I hope the whole situation will look more positive in the morning.
Off to sleep now!
Monday, October 06, 2014
1. Butternut squash is a really "cheap" food. Baked with apples (no sugar or butter), it's got a lot of flavor. You can have huge piles of it with very few calories.
2. Walking with a baby strapped on supposedly burns @ 100 calories every 24 minutes. Cool!! That adds up in my day!
3. I dislike tangles of embroidery floss.
Friday, October 03, 2014
I think this must have been a more stressful week than I had anticipated. The kids balked at school all week, and we've had some glory moments, but few and far between. I lost sight of my goals and ate a half loaf of raisin bread with butter at lunch today, completely not counting any calories.
I've been meaning to set some goals for October. The kids and I sat down and outlined some "Family Goals." I've determined to clean out of our house anything that doesn't help us toward those goals. They look something like this:
1. Exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.
2. Get an education.
3. Do other activities to develop brain and interests so that we can. . .
4. . . . be ready to do the job God has for us later in life.
5. Develop relationships with each other and other Christians.
6. Keep our bodies fit.
The kids seemed encouraged after I said that yes, running around in the yard would further our goals, since that would help keep our bodies fit.
I also made a "Not Our Goals" list. It was as follows:
1. Have fun.
2. Have an easy time of it.
While they groaned when I said this, they seemed encouraged when I said that we could have fun together if we pursued the "goals" list. (I'm trying to fight the entitlement attitudes that keep creeping back in.) So we started sorting in my room, which doubles as a sewing center. They had fun organizing all the craft supplies. . . and found a lot of things to craft with that they didn't know existed. I think I'm going to do some hard-core clean-out when they're asleep, looking for areas that they tend to fight over, or areas where I find them shirking duties to sneak away for some brainless pursuits. Hmmm. . . might take a while!
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