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Getting Back the Spark a Little

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I can't believe that my kids are nearing the end of their second week in school! And as much as I miss them during the day, a regular pattern is emerging:

-I'm getting to be around 11:30-11:45 every night. No, not the 10:30 that I had been aiming for, but given that I have been getting up around 6:30 (before my alarm goes off at 7 AM), I am getting close to 7 hours of sleep! emoticon

-Meal planning has been off and on throughout my process, but I always feel better when there is a plan. It makes grocery shopping easier, it saves time from trying to figure out what we have and don't have, meals can be more healthful, etc. And not only do I have the time to do this again, but there is a relatively good chance that I will be able to stick with it because we aren't going all over the place like we do in the summer! DH made a yummy chili tonight emoticon

-I'm getting into cleaning, like a deeper level of cleaning than I have done before. That is a weird one for me because -- true confessions time -- I have been a slob my entire life. There's a lot to be done, but I am taking it slowly, cleaning one area, then ensuring that it stays clean before expanding into another area. I'm working up a sweat when I do this cleaning, so I guess it should be benefiting me in other ways, too, right? ;)

I know that consistent schedules come and go, but I am grateful for the stability of the past couple weeks to feel like I am making progress. Eventually, it will all fall into place!

Another thing I saw this past week was a notice about a 5K/3K that a nearby nonprofit is having toward the end of October. I like the idea of doing a 3K because:

a) I am dreadfully slow. Like really, really slow. At least with a 3K I will be able to finish it well under an hour.
b) I want to get my 7-year-old daughter into this more. She's slim and likes to participate in basketball, softball, and swimming, but she peters out if our family walks go much beyond .75 miles in one clip. Given the time frame, I think we can be ready for this event. She's excited for it, and I like how this gives us a goal to shoot for.

That's all from me. Hope you have had a great week of Sparking!
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    On the house cleaning front, is awesome!! Check it out if you get a few moments. Lots of tips and tricks for those of us not naturally "organized". :)

    YAY for the good sleep! From the sounds of it, it's really helping your energy levels.

    The 3K sounds perfect. Just do it! Don't worry about how slow you are. Race people are so incredibly supportive!
    1688 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/7/2013 10:56:34 AM
    I'm a slob too. emoticon I'm taking some vacation days week after next with the intention of cleaning thoroughly before winter comes.

    A 3k sounds like an awesome idea!
    1696 days ago
    It's good to see ya girl! Keep plugging away. I have done one regular 5K and 2 obstacle course 5Ks and another 5K in Oct. I am SLOW!!! Don't worry about your speed and just do it. A 3K sounds like the perfect introduction for you and your daughter. YAAAAYYYY for you!!
    1696 days ago
    It does sound like you're getting back your spark. Any time there is a plan, anytime there is an accomplishment, there is a spark. Cleaning definitely counts :)
    I like the 3k idea. Great exercise and precious time with your daughter.
    Keep it going.
    1696 days ago
    There is no such thing as slow when you're putting one foot ahead of the other! :-)

    Kudos! I'm putting the bellows to your SPARK!

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