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Mid-ish-year 2015 update

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ok, well so far on my journey to wellness this year I have managed to:

# completed 7 ( and currently working on 2) out of 15 craft projects
# tried VB6 for less than a week and wasn't able to make it stick, recently been thinking a lot more about it and feel like I should give it another go
# consistently planning and making meals for the week
# inconsistently standing at work, but still doing that sometimes
# kept dr. appts and staying on top of my health, found out my insurance covers almost all skin related procedures in an effort to proactively combat skin cancer so I had all skin tags and stuff removed.
# cut down the number of sodas in a day, still working on eliminating them to an occasional treat
# was given a playscape for the kids that I have also been playing on - monkey bars are a workout!!!
# make Meatless Mondays no longer "a thing"; if I make something meatless on a Monday NO ONE QUESTIONS IT. It's as though OF COURSE we go meatless on Mondays, it's just wachya do. :D Any other day of the week and I get flack for it... :)
# read books for pleasure! I've been taking advantage of "free" kindle books every month and I've managed to find time to read!!! It's been so nice to get back into finding authors I like and reading books I like (and not just children's books) :)

I have no scale victories to report, other than maintaining. So...I guess not going up on the scale is good. I have my mood swings pretty well under control, I'm still on Wellbutrin, and I'm on a whole regimen of vitamins and herbs. I am still having trouble with PMS but at least knowing that my moodiness is "contained" to then has helped me prepare and get through it without a major incident of blowing up at anyone. That has made a HUGE difference. I'm trying some supplements to help with hormone levels, but so far I'm STILL having issues with it. My OBGYN says exercising should help with it more than anything else I can do. BUT... um... still haven't gotten back into that swing of things. I have no excuses, I've found the time in my schedule to do it, but I haven't yet gone ahead and just started. I'm pretty sure once I do though, it will be a lot easier, I just have to get that momentum going. So that's next. I have my tracker that I haven't worn in such a long time! So that's another step.

All the kids are good. They play together and argue and are so amazing to me. I love love love being their mom and they make me smile every day. Some days they make me want to tear my hair out, but mostly they are funny and sweet and I'm just trying to enjoy them before they become teenagers and want nothing to do with me. :D My oldest (6 in a couple of weeks) already acts like that sometimes!!

SO, NEXT STEPS:
# wear tracker
# exercise Tuesday & Thursday between work and picking up the kids, and PLAY with them on the weekends. My mommy guilt is saying I should pick them up and play with them on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but the reality is that I have very little time to myself, and if I pick them up right away (as I do the other days of the week), it will get taken up with meeting their demands (diapers/potty, snacks, drinks, finding toys, fixing toys, putting batteries in toys - it's too hot right now to go outside during that time) and then making dinner. NOT on any physical exertion that could count as exercise.
# try being vegetarian outside of dinner instead of vegan (for now). explore breakfast options and keeping any dinner meat separate so leftover lunches will be vegetarian.
# switch any soda beverage I may want to either a water or sparkling water. Easy to do at home, but bring sparkling water in to work so I won't be tempted to drink diet root beers.
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  • THEBEE59
    You're such a good Mommy :) But you do need time for you, to be your best for them...and your hubby. There's a new program, online, cheap, short, and effective. I think it's called the dollar workout, if you're familiar at all with Natalie Hodson, she's one of the 3 trainers involved. She has two small kiddos and the other lady has 3 or four kids and the guy travels. Anywhoo...the workouts are 20 minutes or less I think and there's recipes (clean eating) and it's a dollar a week. A DOLLAR A WEEK! It's at least worth checking out. dollarworkout.com OR like Natalie Hodson on facebook. It just seems really doable.

    I love that you're making those monkey bars work for you! Exercise increases feel good endorphins for sure. I struggle with mild depression and when I force myself to get moving, I feel so much better.

    Keep up the good work, maintaining is awesome :)
    1815 days ago
  • JOYINKY
    Sounds like a workable plan and that you've made a lot of progress this year! Weight is not the only measure of progress and maintaining while you improve other areas of your life is definitely progress! emoticon
    1841 days ago
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