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Struggling with the juggling

Monday, January 30, 2017

This is a busy time of year for me. Most of my friends and family enjoy the slow down of the winter months. The seemingly shorter, darker days that lead to more time to focus on projects and relaxation. For me, I go to work earlier, and come home later. My job is stressful and exhausting. I love what I do, but it takes its toll. I am stocking my cupboards and refrigerators with better food choices, and I am committed to a healthier lifestyle. But lets be honest, eating better takes more time. More peeling, chopping, and preparing. Eating crap is quick and easy. It is hard to pass by take out when I am working such long hours. The last thing I want to do when I get home is start making dinner from scratch. My survival tool has always been my crock pot. I can fill it with healthy ingredients and have a good meal waiting for me at the end of the day. It can become difficult to do even that when the food has to be in a crock pot for 12 hours. Not everything can stay in there that long. The house still needs to be cleaned, clothes need washing, and I have to fit in exercise somehow. So this time of year, I exercise instead of dust, and my dinner rotation isn't always exciting. I am drinking water instead of the Pepsi I would love to have after a long day. Honestly, some days I question whether it is all worth it. Then I remember that a few months ago I couldn't look in the mirror without being disgusted with how badly I had let myself go. My diet isn't perfect by any means, and I would like to get in more exercise. But for now, my goal is to do more good things for myself every day than bad. This journey to better health can be difficult at times, but being unhealthy is difficult all the time. Once choice at a time, one day at a time, we can do this!
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  • JAZZEJR
    Looking at this January post just before we start the Spring 5%. Hoping this challenge moves you along the path a bit closer to your goal. Keep chopping those veggies; it's all about your health! :)
    1329 days ago
  • MAGICAL13
    emoticon you bet we can do this, just keep trying
    1369 days ago
  • RETIREESMITH
    May you continue to have a positive attitude. I, too, exercise instead of dust--and I'm retired. Actually, I do a lot of things instead of dust!

    I used the crock pot a lot when I was working; I have one with a removal pot. I'd fix the ingredients the night before and put the pot in the refrigerator. Then, the next morning I'd put the pot in the cooker, plug the cooker into a timer, and go to work. Since we're not to cook in a cold crock, by the time the timer clicked on, the crock would have come to room temperature. And, then, I didn't cook too long. I could adjust the timer as needed. I used lamp/light timer and it can be a s simple/complicated as you want.

    I send you power and strength.
    1396 days ago
  • LADYSHEENAJ
    Thank you for your post, preparing my food for the next day is difficult for me. It has always been so easy to pick up Chinese food now I come home and I think maybe I can stir fry my own. It doesn't taste as good as the restaurants but it's healthie
    1396 days ago
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