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2016: the year ahead

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hello! This year I'm focusing on taking things one day at a time. My family has HUGE changes this year, and I want to enjoy them all. So the first thing is that my husband quit his job at the first of the year and is starting his own business about 10 minutes away from our home. This means instead of commuting 2+ hours every day and hardly ever making it home for dinner, he'll still be working more than 8 hours a day (his line of work, he has to) BUT he can put those lost commuting hours into WORK and be home for dinner and it will be the rare occasion that he can't. We have no idea what this will mean for paying bills, and short term financial stability (um, we won't have any, i feel like we're jumping off of a cliff, but at least it's together, so there is that). The other news is that my little IT group at work is being moved out (well, some of us) which means that we'll be in a different building from the big bosses, and I will be able to keep my crazy hours hopefully without anyone getting upset about it. Since my husband doesn't have a long commute, he's taking the kids to school in the morning. I can get to work by 6am, work through lunch or take a short one, and leave between 2 and 2:30 and I can pick up my oldest from school. I have had this schedule since he started back to school about 2 weeks ago, and it has been glorious!!! I LOVE getting to pick him up, when it's nice weather I can make it home and walk to the school and then walk him home. I have been able to help him with his homework and reading, we do crafts and talk about what the plan is for the evening. Sometimes I take him to Tae Kwon Do, or sometimes we go pick up his brothers right away. It has been the very best of both worlds. Yes, I have to wake up crazy early, and I'm drinking more coffee than I should (something to work on!) but I also get to be the parent that I want to be, my husband is getting to be the parent and spouse that he wants to be and we're both finding that work/life balance that we've been fighting to get. The journey is far from over, but I'm excited for the year ahead, and feeling more positive about the future than I have in a while.

I've stopped trying to track on here, and I *may* start up again, but my phone broke so I went to look at new ones aaaaaand ended up buying a new one. My old phone was OLD, and it stopped holding much of a charge so I couldn't use any of the cool gps apps to map my walks, or steps, or use it for anything other than the phone, txt or email. Now, my phone holds a charge for more than one day! AND it tracks my steps and activity (when I have it on me) AND I've put an app on it called Lark. I've been amazed at how motivating it has been to use it, it gives me feedback on my activity (that it pulls from the phone's data) and my sleep. I txt it conversationally about what I ate, and it tells me positive things about what I ate, and areas I could improve :D It states frequently that it cares about quality, not quantity. So that makes me want to make every meal a green healthy meal, and not an orange or red meal :)) And a long time ago when I was losing weight and tracking points and calories religiously, I found that as long as what I was eating was veggies/fruit/legumes and drinking water, it really didn't matter how much I ate of it, my body processed it like it should and everything was great. I'm older now, so I'm not sure if that will still be true, but I'll find out.

My craft room is newly organized (really it's organized into a home office, but, ya know, I can get to my sewing machine so I feel like that counts for craft room) and I have goals to finish projects that I haven't been able to since before the twins were born.

I'm still taking my Vitamin D and being monitored by an endocrinologist, I'm still taking Wellbutrin, and probably will continue for at least another 6 months just for my peace of mind with all the changes happening in our lives right now. With all of our financial uncertainty I don't need the added stress of withdrawal, and I'm sure my doc would agree so I'll get a plan from her the next time I see her. I'll probably never be convinced that I actually ever *really* needed it, but I have made it through what I think I would consider the darkest time in my life, and I'm finally feeling like I'm standing as myself again, and when my *stuff* boils up to the surface I'm able to calm down, talk about it, or recognize and walk away. It doesn't happen very often anymore, and I would consider it a "normal" amount for me. Counts for something. :)

That's all that's up in my world. I plan on picking one day a week to get on the scale. Other than that I'm going to focus on water, freggies, and getting outside more with the kids. I also need to re-evaluate my goals on here, haven't looked at them in ages and it's a good time to do that. :) Happy 2016!!!
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