Monday, March 28, 2022
Weekend Wrapup: Essay Winners, Good Sports, Science Experiments, Perms and Birthdays
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
|(Love how she's taking temps like a mom while holding the thermometer in her other hand)|
Friday, March 18, 2022
Week in Review: This One's for the Kids
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
The Ups and Downs of My Dieting Past, And What I'm Trying Now
Can you handle another post where I complain about weight and diets? I've started a new plan this week, having been shocked by seeing the highest number on the scale I've ever been at non-pregnant (man I wish I still had that excuse!). I guess my age and metabolism have finally caught up with me.
Now before you get the urge to tell me that diets don't work and I should just eat healthy and not worry about it so much, that's not how I roll. I truly believe that when you have a goal, you have to work towards it.
If I want to run a marathon, I need to train harder, buy the right shoes, and increase my mileage each week. If I want the promotion at work, I need to stay longer hours, show my boss my accomplishments and play the part of the role I want. If I want to save up a down payment for a house, I need to create a budget and stop spending $50 a week on coffee and takeout lunches and put that money into the bank.
If I want to lose weight, I need a plan for how I'm going to eat and workout and get enough sleep. Now, I don't believe someone should be on a continual diet, because life is short and food is for celebrating. To me, a diet is the period of time where you are focused on the goal of losing weight and then maintenance of that weight is general life.
What seems to be the case for Phil and I is that we are normally pretty healthy, but when the weight starts to creep up, we take action to get it down then try to keep it steady as long as possible before it eventually creeps up again, and repeat the cycle. We probably do a diet twice a year for about a month at a time, and that seems to do the trick to keep our weight in check. The goal is healthy and strong, never skinny, no no no, more like at the highest end of a normal BMI. We love food and we most definitely use it to celebrate both the big events and the small successes in our lives. We don't want to turn into people who don't care about food and just eat boring and bland veggies to maintain a certain weight. Nope, we would rather be chubby and happily eat the ice cream or run 5 miles and then eat pizza. Balance, baby. Plus, I don't want to have to buy new clothes and I would like to lower my high cholesterol and reverse my pre-diabetes (thanks genetics).
Here's the list of diets we have been on in the past, and the pros and cons of each...
Friday, March 11, 2022
Week in Review: Stupid Low Carb Diets, Hard Workouts, and an Easy Meatless Recipe
Monday, March 7, 2022
For the Record
Friday, March 4, 2022
Week in Review: Skin Checks, Basketball Playoffs and Happy Sticks
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Could This Be the Lent?
Happy Ash Wednesday!!!!
Just kidding, it's not happy.
I hate Lent.
Hate, hate, hate.
As soon as anyone tells me I can't eat meat or snack between meals, ALL I WANT TO DO IS EAT MEATY SNACKS ALL DAY LONG. Any other day, I could care less about meat, but on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent, I'm like what am I supposed to cook????
I know it's a character flaw. It must be the sin of pride. I want to be so saintly and accepting of sufferings thrown my way, but I am pitiful at it and hear myself complaining. I pray to be a little more docile and a little less um, fighting Irish. When am I going to get to that place?
Could this be the Lent?
I think I need to change my attitude about Lent and make it more like my attitude about life.
Because the older I get, the more I have this thought:
My "hard" life is full of so many good things.
When I start thinking about how hard it is to juggle all of the kids' needs and work a job I don't love to provide for my family and grocery shop and cook and clean and walk the dog and nurture my marriage and make time for family and friends and workout and feed the fish and drive the kids to their practices and lessons and games and don't even get me started on the laundry...
I literally pause. Take a breath. And realize...
I am living the life I always wanted.
I always dreamed of a loving, generous, handsome husband with whom to start a big crazy family full of funny, sweet, intelligent kids. I hoped to live near the coast, surrounded by family, with good schools and great friends. I prayed for a marriage and family where God was first and we would help each other get to Heaven.
So yeah, I am truly grateful for my life. I can see that the "hard" parts are really just part of the whole package with all of the "easy" parts. And you know, I'm not ignoring the hard parts, but hard doesn't equate to bad. Just as easy doesn't equate to good. Everybody is healthy and happy and thriving and what more could I desire? I am so blessed.
I need to start viewing Lent in this same way.
Each day when I want to eat the cookie or don't feel like praying the rosary, I need to stop and remember that these little inconveniences are just part of the journey, and for the most part that journey is so good. Those sacrifices will lead to the eternal life I've always wanted.
Without the rain, there is no rainbow.
Without the suffering, there is no joy.
My kids certainly inspire me by their Lenten sacrifices:
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
February Break: The Final Few Days
I feel so silly writing about fluff when people are fighting for their country #godblessUkraine and yet, I also feel so grateful to be able to continue to live freely and focus on doing what I can, in my own home, in my own community, in my own family to promote peace. As Mother Teresa said "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." I am holding them close and loving them fiercely.
The little guys went ice skating while the big kids were skiing, and their personalities shone through. Xander didn't want any help and walked-skated all over the ice. Declan was very careful and slow to learn. Brendan was falling all over the place, but learned to skate and even do spins with a big smile on his face.