Healthy Living Habits

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I am not healthy. I’m 60 lbs overweight, can barely run, on medication for depression, have a really bad sweet tooth, have little energy for dealing with my kids or keeping the house clean, and I could go on. I would like to be healthy. I’ve tried many different things, many different times. My problem is that I can’t keep it up. I always start with an over abundance of enthusiasm, thinking I’ll change my whole life in the next month. All I have to do is run every day, quit eating sugar, and get a cleaning schedule going. Easy-peasy.

I’m finally getting older and wiser. I’ve decided to start very small, and keep the change up until it’s a habit before starting another one.

My first change was to remember to take my medication every day. I know, its not a very big step. But it’s something that I’ve struggled with. I set an alarm on my phone for everyday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to remind me. I’ve now gone 2 whole weeks without forgetting! Yay me! Now I’m ready for my next healthy change.

I’m going to drink a 1/2 gallon of water every day, for 2 weeks straight. If I miss a day, I start over. I’m hoping to feel better, and not get as many headaches if I’m fully hydrated.

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To see what Mayo Clinic has to say about staying hydrated click here.

* Baby or Toddler EASY Foods

Being a mother is wonderful. Really, it is. You have some people who (at least until they reach their ornery years) will love you no matter what you do. It is also very tiring, makes you doubt everything you’ve ever thought, makes you worry about things that never crossed your radar before, ruins your body and makes you lose your mind. At least that’s how it is for me. *A little shout out to my own mother, since it’s Mother’s Day: I understand now some of what you went through. And I admire you for what you’ve done. I only hope I can do as well as you have – I mean, look at me. I’m all wonderful and such. 🙂 You must have done something right! As for the rest of my 8 siblings, well… You can only hope they someday will measure up. (I’m kidding, you know. I feel like my siblings all have so much going for them, and are much better people than I can ever hope to be.)*

Feeling very overwhelmed recently, I searched for easy snacks for babies. What I came up with: make your own fruit snacks, toddler muffins, baby cereal cookies, zucchini fritters… Um yeah. Not really going to be doing that. I can hardly get a *somewhat* healthy meal on the table for the rest of the fam, much less start making special foods just for baby. What I was really looking for was super simple, pour out of the box or bag foods that I can feel okay feeding to my babes. So, I’ve decided to start up a list myself. Please, PLEASE, let me know of any other foods. This tired mom needs some new ideas.

Super Simple Baby Food Ideas:

Gerber Graduates Puffs (or any other kind – Organic, if you feel green)

Cheerios, Multigrain or just plain old.

Raspberries (yum, for me too!)

Rice cakes

Rice or wheat puff cereal

Simple Baby Food Ideas:

(These ones require mashing, spooning, etc. Still very minimal prep.)

Yogurt (Greek, plain, flavored, whatever kind you choose)

Bananas (open the peel and use a spoon right out of that)

Apples (use a spoon to scrape off tiny bits)

Blueberries (mash)

Applesauce

Beans (I use ones out of the can and nuke them, then mash)

 *Update: Avocados are super simple too.

 

 

The light at the end of the tunnel

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I’ve been going through a rough patch. Again. Sometimes it seems like all that I do is try to figure out how to pull myself out of the rut of depression. This time I knew it was coming. I was switching medications, and that always throws me for a loop. Didn’t make it any easier, though.

But. I am finally feeling like maybe, just maybe, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (Hence the picture. Thank you, Captain Obvious.) I have a few things that I’m looking forward to, which is the best indicator for me that things are looking up. When I’m not feeling so great, nothing can excite me or motivate me.

So, the things that I’m looking forward to? Well, I’m going to start working again. For my husband. Doing paperwork, which I love. Good deal all around. I’m also on a Curriculum Committee for the local school district. This is something new, not only for me, but also for the district. Should be interesting. And of course, summer. Aaaah, summer. I’ve located a few buds on trees, grass starting to green up, and a few brave flowers creeping out. It really is coming!

What are you looking forward to?

 

Bano?

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I’m going to broaden my horizons. Explore a new path. Go a little crazy. Or something. I’ve decided to try my hand at learning Spanish.

Our local library has a new online resource called “Pronunciator”. There are 60 some languages that you can learn. I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish, and this is FREE. So what do I have to lose?

I hope it’s not just another one of my really great ideas that fizzle out in about 3 days. So far, so good. Ask me again in a week.

I’ve only learned some really basic phrases. Like “por favor”, “gracias”, and of course “bano”. Please, thank you, and the most important: toilet. For all of you Spanish speakers, I know that I’m missing some squiggly lines above different letters  and maybe some upside down question marks or something. I just haven’t quite got to the point where I know how to type in the language. Give me a week or two. Or maybe a year.

Book Review

It’s been a couple days since I’ve posted anything….

I’ve been doing some reading. A few different books by James Herriot. Good stuff. He’s a vet in England somewhere I believe. He writes about his experiences. I’ve found myself laughing out loud at times. Brent thinks I’m going nuts. Here’s a list of the books I’ve read and enjoyed by James Herriot:

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Creatures Great and Small

All Things Wise and Wonderful

The Lord God Made Them All

Yeah, I know. He’s got the whole verse going. But the writing is great, I highly recommend it.