Healthy habits update

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So I missed posting last week.  I had a post all started, see


But I never got it finished.  Currently, I start things on my tablet and then finish them on the desktop which is shared by 7 of us.  Needless to say, I’m praying for my own laptop and I think that will be one of my first purchases with my affiliate sales money (if I ever make any money that way 😉).

So I guess you could say the with Winter Jonas I really just settled nicely into my hobbit hole and enjoyed the comforts of my pantries.  At the same time though, I knew it wasn’t what I was suppose to be doing and be came more convinced of getting back on track.  I have decided on trying trim healthy mama after enjoying a few recipes from their new cookbook.  I’m working on reading through their new book and am going to take the baby step approach of getting like one meal under my belt and then adding another meal and snack or something along those lines.  I knew at the beginning of the year that this was a journey and not just a  day outing.  So I’m going to take my time and make adjustments slowly and steadily.

I have gotten back into my exercising.  I’m shooting for 5 out of 7 days in a week.  I’m going for weight lifting and cardio.  So far I’m doing well with it.  I added a new workout video to my collection and have a few more in my sights.  Variety is the spice of life after all.  I am attempting to follow a lifting program.  I hesitate to share what it is but this is to help be stay accountable so here it is.  I’m attempting to follow the New Rules for Lifting.  I had attempted it a few years ago and got through like stage 2 or 3 before bombing out.  (That’s about when I felt I was lacking variety- yes, I get bored very easily with some stuff, what can I say) .

So there’s my plan.  I don’t want To be at the end of February and feel like I have not done anything for the first 2 months of the year.  There’s more to that sentence but I’ll share more about that in another post.

Week 3 update

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I didn’t want to write this post.  I want to be honest with you and to be honest with you have to be honest about how my week was.  Short story my week was horrible.

Last week I shared about hitting a few bumps but still being in the wagon and moving forward.  Well, those bumps caught up to me and bumped me out of the wagon and into a hole.

Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort

—J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit

Yes, that is how I feel.  I have fallen back into my comfortable little hobbit hole complete with pantries.  As I reflected on this past week, I realized how much I could relate this story to The Hobbit.  After all, Bilbo was quite happy to live in his hobbit hole, never leaving the shire.  Gandalf invited complete strangers to his house which made poor Bilbo so uncomfortable he was beside himself and very sure he wouldn’t go on the journey.  But then, then something change and he left in such haste that he even forgot a pocket hanky.

journey in the fog

I wanted a picture of a hobbit hole for here but this will have to do.

I need to leave my hobbit hole and the shire of poor eating and unhealthy habits and head into a land that although unknown, has to lead to a change in me.  And we all know that Bilbo wasn’t the same after his journey.

I’m hoping this will be a turning point, that even though it was a rough week, I won’t throw in the towel completely.  I will try to push through and still make changes.  I’m being honest and real here for a few reasons.

  1. In this day of social media we see so much of everyone’s “perfect” days, I want others to know they are not alone in their struggles.
  2. I’m not sure if anyone reads this but I want what they read here to be what they might hear from me in person if we might talk in person
  3. This is just as much for my accountability as it is anything else.

So the only thing that has survived this week is my exercising.  I’m on track to finish the Reach program next Friday.  This is really working on some weak areas in my body so while I’m not seeing any changes yet I do know it’s doing something.  Everything else, well it was left at the door f my hobbit hole.

Until next week, keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if sometimes it’s 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.

Healthy habits update 1

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Well here it is one week into the new year and I can say confidently I have failed at some things but learned from them as well.

First I have failed at the 17 day diet gal’s winter challenge.  Yep it’s only day 2 but I’m pretty sure I’m a drop out.  I tried doing the transistional smoothie day and that bombed.  You see it finally decided to cold here in my neck of the woods and as I run cold to begin with I just couldn’t bring myself to drink cold liquids all day.  Still I tried to shake that off, reminding myself that it was optional and the first day of the challenge would be different.  Umm yeah, that was a fail too.  Lots went wrong and I learned from them but I just couldn’t get over them.  I have decided I need to learn to deal with some of my triggers first before I go on such a restrictive diet.  I don’t want to blow something and then best myself up and “medicate” with food for the screw up.  So I’m not continuing with the challenge right now.

However, not everything is a failure.  I have been starting my day with warm lemon water.  I learned about this many years ago through a book study.  I can’t say I feel any different doing it but it has seems to help break the soda habit.  Which leads to my next healthy habit break through – I haven’t had a soda of any kind since Sunday.  I was starting my day with ginger ale and then sometimes having a Coke too.  I must say that I would really like one right now but I’m trying to resist.  Also I have started oil pulling.  Yeah, I don’t know.  It certainly isn’t something I purposely looked up or anything.  It was more I saw it several times on my Pinterest feed, read a few times and thought, eh what the heck, we will give it a try and see what happens.  I know my teeth are less then healthy and if this can help then I have lost nothing.  I’m also drinking more water and green tea.  That was another area I was failing with the 17 day diet, I was not able to get 64 ounces of water and 3-4 cups of green a day.  It just isn’t happening.

So there you have, my update as of one week into 2016.