See these three kids? They are my world! Before I had them, they were in my heart, begging for me to let them out for the world to see! They are my biggest dreams come true!
These kids are my life- and I want to live that life so they will always know it, and never question where my priorities were. When they look back in life, I want my children to say, "I knew not everything, but that my Mom loved me most"! I am not perfect, I'm really far from it, but I HAVE to keep trying to be the best Mom I can be! THIS brings me so much happiness and fulfillment! So this week I've taken a big step back on the ME, part of my life. My life seemed to focus more on me- "what exercise was I going to do today, what food was I going to eat, WHEN was I going eat, when would I go to bed, when would I have a nap, when would I get to rest....I....I....me....me....", it was getting old, and something I felt deep down in my heart it needed to stop.
I need to take care of myself, I totally agree that you first need to put on your oxygen mask, but once that mask is on, you need to focus on your kids!
So this week, I tried something new- I put my "mask" on first thing in the morning, this mask is all the things that are important for me to feel personally fulfilled and doing "my best". Once I get that on (done for the day), I can focus on my kids. YES, some days I have to wake up at 4am to make sure I get my "mask" on, but man do I feel better once it's done.
So here is to family, play, and making each day count!
I've just finished day 10 of my Whole30, and I feel amazing!
My energy levels are steady, my appetite is regular, my mood is right on track, I honestly feel like I'm on cloud 9!
I did cheat on my scale today- I weighed in! I decided to weigh myself just to see if its moving in the right direction. I told myself that as long as I have lost a pound I would be happy. Well, I've lost 3.8 lbs so far! Granted, I could lose about 18 pounds when I started, I was a lot heavier starting this whole30 than I've been in years. So I'm sure the first 10 pounds will be easier than the last 8! Nonetheless, I am so happy and so motivated to keep this going!
I honestly feel like this is "Me"! It's the way I believe we should eat, it makes sense- eat real food! Eat food that God made, not food from Man.
My workout schedule has increased dramatically in the last few days.
I'm now signed up to run a Ragnar relay in Washington DC! I have only 4 weeks to prepare for this race. My goal is to not get injured during my training or on race day. So I'm still taking my runs easy but my mileage is a lot more than I've done since April. So say a little prayer for me that my body gets stronger and holds up to the physical pressure I'm putting it through!
Today I did experience some tired legs today and also back on day6 I noticed the familiar tired leg syndrome I had when I did my first whole30. I remember my legs feeling like they weighed a million pounds each. It was painful and tiring even walking around the block.
Maybe I just need to eat more sweet potatoes? Something that'll give me more carbs for energy? If anyone has tips in this issue, please share!
Here are a couple pics of some good I've been eating!
Today I started the Whole30 program again. I need a restart after the fun (food filled) summer break!
I have gained weight, and my running a million miles a day has stopped due to too many injuries and a lack of motivation. Running for me was so much more fun when I had my bestie to run with me and make it fun!
This time around I'd like to lose the weight I've gained since my last official Whole30, I'd like to kill my sugar/food addictions, and balance my hormones.
So here I am needing to get my nutrition back in check. Today was day 1, and I think my food was on spot, exercise was good, but my mood, patience and energy levels were blah! My body is sore from my weekend workout, so that didn't help me feel 100%. I'm excited for day 21 to get here- I think I'll start feeling the difference then! :)
Breakfast- 3 whole eggs, sautéed cherry tomatoes & spinach, and roasted carrots and onions.
Snack- 6 dates
Lunch- grilled tilapia with a salad of mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, 1/2 avocado and balsamic vinegar.
Snack- apple and handful of almonds.
Dinner- crock pot pork, curried with celery, carrots and onions, and 1/2 avocado.
Exercise- 1 hour Zumba class and an hour stretch class, both at my local YMCA.
Princess S is now in 3rd grade and Handsome N is in 1st! Both kids were anxious and ready to start another year of learning and growth!
Baby J will be attending preschool this year, and will start next week!
I'm usually so excited for the kids to go back to school. This year however I wasn't. I personally could have used a few more weeks of sleeping in, afternoon movies and swimming in the pool...but life must go on I guess! So here we go, whether I'm ready or not!
I just retuned home from an amazing 3 days at my Scentsy Family Reunion! This year it was located in beautiful Indianapolis Indiana!
We were uplifted, inspired, spoiled and recognized for all our hard work this past year!
I am so excited for all the news that was shared with us!
The Scentsy family will launch new catalogs for Scentsy Fragrance, Velata Fondue and Grace Adele Style within the next months!
Scentsy is expanding their market to Australia and Mexico! These new markets will open September 1st!
I'm also so thrilled about the new incentive trip that every consultant can work towards earning! The top 100 earners and guests will earn an all expenses paid trip to Greece! 1,600 consultants and guests will earn an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas or an all exclusive, once in a lifetime experience to The Scentsy Family Reunion 2014 that will be held in St.Louis Missouri!
I am beyond excited!
Check out all that the Scentsy family has to offer! My Scentsy website is http://Andreas.scentsy.us My Velata website is http://Andreas.velata.us and my Grace Adele website is http://Andreas.graceadele.us