Day 30 (+4, ooops!)

Kids.

Germs.

Tantrums.

Sleepless Nights.

Medicine.

Headaches.

Doctor Visit.

 

Just a few words to sum up the past few days, and hopefully explain why this post is 4 days late. Today we went to the pediatrician, and it turns out both kids are dealing with the same virus, and now we are just waiting it out, and treating the discomfort. The good news is, today has gone better than the entire last week, so it looks like we are coming out of it.

So, without further ado, the final stats from my 30-Day Challenge.

  • NO SODA! – Okay, so I definitely didn’t not drink soda (did you get that?). I did, however, cut WAY down, which was what I was actually going for.
  • 30 minutes of exercise (preferably outside) EVERY DAY. – I would say that this happened 75% of the time… I’m getting there!
  • Eat more produce! – Check! And it is AMAZING how the kiddos have caught on!
  • Make a budget and stick to it! – Well, I made the budget. Didn’t get to stick to it entirely. Events came up that required some “re-budgeting”, but I am not broke, so that’s good!
  • Stress less! This was a big one for me, and I am happy to say, that I have been happier and less stressed than ever. And I had to throw a surprise party for my stepmother… AT HER OWN HOUSE!!!
  • Do one small thing for MYSELF every day. As I have said before, I can’t exactly pinpoint what I did, but I definitely felt like I took more time for myself. I mean, I actually got to SHOWER, and brush my hair!
  • Read my Bible. This has gotten way better. Thanks to our level of technology, I really didn’t have an excuse. My bible was everywhere I went (on my phone).
  • Start (and finish) a book. Check! I read “The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood” by the Sears family, and it helped with our eating habits, BIG TIME!
  • And lastly, complete a sewing project.– I have STARTED this, but it has not been finished. I started a crib sheet around Day 24, and the next day is when the germs attacked the kids. Now that things are getting back to normal, I fully intend to finish the crib sheets and pillows for BOTH children. Stay tuned for that…

Question: Did any of you set any goals during this time? Did you meet them? Do tell!

 

And, as always, thanks for reading!

~Elecia

Day 20

The past 2 weeks have been quite busy with summer fun, so this poor blog has been severely neglected. So, here is a quick update.

I have quickly realized that I have made it impossible to completely succeed. I think I gave myself a few too many goals. Or maybe too specific, who knows. I am thinking I might have been better off limiting myself to 3 goals, and doing a few consecutive 30-day challenges.

That being said, things have definitely changed for me. I have come out of this funk I have been stuck in for about 3 years now, and am starting to enjoy life again. I have a new sense of purpose, and I feel like I can (and really want to) FINALLY tackle some of the things that have been bouncing around in my heart and my head. I am really excited for things to come, and I am actually starting to put in some action. So, be excited. It will probably be about 2 weeks or so before you see anything on here, because financially, we are still catching up from vacation.

So PLEASE, if there is anything you would like to see (clothing refashions, bows, sewing projects for either kids or adults, recipes) let me know. I want to post what you want to see/share with your friends.

Plus, my comment area is looking a little sad and lonely… so BLOW. IT. UP!

I will leave you with this funny picture of my kids:

Why is it funny, you ask? Because this is, like, take 213654687, and they were STILL trying to look around my head at the t.v…. UGH!

Thanks for reading!

~Elecia🙂

30-Day Challenge: Days 6-8

If you have no idea what I am referring to, start here.

I am still tackling this 30-day challenge, and I must say, I am doing way better than I thought I would. Perfect? Not by ANY means. But trying harder than I have ever tried before.

My diet has been the biggest challenge so far. I have definitely had less soda than normal, but I drank one on day 6, and I have had one every day since. Not horrible, but I was going for not having it at all. I just forget, I guess. As far as food is concerned, I have been out to eat more often than I care to admit in these past few days, so not the best. I am determined to get it right.

Exercise has been alot easier than I thought. So far, I have had something to do every day since that mountain biking trip. I play Just Dance on my Wii when I feel like I am too busy to get out, since dancing has ALWAYS been a love of mine. Today, I took the kids to the park with some friends, and we walked a small trail, and I chased my kids around while they played, so that was nice.

I FINALLY made up my budget 2 days ago, and have been (for the most part) sticking to it. I had a slightly higher grocery bill than I expected. That tends to be the case about once a month. I call it my “restock week”.

I can’t really pinpoint what I have done for myself each day, but I can say that I am much happier in general than before I started this challenge. I don’t feel like I need to run away for a while. Also, I feel like exercising is doing something for myself… ESPECIALLY when it involves dancing. Which also helps with stress. I have not been NEARLY as stressed.

I have started to read a chapter of Proverbs every day. It was something my dad suggested when I was a teen, and I thought it would be an easy place to start. It’s amazing though, how one chapter has me bouncing around my Bible, following the references to other scriptures. Who knew I’d be so curious?

I have not started (or finished) a book or sewing project yet. I have and idea for both, just haven’t gotten started. Hoping to do that by tomorrow.

So, that is pretty much it as far as my goals go. I am overall pretty happy with my progress, but I still want to push myself  harder.

Question: What kind of sewing projects would YOU like to see? I am up for suggestions, it will give me something to do.

Thanks for reading!

~Elecia

 

Why mountain biking is comparable to giving birth (or, Days 3-5 of my 30-day challenge)

If you are reading for the first time, and have NO idea what I am talking about, start here.

Let me start by saying, days 3 and 4 of my challenge were a total bust. My son’s birthday party was over the weekend, and getting that all ready caused me to forget to eat at all, let alone healthy. But I didn’t let it get me down. I was determined to jump right back to it Monday morning. Hubs had asked me to find a babysitter for Monday morning (on top of everything else I had to do, haha!) so he could take me on some trails. We dropped the kids off at my stepmom’s, and, bikes in to, headed out.

Now I have been on my bike two or three times since we bought them in the spring, and before that, had not been on a bike since I was 12 or 13. So my confidence on a bicycle, as it is, is LOOOOW. But I really wanted some alone time with my husband, and it meant alot to me (and probably him), to try something that he loves. So I went in thinking I can do this. It’s a dirt trail, with some sticks and rocks to dodge. No biggie.

I was very, very wrong. The first part of the trail was a hill. I did not know this, so I had failed to gain momentum, and ended up walking my bike up the hill. I got on, and it was a very wobbly start, but I soon gained some confidence and kept up pretty well. For about TWO minutes. We then came to a fork in the trail and Hubs asked which way I wanted to go, while I was fighting a losing battle with bugs who were insistent biting every inch of my skin. One trail, he said had alot of ground cover, so probably not our best bet, even though it was flatter. The second, would bring us back to the car, and the third was a little more challenging, but clear. I was sooo tempted to pick the one that looped back to the car. But he had been really looking forward to taking me mountain biking, and I didn’t want to ruin the fun. So I picked the second trail.

I hopped on my bike, determined to actually spend some time on it. We rode a little bit, then came to a hill. Mostly clear except for a few rocks and sticks. Except one of the groups of rocks went completely across, and dropped a few inches. I nearly wiped out. I am sure it looked HILARIOUS , but I was scared senseless. I walked my bike down the rest of the hill, only to come face to face with a wall of grass and brush that was taller than me.

Little did I know, my husband had not been down this trail for YEARS. So, he did not expect it to be overgrown. It was flattened in a narrower-than-me spot to look like some sort of a trail, but there was NO WAY I could ride through that. I half-joked with hubby that we were going to need a machete to get through this.

So there I was, yet again, walking my bike through this brush, while hubs stayed on his bike as much as possible. This was a very narrow trail, and I had to practically drag my bike through because the grass kept getting tangled in the tires. I got smacked in the face by so many branches, and it seemed as if every plant on the ground had thorns that scratched my legs to pieces. To top it off, because the trail was SO narrow, my bike pedal kept hitting me in the back of the leg.

The damage from the bike pedal…

After what seemed like forever, we cut down to a railroad track. Hubby looked at his GPS, and said that there was a cut-over to the middle school just ahead. FINALLY, some hope of a paved road to ride on!

or, NOT! We got to where this cut-over was, and it was a CLIFF! Are you FREAKING kidding me? At that point, I could tell my husband felt bad, because he had NO IDEA how long it would be before we could get over. So we walked. And walked. And walked some more. And hubby felt the need to take pictures.

HE is totally cut out for this

I, on the other hand, am NOT

At some point, while on the tracks, he turns to me and says, “Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it, and you’ll love it.” To which I replied, “I doubt it. It’s kind of like childbirth. You go into it all optimistic, it hurts like a mother during, while you wonder what was I thinking? This is CRAZY! When you are done, you’re kinda glad you did it. After a while, you might forget how much it sucked the first time, and try again. And all the while you will be hurting thinking, SERIOUSLY, What the HELL was I thinking?!?!?! Didn’t I learn ANYTHING the first time?!?!?!”

Finally, after what seemed like forever, hubby found a spot he thought we could make it down that would bring us to another part of the middle school. We made it down safely, and I could have cried when I saw the school parking lot. We rode (on paved road) to the car, and, of course, hubs had to take more pictures.

Proof that I still love him after he put me through that🙂

Okay, seriously, this is the LAST one. If you don’t let me get into that air-conditioned car, I may have to hurt you. *love you!*

All in all, though I would have been happier hiking (without dragging a bike), I am glad I went. I got some alone time with my husband, I got LOTS of exercise, and I think I came out just a little bit stronger.

I also came out with the knowledge that I am not cut out for this crap, and I need to find my hubby a mountain biking buddy, PRONTO!

Question: Have you ever tried anything that your spouse/significant other likes that you just weren’t cut out for? OR had no interest in? Please share!

Thanks for reading!

~Elecia

Day 2

Yesterday was not a great day for goal meeting. I was running around to different stores returning things, buying things, figuring things…. it was slightly hectic. Then, whenever I was home, my poor kids were a MESS! Tantrums, whining, crying, tired, teething, running noses, and I almost got “pantsed” multiple times by kids hanging from my pant legs.

Today will be a much more calm day. A little cleaning around the house, lunch with the girls (and all the kids, naturally), naptime (for the kids, not me. I wish.), and then a trip to the grocery store, where I will FINALLY have completed the shopping for little man’s first birthday.

I am not going to bother posting the stats for yesterday, as it is extremely depressing just to think about. Let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. Here’s hoping for a much more productive day.

Question of the day: How much is too much for a birthday party (in your opinion)?

 

Thanks for reading!

Day 1 of my 30 day challenge

Alright… Day 1 came to a close last night. I have to say, I did okay. It was a slow start, but it was a start. If you have no idea what I am talking about, see the last post here.

So here’s how I did

  • No soda- I did not drink soda at all yesterday. Though I almost slipped up because I was out running around at lunch time and had to grab us all lunch while I was out. Luckily, they had tea at the restaurant.
  • 30 minutes of exercise- Does running around stores like a mad woman, trying to get a first birthday party together, count? We were planning on a swim at my mother-in-laws last night, but it started storming JUST before I got there:-/
  • Eat more produce- That was a HUGE fail yesterday. Unless you count the 2 strawberries I had with my kabobs that had pepper and onions on them, haha! Yeah, didn’t think so.
  • Make a budget, and stick to it- Well today is the day I should have had the budget done. As long as I have it done by the end of the day, I have not completely failed myself haha!
  • Stress less- Well, having my family with me while I was shopping, helped me keep the stress down, for sure. Having stuff to do all day helped in general! Note to self: Do more stuff… the not stressful kind of stuff.
  • Do one small thing for MYSELF everyday- Yesterday was all about getting this party ready. So in a way, the knowledge that I cut down my to-do list was GREAT for me. Not really what I meant, but I have a feeling I won’t get to this goal until Monday.
  • Read my bible- FAIL. I know being busy is not an excuse… at all… so I will not use it.
  • Start (and finish) a book- haven’t even picked one yet. HA!
  • Complete a sewing project- also haven’t picked yet.

So far, I am happy with my first day. Now as I begin day 2 (a very busy one, at that), I look forward to making more progress.

I thought I would close with a question everyday to encourage your interaction. So today’s question is: Have you set a goal for yourself and a deadline to get it done? If so (and it’s not too personal), please share!

Thanks for reading!

I’m back! and 30-day challenge…

I got HORRIBLE about blogging! So, I apologize, but I am back now. That has to count for something, right? RIGHT?!?

I am also contemplating a blog move/slight change in direction, but that will come later. Let me get good at consistently blogging, then we shall see😉

I decided the best way to get back in the blogging “saddle”, I would start with a 30-day challenge, inspired by my cousin Joel. I however, will not be posting videos because of a constant disappointment in the sound of my recorded voice, and a face that looks like a pepperoni pizza thanks to a nice cocktail of crap food, a reaction to a new face wash, and stress (lots of it).

So here’s the deal. I have made a list of some things I would like to accomplish/make a habit of during this 30 days. I will be documenting it (hopefully daily, as that is another habit I would like to get into) on this blog. I am hoping that this will hold me accountable, and also (hopefully) encourage me on this journey.

Things I hope to accomplish during this 30-day period are:

  • NO SODA! (It really is a weakness… I will go all day without water if there is soda in the house. It’s horrible, I know. But I am being completely open and honest)
  • 30 minutes of exercise (preferably outside) EVERY DAY. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the kids, or cleaning the house, that I forget that it would be good for ALL OF US to go out for a walk, or dance around.
  • Eat more produce! And at least one (healthy) vegetarian meal/day. I love fruits and veggies, but sometimes, it is just easier to grab and go. Easier is NOT better! Maybe between this and my exercise goal, i will lose some of this stubborn baby weight.
  • Make a budget and stick to it! I am GREAT at writing out a budget, and working with numbers. Not so good at sticking to the budget, and being strict with, not just myself, but my ENTIRE family.
  • Stress less! I find that more often than not, by the time my husband gets home, I am frazzled and stressed, and probably look like  the lovechild of Medusa and Hellboy. Not a good sight/atmosphere to come home to. I am hoping that forcing myself outside every day will help with that.
  • Do one small thing for MYSELF every day. All you moms can relate. We get so caught up in taking care of everyone else, we forget that we have needs too! This could be as simple as painting my nails, taking a bubble bath,  or getting creative!
  • Read my Bible. I have ALWAYS been horrible about this! Like, ALWAYS. And I find that after 16 years saved and going to church… I feel so dumb when it comes to knowing things. I bet my self-esteem would be alot better if I would just read for myself how my CREATOR views me!
  • Start (and finish) a book. I used to read all the time. I just never find the time anymore. I keep hinting to hubby, that if I had a Kindle, it would be waaayy easier. I don’t think he’s buying it, since he hasn’t seen me pick up a book in years lol!
  • And lastly, complete a sewing project. I have soooo many ideas right now, and I keep using the excuse that I can’t find the time. But really, I could get up earlier, stay up later, or just manage my time better in general.

So, I start tomorrow, and I hope you all will stick around as I tackle my list. Feel free to start your own challenge and share it with me (not that you need my permission)! I’d love to hear your stories!

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