So, here I am. I really have no clue what to blog about! I just feel awful because I said I would blog and I've still sat silent. I either said it in my previous post or via email to a blogger friend, but I feel like I've had SO MUCH going on but nothing blogworthy. Not sure if that makes sense, but that's how I feel. I mean, seeing a real, live bear running down the yellow line in front of my parents? Blogworthy! Folding towels fresh from the dryer and grocery shopping? Ehhh, not so much. LOL But still, let's just go off the top of my head here.
I am sick. Such a bummer! I woke up one morning at the hotel with a sore throat. I figured it was just from the air conditioning. By the next morning, my sore throat was gone. The morning after that, though, my sore throat was back along with a circle of fire in my chest and some head congestion. Next thing I knew, three of us had it. I sound like I'm losing my voice, but I'm not. I'm getting a spectrum of color in my sputum now, so at least I can share that news. Ha! I was SO SICK last year on July 4th. I don't want to be this year!!! If I'm not better by sometime next week, I'm defintely going to the walk-in clinic. I love the 4th of July, and it was no fun feeling so awful in Paris, TN last year.
We are still homeschooling. We have about 20 lessons left. We were supposed to be finished by July 10th, but now that won't happen. I have lots of homeschool friends who are going to skip some of the final lessons because they are review. I am so OCD, though. I have issues with skipping stuff. I guess just because I homeschool, I want to make sure I complete ALL of the lessons because that means I "did it right." Crazy, but I've come to accept it. :)
I have not been to the gym in 5 weeks now!!! That's horrible! I was loving going! For one thing, we rarely go swimming in the summer because the pool always has a crowd because of public school being out. I did remember that last summer we would go at like 9:30 in the morning until 11 and have privacy, though, so I think we will try that one day next week if we are all feeling better. Missing the gym has been a combo of 2 weeks of travel, 2 weeks of lazy, and 1 week of sick. Ugh. Now it will feel so weird to be back. I don't even know if I'm correctly remembering my locker code. I sure hope so! I just need to go back as soon as I feel better.
My eating hasn't been horrible. I told you all about the book The Diet Alternative by Diane Hamptom. Well, I read the book and loved it. It really made a lot of sense to me! BUT... on days when I did go to the gym, the principles were too hard for me. My body needed fuel for those days, and to follow this book properly I wasn't giving it what it needed. I allowed myself to feel like a failure instead of just going with what I knew I needed for ME, not the author. I even skipped the gym just so I wouldn't feel so hungry. That was my first mistake, and now I'm going to be like a beginner again when I return. Ugh.
One thing I have accomplished with reading the book, though, is this: I am having no problem at all stopping when I am full now. I can't tell you how freeing that alone is! I have almost always eaten past full, to the point of stuffed. It is a sick and miserable feeling. Anyone out there relate? When I'm eating the food, I just "can't stop" because I really enjoy the taste. The after effects, though, of feeling so awful physically and stupid mentally just aren't worth it. So I've been eating to the point of full and stopping. I've been doing this with main meals, snacks, and desserts. It's obviously helping because I am slowly losing a bit at a time. I do mean S-L-O-W-L-Y but I do mean losing a bit. So yay for even small progress!
I have also learned to just eat. I am not going to omit a food group unless it's something I'm intolerant to. I'm also not weighing, measuring, or counting anything. I'm not saying that's the answer for everyone, but for me it is what I need. If I am doing away with an entire food group, that's all I can think about. It is also hard to avoid something completely with the lifestyle we live. Also, if I am weighing and measuring food I become hateful and stingy to anyone who comes near my "portion" with a fork or spoon! Ha! We have a lot of traveling in our lives, especially in the summer, and we have to eat what is offered to us. This is definitely not a get-skinny-quick plan, but where have all those previous plans gotten me over the last 4 years? Lol
Home life right now is good. I have been working on being a more respectful wife and mother. I am just a jokester by nature. I am fast with funny little quips. I still do joke and have fun, but I'm trying not to do so at the expense of others' feelings, yanno? I have held in a lot of words recently, and it's been a good thing. At first, my husband didn't quite know what to think. It was really funny. After about 3 days of being different, his exact words were, "What?! What's wrong? You're being all weird, looking at me with googly eyes, and treating me like a god or something!" It was hilarious! I have to disagree with treating him like a god and making googly eyes, but I told him I what I was working on and why. I haven't been perfect at my new goal, but I've really been putting forth an effort. It seems to be that any time I go visit my parents, I come back with a renewed desire for my own marriage to be opposite of a lot of things with my parents. When I visit, I see bad qualities that I took with me from each parent. I love them so much! But their marriage could definitely have used some work over the years.
Well, looks like I found plenty to blog about. :) I guess that should come as no surprise. Would any of you be interested in having some recipes posted? I got a few new ones from a friend (have only tried one so far), and there are things I make on a regular basis. Some are healthful meals and others are just things I make that you could possibily tweak to fit into your eating style. I know this started out as a weight-loss blog but has moved over towards more of a "let's-babble-about-life blog," so I wondered what y'all would think of that? I get so tired of making the same stuff all the time and am always up for a new recipe that someone else uses regularly and loves. If you'd be interested, just leave a comment below. I don't want to take the time to post stuff if it's not something my readers would be interested in.