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What was my why again?

The baby just woke up from his nap, in my arms, so forgive me for any errors. Typing with a wiggly 8 month in your arms isn’t exactly an easy task however, I had something on my mind and decided Id better type it down before I talk myself out of typing this. Its not an easy thing to talk about but I know if Im struggling, someone else is too so maybe this is something you need to hear as well…

Going from someone who never exercised or wasn’t concerned with what food I was putting into my body – to someone who is really active and now refuses to eat meat, even Im amazed at the changes Ive seen. I feel more confident and stronger! Im ready to kick each day’s butt. But then when life throws a curve ball, its humbling and reminds me of why I even started this process. My family! I want to be able to give 100% of myself to my family, to be an active part of my children’s lives, and to live a long life with my husband. And simply put, I cant do that if I don’t take care of myself.

This all smacked me in the face over the weekend. I got a phone call on Saturday night: my beloved mama is in the ER, she is having stomach pains, something about her colon dying, and shes going to have emergency surgery. The exact details of the situation then were fuzzy but we knew it was serous. Um, what? What did you just say?! My mother? No, it cant be.. my mama is super woman. Shes like the Energy Bunny + Martha Stewart. She goes constantly, her house is immaculate, she takes care of everyone, never stops and multi-tasks like a pro, and whenever she does get sick- you still cant knock her down. This woman has gone through so much in her life and she just picks herself up and keeps going. She started her Saturday with some shopping at Kohls and she ended her Saturday with having some 11 inches of her colon removed.

Visiting her in the hospital, seeing her laying in the bed after such an invasive emergency surgery, hardest thing in my life that Ive had to do. Hands down. Shes so strong but to see her so weak, it was heartbreaking. And to hear how serious the situation was, if she had not gotten to the hospital for them to do the surgery in time and her colon ruptured, she would have died. My mom has always been pretty healthy but if circumstances were different, she might not be here with us.

My family has been blessed, in that my mom is doing fantastic! Her recovery is going slow but shes doing such a good job, even the nurses have commented about how great of a patient she’s been. Which is not unexpected news because she will not let this get her down, I told her I bet she will be running laps around the hospital! My mom makes emergency surgery look like a piece of cake. God is good and He most definitely answered our prayers.

Im the first to admit that I have not always been health conscious. My young adult life was spent figuring out this marriage, college, and mom thing so taking care of myself was not important to me, at all. Ive shared before … the result of those decisions landed me with my priorities out of whack, pretty unhappy about myself, and according to that stupid BMI chart, in the “obese” weight range (omgosh, I hate admitting that- but its true). I finally got to the point where the Lord showed me, “Hello..you cant continue like this!” So ever since summer of 2013 when I cut meat out of my diet, Ive determined to do something about it.

It sounds kind of trite to say but on Saturday I was hit right in the face with how important my health really is, a needed reminder of why I started this process. To be there for my family. Change is never easy, nor is it quick. Sometimes there are challenges you have to face or you might get a little off track. Such a decision requires you to totally change your way of thinking, your relationship with foods, your way of living, and you reevaluate your priorities. But keeping your focus and remembering your why will help you succeed. To be there completely for my family, yeah, Id say this change is totally worth it.

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Amen!

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Are You Ready?!

How many of y’all set New Years resolutions? How have your resolutions gone? Kept them? Broke them after a week?! Lol. Mine have gone wonderfully… because I didn’t make any! 😛 Hahaha. But for this ‘New Me’ I think it’s about time. I did have weight loss goals but I kinda slacked off. I make them before I became a veg. So I’ll update to fit in with my new life. Along with weight I also want to add in a few other general goals. Not only do I want to get healthy and look über hot with my new bod, 😉 I also want to be well rounded in all areas of my life. Neglecting duties in other areas won’t make me ‘healthy’, it’ll just make me a skinner person who’s priorities are out of whack.

All Things ARE Possible
All Things ARE Possible

So my goals:
Weight loss. I’m going to do Weigh-in-Weds. Self explanatory, every Wed I’m going to log my weight loss. I don’t feel comfortable logging that info here…not yet… But I’ll tell how many pounds I’ve lost (hopefully lost and not gained). My goal is to lose the rest of the baby weight before Christmas. When I lose the next 10 lbs I’m going to buy a Pandora charm that represents my son. When I lose the rest of my baby weight I’m going to buy a charm that reps my daughter. I’ll revisit my next goals at the end of the year. I know I’m DEFIANTLY going to add a spa day in there. Massage. Facial. Ooooh YES!!

Jesus!! 🙂 even though I’ve listed this ‘goal’ second… It’s really my primary focus. We use to go to church all of the time but since Bethany has been born we haven’t gone as much. She doesn’t sleep at night very well and it’s hard to wake up in the mornings. In stead we just watch the services online, which is *OK* but you cant connect or serve others. Even if it means showing up late, lookin like a hot.mess. going to church is so much better then not going. I’m also starting 2 bible studies. Daily bible reading and being active in the bible studies!! In the past I’ve found that these are best accomplished when you have someone to hold you accountable. One of my BFFs (Julie) will be my partner.

Exercise. I have never been big into exercising. You know, start something and quit, thats me! Going to the gym lasted for a little but I felt ridic, I had no idea what I was doing. It gets frustrating. Not working out is a nasty habit that I’ve never been able to break. ‘They’ say that to learn a new habit you have to do it for a month straight. Soooo… :/ Bleh… Work out for a month straight. Noooot exactly looking forward to this goal. 30 mins a day. I plan to start by going on walks with Bethany. Add yoga 2 days a week. And I’ve thrown the idea around of starting karate. My girl, Julie, is also going to help me stick to it! Exercise will be the hardest.

Those are the 3 major things. There are a few smaller goals I have but I dont want to bore you with details. Cleaning. Drinking Water. Making dinner and only going out to eat once a week. I’m sure the husband would love for me to add ‘stop spending money’ and ‘stop spending so much time on my iPad’ but…. a girls got to have fun sometime!!! 😀 Riight?!

Are you excited?! Cuz I know I sure am!! Woot. New Blog, New Me. Btw, so far I’ve lost 10 pounds. This morning I worked out for 40 mins (had to work off my Starbucks breakfast.. :/ Naughty!). I also read my bible. I read before I really started my day which I think is the perfect time for me because then I have the whole day to meditate on what I read. Luke 1:37 totally hit me in the face! Thanks, Lord! Perfect….

Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.

Why Vegetarian?

Dont you hate that moment when you rock your baby to sleep and you go to put them down? Its like a hold-your-breath moment. I sure do! You try to put them down juuuust right so that they wont notice that they are no longer in your arms. Cuz if they wake up, theres very little chance you will get them back to sleep. One shot… thats all you get!
My Bethany is 9 months old and not such a great sleeper. Shes got this ninja-like ability to know the second that she is no longer being held. I just put her down for her morning nap and was praying, “Please let her stay asleep. Please let her stay asleep. Please can I get 30 mins of a nap time. Ill be happy with just 30 mins. If I get more, fantastic.. but all I really want is just 30 mins.” Its been 5 mins, so far so good! Now I can write my real first blog post! 🙂 Woot!

Hug A Vegetarian!

So Why Vegetarian? Why did I go from eating junk food, fast food, fried stuff, lots of red meats, too-large portion sizes, cookies (oooh chocolate cookies!), cheese on everything, and other naughty things. Well isnt that apparent? No.one. can eat junk like that and be healthy. Its just not possible. Of course I had come to that conclusion before but my fix to the problem of the b-u-l-d-g-e was to go on crash diets or sprint exercising (you know! exercising for a few weeks and then quit). I would have small victories, I would win the war but never the battle. 10 pounds down here.. 20 pounds up there. I got tired of it. You know? Time for something drastic and long-lasting. Time for a new me! May 2012 I became a vegetarian. Its September and I feel fantastic. 🙂 Its amazing how in this short amount of time Im already feeling better. Ive only lost 10 lbs, but thats ok. Ive spent 25 years putting on weight, I have plenty of time to get it off. Slow and steady wins the marathon.

Veg-ism means different things to different people. A short description of the main -ism’s: pescetarianism (fish eaters), ovo vegetarianism (eggs but not dairy products), lacto vegetarianism (dairy products but not eggs), ovo-lacto vegetarianism (includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk, and honey), veganism (no animal and animal products), raw veganism (only fresh and uncooked foods). I just say, “Im a vegetarian”. Some days I eat all vegan, some says Ill have a little cheese or eggs, and I have had fish (a handful of times). Its hard, you spend your whole life eating one way, its hard to completely switch to a new way of eating. Its not just food, its like a whole new way of thinking. My ‘goal’, Id like to get to the point where Im vegan.

You know what the stupid-est (is that a word? lol) thing about this whole new veg-lifestyle. Others. People love to spout off about topics that they have no real knowledge about. If somehow it comes out that Im now a veg, some reactions have been shock :O People wernt interested in my diet before my veg eating, but now that I wont eat meat, now they want to give their opinion. “Well, I heard….blah-blah-blah.” O.rly. Since when did you get your degree in Nutrition?! Lol. You are concerned for me?! Where was your concern when I was eating the junk food? When I was eating hamburgers, fries, cookies… ect. I didnt hear you ‘voice your concern’ when all that junk food was making me gain weight. But now that I want to be healthy and eat good-for-you food.. now you want to question my diet?! //rolls.eyes// How funny! Some of the issues others have brought up:

  •  Dont you miss eating ‘regular’ food?! Well, the longer you go not eating a type of food, the more you start to forget what it tastes like. I use to love steak. I cant remember what it tastes like, and I dont miss it. Hamburgers, on the other hand, I use to love them. I craved them when I was pregnant with Bethany. Ive tried veg-burgers but they arnt the same. It just made me miss a real burger, so for now Im staying away from veg-burgers. No temptation for me, lol. Plus you can get fake omni foods. Every type of dairy product comes in ‘veg-style’ aka: fake or soy. Soy milks, cheese, cream cheese, butter, mayo… They even have fake egg product! 😛
  • I would never be able to do it! You might be surprised!! Im in this FANTASTIC group on facebook of vegan mothers (not all in the group are vegans, like me). They are such a fantastic group of women. So welcoming. Always answering my (many) questions. Sharing new recipes. Encouraging with the difficulties us veg-eaters face. If it wasnt for my support, I prob wouldnt be able to do it.
  • What DO you eat?! I eat lots of yummy things! Almost every omni dish can be turned veg. (In the veg world, meat-eaters are known as omni’s) Tofu… its really cool in that it tastes like whatever you want it to taste like. Whatever spices or sauces you use is what it will taste like. Once you get ust to the texture, its wonderful because the flavors are endless. Theres this thing called tempeh thats protein, like tofu. I havent tried it , yet. Another protein, like tofu, that I have tried is called seitan. It was OK… but I didnt cook it right. Ill have to try again. Whole grains, veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, lentils, mushrooms.  Over this summer I was on a tomato kick! Quinoa and chia seed have become popular (thanks to pinterest). Ive had quinoa, its kinda funny. Anyways, Im not a nutritionist, but I have researched the veg diet. You can get all the nutrition you need in a well-rounded veg diet. Dont believe me? Research it yourself! 😛 Oh, and I have to give ‘props’ to pinterest. Ive cooked so many new and fun dishes thanks to pinterest! (You can follow my veg board here)

I could go on and on, but I wont. Wooza! My first blog post ended up being longer then I expected. I was concerned when I started this blog because I thought I wouldnt have enough to talk about. Looks like i was wrong! 😀 I promise, not all posts will be as long as this one. Hahaha. Oh and BIG plus, Bethany is STILL sleeping! Woot. All that talk about my new diet has me hungry! Time.for.food.

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