Meanderings….

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I’m sick.  Again.

and quite frankly, I am so tired of this cloud of sickness that seems to be hovering over my house; since Thanksgiving, my kids and I have had one virus after another, with barely a break in between.

last Wednesday night I was hit with a nasty stomach flu, and I mean NASTY.  I’ve never thrown up so much in my life; I lost four pounds, if that tells you anything.  I’ll gladly take the weight-loss, but would’ve preferred to have come by it another way.

wierdly enough, this stomach virus had a sinus thing along with it.  Great, right?  Anyway, I now have a killer sinus infection and I’m miserable!  My doctor called in some meds for me yesterday, so I’m hoping to get some relief in the next day or so.

I know I’ve shared before that I have been wanting to lose this crazy ten pounds that I gained over the past eight months.  Problem is, up until now I haven’t been motivated to make it happen.

i always seemed to have an excuse….”I’ll start tomorrow”, or “I’ll start Monday”, or “I’ll just go over my calorie limit today and make up for it tomorrow”….only tomorrow would never happen.

in the mean time, I’d cringe at what I was seeing in the mirror, and cry when I couldn’t wear my favorite jeans.

Well, for some reason unbeknownst to me, this sickness has kicked my motivation into high gear!  I guess maybe it’s the four pounds I lost while sick, but whatever it is, I’m thankful!

I have been tracking my food all week, as well as counting calories, and I’ve lost another pound!

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I’m really wanting to make some dietary changes that will benefit my whole family, but getting four kids on board isn’t easy!  One of my boys struggles with severe eczema, and the more research I do, the more I realize that eczema is often caused by food allergies.

My plan is to slowly switch my whole family over to eating whole, unprocessed foods, as well as phasing out refined sugar–that one’s the killer.

I decided to experiment yesterday, and made my regular banana muffin recipe, but rather than using refined sugar like I usually do, I used organic coconut sugar.  And you know what?  My kids couldn’t tell the difference!  Score!!

I am realizing that being in my mid-forties sets the standard for how I’m going to be/feel in my fifties.  I’ve had good friends who are mid-fifties tell me that mows the time to make the hard changes for my health, because once you hit fifty it’s harder to make those changes.

I am also realizing that I’m responsible for the eating habits my kids have right now; if I don’t set a good example and provide them with healthy alternatives now, they’ll grow up putting bad foods into their body.

I have come a long way, but I’m finally beginning to see food as fuel, rather than seeing as a comfort when I’m sad!  I’m definitely a work in progress, but I’m getting there.

sorry for all my ramblings; it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I just wanted to catch you up on my life.

have a great day!

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