There it is. . .my secret card. I have a shopper card for Whole Foods and I barely use it. I really did laugh out loud when I read the now famous article about Surviving Whole Foods. I could so easily relate to what Kelly was saying! I too have hated that store at times, yet find myself going back time after time. I am headed there now actually, I need organic veggies like a “fat kid needs cake” and there just is no quicker, easier place to score those. I try to get to the farmers markets when I can, but let’s be honest, they are often hard to hit. In the small towns that surround my Chicago area suburb, I can hit one on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or a Thursday, but only from 7 am – 12 noon. I work. I can’t leave my job to go to one of those markets, who can? Once in a while I am able to carve out an hour to go 20 miles to one that is on Saturday mornings, but only if none of my kids need anything or have no events.
So, because I really want to eat organic celery that isn’t pencil thin, organic squash and carrots and coconut yogurt. . .I am off to Whole Foods to give them most of the money that is left over from paying bills this week. And people wonder why I am seriously making a plan now to start a small sustainable farm in my “spare time.” It’s simple really, there has to be an easier, cheaper, better way to do this!
I couldn’t decide yesterday if I could really forgo my 60 minute run and instead walk with my daughter, but I am so glad I did. I had my mind stuck on how many calories I would burn during my long run, until I looked up how many I could burn just walking with my kid. I had no idea how amazing it would feel to not only walk for so long, but to spend so much time getting in touch with someone else and nature.
Our walk was along a long winding road in the middle of West Michigan. With the leaves beginning to change color and the wind blowing just a tiny bit it was an amazing 3 hours. My daughter and I started our walk just catching up on life and discussing upcoming events. As we got further along the road though, we fell into a very comfortable silence and both just settled in to experience life. It has been a long time since I have felt such a sense of peace and at the end accomplishment. I walked 12 miles in three hours yesterday and it was one of the best 3 hours in a long time.
Want to clear your head and feel peace? Take a walk, the longer the better!
It all started with a little mishap with my hair oil this morning. I used too much, how it happened, I am not sure, but it did and by the time I got my hair all dried, it was oily and dirty looking. With about 10 minutes left before I needed to be out the door, I looked for my dry shampoo or some powder. But of course, I had neither. When low and behold, my little eyes spied a package of Bentonite Clay way at the back of my bathroom closet. Well, I knew it was plenty healthy from all of my readings on it over at the Wellness Mama‘s site, so why not use it?! It seemed to be the right consistency, much like baby powder, and I was desperate. Guess what? It worked!!
I am so excited about this development! I have been trying very hard over the past few years to weed out all of those nasty beauty products with all the chemicals and yuckies in them. As a true product of the ’80s (now you know how old I am), I am loathe to give up my hairspray and all hair products, but I do try. I can now scratch one more off that list; dry shampoo! I had heard that it was mostly baby powder and chemicals anyway, but whatever it is, I no longer need it. If I am feeling oily or need my hair to be less oily and fresher looking, I need only rub in some Bentonite Clay and off I go.
Don’t forget to click on the link above to read all of the health benefits of this nifty clay. . .it is kinda a superhero!
It seems everyone from the folks at Lifehack to Huffington Post are touting the benefits of lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. So, starting today I am joining the band wagon. I will update you in a few weeks on how I’m doing, but I am hoping that it will help stimulate my liver and keep things less acidic in my body overall, cutting down on inflammation. If it does only 5 of the 10 things that the Lifehack article says it does I’m good with it, and if I can cut my morning coffee drinking down a cup, even better. Give up coffee you say? Nah, sorry, I need at least once vice to get me out of bed in the morning!
Give it a try, you take a whole or half lemon and squeeze it into a warm glass of water and drink. ANYONE can do that. At best you are really beefing up your immune system, at worse you are getting an extra glass of water a day. You win no matter what happens. Good luck, and cheers!
I am a lover of all junk food! It hardly matters what it is, from plain potato chips to Flaming Hot Cheetos, I love all salty and sugary snacks. But a month ago I decided to give it a rest for good and give those things up, at least 85% of the time. I have been trying lots of new healthier options, and I am surprised to say that a favorite of mine now is homemade kale chips. They are strange, and different, and not really like a potato chip, but they are decent if you spice them up, and I know they are a ton healthier for me when I toss them in coconut oil and add a touch of sea salt and chili powder. I bake mine at about 250 degrees for at least 45 minutes, but check them and test them to see when they are done.
This morning I realize that carrot sticks and left over kale chips is quite delicious and takes the hunger edge off after a long commute to work! Give kale chips a try, but make them at home, I have found that many of the store brands are yucky (sorry, it’s a Mom word)!
I was pretty sure I couldn’t loose any weight anymore, so resorted to the only diet on which I have ever lost any weight, the Atkins Diet. I was two weeks in and hadn’t lost a single pound and was in tears. At that point, my wonderful husband stepped in and pretty much demanded I cut the crap and start running. He pointed out how a sister-in-law had lost much weight just by running daily and how many others had recently pointed out that long cardio was the only way they could get the weight off also.
So, at the heaviest I have ever been, I began running with my husband. I was scared to death. I am very out of shape and was pretty sure I couldn’t make it two blocks, but he agreed to run with me for 2 weeks to make sure I ran far and fast enough. It was hard, I won’t lie. That first day he made me jog almost an entire mile before stopping to catch my breath. And do you know what I realized? It is ok to be out of breath and uncomfortable. I didn’t die, I didn’t even hurt myself, and I learned to run through the shortness of breath and uncomfortableness.
The next week, we were on vacation and had to run over some decent sized hills. I worried, I cried, I carried on, but do you know what? I made it! I ran through the hills and I even learned that after a hill I can keep running and still catch my breath!
And my scale finally rewarded me this morning. After about 20 miles in 10 days, I have lost 6 pounds. Nothing to get excited about, except that I am excited! I can make that scale move! I can run! I am an athlete and I can get myself in shape after 30!!
I will keep you posted, but my run tonight is going to be a very smiley one for me. . .it’s working y’all. . .and you can do it too!!
With a new year came lots of new resolutions.
1. Save more money for next Christmas
2. Start eating healthier.
3. Get more exercise
4. Make all those clothes I have patterns and material for!
Most of them I am actually still doing 17 days into the new year. . .wait a minute, all of them I am still doing! Maybe with age comes wisdom and stick-to-itness?? I sure hope so.
I thought I would post a couple of quick pictures of a couple of the skirts I have made so far, I am going at about the pace of one a week. I am quite happy with that, and while I certainly won’t win any fashion awards, I do like making my own unique skirts that I am pretty sure I won’t see someone else at my workplace wearing. . .it is a bit addicting actually. There are just too many adorable fabrics out there.
Stretchy skirt one was made mostly following the instructions from this cute blog. It is so quick and easy I am headed to Hobby Lobby tonight to get more knit fabric! Here is my little skirt on me at work:
Cotton skirt two wasn’t really taken from a blog. I did the same thing I did with the stretchy skirt above, with some modifications. First, I used cotton quilt fabric I had purchased to make a bag with last summer. Second, I rolled down the waist hem about and inch and 1/2 to make a casing for elastic. I now have a cotton puff skirt like this:
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
I came across a great sermon Sunday that really impacted me and changed the way I think about witnessing to others. The just of it is that we must, in order to gain true converts, witness about our sickness before we witness about our cure. We must explain what is wrong with us before anyone can hear how to get right. We must teach people how we have all sinned and fall far short of God’s holiness before we can explain how we can be in a right relationship with Him. One that gives us a future in His home instead of a lifetime without Him present. We have to show them how they are sick and incapable of healing themselves, hence their need for a savior that was without sin who can save them and give them life.
We can not give someone a cure for a disease they don’t know they have and expect them to be happy or even want to keep it. We can’t bail someone out of a jail cell they can’t see. I am changing my focus when I talk with lost people. I am going to bring up the 10 commandments and help them see how they are sinners who can’t be with God. Then I will tell them about Jesus who brings them to God and will save them from Hell. Sound kinda Baptist? Maybe, but Jesus first sermon on the mount was all about how we don’t keep His commands right and what awaits us if we fail!
Father, forgive me for being so awkward at sharing my faith. Give me eyes to see your ways, knowledge to understand, and wisdom to change. Help me learn to effectively share my faith, as there is NOTHING in this world more important than that!
Winter in Chicago is very harsh on a girls skin! I have been slathering on the lotion for the past few weeks and still find my skin very dry and itchy most of the time. So as I was scouring the internet last week for remedies, I happened to think that maybe what I needed was a good scrubbing away of the old dead skin and so maybe what I really needed was a good sugar or salt scrub.
I had much fun looking around for some good recipes and have been making lists of ingredients that I want, but I was desperate this morning. I woke up more itchy than normal and needed relief TODAY. So, I knew I had some lavender flavored Epsom Salts in my bathroom closet, and I still had my hair oil from a couple of weeks ago. I put them together and then used them on my very itchy legs and arms. I am VERY happy to report that my skin is now way less itchy. Pictures to follow soon.
Lavender Epsom Scrub
1 cup Epsom Salt (scented or plain)
1/4 cup carrier oil (I used Calendula infused Olive Oil)
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Mix all together in a sealed container and use a handful for washing.