So before I weigh in on the scale, I want to "weigh in" on just life in general, the past week.
It's been a DOOZY.
First off, you will see some changes around here on my blog. It, like hopefully I will be soon, is looking a lot slimmer.
It's no surprise to anyone who has followed me at any point that I have some strong convictions about a social media presence. I'm not one of those 'facebook is the devil' kind of people, because I don't think there's anything essentially evil about social media. I think there is bad stuff on there, but just like anything else in the world, the bad comes with the good, and if there's bad stuff on social media, you probably have the wrong friends. So no, it doesn't have anything to do with that. It has more to do with my desire for authentic living. I grew up in a world without screens. Without google. We didn't even have the internet until I was in middle school, and then it was dial-up, so it consumed a LOT of time.The more time that I spent on social media, the less that I like it. The more I see people with their faces turned down the palm of their hands, the more I don't want it to be such a part of my life. It's a strong conviction for me. I want to experience my children's lives, and to enjoy them. Although I will probably share some photos of them here and there, because some of my friends and family follow me on this blog since I don't use a lot of social media... I don't want it to be such an integral part of my life. I don't want to use this blog to tell their stories, so much as my own. So occasionally, I will share some of their lives, but I want this blog to be about my own personal journey, so when they are older they are free to write their stories themselves. I don't want every trip, every birthday, every Christmas and every moment detailed on a blog anymore than I want them on a facebook feed. Those memories are special, and sometimes I would get to the point where I was doing things for the sake of taking photos.. cataloging special memories for the sake of sharing. I don't want to be that person. I want my kids to remember my face, not the back of my cellphone.
So although I have not even came close to conquering that giant of a pull to share absolutely everything... in some ways I've done a lot better because I have decided to give up so much social media. Perhaps this is just one step closer to living a life that is meant to be experienced and not shared. One that is meant to inspire someone to grow rather than to feel envious. Authentic, and intentional. That's certainly my goal at least.
I shared a lot of my story and some pictures here, in my last blog post. You can catch up there. Basically, for years I've envisioned ways that I desire to grow. Not to change, to grow. I am completley decided that God made each and every one of us, no matter how flawed for a reason. I believe that our flaws are intricately woven into our lives to create in us who we are. The things we are meant to overcome are meant to bring us to who He created us to be, leading up to the moment when in Heaven, he reveals our true name, and all of the sudden- it all makes sense. I want to become who He wants me to be. And I believe, with all of my heart, that the things I can overcome with my weight and health will empower me to be the servant needed to further His Kingdom.
So onto this weekly weigh in! With my friend over at Colletta's Kitchen Sink!!!!
My week's stats:
Weigh-in: - 0.3 Total: -0.3
Haha, I'm sure some of you are shaking your head and asking.. why did she even bother? Well, because I'm committed to this weigh-in, even when I've had an unsuccessful week!
Since I did not do a lot of exercise, I'll explain the layout of our week....
Sat: Cleaning catch up, from the week before.. lots of laundry!
Sun: Church, cooking lunch/dinner, resting for the day, back to church for the evening.
Mon: 45 minutes elliptical in the morning. Soccer practice that evening for kids.
Tues: Cleaning for company on Tuesday evening
Wed: Traveling to Winston Salem (4 hours one way!) for my son's hearing appointment... then traveling back. We spent about 9 hours in the car this day!!!
Thurs: Exhausted... just exhausted. Cleaning and hosting dinner with some friends and church members.
Fri: 45 minutes elliptical, spent the afternoon at the beach, because it was 85 degrees on the first day of fall in Eastern NC. :)
So there you go. Between lots of entertaining this week as well as the trip that threw us off completely, I really once again just put myself on the backburner and did what I had to do. I was so exhausted most of the week that I didn't even do my quiet time in the mornings, I just hit the ground running, which I hate doing. Thankfully, we don't have a busy week at all, so I am making better plans for the upcoming week.
I also have to mention, I've never been one to wear dresses. Never. I've always been terrible self-conscious of looking bad. A friend of mine from church was the sweetest, and bought me a LulaRoe dress a few weeks go. I was excited, but nervous about never wearing it. Sunday I decided enough being that way, and put it on to get ready for church. It was SO comfortable, and I think, looked pretty good!
Ill post this on Monday when I join Happy Homemaker Monday. It's been awhile since I've been committed to meal planning, and its been bad financially and for the purpose of eating healthy. Today I have done all of my cleaning except laundry this morning, so I have most of the afternoon to do some planning. I've decided that the one thing I'm going to try hard to cut back big time in our meal planning is red meat. Since my gallbladder started getting bad and even after I had it surgically removed back in 2015, I have had lots of issues with stomach pain after eating red meat. And normally we do eat a lot of it, so I'm really cutting back this week, and not eating it at all if I can get by with it! Tonight we are having chilli made with ground turkey, and I'm excited about it! I put it in my slower cooker and there was barely any grease at all on it! It made me so happy! I'm very much looking forward to it and not feeling so bad afterward! It doesn't feel like fall, but who says you can't have fall food?
Trim Healthy Mama!
So my weight watchers subscription is over in October, and although I've thought long and hard about signing back up, I've decided not too. That doesn't mean I'm not going to be tracking my weight, I just won't be using that program. Last year I purchased and started reading Trim Healthy Mama, and really loved it, but just didn't commit to reading and following through the program. We moved shortly after purchasing it anyhow, so I really didn't give it the attention it deserved. So I'm going to get those heafty books back out and put them back on my reading list.
FAIL this week. Although today I haven't had a drop of caffiene, and I feel fine, so that is a big plus! I have started making decaf tea to make me through the day. I want to start making decaf tea that I can sweeten with Stevia rather than sugar. I also have been inspired by my sisters to start drinking lemonade that is stevia sweetened, hoping to kick the soft drink habit for good.
I'm determined to do this each morning. A few weeks ago I realized I wasn't getting the most out of my workout time because I was watching shows that really just made me feel bad when I got finished. Not terrible shows, just shows like Reign or One Tree Hill... that although they certainly aren't the worst in the world, there is a bit of questionable content in them. I decided to try something that is lighter, and without the content, so I settled on When Calls the Heart. Surprisingly, I LOVE this show! I don't leave it feeling bad, and its such a sweet story! So I'm excited that I've found a show to watch while working out. It makes it a lot easier!
So here's to next weeks weigh in being significant! Thank you Colletta for hosting this lovely party! I'ts been an inspiration to me already!