April Progress Update

I cannot believe April has already come and gone!

1.Contact a different friend or family member each day. Check!

2. Increase my daily steps using my FitBit- My goal was to increase to 5,500 steps 5x a week.
Week One (Partial Week): 1/2 days
Week Two: 6/7 days
Week Three: 7/7 days
Week Four:6/7 days
Week Five: 3/7 days

My goal for May is 6,000 steps 5x a week!

3. Host one get-together a month at our home. Check!

4. Get my teaching certification in Maryland. No progress

5. Start ABC Jesus Loves Me Homeschool Preschool with Cupcake. We put this on hold for most of the month of April. We had a ton of activities going on and visitors from out of state, so it was just too difficult. We will resume in May!

6. Return to the FlyLady Cleaning Schedule. Check!

7. Meal Plan each week. Check!

8. Breastfeed Cupcake to 2 years old. Check! And still going strong!!!

9. Increase membership in my local women’s auxiliary by 25%. The mailer just went out to welcome potential new members, so May should be exciting!

10. Short-term goal of the month- I forgot to make a goal last month! I was clearly losing my mind, which was okay because things have been so busy here lately. In May, my goal is plan a fun vacation! My husband has two weeks off at the end of the month and I am so excited! We have not had much time together in 2016!

11. Post progress each month. Check!

-Lindsay

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March Resolution Update

Okay, this month was better than February. Which isn’t particularly difficult, because February was horrible! I’d love eventually to get back into being on here more regularly, but life is crazy right now. Maybe that would be a good resolution to add in here!

1.Contact a different friend or family member each day. Check!

2. Increase my daily steps using my FitBit- My goal for March was to start getting to 5,000 steps 5x a week.
The first week of March(partial week):3/5 days
Second Week: 6 days
Third Week: 4 days
Fourth Week:6 days
Fifth Week(partial week): 4/5 days
So, overall, not too bad! That’s definitely an improvement.
My goal for April is to increase that to 5,500 5x a week!

3. Host one get-together a month at our home. Check!

4. Get my teaching certification in Maryland. I have all the paperwork sitting on my desk ready to be brought to the post-office! I had a horrifying moment when Cupcake destroyed one of my documents this month, so I sent away to get an updated version. I really need to get on this!

5. Start ABC Jesus Loves Me Homeschool Preschool with Cupcake. We continue to love this curriculum. I need to do a post on this soon!

6. Return to the FlyLady Cleaning Schedule. YAY! This was successful this month.

7. Meal Plan each week. Check!

8. Breastfeed Cupcake to 2 years old. Check! Still going strong!

9. Increase membership in my local women’s auxiliary by 25%. Still maintaining the 6% growth. Due to a delay in some materials, the welcome materials will not get mailed until the end of April, so there may not be much growth until then!

10. Short-term goal of the month- My goal for March was to create an inventory of the items in our pantry and try to use them up! I figure it will not only save money, but also help me with my meal planning. I did this. For our family of three, we only spent a little over $200 this month for groceries due to me using up all of the things in our pantry. Wahoo!

11. Post progress each month. Check!

-Lindsay

January Resolution Progress

I have long believed that reflection is a great way to keep yourself on track. Each month I post progress on my New Years Resolutions. Overall, this month was not too bad!

1.Contact a different friend or family member each day. Almost perfect! I missed one day, but doubled up the next day to make up for lost time. I love this goal because it really helps me stay accountable for contacting the people I love rather than waiting for them to contact me.

2. Increase my daily steps using my FitBit- January: collect data. Over the month of January, my average monthly steps was around 4,500 . My goal for February is reach 5,000 steps five days a week.

3. Host one get-together a month at our home. Check!

4. Get my teaching certification in Maryland. Not yet! This is a must for February!

5. Start ABC Jesus Loves Me Homeschool Preschool with Cupcake. January has been spent planning furiously. We start the first week in February!

6. Return to the FlyLady Cleaning Schedule. I started using the baby steps again this month (which she recommends to do before getting into the cleaning schedule). Since I had done it in the past, I was able to get through the baby steps quickly as I had retained some of them from last time. Halfway through the month, I returned to her schedule and it has helped so much. It keeps me on track so I do not waste time trying to think of where to start!

7. Meal Plan each week. Check! We even started a Whole30 near the end of the month (currently on day 14!) and the meal planning has helped so much! Our food budget has been kept in check and we’ve been eating so much healthier.

8. Nurse Cupcake to 2 years old. Check!

9. Increase membership in my local women’s auxiliary by 25%. Since the year has started, we have grown by 6%! Wahoo!

10. Short-term goal of the month- Make a major career decision between two fields. This goal was perfect for this month. A few days into the year, my boss approached me about an opportunity that really helped clarify what I want to do. I want to stay in my current field of education and continue to grow and develop in that way. I will continue to do work in the secondary field as it comes up, but I am excited for the growth path I am currently on. My short-term goal for February is to create a gallery wall in my living room!

11. Post progress each month. Check!

-Lindsay

November Reflections

As part of my 2015 resolutions, I post my status each month to keep myself accountable for the goals I set for myself!

Ugh. I am SO late on this. The holiday craziness has set in and while I am totally loving it, I am definitely having less time these days!

Now, on to my goals.

1. Design 2015 budget goals with husband to reflect past spending and current saving goals.

My goal was to set a budget for the two week vacation we had in November.  We did wonderfully! We were able to eat out and with all of the saving we’ve been doing all year, I even managed a great surprise for my hubby’s 30th birthday. We got massages, went out to his favorite upscale restaurant, and then spent a night at a hotel while my sister watched Cupcake. It was HEAVEN!

My goal for December is to stick to our holiday budget and hopefully even come out a little under. I’ve been making many gifts from scratch, so I am excited to see how well we do!

2. Go to the gym (or workout at home) a minimum of four days a week.

No. Just a big no. It’s cold and I have no motivation. I am my own worst enemy here. I think it was too big of a goal for me with no gym membership or warm weather to go out in!

3. Reduce my PR of a 9 min mile pace to an 8 minute mile.

I completed a 7:57 mile in April. This goal is complete!

4. Try one new recipe a week and blog about it.

I am putting this officially on the back burner. I hope to return to this in 2016!

5. I want to continue nursing Cupcake through 2015, unless she chooses to wean earlier.

CHECK! We did spend one night away as mentioned above, but otherwise we’re trucking along just fine!

6. Visit my grandma every week before our move. Call her every week after we move.

We got to see her in PERSON twice this month, which was awesome! I LOVED it!

7. Text/call/email a different friend every day to keep communication open.

Check!

8. I will cut my monthly consumption of soda.

I had no soda in November.

9. Subscribe to FlyLady Emails. Complete tasks to maintain clean and decluttered home.

My goal for November was to continue to work on my cleaning schedule as we have several visitors coming for a weekend this month and I want to be on top of the situation so there isn’t a mad dash to clean the house. I was successful and had a clean house!

My goal for December is to manage the holiday craziness and keep the house in order for the many events we have.

10. Reduce time spent watching TV

 

My goal for November revolved around trying to find ways to get Cupcake involved in the cooking process on some evenings so that way I can eliminate that TV block! She has become quite a good cook and helps often. I will post a blog about this soon!

My goal for December is to start researching activities for the cold winter months so we do not rely on TV once winter hits!

11. Post progress each month on the above goals.

A few days late, but check!

Two Weeks Down!

Oh my goodness, how time flies! I cannot believe I have been at this elimination diet for two weeks. Fourteen days may not seem like a lot, but it can be a long time to avoid so many foods. Although I have had a slip-up (hi communion wafer) or two, overall I have been spot on!

When I originally started, I was so nervous. What was I going to eat? How was I going to feed my daughter and husband the very foods I was avoiding and not be tempted to cheat a little? The first week was, admittedly, rough. This second week has been like night and day! I had to keep reminding myself what day it was because the food changes I made were so good! I am loving all these new recipes I’ve been making, so I do not feel deprived at all!

I do have to admit, I already added back in a food. Coffee (yes, it is a FOOD in my momming world). I knew that if I could just have a tiny bit of coffee, I would eliminate my one craving. So after speaking to the professionals, this was the plan we came up with: I have one of those reusable Keurig cups. I could fill it half way with coffee. Then, I would use the same amount of water that i usually do. I would further dilute the coffee with rice milk (homemade) to reduce the caffeine content per ounce. Finally, I could take half of that cup in the morning and half in the afternoon. This is the level of caffeine I am allowed for the time being until I complete all food challenges. Then, if I still am experiencing symptoms, we will taper off the coffee altogether.

People- hearing this was like the heavens opened! Once I actually did the math to figure out how much caffeine I would be getting on this regimen, it is essentially like they put me just a step above a decaf coffee, but it is enough. I do not find the coffee makes me alert, but it certainly helps alleviate some of the morning fog. It is probably more psychological than physiological, but I don’t care! Totally worth it.

In terms of how I am feeling overall- I cannot believe how great I feel. Friends have commented that I look “different” and that I am losing weight. Although I have dropped a few pounds, it is mostly all water weight since my bloating is almost nonexistent. I have had no migraines at all. My skin is completely clear. My dandruff is gone. I’ve always had these weird bumps on my upper arms (almost like whiteheads, but they never go away). They seem to be significantly reducing! I am sleeping better. This will seem odd, but for the first time in a long time I can remember my dreams! I have since learned that dream recall has long been tied into vitamin and mineral levels! My moods feel much more stable this week than they have in a long time.

My improvement in so many symptoms can be tied to a multitude of factors. 1) I could have an intolerance. 2) My water intake has sky-rocketed since I am not allowed many beverage options 3) I have having an insane amount of fruits and vegetables 4) I am not eating out at all 5) I have to cook everything from scratch, so that often eliminates me snacking. I am sure it is a combination of all of the above!

Be on the lookout for more recipes to come soon!

August Reflections

As part of my 2015 resolutions, I post my status each month to keep myself accountable for the goals I set for myself!

1. Design 2015 budget goals with husband to reflect past spending and current saving goals.

My goal for August was to evaluate our car situation. I feel like I am way behind the curve, but I recently discovered Dave Ramsey and have been learning more about his methods for getting out of debt. My darling sweetie graduated from med school this year. This translates into an amount of student loans that …well there are just no nice words for it. We really want to eliminate all of our debt as soon as we can. One of our cars is completely paid off, but the other was under a lease. My husband and I both agreed that this would be our last lease.

So, we bought a new-to-us car and are working towards paying that off. Although we are not at the point we could comfortably buy the car outright, we are at a point where we can pay it off quicker than the terms of our loan. I am (weirdly) excited about the prospect of finally being able to eliminate car debt. It may take us years to get there, but we have a plan and I know we can do it.

My goal for September is to really understand what Dave Ramsey’s philosophy is all about. I plan on checking out one of his books from the library and really reading it, as opposed to just gathering bits and pieces from online. I know enough people that have benefitted from his books that I am willing to give it a try! I love reading, so this is my favorite “budget” goal of the year!
2. Go to the gym (or workout at home) a minimum of four days a week.

For August, my goal was to work out a total of 12 times (or an average of three times a week). I was almost thwarted from my goals when our jogging stroller broke a few days into the month! It is hard enough to find time to work out, but without my jogging stroller I was forced to look for new ways to work out. I really tried to do whatever I could, but Miss Cupcake thought it was fun to crawl over and under me while I did pushups or crunches or she tried to pick up my weights. We decided to start looking for a new jogging stroller and were blessed to find a used one for only $55! I was doubly blessed when my dear sweet Dad decided to buy it for us. I am one lucky lady! With that, I immediately got back into my running groove. This was a success!

3. Reduce my PR of a 9 min mile pace to an 8 minute mile.

I completed a 7:57 mile in April. This goal is complete!

4. Try one new recipe a week and blog about it.

I am absolutely loving cooking and baking so much from scratch lately. This month’s delicious recipes included:

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Bread Crumbs

Easy Breaded Chicken

Crockpot Lasagna

5. I want to continue nursing Cupcake through 2015, unless she chooses to wean earlier.

CHECK!

My little girl just turned 17 months old and has just started sleeping through the night regularly. Holy moly has that been a game-changer. It took me weeks to adjust to being able to sleep through the night. I’d wake with a start at 2 am thinking I heard a cry, or wake up because my bladder no longer was used to go all night, or wake up because I missed my baby. Such a complicated feeling! However, we are mostly all sleeping through the night these days.

Cupcake has always been a big fan of nursing to sleep. This rarely happens now. She asks to be put in her crib for nap or bedtime and just wants to hold my hand until she drops off. I find it adorable 99% of the time. It makes me realize what a big girl she is becoming! Her favorite is nursing to wake. She would nurse all morning if I let her- and unless we have to be somewhere, I do! Pretty much from when she wakes up at 5 or 6 until we go out for the morning at 9, she is nursing on and off. I find it a great time for us to connect and set us up for the day ahead.

6. Visit my grandma every week before our move. Call her every week after we move.

My grandma turned 93 this month. When my grandfather passed away, she moved back to Connecticut to be with our family. For the first time in over 20 years, I missed her birthday party. I was so sad. So sad. It just wasn’t feasible for me to visit. I am hoping and praying for a visit in September, because I miss her.

7. Text/call/email a different friend every day to keep communication open.

Check!

8. I will cut my monthly consumption of soda.

My goal for August was to have no more than eight 8-ounce servings. A weird thing happened this month. I am not sure of the exact number of servings, because I couldn’t keep track. You know that amazingly refreshing moment when you open a cold Coca-Cola on a hot summer day? I took one sip and noticed I didn’t like it at all. I passed the can to my husband and got a seltzer water.

A few days later, my sweetie opened a Coke and I asked for a sip. Yuck.

I lost my taste for Coke and Pepsi and anything like that. I just couldn’t get into it. It was weird. It was nice.

I did have one delicious can of orange soda because Kel, I mean I, love orange soda. (Please tell me you get that reference!)  

I don’t know what made the switch in my taste buds, but I am happy about it! I have no cravings for the sodas that I most loved before. My goal wasn’t to completely give up soda, just to reduce my monthly consumption. However, I am definitely okay with the idea of eventually not wanting any sodas at all!

My goal for September is to have no more than six 8-oz servings.

9. Subscribe to FlyLady Emails. Complete tasks to maintain clean and decluttered home.

My goal for August was to organize our pantry so that I can ensure we are using the oldest food items first. This was awesome. I realized I have entirely too many boxes of macaroni and cheese! I just kept buying it and apparently didn’t realize we already had some. I discovered items I had forgotten about, like a green tea with jasmine. It has become my new favorite beverage to turn into iced tea! We were able to use up some lasagna noodles that were close to expiring to make a new family favorite. I am SO happy I did this (and so is our food budget!).

10. Reduce time spent watching TV

My goal for August was to limit my TV to the following items:

  • News (no more than 30 minutes a day)
  • Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (an episode if its a rainy day for Cupcake)
  • No more than two movies

Ugh. Okay. I had a rough time this month. My dad came to visit and he enjoyed a LOT of screen time with Cupcake. So, that was a fail. Also, Chris had an “easier” rotation this month, so we got back into watching The Wire. We binge watched Season 4 (SO GOOD!). I did not make the progress I was hoping to make this month. I am most disappointed about the screen time that Cupcake had. I found myself resorting to a quick TV show or youtube video so I could shower after my workouts or make dinner because it worked. I am not anti-TV by any means, but I also do not want to develop it into too much of a crutch. It is still August. If I am doing this now,  I will definitely overdo it come the cold winter months.

How do you do it parents that don’t show television? My LO will play independently and read to herself, but at the end of a long day, there is no way she won’t be all over me while I cook. I have tried including her in the food prep, but that isn’t working either. Suggestions, please!

11. Post progress each month on the above goals.

Check!