Just Breathe

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to make this year yours!

2018-A new year with 365 days of possibilities. Okay it’s the second day in so we only have 364 now, but that’s still plenty of blank pages to write in and make this a great year!

Do you choose a word for the year? Have you chosen words in the past but let it fall by the wayside? Would you like to choose one for this year? There’s still time. If you have or do,  please share with us.

I started choosing a word a few years back, but I didn’t last year. Could that be why I had a hard year? I’m not sure, but I decided to get back to it this year. As I was looking for my word two words kept showing up for me BREATHE and BRAVE. I chose BREATHE.

Why BREATHE? Last year I didn’t choose a word and started so many new things; the blog, my businesses, Yoga Teacher Training, running the half and full marathon in one weekend and powerlifting. With all that, I lost some focus (which I’ve shared with you on and off through the year). In yoga, we are taught to always go back to the breath, our pranayama (our life force). When I run and my breathing isn’t right I have a hard time. If I tell myself to go back to my breath and slow down until I am breathing right I have a much better and successful run. So the word BREATHE will remind me to slow down and refocus; whether it’s with diet, exercise, life, YTT (which is where I plan to put a lot of focus the next couple of months) or business.

I need to stay focused on the important things. Yes, these are all important, and I can focus and work on all of them but not obsess and make myself crazy trying to do too much. YTT is the most important right now. As we near the half point it is getting more intense and taking more time and energy, along with self-reflection. To finish strong and successfully I need to stay focused and breathe. I will still work my businesses but I will not stress over trying to grow them overnight. That will come with time. That is the good thing about a direct sales business (at least the ones I chose) I don’t have to meet any minimums each month. I can work at my own pace, and make the business fit my life, not my life fit the business. I lost sight of that for a bit and was burning the candle at both ends. I had to take a step back and let it go. Have you been there?

As my yoga instructor is fond of saying “you are right where you are meant to be in this moment”. Yes, I am. And when I try to go at a pace that is too much I will come back and BREATHE and refocus.

I am joining a group of friends in reading the book The Secret The Magic by Rhonda Byrne along with starting a gratitude journal. Have you read the book and if so what are your thoughts? Do you journal? I have tried (unsuccessfully) in the past. The blog is the closest I’ve come to that. But I am giving it go. We are going to read the book and journal our gratitudes together for 28 days starting on 1/8. If you would like to join us there is still time. Message me and I will add you to Facebook and the group.

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Happy New Year! Let’s make it the best yet.

Until the next time

Janet

 

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Freestyling

Remember how excited I have been for the new changes/tweaks that were coming to the Weight Watchers plan? So excited I’m fact that I was learning all I could before the official rollout! Well, I got the entire scoop Saturday when I attended the #saturday7amsocialclub.

Freestyle is finally here!

I didn’t learn anything I hadn’t already found out (sometimes social media is a wonderful thing, lol) but I was excited to “get the scoop” anyway!

Along with all the new materials! And my new charm/bling!

This one was for attending the past five meetings (you could have attended four meetings if one was thanksgiving week and still get it). It was to introduce the freestyle plan!

I love getting new bling!

I also told you I was going to do a cleanse to go along with the official start. I researched a couple and decided on a two-day “gentle cleanse” from IT Works.

A WW friend of mine decided to try it too, so we ordered our cleanse and waited for it to arrive. My original idea was to do the cleanse on Thursday and Friday last week so that I would have it out-of-the-way for the Freestyle launch. Mine, however, got stuck along the way and took five extra days to get here. Maybe that should have been a sign. So I waited to cleanse this past Sunday and Monday. I wasn’t sure how this cleanse would go (no pun intended) and didn’t want to get stuck out some where……I’m sure you know what I mean. My friend said she hadn’t had any harsh side effects so I wasn’t expecting any either and there weren’t any.

In fact I’m not sure what it did, if anything.

Well, all had been rolling along going quite nicely. Until Tuesday….I was certainly “freestyling” then…..I think I gave a new meaning to the word….I’m sure if the WW police find out they’ll be knocking down the door 😳!

I free-styled my way into more points than I cared to track. It was a day of brownies, chips, and candy…oh my! I awoke yesterday feeling like crap determined to do better……but, what is they say about plans? Yeah. All was fine until lunch time and the last of those brownies called my name.

I might be mistaken but I don’t think that was the idea behind the “Freestyle” plan….

Since my plan for this holiday season is to maintain the weight I was at my first of the month weigh in, I better get my head out of my backside! Right now I might be my own worst enemy….Am I the only one in this boat?

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Until the next time

Janet

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Freebie Friday

Hi there! It’s Friday again. Christmas is barely more than two weeks away, and life is going to get crazy or crazier….

What do you have in the works for the weekend? Anything fun?

If you a regular reader of the blog you probably already know part of what I will be doing. Lol, I am rather predictable. But before my regular Saturday activities (you know the #saturday7amsocialclub and my session with Jeff) get here; tonight we will be attending Miss Quinn’s preschool Christmas play. Since Miss Quinn is the third grand little to attend preschool at Inverness Presbyterian Preschool the play was the same for many years. This year they have changed it! It will be exciting to see the changes and the new play! The kids are always so cute. It’s amazing to see the changes in most of them from their three-year old year to four.

Hopefully my Saturday activities will occur. The “S” word (snow) has been thrown around, and would more likely be more of a winter mix and may cause things to be closed or delayed. I hope not. I will officially switch over to the new WW plan #Freestyle. I am looking forward to all the new information!

Next week I will be gearing up for YTT next weekend. It is sure to have me in a tizzy, again, lol!

Today is the last day of my participation in the Real Moms Blog 12 Days of Giveaways. Today’s giveaway is a basket of Rodan+Fields goodies, pictured below!

Here is what’s included in todays giveaway: (3) Mini Facials-featuring the NEW Intensive Renewing Serum; you can keep all three or share, (2) three-day samples of the Active Hydration Serum, (2) Micro-DermAbrasion Paste packs, and (1) Full Size tube of the NEW Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex! I will also be adding a little surprise to your package….to enter join the Real Moms Blog 12 Days of Giveaways Facebook page, and follow the instruction on the post to be entered. All entries must be in by midnight MST to be entered and the winner will be announced tomorrow on the Facebook page!

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Have a great weekend!

Until the next time

Janet

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 12/7

Here we are one full week into December!

Can you believe it? Are you all ready for the holidays? I am soooo not.

We do have a tree up. And since it’s pre-lit, it has lights. Oh and the kids “special” ornaments for this year. Does it need more? Sometimes I don’t think so. Now don’t get me wrong, I love decorating the tree with ornaments of years gone by and reminiscing over them, but I also like sitting with only the tree for light, sipping tea or cocoa, and listening to Christmas carols. It’s even better if it’s snowing outside or there’s snow covering the ground (which doesn’t often happen this time of year).

And that friends, is my Simple Pleasure for this week. Sitting quietly at night with only the light from the Christmas tree, listening to Christmas carols, and sipping a cuppa.

What is your Simple Pleasure or perhaps Guilty Pleasure this week?

Tuesday I told you about participating with Real Moms Blogs 12 Days of Giveaways. Today is my day. I will be posting about Plunder and giving away a Plunder Posse. The winner will be able to choose from either the November or December Posse!

Why a choice? I couldn’t decide which to give! I love them both and know you will too….so I decided to make it winners choice and I’m going to add in an extra surprise….Have you joined the Facebook page so that you can participate and enter? If not there’s still time! Not only for today’s giveaway but the rest of them too! You can join in the fun here!

You have until 12am MST to enter each days drawing and the winner will be announced the following morning.

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Janet

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A Busy Time

Is it just me or does December seem to be marching by really fast? I guess 2018 is in a hurry to get here, or 2017 is ready to be done, lol!

Did y’all have a good weekend? Mine was fifty shades of busy, but fun!

It started out Friday with a special yoga class. It was a strap class. If you practice yoga you probably know you can use a strap to modify a posture that you may struggle with or to help you get deeper into a posture. This class was using the strap as part of the posture. It was a lot of fun! But it also was a great way to change the dynamic of the postures! This will be fun to continue practicing.

Saturday morning brought about the #saturday7amsocialclub and my session with Jeff!

Last week I told you I was hoping to not be up too much from the previous weeks WI (remember the WI I said I should not have done, lol). I don’t feel like I was doing a good job working the plan last week but I did recover and was only up half a pound from the previous week. Not too bad. I will work diligently to maintain that throughout the remainder of the holiday season! But if I lose a little that will be just fine, too!

I was free for December! Woo Hoo!

I also received my annual lifetime key! If you weigh in free for 10 out of 12 mos you get a new lifetime key each year. January is the month I made it back to goal, three years ago. I always get my key in December instead of earlier or waiting because I have weighed in every month of the calendar year. So far I have weighed in below goal every month since getting back to goal. I am planning to continue that trend. I gave WW plenty of my money to lose weight, I don’t plan to give them more….lol!

The new plan, or plan tweaks I guess I should say, rolled out Sunday. I won’t get the true sense of it or the materials until Saturday when it’s my official weigh in day. I told you I was playing with it a bit for the past couple of weeks, based on the rumors from the changes in the UK. Now that it’s here the postings are going crazy so I’m diving into more strictly based on the info being posted. I have adjusted my app to work, but am also tracking on paper, since the points values of foods won’t change for me until Saturday. I could go to an alternate meeting and get the materials (and I’m tempted) but I will wait.

I know a couple of you have mentioned maybe restarting WW. Have you taken the plunge? Are you waiting until the new year? If you have, and have the new materials, what do you think of the new changes? If you haven’t these changes seem to be great. I think it will make the plan much easier to fit into busy schedules! I would love to hear your thoughts.

Then Sunday I set up with Plunder and did my first ever vendor event!

This was definitely a bit different for me! I know y’all love Plunder and I thought it was time to share it with others. This was an event that is usually quite busy, but this time it was pretty slow. I did meet some new people and hopefully some new friends, but I was surprised that it wasn’t busier. All in all it was fun, a new experience, and practice for the possibility of participating in future events. “The Man” got to go grocery shopping again…..I’ve said this before, we won’t starve…..lol!

I will participating in a holiday giveaway with Real Moms Blog on the 7th and 8th! I will be giving away Plunder on the 7th and Rodan+Fields on the 8th. There are other giveaways throughout the week! Go to the Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/groups/134351100559794 and join in so that you can participate! The more the merrier!

If you are still looking for some last-minute gifts Plunder is shipping same/next day for now so there’s still time order and to receive it in time for your holiday celebrations and gift giving. Rodan+Fields orders need to be placed by 12/11 to guarantee you receive them in time for Christmas, unless you want to pay for expedited shipping.

I still can’t believe it’s so close! Have you finished shopping or still working on it? We are still working on it. I can’t believe how far behind I really am….each child has something, but I am behind. I haven’t been this behind in forever! I have been trying to adopt the four gift rule for  couple of years “something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need” “The Man” fights that concept. He seems to think the house needs to look like Toys R Us exploded in the living room! I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who would have a house full of stuff that is forgotten by the end of the day and maybe no longer works…..I hope we can avoid that. How do you handle the holidays? Have you adopted a gift number rule or set a dollar amount  per person to spend? Or are you like “The Man”?

Let me hear from you! I’m interested in how others make this work. No judgement, just curious.

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Until the next time

Janet

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Black Friday Shopping

Woo Hoo! It’s Friday! Not just any Friday this week but the Friday after thanksgiving! That makes it Black Friday! A day for shopping! The “official” kickoff to the holiday shopping season! Oh and let’s not forget stuffing ourselves with those yummy leftovers….

Are you a Black Friday shopper? Are you Thanksgiving night shopper? Did you clear away your Thanksgiving day feast and hit the stores last night? No judgment, just wondering.

I hope you had a great day with family and friends. We had a quiet relaxing day of sorts. That’s because we aren’t having our “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner until Sunday. That means I’ll be going crazy the rest of the weekend, lol!

I have never been much of a Black Friday shopper. Watching the news and seeing people go crazy and attacking others over saving a couple of dollars was enough to keep me home! I said long ago there was nothing out there worth risking your life over! That’s not to say I have never been out and about, and the few times I have stood in line for something it was a good experience. I know some of the stories are the extreme and not the norm, but boy are they scary!

“The Man” took off work one year just so we could go shopping on Black Friday! I don’t think he believed how crazy it was out there, until we got to the toy store and the line was wrapped three times around the park lot at midnight-ish! After standing there for what seemed like forever, he gave up, lol!!! We wandered through a few more stores that were open and came home and went to bed. Later we got up to get to Barnes and Noble before they opened. That year they offered a special edition nook e-reader for $79 . That was my present to me. I had made the jump to e-readers before that with the nook color, but after some time realized a regular reader would be better for reading while traveling in the car. I have since switched to the nook glow light…..speaking of which a new edition the nook glow 3 is being released today and is only $99! If you are an e-reader person that might be for you! That year was “The Mans” first and last foray into Black Friday shopping! He is now okay with going to work, lol!

I’m perfectly ok staying home and shopping online! I know there are some crazy good deals out there, my inbox has been flooded with them, and I bet your is too! Here is one of my favorites.

I just got off the phone with “The Man” a few minutes ago and he said “I’m surprised you don’t want to go to the “black store”” as  he calls it. Well, now the you mentioned it, we could go……lol! I probably will not. I don’t “need” or want anything so why go?

Last night going out wasn’t an option for me. The only vehicle I could have taken was “the bus”, it can be a challenge to park on a regular shopping day, there was no way I was going to try and park and maneuver that thing around parking lots full of crazy shoppers 😂😂

To help you out with your shopping I have a few deals of my own to share with you.

PLUNDER DESIGN: Plunder will have a lot of Black Friday specials throughout the day. The savings are really great but there is a catch. The specials will be released at different times throughout the day and no one knows when they will release. What I do know it that nothing will be released today before 9am EST! Here is a sneak peek at what I know will be coming out today. There could possibly be more throughout the weekend and Monday.

I will be posting to the Facebook page when they are released. Just go to http://plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma, hit the shop button and pick a party that has my name in it. These items will be found under the Specials tab.

Below are a few items that were released yesterday and as of right now are still available.

I just love this one for the tweens/teens. What a great stocking stuffer!

In addition to such great specials. If your order totals $30 or more (excluding tax and shipping) you can choose to add one of the items below for every $30 you spend. You would pay $10 for the Tony necklace and $5 for the Lilo earrings. This is while supplies last (of course). These have changed a couple of times this month. So don’t be surprised if you go to check out and your offer is different.

Legging Army: There is a site wide 10% discount. That will apply all weekend. Who doesn’t  love or need leggings?

Rodan+Fields: You can’t get much better than this deal. Today only, make a purchase as a Preferred Customer (PC) and you pay what I pay!!! That means any product OR Any Business Kit if you decide to become a consultant. Just go to http://jearlingbencivenni.myrandf.comTo become a PC just scroll down to the Subscribe and Save option. If you are interested in the business then message me and we will hop on the phone and chat.

Happy Shopping!

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Until the next time

Janet

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YTT-Weekend 3

Happy Monday!  What a weekend I had! Yoga Teacher Training-YTT weekend three!

An experience of a lifetime on so many levels! I don’t know where or how to start. It was a very emotional weekend and it was designed to be so. Little did I know when I wrote my last blog post that I was playing right into the weekend.

How are y’all today? Did you have a good weekend? Did you do anything fun?

It seems winter has decided to pay us an early visit and I’m still looking for fall, lol! Last weekend I was dreading getting up Saturday morning for the #saturday7amsocialclub meeting, the weather report said we were going down to 19 degrees with a single digit wind chill! I was not looking forward to that! It didn’t make it quite that low, 21 was the official temperature and the wind chill didn’t seem as bad as they predicted. After the meeting I headed to the gym for a workout with Jeff. I’m not sure why, since we are so off schedule and it will be next weekend before I see him again since I had YTT this past weekend and he had his second powerlifting competition. He took first place in his division, BTW!!!

I had to be prepared for my first practice teach Saturday. I had to teach a 45 minute class and I didn’t  know until Friday night what posture and pranayama (breath) I had to teach! That was the scariest part. The rest is that each segment is “timed”. The easy part was putting it together, making it last for the time needed was the hard part! And I was short by 7 minutes! I had to rewrite part of what I thought I was going to do after I got home at 10:30 Friday night, then start putting the rest of the class together. I made it to bed at 1:00 Saturday morning, to be backup at 5:00…..I was running on adrenaline and caffeine all day!

Now it’s time to start preparing for the next class. I will have less time to do my homework. We are back on a regular schedule, this last time there were a few extra weeks between classes due to a yoga retreat in India. How great would that be?

I have been staying on track with my WW plan for the past two weeks. I spent one week pretty much staying with the Simply Filling plan. Last week I followed the traditional Smart Points and did okay, but I am also noticed I give myself permission to be a little more “free” with my choices. The weekend was a bit of a challenge. I had control because I took my food, and if I didn’t take it I didn’t have access to junk food. I have to be sure to take plenty of protein to keep myself going with the intensity of the weekend. I made that mistake the first week. The down side is I come home and need to have dinner. Once I’m home and start eating I don’t want to stop. I have to make myself go upstairs or I will eat my way through the house!

For those who follow or have ever followed WW you know the program changes every few years with some tweaks in between. I asked my leader, Amy, a couple of weeks ago about any upcoming changes (of course she couldn’t/wouldn’t spill the beans). I am actually looking forward to the changes/tweaks this time since I feel like I need a “shake up”. Even though Amy didn’t tell me what was coming, I did get a sneak peek last week. The new changes have already rolled out in the UK and some of the members there have posted about it on connect (our WW message board). Now I am really excited and have started exploring it a bit! It will officially roll out here the weekend of December 3rd. I will keep you posted about my thoughts and progress. If any of you in the UK follow Weight Watchers let us know what you think of the new plan so far.

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving  week already? Are you ready? Not me. I’m still trying to get my act together for that. We are actually going to have our Thanksgiving on Sunday, so I have a few extra days to prepare. That’s just a little bit exciting to me. It was even “The Mans” idea! I think everyone was shocked by that!!!

“The Man” went grocery shopping alone this week while I was in class. I told him not to worry about the “extra” holiday foods, that I would go out during the week and get whatever we needed. He has done mostly ok with the regular shopping but….I wasn’t ready to let him loose with the holiday food task. Did he listen? Noooooooo…..all things considered he did ok. We do have food we don’t need. He even bought sweet potatoes! “The Man” has never bought a sweet potato in his life. Now they are so big that one will feed 2-3 people, but he bought sweet potatoes. I am thankful he tried. Letting go and being ok with what he brings on from the store on these weeks has been hard. But he does try. We won’t starve. He may not make the healthiest food choices, but we won’t starve.

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Until the next time

Janet

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My Special Treat

It’s Wednesday, again.

How is your week going? Do you tend to get into a mid-week slump by now?

Last week my friend Susie from the blog PenelopeSeraphina posted about how to combat the mid-week slump. If this is you, you should go check it out here.

If you’ve noticed on Wednesday I try to focus my posts on weight loss or workouts or both. They do kind of go hand in hand. And I have not been the strictest on following any plan this year, so you might be wondering why I’m telling you what I finally found at the grocery store this past weekend.

My beloved peppermint ice cream!

Actually, I have been on the hunt for several weeks now. And stopped short of doing a little happy dance in the aisle. Just what I need when I’ve been struggling to stay in track, right? If you notice I did get the lower fat version, which is lower in WW smart points. At this point I am also only allowing my self one spoonful after dinner. This is my strategy for not over indulging and making it last longer for when I can no longer get it later in the year.

I have been doing really well this week. I decided to follow the simply filling WW plan to get myself in check. So far it has worked, but it is truly one day at a time. The leftover Halloween candy has not been a trigger either. Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx that…..

There is a story behind my peppermint ice cream. I shared it as one of my Simple/Guilty Pleasures a while back.

When I was a little girl, as far back as I can remember, my dad would take me to Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, FL.  We would usually stop into the ice cream shop (the one with 30+ flavors). Back “in the day” they had peppermint candy ice cream. I almost always got that. Once in a while I would go rouge and get bubblegum, but I always came back to my peppermint. One day I was old enough for a double scoop of that deliciousness! I thought I was something else walking around with that big side by side double cone! As I grew up I would still get that peppermint ice cream. Now they no longer have it, or if they do it’s only at special times and there isn’t one close enough to know.

One day, probably 30+ years ago, we were getting some items from the Schwann’s man/truck. Lo and behold come holiday time they had peppermint ice cream! I was ecstatic! Then we stopped using them and I lost it for a time. After moving to Maryland I discovered Friendly’s restaurants and ice cream and they had it! Then one day it was in the grocery stores around holiday time. This girl was beyond excited! Now every year I look forward to finding it and reliving a little piece of my childhood and special memories of my dad. Isn’t it funny, I can still see the spot where that ice cream store was and see myself standing there next to daddy ordering it?

When it hits the shelves seems to vary by year. I found it one year in September! Usually it’s mid to late October, but this year it was “late”. Maybe that’s just my opinion, but by golly they need to get with the program! This is one thing I will always work into my WW plan.

I always wish daddy were here to share it with me. But it always brings back fond memories of him and a time when life was a little bit simpler. I imagine he is smiling down when I find it. It makes me a little melancholy and this time of year I tend to go inside for a bit anyway. Because of that I may not post as often the next couple of months, but we will see.

I realized a couple of days ago I also have “post race let down”. If you are a runner and run races you may have experienced this. You finish the last race on your calendar and have nothing in the works to train for. It’s nice to have a break from the training routine, but it doesn’t take long for wanderlust to set in. Now it’s not as if I have nothing to work towards. YTT isn’t going to be getting any easier. In fact, it’s going to be ramping up in intensity over the next couple of months. This is what I really need to be focusing on. I didn’t start that just for fun.

The other day “The Man” and I were talking about the races and he asked if I was going back to my twice a week sessions, with Jeff, now that the race is over. I told him I wasn’t sure yet, since I haven’t talked to Jeff about scheduling. He said working out with Jeff maybe why I was able to run those races back to back. I told him that was most likely true, along with yoga. As much as I want to get back on my regular schedule with Jeff and start training for a powerlifting meet, I need to be realistic with what I already have going on, physically and time wise. I definitely need to sit down with Jeff and make a realistic plan! I’m really good at getting myself into too much at one time.

With the holidays coming I really need to watch myself and not stretch myself too thin. Of course, picking up heavy stuff might just get me through the craziness!

Plunder and Rodan+Fields will be ramping up with holiday specials and goodies, and I need to be ready for that.

In fact Plunder just rolled out a few specials today! These are all limited quantity and while supplies last. As they come in I will post them here and on my Facebook page. If you follow my blog page they will be posted there as well as my personal page. If we are not already Facebook friends you can send me a friend request to Janet Earling.

 

 

 

 

Along with these specials Plunder announced reduced shipping for orders under $25! This is HUGE! To take advantage of these specials just log onto my website http://www.plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and choose a party with my name in it. They will all be listed in the “specials” tab. Email me if you have any questions at grandma2glamma@gmail.com.

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Time For A Change

Happy Monday! It’s a new week, with a twist…the time has changed, “fallen back”, it’s getting dark earlier, and I’m ready to hibernate. What about you?

Did you have a good weekend? Or maybe I should ask did you have a good week (It’s been almost week since I posted here). Did you do anything fun? How have you fared with the time change? Are ready to go to bed as soon as the dinner dishes are done?

This weekend I succumbed to the early darkness and went to bed as soon as I could. Of course I was then up and awake way too early. I am also still battling that sinus stuff the showed up two weeks ago, in time for my races and is insisting on wearing out it’s welcome. I felt so bad Friday I messaged Jeff and canceled for Saturday. I really wanted to stay in bed all day, but the grand littles weren’t having that. In fact Lessa took it as a day to be on her worst behavior for the week…..isn’t that typical for kids? As soon as Lessa and Caterina left and everyone was fed, I went to bed. I can’t tell you how glad I was to see them go…I felt so bad, after I told Jeff I was canceling, I wasn’t sure I was even going to the #saturday7amsocialclub. I knew I needed to; it was the beginning of the month and I needed to weigh in for the month, although I wasn’t excited to do so. I am still struggling to stay on track. I start the week with good intentions, but they quickly go out the window. I’m not sure what I need to do. I am going to figure it out though. I am still below my goal weight, which is good, but too far above my “happy weight” to be happy with myself. I need to find a way to keep my head in the game all week, not just a couple of days. If you have any ideas, please share. I’m open to suggestions. If you too are struggling let’s help each other. We are #bettertogether.

I have thought of trying a cleanse or a short fast to see if that will reset my mind. Have you tried any? Do you have any recommendations?

Of course we are also getting into “comfort food” season. This is good and bad. For me these are foods that I can prepare in the crock pot or pressure cooker and let them just cook away. Then we can eat almost anytime, because they are ready early, and there is usually plenty to freeze for another time making it much easier to have a meal ready. But they are also what they say “comfort food” and tend to be higher calorie or WW points. Yes, they can be made lighter and I try to lighten them where I can and not sacrifice flavor and think I have been successful for the most part. One thing I am not good at is what some call meal prepping: making meals ahead for the entire week.

Do you meal prep that way? What helps you do that?

I have a fear of things going bad before the end of the week, or not wanting what I’ve made ahead (which happens) and then I’m throwing out what would have been perfectly good food. I hate wasting food and that is my biggest fear with making too much ahead for the coming week.

This is also the time of year I tend to go inside and hibernate mentally. I’ve noticed it more the past few years. My dads birthday was this month on the 27th and my mom passed on the 20th just two days before thanksgiving. It makes this month a bit sad or contemplative. Maybe more contemplative than sad. It’s just hard sometimes and some years more than others.

On top of that I think I have “post race let down”. I didn’t think it would happen this time since I wasn’t in the best running frame of mind to start with (that’s the “I don’t have anything to train for” feeling). And it’s not like I don’t have plenty of other things going on. Maybe it’s time to sign up for the Another Mother Runner Stride through the Holidays plan.

By Saturday morning I felt much better than I did Friday and did get up and go to the #saturday7amsocialclub meeting. I did not contact Jeff to say I could make it after all. I didn’t think he would appreciate me changing again and I felt maybe I should take the day to rest anyway. I thought I might get some extra yoga practice in for my YTT requirements but I did not, until Sunday. Then my friend Linda, who’s in training with me messaged me that she found a class for Sunday afternoon and wanted to know if I wanted to go with her (one of our requirements is to take 8 classes of different yoga styles and write-up an observation of them). Since I was feeling better and had planned dinner to be done early I went. It was a good class, much different from what we anticipated, and if it weren’t in an area so hard to park and such we might be tempted to go back on a regular basis.

I made it through the weekend staying on track/plan. Now to keep it up for the week! Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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Happy Halloween

🎃Happy Halloween 🎃

Are you ready for the little ghosts and goblins? Do you dress up and “get into” it or just wait for the kids to knock on the door?

We go through spurts! Sometimes we decorate the house completely, sometimes not at all. Sometimes we all dress up and canvas the neighborhood as a family, but this year is going to be low-key.

Halloween being in the middle of the week puts a damper on some plans. I don’t think “The Man” minds too much though. He will dress up when we “make him” lol, but I don’t think he likes it, haha (or maybe he just doesn’t like the photos).

The family dress up theme started the year Noah was born and has continued to incorporate every one.

Here is where it started:

Mickey, Minnie, and Donald
Wendy, Peter Pan, and Captain Hook

Then Miss Quinn came along.

The Smurfs

Then the following year we all got in on the act and I resurrected my sewing machine.

Meet the Flintstones

And it grew from there

Horror movie couples: Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, Gomez and Morticia, and Chuckie and the Bride of Chuckie

Our horror movie couples came about from the dress below: Our thrift store find “Vintage Versace”. At least that’s what the price tag said, lol. Although Versace was spelled incorrectly. I’m going with it.

Which came about the year before; 2014 was the year my son and DIL became engaged. As a prank for Halloween that year, we decided to decorate their yard during the night. This was the result.

They woke up to this the next morning and sent us a picture wanting to know if we had anything to do with it, lol!

I still laugh about it when I think of us sneaking around putting them up during the night and their windows were wide open! It was quite a sight. Well, running around gathering the stuff to make the scarecrows at the last-minute was quite an endeavor and sight too!

Last year it was time to get Lessa into the act as well. It is also when Noah and Miss Quinn started coming up with their own ideas and we had to get really creative.

The Mario game

That’s what brought on the Mario game theme. Noah was insistent on being a ghost and Miss Quinn just had to be a princess. So Noah is the ghost in the game and Miss Quinn is princess peach. Lessa is Yoshi. I think the rest is self-explanatory. But if not, Amanda is a mushroom, Chelsea is Mario, I’m Luigi, and Patrick is a mystery box.

This year they had their own ideas again and we could come up with nothing to make it work to incorporate everyone.

So if everyone does dress up, we will all be different without a clear theme. There was talk of everyone being circus animals and I could be the ringmaster or zoo animals and I could be the zookeeper, lol, but that isn’t happening. So it will be a surprise, that I will share with you later.

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