Category Archives: Healthy Body-Healthy Mind

Easier said than done–BUT DON’T QUIT

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Three weeks into the new year and here I am struggling to stay positive and speak life. I am trying to think in a new way so I can speak and act in a new way, since I can only control my words and actions. Once I conquer negative thinking and speaking, no matter what comes my way, HOW I RESPOND is key to Peace & Happiness or Anxiety & Bitterness.

But just for today I have to be honest about where I was/how I was today. My food choices can be out of whack when my mood is whack and my mood wasn’t right today…

I have been doing so well this week, eating more veggies, fruits, juicing, good protein and cutting my salt intake. BUT TODAY, I didn’t want to speak, but I wanted to eat, smh..So here’s a pic of me sadly posing with regular egg beaters instead of my egg whites, smh.. I gave in, to temptation and honestly I am not feeling guilty about it, although I feel like I should, I really don’t. I topped it off with some shredded cheese, smh..However, I realize that imperfect me will have days like this, but I can’t afford to get comfortable and let those days, become weeks, months, etc. I am allowing myself this moment, but I am also telling myself, “Self, you can’t stay in your feelings, get in a rut and waste all the hard work that you have done this week for some words or actions directed your way that hurt you/pissed you off. BREATHE, INHALE, EXHALE, SPEAK UP and MAKE PEACE with whatever it is and LET IT GO”. SNAP OUT OF IT!!

When my nerves were going wild, I put my kids in their high chairs/booster seats, put on their ABC Phonics program, put their snacks on their trays and went to my oasis. My getaway. My Niagara Falls. The bathroom, lol! I took a look in the mirror and did some positive self talk. I reminded myself that It’s a new year, but even better, TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY!

If you have found yourself slowly but surely trying to head into a rut, pray, push, pull, do whatever you have to do to get out of it and if you don’t feel strong enough to do it alone, Surrender it. Surrender to God and ask someone you trust for help! Have a great weekend folks! #newyearnewme #newyearnewyou #therewillbesomestumblingalongtheway #butgetupandpresson

Healthy Choices = Healthy You

So 2015 has started off quiet, but I have been on a focused and determined state of mind. I am so grateful to walk into 2015 in my right frame of my mind and for the most part I am in great physical condition too! Although I did gain 8lbs. over the holidays 😦 , I don’t have any new chronic diseases or injuries. I have so many SIGNIFICANT milestones coming up this year and the last thing that I am is lucky, instead I am tremendously BLESSED!

In 2014, I resolved to be pregnancy free, lol, but seriously, my body and mind, along with our budget needed a break from having babies..Yep, that is what having almost Irish twins gets ya, teehee..But seriously that is the first time that I have ever kept a New Year’s Resolution, but for 2015 I have decided to do something different. I have challenged myself to base my year around a single word that would represent an ongoing theme. This challenge was encouraged by a dear friend and I am so glad she thought of sharing it.

My word for 2015 is #new! In 2015 I am speaking newness (<—that’s not a word, lol) into every area of my life. My relationship with God, my husband, my children, my loved ones and even strangers will be new. My finances, my career, my health, my attitude and basically all of me will be new. New in a good way, in a great way! But, the only way that any of this can come to be with God before me I also have to make a conscious decision and choose to walk in my “newness”. I am grateful that God gives us free will to choose, so that we aren’t his little robots, but even if you don’t walk on that journey close to Him, if you want to live a life of greatness the only logical way there, is to choose your perspective/your reactions to events and people, especially those unfavorable ones.

We can’t control or change the views or actions of others. Trust me sometimes I wish I had a magic wand to do so, lol, but once I accepeted that I only have control over my thoughts and actions my stress levels decreased and I started taking better care of myself.

Your mentality affects your physicality as does your physicality to your mentality, SO HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CHOOSE IN 2015?!?!?? I hope and pray you choose well because as long as you are still breathing you have the opportunity to live a purposeful life even in the midst of a hectic schedule, juggling parenthood and your career, or simply going through significant changes..SO as you LIVE ON PURPOSE, CHOOSE ON PURPOSE!

No Pedi – No Problem

As a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) finding time for self-care can often be a challenge. For example finding the time and for some of us the cash to get a professional manicure/pedicure, get a massage/go to a spa, a trip to the beauty salon, shopping FOR YOURSELF (not the kids or your husband) or simply getting some alone me time to read a book/magazine even if it will only be for as little as 30 minutes. Although I would love to get all of those special treats on a regular basis, it just isn’t realistic. Personally getting a manicure/pedicure on a regular basis (every 2 weeks) is my top choice on , completely honest it only happens maybe 4 times a year. Recently, i decided I needed a pedicure, rough heels are not the way to go, no matter how busy you are, IT’S UNATTRACTIVE, a huge sign that you are neglecting yourself and a shame when your husband’s feet are smoother than yours.

So, off to the beauty supply store I went and purchased the products attached below. I purchased both products at Sally Beauty Supply Store for less than $7.00, much cheaper than a pedicure. I locked myself in the bathroom for 10 mins.and went to work😊. I love the fact that the pumice file has an antibacterial solution and the butter goes a long way. There is no need to use a lot of the butter to get the best results because it is very thick. After my homemade pedi, my feet felt smooth and soft like a baby’s bottom. I would definitely recommend these products, but most of all recommend that every momma must squeeze in some me time. If you can afford the time and finances for your special treats, have your husband or someone you trust watch your children and walk away for a few hours, no looking back! For those of you who can’t afford the time to get away for a few hours nor have the money to get your treatments, don’t fret check the internet, youtube and other sources for quick and affordable DIY (do it yourself) ideas/methods and products that won’t break your budget. My homemade pedicure took 10 minutes and cost less than $7.00. in addition those products will take me through at least 10 home made pedicures.

Ultimately my message is simply, squeeze that me time in, if not daily various treats, than weekly. It will brighten your mood and boost your confidence, because after all when you look good, you feel good. Your happiness will rub off on your parenting and your kids will in turn be happy too and for those of us that are married remember Happy Wife, Happy Life! TAKE CARE OF YOU, YOU’RE WORTH IT!

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