You might be wondering about the strange title, and possibly the one of my previous entry. Well, there is a perfectly logical explanation for it: I’ve decided that all of my posts that are not specifically a review, suggestion or other specific subject will all be titled after an episode of M*A*S*H as an homage to my favourite television show. Now that being said, I’m posting in such quick succession to my previous post as there have been some new developments, both in life and on the site. I’m trying to stay positive about the choices I am making to better my outlook on life, and my health despite stress being a constant factor. I would also like to thank many of you for your kind words the last couple of months as I try to improve myself and my life. You have been a blessing.
As many of you know, my Chorkie(Chihuahua X Yorkshire Terrier) puppy has some health problems that are proving to be a thorn in my side. We’re trying to treat her Hypoglycemia without medication, and overall she has been doing quite well. However, the last two days she has been refusing to eat at all, thus another blood sugar crash occurred. I assumed she was refusing to eat her dry food out of sheer pickiness because I ran out of her wet food packets I add to it, and have yet to get into town to PetCo to buy more. As I was playing with her this morning, I discovered she had a loose tooth, and I mean very loose. So I let her chew on my fingers a little for relief, and it popped out easily. Now, after a few hours she’s as hungry as a bear!
I’ve added a new section to my blog, “Homeschooling”. This is a resource and information area for parents who choose to go the path of homeschooling their children. Thanks to technology we have many different options to educate children aside from public and private schooling. Some may choose the traditional route of books and paper, but there have also been a surge of digital curriculum as of late. Personally I use a mix of digital and textbook curriculum, but everything works differently for each family. I hope these resources and links will help anyone who is considering or already schooling their children at home. NOTE: Some of these worksheets will also work for those wanting to give their children a head start before sending them to school.
I am also working throughout this evening to include a couple of new “at home” workouts for the 5-minute workouts page in hopes that it will help those of you with busy schedules to get at least some workout done when you cannot make it to the gym, or other workout venue.
Today began my 24 hour detox so that I can kick off my new food choices effectively. As much as it pains me to say it, I must be completely honest with myself, and I feel that I’ll hold myself to a higher standard if I am honest with others as well. Today, February 18th, 2018 I wear a size 16-18 pants in US women sizes, a XL-2XL in women’s shirts, and weigh 218 pounds. I know how bad that sounds, considering two years ago my measurements were nearly half that and my weight was 165. I’ll admit my depression and anxiety really hit me hard, and I used food to attempt to comfort myself, felt bad, and ate twice as much as a result. My goal for the year is by November 18th,2018 I will be down to a 8-10 in pants, M-L in shirts/blouses, and 160 lbs. I know that is quite the stretch, but I believe with proper food choices, and choices of the right exercise I can make this goal. Also, I feel quite embarrassed to show those measurements to you all, because I know most of it was allowing myself to make poor choices based upon my mental weaknesses. My husband is really trying to support me by finding healthy alternatives to my favourite foods(I live for italian and japanese cuisine) If any of you have any good recipes I’d be glad to try them as well! Some of you post such delicious-looking food photos!
Recently, my husband and I decided that while we already were doing some things to reduce our carbon footprint, we simply weren’t doing as much as we could. Therefore, despite being strapped for money lately, we spent about $30USD to buy all new LED eco bulbs for our home. I’ve also been teaching my daughter who we do not wash one or two dirty items weather it be dishes or clothing, instead we wait until the end of the day(if we have enough, if not we wait until the next day)
We also have decided against using chemicals for cleaning unless absolutely necessary. Now, this may seem difficult, but I’ve found that for most things, diluted apple cider vinegar is an amazing cleaner. For stains lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide work well when paired with baking soda(This even works for drain cleaning!) I was actually quite surprised to find how much money I would save by using these items instead of purchasing chemical cleaning items. The major thing that my husband is having a hard time adjusting to is the fact that I said I will only be buying 1 roll of cheap paper towels per pay period(so 2X a month) We can use cheap cloth or ripped up old towels for majority of our cleaning needs.
So far the only thing I’ve found irreplaceable is my floor cleaner. Not only do I really love the smell of it, but I genuinely feel like my floor is cleaner with it than with other cleaners I’ve tried. I suppose I’m simply partial to it. Laundry detergent is also something I cannot part with, but that’s simply due to my love of the scent I use.
Reading: Jane Eyre…again(In my defense I’m reading aloud to E for her literature)
Goals: Lost 6 lbs this month, Cheap decor for the living room(I love the dollar store some times), Master 3 more blocks in my language software
What are your healthy comfort foods?
Name your favourite home decor piece.