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I am hoping that everyone had a great 4th of July holiday with their family, friends and neighbors. The kids and I had fun decorating the front porch earlier in the week and then fireworks with my parents on the 4th.  The good news is, we got the air conditioner situation figured out so now the kids and I have a/c. That is a massive, major plus especially during these heat wave… yuck. This heat can suck the life and motivation right out of the most determined person!

Even though, I am not making a lot of head way physically, I am learning a lot about myself as a person, woman and mother. For starters, I give up way too easily, lol! One of the ways I have been trying to overcome that flaw, is to push thru what ever it is I am feeling. If the kids are fighting, the baby is crying, the house is trashed and I have a headache, it is a lot easier to sit on the couch and watch the Law & Order marathon then it is to push thru the headache, discipline the kids, console the baby and clean the house. And after a full day of letting my family and myself down, the last thing I want to do is hop on that elliptical trainer and work out for an hour. It is just a good old fashioned ‘domino effect.’ I am my own worst enemy. One of the things I have to constantly remind myself is, Things are not going to change over night. Nor are they going to change within the first week. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone that I am a very impatient person. I guess that is another flaw I need to work on, lol! However, I refuse to quit and know that everything is going to fall into place, in due time.

I am very excited to announce that my 18 month old daughter, Faith, has finally taken her first steps. She was diagnosed with a genetic deformity called Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome (or Dup 15q for short) which has caused delays in her fine/gross motor skills among other developmental milestones (speech being one of them). One June 25th, while in Occupational Therapy, she took her first steps!! It was definitely a time for some serious celebration! I don’t think I could have posted it to Facebook fast enough, lol! When a couple has a child with special needs, caring for them and all of their medical issues can get very overwhelming. All of that gets doubled when there is only one parent in the picture, which makes it easy to forget all the little things in life that makes life worth living. When I am at my wits end I have to force myself to stop and remember all things I am thankful for. I strongly suggest that everyone Keeps a little journal to write down everything you love and appreciate in life. Write in it everyday… It only takes a couple of minutes but the positive effects are endless.  When you are having a rough day or in an overwhelming situation, pull the journal out and skim through the pages. I promise, it will instantly lift your spirits.

The Little Things

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“Laying the foundation for a happier, healthier life”

  • Start Date: June 15th, 2012
  • End Date: August 31st, 2012
  • Duration: 78 days

The next 3 months are what I like to refer to as “laying the foundation” in my body transformation journey. Without a good strong foundation the structure you are building will eventually crumble and fall down. I am dedicated to making life-long healthy changes for my family and me. And in order to do that, I need to train my mind & body to automatically “do” healthy. Sounds pretty simple, huh?

I wrote down some of the things I want to work on during the next 3 months. As you will notice I have included some things that aren’t necessarily health related but more home/lifestyle/family related. That is because I feel that all areas of ones life directly effects the other areas. At least they do for me. I am emotionally and mentally affected by my environment. If I am surrounded by clutter and disorganization then that will effect my emotional and mental well-being in a negative way. And if that happens, chances are I wont feel much like eating right or working out.

HEALTH & FITNESS

  • Drink more water and less soda  (This has always been an issue for me since I have an unhealthy love affair with Dr. Pepper)
  • Start eating healthier (#1. Stop skipping meals #2. Stop snacking mindlessly through-out the day #3. Don’t eat past a certain time in the evening)
  • Start working out consistently to build up strength and cardio endurance (#1. Start the Rip:60 workout system #2. Start using my rowing and elliptical machines (obviously not at the same time, lol) #3. Put my Zumba workout DVD’s and Wii Fit to good use)

HOME, LIFE & FAMILY

  • Train myself to get up at a decent time in the mornings so I can get my day started (Summer ALWAYS messes up my sleep/wake schedules)
  • Start planning out meals with the kids (they might actually eat what I cook if they have a part in the planning and prepping stage… I can only hope)
  • Organize my house: Find a home for everything or get rid of it (this has always been one of my biggest challenges in life. I am extremely organized but lack the discipline to follow thru with the systems I set up. So everything usually ends up in boxes and bins, underneath the beds or in the closets. My mom has said more then once, “For someone who is so organized, you sure are messy.”  By the end of the summer, all of that will change.)
  • Continue to build my AVON business so that I have repeat sales every month (As a single mother, having a steady income is EXTREMELY important, lol)
  • Start working on my mini-projects around the home and start doing arts & crafts with the kids (It is important to me to be more active and involved with my kids. Being overwhelmed by the symptoms of my Narcolepsy and the stress of raising children, it is easy for me to forget that there is more to being a family then just making sure the kids are fed and bathed.)

I definitely feel that these are some really good places to start building my foundation for a happier, healthier life. I know that it will take some time before both myself and the kids get used the changes around here. Especially since we are all pretty set in our ways, lol. But these are positive changes so it will all be worth it in the end. Let the journey begin :0

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