Saturday, October 24, 2015

Updated: Creating a plan

Feeling overwhelmed!

Now I'm sure it's the fact that today was suppose to be my prep day, but we went to lunch at the in-laws and I ended up sick. I am now curled up on the couch closest to the bathroom. Having lofty goals is scary and to have a set back just throws things all off.

So I'm going to sit here and watch the hubby clean our 60 gallon tank (which is a huge chore that I'm glad I don't have) and come up with a new plan.

If at first...

OK so I have printed off my resolutions for November. November resolutions This should help to keep me accountable. I got this idea from the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It really is a good book full of ideas.

I will spend the morning doing my prep. Get the pork in the crockpot and my breakfast casserole in the oven and cut all my veggies. I was reading about how to freeze my squash and zucchini so it doesn't go bad. Which I will need because my food goes bad before I can get to it.

Friday, October 23, 2015

What can you accomplish in 30 days?


 Got my shopping on! Picked up plenty of stuff for 2 weeks of Whole30, probably more. Around here we usually make a trip to Costco every paycheck so that is what I plan out. Got my menu for one week written on my calendar in the kitchen and will write up another. With only one person doing it and only two people eating, we usually have a lot of leftovers. That helps keep the budget down some. 

Tomorrow will be my main prep day. I already have my salads done because I have to separate the big bag I get from Costco. It makes it easier that way. I can just pull out a Tupperware with salad and just throw in whatever I want. I did realize that I am missing some containers so when I run back to the store for stuff I forgot I will have to grab some. I use to have a ton of old butter dishes I would use, but since starting this healthier eating and not using butter, they seem to have gotten sent home with people and never replaced.


I was working on my Happiness project resolutions for November and came across all the things you can do in 30 days. There are so many ideas out there, but this marriage one popped out at me. I by no means think there is a problem with my marriage. I actually am lucky enough to be married to my best friend, but I still can be aware of our relationship. Instead of just following the one I found on the internet, I created my own and thought I would share it. 30 day marriage challenge

There is also a novel writing challenge for November. The goal is to have written 50,000 words in a month, roughly 1667 words a day. You do not worry about content, it's like a very rough draft. You just write what comes to mind. This sounds fun. I have no idea what I would write about because I have never thought about being a writer.

I think that that should keep me busy for the month of November, especially since it has a big holiday in it and still trying to get a workout in. I hope I can find the motivation to get my butt moving. I am going to post positive notes around the house and I put back on my Fitbit. Looking at it lets hope spurs me into action. 

This is actually a picture my daughter drew, I just added the words.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

3 reasons it's time for another Whole30


So as I opened my second Monster for the day, it dawned on me that maybe I had loving embraced my sugar addiction again. I got out my calendar and starting figuring. If I start on Sunday then I will finish a few days before Thanksgiving. So then of course I needed to talk myself into it.

1. Fight addiction

I have noticed that the longer it has been since doing my last Whole30 the easier it is to have sugar sneak back into  my life and when it is just a little it can lead to a binge and then regret the next morning when I'm feeling like crap. I did really well in August after my first whole30 and did not crave stuff, until my first slip. Being a recovering drug addict, having cravings is a hard thing to over come.

2. Attitude

I am such a crabby person when I wake up feeling crappy because I had to much sugar the day before. That is not fair to the people around me. They did not put that cookie in my hand. I know from experience that I will be crabby the first week or so on my Whole30 but it will go away. Will it make me happy? Eventually

3. Failure

Well lastly just to prove to myself I can do it. I caved in September after a week and that haunts me. I really do not like to give up on things and to complete this on will make me feel better the rest of the year. Heading into the holidays on a positive note sounds great to me.

So those are my motivators for doing another Whole30. I worked on my shopping list and menu last night. I will head to the store on Friday, Prep what I need on Saturday and start on Sunday.
 I know that I will fail if I do not prep and plan so I am making it and sticking to it! I found some new recipes that I want to try and am hoping that will help. I really do not have a problem with my breakfasts. I could eat eggs every day, it's the lunches that I have to make something for me and then something for the hubby that gets me. Dinner it's just me so as long as something is in there for me to grab and eat I'm OK there too.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

trying something new

A Buddist walks up to a hot dog stand and says "make me one with everything"

What a morning already! I thought maybe it would be easier to get my blogs done in the morning so that if I forget or get to tired at night it will get accomplished. This morning though, nothing electronically wanted to work. I'm not the most computer savvy person in the world so if restarting my computer wouldn't have worked I would've had to wait until it would have been an OK time to call my daughter.

I was all into reading blogs last night on how to get more readers and making your blog not suck. Which I have to admit that I'm not really concerned about...the getting readers, I don't want my blog to suck. I started this just for myself really and the fact that I get readers at all is awesome so I thought I should keep up on all the fun things to do.

They say add hastags, so that's what the top is for. I don't know that I did it right. I'm not that into what a hashtag is and how to use it. I came up with the witty Wednesdays because I thought it would be fun to throw in a joke for the day. It is the middle of the week and most of us are struggling to make it a couple more days. If you find them stupid then by all means please leave me a comment and I will stop.

I have others that I might try out. I also read that I'm suppose to add personality to my blog. It made me think that I really am a boring person and have no way of really doing that. I use to be interesting...I think? It also suggests that you should tell stories, also something I'm not that great at but am willing to try. So I guess I hope when I go on and on about something it doesn't drive people away.

Yesterday was a month since I left the church so it made me reflect on the differences in my life in a month. I am a non-active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 2 years ago I was baptized and it was the greatest blessing I could've asked the time. I am not going to go into long drawn out details of how I became a member or anything. I just needed some space and the past month has been quite peaceful actually. I feel like God still loves and supports me even though I have stepped back. God loves us all and is always there to help us through our trials.

12 days of Halloween

I got to sit down and watch my favorite movie ever! Hocus Pocus. Love that movie and did you know that it was made in 1993, the year my daughter was born. I also did a little decorating. I put up a spider web from electrical tape on my front door. I forgot to go get my pumpkins but that is the goal this week. 

                                                          Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Purpose of Life


In the "Art of Happiness" by Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, They say the meaning and purpose for our lives are to find happiness. The chapter that I read was about human nature and how over the centuries the world has come to think that we were born with a selfishness and that now apparently has changed, they arenow saying that we are born to bring joy to others and that will make us happy.

I agree that helping and doing good for others makes me feel happy but I was not aware that the world was so negative and the thoughts of people were so depressing. I know the world has changed and there are awful things happening all over but I try to look at the positive and hope that it will turn around.

The Dalai Lama also suggests that we use our time better. With this I also agree. There are days where I feel I have to much time and am wasteful and there are other days where I can not get enough to accomplish my tasks. That is why I am always trying to use my planner so as to get something done every day.

12 days of Halloween

Instead of the 12 days of Christmas I do the 12 days of Halloween. I like Halloween better than Christmas. I will try to do something Halloween related every day for the rest of the month. Be it watching a scary movie or doing some sort of craft. I'm going to get some pumpkins today and instead of carve them maybe paint them this year. I'll have to look on Pinterest for some fun ideas.