Monday, July 28, 2008

Change of plans?

I tried to get comfortable in one place and buy a condo and settle down but it looks like I may have done that just a little bit too soon. As D is trying to find a job we are noticing that the opportunities available in his field are not very abundant in the area we currently live. So now I am thinking that we might have to uproot in order to find better and more viable opportunities. It is strange to reverse my thinkng from settling down to looking at other cities or states but we have to do what is necesary in order to create the lives we want. We have to start now to lay the foundation for the next few years because before we know it there will more people in our family to consider.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What’s good for me vs. what’s good to me (a very long post)

I like to think of myself as pretty knowledgeable when it comes to healthy foods and exercise. I have been through personal training, dieting, and have read books and researched how to be healthy. Knowing all of these things I still find myself making daily decisions that are not good for me. I instead choose what is good to me, or what feels good at the moment.

For example, I know that the chicken nuggets, waffle fries, sweet tea, and small ice dream cup that is the meal I get at Chick-fil-a is not good for me. However, in those 15 minutes that I take to consume it, it is good to me.

I also know that my sitting in the house instead of taking a walk or using the fitness center is not good for me. However, not getting hot and sweaty and chilling out is good to me.

I think that if we all get real, I mean really real with ourselves, we will realize that most of the stuff we do and consume is junk! All of the processed food is not good for the body. All of the sugar and sodium were not meant to be consumed. Diet foods with fake chemicals and sweeteners are just not natural. And really, meat is full of hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals too. Dairy is essentially mucous. I know these things and I believe these things. What makes me a bit ashamed is I still consume these things.

I have been phasing out the “bad” things little by little. I switched to organic and natural (paraben and sodium laurel sulfate free) bath and body products. I am switching out my household cleaners for “green” alternatives. This is pretty easy to me.

The difficult piece of this transformation is changing what I consume. I have cut out pork, which is not too big of a deal for me. Never really liked it much to begin with. Next I am on a mission to cut out beef. That should be a little more difficult because I love me some Five Guys about once a week. Then I will work toward reducing my poultry intake. I think that, even though some hard core health freaks say it’s not good for you, I will still keep seafood in my diet. The absolute hardest thing for me to reduce in my diet is processed foods. I try to get the lesser of the evils by buying organic processed food. But none of it is good for me, just good to me. I am not even going to set myself up for failure and say I won’t eat cookies and crackers and french fries from time to time. I just have to reeducate myself on what a treat is. It should be occasional, meaning at a maximum once a week.

The other HUGE barrier to overcome is eating out. I have to actually plan my meals and prepare them at home.

The physical activity component to this will have to be gradual as well. I would like for my friends to partner up with me in this but I may have to do it alone. D will also work out with me.

I have been considering one last thing to get me on the road to a more conscious way of life and feeling better. I would like to do a herbal detox and raw food diet. has one that I keep hearing about.

I really do want to look good in the long term, not just feel good in the moment. That would be true great health and happiness.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shake it off, pat it down, and rise up a little higher

My minister delivered this message in church today. The story goes: There was a mule who got stuck in a hole. No one could get him out. Then someone suggested that they throw dirt on the mules back but not to bury him the hole. When the dirt hit the mule he would shake it off, pat it down into the ground and then he would rise a little but higher until he was finally able to get out of the hole. The point is when people throw dirt on you shake it off, pat it down, and rise a little higher.

My Nana turns 84 tomorrow. We had a dinner for her today but she insisted on doing all the cooking. Pretty cool, huh? A great example of a strong black woman.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A day off

I am so glad to have tomorrow off from work. It has been such a hectic week. I can say that I feel like I accomplished a lot, so that makes me feel good. I feel more rested today than I have all week and was actually able to make a home cooked meal for dinner (an improvement on last nights Little Cesar pizza picked up by D).
I like being domestic sometimes :-) I am actually looking forward to the day when I can be a stay at home mommy and I can concentrate on cooking more and keeping the house a wee bit more organized (although the children I will be staying at home with will more than likely mess it right back up) Anyways, I guess I will conclude this random post. TTFN.

Monday, July 14, 2008

A few things I am realizing as I continue to grow into myself

1. No matter what the job is, people will get on my nerves. People will try to take my kindness for granted. I gotta make sure that I work hard but play equally as hard or I will burn out.

2. No matter how much money I make I will want to spend it all. Increases in income tend to lead to increases in spending unless I keep a watch on it.

3. I love to eat and I do it for comfort. I don't look like I weigh what I weigh but I still do need to get that under control. And I have been making efforts towards that.

4. I love the idea of organization but putting it into practice.... ummm... not so much.

5. I am turning into my mother in some ways, and turning away from her in others. And I didn't even have to have children yet to realize this.

6. I am a bold contradiction of things: sweet yet bossy, lazy yet hard-working, understanding yet brash, etc..... but that's just who I be!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A time for everything

I really admire the drive and energy of those who can pull off doing so much at one time. I strive to be a person who can almost perfectly balance all of the elements of my life. Knowing how I am and all that I strive to achieve, I will have to learn exactly how to work really hard when it's time to work and play really hard when it's time to play. Ok, time to chanel Oprah's energy :-)