Missing The Man

Not the proverbial "Man" that wants to keep us down, but my man.  I've been pretty quiet about it on social media, but Tom had to move to Boulder, Colorado for work and I stayed behind with the three kids.  He had to move because his company decided they wanted to move certain central roles in the organization to corporate headquarters there.  He's been super lucky for about 14 years he's been working from home for the same company.  I guess paybacks are a bitch.  We decided not to move the whole family as our daughter is a senior in high school at an amazing school that is giving her two years of college level (AP) Calculus, she's already had AP Chemistry last year and has two AP Physics classes this year. She is applying to schools for engineering and has a bright future ahead of her with law school when she's done with her undergraduate work.  One might ask why not find another job locally... did I mention we have a daughter going off to college and t…

Motivation Resources

It takes regular doses of content to stay motivated.  I don't think I'm the only one, but I can get so bogged down with the mundane:  work, bills, the to do list; I forget how powerful I can be.  Places I go for motivation can be podcasts (I'm an active podcast listener.  Will have a whole post on favorite podcasts soon!), books or websites.  When it comes to books, I've been using Libby by Overdrive and my library card to borrow books for free.  It really feeds my frugal spirit to be able to drop my Kindle Unlimited subscription as the electronic books from the library/Libby make popular available.  I just might need to put a hold on some books I want to read and practice some patience.  Here's a run down of some of my favorite motivation content and why it motivates me:

GaryVaynerchuck - Instagram and Podcasts - I love Gary!  He really knows how to cut through the bull and tell it like it is.  We're going to die and it's up to us to live our best live no…

Anti-Procrastination Day

I took this week off from my corporate job and we're kind of laying low and getting caught up on some things.  I'm feeling real progress, but today I'm going to kick it into high gear and make it an Anti-Procrastination Day.  I've been keeping it busy and getting through tasks that need to be done.  Last week I had car maintenance done on one of the cars, balanced the checkbook and we picked up Phoebe from JFK airport as she came back from Amsterdam for a field hockey camp.  She had a great time!!!

Monday we went to Wildwood and Cape May for the day with the kids and that was a lot of fun!!!  We enjoyed the water park in Wildwood with the boys, Phoebe and her boyfriend.  She's been friends/seeing the same person for two years now and he's leaving for college the end of the month.  That is a whole post in itself.

Tommy enjoyed all the slides at the water park that the big kids like.  He's a confident swimmer and he doesn't get nervous about trying new …

Organize... The One Thing

I'm going to have a lot to write about over the upcoming months.  I'm undertaking a massive initiative to get organized.  Over the past 18 years, I've fought infertility and won with three kids, went to graduate school, my husband went to graduate school, we bought a house in a great school district and we've managed our life as a family with two parents working outside the home.  Let's just say we've created a big mess!

I am now deciding that in order to take control of our lives, I need to organize everything.  I haven't finished reading the book "The One Thing", but I get the concept and my one thing is getting organized.  Our finances are a mess.  We are carrying a lot of debt and I can't take it anymore. My pantry is a mess. The kids closets are a mess.  My husband's closet and drawers are a mess - mine were cleaned out recently and it's been liberating and saves me so much time! The basement is a mess.  My brain is a very very …

Improving Habits

I've been a little bad on my diet beta test plan over the weekend, eating bread and drinking wine.  I'm ready for a hard do-over and get myself ready to try my first supported fast. Over the weekend while I was doing some much needed weeding, I was listening to podcasts, especially The Chalene Show, and one in particular about working on your habits.  Right now I have two habits to work on - not drinking a glass of wine in the evening after the kids go to bed and exercising daily.  I'm going to use the replace tactic for the wine and swap it for herbal tea or ginger-turmeric latte.  On the exercise, I need to keep to simple workouts like PiYo on Beachbody On Demand and remind myself how good I feel when I workout.  Today my nutrition was as follows:

Waking - coffee, black
Morning - intermittent fasting, drinking lots of water, until almost 11AM when I had my chocolate vegan Shakeology with unsweetened almond milk and coconut butter
Lunch - salad with chick peas, avocado, …

Diet Beta Test Update

Wow!  I will tell you this is life changing stuff!  I've been wanting to give an update to everyone as I've been having great success experimenting with fixing my metabolism.  Partly why I wanted to try this program, is I already was experimenting with different things like healthy recipes, cutting out dairy and intermittent fasting and was having some results.  What I was really looking for was more guidance on protocols and why one would choose to try different protocols and why.  That is exactly what this program is.  You listen to lots of different audio programs talking about the following ideas:

Healing gut health - this is one of the key ideas that we need to do in order to repair our metabolism and ensure we are receiving full nutrition from the healthy foods we eat.Eliminating inflammatory foods - inflammatory foods do not help your metabolism and gut health.  I've been avoiding dairy, gluten, alcohol, peanuts and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, egg plant and pep…

May Goals and To Dos

It's been a long time since I've posted monthly goals/larger to-do items. We have a lot going on this month and I really want to make sure my focus is in the right places.  I'm very excited about some of the changes going on in our life.  Things are definitely much different than where we were several years ago.

Personal Finish Chalene’s Diet Beta Test – on Day 3 right now!Run or elliptical 2-3 times a weekYoga from Beachbody on Demand 3 times a weekHave my passport renewedCall the doctor about the moles on my face – want them removed!

Family Boys’ First Communion on May 6th!Phoebe goes to a friend’s Junior Prom on May 19th, but I think we are fully ready for that already.Work with the boys on their math fact skillsGet Tommy new glasses – can we use our regular eye doctor?Schedule boys’ physical and filling out form for Cub Scout campSchedule physical therapy for Phoebe’s back (pinched nerve/mild scoliosis)Schedule her follow up orthodontist appointment after 7/24Schedule the…