Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Now a Beachbody Coach



I'm not sure if I've ever posted about my love for Shakeology, but it is my favorite go-to breakfast as part of my default diet.  "Default diet" not meaning when I'm on a diet, but I don't like to think about what I'm going to eat in general, so I have certain things I prefer to eat to make it easy to eat healthy.  I've also done P90X as an at home exercise plan and it's awesome!  Love the yoga video!

I've decided I love the products so much, I'd finally decide to break down and become a Beachbody coach.  I won't make this blog become about pushing that business, but if you have any interest in the products or having me as a coach, the websites I have for this endeavor are as follows:

Beachbody coaching - http://www.beachbodycoach.com/joysinmylife
Shakeology - http://www.shakeology.com/joysinmylife
Ultimate Reset - http://www.myultimatereset.com/joysinmylife

I'm looking forward to being able to help people progress in their fitness goals and this was one avenue I was interested in pursuing this goal.  Other avenues to come in the future!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Missed My 10 Year Blogoversary 2/24/2015

What a difference a decade makes!  I can't believe I started this blog 10 years and a month ago!  So much has happened and when I look at how time has gone by, it's amazing.  I read earlier blog posts and am amazed at where I was.

I was trying to rationalize to have another child or not.  We had so many problems and infertility treatments were not working.  I was sometimes trying to accept our fate in life as a one child household and other times desperate for hope, wanting to understand what could help us expand our family.  I already loved yoga, having found it before our daughter was born and that love has blossomed; however now I need to find time to go back to the mat.  I learned about eating clean, healthy food and what my diet was doing to my lack of fertility.  I embraced Traditional Chinese Medicine, leaving one acupuncturist when I didn't feel she was on my side and finding another fabulous one who by twist of fate, was good friends with my yoga instructor!

We went back to the doctor and through IVF were able to have our twins!  Our house now is completely full and crazy and I love it.  Phoebe is a teenager and taller than me!  The young woman she is becoming is amazing, strong and very smart.  The boys are as different from each other as can be and are each other's best friends.  They really love having each other so much.

I went to grad school and got my MBA!  During this blog span in 2007, Tom graduated from the same program I eventually went on to pursue.  It was amazing!  I've made many good friends through blogging, one close to home (about 40 minutes away) and another on the other side of the world in South Africa.  Marcia in South Africa and I have met in person three times!  The first time when she came to New York City with her husband and we all had dinner together.  The second and third time were a year after the first time when I was in South Africa for a school trip.  The third time was awesome as it was on Mother's Day at a lion and rhino preserve with her family and my family minus the two boys as they were back in the States staying with their grandparents.  I learned how much I love malva pudding on that trip and Marcia taught me that the cream on top must be warm!  I have yet to attempt to make this at home.  I'm quite sure I'll be disappointed that it doesn't quite taste the same.

Now, my grad school is over, the boys started Kindergarten, we had to move their first school as it wasn't working out and Phoebe is getting ready for high school next year.  I took a new role at work last August and I'm loving it.  I'm working more with business risk management but looking at technology risks in our company's online presence and mobile apps.  I get to be very proactive and do a lot of research, which makes me very happy!  I hate being reactive.  I can do it, but too much of it like in my old job make me very unhappy.

I'm working on getting more organized, with routines and systems to simplify our life.  I feel like so much of our life was put on hold, first to have babies, then going through the early years and my grad school.  I want to focus more on exercise, photography, gardening and cooking.  I've missed the blogging community so much as well as I keep posting less and reading less.  I keep meaning to fix this, but it also keeps taking a back seat.  Hopefully watching my 10 year anniversary of this blog breeze by without a notice from me is the kick in the seat of my pants I needed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Wish God Didn't Have Such Faith In Me - LOL

Did you ever hear the saying "God only gives you what you can handle?"  Sometimes I wish he didn't have such faith in me!  In the past few weeks, Phoebe had a concussion that caused her issues for three weeks, we had rough weather last week, that kept the boys out of school for all days but one and last but not least, Tommy had a stomach bug that took him to the hospital last night.  He's still working on getting his appetite and fluids back.

Phoebe got the concussion in cheerleading, which she will never do again, thank goodness as it conflicts with field hockey going forward.  She's doing great now, but it did involve two doctor's visits, being out of gym and sports at school for three weeks and therapy for the concussion.  Thankfully, that was over as of last Friday when she was cleared for all activities again.

The weather last week was crazy!  Icy roads from freezing rain on Monday, Tuesday was good, Wednesday icy roads, Thursday we had a big snow storm with 7+ inches of snow and Friday people were still digging out and it was icy.  I only got into the office one day last week and we were all stir crazy by the end of the week.  However, we believe this is the last snow of this winter, I got some pretty pictures and the kids had a great time rolling about in the snow like dogs.







After this was over and we had a busy weekend of visiting grandparents, our grand-niece, and a birthday party the boys were invited to on Sunday, Tommy started throwing up on Monday morning.  This lasted all day on Monday, he could not keep down any fluids and then the opposite end started acting up.  By the end of the day, we knew we needed to take him to the ER to keep from getting dehydrated.  Unfortunately, there were tons of people at the hospital and the wait to see a doctor was around 6 hours!!!  I've never seen it that bad before.  They gave Tommy medicine for the nausea, but three hours later, he was throwing up again.  That really got their attention!  We still didn't get out of there until 3AM and we were home a half hour later.  I was exhausted!  Today has been laundry time and get fluids and food back into Tommy.  He ate one piece of toast so far today and has been drinking fluids fine, but he's definitely not back to his old self yet.  I'm sure tomorrow will be much better.

Here's to Spring coming around the corner!  I saw robins outside the house today!  Getting back to the office again tomorrow and everyone back on their routines.