Monday, February 24, 2014

Moms need a break too!

I am many things & one of them is a Mom.

I love that job.  It can be very tiring though.  There are moments I feel horrible that maybe I haven't said the right thing or even gave the right look.  There are kids that just crumble when you yell & then kids that wait for you to yell before listening (and even have no problem telling you that!).

I have been a mom for over 18 years.  I wouldn't trade one minute of it for anything.  I would though, make sure I got more Mom time away.  Even just a few hours of GUILT FREE me time.

I (we?) tend to feel guilty when taking those moments away from home.  We really do need them though.  It's great to just get energized by hanging out with friends & doing something we just wouldn't do on our own.

I got that opportunity when my friend over at The Not So Perfect Housewife invited me to go see a preview of the moving coming out "Mom's Night Out".  This movie was SO FUNNY!!!!

At first I was a little worried when the security guy came out & was explaining anyone with a cell phone out would have it confiscated & be asked to leave because they didn't want anyone recording anything.  Big time stuff people!  They were serious too.  He had this night vision thing he was looking through during the movie.

After the first few minutes though that was forgotten because we were just laughing our butts off!  Being just a week out from my surgery I was seriously thinking I would pop a stitch.

Check out the trailer here:

and the good part?  They didn't put all the funny stuff in the trailer :)  The movie has a great message & leaves you feeling refreshed & really knowing that all we do for our families is worth it & noticed.
So, those days you just think you can't take it anymore, know there are others out here having the same problems.  We have either been through it or are going through it.  If we have already been through it we may be able to offer some words of wisdom or even just a ear to listen.  Reach out to a friend & fellow Mom. Let's make sure we are here for each other!

Oh & you MUST schedule that Mom's Night Out!!  This movie comes out May 9th but don't wait that long!  Check out their Facebook page too:  Mom's Night Out

When was your last mom's night out & what did you do?  Share share share!!

Be Blessed & Live Healthy!!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Working out never felt so good

I saw my doc this week & he gave me great news! I'm healing up well & he said to GRADUALLY start my workouts again. 

I'm starting out light & easy but I can tell you that it really feels GREAT! 

I have been very happy with my eating & food choices the last 2+ weeks.  I have been feeling lean & not overdoing anything foodwise.  That was something I was concerned about. 

I notice about a week into my recovery that I wasn't eating as much as I was before the surgery.  I mean that makes sense right?  I was so hungry with the workouts I was doing but with no workouts my body did was it should have. 

Loving my treadmill right now since I'm using it for walking.  I can READ and walk at the same time!  Haha!  This morning I also picked up some light weights too.  (not while walking though)

Tomorrow I bike!!  Yay!  I received a new bike from a friend & have been looking forward to breaking it in :)

Thinking about what my next phase will look like.  Hmmm,  any suggestions? 

Be Blessed & Live Healthy!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hard not to fall in the pit

The pit.  You know, that pit of feeling sorry for yourself. 

I don't do change all that easily.  Well, unless I initiate it ;)

2 Mondays ago I had surgery & went in knowing fully what I would and wouldn't be able to do afterward.  2 weeks of resting & healing.  Walking is encouraged (happy girl!). 

I realized during this time there were certain things I needed to focus on.  There are other things happening in my life that I would just get way too focused on.  Things that in the grand scheme of things really don't matter.  Worrying about what others are thinking, etc.  NOT MY JOB :)

I am busy healing, walking & resting.  I am setting goals for myself & working on meeting them so I can check that one off & move to the next one. 

One of the things that helped TREMENDOUSLY was a good friend invited me out to a preview of a movie coming out in May called Moms' Night Out.  We had an INCREDIBLE time & laughed out butts off.  I thought I was going to pop my stitches at one point.  It was just that good.  I'll post something about that soon too :)  I was honest with her & explained how I was a little anxious about going out like that.  Silly huh?  Of course once there it was awesome & so worth it!!

One of the things I have found that is something I have to actively keep on top of is not feeling sorry for myself.  Seeing all my friends posting pics or status' of what their workouts have been.  Seeing someone running.  I feel myself getting down when I see this.  Then I realize that is ridiculous!  I will be working out again in the next month or so.  I will start out light I'm sure but I will be moving & lifting & loving it again soon enough. 

There was a reason I needed a rest.  I think we can all push ourselves to the point of needing a rest.  Maybe we don't realize it & we get that push.  That's what I had to get.  I got the push telling me I have no choice. 

It's cool.  I have some awesome friends that have kept me going.  Keeping me encouraged by their little notes & texts. 

Well, thanks for reading my thoughts here.  Hope everyone out there is doing well!!

How do you keep yourself focused when life throws you a curveball?

Be Blessed & Live Healthy!!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Staying Focused

As I posted recently my journey has seen a detour :)

Recently I noticed a lump in my belly & after seeing a few doctors found out it was a hernia.

Long story short, I had surgery to have it taken care of.  I'm doing well but the healing process the passed couple days has been rough & frustrating. 

I mean, come on.  If you like to get up & get moving & not stop then when someone tells you to sit & rest you are like "um, what?".  That is what I thought.  I even tried reasoning with the nurse before the surgery.  She told me "you tell that little workout guru in you to shut up!".  She was somewhat joking.  I did promise many people including my little girl that I would take it easy until my doc gave me the thumbs up to get busy working out again.  Walking will be my friend for now. 

A couple things I noticed. 

-- Saying you will take it easy & actually TAKING IT EASY are totally different.

-- When you have had surgery on the core area & you can't tighten up those muscles you realize how much the core is very important in every day life!! 

--  All those squats, leg work & arm work I have been doing?  Yea, they have paid off in SPADES!!  I am using those muscles LOTS to get up & down, etc.

-- Eating clean when you can't exercise is crucial.  There have already been a couple of little indulgences but they have been small & truly, no guilt. 

So, for the next couple of weeks I will be following doctors & my daughters orders & taking it easy.  Taking walks & resting will be in my workout log. 

What setbacks have you encountered along the way?  How did you deal with them? 

Be Blessed & Live Healthy!!!