Still Keeping My Routine Afloat.

Okay, so I just finished my fourth workout. Today my effort number was 168. I’m still not where I used to be, but I’m on the road to getting there.

Prior to all the staying in and all this other junk I used to be able to walk maybe 2 miles a day. Now I’m battling to make one mile. I never thought I would get this out of shape, I guess for me the breaking point was the pain in my knees. I love going outdoors, and I love being able to do other things. So, the pounds have to come off.

I also broke down and bought a scale, I didn’t want to do it, but I felt like I was hiding by not doing it. My weight wasn’t as bad as I thought it was, but it was bad.

Right now, I’m like halfway passed out on my sofa talking this into the phone instead of actually getting on the computer and writing it out. But on another level walking on the treadmill seems to be the only thing that makes my knee feel better. So, that’s the reason why I’m sticking with this routine because my knees have gotten so bad, guys.

So, if we are talking goals, I still don’t have a set goal for how much weight I want to lose. I mean, I have these Star Wars pajama bottoms that I love, and I haven’t been able to get into them without my butt sticking out.

So I’m thinking when I can come comfortably wear my Star Wars pajama bottoms without having booty sticking out at the top, I should be fine. Well, there is another reason I want the weight to come off, but that’s too sexy for you. 😆

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My Bedroom Is My Workout Space.

I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad thing, but it helps to be constantly reminded that I am on a mission.

I turned my bedroom into a multipurpose room. I have a section for our bed and then we have the exercising and sitting area.

I have l learned that I have an unhealthy relationship with food. So far, I have altered the times that I eat. I have also started watching the calories of my favorite foods. I think I am eating around 2000 calories or less.

Each day I have managed to increase my time on the treadmill. I started out with an effort score of 50 and now I am over 125. It isn’t where I need to be, but each day is an improvement.

On a sidenote, today my husband is cooking my favorite meal and I can’t eat it. Smelling the onions and seeing the beef makes me super uneasy. I have never feared food, but I am dreading the completion of dinner.

Anyway, this is my mobile check-in.

When Opening The States Causes Confusion With Teenagers

Yesterday after my children and I arrived home, my 14 year old ran into the computer room and asked me about hand sanitizer. I really didn’t think much about her reason behind asking. I blurted out the location and went back to what I was doing. About ten minutes later my 22 year old walked in the room and informed me that one of Alison’s friends had magically appeared on our doorstep. She went on to explain how Alison was about to hyperventilate because she feared I was going to ground her until she was 20.

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Apparently, her friend biked all the way from her house to our house which is about twenty minutes away. I walked to the door and looked out the window and noticed that my daughter had on her N95 mask and had given her friend one. At first I was a little upset because of the situation, but then I thought about it for a second. How can we expect our children to understand the dangers of being out in this pandemic when our leaders lack the understandings of dealing with it?

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This weekend I saw multiple children hanging out with their friends and acting as if things were back to normal. At this point, it is a waiting game. The governor doesn’t want to open the schools up because he is afraid of children coming down with the virus, but he is opening up other avenues for children to get sick. As a mother, I can do everything I can in my power to keep my girls safe. However, I cannot control other people’s behaviors. I do not even want to dare think of any negative outcome of yesterday’s visit. I just pray that our children remain safe.

I am thankful that my daughter knew enough about social distancing and wearing her mask, but that doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The government is sending mixed messages in regards to safety. On one hand, it is safe enough to go get your hair and nails done by someone standing directly over you, but it isn’t okay to sit next to your best friend in math class. If one form of protection is needed to preserve the youth, why aren’t all avenues covered in protecting the youth? A sick mother, father, hair dresser, or friend sitting next to a child all produces the same outcome.

And if you are wondering, I didn’t ground Ally. I told her I was proud of her for practicing social distancing and wearing her mask. She hugged me and said she was so happy I didn’t freak out. Silently, I was freaking out!!!

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Trying To Become Her: The Virtuous Woman

Many of you know me to be impatient, opinionated, very cautious, and perhaps a little overbearing at times. These are things that I struggle with on a daily basis. They are also things and I’m currently praying about pretty much on a daily basis.

I think back to the scriptures which often point out that Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He wants to see us continually trying to overcome our worldly side and helps others on their journey. People mature into different levels of Christianity. Some of us are still drinking milk, while others are eating whole chickens by now. In my mind I am now at the stage where I’m truly trying to be the Virtuous Woman found in Proverbs chapter 31.

The Virtuous Woman is a woman that does it all. She knows how to take care of her family, how to make wise financial decisions, and how to be a pillar for her community.

I think one of my biggest obstacles, in my opinion, is figuring out how she was able to organize everything. If you look at scripture The Virtuous Woman was organized in order to do all the things that she did throughout the day, throughout the week, and even with preparations for future events. I lack organization. In many ways I feel like the lack of organization creates chaos pockets within my household, and that’s one of the things I want to try to work on.

Of course I know I still need to work on my patience, judging, and my temper. Yet, part of me wonders if better organizational skills might help to eliminate the chance for impatient and temper flares. I’m talking about scheduling a healthy sleep schedule, dinner time, cleaning time and family bonding time. Currently we go to sleep anywhere from midnight to 2 a.m. and we eat dinner after 7 on most nights.

Simply put, I think we are all dealing with some sort of sleep deprivation. Even after we fall to sleep we awaken a couple hours later which kills us the morning after. It makes maneuvering through the rest of the day extremely difficult. So, planning is on the menu today. I think a better plan will give birth to a better us.