Monday, October 13, 2014

To The Stay At Home Mom Griping About Stay At Home Moms

I love being a stay at home mom. Let's start with that.

I love caring for and chasing my two toddlers all day, and caring for and loving my hard working man when he gets home, but that doesn't mean I can't yell to the high heavens or moan and groan all day if I want about the responsibilities I have as a stay at home mom (SAHM).

I read a blog post yesterday from a SAHM who pretty much told all other SAHM to shove it and she was tired of reading about all the "jobs" we partake in and chores we don't get done. Well I'm telling her to go eat some dirt!

We have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. And I'm not talking about cleaning house, being a chauffeur or wiping butts. I'm talking about taking the minds and hearts of little people and helping mold them so that they will be productive beings one day that contribute to society instead of making it worse. 

We have to love them unconditionally even when they have drug every egg out of the carton and smashed it on the floor and mixed it with some corn starch. We have to educate them in manners. Teach them that laughing at a fart is okay at home, but not so much at a restaurant. We have to teach them that laying in the floor at Wal-Mart while screaming their heads off over barbie or cookies not only embarrasses us to no end, but comes with consequences. We have to clean poop off the floor, toilet,  bathroom rug, wall, and child when they have had an accident and try to cover it up. We have to brave opening and washing the baby bottle that rolled under the seat in the car over a month ago. We have to crawl out of bed at all hours to battle the boogy man, or feed a hungry little monster.  We have to try and read the electric bill that has been scribbled all over by a two year old. We have to help them learn to tie their shoes, go to the bathroom, count, read, write, clean their rooms, speak, color, and all of the other milestones that come with every child. But most importantly we have to be there for them around the clock, never for a minute putting ourselves first. Being at SAHM is the most rewarding and difficult job in the world. That is why we are a rare breed.

That in itself is a full time job. I work that job every day from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. That is a twelve hour day times two.


Now let's take into account the meals I have to prepare, the laundry I have to sort, wash, dry, fold and put away, the countless times I pick up toys, vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, changing diapers, changing clothes, baths, scrubbing, dishes, bed changes, trips out to play in the yard, walks around the neighborhood, letting dogs in and out, chasing them down when the kids leave the gate open, running the trash to the dump, mowing the yard, doing household repairs, running to doctors appointments, to the grocery store...let's just say there are not enough hours in my day. And 10% of the time I am lucky to brush my hair and take a shower.

So yeah, if I want to bitch about the fact that I haven't worn a shirt without kid spills on it or that I haven't had a hair cut in 6 months then I believe I am entitled to do so. I work my ass off day in and day out to ensure that my family is taken very well care of. If my only outlet is a rant on my blog or to post a SAHM  meme on Facebook, then back off and let me rant, or face the wrath of an exhausted and highly irritated SAHM!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday Afternoon

So instead of going out for a long walk/run on this amazingly beautiful Saturday afternoon...I find myself cooped up in the car waiting for Dustin to finish playing in the junk yard. Thankfully there is a great breeze coming in through the windows, and the kids have decided they are going to behave.

With that said...I am completely content. My man is in his dirty greasy car part element, my babies are cool and enjoying the peace and quiet of the country, and I am happily blogging while listening to the Gator vs. Tennessee game. Go Gators by the way!

It is days like this that I am so thankful for the amazing life I have been provided. I am even more thankful for a healthy and happy family. And, in reality,  who could ask for more?

How many people in the world are taking for granted this wonderful life we are each given today? How many people are stuck at work? How many are struggling with personal issues? Health issues? Money issues? Or just unhappy in general?

I used to worry if we were going to make it, being a young one income family. But now I don't. I know I have the adoration and unconditional love of an exceptional man and our children. And even though we are a one income family in a tough economy, we manage by keeping only the essentials. We are healthy and work hard to stay that way. Those are the only things that matter: family, love, life, health and happiness!

It is days like today where I could be out for a long walk/run but instead I am cooped up in the car waiting for my good hard working man to finish playing in the junk yard, and days where I thank God every day for this precious life he has provided me.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Eat. All. The . Food. Cramp. All. The. Day.

Okay...so the title is slightly dramatic.

And I am slightly hormonal.

But either way...any female that has had their period can sympathize with my drama. Or I like to think so at least.

This post is a pity party post and I apologize for it now. But I had to vent so i wouldn't consume everything in my kitchen.

I have cramps from an unholy place, cravings for salts and sweets that would tempt the devil himself, and a dwindling will power.

I. Am. Fighting.

And so far I am winning. But that doesn't help with my foul mood. Or the pimple on my chin. Or my deepening dark evilness that is oozing out. And I hate feeling crazy. I know I'm not the only one. But that day before your period. The one where a fly buzzing ten feet from you can send you off the deep end....yeah...that's where I am in my cycle.

Who knows?

Tomorrow is another day.

Maybe my psycho will compose herself by then.

And a couple miles and some self defense class will help too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ouchy! Those Darn DOMS!

I have been working out regularly, and by working out...I mean walking...while pushing 50-70 pounds worth of kids and stroller...not to mention the diaper bag...my bag...and whatever else they drag along. We usually walk a minimum of 1.5-5 miles every other day. But my weight is not coming off as fast as it did when I did weight training. And now that we are a one income family again, it just is not in the budget for a new gym membership, let alone the gallons of over priced gas it takes to get there!

That all said...Dustin has an Uncle that has a really...really nice in home gym. I have a really big green eyed monster in me right now. Anyways...I decided to call him up and see if he would mind if I came over a few days a week and used his weight equipment. Of course he said yes, and I went that evening. And the next day...

I. COULD. NOT .WALK.

I. COULD. NOT. SIT.

I. COULD. NOT. LIFT. MY. ARMS.

And I love every bit of it.



I forgot how horribly awesome DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness could be. DOMS are a perfectly normal part of introducing a new fitness regime, especially weight training. When you lift weights you get tiny little micro-tears in the muscle. When the body repairs those tears, that is when your muscle becomes bigger and stronger. Those tiny tears along with inflammation of the muscle are the culprit for the pain you...or in this case I, am experiencing. As your body adapts to your workout, you will find that the pain lessens, that is until you up the weights again!

Now as great as the pain is...it hurts.

I turned to my SweatPink sisters for advice to help ease the discomfort while my body adjusts. I could have easily turned to Google, but I knew these hard working ladies would have the answer from tried and true methods. And they had so many pieces of advice. The biggest and probably best piece of advice I got was to take an Epsom Salt bath. It helped relieve a lot of the ache. Their biggest remedy was to use a foam roller directly after each workout (I am going to invest in one), and to take an ice bath. I am terrified of the idea of an ice bath, but I am willing to try anything. Especially the day after a long walk and weight routine.

I have 2 kids to chase all day, and I can't take 10 minutes to stand or sit each time I need to. They just are not that patient. So come Friday...I will share my first encounter with the ICE BATH, as I have a 5 miler scheduled for Thursday!

Photo Courtesy of: FitFactory.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crap Days, Crap Diet...Oh Poo

Today was a very tough day for me, but an eye opener nonetheless. I have neglected my blog, my page, my goals...and most importantly myself.

I decided to go back to work about 6-7 months ago. The kitchen in the office was full of junk and sodas, we ate out all the time, and it was SO easy to fall back into old habits that I had worked so hard to change. So easy. And so disappointing. I am disappointed and disgusted with myself.

I have put on weight. I have put on 20 of the 50 pounds I worked hard to lose. But what I gained in pounds I lost in employment. Let's just say it was a crappy day. Thankfully I have a good man by my side that supports me in everything I do, and now I can get myself back on track...and spend more time with my beautiful family.

But it lit a fire under my butt the size of Texas!!!

*** I am enrolled in school, class begins on the 29th!

*** I have re-written my weight loss goals and health plan.

Even though life is a little undetermined at the moment. I have set my sites on a couple of things, and I will achieve them! I will not let this little bump in the road deter me again, I will get things done.

Tomorrow is another day and it is bound to better than today!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Silly Little Alarm

I have been slacking so bad when it comes to fitness. I started a full time data entry job about 9 weeks ago, and after working and having to come home and take care of business here...well I'll make my excuse now...I'm too tired to workout. Been eating poor...here's my next excuse...because I haven't made the time to plan well balanced meals.
Tonight after looking at myself with disgust, I have set my alarm. I am going to get up at 6:30am every morning and go for a walk/jog. The kids will be asleep so I can't use them as an excuse, and starting the day off on a healthy note will help me be more conscious of my food decisions.
I'm excited to get back into the groove of things, and sad I have been putting it off so long.
So say a prayer I don't hit snooze on that silly little alarm.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tips On Staying Healthy For Families Traveling: Kendra Thornton

I was approached by the awesome Kendra Thornton about doing a guest post on my blog since this month is Fit Family Lifestyles Month! I am thrilled to be so honored as well as in love with her piece. It is so important to maintain our healthy lifestyle especially when traveling, with all the yucky fast food options that make eating on the go easy, as well as limited physical activity. Hope you enjoy her advice as well as I did!


Tips On Staying Healthy For Families Traveling

Stay fit, stay healthy, and you’ll look and feel amazing! It’s a work in-progress motto, but it’s been something that I’ve been believing in since I became a mother of three very active kids. That’s why I’m always trying to consciously keep myself fit whether I’m on the road or at home. To honor Fit Family Lifestyles month, I put together a few helpful tips and tricks that I live by to stay healthy and energized while traveling and on vacation.

Be Clean and Germ Free!
As a mother with three energetic kids, who love to run around and touch everything, having a hygiene back is a must when my family and I travel. It makes cleaning up much easier when the places we go to don’t provide any soap or water for washing up. The hygiene kit I pack up always includes: face masks (just in case the family and I are at a place with people who are ill), lots of hand sanitizers, and anti-bacterial wipes for wiping down possible germ infected areas – like tables, chairs, door handles, etc. I try and keep the products in my kits travel size, that way I can put some in my purse and leave the hygiene bag at the hotel.

Have A Little Fun Before Resting Your Mind and Body!
While we are traveling I usually try to get in the whole “fruits and veggies”, “clean and germ free”, “please play nice with your siblings”, and “scheduled bedtime” routine. It’s an everyday thing when we are at home, but when we are on vacation I tend to let things slide a little, especially their bedtimes. You’re on vacation! Let the kids stay up a little later so they can see fireworks (if there are any), give them a few more sweets, and let them enjoy themselves. I just make sure at the end of the day that my family and I wind down and get a good night’s rest.

Get That Nutrition In!
When we are traveling or on vacation, my family and I try to avoid fast-food restaurants as much as possible. It’s a good way to keep myself and my family eating healthy. Sit-down restaurants is the places where we try to get our big meals when we’re out. It might be a little bit pricier, but each member of my family can customize their order to our liking and take in lower calories, sodium, and sugars. I want us to have fun, but I also want us to stay healthy.

Ensure Your Family’s Safety!
Before I book the flights or choose the hotel, I always do an extensive research on the places that my family could possibly be staying at. I make sure that each hotel or resort that we stay at is family-friendly to the dot. I have to make sure that they provide a good safe and secure place when my family and I stay. Some of the things I look for are: good concierge service, some sort of security personnel, hospitality. You can get as picky as you want, after all you want to keep your family safe as well as yourself from harm.



A Little Extra Advice!
Anytime my family and I are visiting theme park destinations, I always make sure that we eat a substantial amount of a healthy breakfast. It saves us money because we enter the park full and it helps steer my kids away from eating too much junk food and sweets. Many hotels and resorts, including some of the more famous ones like the Walt Disney World property hotels in Orlando, offer healthy breakfasts that are included with your booked room.

I don’t have to worry about staying active with my family - but I do always try and maintain a healthy mind frame when traveling with them! Let your kids splurge in certain areas, but make it a point to explore...walk, hike, climb, RUN on vacation. I hope these tips can be of benefit to you in the future and get out there and get active in honor of this month!

 

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