Part of why I started this blog was because I loved the creative release of writing. The other part was to connect and share with other likeminded people. Lately I’ve been posting a lot of recipes but not as much in the writing department. The creative side of me is missing the writing posts. Which lead me to this idea I’ve had for a few weeks now to do a weekly blog post called “What’s Up Wednesdays”. It would be a way for me to talk to my readers about what’s going on in my life. Such as things I’m finding fascinating this week, or have just been on my mind. A place I can share new products I’m trying, or old favorites I may not have mentioned before. Sprinkled with what’s happening in my personal life. Because I think sometimes when you read a blog or see a persons Instagram page, we tend to forget this is a real person facing the same challenges as everyone else. This will be my spot to show you more of the real me and hopefully as with all my endeavors, a way to connect and help others.
I’ve been listening to videos all day from The Keto Summit. I don’t think it’s too late if you’d like to still sign up and watch some of them! Today’s favorite video I watched came from Dr. Tom O’Bryan. The man is a genius and has this way of explaining things so everyone understands it. Within the first minute he managed to stop me in my tracks when he said America was rated by the WHO (World Health Organization) as the second worst country for health care in the world! Yet, we spend the most?! AND the second worst infant mortality rate, and men and women both are aging at a more debilitating rate (aka quality of life, diseases like diabetes and dementia). What is even more startling is an article from the New England Journal of Medicine that states for the first time in the history of the entire human species children have a projected life span shorter than their parents. Let that sink in for a minute. Our children will be diseased sooner, live a lower quality of life, and die at an earlier age than us. That makes me sick to my stomach and it should you too.
I started working out at Planet Fitness again. It was a challenge during the summer because we traveled so much and I can’t take my kids to the gym with me. As soon as school started I practically raced to the gym to sign back up. I posted a pic a few weeks ago on snapchat of the hydro massage bed they have. Heaven. After I do my workout I make my way to the bed and relax for ten minutes. It’s kind of like my reward for making it to the gym that day. I truly love lifting weights but man some days just getting there is a struggle! I’m still working on figuring out my sweet spot for what I eat or don’t eat before I go so I can feel and perform my best. Some days I drag and everything feels like such a challenge and others I feel like superwoman. I simply work out to feel good and stay healthy. However, it is so gratifying to see the weight increasing on my deadlifts and squats each week.
On another note, I’ve been working on getting certified to be a kids yoga teacher! The company I’m using is called Kidding Around Yoga. It’s fun, silly, super informative and I can work at my own pace. It’s one small step to a bigger goal of mine of getting my full teacher training certification for yoga.
We stopped at a Mexican restaurant on our way out to the Lake over the weekend to celebrate my husbands birthday. I ate corn chips because they were house made, served warm, and not fried in a gluten frier. Hello bloating, it’s NOT nice to see you again. But dang if they weren’t frickin delicious! I got a chicken fajita salad. It was definitely not the best salad I’ve had, but whatever. I got guac and chips to make up for it. As soon as we left I took a digestive enzymes because it’s something I do whenever I dine out. I’ve found awesome success with the one in the pic below. I keep a small container of them in my purse and take it as soon as I can after I eat. One time in particular I had been exposed to dairy and after taking this, had no reaction. Normally I’d get a migraine within a few hours.
I’ve decided to change my name from mommy to chauffeur. Yup, and I’m sure many parents out there can relate. I swear I spend more time driving my kids back and forth places than I do cooking anymore, and thats saying a lot! However, I’ve grown to love this time with them. We get to talk about what’s going on at school, with friends, at ballet, volleyball, you name it! Both my girls could talk the ear off an elephant but when we’re home I get distracted with dinner, homework, cleaning, etc., and don’t get to always give them my full attention. It’s nice that in the car there are no distractions, just us time. Other times we just jam out and have a “party car” blaring the music loud and singing along to whatever song is our current fave. We are all stuck on a Shakira song right now called Waka Waka.
That’s pretty much it till next week! I feel like I had to play catch up a little because it’s been awhile since I’ve posted much other than food! Leave me a comment if there is something you’d like to see me talk about on here or have a question for me!