A Really Great Travel Tip

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Anthony Bourdain wrote about his best travel tips and one of them was absolutely genius…

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Family Meals – Sitting together

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I’ve noticed that the kids really don’t want to sit down to dinner with us.  Many times my hubby and I eat alone at a boring table without any ceremony, my daughter sits in her high chair for a little while and then wants OUT, and my son wants to sit in front of the TV and eat (which REALLY worries me).

I had an idea that we should bring in a low table and some firm pillows and eat Japanese style on the floor!  I am excited to try this concept and see how the kids react.  I would love for us to be able to eat in peace, no TV, and the kids could walk around and get up and down as they please.

We’re always trying to get the kids to do like we do, when maybe we can find harmony if we meet them at their level.  I’ll report back and let you know how it goes!

 

Foggy weekend

IMG_6848A late night on Friday meant a screwed up schedule and grumpy cranky kids.  They would go from happy as a clam to screaming for nothing in 2.2 flat.  We did our best to keep it together and I even got some pretty cute pictures (we spent a lot of time in the nude as you can tell).

On Friday I read this amazing last article from a reporter who was dying of cancer and wrote a good-bye post.  It was so eloquent and touching I haven’t stopped thinking about it.  I am so sad I can’t find it right now but I will and I will post a link.

No matter how tough things got over the weekend I remembered her and changed my mindset to be thankful that I get to be alive through all the craziness.  Every moment is a gift and I will make a point to appreciate every single one.

My 50th Post – Wednesday Weigh In and Nerdist Wisdom

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It’s my 50th post y’all!

I haven’t been active for the past two weeks and I’m happy to be getting back to the blog.  I was feeling pretty blue and when I started writing again it really picked up my spirits.

I’m a big fan of Chris Hardwick.  He is the host of Nerdist and @Midnight and what I like best about him is how open he is about his emotional growth.  It makes me happy to hear him talk about his struggles in a light-hearted and funny way.  You can really hear the pain he was in and the hard work he’s done to get where he is today.

I was reading his book recently and he has a section on how important it is to have laser-like focus when reaching for your goals.  It got me thinking about my own lack of focus sometimes.  I get easily distracted by so many things because they are easier to do than work toward my goals.  Then frustration follows and I realize that my attention is just in too many different places and try to bring myself back to the major goals.

In some ways I feel like, well maybe that’s just how my journey is supposed to go.  But then I saw this:

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This one really made me think.  I battle a little bit with the word “goals” but I think the point is there.  All of these distractions exist and it’s so easy to fall into this trap of surfing the web or looking at all the various social media outlets rather than focusing my attention on something that is harder than that, even though it will ultimately bring me more happiness and satisfaction.

Which brings me back to writing this blog and honoring a promise to myself to keep coming back every day to share my thoughts here.

As far as my Wednesday Weigh-In updates, here they are:

  • I haven’t been listening to my body nearly as much as I want to and the food I’ve been putting in is hit or miss.  I want to get back on track here.
  • We got an elliptical and I’ve worked out twice!  Amazing how out of shape I am right now.  I am also gearing back up with stair climbing and wearing the fitbit.  My two week break pretty much extended to almost everything.
  • I haven’t been doing my EFT but I am getting back to that as well.
  • My weight has been steady, maybe up a tiny bit.
  • I got my health assessment done at work and everything was good except for my weight and BMI.  Working out, eating well, taking care of myself, eating more healthy fats, those are on my plan of action.

I’m happy to be back!

Wise words from Joan Rivers

075f030cf872128e6d006c977e3a2392If you couldn’t tell, the Friday picture was my first attempt at a project in Photoshop.  I have been trying to teach myself Illustrator and Photoshop through youtube videos and it is tough!  But I had fun making this portrait out of words of Joan Rivers in honor of the great comedienne who had a pretty tough but pretty amazing life.

The words were lyrics from songs others performed at her funeral ceremony.  I was especially touched by the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile”, I would not have made it through that without blubbering uncontrollably.

I watched her documentary “A Piece of Work” yesterday and it was wonderful with some sweet moments and some not-so-sweet moments.

One thing that stood out to me was a moment when she yells at someone in the audience who is heckling her, telling her the act isn’t funny (she’s talking about deaf children).  It got me thinking about the old adage “you are only as sick as your secrets”.  What I took away was that our emotions can control us if we don’t release them.

And in releasing them, we can try to find the humor and joy in them.  I think this rings true especially for eating issues.  Even just acknowledging that things are hard, sometimes I’m unhappy, sometimes it’s just a bad day and it’s okay not to smile.  That acceptance and even love for my emotions allows me to let them out.  And I usually feel better right away, or at the very least, tomorrow.

It’s in trying to deny the emotions, pretend they aren’t there, fearing even admittal to ourselves that they exist, that causes the most pain.

Thank you, Joan, you will be missed.