So it’s been a really, really long time since I posted. I’ve wanted to post often but for some reason every time I think about doing it I get overwhelmed and lazy. I really want to do a better job with blogging this year.
So, first thing’s first. I have yet to post my “resolutions” (I put them in quotes because I don’t necessarily want to call them resolutions. I want to do them because I want to do them, not because I feel like I have to because it’s a new year) for this year, so I shall post them here!
1. “Green Machine:” go green! Cold water laundry, eliminate paper towels, compost, reusable “waste products”, switch over lightbulbs.
+Thus far I have switched over to cold water laundry and begun composting. I have started to eliminate paper towels- we just ran out and I haven’t been eager to buy more. I’ve been trying to use cloth towels as much as possible where I would normally have used paper towels. This is going to be a big one for our household, I think, but I’m eager to do it. As far as the resusable “waste products” (feminine napkins, tissues, etc)- those are things that I will be able to do more of once I start getting a regular paycheck. Julia- I know Ryan uses cloth tissues. Does he just use bandanas or does he use something else?
2. “Drop and give me 50:” lose 50 pounds this year.
3. “Don’t try to butter me up:” use WAY less butter in my food intake
4. “Less is more:” Eliminate clutter from house/ life. No more hoarding.
5. “Au natural:” No more unnecessary medicines.
+I have begun working on this one as well. I have already weaned off my birth control and reflux medication. I am currently in the process of weaning off my antidepressant and my fibromyaglia medication. Once I complete those two, I will be completely medication free!
So, those are my resolutions. But I’ve actually had some goals and things that I’ve adopted for this year as well. My biggest goal in 2011 was to get a job! I needed one so badly! I had to leave my job in Early Intervention because of my back- it was no longer possible for me to drive the hour to work, drive all day FOR work, and then drive the hour home from work. It was a very difficult thing for me to do, but I recognized that I had to do what was best for me (and for my family, ultimately) and so I left earlier this month. I was scared about what I would be able to do with my life. I’d been so happy with my job and wanted to stay there for a really long time, if not the rest of my working years. But my car accident really helped me put things into perspective.
I recognized that I had been sacrificing my own well being in the process of working so hard. I was working 10-12 hour days and was barely spending any time with Dan. I was sick all the time and always stressed out. I loved my work, but it didn’t work well for me. I wanted it to, and I think if I hadn’t had my accident, I’d still be doing it today.
But, as of last Monday and I have a new job! I am now a lead teacher in an infant classroom for a really amazing school. I love their philosophy and everything they believe. It’s a Piaget-based school and just really has great ideals. I’m very excited to start a new chapter in my life!
I’m also excited, speaking of chapters, to see what is in store for Dan and me over the next several months. We have decided we are finally ready to start a family. There’s no total rush- I would still like to continue to work on myself (weight loss, healthier eating, etc)- but we’re just going to see what happens! 🙂
I have been pushing myself to eat healthier recently. I have begun juicing and it has changed my life! I’ve been helping a woman from church organize her home and what not (her family moved here from Texas a few months ago) and in the process she has passed on to me some great things she no longer needed! (I realize this doesn’t jive well with my resolution to have less, but the few things she’s given me are things I’ve been using almost every day and I’ve gotten rid of things to counteract them.)
One of the things she gave me is a juicer and I’m in love! I’ve been juicing pretty much every day, sometimes twice. It has really changed my life and I’ve been noticing a huge difference. I’ve been juicing the following fruits & vegetables (not necessarily all together):
-spinach leaves -asparagus -celery -cucumbers -carrotts
-granny smith apples -ginger -pink lady apples -gala apples
-jazz apples -clementines -pears -pineapple -grapes
I went to a big box store last week with my friend and bought a TON of fresh produce. It’s been so wonderful (and exciting) to have fresh produce and to make delicious juice every day! And I really have been feeling a lot better! I do have to learn not to eat a full meal AND drink juice. I should be doing one or the other. I am still working on that, but it’s getting easier as time goes on.
I’ve begun using coconut oil in place of other cooking oils when I cook. The taste of it is very mild and it’s supposed to be a lot better for you. It has also been recommended to take a spoonful of coconut oil 3x a day for health benefits, but I haven’t been doing that. At least not yet. I’d like to do a bit more research before I start doing that. (http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html)
I have also begun doing a therapy called “oil pulling.” (http://oilpulling.com — it’s kind of a poorly written website but it gets the point across.) I started doing it this morning and felt an IMMEDIATE difference. I woke up this morning feeling really crummy- I am definitely fighting a cold and I could feel a lot of mucus in my chest. I swished & pulled coconut oil in my mouth for 15 minutes before breakfast, and as soon as I was done pulling & swishing, I was bringing up a ton of mucus. (I know that’s disgusting, but I was pretty amazed that it worked that quickly.) It’s supposed to be really good at removing the toxins from your body and helping people who have eczema, sleeping issues, back pain, allergies, digestive issues and many other things. I’m interested to see how it works!
I’ve taken a ton of pictures documenting my juicing experience because I really am in love with it! I will post a slideshow of the pictures I’ve taken later. 🙂