Showing posts with label about me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label about me. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I WON'T Stop Celebrating

I read an article from the Huffington Post that I feel I must respond to.  The article states that we need to "Bring the Holidays Down a Notch."  The point of the article is to make those of us who make holidays a big deal feel like crap.  That really sums it up.  The main arguments is "My kid doesn't get fancy holidays so your kid shouldn't either."


Creating activities that my kids and I can do together is one of my top priorities.  I challenge myself to see how I can make each holiday magical and fun while my kids are still young.  When I post the things I have done with my children on this blog I am not trying to "out-mom" the other moms, it is simply my way of making memories with my kids.  In turn I hope that others can perhaps be inspired by something I do.  So sorry, I'm not going to stop.

You don't think that's fair?  Tough.  I am sure that someday my kids are going to come in and tell me that Sarah Jane's mom plays basketball with her everyday.  "Why don't you do that with me mom?" they'll ask.  Well, this mom, who has aerobically induced asthma (not to mention the fact I can't hit the broad side of a barn), isn't going to run around playing basketball.  Will they be disappointed?  Maybe.  I hope that they know I love them from the MANY other things I do to prove it every day.  But I am certainly not going to run over the Sarah Jane's mom and tell her to stop playing basketball with her kid because it is making my kids feel bad.  Why do people feel they must do that to us crafty, holiday-crazy types?

What rankles me the most about this article is the downplay of other people's strengths.  Why do we feel we need to put others down for their talents?  So what if Billy's mom puts gourmet meals on the dinner table every night while at my house we are eating Mac and Cheese?  Who cares if Mary's house is perfectly spotless while mine has little piles of papers and toys strewn about the room?  Good for them.

But I don't choose to do those things.  It's not my nature.  And that's okay.

We should congratulate people on their talents and better ourselves as we learn from them.  So thank you to you foodies who share your recipes online.  Thank you to the organizers who willingly share tips with this organizationally-challenged mom.  Thank you to the comedians who make me smile.  Thank you techno-savvy people who make it possible for so much information to be at my fingertips.  Thank you doctors, lawyers, grocers, farmers, and all others who make our world a better place by giving of your time each day.  I appreciate you.  I learn SO much from you.  Don't stop doing what you're doing.

I know I won't.

*Leave me your comments.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.*

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Monday, June 3, 2013

A Happy Woman

It's interesting how the media has portrayed women over the years.  Back in my grandmother's era a perfect woman had lots of curves and "some meat on her bones."  When I was growing up the women on TV were size 0, had tan, flawless skin, and perfect hair.  Lately, the media has been pushing the idea that "real women" can be heavier and still wear a bikini.  

I recently read this article titled: Real Women...? that argues that every woman is a "real woman" no matter her size or shape.    

While I like the idea that every woman is "real" in this way, I wish that instead of wanting to be real, we women would work to be happy.  

I am at a point in my life where my focus is on being a wife and a mother.  It is not so much on myself.  Creating memories that will last and educating my children is my #1 priority.  

And I am happy!

This is me on my wedding day 5 years ago.

Am I the same weight today as I was when I was first married?  


And I don't expect I ever will be.  No matter how much I exercise, having children has altered my figure in ways that can't be repaired without some form of tummy tuck.  (I know some of you will disagree with this, but that is what I think.)  

The question is: do I care?  


Absolutely not!

I am so happy.  In fact, I have never been happier!  I love being a mom!  Each day I feel that I am doing something worthwhile with my life.  

When I look in the mirror do I hate what I see?  


Not in the slightest.

Granted, there are times that I know deep down that I could (and probably should) do more to be healthy.  This realization helps me choose to eat better and exercise more religiously--for a while anyway.

But I don't change my lifestyle because I feel bad about how I look.  

I do it because it makes me happy!  The improvement makes me happy.

If exercising to look good in a swimming suit is what makes you happy--go for it!  If you want an ice cream cone because it will make you happy--eat one!  Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  Don't let any social stigma dictate your happiness.  

Be you!

Be PROUD to be you!

Love yourself!

Find something to do in your life that makes you happy!

And don't judge others based on their appearance!  

You don't know other people's circumstances.  They could be "letting themselves" go because they are working through some trial that you know nothing about.  They could be larger than you and in the best shape of their life.

And it shouldn't matter!

Who are we to tell others what they should and should not be?  If they are happy with who they are that should be enough.  

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

5k: A Huge Accomplishment

*This post has nothing to do with anything I pinned, but it correlates with my earlier posts about fitness and my goal to run a 5k.  

I did it!  I ran in my very first 5k today.  My mother's breast cancer group, Lifting Hearts, hosted the race today for breast cancer awareness.  My mom is a survivor of 3 years.  This was definitely a worthy cause to run for.  All women should make sure to get their mammograms and do self checks.  It could save your life!

For the last 2 weeks I have been going to the gym and trying to get my poor, post-baby body in some semblance of shape so that I could run this 5k.  My goal was to finish in under 40 minutes and to not have to take my inhaler for my asthma.  I am pleased to announce that I accomplished both goals.  YAY!  

There are no words to describe how wonderful this experience has been for me.  I accomplished something I never believed I could.  When I was a little girl I had severe, aerobically induced asthma.  I was nearly hospitalized many times after some pretty scary asthma episodes.  My asthma always made me scared to run as hard or as fast as I could.  I still have nightmares about being chased and not being able to get away because I have an asthma episode. I tell my husband that someday after I die and my body becomes perfected I am going to run a mile and say, "So this is what being able to breathe feels like."  

This 5k run was meant to be about beating breast cancer, but for me it proved that I can do anything--even conquer one of my biggest physical limitations.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

50 Up, 50 Down Workout

Last week I determined to start training for my first 5k.  Check out my original post here.

My goals last week were: 
1. To exercise 4 times a week  
2. To run for 30 min. and see how far I could get  
3.  Eat only one treat a day.

I got a new gym pass and went to the gym for my very first time.  Yes, I know, I'm 25 and finally went to the gym.  I ran/walked a mile my first day.  The next day I ran 1.75 miles.  Then, I admit I didn't get to the gym to run the rest of the week.  However, I did still make my goal of exercising 4 times a week.  I did what I could at home.  I tried out the 50 Up, 50 Down Workout I found on Pinterest.  It works like this:

50 Up, 50 Down Workout 
10 high knees
20 jumping jacks
30 lunges
40 Russian twists
50 jumping rope
40 bird dogs
30 crunches
20 jumping jacks
10 sit ups

Let me tell you, those lunges after the jumping jacks--BRUTAL!  

As for my eating only one treat a day...umm....ya.  I lasted one day.  One.  I'm a sweet tooth and this time of year they come out with candy corns and pumpkins.  Why?!  I will try again the rest of this week and see if I can do better.  I told Princess that if she ever sees me trying to eat a pumpkin or candy corn to take it away from me immediately.  

Here are my training goals for this week:
1. To exercise 4 times a week
2. To run a full 3.1 miles by the end of the week
3. Eat only one treat a day.  (Yep, this one may just kill me, but I'm determined to do it.)  

I am not looking to lose lots of weight.  I just want to be fit.  I hope some of my successes and failures help you to be better than I am.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dice Workout

I am not a healthy person.  I have never been to a gym in my life.  I don't "eat cleanly."  I have a major sweet tooth (which doesn't help matters at all).

I had my baby boy (we will call him Bud) 2 months ago.  It was a hard delivery and I was not allowed to exercise for quite a while.  Since the delivery I haven't tried very hard to eat right, exercise, or really do anything healthy at all.  Last night we had a large party for my little brother who has just returned from his 2-year LDS mission to Chile.  My mom is a great cook and there were treats galore!  Let's just say that I ate more than my fair share of goodies.

My mother's breast cancer support group, Lifting Hearts, is hosting a 5K run on October 20th and I have signed up to run in it.  You can register for the Lifting Hearts in Utah 5K run here.  I have never run a 5K in my life, but I have always wanted to run in one.  The problem is, I have terrible asthma and it is aerobically induced.  Despite that, I am determined to run in this 5K.  I am not trying to place, but to do my best.

As I went to bed last night I realized that the 5K is only 20 days away and I have done NOTHING to prepare for it.  I determined to start training starting today.

This morning I woke up, had a large drink of water, and started exercising.  It wasn't P90X or anything like that.  I want to get there eventually, but for now I just needed a place to start.  On Pinterest I found a link to a cute little dice workout.  When you roll a certain number you do the exercise associated with it as well as the amount.

Here is the setup.  When you roll:
1 - push-ups
2 - planks (do in seconds)
3 - jumping jacks
4 - wall sits (do in seconds)
5 - squats
6 - sit-ups/crunches

1 - 10
2 - 20
3 - 30
4 - 40
5 - 50
6 - 60

I rolled the dice 10 times and did whatever the dice said to do.  It was a good way to get my body going this morning.

After another large drink of water I ate a healthier breakfast than my usual sugar-coated cereal.  Today it was oatmeal with a touch of brown sugar.  Mmm!  I think I could get used to this healthier living.

So here is my plan for this week:
Morning - Dice Workout with a healthy breakfast
Afternoon - Popsicle Stick Workout (I will post about my Popsicle Stick Workout later) with a healthy lunch
Snacks - apples, granola bars, carrots, etc.  Anything but treats.  (This will be a hard one for me.)
Dinner - Healthy dinner with healthy portions
Night - Running for 30 min.
Only 1 treat a day! (Maybe I'll get to the point where I don't need treats and I'll prepare smoothies or something instead.)

The exercises will change each week so stay tuned!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pinning with a Purpose

I am an addict.  Yep, that's right.  I am addicted to pinning on Pinterest.  If you haven't discovered the joy that is Pinterest you are missing out.  Not even joking!

As I was happily pinning along one day I asked myself, "Am I actually doing/using any of these things I pin?"  Thus, this blog was born.  I will use this blog to show you the things I have pinned AND used along with my thoughts.  I am not wordy.  I will tell you how it is and hopefully you will be inspired to try something too.  That's the plan.  And so I begin...pinning with purpose.

-I have been married to the love of my life for 7 wonderful years.  I will refer to him as Hubby.  He is a hard worker and a loving dad who loves technology and shooting guns.  

-My hobbies are playing the piano, singing, art, scrapbooking, reading, writing, teaching kids, and I basically like to dabble in everything.

-I love everything Disney.

-Dill pickles are my favorite food.

-Princess is my oldest.  She is 6 and I can hardly believe it!  Her hobbies are reading, dressing up, playing the piano, dancing, and learning everything as quickly as she can.

-Goofy is my 4 year old and we call her Goofy for a reason.  She loves to make people laugh and occasionally get into mischief.  Coloring, singing, dressing up, and playing make-believe are currently her favorite things to do.

-Bud is 2 years old.  I call him my "Mellow Fellow" because he is always so calm and happy.  His big smile lights up a room and melts my heart.  He is turning into quite the tease.  He loves to try to scare family members and hit them with balls, pillows, balloons...whatever he can get his hands on.

There you have it.  Me in a nutshell.

Now let's jump right into trying out some pins!
ABC Quiet Book - LDS
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Piano Teaching Tools

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