Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Recovering From Sandy

My husband left the house for the 6th day in the row to get gas.  The gas lines are terrible.  People are lining up at closed stations hoping they receive a delivery.  They are waiting for hours.
We were fortunate to gas one car up a few days ago.  He only had to wait for 2  1/2 hours.  We are also lucky that I have not had to go to work this past week.  All the schools have been closed since last Monday.  They are expected to open tomorrow, but a Nor'easter is on its way. 
I pray that it spares Long Island.  So many people have lost so much. 
We lost power for 5 days. It wasn't so bad the first 2 days. It was actually enjoyable. The kids played outside more, my husband and I sat and talked, and we were all in bed early. The candlelight was romantic. But once the temperature starting dropping, the loss of power was unbearable!

Many of my friends have lost power. Some have my friends have lost their homes. Long Island's towns and beaches are destroyed and there are so many people struggling to survive.

Today I am thankful for what  have and am reevaluating what I need.  Today my family is collecting thosre extras we don't need to give to thise that need so much.  My Cub Scout Den is holding a clothng drive.  What an importnant lesson it is to teach our children to give to others in need.

Not sure if this is the best quote, but it is one I like.
Be safe, warm, thankful, and kind.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hello New Life!

I am starting a new life today.  I have to.  I am 35 (almost 36), 30 pounds overweight, have high cholesterol, high triglycerides and am tired and moody. 

What happened to me?  I used to be so cute, happy, and fit!

Here is what happened-
3 kids, working full time, struggling with a stressful business that is bleeding us dry, running from place to place, not planning meals or planning meals for the kids and not myself, putting school, work, volunteering before myself.

This is what some moms do.  We try so hard to be everything to everyone that we run ourselves ragged and forget about what is important in life. 

My health, my husband's health, and my children's health is what is most important.  Everything else is not a priority.

The light bulb turned on at my oldest son's last doctor visit.  He is semi-active and has  just joined the swim team.  He practices 3-4 times a week and eats ok. 

The doctor is worried that he has gain 40 over the last 2 years.  He is not obese, but on the way if I don't help him. 

What did I do wrong?  I am failing him.  What example am I setting for him?  Both my husband and I are overweight, not too active, and eat terribly.  How can I expect him to be healthy if we are not?

So here I am.  I am changing my ways so that my children are healthier.  I am changing my ways so that my children are happier.  I am changing my ways so that I am healthy and alive to see my grandchildren and to live life to the fullest.

Today I am starting.  This is scary for me.  I know it will not be easy.  I have to change so much.  Becoming the person I am today involved years of letting myself go.
How do I start?

As a speech pathologist I am always setting goals for my students.  Here are mine:
Long Term Goals:
1.  More real foods in our diets.
2.  More exercise in our lives.
3.  Losing 30 pounds (my husband's and my personal goals)

The only way to achieve this is by short term goals.  I am going to focus on one change at a time.  I will stay motivated by seeing these little goals achieved. 
Short Term Goals
1.  Eating 1 fruit per day
2.  Drinking water each day
3.  Eating 1 vegetable per day.
4.  Being active for 1/2 per day ( I know it seems little, but I want it to be achievable)

Today's healthy change is offering fruit as snacks, before the kids are famished and looking to eat crap.

What are some changes that you have made to help yourself and your family become healthier? 

Tell me about your journey to a healthier family.