Monday, March 12, 2012

mamavation Monday: Morning Sickness bites!

So the past week I had inlaws and mom visiting for my sons baptism and during their stay the Nausea reared it's ugly head. I have been so sick I have hardly been able to function. while I do feel a little bit better in the evenings and have some of my appetite back, during the day I am filled with nausea, lethargy, fatigue. I did manage a few walks since the nausea hit. One on tuesday, March 6th, and then yesterday we went to the park as a family and walked.. that was really hard as my fatigue was tremendous but i managed some. hope everyone has been doing much better than me.. trying to drink water more.. especially now that i am pregnant, but it has always been a weakness of mine, but I do find it makes me a little less queasy at times. as for the nausea hitting, hardly anything healthy or nutritious has sounded appetitzing and when I have tried eating at home I have gotten sicker so as a result I have eaten out way too much. maybe it is the salt in the fast food that has helped me too stomach the food and actually feel better but it has not been very healthy, but I have craved salty type foods. chicken sandwhiches mostly is what I have eaten. last night smothered hamburgers and tonight pizza. I know it's terrible but one day I had baked potatoes and got sick. egg salad sandwhiches made me queasy. just the thought of spaghetti or potatoes, have made me queasy, and salad has not tasted good the last few times I had it. fortunate for me, I normally lose/ maintain weight rather than gain during pregnancy due to morning sickness and loss of appetite but I think i have eaten more unheathy and i love fruits and orange juice especially during pregnancy so I plan on buying more fruit and trying to eat those more.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

mamavation monday update!

hope everyone has had a wonderful week. I spent this past week working out just a little. I jumped on the excercise trampoline here and there, then yesterday, I worked out by hiking at the park with ds8 for a one on one, 3.60 miles. also used hand weights )5 lbs each) went well! hope everyone has a great week!
I bought a workout walking video so hoping to get more mileage in right from home.
I got a new pedometer which I am LOVING!!

drink more water, workout atleast 15 minutes a day at the LEAST.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

mamavation monday update

stayed home from church today. me, some of the kids sick. really all have colds but I have had bouts of nausea with my cold ailing me, and one of the two I kept home with me was sneezing, sniffling quite a bit early this morning while still trying to sleep. would love to feel back to normal again. energy depleated and feel queasy. been up since 5:30 am unable to sleep. hope to be able to nap soon. despite my taking elderberry I have still seem to keep colds although mild, or perhaps most of the time it is simply allergies. Perhaps the syrup is more potent. I also bought me some Echanacea Herbal tea yesterday to boost the immune system as well as one for helping with respiratory health. I also received some essential oils in the mail that I ordered and found that adding a little peppermint oil to the echanacea tea helped my nausea. As for the workouts this past week I still haven't fully gotten my groove back yet but I have gradually started forcing motivation upon myself and doing a little. I bought a excercise trampoline for jogging on,etc and used that some since buying it. a fun way to stay active while watching tv/movies. Lorrie is thinking of starting back her crunch challenge to herself, and I thought it a wonderful idea so I plan on doing that as well as the trampoline, jumping jacks this upcoming week. I did 25 one day this past week of the jumping jacks but that is all I remember off hand.
strength training 3 x this week, pilates, cardio daily, jumping jacks daily
eat more fruits,vegetables, nutritional smoothies, and fewer greasy foods.
avoid eating out- ignore temptations and meal plan to help with this.
chug my water and goal 8 glasses (4 water bottle refills.)
Have a great week! What do you do to get your 8 glasses of water in each day?

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My favorite way to relax is to watch a movie, after the kids have gone to bed. I love scented candles and aroma therapy and I also enjoy yoga and although I don't do yoga too often I would like to use this method more often too.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Mamavation Monday- Jan 30 2012

Wanting to get back to the workouts AGAIN today. have been slacking the past week. Last week I started back with jumping jacks and that was a great week but this past week, not so good. To be honest, this week has been spent mostly focusing on housework, homeschooling, and thinking about my dad. For those who don't know, he died in August and I am still coping with the loss. I have held alot of my emotions inside me, and it has been an emotional roller coaster. Up one minute, and doing okay, and really feeling down and feeling sorry for myself the next, and angry the next. It's been hard. We spent 3 days this week at the park doing homeschooling, and playing this week as well which has helped me to cope, and feel better getting out in the great outdoors and sunshine the few days of sunshine we were priviledged to get. I ate out with my sister and stepmom one night at a mexican restaurant for dinner and that was very pleasant. A much needed girls night out and I felt I actually ate pretty well. didn't even finish my salad because to be honest, I thought it was nasty. Won't be ordering that again! Apparently I don't like balsamic Viniagrette, and I don't like feta cheese. LOL and I wasn't fond of spinach leaf. that will take some getting used too and some purple leafs?? But the shrimp was pretty good! Still have not started the whole foods diet yet. Was waiting till we got Dh's paycheck for february and some money in the bank. :-)
been better about drinking water as of late although how much daily I am not sure, but I haven't been as hungry, which is saying something positive. :-)

Reasons I home-school,how about you?

In a wikipedia article about Evolution and the public school system it reads:" In the United States, the Supreme Court has ruled the teaching of creationism as science in public schools to be unconstitutional. In the United States, intelligent design has been presented as an alternative explanation to evolution in recent decades, but its "demonstrably religious, cultural, and legal missions" have been ruled unconstitutional by a lower court."

this here is #1 reason I am GLAD, that I chose to home-school my kids. Public school is teaching our children things we don't believe in, God ordained us as parents to be the #1 teacher of our children. It wasn't until the last century that we started handing over our rights as teachers of our children to the government. Before that, since Adam and Eve came to be, we have been the teacher of our children.

Yes, home-schooling is in by no means easy but it is so worth it to me. Some days, sure I'd like to throw up my hands and take the easier option of handing my kids over to the public system for a quiet, relaxed day of non stress. Is that the right decision though? I was once told by a teacher I know and care about, that if I ever woke up one day and decided to put them back in public school, not to feel bad because I would be doing the right thing. I was like excuse me? I kept my mouth shut to avoid confrontation, and because I care about her and understand she views things from a completely different perspective. each time I even remotely think of sending even 1 of my children back, I feel like God says no . The truth I was blinded of for years, and had no idea was being taught to our children. That I was even blinded to when I was in public school myself.Not just the evolution theory, but other things that contradict our beliefs. I mean sure I knew school taught evolution to a degree, and taught the big bang theory among others, but I guess I didn't really pay close attention in social studies, and science as a kid to really notice. Or perhaps it has just gotten much worse since we were kids in school. I find it so hard even as a home-schooling parent to find science materials that don't have the evolution stuffed into the materials or other ideas that my beliefs don't agree with.

So my reasons for home-schooling are as follows:

1. As the teacher of my children I can teach my children about God, the creation, and our beliefs. I have the right to teach my children any material I want without the goverment stepping in and saying, no THIS is what you will teach them.

2. I have a way to help my children individually in their struggle areas, whereas in the school system they were getting left behind and the grades were dropping. I had trouble knowing exactly what was being taught to my children because they weren't the greatest at communicating this to me.

3. I can love them in no way any public teacher can. and to be honest, the public system treats the classroom like a military operation and if they even step out of line they are put in a corner, denied recess, or told by the teacher that she is ashamed of them, for even accidentally leaving her agenda book at home or mom forgetting to send back a progress report signed the very next day. (no this is not an exaggeration).

4. I get to spend all day with my kids, go on outings, do schooling in any atmosphere I want whether at home, or outdoors, field trips where ever we so choose and don't have to say goodbye to my children for 8 hrs a day. I felt when they were at school that I literally rarely saw them and was a very little part of their lives.

5. we can do schooling on our schedule.

6. My children still get opportunities to meet other children, have field days, etc through a local homeschooling group, park, church and more and they can work at their own pace, and their own learning level.

7. Bullying in the public school system has become a real problem.

the list goes on and on... Now I do realize that not all will agree with me, with one or any of these and that's okay but these are my reasons and my opinions, and I realize that there are some Christians out there that do believe in evolution, or even other things taught in schools, and that not all Christians have my take on things. I also realize that for some, home schooling may seemingly just not be possible for you whether it be financially, or other reasons. But I am so glad we chose to and I highly recommend it to all parents who can. with God, all things are possible. :-)

Why do you choose to home-school?
Do your kids go to public school,and how do you feel about it? Are you thinking about home-schooling?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

mamavation report

I am late getting this up but wanted to share what I got done for this week. This past week I started back the jumping jacks daily challenge with @notimemom . Wednesday we did 200 jumping jacks, thursday- 200 jumping jacks, friday- I think I did 100 jumping jacks, may have been 50. and saturday,Sunday I took off. Then yesterday monday I did only 50 due to back/shoulder pain. Jumping jacks is all I did this week but it felt great!

Recently I read my sister's blog and it said she was deciding to try out a whole foods diet for the month. What a good idea this is I think. While I feel you shouldn't cut out dairy COMPLETELY from your diet, as our body does need some, I do agree in meats really not being good for us. She watched a documentary titled forks and knives and this made her more aware to some of the foods she is putting in her body. I recently watched the documentary titled food matters. Another REALLY good documentary that talks alot about raw foods and the benefits and how harmful foods really HARM. I would like to try out a whole foods diet, or raw foods diet soon too. Really the only thing that has held me back is my finances/ husband as it is his pocketbook I would be spending and produce is always so expensive. not sure in the long run though. But I really would like to try out the whole foods for a month and see how it makes me feel. I tend to have alot of digestive problems and am thinking I might be gluten intolerant.But not for sure yet. going gluten free is also something I would like to try for a time, and see how much better I feel.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Too Blessed to be Stressed!

tonight on facebook I saw an image posted that read "too blessed to be stressed" I love this! It is such a reminder of what we are blessed with in life and that often we need to just sit back, relax and enjoy one another! Often I find myself so stressed that I focus on the difficulties rather than taking time to enjoy the roses so to speak. Life is short, we need to spend our time enjoying one another and the things that matter most. Whenever we are stressed, or frustrated remember the saying "you are too blessed to be stressed" and repeat it over and over in your head.