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Count Down to the Real World

Welp, Thursday will be here before I know it and it will be back to the grind. Three jobs, parenting, blogging, cooking, jogging, oh my. So, to keep it manageable and to make myself accountable to my little project, here, I am committing to writing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and maybe some Saturdays. That’s doable.

So today, I did a little vendor event for Pampered Chef. I am working on some fundraisers, one for American Heart Association and an upcoming one for melanoma research. You can contact me or check out my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ThePamperedActors, if you want to check out our fundraisers. We have at least one a month, or we’re doing something for S.T.A.G.E. (a local actors’ resource center in Dallas). I spent half of the day with Syd. Man, she was a huge help getting me organized.

I am trying to follow Dr. Mercola’s recommendation of intermittent fasting and not eating until lunch. My goal is to keep a small window of eating time so my body has time to “fast”. Check out mercola.com and “google” fasting for the “why”. It makes sense, but I will not do it justice if I try to explain the technicalities. I do know that when I do this, I am less hungry and eat less and better. GOAL! So no breakfast, had plain coffee from Starbucks with some half and half. Shared some tacos al pastor with Syd (and chips, salsa, bean dip and queso), but we shared. Again, corn chips are my weakness and not sure how I’ll do it. I can and have given up bread and pasta, and wheat in general, but man- living in the land of Tex-Mex, how do I give up the corn chip? Maybe I don’t.

So, I’ve been walking with the neighborhood ladies at least a couple nights a week for the last month. The last two nights I’ve jogged, alone. Tonight I jogged 1.5 miles in eighteen minutes. Not bad for an out of shape mom of three. I enjoy the company of the walkers, but I’ve never felt better than running and listening to music. Let me tell you that Pantera is a better running partner than Owl City. Sydney and I share an iTunes account and I haven’t set up play lists on my new phone. So, I get a lovely mix of tween tunes and thirty-two year old mom music. The Cranberries aren’t a very good motivational group to run to, either. But, ah the memories.

For dinner, Jeff made bun-less cheeseburgers with watermelon, pickle, red onion and tomato slices. Organic veggies, no clue about the pickle, and conventional Kroger brand meat and cheese. Small steps, right? My kombucha has been bottled and is sitting in a closet building carbonation. My second batch should be about ready to be bottled. I am so excited! I think even Jeff will enjoy our bacterial-yeasty goodness. My SCOBY is getting HUGE, while my belly is shrinking- finally!

Eating well and exercise really helps with the stress. When I stay away from sugar, man I feel good. I am really hoping to keep this up when I go back to work to keep the stress down. In about two weeks of being off work, I think I am finally getting my stress levels in check. I think that is my biggest problem. I have a very high stress job in which I wear many hats and don’t know how to prioritize all of the many tasks I have. Then, I have my home based bakery. And then my new Pampered Chef adventure, that I love, and am working daily on building. Plus, my exercising and mom’s group and book club. I can not tell you how busy I have been just Making Whoopie, doing Pampered Chef, and playing house the last two weeks. And, I’ve had a family emergency that I’ve been dealing with in the midst of all of this. Not emergency, conflict, something that has wrecked havoc on my stress levels and really forced me to take some much needed time off. An expensive blessing in disguise. How’s that for a positive spin?

I’ve been organizing, trying to set up daily routines, and systems to make juggling easier. I want all of us in a good auto pilot mode when I go back to work. Jeff is an amazing partner, but a creature of habit. He is such a good sport, and does make changes, but it is not easy and I have to really get a new habit up and running before he fully embraces it. I guess we’ll see how well we’ve done, come Thursday.

So, what are your routines? How do you eat healthy? We have a wonderful veggie co-op in which we pick up a box of veggies twice a month (http://yourhealthsource.org/), but I need something like that for meat. I have the dairy down the street, but will I really drive over there for it? We’ll see! I really want to hear what you do! Will you introduce me to my next “kombucha”? My aunt introduced it to me a couple of months ago, and now I’m addicted. LOVE it. What else is out there that I’m missing? I’ve got to know!

Talk to you on Wednesday, my last night of sweet freedom. I guess I need to spin some more positive energy- my last night before going back to a new and fresh office opportunity. Go team.


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Uh oh- I need some help.

I had a set back. I got a bad headache Thursday evening and neither walked nor went to the social function which I had planned on attending. I even ate a chocolate frozen banana, but think I still stayed under 15 grams of sugar, if that chocolate banana had 4 grams or less.

Today Easton had a film shoot and the boys were up at 4:30. So was my light sleeper, Q. And so was I. She never went back to sleep except for the fifteen minute drive to Sydney’s well visit appointment. Of course, but what I wouldn’t have given for fifteen minutes of sleep!

Somehow I managed to get her down for a nap when we returned home, around noon. I took the opportunity to sleep too, and didn’t wake up until four. Holy moly. I had been doing well about waking up early, despite my staycation. I completely wasted today, but didn’t want to get run down, so I listened to my body and chilled.

During my snooze-fest good, sweet Jeffro went to the grocery store. Guess what he bought? Everything we’re not supposed to eat. So sweet of him to get the kids out of the house so I could sleep. But, how do we get away from cereal and everything else when I am the one driving this, and the rest of the fam is half-way on board? What are we going to do when I am back at work full time and Jeff is doing the shopping most of the time?

I really need a plan. I need help with easy breakfasts. I am not home when the children and Jeff eat breakfast, so I need something easy for them to eat. The kids could eat yogurt. But what about Jeff? And I don’t know if Ebro will go for yogurt. And, I don’t want to burn them out. I guess we can start there. And what about easy snacks?

So since I was a little under the weather, I ate nachos that Jeff made. It was grass fed beef, but again, refreid beans from a can- the dreaded can- and corn chips. I need an alternative for us. We could give up bread, but corn chips are going to be hard. I was overwhelmed at Whole Foods in the snack section. That can get expensive. My whole goal is to stay affordable, and for this to be easy. Maybe not easy today, but eventually. I need this to be so easy that Jeff can shop for our new lifestyle.

What do you do? How are you living the more natural lifestyle? I want to hear from the folks that are doing it now. I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but I do want to do something different than what most of us Americans do. I did convince Jeff that we didn’t need to order a pizza. Hurray for small victories. Tomorrow is Jeff’s birthday, so we will be binging, I am sure. Then back on the wagon on Sunday!

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Whatever Wednesday- How do you do it all?

I am doing something I hate to do- skipping yesterday.  I was halfway through a post and my computer froze.  So, sorry.  I am realizing that I can’t do it all.  I really want to, but have to figure out what is most important to me.  I don’t know what that is.  So please indulge me as I go through what’s important.  I’d really love to hear how you prioritize.

I am slightly envious of my friends that can stay home with their kids.  But, I know my personality type.  I need structure.  Not that a stay at home mom can’t have a structured day, but I have to have my day structured for me.  I’m hoping one day I can be structured enough to work for myself, but that is still a work in progress.  It is a goal, and I am going to be ready to be my own boss when the time comes.

I want to bake, contribute to the PTA board, run a veggie co-op, blog six days a week, volunteer at my kids’ schools, sell Pampered Chef, host play groups, book club, and start a supper club (Grandma calls hers Gourmet).  How do you do all of it?  How do you fit in chiropractor visits, doctor visits (well and sick), dentists, vet, auditions, time to write book, while making dinner every night, reading, and finding a moment to play with kiddos.  Where are date nights?  Where is the family time?  Where can I find even a minute to play Words with Friends?

I don’t want to half ass anything.  I want to be the best mom possible.  I want to be the wife that my husband dreamed of always having.  I want to be the friend that always knows exactly what to do and say in every situation.  I want to be the volunteer that makes a difference.  I want to be the business person that makes a huge something out of nothing.  But, how do you do it?  I am working on my little things every day, but man.  Oh yeah, I want the super clean house and be always perfectly put together and fashionable.

How do you do it all?  These are all items I don’t want to compromise on.  My day job is so demanding that I have little left when I get home- time, energy, or will.  I haven’t even talked about wanting to work out, going to more movies and theatre, visiting museums, and hanging with my grandma.

I am certainly grateful to have a full time job.  I am thankful to have such a full life.  But I want to do it all.  I want to juggle it all and still have time to enjoy a Sunday nap or sleep in every once in awhile.  I want to stay up past ten and not feel sleep deprived the next day because I have to get up so early (for me).  Want, want, want, want want.  I know- I want it all.

But, if I didn’t want it so badly, then I would have no motivation to do something about it.  So what do I do?  What is my game plan?  Welp, that I don’t know.  I know that I have to keep plugging away.  I have to keep writing every day.  I have to keep baking and playing with recipes and techniques.  Keep hanging out with other mommies to see what works for them, and how they do it.

How do you do it all?  Or, do you let some stuff go until you do have time?  And how long will you put it off?  Syd is eleven and I have to drive her all over DFW a couple times a week.  Easton has soccer and soccer practice.  Q stays home with a nanny a couple times a week and at my in-laws once a week.  I probably spend over 10 hours a week transporting kids all over town.  I’ll continue shuffling kids until all are in grade school.  Then I will continue to take them to activities until they can drive- five more years until Syd can help.  So is that when I can do more?  Or, is this a chance to find a way to do something a little sooner?

Daily Prayer:  God, please tell me how to keep on keeping on.  Please lead me down your path, and alert me if I get off course or wonder about paths that shouldn’t interest me.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for the veggie co-op.  My kids asked for cucumbers when Jeff made chili dogs last night.  I am proud that my children love good foods.

Happiness Project Update:  I am getting up everyday, doing hair and makeup, but right now I am wanting more.  More time, more energy, more satisfaction.  I need to keep on track and just keep on keeping on.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Nutty Mommy- chocolate cookies with a hazelnut flavored filling.  Sweet, but a little nutty. http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com.

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Whatever Wednesday- Change Motivates Us

So I’ve had a minor format change. Welcome to Whatever Wednesday, where I talk about whatever I feel like. I had a crazy day yesterday and am still working on the Left Behind series, so I skipped this week’s Tuesday Book Club.

I woke up stressed to the max and went to bed with a major headache. I’ve noticed a couple of people at work that are always smiley and always say “great” when you ask them how they’re doing. I want to be that person. I don’t want to be the person that says, meh. Or, I’ve been better. Or, complain about my headache and lack of quality sleep. I know that even on my worst day I am in a blessed situation. I know when I am stressed it doesn’t compare to how it could be. I know all of this. But, I want to live it.

So, here is what I realized and what I told Jeffro. If everything always felt hunky-dory, guess what? You’d keep doing it. So, I guess we need to be doing something different. Some people say adversary is God’s way of disciplining or bringing you closer to Him when you’ve strayed. A “hello, remember Me?”, if you will. And, that may be. But, I have been closer to Him than I ever have and am still running into harder than usual times. So I prayed. And prayed and prayed some more. When I’m not praying, I try to listen to Praise and Worship, when Pandora is working, to stay connected and not dwell on how I am not where I want to be at thirty-one. I am where I need to be. I am making choices that will really help my future, but makes the present not so comfortable. But that doesn’t really matter.

What I realized is that if I am comfortable I will stay in my comfort zone. If I am not comfortable, I will work to make something different happen. I told Jeff that we are being “told” something, whether by God or the universe or whatever, but we need to be doing something differently and if we are quiet and still enough, we can hear and see what that is.

My employer has a new motto. “Change Motivates Us”. I am usually the first to jump on the HR bandwagon and embrace company policy or a new credo, but this one pissed me off. It rubbed me the wrong way, and I was tempted to say something. Of course change motivates us, but we also need structure and consistent practices, is what I wanted to shout to who know whom. But, it is true. Change does motivate us. We have to get out of our comfort zones if we want something different and better. I am constantly praying for God to show me what He wants me to do. Guess what? He’s guiding me to wherever that is. And, instead of being pissed off that my path is a little bumpy right now, I now choose to see it as God’s shortcut to greatness. Shortcuts are generally a little bumpier than the paved road, but they get you there quicker. So, I now say, thank you God for guiding me wherever it is that we’re going. And thank you for bringing Jeffro along for this adventure! I really hope Making Whoopie (www.makingwhoopieplano.com) is a part of this plan, but I know whatever it is, it will be great!

My Daily Prayer- Please God open my eyes and ears to you. Thank you for giving me faith to continue down your path to greatness. AMEN!

My Daily Thanksgiving- I am thankful that my family chooses to actively participate in life and doesn’t just let life happen to us.

When I have Kardashian Kash- I will have a party barn next to my petting zoo and animal rescue sanctuary where kids can have birthday parties and check out my alpaca herd. And llamas. And camels. And big cats, I want to rescue big cats, but the kids will only be able to see them, not pet them, for the safety of everyone. However, I plan to be hands on with all of my rescue animals, even the lions. A girl can dream…but, also, mark my words and remember the power of the word!

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