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TIME. A four letter word.

I LOVE to read. Though I cannot remember which books I read as a child, I have vivid memories of my mom taking us to the library during the summer. The library was cold and there was a wall sized photo of our farming town.

We would try to find books using the card catalog (Are they even around any more? I would love to own one….) and then write down the call number on tiny slips of paper with golf pencils. Then at the shelves, sometimes we would find the book. If not, back to the card catalog…

My family didn’t own more than 20 books, so I always looked forward to “Library Day”. Then at home, we had all the time in the world to just devour the books we checked out.

Now, I carry on the tradition with my own Littles. It is different though. We use the computer to reserve books before we even get there. I doubt they would even know how to use a card catalog – let alone know what it was if they were standing in front of it!

I still check out piles of books, but don’t always get to read them. TIME. It is a four letter word! There are lists of books I would read, if only I had more TIME.

I guess that is why I have only posted 16 times on this blog. TIME.

It is why I have yet to finish the wooden 4th of July decoration I bought in April. TIME.

The reason I haven’t updated the Littles’ memory books in over a year. TIME.

And now, we are just hours away from one year ending. I am literally out of time to do so many things I had planned for 2014.

So if I were to make a New Year’s Resolution, it would be find more time… or make more time… or buy some time… or a time machine?!?!?

No. It is to be better about MANAGING my precious TIME. I CAN accomplish more, if I would just use the minutes God has given me in a more productive way.

So, what are your awesome Time Management secrets??? Really. I need to know!


When You Don’t Take Your Own Advice…

A while back I posted my Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits. They are really great tips. They would be even better if I FOLLOWED THEM!

You know how it is. You are all excited to eat healthy foods and take care of your body. I have been like that for months. Somehow, I have failed to follow my own advice. So, I think I should address the other part of the equation.

BEFORE you recommit yourself to do anything, you must be prepared. Here are some good tips for making those changes actually come to fruition…

1. Write it Down. Don’t just imagine it, actually get a paper and pencil and write it down.
2. Be Specific. Don’t write, “I want to eat healthy foods.” Write, “My meal plan will include….”
3. Make it Obvious. Put your new goals in a place you will see them regularly. The mirror and fridge are two great choices.
4. Find a Partner in Crime. Do you know someone with a similar goal? Work together – it makes it more enjoyable and you can hold each other accountable.
5. Tell a Friend. If you tell someone close to you, they will check up on you. They might even slap you back into shape – only if they are a really good friend!
6. Set Mini-Goals. If you really want to lose 35 pounds, break it up into smaller goals. Losing 5 pounds seems more doable, so start with that and then keep going.
7. Celebrate Achievements. When you reach your goal – celebrate! Get a pedicure, buy a dress in your new smaller size, or take your family to a fun new park. Just don’t celebrate by eating unhealthily.

Well, here is to recommitting myself (again). I know I can do it. I just need to DO IT!!!

What tips did I miss? What helps you be successful? Leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments…

Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits

I have read so many diet and exercise book that I could write my own. The funny thing is, how many times they contradict each other. One tells you to eat 5-6 small meals a day, and another tells you to eat 3 well balanced meals with absolutely NO snacking.

It can get confusing!

I have SIX times put on pregnancy weight and FIVE times lost it. I have recommitted myself to doing it again.

These are the habits that I have found to be the most helpful and effective in dropping unwanted pounds and keeping them off…

  1. Get rid of temptation.If you know that chocolate cake donuts or chips or (fill in the blank) are your go-to treat, give them away and DO NOT buy them again. If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it.
  2. Don’t shop hungry. This is especially true if you are pregnant! If you (or any shopping companions) are hungry while shopping  you are more likely to grab quick snacks, junk food, candy, or processed foods. Anything that looks good will end up in the cart.
  3. Look at the ingredients.There are lots of rules about ingredients – what to avoid or look for. I simply see how many there are listed. More than five usually means it is a “food-like substance” and not actual food.
  4. Turn off the TV and sit down at the table. Make eating with family the entertainment. With the TV on, you are more likely to eat more because your eating is mindless. Even if you are eating alone, get a plate and a drink of water and sit at the table. This tells the brain that you are eating. Grazing from the pantry and refrigerator (even if you eat the same amount) leaves you unsatisfied and unsure of what you have eaten.
  5. Eat on time. If you let yourself get too hungry, you are more likely to eat more. Or you will snack on “little” things and the calories will add up.
  6. Say a blessing of thanks before each meal. Take a moment to thank God for the food on the table. This helps you remember to be grateful for what you have and not take for granted the blessing of your body and the ability to nourish it.
  7. Know portion size.Learn what is a “serving” of each food. If you are counting calories, it is important to be accurate.
  8. Eat 3-4 veggies or fruits at each meal. Fruits and veggies really are the best fuel for your body. You plate should be 50-75% veggies and fruit (more veggies than fruit). If you do snack, pick a veggie or fruit.                        
  9. Don’t drink your calories.I usually stick with water. If I drink my calories, I end up hungry and the eat more than I should.
  10. Skip the bread. Yes, the breadsticks at the Olive Garden are SO yummy, but bread is basically simple sugars with a Fast Pass to tummy fat.


***Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a puppy. Don’t give yourself treats for good behavior. (example: If you run 3 miles, you can have ice cream.) You don’t want to train your brain to associate one leading to the other because that will form habits. If you are going to splurge, don’t justify or rationalize. Don’t hate yourself or punish yourself. Eat a little. Enjoy it. Move on.

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