My Six Week Journey To Better Health {Week One!}

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I’ve started a new journey towards better health. I’m excited to see what will happen at the end of the six weeks, but I’m already thrilled at the end of day two!

Last Christmas I was getting discouraged because I knew I needed to exercise but just couldn’t make the time. I told myself to just let go of the guilt until after Sean finished college in May. Between homeschooling and keeping up with the online work I wasn’t able to add something else at that point.

I was slowly starting to get more serious about working on exercising, but when I saw a six week summer slim down challenge start with Fit Yummy Mummy I decided to jump in and join after we decided to enjoy a longer summer break from school. Monday was the first day of the challenge, and life has dramatically changed for me already!

I’ve struggled with my health since high school. Adrenal fatigue from stress outside of my control, thyroid problems and low blood sugar issues all cause fatigue, anxiety like symptoms (really it’s just adrenaline racing through my body, but the symptoms are like anxiety), my muscles can really burn, and did I mention fatigue? I get so tired of being tired! Good health comes and goes, but the last two years have not been easy on my health. It’s time to refocus and work harder on feeling better.

My goals are:

To tighten my mommy tummy and lose some inches.

To lose 10 pounds (but I’m happy with loss of inches over pounds).

Have more energy. For me this means giving myself the grace to take some afternoon naps, and work harder on resting my adrenal glands.

Be in bed by 10 PM every night (I’m an hour past this tonight, so I clearly have some work to do!).

Do the online videos from Fit Yummy Mummy 2-3 times a week,  do walk/run intervals at the track 1-2 times a week, and swim 1 time each week.

To drastically reduce the sugar intake. Plan my indulgences and stick with only a few things with sugar in it a week, and keep those healthy.

I want to be strong. I want to be full of energy. If the Lord blesses us with more children, I want to have healthy pregnancies.

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So I’m on a mission. This week I’ve been ditching the sugar and white carbs. I’m a huge chocolate girl. I’m guilty of walking by the freezer and grabbing a handful of chocolate chips. About every day. Maybe even more than once! I’m not committing to never having sugar again, but I need a season of majorly cutting back.

And (this is said ever so sweetly!), yes I know all about the natural sugar options such as stevia, truvia, erythritol, etc. I can’t use stevia, I tried and it gives me major headaches as I have a ragweed allergy. I’m still  not totally comfortable using the other options, I might try the erythritol, but I want to do more research. I know honey is mentioned in the Bible, and honestly seems the most natural to me. :)

My Favorite Supplements

I have finally found some supplements that seem to be working well. Finally! 

I take Armour Thyroid (prescription) twice a day.

Two capsules of Thyromin at night, and two in the morning. The two pills in the morning are to help boost my adrenals, and I’ve been feeling better once I started doing this. This is a supplement that Young Living sells and it is a special blend of bovine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Thyromin From Young Living has really been helping my adrenal and thyroid problems!

I take 1-2 Super B pills each day. It contains 8 different B vitamins. This is also from Young Living.

I’m also taking Alfalfa pills from T-Tapp, as she uses this with her skin tightening set.

Because I have a thing about swallowing a huge amount of pills, I decided to get the chewable Vitamin C pills from Young Living. :) Vitamin C is really good for adrenal health, so I just chew a few of these throughout the day.

Super C Chewable

I am still using the magnesium lotion I have previously shared about.

I’m also using my skin brush and my goal is to do that a few times a week to help tighten my mommy tummy.

I’m about ready to mix up this weight loss protocol using Young Living Essential Oils and take that daily. I’ve heard it is really helpful and I have all the oils! The good thing about this blend is that the fruit oils are normally on the less expensive side. I’ve been taking essential oils internally for awhile now, and really like the results I’ve seen.

Use this blend of Young Living Oils for a natural weight loss boost!

I purchase my oils at wholesale price, just by signing up as a wholesale member (like a Costco membership!). I get my oils 24% off in price because of this.

Please remember that I’m just a mom who tries to find things that works for my body. I’m not a Dr. and these are only my suggestions of what is currently working for me. :) I’ve tried so many different forms of adrenal and thyroid support, so I’m happy to be using something that works for me right now.

Reduce Work Related Stress

The last thing I’m working on is to try and reduce some work related stress! I knew once Sean graduated that I would get more help with the business. The first step towards new help is that I’ve hired a friend of mine to help out with the Deborah & Co. Facebook page. Jessica blogs at Candle in the Night blog, and she is a mom of three young children. We both attend church together, so she knows my heart behind my business and blog pretty well. I will still be on the page a lot, but when she is interacting with you all she will sign her name as Jessica, just so you know it’s her! I’m pretty excited to have help, as I know a lot of you mamas know it’s easy to be on the computer too much! When we start school I need to be serious about staying off during school hours. Knowing that Jessica will be around on Facebook is a huge help.

Jessica is a new helper for the Deborah and Co. Facebook page! (Jessica was a model for our Midnight Maternity Stretch Skirt!)

About The Workout Program

The Fit Yummy Mummy plan has always been what I’ve been drawn to the most. I like the concept of T-Tapp, and I understand the reasoning behind Fit 2 B. Everyone has a different personality though. I like sweating in a workout, and I don’t have time for long workouts. I want to know the workout is actually doing something in a short amount of time! Fit Yummy Mummy has 15 minute videos, and when you join the forum you get 2 new videos each month to follow along and do.

The best place to start is her ebook, which is included with her new member plan (you get the ebook for 50% off, plus one month of the forum and her workout videos for $19.99!).

Fit Yummy Mummy does not have modest advertising, you will see a lot of bikini’s on her page. I just do my workouts downstairs in the mornings while my children are doing their chores upstairs.

I have a friend who just had a baby in her 40′s. She went through the Fit Yummy Mummy program and was exercising and eating really healthy before she got pregnant again. She had a much better pregnancy and her birth sounded like it went really good! That inspired me even more to jump in and just start. You can’t hurt anything by starting, but sitting around and just researching everything for months on end can hurt you. No progress is being made as you take forever to decide what workout program you want to use!

I’m going to blog each week with how my progress is going, and what I’m finding works best for me. This will help keep me even more accountable!

I’d love to hear if you exercise, or do you consider chasing children your exercise? 

 

How to Parent A Two Year Old With Joy!

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Frequently, when I’m talking to another parent of a two year old I hear groans, moans, grumbling, and of the course the famous line “they’re going through the terrible twos.”

I don’t really believe in the terrible twos. I try to not use that expression because I don’t think a two year old has to be terrible. Can it be a busy, challenging, and yes, even a trying time raising a two year old? Yes! But it certainly does not have to be terrible. You really can learn how to parent a two year old with joy!

Right now I’m in the midst of parenting our fifth two year old. She’s probably been the easiest as far as temperament, but she is super active! I don’t remember any of our children climbing all over everything quite as much as Deborah does!

After trying out a lot of different parenting methods, I don’t tend towards some of the conservative child training principles taught in regards to toddlers. Some books teach that if you start training at the first sign of will being shown (before the age of one) by the time they are two they should be sitting still in church and restaurants, they will be quiet when they are told, they should always come to you when you call their name, etc.

Have your two year old look at your when you are talking to them!

Those are wonderful goals, but for our family we tried the methods presented along with those goals and we did not see the blessings that came from it. Our first child was a strong willed toddler, and after having read so many parenting books that talk about breaking the child’s will, we attempted to train our toddler accordingly. We had those 1-2 hour sessions of attempting to get our 1 year old to come to us when we called him. The child never came, and we only grew very frustrated. What was worse – he grew very frustrated. We looked at our young child through the eyes of his will, instead of through the eyes of his innocence.

We still regret how we parented our first toddler, and we believe we’re dealing with it’s effects even today. I actually have a hard time recommending child training books to people because I’ve gotten rid of a lot of them. Don’t get me wrong, we are not at all in the mindset to just let our children be children. We are still training them, but it’s not through the mindset of following someone’s parenting rules down to XY and Z.

Here is my list of what I attempt to teach my two year olds (and remember, it’s just the list *our* family works on!).  

A boy and his toy gun! (We have one son who started very young with wanting to play with toy guns. He still to this day adores his toy guns and history stories!)

To respond saying ‘Yes Mama, Yes Papa’. 

I’ve worked hard with our youngest in teaching her to respond to us in this way. She is 2 ½, and I still have to remind her a lot to say it. But I’m teaching her to acknowledge that Mama or Papa has told her something to do.

This has been very helpful with our youngest because it has pulled her out of quite a few crying spells. She will be upset and crying, and I will look at her and tell her (calmly) that she needs to stop crying, and then I tell her to say “Yes Mama.” Most of the time she will instantly say “Yes Mama” (with a cute little sob) and then stop crying. Literally, it’s like there is an on and off switch! I know this probably has a large part to do with her personality (none of our other children have ever reacted so swiftly to this request) but I also know that training her to respond to obedience in this way has helped.

It is so much fun to parent a two year old! My girls in their princess dresses!

 To look at me when I speak to them. 

This is another huge thing I work on with our two year old, and we started this before she was two. If I’m trying to tell her something to do, or tell her that she needs to calm down, I first have to get her attention! I see dramatic results when I have her look at me. When I first started training her to do this, I would gently take her face and tell her to look at Mama. I really don’t have to do that now, but it’s funny because sometimes she will hide her face in my shoulder if she doesn’t want to do what I’m telling her. Why? Because she knows that when she looks in my eyes (that’s the important part, eye contact!), that she will then need to obey.

You can raise two years olds and be joyful about it! Our oldest daughter when she was two!

Sitting still in Church

We are not strict on this one, and know that she could probably be sitting still right now in church if we practiced sit time at home more often. For a long time I had to take her out, not because she wouldn’t sit still but because she just wanted to talk! Deborah is very vocal and loves to sing and talk all the time (it’s hilarious and exasperating all at the same time!). When we take her out we don’t go to the nursery and let her play with toys. The goal is that she sit on our lap and looks at books. We’re still working on this, but we also are not going to beat ourselves up over it. The main thing is that she learn to sit quietly as soon as she is able. In the meantime, we try to be as respectful as possible to the people around us in the service until she learns. In other words, we’re not going to have it out right there in the middle of church while people are trying to worship. Please don’t do this! Take your child out and try to instruct her somewhere else. Better yet, work on sit time in the comfort of your own home. Your brothers and sisters will thank you!

Enjoy the little years, they go by so quickly!

Do Simple Chores

I don’t assign chores to our 2 year old. :) I do have her try to help me with a few simple things, but the one thing I’m consistent on is that she throw her diaper away in the trash after I change her. Sometimes she doesn’t like to do this, but once again we go back to the ‘look at me and say “yes Mama”‘ rule, and then she will stop whining (95% of the time) and cheerfully go throw it away. Part of training your children is just learning what you can be consistent in as a parent, so for me I knew I would be consistent in training her to throw away her diaper.

We enjoy our two year olds. They are so adorable and so funny! We laugh at them and with them, and I think we cherish each two year old more and more because we see how fast time goes. When my oldest was two I couldn’t wait for him to be a little bit older. Now I want to put the breaks on and stop Deborah from growing! Right now she is still our baby, and everyone loves on her accordingly :) .

I do have days where I get exhausted from keeping her out of things. If the older children are doing an activity she wants to be right there with them and make a mess! That’s when I look forward to nap time, which she still has right after lunch. She sleeps in a pack-n-play in the girl’s room, and just recently learned how to climb out of it. For about a week I had to correct her and put her back in her bed, sometimes several times a day. Now she is pretty good about staying in there to sleep. She has a special blanket that she is very attached (it was a lap blanket of my moms, who Deborah is named after, so that makes it very special to me!). It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer, this warm blanket must be beside her to sleep!

How do you feel about two year olds? Are they terrible or terrific for you?

 

The Words I Would Say

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A guest post by Mrs. Joseph Wood from A Moment With Mom

Have you ever heard the song, The Words I Would Say, by The Sidewalk Prophets?

The idea is that we all have some simple truths we wish we could go back and tell our younger selfs.

What if we could have an “older” sister in Christ share those words with us now?

What would those words be?

As a mother of 11, grandmother of two, and three married children, I pondered this question and decided these are the words I would say:

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Forgive yourself- seriously! Don’t just say you forgive yourself, really do it. That means every time you’re faced with the opportunity to pick up the baggage of yesterday… don’t! Remember you’re forgiven, keep moving forward!

Laugh. We don’t laugh near enough! Don’t laugh at others, but make sure you have others to laugh with!

You are beautiful! You need to tell yourself that more! Look in the mirror and tell God thank you for the beauty He has developed in you and through you!

Don’t give up! I know you’re tired physically, emotionally, and spiritually at times. I know it feels like things won’t ever change… trust me they will! Don’t give up… ever!!

Love your husband, especially when it’s hard. Challenge yourself to pray for him before you ever grant yourself permission to complain to him. By the way, have you kissed him today? He really needs you, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Invest yourself in your child- Really! Don’t give them the “left overs” after you’ve already given everyone else your best. Give them your best, without guilt and without grudges.

If you’d like to hear a few of the things I wish I had known when I was a younger mother join me over on my blog, A Moment with MOM, where I share, Things I wish I had known when I was a younger mother, but probably wouldn’t have understood

Until our next chat,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

Five Ways My Mom Inspires Me

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My mother was a pretty special person. She still is to me, but now her presence resides in my memories, and occasionally those memories lead to either laughter or tears. I felt like I lost part of myself when she passed away almost four years ago. There is still a huge gap that can never be filled, but I keep pressing onward, hopeful to pass on to my children some of the same lessons she taught me.

I’ll share with you some of the important lessons I learned, and why I love my mom so much.

1. She was cheerful. Even though she had to endure major trials through most of her life, she was the happiest person I’ve ever met. In my young childhood years I remember her enduring seizures, and learning how to take care of her when they happened. As soon as she was recovered enough to talk,  laughter quickly filled the room again.

When I was 11 she was diagnosed with Lupus, and I won’t pretend that her joyfulness was severely tested. That first year she was in bed more often then not, and struggled with depression as she learned to trust the Lord through this great trial. However, I saw her work through those dark days and come out a stronger person, filled with laughter and true joy. She found contentment and joy in the smallest things, a lesson that many of us could stand to learn.

Mother and Daughter(At this point my mom’s Lupus had went into her brain, a very, very rare thing to have happen.  It was just a few months before she died, but  my sister and I went away with her to a bed and breakfast for a special girl’s night of memories, laughs, and a few tears. Even then..she smiled.)

2. She exhibited Faith. I learned to trust in my Savior because of her faith. I learned to pray because I saw her pray. I learned to memorize scriptures using the handmade scripture cards she made for me. I learned to sing praises to God with my voice in unison with hers. She was my example, and though it was not always a perfect faith, I learned even from the imperfections.

3.  She was a devoted Mother. Her children meant everything to her. She poured her life into raising my older sister, brother and I. Many were the nights she gave up sleep so she could stay up and talk with us about issues on our hearts. She cried bitter tears when my brother walked his own path, and never stopped praying for him up until her death. She was extremely devoted to our education, even teaching us through many, many sick days of great fatigue, aching muscles, headaches, and nausea from the Lupus. I know I still fall far short of being the kind of mother she was to me.

4. She taught through example, and not just instruction. Whenever possible she tried to give illustrations and real life lessons behind her teachings. When I was in high school she finally explained to me why she was so strict about high necklines, long hemlines, and modest attire. Her life experience and the things she went through earlier in her life made it clear to me why she was raising her daughters the way she did. When I was tempted to grumble about how strict she was (we had a collarbone neckline rule) I thought back to her stories and tried to keep my mouth shut. She wasn’t afraid to share with us when it was appropriate what she had done wrong, and it made a big impact on my life. I could relate so much better to how I was raised when she was forthright and honest, and had reasons behind her rules.

A wonderful, godly grandmother!

5. She was a wonderful Grandmother. My parents were first generation homeschoolers back in the early 1980′s, when it was still extremely hush hush. They had no support groups; they simply started homeschooling one day. She endured a lot of criticism from relatives and put up with a lot of issues from family. When I started having children she made it clear that she would not get in our family business but try to just support us. She had walked the road of meddlesome family members, and didn’t want to be that kind of a grandparent. I was so thankful for her being sensitive to this, as she never went behind my back, but respected and upheld my authority as the mother to my children. She simply helped when she could. I hear so many stories online of homeschooling families who struggle with extended family, it’s actually rare to hear of good strong families anymore. Whenever I read one of these stories online I’m once again reminded of how blessed I was to have respectful parents (my dad was/is the same way).  It’s a blessing to have supportive grandparents who stay in their roles.

Truly, I have cause to rise up and call my mother a blessing. In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some of my memories with you, in the hopes of encouraging you in your mothering journey.

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