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FINISH

This is my word of the year. There are a lot of things I want to finish:

Taxes (on time)

Installing garbage disposal

Cleaning out office/craft/dog room

Cleaning out barn storage

Paying down a mortgage

Reading one book per month (at least)

Those are the big things. I want to also finish little things…like dishes daily, laundry to the bitter end of folding AND putting away, picking up and keeping things tidy, any small projects I start.

This is a word our whole family can benefit from doing. We ALL need to follow through and finish things. I am hopeful that this will become the new normal.

Now, off to finish doing (late) taxes.

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Words For Thought

I swiped this from FB today. It’s a beautiful idea, a lofty aspiration, and a commendable goal. When the rubber meets the road though, and you have to do the forgiving, or see the good and actually forgive the worst, those are the toughest times in life.

As humans, I don’t think we have what it takes to do these things unless the grace of God is working through us.

May we be able to truly live these words on the paper.

Hello 2019

I’m back. Every year I want to blog. Every year something holds me back. Part of me worries about putting my life out there. Another part of me wants to share my life so others living with ASD in their families can see that it’s possible to live a full and happy life. I want to share without venting. I want to encourage without feeling defeated myself.

I worry that my blog won’t be focused on any certain thing so it will be too broad. But I’d really like to consolidate all my blogs into this one and just post in one place (except for the dogs).

I want to talk about gardening, planning, working full time, and running a business (or two or three). I want to talk about being healthy, eating right, exercise, and friendships. I want to share my travels. I want to share what brings joy into my life and what annoys the heck out of me.

I might talk about politics, money, and religion.

I just want a place to share and I need to not be afraid to share from the heart. I’m going to try to blog more this year. I’m going to dump everything into this blog. It will be a mixture of everything.

Enjoy!

Still Going Strong

I’m still here!  I’m back in the classroom and just don’t have the same blocks of time that I did during the summer months!

Bright Line Eating has simply worked for me. I’m down 22lbs since June 9 and still counting!  I have 8 more lbs to goal and I already feel fantastic!


I never even dreamed about wearing size 8 again, but that is the size that now fits me when I try on new clothes. I have a pile of 12s and size large that no longer fit. I’ve also kept up my core exercises and I’m starting to see just a tiny bit of muscle definitionon on the back of my arms!!

I enjoy the food process now and do a lot of prep work to keep myself ready for fast and easy meals. I just packaged up these 4oz packs of rice and quinoa to use in my school lunches. I’m moving into the maintenance phase of this lifestyle so I’m adding a grain to my lunches. 


The other night I finally made my salsa with 1/2 garden tomatoes and the other half 3 cans of organic diced tomatoes from Costco. 


These are in the freezer as well, ready and waiting!

My food remains simple and all the vibrant colors, textures, and tastes still leave me very happy and extremely grateful for all the blessings of living this way. 


I also love my water with lemon each day and learned that sliced lemons could be frozen and then used in water and they look fresh cut every time. 


Mornings are always so busy so I almost always prep my breakfast with all the dry ingredients each night before I go to bed. 


A haircut was a fun addition to all the changes and it feels great to be happy, thin, and free!!


(No makeup, which is actually fairly typical for me.)

BLE Day 62

We have a plan!


I love having fresh chives for adding flavor and to add some color to my food!


Lunch at the cafe again. I ate a bunch before I remembered to take a picture. The patties were gluten free but they did have oats in the recipe. I think the sauce had maple syrup, but we pulled them out of the dish taking as little sauce as possible. 

I am ok with these fuzzy lines in this situation. 


Supper was quick. It was late, I was hungry, and I didn’t want to wait long for my food to be ready. I’m sure enjoying the fresh garden tomatoes!!


I’ve been struggling to find a yogurt that isn’t full of additives and sweeteners (and that I like) and this brand was suggested. This is a massive container from Costco so I wanted to portion it into 1/2 serving sizes (4 oz.). These tiny storage containers were on sale at my local market and I thought they would be perfect!


The container said 48 oz. I got 44 oz plus about 3oz. I put the extra in the freezer and will use it in a smoothie for my guys. 


I have 2 of these in the fridge and the others are all in my freezer. I haven’t tasted this yogurt brand yet. Crossing my fingers that I like it!!


Another day in the books!

BLE Day 61

 How to build your breakfast FAST and in one bowl. 

Put a bowl on the scale and clear it to zero. 

Add 4oz of plain yogurt. 

Add 1oz cereal. 

 Add 6oz berries. Start with one type…

…then keep adding till you get the weight correct on the scale.  4oz yogurt + 1 oz cereal + 6oz berries = 11oz.!

Then add 1oz nuts and you’re done!!

Breakfast is served in no time at all!!

Lunch at the cafe today. I did my best with what was available. 

Supper

Another bright day in the books!

BLE Day 60

I love starting a new week in my wellness/food journal!  I’m part of all sorts of planner Facebook groups and I was inspired to draw lines this week!


I had a good food plan today. 


And breakfast went exactly as planned. (Can we say YUM to all those berries from our garden?)


My table was even clean (another struggle here…keeping the table free of clutter).


I love this table so much. In the spirit of Kon Marie, it brings me tons of joy every time I look at it!!


I also got my grapes into a jar today. I think the reason this works so well is because the food becomes sort of vacuum sealed into the jar. When the room temperature air cools down, it shrinks inside the jar which seals the lid. I don’t know the scientific reason why this happens, but when I open the lid to eat some grapes, it kinda has that pop sound. And it does it every time!  It’s like the sound of “fresh” every time you open the jar. I like it!

After breakfast…well…that was it for food today. I went to my classroom and got engrossed in my work. I felt hungry a few times but I’ve learned to ignore it and I was so absorbed in all that I was accomplishing, food was definitely secondary and mostly not even on my mind. 

I know this is not a good thing to do. It’s something I’m working on. I seem to be working on a lot of personal growth right now. 

When I drove home at 10:30pm, I decided to just call this a fasting day and wait till morning to eat. 

Another day, another chance to have bright shiny lines. That’s what I love about this program. It’s real life and you just don’t ever give up and always try again. I don’t beat myself up over my short comings. Tomorrow is a new day. 

Can we just admire this rainbow planner layout though?  It’s giving me all the feels right now as this is a fun hobby that I’m just completely obsessed with!!


In case you like to see planner stuff, I have a whole different blog about it at http://www.myerincondren.com. Enjoy!