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CRAFTing Optimum Health

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Today has been a pretty blah kind of day. The copiers were down at work, so getting homework done for my kiddos wasn’t the easiest thing on the planet. My lunch buddy was out and I spent every bit of my breaks sending files to the print shop for copying (here’s hoping I get them in time to use them in class) or printing homework. It’s not good for getting my relaxing break in for lunchtime.

So… my CRAFT time today has been:

C- I put a few rows on my newest scarf. I put it down when the headache I am fighting started interfering, though.

R- I am writing this so I can go to bed and take my book with me. Relaxing is in my immediate future.

A- I didn’t get any alone time today. This is pretty typical of my work day routine and something I really need to work on changing.

F- My focus was on getting out of work today without anything blowing up. I know that sounds funny, but, after last week, I needed a day where I got through it and no one fussed at me about anything. I kept my head down and got done what I needed to get done. I call that a success.

T- I’m writing this blog, so that’s my telling for tonight. I am planning on writing a letter tomorrow, but that’ll be tomorrow’s tell. Given the headache, this will have to do.

 

So, as you can see, my headache has put a damper on my CRAFT Time today. It’s pretty typical, actually. Don’t worry, this is all allergies. Summer made getting my shots difficult, so I’m going to have to get back to them, now that school is going and is settling down.

 

In Health-land, I seem to have hit a stall on weight loss, but I’m sure that’s more to do with me and my eating habits than anything else. I was better about it today, ensuring that I ate every three hours and had a turkey burger with no bun and a side salad that was light on light dressing for dinner. I didn’t do such a great job with drinking today, either. That may be playing into my headache, as well.

 

In other news, it looks like we’re going to see some tropical weather towards the end of the week. Mother Nature looks like she’s trying to give me a four day weekend the hard way. Here in Savannah, we don’t have SNOW days. We have HURRICANE days. ugh.

 

Until next time,

This is me, checking in at 221.3 pounds.

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Posted in CRAFT Time, Optimum Health, Tired of being Tired

Optimum Health- a new internal system

So, this is my second blog post today because I had a bit of an epiphany this morning and dreamed up CRAFT Time. I didn’t write last night because I spent the entire day at the Citadel Mall in Charleston, SC and collapsed into a night of being dead to the world until 7 AM this morning as soon as I got home.

So, let’s talk about today and my CRAFT Time experiment, along with my Optimum Health journey.

C- I have created: The CRAFT Time focus, laid out this week’s BUJO pages with an intro page on each week for my trackers, knitted one foot of a new scarf!

R- I have been knitting, I drove out to spend an hour practicing archery, and I’m about to turn on the next episode of Gilmore Girls. I’ll read a bit before I go to bed, too.

A- I didn’t take anyone with me to the range today. I got two hours of peace and quiet, where NO ONE talked to me. Technically, I’m alone right now, but a kid or husband could walk through the house at any time. I don’t like counting this hour as my alone time for that reason.

F- Today’s focus all happened during archery practice. The rhythm of drawing and firing, the breathing that goes with it, is its own kind of meditation and yoga. The result? Look at this grouping!

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T- I’ve written two blog entries today!

 

In Health land, I haven’t gotten nearly as many steps today as yesterday (hit my 10K!), but I did get an arm workout with that bow (it’s a 30 lb draw longbow), and I’ve washed 5 loads of clothes, 1 load of dishes, and cooked two meals. I’ve been close to my plan today. In fact, it’s time to eat so I’ll cut this a little shore. I have lost another pound in the middle of all of this bloating, though! Here’s hoping when the water weight comes back off, the numbers will be lower!

Until next time,

This is me, checking in at 221 pounds!

 

 

Posted in Bullet Journal, Getting Crafty

CRAFT Time

CRAFT

For a little while now, I’ve been trying to force myself into a daily ritual that appeared in the book, The Miracle Morning. I realized that I am failing at this because it’s just not a natural thing for me and that I am totally the square peg to that round hole. Apparently this is my weekend for epiphanies, though, because I realized that the purpose of that SAVERS every morning (or, in my case, every day) was to help focus energy towards positive things. Well, as a mother, teacher, wife, and SCAdian, I don’t have a lot of extra time to try to fit something in that doesn’t naturally flow with my day. So, I reworked my daily focusing activities into what I am calling CRAFT Time.

As with everything, these days, CRAFT is an acronym. Let me walk you through the pieces.

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C stands for CREATE. I am a crafter, a maker, a doer. I can’t sit still and do nothing, it makes me crazy. So, I have a thousand and one hobbies to keep my hands and mind occupied while I’m sitting on the couch enjoying my family, who are all doing their own things, too. I’ve found that the days I can’t create, that I can’t make something, are really difficult for me to get through. I always have multiple projects going at the same time to keep myself from being bored out of my mind, too. I pick up something else when I feel pushed or bored, then I come back to it when the thing I picked up gets pushy or boring.

Examples for me include: writing, creating spreads in my bullet journal, creating pages in my art journal, knitting, crochet, embroidery, lucet braiding, kumihimo braiding, bobbin lace making, and researching details for projects. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list!

 

R stands for Relax. I know you don’t think I’m relaxing if I’m knitting on the couch, but it’s very relaxing to me. The goal is here to set aside all of the stresses and things that are hounding me all day and just breathe and relax. I’ve found that the days I’m burning the candle at both ends are really impossible for me to get to sleep at night. Then I don’t sleep well, because I’m so tired that I crash… HARD.

Examples for me include: reading, writing in my bullet journal, meditating, and sometimes even yoga!

 

A stands for Alone time. I’m an introvert, I need some time where no one is calling my name, distracting me, needing me to do something, or making demands on my time. This is the part I’m really not good at giving myself, but it’s something I know I need. Of all of these pieces, this one will be the most difficult for me to accomplish on a daily basis. Why? Because I have kids who need their mother’s attention and a husband who does, too. I have things I have to get done that don’t give me a much time to separate myself from people during the day, either. As an introvert, though, I have found that my anxiety levels skyrocket, which makes relaxing or focusing on a task close to impossible to do.

Examples for me include: take a walk, go to archery practice alone… I’m still working on this part.

 

F is for Focus. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed that it’s really hard for me to focus on what’s really important. When that happens, the things that are important slip. This creates a bit of a problem as I scramble to get back on top of those things.

Examples for me include: meditation, yoga, visualization…

 

T is for Telling. I am getting better at this, I guess. This one isn’t specific so I don’t get tied down and feel like crap because I forgot something. The point here is to share something with someone, anyone. It can take any form that makes sense, e-mail, letters, phone calls, text messages, Facebook, or even this blog! The goal here is to connect with at least one person every day. “Tiff you’re surrounded with people all day long. Remember? That’s why you need that ‘Alone Time?'” Yeah, but this is a pointedly connected way to interact with someone else. Not a bunch of people, not about anything I HAVE to get done. It can be the same person I talked to yesterday, even! In fact, I can even tell just myself, in the form of a private journal!

Examples for me include: journaling, writing letters, writing e-mails, calling people, sending text messages, posting on Facebook, and posting to this blog.

 

I will be tweaking this in the fuzzy areas as I work through it, so I’ll be posting updates. I think this will work better for me, though, than that SAVERS I was trying to cram in every day.

Here’s what it looks like in my Bullet Journal this week:

 

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So, there you have it!

My new attempt at wrangling the things in my head! Wish me luck!

 

Until next time!

 

Posted in Getting Crafty, Optimum Health, Tired of being Tired

Optimum Health- Knitting

I’ve given up counting the days. I can’t keep them straight, anyway.

Today was a day, much like many others before. We had PTA tonight, so I was at school for 11 hours. Some of that I spent trying to de-stress and get ahead of what I need to be doing.

It was in this vein that I realized something that’s going to be very important from her eon out. You see, I learned how to knit this past weekend and I’ve found that it is a marvelous tool for releasing stress. I now take it with me everywhere. I broke a needle yesterday (it was wooden and gorgeous. I am very sad!) and I HAD to get another one. It nagged at me all day. I put it off as long as I could, but after dinner, I was grabbing my keys and heading to Hobby Lobby (who no longer sells the needles, I might add). I had to replace it. I couldn’t STOP knitting. I needed the stress relief.

During my lunch break, I knit.

Sitting on the couch watching TV, I knit.

It sounds like addiction, but it gives my hands something to do and, somehow, I feel better after doing it for a bit. In the end, I’ve MADE something, too, which feels really good on top of it. As if my stress levels COULD be productive!

This lead me down a rabbit hole, though. I’ve heard of therapists a few years ago who recommended knitting as a stress control activity. It was second hand and I’m pretty sure I blew it off, but now?

Now I’ve found these articles…

The New York Times, The Health Benefits of Knitting (January 2016)

The Craft Yarn Council, The Truth About Knitting

Psychology Today, Should You Knit? (November 2013)

loveknitting.com, Knitting Your Way Out of the Agony: World Mental Health Day (October 2015)

Stitchlinks.com– the whole site!

 

So, it’s not just me. What is it about knitting that does this?

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Until next time,

This is me, checking in at 221.3 pounds!

 

Posted in Tired of being Tired, Uncategorized

Optimum Health- Day… ok, I’ve lost count!

I’ve taken a break from writing for the last few days because, honestly, they’ve been horrible. I’ve been so stressed that I just can’t breathe and staying focused long enough to write a blog entry has just not been possible. Now, Optimum Health is the whole package and part of that is learning who you really are, so, let me tell you what I’ve learned about myself these last few days.

I take lots of stuff personally. I mean… LOTS of stuff. Some of it should be personal. My job, my family… these are very personal things for me. When I feel attacked in either of those areas, it  messes with my system in ways I am not terribly happy about.

Exhibit A-On Monday, my stress level went through the roof, mostly in the afternoon, when being a Mom was taxing every centimeter of control I had over myself. Five year old had a meltdown in the car because there was a mosquito inside it while we were on our way to the oldest daughter’s art class that doesn’t actually start for a few weeks… in the rain… in five o’clock traffic. It was not a good scenario. I noticed then that I was craving comfort food; MY comfort food, which is mostly chocolate and really, really bad for your health. I resisted and ate my chicken with a side of slaw before going to the grocery store and surrounding myself with all those lovely sugary things that seem to be everywhere! Again, I resisted the urge to throw everything in the cart and stuck with what we needed. When we got home, I started putting things away and noticed the fridge was just out of space. I grabbed a trash bag and started tossing things that fell into one of two categories: “science project” or “shouldn’t eat that.” I filled up two trash bags and had my husband take the rest of my daughter’s birthday cake out to the trash, too. To satisfy my need for chocolate, I popped a brownie bake in the microwave and stayed on my plan.

Exhibit B- Yesterday, I was written up by my boss for something that was completely not my fault. I was livid. There’s already a two page rebuttal, complete with credible resources quoted, referenced, and attached for documentation. I was so worked up when I got home that I couldn’t be still. We ate dinner at home, which made it easier for me to track what was going in my mouth. The urge for something slathered in butter and drizzled in chocolate was really strong, but I resisted, grabbing a chocolate crunch bar from the cabinet, instead.

 

Now, most anyone would’ve been daunted by the temptation to eat something horrible, but I thought to myself, “this is a test. You touch that cake and you’ve failed!” I have come too far to fail, now, and I’m not letting something like this be the thing that pushes me over the edge. So, today, I started a stress journal. I will be keeping it on me at all times, so when something stresses me out, I add it to the notebook. This will be in addition to the bullet journal I already keep on me at all times.

 

Anyway, there’s my journal of self-discovery over the last few days. I’ve also earned that I am not a big fan of the Optavia Dark Chocolate cheery shake. I choke it down, and the aftertaste is very “chocolate covered cherry.”

So, there you go! That’s all I’ve got!

Until next time!

~this is me, checking in at 221.6 pounds!

Posted in Optimum Health, Tired of being Tired

Optimum Health- Day 28

This one is going to be short, mostly because the SCA blog entry will be longer. I went to an event today and learned some awesome things that I need to write down!

So, today in the health area, I spent time with friends at an event close enough that I slept in until 7:30 this morning and didn’t leave my house until after 9:30. A great friend offered to watch the girls while I went and the girls raced me out of the house to get in the swagger wagon to go. LOL

Now, this is where the potential of fallout comes with this diet. You see, taking classes means being on someone else’s schedule. There’s no microwave to heat up lunch and setting a timer means it going off in the middle of a class where my hands are wrapped around a project and not readily available for shaking up a fueling.

My answer? Dumb luck? The good news is that with this program you eat every 2-3 hours. That gives you an hour of flex time! So, I did hit 2 hours in the middle of a class. It was alright, though, because I grabbed a bar as soon as the class was over 30 minutes later and didn’t go over my 3 hour window! I made a shake before I left the event 3 hours later, too! I didn’t miss a single fueling today and still spent my day surrounded by people!

I made healthy choices for dinner, too! Aside from the Oreo Frappe I grabbed on the way home, I was very, very on target today! I’m rather proud of that!

Ok, I’m proud of that AND the fact that my garb is starting not to fit. I realized that I was stepping all over my skirts. Don’t get me wrong, the back of my skirt usually drags the ground (I like it that way. It’s my girlie thing… *coughs*). Not the front of my skirt, though, and that’s where I was stepping on it. I was starting to get pretty annoyed about it, actually. Then I felt the skirt shift on my hips when I walked. You see, my garb was a little loose around my hips, where before it had been a bit snug. My belt kept sliding, too, which felt weird.

 

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I’ve lost enough weight around my hips that my skirts are longer and I’m stepping on them.

 

Oh, and I stepped on the scale this morning and, not only have I lost the weight I gained by my weekend of splurging last weekend, I’ve lost another pound, too!

WHOO-HOO!! I FEEL GREAT!

Oh, and I celebrated by treating myself to a kid-free trip to Books-A-Million, Hobby Lobby, and Seasons of Japan while I was in Statesboro! Whoo-hoo!

Until next time,

This is me, checking in at 221 pounds!

Posted in Optimum Health, Tired of being Tired

Optimum Health- Day 27

I thought about this today, whether I should still be calling these entries “Optimum Health” or not. I don’t talk about the plan I’m on for the food I’ve been eating very much the last few entries. I sat down tonight, though, and read Dr. A’s book (you can check it out here) and the workbook that goes along with it. I decided to approach this as a studied reading, breaking out notebooks, book marks and pens. I’ll be honest, it’s pretty straight forward and note taking seems silly.

One thing did stick out in my head while I was reading tonight, though, and I think it’s something I’m going to push in my class, too, for academic purposes.

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You see, that falls right in line with Growth Mindset stuff I’m reading about for school. It’s the process of accepting failure as a learning tool and building from it. Go ahead, Google it. In today’s society, I think we need more Growth Mindset. In fact, it matches the IB (International Baccalaureate) Program ideals really well, too. In fact, I was doing the research part without even knowing I was on that path. Reading the book… oddly enough, it was the repeat cycle that made me pick up the book.

Here, let me walk you through this from my perspective…

RESEARCH- My health coach looks GREAT! She credits this program with the transformation. So, I asked her about it. I never told her, but I did look it up online, too. I was impressed with the results, not put off by the concept of buying food or eating more meals or even drinking a ton of water every day.

DO- I took the plunge, ordered the food, started tracking my water, and rebooted my bullet journal to track everything. When the food arrived, I jumped in with both feet, pretty much like I do everything. I packed my meals to go work in my classroom and religiously tracked everything.

REVIEW- I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, lately. Partially, because my husband was asking me about whether I really wanted to buy another round of food or not. That question kind of forces you into reflection. I’ve dropped 18 pounds, though I’ve put 4 of them back on in the last week thanks to birthday parties, family visiting, and stress at work. It’s in my reflection that I noted that I didn’t eat a doughnut at Krispie Kreme on Saturday morning and I didn’t really miss it. When I gave myself permission to go bananas and eat whatever I wanted last night, I didn’t actually go bananas. I didn’t even eat dessert or drink a whole big girl drink! I didn’t feel jipped, even if I was looking forward to a blondie at Applebee’s. They’re my favorite thing about that place. So my answer was yes, I wanted to keep doing it. The weight loss is great, but I like it even more than I don’t feel like I’ve missed something when surrounded by sugary stuff. While I’m pretty sure I can keep that going, not being hungry makes it easier.

CORRECT- So, now I’m working on correcting things. I was reading tonight about unconscious habits that are bad for my health. Maybe I’m just really not conscious of them, but I couldn’t think of more than 2! Skipping meals is a biggie, because I get busy and run out of time, especially at school. Sitting on the couch for an hour each night with the girls before bedtime is probably up there, too. Otherwise… they’re really unconscious! I can’t think of any more!

So, this is leading me back around to research again. I’m going to track everything I do during the day for a week. I’ll try not to write it here and bore the crap out of you (you’re welcome!), but I will be writing it down. Maybe I can find them that way? Eh, I’m hopeful. I need to find them, anyway.

I’ve gone all the way through this to say that I am still going to call this Optimum Health because I realized that Health is so much more than food and plans. It’s a whole package thing. My mental health, my physical health… it’s all the package that will become my Optimum Health.

 

On the topic of food, I want to say that I’ve tried two new things since my food arrived yesterday! The first was a chewy cookie dough bar that was pretty awesome! The second was a banana shake! HOLY COW! That banana shake tasted like a banana Now and Later! Let’s get this clear… I can’t stand the taste of real bananas, but fake bananas? OH YEAH! So, when I say that shake tasted like a banana Now and Later… I’m HAPPY about it!

Tomorrow, I’m going to try some of the new stuff from Optiava, so I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow. Dark Chocolate Cherry Shake? Ummm…yes!

Until next time,

This is me, checking in at 224 pounds!