Thursday, August 28, 2014

Middle School

No time for a well though-out post, but I want to record the ramblings in my head. :)


We have a middle schooler. I am pleased to say he is very happy so far!  I think he is enjoying the independence and making more of his own decisions.  I'm enjoying his independence too - he easily gets himself ready in the morning and makes his own lunch.  YAY!

He has made a friend in his web design class that is also interested in trains.  The boy's dad works with diesel engines.  They are working on a website together about... you guessed it.... trains! :)  Can't wait to see the finished product.

He doesn't share too much other information unless I probe and ask the right questions.  However, I can tell he's enjoying school because of his attitude.  He is happy to go in the morning and happy when he comes home.  It's nice to see that smile on his face and a bit of a bounce in his step. He has said that all his classes are going at a good pace for him and the time flies by. :)

We received a note this week about getting a Gifted Education Plan together for him.  Jeff and I will have a meeting at the school next week.

Today he will attend his first pep-rally. I'm curious to hear his thoughts on it and if all the noise bothers him. LOL.  Should be an interesting experience for him.

Oh, I also have to mention our goodbyes in the morning.  We have a carpool set up with the neighbors so he rides with them in the morning.  Every day I walk him to the front door. I get a huge hug and the cutest smile! Melts my heart each morning.

Today I drove him to school for the first time since our neighbors are out of town.  I watched him walk into that big school building with his backpack on for the first time.  He did it with ease.  Can't say the same for me... small lump in my throat.

I am so proud of him.  He's growing up and becoming more confidant.  He's got such a sweet heart, too. If only I could get him to show that sweet heart to his brothers! LOL! (He can be quite the aggravator, too!!!!)

So far, sixth grade is going very well. Hope it continues!


Hugs,
Becky

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Weight Loss

I've lost almost 20 pounds in the last 3 months. I'd like to lose another 35 by Christmas of this year.

I've been miserable looking at myself. My clothes didn't fit, but I refused to buy more. So much in fact that even now, 20 lbs lighter, I still haven't had to buy new clothes. They just finally fit like they are supposed to.

infographic_good_fat_vs_bad_fat_HQI have been eating low-carb, moderate protein, high fat (good fats). No exercise and I've been loosing about 1.5 pounds/week on average.  I do plan on including exercise, but you know what, I need to lose some weight first. I know that sounds crazy, but I just don't have it in me to start exercising yet. I assume it's a mental commitment just like choices of what to put in my mouth.  I know I'll get to the point of wanting exercise, but I'm not there yet.

Part of what keeps me making better choices is the physical health problems I have when I make bad food choices. I get migraines from too much sugar when I've been off it for awhile.  I also get TERRIBLE low-carb "flu" when I go through the induction process. It takes me about 4 days IN THE BED for my body to detox from carbs/sugar.

I've never stuck with a "diet" for 3 months before. I think the difference is that I now see this as a life change. I plan to have occasional treats, but I also plan to make better choices overall. I finally see that it's all about choices. I'm not depriving myself if I really don't want it.

I have been very conscious about asking myself, "Do you really WANT that or are you going to eat it just because it's there?"  Since I've started asking myself this (and am past my carb-detox), I have found that I really don't want it. So I don't eat it. I've taken the boys out for ice cream without getting any for myself and did not felt deprived because I just didn't want it. I have ALSO gone out for ice cream with the boys and have purchased a little for myself when I do want some. I've got to live, but I've got to be deliberate in my choices.

I totally see where losing weight is not a matter of willpower, but a matter of changing your mindset. I by no means have this conquered, but I think it's important for me to write this down to be able to come back to it when I stumble.

(This is my first journal entry "required" by NO CAKE TILL CHRISTMAS. :)
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Want to join me on my journey?

I keep track of my loss and food on MyFitnessPal as missbecky75 if you'd like to friend me there :)

I'm read several LCHF groups on facebook, but I think 90 Day LC Challenge is my favorite for newbies.

I also have some LC boards on Pinterest if you're interested.


Hugs,
Becky

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils: Personal Testimony



My middle son had a severe case of strep throat a few weeks ago. Took him to the doctor and he received antibiotics. Then other ailments started popping up.

Basically, his body is fighting the antibiotics that were put in his system weeks ago. He has been breaking out in hives, has severe stomach pain, inflammation and pain in the joints, and lethargy. He has been so pitiful. It could take up to a month for him to be back to regular health. He will never be able to take that family of antibiotics again as it could result in Anaphylactic shock.

He has been waking up every morning holding his stomach, walking slowly, and just miserable. Last night I did a modified raindrop therapy on him using:

oregano : contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system

thyme : one of the strongest antioxidants known

basil : useful for fatigued or aching muscles

fennel : stimulating to the circulatory, glandular, respiratory, and digestive systems

copaiba : aid digestion and support the body's natural response to injury or irritation

This morning? NOT ONE COMPLAINT!  Regular energy and happily went to school. Even though we've been using #YoungLiving EOs for a few years now, I am TOTALLY AMAZED!


UPDATE: The following day, he had mild symptoms so I applied the oils again.  Symptoms continued to decrease. :) Happy to have my little boy back!

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*Nothing in this post is meant to diagnose or treat. It is purely for informational purposes. I am not trained as a medical professional in any way. This is just what has worked in our family.