Your Why

With any goal that you have set for ourselves, you need to know what steps to take to achieve it. It is just as important to know why you want to achieve it.

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Photo and great information on figuring out your why here.

In focusing specifically on health goals:

Let’s talk about figuring out your “why”. Do you want to lose weight, prevent disease, heal from sickness, or reverse disease? Be clear, and be specific. For me, I want to lose weight and reverse polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). How does that look for me? Eating a low glycemic diet, exercising regularly, taking daily supplements, learning to cope with hormonal changes.  I might write on a piece of paper, “BE FREE OF PCOS!” and hang it on the mirror.

How about you? What is your “why” to achieve a healthier life?

After you figure out your why, write it on a piece of paper (or multiple) and hang it on your bathroom mirror, by your bed, in your car, on your fridge and/or on your cabinets.

If you are struggling to remember to exercise, put it on your mirror, or put it in your alarm clock notes (if you use a smart device for that).

For struggling with cravings, put the note on the cupboard and/or on your fridge with a reminder to drink water first.

Lastly, make sure you purposefully look at, read, and internalize your “why” daily. The more we see what we want to achieve or become, the more out brains accept the idea and then begin actually bring about the change necessary. Note, this process takes time to see results.

Don’t give up! You’ve got this!

Ultimately, achieving our goals

Never Give Up!

I thought that today would be a good day to get a dose of motivation. Basically, whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish. This video is one of my favorites. I know what it feels likes to be told you won’t ever run. I like to go against the grain…I want to prove everyone wrong. That is why I love this video.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Try.

Low Glycemic Tips

Cutting out sugar when you are used to it regularly can be a huge challenge. Sugar is certainly addictive. So learning to replace that sugar with nutrient dense foods is key to success. When you get a will roused nutrient rich diet, you do not crave sweets nearly as often. So, to help you with the change, I found some tips.

   Seven Simple Steps for Successful Low Glycemic Eating

 1. Eat plenty of fiber-rich vegetables like dark leafy greens, spaghetti squash
2.Beware of over doing  fruit (apples, pears, peaches, and berries have a lower GI than tropical fruits, like papaya and mangoes).
3. Eat every couple of hours to keep blood sugar stable.
4. Eat protein with every meal and snack
5. Drink lots of water (sometimes we think we are hungry when actually we are thirsty)
6. Always have a delicious salad made up and ready to eat.
7. Snack on vegetables like  jicama, bell peppers, spaghetti squash and edamame.
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Everything is a leaning process. We learn as we go, and as we experience things. If you are struggling, focus specifically on changing a few things at a time. Please contact me if you need more help and counsel!

Smoothies

Why are smoothies such a great way to start your day?

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It isn't new knowledge that breakfast is the mossy important meal of the day. Our body has been fasting for the night, and in order to really get a good boost of energy to get through the day, we need to put good energy giving food!

Here's another question. How many of you grab a buritto, fast food, or even skip breakfast altogether on your way to work? Or, as I have heard, "I can't eat breakfast. I just need some caffeine."

Smoothies are quick to make and they are delicious if you know how to combine ingredients, and if you use fresh produce in them, you are putting living vibrant energy into your body! Let's face the facts. When I start with a delicious whole food, no sugar smoothie, I feel great…compared to eating highly processed and sugar filled cereals.

You Can make it easy, by preparing all of your fruits and veggies beforehand and freezing them. I have been surprised to find how easily fresh spinach and kale freeze!

Here's a New recipe for you to give a try!

8-10 oz coconut water or filtered water
1 banana (if your blender Can take it, leave on some of the peel)
1 Orange with some peel
1 lime with peel
A handful of spinach
1 tomato

Combine and enjoy! I personally personally the flavor of lime. I first had this recipe as a sample from Costco! If your blender Can handle the peel, try putting it in for an added bit of vitamins! Wash them good first!

Progress starts by changing one thing today, or right now.

Quoted from The Conscious Creator by Kris Krohn, “You also need to understand how to be patient, to do the right things for a long enough period of time for your vision to unfold.”

For your health, have a smoothie for breakfast!

For more benefits of having smoothies, click here <—

Peter

I’m going to be honest with you.  For the longest time, I underestimated Simon Peter, one of Christ’s first apostles.  When Christ was on the earth and beckoned Peter to follow him and “become fishers of men,” we are shown a great many of Peter’s flaws.  The man was wrung out to dry, showing all of his thinking errors and he repeated just didn’t understand all the Christ was trying to tell him, and all that Christ was trying to get him to do.

Christ knew that he was not going to be on the earth forever…in fact, he knew that his time ministering on the earth was limited, so he needed others to continue the work of teaching all man that the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world had indeed come.

I teach Gospel Doctrine in my ward, and this year we are currently studying the New Testament.  I used to swap Sundays and taught every other Sunday, but the other teacher was released from his calling, so it has just been me.  I can’t think of a better thing to have happen to me in terms of serving in the Church.  I have been able to read through the New Testament and get a much better perspective of those that Jesus Christ taught.

Back then, the Jews believed that the Savior/Redeemer/Messiah would be a literal king who would free them from the bondage that Rome put on them.  We know better, having the opportunity to read the scriptures and understand that Jesus was indeed this redeemer who saved all mankind from ourselves.  Peter was like all of the other Jews and didn’t quite understand when Christ would say things, “My kingdom is not of this world”….and “To this end was I born.”

I try to think about how the apostles felt when Christ was crucified, especially with the misunderstanding that Christ was supposed to free them from Rome.  They were depressed and couldn’t believe that it was over.  Little did they know that Christ would perform the final act of the Atonement by being resurrected and breaking the bands of death–saving them from more than just Rome.

In the Four Gospels, the time frame doesn’t all line up, because they are four different accounts written by four different men, each focusing on a different aspect of what happened.  Having these accounts gives us a better picture of what happened.  I am so grateful that we have these accounts of Christ’s ministry, so that we have a more complete picture of His perfect life.

I want to focus first on John 21.  The Peter and a few of his fishing companions don’t seem to know what to do now that everything is over… or so they think.  So they head back to the sea to do what they know best…being fishermen.  Not being able to catch anything, they see a man on the shore who tells them to cast on the other side of the boat, which they do.  They catch so many fish that they can’t reel it in.  That is when Peter realized that it was Jesus and he jumped overboard to meet him.

Well, Christ prepared dinner for them, and after they had finished eating, Jesus turned to Peter… (v. 15) “Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?  He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.  He saith unto him.  Feed my lambs. (v16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him.  Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.  He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (v. 17)  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?  Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me?  And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.  Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”


Photo via The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I look at the picture above and I see the kind and gentle way that Christ is explaining to Peter that there is so much more to this… that Christ needs him to continue to preach and serve the people.  I believe that this is instance is one great stride that Peter makes in his faith and in his understanding of his calling as President of Christ’s Church… the leader of the Apostles, who are all charged to feed His sheep.

After that Jesus ministered among them, teaching them and training them for 40 days.  However, the most important thing that He did during this time was that he gave each one of his Apostles the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands.  In my opinion, this is what changed things for Peter.  It’s like he finally got it, and he was on fire!  Through the gift of the Holy Ghost, his testimony converted thousands at a time!

After Peter heals a lame man, many people begin to marvel at him, and they start to believe that he is sent from God.  He rebukes them and bears his testimony in Acts 3: 12-26:

12 ¶And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 ¶Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

This stirred up the Sadducees, but it didn’t prevent 5,000 people from hearing the words and feeling the Holy Spirit, because they all believed!

Furthermore, even though they were being held because of his testifying of Christ, the Sadducees and the elders Annas, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander…along with other high priests wanted to see Peter put to trial for basically blasphemy.  However, Peter has a powerful response… which again bears his witness of Jesus Christ!

Acts 4: 8-12:
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

I am chagrined to say that I thought so little of Peter.  I clearly did not take the time, in the past, to see how he changed and grew.  One could say the same for me as well, since I have had to learn my lessons over and over again too.  I now see the power that he was able to teach with, when he followed the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and when he sought to follow Christ’s commission to feed his sheep.

Peter truly fed Christ’s sheep.  He is still converting by the thousands as we delve into these accounts.  We can do as the apostle Paul counseled, the Thessalonians, to perfect our faith.  To pray unceasingly, and to abound in love, and to feed Christ’s sheep, we can gradually become like Peter.

Kittens

I love kitties and always have.  We haven’t owned a cat since we lived in Idaho over 5 years ago, and we always talked about when we moved out of our tiny trailer that we would get a kitten.  Well, once we knew that we were moving out into the country, we planned to get a kitten after the move.

We were going to adopt a full grown cat from some people we knew, but it fell through.  We had everything ready to go, the litter box, cat food, toys, treats, and even catnip!  The kids especially were so excited, and when the day to go pick up the cat arrived, we found out that it was a no go.  So, we decided to look elsewhere to get a cat.  The local animal shelter.

It was a hard decision, and the worker her me say to the kids that I was torn between two kittens, she said, “Well, if you adopt two, we’ll do it for the price of one.”

Clever lady!  I just knew these two kitties were going to be perfect for what we wanted and needed, although the worker wasn’t so sure.  She thought they might fight, and that the white one might not like our dog (while she was there, she hissed at every other animal).  The darker kitten was labeled as the playful one that would like dogs.

Titus meeting the kitties for the first time. He was so excited he was shaking!
Titus meeting the kitties for the first time. He was so excited he was shaking!
Just arriving home.
Just arriving home.

Ultimately, we wanted cats that would help to keep the mice at bay.  So when I saw the white kitten hunting flies, I knew she would be a good choice, and when I saw how playful and friendly the darker kitten was, I thought that she might just have potential too.

We certainly lucked out, because both kittens are both very sweet AND tolerant of The Boy!  They let him pack them around for a very long time.  After a while, once they get their chance, they will make a run for it and go hide to nap, or go outside to play.  They rarely scratch and bite even less.  Although, they know when to pull out their claws!

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The Boy likes to push the cats around in their kennel. Pepper does the best at avoiding him, so it’s usually Oreo who gets packed around.

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Pepper is the darker cat…the color of pepper… see what we did there?  She was the one thought to like dogs.  Hahaha, that couldn’t be further from the truth!  She will let Titus know how she feels about him at any given moment that he gets a little too close!  She has hurt him a few times…and that poor boy just yelps and runs off.  He just wants to play!  I do have to say that she is getting more comfortable with him.  However, there are still the days where if he gets too close, she’ll let him have it… or sometimes she goes after him for something to do!  But Titus still loves her!

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The new kitties meeting Titus for the first time.  He was so excited he was shaking

Oreo went through a myriad of names before we landed on “Oreo.”  Quill (her tail looks like it was dipped into ink), Q, DQ (Dairy Queen)… we were just trying to get creative!  But black and white, Oreo stuck.  She is so sweet and gentle.  I call her “my cat,” because she likes to snuggle with me.  She is definitely a hunter.  She still chases flies, but since she was big enough to go outside, she hunts everything, I’m certain.  She brought us home a bird just a few days after being outside.  I feel confident that she will help keep those rodents at bay!  To top it off, she LOVES Titus!  She can be found snuggling him!  It is the sweetest thing!

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We were worried that getting the kittens so soon was a bit rushed, but I am so glad that we got them, because I feel like we got cats that will be everything that we want, snuggly, playful, and hunters!

Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to keep them from scratching on the furniture!  We definitely need to save up for a cat tree!

Hermit Crabs

I have yet to do a post about our kitties, maybe I’ll work on that at  later date.

Bug recently celebrated a birthday, and Little Lady worked very hard doing extra chores around the house to buy her a hermit crab!  This is a new adventure, and we quickly learned that they are not the run out and buy kind of animals.  They need a lot of prep-work!  But they are fun!

Time to get dinner  started, but here is a short video of our hermit crabs!

Simplifying.

I just spent the entire day 35 minutes away from home.

What’s the big deal you ask?  That’s not so bad.

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It is a big deal when you take into account how many times you tend to leave home with all kids for just a quick trip into town.

I LOVE where we now live.  The country, the sunsets, the clear views, the QUIET!  It is amazing!  But…and I knew this but would exist.  It is a drastic change to plan my life in a way that ensures that I do not have to leave the house very many times in a week.

Twice a week is my goal.  A goal that I am not doing so great at meeting.

Like I said, I knew it was going to be a challenge.  We’ve always lived just a few minutes from the grocery store, and the a
ctivities that we have always been involved in.

I am not so sure that in the two months that we have lived out in the country, I have actually stayed home for 5 days of the week.  So, I have had to sit down and have a really thoughtful moment about what is important to the kids and myself, and what should hold priority.  The hubs is usually gone almost every day, making his Saturdays his precious day for staying home (which has only happened once).  We’re working on that.

In order to get a really good perspectiveon where our time was being spent, I sat down and listed out all of the things that we were doing each week.  Then I crossed off what I felt was extra “not as important” activities.  For example, I chose to “X” off playing weekly volleyball, opting for a more loose schedule consisting of  an occasional get together where spouses can possibly join.  I also decided that instead of doing family history once a week, that we would adjust and do it once every other week.  That way, we could plan any grocery trips or errands for that day that we decide to leave the house, and I can spend the rest of the week in the home teaching the kids, learning, and working.

Sometimes we have to sacrifice the less important activities to stay sane.  I find that we are all happier when we are on a nice moderate schedule with minimal trips away from the home.

Now to just get in the habit.  It is a process, and I have to keep reminding myself that it will take a little bit of time.

Routine

So we just moved from a 2 bedroom trailer.  It was a tight fit.  We had our Little Miss at the end of March, and ever since then…okay the few months leading up to her arrival too…I felt like I was in a holding pattern.  We had all of our books packed up, and we were just waiting on the word to move.

Now that we are moved and mostly settled in, I feel so ready to establish routine for not just the kids, but for me too.  That’s proving to be a bit of a challenge.  With the summer coming to a close, I’m feeling the push to the home stretch to get settled and into that routine.  I’ve never been great about establishing organized time, but I am needing it.  The kids are needing it.  It is a good thing!

I found this app for my android phone that is a check list.  It is called “Tick Tick.”  It is THE BEST task list app I’ve used, and I’ve used quite a few.  It keeps me on track with my daily “to do” list.  Maybe I’ll give a full review of it another day.

The Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy is to focus on you, not them.  Going into detail on that is for another day.  But just know that it works amazingly.  So when it comes to setting up a routine, yes, I’m focusing on me.  When I focus on me, they naturally follow.

Here is how my mornings have been going.

I send my husband off to work and get to see this fantastic sunrise, right off of our front porch!  Okay, sometimes, I’m not necessarily out of bed, but I can definitely see the sunrise from my window!

Morning Sunrise
Morning Sunrise

Then I sit down to do my personal scripture study and my lesson prep for the class I teach a church.  Since I have been consistent with that, my days have been so much more peaceful and at ease.

2 Nephi
2 Nephi

Then this little beauty wakes up smiling!  While I nurse her, I finish up my studies.

Happy girl!
Happy girl!

The beauty of leading by focusing on your education is that the children follow suit…

Morning reading time.
Morning reading time.

While the boy decides he needs to “go to work.”  He pretends to work for UPS like his daddy and deliver packages!

Going to work!
Going to work!

Mornings are reserved for chores outside, inside, and getting ready for the day.  Other activities, including “kid school” start around 10 am.  Everyday is different in what we choose to do, while some days have a set activity.  For example, on Tuesdays, we go to our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to do family history!  I love it!  It is such a fascinating activity…not to mention the opportunity the kids have to learn about their direct ancestors, and the time period surrounding them.

The furthest back I could go this time was 30 AD!!
The furthest back I could go this time was 30 AD!!

History: *check*

Library day is twice a week, and we will be adding in piano lessons soon!

Little Lady (LL) who is 11 and about to graduate from Core Phase to Love of Learning Phase, is learning about rabbits currently, because she wants to be able to do 4-H and submit some bunnies in the county fair!

Bug is still in Core Phase and still working to find her passion.  If it is drawing, cooking, and/or playing with the animals, she is all in.

The Boy, is all about playing, chasing the kitties, and giving his baby sister hugs and kisses.  He loves her so!  He is thriving on his new bedtime routine!

Little Miss is growing like a weed.  She is such a little doll!  She sleeps amazingly at night, but gets awakened too much in the day.  I am working hard to find her comfort zone, and to help her learn how to sleep in her bed during the day time!  She likes her swing currently!

We break for dinner prep, which is around 4:30.  We eat at 6 or so, then we begin the bedtime prep.  This is the new bit!  I have been so bad about letting the kids stay up way too late, and The Boy has really struggled with that….making everyone’s evenings tough.

We do an alright job at reading scriptures at night.  It is hard when Hoss (the hubs) gets home late.  Which leaves it to me to get the kids rounded up to read together and have family prayers before bed.

The Boy’s bedtime is at 7:30 pm, so when that time comes up, we clean up, go potty and brush teeth, then he gets to pick out two books that Hoss or I read to him.  Prayers follow, and he goes to sleep.  It is rare that he is awake for more than 10 minutes after laying down.

The older girls are usually in bed by 8:30, and Little Miss has one last feeding before she hits the hay around 9 or 9:30 pm.

Then I have some time to myself to decompress and read a good book, or get caught up on some laundry and cleaning.

It is amazing how long I got away with not having much structure.  Or maybe it wasn’t a case where we didn’t have structure, but that it changed…or needed to change to fit the needs of all of our children.  I certainly have changed a lot over the last 10 years…especially over the last 5.

It feels good to make positive changes that everyone needs.  It makes me realize that we need a whole lot more tweaks and edits to our daily lives.  But I’m looking forward to facing those challenges.