Balancing Act

Work, home, kids, sleep, exercise, food plans… everything takes planning and needs a balance in your life. However, finding that balance can be rough in the beginning when starting new routines for a healthier you.

Even after years, seasoned veterans can tell you that everyday will be bring a new set of challenges that will throw you off balance but there is a hope!!

If you form habits, it’s easier to find that balance again. It’s also helpful if you can have a “back up” plan for just about everything. If you can’t exercise in the morning see if you can carve out sometime at lunch. If you didn’t prep your lunch the night before make sure you know the places you can go to that have the healthiest options for you.

Making time for a healthier you can take some “work” but you’re worth it.

Have a great Monday!!!

Push a Little More

These last few years for me have been well… rough. Sometime in 2018, I came down with pneumonia and it brought out my long buried Asthma. Then I found out I had sleep apnea.

To say that my exercising went to crap was an understatement. I spent the next 6 months trying to gain control of just my breathing. Exercising on a daily basis was not really an option although I did try. Not always with the best results so I backed off and got lazy. Not a great idea either.

Discouragement became my best friend last year and I spent a lot of time exercising but without a lot of focus or planning and of course had almost no results and a lot of frustration.

This year I made a decision to take it step by step. I wasn’t going “full throttle” like I used to as a kid but I was going to push myself a little bit everyday just a little harder. To make my lungs work, to make myself stronger and hopefully see the results down the road.

So far it’s paying off. In 4 weeks, I’m down 6 pounds and 2 inches and my breathing during the day and night is much better. Yay!!!

So I’ll keep up what I’m doing, keep pushing and maybe by summertime have some of those results I was looking for last year.

Have a great day!!!

Disclaimer: I am an Asthma RN and would not recommend anyone with severe asthma, like myself, start any exercise program without consulting a doctor first.

Cranberry Crazy

Snacks are the hardest thing for me to find. I love fruits and veggies but sometimes I want something else thrown in the mix too. I don’t usually want something unhealthy just something that can have little more zing to it.

I found this low carb recipe for Almond Cranberry trail mix and that’s pretty much the perfect blend of good with just a hint of bad. The prep time is nothing and after an hour of cooking you have a snack that lasts for days. Of course, if you omit the sugar coating there is no need for the baking and you really have a better all around mix!!! Enjoy 😉

Spotlight On: Purify

Part of my new health and wellness plan has been to incorporate essential oils into mine and my family’s life.

I’ve mentioned before when I worked in Labor & Delivery we used essential oils very successfully and I know they work wonders on the body and mind. So each month I’m adding a few more to my collection. I picked purify because of it’s clean fresh scent and you can use it safely in your home and on your laundry. I love it!!!

It takes away odors (Cats, funky weird ones too!) and leaves behind a light citrus scent that is not too over powering. I put it in our wash to help boost the cleaning power and help with any odd smells and our girls clothes came out amazing!!!

I’m also excited to try it this summer during our camping trips. It’s great to soothe an insect bite or sting which always happens with my girls.

I have found my new go to for so much, Yay!!!