One of Those Days

I’m having one of those days, well one of those weeks, where I just feel overwhelmed.  I have so much to do at home and at work, and I feel like I’m not getting anything done and I keep making silly mistakes.  For example, I accidentally deleted this whole post before saving it and had to type it all over again.  Thankfully, working out really helps me clear my head.

In fact, when I was three months pregnant, my husband went on a mission trip.  When he got back, he sat down with me and told me that he really felt like he needed to go back to school for a theology degree.  What he would do with it, he didn’t and still doesn’t know, he just know that this is what he needed to do.  I had been thinking about how I wanted to cut my hours down at work and go part-time after I had the baby, so it was clear that was not going to work.  That was ok though, I really enjoy my job.  Funny thing is, before he had ever mentioned going back to school and while he was out of town, I was driving past the local Bible College on my way to a doctor’s appointment.  I looked over at the school, and I just knew that he would be going there soon.  Even though I felt like this was going to happen before he even talked to me, I was overwhelmed when I heard it come out of his mouth.  His salary was the largest part of our income, how could we make this work?  Nothing about it made sense and the timing was horrible, which helped me know that he really needed to do it.  Sounds weird, right?  I decided to wipe the tears from my face (yes, you are more emotional while you are pregnant), and go for a walk and talk to God.  By the time I got back, I had the financial part figured out.  No, it wouldn’t be easy, but that was ok.  He has been back in school for more than a year now, and we are making it.

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31 weeks pregnant

Even when I feel like I don’t have any time left in the day and I feel like nothing is working out, I have to make time to exercise. Prayer is also very important to me. Without those things, I am sure that I would lose it, and nobody would ever want to be around me!

What helps you when you feel overwhelmed?

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Noodle Chicken Soup

I started my evening off with a 2 mile run.  It was nice to get back out without a jogging stroller and just do what felt good.  I know, 2 miles isn’t much, but I’m just back from my third stress fracture.  I’m concentrating on taking it easy and trying to increase my mileage slowly.  I followed that with a short Pilate’s core and butt workout.
 
After that, I made some homemade chicken noodle soup using a recipe from Food Network.  I’ve been craving it for a couple of weeks, and decided it was time to make it.  I even made my own overnight chicken stock in the crock pot!  So easy.
 
The soup was so good.  I put the meat from an entire chicken in there, which I thought was a good amount, but the hubs did not agree.  He started calling it noodle chicken soup.  Whatever!  I mean the guy eats soup with a fork, what does he know!?  I guess it wasn’t too bad considering he ate 2 bowls of it.  Boys…what can you do?
 
 
After dinner, we drove Minnie Mouse cars around the house looking all Hollywood with our Dora sunglasses.  It was a good night. 🙂
 
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What’s your favorite soup?
 
Have you ever had a stress fracture?  Were you scared to start running again when you healed?

Obsessed!

I think I’m obsessed with lemon flavored Greek yogurt.  Add some berries (I love blackberries and strawberries) and some Kashi GoLean Crunch, and I’m in heaven!  This is one of my favorite breakfasts to eat each morning at work.  Seriously, I’ve had it every day for the past 2 weeks, and I don’t plan on stopping now!
 
Little G did not want to sleep last night, which meant that she didn’t want to wake up early this morning (I didn’t either!).  I’m not sure what’s going on with her lately.  I thinks she’s working on some molars, but I miss the days of her sleeping through the night.  Restful nights made for a much more productive mommy.  It’s going to be a long, tired day at work, but I will make it.  Oh well, I still love that little mess!
 
I’ve got big plans for a date with the DVD player and a Pilate’s video tonight.  The doctor said that I really need some extra core/strength training to help with my running.  Honestly, I’ve been slacking on that lately because I was a nursing mom, and Little G’s feeding schedule and my classes at the gym just weren’t working out.  That means it’s time to pull out the DVDs and get some strength training in at home.  Yeah, I know, I should have done that a long time ago – live and learn.  Little G loves to get on the floor and kick her legs in the air when I doing my workout videos.  I’ll try to get a picture if she does it tonight.  She’s just too funny.    
 
And just for fun, here is a cake that I made for my friend’s daughter’s birthday party this weekend.  The party had a beachy/mermaid theme.  I’m sure that you can tell that I am not a professional, I just like making cakes!
 
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What is your favorite flavor of Greek yogurt?
 
Do you eat the same breakfast every morning?
 
Any favorite workout DVDs out there?
 

Here we go!

Ahhh, my first blog post…this is exciting!  After being obsessed with healthy living blogs for a couple of years, I decided to start my own (I know, I know, I’m about 10 years behind)!  No, I’m not going to photograph everything I eat (though I do love reading those blogs where they do), but I am going to talk about balancing life as a new mom with a full-time job and a husband who is back in school, who wants to exercise and feed herself and her family healthy foods.  I am not an English teacher or a professional writer, so there will be grammatical errors in my posts…I think it just gives them character.  So, let’s get this thang started (yes, I meant to type thang)!DSC00663