Monday, October 31, 2022

Pumpkins and Screen Time

Hello, and happy Monday! It was so nice to hear from the few of you who reached out either by comment or direct message to tell me you’re still here reading. I don’t take your time for granted and appreciate you being here! I feel incredibly blessed by the encouragements you sent my way, as well. I hope in some way my writing may encourage you, too.

This weekend, we carved pumpkins with our family! A cherished tradition that our girls love. 

Piper gutted and carved her own pumpkin this year! She made a cute face with some big teeth. Laney picked out a spider stencil, which was carved out by my husband. I don’t really appreciate the pumpkin carving (read: pumpkin guts) myself, but I love the family time!

I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling pulled in many different directions lately. There always seems to be something fighting for my attention (and I’m not even talking about my 2 young girls). I’ve been trying to be more self-aware and I am realizing that social media has been a struggle for me lately. I am embarrassed to say how much time I’ve wasted on my phone these past few months. I started looking at my screen time activity on my iPhone and I won’t even tell you how many hours I average on a day. It’s not all spent on social media, of course, but the number was convicting enough for me to seek change.

I’m going to try to put my phone away in the cupboard during certain times throughout my day to see if that helps. I’ve found myself picking up my phone to do one thing (like looking up a recipe) only to find myself not on to something else, and 10 or 20 minutes have passed by. 

Another tactic, which I used last Fall, is to fill my hands with something other than my phone. In my case it’s knitting. ‘Tis the season, after all!

Focusing on lowering my screen time is just one thing I’m going to be working on this week to help spark some healthy change in my life and help create more balance in my days. 

I also want to focus in on my water intake again and begin tracking my nutrition. I know I’m not going to make all of the healthy changes needed overnight but, these are the steps I’m starting with this week. :)

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Fall Thoughts

Hello! I’m not sure how many of you are still out there reading this now. I’ve been silent for long periods of time all throughout this past year. In those times of silence on the blog, I’ve thought about writing a post or two, but then I’d just continue on to my next task. There have been a lot of those lately - tasks. 

There have also been a lot of good moments of rest - many of which have been happening with a toddler reclined back onto my chest as we sit together cuddled up in a blanket. 

Oh, these are some of the sweetest days. I have been savoring these moments, drinking them in. We’ve been having a lot of “family couch” time this Fall - where we’re all cuddled up on the couch after our long days. Fall is a season that is so good for moments like these.

Fall has been good to us, so far. We’ve gone on a pumpkin walk, been to pumpkin patches, trailed around Zoo Boo, and enjoyed playing in the leaves.

I’ve baked probably a dozen batches of muffins - all with a new whole wheat muffin recipe I found on Pinterest and have been loving! I use this recipe as a lighter version of banana and zucchini muffins. Baking with whole wheat is a win for sure. We’ve been trying to include more whole wheat and healthy grains into our diets. We’ve switched to rye bread, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. They weren’t hard switches for us - we’ve been enjoying these things for a while!

Up until recently, I haven’t felt very motivated to focus on weight loss. I’ve been feeling that way for a better part of this year, actually. It’s been nice to just maintain my weight without much thought about it - because there are so many other places my thoughts, time and energy have been this year. However, I do still have the desire to lose weight - and more importantly, gain better health. 

Maintaining my weight has happened naturally this year, but losing weight and working toward better health takes intentionality and a certain kind of prioritizing. Nothing has really changed for me as far as my responsibilities go. If anything, I have more responsibilities now than ever. So what needs to change is how much I prioritize my health in this season. It needs to get bumped up to the top or else all the other things will crumble.

I’m not sure if by reprioritizing my health that automatically means you’ll be hearing from me more in this space. I may try to blog more frequently but, I’m okay if that isn’t what happens during this shift in my priorities. For a long time, my blog helped me maintain a certain kind of accountability that I needed. Now, it’s more of a space where I want to keep a record of where we’ve been along the way.

I’ve thought about privatizing my blog, so that only my family could look back and onward. I may still do that as I’m not sure how many people are still around. Leave a comment or send me a message to let me know you’re here. I appreciate you being here!