Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One Last Hoorah…

 

Well, school starts next week and it’s kind of bittersweet.  I am excited for the new year and the many opportunities it will bring.  I am thankful that the Lord has given me a sense of peace as the princesses head off to school five days a week and grateful for the time I will have to focus on healing.  With that being said, the hubs and I decided it was the perfect time to spend some much needed time together in one of our favorite San Diego cities…Carlsbad.  We took full advantage of the time we had and enjoyed connecting, having “adult-like” conversations without being interrupted and snuck in a little shopping too!

We started the morning off with a stop to my “other” favorite tea/coffee places (one of the few that offer almond milk as a non-dairy option)…

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Sometimes I wish there was one closer, but then again I might find myself indulging on way too many iced chai lattes!

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Today was special, so the hubs treated me to, yes, an iced chai tea latte with almond milk….YUMMO!  And he indulged on one of their new seasonal flavors…iced macadamia coconut latte minus the whipped cream.  He’s typically not a coffee drinker, but he said he could down 2 or 3 more because it was so good!

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So long Peets

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And hello Carlsbad Outlet Mall….

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I really enjoy open air malls so this has become one of my favorite places to walk around and browse through the shops…and perhaps purchase a few finds along the way!  I secretly think that my hubs enjoys it just as much as I do! 

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It was inevitable that my hubs would be “starving” right about noon, so we headed over to Healthy Creations in Encinitas.  It’s been awhile since we visited this little piece of heaven (largely in part because of all my food aversions), so I was just a bit excited.  Healthy Creations specializes in healthy, organic and allergen friendly food.  I had no fears of cross contamination because their cafĂ© is a dedicated gluten free facility!!!

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There are so many delicious sandwiches (hot and cold) and salads that are all made to order.  I have my eye on the “Roasted Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Panini”  when I can introduce more solid foods to my diet…it is made on their homemade focaccia bread that is gluten, dairy, soy, egg and corn free.

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For today I tried the “goji berry bliss” smoothie which had strawberries, dates, hemp seeds, goji berries and coconut milk.  I would rate it a 7 on a scale of 10 simply because it lacked a little flavor.  It definitely filled me up and I loved the creamy texture from the coconut milk.

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The hubs tried the “Roasted Mediterranean Chicken Panini” which had organic free-range chicken, pesto, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts.  It was messy, but had a lot of flavor and was very filling.

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Our last stop of the day was to give our tired feet a break and get a much needed pedicure!  I convinced the hubs that he would enjoy the foot/leg massage and besides, I wanted the company!  More than anything he loved the massage chair…and we had a good time chatting and laughing!

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He’s smiling because he just told me he wants a massage chair for Christmas…I laughed and said I would get him a gift certificate instead so he could come back and get his back massage!

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A perfect ending to a sweet day!

Next month it’s the hubs turn to plan the date and I can’t wait! 

I hope and pray you are finding yourselves making plans and achieving your goals! 

Blessings,

J’lene

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Walk, Don’t Run…

I think as moms we’ve all said it maybe one, two, three times (or a thousand!) before…”walk, don’t run!”  But how many times do we practice what we preach?  As I continue down this road on my journey to healing, I am reminded how important it is for me to “slow down” and make time to take care of myself.  And it’s proven to be harder than it sounds…at least for me!

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For me, I think it all started with the the realization that I wasn’t going to be able to run anymore (at least for this season of my life!) because of shear exhaustion.  Then I made the decision to take a break from CrossFit because it was just taking too much of a toll on my body.  Two things I truly enjoyed, but I knew my body was telling me to “slow down.” I knew that I didn’t want to give up exercise entirely, but it was definitely time to make some modifications!  So, I started walking the same route I used to run and over time I didn’t miss the “rush” that a good run would give me, but instead began to enjoy my time alone and with the Lord…something running didn’t always allow me to do! Overall, I would say “slowing down” and changing up my pace was a blessing! 

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Then I faced the challenge to change up the pace for the rest of my day, which seemed to be a lot more daunting. I’m used to “running” all day long, sometimes forgetting to take a breath as I cook, clean, bandage, teach, disciple and nurture my little princesses.  It’s tiring, to say the least…not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.  I constantly think to myself, “how can I take care of my family, my body and ensure that my relationship with God remains first and foremost?”

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I had to start with setting some goals, starting each day with the right perspective, and evaluating my priorities for the day. Do you have goals set for the day (week or month), is your perspective set on things above (that which are pleasing and honoring to the Lord), and is there anything you can eliminate in your day to keep your priorities in check?

I encourage you to make some goals for yourself…and have a plan to reach them! This will take some TIME, ENERGY, COMMITMENT and there will be TEMPTATIONS.

Here are a few of my goals:

  • Be in the Word daily…I have my Bible and devotional set out on the nightstand so there is no excuse not to do it! This is what truly sets my perspective for the day and what a difference my day is if I don’t.  Here are a few of my favorite books that help to keep me spiritually fit,

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  •  Walk 3-4 days a week and bodyweight circuits 2 days a week, leaving myself 1-2 days of rest.  These are a few great workouts that help to keep me physically fit (in the comfort of my living room!).

at-home_chipperGet ready to feel the burn with this workout!

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This one will get your heart pumping!

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Need to get out of the house?…take the kiddos to the park and get a quick workout in while they play!

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No excuses!  Get your heart rate kick-started today in the comfort of your home and without any equipment!  Or get some fresh air and head out on a walk…you just might be awed by God’s magnificence!

 

  • Menu plan with the family each week…this ensures a fridge stocked with healthy food and less of a temptation for eating out (eating out has become a “treat” for our family!).

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  • Make time for myself (still working on a “plan” to reach this goal!).

 

  • Make time to spend with my hubs…once a month dates and date nights at home once a week.

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I challenge you to set some reasonable goals for a week and then evaluate any changes that need to be made!  Just remember…

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Come along with me, be encouraged, get refreshed and refueled! And make No Excuses!

Blessings,

J’lene