Sunday, August 22, 2010

Good Intentions

I'M BACK!! I didn't realize that it had been almost 3 months since my last blog...oops!! But as the title says, the world is full of GOOD INTENTIONS! I had intended to do a massive amount of regular blogging but apparently that didn't happen. LOL...anyways, onward and upward!

Lots of stuff has been going on. Mike is now working up north and though that has been a struggle full of major adjustments we seem to have finally found a groove and all will be just fine! You do what you have to do to provide for your family and the motto that we seem to be living lately is "short term pain for long term gain". Although Mike is away for 10 days and back for 4 days, the kids won't remember the year that he worked away from them. Someone very wise told me the other day that they won't remember him being away but they will always remember him coming home every 10 days, and THAT is an unbelievable thing to see. The smiles and excitement coming out of those 3 little people when he walks through the door is very special!! So because of this major development in our lives we have yet again been faced with the "make the most of the time we have together" phrase! It's so hard to get everything done and have him spend time with us and everyone else he wants to see in the 4 days we have with him, but we always seem to have great weekends together!

If you all recall the previous blog post about the ongoing weight loss battle and my constant theme of failing miserably at it, I made myself a new goal while Mike is away...I am trying to run on the treadmill as many days as possible while he is away! Initially it was going to be every single day for the full 10 days but life happens as we all know and sometimes I miss a day! But, I am happy to announce that I have actually stuck with it and even MISS my runs if I don't get it in for the day!

You know when people always tell you that the more active you are, the more energy you have....I always thought this was a JOKE!! It didn't make sense to me...logically, if you use up for energy then naturally you would be tired....but nay nay...I have found that I FINALLY have the energy to get everything done in my day that needs to be done...and then some! I have found the energy to do things that will make ME happy which will then in turn make EVERYONE happy!! My treadmill runs have made me feel better about myself and I don't even get frustrated if I don't see massive results IMMEDIATELY (which was the major reason I would fail at any other attempt at exercise). I just enjoy unwinding while I'm running and that's really important for ME!!

Another change...if you know anything about me...I HATE CLEANING! I do it like crazy when I am expecting people to come over, but at the end of the day, I LOATHE IT. I know, I know, none of us like doing it, but you know what I mean...BUT for the past couple of weeks I have been getting stuff done around here that I have been trying to gather up the energy or the drive to do for YEARS!! It's almost like I'm nesting, but without the expecting a baby part. LOL. I have written a list of ALL things cleaning I need to get done and plan on doing one item a day or at a time and not get overwhelmed by thinking I have to finish the entire list in one day.

I think a natural thing for any parent to do is focus all of our attention on how to make sure our kids are happy and we all tend to forget that we need to focus on ourselves too sometimes, which will then contribute to everyone's happiness by improving your mental health making you a better parent and way less high strung!!

Seems easy on the outside, but it's such a hard lesson to learn! But once you figure it out, it feels SO good to accomplish even the little things!