March Health Challenge

Hello Everyone,

It’s another new month which means a new health challenge is starting today. Are you ready?

March is : Make and Take Lunch Month

Relax, you can do this one. It’s really quite simple. Not only will you be eating healthier than if you were grabbing lunch on the go but you will save SO MUCH MONEY by doing this for a month. Now who does not love having extra money?

Your goal should be to make and take your lunch Monday through Friday everyday this month. I would love to know who makes it, how much money you all save and if you will continue to do this after you see how easy and affordable doing this really can be.

Good Luck!


Unexplained Changes

I have been noticing many changes lately and I am really trying hard to decipher them. Nothing really urgent, important, or honestly even meaningful just some odd changes. Maybe it winter, maybe it’s aging, or maybe it’s just being female.

Let’s see, this weekend I actually had my husband home both Saturday and Sunday and we had plans to start packing. When we traveled in my younger years I would be so organized, packed way earlier than need be, and be completely stressed that we would forget something. Now, not so much! I have a list, that is still normal, but nothing on that list made it into our suitcases as of yet. Why? Well, because I just do not feel like packing. Pretty sad but true. Although, eventually I will just have to do it I suppose.

Another odd thing happened this weekend when we needed to run a quick errand to a hardware store. We passed right by my favorite sporting good store in Green Bay. Knowing that I still had a gift card from Christmas, my husband said,” why don’t we stop and maybe you could find something special on sale.” (There were clearance banners hanging outside the store) Now, normally I would be all for a clearance sale, especially at a sporting goods store. However, I simply said no. He looked at me and said, “are you sure, they are having a clearance sale?” I again said, “no.” I just did not feel like shopping. Where in the world did that come from? I am a clearance only shopper. This is my favorite store. What the heck????

Let’s talk about that quick errand we were running at the hardware store. Our son approached us with a little remodeling project he wanted to do in his “Man Cave” and since it’s our house he knew he could not attempt this without getting the go ahead from us first. Now normally remodeling sends me over the edge. I don’t like change when it comes to my house. I am very organized, I know where everything is, and if you leave it lay around and I find it, don’t ever plan to see it again. That is what 20+ years of being a wife and mother has taught me. I only ask once for you to pick it up after that it is mine to do what I wish with it:) Anyhow, when he asked, I calmly asked for a plan of what he was thinking. I did not like his entire plan but was willing to work with it a bit. So with dad’s help this is what we did Saturday. About half way through the process, I was happy to leave it up to the guys and went upstairs to tend to some other projects I needed to get done. Again, normally this would NEVER happen. I would see it through to the end and make sure everything was put back where it belongs. This time however, I really did not care. My things that needed to be moved were put back where I could easily access them and they seemed to have it together so I left. I think they were even shocked.

One last thing that caught me off guard recently and I was not sure what to even say so I simply bit my tongue and did not say a word. Which for me is not normal!!!! I speak my mind and I don’t ever sugar coat anything. An acquaintance of ours recently went to the doctor and stated to me that their doctor mentioned that he/she was disappointed in this persons weight. In turn our acquaintance then says to me that they really felt bad because their doctor really seemed disappointed in them so they have decided to lose 40 lbs.. What??????? WHY……. WHY on earth would you loose 40 lbs. for your doctor to be happy with you??? OMG, I wanted to scream at them……but I didn’t:) I bit my tongue HARD! Take it from someone that has lost a lot of weight in the past. You cannot loose weight for someone else to be happy, it will not work! You need to lose weight for your own happiness. Again, why did I not speak up? I would have in the past.

So you see, something is happening to me. Although, somethings that are changing are not so bad, others are just odd. As strange as it is, I think I am ok with these changes.

Have you notice any strange changes in yourself that are similar to what I have experienced? Or am I just odd?



What’s The Best Time to Work Out

What is your best time to get the most from your workout? Mornings or evenings?

I believe there are pluses and minuses to both. Frankly, as long as you fit it in, you have accomplished the goal.

I suppose this could go either way for many people depending on your family and your job. For myself, I would workout every morning if time was not a consideration. Right now, I split it into three different times during the day from Monday through Friday. Weights and crunches first thing in the morning, aerobic and more weights in the afternoon, and either yoga, 3 mile walk or 45 minutes at the gym after dinner. Crazy, right?

I normally take one rest day during the week. Although, sometimes I think I should exercise every single day, it just makes me happy. Rest day is usually my bitchy day. Odd but true.

On weekends I almost always get up before my husband is even thinking about awakening and go to the gym and get a great 1 1/2 hour work out which does me good for the entire day. I wish I could fit this into my weekday mornings, but it’s just not possible.


Some of the pluses I have found about morning workouts is:

*Workouts first thing in the morning will give you energy throughout the entire day.

*No excuse for not being consistent if it’s the first thing you do every day then nothing can surprisingly come up.

*You have a feeling of accomplishment and the day just started. Even if the rest of the day is crappy, you got in a good workout to be proud of.

*I love mornings because crowds are usually not a problem

*I find if I work out in the evenings, it’s much harder for me to fall asleep at night.

*Much of our family time is in the evenings, so if I can get in my workout during the day I don’t feel like I am missing out on family time.

Like I said, in a perfect world, I would workout every single day in the mornings. Maybe someday I will get to do this. Right now, when that alarm goes off at 4am, there is nothing that I would love more than to get up, go to the gym and return home from a great workout. So I wait patiently for weekends and get in my full morning workouts, and deal with the three way split during the week. Either way, a workout is a workout and as long as we all fit it in somewhere it’s an accomplishment.

When do you prefer to workout? Why?