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Using An App To Help Me Stay On Path

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Hello there you blank beautiful screen. It's been awhile. I took a little time last week to just step back, disconnect, and honestly breathe. I felt myself needing a breather and a moment to adjust to going back to work (part-time), Lil Man going to school full time, soccer and running for him, and just daily life. You know what I mean.

My typical morning is starting to consist of some type of early morning workout, rushing home to get lunches made, making sure I'm back in time so hubby can get to work, grabbing a quick shower, getting Lil Man to the bus stop, finally getting breakfast for me, packing my work bag, getting laundry started, cleaning up the kitchen, taking the dogs in and out and in and out...  and if possible I try to get caught up on email/social media before I head into work.

But I'm back and feeling a little more like I have things under control. I think I'm finding

How I Am Adjusting To My New Normal

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Just thought I'd give a quick update as to how things are going after my diagnosis with arthritis.

First of all, I am finding that what I eat really does have a major impact on my joints. And I can usually see swollen joints by the end of the day after eating the offending food. And yes for me Turmeric and Ginger tea really do help.

I AM RUNNING twice a week. It's one day less than what I was normally running. At this point

How Packing A Lunch Is Helping My Nutrition

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So, as most of you know, motivation to exercise is not really an issue for me. I truly enjoy working out (most of the time). However, nutrition is where I struggle. I know what to eat (usually), it's making the right choice is where I stumble.

That being said, since I started my new job (Check out my post at Today's Words Of Glass if you have a moment. Yep, it's my other blog. I've decided it was time to re-vive it along with managing this one) But back to what I was saying... since I've started my new job, I've been packing everyone's lunch.

Lil Man packs lunch some days, and the others he buys a lunch. Same with Hubby, but for the most part packing lunch is part of my evening/morning routine. I have found that my nutrition during the week

Why I Am Using Turmeric And Ginger Teas

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After my diagnosis of arthritis, I started looking for ways to reduce inflammation without having to take meds. And yes, I'm finding out what my dietary triggers are - too much sugar, too much dairy, too much bread, and too much processed food.

I had heard that turmeric and ginger were also great to help reduce inflammation. I love tea. So instead of taking a supplement, I decided to try tea instead.

Let me tell you, it's awesome! I noticed a significant difference in my joints (especially my hands). So I've been drinking

Feeling The Moment Before The Firsts

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I'm having a hard time putting into words exactly what I'm feeling right now. I'm a bundle of emotions. It seems like yesterday that I was holding Lil Man in my arms, oohing and aahing over his every little move. Come to think of it, I still ooh and awww over him... but just in different ways. I am so very proud of him.

Tomorrow he starts 1st grade. I've been a stay-at-home mom since the moment he was born. So tomorrow is a big first for us.... I've been an emotional ball of organizing energy. I've prepped our lunches for the week. I've meal planned (which I normally don't do). I've cleaned out closets. I've cleaned out rooms. I even went through 10,000 emails and deleted what I didn't need and organized the rest into electronic folders. I kid you not. So, yeah, you can say that I have a lot of nervous energy right now.

In addition to Lil Man starting 1st grade,

Your Body Is A Gift

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It was like I had a major light bulb moment. I mean for the last 6 years, weight loss has always been a goal along with getting more physically fit and stronger. And I've heard people say that you only have one body, and you need to take care of it blah blah blah...

But it's like I felt this on a personal level - like WAKE UP GIRL! You have ONE BODY. It's YOUR responsibility to take care of the GIFT that you have been given. I experienced this while I was in bed with pain in both of my feet. My right foot was throbbing from the arthritis, and my left foot was in as much pain from my plantar fasciitis. In that moment it didn't take a genius to figure out that my body is really dealing with a lot of inflammation. And that I had been eating more for fun than for healing and nutrition.

It was definitely another nudge for me to really work on focusing to eat with a purpose. Oh, another highly processed cookie, another scoop of ice cream, another handful of marshmallows re…

It Can Still Be My Year Of Health

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I have a lot of nervous energy right now. With Lil Man going to school full time, plus other family dynamics changing, I've been doing a lot and I mean a lot of nervous organizing. Yep, when I get overwhelmed I organize (sometimes clean). But it's mainly been organizing. I guess because I can't control other things I try to control what I can.... which is getting rid of clutter. Clutter drives me crazy. It really does. I take it as long as I can (because it doesn't bother others in my family) and then it just has to be dealt with. So this past week I organized a lot of areas in my home probably to the point of borderline obsessive.

But I am SO glad that I was able to get out and MOVE this week. Yep, I took the boot off last weekend, and on Monday I went for my first run in 4 weeks. I didn't know what to expect. I was actually pretty nervous that I'd feel a lot of pain. My foot felt weird. It was still swollen and definitely off  - but no major pain.

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