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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

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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My Very Brief Experience With IIFYM

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Ok, let me start off by saying I am NOT a doctor. I do NOT have medical knowledge, and this is MY PERSONAL experience only.

Now that we have that out of the way, I considered trying IFFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) previously this year. But at the time I just wasn't really committed to giving it my 100%. But previously this summer, I decided to give IFFYM another try.

For me, it was like calorie counting on steroids. Not only do you need to stay within a calorie range but now you need to stay within a certain range of macros. I thought it would be super overwhelming, but it really wasn't all that difficult to come pretty close to the macros. I never hit them perfectly each day. But I felt that I was coming close enough. For the first 3 days I was doing ok, but then well.. you know.. that thing called life... and I didn't have my planned food available... so I ate what was available... and then I went over... and because I went over... well why not... and before I knew it... …

Injury Update - YES The Doctor Told Me To

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Just wanted to give a quick update for anyone who might not have already heard. I went last week for a follow-up. I was actually in a lot of pain, as much pain as when the injury began. The x-ray did not show any fractures, BUT I was told that I could still have a fracture. I will need a bone scan or MRI to completely rule out any fractures. What did show up, however,

How I'm Handling Being Sidelined

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For anyone who has been injured, you know what it can feel like to have your friends continue on with their goals while you sit on the side lines. But the reality is, you don't necessarily have to sit on the sidelines. You can still DO SOMETHING, and although your plan may have been altered, it doesn't mean it's over. (FYI, for you non-runners out there, this can apply to other aspects of life. I have had my share of disappointments and blessings.)

So, most of you know, running (or a massive sweat session) is a major stress reliever for me. Well that was unexpectedly yanked out from under me, and it left me well... duh... super stressed. ha. So I've been working on alternatives to help during this time, and well to be honest, so that I had another way to help me deal with stress. And lately I've felt very frazzled, so I started taking some time to do some deep breathing. You'd be amazed at how much just taking a few moments to take some deep breaths can really…