Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Being that October is a mere two days away...we need to start brainstorming book ideas for our October selection. EVERYONE - please post some ideas of books that are on your list to read!
Also, while you're at it - I recently had a funny discussion with some friends about finding time to read and the funny times and places we read. My friend and I discovered that we both sneak in a page or two during the two minutes it takes to brush our teeth (on the morning Bennett isn't hanging off me...)!!
What are the "interesting" ways you squeeze in a little page turning???
Sunday, September 27, 2009
My rave about these products, however, is that they smell DIVINE! So, its aromatherapy in addition to chemical-free cleaning! I have naturally crazy curly hair, and these products have done very well in keeping the mane tame this past week, even in the face of insane humidity during the apparent monsoon season we're going through. I can't wait to try out some of the other scents - Coconut Milk, Grapefruit Mango Butter, Pomegranate Green Tea, Vanilla Silk, Mocha Espresso, Citrus Mango, Mandarin Olive Oil....
Yes, I realize this is hair product, not food, but yumm......
TRY IT PEOPLE!!!! You'll love it! Girl Scout's Honor!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So, you know that I endured 3 months of grueling physical exercise and completed the P90X program. I was really happy with the level of toning and all the great new muscles I built up! But....unfortunately, I didn't lose a single pound doing this. (Hence the reason I never posted any more progress pics, because you gotta have progress to call them progress pics, right?) So, a nice cushy layer of fat continues to cover up my incredibly strong, sleek and defined musculature. Blech.
Well...keeping in line with my new found fascination for extreme exercise.....
I gotta tell ya, they don't call it "INSANITY" for nuthin! Wowsah, this stuff is hard. Harder than hard. Twice as hard as P90X, if you can imagine that!
Its intense cardio-based interval and strength training. Unlike traditional interval training, INSANITY flips the model, making the "intense" (i.e. pushing yourself as hard as you can go) interval 3 minutes long and the rest/recovery period only 30 (measley) seconds. I've completed two of the work outs, and I gotta say, if this doesn't whittle me down a few sizes, then I dunno what will! 'Cuz its a little...insane.
But I love pushing myself and surprising myself with what I didn't think I could do! Stay tuned!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Baby boy is starting to look a little shaggy. In fact, strangers keep commenting on my "little girl." Yet, I cannot bear to take a single snip at his precious tendrils. It doesn't show up well in these pictures, but he has the softest and prettiest little curls in the back (of his mullett). I know once they are cut, they are gone forever, as Carter had the same thing.
I just don't know what to do! Obviously, I cannot let it grow forever, and the boy could use a little shape up, especially with those side burns. Isn't long hair in for boys these days??? What to do...what to do....
Monday, September 21, 2009
Soccer wasn't exactly my or Ace's first choice of sport, since neither of us have ever really been all that interested in soccer. But we were lured in by the promise of Carter constantly running the field, which we idealistically believed would later translate into a solid (and early) night of sleep for our Pre-K'er. Well, the sleep didn't so much result, but the boy had fun! And that is what matters, isn't it???
(He's in the white shirt and navy shorts, in case you didn't notice).
Yep, so for the next five Friday afternoons, you can find Ace and I at the soccer field! I actually think this is going to be quite fun!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
- A scale that doesn't budge, no matter much you exercise or how fervently you diet?
- You have low energy?
- Your skin is starting to wrinkle, and you're not old enough to have wrinkles?
- Your skin is breaking out?
- You suffer from mood swings?
- Your monthly cycle is irregular? (girls...)
- You feel tired no matter how much sleep you get?
- You keep losing and gaining the same weight?
These things used to describe Jillian too. Until she realized that her hormones were out of balance. And once she did something about it, things began to fall into place. She used to restrict her diet to 1200 calories per day and work out like a dog 6 days a week to struggle to maintain 120 lbs (she's 5'2'' - just like me!), and would instantly put on 15 lbs just from increasing her diet to 1500 calories per day (which is reasonable and appropriate). Once she was able to balance her hormones, she now maintains a sleek 115 lbs and eats 1800 to 2000 calories per day and only has to exercise 3-4 days a week (although, she really brings it when she does!).
So what is the secret you ask???? Well, you really ought to read the book to be able to appreciate the full spectrum of the problem and the solutions. Its an excellent book, and I burned through it in a matter of days. But in case you don't have time at the moment, I'll share the synopsis.
Basically, the chemicals, hormones, pesticides, additives, preservatives, etc. that are coating the food we consume, are throwing our hormones out of whack! Seriously, you gotta read the book to really understand it. But common sense will tell you that this crap can't possible be good for you, right??
Ok, so the synopsis I promised....
Rule 1 - Eat clean. Buy organic as much as resonably possible an avoid as much as you can any foods which have any additives or chemcials. Unprocessed, whole foods are best. What ever you do, avoid like the plague any foods that contain:
- hydrogentated fats (even partially hydrogenated)
- Refined grains (make sure the ingredient list says 100% whole grain!)
- high fructose corn syrup (this one is a toughie - its in SO much!)
- Artificial sweetners (sorry, the Diet Coke, even though 0 calories, is working against you!)
- Artificial coloring or preservatives
Rule 2 - Fill up on lots of these foods!!!
- legumes (beans)
- alliums (onions, garlic, etc.)
- berries (organic, otherwise, they are sprayed heavily in pesitcides!)
- meat and eggs (she said eggs are nearly the perfect food, don't worry about the cholesterol)
- Colorful fruits and veggies
- Cruciferous veggies unless you are hypothyroid (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.)
- Dark green leafy veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Dairy (ALWAYS organic!)
- Whole grains (again, make sure its 100%. It only has to be 51% whole to be able to say its whole grain!)
Additionally, Jillian recommends you sleep at least 7, but no more than 9 hours a night. Use organic personal products inasmuch as you possibly can (your skin is afterall your largest organ, and we coat it with chemicals daily with non-organic shampoos, washes, etc.). Use glass food storage containers, and make sure you do not eat out of any plastics that contain BPA. Also, replace your chemical-based cleaners, with simple (and inexpensive) natural cleaners.
Ok, so I'm cheap. I can't just throw stuff out like Jillian urges me to. But, I do plan on buying organic and all-natural products from here on out. I have a known and previously diagnosed hormonal imbalances that made it difficult for me to become or stay pregnant. If these changes can help, well then, I'm all for that!!!!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yeah, I know, there is still almost a week left of summer, but I had the thought now and I can't guarantee I'll have it again later.
Make sure your kids have seasonally-appropriate changes of clothing, and restock anything that's been deplenished while you were having a rocking good time this summer! Also, with all the rainy weather we've been having of late (at least in my neck of the woods), make sure you have an umbrella stashed somewhere in the car.
Two things I learned over the summer must go in the Kit - Tylenol (or Motrin or Advil - i.e. your drug of choice) and a disposible camera for capturing every fabulous moment of your child's life, even the unplanned ones!
Also - does anyone have any genius ideas for how to store water in the car? I've read storing water bottled in plastic is a no-no because the plastic leaches chemicals into the water in the heat. Does anyone sell glass-bottled water?
So, now that I've reminded you - hop to it!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Ok, so it took me a tad bit longer than I had anticipated to finish this book. Not because the book wasn't fabulous (it was), but because I took a small hiatus in the middle to read another book - but that is a story for another day!
This is an excellent read! If you love "thinking outside the box" - this book is for you! It is in a similar vein as Freakanomics. Basically, this book takes people who are considered to be super successful and demonstrates the factors of sheer luck that contributed to their success. For example, the author, Malcolm Gladwell, proves that the success of hockey players depends not so much on their skill and natural talent, but really moreso on where in the calendar their birthday falls!
He highlights the truth of "no man is an island" in the most of extreme examples. Its a fabulous book! Very entertaining!
Did you know that chlorine mixed with ammonia (present in many cleaning products) combines to create chloramide - a toxic gas used in WWI???? Yikes!
The easy solution is to use cleaning products that do not contain many of these harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, most of those all-natural products, albeit fabulous, are pricey.
Fear not! There is a much healthier and less-expensive way to clean your home!!!!
You will need a few very simple and very inexpensive items:
Hydrogen Peroxide (I just scored a 32 oz. bottle at Target for like $2!)
Vinegar can be used to clean just about anything - the counters, floors, windows, sinks, etc.
Want to sanitize your counters, toilets, sinks??? This simple method kills more germs than the popular sanitizing products that are on the market (remember my affection for Clorox Wipes???) - fill one spray bottle with vinegar, another with hydrogen peroxide. Spray the surface with the vinegar first, wipe dry (I love using those yellow car detailing cloths, especially for my granite countertops!). Then spray on the hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry. Ta dah!!! Could it get any easier than this????
Have a clogged drain? No problem! Its nothing a little hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can't conquer! Minus the dizzying fumes that Drain-O creates!
Use the baking soda anywhere you could use a dry-power scrub or where there are funky smells - bathtubs, toilets, sinks.
Use the vinegar anywhere you want shine.
Use the lemon juice anywhere you have stains (try it on clothes too!!).
And there you have it - a squeaky clean and sparkling home sans the harmful chemicals that pollute the environment and our air!!!
To further aid in cleaning your air in the home - keep a house plant for every 100 sq ft. of space you have. Unfortunately, I have a black thumb, so my plants live a total of 2 weeks before they turn to sticks.