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How to Reverse Cruddy Eating in 90-Seconds

I don’t know about you, but some days I just feel cruddy. And what do I do when I feel cruddy? I eat cruddy.

It is easy to underestimate the power of how our body and surroundings make us feel. For example, some days I start my day by wearing workout gear and sneakers. The body is always firmer after a long night of rest and a new pair of clothes feels refreshing. Life is good, right?

After a morning of dropping kids off at school, then hurrying home to frantically do housework, make phone calls, fill orders, and tend to my toddler, I am back in town to pick up my son. After lunch, reading time, and tucking the kids in bed, it’s 1:00. As I debate how to spend the kids’ nap time, I walk in circles through the house realizing I am accompanied with a film of greasiness on my face. The house is warmer now since the sun is in full swing, and because I forgot to turn on the fans and adjust the temperature, there is no air movement in the room. The stillness gives me hot flashes which only contribute to making me feel “off”.  Once I realize I’m feeling sluggish, I notice the workout clothes, which once jumpstarted my day, suddenly serve a different purpose: great stretchy clothes to encourage gorging on food followed by an afternoon nap in bed.

How I spent the rest of these cruddy days is so vivid in my mind because that was my life when I became a stay-at-home mom over 7 years ago. I would wake up from that nap, feeling even worse because I wasted my kid-free time by eating and sleeping. I would feel lethargic from then on, resulting in a throw-in-the-towel mindset by eating poorly and being unproductive and moody until I rolled into bed later that night.Reverse Cruddy

So how did I fix this vicious cycle? These days, I listen to my body and no longer let my surroundings control me. If I can tell I am getting warm or feeling sluggish, I reverse these feelings by taking a 90-second shower. That’s right, I stop what I am doing, jump in the shower to cool off and wash my face (I don’t necessarily wash my hair) and I put on a fresh pair of clothes. Giving my body a quick rinse makes me feel better instantly. I am amazed how much it changes my mindset, productivity, and eating for the rest of the day.

I realize if you are not home during the day, this would be impossible to do. I encourage you to look more closely at your surroundings and see what triggers you to feel cruddy. Maybe you need to light a refreshing candle in the afternoon at work or bring a small fan for your desk if you struggle with the stillness in the air (like I do!). Whatever it is, many times it is an action that only takes a few seconds. I would consider that time well invested if it keeps me feeling better the rest of the day, wouldn’t you?

What triggers your cruddy feelings, resulting in cruddy eating? What is one small step you can make today to reverse these feelings?

Lara

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Funky Vacation

This week I’ve been in a “funk” that I can’t seem to kiCk.  Do you ever have those?

We’ve talked or written many times about hitting the reStart button.  I’ve been trying to hit the restart button for days now and it has frustrated me because I wake up and my feelings haven’t chaNged.  I know the things I’m suppose to say, “Be positive…count your blessings…start new today…etc” but it isn’t always that

It’s ok to have down days every now and then. We occasionally need down days like these to help us appReciate the good days.  I guess you can relate it to taking a vacation…eventually it’s time to go hoMe and get back to norMal life :)

~Lara

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Where are my skinny jeans?!

If you lived in my house you would know around the middle of every month I run around the house looking for my skinny jeans.  No matter how hard I look, they don’t seem to come up! I’ve come to the realization that even if I’m eating right or love my new hairdo, there will still be times I won’t feel like  a million bucks when I slip (okay squeeze) into my blue jeans.  That’s just the way it is sometimes.  I’m to the point now where I allow myself a FREE  PASS.  I know my jeans always turn up after a few days, so there is no need to be so hard on myself!  Of course if I’m feeling this way for weeks, months and then years…well, we all know that means I’m in a funk and you’ll need to help pull me out of that one ;)  BUT if this is just one of those days, I remind myself that A L L women lose their skinny jeans now and then and that I’m doing a-okay!

Oh the JoYs of being NoRmAL,

~L

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Get Busy, Get Happy

When I quit my job as a teacher and became a stay-at-home mom I thought my life was finally going to be everything I wanted it to be.  I could hang out in my pajamas all day, didn’t have to keep track of time, and be present for every second of my daughter’s childhood.  Sounds like a pretty gReAt LiFe, right?

I don’t know about you but if I have too many days where I’m not being productive or focusing on something that makes me excited I experience, what I call, tHe FuNk!  I can go days maybe even weeks where I feel like I’m stuck.  I lack MoTiVaTiOn to do anything, I’m not really excited about much, and I tend to focus on all the flaws and negative things going on in my life.  This, of course, results in being a harder wife to live with and a mom that isn’t as peppy.  There is so much truth to “Happy Wife, Happy Life!”

Even though staying busy makes your life a little more hectic, it can keep your mind from dwelling on the bad.  I always tell Doug that I currently work harder than I ever have but I’m also happier than I’ve ever been.  If I keep my mind busy on things that satisfy me I am less likely to struggle with self-confidence issues, negative thoughts about others and things that bother me.  This of course results in me being a better and happier mom, wife, ChRiStIaN, etc.

Sound familiar?  If so, pick yourself up by finding the quickest way you can turn around your day.  Whether it is taking a bubble bath or painting your toenails a crazy color, do something to reverse “the funk” and change your way of thinking! If your outfit makes you feel fat, then go put on your skinny jeans!  If your house feels dirty start by burning your favorite candle.  If you can’t kick a bad thought go turn on a fun song or something to distract your mind for a while!  You know the drill—and from there it should become contagious!

~L

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