Coming Back, Coming up

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I’ve had a hard winter. Well, a hard tail of winter anyway. I battled with fatigue and depression earlier, and just a hectic schedule. Doctors appointments, therapy appointments, swimming, gymnastics, piano, church, the mom thing, the keeping-the-house-clean and the managing-the-laundry thing. Oh, right, and I’m supposed to be teaching these children that I home-school right? Being overwhelmed is something we all battle with. You too, right?

Anyway, I’m back from that not-so-good place. I’m up from the low place. I’m out of that pit that I slid ever so slowly into. I’m ready. Ready to face, embrace and enjoy life again.

I joined Weight Watchers back in January. I used Weight Watchers after both Chloe and John to lose the weight. ‘Baby’ Isaac is going to be three in June. Mama is still carrying all the baby weight. It seems like when life is so busy, it’s hard to make sure that I’m exercising and doing good for myself. It seems like when life is so busy, it’s so easy to pop the wrong things into my mouth – you know what I’m talking about? The quick fix, the easy, the short term sugar boosts just to get you through.

I discovered something about myself; I’m an emotional eater.

I’d always thought that emotional eaters were people who were crying over break ups and eating entire containers of Haagan Dazs ice cream while watching romantic movies or something. But I guess emotional eaters eat during stressful times, stressful days, when you’re tired, when your to-do list is giant…

So I’ve been looking forward to May. May we don’t have too many appointments scheduled, not a lot of outside commitments, we have no vacation plans, I’m going to spend time at home.

 Easter Morning

I’m going to be at home with my little ones, we’re going to enjoy the warmer weather. We’re going to be less busy with stuff and more busy with nothing.

Being busy with nothing means I will have more time to be at home, making healthier things to eat.

In May I want to spend less, eat less, do less. I want to play more, move more, eat better and enjoy the blessings I have.

I’m coming back, and it feels good.

I guess what I’m saying is May is about Me. Sounds selfish? Well, my family won’t think so when I am better able to love, serve and care for them after nourishing myself.

Making these plans a reality requires planning. I spent some time playing around on the internet looking for a planner that would work well for me. I think I found what I was looking for at Fresh and Organized. I usually use my Beautiful Life Planning System, but over the past several months have fallen out of the daily practice. I felt like I needed something with a little bit more structure to get me back on track.

What do you use to organize your day?

One comment

  1. Good for you Jennifer. I don’t think you’re being selfish. Biblically we need to take care of ourselves to better take care of our families (Proverbs 31:17). Good luck! Praying for you 🙂

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