I felt so good this morning that I got out of bed before the kids were even awake and made homemade gluten free biscuits and bacon and eggs. Yeah, that's how good I'm feeling. We'll see how I feel when it comes to eating them in a little while.
This blog post has been swirling around in my head for a few days now. I feel like there are a bazillion things I want to talk about. Only, I can't talk about that many things in a single blog post because...I just can't.
We are just about 10 weeks pregnant. For some reason I still feel like we are only 7 weeks pregnant, but whatever. This pregnancy has been nothing like my previous two which has been fun and weird and a little odd. I'm showing way quicker than I ever would have dreamed. Maternity clothes are already my best friend. My weight hasn't changed yet, but my body has. The kids are obsessed with my stomach and look at me quizzically when I mention the baby in there.
I'm trying so very hard to treasure each and every moment of this pregnancy. Going into this pregnancy I knew I wanted it to be a mindful one, being that I'm planning on it being my last. And even only 10 weeks into it, I've found myself wishing away the days. "Once the first trimester is over, this will be easier." When I find myself telling me things like that, it's a good reminder to pull back to the present and be in the moment. Because that is what I really really want for this pregnancy.
Meal planning. Since a little before Christmas, I've pretty much let my meal planning slide. Whhhhyyyyy I ever thought that was a good idea is beyond me. I mean, yeah, I'd plan out a few meals, go shopping for them, and yes, we have the ingredients in the house to make meals. But then when it would come time for me to prep them, I just wouldn't make any of what I had planned for and instead would do something different.
Add to that Chuck getting laid off in early January, and then a week later being offered an incredible new job, well yeah. We've been doing some celebratory eating. And my body is all up in my face like "FEED ME HEALTHY FOOD WOMAN." and I'm over here like "Ughhhh. I know. Thanks for the reminder." So yeah, my task this week is to get back on track with that.
Speaking of meal planning, I've gone back and forth with SO many styles of eating lately. I mean, juicing...Whole30...traditional eating...Paleo...you name it. I've done so much reading I'm like a walking lifestyle diet book. I guess the reason for this is because I've been trying to figure out what is right and best for my body. And that's apparently a lot harder than it seems. And you know what the conclusion I've arrived at is? There is no single right way. It's different for everybody. And that is ok. So for me, a mix of traditional and Paleo is my groove. I feel great when I eat this way. I feel amazing about what I'm feeding my growing children, and it is INCREDIBLE for our bodies.
For more on these ways of eating, I'd recommend these books:
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook
Facebook. Mid last year, I did a blog post on why I was basically getting off of Facebook. It was a terrific experiment for me! I learned a lot about the reasons why I have Facebook in the first place. And if you're wondering, I'm back on Facebook but with a few rules for myself.
- Facebook exists for me, I do not exist for it. This means that I will only keep a Facebook account if I'm able to manage it, and I'm not allowing it to manage me.
- I manage Facebook by keeping my "friends list" pretty trim. I only keep friends who I jive well with.
- I don't "unfollow" people. This is a great tool for some, but for me, if there is someone on my friends list who's stuff I don't want to be seeing, then I don't need to hide the fact by "unfollowing." I will simply "unfriend."
- Facebook and real life are not the same thing. If we aren't friends on Facebook, it doesn't splash over into real life. We might be best friends in real life and not friends on Facebook. And that's fine.
- I "unfriend" ruthlessly. If something triggers me, I take care of it.
- To a lot of people, it looks like if someone doesn't agree with me, then we can't be friends. But that's just not true. I love a good discussion, and even a good debate sometimes. But when it comes to Facebook, I treat it like a customizable magazine, and if there's something I don't want in my face, I get it out of my face. Simple as that.
- I take self-care and protection very seriously. I've identified that Facebook takes up a lot of my time, and that I feel the need to voice my opinion to people who don't care about it. Because of this, I only keep "friends" on my list who aren't triggering in this way.
- Groups are my thing. I love Facebook groups and am pretty active in them. I love groups because I am more easily able to see the benefits of participating in them. Much more so than personal interactions on Facebook where people are spouting their opinions for no reason.
- I LOVE FACEBOOK. I am not even kidding. It's like my best friend sometimes. And because of that, I guard it pretty carefully when it comes to adding friends and "unfriending" friends. Sometimes it's personal, sometimes it isn't. But it's just Facebook. NOT real life.
- Like #1, Facebook exists for me, I do not exist for Facebook. This past year I have learned so very much about protecting my space, influences, and emotional well-being. And taking control of Facebook is one of the ways I am learning to do that.
So, all that to give an update and flesh out where I currently am. Everyone uses Facebook differently and for different purposes. And that is totally fine and right and good and awesome. But your ideas for Facebook and mine don't have to match up, and you don't have to live by my rules, and I don't have to live by yours. So that's that.
Today is an adventure day. We're going to pack everyone up in a little while, grab some coffee, and hit the park for a morning stroll. I do love days like this. Family, coffee, exercise, fresh air, pictures...
When I was in one of my apps earlier I saw a quote I had saved that I just loved all over again. I thought I'd leave it here today:
Peace in ourselves, peace in the world. <3