So I guess one sign of old age is slowing down, right? Or maybe that’s just me. I have kinda always been “fast-paced” in general, but am noticing that more time is required of late to shift with the inevitable changes in life. Shifting gears used to be easier for sure. I feel like things have been shifting faster than I could handle for the past 6 weeks or so. Here’s the latest…
Health Update: I was on my Vitamin D regimen for several weeks, and honestly I really noticed a difference. I definitely had more energy, my hair grew like crazy (?), and I slept so much better. Having run out of the prescription and having followup blood work done- I am waiting to hear what the results show. I will definitely be working to improve my Vitamin D intake with or without another prescription!
THM Update: I have been on-again off-again with Trim Healthy Mama. Visiting family in Louisiana, I was NOT going to miss out on the barbecue or fried catfish & hushpuppies, y’all! I will tell you that I stayed on plan for some meals, and completely avoided it with others. Returning home I have stayed on 50-75% of the time. I am definitely noticing how much sugar affects me (headaches, crankiness, aches & pains, etc.), and am getting back to more meals & snacks on plan every day. I got out of the habit of making my drinks every day, but am getting back to where my body is actually craving them again.
I have been able to fit into some smaller size clothing that had been on a shelf in my closet, so even with NOT being 100% gung ho, I am seeing success – and it has inspired me to really commit to going less off plan than I have been. Truly, I love the flexibility that this particular plan offers, and am anxious to get back to my doctor’s office to see how much weight I have actually lost. Smaller clothing is a huge success! Trying some new recipes has been fun, too.
Family Updates: School is in full swing. Homework is NOT my favorite thing. ’nuff said! Just after school started, I visited my son & his wife (Mikhael & Kendra), and my still-new grandson at the beginning of September. It was heavenly! It was the first time in 30 years that I had my son to myself in a sense (LOTS of “feels” here), and I reveled in visiting with him, talking, playing, laughing, and enjoying time with his beautiful family. I am so blessed and honored that they pursue a relationship with my and my family and we look forward to all of us getting together again in the spring!
Greg & his mom held down the fort while I was gone and I am so thankful they did. The night before I came home, a tornado ripped through our county – within half a mile of our home – causing significant damage to several homes & properties (even shifting a home off it’s foundation – within walking distance of our house!!!) For the most part, my family slept in an upstairs bedroom while it happened. We had significant tree damage, but really nothing compared to several others in the county. Power was restored just before we got home from the airport. I am grateful for their safety and protection!
My mom came for a short visit and it was so nice to catch up with her. We got to enjoy some yummy coffee and she (like my mother-in-law) does dishes which is like one of the BIGGEST blessings to me ever… We visited the Harvest Festival and played cards with the kids and enjoyed a nice time.
Financial Updates: Following several financial bloggers, my attitude about money has been changing for some time. Through some really great employee benefits with my husband’s job, I have been able to participate in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program, and that just really kinda helped me get some things settled. We worked on setting some financial priorities and getting some plans made.
And then his car engine died on the way to work one day. We didn’t have any money set aside yet for an emergency fund, but thankfully were able to get financing for a replacement vehicle. We are now driving a 2005 Honda Odyssey EX and LOVING it! I will share more about this in another post – but I am grateful for in-laws who are willing to drive me to work and help cart kids around til we got the van!
Needless to say, we are having to reset some financial stuff, but it is coming together again. Talk about shifting gears! Making a plan to prepare for this kind of situation is totally different from having the means to deal with it, am I right? One day at a time, and we will get there!