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Travelin’ Tuesday #2 – Ch-ch-ch-changes…

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A favorite when visiting the in-laws: Insect Lore’s Bugseum.

Last week I talked about our trip we were planning to Oregon.  Since then, it seems that plans may have changed.  We may be staying closer to home and our in-laws house.  In all honesty, this wouldn’t break my heart.  The more I started thinking about taking a trip with my 4 year old and my in-laws where we would be on the road, in the car, for hours each day and then packing and unpacking in different hotel rooms almost every night, the more I started to feel a bit queasy about the whole thing!  With my daughter, we are not light travelers.  We travel with medicines, syringes, snacks, activities to keep her busy, clothes, extra clothes, a few diapers (she still sleeps in them), wipes, etc.  And that doesn’t even take into consideration our own things (which mostly consists of clothes – we are both relatively light packers).  My MiL is definitely not a light packer.  She travels with extra pillows, snacks, magazines, lots and lots of clothes, emergency kits, and other things as well.  My husband and his dad like to do outdoorsy stuff, so that adds in fishing poles or hunting rifles and all the accessories that come with those things.  By the time we get everything loaded, it will be time to come home from vacation!

So, we are now considering just coming to my in-laws.  I am going to insist on staying in a hotel simply because the full-sized bed here is a bit too small for all three of us to sleep in comfortably and my daughter loves to swim and stay in hotel rooms, so why not make it more of a vacation?  Plus, that would allow us to give both ourselves and our in-laws some space, which is a key commodity to enjoy a vacation of any type.  I don’t mind doing this as I love my in-laws and there are a few touristy things here that we have not done in a while (or at all with my daughter) and it means less time in a vehicle, less time packing and unpacking, and is pretty low-key.  

So, I guess you could say our Oregon VAcation is becoming more of a Cali STAYcation.  By tomorrow, it may all have changed again though…we shall see!  

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Munch n Move Monday #2 – Getting off cruise control

Juniper Lake CAWell, my last week of “simple” changes was not so simple.  I think I’ve done a little bit better eating regularly (close to the times I designated, although I often found myself after the time having to go out of my way to eat something to stay on the schedule), but it has not been easy and I’ve definitely failed at getting a few of the meals during the time or just getting a “full” meal in (sometimes it is a piece of toast for breakfast).

This past week has reinforced for me how conscious I have to be about making these changes in my life.  Even though the changes seem small and simple and easy to do, they are not without thinking about them.  A lot.  I think I have failed at making a lot of changes in the past because I have not recognized the level of conscious effort that I need to make in order to have these changes actual happen for the long term.

I have noticed that much of my life is spent on what I will call “cruise control”.  I just travel through life, doing what needs to be done only when it absolutely needs to be done.  There are certain things that happen most every day – making coffee, giving my daughter her meds, watching a little TV, playing Candy Crush before bed.  But, there are many things that just don’t happen unless I consciously work to make them happen.  Going to work is natural, going to work with everything I need for that day takes a conscious effort on my part.  Taking my daughter to preschool is natural, taking her with everything she needs for that day takes a conscious effort on my part.  Eating is a natural part of the day, but eating something when I should and making it something that is healthy and tasty takes really conscious effort on my part.

So, that is my “aha” moment for the week as far as health and fitness is concerned.  None of it is going to happen without me really working at it, thinking about it and setting myself up to succeed instead of fail.  I need to get off the cruise control and start off-roading it a bit in my life.  Because the road I’m on is not the one I want to stay on and the alternative is going to take some mapping it out, following directions and changing speeds and taking curves as needed.  Cruise control makes all that difficult.  So, I’m on the road (I have a map for scheduled eating at least), but I’m going to have to do some travel adjustments in the coming months.

What about you?  Are you on a good road, with only small curves and no traffic, so cruise control is good for you?  Or are you like me, needing to get off the road your on and take a more unknown, curvy road with some conscious driving involved?  I like cruise control, but I refuse to stay on a bad road just to be able to leave it on…