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It is no secret to many that I am a horrible sleeper and I love my food, having a garden has helped. Almost 7 years ago, I became a single Mom. I was okay with it. It was a new journey that I was happy to take. Why? I was a very depressed person. Not happy with my life and I had gained a lot of weight. I was over 250 lbs when this chapter began. Over the course of the years, I managed to lose 50 pounds. This was a big accomplishment for me because I didn’t think I could do it. Stress is an amazing weight loss tool. Not that I recommend doing it that way. Over time I gained a few pounds back.
Currently I have hit that weight loss wall. I will be 40 next year and I know it gets harder to lose it as we women get older. I got to the point where I just ignored it. Out of sight out of mind, right? That just wasn’t working for me.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently started Thrive. I am currently on Day 5 and feeling great. I haven’t gone back to bed in 5 days and I am excited to see where this takes me. With the balance of sleeping and moving twice as much during the day, I am hopeful. Wish me luck!
With all of my new-found energy, I started to focus on my garden. I am determined to have an amazing crop this year. Last year we had a lot of cucumbers but nothing else really seemed to thrive. (See what I did there? Completely unintentional lol) So, I decided that I wanted to do raised beds. The ground moles got under the garden and ripped my root vegetables to shreds. I pulled up my radishes with such joy, only to find them chomped on. Very disappointing.
Like many of us do, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a photo that a friend of mine posted. It was on of those “claim” photos. You know the kind. This one said that you can clean up nail polish with sugar. Since I am a total clutz, I decided to try this one out. I tried it out on a old piece of wood flooring. If you have carpet, sorry! I can’t test that one. There is no carpet in my home. Watch below to see if it worked!
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“But MOOOOMMMM I’m full!” How many times a week do you hear this from your children? If you break out the ice cream, suddenly they have a lot of free space in their tummies. Funny how things work like that, isn’t it? When I put out meals, I portion their plates to what I know they can eat, minus a little bit. I can not stand wasted food and watching people eat at a buffet pokes at my OCD. The boys used to be bad about this. While we rarely eat out anymore, they will eat what they take. I am always looking for ways to waste less food. read the rest of this entry »
Online dating… I have some very mixed feelings about this. I met my ex-husband online in 2001, when it wasn’t all that common, and clearly that didn’t turn out well. However, I also know that one of my best friends met her husband on a dating site, today they are together 7 years and expecting their second daughter any day now!
Did you know Single Parents who have dated online have dated more people in the last 3 months than Single Parents who haven’t dated online (79% have dated 1 or more person in the last three months vs. 75% of single parents who don’t online date). I think most single parents would agree that it is difficult to find time to date or get to know someone. I know in the past, for me, it was difficult. One because being a single parent is time consuming and also because I do not bring guys around the boys ever. Now I don’t mean male friends, I mean guys I might be interested in. It would take months of dating a specific guy before they were introduced to him. For some, online dating could be a good option. It’s a good way to get to know someone a little before fitting a date into your schedule.
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