Becoming a Healthier Me

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It’s fall. Back to School, fall weather and our local fall fairs are quickly approaching. I love fall!  That also means getting the pants from last winter out…not always fun.

I was lucky to not have “baby weight”  when my children were young. I was at my ideal weight when my children were babies – about 30 lbs lighter than I am now. But since then I have gained “Mom Weight.” I tend to grab packaged snacks, eat more chicken nuggets than I should and am less active as my kids get more active. The pants I have pulled out for fall are pretty snug.

I am committing to become healthier and get down to where I feel comfortable again. I will have more energy and I will save money since I won’t need to go out and buy bigger clothes… it is getting dangerously close to that right now!

I have set my deadline to get set in a healthier lifestyle by December 1, which is my last night of P.R.I.D.E. training (to become a Foster Parent). That is approximately 13 weeks away.

In order for this to work, I have come up with five areas I need to focus on.

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Eat Real Food

I don’t want to restrict myself to a specific diet, but rather be more mindful of what I am eating. Making more meals from scratch, with real ingredients is going to be key. Cutting out the convenience foods that are prepackaged will make a difference.

Meal Prep

I plan to not only eat better food, but prep ahead of time to avoid the mad dash to find something to eat, resulting in a bad choice. Making a variety of things ahead of time will make it so I don’t have to stick to a specific menu, but have healthy options available.

Get Active

I am not able to get out road running that I used to love doing, so instead, I am going to be more active by walking our dog and playing with the kids outside. Also, I may do some workouts at home from the BodyRock website. I have done this in the past and it is great because you don’t need equipment and can do it in your living room. To make it work it has to be activities I can do with the kids, or something done at home after they go to bed.

Drink More Water… and Less Coffee

I really need to focus on this one. I hate drinking water. I am picky when it comes to what I will and won’t drink. Putting frozen fruit in my water usually helps with this but this is definitely something I struggle with. I know the benefits, I just hate water. Coffee is my go to. And on that note… I also need to drink less coffee.  If I drank black coffee it wouldn’t so bad… but I don’t. I drink nice and creamy cups of heaven. Cutting down on coffee and replacing it with tea (which I enjoy black) will help me.

Think Positive – Pray – Relax

My thoughts have an impact on my overall lifestyle. If I am positive and not stressed, I am healthier. When I am stressed or things are out of balance I tend to eat more and live more of an unhealthy lifestyle. Thinking positively about what I am trying to do and stopping my “this is too hard” thoughts is important. Praying and looking to the Bible for inspiration is also a helpful tool for me.

Who else is going through this “I need to lose my Mom/Baby Weight” feeling? Do you have tips for me?  Do you want to join me? 

Every time I post about my Healthier Me journey, I will post it to the Category “Becoming a Healthier Me” for easy reference. Feel free to click on that Category in the menu to the right to see all posts about the journey.

*Edited to add:  Anyone who would like to join in simply blog about it and add the tag “Healthier Me” to your post (like I have now added). We can all support each other easy if we all use the tag.

Thank you Mom1978 for getting this topic on my mind (well, even more so) with this blog post.

PS – I know this doesn’t have really anything to do with my journey to become a Foster Parent – but right now overhauling my house to get ready has put me in a “I need to take charge of my life” mood… which has resulted in me wanting to get healthy before I fully enter the foster parenting world since I assume I will have more things to focus on then — and is also why I have the last day of training as my deadline to make it happen. 


I quit being a Workaholic – What I’ve Learned Since

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Unknown Author.

I gave up being a workaholic, and it feels great!

It wasn’t an easy thing to do. My life was consumed with work. It took me being away from home, away from my children, for four weeks on a project living out of a hotel to finally make me realize I was working too much. It had taken a toll on my family, my marriage, my kids and myself. I decided to quit. I had no back up plan but I felt like it was the right thing to do. I prayed about it and really felt like things were falling into place, not the other way around. I needed to figure out what I was meant to be and what I was supposed to do. I knew it wasn’t what I was doing at the time, so I quit.

Career wise I ended up staying in the same line of work (similar position title, in a similar industry), but my life around my work completely changed. It was a change that I know could not have come with my last company.

What I’ve Learned from Quitting my Workaholic Ways

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A Parent’s Name


That is what my children call me when I am not responding to “Mom” fast enough, or they are in a silly mood. I give them credit, calling me Unicorn gets my attention and we have a laugh, so it works.

How exactly does one get the name Unicorn you may ask? Well, one day I was exhausted and had heard “Mom” one too many times (it happens). I jokingly said I was going to change my name and then my son decided he would give me a new name, it became a game. He chose Unicorn, so we rolled with it.  He likes to name things. A stuffed bunny he sleeps with is named President Snoozefield, so I am kind of glad he chose Unicorn for me, it could have been much worse!

Whenever they call me Unicorn I wonder what my future foster children will call me. Mom, Michelle… Unicorn? I plan to foster school-aged children so I think I may leave it up to them to decide what to call me and decide what they are comfortable with.

What do your children call you?

Parallels between my Pregnancies and my Foster Parent Application Process

Going through the process of becoming a Foster Parent is starting to remind me of my pregnancies, but thankfully with a lot less nausea! Although they are quite different (in many ways), I am finding similarities.  Below is a list of things I have noticed so far.

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ReMoved: Part Two

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When I was first looking into Foster care I stumbled on ReMoved (Part One). Tonight I saw there was a Part Two. Both are powerful and I encourage you to watch the videos. The above pictures are linked to the website where the image was taken from. You can check them out on YouTube as well:  Watch ReMoved: Part Two on YouTube.