Lacking Motivation and Mom Tired

Today I’m lacking motivation and to be honest I am pretty emotional! 

Last night was a beast! 

In truth part of it was my fault. I stayed up late- really late. A little past mid-night. I was enjoying the time with hubby, watching mindless tv, and  working on my laptop uninterrupted.

However, my sons also decided I needed 5 different wake ups between 1am- 6am.

So this morning I wanted to tap out before the day began. To top it off its cloudy☁️ and gray!  I am truly solar powered.  And well, my business in my eyes is not doing well. So add them all up and you have a- tired, grumpy, emotional and annoyed momma!  

This is when I have those thoughts of:

  1. You don’t need to workout. Sleep is important
  2. Your in the last week of your program cheating a little won’t hurt…
  3. __________________ fill in the blank.

I told myself last night, “your going to get your workout in.” As I knew I’d be tired.

So how oh how do I get out of this Funk? 

  • First I need to deal with my mental state. I’m already behind in my day. But I need to force my self to get in the word of Christ.  Sit, drink some caffeinated tea, and read at least 1 chapter!
  • I need to force myself into that workout. If I don’t do it – my attitude will only get worse! I’ll only be more upset at myself.   Working out  also burns off the cranky! 
  • I need to spend some snugly huggy time on the couch with my 5 kids. Yes- they are the reason I am so very tired. Yes they can be annoying. But I need to Remeber what matters!  They are why I stay home. They are my priority and job!  So if I’m going to be tired who better for?
  • Revisit your goals!  If you did not write your goals down do so!  IF you did place those goals somewhere you can easily see them.
  • Share your struggle with a friend, spouse, or accountability partner.  Don’t have one?? Join my Team and we are here for you.  We are group of mom’s and women who struggle just like you. This is why I became a coach!  I started my journey totally alone.  It was hard and I want to be there for you!

So let me ask!

What do you do???

How do you get out of that funk?

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Love Bag

The Love Bag was named by my Son.

As a mother there are many times I feel helpless! 

Especially when one of my babies is sick!  And yes, they will always be my babies.  This bag was created with love for my son.

My son as reciently sick with a sever stomach bug for. Doctors visit confirmed it was a bug but still, I was really worried.

All I could do was hold him, pray and rub his tummy while he struggled. I felt helpless. I felt like I needed to do something more!

I was feeling overwhelmed when a call from my mom encouraged me and inspiring me to think of simple comforts like warmth and tea for my son.

So I decided I could make a rice warmer bag. I wanted something that would warm his tummy and not his ribs. I decided to shape it so it would fit around the neck and pelvis for the most common aches and pains in my family.

Out of Love this bag was created:

pattern below- read to end!

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They became so popular I make them by order only.

They are:

100% Cotton $10.00 + shipping

100% Organic Cotton & rice $15.00 + shipping

You can request a color or pattern.  I use only pure cotton- it’s soft, it heats evenly and holds the heat longer!

When I looked at my finished craft. Placed it on my sons achy body and watched him finally rest and sleep. I realized, “just being here is what matters!” 


If I was not here I could not have made this. I could not have comforted my crying boy. These are the moments that matter. I don’t know if he’ll remember? But I’ll know that when my baby was sick I was able to be there for him. And to me that matters! 

I just grabbed the material and made up the pattern from some different ones I remember seeing in the past.

It was easy. If I can do it so can you! 

Supplies:

  • Cotton Fabric
  • Sissiors
  • Thread
  • Bobbin
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Marker
  • Ruler something to measure with
  • Rice 

I measured with the desire to fit the shoulders of an adult!

I used a lid to create the half circle.  Then I made another half circle an inch smaller so I could hem it.

Sew the boarder, make each compartment (but do not sew off),  then fill each compartment and finished it off!

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With a new bag start with 1 minute in the microwave.  Check bag,  and if more heat is desired  flip bag and add 30 seconds to 1 more minute, until desired temperature  is reached.  Never place directly on skin.  Have cloths between bag and skin.   Better to have it too cool than too hot!

 

Overweight is easy to become and a hard thing to do! 



I have had this thought a time or 2! 

I have been asked when and how I became so overweight before my journey?

To be honest with you, I can not pin down a certain time or even. I just began to not care much about myself or my health. I remember after baby #3 the weight not coming off easily. I had had real thyroid problems during the pregnancy which continued after I gave birth. Then baby #4 and weight again didn’t come off early and well I never got back to my healthy weight!  I felt discouraged and almost like it was just something I had to except. Then baby #5 same problems but I had given up and it just compounded and compounded. I lost belief in myself and my ability to be a healthy weight. I had forgotten how it felt to be strong and excepted being fatigued and less alive. Oh I was busy. Very busy. But I didn’t take care of myself. I stopped caring about myself. I wasn’t having success so I forgot about myself and told myself, “I’ll just pour all my attention into my kids something I can do and that is considered  heroic!  I can tell someone, “I don’t have time for myself and that’s okay. I am focused on my kids right now. I’ll worry about myself later!”  People would agree and tell me, what a loving of a mother I was. 

But I was so tired and I felt sad.

 I was on the couch one day and I saw something on the floor and the idea of picking it up was a problem. A problem to simply pick up something!!!

 God said to me, “you have a problem. You are not living the life I’ve given you to the fullest. If something happened would you be strong enough and have the endurance to protect your family?  Could you run out after your child and grab them out of possible harm?  Are you a truly involved mom or a spectator?”  Well that shook me!  

That was my wake up call. I was not the woman, wife, mom or person I wanted to be! 

With the Lords help I began my journey. He sustained my drive and desire to overcome the many hurdals I came to!  Those are another post! But I had them and they where many with doctors and more. 

Today I honestly feel better! I am happier, mentally, physically and spiritually. 

This is my motivation to help others!

Family Cheat Day

Your family eats what you Eat & Prepare!

If your the one planning meals, buying the food, & cooking-
your families health is in large your responsibility!

I’m not talking about the fact genetically & environmentally.

What we eat- is either fueling a disease or curing it!

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I was sitting at the table working on my laptop when I looked up to see my littlest man trying to sneak some pizza.  Cute isn’t he!!!!

I snapped a picture because well- I am a mom and it was just too cute not to.  As I looked at the photo, I began thinking more and more about how kids and my husband without question(in general) will eat what ever I put in front of them.  They might whine a little from time to time but I am the one who provides the food they eat.  Thus- I am responsible for their health as far as what they consume.  I don’t know about you but that is a BIG responsibility.  One I am not going to take lightly, either.  However, my goal is to be balanced.  I am not going to be a control freak who never allows for an occasional pizza or a fun desert.  And if I can, I will make it myself with whole grains and soak it, ferment it or sprout it! What we eat is mainly liked from the habits we have formed by providing it.  So choose wisely!

Time with your kids is short!

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I try to remember this.
Some days all I want is to get behind a closed door and have some silence for 5 minutes.

When I was a younger mother of only 3 I struggled with being content a lot more. I felt my being home deep in unnoticed work was near imprisonment. It was never done, didn’t last and very rarely noticed by anyone.

I really struggled. I was unhappy and feeding my unhappiness was my focusing in all the wrong places. I knew it but just couldn’t get my emotions and thoughts under control.  It just all felt so mundane and never ending.

I was really struggling.  I knew what I was going was important and what I was suppose to do in my heart of hearts.  I went to God and prayed.  He helped me yet I continued to struggle not because going to God was not sufficient – NO it was the opposite. I just could not fully let go……  I continue to run to God and in His love and Patients He continued to always be there, listen and feed my soul and heart.  One day I was in a Christian books store.  I wanted something to read and but we all know not everything on a Christian Book store shelf is worth reading or God based.  Just like not everything in an Organic Healthy Food store is not good for you.  So I said a quick pray and he led me to a very tiny little book:

The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees by, Nicole Johnson 

This book was a great Encouragement and is simple and small.  Worth it in every way!  Check it out.

Jennifer Gresham

Super Mom

Super Mom

Is there such a thing?

    Let me start off by saying…. Does it matter.   Why are you referring to a super mom?  Is it to compare yourself to someone else?  Is it to put pressure on yourself or worse someone else?

    To your family and your children you are Super Mom.  Do you love your family and kids?  Do you put them before yourself and your desires?  Than there you go.  No one can do better.

   One persons ability is not anothers.  We ALL struggle.  My busy to you may not be busy or overwhelm you.  Your talents to me may be unachievable.  There is no secret type or formula.  Each family is different.  God gave you the kids he gave you for a purpose.  That’s right for all your good and bad -He choose you.  It’s a high calling -no doubt.  And one to take seriously and with gratitude.  Yes even when your doing that frustratingly never done thing.  Yes you get tired.  We should not measure ourselves by others.  We should measure ourselves by God’s standards and what He wants for us to achieve.  Let’s be clear-this is not an excuse to do nothing.  To sit back.

In the simplest form what I am hoping to convey is…

Do not compare yourself and what you do to others.  Work hard! Be tired! At the end of the day have as few regrets as possible knowing you did all you could.  But nothing good comes from comparing yourself or someone else to a standard.  I am all for healthy competitiveness!  It helps drive me.  I love being inspired by others and what they do.  But comparison takes it to something different.  Comparison is a kind of discontentness that breeds unhappiness that spreads like a lethal disease.

So let’s focus on being the best kind of us we can be.  What is a mom anyway?

To me a mom is someone who is self sacrificing and can be depend and counted on.  I am big on not lying to my kids.  If it is something not age appropriate I simply tell them it is something we will talk about at another time.   I want to be an example of Christ to my kids.  Christ was strong and kind.  Self sacrificing, hard working, not people fearing, yet merciful and compassionate.

Here are some of the few verses of mothers:

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