I’m still here….really, I am! And…the importance of resting!

I’m still here. Really, I am!

Here’s a great article from Becoming Minimalist on the importance of rest. I thing Sunday afternoon naps are great! The one I had this afternoon wasn’t too bad either. πŸ™‚

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/resting/

Do you get enough rest? Whether it’s sleeping enough hours at night (no, I don’t think two hours is enough) or setting aside time daily or weekly for some quiet, restful time is so important – for our physical AND mental health. And I have found that you can’t make up for LOST rest by sleeping late one day or taking a long nap on Sunday afternoon. You have to add rest daily if at all possible.

I hope that you’ll try and work some rest into your days…a little at a time. Even five minutes of quiet in the middle of a hectic day can be beneficial. (This is my completely non-professional opinion.) With little ones, it’s hard. I remember. I used to hide in the bathroom with the fan on when my hubby got home. Sat on the edge of the tub and took some deep, soothing breaths. πŸ™‚ I still do that sometimes. It’s a great hiding place, but you do need someone to distract little ones because they do not care why you are in the bathroom; they just NEED to be there with you.

Once my kids got old enough to fend for themselves for a while, my Sunday afternoon nap because sacred. That day of rest became real. Now that I work at church on Sunday mornings, that nap is a necessity. For. Real.

So whether it’s a five-minute reprieve sitting on the edge of the tub, an afternoon nap, or – most importantly – getting enough sleep at night on a regular basis, do it for yourself. You deserve it. Do it for those around you. I know I can be scary when I get overtired. Surely I’m not the only one.

So I’m off to Alabama for the weekend for a visit with extended family. Since I worked out at the gym today and focused on my arms, I might actually have to let my son drive. (Insert frightened face on Mom here.) Yikes!

Have a safe and restful weekend!

Lynne πŸ™‚

Dinner is served!

Dinner for me tonight…fajita bowl (baked spaghetti squash)…yum.

Made taco seasoning and patted onto chicken breasts. Cooked in oil over medium heat until done. Removed from skillet. Added a little more oil them sautΓ©ed bell peppers and onions. Added chicken back to skillet to warm. Served over half a baked spaghetti squash. 

  

Happy weekend!

Exercise …βœ”οΈ.

Grocery shopping…βœ”οΈ

Soup in crock pot…βœ”οΈ

Rewarding cup of coffee in hand…βœ”οΈ

Time to rest up for our church’s big egg hunt tomorrow.

I have a big crock pot going with 15 bean soup for dinner. I’ll make some extra yummy homemade cornbread to go with it. And it will make delightful leftovers after the really busy day I’ll have tomorrow. 

Now I’m drinking coffee and perusing healthy cookbooks and recipes online. Plannin, planning, planning. Trying to lose 10 pounds before my doctor visit (checkup) on April 23 and be ready for a 5K on April 25. 

Happy Friday, y’all!

Lynne 

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Dinner is served!Β 

Dinner is served!

It’s been one of THOSE weeks (or two)…lots of busyness has gotten in the way. 

And I have been a slacker blogger. Truth. 

I did make a real dinner tonight. Grilled chicken over pasta with Alfredo with grilled veggies on the side. I also got a walk in with my bestie AND a run in with the boy child. (I may regret that tomorrow.)

Hope you’re having a great week! I’m going to watch “Nashville” and work on a menu plan for next week. These weeks without them are hard. I ALWAYS regret not making a meal plan, and NEVER regret making one. 

(Self, take note of that statement!)

Have a good night! 

 

Lynne

Monday, Monday

Good Monday morning!

I hope your week is off to a great start! What’s on your agenda today? I have on my list: exercise, Bible study, work, and a Meatless Monday dinner.

I’m still menu planning (tonight is the last one I have planned) and I need to fit that in some time today if we’re going to eat the rest of this week! πŸ˜‰

I’m also going to work on my first “home beautification” project. I’ll start on it tomorrow. But I’ll share a “before” picture later today.

Y’all have a great day! It’s exercisr time for me.

Lynne

Menu Planning Fun

Meal Planning

Hi, all! Hope you’ve had a good week. It’s supposed to be warm here this weekend, so I’m excited. Sun + warm temps = being outside. Woo-hoo!

So…I’m spending a very exciting Friday night doing my meal planning for the next couple of weeks. I’m in my yoga pants and have a cup of coffee and am sitting one bed surrounded by cookbooks. It really is exciting by my standards. πŸ™‚

We have been gradually moving to a healthier eating lifestyle (Shh! Don’t tell hubby!). Now, I’m ready to go full force. I’ve been replacing things in the pantry with healthier alternatives, and some things just had to go!

So I’m only surrounded by cookbooks with recipes for whole, healthy foods.

I will post the first week’s meal plan when I have it together.

Y’all have a fun Friday night. I’ll be doing one of my favorite things. And, yes, I know I’m weird. My mama just thinks I’m special. πŸ˜‰

Lynne

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Happy Wednesday!

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!

First, a huge WELCOME to all of you new to Living Simply. I’m so glad you’re here and hope you’ll find something here that will help you in your quest to live a simpler, healthier life. πŸ™‚

I’m switching my menu plan around a little and having our leftover buffet tonight instead of tomorrow…mainly because my fridge is FULL! We’ll have the pasta I was planning tomorrow instead.

Have you made your lists for a welcoming front door/porch/entry yet? If so, what is on them? I’m hoping to work on painting our front porch tomorrow. Praying the heat lets up a little…when there is a 100+ degree heat index, painting outdoors is really unappealing.

I’ve gotten my exercise in, my load of laundry done, and now I’m off to work.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Blessings,
Lynne

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Health & Fitness Challenge, Part 3 (I think)

Hi, all!

Hope you had a good weekend and a great Monday!

It’s been rainy for the last couple of days around here…makes me want to be lazy…sadly, that hasn’t happened yet. I’m hoping for a chance on Wednesday. πŸ™‚

My challenge to you this week is get yourself a journal (or notebook of some sort) and start writing down what you eat every day. This is piggy backing (probably shouldn’t have used the word “piggy”) on the last two weeks’ challenges: exercising and resting. This is just step number 3 in our quest for better health.

AND find someone you can share the journal with. Someone who can look at it and see what you’ve been up to food-wise. Knowing that someone is going to see what you’re eating makes you a little less likely to scarf down that candy bar. For me, at least, that’s a motivator.

So here’s what we have so far in what is, I guess, a lifestyle change/fitness challenge.

1. Get some exercise 6 days a week.
2. Get some rest during the day and get enough sleep at night.
3. Keep a food journal/diary.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
5. Trade unhealthy snacks for healthier, whole food – REAL food – choices.

I had to go to the funeral home tonight and after throwing several outfits on the bed because they have gotten too tight in the last couple of months, I have really gotten motivated to up the exercise ante.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Lynne

P.S. Another good thing to do is to take “before” weights and measurements. If you can get your body fat percentage checked, do that, too. And you know I’m a fan of “before” pics.

Hey, there!

Hey, there!

I just realized that I haven’t posted to the blog since last Wednesday. Oops! I (frequently) forget that things I post on Facebook don’t go to the blog and vice versa. I have posted some stuff on Facebook. I didn’t mean to neglect y’all.

So…how are we doing with our exercise AND rest? If you remember, last week’s challenge was to add both to your daily life. We need exercise to keep us as healthy as possible and we need rest for the same reason. (On a side note, our pastor’s sermon this week was on – you got it! – rest.) I’m going to have to say that I did pretty good last week. I got exercise in five days out of seven. And I think I only missed one day of sitting down and “taking a breather” for a few minutes every afternoon. I more than made up for it with my 2+ hour nap on Sunday afternoon, though. πŸ™‚

Because it’s summer and it’s HOT (!!!), I think we will just continue with this challenge this week and add on another little component: trading an unhealthy snack for a healthy one. So…instead of ice cream, have yogurt. Instead of a piece of candy, some fruit. Ice cold watermelon…mmmmmmm! That’s what I’m talking about. If you’re feeling motivated, start journaling or tracking what you eat. I’ve got a journal where I’m writing down motivational quotes and such. I’ve been tracking what I eat on the “Lost It” app for the iPhone. If I remember to carry my phone, it also tracks how many steps I take in a day. Did you know you should aim for 10,000? However, I’m prone to sitting my phone down and therefore missing out on that part of it. I did get over 10,000 steps on the day I remembered.

So that’s this week’s challenge:

1. Exercise a little every day.

2. Rest a little every day.

3. Trade unhealthy snacks for healthier ones.

It helps me to write down my goals. So if you do have a Β journal, you might write these three things down and then on a daily basis, honestly assess how you did. No one has to see it but you, so tell yourself the truth! πŸ™‚

Oh, and keep hydrated! Again, it’s HOT here and I can’t be out there more than a few minutes without feeling parched. (I said that in my head in my best sweet Southern voice.) So drink your water!

It’s time for my few minutes of quiet so I’m off to do some deep breathing.

Lynne

P.S. Here’s my quote for the day: “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” ~ Ralph Marston