Family Changes

So my family has been going through a lot of changes. Changes like me being laid-off and home all the time, changes in the eating habits of the kids, and changes like me starting to go to the gym.

It’s been interesting being home. I thought I wanted it. I thought it would be the most wonderful thing in the world and I would get SO much done. The truth is that I’m bored sometimes and lonely too because I have all this free time and the kids work and have their own friends and so I’m home alone at loose ends. I’ve finally started to work on the house, and boy does it need it! I’ve given a bunch of stuff away to freecycle.org in the last two days, cleaned my porch mostly, I still need to vacuum it though. It’s really hard for me to get rid of stuff. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been a packrat. Part of it may be having gone through a divorce you feel like you lose so much that you don’t want to let anything you do have go. But I’ve always been like this to some degree. I read a book recently, “Clear Your Clutter with FENG SHUI” by Karen Kingston, and I get it, I get why it is important to clear your clutter and how it could improve your life. It’s just really hard to let go of stuff still. Some things are harder than others of course. I can let go of the dress that I paid 99 cents for at the thrift store and really didn’t end up fitting me that well anyways, but the really cute dress that I bought at Macy’s for a wedding that is too small for me right now but might fit me after I work out for a couple of months, that I don’t know if I can get rid of. I guess I’ll start with the easy things. I thought I would get more done, but I’ve found myself spending hours upon hours on sitting in front of my computer screen. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve made some new friends, but I need to rebalance my time management! That’s my goal right now.

Our eating habits have gone through some changes since I’ve been home. To start off with when the kids were little and I was a stay-at-home mom or SAHM I used to cook 6 nights a week, and one night a week we would go out or get fast food. Since I have been working two jobs, I am lucky to cook one night a week, I’m usually too tired and I usually had the money to just go out or pick something up. Now that I’m home, I’ve started cooking again every night. I’ve had some hits and misses in the cooking department, but I’m rediscovering how much I love to cook! The thing is, now that I’m getting the hang of cooking every night again, my kids have decided to change their eating habits. My 22 year old son has now become a vegan, and my 19 year old daughter is currently on a juice fast. The outcome of this has been that the lovely meatloaf cooked in a bag with veges that I made two nights ago, I have had to eat by myself for two nights, and now I’m tired of it and throwing the rest out. Apparently, I’m going to need to learn to cook vegan or be eating alone. This should be interesting.

Lastly, the gym. I used to go to the gym faithfully. I used to read workout books and Self Magazine (or is it Shape) and be hardcore about going to the gym 5 days a week. I worked out with free weights and machines 2 days a week curcuit training and then did aerobics classes the other three days. I was in fantastic shape! And then I stopped. And then the last 15 years I guess I have been working two jobs and sometimes going to college and there just didn’t seem to be any way to fit in a work out regularly, so I didn’t do it at all. Last year I joined 24 Hour Fitness and planned to go work-out with my daughter. I’ve gone three times, and two of those three times were in the last week. I’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and they told me I should lose some weight and exercise (I always have to check how to spell the word exercise, I want to make it excersize or something else), anyway, I need to be exercising. So, now I’ve started. I went twice with my daughter in the last week. One day we just did the stairmaster, the next day we worked out on the weight machines and also the stairmaster. It’s all starting to come back to me. The things I used to know, the techniques, the enjoyment of working out and being fit! The thing is, I don’t know if I can keep this all up or not once I start back to work. I guess I’ll cross that hurdle when I come to it. How do you balance work, fitness, and all the other stuff you have to do?

Now the 22 year old son brought home 3 yoga/meditation DVD’s. Who knows what my house will be like next week?

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  1. Change is rough but it sounds like there’s some GOOD changes going on over there! Go Go Gadget SAHM! heh

  2. Great post… makes me want to clean my closet. Maybe I need to fung sway my house.. I know I spelled that one wrong, smile! Susie H~

  3. I can be a bit verbose at times, so feel free to edit this comment if it gets a bit long. My heart goes out to you – but don’t worry, not in a pity way! Change IS rough, and you seem to be making it work for you instead of against you – exercising, cooking again, cleaning out the house – these are all GOOD things! I’ve never been through a divorce myself, but my parents split when I was in 8th grade, so I don’t feel I should comment on that. I was probably the only one in the family to see that as a good and healthy thing (long story that I won’t get into). But what I do feel I can (and should) comment on is the eating and exercise aspects. I am a vegan, and I think it’s great that your son has become vegan. It is better for his health, and it’s opening your eyes to a whole new world and way of eating. There are tons of vegan food blogs (mine included) and websites that can help you to learn how to cook vegan (and tasty). It doesn’t have to be all tofu and mushrooms (two things I despise, so you won’t find them on my site – most of my recipes all have two things in common, simple/easy/quick and delicious). Regarding the exercise, good for you! Those endorphins are going to help alleviate most of the loneliness. And I think yoga is also a great thing to take up! It’s a great stress reliever, and it can clear your mind just like you clear your closet. Yoga will also help with balance. It has helped me realize, or achieve, balance with working on my PhD, making sure my dogs get enough of my time, exercising, cooking healthy meals and having time just for me when I don’t think about the world and what I have to do, and who I need to contact, etc. Exercising will also help with the diabetes, as would adopting a vegan diet. If I may suggest a book to read, “You don’t need meat” by Peter Cox. It discusses not only the environmental and ethical reasons for choosing veganism, but he discusses in great detail the health benefits of being vegan – with a special section on diabetes (of course, it’s rare that a doctor controlled by an HMO would tell you simply eating a vegan diet and exercising will help and thus you eventually won’t need medication to control what ails, and that a lot of our more common diseases these days can be prevented, controlled or even eliminated by eating better, i.e. vegan). It’s amazing how eating healthy can affect not just the physical health of your body, but also the health of your mind. Everything just seems to fall into place when you’re fueling your body with the good stuff it needs.


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