Fox and Broom

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Archive for the day “October 23, 2011”

Just Call Me Narcissus

I just realized today how focused on ME I have been in my latest blogs. So, I wanted to dedicate at least one to my boys.

Sol is doing pretty well in school, as far as I can tell. We will find out more at the dreaded parent/teacher conference in a couple of weeks. I am a little worried about his math comprehension. He does well on his math homework, but we do have to prompt him to really look at the question. His math test scores are all pretty low. His reading level seems to be really high. He’s been reading to us before bed the past couple of weeks. I think that is pretty neat.
He is slowly getting over the dog thing. Sort of. We missed going to the shelter 2 weeks in a row due to yucky weather. I took him last week and it was almost like starting over again. It wasn’t as bad as the very first time. We (I) walked an Australian Shepherd puppy. Such a beautiful boy. He was so sweet and well-mannered. Sammi and I fell on this walk… I still feel horrible about that. I nearly killed myself trying to make sure I didn’t squish Sam (I was carrying him in a wrap). He still hit his head on the rocks. Alpha Romero, the dog, became very concerned about us. He circled me once, then snuggled up in my lap and licked Sammi. I nearly took him home after that. I would have if we weren’t renting…

Sammi has restarted his occupational therapy sessions. The clinic and the insurance company are having communication issues regarding payment for his therapy. I finally got tired of it and yelled at the poor customer service lady with the insurance company. I almost feel bad for her, but not really. I did actually tell her to shut up once when she was trying to calm me down. I think my whole neighborhood now knows precisely what I think of my insurance company. She straightened it out for me. Now I need to yell at someone at the clinic.
Anyway, he is improving, but is still behind. He can do the commando crawl, but can not get into a seated position from crawling. I’ve been working on this with him. The therapist also wants him to begin actually crawling on all fours. We are starting this by having him play while sitting back on his legs. Like in Hero Pose:

This type of work will strengthen his legs and move the proper muscles that need to start moving for walking. Crawling on all fours will also help with this and strengthen his upper body and arm muscles. It is a lot of work, but we are seeing results and that is encouraging.

Sammi has started to grasp sign language. I fell off being so diligent about it and started this week to show him signs again. He will now do the sign for “more” and “done.” He is now ALWAYS asking for more. The boy is not even one and is already a bottomless pit.

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Get Off Your Broom Week 3 Check-in & Week 4 Challenge

Week 3

I really struggled with Week 3. I had such intense sugar cravings that did not seem to want to go away. Even when I gave in to them. They just hung around. Funny that the Week 3 Challenge was to find out about what causes cravings… I’m going to go with my body starting to get ready to return to its cycles. At least for those cravings. I have no idea what else they could have been. My body has been threatening to restart its periods for a few weeks now. Up until this week, it has mostly been severe cramping. My son is almost 1, so it is getting close to time to restart.

For a really great blog on food cravings, I recommend checking out The Domestic Pagan’s post for this week’s check-in. She found some great info and articles. I feel so lazy now.

I actually did pretty good with exercise. I didn’t get as much weight-lifting in as I would like (as in none at all), but I got in a good bit of running and discovered that I am now averaging about 2 miles in the same time that I had been doing 1.7 miles. I also made sure to walk as much as I could.

Now for the measurement:

Weight: 168.0
-.4 this week
-4.0 total!

I will be doing my other measurements next week. I think they will be pretty good. I have noticed some things fitting differently and my belt is loose on me now… I might need to find a new one.

Week 4 Challenge

“There will be two parts to this week’s challenge.

Part 1: How balanced is your diet? Are you eating healthy, wholesome natural foods or are you simply eating less crap than before? If I’m honest with myself and you folks, I know my answer is that I am simply eating less crap.

A balanced diet, despite what the food pyramid tells you, won’t actually look the same for everyone. (I know, I’m no nutritionalist but the common food pyramid was created by the United States Department of Agriculture not the health department.) If you are diabetic or a vegan, a balanced diet is going to look a lot different for you than for someone who is eating a more traditionally balanced diet. I am striving for a mostly vegetarian diet so I look to the vegetarian food pyramid for guidance.

Part 2: In the previous post, I wrote about how I’ve been struggling to make this fitness challenge more “witchy.” If we do do things witchy all the time like Magaly says, then making a fitness challenge more witchy shouldn’t be hard, right? What can you do to combine your spirituality and practice with your diet and fitness regimen? Some suggestions include using the witches pyramid (to know, to will, to dare, to be silent), to use the elements to balance your diet and fitness routine, base your diet on the Wiccan Rede (to harm none), or to do ritual or magick to aid you. Can you tell I’ve put some thought into it already?”
From The Domestic Pagan

Part 1

I have to be honest. I’m with The Domestic Pagan. I’m eating less crap. I am working on eating more balanced. MyFitnessPal actually helps with that. During the day, I can actually see what nutrients I am lacking in my diet. I am also working on creating a weekly menu. I like to use the Alli website to help with this. I tried using Alli a couple of years ago and was actually pretty successful. I don’t care for the pill thingies so much, but I LOVE their recipes and how you can plan an entire week (or more) with their website. Most of the recipes create single servings and are easy to make. For dinner, I will double the recipe so my husband can enjoy it also. His favorites are the vegetarian stuffed squash and the vegetarian stuffed peppers. Anyway, this is a great challenge and I look forward to working with it.

Part 2

I once read (I am pretty sure it was in a Buckland book) that we need to consider our bodies as temples. They are a gift from the God and Goddess and we should take care of them in respect to that. We should be careful of what we put into our temple. This is a concept that I can easily combine with the Part 1 Challenge.
I can use my cooking time to put in loving and healthy thoughts into my food. I have a penchant for kitchen witchery, this would be a natural way for me to hone that skill and to add a bit of “witchyness” to every meal.
I may also do a bit of spellwork to help me with willpower…

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