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I’m grateful 5/52

After a pretty hellish week at the coal face of parenting very small children, I suddenly arrive at Sunday and feel utterly at peace with my lot. Probably something to do with the fact that Sunday is our Saturday due to my husband’s work, so this is the start of our weekend. Plus, I got to go out and have my Me Time – a Metaqua class followed by an Ethiopian curry at the market followed by a proper coffee and a short stroll around the mall…all ALONE, gloriously alone 🙂

I’m grateful for my chunk of Me Time. Keeps me from descent into complete FT SAHM lunacy – today I shall just peer at it from afar.

I’m grateful that I get to live in a small town with a big cultural mix. Ethiopian curry at the market followed by coffee picked up at the new European-style deli/cafe today. I can have the best Thai food I’ve ever had outside of Thailand anytime, too. Oh and Vietnamese spring rolls. Indian butter chicken. German bratwurst. This is not a big place by most people’s standards, I think the population including outlying areas is only about 70,000. No Starbucks, no Myers etc. (thankfully!) Small enough that I can have a chat with the Ethiopian lady that made my curry, and bump into a friend while I’m eating it; small enough to have a good talk about cheese with the deli owner’s daughter and to know that every time I go into town chances are I’ll run into someone I know. But still with so very much to offer besides!

I’m grateful that my body is healthy and getting stronger by the day. I walked over 130k in January and I’m aiming for 150k in February. I’m grateful that I have legs that work, unsightly with thread veins though they are! I’d go bonkers if I didn’t exercise. I need the time out and the endorphins! I’m grateful that my husband supports me practically in my efforts to feel empowered and strong via daily exercise.

I’m grateful for my smartphone. I recently discovered the joys of Endomondo via a girlfriend and a group of us mums are doing monthly walking challenges. So motivating and also a lot of fun!

I am grateful for my lovely group of mummy friends and the way we support each other in our efforts to get and stay fit and healthy, and to bring up fit and healthy children.

I’m grateful for the many fabulous connections I’m making in the online world via blogging and Facebook pages. I am learning so much about health, happiness, motherhood, womanhood, possibilties, other worlds, other people’s experiences…

Today is a bloody good day. I’m grateful for that. And it’s not over yet!

I’m linking in with 52 Weeks of Grateful hosted by Maxabella

Vegan-Curious

The other week while enjoying one of my favourite pastimes, browsing in the local second-hand bookstore, I idly picked up a book called Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven. I was intrigued by the title (successful marketing tactic indeed!), I thought it look like a no-nonsense guide to healthy eating during pregnancy, and it was only $7. So I bought it. Turns out it’s a hardcore treatise on veganism, with particular emphasis on its benefits in pregnancy – not what I was expecting! The style is very easy to read and very, very in your face. Some of it is not easy to take. Descriptions of slaughterhouse activity made me physically recoil. And even decaff is bad for me and my baby? No meat, eggs, fish, or dairy?? What the hell’s left?! “Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and wholegrains!!!” is the oft repeated battle cry. I have always believed in the everything in moderation philosophy when it comes to food, with the exception of the usual things to avoid in pregnancy like salami (hot hungarian, oh how I have missed you!) and pate, soft cheese and so on. But this book has me all shook up! Vast amounts of detail referencing countless studies about all the horrible chemicals and hormones that are in almost everything we eat these days unless we’re very, very careful. I’m finding it hard to put it out of my mind.

I’m almost 8 months pregnant and so now is not the time to be making drastic dietary changes. But I have to confess, I am now very vegan-curious. Completely by accident! So, there are going to be a few gradual changes around here:

  1. No more white pasta or rice (we never eat white bread anyways so that’s a start).
  2. I meal plan and cook mostly from scratch already but from now on I’ll be introducing, if not vegan initially, then at the very least more vegetarian dinners into our diet. My daughter doesn’t eat meat anyway so it’s more than time I started properly investigating the alternatives.
  3. More shopping for fruit and veg at the local markets, of which there are many – we are so fortunate. Supermarket chain produce is over-priced anyway (and may I just say, “fresh food people”, my ass). We are on a tight budget but I’m happy to pay a little more for the things that really matter. And tofu is cheaper than meat anyway so we should make some savings there.

 

My husband is wary, but on board with these initial plans, and shall see how we go. Another rather unexpected turn of events for our little family! I’d be very interested to hear from any real-life vegan or similarly vegan-curious readers.

Blogtoberfest 2012, 13/31

What is life without cake?

I have a bit of a sweet tooth sugar addiction (let’s be honest). I haven’t had a drink in almost a decade, I haven’t done any recreational drugs in almost two, and I quit smoking about 7 years ago, so cake is my only remaining vice and I refuse to let it go! You have to have something, right? (Yes I know there’s that other thing but I’m almost 8 months pregnant and sadly for my beloved, I’m not one of those pregnant woman, alas!). I did do a 21 day challenge a couple of months ago and ate no sugary treats whatsoever for the whole 3 weeks. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I even survived two children’s birthday parties. But it didn’t last long after that. My skin broke out again immediately after eating a pavola on a mums night out in the days following the end of the challenge. A telling sign that sugar is BAD, there is no doubt about it, both inside and out. And it is in everything these days.

In my opinion, however, a life with absolutely no cake in it is no life at all! Moderation is key (well, I try…). Miss M woke up at 4.30am today and although my other half got up with her and I got the lie in after the usual (lovely)  20 minutes or so of special mummy cuddles, I was still up by 6.30am , and dealing with an energetic yet overtired toddler is not fun. Playdate couldn’t make it after all and I didn’t have the energy to run around anywhere, to be honest, yesterday was pretty full on. By 10.30am I started to feel pretty darn grumpy, resentful, all those other negative emotions that do nobody any good whatsoever. And then – light bulb moment! Blueberry muffins!! Homebaked so I know what’s in them, and blueberries are a superfood, so really they are healthy in so many ways 🙂 On with the telly as distraction (today clearly not a day where I have the patience to bake with my little munchkin) and in no time at all I had a large mug of steaming hot English Breakfast tea and a yummy muffin (or 2) to look forward to. Life was looking up! Miss M is now asleep and My Time is now. It’s the little things, right? Nom nom!

Blogtoberfest 2012, 4/31

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