I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Exercise Incentive

I always had this thing about exercise equipment. People spend a lot of money on it, or on clubs that have it. Or videos. Or programs. Or and or and or. I always figured if you're that motivated to exercise, why not walk out your door and go for a walk? Or walk up and down the stairs in your house rather than spend a fortune on a "step" do walk on in front of your tv?

Now I guess I'm starting to get it. Perhaps it's the routine of a program. Or the novelty of buying some cute piece of equipment (or manly, whatever.) Or justifying the purchase by actually using it (at least for a while.)

We joined the Y. I wanted to keep up my kids' momentum with swimming. So now that we have the membership, I'm trying to commit to a weekly yoga class. It's included with the membership, and it's good for me. And it's time just for me, and I get out of the house, and it's a little time away from the kids (I feel guilty listing that as a plus, but it helps me to recharge.) So I am trying to set things up so I can go. I've mentioned it to hubby a couple of times. I've looked up the days/times. I've even sent a message to the woman who babysits for us to see if she's ever available on those days/times. Now it's just following through. Hm. I wonder if there's anyone who'd want to do it with me? Not that I need that. I'll go myself, too. But committing with another person makes it harder to bail out. And blogging about it makes it a sort of a commitment, too.

I also bought my husband a Wii for Christmas. And I have asked for Wii Fit for my birthday. I want to exercise, really I do! It's just a matter of finding the time. Does that sound like a lame excuse? Maybe it is. But I with my children for all but 45 minutes of most days. At least one of them. And that 45 minutes is used for sewing, computer stuff, phone conversations, sometimes showers...and it flies. Exercise with my children, you say? Yeah, sometimes that works. If they're both in the mood and agree on what to do. And really that more often means exercise for them, and not so much for me. (i.e swimming at the Y. They paddle around, while I walk slowly around supporting DS) Anyhow, excuses, excuses. In order for me to feel better, I need to shift exercise to the top of the priority list, which, of course, bumps something else. There's just not enough me time. =(

Anyhow, I won't mope, but will find a way to fit some kind of exercise in every day. It's good for me, and it's good modeling for the babes.

What have I done today........?..............shoot. Nothing.


  1. I would like to try a yoga class and I have a Y membership and I'd love to do that with you!!