how to get company over

If you ever feel in a rut, stuck at home, desperate for some visitors, I have discovered a surefire way to get people over to your house that exact day.  The best part is, is that this method requires almost little to no effort on your part. I know, how? you are wondering.

Step 1: Don't clean your house. I'm not talking loads of laundry or dusting, I'm talking, don't sweep, don't pick up, don't do anything for that day... at all. Even better, if you don't have kids, walk around the house throwing shoes, toys, utensils, hair ties, bobby pins, crayons, paper, 8 million cups and some bodily fluids all over every surface of the house. I'm talking under the couches, on the tables, everywhere.

Step 2: Wait. Just...wait. Don't worry either, without a doubt someone will be over to "visit" or "chat".

It's funny, most of of the time I utilize this method I actually am NOT in the mood to see anyone for the day. You know, "one of those days" where you just want to survive.  You would think that after several years I would utilize this method to my advantage and clean like crazy to ensure complete quiet and isolation. Nope, still learning.

We just had one of "those days" last week.

It went like this:aunt flo showed up first thing in the morning so I slept in and got a late workout. The kids wanted to swim and I wanted some sanity so instead of  having time to get the dishes done and tidy up, we dashed out the door with the sunscreen and goggles in tow. We ended up swimming longer than usual because that was the last day that week to swim. Once home, exhausted, and in the house, lunch fed, I threatened the girls with their lives if they were loud while I tried to put Rodney down for a nap. For your information, he only naps 1-2 times a week now, say a prayer for me thanks. Once he was in his bed I could tell he wasn't going to nap, but I would get a good hour of him smashing his toys together and disembowling a bad guy. Victory was mine!  I was so done already with the day. I threw a huge Tupperware bowl full of buttered popcorn (face palm) at the girls, put on a movie and went to take a nap. But wait...it gets better. I also said our "Project" for the day was going through all of their clothes for school. It's official, I'm an idiot. I had them, by themselves, remove all of their clothes from their drawers and sort them in the family room while I napped. 

If you are a mom, you know where this story is going. When I woke up from my 30 minute nap to Rodney growling, "mooooooom!" "mooooooom!" because his destruction was complete and he was bored, I walked out into the family room to what I assume the remains of a popcorn tornado look like. It was almost as if some "girl" had taken the bowl of remaining popcorn and greasy kernel shells and flung it through the air like a frisbee, willing, with her evil brain, popcorn pieces to fall into absolutely every crack of the room. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. And the clothes, well, what happens when you ask children to make "piles" and they are unsupervised is just chaotic mounds of crap. You can't tell where one mound ends and another begins. There were a few toys and even a shoe stuck in the piles too. What? At this point you just stop questioning your decision making skills and why you even created life. 

I was defeated, on all ends. I put on another tv show and retreated to my room to read. I just did not care. The mounds could wait. The whining could wait. The clean up could wait.  

But wait? What's that sound? Of course, someone is in the driveway....

Yes, Ty's grandparents drove over to see how the kids and I were doing while dad was away with Scouts. I'm pretty sure they got the most honest answer ever with their first glance of my house. We chatted and I ignored the mess, I promised I vacuum every day (because I really truly do) to try and stop the ebb of dignity seeping from my soul. We had a great visit, they left. We eventually sorted the clothes (that night I might add!) and got all the popcorn cleaned up.  

I should admit that by this day my dryer had been broken for 11 days. ELEVEN. I don't care how hot it is outside, and how easy it is to line dry everything, I only love several things in this world and two of those things are my washer and dryer. This is complete honesty people. Also, I'm seriously considering giving the popcorn maker away, why do I even have the blasted thing? It's out to get me. So are the kids, but I guess I have to keep them.

Long story short, how is your summer going? Any visitors?


Marriage and the 24 day challenge

When ty told me he was ready to do the 24 day challenge, I was really wary. Very, really, a lot. And here is why; every marriage has the same about 3-4 marital arguments. Money, sex, family and one of ours was "healthy" eating. No matter how much I researched, read and practiced Ty "knew" what was healthy and stuck to it. Like, when you eat chips and salsa, you just balance it out with a glass of milk. What? And a nice cold root beer before bed is perfect (that's 46 grams of SUGAR before bed my reader friends). Not to mention the sodas and crap candy ( and sometimes energy drinks) he was buying at gas stations to make it through a rough day. Ack, run away! You will never win this argument!!!

But he insisted, he wanted to do it. And so, I reluctantly ordered his stuff and we talked about the eating plan and water etc. Even though the challenge is hard and not for anyone unless they are ready for change... here is WHY I love this 24 day challenge, it teaches you how to eat healthy for YOU. It is flexible and easy if you put a little prep into it. DISCLAIMER: I prepped ALL of his food, every day, for 24 days. I don't think you should sign up for this unless you really want to test how much you love your spouse. Holy cow. But, right now it is hotter than hades and helping him with his food was the least I could do when he is in a box that's 125 degrees all day.

So, he started and just like me, the first few days were rough. He wanted chips and salsa sooooo badly. So I upped his salt on a lot of his food the next few days and it helped.

Yes, he learned how much more energy you have when you eat ENOUGH protein and ENOUGH good carbohydrates. But the best part of and about the challenge to me, if you have had eating problems (not a disorder mind you, just addictions) is the 3 weekends. Yup, 3 WEEKENDS of sticking to the plan. Weekends is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. You don't really realize how much you indulge on weekends until you have a meal plan to stick to. And the first weekend is the hardest. So so rough. It also makes your family uncomfortable when you are eating healthy around them and they are not. Very akward, lots of "no thank you's" and just ignoring the cheesecake ice cream everyone is feasting on. There was lots of gum chewing and going to bed early. hehe. 

Overall we ate out about 3 times during his 24 day challenge and he didn't stick to the plan (it was family time), but he did attend his family reunion and really did awesome considering everything. And he lost 12 pounds! And stopped snoring!!! And really felt great, less headaches also. The spark is the best thing for him and his headaches and concentrating at work or not falling asleep driving to work, or home, you know, avoiding death and crankiness is always a good thing.

Last but not least, it actually was a great thing for our marriage. He finally understood why I do what I do, and how much protein is enough for him and what GOOD carbs are and what LESS GOOD carbs are and to really eat enough healthy fats. And getting up in the morning and making our breakfast together and talking, even at 4am, has been good for us. And I'm happy to have us moving towards a healthier eating lifestyle because cancer sucks and so does heart disease.
he also looks better too, minor detail :)
Today he has been done with the challenge for 2 weeks? I think, and is down 14 pounds and feeling great. He is sticking to the meal plan but indulging what he wants to, and now runs 3-4 times a week (all on his own, no nagging from me! MIRACLE)

He also went on our Church's 50 mile hike with the Scouts and came home happy! What? They did the exact same hike 2 years ago and he was a complete cripple when he arrived at our door. He said the hike was easier, and he never got as tired and the Advocare supplements just helped him cruise through it. Our favorite supplement this summer is the REHYDRATE. It's their brand of gatorade and the packs were easy for him to pack in and out and the electrolyte/potassium balance is great for exhausting hikes, excessive heat (like on his job sites) and after exercise. It's also the official drink of Major League Soccer, soooo....yeah. It's great. 

I'm proud of him (and me!) and honestly am really grateful for Advocare and how it is impacting our lives. We are happier, healthier, motivated and also earning extra $$ every month for our family. Win, win win win win. Boom.

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