A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Friday Favorites: Thank goodness it’s Friday!

on August 8, 2014

I am so glad it’s Friday. This has felt like a REALLY long week. I had a migraine that woke me up in the middle of the night late Sunday/early Monday and starting my week off groggy, nauseous and tired made for a bad start to things. I am so glad I don’t get many migraines and have immense sympathy for those who experience them often. Thankfully, things are getting back to normal. On to happier thoughts!

First up, in my August goal of a good deed every week, I picked “Donate to a charity that benefits animals or children” from my lovely little book of good deeds. A few months ago I came across Project Nightlight and thought it sounded wonderful. This charity provides a security blanket, a stuffed animal and a book for children who are come into homeless shelters. For children with so little and at such a hard moment in their little lives, this small bit of grace and kindness seems so lovely. You can donate money (the route I’m taking today) or work with a local shelter to build  your own kits to donate, which I think we’ll do with O in the future. We are so blessed, so I definitely want to help him learn to appreciate how what we have and to help those who aren’t as fortunate.

My lovely good deed diary

My lovely good deed diary

Some things I enjoyed reading this week:

SparkPeople is a free website with loads of fitness and nutrition information. There are fitness, weight and food trackers you can use, as well as message boards and blogs. Even though I don’t use their trackers, I love getting the emails with links to their articles because they frequently do a great job discussion rational, real life approaches to diet and exercise questions. This week, I got sent the link to this article “The truth about the paleo diet” and I highly encourage reading it, whether you’re interested in paleo or not. They do a nice job discussing the inherent limitations of most published research on dietary programs as well discussing specifics of the paleo diet. The bottom line is really to eat food that makes you feel good and try to eat more “real” food than anything else, without worrying so much about what name we put on things.

On another food note, this Grocery Guide for Runners from Runner’s World is really handy, particularly if you’re trying to figure out how to get started with a healthier diet to support your running. You’d go bankrupt trying to buy everything on this list, but start with a few healthy swaps and build on as you find things you enjoy.

Emmie, as she so often does, found a way to articulate things I thought lingered in only my own head this week with her post about her confidence bucket list. I’ve talked before about tackling a rock wall because I was afraid to do it when I was heavier (here) and other things I didn’t do because I didn’t have enough self-confidence to tackle them. #1 on Emmie’s list, look up in a crowd, especially spoke to me. I felt the need to try to shrink from notice for so long when I was heavier and thought that when I lost the weight, that urge would go away. It turns out, the urge to hide had less to do with my size and more to do with my feelings of self-worth and I clearly still have a lot of work to do in that regard. There a great list of blog writing prompts for August over at BrittanyHerself.com that are focused on body image and self love that I may need to spend some time reflecting on this month.

Finally, two things that are making me happy today (or at least making me smile):

– I tackled a run I didn’t really feel up to last night and spent some time hanging up with my feet up the wall in one of my favorite restorative yoga poses afterwards (another goal for the month). My lovely husband didn’t believe me that it was restful and felt really good, so he hopped down to try it himself. How can you not smile?

Hubby trying out a post-run yoga pose

Hubby trying out a post-run yoga pose

– Last night was open house at school, which meant we walked around the classroom looking at artwork and other things. There’s a corner with lots of kid’s drawings posted about their families. There are scribbles labelled as “Mommy and me getting pretty” and “Daddy and me playing blocks”, etc. This is our kid’s picture:

The blob on the right is me, the blob on the left is Darrell and the monster is apparently behind the paper chasing us (per O's rather matter of fact description of the drawing for us).

The blob on the right is me, the blob on the left is Darrell and the monster is apparently behind the paper chasing us (per O’s rather matter of fact description of the drawing for us).

The only one remotely like that. I’m sort of disturbed and more than a little proud of his imagination.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

4 responses to “Friday Favorites: Thank goodness it’s Friday!

  1. Love that grocery list for runners! And congrats on tackling that run even when you didn’t feel up to it! Have a great weekend :0)

  2. leannenalani says:

    haha I love O’s picture. Kids are funny with the things they think up! Did your husband believe you after he tried the yoga pose? Looks pretty relaxing to me. :p

    • He said he didn’t like the feeling of all his blood rushing back down into his body. 🙂 That’s sort of a nice thing for me, post run, but I guess it does take some getting used to.

      On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM, A Little More Each Day wrote:


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