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Alexandrite's Fall Turnover Recipe


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Mother of three kids 5 and under, can be found mowing lawns or doing yardwork with a six month old strapped to my back these days, and continually marching that postpartum recovery route while enjoying the good things in life.

Here is my Fall Turnover Recipe - each ingredient to be repeated daily for best results.

One cup of daily scheduling: Dr. Focker (the husband) and I worked on a weekly schedule that has helped us do different things each day. Check schedule in the morning and plan accordingly.

Three ounces of meal planning: Use and follow the chart I have on the fridge for planning all three meals for each day of the week.

Two tablespoons of personal care: Shower or bath each day, nap time of 15 minutes or more required.

3 cups of Winter Preparation: 30 min at least of outdoor time working on the yard, harvesting produce/garden clearing, or cleaning out garage crap so winter is easier on us.

1/2 cup (one stick) of solid physical improvement: Either 8 laps around the back yard to quantify a good amount of walking, OR one 30 min or more session of yoga, OR Nerd Fitness Bodyweight workout complete.

Dash of Friendship: message, call, or talk to someone local to develop better friendships. Organize playdates or get togethers depending on preference.

1 teaspoon of business development: work on website business, English tutoring, handicrafts that I can sell, the trailer rental, or other money-creating opportunities.

Pinch of Japanese Language: get back up to speed on WaniKani, crack some old textbooks or work on Textfugu.

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I follow! Mainly for the Winter Preparation (moving and working instead of "just" exercising) and Japanese. I wanted to continue re-start learning Japanese, but didn't know how. Thanks to you I'm looking at various apps right now. And I have a quest in my challenge to do something fun for 15 minutes a day. So that's ideal to get back to 日本語。ありがと!

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I love the set up for your challenge, how creative!

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hi! this is a smart approach to the challenge!

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I haven't dropped off, I promise. I think I might be atarting the challenge a bit late though.

It is just a tough week. Today is Dr. Focker's birthday (yay!) and Friday is the anniversary of my mother's passing 9 years ago (no...). Been trying to roll with things but I have been wholly unprepared for the emotions that have come up. It doesn't help that I am now living in the place where she passed, and that Dr. Focker felt it necessary to bring up changing our wills and future planning in case we died and the kids needed a new family. He apologized yesterday about the timing of the topic at least. I think I will just give myself a by-week. I broke the lawnmower on accident too by hitting a stump earlier this week. More things that need money thrown at them.

Positives? I am starting my own website business. Can't say much yet but I have my first client and she is super happy about it all so far. My kids are healthy, the weather has been great, and my body continues to recover and change. We tried a different church last Sunday, have a crapton of wood to split and stack that was all free, and our exchange student M has been slowly fitting in to the family. She and I get along well.

I will pop on to update again, but I wont start the above stated ingredients list until Monday probably. Thanks for all the support!

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Those are some great positives. :) 

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2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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End of Monday, and I will say I probably accomplished about half of the ingredients. Maybe less... no nap, but scheduling, meal planning, showering, potato harvesting, and some business discussion all happened! So I basically got unleavened bread out of today, haha. That's okay.

Onward to tomorrow. It is supposed to rain, so I will be inside a lot.

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Hmmm. Forgot to post my recipe list up somewhere where I would see it and remember it. So another day of unleavened bread. I am feeling very unmotivated when it comes to things lately. Been playing a lot of Stardew or Okamiden, which in general means my coping mechanisms are out of whack or my stressors are too high. I would say it is a bit of both. No nap for the past 4-5 days makes it hard too, I need more sleep and now I'm not getting it... I hate to just put on a movie for the oldest child but I'm starting to get desperate.

I also am definitely not wanting to exercise. My body aches, my muscles cramp, and I feel exhausted from keeping up with the baby all day. The truth? I'm allowing myself to be ungrateful for the body God has given me, and it is keeping me from taking care of this precious gift properly. A yoga series has started up on Thurs evenings, I'm wanting to go. I also want to do more at home to prove I can get in shape with bodyweight. Dr. Focker always thinks he needs a gym or free weight set for it, I want to show him otherwise!

Wed, you're up!

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Haha, thanks for the poke. I was just thinking about this. Life is about as crazy as it will always be. I've had days I feel good and days I don't, and my willpower and motivation is all over the place. I'm also finding that winter prep is taking up a larger majority of focus and time. And I started doing the website business more, and anything else that will bring in more money... so I have found that other stuff falls to the wayside, including physical fitness.

Been playing too much gaming again as well, which uses up a lot of my valuable time. Fun, but yeah, I think I will need to return to the whole "earn game time" thing I did in the last couple challenges to reign in the playing.

Hmm. Going to think on this more.

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I can sympathize on the winter prep- fall and spring always seem so chaotic and you race to get everything done before the weather changes too much, but you can't start too early and go go go! 

 

Apropos nothing, how'd the potato harvest go? I got 3 or 4 each out of the potato towers that had big, beautiful leaves, and 7 our of the ones that looked dead and withered. There's just no telling...

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We actually dug out quite a handful of baby potatoes, but it would have been way more with better watering and covering with dirt rather than straw. The potato plants reallllly like dirt apparently, and all the potatoes were growing at or below the dirt level rather than in the foot or more of straw on top of that. Plus we forgot to water more than a few times and the birds and bugs picked at the plants frequently. Considering covering our garden in bird netting, but then we would have to have our own hives for pollination, haha.

I've jumped back on the reward system for game playing time. Our regular schedule at home is getting better too. Exchange student M is starting to help out with chores, including helping clean the house, dishes, and taking care of the chickens and coop. We also started using a family app called Cozi where all of us can see a family schedule, have to do lists, and shopping lists. It is helping me keep track of stuff for sure.

Physical activity in the form of set exercise continues to be difficult. I'm exhausted lately with waking up every hour and a half at night for feedings. Then I carry baby on my back or around quite a bit. And the other two still need lots of help with stuff. I feel like working out may not be the best use of my energy right now. So I'm going for yoga instead. I can get stronger later. I need to be less tight right now.

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A random Jason Yoga 30-minute progression for Immune Boosting, some extra stretching, some showing off shoulder stand to my kids, and some squat prep stretches from Katy Bowman. Feeling good!!

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On October 17, 2016 at 9:40 AM, Alexandrite said:

Then I carry baby on my back or around quite a bit. And the other two still need lots of help with stuff. I feel like working out may not be the best use of my energy right now.

 

lol, walking around carrying a weight sounds like a workout to me.

 

I've tried growing potatoes in straw before too without much success. We switched back to dirt and had a good harvest this year.

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So basically I can have really good days like above, where everything goes according to plan and miracles like naps happen on time. Or life happens and my daughter stays sick and gets the family's first earache and perforated eardrum. And you accidentally feed your son cake the day before that had red frosting on it so he goes absolutely BONKERS. And the baby blows out two outfits before noon and refuses to be put down because he is teething. And getting sick too. Monday kicked my butt. It was a lot to handle and I did it very poorly. Last week petered out and I felt exhausted, sore, and jealous of Dr. Focker who gets to do something other than his job on the weekends when I never get a break. It was a great weekend full of Harvest Festivals and special movies and yard sales to score an old breadmaker machine! But by Monday night I was so trashed beyond any point of really being myself.

Dr. Focker commented that maybe it was time for me to take a vacation. He said I should use the beach rental I won and spend a few nights at the coast with the baby. This is unprecedented. He has been strongly against me traveling anywhere on my own in the past. But he says I need it and frankly, they probably need a break from me. And it sounds heavenly. A whole weekend, three days to myself with only the baby to take care of and two naps a day! Haha. So I think it will happen. But I will probably invite my aunt so that I don't drive alone? Not sure yet.

Needless to say this thought really cheered me up. I want that time and luxury. If my aunt comes she can help watch the baby too because he likes her. Hmmm.

In summary, the goals and quests for this recipe were many and good, but I was only able to accomplish about 40% of them on any given day. My consistency continues to be shot full of holes by my life responsibilities and coping mechanisms that keep me afloat right now. Not much I can do about that. I nurse my babies usually until around 18 months when one of my sides usually dries up and they move on. So no solid night's sleep for another year probably.

Still thinking on how I can make positive progress and still be flexible enough for the chaos. I have continued to lose weight (6lbs in the last few weeks, at 140 now) and can now squeeze into my old jeans, lol. The jeans that really count, the flannel lined ones for winter! Haha.

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Sorry the day went crazy on you. It is ridiculously difficult to accept that life will go crazy and you can't do anything about it. Hope the vacation idea comes to pass and gives you a much-deserved break! 

 

Congrats on making progress in spite of the craziness though!

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