I have been really inspired/empowered lately to change my entire lifestyle! The way I have been living just isn’t working anymore. It’s becoming just too much of everything. So I am simplifying in baby steps!
Starting with mine and my family’s diets and the products I use on myself. I can’t afford to go ALL organic, but I can try to be more natural! I think by giving back to the earth and simplifying what goes in and on our bodies that I can tackle the bigger issues that need to be de-funked in my life.
I have been in such a low place, that I have to start somewhere. Just SOMETHING to brighten my day and little ways to pamper myself and my frayed nerves. I have too often hidden behind food and a sour mood when things got rough. Well, my marriage and my body are suffering. I need to “detox”! I have started the Alli Weight Loss System today. (another blog to follow about my progress on that!) I am also slowly transitioning us to eating WAY more natural/organic foods. The less ingredients the better, especially ingredients I can’t pronounce! If it’s good for the body, it’s good for the soul right?
Another thing I’m doing, in like I said BABY STEPS to an overall new lifestyle and outlook, is what I am putting ON my body. If you think about it, whatever you put on your skin and hair is absorbed right into your body. My changing my diet, I’ve already taken a step towards more healthy skin, but I want to change my other habits.
I am really into natural remedies (potions, lotions, and soaps) that are better for me than what I’ve been using. Using plain old lotion, I can literally make it into a spa like treatment with a little natural oil! Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Vitamin E Oils are amazing for your skin and hair! (available from drugstore.com)
I can also cut the chemicals I use to clean my face as well. Plain old Olive Oil can remove eye makeup just as well, if not better than the chemically removers on the shelves. Witch Hazel makes for an AMAZING toner for after you have cleaned your face. Exfoliating is another step you can add to change the overall texture and shape of your skin! You can do a sugar/lemon scrub on a plain cotton pad or Burt’s Bees makes a pretty decent facial scrub. Just make sure the granules are pretty fine, otherwise it can be too abrasive on your face. Same goes for your body! (I prefer sugar to salt scrubs because of the stinging!)
Just taking these small steps, I hope, will mean that one day I will have built myself up enough to take on the world! Muahahhaha! No seriously though, the biggest mistake I made when I became a mom was putting myself dead LAST. We’ve all done it. My weight starting to climb first, my self image went down the drain, and then my marriage started to suffer horribly because there was hardly anything “left” for me. It seems impossible to take time out in the beginning of motherhood, but really it’s mind over matter. You FIND the time. You FIND those moments to yourself. I mean really is 10 extra minutes in the bathroom going to kill anyone? Those dirty clothes will still be there, the kid will still be screaming, the husband will still be throwing his dirty socks around, and the planet will still be spinning! I promise!! CLAIM those few extra minutes in the day for yourself! I can guarantee you will have more energy to tackle all the chores and duties if you take time out for YOU.
Take care of your body, take care of your soul. After all, our bodies are supposed to be a temple! What’s in yours? (Mine ain’t lookin so hot!)
*everything shown below can be found at drugstore.com*