Tuesday, January 8, 2013

52 Weeks: Week 1

I'll just say upfront that I was NOT on my game lastweek. It was the first week of the year. My camera wasn't even charged. Seriously, didn't even take a picture of Mikey on his 4th birthday. I'm going to need to remedy that. But anyway, I thought I might tell you a little bit more about what we are doing to make our 52 weeks series a success.

1) 52 Weeks of Ancestral Eating/Living: J and I have long known that eating like cavemen is pretty much the best medicine for our damaged and out of shape bodies for some time now. But knowledge and practice are obviously different, and we have NOT been practicing. Sometimes if one person is on board enough, they can drag someone else down a healthier path with them. I just don't think either J or I had it in us the last few months. Anyway, I just kind of woke up on Monday morning ready. Ready like I was over a month ago to just be done with artificial sweeteners (aka, diet soda, energy drinks, etc). Except yesterday I woke up ready to just be done with crappy food (aka, grains - even whole ones, and other carbs) and ready to embrace animal protein, animal fat, and plenty of produce. Every week I'll post pictures of our meals from over the week prior, and maybe some snap shots from my walks (hey, did you know that cavemen had to walk everywhere?). This week I'll just post some links for anyone interested in learning more about ancestral eating (ie, paleo, primal, atkins, etc).

The Paleo Diet
The Primal Blueprint

2) 52 Weeks of Home Improvement: This is meant to keep me focused on improving the house. I have a long track record of moving into a place, and never painting walls, obtaining furniture, hanging pictures, or photographs. In fact, if you broke into our home, you would have trouble figuring out who we are, which is just silly. I'm committing to 52 acts of love on this house, with a focus on decorating (but it might not always be that). In the works for this week are putting the Christmas stuff away, finishing moving the boys clothing into their new dressers (and out of plastic drawers) and maybe ordering some 8x10 prints and framing them/hanging them in the stairwell or hallway outside the dining room. That might be a bit ambitious for one week, but we'll see.

3) 52 Weeks of Bible Study: I've had such a desire in my heart to learn more about Christ, and read my bible! My sweet sister in law, Sarah, showed me a great app called YouVersion, which puts a copy of the bible right on your phone/tablet, and sends you scripture daily. Plus, you can sign up for bible reading plans, which is exactly what I did! I'm currently doing the year long plan to finish the bible in one year, put together by the Christ Church of the Valley. Totally stoked! In addition to that, I've been reading Mikey The Jesus Storybook Bible at night before bed. I'm kind of embarassed to admit how much I'm learning from that book but simultaneously appreciate the approach the book takes, and so grateful to our neighbor for bringing Mikey a copy for his birthday (along with some great Christian children's CD's). What I would like to do is just write about what I'm learning - maybe the pieces that stick out to me or apply to my life. I would also like to obtain a Study Bible, but so far haven't been able to find one that is very affordable. I'll keep looking! Lastly, we still really need to find a church home. I'll admit that I'm nervous about going some place where we don't know anyone, and I just need to get over it and drag J with me to one that I've been interested in for awhile. I'm making myself promise to do it this Sunday, so hopefully G-Ma is available to watch the kiddos for our first visit (and if we like it, of course I'd like to bring the babies with us on a weekly basis).

So there it is - the 52 weeks flushed out. Sorry the 1st week was sort of boring, but week two should be much more exciting, with pictures and everything :)