Happy New Year!
Wow … what a year 2014 was! Is it just me, but does a year seem to fly by for everyone out there? Now that I have two very busy kids, and well, a very busy life, I realize that a year is not a long time at all. Sometimes I wish I could freeze time. Instead, I have learned to live each moment of each day. I have learned to appreciate what I’ve got in front of me right now and not to always want something more. That’s a tough one … the wanting part. But, I try to keep my life in perspective each day and I realize that always wanting something more or different teaches you to not appreciate … life. Everyday when I tuck my kiddies in at night, I look at them and I tell them I love you. Sometimes I’m that creepy Mom who sneaks into their rooms after they’re asleep and I sit there on the edge of the bed and just watch them sleep. Taking this time reminds me of how blessed I am to have them as my children. Even though there are times during the day, when the screaming is happening, or the arguing is intense between them, I am so thankful that we have them. I am blessed to have this super tight family. We love each other and hubby and I do our best to teach our children to love and respect each other. Yes, somedays the lesson is harder to teach than others, but we do our best! So, watching them sleep at night is my moment where I can just appreciate what I’ve got, right in front of me. I love being that creepy Mom.
2014 was a big year for me. It’s been almost a year that I decided to commit to this blog. I decided that, perhaps, I had something to share with the world. My thought was if I could just help one family, one little boy or little girl to unlock their door, like we did with our boy, then I had something I needed to say. You see, our journey to being gluten free, dairy free and soy free wasn’t an easy one. It took a long time to get here and over the years I think I’ve come up with a few tricks to make our life easier and better that have allowed us to become so incredibly happy. Looking back on our pre-allergen free life I realized that I lived day to day, barely having enough energy to make it through each one. I was exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally. Until one day I met this incredible woman, my naturopath. She actually looked at me when I talked about our troubles with the boy and she actually listened. Yes, she actually listened to what I was saying and she helped. And, for the first time I felt like I wasn’t crazy. There was something wrong with my beautiful boy. And, so our journey began. After committing to sharing our story through this blog, I feel like I’m finally giving back. (If you want to read more about how we came to be gluten free, dairy free and soy free, take a peek at the Our Story section of our blog)
I also committed to being a better me. You see, it’s taken me a long time, but I realize that if I’m not 100% feeling good, then it really affects every part of my life. Like I said, several years ago I committed to being gluten free. That was one the best decisions that I have ever made for me. I can’t explain the difference in how I feel, in my body, in my attitude. etc. I guess you could say I’m still me, just a much better version of me. In 2014, I also committed to working out everyday. I wanted to push my body and really, really feel good. I’ve tried all kinds of different routines. I’ve used those DVD workouts, started running, and well, just about everything else. I would like to say I’ve tried getting a gym membership, but lets be real, I have two kids under 6 and a hubby who’s away 18 days a month. That’s not gonna happen. But, in the fall I discovered this amazing duo of women. Yes, women who are both Moms, just like me! They’ve developed this insanely amazing workout plan that is 12 minutes of high intensity workout. It is simply incredible! Who doesn’t have 12 minutes to spare each day? But, a fair warning for you, those 12 minutes are killer. They are a really, really great killer though. When I’m done, I feel like I’ve just run a marathon. I’m exhausted. But, I feel so incredible for doing it. These 12 minute workouts have really changed how I look at working out. What I love the most about these workouts is that I’m not bored and I’m always challenging myself. Also, I’m at home, with my kiddies playing beside me and I’ve gotten a better workout than if I had called a sitter to watch my kids, driven 20 minutes to the gym and spent most of my time hopping from one machine to the next. I look forward to my email each day with a link to the daily workout. I love the fact that these two amazing women are there right there with me, huffing and puffing alongside me. I can see so many changes in my body. After each workout I feel like I could kick butt. And, that’s what I want to teach my kids, especially the girl. Well, not the kicking butt part, but I want to teach her that taking care of your body, being the best you, is an incredible feeling. I want to teach her that being strong, healthy and fit is beautiful. There are so many negative body images out there for girls and I want to teach my girl that it doesn’t matter what size you are. What matters is how you feel, how you treat your body and that being healthy is so incredibly important. Just today, while I was doing my 12 minutes, she was sitting beside me singing along to her Frozen soundtrack (yes, I too have one of those Frozen obsessed little girls!), watching me and giving me a high five after each interval. She even tried a few moves with me, but lets be real, Frozen trumps pretty much every thing else in the life of a 4 year old. I can’t say enough good things about these 12 minute high intensity workouts. I simply love them. Check them out for yourselves …. HIIT It Kelowna. These two women are truly an inspiration of what you can do if you commit to something and then follow through. Come on, I dare you, take the challenge with me and let’s see what we can do with 12 minutes a day!
Here are a few of my commitments for this New Year. In 2015, I am committing to carrying on with this blog. I want to bring you recipes that are not only gluten free, dairy free and soy free, but incredibly delicious and affordable. I am going to continue to commit to getting me fit. I will treat my body with love and respect and I will continue to teach my children to do the same. I will commit to always being the best Mommy and wife I can be, my hubby and kids deserve that. And, on a side note, I am committing to growing out this super cute, super short pixie cut (I am feeling like a need a change!). That in itself will be a challenge, growing out your hair takes willpower people! So, come on, let’s get 2015 started!
What are you going to commit to in 2015? Come along with me on my gluten free, dairy free, soy free journey and see what 2015 can bring you!