Like I mentioned before the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading an awesome book called The Compound Effect. This book is a MUST READ self improvement book for everyone who wants to be more successful in any area of your life!!!! The author, Darren Hardy, explains how every day choices we make, our daily routines & habits, and even our thoughts we have creates a subtle compound effect in our lives- whether it be in a positive direction or negative. He explains how the compound effect works and give several awesome examples and stories to illustrate it. Then he talks about how to recognize the daily choices and habits that we make and have and how you can put this concept to work right away.
I had an HUGE ah-ha moment the other day when I got to the chapter on Momentum. He calls it Big Mo. 😉 “Big Mo is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and enigmatic forces of success. You can’t see or feel Big Mo, but you know when you’ve got it. You can’t count on Mo showing up to every occasion, but when it does – WOW! Big Mo can catapult you into the stratosphere of success. And once you’ve got Mo on your side, there’s almost no way anyone can catch you.” How do you get Big Mo to show up??? Well you have to understand “Newton’s First Law -the Law of Inertia: Objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, unless something stops their momentum. Its not easy to build momentum, but once you do, look out!!”
He then gives an awesome example of how this works – Do you remember playing on the merry-go-round on the playground as a kid?? Everyone piles on it weighing it down and then you have to really work to get the thing moving. Getting it started is really slow going. The first step is always the hardest – getting it to move from a standstill. You have to throw your whole body into it and push with all your might. Finally after a long hard effort your able to get up a little bit of speed and run next to it. Then you run faster and faster and it really gets going to where you can jump on and enjoy the ride! Then when it starts to slow down you can jump off and stand there to push because momentum had taken over, you can now easily keep it going. Applying this to our life – When we make changes, we start off taking small steps. The progress is slow but once it becomes a newly formed habit (after 3 weeks or so) that’s when Big Mo usually joins the Party!!
My ah-ah moment was that I realized Big Mo has been the missing piece to my ‘puzzle’ in my life lately! I think about last year when I know I had awesome Momentum – I was in the zone with Weight Watchers and lost almost 20lbs in about 4 months!! Its because once I had established new daily habits; tracking my food with dietSNAPS, focusing on my daily points, made exercising a priority, making healthier food choices – I couldn’t fail because I had Big Mo with me! That is such an awesome concept that when we all realize how this force works in our lives – we could all go to higher places we never dreamed possible!!!! 😉
So this week I have been really focusing on creating and establishing good habits. To start implementing this principle- to invite Big Mo over again – my focus this week has been my home and making it an organized, clean, and tidy place that me and my family can really enjoy. I have started implementing my FlyLady Daily Routines and I just LOVE how accomplishing it feels when I am checking my routine list off each day!! (yep- I’m a list makin’ nerd :P) I especially LOVE the peaceful feeling in my home that comes from accomplishing my routines. Everything just seems to flow better and my mind is a little more calm and peaceful and I am able to think more clearly. I have learned that I do not thrive well in chaos and that I need to make preventing chaos a big priority in my life.
I believe that once we get started created good habits in one area of our life- that it will be a domino effect in the other areas of our lives – cause Big MO will move in! 😉 So think about where you are on the merry-go-round ride…….are you trying to push it to get it started in your life, do you push for a little bit and think its too hard and stop, or are you getting to enjoy the ride and having fun with Big Mo??!! 😉 This has been such a great visual picture for me as I think about where I am on that ride in different areas in my life. I know that if we keep doing those small simple steps each day that given a little time Momemtum will kick in! And when it does you will be unstoppable! So hang in there and most importantly whatever you do don’t stop!!!! 😉
Tuesday was House Cleaning day (or Weekly Home Blessing Hour as FlyLady calls it) and this is the first time I have done cleaning like this in a long time without company showing a few hours later!!! haha – sad I know but when you have a big house and 4 kids, a dog, and a military hubby – I put it off and have just done enough cleaning to (barely) get by. This is why I love FlyLady because I am usually one that likes to clean the whole house spick and span or not at all so for a perfectionist like me – I need to be constantly reminded that 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there a day and my routines is all it takes to get the job done – and when you stay on top of it – Big Mo moves in!! 😉
**15 mins on the elliptical in my Target Heart Rate Zone
**30 minutes walking incline on the treadmill – prepping for a Blue Bell Fun Run in the Texas Hill Country next month 😉 +4
post workout – green protein smoothie – 2
mid morning snack/breakfast – protein waffle with strawberries and Cinnamon Cool Whip – 6
lunch – freezer meal turkey veggie soup with pico added for an extra kick – 4
afternoon snack during a break from cleaning – ZonePerfect bar – 5
snack on the way to pick up kids – WW sample from last week – they were pretty good! -3
1 cookie from Family Night last night -3
dinner – Asian turkey stir fry with a little rice and lettuce with 1 TBSP of Thai Peanut Sauce – was SUPER yummy!!!! – 5
Inspired from this yummy recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen that I’ve used before.
I browned lean turkey with salt and pepper and then added a chopped onion and yellow bell pepper. Then I added in these ingredients to taste – ginger, fresh garlic, soy sauce, and chopped cilantro.
It was SUPER flavorful and my kids LOVED it and wanted seconds!!
My hubby is doing better and is back at work this week since the accident. Kinda bitter sweet cause I enjoyed having him home and getting to spend that time with him while he recovered. Just when I thought I was gonna have most of the day with him back at work and all my kids at school our little man was up half the night and then in bed with us the rest of the night so I let him sleep in and stay home from school today with his bad allergies/cold and swollen red eyes. Thankfully he is a good sick kid and I was still able to get my routines and list done today. By the time dinner rolled around my whole body was aching from being so busy all day and soreness from Boot Camp setting in + exhausted from not getting enough sleep.
Had a banana with Nutella before heading to bed – 5
Today was Laundry and Menu Planning Day. I got all of our laundry caught up and cleaned out the fridge so I could plan out a menu for the next 2 weeks. I found this cute printable dinner calendar on Pinterest. For the last couple of months I’ve been just writing down what we have for dinner on a calendar like this I keep on my fridge so I can look back and see how many times we eat out in the month, have leftovers, and when I actually cook. Its really quite eye opening when you just start tracking what you do for dinners. Makes me realize what I need to do more of – and cut out. 😉
*woke up with a headache and nothing sounded good. Made some toast out of these sandwich rounds that are only 2pts+
with strawberry freezer jam-3
*Had to force myself to use today as a rest day cause of my headache and neck and shoulder pain. I have to remind myself that it is ok to take and extra rest day now so that I won’t have to take a 2 week rest like I had to a couple of months ago. Mentally for me – that’s easier said than done. :/
snack while getting my Morning Routine done- 5
strawberries with cinnamon cool whip – 1
lunch – leftover awesome asian ground turkey on lettuce with 1/2 TBSP of orange sauce and 1/2 TBSP Thai peanut sauce – 5
mid afternoon snack – 1 TBSP peanut butter and an apple – 3
*Spent all evening in our first session with Sit Means Sit Dog Training. The owner Hamid was awesome in showing us and explaining how to get started in training our Duke. Within a few minutes of each command Duke was getting it! It is very cool at how simple and easy this dog training is. If you wanna see some amazing results just go to youtube and type in Sit Means Sit or click HERE to see some cool videos – it will blow you away!!!!!
dinner – Ritzy chicken casserole and Asparagus Stir Fry veggies
*Up bright and early before my family got up to get my workout in before my crazy day. I have to say I was NOT feeling it. (still have headache )
*20 minutes on the elliptical
*then almost did just 20 minutes inclines on the treadmill – I was tired and still had a headache. I decided to start reading my iBook The Compound Effect and that helped ‘distract’ me and get in another 20 minutes. Sometimes we just have to find ways to ‘trick’ ourselves so we can finish a workout. 😉
stopped by the store to get a few things for my kids to have breakfast before school. (needed to get to the store that bad! thank goodness its on my list for later) I grabbed a Muscle Milk Light to get in my post workout fuel. 😉 -4
*WW weigh in – still not pretty – up 1.8 this week on top of the gain last week. Gotta keep trucking on and give my body time to adjust back after that Spring Break week I had. This is where patience really is the key. :/ -5
The topic of the meeting today was What is Working For You (or Not).
grabbed Subway for lunch on the way to get my oil changed and a much needed wash and detailing. It was such a gorgeous day out that I sat outside in the sun and with the breeze it was just AWESOME! Its amazing what sitting out in the sun rays for a little while can do for your mood! 😉
-Subway turkey on wheat with no cheese, honey mustard, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, onions, bell peppers, banana peppers, and salt and pepper -8
Ran more errands before picking up Gabe then still had to go to the grocery store.
ran home to fill Easter eggs with candy for my Activity Day Girls activity. Had this Fiber One brownie and a few jelly beans – 4
was still hungry and needed something to last me a little longer but all I had time for was to grab some PB and a banana -2
the girls had a great time hunting Eggs and talking about why we celebrate Easter. I just love SPRING!
ran home and had 10 minutes for Tay & Jay to change clothes for their first Soccer practice. Grabbed some grapes and a few almonds to last me through the next couple hours till I could get home to eat dinner. -2
This is the first time these girls have gotten to be in a sport – mainly because I refuse to over schedule my family with extra circular activities and with 4 kids that’s pretty easy to do since we’re pretty busy already.
Well I just have to say as a Mom – just when you think you know your kids – you don’t!!!! The one that I thought would hate it LOVED it and the one I thought would love it HATED it and boo-hoo cried within the first 10 minutes and said this “wasn’t right for her cause she’s dreamed her whole life of being in gymnastics”- Oh GEEZ!!!! Gotta love those curve balls life throws at ya! 😉
After another stop at WM to get Jayde’s glasses adjusted and order her some sport glasses we FINALLY got home at 8pm.
I had sandwich stuff for the family to make homemade sub sandwiches but I was too tired and not really hungry for another sandwich so I just ate a serving of turkey – 2
and way toooo many of this awesome find!!!!! These new Jalepeno Jack Sun Chips were sooooo good!! I was so exhausted that I ate them straight outta the bag – which I know is a big NO NO – cause I have no idea how many I ate. I know that I ate enough till I was satisfied.
I think I hit the pillow snoring!!!!!
Meanwhile, these two went on a Daddy Daughter date to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games
They both said it was AWESOME! 😉