Since my post next week will be dedicated to celebrating my oldest son’s 16th birthday, I decided to post today about where my journey is leading me. First of all, let me say thank you to every person that reads my blog, subscribes to my blog, leaves me comments, and follows the Dugouts and Diapers Facebook page. When I started this blog, I never dreamed I would have people subscribe to read what I write. Mind blown 🤯! I enjoy writing. It’s therapeutic for me, and I originally began this blog as a way to let go. I had no idea anyone would actually be interested.🤣🤣
My loyal readers know of my perfectionist ways, and lately, despite my best effort to follow all the rules of intermittent fasting along with an all organic Keto diet and exercise, I’ve just hit a brick wall. I just finished a 10 day cleanse, thinking that would get me back on the weight-loss, muscle-gain train. Well, it didn’t! Yesterday I had a full-blown breakdown! I cried and cried and cried about why things have come to a screeching stop. After my eyes were good and swollen from crying, I began praying. I asked God to show me what steps to take next. Well, as I was cleaning house, an OLD song came on my phone. It is a Christian song from the 1980’s or early 1990’s by 4Him called The Basics of Life. That was it! Thank you, Lord, for ALWAYS leading me in the right direction and ALWAYS being faithful to answer when I ask!
The answer was, “Get back to the basics, Jessica! Do what you know works!” Back when I began this journey, as a matter of a fact, up until March (so the entire first 8 months) I was losing pounds, gaining muscle, feeling great, and not obsessing over every aspect of my journey. The basics….I ate 3 organic Keto meals/day and exercised everyday. Well, in March, I began intermittent fasting and was having to count hours between meals, worrying if I was eating too much or too little, still exercising everyday, but I haven’t lost much weight, nor have I gained very much muscle mass. It has become more of a stress than something that just comes naturally. Clearly it’s excellent for maintenance, because I haven’t gained any weight. I’ve just pretty much stayed exactly the same, give or take a few pounds. So, once I get to my healthiest version of me, I might go back to the intermittent fasting as a method of maintenance. For now and the journey I’m on, it’s not right for me.
Besides getting back to dietary basics, beginning July 30, I will also be getting back to family basics. God has opened the door for me to be a stay-at-home mom, and I am so excited! My manclan needs me and loves for me to be available for them. Weston has missed me terribly since I went back to work, and I didn’t get to attend any pep rallys for Banks. My time with Adam was minimal due to all the chores I had waiting at home once I got off of work. The truth is, Banks only has two more years of school, and I want to enjoy every moment! I miss my manclan. I miss my time with my husband. I am also looking forward to having some time for myself again. I’ve been so busy, I literally had to start trimming my own hair in January, because I didn’t have time to go get my hair cut! 😬 So, back to the basics….do what works! I’m thankful for these opportunities, and I encourage those of you that are hitting brick walls at full force in both your health and home….stop, and get back to the basics! For the first time in MONTHS, I feel encouraged and excited! I can’t wait to share with you all how these changes work out.
Thank you again for reading and come back next week as we celebrate Banks’ 16th birthday!!!!!!😱