Making Yourself a Priority

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Following a 70 hour work week, when I was scheduled for only 20, and still keeping up with my homeschool mom duties, I knew something had to give.  I do not do enough for myself and I feel that now is the time.

The first thing I did, after thorough research of course, was order Shakeology.  I have wanted to for awhile but didn’t want to spend the money.  I couldn’t use that as an excuse after all of the overtime I had just put in.  It is fantastic and delicious.  In less than two weeks, I feel my skin is softer and my insides are singing.

The next thing I did was put on my sneakers.  I was already signed up for a 5k and was hugely ill prepared. I walked 4.25 miles every other day for two weeks until 5k day on May 17, 2014. I was getting stronger and faster at walking every day. The first week of walks had me grumbling to myself, “I hate walking.”  The second week of walks had me thinking, “oh, I feel stronger.”  The day after what was supposed to be the 5k, turns out someone miscalculated and it was a 5-miler, I got back out to my 4.25 route and jogged some of it.  It has been 6 years since I last tried jogging and back then I mostly erupted in giggles.

It is not easy at all, but I feel so great after I finish. I upgraded to some nike lunarglides in hot pink, invested in some calf compression socks, moisture wicking exercise pants, and FEETures socks.  I bought them in super fun colors:  sherbet, fuchsia, and aqua. I needed to upgrade from my sad black and gray.

Although we did the charity 5k in May as a family, my son left us in the dust. We are signed up for the Color Run on his birthday in October and I hope to keep up then.  In the meantime, I will be preparing for the ROC Race in August.  It appears to be a cleaner, safer version to the game show Wipe Out and looks like tons of fun!

While we are all very busy being parents, homeschooling, working and whatnot, make sure you take time to learn what you love to do for yourself.

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Melissa ReadMelissa is in her first year of homeschooling her teenaged son, while working part-time.  She enjoys the simple life, but her husband is a super techie.  It’s an interesting balance as Melissa strives to learn more homesteading skills, while her husband is playing the latest Xbox game.  Find Melissa’s Facebook page:  Minor in Homeschool.

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