Week #14 ~ A Happier, Healthier You

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Happy Monday, my friends! How was your week? I had a fabulous weekend! So many wonderful things happened, and I can’t wait to share more with you!

On top of my birthday surprise arriving on Saturday, I also held a baby bunny! It’s scientifically impossible to have a bad day when you’re holding a baby bunny.

Week #14 ~ A Happier, Healthier You

Last week I shared with you that the new doctor that I visited told me that I had been drinking TOO MUCH water. Who knew?! It had been my goal to drink at least 64 oz. of water each day. He had encouraged me to cut my water intake in half, and to drink the rest as Gatorade. I stocked on enough Gatorade for a soccer team, and I was ready for my week!

I limited my water to 32 oz. each day, and it was amazing how quickly I used it up! A cup of Earl Grey in the morning, some ice water, another cup of tea in the afternoon….Poof! It was gone!

sunshine mug

Drink enough water!

Anthro mug

 I drank 32 oz. of the G-stuff each day. I try to avoid sugars most of the time, so it was kind of a shock to my taste buds to be drinking something so sweet – but it was enjoyable.


I’d like to make sure to keep my electrolytes elevated, but I think I’ll experiment this week with some natural ways to do this. I mentioned it on Instagram, and some friends had great ideas for me involving sea salts and coconut water! Do you know of anything else that I should keep in mind? No back pain so far. I’ll let you know next week how the experiment goes!

Last Week’s Goals ~

  • Drink only 32 oz. of water each day.
  • Drink 32 oz. of Gatorade each day!
  • Sign up for summer improv classes with a friend! This still slipped my mind last week!
  • Get the empty dining room ready for my birthday surprise arriving this week*happy Snoopy dance* It’s here!!!! I shared a sneak peek on Instagram and Facebook over the weekend. Stay tuned for a post this week about how this dream of mine came true! 


  • Exercise at least three timesI’ve finally built up enough stamina in my hip to spend an hour on the elliptical machine! I did this twice this week. I also ran with my oldest son, Camden, on a track for the first time since surgery! Since my surgeon gave me the go-ahead to begin running, I have only been able to run on soft ground. I was to work my way up to running on a track, and then on a road/sidewalk. It was only one mile on the track, and my hip grumbled a little afterwards, but it was a start! 


  • Take my vitamins every morning.


  • Don’t be so hard on myself – find ways to give myself a little graceThis applies to so many areas in my life right now. Not being hard on myself as I became a beginner runner again, when I’m tired, when I’m afraid of the unknown – I’m learning to go a little easier on myself and treat myself as I would one of my boys.
  • Get back to researching and writing more of my side project.
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair by 2200 most nightsNot on the stairs, where Quinn crashed after a birthday party.

Q asleep

  • Take care of my rough winter feet. Yuck. I need to get them ready for flip-flop weather!

This Week’s Goals ~

  • Drink plenty of water this week, and add sea salt to keep up my electrolytes. Maybe try coconut water!
  • Exercise at least three times.
  • Tackle more of my side writing project.
  • Ask my friend what kind of mascara she uses. I’ve always admired her looooong lashes. I know it’s genetic, but I still want to know what brand of mascara she uses. My CoverGirl Outlast tube is about gone.
  • Get up at 0530 every morning to write, exercise, and have a head start on my day.
  • Participate in the #StyleMeMay fashion challenge on Instagram. I’ve had blast in April’s challenge, and I can’t wait to see what fun things are in store for May! It’s free, and all it takes is some creativity with the clothes that one already has in their closet!
  • Take care of my rough winter feet. *shudder* How do you get your footsies flip-flop ready?
  • Do two things on the list of activities that I enjoy.
  • Don’t be so hard on myself – find ways to give myself a little grace.
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair by 2200 at night.

I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and  Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!

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  • I consider it a major accomplishment if I get my toenails polished… perfectly callous free feet will have to wait for another day (or year!) Your new piano is beautiful. I assume you already know how to play? And WOO HOO for running! Running on grass is quite a workout, so don’t feel bad if it seems harder than you think it should.

  • No, you cannot be unhappy holding a baby bunny :). And too much water, who woulda thunk! I think coconut water is a great solution without all the chemicals. And yay for being able to run again!!! That’s awesome! And you’re the 2nd person who mentioned foot care for May. I think I need to now too :).

  • Julie says:

    This is just a question about your water intake. Did your doctor know that you are counting tea as part of your water intake? Tea actually dehydrates you and only plain water should be included in your daily dose. P.S. the Tropical Mango Gatorade is the best!

  • I swear by Benefit brand mascara…it’s pricier but soooo good! Congrats on the running-I’m so glad to hear you’re able to build up without too much pain. You’ll be back where you want to be in no time, I’m sure!

  • I’m giving away Younique 3D Fiber Lashes on my blog this week for Mother’s Day! I have really short lashes and they really do make mine look a lot longer (applies like 2 tubes of mascara).

    I admire your running! When I lived in town I ran every night. Since we moved out in the country I just can’t get myself to do it…lack of motivation or something. Good for you! 🙂

    • ginger says:

      Hi Jenny! I feel awful that I am just now getting to these comments. They were buried under other things – but I wanted to tell you thank you so much! I entered to win that day, and I’ve heard some great things about the Fiber Lashes! I might have to try them soon!

  • Ruth says:

    I love your tea cup! I couldn’t help noticing the books… We use Story of the World and Apologia too. Have you by any chance read “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode,” or are you just really good at making lists and making them manageable? I always admire yours, and the fact that you create time for yourself. ‘Cause we all know, mom time doesn’t happen unless we plan it!

    • ginger says:

      I have read it, Ruth – and it’s fabulous! I have always found that if I make a list, I am much more apt to accomplish the goals that I set for myself. I like the feeling of crossing things off. 😉 And you are so right – you have to plan Mom Time!

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