Week #18 ~ A Happier, Healthier You

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I had been dreading my first weekend without Joe and the boys, (our kiddos were spending the weekend with their dad), but I ended up having a wonderful few days! My lovely friend Joanne came to town. We hadn’t seen each other since before her long trip back home to New Zealand, so we had lots of catching up to do! We visited several of my favorite consignment stores in the ares. She found a gorgeous black dress to wear while she photographs weddings, and some fabulous tops. I found a few bargains as well!

Then we came back to my house so I could color her hair. I’ve colored her massive mane before, but this was the first time for me to put foils in her hair. I was really nervous – I didn’t want her to be bald by the time I was finished!

Joanne and Ginger 2

I really should have taken a video of our shenanigans! We tried taking a selfie, but we couldn’t keep a straight face!

Joanne and Ginger 1

Ahhh… That’s better! Her hair didn’t turn blue, she hadn’t killed me, and we had enjoyed a relaxing afternoon together.

Week #18 ~ A Happier, Healthier YouI dropped her back off at her in-law’s house so she could do some family things before meeting up with us for the movie later, and then I met my friends Andrea and Fran at a local pizza place. The food, friendship, and catching up were just what this girl’s heart needed! After we were finished with dinner, we headed to the theatre to for a late showing of The Fault in Our Stars.

Oh my goodness gracious. I just might be a masochist, going to see a 5-tissue movie about love and cancer just a few days after sending my Beloved off on deployment. I was incredibly impressed with the adaptation, and yep – there were lots of tears. It was actually kind of funny that at one point in the movie – the entire theatre broke out into loud sobs at the exact same time! Take your Kleenex and your best girlfriends – you’ll need them both!

I am a natural introvert, so I normally love being home alone, but deployment is different. Joe was so happy that I was with friends for that rough first weekend by myself, and I am so grateful that they were there for me!

Last Week’s Goals ~

  • Drink enough water, sea salt water, and coconut water to stay hydrated. Still going strong!
  • Switch to using coconut oil as my facial moisturizer twice each dayI can’t tell you how much softer and healthier my face feels since I switched to using coconut oil on my face! 
  • Eat a good breakfast each morning. I was able to eat breakfast almost every morning. 
  • Soak up girl time with wonderful friends this weekendYes!
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair with a good book  by 2200 most nightsOther than being out with friends at a late showing of The Fault In Our Stars, I was in bed by 2200 each night.
  • Exercise three times this weekI am really enjoying getting my booty kicked into gear every morning by Anna Kaiser #aktinmotion videos! She has 3 videos that are on YouTube – arms, booty, & abs – and other videos for sale on her website. I have been using the YouTube videos, but I finally broke down and bought her dance cardio video from her website. I loved it! Fun, sweat-inducing, and not too hard for this clumsy girl! Totally worth the $8 that I spent on it, and I’ll be buying more very soon! Anna Kaiser is the personal trainer behind Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Ripa, and Shakira – so you know that she gets results! 

Anna Kaiser TechniqueI’m going to keep up with her videos and runs, and maybe my Beloved will have a stronger, healthier, less-jiggly wife to come home to. 😉


  •  Care for my hands, feet, and nails.
  • Make a list of the deployment projects that I hope to tackle while my Beloved is gone, and work on at least one.

Crawling up on my roof was not on my deployment project list, but I found myself up there last night. Camden thought he saw birds flying in and out of an area in the eaves. I called my dad to see if I could borrow his tall ladder, and sure enough – a nest. Our neighbor arrived home about then and saw me up on the roof. He was a huge help – cutting and fashioning wire mesh to block more birds from going into the attic space. He went around the rest of the roof and filled in those areas while I took care of a mess – one of the boys dropped a glass jar outside, and it shattered. Not exactly how I planned to spend the evening, but I am so grateful for all of the help from my dad and our neighbors!


I also organized the disaster area under our master bath sinks. Whew! They are so much more functional! 

  • Be up by 0600 to enjoy quiet time before the day gets crazy. I did this every day except one. I was so exhausted after my trip to say goodbye to Joe that I slept in a little later. 
  • Make an appointment to see my counselorI’ll be seeing her later this month. She is such a help and encouragement to me! 

This Week’s Goals ~

  • Keep myself hydrated with water, sea salt water, and coconut water.
  • Continue using coconut oil as my daily facial moisturizer.
  • I’m almost out of my old bottle, so try to find a new, more natural facial moisturizer.
  • Continue crossing things off the deployment project list.
  • Exercise at least 4 times this week.
  • No sugar except on weekends.
  • Be up by 0600 on weekdays to enjoy quiet time before the day gets busy.
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair with a good book by 2200 most nights.
  • Finally put photos in the picture frames that have been sitting empty for waaaaaaay too long
  • Spend more time writing. Write. Write. Write. I can tell that my heart needs it.

How are you taking a little time for yourself? 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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Let’s do this, my friends! I’m going to try really hard to take better care of myself while my Beloved is deployed, but I could use your help. We can take just a little time to care for ourselves, and we’ll be stronger wives, moms, and friends because of it! You’re not alone… We can do this together!


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  • Ginger, what an amazing time you had with good friends. You seem to be taking very good care of yourself. I love using coconut oil on my face and on the ends of my hair when it is wet. Writing will keep you happy while deployment for sure and we love reading. 🙂

    • ginger says:

      Thank you so much, Lynda! Your comment really made my day! I’m so glad that I’m in good company with using coconut oil! I’ve never tried it on my hair – so maybe I should give it a whirl! You are so right – I’m happiest when I’m writing, and I know that it will do my heart good during these next few months! Hope you have a great week! *hug*

  • So glad that you had a good weekend — it would have been easy to stay home and have a pity party for yourself after your husband shipped out! I am trying to be extra good to myself this week while my husband is on the road. Now if only my baby would go to sleep so I could too!

    • ginger says:

      Hiya Sarah! Yes – you hit the nail on the head. I really wanted to curl up under the covers and have a pity party – but being with good friends is so much better and healthier! I’m sorry that you’re on your own this week – I know how rough that is. Hoping that you and your kiddos get good sleep and that the week passes quickly! *hug*

  • Mark Allman says:

    Nice work on all of your goals. Keep it up. I found this website for my girls that has a lot of videos for workouts and I believe all of 12 minutes or under. Some of them are series and build on the day before:

    Have a great week.

    • ginger says:

      Hiya Mark! It’s so great to hear from you! Thank you for the link – those look like fun and challenging videos, and I’m excited to check them out! 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  • Krista says:

    Wow! You’ve accomplished so much. I can only imagine how hard it is to be so far away from your loves. XO The longest my Bear and I were apart was 9 months and I HATED it. Wishing you much courage and loving people and good communication with your guy. XO

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