Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Beginning of a new me

A few nights ago I was sitting in front of the computer wasting time while my kids and my husband were quietly sleeping. As I sat there I had the thought that I was wasting my life.
I love my family and I realize how important they are to me, I honestly don't know what I would do if I didn't have them, but I don't act grateful.
I am also grateful to be a woman, but I don't act like it.
Instead of focusing on the important things in life I focus on things that aren't important. Maybe it's some emotional problem, I don't really know. I do know that I don't like who I am becoming and I don't like where my life is going.
So I hatched a plan. Really it was a thought, a small seed, but this thought struck very powerfully. I grabbed a pen and jotted down some notes so I wouldn't forget and went to bed.
For the last week or so I have been working a plan over in my head and jotting some notes. I named my plan: Project Princess-Mommy.

OBJECTIVE: To become a better mother and a better woman
I still haven't worked out all of the details but here are the basics of my 3-month project.

PROJECT DATE: June 1,2010-September 1, 2010

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: I will achieve a state of fulfillment by focusing my energy on becoming a better wife and mother and a better woman. I will do this by making smaller goals, but by no means easy goals. My hope is that this project will be fun and eye-opening.

I love to read and play games. But I spend far too much time dinking around on the Internet or getting lost in a book.
My plan is an intensive three-month schedule. I am hoping that by putting myself on a schedule and sticking to it, most of the time at least, I will be able to change my habits.
I want my girls to spend more time learning and playing. I will make this easier by planning time for teaching in my schedule.
The basic gist of the Wife and Mother portion of the project is reprogramming me into a mini- June Cleaver. I know it sounds extreme but I also know my personality. I need a drastic change. I am going to focus on my family and I'm going to do it in style.

WOMAN: I love being a woman. I love feeling girly but I don't take very good care of myself. This part of my plan is going to be fun fun fun, mostly. I am overweight because I don't eat well and I don't exercise. So the simple solution: Schedule in exercise and plan my meals. This will help with the mommy part of the project too (hot meals are easier to prepare when you have a plan).
This next week my husband and I are going to revamp our diet. We want to try to eat as natural as possible for a month. While I won't completely cut out processed food we are going to focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken and whole grains. Say goodbye Dr. Pepper (diet too!) and ho-hos.
To motivate myself to exercise I am going to train for a 10k. It's going to take 6 months probably before I can even hope to do most of a 10k, but I really want to do this.
The fun part of this woman plan is makeup and pampering. I have never been high-maintenance or frilly or particularly active in pampering myself. In the past I have never felt close to the women who can really do their makeup.
I am going to practice and adopt a rich-woman attitude. I won't be going bankrupt doing this project but I want to see how it feels to REALLY take care of my body. I want to feel like one of those women who are completely pulled together, classy and orderly.
By no means to I expect this to be easy. I am looking forward to the challenge. I also realize that we all have problems and just because I try to change my life doesn't mean I won't have set backs and other issues. I know I will, but I hope by really changing myself I will find an inner peace and I will be able to have a stronger relationship with my family and God.
I will continue to update this blog over the next several months. I will have weekly goals and more long term goals. Keep coming back to see how I am doing. Feel free to comment and tell me about your experiences!!


  1. Wonderful idea! im totally in. I think you should also throw up cheap ways you went about doing this... like the make-up part!!!

  2. We have been working on meals around here and eating them at home. We were picking up fast food far to often. Anyways when I shop I usually just pick up a couple of meals to make that week. It wasn't really working because I was still like there's nothing to fix. I started writing down each night of the week a menu and for dinners because we have plenty of breakfast food and I usually have leftovers or a sandwich for lunch. So it's been really working for us. Since its wrote down I guess I stick to it. Good luck!

  3. This is so great! Very inspiring to me and I'm sure other women. We are all working on this so it will be nice to do it together. The funny thing is that I started my blog today for the purpose to celebrate being a mom. I want to show Brandon (and myself) that being a mom is the best job ever!

    The meals have been easy for me. I like to make a menu...usually 2 weeks. That way I can go to Winco. Lately we have been on the South Beach Diet and that has helped me a ton because the meals are quick easy and healthy. The meals are so easy to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner all in the morning so you have the rest of the day. We had to do it for a month to learn how to do it cheaper though. (Let me know if you go on it because I know a few tricks!)

  4. Amazing! Good luck! I am excited to read a long to see your new adventure.

  5. I have an amazing recipe with absolutely no clean up...
    pick your meat
    chicken or fish or burger
    then potatoe or rice
    then veggies i use frozen medley with califlower and brocalli
    take a fairly descent size piece of foil lay it out flat and put the meat then the starch then the veggies, spice, wrap in the foil put it in the oven at 400 for half an hour and vala dinner.
    I make one for each person I am feeding so annie u would need four. the amount u put in each foil dinner cooks in the same amount of time
    be careful the steam burns when u open it.

  6. I dedicated my whole 25th year of life to goals like these. I was feeling pretty bleh and like I was just running in a little circle in a routine that wasn't helping me feel fulfilled at all.

    I'm excited to see how you do. :)