So what was the New New Me Deadline all about? Well, I had originally had a New Me Deadline, but didn't have the motivation to change soon enough. Thus, the New New Me Deadline was born. I didn't tell anyone what it was all about, but now that the deadline has passed, I can share.
I was pretty tired of some old habits keeping me from reaching my goals and keeping me from being the woman I know God wants me to be, so I set out to do some changing. On my birthday, my hubby asked me if I had met the deadline and I could honestly say, yes. I'm well on my way to making the changes although I still have a ways to go.
One thing I wanted to do was to become a much healthier person. I knew I needed to gain a little weight, eat better, strengthen my body, etc. Well, in May, I decided to go searching for the cause of some symptoms I was having including sinus/ear/dizziness problems and other things. I found out about systemic candida. Basically, we all have yeast in our body, but sometimes we can have an overgrowth where the yeast out numbers the good bacteria. Systemic candida is when it jumps the barrior into other areas of your body.
The symptoms and common factors matched several I had and I figured it wouldn't hurt to try a natural remedy after all the antibiotics and everything. Bingo. Within a couple of weeks, my body began to heal and I had energy, no more sinus/ear/dizziness problems, my monthly cycle corrected itself, etc. I was so relieved to find out what was going on after so many struggles.
The diet to help correct the balance of yeast is fairly strict so I was eating really healthy, too. I began doing my yoga workouts almost daily and just felt so good.
And I have gained weight! Remember the whole cycle correcting itself business? Well, it caused me to ovulate earlier than expected and walla...baby on the way lol...hence the weight gain. hehehehe
Now, I still have some work to do as the pregnancy set me back a bit with the extreme neasea I faced, but I am back to taking my vitamins, working on getting the candida back under control (I'm a little limited on what I can use to fight it, so it will take a little longer), hoping to begin my new pregnancy yoga DVD (someone nag me to start tomorrow!), and I've been eating everything in sight including a bunch of junk which has me feeling very icky. I need to knock that off.
The rest of the deadline involved being the woman God desires and I desire me to be. I really have done some changing here, too. I'm finding I care less about what people think and more about what God thinks. The fear of people is lifting and being replaced slowly by a helthy fear of what God thinks. I still don't spend as much time as I need to with my Heavenly Father, but I'm working on it more and more. My mindset is definitely a lot different now.
My husband has noticed a huge change in my consistency with home educating the children. It's a higher priority and I'm learning to let God run the education program around here. He knows much better how, what and when to teach things than I do. This includes my own education.
I'm also focusing more on my family and less on myself. God has blessed me with an amazing family (re-emphasized with Jake's seizure) and I don't want to waste valuable time on things that don't matter so much. I'm learning to play more, to hug more, etc. We are laughing more and relating much better as a family now. Again, I'm trying to learn to let God lead.
I found out I have adult ADD which came as a HUGE shock especially since I was always critical about the whole ADD thing. Now, I'm learning how to work with the negative traits and creating systems to help me overcome the weak areas and capitalize on the strengths. I'm seeing success and it feels so great.
The house is undergoing a major cleanout (can we say NESTING?) and I'm organizing everything and driving everyone insane lol. I'll go into more detail about it in another post cause boy do I have some exciting happenings going on here.
Anyway, this is much longer than I intended and really probably doesn't do justice to all that has happened with this whole New Me Deadline business, but that's okay. You have an idea.
One thing before I forget: I wanted to say how absolutely proud I am of my oldest two daughters. When Jake was having his seizure, it scared them silly, but they jumped in and straightened the living room and made sure there was plenty of room for the paramedics, grabbed things I might need at the hospital, etc. and really came through in a crisis. They were terrified, but that didn't stop them. I have wonderful children.
Jake, by the way, is doing better and the clinginess went away after a few days. He's back to his busy self and keeping us all hopping.
Lastly, feel free to ask how I'm doing with my eating, vitamin taking and exercising...I don't mind being nagged. I need to get myself prepared for the baby's arrival.
Anyway, stay tuned for the post about my scrapbook retreat, while-you-were-out experience and other happenings.