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An experiment.

Continuing my thoughts about change. Is it possible for someone to really change? Not just for a short amount of time. Not for just a week or a month. But change for good? I wonder is it one defining moment that sparks the person to change or is it a constant battle?

After my last post about change, I decided to conduct an experiment on myself. There are many things I would like to improve about myself. I know everyone has a list of things they would change about themselves. I want to be more patient with my kids. I want to be more friendly and outgoing. But ultimately what I want to change is my unhealthy eating habits. So I’m going to test myself and see if its possible to change. Is it possible for me to change how I eat? If faced with an unhealthy choice, will I pick a healthy one?

I know for a while now that I needed to change how I eat. I’ve been here before. Years ago, I found myself unhealthy and unhappy. And I changed. I lost 25lbs. For me, having children means I have an accordion for a body. Ups and downs. And I get that. But I want to change my (and this sounds so cheesy) my relationship with food. I don’t want to eat if I’m sad or trying to fill a void or bored. I also don’t want to develop diabetes. I want to be more active for not only myself and my personal well being, but I want to be an example to my children of how to eat right and be active. Even though I want this for my boys, I think it wasn’t until after I had my girl did it really hit home that I want to be an example for her.

This is a before and after picture I made in 2011 after I lost 25lbs.

So how am I going to change? For me, it’s starting gradual with little changes. I’m following what I did last time I lost weight. I’m eating smaller more frequent meals, I’m going low carb/and low to no sugar. I’ve been doing it for a week now and It’s been going good. My stomach aches have gone away, which I would have one every morning. I would tell you I lost weight, but I really don’t know. We don’t own a scale. And really this time I don’t want to focus on a number. I just want to keep going, eating healthier and changing my attitude towards food.

Mark bought doughnuts the other day for the family. And I made a choice not to have one. The decision wasn’t so bad because I made the choice already BEFORE that I wasn’t going to have one. I had a small sugar free treat instead. I think that might be the key, if I want to change, I have to make the decision before I’m faced with the choice.

Can someone really change?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about change. How can I improve myself? Its easy to see what needs to be changed in others. It’s easy to say, “Well it’s not that hard, why don’t they just change their ways?”. What they need to do seems obvious to us.

Then it made me think what I need to change in myself. How could I improve? Would it be easy? No it would not. Could I do it? Yes, I could.

We all have something we could improve about ourselves. We could eat healthier, exercise more, communicate better, be more patient, be happier, the list goes on and on. So what do you need to improve about yourself?

What about if your older. When is it too late to change? Can you really teach an old dog new tricks? What if you are in your 40’s, 60’s or 70’s? I had someone tell me once they were too old to change their ways. Do you think it’s too hard for someone older to change their ways then someone younger? I think it’s important to be constantly improving ourselves even when we think we are too old and “set in our ways”..

(This picture made me smile.)

I read an interesting article about change. i encourage you to take 2 minutes and read it.

Can people really change?

I’m hoping I can find that push I need to change. The desire is there, the know how is there, but I can’t seem to start. What will it take? I know it will not happen over night, or by the end of the week. I know change comes with small day to day improvements.

Family Fitness Badge-Exploring USU

We have an family goal to be more healthy. For family home evening, we talked about why the Lord wants us to keep our bodies healthy. What good foods we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat. We talked about exercise and keeping our bodies healthy that way. We sat down with the kids and thought of a few activities we could do as a family in addition to the ones that Dad thought of. After we accomplish all the activities, you can earn a badge. I’ll have to post later about our family badges. This particular badge were calling the Family Fitness badge. This is the design that Mark did, now I just need to make it! Pictures of that to come later. P.S. You can click on any image and it will load bigger. :)

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Here is our chart that is on the fridge to help us keep track of what we need to do.

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We’ve gone on multiple bike rides so far, but recently we went for a fun hike/explore Daddy’s school. Mark goes to USU and the kids love going up on campus and seeing where Dad goes to school. This is a great free thing anyone can do, you don’t have to go to USU to do this. Just go in and out of the buildings and see what you can find or just walk around outside, there are many sculptures and other things to see at USU.

Here are a few pictures from our adventure…

Climbing up the famous stairs.
Climbing up the famous stairs.
Dinosaur foot print.
Dinosaur foot print.-Geology Building
Looking at fish in a tiny pond.
Looking at fish in a tiny pond.-South side of Biology Building.
See the Mountian man
See the Mountian man.-East side of Biology Building.
See something?? I don't think there is anything in these tanks, but they still thought it was super fun.
See something?? I don’t think there is anything in these tanks, but they still thought it was super fun.-Natural Resources Building.
See a bear.
See a bear.-2nd Floor Natural Resources Building.
Airplanes, among other exhibits.
Airplanes, among other exhibits-Engineering
Legos.
Legos.
Riding an elevator to 2nd floor of Engineering. Where there is a great break room with snacks.
Riding an elevator to 2nd floor of Engineering. Where there is a great break room with snacks.
Looking out from pretty high up.
Looking out from pretty high up.
Climbing rocks.
Climbing rocks.

Vote For Us!

My husband Mark entered us in a contest on a whim a few weeks ago not really thinking we’d get very far, but now we have and we need some help to win $7500! Zions Bank contacted us letting us know we made it to the top 10 of their Home Improvement Challenge and we’re currently in second place. We are going crazy with excitement of the possibility of winning this money and redoing our bathroom, which is in need of some serious repairs and updating.

How you can help us win??!

-We need votes for our picture. Lots of votes! You can vote for our picture by following the link below. (Our picture is the one with the feet dangling through our bathroom ceiling).

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

-Vote everyday until May 31st.

What to expect when you vote.

Zions Bank is doing this contest through Facebook but you don’t have to be signed up for Facebook account to vote.
VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: Please note this initial verification process will only have to be completed once per email address.

1. Mobile devices are not supported for this voting process

2. Click “Vote for this entry” for the photo of your choice

3. Enter CAPTCHA verification

4. Enter email address in order to receive verification link

5. Check your email and click on the verify link (If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk/spam folder. The message will come from support@shoutlet.com)

6. This will take you back to the voting screen where you will be asked to vote for the photo again

7. Enter CAPTCHA verification one more time

8. Enter email address one more time

9. When your vote is submitted successfully, you will see a “Thank You” message

Other ways you could help!!!

-Tell your co-workers!

-Email the above link or a link to this blog post to your friends and family.

-Share the above link by copy and pasting it to your Facebook status.

-Share your thoughts of why you think we deserve this money on Zions Bank’s Facebook Wall. It won’t count as a vote, but it might get some attention to anyone who happens to visits Zions Bank Facebook page.

-If you have a Twitter account-Tweet it!

-Share it on your blog!

What you get in return?!

-Knowing that you helped us out so much and made our bathroom dreams come true!

-We will be forever in your debt (tempting no?)

Mark and I both thank you again for your help! Don’t forget you can vote once a day UNTIL MAY 31ST

VOTE NOW

Sincerely,
Mark and Melanie

These are a few of my favorite things…

1. Seamless sink. Having the sink below the counter makes cleaning the counters so easy. Just sweep food and whatever else right into the sink.

2. Lighted display cabinet. I love having a place to display my fancier dishes, plus it adds some extra lighting.

3. Three extra long drawers. I really didn’t like the lazy susan that used to be in the corner. I couldn’t keep it organized, things would always fall in the back or get knocked over. Now there are three long drawers. The top I keep my silpat mats, rolling pins, pie weights, etc. Actually I have a lot of extra room in that drawer. In the middle, I keep all the Tupperware. And the third drawer has sugar and baking mixes.

4. Wider drawers and slow close. We kept the four drawers where they were, but now they’re about two inches wider and feature the slow close. I can fit so much more in those drawers and there are no baby fingers getting pinched.

So thankful!!!!!

I have a lot to catch up on but my finger is super sore from a cut and its hard to type, so I’m going to make this short. I’ll play catch up later about our trip to California, I just really want to say….I’m so super thankful for my family. I’m so thankful for the knowledge that I know where I came from, I love reading and learning about the pre existence. I’m thankful for my testimony about the Plan, I’m thankful for the Church and I know that even though sometimes it hard to go to church with young kids, it’s totally worth it. I’m so thankful for Marky, he is such a good example to me, I’m thankful that he is faithful and is a worthy Priesthood holder, I’m so thankful for his honesty, humor and unconditional love. I love my boys so much! They make me so happy. Okay, finger hurts…..

Merry Christmas!

I’ve been super busy with stuff lately that I haven’t had a chance to update the blog.

I almost have all our Christmas shopping done. I got most of my Christmas cards out (really cutting it close). And even got some baking done.

Tonight we get to have some super cool people coming over to our house for a Christmas party. We’re trying out a new slushie flavor for the party…sparking cider type stuff (I’m mixing apple juice and ginger ale). Oh, by the way I need to mention we’re now down one slush machine. We sold the Slush Puppie machine we bought a few weeks ago. We decided that we really didn’t need two machine, plus the Slush Puppie was so huge!

I’m getting really excited for Christmas this year. It’s going to be so much fun!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!