One week until November.

I can’t believe how fast this year went by.  I had an awful 2012 so I have to admit that I’m glad to see it go.

Why was this year so horrible?  I’ve been sick most of it!  In February I learned the hard way that sweetened condensed milk has more lactose in it than most things.  In March I caught a really horrible cold.  In May I worked so much that I only took one day off, and by June my immune system practically failed when I got sinusitis.  I had sinusitis so bad that I couldn’t even sit upright or stand for long.  For the first time ever, I had severe allergies because of the awful drought, and now I have to take a nasal steroid and antihistamines every day.  But hey, I feel way better than I did this time three months ago.

One thing I had really wanted to do over the summer was work on my physique.  I want to be stronger.  I can barely lift more than 30 lbs right now.  I don’t necessarily want to be really thin, but I do want to be muscular.  To help with this, I bought a 30 lb kettlebell.  I am starting this blog to keep track of my kettlebell journey!  But there’s going to be more to this blog than just that.

I’m breaking it into three categories.

1. Physical health – This will mean exercising daily and sticking to a proper diet.  I’ve become very interested in ‘slow carb’  and would actually like to work on a recipes blog for others wanting to start this lifestyle.  My husband and I began doing the SCD (slow carb diet) back in January, and were very happy, but one problem we had was getting burned out on the same meals over and over, and I wasn’t able to find a cookbook specifically for the SCD.  If you know of one, please let me know!  As for exercise, I want to use the kettlebell every other day.  The two-handed kettlebell swing is excellent but I would like to learn to do more.

2. Financial health – My husband (who I’ll refer to as Mister Picky Pants or MPP) lost his job back in August, and we’ve both been having an extremely difficult time finding work since then.  I had a job interview last week with the local junior high school that I thought went really well, but I wasn’t hired.  MPP was hired at a gas station and will work around 20 hours per week, which will be a huge help.  He doesn’t start until next week though, which means his first paycheck is around 3 weeks away.  I owe nearly $100k in student loans, and unfortunately had a cosigner for around $30k of them. Needless to say he hates me now, but I just wasn’t able to find work after I graduated college nearly three years ago.  In the meantime, I have to do as much as I can to keep us afloat.

3. Mental health – This part is tricky. It’s very difficult not to feel beaten down when job interviews that seemingly go well end without employment, or when I miss several days of being able to exercise, or when my house is a massive disaster.  To get my mental health on track, I will start by cleaning the house.  My mom moved in with us and her stuff is everywhere, and not in a good way.  I feel like I’m living in a storage unit sometimes, and coming home after a rough day to such a thing isn’t healthy!  I also need to work on structure, meaning I need to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.  I need to stick to my goals.  I need to be tough!

To begin, I’m going to spend the next four days getting my house in order.  It’s a pretty major disaster right now, and once it’s cleaned up, I need to make a schedule that will help me keep it tidy for my mental health.

Here we go…



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