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Here’s the crazy thing I did….crazy like a fox that is! And how my life continues to change for the better

By May 25, 2017 Epicure, Living, Rambling

The Crazy Thing I Did

First things first, because I’m sure a you are on the edge of your seat!  I signed up to be an independent Epicure consultant!

Epicure. Good Food. Real Fast.

Epicure. Good Food. Real Fast.

If you don’t know what epicure is, check it out!  They are no longer a dip company.  I have been to two Epicure cooking classes in the last year, and each time I come away feeling inspired to eat clean and wanting a lot of their products!  This is why I signed up.  They have a program called Good Food.  Real Results.  It is a 90 day clean eating program and it costs over $200.  I am one of those people enjoys trying different things, and I like to jump in with both feet!  After about a year and a half of eating processed crap much more than I would like to admit, I am ready to focus on my personal health.

When I say personal health, the best change I can make is to eat more healthfully.  But I am soooo sick of veggies, the preparation time, meal planning and grocery shopping. It feels like work now, sometimes I wish I could take a nutrient shake three times a day and be done with it!  Now I can totally relate to my Mom, when I was a teenager I remember her being so annoyed by deciding what have for supper, making it and grocery shopping.  I used to think jeez… I can’t wait to do my own groceries, and cook whatever I want!  That lasted about well 5 years of living on my own, now I am desperate to eat good food real fast!

Epicure to the rescue!  They promise to teach you how to make a healthy delicious meal in 20 minutes or less!  This may turn into a bit of a food blog because I plan to keep documenting my progress with Epicure here, just a forewarning.

Life Feels Easier Every Day

Maybe it was the bike ride I did last night but I really feel great today!  My mood has caused me to reflect on the past few months so see how things are different.

Sleep is my best friend!

I haven’t used an alarm to wake up in 6 months!  Before you make fun of me, because I don’t have a job or kids to be up for; I have a standing commitment to meet my bestie and her babes for a walk at 8:25 am.  These morning walks have come to be a staple in my life.  I often used to sleep in and be late or miss them all together.  Now I’m up and ready to roll with Georgia usually before 8:25am! After getting a solid 8 hours of sleep!  Yep thats right 8 hours, am I bragging, a little.  For years trying to fit in a job, exercise, healthy eating, family and social relationships I was lucky to get 7 hours.  I go to bed now sleep, wake up feeling rested and start my day!

All that rest has translated into more energy.  It took a long time, I slept for an average of 10 hours a night for the first three months of not working.  I would even have naps too, looking back on it sleep was so soothing then.  My free time would be spent playing games on the iPad or watching tv, or playing video games on the X box.  This made me even lazier!  But it had the advantage of keeping my mind occupied, without actually having to do anything.  Over time I turned this energy into projects around the house.  This probably happened way faster from my partner guilting me, not on purpose, but what I believe was out of worry and fear for me.  He probably knows me better than I like to admit!

I came to  love DIY

I have always wanted to be that DIY person, I love the channel and all the shows on home improvement.  About a year ago now I had convinced my partner to renovate our bedroom and put in a walk in closet.  This project along with many others had been just sitting around waiting….for what I don’t know!   I changed out light switches, outlets, replaced the ceiling fans in the living room, a chandelier in the front hall, and put a new light in our bedroom.  We bought and I learned, with the help of family how to lay down laminate flooring.  I did the baseboard and the the trim in the bedroom, I even made the built-ins in the walk in  closet.  All of these things gave me so much self confidence and pleasure. I loved looking at my hard work, and loved showing it off even more!

Patience is key to renovations, which I learned.  By not putting expectations on myself I felt I was able to accomplish more.  When I had a job I always felt strapped for time, this caused me to become anxious and hurried all of the time.  If I try to hurry I make mistakes left right and centre, which in turn causes me to become more excited and anxious.  When I slowed down and focused only on the task at hand, something amazing happened!  I felt more relaxed, I accomplished more work, of a greater quality and was excited to do it the next day.  Then I realized this is called being present!  I was present for snippets of the day, and it wasn’t chemically induced!

Living day by day serves me now

Listening to my body helps me live day by day.  For  example if I feel tired I shouldn’t do painting because I’m going to make mistakes and get frustrated.  Ignoring my body and feelings had become a necessary survival skill that was no longer needed.  Sometimes when you don’t want to be around people you shouldn’t be!      It has happened to me before, I would go out with my running group and end up frustrated an crying.  This makes people compelled to help, but they can’t.  Then I would feel like a whiner and even worse than I had before.  I guess this is part of the reason I stopped running, it was no longer making me happy.  That realization in itself was huge!  It had nothing to do with my running group, and everything to do with me.

Do I have any regrets?  Nope, not a one!  Everyday I wake up and feel thankful for my life, and that I don’t have to go to work at my old job.  I’m not scared or worried, and I’m not counting the days until I get old and can stop working.  I went for my first Wednesday night ride with the cycling club, and it was hard, but very rewarding.  I have missed the running group dearly so I’m happy to try a new sport  and join a group of likeminded people to do it with.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading!

Shannon

 

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Life with no job…..somehow it is busier than I expected

By May 24, 2017 Living, Rambling, Uncategorized

Weekend Update

Birthday Celebrations

Friday was low key,  I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I held the couch down and napped all afternoon.  Being well rested was super important because I had to celebrate my best buds birthday that evening!  We kicked it off with a bottle of sparkling wine yum!  Followed it up with going through our old yearbooks.  Ahh the laughter, my sides hurt!  It was just the two of us and a couple of dogs we had the best time!  It is great to have such a good friend so close by!

Camping/ Yurting

Saturday was yurt time!  The May long weekend is considered the begininning of summer so we had to kick off the season with camping!  Our campsite is in the middle of a field, with a spring.  It sounds weird, but it is gorgeous.

Georgia enjoying herself out at the yurt

Check out the view!

It’s not water view, but it’s pretty nice to me!

Cleaning out the yurt I found a snake!  YUCK!  I hate those creatures, they scare the crap out of me.  He was pretty small and brown, maybe a milk snake, he didn’t hang around, thank goodness!

The yurt is to be a place for family to gather and spend quality time together outdoors. I was super happy that my nephew and a couple of neices came out with their friends.  Unfortunately our party got rained out, BOO, early to bed for us!  This was my second night sleeping in the yurt.  It was comfortable until 6:30 am when my nephew woke me up because his blanket was soaked!  The temporary tarp that we had covering the yurt had failed us!  Luckily I had a brand new one ready to go on.  It wasn’t on already because I’m cheap and I was hoping to get the canvas sewn together so I didn’t have to use it!  It’s a McNabb thing lol!

After slip sliding in the mud and rain in the middle of a field at 6:30am we got back to bed.  Sleeping on an air mattress on the floor I could hear the rain running underneath the yurt platform. This gave me dreams of snakes crawling up into the yurt, lovely!

We got up around 10am and the rain had given up for a while.  We made a delicious camp breakfast of eggs and meat!  Funny how food tastes sooo much better camping.  Shortly after this it began raining again!  We retreated to the yurt, which now looked like a dungeon, since the tarp we put on is much darker than the old white one.  We spent a cozy afternoon in the yurt playing card games.

Camping Aftermath

I tapped out around 7:30 pm Sunday night and went home with the pooches.  I left my nephew and his friends to hang without the “old lady”.  They never said it but I felt like a dinosaur when I tried to make a joke about National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and all I got were blank stares!  The dogs were happy when I mentioned home, they both perked up and started wagging their butts. Ceaser especially enjoys the luxury of home, as you can see….

Ceaser living in the lap of luxury

Sunday night I enjoyed sleeping in a bed, without snake dreams and and getting rained on!  Don’t get me wrong I love camping, but I don’t love rain as much.  Unfortunately on Monday the combination of too little water, too much alcohol, sitting, poor eating, and possibly poor hygiene had taken it’s toll.  What an awful day, I had a terrible stomach ache, nothing was moving at all!  It felt lik I was digesting rocks.

Back to the Grind ;-o

My stomach was much better on Tuesday but still a little iffy.  I had energy and knew I needed to move if my digestive tract was going to clear out!  I cleaned everything, ahh it felt annoying but rewarding when it was all done.  With my nice clean house I could focus on other things, such as my blog, bucket list, and future!

I am happy to say that I have joined a cycling group and tonight should be my first group ride.  I went out last night for a 20km ride, my first of the season.  It was refreshing, painful, cold, hot and AWESOME! I tried to avoid hills, but a pretty big one snuck up on me.  It felt like I was going to die, but once I got to the top and caught my breath I felt stronger.

My awesome road bike

My ride all ready for the 2017 season

Maybe the bike ride inspired me, or my desire to eat more healthfully and avoid days like Monday but I did something SUPER EXCITING!  You can find out about it in my next post, which I promise will be soon!  I can’t wait to tell you how I am stepping outside my comfort zone and taking a chance on ME!

Peace out…

Shannon

 

 

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