Monday, April 07, 2008
Clean Heart Part Fifteen
Does the way I physically care for myself reflect a clean heart?
God's Word reminds me that my body is a temple where His Holy Spirit dwells. Therefore, it is important to God that I take care of myself and in turn do what I can to encourage this in my family too.
* Physical Activity: I've never really been one who likes to exercise. I do love to take walks though. What about my children? Am I allowing them to languish in front of the TV rather than encouraging them to play outside? I hardly sit down before lunch most days and I confess that I do consider this a form of my exercise. Housework and running after two energetic ladies should definitely qualify as exercise right now!
* I'd like to start walking at least once a week with all three littles. And, after making that a routine - add in another day and so on as it is manageable. So far, it has not seemed manageable to start this!
* Encourage activity for the girls - go to the park, do jumping jacks in the living room, dance together, do our ballet DVD together, play outside. Be diligent about our 30 minute TV time limit in the mornings.
* Grooming: I'm not as strict as the Fly Lady suggests in this area since I rarely wear shoes around the house, but I am a practicer and believer in getting dressed and presentable every day. Yes - if I'm not feeling well, I make an exception. And, lately - I've spent a great deal of time in pj's (bed rest, new baby, etc...) I have found that I am significantly more productive when I'm clean, wearing clean clothes that I feel good in and with a little bit of makeup on and my hair fixed. I generally accomplish this every morning before I get the girls up. I feel that it teaches them also, the importance of caring for ourselves and it is a blessing to my husband as well. If I were out working all day every day and came home consistently to a spouse in pj's who looked like they just rolled out of bed - I'd probably wonder what they really do all day. I know, though, that in spite of my goal - there are a couple of things I need to work on in this area.
* Establish routines for known areas of weakness.
* Take Emily to get her hair cut (I have been putting this off and putting this off because I don't know what I want them to do or where to go. Suggestions?)
* Assess clothing and acquire needed new items. Be watching for a post on clothing later this week.
* Eating Habits: Ouch - this one is harder for me. I love the *idea* of eating healthier, choosing organic when possible and cultivating better habits in this area. But, I must admit that I'm aware of the real costs of eating healthier, the challenge to find good products that are readily available, the challenge of getting my children to eat these healthier things, compromising taste and the knowledge that by God's grace we don't struggle with our weight or health and the caution to be aware of this. Living in a smaller community, it is harder to come by the quality and quantity of healthier foods. We don't have Wild Oats, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's! I also find it somewhat overwhelming to realize how many things there are to steer clear of and how many foods those ingredients appear in. A few things I think we're doing right: cook and bake from scratch; eat at home; start introducing organic as we can - milk is very well established in this area; we don't snack between meals either.
* Continue to increase fresh produce in our menus.
* Actively work at reducing undesirable ingredients in foods we eat. Look for easy switches to start off with. (For example: instead of buying regular ketchup with high fructose corn syrup - I recently bought organic which did not have HFCS in it. A small switch - but baby steps...)
* I recently found out about a local organic farm that delivers fresh produce to a store in my area twice a month. I'm considering signing up to receive a box. If I do this I'll be posting what I get and how we ate it for accountability!
* Plant a garden and use organic fertilizer. Done!
* Make Granola. Done!
* Become a label reader. Working on this...
* Rest: Another hard one for me. I am a driven and very hard worker, always pushing to get one more thing done before I sit down. But, if I refuse to take time to rest, I will have less and less to give. Nap time is my refuge. Crafting, reading, watching a movie, catching up with a friend, blogging, etc...
* Continue to invest in fun outlets for myself - do a craft or work on my blog during nap time.
* Choose to rest so that I have more to give my family.
Ok, let's hear your thoughts on all this!