WIAW #14 + Practicing Patience

Hey, hey, hey!!! Another Wednesday has arrived!! You obviously cannot tell through a computer screen but I am doing my half way through the week happy dance right now ;-).

Let’s get this dance party started and dive right into what I ate yesterday!!

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WIAW #14

Breakfast: A couple pieces of Ezekiel toast topped with peanut butter, Simply Fruit Strawberry and a sprinkle of chia seeds. It was quick, easy and tasty. Just how I like my meals early in the morning 🙂

Snack: A 100 calorie pack of almonds and some unpictured veggie straws from Trader Joe’s.

Lunch: This was definitely my most favorite and filling meal of the day. I normally don’t take much time to put lunch together but since there wasn’t anything pressing going on, I decided to spend a little extra time in the kitchen. When I say extra time, it probably only took 15-20 minutes total but like I said, for lunch I am usually a grab and go girl!

Veggie Pizza topped with zucchini, spinach, carrots and onion. I also used a tiny bit of muenster cheese along with feta to make it extra special. My only regret is that I didn’t make myself two of them!! Oh well, I had the super delicious veggies on the side to leave me feeling nice and satisfied!!

Snack #2: Banana, peanut butter and a little bit of shredded coconut took care of the afternoon sweet craving I was having. I have found that lately when I am having a craving, if I go with more of a natural sweet food vs a packaged sweet food my craving is taken care of more quickly. I swear, most of the time junk food just leaves me wanting more of it.

Snack #3: I knew I wouldn’t be eating dinner until after 7pm tonight so I decided it would be smart to put something in my belly before taking Camryn to cheer practice. I decided on some Triscuits and Trader Joes Hummus. Wow….Trader Joes makes some darn good hummus!! Lance and I both think we like it even more than Sabra and we REALLY like that brand. I have also had a slight obsession with Triscuits lately. I love them plain, with peanut butter, cheese, cottage cheese or dipped into hummus. So good!

Dinner: It was a cereal for dinner kind of night at my house, at least for me. I really have no clue what Lance and the boy had because I told Lance they would have to fend for themselves tonight. I am assuming they managed just fine because I didn’t hear any complaints about hunger when I got home. Good boys…..I knew they could do it!! 😉

Fall into Good Habits

At the beginning of the month, I decided to join in the September theme of “What I Ate Wednesday” by coming up with some health habits that I would like to “Fall into”.

I chose to work on the habits of getting

  • 7 or more hours of sleep per night
  • 8 or more cups of water per day

I have to say, following through with these up to this point has been pretty easy. I haven’t been perfect but being aware has made a big difference in committing myself. Tuesday for instance, I  only managed to drink 6 cups of water and Saturday I only got about 5 hours of sleep due to staying up late and reading. Other than those couple of slip ups I have been pretty proud of myself!!

These small healthy habits that I have been working towards have also opened my eyes to other areas in my life that may need a little extra work. After evaluating some areas of my life, I have decided on another habit, or goal may be a better word, to work on in the month of September. Patience. Ugh! I have a feeling this one is going to be a real test for me. I hate to admit it because I want to be patient person but I think I may be one of the most impatient people I know. In some ways, I don’t mind it so much because it means I get stuff done! However, more often than not my lack of patience is definitely not working in my favor.

Many times, I am quite impatient with my children and this causes me to be pushy towards them and I won’t lie(even though I hate admitting it) I also lose my temper and become the dreaded mom that yells. Yep, people….I am far from perfect in the parenting department.

While I think it is important for children to learn time management, I also need to let them stop and experience life around them without constantly rushing. If my daughter is having a hard time with her homework, I need to not become frustrated and just allow her the time to work through the problem. If my son wants to run around the yard trying to catch a grasshopper before we head out to run errands, I should let him take that extra minute or two. Goodness, life goes by SO quickly and I don’t want to be that person who rushed their way through it, forgetting to stop and enjoy the moments in life that truly matter.

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I really don’t have a great plan on how to work at becoming more patient other than just being aware that it a behavior that needs to be corrected. I guess I just have to find some patience when it comes to being a more patient person……..

If anyone has a good technique or exercise that might be of help, I would love to hear what it is!!

Do you like to dance? Will you do it in public or just at home?

What is one personality trait you feel you could work to improve?



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11 responses to “WIAW #14 + Practicing Patience

  1. I am the same way with the patience – I am very impatient and I am a yelling mom too! But maybe if my kids would actually listen to me, I wouldn’t have to yell….lol!
    You veggie pizza looks delicious!
    I love dancing…at home, where no one can see me.

  2. I think I prayed for more patience almost every single day last year. I read something (in my quest for patience) that it is useful to remember that you’ll get what you want eventually. That helps me when it comes to things like waiting in line at the store or when I’m driving. Not sure if it’ll translate to parenting, though. Hope that helps!*

  3. Patience has been one thing I’ve been working on throughout the year. Living out here has really helped though.. I mean it can get quite annoying & frustrating trying to talk to people that only know arabic haha.

    ohh & your lunch looks amazing girl ❤

  4. I don’t do my happy dance until 5 PM Friday. LOL.

    Isn’t Munster cheese amazing?

  5. That mini pizza looks awesome! I have been craving one. What did you use for the crust? a pita?

    Thanks for sharing. Happy WIAW!

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