A Life In Progress

Changes & Updates October 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jdalsin @ 10:04 am

I haven’t done an update post in awhile. 

I was thinking this morning about the goals I had set for the year and if I had really done much to work on them.

My first post said I was going to work on becoming more green/environmentally friendly, working on my parenting, spirituality, ‘me’ time, weight loss and eating healthy.  I think I’ll do an update on each area.

Green/Environmentally Friendly

This was an area that was definitely already in progress before the start of this blog.  We’ve continued to use natural cleaners in our home, continue to recycle, etc.  This year we have made an effort to walk where we can (weather permitting), have tried harder to reduce our waste and reuse what we can.    We are always on the lookout for healthier, greener options for our home.


This year I’ve been trying to consciously work on the way I communicate with the girls, mostly Abby in this situation.  Watching how what I say and how I say it impacts the way it is reacted to.  I’ve read a few books on the topic and try to put my knowlegde to use.


There hasn’t been much growth in this area, to be honest.  Spirituality in the sense of self-awareness, self-discovery – yes.  We are planning FOR REAL to start going back to church this month.  It’s something that is important to Jordan and I know that it is something that could again be a positive thing in our lives.

Me time

I have found that I am taking more time for myself.  Even if it’s just a few minute here and there.  Whatever the case, I’m not feeling starved for alone time anymore so that must mean something is going right.  In fact, as soon as I hit ‘publish’ on this post I am headed out to shopping, lunch and an afternoon at the spa ALL BY MYSELF! 🙂 

Weight Loss/Exercise

If I remember correctly, I have lost about 20 lbs since the beginning of the year.  Around 40 since I had Josie one year ago.  I’d still like to lose 5-10 more lbs but realize that these last pounds come off more slowly.  This summer I have walked a lot with the girls and taken a yoga class.  This fall I have begun exercising a few times a week at home doing things like the stationary bike, yoga and workout videos.  I have been majorly slacking these past two weeks since we’ve been so busy but it is definitely something I am enjoying, am able to realistically do with the girls around and that I plan to continue on with.

Healthy Eating

Our eating habits have gone back and forth a few times this year.  Right now we mainly are eating fish and chicken at home.  More lenient when we are out to eat, occasionally having beef.  We are settled into a diet that I am happy with.  Healthy and balanced.  Balanced includes pizza every Thursday night. 😉


Now for some changes I plan around this blog.

1) I get quite a few e-mails/facebook messages/comments asking me more questions about what I’ve said.  I find that I am responding and having to type the same things over and over.  So instead, if I do happen to do a post that generates questions, I will have a follow-up post answering any questions a few days later.  I think that will save me a lot of time and also provide those interested with more info.

2) I’ve always tried to make my blog feel more personal and not attack people with stats, even though I love statistics.  But I have now decided that I will be trying to do somewhere in the middle.  Still making it personal and sharing my opinions but backing myself up with a lot of statistics, quotes, etc.  For example, 90% of what I said in my childbirth post a few days ago is fact proven by statistics.  I think perhaps that entry would have been more appreciated and better understood had I included stats, quotes from ob/gyns graduated from Ivy League schools, etc. rather than just me sounding like I’m pushing my opinions for my agenda.  I actually look forward to doing this since I think stats hit people a little harder than things like “This is what I think ….”

3) I hope to have a lot more conversation and discussing in the comments section.  Not that I’m looking for more comments but I will definitely be encouraging others to share their opinions, thoughts and ideas.  I love hearing different viewpoints.  When someone disagrees with me I always enjoy researching the topic a little further.  Sometimes doing that validates my opinions even more and sometimes I get a new spin on an old topic. 

Anyway, that’s my fall update.  Thanks for reading and a special thanks to all of you who wrote me this past week to support me, those of you who saw comments that knew would be hurtful and e-mailed to send their encouragement, those who wrote to ask that I do keep posting about things I am passionate about. It’s so appreciated!


The Last Time October 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jdalsin @ 11:02 pm

Looks like I’ll be sticking to posts about natural cleaners and recycling. 😉

My last post obviously stirred up some emotions in some, myself included.  I was really hurt by some of the things said because it is something I hold near and dear.  It’s odd for me because I never let  the blogging world get me down, never really care much about who says what in my comments.  But I’ve had a long, tiring week and the words that were left in the comments stung.  I hope those of you who know me, those of you who’s opinions of me I value, do know that I didn’t post in judgement.  The comments that I found hurtful weren’t ones that simply disagreed with me. I always welcome different opinions and I know that we don’t all think alike.  It was other stuff in the comments that upset me.

The one part of my post that I do think was poorly written by me was when I said something along the lines of “childbirth, done right.” I ended up going a bit of a different direction with my post and so that line was likely taken out of context.  I did not mean to suggest that there is only one right way to do it but can definitely understand why that line was taken that way. 

It was simply a post to encourage us as women to get informed and find out what is best for our bodies, what is best for our babies.  And that is all.