Thursday, October 30, 2008

On the health benefits of being home

OKay, I admit it has only been 4 days since I finished my full time job, AND I will continue to work part time for the company, as long as they have a need for me and can work with my schedule. I have, however, already begun to discover some of the healthy benefits to this lifestyle.

First off, I am remembering to take my medicine. Now that seems simple, like anyone can do that, but it's something I seriously get into trouble with. I just forget the dumb stuff all the time, and that's really not too good for my body.

Along with my medicine, I have bee getting more exercise. Sure I had to walk around some at work, but not all that much. Now we take a walk just about every day, get fresh air and exercise. It's been great enjoying the changing fall leaves and the cool crisp autumn mornings. Taking walks has an added benefit - it puts Manasseh to sleep! We do this now just about every morning for his first nap. Another benefit of our walks (which might not be a health benefit, other than mental health) is that we get to see Auntie Lorna more frequently. She works at the Old Bag Factory and it's a splendid place to go walking.

A third benefit is my food. I can better control the carbs that I'm eating. That doesn't mean I always do.. Hey, it's almost Halloween.. there's chocolate in the house! I also have not been making dinner for the family this week, but will be starting that tonight with some tortellini!

I get to sleep more when I need to. This does not mean I always get enough sleep, and I still am sleeping in a bit too much in the morning, but I am certainly able to take a nap when Manasseh does.

A health benefit for the baby is that I feel more able to use our cloth diapers, and he has been really irritated by the disposables, since switching back to cloth he has been free from rash! Now we just have to get rid of the thrush.. and we're hitting that hard this week.

Finally, the house is getting cleaner. Still not all the way clean yet, but it's getting there, and will be easier to maintain since I'm home a lot more.


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