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Weekend Wrap-up: Taekwondo, 21 Days and Icky Cold Germs

It’s the weekend. Thank goodness, right? Even though I’m a stay-at-home Mom, I often find myself looking forward to the weekend. The weekend means I get a break from our crazy scheduled life, and it means I get the excuse to be a little “lazy.” This past week was nothing short of chaotic and yet it was still very mundane. Let’s get into it in this weekend’s wrap-up.


As I’m sure you know by now, we have two daughters that are both under 10. We’ve been talking about putting them into some kind of Martial Arts class for a while. And after meeting our new pediatrician a few weeks ago, we knew we really needed to give it a try. Our new pediatrician recommended it for our 5-year-old that struggles daily with anxiety, self-doubt and somewhat irrational fears. So, we gave it a go and enrolled them in Taekwondo this past week.

If you’re wondering how it’s going so far, you’re not alone. I’m still trying to figure that out myself. Our 8-year-old loves it. She’s already practicing forms in her free moments around the house. But I can’t quite figure out our 5-year-old. After the first session she kept talking about how much she loves Taekwondo and how she wants to go back. But then at the second session she pretty much walked off the mat halfway through and said she wasn’t going back. She’s such a hard kid to read sometimes. I told my husband that I don’t feel comfortable letting her quit after only two sessions. At the same time, I know she’s going to battle us each step of the way. There truly are never dull moments when you have young kids.

Regardless of what happens, I’m just very excited about raising two strong, brave, badass little girls. Whether they learn those traits through Taekwondo, sports, cooking, etc., I just want them to be proud of who they are, and to be confident in what they can do.

21-Day Torture…

There is nothing worse than telling a foodie that they can’t have a whole list of certain foods. This 21-day torture feels like torture, but is not actually torture. Rather, it’s a 21-day elimination diet that I started earlier this week. My chiropractor and I decided together that it was a good idea for me to give the elimination diet a try. I constantly deal with chronic back pain, leg pain and joint pain throughout my body. In addition to these pains, I also deal with several other health issues that just don’t seem to go away. My chiropractor viewed my recent blood work and suggested the diet. He suggested that I could be having a reaction as a result of food sensitivities (which I’ve often wondered about for years), and then set me up with a plan to get this elimination diet started.

One dish from my 21-day elimination diet.
One of my tastier dishes on this diet: Veal burger on a bed of spinach with sauteed onions and mushrooms.

I started on Wednesday. I will say it’s been tough, but not too tough. I often find myself missing sugar and coffee more than anything. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my breads, too. But because of the addictive nature of caffeine and sugar, it only makes sense that I’m missing those the most. I am determined to do this, though! I’m actually very curious to find out what results I will get when I am done.

Icky Cold Germs

It’s that time of the year…time for icky cold germs. One reason I’m glad it’s the weekend? I’m getting over a cold. The day after I started the 21-day elimination diet my body decided to add another challenge to my plate. Fortunately, this cold hasn’t been too bad. And it’s just that: a cold, nothing more. So I’m also grateful for the fact that it wasn’t anything more than that. But man, way for life to kick you while you’re already “down.”

I think the cold might be making its way to my youngest. For this reason, we had to cancel a playdate that we were so excited to have. Note to future parents: don’t get too excited about the idea of playdates anytime between November and March. Once those icky germs make their way into your child’s classroom, you and your family will be out of commission almost every other weekend (or so it feels like).

One positive thing about getting those icky cold germs? I got a Mommy sick day. Mommy sick days mean that I get to lay around all-day, binge-watching TV shows I don’t otherwise get to watch, and resting with no one bugging me every five seconds. During my Mommy sick day this week I binged part “New Amsterdam.” I had always seen snippets of it when it came on after “This is Us,” but I never caved and watched it. So far I’m not disappointed. Another show I highly recommend binge watching? “Emily in Paris” on Netflix. I keep saying it’s like the grown up, more sophisticated version of “Gossip Girl.” And by the way…no #TeamAlfie or #TeamGabriel for me (even though they’re both dreamy). I’m definitely #TeamEmily and whatever makes her happy.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for next week to get here. It’s the end of January, which means that Super Bowl festivities and Valentine’s Day are right around the corner. Next week I plan to write about both of those, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Next week also means that Girl Scout Cookies will be arriving soon! If you can’t tell, I have the worst timing with this 21-day elimination diet. But while I can’t consume any of the delicious treats associated with these events over the next couple of weeks, I still plan to share some fun ideas with you. I hope you have a great weekend! I’ll see you next week.