*Do you have any ‘baby steps’ to lifestyle changes you’d like to share? I”d love to hear from you!
The article linked below speaks about just a few of the very many reasons that I didn’t run straight to the pharmacy with a prescription in March when I was told I should begin taking meds to lower my cholesterol.
“If your health doesn’t get better by chance, it can get better by change.”
A quote from a monthly doTerra email I receive says the above quote.
I’ve been sharing about my health and wellness adventure on my facebook pages. For far too long I’ve been ‘hoping’ my health will get better, mainly because I actually felt really good for the most part! I haven’t been sick in a very long time, not since doTerra became a part of my life. The last time I was sick was well over a year ago now, no lie! I haven’t had a cold, flu or any other bacterial or viral sickness since. I’m able to do everything I want and need to do every day, from getting up at the crack of dawn to get my homestead and home business work done, to pulling hundreds of hay bales off a field and putting them up in the barn loft with the rest of the family every August. I keep up with the best of them! I even do better than some!
So the fact that I’m overweight has been something I’ve known that I ‘should’ take seriously for a good long time, but to be honest, I haven’t.
I sit at the sewing machines and cutting table for many hours a week. Easily 40-60+ hours a week, often 12 hours a day. I tell myself I’ll get up and walk mid-day, or I’ll do laps up and down the stairs. Instead I just keep working, and sitting. Often times I’ll sit there working for 4-6 hours straight without even so much as a bathroom break. I eat my lunch most days while I work. I’m blessed with two daughters who seem to enjoy making me lunch, so I just thank God they bring me food, and I keep on working.
Bad bad bad.
I have gotten better with eating habits with the help of my youngest two Shaylah & Julia (17 years of age) making our lunches now. They’ve fully jumped onto the healthy eating bandwagon, and love trying out new recipes.
But I still NEED to get moving more!
I had blood work done back in March and if I don’t find a way to make a big change, I’m at risk of coronary heart disease within the next 8 years. My bad cholesterol is well over THREE times the healthy range, and my good cholesterol is way too low. Oh oh.
Like REALLY ouch.
The dr gave me just 2.5 months to try and make an obvious change, or it’s onto meds. I will take meds if I can’t do this. However, I wanted to give it an earnest effort first! I’ve known for some time now that God’s been nudging me to stop procrastinating! I should have listened.
I decided I was going to openly share about this, even if I fail. If anyone wants to join me, I’d welcome the support!
My goal has been to change my lifestyle and eating habits in a way that suits our typical daily life. I’m not one to join any pre-made plan that’s all the rage at the moment. I wholeheartedly believe in two things, slow and steady wins the race and making small changes daily equals big changes overall. I also believe in all things in moderation, that all REAL foods are good but it’s up to us to not over indulge in any of them. I always have believed these things, but I was lazy and didn’t listen to my own advice. Now I no longer have a choice to continue being lazy, so I’m doing it.
After researching, reading, and praying, these are the steps I began in March when I first found out my blood test results. So far, so good. I’m down over 15 pounds already, averaging about 2 pounds every week, and I’ve dropped many inches already!
I’ve added myrrh, lemongrass, grapefruit & clove to my daily oil routine.
I’ve continued with my vitamins, I use the Lifelong Vitality pack from doTerra. and I HIGHLY recommend them. It’s since I made this step that I haven’t been sick in over a year.
I’ve added healthy oils, turmeric & garlic to my vitamin regimen as well as niacin. I’ve finally found the trick to not flushing when I take the niacin. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day (also good for lowering cholesterol) and for some reason, taking the niacin with oatmeal for breakfast works. It’s the only thing that has worked for me. I’ve tried high protein breakfast with the niacin, and still flush. However, I really really miss my TrimShakes… so that’s a disappointment for me. Julia still makes me smoothies about every second day, so I still do add in shakes to my routine, just not my breakfast. I loved my TrimShake for breakfast though, super easy, and tasty. I’m still considering changing that up and possibly having oatmeal for lunch instead… Just not wanting to up my carbs too much. It’s all a work in progress.
I’ve stopped eating the fat on meats… I’m VERY VERY bad with this. I always ate the fat from my steak/pork chop/etc. AND from my husbands… (did I really just admit that publicly?)
My daughter said to me yesterday, as I was trimming ALL the fat off the prime rib roast once it was cooked, that she couldn’t believe that it was actually HARD for me to not eat it. lol I know, I know, most of you are agreeing with her and thinking “that’s so gross…” I grew up fighting my dad for the bones and fat from any meats we ate. lol It’s a hard habit to give up!
I still drink my two coffee’s every morning, it’s my whole reason for being able to jump out of bed as soon as the sun shines! However, I’ve switched to using maple syrup to sweeten it, instead of sugar. 🙂 I’ve been trying all sorts of natural sweeteners for years and nothing every tasted good, until I tried maple syrup one day! It’s SO good!
I’ve cut out all candy, chips, etc. from my daily diet except for the occasional piece or two of dark chocolate (over 70% dark) and once a week I allow myself a treat/cheat day.
I’ve cut out most carbs from my diet without even really intending to, simply because I stick to my allotted calories per day, plus I’m aiming for a good balance of healthy protein, fruits and veggies, so by the time I’m done adding all those into my diet, there’s not a whole lot of room left for carbs. Previously, on a typical day I easily ate 2-4 slices of white bread PER DAY, plus crackers (saltines of all things!) Now I’m down to eating about 2-4 slices of bread a WEEK. And most of the time at least half of those are sprouted grain bread, rather than white bread. About every second Saturday I allow myself a meal made with 2 slices of white bread, as part of my treat/cheat for the weekend. I still allow myself to have special things such as a piece of birthday cake (Elsa made black forest for hubby’s birthday last week, how could I say no??) but then I watch that I don’t eat any other ‘bad’ foods that day, and make sure that I still stay within my calorie budget.
Some extra things that are really helping me:
Lose It! app: https://www.loseit.com/
My girls and I all use this app now. I keep track of every bite of food I eat with this app. So much easier than journalling and it REALLY keeps me accountable.
FitBit app and band: https://www.fitbit.com
I‘ve been using a fitbit band for quite some time, since my mom gave me one she had earned with points. Since then I’ve upgraded to a fitbit with a heart rate monitor because I had been having weird palpitations etc, and I just like to monitor things like that. I love my fitbit, and I have had nothing but great customer service from fitbit too, which makes me love my fitbit even more. It tracks my sleep (I actually sleep about 20 nights a month like a log. A literal log. As in, I fall asleep, and don’t even MOVE until I wake up. lol The other 10 nights a month, who knows what’s going on because those days I toss and turn lol, perhaps too much of a good thing the other nights??)
Between using those two apps daily, and my daughters and I looking up COUNTLESS great recipes online, we’ve all been doing extremely well and have really been enjoying this whole journey for the most part. I know that I am very blessed to have the support of my girls (the twins especially, they are 17) and that was kind of hard for me to accept because I’ve NEVER wanted them to ever have too much focus on ‘dieting’, but this time with it being due to health concerns for me, it’s been completely different. Now we’re all about getting HEALTHY! It’s not about loosing weight. Loosing weight is just a natural byproduct of the added health and wellness. So I am really glad we’re doing this together. Now it’s about letting my girls learn about health and wellness at a young age so that they don’t end up with a scare like this at 46 years of age, like I’ve had. And their children will know even better and early than them. It’ll carry on for generations hopefully, a newfound respect for the health and wellness of our bodies. 🙂
Now that it’s spring, and we’ll be planting the garden soon, things will only get easier! I’ll be moving more due to planting, weeding, watering, etc. and it’ll be even easier to eat lots of fresh veggies, and even fruits, as we’ll be picking them straight from our homestead! We’ve always been about healthy eating, raising our own foods, even our own meats, but we kept eating lots of junk too. Times are changing. 🙂
About our cloth pads, part 2… continued from my previous post here: All about cloth pads part 1
*You can find more information on most of our pad sizes and styles here: http://hyenacart.com/HomesteadEmporium/269/info/571/Pad-size-description-and-price-list
Today I’ll be continuing to share about each size and style of cloth pads we offer.
The last and largest liner size that we offer is our Light Wrap Wing pad which is approx. 8 inches in length. These pads/liners, like the light comfort contour and tiny liner are good for a light flow and light incontinence. They are also great for teens/preteens and smaller framed women. The width of this pad works well with wider undies on it’s wider snap setting.
*I should note here that I can actually customize any of our sizes for any flow. If you are wanting a longer liner, I can use any of our sizes from our 6inches all the way up to our 18 inch pads, and turn them into a light flow pad or any other type of flow pad for that matter! I have customers who prefer teeny tiny pads in regular flow, so I make pads the size of our 6-8 in liners with extra absorbency in them. Some prefer really great coverage, but they don’t really need a ton of absorbency, so for those customers I create our longer and/or wider pads in lighter flow absorbencies. The absorbency can be changed in all of our pad sizes. These are custom orders though, and require a longer turnaround time than our instock pads.
Below is a comparison photo of our four main wrap wing style pads, from right to left:
Heavy Flow Wrap Wing Pad, Regular Flow Wrap Wing Pad, Light Flow Wrap Wing Pad and our PantyWrap.
The same pads but showing the backs with the wings snapped on their widest settings.
The Heavy Flow Wrap Wing Pad is approx. 11 inches long and 3.2- 3.75 inches wide depending on which snap you use. This pad is great for those days and nights when your flow is fairly heavy. It’s a ‘work horse’ of a pad, as I call it. I personally use this pad on my heaviest flow days when I need to be away from home. My flow is extremely heavy though, so I often use heavy flow wrap wing pads with an additional layer of zorb, like these pads below, I add an extra row of stitching on our pads with zorb, so that it’s easier to tell which pads in your stash have that extra absorbency:
*All our pads except for our thong liner and halfwrap liner, come with two snap settings for greater customization of our widths.
Next is our Regular Flow Wrap Wing pad at approx. 9.5 inches in length and 2.8-3.5 in width depending upon which snap setting you use.
This pad is another one of my own personal favorites and comprises the largest portion of my own regular flow personal stash. It’s trim, provides great coverage, and the contoured inner layers still provides me with a good ‘forming’ to my body for extra comfort. This style has an absorbent layer that goes right through/over the wings along with the water resistant backing layer. This particular style of pad with the PUL backing is as trim as a disposable pad. If I am going to be out and about and not sure a regular flow pad will quite do the trick, I love these with an additional layer of zorb.
The regular flow wrap wing pad is the best option for those who have a regular-moderate flow, but find they still have a little too much ‘gushing’ that travels to the sides of their pads to trust a narrow pad. This is also a great pad for postpartum after your flow has tapered down. Great for going out, especially with the pul backing (and even better with an extra layer of zorb!), because it’s very discreet and not bulky whatsoever! Although we do our best to make sure none of our pads are bulky. 😉
The next four pads I’m going to discuss is our Ultimate line of pads, as our customers like to call them!
Here’s front, and back, of these four pads. Right to left:
The UltiMax Pad, UltiMax Slim Pad, UltiMini Pad, and UltiMini xs Pad.
I’m going to describe these pads from smallest to largest.
The UltiMini xs pad is our narrowest trim regular flow pad. This pad is approx. 10 inches long which is a little bit longer than our regular wrap wing pad, however, the design and fit of the pad makes it feel, and fit, MUCH smaller. The inner layers are the same absorbency as our other regular flow pads but the fit is much narrower with shorter inner layers to reduce bulk even further, yet still providing great absorbency where it’s needed most. This pad is all about design and comfort. The UltiMini xs is great for smaller framed women, teens, preteens and those who simply do not want any bulk what so ever! We do not make this with a pul backing due to the curves of the design, and the lack of stretch in PUL backing. This particular design is also VERY discreet without the PUL though. If you find other pads are too bulky and a little more pad then you need, try the UltiMini xs, it may be the perfect fit for you!
Next in absorbency is the UltiMini Pad at approx. 12 inches long and 2.75-3.25 inches wide depending on which snap setting you use.
This particular pad is by far a customer favorite for heavy flow. It has the extra absorbency and coverage needed by those with a true heavy flow, however, like the UltiMini xs pad, the design of this pad makes it feel and fit just right and causes it to feel like a lot less pad then it really is! Again, due to the curves of this pad and the lack of stretch in PUL, we do not make this pad with a pul backing. It’s still very trim with our windpro fleece though.
After our UltiMini pad comes the UltiMax Slim at approx. 15 inches long and 2.75-3.25 inches wide depending on which snap setting you use.
This pad is all about comfort and coverage! Especially for night time, yet still discreet enough in it’s design to be used during the day as well. This is the only pad in our very heavy flow designs that can be created with a PUL backing, as shown in the photo. There is just enough stretch for the larger curves of this pad to make it work, causing this to be a true favourite among those who really love PUL backing and have a very heavy flow!
The UltiMax pad is an excellent pad for those with a very heavy flow. It is approx. 16.5 inches in length and 3.25-3.75 inches in width, depending upon which snap setting you use.
Also a really great pad for postpartum, providing great coverage and absorbency during busy nights, whether you toss and turn a lot, need to be up and about to care for baby, or because you are nursing baby through the night. This pad will keep you very well covered all night long!
Remember, you can view all of our pads with information about their sizes and styles here: http://homesteademporium.com/products/pads
You can shop our produccts in both of our shops on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomesteadEmporium
And our hyenacart shop here: http://hyenacart.com/stores/HomesteadEmporium/
If you have any questions feel free to ask here in a comment, or email me at email@example.com
I will carry on with the remainder of our sizes in another post some time soon! 🙂
What’s your favourite style/size? Do you have more than one fav?
When beginning with cloth, all the varieties can be confusing. There are so many different styles, sizes, shapes, fabrics, absorbencies AND even a wide range of prices!
I’m going to do my best to briefly explain the differences between all our pads.
In this photo we have examples of all our liners and light pads.
The smallest, all the way to the right, is the thong liner- aprox. 6 inches. This was designed for those who wear thong style undies and would like some light protection. The thong liner shown here has a bamboo velour top and a windpro fleece backing and it is 99% waterproof. The windpro we use is pretty much waterproof and can also be used for daily protection AND menstrual cup backup or for those who use tampons (we suggest you try a menstrual cup if you do!) and want a bit of extra protection in case of spotting etc..
The next pad on the fari right is our tiny liner, also aprox. 6 inches. The one shown here has bamboo velour top with windpro backing, but we also offer bamboo fleece backing for those who prefer a non-waterproof backing for that extra bit of breathability, and no synthetic fabrics (although our little tab wings are still a synthetic fleece). Some people simply want a little protection with great absorbency but they don’t really need waterproof backing. We also make these with a PUL (a laminated cotton fabric) backing. Our waterproof back styles work for quite a bit of protection against any types of leaks whether from incontinence or spotting. Some even use these tiny liners for a light flow and that works as well, but you must be aware of the very small size.
The next pad shown is our pantywrap and this is aprox. 7 inches long. The pantywrap is simply two layers of fabric which wraps around your undies and gives you light protection against discharge etc.. This is not meant to be used as a pad for flow, but more as a panty protector. It has two snap settings so it can be snapped so narrow that some actually do use them for thong undies as well. These work fine with just about any type of undie but if your undie is REALLY wide in the crotch area, it may cause a little bit of bunching and that may cause the pad to shift backwards a bit. This can actually happen with any pad if there is bunching, the pad can tend to slide backwards so it’s good to keep this in mind. 🙂
Since these photos were taken, we’ve also added the HalfWrap to our line of pantiliners. It’s quickly become our wedgie free favorite liner for many many of our customers! It has a slightly odd shape, as it’s basically our PantyWrap, with the back end cut off.
The next two pads are the 7inch TinyLiner and our light comfort contour pad which is aprox. 8 inches long. Again, these liners are good for light daily protection and light incontinence and can also be used for a light flow if you choose the style with waterproof backs. These are my favorite liners for at the end of my cycle as they will give me enough protection “just in case” my flow isn’t quite finished, but it’s a nice small size pad so it’s comfortable enough to wear even if I don’t really need it. They are also a great size for teens/preteens and those with a light flow and/or a small frame. We also make the 8 inch style with an extra layer of absorbency to create our “short” regular flow pad. We create our short regular flow pad with a slightly larger backing for extra protection.
I’ll continue with our next sizes in my next post sometime soon. 🙂
As we celebrate our 12th year of creating, selling, and shipping our products all over the world, I’ve been reminiscing the past years in business.
I thought I would share a bit of history with you about the beginnings of Homestead Emporium, and how we got to where we are now!
For many years now I’ve struggled with one thing that I can not seem to shake.
If you’re up for it, stick around.
The future could be a train wreck you won’t want to miss.
Or… maybe… just maybe…
You’ll see me learn to fly.
I’m really good about sharing highlights on our facebook page, but the blog is often neglected. So, I thought this week I should share here too! These are just a handful of my favourites from this week’s stocking in our shop here: http://hyenacart.com/stores/HomesteadEmporium/
I thought I’d post a little about my dyeing process. If you’ve been around our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HomesteadEmporium) you’ll know that I love to dye fabrics. I won’t go into details about my own little ‘tricks’ of the trade but I do know a lot of you would love to see some of my works in progress, and possibly even my dyeing ‘station’, so I figured I may as well share here on the blog. I seem to be a horrible blogger, always shareing on facebook in little spurts of info instead. It fits my busy days better, but doesn’t always give the full scope of things around here.