I (Frankie) have to admit that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I know, I know, what about Christmas or Thanksgiving? I like those too, but Halloween is my very favorite. I just love the weather and the beautiful fall colors and I love all things spooky and weird. I love horror movies and haunted houses and getting so scared I almost pee myself. I love that for one night out of the year we can be someone else and no one judges us for it except to give out the award for best Halloween costume.
When my kids were young we decided that rather than take them trick-or-treating we'd have a little party for them. It turned into kind of a family reunion Halloween party and then a Halloween tradition. We would dress up, play games, build these elaborate haunted houses and trails and of course, eat, eat, eat. Those were amazing times and my kids never missed going trick-or-treating. When the kids got older they started inviting their friends and our Halloween family party turned into a community event every year. It was awesome.
We haven't had a party in a few years now, so every Halloween I get just a little depressed. I miss it so much. It was something I looked forward to all year. My husband and I are definitely starting it back when we get our land. It's going to be awesome again. It's something I want my grandchildren to experience, something we can pass down to them to carry on for generations to come.
I hope you all have a spectacularly spooky Halloween.
Let us know in the comments some of your favorite Halloween things to do. Spook on!
Frankie and I have been in a funk lately, and I think that’s been reflected in recent posts. And the more of a funk you’re in, the more depressing the posts get, and the harder it becomes to write anything.
I’m going to try and steer things back into a more positive light today with ESPN's SportsCenter interview of Western Michigan University’s football Coach PJ Fleck. Why Western? It’s my alma mater! Why Coach? Because he’s undefeated this season, and the team is ranked 20 on the AP Poll (never been done in WMU’s history), and he’s created an amazing, focused mantra that is driving his team to greatness.
Coach explains what it means to #RowtheBoat
Go Broncos!!!! And Go YOU!!! Row your own boat to greatness!
I'm not sure why, but every year around this same time I (Frankie) get in a terrible funk. I shouldn't. I love this time of year. I love the cooler weather and the colors and football and hot chocolate and Halloween and all the things that come with fall, but the last week of October I usually find myself in an awful funk.
This year hasn't been any different. I was hoping it would be. I hope for that every year because I really do love fall and October is my favorite month, but here it is anyway. I get bored with my work and my TV shows and whatever game I'm playing and I don't want to do anything except curl up on the couch in a snuggle blanket and sleep. I just feel blah!
Maybe it's the fact that it is the last week of October and I know that fall is coming to an end and winter is just around the corner. Maybe I'm dreading those long, cold, dark months and it's causing me to miss out on the season that I love. I'm sure that's it. I'm notorious for thinking about the bad stuff the future MIGHT hold and not enjoying the moment that I'm in.
If you're in a funk, don't beat yourself up too badly for it. It's a little easier to get into a funk and a little harder to get out of it when you work from home. Try to figure out why and if you can figure it out then you can work on changing it.
But, sometimes there isn't a reason and that's okay too. Just ride it out because to quote Eric Draven, "It can't rain all the time."
Right before school started, I (Andrea) got smart. I decided I was going to prep a ton of breakfast for my son so that it's ready and available each school morning. Now, this isn't anything earth-shattering. There are so many great and amazing websites out there that talk about meal prep, among other things. But it's really an important #tipoftheday. Be Prepared. Especially when you're working from home and have a lot of distractions about you.
Think ahead, know what you need to have done, and be ready for it. Having a ton of breakfast sandwiches ready to go in the freezer saved my mornings from being hectic. It gave me an extra ten minutes, and it gave my son a tasty meal (which he loves) to start the day.
Think about how much time you would save in other aspects of your daily life if you were just prepared - even a little. Wouldn't it be great to claim an hour or two hours of sanity each day? Go forth, and be prepared
I (Frankie) think I'm going to have to take my scale back. I think I bought the one that only goes down to a certain number because it's been stuck at that same number for over a week now. I'm still eating healthy and working out every day, so it has to be the scale, right?
I've hit a plateau, guys. I know anyone that has ever tried to get in shape has been where I'm at right now. It sucks. It sucks bigly! But, it happens. So, what do you do? What do I do? Keep on keeping on. That's all you can do. Make a couple of adjustments. Maybe workout an extra 10 minutes, walk an extra 1/2 mile, cut out 100 calories (or you may have to increase calories, but that's another blog) and just give it time.
Stick with the process and it will eventually work. Be consistent. Constancy is your best friend when you are trying to reach any fitness/health goals. Great things take time and you may have to make a few adjustments along the way, but if you just stay true to your goals, you will finally reach them.
Maybe I'll hold onto my scales for a couple more weeks after all because, you know, #HealthMatters.
Tell us what you do when you reach a plateau. We'll take all the advice we can get.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.