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The girls had their first trip to the dentist this morning.  No cavities!  More importantly, they were both perfectly well behaved for the dentist and hygienists…which is more than I can say for their behavior the rest of the morning.  Gia really liked the exam chair going up and down.

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I’ve been practicing the ketogenic diet for several months now (or at the very least, an extremely low carb diet), and I feel great. But over that time I’ve accumulated a lot of various non-wheat flours and other carb free ingredients that have started clogging up my pantry.  I’ve bought them all with great intentions, but I never end up actually baking anything, so they just sit there.  Today I decided to change that, and I forced myself to make a batch of cookies.  I followed this recipe, and I think they turned out pretty good.  Jen says the cinnamon taste is a little too strong for her, but I like them fine.  They’re not going to win any taste tests compared to something made with real sugar, but it’s still a nice treat, especially paired with a cup of coffee.

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I saw the new Ghostbusters movie today.  Flippin’ amazing.  Sure, it had flaws, and I could nitpick all the awkward moments, and how I would’ve done it differently as a huge fan of the originals (both of them).  But at its core the movie was AWESOME!  I came out of the theater with a huge grin on my face, which had pretty much been there constantly for the last two hours.  It pays homage to the original with plenty of callbacks (which some people have said was distracting, but personally I loved every one of them).

I’ll admit I was skeptical after seeing the trailers…it looked okay, but not great.  I was afraid Kristin Wiig was going to make her “playing dumb” face the whole time, and she didn’t.  I was afraid that Leslie Jones was going to be just a stack of old tropes, but she was original and funny and fit perfectly.  I wasn’t too worried about Melissa McCarthy, and didn’t have any thoughts at all about Kate McKinnon, who ended up being my absolute favorite character.  She’s just the right mix of goofy and crazy.  I kinda want to go see the movie again right now.

Also, I want to go to NY and do this.

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Day 5: Failure?

I didn’t get out of bed until 6 today, but my defense is that my phone rebooted itself during the night and was stuck waiting for my password to decrypt the storage.

I had a routine physical this morning…first time in years.  Turns out I’m healthy, but I’m most interested in the results of my blood work.  Can I get away with eating bacon and cheese without spiking my cholesterol? We’ll see.

Right now I’m getting ready to go see Ghostbusters.  From what I’ve heard so far it’s really good…but if you’re going in already mad about the all female cast or the fact that it’s a reboot then you’re going to stay mad.  It’s not going to change your mind.  But I’m excited.

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Day 4: Success*

I was out of bed at 5:32am.  Close enough that I’m going to count it.  Gia had a rough night last night…she refused to sleep, screaming and telling me to leave the room.  But then she’d cry louder when I left, so I’d have to go back in.  FUN AND GAMES.

On a brighter note, I told her yesterday that it was going to rain, and her response was “The rain water will help the flowers grow.  And the sun too”

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Day 3: Success

Out of bed at 5:29, after a carefully timed “one more” press of the snooze button.

I think the most important thing I’m getting out of being awake before everyone else is just the time for me to sit and be lazy without impacting anyone.  Maybe I’m a little more tired when I get out of bed than if I’d stayed in until 6:30 or 7, but at least now I can sit and zone out with my coffee without worrying that I should be paying attention to the girls, or helping Jen get her stuff ready to go to work.

And on the opposite end from lazy, I’m also trying to do the 30 day challenge from the 7 Minute Workout app.  I missed yesterday, but picking it back up again today.  Time to go do that now.

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Day 2: Failure

I didn’t get out of bed until 7:20 this morning.  I was able to justify plenty of excuses to myself this morning, mostly that I was up with Valentina off and on from 2-3:30 (after Jen had been up with her for an hour prior), and Gia had come into our bed at 5.  Basically my thought process was that if I was going to get up at 5:30 I might as well not go back to sleep, and that just seemed untenable.

But tomorrow’s another day, I can still make it 4/5 this week!

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Day 1: Success

I was out of bed at 5:30 this morning.  👍

I tried this new coffee this morning.  It’s instant coffee blended with a couple varieties of mushrooms.  Doesn’t taste great (it’s not bad, it’s just not the nice coffee I’m used to), but it did give me a huge energy burst right away.  Although it didn’t last all day like they claim…but that may be more tied to my lack of sleep the night before, and my pre-existing caffeine addiction.

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Last week I had every intention of waking up by 5:30am to meditate and do a quick workout before my kids got up.  But every night at least one of them woke up (usually more than once) and kept me from getting a good night’s sleep, which gave me an easy excuse to “sleep in” until 6:30.  But no more excuses.  I’m posting this here so I have a little accountability to force my hand.  Every day this week I am going to be out of bed by 5:30am.  There, I said it.  I even made myself delete the caveat I had written there to say that I didn’t have to do it if the girls woke up multiple times.  Give me an inch and I’ll take a mile.  Lazy bum.  I’ll post every day with a yay or nay saying whether I did it or not.

In other news, I’m considering trying to us this same motivation to do weekly experiments with myself.  Like this will be one week where I get up extra early, and I’ll see if that’s worth continuing.  Another week I might try to give up all TV to see how that goes.  Or I’ll commit to riding my bike to the coffee shop every day for a week no matter what the weather.  Or I could be vegetarian for a week.  I don’t know, I’m just trying to think of interesting things to try.  Any suggestions?