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  1. I am trying to make healthier choices without feeling deprived. I ate a lot of bbqed chicken at the pool today, but also had grapes and a small brownie and 2 light beers. I know avoiding all carbs is best for me but also eating some, especially treats, is essential so I don't go into a high intensity focus. I believe I've learned how to diet but not how to live with healthy habits. Movement: I got none. Yikes! I don't know where to start. I think I am going to try neighborhood walks with the kids on bikes trikes etc Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  2. Pilates yesterday. My diastasis is getting better! My Pilates workouts are getting harder. My left hip is way less strong than the right. Anyone else have alignment issues? Also I have been waking up with plantar fasciitis (foot) pain in the mornings. But I don't worry about it too much. I cleaned my house today for exercise. This next week hoping to: do Pilates pushups (set of 10), calf stretches, back extensor exercise and Pilates imprints for 3 days of the week, and get moving outdoors more. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  3. The worst response to me is the weaselly Penn State apology. "The alleged details in the grand jury presentment, which suggest the inhumane treatment of a student forced through hazing to consume dangerous amounts of alcohol and endure hours of suffering, are sickening and difficult to understand." Um, no. I'm pretty sure you know EXACTLY what is happening on your campus every weekend. Actually, every night that is not Monday. The double speak and hypocrisy of most major school campuses is shameful! Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  4. I'll join in the conversation! A little about me: on and off low carb diet for 7 years, always around 120-130 (5'2''), struggle with over eating at night, binge eating, going to bed at reasonable hours, consistent exercise, and self care. Also I have pelvic floor issues. Last week I had my first Pilates private instruction from about a month hiatus. She is helping me get more deep strength and use my abs and shoulders less. Apparently I compensate a lot with my neck and shoulders. I struggle with this class. The time to do it feels great, but the price doesn't, and I can feel like.. What am I doing here? It's not a lot of physical movement but more like pt. I usually doubt things that see expensive and all about me. Tomorrow I go to a good pt about pelvic floor issues. I am dreading the appt. Just saying. I'm not in pain but things could be better. Food: got into trader Joe's freezer section for a while with their frozen vegetables. That spring boarded me and I started cooking vegetables again! Today I cooked zucchini and bok choy. Exercise: really miss endorphins of running. I have a membership to y. I dread going with the kids though. I need to decide on a plan and try. I did crack open my yoga book today and do a neck movement exercise. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  5. Trader Joe's quesadilla, turkey, and grated Swiss and gruyere open faced melt. Warm meat first, and then fried in butter on one side. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  6. This thread has helped me so much, so I have a burning question to throw out there: how would EFL go about training (?) A two year old, especially training not to scream? I remember in the governess book there was a germ of an idea to pay attention only when there was no screaming. Also, what amount of time and training would she say per day on a toddler? Anyone want to walk me through how they trained a virtuous child from infancy up?! Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  7. I love the outline you just put together. I personally think it's brilliant. I could see it being really useful for a child later too. I like the media, erudition and reproduction parts best for grammar learning and the techniques for older students. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  8. Can you speak more about "the whole approach to family life" versus the modern paradigm, ElizaG? I don't know what you're saying but it sounds really interesting! Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  9. A few thoughts after reading The Mother's book: One difference betweenChild and Lynch's view stood out to me in the means of punishment, but not in the general idea of always mean what you say, and never let a child disobey without correction. An area that confused me in Child: the books she recommended. I recognized only a few authors. And was she railing against THE mother goose, or did I misunderstand? I am interested to try and find a few of the books. What are these books about? I wonder what Child would recommend the six and seven year old do in our time as far as practical, useful skills. It seems what knitting was no longer as popular as it once was, but she recommended it as useful especially as a guard against loneliness in old age. I feel encouraged that she emphasizes sewing and outdoor play as highly worthwhile. I really enjoyed her insights on encouraging sibling love and virtues and marital love. Her observation of doing small things lines up with modern researchers like John Gottman. I am feeling extra called and invigorated to redouble my efforts into being a kinder more prayerful person. Not to oversimplify or anything, but she makes so many of my own feelings which I couldn't articulate be very clear and bright. Being a virtuous example- striving to be a saint- yet still remaining grounded and focused on others- OK that's mostly what I've got. I'm reading The Image by Daniel Borstin. It's "a provocative examination of American culture on the cusp of a new age of mass communication" in 1962. I'm looking forward to insights comparing 1830, 1960 and 2017. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  10. I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts. If you picked a few topics in particular to talk about i would gather my thoughts and write a bit from my own paltry experience! Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  11. I am editing this post because I have no idea what I am talking about; my plans are far from well considered; i hope to learn from the more experienced folks, sit quietly, and take notes! I am rereading bookless lessons, or maybe I never read it. What are you alls approach to her discipline, obedience and habit training? Do you follow her approach, deviate, or a mix?
  12. I don't know how to post a link but I have been boning up on what a greats at Oxford studies, which led to Plutarch and his attributed essay - the education of children. There are so many similarities for me to EFL. A few: "for drops of water make hollows in rocks," "character is habit long continued," "above all, the memory of children should be trained and exercised, for this is as it were a storehouse of learning." He rails against bad teaching, bad companions, and nursemaids too. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Moralia/De_liberis_educandis*.html Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  13. I just want to say thank you, all previous contributors, for your hard work and contribution to our understanding of education at home. Thank you! How I've been using EFL: I made the letters with boxes we had around out of cardboard. Well, helped make letters. We used magazines and newspaper. Sometimes we line up our letters in an Alphabet and see what we are missing. Recently I made a spalding phonogram box to help us review. Today I handed my 6 1/2 year old first grader a newspaper headline and asked her to circle all the phonograms she saw. I reread EFL's works --- really quickly, skimming a lot-- and started getting into finding obedience resources, which led me to other things. But what has been helping me with obedience and good work habit training is that I really have to be there training my oldest (the almost 7 year old), sometimes even holding her hand-- Yes, hand holding! It actually has such a good feeling to it. For instance I am teaching her to knit (because this seems EFL and a way to add work) and she says "This is boring," and I say, "Yes. Now wrap the yarn around the needle..." and it is so satisfying, teaching my daughter to work through her boredom. Strange. I never thought of that as homeschooling. Also we are doing quite a lot (for us) of handwriting using RLTL workbook in cursive. This is also helpful because it is a physical activity, opposed to teaching reading, which I find frustrating, because how do you make a child read who doesn't want to read? I am realizing when I rest (which has been happening a lot lately with a 2 month old), then I can't really ask her to do things, because I can't physically follow through and make sure they are done, which undercuts my authority. I have to treat my word as solemn oaths. Schoolwork here has to be first thing in the morning. I am incorporating a lot of Katy Bowman philosophy with EFL--- aka nutritional movement--- and most days that I feel capable going to a park or outdoor activity, and walking a lot--- like for at least an hour, and if we are not moving and hanging with the toddler, then I am constantly moving, squatting, lunging, etc. I am also following a bulletproof diet plan (more to have a plan than anything) and cooking a lot of vegetables all the time. I guess I am including this because I think the investment in my personal health would be EFL approved. It also seems to have a beneficial aspect to the children. We are outside observing easily and naturally. They are helping to prepare food, if not eat it all the time! And they are eating more natural food than before. The baby is crying so I have to write later. But thank you to all the experienced contributers who have written so much helpful information! Can't wait to read Fr Donnelly.
  14. Why was low carb unsustainable? Just curious. I have only found that keto dieting works for me. And I don't eat low carb all the time, but when I gain weight, carbs are the first to go, fat and veggies the last. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  15. 2 hrs for a movie once or twice a month-- 6 year old Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
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