I’ve written a few times about the progress I’ve made in my journey to go green. While I certainly have a long way to go, I’m not the big-haired, wasteful consumer that I used to be. And since we all struggle in our journey to do better and be better, I’m continuing my weekly entry of “favorites” that help me day to day.
Honestly, I have never even considered buying a trampoline for my kids. OK, maybe I did. But only for about 5 seconds. I have heard way too many stories about broken limbs and broken teeth. And I’m far too cheap to fork over a few hundred dollars for a contraption that will cause me to have to turn around and give even more money to the ER doctor, who will lecture me with raised eyebrows. Who needs that kind of judgement?
But the “mini” trampoline – that is something else entirely. First of all, it was a whole lot cheaper. And it’s not a backyard eyesore. And it doesn’t invite all the neighbor kids to come on over and sue me. But I digress.
I have to exercise every day. Not because I’m in a Biggest Loser contest, or trying to get my skinny on, or a masochist. I exercise because I am on a mission to raise my HDL cholesterol and I want to be an active, sweaty example for my kids, and eventually my grandkids.
Typically, I do cardio by walking or biking and I do yoga. But it isn’t always feasible to get outside during a Chicago winter. It’s freezing cold and the sidewalks are icy. And because I work a LOT, it’s sometimes easier to just stick close to home. That has made this mini trampoline very handy.
I can get a good sweat going in the comfort of my home. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s a lot cheaper than a gym membership!
When I decided to start calculating my food intake every day, I began by using a site called Calorie King. All my life I was blessed with a pretty active metabolism that I sadly took for granted. Once I got into my 40’s, it started to slow down and I found I couldn’t eat the way I had in the past.
Calorie King opened my eyes to a lot of things. Obviously, I learned about caloric intake, but I also learned about the breakdown of sodium, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc. My biggest lesson? Portions. It was shocking to me how much food I was really eating, compared to what I thought I was eating. The calories I was recording every day weren’t accurate because my portions were too large.
That’s where this handy tool comes in. You simply put it on your plate and it lets you know what type of food goes where. Once you fill each portion, simply lift it off the plate and you have perfect portions. Every time. It can go right into the dishwasher and be used over and over. I purchased it right from the Calorie King website for less than $20.
Believe it or not, this is one of my favorite inventions ever. I love having tile and hardwood floors. But they can be a pain to clean. I’m the type of person that will see what spot on the floor or one piece of lint and tear the house apart to clean it. True story.
But I have to tell you, I’ve always found the old school method of using a mop and bucket disgusting! Think about it. You dipping your mop into a bucket full of dirty water and then spreading that dirty water (and all its germs) all over the floor. When you empty the bucket, all kinds of nasty comes out and your mop head is just breeding all kinds of unmentionables.
I have tried the Swiffer mop method but don’t like that either. Why? The chemicals and the stickiness. You see the commercials on TV of the moms cleaning their floors right? And in every commercial, we’re led to believe that it’s so important to have a clean floor because there is a baby in the house, as well as a dog.
Well, if that’s true, then I agree we don’t want dirt or food all over the floor. But we shouldn’t want dangerous chemicals either. Your kids and pets are close to the fall so they are inhaling the fumes very closely. Plus, the babies constantly put their hands in their mouths while the dogs eat up anything they can find, sometimes just licking the floor. Yum!
This steam mop makes so much sense to me. It has an EXTRA long cord and gets really, really hot. That steam cleans the floors and gets rid of any germs without harsh chemicals that will invade our home. I typically start at the far end of the room and work backwards. The other nice thing is that the floor dries very quickly. And when it’s done, I just take the bad and throw it right into the washing machine.
So there you have it. These are this week’s favorite things of mine. They help me in the areas of fitness, nutrition and going green. What more can a green mom ask for?
Have a great weekend. Until next week!