Monday, January 24, 2011

About Me: Who is Legal Grinding Wifey & What Does She Blog About?

Hi, I’m the Grinding Wifey and I started this blog in August 2010 when I married the man of my dreams. I look forward to being a mommy one day and for now I found my niche as Legal Grinding Wifey when I entered the blogosphere in my first post. This is not quite a Trying to Conceive (TTC) journey but is a Planning To Conceive (PTC).  There are so many things me and my husband want to get in order before starting a family. Everything from Traveling, Getting Fit, Changing the Generational "curse" of Bad Eating Habits, Moving to a More Enlightened (natural,organic, chemical free) lifestyle, last but not least....DRUM ROLL.. so we can feel comfortable with me leaving the workforce to raise our children at home. Needless to say we are on our grind everyday.

Since I am a Wifey/Entreprenuer/Organic Newbie I am open to company, product, service reviews, & giveaways from fellow women grinding building their Household Empires.

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Legal grinding are those actions that create out of the box opportunities that provide the freedom to start, support, and raise a family on your own terms and not within anyone else’s limitations.

Sweating to the Oldies...Selena Style

You ever just went with the flow for just a day. No planning, no googling popular things to do in the city, or calling around checking which restaurant had the longest wait. Well this past Saturday while entertaining my mom, I had no idea how to show her a good time during her weekend stay in Atlanta. I get a text saying "Zumba-Thon 6-9 wanna go?" Briefly Zumba is a latin inspired dance fitness to music filled with exotic & international beats. I heard a lot about this (over a year ago..geesh...I know where have a been). So we decided to go blindly to this 6-9pm "Zumba-Thon". Get there in hour 2 of the 3 hour event to a room full women sweating but with energy hung so high I could barely find my place in the mix. We fill in with our flapping wings and legs joining in on the fun. Imagine mother & daughter dancing the night away. Just for one night only who could have knew we could feel like Selena, Ciara, & Beyonce. I am officially sold on Zumba as my #1 exercise of choice when I need a regime change no matter how late I am to tha partay!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Woke Up Happy @ 6AM

I woke up at 6AM Sharp! I maybe a little too excited about this post but it is truly an accomplishment I coached myself into going to bed early at 9:30 (I know its a grandma bedtime but worked for me : ) Then I was able to promptly be bright eyed and bushy tailed for a commute to the gym for my 45 minute work out before work. I usually would have crashed with tired eyes by now but its early afternoon and I'm still moving. This was my morning work out for today:
Stretched (these old legs & arms arrrr...e STIFF)
Ran/Walked 1/2 Mile
50 Sit Ups
50 "girly" push ups

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Monday Blues...

Between week 1 start of 7AM workouts, crashing by 3PM because my body is not adjusted to waking up at 6AM, business planning, working my 9-5, traveling.... I am tired. Believe me yes indeed it is showing on my face.  My husband and I showed up in Tennessee Saturday morning and my mother in law said you guys look like you need some rest. We definitely get at least 7 hours of sleep a night but until our bodies are conditioned to the new schedule we have got to help our faces to not look like we are dragging rocks around everyday.  My favorite to help so far is Beauti Control's Nourishing Eye Pads. What are your pick me up suggestions?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Day Thoughts: Am I Stay at Home Mom Material?

Day 2 snowed in today with lots of time to think. So these are my days in the life of a stay at home mom minus the baby :). As much as I desire and the hubs is working toward me not having to work outside the home full time, I have feelings of uncertainty. Our goal is to build our projects/business ventures to the point where they can be managed and overseen from our home office while I enjoy being a mother.  I have made clear it to the hubs that I don't ever want to have to choose between a job and my children. I have known several women treated differently at work having to stay home sick while pregnant or stay home with sick kids. However I can't help but to feel the day I step foot outside my corporate career to raise my first child ironically I have said I don't want to be seen or portray a traditional stay at home mom.  The traditional stay at home mom tome takes care of the baby, cooks, cleans, run errands, etc.  While these are very important tasks, can I really do this full time. My full time work days have been filled for so many years with conference calls, project status updates, training, occasional travel, etc the household duties seem like they will not fill up a full week... everyday

Actually being home for two days has me asking if being a stay at home mom going to be full filling enough for me? Can I really just have the household as my job?  Will this be full filling or will I resent our baby and my husband for depending on my for all their needs. So luckily now I have a full-time job that allows me to work from home on inclement weather days like this so I actually have not been sitting on my bum doing nothing.  I have been productive both for my job, businesses, & the household. The household has been happier & peaceful overall. We can both finish work and get dinner cooked by 5:30 and catch an in home work out session. I am glad I had this time to reflect but I am sure this is exactly what I want when we decide to start a family.  So in my mind, Legal Grinding Wifey post baby will be just fine working in the home. Other wives or moms that are leaving or have left the workforce to take care of the home front, what were your experiences and emotions approaching this decision? 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Meatless Mondays: Seitan "wheat meat"

We have joined the Meatless Monday Campaign to start healthier eating habits. 

Today's Lunch Wifey had baked red potatoes & caesar salad. Hubby was grinding so hard as usual he skipped lunch :( 

Tonight's Dinner: Still choosing from the dinner favorites.Very intrigued by Seitan- never heard of it but the description definitely beats tofu: gluten free "wheat meat". Looks pretty tasty as a BBQ sandwich, sweet & sour tofu, & vegetable stew. Wonder how much bite it has to it....

Happy New Year! Let the 2010 Grind Begin

One of the reasons I started this blog in August 2010 was to chronicle the life of newlyweds planning & executing out of the box opportunities to achieve our life goals. Official definition: Legal grinding are those actions that create out of the box opportunities that provide the freedom to start, support, and raise a family on your own terms and not within anyone else’s limitations.

After pondering on the things we accomplished in 2010 to support this, I realized there is much much more that goes into what we should be doing. Legal Grinding is not all about being entrepreneurs & having successful businesses.  Household Planning for 2010 uncovered we boast being the 1st generation to break the cycle of lifestyles we saw our parents & grandparents fall victim too.  The 2 things that often come to mind are 1st generation college graduates & eliminating poor financial choices.  Lack of money issues leads to a sound Mind.  We have lacked the motivation to unfold the Body & Soul a part of our daily grind. Naturally we want to be healthy & not depressed so we can feel & look better.  Honestly day in and day out this is not enough motivation we have realized.  Everything we need to be grinding towards is really overall to give our next generation an even better opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life. The future looks much brighter as we try and kick these fried chicken & cookie/cake fetishes :)