Sunday, April 28, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
One thing that I always try to do is keep myself challenged. I have a tendency to get bored when its always the same ol fitness thing. Then when I'm bored, I get into a rut and head back down that old path that I really don't want to take any more. A challenge can be anything. Training for a 5K, or something simple like taking the dog for a walk every day this week. I know I have been quiet for most of this month. But it's because I've been working on a challenge. I have applied for a job at the local YMCA. This week I received an offer to be a substitute water aerobics instructor. I am both excited and scared. I am excited because I LOVE the water and know how much can be done in the water. Even with bad knees a person can jog in the water and get their heart rate up. But I'm also a bit scared because this is totally out of my comfort zone. I have never taught a group class before. Now I'm just waiting for all the paperwork to be filled out and to meet with HR so we can get this ball rolling. I hope it's soon. Even though teaching a group class is outside my comfort zone, that's OK. It's when you step out of your comfort zone that most growth occurs.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
This morning I woke up to the news about those awful events in Boston. I'm not quite sure what to say. I guess I'm still stunned. I'm happy that so few were killed and proud of those heroes who rushed in to help even with all the uncertainty that surrounded those frightening moments. I'm also sad for those who have lost loved ones. I'm sad for those who were injured. I'm sad for all those going through these events. I've been thinking about those who were racing. News reports say it was at the very end. It wasn't elite runners. It was people like you and me. It was people whose goal was to run the Boston Marathon and just to finish. It was families watching for their loved ones. It was unnecessary. But then every time something like tis happens, it always is. I listened to the presidents speech and him saying he was going to find out why. For me, why doesn't matter. Wrong is wrong and why doesn't make it better. My heart and prayers go out to all those hurt but another persons cowardice and selfishness. Not only in Boston, but in Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Washington DC, and so many others too numerous to count. Today I wear my favorite race shirt in honor of those lost, hurt and suffering. And I pray that we never have to suffer another tragedy like tis again.
Saturday, March 09, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
This morning I went for the second time to pick up my Bountiful Baskets order. I really Love Bountiful Baskets. It's kind of like getting presents. You never know exactly what's going to be there. Today I got some leaf lettuce, bok choy, asperagas, mangos, and so many other things. So today I need to learn what dishes to make with all the wonderful fruits and Vegis that I picked up. The other thing I like about Bountiful baskets is that it saves money. I got for $15 what I would pay $50 in a grocery store. That gives me extra money that I can spend on other things, like my daughters braces. The third thing I like about Bountiful Baskets is that it challenges me to experiment with fruits and vegetables that I wouldn't normally get, like Bok Choy. If you are interested in Bountiful Baskets, just go to www.bountifulbaskets.org. It may be in your area too.
Sunday, March 03, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
A friend of mine posted that she is getting fruit and vegetables from Bountiful Baskets. I looked at what she bought and for how much and I was amazed. She got a ton for so little money. For those who don't know, Bountiful Baskets is a food co-op. it's all volunteer so all your money goes toward the food you buy. You don't need to pay extra for buildings, employees, or utilities. For $15 you get a basket of 1/2 fruit and 1/2 vegetables. When I got my basket I couldn't believe how much it was. There were oranges, grapefruits, apples, bananas, pineapple, leek, eggplant, lettuce, carrots, potatoes and we got a Mexican style add on with peppers, cilantro, garlic, limes and avocados. It was so much that even with four of us in the house there is still some left over a week later. This is such a great way to make sure that there are always fruits and vegetables in the house. Bountiful Baskets isn't just in Vancouver Washington. There are locations nationwide. So take a look online and find one close to you. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Go to www.bountifulbaskets.org
Sunday, March 03, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
I posted earlier that I was watching some movies on Netflicks about health and chemicals. This week I started doing something about it. On my normal shopping trip to Costco I added a few new items to the list. One was vinegar. The other baking soda. Now you know, Costco. I bought these items in bulk. No I'm not planning on baking loads of cookies or making hundreds of Easter eggs. These are two items very high on the list of natural cleaning chemicals. I am working on removing toxins from my home that I never realized was there. I grew up with scrubbing bubbles and bleach. I grew up with the blue windex to clean glass. I never knew that there was another way.... Until now. This week I used baking soda instead of bleach to clean the tile on the kitchen counter and it came out just as clean as when I use bleach. It took me 5 minutes and maybe 50 cents worth of product to make a spray bottle of disinfectant and bathroom cleaner. That bathroom cleaner worked just as well as scrubbing bubbles. I always thought you needed to choke on fumes to make something clean. NOT TRUE! My hubby is even excited about it. He found a mop like a swifter at Target that you can add your own chemicals to to mop the wood floor and comes with a washable pad. For pennies we filled the tank where to buy the solution in the store would be dollars. The floor is much cleaner, non toxic AND we are saving money to boot. Yes it takes a little time. But 5 minutes really isn't that much and I save so much time trying to figure out what product to buy in the store, or what coupon to clip. So when it comes to even time I saved that too. I feel so good about this change and plan to change over the rest of my toxic cleaning supplies to these non toxic ones and remove this soup of disease and danger from the house. Healthy living is not only the exercise you do or the food you eat. It also includes the atmosphere you live in. You spend so much time in your home. Lets all strive to make our home environment healthy too.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
I'm sick. I don't get sick often, but here I am, laying on the couch and wishing that I was feeling better. At least not feeling well gives me a chance to catch up on a few things. I've been reading my fitness magazines and I am watching some specials on Netflicks. I have found two that really peaked my interest. The first is Hungry for change. In it there were experts in diet and nutrition. Of these experts, the two women battled back stage 4 cancer and at least three of the men had lost about 100 pounds each. One of the men lost several hundred pounds. It talked about high fructose corn syrup, how addictive sugar is, the obesity crisis and so much more. It was really very interesting and has me looking long and hard at what I have in my cubbards and refrigerator. Processed food can make things easy. But when it comes to the future of my kids, I think I would rather take a little more time and make sure they have the good stuff. The second movie I watched on Netflicks is chemerica. That movie took a randomly chosen family and helped them to move the toxic substances out of their house. What got me most about that was the toxic substances they were talking about is cleaning supplies. I was intrigued that by making her own cleaning supplies she had not only saves HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.... But they also felt the house was cleaner without the chemicals than it was before. Your never too old to learn something new and never too old to make a difference.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Today is Valentines day. The day of Love. My daughter found an old book of mine. It was one of the chicken soup books. She was telling me about how it was teaching her how to find a boyfriend. But the book really doesn't help with finding a boyfriend a husband or a lover. I believe that the only way to find that special someone to share your life is to Love yourself first. You aren't perfect. No one is. But love yourself and your imperfections. Love the little wrinkles around your mouth. Love that you aren't quite tall enough to reach the top shelf. Even Love that little muffin top that you so desperately want to lose. I look at myself and see my imperfections a whole lot clearer than my husband and kids will ever see them. Today I am treating myself with Love as well as I will treat my family because I am worth it. It's so wonderful that today of all days a friend posted a video on Facebook that spoke so clearly to me about the person and Personal Trainer that I strive to be. Enjoy!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djiTvT6s8j4&sns=em
Friday, February 01, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Today is Friday February 1st. That means its SuperBowl Weekend. There are so many who live for this weekend. Every year counting down and looking forward to the game, the commercials, the parties and of course the food. Isn't it funny that watching athletes in top physical condition leads to sitting around with chicken wings, bean dig and bear. This weekend can be hard for so many who are watching their weight. So what is your plan to get through???? As hard as it can be, the best way to make it easy is by having a plan to get through the day. How about I tell you my plan... First, I plan to have the SuperBowl Party at my house. That way I can have some control over the situation. (Control my environment). I'm cleaning the house to get ready for guests so I get some extra exercise by cleaning. And YES! Cleaning is exercise. Second, I control the food. I am cutting up celery, pineapple, hummas, carrots sticks, and vegetarian chili. Of course I will have corn chips (multigrain) and low fat cheese for the chili. Do you think anyone will know or even care that its vegi chili? I'm not telling and I bet they won't say anything. There will be beer, but I will also have some ice tea and cold water available. If you are going to some one else's house, be up front with the host/hostess. Tell them that you don't want everyone to know but you are watching your diet and could you know what the planned menu is? Maybe ask if its ok if you bring something to share and you can bring a fruit or vegi platter. That way you can plan what you are going to do when you get there. Another tip is eat before you go. That way you won't be starving and tempted when you arrive. Finally, drink lots of water while you are there. Water helps keep you full. Dont get me wrong, I'm not saying to not eat while you are there. I want you to enjoy yourself and your friends. I am much more tempted in a situation like this. If I make a good plan, I can enjoy a little of the foods that I really want most, have tons of fun laughing with my friends and cheer on my team, then still have a great weigh in on Monday morning. So enjoy your weekend.
Friday, February 01, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
I started my weight loss journey by walking every morning. I always enjoyed walking, even in the rain. When you walk instead of drive you get a whole new perspective on the world. Especially when you do it like I did... with kids. Through my walks I discovered a fantastic group that I had never heard of before... Volksporting. That is a walking group. I get emails every week about a walk that this group does all over the area. Sometimes it's really nice having the company of walking with a group. If you are in the Portland/Vancouver area and would like to know more about Volksporting, here is some information for you. Maybe I will see you on the trail one of these days. The firstname.lastname@example.org group list exists to announce upcoming non-competitive volkssport walking, biking, and swimming events in Oregon and SW Washington These events are open to the public - everyone is invited, so pass this along to your friends. You can access the message at any time on the web, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/walkoregon We have a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OregonWalking and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/walkoregon You may also want to visit the official web sites of volkssport clubs in Oregon and Washington http://www.walkoregon.org http://www.esva.org AllThingsWalking Calendar of Oregon walking events -- volkssporting and more http://www.allthingswalking.com/calendar.html
Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
The beginning of the year so many people decide to make a change. They make a New Years Resolution. But then sometime is February or March, many find that their resolve has started to fade. I'm not going to lie. Change is hard. It doesn't matter if you are adding exercise, removing sugar or eating more vegetables. Change is hard. So, first... Why did you make that Resolution in the first place? Are you going on a trip, getting married or wanting to play with those kids or Grandkids? Could it be that you have health issues and losing weight, eating different or exercise will be what makes the difference? Is it that you don't like the way you look or feel and are ready? Whatever your reason. Remember that. It's important. Second... Start with small steps. Saying you will go to the gym and exercise every day for an hour is unrealistic for some one who has been sitting on the couch for years. Start small. Take the dog for a walk around the block every morning. Go to the gym 3 times this week. Add Vegis to one meal every day. Then as you get comfortable with that step, then do more. Take the dog around two blocks. Have a vegetarian day each week. Or maybe hire a trainer to really push you. When it comes to changing your life the big thing is to not quit. You might get things wrong and fall into temptation every once in a while but that's ok. Everyone falls. The failure is not getting back up. I discovered Pinterest. I found a picture that really spoke to me. It said if you are tired of starting over then stop quitting. So quitting is not an option. Keep moving forward to your goal. Every journey moves one step at a time.