Monthly Archives: June 2012

Awwww, Sharing.

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It’s such a beautiful sight when I witness the love of sharing in my household.  Between the kids, cat and dogs, there is typically ruckess and a butt load of it.  This, quite simply, will explain WHO is in charge around here. 

No go ahead and ask me why we frequently refer to her as “the baby cow.” 

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Tis the Season to Be In Love With Your Food

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And so it begins……..the season of all things fresh and delicious!

I love our farmer’s market, but due to garage sale prep and sale itself, I have not made it to the big one.  Our local neighborhood farmer’s market is unfortunately hosted on a Taekwondo night, so I’ve missed that one too.  Big Poo.  Hyvee’s produce is the next best thing and wowsers did I lose my mind stocking up!  Everything was so fresh I just couldn’t bear to leave one little fruit or veggie behind!  I think the checker at the market thought I was a vegetarian on crack!  Now, don’t mind the sneaky little vodka bottle hiding in the background – he will meet his maker with the blender and the fruit later on!  So, 2 hours later, I have a frig/freezer stocked with fresh sliced wonderful goodness.  The 6 year old covets cantaloupe so she may OD.  Or puke.  Wonder how awesome that would be coming back up?  Anyway, I got so involved with chopping and slicing that I neglected to photograph the veggies.  Here’s that rundown…….broccoli, romaine and lots of it, fresh spinach, green and yellow squash, avocados, mushrooms, cucumbers, carrots, sweet snow peas, broccoli coleslaw, cauliflower, celery, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes.  Do those count because as much as I want to like fresh toms, I just can’t and don’t.

This week’s lunches have consisted of all things salad so far, each day being different from the previous.  Variety with the same thing!  Huh……I’m currently in love with my food choices and feel so excited about them.  When my friend visited Italy last year, she struggled finding the words to describe the food there, but explained it simply as “I wanted to make out with my food every day.”  I kinda get it now.  Yah, it’s not Italy but there’s just nothing better than filling your belly with fresh goodness.  I still want pastries frequently, so it hasn’t really helped there, but having all this in the house is a great distraction.

So dinners………well, how much fun am I having with those!  Veggie stir fry that my kids won’t eat (yay me!), baked and grilled chicken, couscous, chicken salad with avocado, tuna salad with cucumbers and steamed carrots.  And it’s only Wednesday!   Snacks have been almonds or celery with laughing cow wedge or yes, fruit.  Duh.

And of course breakfast, which I still struggle with……banana with raspberries = my favorite and a small dollop of peanut butter.  It works until about 10am and then there’s a much-needed snack.  I’m still working on the breakfast thing for summer since nothing warm sounds good.  I love my peanut butter so I have to be mindful or half the jar will be ingested before the next breath arrives.

Next up……smoothies.  Stay tuned!!  What kinds of deliciousness have you created that left your mouth-watering enough to want to make out with your food???  Help a girl out with more ideas!  *hugs*  M

Perfecting Her Craft

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And so the summer fun begins…my lovely Emily has taken her creativity to a whole new level finding new designs to create with Mani/Pedi’s.  Lucky for her, she has willing participants – her sister and of course, ME!  I got new toes from cashing in my Pedi gift cert from Mother’s Day – she guarantees me 3 total and is keeping track on a punch card.  Not only did I get beautiful toes, I received a full salon treatment of foot wash, massage, heel scrub and sloughing along with moisturizer treatment.  Who’s the lucky ducky in this house!  So my tired, sore feeties are being pampered once in a while after I torture them pounding the mats and floors with workouts.  I love when they get it!!!  *hugs*  M

THE COLOR RUN – I’m IN!!!

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THE COLOR RUN *5k of color running madness.

OCT 6TH DES MOINES IOWA!!!

Oh yes, Oh yes – Team Roy G Biv is big and full of beautiful, inspiring friends and I’m one of them!  Now, y’all know how I feel about running……I WANT to like it, kinda the same way I feel about brussel sprouts, but so far, eh.  This is just the ticket to motivate.  I am doing this one way or the other, even if I come in last, but run, walk, skip to my Lou or all of the above, I AM IN!  The amazing Running Thriver planted the seed last month when I enjoyed her blog on her Color Run experience.  She is everything that embodies STRENGTH, LOVE and GIRL POWER!!!

So, it’s time for me to work harder on embracing running or I will find myself left completely in everyone’s dust – pink, orange, blue and purple dust!!

She’s Just So Beautiful – and I’m the Womamma.

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Every Mom is biased about their kids.  I know.  I spend many a day holding back my tears as I watch her grow and wonder how the years could go by so quickly.  She is a gift; a beautiful treasure and even though I am her mom, I know she is a remarkable human being.  My oldest daughter has endured levels of heartache and pain that most adults never know, at least until later in life.  And yet she still smiles the brightest smile of any I have ever seen!

She has been struggling with one specific body feature and to protect her privacy I will not devulge specifics, however, today while dancing in the sprinkler under the summer sun, she saw the light.  “They weren’t very noticeable and I didn’t even care” she texts to me.  “Oh honey!  I’m so very proud of you! After all, there are a million things that could be worse…..missing an arm like our neighbor.”  And then she made me cry………”Yeah, and what I realized is I don’t care what other people think, if they even notice, because God created every single one of us the way he wanted and I am absolutely grateful for the way he created me and I love myself exactly the way I am…..and thank you for putting up with my stupid stuff like that.” she says.  I, of course, beaming with pride, called her immediately to hear her voice.  I tell her that we are all amazing just the way we are and she is an inspiration.  I tell her she makes me feel strong through my getting healthy process and less self conscious about my tummy flab because she reminds me every day that skinny is NOT stronger.   She calls me a “very, strong capable “WOMAMMA” (woman/Momma)!!   I love that young lady’s soul.

When It Rains It POURS!

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And sometimes, it feels OH SO GOOD!

I am currently basking in the glow of my self-induced deluge of activity!  It’s funny how “When It Rains It Pours” is always used in a negative way, but I’m living the dream of making it rain on purpose in my world, unconditionally.  It’s really quite easy to do – start a new 5-day a week, 10 week session of kickboxing at the same time you begin Taekwondo twice per as well as prepare for a garage sale FROM HELL all while running your normal life.  Its awesome!

But in all honesty, it IS awesome, no sarcasm intended.  My children and co-workers might disagree because I am on the crabby side of the planet, but at least I’m not suicidally cranky or bitch slap someone cranky…….sheesh!  So let’s break it down:

Started Round Kick Gym 10 week session the day after Memorial Day and twisted my lower back the first day.  No stretchy = lame workout!!  Bad form 101, I know.  Back in the saddle this week full force and it’s really wonderful but hello stiffy, sore muscles AGAIN.  I have decided it is just my way to keep pushing myself into new territory each time I move forward and you all know I love love love the class setting, so hell yes, it’s gonna hurt each time I begin a new one.  Duh.  BUT, it’s not “Someone please come help me off the toilet because my quads are locked” kind of sore.  It’s a mild version of “these stairs bite going up.”  Upper body sore muscle 2 months ago affected very basic things……it’s not natural to brush your face side to side across the motionless toothbrush laying on the sink.  Just not natural.  Thankfully this week is only ranking a “screw drying my whole head of hair today” sort of ache.  It’s so inspiring to see strength and improvement abounding !!!  I’m learning a lot about the difference between pushing your muscles during workout, muscle fatigue right after and delayed onset muscle soreness and what the difference means to me.  I suppose it is different for everyone given your fitness level, but I am delighted to learn that I can pull of downward dog with ease while the bulky muscle dude across the room is holding the position on his tiptoes while holding his breath.  HA!

So this class is perfect for me right now in a variety of ways.  The first and most important is the kids are out of school and I don’t have to do 6AM…..I can pull of 7AM!!  It’s really stupid though because the dogs get me up at 5:45 anyway, so I’m getting like half hour extra sleep.  Whoopty do, right??  OH MY GOD 30 extra minutes of sleep is like finding the golden ticket!  Just saying.  But then the gym itself is closer, so drive time is less.  Bonus.  And I’m learning about TRX suspension training.  Nifty stuff and a lot harder than it looks when your midsection is like pudding these days.  So, I’m a sloppy mess on that, but talk to me in 10 weeks.  The classes are a bit like the previous ones I took, except with more equipment.  And heck yes, there is boxing of all sorts, which I have such a passion for.   We hit the bags, we use big ropes, TRX is a large part and there’s NO BEAST of a tractor tire, so I would say the expectations are completely manageable!!  I look forward to tackling that beast down the road though!

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are such a welcome surprise at Taekwondo.  I sweat my ass off!  Well, at least I hope the profuse sweating is melting my ass off a little anyway.  It is harder than it looks and the movements require your body to be core strong all the time for balance, which I’m not, so it requires me to be tight and tense EVERYWHERE!  Not so good on the stiff neck running tingles down my arm, so I’m going to work on that.  Strong core, strong mind, relaxed movements but with meaning.  GOT IT! 

I can’t talk about the garage sale.  That’s another post.  It’s kicking my ass way worse than anything else right now, so I will speak more about it when I’m done being mad at it.  Or when it’s over…….however, feel free to stop by Fri/Sat to shop and buy some of the random crap I can’t deal with anymore.  There’s quite a bit of really wonderful crap to buy, some vintage, some regular garage saley kinds of things.  Dirt cheap.  I might even run a BOGO deal!  If the crap keeps procreating in that damn garage at night while I’m not looking like I  know it’s doing, I’m going to have to move to Free Gift With Purchase!  Funny thing is, I posted a “save the date” listing on Craigslist with a quick list of some of the items and had 3 emails within 2 hours from people wanting to buy already.  Outside of the lame, low ball offers, it was kind of inspiring, so I just might keep digging for more stuff to put out!!  Yes, hosting a garage sale can become a very nasty scab – once you get the itch to start purging (picking), you just can’t stop until you bleed to death!!!

So, it’s Triple Threat Tuesday – kickboxing this morning, taekwondo and yoga back to back tonight.  The garage sale crap will have to unpack itself.  Just remember people, when it rains, it pours………..and although the balance of life is off kilter during the downpour, the rainbow at the end is worth it all!!  *Hugs*  M