When It Rains It POURS!


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


Love Me Some Aaaadventuresomeness!


Aren’t “A” words the best????  Adventure.  Awesome.  Ass.  Alignment.  Astronomical.  Well, these are a few of my current favorites today and here is how they are rolling out………

I’m pumped for the AWESOME new ADVENTURE next week holds to get my ASS in proper ALIGNMENT with the ASTRONOMICAL closet full of clothes that are too tight!  

HA HA HA!  So the “A’s” have it today for keeping me motivated!

So, the kids started TaeKwonDo classes last night and they, of course, are both naturals.  As I’m sitting on the sidelines watching the joy on their faces, I’m also mapping out what kinds of things I can take advantage of at the YMCA while they high kick their way through the hour.  No Yoga or Pilates classes fall during the same time frame, of course, so I have to hit the cardio/weights solo.  But then, the instructor saunters over and grills me on why mom isn’t out there too.  Huh.  Why aren’t I???  So, forget the lame wandering around the gym trying to figure out a plan – I’m now in white belt TaeKwonDo with my kids and can not wait to learn this with them.  DUH!?!?   I guess I hadn’t really considered this because I’m so used to “classes” always begin either them or me.  I’m just overjoyed to being learning, growing and sharing this healthy experience with them.

So, besides TKD 2X a week for 10 weeks, I start my kickboxing training next week at Round Kick Gym.  Here we go 6am again!  🙂  At least I know what to expect of myself that early.  I’m delighted that school will be out by the end of next week so I will come home to a quiet house where I can leisurely drink my coffee and get ready for work versus rush, rush, rush to get 2 rounds of kids to school and then squeeze me off to work in such a hurry that my shoes don’t match.  It really happens, people.  I just choose not to talk about it out loud.

Although I had planned to be a bit leaner, stronger and fitter before summer, I’m focusing on working with where I am going instead of where I thought I was supposed to be by now.  It is a fact that I am the girl who always has an excuse.  Half the time I don’t even say them out loud, but rather avoid looking in the mirror or the scale.  I really and truly enjoy my life for the most part, so it’s really easy to look past the fluff and forget to take good care of my health.  Yes, that is called lame ass bad habit, I know.  And I fight with it every day, but I know that when I started this several months ago, it would not be easy and probably might not stick solid right away.  My brain is still there, ready and there is still no turning back.  I may have to keep trying new things until I find my “high” – that thing(s) that gets me so excited that I can’t wait to sweat through it each day.  I tried running.  Am still giving running a shot, but it has yet to become my friend.  Maybe when my ASTRONOMICAL ASS is less it will be easier since I won’t hit the pavement so hard!!  HAHA!  Yah, yah my chubby hiney is saggin these days, and my teenage gymnastic bod is wrecked from head to toe, BUT, I have my eye on the prize of the healthiest version of me I can be, no matter what size pants that translates to.  I love being a work in progress!!

Sat Downtown Farmer’s Market Des Moines

Outside of kickboxing and TKD, there will be Yoga In The Park starting June 2nd!!  It’s almost better than cake and ice cream!!  There is no better way to start the day/weekend than yoga under the trees at Gray’s Lake.  This year I plan to bike there, grabbing BFF along the way and heading over to the Downtown Farmer’s Market after for some delicious breakfast.  Please come and join me!!

So I’ve learned the value of breathing in today versus feeling unsettled about the lack of accomplishment or focus in yesterday.  I’m reminding myself how/why I got so far off track with being healthy and loving myself enough.  I love you momma but I cannot eat my depressed self into hiding forever in attempts to avoid being happy because I miss you so severely.  The rainbow rises upward before crossing the land to meet the pot of gold dammit, so there’s no pretty rainbow in a downward spiral!  I may not be successful at my first, second or third attempts with fitness or eating clean, but I will take what I learn at every single attempt until I wake up and realize all of the learning has brought me to a new way of life full of healthy habits and choices.  Welcome to summer  – the days are wonderfully longer with sunshine and yah, it’s gonna get smoking hot out, but that’s what margaritas are for!!  *hugs* M


NIA, oh heavenly NIA


I took a NIA class a couple of weeks ago that was so inspirational and uplifting.  I am currently in search of a local studio that offers NIA in the evenings because I want more, more, more!!  It’s funny because I had no idea I would sweat so much and not have one sore muscle!  I had no idea what an awesome workout it would be!  I had no idea the smile it would leave on my face and in my heart!  Thank you Sandi from The Family Tree !  She expresses herself so gracefully and reminds you throughout the class that it’s not about having proper form or following perfectly with the class or instructor.  NIA is about moving your body in ways that feel good – there shouldn’t be pain in any way!  Moving your body to the extent that you like, not what everyone else around you is doing.  It’s about expression from the inside out.  There is freedom in the movements as you extend your limbs with natural expression.  I love that the hour of dance builds to a crescendo and descends just as naturally.  It’s worth trying ya’all!  SO worth trying!!  I can’t wait to find a class that will fit into my schedule and add this to my way of life.  *hugs* M

They are REASONS, not EXCUSES!


Time has not been my friend lately or rather I have NOT been managing it well at all.  But, to my defense, here are the reasons (er, um excuses).  



4 lb, 12oz ball of energy

This is where it all went to hell………we adopted another puppy.  Welcome home, Tinkerbell the Tinker Toy stinker that I cannot take my eyes off of for one second because we are in training.  Potty training, no chewing training, potty training, don’t eat that training, sit, down, stay, potty training.  You get the idea.  Miss Maggie Moo is helpful in many ways, however her only child syndrome is rearing it’s ugly jealous little head.  Naughty dog plus training puppy has driven me back to popping the wine cork nightly.  Not so good for diet and exercise, but sanity is necessary at this point.   I remind Moo that she chose this one at the shelter.  I approved and purchased but her choice.  We got lucky because this new addition to our family is truly a blessing for all.  She is catching on pretty quickly given we’ve only had her 2 weeks!  So patience, wine and probably extra workouts. 

Combine the above with end of the school year shuffle, gearing up for summer camp and vacation shuffle, busy work days, addition of Tae Kwan Do twice a week for all 3 of us and the fact that I HAVE TO BE OUTSIDE DIGGIN IN THE DIRT as much as possible this time of the year and well, frankly, blogging has gotten demoted.  I have also been spending more time in the kitchen trying to be proactive about meals, snacks, etc.  So there are lots of positive reasons/excuses why I’ve been a lame blogger at least!

As always, the art of finding the perfect balance, or any balance at all some days, is what we all strive to achieve.  Underneath everything we dream about having or not having to deal with, the good, bad, ugly of living life is the foundation to hold it all up……….balance.  Too much or too little of anything one way or the other can send it all tumbling down into a heap. BUT, it doesn’t have to be that drastic.  There truly IS a perfect harmony of balance within all of our lives, but mine doesn’t have to look like yours or vice versa.  I’m getting better at accepting that my level of balance belongs only to me and what fits best with my life and all the little nuisances within it.  And that the most important key is having the flexibility to give the balance permission to shift when it needs to.  There are too many living beings in my life to expect it to remain a status quo that only lives in my fairytale dreams!!    At the end of every chaotic day, I can creep through my quiet house, sneak a peek at the silent slumbered flopsy bodies in bed and know that I am right where I belong.  I might be a crazy person chasing my tail most days, but at the end of those days, there is a house full of love, and wine.  *hugs*  M

I know I can, I know I can!







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When I was a kid, my mom would often say “can’t never did nothin'”.

She’s right.

Whenever I catch myself falling prey to the “I can’ts”, I challenge myself to counter with “I can by…”.  Sometimes what it takes isn’t the choice I want to make so I still may end up not doing it, but it’s not because I “can’t”.

You can do anything you put your heart and mind to!  Believe that.  Own that. Visualize what you want, even if you don’t have a clear picture of it at first or any idea how it could be possible.

The life I have now is BETTER than the life I yearned for growing up.  People and experiences are coming my way that I never thought possible.  I wake up in the morning and think “I love my life!”.  I hope you feel the same way!

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Can’t Wait for NIA !!


I am coming outta my skin with anticipation for the awesome “playshop” I signed up for this Saturday!   2 whole hours of righteous NIA – Yippee for ME!!  Check it out!!!

Nia at The Family Tree.

Inspiration Abounds!!


Hey Y’All – my beautiful friend has started her own blog that I know will be full of inspiration, love and words of encouragement.  Her own life experiences have led her to this place of sharing, so I hope you will check it out and follow her!  Love you Steph!!!  *Hugs*  M