No regrets! But oh the lessons learned!

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Ever get overwhelmed? I mean super overwhelmed?  Last week was a tad overwhelming for me. I’m doing some training for work that at times feels daunting and the last week of round 1 of the fitness program I’m doing was beyond a challenge. Add that to the rest of a crazy, albeit fun filled week and I guess my fitness and nutrition just went seriously off. 

I don’t have any before and after statistics and photo’s like I have been showing you. I seriously just was that slack on business. And that is a drawback to working from home with your own business. You HAVE to set boundaries and work a business, like it is a business, even if you’re not punching a time clock. Working from home has a zillion advantages. And being able to set your own hours is one of them, make your own schedule is another. Well last week all that went right out the window. 

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It was like a steamroller effect the training I’m doing is training for the upper tiers of this business, something that right now I’m not nearing on that level. But I wanted the challenge. And I did and am learning so much. I am so thankful to have a fabulous team and mentor behind me who offers this training even if you’ve only just started your business. And I KNOW this training is helping me with my business and will continue to help me grow. But, you have to know when to put the blinders on. I was overwhelmed with the training and busy with other events and tasks in life and I just didn’t work on social media at all. And didn’t work on any personal development. 

But you know what? I’m human. And all I have to do, is do. Get back to it.

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And as far as my fitness and nutrition? When we bumped the workouts up to 45 minutes and increased the difficulty, I had a whole lot of fail. Or, at least was I was perceiving as failure. Once again, I’m not at that level. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t getting anything out of the workout. I just let my head and my ego get in the way. Nutritionally, most days were spot on. But we did have a few days that we indulged in the wrong kind of foods. And I felt it. I was sluggish and bloated. And I didn’t lose ANY weight.

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BUT, the good news is, I didn’t gain any either. My focus may not have been on point, I may have been distracted and yeah, maybe I did eat nachos and salsa, a bit too much nacho’s and salsa (yeah I suffered for that one). And definitely too much chocolate the last few days. But I’ve now made good choices a habit. And as long as I don’t sway from those habits too long, I won’t lose all I’ve learned. 

Lessons learned. All these new tools I have at my disposal for getting healthy and fit aren’t just tools, or programs. This is my LIFE. This is me choosing my lifestyle. How I want to eat, how I want to feel. I no longer let emotions, especially negative ones guide my lifestyle as much anymore. And that is GOLD!

 

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Lessons Learned

  1. No experience is ever a waste of time. No matter how badly you think you are doing it, you are LEARNING.
  2. Get out of my way, my own way. I seriously can get lost in my own mind games I play with myself and looking at thing from a defeatist standpoint. Instead, I need to take what I have learned and use it to better myself and then get back up and start again. 
  3. Good habits can not only be learned, but retained and called upon even when you may sabotage yourself. 
  4. I need better organizational skills.
  5. I’m only human!

 

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Takeaways:

  • I’m thinking about starting a PCS nutrition group soon because I’m so excited about my nutrition plan and how it’s completely changed my daily habits and choices.
  • I really need to work on my organizational skills so I don’t get so overwhelmed.
  • I’m thankful for my fitness programs and PCS because, I’m only human!

 

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Charlottesville VA.

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Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, Heather Hayer and Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen died in the events surrounding the white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville VA. 

 

 

I don’t have much to say because hate groups SHOULD be something of the past, especially here in the USA. We fought a war here in the United States called the Civil War to abolish cruelty and the inhumanity white privilege held onto, and the side against slavery and white supremacy LOST. We fought a war to prevent bigotry, supremacy and hatred in Germany, and against all odds, humanity won.
There is a fine line crossed with freedom of speech when that speech is a message of hate, discrimination and bigotry. 
#RestInPeace
Heather D. Heyer
Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen
Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates

How to Help in the Wake of Charlottesville

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Dance In That Rain!

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I’ve had a SUPER busy, preoccupied kind of week last week.  I just never seemed to find time to blog 😒 and it feels like it’s been forever. So yeah, the week/weekend took me away a bit and definitely distracted me from some of my goals. But I had fun and spent time with doing good things, seeing great friends and spending quality time with the hubby and that made for a great weekend! No regrets!

I was working on G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. projects all week. Which was so much fun, and since I’m not at allllll artsy, I chose tasks that were close to heart and made up of all kinds of random kindness. Indeed very me. 

I also went to a picnic in the rain to say farewell to a few people we know who are leaving the area. Surprisingly a picnic in the rain (under a shelter) isn’t half bad. The rain was nice. I spent a few extra minutes in the Jeep listening to rain fall on the roof while hubby went ahead to the picnic.  We have a soft top and I love the sound of the raindrops. I nearly fell asleep lol. We ran into our friends Greg & Jade who we haven’t seen in quite a while. It was awesome to catch up and just chill a minute.

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Saturday we went to the New Breed Championships. They are a jiu jitsu,  muy Thai and general mixed martial arts competition. One of our close friends daughter was in competition there for her team/training dojo,  OutFox. It’s crazy how good these kids are. Dedication and commitment mixed with a lot of heart and love for their sport. Keith and I walked away feeling like we just visited a tight community. We are so proud of Lily’s accomplishments. This was her FIRST real competition and she had to go up against someone at a higher skill set than she was in. She held her own and all and all she did am amazing job for her first real go at it competitively. 

We were going to go to Busch Gardens afterwards but it was still rainy and Keith’s till suffering an ankle injury (rain doesn’t help). So we decided to stay home and just have a lazy weekend spending some quality time together. The week was kind of non stop for both of us between work, working out and events going on. We didn’t even hit the computers much. We just wanted some quiet time to make plans, dream and just “be”. 

Then last night and some baaaaaad salsa. Not a great way to end a beautiful week, but I’ll take it because the rest was magical!

That’s where I’ve been, taking a few days technologically low key. And now a new week begins and so does a new round of the fitness program I’m doing as well as getting back to some run training and tweaking our PCS a little more. 

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. 2017

It’s been forever since I blogged, or at least that’s how it’s felt since my birthday. I’ve been busy doing things and stuff …

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What things and stuff? G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. was one! Sadly this may be the last year Misha Collins will be doing the greatest scavenger hunt/random acts of kindness event EVER. BUT, I just saw this posted on his Facebook wall. “We create, therefore we live. It’s been a great ride, guys. Saddle up… I can’t wait to tell you where we’re going next. #gishwhes” So hopefully we will be up to more shenanigans next year!!

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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. – What is it?


“g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s. (which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world (even from your own home!). 
Many of the participants claim the Hunt is a life-changing experience that either pulled them out of their shell and completely changed their lives, or drove them insane… many others say it’s simply a great way to spend a week of their summer (or winter for those Gishers on the other half of the planet).”

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I was on team “Birdhouse In Your Soul” and we spent a week doing good deeds, showering love on people and doing random acts of silliness. I didn’t have time to accomplish many tasks, but what I did finish meant a lot to me and gave birth to a new regular volunteering task I plan to pick up. So what did I do?

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💜 I was abducted by aliens who were searching for specific traits for their specimens. Mine was my empathy and I was abducted in Virginia Beach, VA. This was silly. And I don’t do silly well, or often. But if I were abducted, this was why my hubby thought they would grab me, my empathy. 💙

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💜 I wrote a Haiku. My Haiku was for my Ippo. She got sick on my birthday last year and sadly lost her battle within a few weeks. This was a difficult project to undertake. I was an emotional mess. But I knew it was meant for this moment. It’s now another moment in my healing process. I miss her enormously. 💙

💜 I visited a large military ship (the Wisconsin) and held up a sign for all to see. A thank you to all who serve and served to protect our country. There weren’t many people there, but it still meant a lot to be there and reflect on all who give of themselves for others. 💙

💜 I decorated and delivered a cake with a message to someone(s) that I’ve always wanted to say. Mine I was lucky enough to do on my birthday, bringing my own cake. But decorated with “Thanks For Being My Friends” and presenting it as a surprise. It ended up being one of my most meaningful birthdays ever. And I plan to make it a tradition now every year to do an act of gratitude to celebrate my day 💙

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💜 I planted a bee loving plant and pollinated it wearing a bee costume (thank you INKnBURN!). My hubby thought I was supposed to do it by booty dancing. My team all agreed, some foot action was required. 💙

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💜 At a local laundromat I used decorated envelopes to leave enough for a wash and dry for three people. This is another I plan to do again in the future. The people in the laundromat just gave us funny looks, unsure what we were doing. And it made it all the better knowing their smiles when they picked up envelopes after we left 💙

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💜 And lastly, hubby and I took some non perishable food donations to a local youth shelter. They help kids who are from abusive homes and runaways. This meant more than I even knew it would, I walked out teary eyed and happy to find out that not only do they accepts monetary and food/other physical donations, but they need occasional volunteers too. They take the kids on outings and need help with the outings so the kids are safe and rules are being followed, etc… They had actually just returned from visiting a horse rescue. That rescue also takes in the abused and abandoned. My heart was bursting.  I don’t talk about it publicly much, but I was abused and emotionally neglected for most of the years before my 14th birthday. My mother abused alcohol and prescription meds and me. She also verbally abused a lot of other family members through the yearsThis was important for me, a random act of kindness for myself retroactive 💙

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A BIG thank you to a great team! And a HUGE thank you to Misha Collins for putting his heart on his sleeve and becoming involved with making the world a better place through art, silliness, and random acts of kindness and love 

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Just a project I was working on at the site of the USS Wisconsin

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Thanks to all who serve, all who served and all who will serve! 

“Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, our guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II.”

“The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is owned and operated by the United States Navy and located on level two of Nauticus. The museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. For more information, please visit www.hrnm.navy.mil.”

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History

“Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa-class battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 30th state. Her keel was laid down on January 25, 1941 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on December 7, 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Walter S. Goodland, and commissioned on April 16, 1944, with Captain Earl E. Stone in command.”

“After her trials and initial training in the Chesapeake Bay, Wisconsin departed Norfolk, Virginia, on July 7, 1944, bound for the British West Indies. Following her shakedown, conducted out of Trinidad, the third Iowa-class battleship to join the Fleet returned to her builder’s yard for post-shakedown repairs and alterations.”

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Stats

  • Displacement – 45,000 tons
  • Displacement – 58,000 tons loaded
  • Length – 887′ 3″
  • Beam – 108′ 2″
  • Draft – 37′ 8″
  • Speed – 33 knots
  • Complement – 1,600
  • Armament – 9 16″, 20 5″, 80 40mm., 49 20mm.
  • Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 600 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 212,000 shp
  • Class – Iowa

Battleship Wisconsin Chronology

  • January 25, 1941 – Keel Laid Down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard
  • December 7, 1943 – Launched
  • April 16, 1944 – Commissioned
  • July 1, 1948 – Decommissioned
  • March 3, 1951 – Recommissioned for Korean War Service
  • March 8, 1958 – Decommissioned
  • October 22, 1988 – Recommissioned as part of President Reagan’s 600 Ship Navy
  • September 30, 1991 – Decommissioned
  • February 12, 1998 – Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve
  • December 7, 2000 – Battleship Wisconsin Moved To Nauticus Berthing

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USS Wisconsin Facebook

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Happy International Cat Day!

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Petfinder

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Happy National Watermelon Day

🍉National Watermelon Day🍉
Thursday, Aug. 3

 

 

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🍉watermelon and heirloom tomato salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped basil (or mint, chives, or parsley)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 medium seedless watermelon rind removed, cut into 2-inch triangles
  • 3 medium heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese about ½ oz.

Instructions

  1. Combine oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper in small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.

  2. Arrange arugula, watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and onion on a large serving platter.  

  3. Drizzle evenly with dressing.

  4. Top evenly with cheese. 

Calories: 154

 

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🍉grilled watermelon wedges

Ingredients

  • ¼ medium watermelon rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place cookie (or baking) rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

  2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.

  3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil.

  4. Grill (or broil) for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and watermelon softens slightly.

Calories: 105

 

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🍉watermelon and tomato gazpatcho

Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • ½ medium cucumber chopped
  • 1 medium shallot chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley (reserve a small amount for garnish)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Thinly sliced carrots (for garnish; optional)
  • Thinly sliced radishes (for garnish; optional)

Instructions

  1. Place tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and shallot in blender; cover. Pulse until chunky.

  2. Add vinegar, oil, basil, parsley, and salt; pulse until chunky.

  3. Remove ⅓ of tomato mixture; place in medium serving bowl.

  4. Blend remaining tomato mixture until smooth. Add to serving bowl; mix well.

  5. Divide into 4 serving bowls. Garnish with carrots, radishes, and parlsey if desired.

Calories: 90

 

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🍉watermelon strawberry surprise shakeology

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup diced watermelon
  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place water, watermelon, Shakeology, mint, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Calories: 155

 

More recipes continued….here

 

 

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🍉10 fun facts about watermelon

1. Watermelon is 92% water.

2. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

3. The word “watermelon” first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.

4. A watermelon takes about 90 days to grow, from planting to harvesting.

5. You can eat watermelon rind. Here are three ways to enjoy the green part!

6. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1796 was titled American Cookery and contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

7. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

8. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee in 2013, weighing in at 350.5 lbs.

9. More than 300 varieties of watermelon are cultivated in the United States and South America. The most common watermelon options are seeded, seedless, mini and yellow & orange.

10. The United States currently ranks 6th in worldwide production of watermelon, with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Indiana consistently in the lead.

Source: Parade

 

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🍉national watermelon day on pinterest

 

 

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