Thursday, February 28, 2013

Friday's Letters

Oh Valencia...

Dear March: Well hello!  It is so nice to see you again!  Reasons why I am happy you are here? 1. March 1st = mid 60s for a high (LOVE). 2. March 10th = Daylight Savings Time! YAHOO!
Dear February: You were a speedy little booger!  I can't believe you came and went so quickly.  But I promise, I'm totally cool with it!
Dear Spain: I miss you.  A lot.  I'm making plans to come see you again.  Stay tuned!
Dear AdvoCare: What a great and busy week!  We're going places baby!
Dear Portland: Yep, I'm going to grace you with my presence this weekend.  You lucky duck!  You are going to be BUSY, but great!  I'm super excited about this weekend!
Dear Body: Sorry that I worked you so hard this week, but you've just been doing so well that I thought you could use the extra push.  And I was right; you took it like a champ!  Good job!  Now, stay awake through tonight's meeting, OK?
Dear Friends: Thank you for hanging out, for reading, for being amazing.  I appreciate you all so very much!  Have amazing weekends!

Have an awesome day!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back To Basics

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Hello beautiful friends!  Happy almost the end of the week!

So, I'm back to my basics.  I'm back to being me. I'm back to spreading sunshine all over this beautiful Earth...except for in this blog.  At least I don't think I am.  And what I think I figured out today is that I'm bored.  I'm bored with my blog. (insert sad face here)

Don't fret!  I'm not bored enough to stop writing. I wouldn't do that to myself you all!  But I am bored with my layout and what it looks like.  Just bored.

I actually came to this realization today when I was thinking about food (I've found myself constantly thinking about food the last three days...not in a a "I'm hungry and must eat NOW" sort of way, but a, "I haven't enjoyed food in this way in so long...yea me!" sort of way).  Go with me...I'll get you there, promise!

So food...I've been bored out of my gourd with my cooking.  Same darn baked chicken and steamed veggies over and over.  And then it hit me wonder I was letting so much pizza and nachos back into my diet...I was craving VARIETY, not crap food.  Granted, I've only cooked the good stuff for three days, but I've made stuff that I've never eaten before and my taste buds are alive again and I'm excited for my next meal (even if it is leftovers).  It's very exciting!

And I want to feel this way about blogging again.  I want to sit here at my kitchen table and let happy and encouraging words flow to you.  More importantly, I want you to BELIEVE my words.

How will I go about this, you ask?  A blog facelift, of course!  After all of that rambling, I'm asking for your help.  I want to prettify this blog, but really don't want to spend any cash to do it (or very VERY minimal cash).  Sooooo, will you please share with me your favorite DIY HTML sites.  And I really prefer "HTML for dummies" type stuff.  I've tried a couple of different times to fix this mess and have failed because I guess I can't read instructions? 

With your help, waves will wash over this blog and make it an exciting place again!  I appreciate any assistance you all can give!  Thank you!  I love you!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Food Blogging

Don't worry, I won't really become a food blogger.  But I am so stinking excited about the food I've made the last two days.  I showed you Sunday's extravaganza.  Tonight, I turned these:

into these:

Recipe here

That's brussell sprouts and rudabaga.  I had never eaten rudabaga, and I will tell you right now, I'm in love.  It was kind of sweet...barely, but a little bit.  This will likely be my new go to veggie side dish.  Oh, and as you can see, it made about two tons of food for little ol' me, so I'll be eating this for a while anyway.  Maybe after this week, it won't be my go to...

Last week, I told my coworker that I was going to start "being" Paleo, and today she brought me two monster cookbooks!  WOOHOO!  I was worried about breakfast, since oatmeal is no longer allowed.  I need something very portable because I eat breakfast while driving to work in the mornings (how is it illegal for me to touch my cell phone while I drive, but I can eat all I want...that which I do while driving with my knees.  At least when I'm talking on the phone, I have one hand on the wheel).

Low and behold, as I flipped through one book this evening, I found these babies:

These photos are why I will NOT be a food blogger...sheesh!

Little eggie muffins!  Whisked eggs, sauteed onion and orange bell pepper, some salt and pepper, and my favorite Canadian bacon/ham goodness from Trader Joe's, baked in a muffin tin for 15 minutes at 350.  Breakfast on the go!  And they're freezable! Bonus!

So, that's what I have for you today, my beautiful friends.  I sense that I will become better at food photos...maybe.  We shall see. 

Eat well, my beautiful friends!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Decisions As of Late

Hi friends!  I hope you all had lovely weekends.  Mine has been fabulous, thank you for asking!

I have alluded to, or maybe said point blankly (I don't really remember) that I haven't been myself for quite some time, like months.  I've been struggling.  I've felt off.  My sunshine hasn't been present and my smile has been fake.  The last three weeks, I've been focused on figuring out WHY I was feeling like, and trying to determine what was going to fix me.

Vacation?  Moving to a new town?  Moving back to Portland? A new job?  A new boyfriend (hahahahhaa...not really.)?  But none of these things seemed to be THE thing that, when I considered it, said YES, that's what I need. 

Good news: with all of this soul searching happening, I've actually figured some stuff out and made a few decisions!  YEA ME!

-  I have cut back on my alcohol consumption significantly. 

-  I think I have found a church home.  This is something I've been considering for quite some time. I'm in need of guidance, so I've searched, and I think I've found.

-  I am 110% committed to AdvoCare as a business.  There is a system in place that will help me be successful, and I have decided to be teachable and do what they all say so that I can help others.  Help Me Help You Help Others!  Pretty cool, huh?

-  I  have decided to embark on a Paleo lifestyle (yes, I'm refusing to use the word diet, because the implication of diet is similar to that of new years resolutions...things to be broken or quit after a certain amount of time).  I will be finishing up an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge this week, and I have decided to continue on with that plan, and add in some awesome new Paleo recipes.  My body feels better when I eat properly.  And the main reason behind this?  My sugar addiction.  I cannot stop.  I've tried, and failed, over and over.  Therefore, I am putting a plan in place that will (in my mind) steer me in the right direction and away from stuff that makes me feel like crap. (Why do we do this to ourselves anyway?  It doesn't taste THAT good, and it doesn't make us feel good.  Yet we can't get enough. So irritating!)

Along with the Paleo deal, I'm going to be doing some meal planning.  Being that I am the only person I cook for, my cooking usually yields food for days.  Today's cooking included Potsticker Burgers,

"I can't believe it's not hummus" dip,

An EVOO/apple cider vinegar/stone ground mustard/honey vinegrette dressing (not pictures), and meatloaf!

Don't worry, it has a scrumptious topping on it!

Yes, it's been a busy afternoon around these parts!  :)

I'm super excited about this way of thinking and doing.  I'm excited to continue to feel flat in the belly region. I'm excited to continue to treat my body properly.  And I'm excited to continue promoting this awesome personal high that I'm riding right now.  Life is good, friends...really, really good!

Have you made any decisions lately that will improve your health and/or life?

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Friday's Letters

Sunrise over the Columbia River
Dear Cancer: You can SUCK IT.  Seriously for real, just suck it.  On Monday, my friend Serina had a lump removed from her breast (her second breast cancer diagnosis).  On Tuesday, my brother-in-law had a large ball of lymphoma removed from his core. Both of them are doing well, thankfully.  But for real, stop picking on people... ALL PEOPLE!!  Dear Jamie and Nubs: Surgery number three for the week: My friend Jamie had two of her finger tips amputated due to an allergic reaction to pain meds given to her at the hospital when she stabbed herself in the hand and had to have stitches.  Literally, one in a million-type reaction to the meds.  So crazy!  So Jamie, we welcome Nubs into the WolfPack.  I'm excited to meet them!  Dear Spring:  I feeeeeel you!  You can't hide from me, I know you're coming!  YAHOO!  This weekend, hiking is for sure on the agenda!  Dear God: Thank you for this life that I've been given.  Thank you for the opportunity to start over again (and again and again).  I'm working on living it the way you intended.  Cool?  Cool.  Dear All of You Lovely Readers Out There: My new theme, or maybe motto?: Help Me Help You Help Others! What can I do for you, or for people that you know?

I love you, friends!  Have amazing weekends!


Oh the Insanity!

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So apparently I forgot to write last night.

I took The Boy for a walk, made dinner, listened in on a conference call...and then decided that I was sleepy and went to bed.  I woke up this morning trying to remember what I wrote...and then realized I hadn't.


There is a definition of Insanity that came to mind when I read the words above: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Think about that.  Think about your day to day life.  Are you wanting to see different results in your physical shape or overall health, but not putting in the time to make it happen?  Are you wanting to pay off debt, have more financial or time freedom, but continuing to clock in day after day to the same job that is going nowhere?

I am working on getting uncomfortable, and doing things differently.  Comfort leads to complacency.  Complacency leads to laziness.  I don't want to be either of those.  I've BEEN both, and it's not a good look for me.

Friends, let's lock arms and make something new for ourselves!  How can I help you make the changes you want to see?

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Working Through It

I love this...absolutely love it!  Last weekend at Success School, one of our leaders, Jenny Donnelly (who is from the Portland area -- WOOHOO!) talked about this.  Her words always strike my heart, as if she is speaking directly to me.

She told the story of taking her daughter skiing on Mt. Hood for the first time.  They practiced on the bunny slope and Hannah "got it" in no time.  She would get to the top of the slope, could see the end, and knew that she needed to snow plow all the way there. 

After a few runs, Jenny convinced Hannah to try the next run. Same grade/steepness as the bunny hill, but longer.  So they took the chair lift up, hopped off at the top and Hannah positioned herself in perfect snow plow form.  She started down the hill, but soon freaked out/stopped/apparently through a fit because she could no longer see the end of the slope.  This was a longer slope, about a mile.  Hannah could see the skiers in front of her gliding down the mountain...and then curving off to the right...into oblivion. 

Fear of the unknown crept in.  She was afraid of what was waiting around that bend.  And that fear paralyzed her. 

Jenny then spent well over 30 minutes convincing Hannah to get herself down the mountain.  Sounds like not-so-much-fun to me. But finally, Hannah conquered that fear. She was brave because she powered through the fear.

With AdvoCare, I have a lot of fear...fear of the unknown.  Fear of the "what ifs."  What if someone says no? What if they laugh?  What if they're mean?

But...more importantly...

What if they aren't any of those things.

What if this person that I think needs my help, is ready to hear my words at the EXACT MOMENT that I speak them.  And their lives are changed forever?  What if?  How can I NOT allow this to happen?

Friends, are you ready, are you able to be brave and work through the fear?  Because fear is FAKE.  YOU have the power to control it.  So do it!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, February 18, 2013

That Time I Became a Cowboys Fan (aka AdvoCare Success School)

Do you all know who Jason Witten is?  If not, here you go...

Sorry for the grainy iPhone photos, but holy flippin yum.  I might officially be a Dallas Cowboys fan now (not really, GO SEAHAWKS!).  I dare on that collage and look closely.  Or better yet, Google this boy.  le sigh...

So, Jason Witten, Drew Brees, George W. Bush (no, I'm not a fan, but he was pretty funny before he started soapboxing), Michael W. Smith...these are the spokespeople for AdvoCare (minus GWB).  These people were on stage.  It was AWESOME!

The weekend was full of product and business training, inspirational stories of people saving their own lives through becoming healthy, and saving their family lives through the income opportunity.  The stories...people with few dollars to their names, seeing the chance to make a little extra money, and instead, making $10k a month working part time, being able to be stay at home parents, saving their marriages, being able to travel the was extremely encouraging.  And it excites me to my core!!

I attend this event last July and I promise you, this weekend was a million times more insightful.  My head was clear going into this event, which helped immensely, and now my head and heart are full of the possibilities that exist with this company.  I have been given some serious tools to help me help others become healthy and happy in their lives, and my purpose WILL be met using these tools!  SO EXCITED (insert me doing a wild and crazy happy dance in my kitchen)!

Friends, how were your weekends?  Did you have any opportunities to re-inspire yourself?

Have an awesome day!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday's Letters

My camera has missed sunrises like these...

Dear Friday: Today I will fly away at 0'dark:30 and arrive in Dallas, TX for AdvoCare Success School!  48 hours of inspiration, training, meeting amazing new friends, drooling over Drew Breeze (our national spokesperson!), and hearing incredible stories of dreams coming true! I am beyond ready to experience you!!  Dear Fort Worth: I'm pretty stinking excited to see you again!  I'm thankful that you will be far less hot and humid this time, but I'd take you that way too!  Dear This Week: You've kind of been long for a short week.  Hurry it up, would ya?  Dear Roommate: I'm still unsure as to why I agreed to let you watch my Diesl Boy this weekend.  If you kill my dog...I will not incriminate myself in my blog.  Dear Spring: It was so nice to feel you this week!  I went to the grocery store the other night in flip flops and didn't lose any toes to frost bite!  AWESOME!  Dear AdvoCare Herbal Cleanse:  I won't lie, I'm happy that you're over.  I'm so excited to move on to Phase 2: RESULTS!  Show me the pre-Spain body!!!  Dear Friends: I love you.  That pretty much sums it up.

Have an awesome day and an incredible weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy V-D

Take that title to mean whatever you want it to mean.  I will be attending an Anti-Valentine's Day Day Party this evening.  That's how I feel about that.

Moving on.

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You know who I'm talking about.  The people that have perfect lives, perfect marriages/relationships, perfect families, perfect homes.  I'm sure that some of those people actually do have perfect lives.  But I'm willing to bet that the majority of them do not. 

I didn't.  I was faking my way through my life...doing everything I could to make it appear harmonious, wonderful, grand.  And everyone believed me (I think?).  The majority of the time, it wasn't any of those things.  And I realized that the faking was hurting me.

I wasn't healthy physically, mentally or emotionally.  Everything about me was suffering, including my fake/perfect life.

So I made changes, very difficult changes, but changes none the less.

And now I refuse, yes, REFUSE, to be put into a position where my health suffers so that appearances can be upheld.  I'm getting pretty darn good at saying NO to people/ideas/interactions that do not help make me a better person.

I choose to be happy and feel happy on the inside, knowing that my internal sunshine, when well lit, will shine to my outsides.

Friends, be true to you.  YOU are amazing.  Be happy inside and out!

Have an awesome day!

P.S.  Sorry if this is a bit grumpy pants.  V-D brings out the worst in me. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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Earlier today, I was perusing Pinterest, hoping to find the inspiration I needed to run tonight.  Because I really really didn't want to do it.  I was super close to talking myself out of it (just like I did last night). 

And then I came across this gem, and it struck a chord with me.  Running is for sure my therapy.  I don't run fast or far, but 100% of the time, my mind is clear and on track when I finish.  And I was in desperate need of clearing my mind of my own lazy tendencies. 

I did run tonight.  And when I finished, completely drenched in sweat and breathing like I had never run a foot in my life, I laughed at myself.  I laughed because I did, in fact, have a clear mind.  I did have a smile on my face from accomplishing 3.5 miles.  I did feel amazing.  And that euphoria has lasted all evening.

Remind me again why I try and talk myself out of this?

Friends, what is your therapy? What honestly truthfully clears you mind and gets you on track?

Have an awesome day!

Hey YOU!

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And to be completely honest, I wouldn't have YOU any other way!

I love you, friends! Thank you for filling my heart with happiness and joy.  You are amazing, and I appreciate you more and more every single day!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hi Monday!

Columbia River and Gorge
Columbia River (from the Oregon side) and a town (apparently) called Wishram, on the Washington side
Mt. Hood

Hi friends.  Happy day.  I'm sleepy.  How are you all?

These are just a few photos from my week.  The weather has cleared up so the camera has come out of hibernation!  YEA!'s supposed to be in the mid 50s here this week.  AND...I don't work on Friday because I fly out to Dallas for the weekend for AdvoCare Success School!  YAHOO!'s just going to be an awesome week!

How are you feeling about it all?

Have an awesome day!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday's Letters

Yes, it is a gorgeous Friday morning here in the Tri Cities!

Dear This Week: You're a weirdo.  I've had enough of the rollercoaster.  Can't we all just get along?  Dear This Weekend: Trip to PDX for an AdvoCare meeting, and maybe a little shopping?  Yes please!  Dear Fort Worth: One week from today and we'll be friends again!  YAHOO!  Soooo excited to get away and FOCUS on what is important!! Dear Mom: I love you.  A lot.  Dear Spring: I do believe that your fever has struck me.  It's still cold, but look at that blue sky!!  I am in desperate need of you...come to momma!  Dear Self: Are you willing to sacrifice now to live your dream later?  Remember, it's not about you, it's about those that you help and inspire!  Dear Friends:  I feel that my words cannot fully express the gratitude I have for all of  you.  Your words of inspiration and motivation and LOVE are so AWESOME and I deeply appreciate every one of you.  Thank you for stopping by my little world!

Have an awesome day!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


No clue where I found this...sorry!

Have you ever thought about that?  Pondered that? 

YOU can be the somebody, just as easily as anyone else.

I can be the somebody, just as easily as anyone else.

I WANT to be the somebody.

And I WILL be the somebody.  FACT!

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Feel the Power

here and here

I mentioned over here that I was going to take my back health.  And I've been on that mission for the last two and a half weeks.

For the past two and a half weeks, I have worked out 5-6 days/week, and on probably 4 of those days, I've accomplished my double (lift in the morning, cardio in the evening).

I would NOT say I've eaten very well.  In fact, I very much used the "I'm starting the 24 Day Challenge next week" excuse to eat anything and EVERYTHING in my path last week.  YIKES.  Friends, it was bad...really bad.

This week, we're eating clean, staying on track, and Cleansing.  And after only two days, I feel soooo much better!

I also incorporated a new workout supplement to my day.  It increases the nitric oxide levels to help feed your muscles.  I  have been taking this before my a.m. and p.m. workouts for the past two weeks.  To be honest, I didn't really notice a difference...that is, until my run tonight.  Holy my goodness!  I hadn't ran in about three weeks (I was doing other cardio activities), and assumed that I would have the worst run of my life.  Not.The.Case.  YAHOO!  I felt like I could run foreeeeeever!

That is, until my mind tried to talk me out of it.  Enter the words above.  My mind tried to tell me I was tired, having trouble breathing, had an appointment tonight so I needed to hurry up and finish.  But when I stopped (well, not really stopped) and listened to my body, I wasn't sore.  I wasn't out of breath.  I was KILLING IT.  My mind was just being dumb.

I "felt the fear" (not sure what I was afraid of though) and I did it anyway!  And that run set the tone for my meeting this evening!  Friends, it's a good thing.

So, all of this ramblingness...what does it mean (double rainbow?) ?  It means that I didn't give up.  I didn't let my mind take over (like it had all flippin day long).  I didn't let my mind ruin my run.  I let my run fix my mind!

Friends, how are your workouts coming along?  Are you letting your mind control your actions in a negative way?  Or are you telling any doubt and negative thoughts to take a hike?

Have an awesome day!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Obstacles Schmoptacles

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Hello my beautiful friends!  Happy end of Monday/beginning of Tuesday to you!

I am sitting here at the kitchen table staring at my laptop and those words...those magical, soul-filling, beautiful words...and I can't seem to come up with my own motivation to share with you.

For some reason, these words are reaching deep into my heart and soul tonight.  I've felt a bit off the last couple of days, not for any reason that I can pinpoint, but just off.  And these words are apparently filling me up.  Interesting how that works, don't you think? 

So I guess...maybe I just want to share these words with you, and hope that they will instill within you some sort of peace, or drive, or removal of obstacle schmoptacles.  That's what I want for you. 

Have an awesome day!