Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'M ALIVE

Survived the flu, or whatever virus crept its way through my house and my body. I had it the worse, and I am still coughing the aftermath.

But let me tell you a secret...that isn't one at all.
I used the FB Flu butt kicker elixir...and I didn't have this nearly as bad as most, and it was over much quicker too, like by 5 days or so.


Here, consider it a gift:

3 cups pineapple juice. Try to get the Dole kind in the can at least. Watch out, some are from concentrate and pasturized, which means DEAD. You want the enzymes in the juice.
Juice of 6 fresh lemons
2 Tbls Honey (Raw local honey is best, and helps with allergies too)
2 tsp ground ginger. Use level teaspoons, woo!
1 entire bulb of garlic, peeled. Yes, the whole bulb. Not just a single clove.
1/4 tsp cayenne powder  (I left this out due to my allergy to it)

Mix in blender, store preferably in glass, drink 4 times a day. The recipe calls for a full cup each time, we used less, maybe 1/2 cup or so.
My husband had one day of only 2 symptoms. My son had only a couple mild symptoms for a few days.
My very pregnant friend found relief from the tickle/cough and general tired misery of the virus while drinking it.

Hope this helps.
Start using it when you know for a fact you have been exposed, or when you feel the symptoms coming on.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This Fixes Everything...Right?

SO, I just read this...
http://mashable.com/2013/01/15/coke-ad-takes-on-obesity/
See what that says? Coke takes on obesity....wow.
Um, yeah, Coke? Really? You think that will just make it all better? I am rolling my eyes at you right now.
You offer addictive sugary drinks, and most of your "low calorie" options have chemicals in them now proven to mess with the brain and cause hunger...What? You didn't know that?

Artificial sweeteners, when consumed, hit the tongue, sending a signal to the brain that something sweet is being consumed. This signals prepares the body for the ingestion of calories, specific ones. It is expectant. When what it receives is in essence a lie it waits for what it was told it was going to get.
It then sends signals to go get what it was expecting in the first place.
As for what it can do in the body? Scary stuff. 
This is of course all in laymens terms.

But this is a side point.
You can't cut down a forest, plant a couple of thorny weeds in it's place and then say "all better".

Now on the flip side, is it better that they are trying at all?
They aren't offering low calorie options because they are concerned about fat people. They are offering it because they make money, lots of it. The diet industry is a huge profit machine.
Are they tooting their own horn to up sales (of course!) and trying to cover their own tracks or are they truly concerned about the growing obesity issues?

I will admit, this is a hard issue. On one hand. people need the freedom to eat and drink freely. But I wonder if they really know what's going into their body? They may not care. I know plenty of people that don't want to be educated about what's in that fast food burger or soft drink. And one could argue  that we all pay for this through taxes for the medical coverage it will take to treat those that are not willing to take care of the body they were given. On the other hand...should companies be responsible for what they manufacture and what it does to the human body? I DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL EVERYTHING. That would be terrible. We already have a corrupted FDA system. Yeah I said it. Corrupt.  Aspertame is an example of money at work. They knew it cause brain lesions, they knew it caused problems in the nervous system, THEY KNEW...and yet it hit shelves.
I am opening up a giant can of worms right  here, and usually I avoid it.






 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Halfway There?


It's halfway through January now.

So here is a check in for you...
How is it going with the New Years resolutions?

If you set out to be healthier, or lose weight, or get heart smart, or lower your blood pressure,or really start getting out of debt, or all of these, and so far you haven't been successful? We should talk.

I really do have solutions and help for you.


And as promised, I will not turn this blog into just an advertisement for amazing products that changed our lives for the better...
So leave me a message with a way to connect.


And now back to our regular Wednesday.




Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thankful Tuesday!

It's been awhile since I did a thankful Tuesday list...
How's your life? How's your heart?
Start with gratitude and change your atitude.

I am THANKFUL...
1. That my student loan is FINALLY in a payment plan we can afford.
2. That Magnito, the wonder car is still going. Almost 235,000 miles on this 88 Toyota.
3. Spencer keeps growing. Sure it means new pants, but he is healthy.
4. Heat. We may not crank it up, but it's better in the house than outside (bbrrrr)
5. For Isagenix. I have never been this successful in my weight loss and fitness endeavors.
6. Black pepper, ginger, garlic, cilantro, onions and cumin. I may be allergic to many, many things but I can still season up my food with some kick.
7. No grass mowing. Yes it's freezing outside, but we don't have to mow the grass during this season.
8. Hot tea. New favorite is a cinnamon apple one that tastes like apple cider.
9. Soup.
10. God's provision. It might be a lean month, but He's got it covered for us.


There are always things to be thankful for. Always.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Seriously Good

I was e-mailing my husband this morning...even though he works in our garage, but the garage isn't attached to the house, and it is cold and icy outside.  Usually I text him, but I activated a new to me phone and I am still not sure how to use it. I am getting the hang of it, but e-mail just seemed easier.

All this to say:
I was writing him about the stuff going on in the day, and what we are facing financially(I am the appointed CFO) and the issues with my computer, our cars, and other issues and almost ended the coversation with,
 "why do things have to be so hard?"

But I stopped myself.
Things are complicated, but not hard.
We have running water, that is mostly safe to drink.
We have indoor plumbing, we have food, and we have heat.
We have ways of making an income, even if it is small in comparison to others.
We are surrounded by people that love us, near and far.

We are blessed.

Even when things are hard, even when things are complicated, we are blessed.

I have noticed many people posting good news on FaceBook or other ways, and they end the post with "God is good". This is true, God is good, and we should always take time to thank him for the good things that happen but He is good ALL the time, not just when you feel like you got something good. He is good when you didn't get that job. He is still good when tragedy strikes or things get really bad. He is still good when your world seemingly falls apart and you crumble.
If you are a child of God you are never forsaken, you are always loved, but that doesn't mean things will go magically "your way" and how you imagine things should be. If a child is raised up always receiving exactly what it wants, when it wants it, even if in the big picture it would not be good for the child, the child becomes not only spoiled, but also self-centered. It doesn't have the ability to cope, or serve, or share, or possibly truly love. What growth could happen during these times? What miracles could occur?

I am trying on a new habit...saying "God is good", when the hard stuff happens, when life gets complicated. I know not the reasons for each of the hard seasons, but I know I am loved and everything will be good in the end.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Twenty-Three Ska-Dee

 Twenty Three years ago this happened...
and my life was never the same. Neither was the skin on my abdomen, yikes.
And though it was hard, and I wasn't prepared really, it was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. And I am not just saying that because mom's are supposed to, nope. I earned every moment of joy with these two. They were adorable and a major hand full. They were charming, and funny, and smart...the kind of smart that thinks up mischievous things to do. If one didn't think of it, the other one did. And they BARELY EVER SLEPT. Seriously. 15 minute naps? NOT at the same time? Ridiculous. I thankfully don't remember much from their first 6 months of life. And don't get mushy on me and say "how sad", it is a gift to forget, and I have photo's to prove it.
 I consider children gifts from God, and these two were indeed.


Life with them has been full. Full of surprises, full of laughter, full of joy, full head of graying hair.

And this week we will celebrate that they made it to 23. We wondered there for a time that they would actually make it, BUT THEY DID! And we are proud of them, and we love them very deeply.
Happy Birthday Alyssa and Jenelle. Chocolate fondue and Mexican Calzones, perhaps even in that order,...here we come.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It Has Begun...

Training for the half marathon started today.
And I am still alive!
I actually ran over half of what I was supposed to do today.
Time to celebrate by telling you this...

It's not only the grace of God, but also the Isagenix.

I won't turn this blog into one big ad for the products that have changed so much in my physical being.
But I did just want to mention it. I don't just sell it for fun...I am sharing it because it really does what it says and I want others to feel this good.


I'd like to post how the training is going and the continued journey to get the last of the extra weight off.
There are so many blogs that do that already. Perhaps once a week check in would suffice.

I am excited that I am not dead.
I ran, and I survived. In fact, I feel good.

Wooo!




Thursday, January 3, 2013

Oh, a Resolution Thingy....

We are always trying to do better, be better, and in general have a better life.
Who in the world would purposefully aim for a worst one?

So waiting until January 1st (or 2nd as some now do) to make changes doesn't work for us. We do look forward at this time to the new year and try to map out some stuff, but we don't sit around WAITING for January first to change things that need changing.

So for those that must have resolutions, here is a list:
1. I plan on breathing, at least once per minute, every minute of the year.
    I may alter this a bit for underwater fun in Summer.
2. I will use the restroom at least once a day. (If you keep the number low, then those days , when you
    drink  A LOT of water, will seem like a big accomplishment).
3. I will continue to drink water. Notice I do not say more. I drink about half my body weight in ounces of
    water...so I am doing alright. I don't say this to brag, just to keep myself accountable.
4. I will continue to work out with Jillian Michaels (among others) while muttering under my breath.
5. I will continue to turn into my mother. I am not resolving to do this, it's just bound to happen, so if
    it is on some semi-official list, then I can check it off someday. I like checking things as accomplished.


Okay, in all seriousness...

A. I will continue with my weight loss until completed, with my fabulous nutritional products.
B. I will train for a 1/2 marathon, maintaining that I will totally chicken out and do the 10K again instead if my
    knees(or other body parts) show any signs of damage or decay. I do not like pain. It isn't worth it to me to suffer the rest of my life just to mark something off a so-called bucket list
C. Aaron and I are creating a real business plan and marketing for his band.
D. The most important every year...I will strive to know my God better, His word more deeply etched into my heart, thoughts and ways, and make sure we are on His path for our life.


My life isn't perfect.
My life is certainly not the American Dream, by any means, but we love serving a loving God, and we have great joy and many blessings. When we know, that we know, that we know, that we are in His will, everything works out. Even if I have those moments of doubt, or stress , even when I freak out about the future, He has me...He has us.


And from the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:
Sonny: "Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end."




Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Little Something Like This

The trip to Grandma's house, AKA my parent's home, didn't go over the mountain as planned. It snowed over the pass, so we went "the long way". According to Google Maps it is only about an hour more...but it's a BORING route in comparison to the grand views and spectacular nature of the Sierra Nevada. And while I appreciate the farmers and growers and cattle ranchers of central California, it isn't nearly as spectacular. It's also a bit stinkier. Cows, onions, garlic, and then something fruity that we never quite figured out fill the airwaves with scents.

We were about 30-40 minutes away from my mom's house when we noticed something in the headlight beams. We tried to ignore it, we questioned each other,"Did you see that?"

"Yes, yes I did"

Snow.
Just a few snowflakes fluttering here and there.
Then it turned to light rain....
and then back again.

My parents live in the shadow of the highest peak in the continental US.
They are at roughly 5,000 feet, although it is desertish, so it does occasionally snow, about what it does where we live, or the next town up the mountain from us. I text my mom regarding snow at the house, she responded she didn't see anything falling. (Yes, my parents are techy, even in their mid-seventies). A few minutes later she responded again, there is indeed some snow falling.

It wasn't sticking and for a while it was very light. The closer we got to here house however, the thicker and heavier it fell. I contacted my sister and her caravan. My brother, brother in law, all of my sister's daughters, a son in law, a baby, and a fiance were all on there way up, delayed by a bad accident in the Riverside area. They would be arriving after us.
"So far it is too warm to stick" read one of my texts...
too bad that was soon untrue. We pulled into mom's and unloaded while my son and daughter twirled in the flurries. We arranged our presents under the tree and grabbed a snack, and set up beds, and well, waited.

On the stretch from my parent's town up to their house my sister's Prius decided it didn't like driving in snow.
Period.
Something about the ABS.
Super long story short, everyone made it to the house, eventually, but my hubby had to take my dad's truck and go rescue half the caravan. The car was left in town, chains were put on the truck, and sometime after 2am everyone was finally in the warm house.

ADVENTURE IS EVERYWHERE.

We are grateful that my niece's husband was raised in snow country, he had a lot of good information for my husband. Our snow exposure is minimal.

In the morning this was part of the view...taken from the warmth of the house across the deck.