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Brilliant!

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This really stuck with me today. It can’t express how I feel any better.  It also reminds me of what I need to do in my life. What I think about constantly, but don’t follow through with. That I need to just speak and not walk on eggshells. That I need to do more for myself and what makes me feel good.  

I want to thank, Rachael, a friend on Facebook. One of the very few friends that I have on Facebook, that I have never actually met in person. I adore your drive for life. For peace. For health. For education.  ♥

xo

Food Freak-Out

This commercial freaks me out every time I see it. Scares me really.

When I was at the grocery store today getting some tortilla chips and cereal for my Boys, along with a few other items, I look around freaked out. I bought the  few things I needed, then I only bought Bananas, Grapes and Cuties in the produce area. I didn’t even see a reason to get anything else. I told myself that I would just hit the fruit stand today later on.

What it all comes down to, is that things have really changed since I was a kid. Yeah, the soda and snacks are still around, but the ingredients have changed. It scares me. I also scares me how much more of it all there is. I don’t want to give my children something that I would regret for their health later. Yes, I said regret. I say that, because I don’t believe in regrets for myself, but for my children it would kill me if I wasn’t feeding them healthy enough today and it affected their health later.

It is up to me to teach them right from wrong. Healthy, and non healthy. I most comfortable with beef, chicken and seafood. Along with fresh vegetables and fruit. Rice on occasion. Pasta on occasion too. It’s hard to care for others.

Don’t get me wrong, I still bake with sugar, butter and flower.  I would way rather bake for my children than to buy them junk from the store.  It’s not every day though.  I’m hoping that I can teach them some balance.

I saw this video again today after Super Bowl, because I was in my Weight Watchers account. Logging my 3.7 ounces chicken breast that I just ate for lunch. I clicked on the link and it just struck me.  Hard.  Sometimes I feel like what they eat is so out of my hands, it freaks me out.  Sigh, I just worry about their healthy future.

Just thought I would share my thoughts. 🙂

xo

TIME GOES BY – New Years Day 2013

A friend sent this to me and I thought that I would share.  It made me laugh, some parts made me laugh even harder. It is all so true though. Enjoy!

Time Goes By – New Years Day 2013

As we progress into 2013, I want to thank you all for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can’t sit down on a hotel bedspreads because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one’s nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can’t touch any woman’s handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.

I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I can’t have a drink in a bar because I fear I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.

I can’t eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can’t use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer doesn’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.

I no longer use cling wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can’t boil a cup of water in the microwave any more because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer go to the movies because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.

I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Thanks to you I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to your great advice I can’t ever pick up a quarter coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid I’ll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00PM tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back causing you to grow a hairy hump.

I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s best friend’s beautician.

Oh, and by the way –

A German scientist from Argentina , after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late.

P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room because I was told by email that water splashes for more than six feet out of the toilet.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE

 🙂  xo

52 Small Changes – Week 1

52 Small Changes from The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans started a new group at their community, The Hood. I’m so excited about this challenge as I am a horrible goal keeper for myself and I think that this will give me a good start.  There is a book called “52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You” and as a group we are going to go through and make small changes in our lives! These changes involve getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, remembering to breath and exercise, etc.

“The 52 Small Changed Program is designed to encourage small, yet meaningful, changes that will ultimately lead to the big change of living a happier, healthier lifestyle. The idea is simple: make one small change per week for 52 weeks and at the end of the year, you’ll be healthier and happier.”  If you want to get on board with this challenge go here for details (there is a giveaway for the book as well). I know that I would love to win the book at the end of the week.  If not, I am planning on uploading it to my Kindle.

Starting today with Week 1

“Drink an adequate amount of water each day to maintain a healthy level of hydration.”

This week our small change and challenge is to simply drink water. I love this change because I know drinking the proper amount of water is a great way to drop a few pounds right away. If you are dehydrated, your body will retain water. If you are hydrated, your body will release the retained water. Plus, you’ll feel better and look better.  When I don’t drink my water I feel it immediately the next day.  I get constipated and my skin starts to look rough and sometimes break-out.  If you know me, that is a rare thing for me.  Stay hydrated people!

The most popular and easy way of figuring how much you should drink is to take your weight and divide it by 2. That’s the minimum! If you’re exercising, drinking Cosmos, Beer, tea, soda, etc… stop!  This is about Water, so get on it.  Water is the very best think that you could ever give your body.  So this week, let’s drink our water!  🙂

xo

So happy for the rain today…

September 9, 2011

While sitting at my desk a short while ago I was watching over my shoulder and out the window the beautiful sky changing.  The clouds white the sky so blue.  Blowing our way a few grey clouds intertwined with the rest.  Slowly the clouds became larger and more grey.  Then I heard it.  Thunder.  My Husband told me that it was going to storm this weekend, but I just assumed another dust storm with rain after, which isn’t always that fun.  Nope, no dust in sight this time and I was happy for that.  Thunder again!  Now I’m getting excited. It has been so hot… so, so hot!  I was ready to just feel some rain on my skin.  Cool rain for a change.

After a few minutes I walked outside.  It was cooling down… oh man, thank you for that.  Still no rain though, but I could hear the thunder in the distance.  Back inside I went.

A few minutes later I looked back over my shoulder out the window. There it is!  A few raindrops. I went back out to the backyard with 1 dog in tow.  Thunder again… he began to bark and run around the grass like he was talking to the thunder and the sky.  Aaaahhh… the rain… it started beating down.  It felt so good.  I stayed out there the whole time.  5 maybe 10 minutes.  I will take what I can get.

I find it funny how something so simple excites so many people in this state… rain, we all say, rain!!!  Like it is something we don’t see very often.  Well, this summer has been an especially hot one.  If anyone else is like me, I miss the rain tremendously.  The smell, the taste, the coolness on my skin, watching the drops float though the sky then hit the ground… all of it.  The drops were so big today too.  When they hit the ground they were as big as a quarter. Slow busting drops.

I feel a calm. Something I needed today.  I am so happy for the rain today. 🙂

xo

Diving In

There is that extremely intense 2 seconds before diving in. Anticipating the cold water. I never jump in, I always dive.  Into the ocean, the pool, a glacier lake, river, or cenote. It’s always the same. Only a hesitation for a split second, then I am in. Exhilarated, heart pounding & always happy I did. 🙂

XoPool

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

SHADOW

I was going to post 3 photos for this challenge, but have decided against it for some reason.  Just blame it on my off mood for the day.

This was taken while on the Verde Canyon Train.  I will go again one day.  I got so many amazing photos.  🙂

xo

It’s A New Day In My Skin – Day 119

Weight:  180

Size:  13/14

Exercise:  Yoga

Loved yoga today.  My back was a bit sore, but it still felt great.  I had the giggles, but contained them right from the beginning.

I had planned on walking on the treadmill also, but got invited to a Birthday lunch for my Best Friend here in AZ.  No way am I going to pass that up.  🙂  Needless to say, I came home and showered instead of using the treadmill.

I started an interesting diet yesterday.  I really don’t like to use the word “diet”, but I guess that is what it really is.  I wouldn’t usually call something a “diet” unless I was changing my eating completely and it just doesn’t seem that way.  It is called the Sacred Heart Diet (http://www.idiet4u.com/diets/sacredheart.html).  It is pretty cool!  You can eat whenever you want, which is nice, because I don’t always remember to eat.  Having a crock-pot full of this vegetable soup sitting in my kitchen helps to remind me to do so.  I need that metabolism sped up right?  Right!  Anyway, I don’t know if it is the soup, or just me shedding off water weight from starting my period, but I am down 3 pounds from yesterday.  Sounds good to me what ever it is!!

I also did good with lunch and am so proud of myself.  Today I was able to eat soup and also raw veggies, so I had a salad.  It had a very small amount, maybe one teaspoon of blue cheese and pine nuts combines with a balsamic dressing.  It was perfect!  I did splurge and have a glass of Chardonnay as well, but I don’t believe in stopping your normal intake of something all together.  Just me folks!  And I’ve got to be me.  😉  Anyway, lunch was nice.

I bought some size 13 jeans on Saturday.  3 pairs.  I usually wear a 14.  In this particular brand, because they are more narrow I am told, I would normally buy a size 15.  Well, when I did that a few months ago after wearing them for a very short time they would start to fall right off of me.  I went for the smaller size this time.  They are tight at first, but comfortable after a while and not falling off my hips.  I like that!  They are super cute too.  All good things… smaller size and super hot!  Wooo hooo!  I love clothes, and shoes, and I just can’t help it!  LOL!

Let’s see how this “diet” has me looking tomorrow.  🙂

xo

It’s A New Day In My Skin – Day 106

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Image via Wikipedia

Weight:  182

Size:  14

Exercise:  6.4 miles

I hit the pavement today thanks to a couple of my friends throwing me some encouragement.  Thank goodness, or else I wouldn’t have gone today.

I stretched in my front living room before I took off.  Grabbed my 30 ounce ice water and strapped on my Pink Nano then walked out of the house.  I did good the first 10 minutes, then here came the shin splints.  Lovely!  I had them for about 20 or 25 minutes, then my whole right leg started to ache.  Even lovelier!  At about 50 minutes I was all good!!  YEAH!!  So I though.  Ha!

The breeze was amazing today.  Even some light overhead clouds, which were good for blocking out the sun every now and then.  I walked along the canal, saw a few Great Blue Herons (one of my favorite birds), some huge fish and even a big turtle poking its head out of the water.  All was going good.

At one point I looked over at my shoulder before I reached my halfway point and noticed that I was starting to get sun burnt.  Needless to say, I left at the completely wrong time of day, which was 10:40 a.m. and putting on sunscreen didn’t even cross my mind.  I just kept walking.

About 1/8 of a mile before I reached my halfway point I was ready to call my Husband to pick me up.  I guess it is a good thing and a bad thing all at one time that I decided on NOT bringing my cell with me.  As I walked behind my Dentists office I was soooo tempted though.  I was just exhausted today for some reason.  I usually don’t have a hard time even walking 5 miles.  Anyway, I again trudged along.

I hit my half way point at Pecos and Lindsay.  Stopped and stretched for a few minutes.  Went to have a drink of my water and it was hot!  Yuck!  I couldn’t believe it!  Figures, this is Arizona and the Arizona temperatures are well, pretty shitty at times unless you are sitting in your pool and enjoying it.  That I was definitely not doing, but looking so forward to it.  After my stretch and water break I started to make my way back.  I also started to get very, very thirsty, nauseous, and my heart was trying to pound out of my chest.  I even had the chills… that was when I knew I was sun-burnt.

I started searching for a shady spot to sit down for a while and take a rest.  Unfortunately, there really aren’t any along the canal where I walk.  The only one that I could think of that was coming up on my way back was where Andrew and I saw some kids sitting last month when he took a walk with me.  Just great, I was thinking.  That is almost 2 miles from where I was, so I pushed ahead.  Finally I made it there, sat down for 5 or 6 minutes and drank some more hot water.  Then I noticed that I only had a very small amount of water left.  Hot water at that, which just isn’t that refreshing when you are thirsty and dehydrated.  Damnit!  I decided that when I got up to the Fresh and Easy I would stop and fill up with some fresh water out of their drinking fountain.

In the mean time, I was back on my feet again.  Slowly, but moving forward.  Still getting the chills, still feeling like vomiting.  This time I was looking forward to the Green Belt about a mile up on the other side of the canal. Grass & shady trees.  Damn strait I crossed over that bridge when I came to the right one and headed for that shade.  Scoped out a grassy spot and laid down for about 10 minutes, or so.  Got up, finished my water and made my way to Fresh and Easy.  Oh man did it feel sooooo good when I walked into that place.  I must have looked like I was going to keel over.  LOL!  I sure as hell felt like it!  I headed straight back to where I knew the fountains were.  I put my hand under the water… it was cold and I was so happy!  I started to fill up my water container, chugged a bit, then finished filling it up.  Had one last sip, put the cap back on and headed for the door.  One more mile to go.

As I walked by the golf course the wind was blowing the fountain my way and I was able to catch a little of the mist.  It felt great.  I looked ahead and saw the sprinklers on.  Oh yeah!!  I headed for those and stuck my head in one just as I was reaching my neighborhood.  That felt even better!

I made it home.  I couldn’t f’ing believe it!  I never felt that exhausted before, or dehydrated.  I walked in the door, sat on the couch.  Stripped off my Nano, Body Bug, watch, shoes, socks and all of my clothes.  As I headed for the backyard I grabbed my water and towel.  I walked right into that pool.  Oh man did that feel good.  It felt cool and took the pressure off of my body.  I stayed in there for a good while, floating and stretching my legs.  I felt like it was saving my life.

Andrew came out to check on me after he got off the phone and commented that I was “burnt up.”  Now that I look at myself I guess that is kind of an understatement.  He then went inside to check todays temperature.  He came back outside to tell me that it was 102.  Yuck!  The clouds and breeze did fool me.  No wonder I was having such a hard time.  Fricking Arizona!

3 valuable things I learned today… eat breakfast (more than just a protein shake), bring a ton of cold water and rest every so often.  All good and such important things.

What’s ahead for me tomorrow?  Walking on the treadmill in the cool gym and yoga for an hour.  Hopefully!  🙂

xo