So far so good :-)

Well!!!!!  I have made it a little over a month with nearly no sugar! I say “nearly” because my fruits contain sugar but at least its the good kind of sugar. I am impressed by my success thus far to be honest and I intend to keep it going till the next Holiday (that will be my excuse to have whatever for the moment).

Oh but wait! I have allowed myself some dark chocolate to honor Valentines day of course. It’s tradition to enjoy a little chocolate on that sweet, sweet day of love ( what an excuse, but a good one). HA!

Really cutting out, or cutting back on sugar has helped me feel better. I have been experiencing with eliminating certain foods that cause a reaction to my epidermis. I also believe that certain foods cause inflammation within my body. For example, strawberries and tomatoes, although I love them, cause my face to breakout or become red. Certain foods make me very bloated, like onions for instance. I have no idea why but they do. Also I LOVE cheese but that too makes me bloated. I am testing out goat cheese…… That’s still on trial. LOL

I think the best thing I could do is cut out, or cut WAY BACK on sugar. That has no doubt made a difference. I do believe everything in moderation but right now I have been in serious need of a semi detox, if I may call it that, from sugar. That has been my main goal. As I mentioned earlier, I intend to stay on track!

Update on my mandolin playing……. well lets just say I’m still playing!! LOL. Actually, I really do enjoy it and wish I could dedicate more time to practice. I think I could be good at this. Ok, you can be good at anything if you’re dedicated. Family, kids, bf, life, blah, blah, blah….. right?! Doesn’t matter, I’m not giving up. It just may take me longer to get to where I want to be that’s all.

I am now learning “La Donna E Mobile”. The easy version… haha. That’s progress!

Happy Valentines Day!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Shulz

“The heart has reasons of which reason knows nothing. Blaise Pascal

“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. Frank Morgan

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. Judy Garland.

Live, love, honor, and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

 

 

 

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No Sugar

A new year! I’m determined to cut out sugar and detox from all the lovely holiday deserts…….. and whatever else I indulged in.

Yes, this is hard and I only just begun January 3rd! My only vice I can’t seem to kick as of yet is my daily peanut butter and jelly sandwich ( A lot of sugar in welches jelly). I love a good PB & J. It’s what I look forward to after a workout. I will eventually have to cut that out. I’m following a gradual program where going cold turkey is not necessary nor is it possible for me at the moment. I do need some sanity in this insane program I’m currently on. When I say “program” its not a “real” program, it’s just what I like to call it. For me, sugar in my coffee is heaven. Chocolate sends me in a bliss. My mouth waters thinking about chocolate chip cookies. Haha 🙂 All I”m saying is the least I can do for now is enjoy a good PB & J. As long as I’m not physically pouring sugar over my sandwich than I’m making progress.

The first week is the hardest, than of course the weekend comes and temptation is at its finest. However, I made it through my nephews birthday party without even a bite of his birthday cake! So proud of me 🙂

I have been really into sardines and red beats lately. All I do is mix those into some of my favorite greens, add some quinoa, and I have a healthy filling meal. The challenge right now is being creative with my meals. Sometimes I can only eat so much of the same thing before I’m about to crack. I’m constantly on the hunt for new and improved recipes that don’t take forever to prepare.

Hope you all are having a wonderful New Year thus far. Enjoy what you have, take time to reflect, set goals, take action, prepare and enjoy the now!

“Everybody’s got there poison, and mine is sugar.” Derrick Rose

“I was eating bad stuff. Lots of sugar and carbs, junk food all the time. It makes you very irritated.” Arvil Lavigne

“With all of the holiday cheer in the air, it’s easy to overlook the ingredients in the foods. Ingredients such as salt, sugar, and fat– all of which leads to diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and cancer.” Lee Haney

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Appreciation for the now

Sometimes I get caught up in the craziness of the holiday that I forget to just appreciate where I am at the present moment.

I don’t want another Christmas or New Year’s Eve to go by and not actually enjoy the season. This holiday I want to have a few drinks, eat a few of my favorite dishes (and deserts), while I enjoy sharing with  people that are close to me.

I can appreciate many things in my life, however the month of December tends to always be in a rush that usually I just  want it to be over with.

This time I want to be in the moment. There is so much to appreciate I cant even begin to list the many thanks I have. I have come a  L O N G  way and appreciate all the good, the bad, the ugly, and yes even the tragic. I have to find good in the “not so good” experiences. There must be a reason for everything! I think it’s called attitude. Resilience is tied in there somewhere I’m sure.

I have to look at life as if my life can’t get any better………and lets just say it does…….. I just moved into awesomeness with even MORE to appreciate. I also realize that things aren’t always as we see them to be. Example may be, someone driving a real nice car may have major health issues or extremely unhappy with there job. So I remind myself to appreciate the here and now….. with or without the things money can buy.

With that said, my life can take a turn for the “not so good”. After the shock of whatever it may be, I will find the gratitude in the loss and what is to come. After all, my Mother would say; “It can only get better”.  My peace and joy are up to me. My character is a reflection of my soul. I want it to shine with an appreciation for the here and the now.

“Forever is composed of nows.” Emily Dickenson

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“What day is it?” It’s today, ” squeaked  Piglet. My favorite day, “said Pooh. A.A. Milne

Live, love, honor, and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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My update

Hello all who read my blogs 🙂

A few blogs back I mentioned that I was going to learn an instrument. I chose the mandolin. I have accomplished one song! This was not easy and still not but I’m determined to perfect it. The song I chose I thought would be a breeze, turns out it’s NOT.

“Can’t help falling in love” is not simple for me to play on the mandolin. Perhaps at this time no song will be easy until my fingers know exactly where to go……. blindfolded. My goal is the same. I hope to play for the hospice patience I volunteer for once a week. Music is healing and inspiring to many. I would like very much to sooth the souls with the sound of my mandolin at the hospice house.

Still motivated to one day reach that goal! It takes a long time to be good at something and it takes a lifetime to be better. In other words; practice, dedication, determination never dies unless your goal dies. Than it becomes nothing but a dream. Dreams are good, but dreams without action are like a mirage. They trick you into believing that you have something  right there in front of you…… Do you? You choose. I did….. and do everyday.

“Create a define plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether your ready or not, to put this plan into action.” Napoleon Hill

“Even a snail will eventually reach its destination.” Gail Tsukiyama

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” Bo Bennet

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

 

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The lies we tell ourselves

Myth #1. I may be a little out of shape but I’m not “that” out of shape.

       Fact: Yup, you are…..you really, really are. Not a little, but a lot says the muffin top and the back fat staring you down in the mirror.

My subconscious thoughts as I gaze at the person looking in the mirror and realize its me: WTF?!?!?!?

Myth #2. I can totally, TOTALLY run a mile under 10 minutes.

       Fact: Nope. I can barely jog half a mile under 10 minutes.

My subconscious thoughts as I attempt to run: This is bullshit, I never liked running. And damn!

Myth#3. I’ll start eating healthier on Monday.

        Fact: Monday arrives and I’m on my 6th chocolate chip cookie and a side of ice cream.

My subconscious thoughts with each bite: Shit!!  Oh well, tomorrows another day and OMG this is soooooooo gooooood!

Myth#4. It wont take me long to loose 5 pounds.

         Fact: It’s been 3 months and I’m up 7.

My subconscious thoughts as I step on the scale (which is not something I do……ever): Holy fuck! (sigh)

Myth #5. I don’t look my age.

          Fact: As I smile, out jump a set of crows feet, a handful of deep lines on my forehead and around my mouth that look like a damn road map! In other words my face clearly says, “approaching senior citizenship.”

My subconscious thoughts as I reflect on the most recent selfie: Who is this women? Suddenly I hear The lyrics of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May,” “The morning sun when its in your face really shows your age.”

Sunshine or no sunshine, I’m no spring chicken! DANG!!

  • Sometimes reality can be a bitch!

    “The lies we tell ourselves to survive seldom bring peace to our souls” author unknown

It’s time to enjoy the ride into my late 40’s and quickly approaching 50! Screw it!

Hope you all enjoyed my funny little myths!

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

 

 

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Weight fluctuation

I’m sure some of you out there deal with the ugliness of weight fluctuation, myself included. It may be something simple as plain old laziness or it could be stress related. Hell, it could be a plethora of things! The reason for this subject is because it is exactly my enemy at the moment. I figure if I can get it together a few short months before the holidays, I can at least enjoy the feast when Thanksgiving arrives!

My cure for this craziness is to start slow. For example, if I find myself craving chocolate chip cookies ( which I do way to often ), and I give in….. I’ll eat 3 chocolate chip cookies instead of 4, then gradually take them out all together. That’s progress!

** Maybe its the whole bag of cookies, so only eat half the bag then eventually zero. LOL. No shame, no judgements. It’s life and it’s real!

I’m focusing on cutting back with the end goal be to “cut out” all the crap I put in. While I’m focusing on cutting back, I’m also kicking up my workouts by walking an extra mile or maybe adding an extra day at the gym. Bottom line for me, I cant go cold turkey. It’s a shock to my system and I’ll rebel. Haha. Slow and easy with forward progress keeps me motivated and positive for the end results.

I hope that helps some of you who struggle with the maintaining your weight!

*** Update on my mando playing…. I broke a string tuning my instrument! Ugh! The begining is always the toughest :-/

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”author unknown

“Your body can do anything! It’s your brain you have to convince” author unknown

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize You.

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What is Karma?

I guess it is typical to think  of it like this….

If you do something wrong or bad, look out because you will receive an unpleasant surprise in due time.

However, I have learned that Karma really means action. To act on our truth. What actions do you take to get you to where you want to go in life? It’s a choice, we all have them and we all eventually choose our path or direction which then we”ll acknowledge that are choices have consequences. GOOD or BAD.

So I was thinking about Karma in a new way because I, like most people, tend to think of Karma as if somethings going to eventually bite me in the ass from something I’ve done or said that I’m not proud of. Come on, you know you have felt this way at some time in your life.We all experience pain and regret and becoming self aware can help with the choices we make. I believe this to be true in many ways. It’s at least something to be mindful of when referring to “karma”.

If someone gives me the finger for some ungodly reason that I’m unaware of, my “karma” is determined by my response. If I respond in defense, all I’m doing is reacting to their bull crap. Nothing good could come from an angry response.  Why mess with your inner peace? Instead choose compassion. You really never know what someones dealing with internally. We all have bad days but sending out a little compassion and understanding can go a long way. It may even change someones life, or yours!

“How people treat you is their karma: how you react is yours” Wayne W. Dyer

“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on  your own weak points” Confucius

“On one hand, we know that everything happens for a reason, and there are no coincidences. On the other hand, we learn that we can never give up, knowing that with the right tools and energy, we can reverse any decree or karma. So which is it? Let the light decide, or never give up? The answer is: both” Yehuda Berg

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize You.

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