Fitness Friday! Thanks to Jill, I'll be blogging every Friday to get my fitness on!
Half way through the year and I feel like I'm getting healthier. Taking small steps to achieve lifestyle changes is helping me see the long term. I realize there is no quick fix...I have to be in it for the long haul.
So here is what I plan on doing the rest of the year:
-31 day clean eating challenge; Jill Conyers has inspired a bunch of us to take this on for ourselves! I'd want to take it beyond the 31 days, but it's a great start-baby steps! MMMM, I can taste all the freshness!
- Fitness Friday Blog entry and hop; this will help inspire me to continue and know that I don't do this alone!
-biking, spin class has been great; taking classes from Sue Conrad at our Local Adult School and I love it! My legs have been getting stronger as a result, and I am recovering faster from knee surgery.
-Participating in the SLO Triathlon this year on team Sweet Alexis!
-Been doing weight training at home to video and taking Slider out on regular walks-she and I both need that!
-Starting to learn about and practice YOGA-it's been a wonderful journey of learning that I hope to share here soon!
So the healthy is starting with me. How is it starting for you?!
A friend of mine, Jennifer, posted this on her facebook wall, and I coudn't stop thinking about it! So I made this quick printout of it and wanted to share it here. Just click on the link below the picture and it will take you to a site where you can download a nice resolution one for free!!! Enjoy and spread the word! Thanks JBH!!!!!
Just wanted to share with you all my vision and Spark! for a renewed sense of spirit! I look forward to after my knee is heeled, so that I can continue my healing efforts through my massage therapy to my clients. I have come to realize, with much thought, (as I lay in bed and do my pt exercises!) that along with my family and friends, another thing that keeps me sane, happy and content is helping others feel relaxed and calm and rejuvenated through massage. It's one of the things I have kept consistent and keep coming back to. So in honor of my own healing and my sense of spirit, I share with you this fine art print made simply, by me...with the simple sentiment of give. Thanks to all my clients for patiently waiting and for your loyalty through the years. I encourage you to continue to get quality massages from those you trust, but I look forward to working with you once again! Namaste!
Click the link below for a full resolution download! Enjoy, share and give! I m hoping to be back up and running by March!
Since having my knee surgery I have had much time to contemplate and think about things. I think about my memories, my growing up, my future goals, things to get done, things to purge, things to do. But more so than ever, I have been thinking about Trevis.
Yes, I realize Valentine's day is upon us, but this post really isn't about that one day. It's about the life I have with him.
He is an amazing father. I am so impressed with his willingness and just matter of fact love to be with his kids, take care of me and take care of our lives. NO, I am not awarding him a medal. He is doing exactly what he should be doing as any parent and mate should. But I want to give him credit where credit is due. Us moms often get credit for doing so, well, so should dads.
I recently read a post from Simple Mom that talked about how to teach him to romance you and i realized the pure simplicity and honesty of this realization. It isn't what he buys me, it isn't flowers or candy or "things." It's a whole bunch of other things, little things, meaningful things because I now take so much meaning from them. It's about what I CONSIDER to be romantic.
-Making sure I take my meds and have my legs elevated
-Laughing and playing with the girls
-Taking the girls to 4H and school and the park and to parties
-Making us all big breakfasts
-Making my coffee with me asking
-Asking my opinion and sharing his about the world, economy and politics (even though we don't always agree...we still talk
-Having patience when mine has run out, and vise versa
-Combing the girls hair before I braid them for the night
-Going to work and coming back home to work some more
-Giving me my fix of dark chocolate even though I shoudn't
-Fixing the bathtub leak
-Making me laugh
-Letting me cry
It's the little things that are romantic. Let's face it. I changed my ideas of romance, otherwise our relationship is based on material goods. No. I want our relationship to be based on respect, freindship and a genuine care...this is real life....not some glorified movie. I want the real life. I have the real life...with him...my husband...my best friend...throught the difficult lows and the wonderful highs. I could not imagine my life with him. Now is that romantic or what!?
Thank you honey for being you. We are not hung up on roles. We are just doing what needs to be done. You do know what I go through as I know what you go through. We are doing the best we can and that is all anyone can ask for. I like and love you with all my heart. And even though you may not get to reading this, I am glad it is out there. I appreciate you, and I know you appreciate me. Spark! is on and here to stay!
I was looking through my photo library and came accross a folder I made full of wine pics. I realized I had wanted to do something with these, so I went and got creative with some flourishes and this is what I cam up with! I love my MAC! Helping me SPARK! my creativity!! Especially with my bum knee!
I wasn't exactly planning of starting off the year with an intense kneee surgery. But I feel very lucky to be surrounded by a community of caring friends. This whole past week, my friend Robyn set up a week of care meals. Thanks so much to Robyn, Jeanne, Jennifer, Idona, Shannon, Candida and their significant others for all the wonderful food this week. It has helped so much and Trevis and I are simply overwhelmed. At one point we felt kinda non-deserving of all this, but then graciously took the help and kindness with love! We look forward to paying it forward when we have the opportunity! Thanks to Teresa for my care package and to Amanda for the crutches...and thanks to all my buddies and friends and family that have offerred words of care and comfort on facebook, drivebys and daily phonecalls (Emmer!)
I have to look at this knee thing as the SPARK! to get my health back and take it seriously. I still think this is going to be a great year! I raise my internet wine glass to you all and to the future and all that it may hold. Already only 11 months to go until the new year! Let's make them count!
I'm in the mood to create. Always am. But sometimes it's easy to get comfortable...meaning thinking about it and not really doing it. But soon, I will be layed up with my knee surgery, and somehow I have to muster my spirit to keep my spirit high.
My girls have these markers at the ready on their arts and crafts table. I realize I need to have my tools at the ready by my bedside to create at a moment's notice...or in my case while I'm layed up in bed!
I also have some catching up to do. The One Word projects are going and I've been taking pictures, but now just need to show and tell. To be honest, when my computer went down, so did a bit of my Spark! But now it's back...new and improved and I love it...but with my body aching, my Spark is slow to show...but it's still there. I can't let this knee thing get me down.
The fact that it's an outpatient thing is good. But I am such a bad patient. I get frustrated when I can't do the things I want to do. This week I have been prepping, doing as much laundry, cleaning as much as I can, getting the girls school stuff organized, setting my creative area...cause I know Trevis will be busy, taking care of me and the girls.
I need to use this time to focus and be deligent....be uplifted and postive. Focus on strength and not only getting back to you, but back to a new and improved you...me. I can do this. I have to!
My one little word
Spark..ingite...catch on...begin...light up...it all starts with a spark.
More to follow this year as I join two projects:
Ali Edwards; One Little Word at Big Picture Scrapbooking
Jill Conyers; One Little Word-Captured on her blog Life As I see It.
And as I join one on sparkpeople.com
Much to ponder this week and this year. And I am lookng forward to
the process...to the journey!
So to assist in my follow through I am taking part in two wondeful activities...Ali Edwards, One LIttle Word at Big Picture Scrapbooking and One Little Word with Jill Conyers. I think these two connections will help me stay connected and focused towards my word for 2011 Be sure to check them both out and find a word of your own to follow!
For 2010 my word was PRACTICE. I felt like I carried the word through the year, but at times lost track of it's meaning to me. Practice patience, practice healthy ways...I think I went to several places instead of having focus on one.
For 2011 I have chosen.....SPARK. This, too, can go in several directions, but for me, this is the SPARK towards health. I am part of a site called Sparkpeople...a free site that helps people track health and well being with support and resources, all for free. As I was trying to think of a word, I was also reading The SPARK from Chris Downie who started Sparkpeople. I have only finished chapter one, but two major points hit home for me...the idea of scaffolding and maintaining focus. Scaffolding is the concept that from good comes more good in more ways. Focus will help me see clearer where and what I am trying to attain. I want to achieve a healthy happy and active lifestyle for myself and my family.-Woot! A goal! More updates on this as I continue on in the book and the site!
Been thinking about The LIST too. Completed most of the items, happy to say. I have new ideas and thoughts brewing for the new year! I transfered the ones I didn't finish to the new list...I am playing by my own rules!!! You should play by your own too!
Here is my new LIST for 2011
1. take a cooking class (Idona?)
2. visit the elephant seals near San Simeon
3. get ETSY shop going
4. make fresh juice
5. take boudoir pics
6. visit the snow
7. expand my massage clients
8. start garden
9. have another Indian Showcase Boutique
10. create a mediation space
11. have family hikes
12. family camping trip
13. learn to knit
14. do 20 perfect pushups
15. drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday
16. paint with the girls
17. redesign blog
18. add video to blog
19. learn swing with Trevis
20. Take ZUMBA!
21. visit a museum
22. sew an apron
23. learn Adobe Illustrator
24. Volunteer at food bank
25. regular walks with SLider
26. train for new physical (triathlon) event
27. play in the snow
28. attend a craft/art retreat
29. see a musical
30. sell on craigslist and unload on freecycle
31. have a henna party!
32. make a mosaic with the girls
33. make hairpins
34. do the Polar Bear Dip in Cayucos
35. be online less
36. call my friends more just to say hi
37. send more letters and cards
38. read and review six books
39. take a yoga workshop
40. forgive, embrace and love myself
41. type, print & display this list over my workspace-Done!
With this being part of my word for this year, my patience has been tried quite a few times! More than I care to experience really, but such is life. Must keep practicing it!
But I think I am turning a corner. I think. There are better times when I handle things well, and then others that just blow. Keep going and keep trying.
In that same effort, I found this:
Head over to A Little Gratitude and find something that strikes your fancy! Paula is local mama and creative nurturer who makes these lovely pieces. Also check out her lovely blog! I was honored to be among her and many other local creative women at a recent Women's Night out boutique. I was very inspired by everyone there! I love a room full of talented, beautiful, smart women...don't you?
Oh...what did I sell..you ask? Well considering I'm a self made "Jane of All Trades," I had my massage chair, full body massage certificates, Bags and Jewelery from India and some custom handmade photo jewelery there! It was a great night with another one planned for November! AND, when my ma comes from India to visit, an Indian Boutique is in order, complete with Foods of India, real Chai tea (the best from my dad!), my mom and her spirit of sharing, and all the wonderful men and women of the central coast dropping in for some masala culture! Ma, are you ready, cause I have and order for you!!!
In other news:
-Em and Rob are proud parents to not only one little adorable little man, but now a beautiful little girl! Congrats to the Taurus's (They are all born in May!)
-Isara is doing and loving baseball and choir! Today, even after bonking her head really hard after her talent show tryouts, went out to play some ball and did great!
-Tamra is quite the vocalist...meaning she can really be loud! But I caught her singing to herself outloud a few times and no doubt she will be in choir this fall right along side Isara!
-Parents are all set for visit! Yeah!
-Raj, where are you?
-Does anyone really read this? Oh well!