Hello… old friend glad to see you again!

It’s been a long time since I have seen you.  I am so glad you decided to come back.

To be honest, I have REALLY missed you.

It feels like forever since you have been around.

If you have been stopping by to visit, I have shared some of my journey with Lymes Disease this summer. It’s been a tough summer.  I had plans…

Big plans.

Plans that I had to set aside, so I could get my life back.

Old Plans:
1. I was going to swim several more open water races.
2. Take the horses to shows.
3. Play in a couple of tennis tournaments.
4. Workout daily  okay almost daily.
5. Visit friends.
6. Visit family.
7.Maybe buy a road bike so I could ride with my co-workers at lunchtime.
8. Travel

Instead, this summer, I slept.  I took naps at lunch just to get through the work day.  I spent lots of time taking care of my body so it could heal. I did hot and cold therapy. I took my supplements.  I was beyond strict with what I ate– all to make it easier on my body to heal. I thought about working out, but most days I did not have the energy. That is until now.

So, I am beyond excited! Like jump up and down-dance down the hallway; not caring that I really can’t dance so it’s more of a bounce around; attempt a back flip!

I have worked out 7 out of the last 9 days AND I still feel good… Wait, I feel great!298

I have done Jillian Michaels videos, completed 3 pool workouts, Foundation Training, and even played tennis last night!
I am really starting to feel like the old me.  I still have areas that I want to improve, but I am excited to finally hit this milestone!  Next goal, do a better job of writing and working out!

What in your life has had you down lately? What’s a break through that you have seen with it, even a small victory!

Until the next post,

H.C._J                                  

The day I gave up COFFEE!!!!

IMG_0041I have yet to pull my hair out or gone insane. Well anymore insane than normal. However, I am pretty sure hell might have actually froze over this week because I gave up coffee pretty much cold turkey.  I am the type of person that would live with a coffee mug in hand with plenty of coffee, a little almond milk and stevia.  I am pretty sure that my coffee mug was my adult security blanket. I have to admit that it’s been a little freeing not carrying it with me everywhere.

I am not even sure how my body decided it wanted to give up coffee, but it did!  All I know is that while doing the “Green Smoothie Girl’s” detox program last month, I was not refilling my coffee cup like normal. Some days I was not even finishing the original coffee I started with in the morning. During a visit, my boyfriend went old school mom on me and checked my temperature on my forehead when I dumped coffee out of my mug. Yes, it was the original coffee from the morning.  I promised him that I was okay. I filled up my mug the next morning and still could not finish it. This happened for about a week.

Then three days ago, I took one sip of my coffee on my way to work  and found my mug full under the backseat of my car when I got home later that night. Thank God the lid stayed closed. Although a car that smells like coffee would not be the worst thing in the world.

Friday, I did not even take my mug in with me. It sat empty and lonely in the car.

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I can tell you it’s really weird to wake up and not crave coffee.

I will be honest… I am not sure how long I will be 100% coffee free… I really enjoy the taste but I know that my coffee consumption was not healthy.

Here are a couple of reasons that I am okay with not drinking coffee.
* Coffee is acidic and I want to keep my body alkalized to help prevent cancer growing. So I will probably be coffee free for a while.
* Coffee stains your teeth… and a white smile is more attractive than a yellow smile.
* Coffee breath smells. Let’s be real… after drinking coffee we have all looked for gum or mouthwash!

Last night, before my sister’s college volleyball match I missed an iced coffee for a minute, but then realized, I was going to live without it.

So here is to living coffee free… or freer.

What’s one thing you want to give up?  I would love to hear what it is and what your game plan is to make it happen 🙂

Ps. I found the cup of coffee picture one day on Facebook and it sums up well how I have lived my life the last couple of years. I have had this pic saved on my computer for months.  Now I need to find that picture with the empty cup.

 

Why must you judged… me?

Why must you judged me? I don’t judge you…  I am a little confused why you feel the need to make faces at me, the comments behind my back,  or even to my face?  I choose to live my lifestyle, just like you choose to live yours.  Don’t you know that your snide comments and dirty looks can hurt even a tough professional?  Because, deep down,  I am just like every other human… I am vulnerable too!

Insert disclaimer here: Do me a favor and hang with me for this post… I just need to get this off my chest.

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I carry my water in glass jars.  Okay, I carry lots of water in my glass jars.  I tend to take about 100 ounces with me to work everyday. Believe me, people have noticed my glass jars that go everywhere with me.  They may be kind of hard to hide–because, let’s be real, a  34 ounce jar is enormous and not easily hidden in a meeting room.   Sometimes they are even filled with a green smoothie, then they are really hard to miss. I have been told that my green smoothies are great for keeping  my team from munching at work.   I guess not everyone thinks it’s normal to drink a green or sometimes deep purple drink.  I am so glad to help my team stay away from sugar filled snacks while I enjoy a super nutrition-packed smoothie.
The looks and comments that were made when I brought in a real knife to cut my apples… I remember them every time you ask to borrow it to cut your apples. Amazing how handy that real knife really is, huh?  (I hope I am not coming off too sassy.)   appleI find it very ironic how you tend to pick apart my life and my efforts to live healthy; while I don’t say a word to you about your choices.  Do you need to make the comments about my food  because I don’t go running to the vending machines for a snack? Instead, daily I bring my fruit, veggies, and my beloved peanut butter hummus. (If you are looking for the recipe… Click: HERE!)  Don’t get me wrong, there are days that I desperately want to break down and buy one of everything in the machine, but I don’t!  It’s my choice. It’s my life… my beliefs, and I want to live a healthy life. Don’t you realize that my healthy lifestyle has helped me fight Lyme’s Disease quickly this summer?  I have only missed a few days of work, like 4 full days and a couple of halves since being diagnosed. Most would have ended up on short term disability…  Instead, I am almost all the way back! Considering it affected my liver and heart functionality, I am feeling pretty blessed!  Seeing the fast results from the Lyme’s recovery only makes me want to continue my healthy lifestyle and improve it even more.

Why do you make faces when I use my toaster oven instead of the microwave?  Thanks to my brother, J, who gave me the oven for my birthday this summer.IMG_7344

(I must be a super nerd if I get excited over a toaster oven!)  Now I can get a warm meal at work without using my little crockpot, or heating it on my running engine.  engineJust kidding about the engine.  I do warm my food in a toaster oven because when you use a microwave it changes your food on a molecular level.  I don’t look at you cross-eyed when you use the microwave so do you really need to make the comments about how I warm my food?

 

Recently, I changed how I carry everything into work. Because of the weight of the jars and the amount of food I take with me,  I bought a small hiking backpack. One with a waistband, to take the weight off my shoulders…so that my back can get some relief.  I will show it to you later this week.    I am super excited about it, and It’s a super cool blue color!  It also makes my eyes pop!  In all seriousness, my back is really grateful for the new bag.

Okay, every so often I will say something about a co-worker’s cologne or perfume…  I am not perfect, if I were I would be sitting at Jesus’ right hand… but I am not.  So, I guess for now, you will have to put up with me.   I probably should be better and not make a comment. Note to self, no more perfume comments, even when I turn green and want to throw up.  This might be hard, because I have lived fragrance free for over 2 years now and perfumes can make me turn really cool shares of greeeeeen. We can talk about that later. I do use essential oils, and they smell so amazing. They are a great alternative to the chemical filled fragrances common in society.

I am different from your average person…  I know it.  I accept it. In a weird way, I enjoy it!  I hope that by walking what I talk people will start to realize that living a healthy lifestyle is not hard. It’s completely obtainable. You can eat organically without breaking the bank.  It’s why I started this blog to share with you, as a young professional, how easy it is to live a healthy lifestyle.  I used to think that junior high girls were the worst when it came to judgment against each other, but I am beginning to think that professionals are worse.  Maybe I am over-reacting. Maybe I am completely wrong.  All I know is that the comments that others make to me based on my lifestyle is getting old and won’t change my mind. Instead, they strengthen my resolve to continue to live an organic lifestyle.

 Don’t judge me for doing… because I don’t judge you.

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Chilling on the couch…

Today I hurt.

It’s not normal for me to share openly that I am not 100% okay. I am just stuck on the couch sick and feeling like a 5 year old that is cranky and crabby.

I shared with about a month ago that I was diagnosed with Lymes Disease earlier this summer and despite being religious with my supplements; a fanatic about the food I am eating; and making sure my body rests–today is a down day. Yesterday was a great day. Mentally I felt great, and physically was a pretty good day too. But this morning, it was like a switch flipped. My whole body aches, my head is pounding and staying awake is a challenge.

Idk about you, but when I hit a wall like today and I am extremely mentally fatigued, and the frustration of not getting better results faster makes me want to drown my sorrows with a chocolate, gooey brownie. Oh, or I could totally go for spinach pie from my favorite local Mediterranean restaurant, Zingo’s. Chinese food sounds pretty good right about now. BUT! (Yes it’s an all caps kind of BUT). If I break down and eat anything not on the meal plan I will not only undo all the good work that I have been building on but I will probably feel even worse.

So instead of breaking down and falling off my healthy bandwagon I will stay strong and if I eat, it will be foods
I am supposed to eat. I will continue with the liver detox program because I DO see results and I am winning overall. I guess I am pretty fortunate that leaving the couch today does not seem to be happening. This will definitely keep me away from Chinese food, chocolate brownie and Zingos… None of which are in my house at this time 🙂

When do you feel closest to giving up? What do you do to keep yourself away from temptations when you don’t feel good?  Currently, I am curled up on a couch counting my blessings and listening to the bugs chirp in the woods by the house.  I live in the county and its pretty cool to just sit and listen.

Cherish it before it’s gone.

It’s been almost a week since I last posted, YIKES!  It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in front of my computer wrapping up my birthday month. As I walked out on the barn to feed the horses, Nash walked next to me.  Since he was a puppy, he has pushed his head right under my left hand and we walk together.  As he is showing more signs of nearing the end, I cherish these times more and more.  The last week, I have slowed down and enjoyed things around the family more than usual. The baby sister just pulled out of the driveway to leave for college. It’s been fun to have her around for a week.   She brings a unique fun to life and makes cherishing the little moments worthwhile. Today I challenge you to take a minute, smell the roses and enjoy life… All aspects of yours!  I promise it will enrich you.  Look for the positive things, find ways to bless others because it’s good for you!

 

Day 31: Until next year… goodbye birthday month

finish-lineThank you! Thank you, Thank You….  As I say goodbye to my birthday month, we crossed the finish line!
Please let me take a moment share what I have been thankful for this month.
  • To all of you that have put up with my birthday month challenge!
  • To all of my new followers!
  • To each and everyone that liked words that came out of my brain.
  • To my birthday Twin for inspiring me to do this!  Be sure to check her out HERE!!!!!!!
  • To friends that helped clean my room… you may think I am kidding but getting sick has made this borderline impossible this summer.
  • The new puppy that makes me smile.
  • To my old dog that makes old age look good.
  • My job, I am always challenged to new tasks.
  • All the fresh foods available  in the summer!
 I am so thankful for you all.  As a new blogger, I thought this would be a great way for me to get into the habit of writing my thoughts down on paper on a blog.  This month I have learned a lot about myself and you.  I know it sounds funny but I have found great blogs to follow and bloggers that really feel like new friends. Shout out to some of the people that I :  Mama AmesMy Simple Life, Caged ButterflyMy Renaissance Blog,  and last but certainly not least The Outstanding Bachelor. I really have had a blast reading these guys and gals.
Some things that I have learned throughout this month include:
  • I need to have a game plan– I will be working on my plan for the next couple of weeks.  In fact, it I will start focusing my topics more on the reason that I started it in the first place 😉
  • I do so much better if I write the next days post the night before.
  • Most of the time I need someone to proof things…. and I have found a great proofer… and the editor might be the inspiration for some of my posts.  I might share more about my editor later 😉
  • I am enjoying blogging… way more than I thought.  I am a nerd and I am okay with it but most nights I look forward to writing.

So once again, THANK YOU for participating in my birthday month challenge! I will see everyone soon.  I will do my best to post over the next couple of days but my sister has her high school graduation party this weekend and I will be enslaved to the cause 😉

 

 

Day 29… Fall… Fall… Fall into my arms!

plies of leavesCool crisp air, fierce red sunsets, combines in the field, the sounds of laughter at gatherings… one of the favorite things about the best season of all is sports! Football is on in the house or blasting out of a truck as I work outside; I get to watch my sister’s college volleyball team; and the US Open tennis tournament is on… Ahhhhh so many wonderful sports to catch.  I love that during the day I can be in a tank top and shorts; but in the evening, I can put on a cuddly sweatshirt and jeans, grab a glass of wine and chill by a fire. But I think my absolute favorite thing about this time of year after the fruits and veggies is LOVE… yes Love.  It seems like so many people talk about falling in love in the spring or summer romance, but I think fall is a better time to find love.  I mean seriously, what a better reason to snuggle with someone than a good bonfire?  For me it always seems that love or at least like waltzes into my life during the fall. It’s like a my fresh start point of the year. It makes me so happy 😉 Falling in love is like falling into a fresh pile of leaves! Have you ever watched a kid fall or get thrown into a pile of leaves?  They get the biggest smile, giggle and squeal.  Very similar, at the start of a new relationship one giggles, smiles and laughs a lot. So yes, I am excited for fall… and maybe because I have reasons to smile and giggle like a kid again.

What’s your favorite season?

 

Do over! Day 25

Well since it’s after midnight and technically the 26th I guess I could call a Do-over on today’s I mean yesterday’s post. I am really wondering where the day went? Can someone please tell me? Thanks you will be my new best friend.
In all seriousness, if I could do anything over what would I choose?

I think I would go back and not join the adult world so young. I went to a college that stressed once we graduated we should get a great job, build your 401k, pass the CPA exam and most important: DONATE, DONATE DONATE to your alma mater. This is a great theory but I wish I would have been a barista for a couple of years and travelled more! I figured a barista would be perfect because it allows you to interact with your customers on a regular basis and have great conversations. Have you ever struck up a conversation with someone in the coffee shop and realized that they not only made your day but your week too?

So there you have it, if I could get a do-over I would choose to not grow up just yet. Be a barista. Learn from my patrons and travel the world!

So here is to never growing up… In this adult world.

That reminds me where should my next trip be?

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Photo from: http://www.emptyhousefullmind.com/would-you-take-a-do-over-a-gbe-2-prompt/

Day 23: You proved you could learn…Congratulations!

I can’t believe that we are already to day 23 Birthday Twin!  Where is this month going? Heck where is the year going?  I feel like I blinked

Day 23: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you. (M)

I have a friend that has a saying, “All college is good for is to prove that you can learn.” The older I get, the more I believe it.  I honestly did not realize how little I really knew when I walked across the stage at graduation.

So what are some of the life lessons that I learned outside of school?

Kindness gets you further.

Be genuine… no one likes a fake. Invest in your co-workers, ask them how things are going and listen to his response.

Say yes to everything you can– Actually, I picked this up from my brothers graduation in a speech from R.L. Stine.  I think this piece of advice has been career changing for me!

You need tough skin.  You will be rejected. There is a good possibility that you wont get your dream job on your first try. You may get passed over for a promotion.  BUT you need to get up and keep going–pull yourself up by the bootstraps.  Keep improving yourself. Keep studying. Keep Learning. Never settle… always look for ways to improve.

 

 

Day 23: You proved you could learn…Congratulations!

I can’t believe that we are already to day 23 Birthday Twin!  Where is this month going? Heck where is the year going?  I feel like I blinked

Day 23: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you. (M)

I have a friend that has a saying, “All college is good for is to prove that you can learn.” The older I get, the more I believe it.  I honestly did not realize how little I really knew when I walked across the stage at graduation.

So what are some of the life lessons that I learned outside of school?

Kindness gets you further.

Be genuine… no one likes a fake. Invest in your co-workers, ask them how things are going and listen to his response.

Say yes to everything you can– Actually, I picked this up from my brothers graduation in a speech from R.L. Stine.  I think this piece of advice has been career changing for me!

You need tough skin.  You will be rejected. There is a good possibility that you wont get your dream job on your first try. You may get passed over for a promotion.  BUT you need to get up and keep going–pull yourself up by the bootstraps.  Keep improving yourself. Keep studying. Keep Learning. Never settle… always look for ways to improve.