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Fit Camp

Be the best version of you Lori and I were walking one day in the park, and we saw a group of ladies working out. Lori walked over and talked to Casey Sanders for a few minutes, and we decided to try Fit Camp.

It has been a life changer for me. I need a coach and support to be able to stick with a physical workout. This may go back to my track and basketball days of long ago, but I need a schedule.

The things I love about Fitcamp:

  • Motivates and inspires you to be the best that you can be, and everyone’s “best” is different. You are never judged in any way. I may do five burpees, and my neighbor beside may do twenty, but that is ok if it is the best that you can do. We are there to improve ourselves not to compare our progress by looking at someone else.
  • Always a different routine- there is no time for boredom! Casey is a professional who knows how to plan the workout that we need on that given day.
  • It is always challenging because you are competing against time and yourself.
  • Friendships and support: I miss boot camp when I am out of town because I miss that wonderful post workout happy, and I miss my friends.Fitcamp -1
  • Set schedule: I work out at the same time every day Monday through Thursday, but there are several great times to choose from if your schedule needs more flexibility.
  • You feel stronger mentally and physically. This camp has allowed me to love and accept my body. When you have been physically active most of your life and you get older, you will notice things are not quite where they are supposed to be and that is ok with me if I am making an effort to be the best that I can be.
  • My diet has changed. I try to eat healthier. The meal suggestions that are e-mailed to us help. Also hearing other people talk about what they are doing to be healthier or to lose weight. Read the ingredients on the back of what you buy. It will scare you a little.
  • At home work outs are also sent to your e-mail (I have not been successful at that… I need Casey and the girls.)

I am in the best shape of my life since high school- 32 years ago. I feel that I am doing something instead of whining about how I feel or how I look.  I have lost four inches which results in no back fat over the top of my jeans. Some of my jeans and panties get a little baggy after a few hours of wear now, but that is ok with me!

I hope to improve, but that will take dedication from me to do workouts on the weekends and work on my diet more!  eat good and feel good

Join us or join something if you cannot make a commitment to exercise or if you are unable to motivate and push yourself. What we do in warm up would have been my entire exercise routine, and I would have stopped not realizing that I could do so much more!

Be kind to yourself and give yourself one hour a day! I wish

Breast Cancer Awareness, football, beach

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, football, beach,and a month of reflection for me.
As a breast cancer warrior and the reason I use warrior instead of survivor is because the game is never over and if you are not a survivor, what did you do wrong not to survive? You did nothing wrong.   Even after you deal with the chemo, the radiation and hear a few good reports from the doctor, you are still fighting for normalcy. It may be the mental fight or it may be a physical fight.
You are reminded each day when you bathe that your body has fought a battle and so far your armor was enough, but you know there are no guarantees in this life. We cannot predict tomorrow, but I think most people can block that out.
I say all of that to say… Enjoy every day and get your mammogram if you are female. Do a self-exam. Do not take no for an answer! Be that woman who demands a biopsy if you have the slightest premonition that something is not right in your body.  If you are a male, do not dismiss any type of unusual lump or difference in your skin, go to the doctor immediately.  Breast cancer is not gender specific and neither is the love of football.cupcakes for breast cancer awareness month

Kaden's first Ole Miss game.

Kaden’s first Ole Miss game.

Pops makes the tailgate!

Pops makes the tailgate!

I love football! Football home games are fun! Great food, fellowship, laughter, my famous punch, and games to watch on tv as we enjoy the fellowship.  This is a time when the family comes together, and we are not rushed. We have time to eat, laugh, and discuss what is going on in our lives.
My calendar works around the Ole Miss home games, and the away game weekends means an opportunity to get out of town which leads me to the fall Florida getaway.

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Perdido Key is a great close vacation get away place. In six hours with bathroom stops, you can be looking at the beach. It is not as commercialized as some of the other areas.  The weather was perfect, and the laid back atmosphere was really nice. September and October are my favorite months to go to Florida. The weather is just right, and there are no crowded beaches or restaurants.
If you decide to visit, check out these places:
Fisherman’s Corner
Big Fish
Florabama
Perdido Sports Bar
Hub Stacy (my local favorite)
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The internet will suck time up like a vacuum!
I spend entirely too much time researching random topics and also topics that interests me. It usually starts with one website then it links to another and here I go. I look up and three hours have passed and then I get the question of what did you do today?  When I cannot spout off the mark off on my too do list, I start to hyperventilate a little bit because we type A’s are always supposed to be accomplishing something or at least that is how our brain is wired!
Sometimes you find a jewel, and I think I found one this morning. I googled “affordable two week vacations” because I have a slight break in action in December.

This led me to Nomadic Matt.
http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/8-great-alternative-budget-vacation-ideas/

Then I clicked on Grassroots.
Grassroots Volunteering
http://grassrootsvolunteering.org/

http://grassrootsvolunteering.org/volunteer_opportunities

http://hands.org/projects/south-carolina-flood-response/

I like the history of this organization, and I think it is legit. It is a way to volunteer within your country if that is what you long to do.
Check it out when you have time. I do not give back enough, and I know that as I sit here in my comfortable chair drinking my absolutely amazing CUPS coffee from the Jackson store called Costa Rica Tarrazu’ with fast wifi, power, all the food I want in my warm house with a closet (ok… it is a room made into a closet full of clothes and shoes and purses). I have been blessed beyond measure, but I hoard my gifts of communication and organization that someone could use. I am writing this because when you see the written word on paper, it seems to be more credible. These are words for me to read to remember what an absolutely wonderful life I have had and hope to continue having and that I need to give back more!struggle

This weekend the sights, taste, sounds, cheers of football fans and the smell of pralines are calling my name. I will share with you later.

Happy last days of October!IMG_3420

Boulder, Colorado: Day 4,5,6 and 7

June and July 2015 008This is Boulder, Colorado: Day 4,5,6, and 7.
Day 4- This was the day that the bicycle rental was happening. I found a shop and then I rode down the street to see if this was going to be a good idea. I looked like a drunken sailor, and my booty hurt! I jumped off and said, “No, I will walk.” The words you have heard your entire life:   it is like riding a bike, you never forget….; well, that is not necessarily true.

I walked all the way to the end of Pearl. I loved the name and decor of this chocolate shop.June and July 2015 005June and July 2015 004

I had a great lunch and then I walked back to the loft.June and July 2015 006

A couple told me on Saturday that before I left that I had to eat at Flagstaff House for the food and the view. I started researching this place, and it looked amazing. I called Lyft to take me and then Uber came and picked me up. It was an expensive meal, but it was worth  it.June and July 2015 012 June and July 2015 013

This is what the two appetizers wee served on at Flagstaff. One was on the bottom and one was on the top.

This is what the two appetizers wee served on at Flagstaff. One was on the bottom and one was on the top.

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Day 5- Movie day! I thought I needed to rest a little today, and when I arose from a wonderful sleep, it was raining. After working on my classes for a little while, I decided to see Magic Mike and Train Wreck.

The theater on the corner of 29th and Canyon have movies all day, and Tuesdays are $5.50.  I saw Magic Mike first. I would give it a 3 of 5. I had a great lunch at Modmarket between movies. Check out the nutrition breakdown of my order. It is really easy to eat well in this town.June and July 2015 015
The next movie was Train Wreck, and it deserves a 5. I love comedy!  It was funny and a little too realistic.
After the movie, I shopped a little and found a great red skirt and a navy dress at H and M. Of course, they were on the clearance rack…  Football season is approaching, and I can wear both of these outside of work with a little modification.

Day 6

This should have said "whine" instead of "wine" because I have been sending pictures of my foot and whining a lot!

This should have said “whine” instead of “wine” because I have been sending pictures of my foot and whining a lot!

The blister on the bottom of my foot on the heel decided today to be a real pain, so today was another rest day, and I do not do well with two rest days in a row!

I walked to the pharmacy for bandages and to the gro. store (which sales Kroger products and takes a Kroger card, but it does not have the name Kroger). Quest bars were cheaper here than at home. I graded after that and watched Little House on the Prairie: Laura had a physical altercation with one of Alfonso’s ex- girlfriends then I watched The Walton’s- Elisabeth broke her legs.
The Basto   http://bastaboulder.com/  and the Naked Lunch /www.nakedlunchcolorado.com/   are on the same grounds as the loft apartment, so dinner was at the Naked Lunch, and it was so good.

Day 7
I wore two pair of socks and a double bandage and I went for the trail. Uber delivered me to the Chautauqua Park. My plan was to hike to the Chautauqua Royal Arch. I made 1.9 miles up, and I was done! The elevation and going uphill and the pretty blister stopped me short of my goal, but at least I showed up.  I may not be able to walk tomorrow, but I will hobble through the airports.

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June and July 2015 004June and July 2015 015Someone asked me why I  do this. Well, I thought about it, and this is the best explanation I have. My memory is not the best. My brain jumps from one thing to another like a jumping bean on caffeine, so it helps me to remember if I return to this city, and it also, I hope, helps other people that loves to travel.

12 Things to Share

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12 Things to Share is  my first post in a long while, and my writing soul is not happy because I love to share, but I have been too busy working and play and planning  (so that I can travel later) to write very much. I need to re-prioritize my life again which I think happens to us all on a regular basis or it should. I am happy that I recognize that, so we will see what life unfolds.
What I have written is in notebooks and scraps of paper on planes or late at night and needs serious revision. (Yes, I need to re-think this and write more because it soothes my soul and allows my small spark of creativity to flow.)

  1. If you are packing for two trips simultaneously, make sure you put the right things in the right suitcase.

The contact cases that I have mentioned before are the most wonderful liquid traveling accessories for flying. I use the cases for liquid make up, moisturizer, retina A, toothpaste, etc… I can do the quart flying limit with a little space left over by using the hotels shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

  1. Michigan and Indiana people are very nice, kind and hospitable. (Their ancestral lines must be Southern or either our folks came from the North.)
    Great places I have eaten in these cities:

South Bend, Indiana: Rocco’s Pizza
Battle Creek, MI: Clara’s on the River, Malia’s, Addington Hills Café
St. Joseph, MI: The Boulevard Inn &Bistro

The Michigan shoreline is beautiful, and I have only seen one area. I hope to see more soon.  

  1. Ole Miss is everywhere– planes, meetings, airports!
    Tailgating family is family even though you may only spend seven Saturdays a year together. We will miss Ms. Peg’s laughter, hugs, chess squares and smiles so much this year.

    We will miss you, Ms. Peg.

    We will miss you, Ms. Peg.

  2. The history of Notre Dame is impressive, and the dome is unbelievable. Touchdown Jesus was pretty awesome also. The three Notre Dame Football players that I met were nice, polite and respectful guys.
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  1. I am thankful for the disappointments and failures and the successes that led me to where I am today!
  1. Gigi Land is a happy land. When my grandson reaches for me or when he sees me and his eyes twinkle, it makes the heart happy. How do little ones know where “their bread is buttered”? Unconditional love is such a rare and precious thing.IMG_2899
  1. I love being the passenger on a motorcycle. I will not or should not ever be the driver, and my friends are saying, “No, you should not.”More Bikes Lester Public Library via Compfight
  1. To be physically fit, I must have a trainer/coach. I am unable to push myself beyond my comfort zone. It may go back to the eight years of basketball or track when someone told me to run this amount, and I knew I could not stop, but I need someone to tell me what I am going to do. The warm-up in Fit Camp would be my entire work out if I was in charge. I have never felt better! It makes me feel strong and confident and not just physically- it makes me feel mentally stronger.  The participants also make it great. There is no judgement, and there is no negativity: it is a positive part of everyone’s day. If one participant can do 50 burpees and I can do 15, it is ok.

Food Prep is the key as Casey our wonder woman trainer tells us!  Having almonds, beef jerky and cauliflower with me on a driving trips helps.  Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are bad places to fuel your body.IMG_2979

Stop at a grocery store and buy fruit when you are traveling. Do not forget the fork like I did one time. Watermelon is messy in the car.

Stop at a grocery store and buy fruit when you are traveling. Do not forget the fork like I did one time. Watermelon is messy in the car.

  1. Doing a good deed makes you feel good! Remember to Pay It Forward!
  1. I do not like yard work anymore and that is ok. I had rather work more and pay someone to do it. I want my flowers to look beautiful, but I do not want to pull the grass out between the flowers.
  1. House renovation project #47 was a success. It is amazing what new doors, light switches, and a new coat of paint and new cabinet doors will do for your home.I mixed three old paints and came up with the color in my living area and kitchen. It was perfect: I think it was divine intervention.IMG_2713IMG_2934IMG_2737
    The decorating is another story; I was not given that gene. It is very much like fashion to me. You were blessed with it or you were not.
    What do I keep? What do I give away? What do I buy? How do I utilize what I have?  I have been looking at the collection of “do not wants and do not know what to do with” for a month… Maybe this week.

Caution: I wanted new paint, new doors and light switches and electrical outlets then I looked at my horrible white enamel cabinets with a red thing down the front. They had to go!  There is a domino effect… I want to do this, so now I want to do this… Add money to the projected cost when you are financing a renovation, but oh, it is so worth it.

Now for #48- the big den—the football watching party room! This will be next.

  1. Read Four Friends by Robyn Carr. It sheds a new light on friendships and menopause!

Have a great week!

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