Nutritional update

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Well.  It’s the end of week 3.  I’ve gained some weight.  I’m exercising more, eating less, taking very good care of my health with organic foods, bee pollen, coconut oil, lemon water, lots of hydration, meditation, relaxation…..and I gained weight.

My skin still looks stressed, even with the evening bath of coconut oil.  My hair….don’t get me started on the wiry mess on my head.  With the mood I’m in I might just shave it all off.

Last night, my loving man told me that ‘for a minute there, you looked pretty like you used to’.  I know he’s left handed and all, but his compliments don’t need to be.  Poor, sweet man, he doesn’t know how close he came from getting a frying pan to the back of his big head.

Not that I really want to cry, but come on!

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I might just have to have a tantrum, and a glass of wine….maybe more.  Pity parties aren’t complete without a little “whine”!

Oh well.  Tomorrow is another day.  Maybe I can Zumba some of this doom and gloom off. As long as I don’t run around screaming “SERENITY NOW!” like a certain Seinfeld character, I will have made some progress.

Today I’m grateful for letting go of some frustration, reality checks, new followers,(welcome ya’ll…I’m usually not this scary)and dogs to comfort me while I contemplate the stash of girl scout cookies I hid in the freezer for just such emergencies.

If I’m going to gain weight, I want to enjoy it!

Sunshine, who me?

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I’m so thankful to be nominated for this sweet, lovely, wonderful award by Rob at the VPub, if you haven’t visited his awesome Blog, you need to.  I love his tag line, ‘Friends without Borders’.  www.weight2lose2013.wordpress.com

I have to ask him how he inserts You Tube videos into his posts.  He has great music, and I want to play along too.

Here’s the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you. Nominate a few other bloggers. Notify the bloggers on their blog.

Here’s Rob’s questions:

1.  Have you ever had an outbreak of Laughter that was inappropriate?

Well, not this week, but plenty last week.  The worst had to have been at my mother’s funeral last December.  She had instructed us to place the ashes of husband number 2 in her coffin with her.  We didn’t know that was against ‘funeral regulations’, but the funeral guys were cool with us, since they are related…..So here’s how it went down.

We got the box that had Number 2 in it (inappropriate starts now).  We snuck the box in through side doors, keeping guard at the main entrance to the viewing.  My sister-in-law had number 2 under her coat, I held the door, my husband moved the casket spray and lifted the lid covering my mom’s feet.  Sister-in-law slid number 2 under Mom’s feet.  I thought it ironic at the time.  Number 2 was a bit difficult, if you know what I mean.

When we got back from the viewing, there was a box on the kitchen counter that looked suspiciously like Number 2.  I started freaking out asking who brought Number 2 back to the house, who caught us putting number 2 in the casket, and were we in trouble?

We all fell down laughing when we realized it was the gift box from the funeral home with the thank you cards, brochures, hand out’s etc.

Highly inappropriate, but one of the funniest moments in history for me.

2.  What is my typical breakfast?

Usually one egg scrambled with salsa in a tortilla.

3.  What is your favorite weekend recreation?

Motorcycle riding.  Give me a spring day with lots of sunshine, and let me loose on the bike.

4.  Do you prefer Days or Nights?

I’m an early girl.  I think one of the most fascinating things is to wake up early and sneak up on the sunrise.

5.  What Book are you currently reading?

“The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer  I’m not sure why I thought it would be better.  It was touted to be like “Eat, Pray, Love” but it’s more like a former stripper giving us her life experience with no real lesson involved, and lot’s of talk about her band and how great she is, and how she can get people to give her what she needs.

Blogs I’d like to nominate for this lovely award are: teandpaper.com, Elizabeth takes great photos, and has some really uplifting things to say.  Forgotten meadows.wordpress.com  lovely Haiku, poetry and thoughts.  And mypinkchampagnelife.wordpress.com   Meredith shares some great views on the reality we all have to face.

My questions would be as follows:

1.  Do you think that it is ever appropriate to be angry?  Why?

2.  How do you let go of things that bother you?

3.  What is the most fun you have had in the last 30 days?

4.  What kind of humor do you enjoy?  Slapstick, dry, knock-knock jokes?

5.  If you could meet anyone, Living or Dead, who and why?

Zumba Wednesday!

I made it through the rain, the flooded streets, Little Cypress Creek overflowing it’s banks, Black Horse Golf Course under water, to Juergen’s Hall and some Zumba.

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Not that they are serving Ice Cream after Zumba, but Juergen’s hall is the historic Dance Hall/General Store/Main Street Feature from Cypress, TX from 1900-now.  The county is maintaining it like a community center.  It’s where we go vote.

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The floor is great for dancing.  The platform above the floor is set up with tables where you can sit and watch the dancers on the floor, enjoy a beverage, etc.  They have all the founding families’ pictures on the wall, old Budweiser, and Lone Star adds from the 70’s and 80’s.

Class was a little light today, probably because of the rain.  Still, a great work out for a rainy Wednesday.

The path ahead

  

I can’t see what lies ahead, but I continue forward.  I’m hopeful for good things, good days, good times, and good people to meet.

I’m grateful that we didn’t flood.  I’m grateful for being able to move forward, faith, and good messages to revisit.

Hello your Highness

My first adventure with the Bees!

I suited up, and jumped on the back of the 4 wheeler.

We had 6 hives to inspect.  During the inspection, we are looking for a healthy queen.  I spotted this lovely royal lady first.  It’s easy to get lost in all the activity going on with the bees on that frame.  She is unpainted, a wild queen if you will, that came with the swarm that Cousin Ross captured last week.

The bees were really very productive.  The white comb at the top is capped honey.  They were filling up the rest of the frame with brood.  So our Lady is doing her job.

I spotted her first

I spotted her first

I really thought that I would be nervous of the sound, all that buzzing.  What was fascinating to me….how calm and organized they were in this hive.  They were not freaked out by us at all.  They just took care of business like we weren’t there.  Their buzzing was low, and very calming.  It made you want to speak in hushed tones, like at church.

This hive is in trouble

This hive is in trouble

We moved down the highway to the next patch of land that Ross had put a wild swarm.

This swarm was in big trouble, no queen, very disorganized, and the buzz was angry, stressed, and at a higher volume.  For such a large swarm, they were not productive in the least. This swarm had some serious guard bees.  They stalked us all the way back to the truck, and would not leave alone.  So we called some experienced bee folks and confirmed our suspicions that this hive probably didn’t have a queen, and what we could do with the groups we had to introduce a queen pronto, so that the hive would survive.

Ross decided to combine a small hive with a queen into this group.  The smaller hive was much calmer.  In order to accomplish this fete, we needed some supplies.  We got some newspaper and made a ‘barrier’ between the two boxes that could be broken down over a few days.  Ross poked some small holes so that the angry bees could get used to the new queen’s pheromones and not attack and kill her.  Over the course of the next few days, they will break through the paper, and hopefully accept the new group.  We’ll go back and check on them next week.

My adventures in learning about bees, bee keeping, and spotting queens.  It was a remarkable day.

I’m so grateful to get to learn something new, be outside, and watch nature do her thing.

Memorial Day

  

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Remembering those who sacrificed.  Happy Memorial Day.

I’m so grateful for our country, our remaining freedom, our soldiers, and their families.  God Bless them all.

Happy Friday!

Wrapping up a week of lemons, coconuts, and bee pollen I found a free Zumba class at our local community center.

Just being honest, I’d never Zumba’d before.  I’ve danced on competitive teams, took ballet as a girl.  I get the whole “step-ball-change” thing.  I’ve heard Zumba is pretty challenging, has more of a salsa style rhythm, and can be a blast.  I thought…sure I’ll give it a twirl.

  
One class, and I’m a huge fan. 

 I found myself doing really odd solos, turning the wrong direction, starting on the wrong foot, not getting the whole concept of starting on the “and beat”. I swear at one point the instructor only used 3 steps in a 4 count and it messed with my head so bad to hold on that 4!  I laughed so much, I didn’t mind looking like a newbie fool.  At least I didn’t run into anyone, or step on someone’s foot.  Yikes.

Since having my left Achilles reconstructed a couple years ago, I was so happy to keep up on any level.  My left foot felt more alive after that class, and the calf spasms I usually get at night have reduced.

By the time we were done, I was smiling like I haven’t smiled in a year.  I felt lighter in my spirit.  Sweaty, red faced, laughing and Happy are 4 things I haven’t been in a long time. I will go back.

  
I might even try to find a video so I can practice at home.

I’m so grateful for a new exersize, a free class to go to on Mondays and Wednesdays, a way to dance again after after Achilles reconstruction, good laughter, and good sweat.

Have you Zumba’d?  What do you think?  

Just being

today I woke up in a bit of a panic……looking for something to “do”.  

My mind was bouncing from one need to the next as I sought to prioritize my massive to-do list.

I got ahold of myself, and sat down.  I’m a human Being, not a human Doing.  Time to exercise some peace.

Psalm 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. 

This last weekend, I took some pictures on the property we were visiting.  My husband’s cousin has exotic game, lots of deer etc on his property, but what I liked were the trees.

  
This big Oak was snuggled up to a new pond that Ross had put in last year.  It’s massive arms outstretched. It’s leaves were all new, shiny, and green.  It’s a really peaceful spot.

Needless to say, I put meditation into place, and thought about just being.  That tree in the verse of scripture was ‘planted’, it was put in its spot on purpose.  That is really comforting to me.  The tree is planted and tended.  

It was a great reminder that all will be well.  I will get through my list.  One project at a time.  

No nutritional updates to speak of.  Still not sleeping real well…the bad dreams came back Sunday night with a vengeance.  My overwhelming to-do list might be the culprit behind those.

Today I’m grateful for good reminders, good exersize, good dogs, and good friends.

Have a great day!

Newest addition to the nutritional experiment

  

Here I am in my 2nd week of improving my nutrition with small easy changes.

I started with coconut oil, added bee pollen, then coconut water.

Today I added a cup of warm lemon water first thing.

This is strange for me.  I’m generally stumbling for my coffee first. What would make me reach for warm lemon water?  I read an article on  Health Beckon.com that described the benefits of this ritual such as improved immune system, improved mineral absorption, and a natural diuretic.  There’s more, but this was what I was looking for.  

If the bee pollen has all the minerals the body needs, but the body can’t absorb it, I’m wasting my time.  My goal is to optimize my health, not take bee pollen, right?

What have I noticed in the last 9 days?

My joints are moving better.  My knees and my knuckles aren’t as stiff.  My hands aren’t so puffy.  I’m not craving salty snacks.  My appetite has reduced, I’m satisfied with normal portions.  No weight loss to talk about.

I’m feeling lighter of mood.  I’m laughing more, which makes my family happy.  

I think this last addition will be sufficient for a while.  I have natural fats to support my brain and heart, natural minerals to support my nervous system and cellular health, I have a good hydration to make sure my organs function properly, and a morning start to help my digestion and immune system.  

Now I will take some time to make sure that I take good care of myself, and track the progress of what I’m establishing.

For my spiritual health, today I will meditate on Psalm 103:1-4.  I’m visualizing myself completely worshiping the Lord, forgiven, healed, renewed and restored.  That’s the Wendy I have in my mind, the forgiven, healed, renewed, and restored. A Healthy, energetic, lively, and fun Wendy as she is supposed to be.

Today, I’m grateful for Sunday, new friends, working the bees on Friday, and having some fun in between.

Nutritionally obscure Offerings that Coconut Oil can’t overcome.

We met some friends for lunch.  When we drove up to the “Filling Station” we were instantly tempted with their culinary creativity.

  
What in the world is a Dead Texan?

  
3 lbs of hamburger, 4 slices of cheese, 6 slices of bacon, 2 eggs, and all the fixins.

I don’t think my Coconut oil could overcome that kind of indulgence.  Oh my.

I like the disclaimer of what the Dead Texan might or might not contain.  I especially like the way they spelled “Armidillo”

My only recommendation is “don’t eat anything with ‘dead’ in the name”.  Just saying.