Just Keep Going


The last few weeks or so have been filled with both emotional and physical difficulties.  I’ve been suffering with low-level depression for a while now, and the time of year is not really helping.  This is the “cabin fever” time of year, and my crankiness shows!  Luckily, we’ve had a few days of sun (and mud!) so that I’ve been able to turn my face to the sun and inhale it for all I’m worth.  So, there is that positive note.

Last week while working out my back seized up on itself, and decided to just give me a little reminder that yes, there are muscles there, and if they want to, they can hurt me!  It’s been a “bump in the road”, but as I lay on the floor looking up at the ceiling, I had a thought.  Why is it that when we have muscle spasms in our backs we’re told to stay still and give it time to heal, but when we get spasms in our legs we’re told to take it easy, but not to get off our feet?  So, since I get these little reminders every once in a while, I decided to get up off the floor and finish out my workout.  I did that, in a very controlled way, and have been doing my regular workouts every day since.  Have I injured my back further?  The answer is no, I haven’t.  However, I’ve noticed that it’s getting better much faster than it usually does when I stop working out.  I have been very careful, and I do not force anything.  My Sun Salutations are done very slowly, and carefully, since bending over pulls at those muscles.  I don’t push it, and just do what I can.  Have I been wrong in the past to just stop working out until my back feels better?  Well, from how quickly I seem to be coming back (pun!) from this difficulty, I guess that I’d have to say that I was wrong to just stop.


One of things that I’ve learned from this little experiment is that I have rotten posture.  I’ve found that if I sit up nice and straight, my back is very happy.  It’s amazing to me how much I slouch.  I guess my mother was right after all!  How do you handle back problems?  Let me know in the comments below.


February Goals?


I haven’t been very good about achieving my goals.  As a matter of fact, other than working-out, my goals haven’t been “working out” for me so far.  Of course, how do you achieve your goals if you don’t write them down?  We all know the answer to that question, you don’t achieve anything if you don’t work toward your goals.


So, in the interest of getting something accomplished this month, I’m going to share my goals for the next few weeks in the hopes that motivates me.   First, I want to start with what I’ve done right so far, this year…yes, I started easy and every two weeks I’ve upped the difficulty – my working out.  I’ve gotten up to my Soloflex (I’ve still got mine from the 1980’s), and weights along with cardio.  However, I need to work on daily Yoga. And of course, I’ve been walking daily.

Here are my goals for February:  daily yoga; website; coaching certificate; fiction writing; organizing done in my house; financials organized; and weekly goal writing.


How are you doing with your goals?  Let me know in the comments below.  Write your goals done, and work on them daily!

2018 Goals


It’s a new year, so here I go again.

Health and Fitness:  I got the new How Not to Die cookbook for Christmas, and I am so excited to try all the new recipes.  So, this part of my goal to eat even more healthy should be fairly easy.  As far as fitness goes, I’m planning on getting back on track with work-outs in the morning.  I’ll be using my Soloflex, FitnessBlender, some Denise Austin and some Billy Blanks Tae Bo.  And, of course, last but not least, Yoga.

Writing/Creativity:  I’ve got some new endeavors for this year.  First off is finishing the illustrations that need doing.  Then my novel – rewrite and finish it.  I am also looking into how to do a Podcast.  Lots of activity and writing projects.


Organization/Household Projects:  Including finishing up with organizing myself and my household.  Also curtains made and shelves re-papered.  Also, there is still “stuff” to go through and throw out/give away.

Business:  Get certificates and finish setting up website.  Start working.

There are some more things that I’d like to accomplish this year, however, they’re just at the starting to think about stage, and I’ll share more as I go.  How about you?  What are some of the goals that you would like to achieve this year?  Let me know in the comments below.







I’m back in a bathing suit and swimming again!  I was that kid at swimming lessons who had already completed Jr. Lifesaving at the age of 9, but had to re-take all the other class due to the age restrictions.  While I was never a super-fast swimmer (I was a “pretty” swimmer with little to no splashing), I did a mean dive and was on the local swim team for a few seasons.  If it was summer, I was at the local pool.  My mother had us riding our bikes the mile-and-a-half to the pool from the time I was 6.  This was another time, when kids were much “safer”, or if they weren’t, no one actually heard about it.

So, for years I haven’t gone to the lake that’s just about a mile from my house due to my feeling I was “too fat” to get into a bathing suit.  Yes, I know, vanity captures us all at some point or another.  But, now that I’ve lost weight, I went out and bought myself a black one-piece, and the rest is history.


I’ve been going early in the morning and swimming laps between the two decks.  The other day I was the only one there at 6 am.  It was quiet, meditative and nice.  And, the lake is too crowded to swim laps at any other time of day.  There is a pair of eagles living at our lake this summer, and I’ve been hoping to catch sight of them.  No luck yet.


I really missed this and can’t believe that it’s been so long since I went swimming.  I think that in another life I may have been a mermaid; either that, or a narwhal (the unicorn of the sea).  I hope to improve by the end of the summer, and be able to complete more laps.  For the moment though, I’m just loving it!


This is one of my favorite quotes. Love Dory!



Summer Plans


Well, summer has finally shown up!  It brought along all its heat and humidity, which I for one could do without.  Since it’s here, I’ve decided to set some goals for the next few months, and see how many of them I can accomplish.  While I am still battling depression and all-over hopelessness, I’m expecting that positive action will help counter-act my depression.


So, here are my goals for the summer:  get my children’s book finished (this includes the illustrations); make curtains for my house; start throwing “stuff” away/give away; finish my home-study program; work on my novel; write stories and exercise.

Just a little set of goals.  Now, I’ve got to set-up weekly steps to take so that I can actually get some progress on these.  Do you have goals for the summer?  Let me know how you plan on accomplishing them, and how you’re doing with them.  Let’s encourage each other.




Food and Exercise


I’ve been on the Engine 2 Rescue Diet now for almost three weeks.  This diet is a no oil, no preservatives plant -based one.  How is it going?  Well, at times all I really want to do is to eat all the chips in the bag!  However, I haven’t done that, and it’s going pretty good.  I haven’t fallen “off the wagon” at all, and when I do get chip cravings, I tend to eat either some grapes – which are totally delicious, by the way, or an orange.

Learning how to make stir-fry without oil was a little hard to get used to, but I’ve got that down, now.  Tonight, is Chinese night, so I’m really looking forward to the steamed veggies with white rice.  A meal that I don’t have to cook is always a source of excitement.


I’ve been having Quaker Quick Oats for breakfast with some maple syrup, cinnamon, banana and blueberries.  At first I thought yuck! I hate oatmeal, but when I have it like this, it’s really good!  If I get hungry later in the morning (sometimes I’ve already eaten by 6:30, I’ll have an orange.

IMG_3003 lunch

Here’s a lunch that I love.  I just cut-up some onion, mushroom, squash and peppers, then I stir-fried them in a little water.  I put them on a Sandwich Thin (again, no oil), added a little no-oil homemade hummus and dug in.  I also ate the leftovers.  Good lunch!  Next week I’ll give you some dinner recipes.  I have to take pictures, since I haven’t gotten around to that, yet.

I’ll also eat a salad with extra veggies and chickpeas. If I still feel hungry I’ll throw a small red potato in the microwave and cook it up.  I’ll then eat it with some garlic powder.  No vegan butter for me.  This was actually a little strange at first, but I’ve gotten used to it, and now like the potato with only some herbs on it.

I’ve added some more exercise to my routine also.  I now work-out in the morning, then go for a walk with my dog around eleven, then come home and work-out some more.  In the afternoon, I’ll do so again.  So, this is what I do:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll do my Soloflex machine (yes, I’ve had one for more years than I want to admit), then a Denise Austin DVD with weights in the morning.  In the afternoon, I’ll do a Denise Austin Pilates DVD.  I hate Pilates!  Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll do a Fitness Blender video in the morning.  In the afternoon, I’ll do a bunch of Sun Salutations very slowly.  On the weekend, I usually mix it up with some Denise Austin workouts and different Fitness Blender videos.


The whole process has been a major time-commitment, what with the meal planning, making things that I usually don’t from scratch and working out.  However, I’ve finally seen a positive change in my body.  Have you changed anything about your diet or exercise routine?  Let me know how that’s going for you.



It’s a Lifestyle not a Diet


When I decided to change my life, I started with what I thought would be a small change.  I went from eating a Vegetarian diet to eating a plant-based one.  I already “knew” the cruelty involved in eating dairy and meat, but the longer I’ve been Vegan (someone who tries to live as cruelty-free as is possible), I’ve found out more and more about the animal industry that I truly wish I didn’t know.  However, learning new recipes has actually taught me to be a better cook.  When you can’t just throw cheese on something to improve the taste, you’ve really got to know what you’re doing.  I use many more spices than I ever did before, and also spices from different parts of the world.  My cooking has most definitely improved, but most of my meals take longer to prepare.  So, there is the good along with the “bad”.

That being said, I’ve been on a journey that has stopped at more than a few rest areas along the way.  And, being stuck in too many rest areas, I’ve come to the realization that there is really only one way to look at the rather large goals that I have.  I’ve been changing my thoughts on these goals, and thinking of them as a lifestyle, not a diet, and not “just” goals and steps, but as a deliberate way to live my life.  So, every time the alarm goes off and I know that I’ve got to get up and work out, I tell myself it’s a lifestyle.  So far, this has worked, and I’ve gotten up and done what I’ve planned on.


Part of what has helped me, and might help you too, is that I’ve been making goals for each week and working daily to achieve them.  Some of these goals deal with house-work, and some deal with my goal of finishing the book I’m working on.  I find that if I break them down into smaller steps, I’ve been hitting more goals than not.  This is helping with my confidence, since I’ve been tracking everything and seeing more successes than failures.


So, how have you been doing with your goals for the year, and what has been helping you achieve them?  Let me know.  You may have great ideas for the rest of us.