Cookie Meditation

Meditation comes in all forms.  I by no means am an expert in meditation but I’m trying to learn!  According to Wikipedia, “Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”

You know how at the end of yoga class when everyone is laying on their backs and the teacher is reading some touchy-feely passage from her book?

Well, I’m deaf so that doesn’t really apply to me.

So when I was on my recent trip to New Mexico last week with my ladies, at the end of the class I was determined to quiet my mind and meditate for those last 15 minutes.  Here is what went down:

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*Out of the blue I had the sensation of the best damn sugar cookie I ever bit into with big sugar crystals on top*
(thinking to myself)
“Where the hell did I get that cookie?  What makes that sugar cookie hard and the chocolate chip cookies so soft?  Is it baking soda?  Baking powder?  Oh man, Springerle cookies.   So chewy.  I wonder how hard those are to make?  I might be better off just buying them.   I bet Jody knows. Plus I need the pin to roll them out.”

Needless to say, when I “woke up” I was relaxed and happy.  I mean c’mon, I meditated about cookies!!

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Just add water

It’s really that simple.  To make bone broth all you need is bones and water.  I went to the meat counter at my grocery store this morning because I didn’t see any bones on the shelves.  Not all grocery stores do anyway.  I asked, he delivered!  He went in the back where all the bones were and cut one in half so if fits in my pot.

The best part is that it cost less than $4.00!

I get an ENTIRE pot of bone broth for less than $4.00!

I had some carrots and onions at home so I just cut them in half and put them in the pot with a splash of vinegar.  2 hours later my house is smelling fantastic!

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“Vinegar?!” you say.  Yes vinegar. Using an acid, like vinegar, helps break down the collagen and connective tissues.

Bone Broth is all the rage right now for their health benefits: from weight loss, joint health and improving their skin.   Personally, I’m going to joint health and improving my skin but if I lose some weight in the mine-toon, I won’t complain.

Once this is done, I fill up a Pendleton mug and sprinkle a dash of “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning on top.  Voila!  A spicy hug in a mug.

Now get your cauldron out and start boiling!  You can thank me later.

Happy Halloween!

 

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……and breathe

“What if we all took a deep breath before we made a bad decision?”

Honestly I have no idea who said that but I caught that line as I was putting weights away in my garage gym.  Granted the show was about food and healthy living but I think it applies across the board.

Want to binge on ice cream?  Take a deep breath.
Want to yell at your kid?  Take a deep breath.
Coworker mess up a project you’ve been slaving over? Take a deep breath.
Imbecile cut you off on the highway?  Take a deep breath.

The day before my wedding, I was a MESS.  Not nervous about the wedding itself, but the caterer messed up the order.  The order that was supposed to feed 100 people.  I lost it on the messenger, my brother.  To this day I regret flipping my lid but I will never forget what my (then) 8 year old nephew did.  He walked up to me, grabbed both my hands, looked me dead in the eyes and took a very deep breath.

I was immediately calm.  All it took was a deep breath.  And shortly after, an apology to my brother.

Try it.  You just might be surprised what the power of your breath can do.

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Elbow Drippin’ Good

We went peach pickin!  Last time I went, I was wearing the little man.  So that means, 3 years ago.  Too long.  I had wanted to go earlier this year but patience is virtue.  If you go too soon, they are hard and, well, dry.  Wait until later in the season and they are plump, ripe and juicy!

This trip wasn’t planned honestly.  It’s not often I plan anything really.  I never know what mood the little dude will be in.  I never know what mood *I* will be in.  And my tip to parents everywhere, never, EVER, tell your kid what your plans are.  Oh dear me.  Keep it a surprise.  I cannot tell you how many times I told B where we were going and then it was either cancelled or a change of plans.  He doesn’t understand what a “change of plans” means.

I also made the mistake of tell him last week that I signed him up for soccer which starts on 9/15.  Nope.  He wants to go now.  Right now.  So until he has a better grip on time and the calendar, everything is a surprise or an adventure.

So back to the peaches……

Been Pinteresting some recipes and am super excited.  I don’t have enough to play with the whole canning and freezing thing.  (I kick myself in the butt everyday for not wanting to learn from my Daddy)  Choices are grilled peaches, peach salsa and peach pizza.  Stay tuned…..

 

 

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Gas on the fire

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This picture shows 2 possible scenarios. Which do you think it is?  I just finished a WOD and I’m exhausted or I’m draggin *ss and have no motivation to get moving?

(The beauty of social media is that you can pick whichever version you want and broadcast it)

“Where is your FIRE?”

Is what I wrote under this mornings WOD.  I love having a garage gym.  I love being able to go out there any time I want (pretty much).  It’s basically my she-shed.

What I wasn’t prepared for is the lack of motivation and push that you get when working out with others.  Getting up at 4am to lift is getting easier since its becoming a routine.  But metcons are getting more difficult.  There is no fire.  I am finding that I have more success lifting at 4am and then throwing down a metcon later in the day.  Whatever works right?

Definitely looking to join a box again however.  I will still be working out at home but I need to be around people….that are taller than 44″.  (No offense to my son)

Have a happy day y’all 🙂

 

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Golden Milk and Zucchini Boats…but not together

It’s getting chilly!  I know summer isn’t over yet and I expect it to heat up again but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.  It’s tricky this time of year; you whip out your favorite sweatpants in the morning but you run the risk of being a bit overdressed when it heats up around lunchtime.

We’ve been hitting up as many farmers markets as we can lately.  Food inspiration for me and games for the little dude.  I have been craving beets but haven’t seen them anywhere.  Must not be in season yet.  Next on my crave list was zucchini boats.

 

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Not too shabby.  Not too shabby at all.  I had a few vegetables I needed to clean out of the fridge before they went bad so I sautéed some onion, garlic, yellow pepper and mushroom.  Added some ground chicken, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Filled each “boat” then topped with cheese. 400* for 30 minutes.

On mine I added avocado and salsa right before I served it.  The little guy got picky and refused to eat it.  I managed to convince him to at least eat the middle part.  He eats plenty of veggies, needed to get some more protein in him.

I’m happy.  It’s not often I perfect a recipe but I did.  I made the most fantastic Golden Milk.  And it’s not putting a dent in my macros either.

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Heat on the stove; 2 C of almond milk, 1.4 tsp turmeric, 1 T honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp vanilla extract.

And serve.

Oh my.  Only downside of this is that I drink it too fast.  Next up, Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk.

Everyone knows the benefits of working out; cardiovascular health, weight loss, reduced stress levels….etc etc.  You’ve heard it over and over.  I actually see it as more than just the obvious.

Writers block at work?  Go workout.

Cant stop snacking? (for those that work from home)  Go workout.

Restless?  Go workout.

Time to kill between meetings and don’t want to do housework?  Go workout.

Upset?  Go workout.

Stuck on a problem?  Go workout.

I’m in marketing and anytime I’m stuck on a problem, need ideas or get my creative juices flowing; I go work out.  (ideas actually come to me in the shower too)

If I ever owned a business, or at least managed one, I would probably replace one of the conference room tables with treadmills.

Now time to put on my mommy hat.  Make breakfast, pack a lunch and get this little man to school.  Happy Fri-YAY!

 

 

 

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New Adventures

It’s been 1 week since I last posted.  (Happy Birthday Ma!!)

Pretty routine around these parts….as expected from a working mother.  4am garage workouts, feed/dress son, drop off at preschool, work, pick up son, make dinner, watch tv (yeah yeah don’t judge) then bed.  I’m even eating the same foods!

I need spice.  I need to mix it up but at the same time I have a very hard time changing my routine.  Once I get into my routine, that’s how it is.  Which is why I am where I am right now.  Not depressed, no.  Not unhappy, no.  Just need something.  Something is missing.

One thing you will notice that is missing is a social life.  For many working moms, their workplace is their social life.  It’s how they interact with people outside their homes.  I, however, work from home so I don’t have that luxury.

I DO however have the luxury of setting my own schedule (for the most part) and deciding whether or not I want to wear pants.

My hamstrings aren’t healing like I hoped they would despite the fact I’m stretching and not running.  My lifts are getting incredibly weaker (I missed a #135 clean when my last PR was #175).  Makes me wonder, did I hit my prime?  Am I done with that part of my life?  Do I need to take up Tai Chi and water aerobics?

Goes without saying that my plans to run the Marine Half Marathon are out along with the Trailfest in Utah.

All that said, I’m doing a bit of reflecting.  Maybe I’ve just hit a temporary slump.  Maybe I need to revive myself by working out with people again.  Maybe I just need to find a mommy friend.  After all, B is meeting all sorts of kids at preschool and having a great time.  I need to do the same.

Why is meeting friends as an adult so damn hard?  It feels like dating!

I’m going to have to go outside my comfort zone a little bit.  Set a new challenge.  Set a new goal.  I’m going to see this as an exciting adventure.  After all, life is one adventure after another!   If my “adventure” consists of staying up an hour later to relearn how to arm knit, then so be it!

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