Sunday Updates

I’m excited because I leveled up in my Irish studies so I am on the step before the last level. I constantly say I haven’t learned much and my mother reminds me that I didn’t know anything when I started. I have learned; I guess I just thought by now I would know more. I don’t know anybody who speaks the language so it’s not as if I can talk with anybody in it.

In addition to leveling up with my language studies I finished the first draft to one of my books and worked on covers for other books. This is so much fun for me because I love the world of art.

All that goodness and I’m super excited about what?–The morning workout. I love working out so let’s just say working out is an art so I’m still in the same realm here ;).

Working out is such a great way to kick off any morning, but especially Sunday morning. Kicking the week off doing something healthy is another notch in “no excuses” wall that can, with hopes, keep the rest of the week on track too.

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Not Always The Bad Guy

I have always put thought into my dreams–even the ones with the aliens–because they really do mean something. A lot of the time it’s more about something going on with me that I am clearly avoiding in my waking hours and my subconscious will not let me avoid it while I sleep.

Last night was not any different than other dreams in that I could understand what it meant for me. Of course I was mid morning workout while the thoughts were going through my mind. Once again, my dream represented my reality in so many ways; unfortunately I was still lost on the wrong side of town when I woke up so I don’t know if I found my way home.

In real life, when I was lost on the wrong side of town–literally, not metaphorically speaking, there was a really nice guy in the car with the rest of his gang members who told me how to get to the street I was looking for–thus proving judging people by their not so noble and honest career choice really isn’t a good thing. Sometimes the “bad” guys aren’t as bad as everybody else says they are.

For Sunday morning beyond the dream world, I was able to get forty minutes of jog/run around room time in, twenty minutes of yoga, and some additional stretching after. I actually managed to get a little deeper with my splits today. I managed to be only about an inch and a half off my bed on the right leg and three inches or slightly under on my left leg. I’m more flexible with my right and more stable with my left. I already knew this but doing a full split has never been something I could do and I’m working on it now.

Have you had one of those moments where you really look at yourself, your life, your accomplishments or your mistakes and found motivation to keep going?

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July is a New Month

I am trying to keep reminding myself of my own mantra ~ “If you keep stopping you’ll never get there.”

This is on my mind because my cello practice time has been practically nonexistent this year and I need to change that.

Writing is back on, working out has never stopped, but cello needs some serious TLC. Here’s hoping the last half of this year will get me back on top of this cello love thing.

I hope everybody is having a good, productive and happy year. If you’re not, don’t worry; the year is not over yet and tomorrow is always a new day with no mistakes in it–yet.

Happy July

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10 Days Five Pounds

Okay, the thing is the women doing this 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse thing by the book have lost 10-14 pounds in 10 days but I only want to lose five pounds–ten is okay, but not what I want. Anyway, I do not have the book and am not going to be able to buy it anytime soon but I can create my own for a while and see how it goes. I drink smoothies every day anyway, and I work out every day, but I have taken my cold turkey no candy and store bought sweets year long way of life and literally fell off of that when I had to buy candy for my mom so if her blood sugar level drops and she starts to shake she will have something quick on her to use. Um…my mom likes candy so this was a lot of trips to the store and I did end up getting candy for me too. So I fell off the “no candy” wagon but I was okay with that.

All of that being said I have also, gone back to being a pescetarian because my mom cooked something for me and I came home to her hard work so I ate and while it made me a little sick the first day I have pretty much been eating it off and on since. I was a vegetarian for a long time so I have to readjust my food again. I felt healthier as a full on vegetarian so I might go back to that and cut the seafood out again, but I shall have to wait to see.

Anyway, I watched this video regarding the green smoothie cleanse and I’m sharing because it’s from last year (I think) and her part about the gas is funny but it is also a good warning in case you decide to do this by the book. I am going to try to make up my own version but I have had crap for breakfast today so today would not be a good day to start off the ten day count.

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Side Note: The library might have the book so you can check there if you cannot afford to splurge on the book right now.

 

Neglecting the Back

I know that some people are so obsessed with their abs, arms, thighs, butt or other body parts that they sometimes, if not all the time, forget that the back muscles need work too. Neglecting the back can lead to back pain since the muscles are too weak to support all those other muscles you have been working so hard to strengthen. So don’t forget to do something to work your back muscles too.

This 6 Exercises to Strengthen Your Back video is just a starter type video but you can find so much stuff for free online so you should be able to find other moves to help you get the work in and keep your body healthy on all fronts.

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Vegetable Basket

Things Worth Knowing

I already knew this because years ago doing basic research I found out that a tomato is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Today while doing other research that led me to finding out once again that a watermelon is a vegetable not a fruit (at least some of the college scientists say)  I decided just to play around for fun. When I found this site I thought I would share for those of you interested in the fruit and vegetable boxes.

Tomato as a Fruit

Another site that looks at it from a botanist and culinary take on what makes it a fruit can be found here.

So if it really comes to how the fruit is produced what makes a watermelon a vegetable?

Well now I guess it depends on which “experts” you look at but I can see why it kind of falls into fruit from the botanist standards of the “having seeds” part and the vegetable standard from the fact that many science articles state that a vegetable is part of the plant that is eaten but not part of the reproduction. Even in this article: Watermelon: Fruit or Vegetable the writer mentions that a botanist would label it a fruit but…there is always a but…

One question asked was this:

“…in some Asian cultures, watermelon rinds are pickled with savory spices and the flesh is used in stir-fries, where it resembles a vegetable. So, is watermelon a fruit in one culture and a vegetable in another?”

Another article that looks at how it is a fruit and a vegetable is here.

So I guess it depends on how you grow it and eat it, but technically it’s a fruit on some level and a vegetable (I guess) on another since it can also be eaten as a vegetable.

Humans–We sure have a way of complicating things. We should probably stop trying to put everything in boxes and just eat it however we want it.

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New Release ~ 24 Weeks of Health

New health journal to help document your health journey. Check it out.

Capri Montgomery

It’s officially on Create Space and Lulu. Lulu has the spiral binding for the book. It is on Amazon now too. (updated since yesterday for Amazon addition.

health journal cover to use

24 Weeks of Health

A dateless compilation of journal, organized planning aids and original art. Start your record keeping on any date, at any time and easily keep track of your health journey.

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Yummy and Cold

This is a very simple to make treat. I like using the sorbet recipe that my mom created sometimes but this one is more cream than sorbet and since it was my first time trying to come up with this one in a way we could both enjoy and benefit from I’m glad it turned out right. There aren’t any added sugars but it is still tasteful and the level of sweetness will depend on how ripe the bananas are. The more brown spots the sweeter it is.

The recipe and instructions are below.

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Banana Walnut Cream Recipe

One Last Month

Time really seems to fly when one is busy living life. Can you believe we’re almost to the half year point? This is the last month of the first half. Soon summer storm seasons will approach, heat waves and humidity will torture natural hair and sunscreen will rise from the cold, dark, indoor winters for the outdoor festivals, games and beach vacation days. Yeah, soon we will be going into the last six months of 2017; how has your first five months been going so far? Have you met those health and fitness goals you swore to master on New Years day? Are you finding things that make you happy? I hope things are going well for all of you.

girl-163537_1280Personally, I’m loving my workouts. Jogging around my room feels good in the mornings and the toning and stretching exercises feel good too. I’m happy with the first half of the year so far and hoping by the end of the second half my body fat will be reduced in greater amounts (yeah…the abs still).

But as we all know life is not just about working out so I have other goals for this month and I hope I get off my butt and make them all happen.

  1. Sketch out the dress I want to create and sew. I have the pattern paper I can start if only I pull it out, clear off the table and get to work on the design. With hopes I will accomplish that this month.
  2. Get the knitted sweater I’m making finished.
  3. Release my new health journal ~ 24 Weeks of Health.
  4. Get my fiction book ~ Collateral Damage uploaded for e-book end of May/1st of June.

I think four things on the list is enough since I know I’ll have to do more things than those every day, but it doesn’t hurt to make a list and hope for the best. What is that quote–“hope for the best; prepare for the worst.”

Have a happy May you all.

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