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watching my garden grow

I started this post weeks ago… helpful hint #1 if you are not going to post immediately you should do it in Word… Lost the entire thing….twice….I am a slow learner. So I will just date and post what I had put on my facebook page for the last week.

My friend Kathy who by the way is an amazing herbalist planted a seed in the garden of my mind months ago. True to form I hemmed and hawed and just sort of dug my heels in. But one day it just clicked that what she was saying was what I needed to hear and that if I was ever going to be truly happy and healthy it had to start with me, with my way of thinking and acting. I started watering that little seed she planted and slowly I weeded out the negatives and fertilized the positives. Kathy never gave up on me and I will not give up on me either. Please check out her page, she is incredible in what she does if you have an issue, explain it to her and she will help you. Wild Woman Herbal
I had decided to try Shakeology and  the 21 Day Fix thinking it would never work, that it would be another “diet” plan that I would fail at. Since the Shakeo is spendy I told myself I had to be dedicated and 100% to the eating plan, thinking I would do it one month and then stop. Funny thing is I started feeling better, my skin cleared, my bathroom habits got better, my sleep was better and that was within a week or so. Clean eating was becoming the way of life I wanted, I threw myself into it 100%. I had been posting about wanting my new Facebook page and my world to be zen and negativity free. Kathy knew I was doing the 21 Day Fix so challenged me to do 21 days of no negativity posting on my social media. I did it but I had to consciously think about it because it was so ingrained in me to be snarky and joking albeit sometimes judging and likely mean in the eyes of some people. That 21 days has turned into a couple of months and I think for the most part I have been successful at it.
What a great day,had an early morning walk, a trip to the farmers market, I conquered Mt. Tabor and made a huge batch of chicken meatballs. I was not sure I would make it to the top but I did and it was so beautiful! There are tons of trails to explore and I plan on doing that as weather allows. I wanted to take another walk tonight but it will not stop raining so going to the gym instead. I actually exceeded my daily goals on my fitbit by 9am WOOT!! The view at the top was an incredible payoff.

I met a lady named Tracy who adopted a toy fox terrier and she uses the same vet I did, we laughed because our names are close, I too adopted a toy fox terrier and well we share the vet. When I got to the top this wonderful young lady named Chelsea took my picture for me.

Tomorrow if the weather is good I will take a different trail I also need to pre-blend and prep my greens for the month!
12141519_1480246375613454_6235309029567755067_n12074645_1480227128948712_4335704894435283364_nThese were seriously the easiest thing to make ever! I chopped tons of garlic, assorted peppers, 1 yellow and 1 purple onion, handful of oregano, black pepper, garlic powder and smokey paprika, small bag of frozen corn, 2 cans of black beans, 1 bunch of parsley chopped, chopped fresh spinach, shredded parmesan cheese and 3 to 4 lbs of ground chicken. Mix all together and done.


It is amazing how these 2 simple steps have transformed my life. It saddens me when I see others who post positive things yet do not live by them. Life, even in the toughest of times, can be incredibly beautiful if we make it. It is up to us, no one else. We are responsible for our happiness, if we are not happy then we must change that. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately and I feel like the goal of this page has gotten somewhat lost. My goal was to have these be about my journey to find happiness and health, to go hand in hand with my blog. Social media can be so utterly toxic and heart breaking.

One of the worst things is people who are constantly passive aggressive. (Disclaimer: this might be passive aggressive) Keep in mind that posting negative remarks or comments about people even when you do not name them, does not mean they do not read it and know it is directed at them or someone reads it and wonders if they are the person it is being directed at.

So I am taking back my page, I am going to start disabling seeing posts on my feed if they become angry or full of negativity. I am not going to be derailed from this journey to get healthy. For the first time in 20 years I have eliminated some of my blood pressure meds but stress has made it elevate a bit. For the first time in a very long time I am making me a priority. I want to be healthy and happy for my family.



I posted on Monday that I had gained 2 pounds but was not going to let it derail me, then like a fool I weighed again on Tuesday and was up for a total of 4 pounds! I decided it was muscle because I have really kicked up my hiking, I also decided to stop weighing more than once a week….. but true to form I stepped on it again today and have lost the 4 I gained.

I was trying to figure out what I was doing differently other than the hiking. Turns out when I calculated to see if I changed brackets I did it wrong so have been under eating and my body was going into starve mode. Now I wasn’t feeling deprived but clearly I need more protein than I was getting. I am thinking this,will help with my extreme tiredness as well.

So moral of the story is listen to your body, make sure double check your glfigures and NEVER EVER let the scale tell your story. I have 1 tenth to lose to hit 40 pounds and half a pound to get in the 230’s woooooot. Life is friggen amazing on 21 day fix. Happy Friday.

PS today is 10-11-15 and I am down to 138 wooohooo out of the 240’s!

4 thoughts on “watching my garden grow”

  1. That is so wonderful! Hard work and determination! That gets you there. I love seeing the progress you are making. Not just in weight and inches lost, but in outlook and general positive-ness. is that a word?
    Love you,


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