Wednesday, June 4, 2014

#93 Blog Vacation!!!

On A Blog-Away-Vacation

I can just dream of being back here in Punta Cana!!!
Hey all -- I will be on vacation from writing anything on my blog for the months of June and July.  As you all know -- I consistently put out content on my blog every Friday since August, 2012 (this is blog post #93).  I enjoy my blog and I thank God for those of you who take the time to read it.  

But everybody needs a break from time to time!  So for the month of June and July I will be on vacation from writing.  Much needed I can assure you.

Have a wonderful summer -- and I will see you in August.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

#92 -- 4th 5K DONE!!!

I came, I ran, I walked -- I finished!!!!!

Woohoo for me!  I'm  done with my 5K that took place on May 17, 2014.  It was a gorgeous day and it was a very fun event!!!

I enjoyed the fun of being with those who enjoy competing and doing something challenging for the body!!!  I was pretty sore for at least two days afterwards -- but it was a good sore!  I asked myself why I would put my "48" year old body under so much stress -- for what?  Well, because it's challenging and it takes you to another level.  Then after the soreness subsided I told myself -- "Self -- you should do this again."  I'm sure I will!!!

Like I said, I did not do this to calculate how fast or how slow I ended in the race -- but it was all in fun and just a great way to keep in shape with other like-minded people.

Here I am from start -- to finish!

Until the next race...

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

#91 Eve of the 5K/10K & Happy Birthday

Well today is the eve (Friday, May 16th) of the Ferguson Twilight Run Walk.  This is my second time participating in this race and the first time I participated in it with a girlfriend.  I will be alone this time and it looks like the weather is going to be beautiful.

I am going to enjoy this walk/run.  I look forward to being in a crowd of like-minded people who enjoy the great outdoors.  I look forward to just enjoying the day by enjoying the scenery of beautiful Ferguson, MO.  I don't go into this as a "RACE" -- I go in with the mindset of "FUN."

Now beyond that -- today is my first born's birthday.  He turned 17 today.  Happy birthday Adrian!!!!

He had a great time and I'm enjoying seeing how the Lord is shaping him into the young man that he is.

Until next time...
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Friday, May 9, 2014

#90 Walking App.

My boys are in boy scouts.  One of them is trying to earn his Hiking merit badge.  So with that in mind myself and the two boys laced up our walking shoes and hit the road.  He has a total of three ten mile hikes he needs to complete and one twenty mile.  I wanted to keep track of our mileage easily so I went to my trustee IPhone and found a free walking app.  It's called "Map My Walk."

It was pretty cool.  We walked in the neighborhood and this app did not need Internet access to work.  It worked by GPS (however that works cosmically in the air) .  It tracked where we started and where we ended.  We ended up doing a little over 10 miles total but we started off by completing 5 miles.  We went home had lunch and rested a bit.  Then put back on our shoes and finished our last 5 mile for the day. 

It turned out to be a beautiful day when we walked -- we needed jackets.  The boys were not use to walking this long but there was not too much complaining.  One hike down and three more to go.

If you are into walking ... check out this app called Map My Walk.  I'm sure you will love how easy it is.

Until next time...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

#89 April's Favorite Thing -- 24 Years of Marriage!

April's favorite thing this month is our Wedding Anniversary.  Wow has time flown by -- I remember when on April 21, 1990 we were walking down the isle and giving ourselves to each other "To Death Do Us Part."  We were young and in love and the Lord was the center of our lives.  Well 24 years later -- He is still the center of our lives -- and we are still in love.  

We spent our 24th wedding anniversary without children (they were at boyscout camp) and we enjoyed dinner and a lovely outing at the Fabulous Fox Theater.

We had a wonderful time. Looking forward to the 25th!

Until next time...

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Friday, April 25, 2014

#88 Stop and Enjoy the Flowers...

Just because I'm in the mood of the season, I thought I would post some pictures that I've taken.  Enjoy!

In front of Jewel Box in Forest Park

I love this picture (@ the Jewel Box)

Pretty and Pink!
Historic St. Charles
Off of Main Street
One of my favorite ornamental flowers -- Persian Shield
Vibrant Color

In the lilly pond @ the Jewel Box

Stop and enjoy the flowers.  Until next time...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

#87 Do You Know The Muffin Man?

I know, funny title for this post -- but I was making some muffins and got to singing that old tune "Do You Know the Muffin Man" -- to my teens horror!!!  I remember when he use to like his mom's singing!  Any way,  I was in Schnucks one day and I say these two carts parked next to each other with all this Gluten free food and Red Mill Products -- for  CHEAP -- all marked down for a dollar or under.

Well if you are not familiar with Red Mill products -- they are not cheap.  I think I just landed in a Schnucks where the neighboring people were not into "Gluton free or familiar with Red Mill Products" --  so in the mark-down baskets they went.  This is just a little of what I purchased -- because I have used so much of it already.  Hot cereals, bread mixes, biscuits, muffins, flours of all types -- potato, whole wheat, brown rice flour and so many others.  Now you may have thought they are getting rid of it because it's either expired or getting ready to.  Well I am just now getting to post this on my blog -- but I purchased these items back in 2013 -- and like I said, I've used a lot of it already.  Most of the products expiration date reads as follows:

Not bad for something purchased in 2013

Well today was the day I decided to make the muffins.  I made a big pot of beef stew with my pressure cooker and I needed some bread for this stew.  So this Namesta Foods Gluten Free Muffin Mix made it's debut.

Yummy & You Wouldn't Even Know It Was Gluten Free by the Taste

So don't be so quick to pass up those mark-down items in the carts.  You just never know what you might find.

Until next time.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

#86 Goals

#1 Speak positive affirmations daily from the Word of God about who God says I am:

#2  Work out 5 days a week (Mon Wed & Fri Strength Training & Tuesday & Thursday Cardio):

#3  Saturday & Sunday "Fun cardio" -- bike riding, tennis, walking the neighborhood, etc.


#4  Eat well 90% of the time and have a cheat meal every now and again!!

#5 Enjoy the journey!!!!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

#85 Living This Life -- Some Tips!

Being healthy and fit is a job.  Don't let anybody fool you.  But it can be done!!!  It just takes a made-up mind.  Because it "should" be a lifestyle -- it requires you to eat right, get proper amount of exercise, sleep and so on and so forth.  What we do on a daily basis -- our habits per se, is a big part of this process.

One thing that I found very necessary in trying to understand what it is you need to do to live this lifestyle -- is information -- research.  Well, as you know, there is a lot of information out about this subject that can be overwhelming -- almost to the point of giving up.  You don't want to do that before you even get started -- so it's important to take your time and either talk with friends or family who you observe is living a lifestyle that you admire.  Talk with them and see if they can point you in the right direction.  If you don't have people that you know is living a lifestyle of health -- then take it upon yourself to do the research yourself. 

With technology now days, there is plethora of apps, blogs, books and other things that can help you on your journey.  I am like a kid in a candy store with all the apps that are available on my IPhone. One free app that I have found helpful in meeting my goal of drinking my allotment of water per day is called Daily Water.  After you click the glass of water that you drank -- there is this refreshing gulping down and "AAH" sound.  You put in how many cups you want to drink and you set off to meet that goal.  It's just a great reminder to me.  I set a timer to go off to drink an 8 oz. size every hour (using my water bottle):

Daily Water
A snack that I have found helpful that's low in calories and a good fiber filler is air-popped POPCORN!!!  Done either on the stove or in a brown paper bag in the microwave.  One of my favorite YouTubers (Dani Spies) has a good video on how she does it:

Stove-Top Pop Corn

So there you have it -- two tips that I have found helpful on my journey.  Hopefully it will help you as well.

Until next time...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

#84 My Favorite Thing -- March 2014

Spring is in the air -- it's that time of the month where I talk about what my favorite thing was for the month.  So for the month of March, 2014, besides the fact that it's spring -- I must say my favorite things this month was a movie that I saw with my hubby.  It was at one of those dine-in-movie theaters.
West Olive

Right before the movie started - a little peek at the dine in experience

Waiters and Waitresses

We saw an awesome movie called "God's NOT Dead"

Here's my thoughts about this movie.  First of all I wasn't aware if it was made by the church that produced Fireproof or Courageous -- and I found out it wasn't.  It's actually done by a cast of professional actors.  Here's a little about it:

GOD’S NOT DEAD features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER, HERCULES, ANDROMEDA), Shane Harper (GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2), David A.R. White (BROTHER WHITE, REVELATION ROAD and JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN), and Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.
If you have not seen the movie and plan on seeing it -- read no more of this paragraph (I don't want to spoil it for you).  For those of you who have seen it or those who don't plan on seeing it -- here are my thoughts.  Josh Wheaton, the main character in this movie, is faced with a decision --will he follow the class -- or will he be a leader.  His faith is being challenged by his Philosophy teacher, Professor Radisson.  Will he go along with the class and proclaim in writing God is Dead?  Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class.*  Well as you know, he remarkably stood for God.  With scripture, PowerPoint and words the Lord had given him to say he made it clear to all that God is not dead.  He was a great representative for the Lord -- so much so that in the end the entire class changed their written remark to reflect this truth!  It was a very well done movie.  In the credits at the end of the movie, it showed many colleges that were facing similar situations.  It's amazing that Satan will do whatever he can to get people to believe this lie.  Unfortunately for him -- there are people all over who will not bow down and accept this under no circumstance.  Awesome -- awesome movie!

We had a wonderful date night!!

Until next time...

* These words that are underlined are not my words, you can find them here at this link:

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Friday, March 21, 2014

#83 Hair Is Growing Out of the Wazoo!

I have not talked about my natural hair in a long time -- so I thought I would update my blog and show what's going on with it.  I will be four years natural in October.  To Check out my complete hair journey, click  on the tab above that says - My YouTube Channel.

I just recently did a video on YouTube showing how I blew it out with my blow dryer and flat iron.  Check that video out here (or just click on the top video to the right of this blog).

I must say, this is the longest it has ever been -- even while my hair was relaxed.  So I'm very pleased that my natural hair has grown so healthy, strong and long.  It is a process -- but just like wearing your hair relaxed is a process as well -- this is better because I can go from straight to this:

Yarn Twists

And so many other styles.  I love, love, love my natural hair -- and wouldn't change it for the world.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

#82 It's That Time Again -- 5K

It's that time again, the birds are chirping, the weather is getting warmer and I'm thinking outside, outside, here I come.  So I'm gearing up for my 4th (I've done two in St. Charles & one in Ferguson) 5K run!!!  Woohooooo!

Yes I Can!!!
The one that I'm participating in again this year is the 5th Annual Ferguson Twilight 5K/10K Fun Run.  Here's a little info regarding it:

Run or Walk with us in 2014!
Enjoy a USATF-certified course through Ferguson’s beautiful historic neighborhoods in this fifth annual twilight 5K/10K race and one-mile fun run managed under Live Well Events. All races begin and end at the Plaza at 501 (501 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson MO 63135) with professional timing by Big River Running. After race entertainment includes live music and beer tastings. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!!

I did this last year and posted about it (check it out here) my girlfriend Chris Biernbaum.  I purposed to walk with her -- but when I got there and started walking down the hills I couldn't help but jog down the hills -- until I couldn't (didn't want) to stop jogging.  Sorry Chris :-()  We had a great time -- and the weather was absolutely spectacular.

If you live in the St. Louis area -- you may want to try this race.  It is by far one of the best that I have attended -- and I like the twilight aspect of the race.  When I ran my first two they were early in the morning and in May it's usually starts getting warm early.  But when you run a twilight race -- 6:30pm-until -- the sun has gone down and it's cooler.

What I enjoyed most about this race is the beautiful community of Ferguson, MO -- with its gorgeous landscapes and homes.  So it was change of pace from my other park runs -- and it was a pleasant distraction.


Looking forward to shedding some calories and most of all enjoying the outdoors this spring at the 5th annual Ferguson Twilight 5K/10K Fun Run.

Until next time...

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

#81 I Hate It -- But It's Beneficial!

If you have been reading my blog -- you  already know that I HATE, HATE, HATE having to count calories.  I have gone most of my life without having to do it -- but I'm learning -- if you want to make CHANGES in your body, you will have to count them.  Everyone of us should have a goal with our bodies -- if it's to maintain, loose weight or to gain weight -- you should have a goal that you are shooting for.

Only if you want to make significant change to your body!

I just recommended a book called Fit For Life by Bill Phillips -- which I absolutely love.  In this book, it's not recommended that you count calories.  But I have learned, if you don't count them -- the things that you are putting in your mouth adds up -- and what you thought was nothing -- really is something (does that make sense :-)))  It could make the difference in what you are trying to accomplish.  So I hate it, but I do realize how beneficial it is. 

Soooooooooo with that said, I'm using the MyFitnessPal App that I recommended in my last post.  Two Great Fitness Apps for Free  I'm finding it easier then I thought because with that App and an IPhone you can scan bar-codes of food right into your listing of foods (cutting down the writing process).

I look at it like this -- we should be reading the ingredients on food labels and making a decision if we are going to eat it or not -- we should be counting calories as well otherwise we could be sabotaging our efforts.  After awhile once you are aware of what you are putting in your body -- then you don't have to continue doing it.  You will know the calories based on a lot of the foods that you eat.  But just do it until you form a habit.

I found some great information about calorie counting that I wanted to share.  It's called How to Count Calories (check it out here):

Happy counting!

Until next time...

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