15 Minutes…

Workout
#15minutes

If you are anything like me, you procrastinate.

There’s always something “else” to do.

Stop! Do you have 15 minutes? Then, get you booty on You Tube or pop in a DVD or go outside

AND EXERCISE!!!!

Just 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Stop reading. Get off the device, get on your mat, put on your running shoes, and get moving! You heart, mind and soul will thank you. πŸ’œπŸ’ͺ

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New/Old Phase

I’ve been up and down and really struggling with this “new and improved” product. I’m sure, if you follow me here or on IG or FB, you’ll have noticed a lack of pink drink posts. 

So, I feel that I can finally let the pink drink disappointment out of the closet. I had quite an adverse reaction to the new stuff. Mood swings, weight gain, exhaustion. It was bad, folks. I tried to source it to anything other than the company that I had placed such faith in. 

The eye-opener was when I just stopped using it. Sure enough, I felt better. Not “peak” better, but far better than I had been. I no longer feel that I can adequately represent the company when I cannot use their anchor product. 

This has brought about some major soul-searching, and it hasn’t been pretty. But…the Lord is faithful, even when men and product companies are not. He has been with me every step, even when those steps have been misguided and blinded. He has been with me even when I misplaced His glory as my own. Or, something other than His. 

This is the crux of life. Who am I bowing to? Who am I worshipping? Who gets the glory? 

And here I am. Back at square 1. But, it’s a good place to be. Firmly in His will. Stepping out in faith in Him, not self. Oy, it can be scary. But He is with me.

Psalm 51:10-17

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Fill me now, Lord, with all I need to fully follow You.

30 Day AIP Journey

Embarking on a new phase of my health and wellness journey. It’s a little scary, but I’m looking forward to all the lessons the Lord will show me in it.

Through a series of events (like eating my way through Boston with abandon) I’m finding myself a few steps back from my peak in March. So, I am embarking on a 30 day AutoImmune Protocol to snap myself back and fine tune my inflammatory triggers.

I have a stack of books to read through, the main one being The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballentyne. I’ve been following her FB page for a while, and it’s a great source of info.

I have a new planner (an Uncalendar!! More on that in a later post) and notebook to chronicle my month. I’ll be walking and returning to Pilates. Bone broth was simmering overnight. Yep, I’m ready!

I’m all about easy. I found those neat, spiralized veggies at Sprouts. I had my final eggs for the month over the beets this morning. Yeah…I’m going to moan about my eggs a lot. But, I digress. I’ll post some of my other cool finds, too.

Here’s my first recipe of sorts. I have about 1 cup of chicken/turkey meat from my bone broth that I squeezed all if the good stuff out of. You know, all those little bits and bobs on the bottom if the pot. I’m going to make a spread out of this. I checked all ingredients with The Paleo Approach safe herb chart pg 351. Unsure about the mustard, but it is a gluten free brand (Annie’s Naturals). Pictured above.

1 cup chicken bits (see comment above)
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Dash of ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon salt (I use Orsa)
Mix all together. Taste and adjust to your preference.
Serve on celery sticks.

On Monday I will do my weight and measurements. Eeek. Till then, enjoy the weekend!

Be Blessed

Barb

Catching up…Again

This is the perpetual state of my life, I suppose. Catching up.

Meanwhile, So much time has gone by and I have far too much to blather about; my trip to Boston, my grandson starting school, etc. So, I will stick with what I know and discuss, well, all of it.

Boston was amazing. More than amazing. Not because it was Boston, although that was pretty cool (I’ve always wanted to go there) but I got to spend time with my oldest son, the Dog Walker. I met up with a dear friend from school (that’s elementary through high school, thank you!). I ate lobster. And raw clams. And real cannolli and pizza. Almost Eagle got his first look at an ocean. Then, I got to leave my son, Almost Eagle Scout, with his brother for 6 weeks when I left. Wowzers!

The visit was good for all of us, I think. Almost Eagle Scout is determined to 1-attend Harvard in 2021 and 2-relocate to Boston permanently. Okay. I, however, have no desire to return to living on the East Coast, but a nice spot to visit will be nice.

Yes, it was fun.

Community Bible Study: this is my 4th year as Children and Youth Director…wow! I feel like it was only yesterday that God nudged me to step into this role. We start Wednesday. We’re ready!

Writing; I’ve been sporadically working on Lakeville, book 5. Funny thing, when I was in Boston, I spotted TWO different signs that said “Lakeville” on them. Hmmm. Hint, much? So, since CBS is starting up and school is back in, AND I have finally accessed my original manuscript…look out! Thanksgiving release is my goal.

Health: I’ll save that for another post, except right now to say that September is AIP month for me (autoimmune protocol) and eeek, I think I am going to need to vent quite a bit. I have a new pin board here Β to show you all the new info that I am overloading on.

I’m deciding on a bike (and in 2 wheels, no motor) or hiking or both as a new outdoor activity. I’ll keep you posted.

Time to head home (I’m at the library using free internet, yipee!) Time to start working on…stuff πŸ˜‰

Be Blessed!
Barb

Holidays Are Upon Us!

And, as usual, it’s been busy around here!

First, let me update on Biggest Loser; I wasn’t, LOL! I did lose 6 lbs, which put me at THREE pounds to my goal of 26 lbs lost. Yikes! Of course, Thanksgiving week, well…let’s just say I could have been better. Now I’m all detox-y and need to get my groove back. It’ll come.

I holiday-ed up the blog. Since my 14 yr old decorates the house, I get to decorate my blog.

I’ll be attending my first shopping event this week. A local gal is having a Shop Small Business evening at her house and she invited me to join in! I’m hoping it will be beneficial to my business. I’m looking forward to it!

In case you haven’t seen my FB page, Plexus is having Cyber Tuesday…whaaaaaaaaat??? YES! Check on my FB page or Instagram for deals from Plexus and email me for details on my personal incentives.

vintagechyck at gmail dot com

Been writing a bit, too. Feels good to get back to Lakeville! I love that place!

Anyhoo, I know it’s short, but that’s okay! You all have a terrific week!

 

Biggest Loser Progress, Week 1

It was a good week! I had a 4 lb loss! That puts me at 6 lbs to “goal,” although I’ll probably just see where the Lord has me land. I’m pretty pleased.

One challenge was to try a new-to-you veggie. I picked a delicata squash, and, well…they taste like sweet potatoes. I was a little disappointed, but then again, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

My weekly challenge is Wednesdays at Bible study. There’s just so much that can hang me up, but I’m doing pretty good bringing my own lunch, etc. Health is worth it! This week we have a leader’s lunch, where lunch is prepared by a group of the leadership. I’m sure someone is making salad, but I probably need to have something with me. This is all new to me; I’m usually not a picky eater ;-).

On Thursday the challenge was the BIG event! Karens For The Cure happened, and it was very nice to have a dairy free, gluten free meal. I got to enjoy the event and a nicely prepared lunch! Of course, I won back my basket of Plexus products at the auction, but, well…they won’t go to waste!

All in all, the week was good, and getting healthy is the best! Till next time, be blessed!

Busy, Busy, Busy! Update

Oh, my, I had BIG plans for July…blogging, business building, etc
Guess what didn’t actually happen? But, life is like this.
Big Scout went to camp on June 18th or so. Well, that was the WRONG DAY. *grrr* Drive 2.5 hours back home only to repeat the journey the following day. We booted him out of the car and went back home. (well, I did kiss him goodbye) His plan was to come home for his birthday weekend (July 4th, yay!)
The day before we were scheduled to go back and get him, the alternator on RetroMan’s car blew. Okay, it’s almost the end of the month, we’ll fix it next week, we still have my car to go get Big Scout.
Well, no. THE VERY NEXT DAY my alternator blew.
That’s life at the Big Blue House. SO, I was without a car for a bit over a month. In which time, one would assume, that I had plenty of time to write, read, build business, etc. Well, whatever happened, July blew by without a warning, then I had to get back in gear for August. Because, you know, August is:
Back to school
Back to Bible study
*eeeep!* it’s been non-stop since August 1. It’s a good and blessed life. I hope to be blogging semi-regularly again in September.
If you’ve been watching my Facebook posts about Plexus, here’s a quick health update:
~ I have FINALLY broken through that 5-7 pound plateau that has been plaguing me for years. Officially down 11 pounds since June 1. It’s weird to need a belt, and I actually TUCKED IN my shirt today. I haven’t done that since before I had Young Scout. I’m happy to lose slow, it stays off that way.
~ Emotional/mental health has been real good (okay, back-to-school was a cry-fest, but other than that…) I’ve only just noticed this in the past week. Good side benefit!
~ MY HAIR!!! I need a hair cut desperately (and color, but we won’t go there)
~ Nails are holding up well…doing them over the weekend, I’ll show you on FB or IG πŸ˜‰
Of all the diets, products, etc, that I have attempted through the years, this works. Plain and simple. Yes, I have continued to follow the Blood Sugar Solution program. Plexus products have given me a terrific tool in this battle. I’m not starving (the BSS program is full of healthy foods and fats, yet, there were times I was just plain hungry). The products agree with my body far better than those suggested by Dr. Hyman and are far more affordable. I am confident that continuing on this course is what will get me to the goal of #regaininghealth
Is Plexus for everyone? No. That’s why they have the terrific money back policy that they do. Plexus has a 1% return rate. That’s an awful lot of people who it DOES work for. Just sayin’
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Thanks for popping in! Till next time, Be Blessed!