Why I marched

What a thrilling and exciting day to join 750 thousand people in downtown LA yesterday!

This is why I marched:

I am a Believer in God’s love and in Christ’s peace and in unity for all. 

I marched because I am anti hate.

I marched because I am for women. I stand with my fellow sister’s to unite in love.

I did not vote for our president, but I take a stand against the hatred he speaks with his tongue and his Twitter. 

I marched because even though I haven’t had an abortion, I pray for those women that chose to do that, and I agree that it is their right to choose to if needed. I stand with Planned Parenthood for Abstinence and birth control so that we don’t have to go back the dark alleys and do horrific things to our bodies.

I marched for women, beside men, beside children and the elderly, beside lots of varieties of beautiful diverse people who come from different backgrounds and faiths and ethnic groups and lifestyles. I was so thrilled to be a part of history.

I was raised to protest and do “Walks for Life.” Now, I am more pro life than ever in the sense that I am against wrongful Incarceration and I am for gun laws. I have survived depression and I know how dangerous mental illness could be.(And really, who needs an AK47 to defend their home? Not me! I support my military and law enforcement and my husband and my own self to do that:) I don’t need a gun and don’t want one.  If you want one, let’s get you screened and background checked just like our President wants to do to people of other religions. I am for the living, humans from baby in the womb to the mother to the doctor who performs those procedures, and for the judges who put the laws in place(that no government should tell you what procedures you can choose, whom you choose to marry, or what house of faith you worship).

I marched because, let it be known, I don’t want a misogynist and bully in office. I respect that Office. I have a hard time respecting the guy who thinks it’s ok to grope women.

I say sin is sin. I am no better. I stand for truth; though I have lied in the past, and I’ve seen every politician lie.  I want our president to be a great leader, and I pray for whomever holds that Office.  I march for freedom!  I don’t shrug it off as “just words.” Words matter! Especially when you’re becoming a leader.

I march because, “it’s the right thing to do.” If you couldn’t or didn’t, that is ok. I marched to support Science and the Earth and the Arts.  

I marched against racism and xenophobia and homophobia. God designed us each to be different, He blessed us with this earth, now let’s go respect each other with compassion.

Who did Jesus say to love? The women, children, homeless, prostitutes, tax collectors, the poor, the untouchables, the people who are different from you.

I love you because God loves me so I get to share that love with others. I do not love the things that God hates (lying, greed, gluttony, racism, fear, sloth, lust, pride, envy and unholy wrath). I do not like or appreciate a president who has been involved in these things and people who shrug it off as no big deal. I will not tolerate abuse. I will not put up with wrongful judgment and hateful fear and fearful hate.  

If you marched, text “Count Me” to 89800. And please comment why you marched or post pics on my fb or ig of your posters:) Also: Womensmarch

Thanks for “listening” to my peaceful rant.

A post for the New Year 

December was tough. I tended to reach for comfort food and overate at parties.  I was working on Physical Therapy for my knee, so I didn’t do all the workouts that I really wanted to do. I was very saddened by the loss of some of my favorite celebrities and artists and the junk in the news (disappointed by the Election and deeply saddened by the tragedy all over the world).  I was homesick and hormonal and emotional, waiting for that Christmas miracle of Pregnancy, only to be dashed yet again.

I had a fabulous birthday getaway in Palm Springs! We decided to get tickets for my sister’s destination wedding in Mexico in April!  I pet sat and enjoyed a Cousin Christmas and New Years and date nights and drinking! I shouldn’t complain!  I did get some workouts in. 

I just now feel it’s time to go Paleo!

My word for this year? BELIEVE.

I tend to doubt and get down, so my way of coping is being a hopeless romantic and idealist who is optimistic about life to cover up the negativity.

Good books that I want to read or finish!:

In Due Time, Caroline Harries

Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist

The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp

When God Doesn’t Fix It, Laura Story

I still am reading a couple E book novels…;)

These are not really resolutions, just things I’m reminding myself to work on:


More breathing, less doing/eating

More reading, less screen time

More loving me, less negative self talk

More of Him, less of me

More “Thanks!” Less “Sorry” 

More time with Lefty less iPhone/TV

More prayer less chatting

More God less of my own self

More debt paid less junk

More date night less girls night

More girls night less me time

More hiking less lounging

More JESUS less social media

More Scripture less News

More church less gossip

More worship less talk radio 

More stretching less tension

More Heaven less secular

More Holy Spirit less politics 

More books less articles

More loving, less critical complaints

More social justice less shopping

More donating, less to clean!

More listening less advice 

More family time less binging at parties

More exercise less sitting

More vegetables less starch

More water less sugar 

More meditation less clutter
Oh and “Don’t take any $&/+!”;)

Happy New Year! I am so thankful!

I made it!

The results are in:

I lost about 7 lbs!


I lost half an inch off my hips, thighs and calves! 

I can’t believe I made it all 30 days (give or take a Thanksgiving cheat day!) !

Now tomorrow I’m not gonna pig out but I will limit my Gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods if and when at all possible!

I don’t wanna gain weight back!

Today I went to the gym and did arms and core! 

I had a delicious berry kale collagen smoothie and an egg cup for breakfast. I had my veggie salad and bone broth for lunch. I had to work late so I made a quick shrimp and veg one pan dinner!

I did have a piece of dark chocolate to kind of reward myself:) 

Thanks for hanging with me on this ride!

Speaking of, will you pray for my family? Last week my brother in NC was in a car accident, my brother in law in UK was hit on his bike, and today my sis and brother in law in Boston were hit as they were crossing the street!

Thank God they are all ok and gonna make it, but please understand I’m a bit shaken and emotional!

Thanks!🙏

Meant to Post this!

Oops!
I must have been tired last night and forgot to press Publish!
I started the day by thinking I had to be up early for a workout but I instead stumbled on a new Pilates class they added at my local Lil 24 HR fitness!!! It was wonderful!! The teacher went slow which is awesome:) Just what I needed!

It is Giving Tuesday so I wore my Reliv shirt, to share about my favorite charity, their Kalogris Foundation that feeds nutrition to the poor around the world. 

Breakfast was on the go an Egg Cup.
Lunch was salmon and veggies. I was tired of salad! Lol!
I smacked on Pistachios and black Sunflower seeds.
Dinner was turkey burgers and roasted curry cauliflower and salad.
Tomorrow will be my last day of this challenge!

Tonight I am mourning the loss of the Brazilian football team:(. Praying for that community:(

Ragin cravin!

Today started out a little frustrating. 

Lefty was super annoying this morning at the park.  A nice gentleman with his well trained dog (who was off leash) warned us that the neighbors might complain(I told him I wouldn’t bring him again).  I was embarrassed because a) I don’t want him to distract us from workouts b) I would hate to bother those neighbors c) I second guessed my mothering skills. I know I should ignore him just being a yorkie, being himself, but when he gets loud and aggressive or rudely wanting attention or protective, it’s really tough. My husband agreed “Yeah, that’s rough, don’t even bring him back there again, don’t worry about it!” So I got over it. We finished the 21 Day challenge and are now moving into the end of year challenge:) Then when I got home my readings were All about this!!! Amazing. Faith and trust. 

My breakfast was so delicious. Eggs, avocado and salsa:)

Lunch was a salad. I did get snacky and min by in the afternoon. It was weird like a hormonal chocolate craving or something.

Work actually ended alright.  A patient brought me a beautiful scarf as a gift and my coworker texted me that I was super helpful (I thought that was really nice).

Dinner was Brussels sprouts, Cornish hen and veggies from the crockpot, and salad. 

Advent 

Sundays are our rest days:)

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means arrival, appearance, emergence.

Today we rested and read. I just had a little fruit.

We went to a wonderful church service.

I went to Yoga.

We had brunch of eggs, bacon and a little sweet tater.

We put the tree up!


I went to Target(which was a zoo).

We relaxed and read and had more Tea.

We finished with the best thing ever:

Paleo nachos from Pinterest! Thanks Sam!

Back on Track!

Time for a cleanse! I wanted to stick closer to Whole 30 today.

I only had a Cutie mini tangerine and a green apple because I wasn’t that hungry this morning. Housecleaned. Taught Piano.

I fixed a huge salad for lunch.

I went to Acupuncture.

When I walked out, the rain was coming down so that cancelled our workout plans.  We completed our 21 day Scrumptious Body challenge with Valerie!  But that was fine, I fed my friend’s cat and went to the bank and then wound up in the gym. I went to the Elliptical but I got so frustrated trying to play music!  Have you heard of Fit Radio? My trial was up, so I just deleted the app because I was annoyed.  I knew some of my apps would use too much data.  The google play app crashed.  For some reason my Music iTunes would not play! It wasn’t my headphones. I just couldn’t hear anything it was odd!!:( Then I spent about ten minutes in the sauna. 

Dinner was butter lettuce and a white sweet potato.  I wasn’t that hungry and figured it was better than nothing:)

I was tempted to make popcorn but I didn’t!

We watched “JuneBug” -it was so sad!

Goodnight all.

Thanksgiving Part II

Breakfast today? Leftover baked stuffed apple of course!

Ran errands and went to a good strong workout with Valerie(gonna be sore tomorrow).

Walked my friend’s dog and fed my friend’s cat(two pet sitting jobs).


Finally we made it to like this five course meal with my sisters! And it was a m a z i n g!!!

Quality Time with these two gorgeous ladies made me a little homesick, but warmed my heart because we cooked, ate, cleaned and played Taboo and walked and ate pie together. This was my main cheat day;) I had so much fun laughing! Lefty was so excited!

Anyway, we talked newlywed life with my baby sis (visiting from AZ) and the hostess we talked with her about wedding planning.

I am super excited and hopeful about traveling to Mexico for her April wedding, but a tad nervous about Zika, so they let me have a good cry about that.  We walked by the Beach Boardwalk, we laughed at the dogs running around, and we got to know my sister’s future father in law.  Seriously, though, we ate everything from Appetizers to soup to lobster Mac n cheese to ribs to veggies to casseroles and pie…It was pretty heavenly!


What a fabulous day!!

Giving Thanks

Well, I tried to sleep in a little:) I was tempted to stay in my Pajamas all day.

We had baked stuffed apples together this morning:)


Lefty and I went hiking:


Watched a bit of the Parade and some Twilight Zone!

Then we ate our fill at the Cousins’!


I did ok, but gave in with the whipped cream! I was good about grains and didn’t have a lot of sugar just a few bites of everything. Still feel very full.(Did I gain the weight back I just lost?!)

Tonight we watched the remake of Anne of Green Gables:)

I’ll close on what I started the day with:


Thanks to Gretchen for that quote!

Pre Turkey Burn

I was in the Sauna by 6:25 am! It was very nice and quiet.  Then Valerie and I worked out and did our Pre Turkey Burn!


Next I had my quick shower and breakfast of boiled egg and grapefruit.

I went to the MRI for my knee. At one point I moved so he had to do that one over again but other than that I was fine:) I will find out results Monday.

This means I made it to work early!

I had avocado and salad for lunch. 

I had to stay a little later than I wanted for a late patient though. 

Dinner was shrimp and salad(he had rice).

Now to start on pre cooking/baking for my cousin’s tomorrow.

Thankful for you, my readers. Grateful for my husband, family, friends, my job, apartment, car, for church, for so many things!!