Gym, pups, and other interesting tid bits

Your momma raised you right July 1, 2014

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This past week I have heard this statement twice and it got me thinking.  Yeah, my mom really did raise me right.  As did my grandparents and my dad.

The first time I heard this, I was at an inservice.  It’s a myth that teachers have off in the summer.  I pulled out my salad while everyone else headed for whatever was brought in.  No biggie.  I am used to this.  I bring my lunch all the time.  As I was opening the lid to the container of my salad, the presenter walks by and says, “Your momma raised you right.”  I took this to mean I eat my vegetables because my mom served them to me when I was growing up.  I smiled and said, “Yes she did.”  The whole situation made me flashback to pulling weeds on the farm every summer, wiping sweat as I went row after row hoping not to step on a snake.  My grandparents, who lived right up the road from my parents, took care of my sister, cousin and me, while our parents went to work.  They had a huge garden, modestly sized patch, and a field of sweet corn which grew enough produce for our family, theirs, and my cousin’s.  Eventually they grew so much corn, we had the chance to sell it in front of their house.  If we picked it, we could sell it, and keep the money we made.  We took turns, and I don’t ever recall there being a fight about whose turn it was.  We just rotated.  Though I hated pulling the weeds, I loved almost everything that came from the garden and the patch except the bugs.

The second thingI thought of when I was eating my salad was HAVING to eat the vegetables.  Because my grandparents gave us so much produce, we usually heard “Do you know how hard Grammy and Poppy worked to get these vegetables to grow?  Now eat them.”  Things like asparagus, broccoli and green beans were regulars on our dinner plates.  I was not a fan back then, but sure love them today.  I recall one night sitting at the table long after everyone had finished staring at some pickled beets.  Oh boy.  That smell, that color-bright purple!  To me they tasted like dirt.  Finally after becoming cemented to the chair, I plugged my nose and ate them as fast as I could.  I’m still not a fan of pickled beets, but I do like them grilled.

Yesterday while I was at the gym, I noticed a towel on the machine I was getting ready to use.  I politely asked the woman next to me if the towel was her’s and she said no.  So I took it and put it in the dirty towel bin.  When I came back to the machine, I noticed the woman was done with her exercises, and I told her I was concerned about what the area would look like once the gym changed to staying opened 24 hours.  I had visions of coming in and there being dirty towels everywhere and empty water bottles laying around.  She said it is like that at the Y she goes to.  The girl who opens in the morning is constantly having to clean up after others.  As I am putting my weights away after using them, she said, “Our mothers raised us right.”  I took this to mean we put things back when we are done with them.

The woman left shortly after that conversation, and I had a flashback to cleaning my room at my parents’ house.  Growing up, my sister I were expected to have our rooms perfectly cleaned.  Toys, books, clothes, and shoes needed to be put in their place.  Once a week our mom would remind us to clean our rooms.  Things were to be picked up and put away, and not stuffed into the closet or shoved under the bed.  I recall my mom getting so frustrated with us for not cleaning our rooms, that she came up the stairs with a trash bag threatening to throw everything away that was still out of its place.  We moved like lightning putting toys back in the toy box, hanging up clothes, and making our beds.  Eventually she made her way back downstairs, and we realized we could breathe again.  Our things were safe for another week.

Little moments like pulling weeds, sitting at the table until all the vegetables are gone, and cleaning a room at a record pace are what helped develop my character and work ethic.  I still hate pulling weeds, but will in our deck boxes.  I love eating most vegetables.  Fennel, I have tried you many ways.  Licorice is not my thing.  My house is probably is as neat as it’s going to get with two dogs and a husband who still thinks he’s 12.  I do know I have the best family, who has always supported me no matter what.  Even if a threat or two was issued, the job still got done.



That something new:) June 30, 2014

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Back in January, I alluded to something new coming in 2014.  I am really excited to announce:


My personal training business and website.  Right now just getting the word out about what I can offer to people is the focus.  I have a nice group that I already train at the Y, so I am not looking to leave there.  I am interested in doing more personal training either out of my home or traveling to client’s homes.  

I had so much fun this past school year working with the teachers after school and seeing everyone’s progress, that I decided to buy an LLC and get insurance so I can do more:) One teacher I worked with has lost almost 100 pounds.  She looks amazing.  She changed the way she’s eating and had perfect attendance this year with the classes I taught.  Another teacher was showcasing how many pull ups and pushups she can do, PERFECTLY!  I am in awe of her, and with practice hope I can get there.   Our school nurse is my favorite success story:)  She was skeptical about trying any of the exercises I was showing the group.  She walked when others ran, looked at me like I was crazy when I told her we were going to do push ups, and thought I was even crazier when I said we were going to do pull ups.  She did everything to the best of her ability, and by the end of the year she was excited to come to class and curious to see what I had in store for everyone.  She thanked me so many times for everything, all the pushing and encouraging.  She has completely changed her outlook.  She joined the Y and works out there as much as she can.  I had the pleasure of seeing her dance the night away at a wedding I attended this weekend.  The bride, who was in my fitness classes also, told me she had to have her dress taken in thanks to all my classes.  

I am a big believer in signs and really listening to what people are saying.  I think there could be something here, and I won’t know unless I try.  I am really excited and of course nervous, but I will never know what could have been if I never take the chance.  

Confidently Fit LLC is more than just personal training.  It stands for empowering people and giving them the chance to do something amazing they didn’t think they could.  It stands for giving people courage, know-how, practice and patience.  Here’s the link to the website: Stop by and check it out:) 


June Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

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This month’s pen pal was Kacey from Arkansas.  She writes the blog Crafty Zoo, which can be found at this link:  She is also on Twitter under the same name (Crafty Zoo) if you’d like to follow her.

Here’s what she sent:



Quite a variety of things:) 

Microwave popcorn with a kettle corn flavor add on, roasted red peppers, oatmeal, tea, trailmix, a Kind bar, protein powder, bubble gum, fig preserves, Mole, and a spice blend.  Lots of interesting things to try:) 

Thanks again Kacey!

I also had a chance to make those popsicles using the mold my pen pal gave me last month.  They turned out great, and this is a treat that even my hubby liked.   I made this treat with coconut water and frozen blueberries.  I filled the molds about 2/3 of the way with the coconut water and then added about 2-3 tsp. of blueberries.  Filled them perfectly without overflowing:)



Next up we want to try peaches or plums.  So I am thinking I will whip them in the blender first and then pour into the molds.  

If you’d like to join in the fun for July, please visit:



May Foodie Pen Pal Reveal June 1, 2014

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This month’s Foodie Pen Pal box came from New Mexico:)  The very lovely Amanda was my pal.


She sent two different types of salsas, some beans, coffee, and popsicle molds:)  Cannot wait to try out the popsicle mold with a recipe Amanda included: coconut water and frozen fruit.

Thanks again Amanda for being a great pal!

If you wanna join in the fun for June, stop by




April Food Pen Pal Reveal April 30, 2014

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Time again for another Food Pen Pal reveal!

My pal this month was the lovely Traci from Ohio.  She is a teacher also so we spent quite a bit of time chatting about school and “counting down the days.”  She did a fantastic job getting together the perfect box for me:)  She sent me a questionnaire about foods I liked and would be interested in trying.  She also sent me some local treats to try.  



Included in the box was some apple cider tea, which I cannot wait to try:)  Two different types of rubs from a local farmer’s market.  I did not take a photo of the chickens we grilled for Easter, but I did use both on each of the chickens.  Yum yum!  Mexican spices and Mexican chillies were both not very spicy but added lots of flavor to our birds.  I also had some of the chili powder on some popcorn.  The 100 calorie packs of natural walnuts and almonds was a new to me find.  These are not available in my area. Justin’s maple almond butter is super yummy and I love all of his products.  These samples were poured over some protein pancakes and some Artic Zero Ice Cream.  The coconut oolong tea was so delicious!  I first tried it on Easter with some Paleo waffles.  It tastes just like candy!  Sweet but not too sweet, lots of coconut flavor.  I have been enjoying a cup after school as a pick me up:) Speaking of up pick-me-ups, the chocolate Traci sent was delicious.  A solid dark chocolate bar and an Easter bunny were the perfect treats to add to my box.  I shared the bunny with my dad who loves chocolate as much as I do:)  Traci also knew that I love Quest Bars and she happen to send me my absolute favorite kind, even though I really enjoy all the flavors.  Cookies and Cream is the best and I was happy she sent it:)



Traci also sent some info about two of the places she got her goodies from.  The tea and bunny came from this shop.




The solid, dark chocolate bar came from this shop.  




She also sent a very sweet note detailing all the treats she sent!  Such a great pal!

Thanks again, Traci! 

To participate in the foodie pen pal exchange check out this link:

To check out what I sent Traci and to see what she’s cooking up, visit her blog at:


March Foodie Penpal Reveal March 31, 2014

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Today is the big day!  Revealing all the treats from my very sweet foodie penpall, the lovely Amber.  When I emailed Amber to tell her I was her foodie penpal she was just as excited as I was!  Neither of us had participated in the exchange before so we were both anxious to get started on our planning and shopping.

She did great!



Spring theme card complete with a recipe for a new paelo meal for me to try!


Here’s what I made, slightly modified.Image


I used the sliced almonds to make some trailmix instead.


All the goodies:) 



I used the walnuts to make some yummy pancakes on a snow day!


Thanks so much Amber for being a great pen pal!  

Interested in participating in April’s Foodie Pen Pal?  Here’s the link:






Bella’s Birthday March 4, 2014

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Nine years ago we got the most wonderful, adorable pup.  Just don’t tell Emma:)




Can’t get mad at that face, even when she chews a hole in her bed.  Real nice, Bella:) 


Emma left her alone for the most part today.  Except when she photo bombed her pic:) 


Tired out birthday girl!


You make 9 look good, pup:)