Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Goose bumps

I went to visit one of the lovely blogs I follow and upon reading her post, I thought I must share this as it's so very significant and true. She just had a little scare with one of her breasts, kind of like what I am going through and had a light of life window open up for her after her doctor's appointment.

I got the goose bumps on something she said:

Stop searching for the answer, you are living it!  The more you keep chasing something for the future, the less you’ll be present to what is in here – right beside your right breast.  Listen to your heart.  Tomorrow isn’t any better than today, just like today isn’t any more significant than yesterday.  But fretting about what you NEED to be doing is wasting precious time, the searching will never end, and today will always be lost amongst the sorrow of desire.  Embrace this and life will blossom, living each moment purposefully and dharma will reveal itself.”

To read the entire post from YogaVal, click here.

She is so super cool. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On top of the want list!

On the tip top of my want list would be a flat iron.  My friend from work brought hers in to do my hair for a wedding.  Loved it!  Who would have known?  I finally have an answer to that crazy hair of mine and Chris loved it too.  Can't wait until Christmas!  Maybe Santa Chris will get me one....hint hint.

So super cool!

It's not every day you get to meet one of your personal heroes in person!  Holy cow!  On our final meeting (graduation so to speak) of the 28 day challenge Rip Esselstyn himself came to speak, sign books and visit.  He was so inspirational, informative and gracious.  He took time speak with everyone one on one, took his time and listened.  There were even a few children there getting their books signed.  Very cute.

What a cool guy.  I'm still smiling.
Here Rip is speaking for the crowd.  I had seen his lectures before on television, but it was something else to hear and see him in person.  He was also very funny.
Another fella from the Forks Over Knives movie was present.  Joey Aucoin lives in Tampa and was featured in the movie.  Two years ago, he was a size 38, was on several medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and was also taking shots and had to take Pepcid for his stomach.  He is now a size 33 and hasn't touched a signal bottle of medication since he started his plant strong diet.  Diabetes free, blood pressure good and cholesterol is down.  What an inspiration. 

Rip signed my book and also my little graduation certificate.  Super cool.

I am so happy I decided to join this challenge.  I felt bad that on Mondays I didn't get home until around 8:30pm, but I had the best time!   I made some friends, learned a ton and feel inspired to do more.  It was also an added plus to be able to mingle with the author himself!  

I also made some pals at Whole Foods.  Curtis; our instructor, was very passionate about his work and has been to an Immersion.  I hope they decide to have an Immersion here.  An Immersion is where you spend several days with them, eat their food and during the day attend lectures from some of the giants.  Dr. Caldwell Esselsytn (Rip's dad),  Collin Campbell, Joel Furhman, Jeff Novick, John McDougall, etc.  That would be kick ass!  He's going to have another challenge in January to continue on the learning and cooking classes.  I might just have to attend those too.  Why not!?  I've made some great connections and had a lot of fun.

You want to know something else?  It's not all about me. What I am about to tell you, is the real reason behind all of this: 

Chris has benefited greatly so far from this as well.  I stood up in front of the crowd (shaking and stuttering uncontrollably I'm sure) and told them of my experience and also gave them some news about Chris.  Just two weeks into this diet he had his blood work done and the results were in.  He had already had the appointment made before changing his way of eating and decided to keep it just out of curiosity to see if possibly any changes had happened.

Well!  In just two weeks Chris's total cholesterol went down 47 points and his LDL went down 40 points!  That's without drugs and just after two weeks. I wonder how much lower it is now?  Also, in the four weeks he has lost around ten pounds. That is wonderful!  None of the medications he tried before had those results.

I am going to get my blood work done next week.  I can't wait to see the results.  I also want to point out.  This is a lifestyle change, not a diet.  It's not a temporary thing.  It's for life.  For a better life.

Thanks Rip!  Again....I'm still smiling.

Swing time

I just love this time of year.  The kids love playing outside when it's a bit cooler and some of the bug population is gone.
 I just love this picture of Bella.
Goofy Weeman.  Escaped outside with his pajama top still on.  I figured....whatever.  They all get washed anyway.

Early Thanksgiving

This Sunday we had an early Thanksgiving over at Nanna and Nannu's.  Nannu made a delicious mushroom lasagna and focaccia bread with rosemary, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  It was all was just wonderful!  Kristjan and Bella helped to make the pasta as well.
While the lasagne was baking we played outside for a while.  Time for a little football toss.  Bella has quite the arm.
Weeman has a good arm too!
Facing that sun makes it hard to see what's coming.
Even Chris had problems with the sun.  Bella always faces east.  She's a bright girl.

Thank you Nanna and Nannu for a wonderful dinner!  ;o)

Meet Max

We did it. It just happened so quickly.  Like everything fell into place.  Last Friday a co-worker of mine who had three dogs too many and two cats brought Tyson in to work for a spell.  We are able to bring in our dogs to the office every once in a while.  Everyone has a dog - it's a dog friendly joint.

I overheard him mention to my auditor (another reason I have not posted in a while - the lovely audit) that he was trying to find him a home.  He had the lowest seniority and they just could not handle all of the animals they had.  My ears perked up and I decided to ask some more questions just for fun.

He met all of our qualifications.  He was fixed, potty trained, crate trained, only 2 years old, didn't shed, liked kids, was a small breed and had a good history.  Oh, and he's a pure bred Yorkshire Terrier, for free.  Well, he was free.  The new crate we had to buy, food, toys, etc. were not.  But we won't complain.

His name is now Max.  This was a family decision as Tyson just wasn't sinking in for anyone.  Even for the dog.  Bella came up with the name, so we kept it.  At first the little dude would follow me everywhere.  Now that it's been over a week he is used to everyone, has a schedule and is very happy.
Cute little guy.  He loves to run and play and the kids do a good job of making sure he gets plenty of exercise.
Bella drew a picture to show how much she loved Max.  Every morning he jumps on her bed and wakes her.  Then he runs to the pantry and waits for her to open it up and give him his morning vitamin treats.  She really loves him.  I think we made the right decision.

Above we have Bella petting Max.  Below them starting from the right we have Kristjan wrapped in a blanket (he pretends to be a butterfly in a cocoon or a snail in the shell a lot), Max's brush, leash and collar, food and water.  On the couch she has me drinking my tea and dad flexing his muscles.  Too funny.

Welcome to the family Max. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween 2011

It wasn't what I was expecting.  It wasn't what Kristjan was expecting either.  Poor dude came down with strep and scarlet fever the weekend before and was way too ill on Halloween evening to venture out and Trick or Treat.

When he noticed Bella getting dressed he got up (he had been laying down - all day) and insisted he put on his costume.  He then grabbed his bag and came up to me and said "Trick or Treat mommy?".  Holy cow...I believe my heart fell out at that moment and turned to goo and I know I got teared up.  I felt so very bad for him.  It just wasn't a good idea to be out in the chilled air running around while he was in pain, had a temp and a rash.

We decided to carry him next door to Nanna and Nannu's house where he could at least Trick or Treat once and then he was happy to hang with daddy at home (still in his costume) and wait for Bella to return with her bounty to share with him.  It all worked out fine.  

He is feeling better now.  I am now overdosing on vitamin C, greens, garlic and onions as I can feel my body is trying to fight something.  Geez....can't wait for this crap to cycle its way out of my house, school and work.   
Here we have Bella the vampire, trying to look all dangerous.  Seriously, she bites.
Here's our little skeleton!  Little blonde skeleton.
Too damn cute!  With Bella having make up on.  I can see we are in big trouble in a few years...

So excited!!

Holy cow!  I can't tell you how excited I am about this!  On our last graduation meeting of the Engine2, 28 day challenge, Rip himself will be there in person to congratulate us and maybe even sign some books!  I actually get to meet one of my heroes in person!
Color me happy!    

It's carving time

Seems to be a tradition now.  Dad must carve the Jack-O-Lantern every year.  He did another great job. He also had help.  
Bella chose this year the Grim Reaper.  Creepy cool man!

Still going strong

Still going strong on the diet front.  Thought I would share a couple of things.  First, a small tossed sunflower sprout salad!  Home grown!
I made a really yummy dressing of nayonaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and agave.  
Some Macaroni and Not Cheese.  A recipe from the Engine2 diet that we tried on the last class I attended.  Here is the recipe:

1 onion, chopped
1 cup cashews
½ cup lemon juice
1 1/3 cups water
½ teaspoon sea salt
4-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
16 ounces whole grain elbow pasta, cooked

Preheat oven to 425°F. Sauté the onion over medium heat in a nonstick skillet for 5 minutes, until translucent. In a food processor, combine onion, cashews, lemon juice, water and salt. Gradually blend in the roasted red peppers, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and onion powder. Thoroughly toss the sauce with the pasta. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

It was a hit at the house.  Seconds please!