very bad, no good, terrible days.

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I am easily influenced.

I will hear someone say something about how cursing is bad and even if you do it in your personal life, well, you should not show that side to others in public.
And I think “YES! So true! I need to clean up my act!”
(My blog last Saturday had one curse word in it.  A couple dozen times.)

I will hear someone say something about how I should do this or do that and since it makes sense to me, then I instantly think I gotta try it.
It drives me nuts.  (And probably my husband too.)
I just want to make sure I’m living the best possible life and I know that means that sometimes I might need to do some changing.
And in order to change, one must consider new ideas! challenging concepts! suggestions!

This happened after the sermon last Sunday.

Our pastor did a fine job of pointing out how we are all so plugged in nowadays.
To our phones, our TVs, our social media, our virtual friends.
And we leave little time or room for real life interactions.

Hmmmm.
That got me wondering.
Do I ignore my kids?  Heck yes I do!  And sometimes I ignore them because I am on Facebook.
GASP.  They will survive.
Or they will find better times to try to talk to me than the times I have my phone in my hand, which honestly is not all the time.

Do I spend more time on Facebook than I do having dinner or phone conversations with friends?
Yup.  Because it’s how I connect with others who I might be able to help.
It’s my “platform” for my business.
It’s also how I stay connected with friends I never see and would NEVER talk to if it wasn’t for social media.

This past week, as I was still pondering the sermon (and feeling guilty, of course) I had a terrible, no good, very bad day.
It was Tuesday.
My oldest ripped a contact (the second in 1 week),
stepped on her glasses (that would now need ANOTHER trip to the optical office to get fixed),
and was just making me crazy.

So, I did what every good mother does.
I lost it.
Lost it=blew my top, said things I should never say and yelled as loud as I could at my 10-year-old daughter who was having her own very bad, no good day.

As I wallowed in my guilt for yelling and being so very angry, I decided to share on Facebook.
Normally I’m posting upbeat, hopefully inspiring things but I just laid it out there.
I was having a craptastic day.
Can you guess what happened?

Unbelievable love and support.
From so many people.
Some I have never met in real life.
Their words challenged me, encouraged me and comforted me.

I am thankful for that no good day and for the friends who set me right again.

Had I not had Facebook to share that, then I would have just continued to beat myself up and felt for sure that I should just give up on homeschooling and might as well check my SuperMom cape at the door while I’m at it.

Lesson learned?
Consider new ideas but stay true to what you believe.
Do I think, in general, we spend too much time on our devices and not enough time enjoying real life?
Sure. Probably.

But I also know that there is good to be found in everything.

  • Do your thing.
  • Listen to new ideas.
  • Consider it.
  • Either adjust your life or don’t.

Don’t be easily swayed but always remember to do what is best for you and yours.

If that means making a change, then make a change.
If that means carrying on the way you have always done things, then carry on.
And if you are struggling, post it on Facebook.
Someone will have an answer.

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get it done.

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I really wanted to title this “get shit done” but I didn’t want to offend anyone with the title.
Instead I’m going to say “get shit done” about 12 times in this blog.
That shouldn’t offend anyone since it’s not the title.
There.  I feel better.

But really, this post is about getting shit done.  Anything, all things, whatever needs to be done.
I used to say that companies should hire me as their “get shit done” gal.
That list of things that just aren’t getting done?  Give it to me.  I’ll get it done.
Just how I roll.
A list of to do’s are the fuel to my flame.

Saturdays are my “get shit done” days.
There is no homeschooling to do which means I can tackle my growing list of chores.

On a farm, in spring, there is always something to do.
Today I scrubbed the outside of the windows on our house.
Then cleaned up our humble basement where I throw all our recycles.
Then I fixed the chicken fence.
Then I moved the goats electric netting fence to allow them fresh places to graze.
Then I hauled branches on the tractor.
Then I took the forks off the tractor, put on the bucket and hauled rocks from our garden area.
Then I started laundry and later hung it on the clothesline.
Then I ripped out the wet and rotting trim (and drywall) from our mudroom.
Then I hauled some trash and stacked firewood.
Then I used the air compressor to clean my vacuum.
Then I vacuumed.

I got shit done.
And it totally rocks.

And I have always been that way.
I remember Saturdays always being work days when we were kids.
Sundays were our rest day.
Saturdays were our work days.

As I was working today I was thinking about how so much in our life can be changed by whether or not we just get it done.
Get. It. Done.  Get it done.

If you want a new job, you gotta get it done.
If you want your house to look good, then you have to get it done.
If you want to move to a new town, then you have to get it done.
If you want to lose weight, then you gotta get it done.
If you want to feel your best, then you have to get it done.

Nothing will just happen just because you want it to.
I often hear from folks when I’m helping them with their nutrition and fitness that they get really motivated then it just dies out.
They start out getting it done.  Every day.  Motivated and pumped up.
After some period of time, they lose that mojo.
I get it.  I really do.

But part of me doesn’t understand it.
How can one lose mojo for something that is so freaking important?

How can you just say “oh well, I just don’t feel like taking care of myself today and I’ll just eat some crap, not exercise and feel bad instead.”
What the what?!
I don’t understand.

I know that sometimes I don’t want to work out or I’d like to have a french fry but I never get to that point where I just say, “Screw it. I’m tired of feeling great. I’ll just go back to my old way of living and be miserable.”
Is that from my “get shit done” attitude?
Maybe. Probably.
But I think it’s more than that.

I think it’s that I know the difference between how I felt before and how I feel now.
I don’t ever want to feel that way again.

So I will continue to get good sleep, eat real food, drink water and move my body.
I will continue to have Shakeology every day.
I will continue to work hard on taking care of myself.
Because it matters.

So when you get to the point where you just don’t want to do the things that need to get done, remember this–
it needs to get done.
Every day is a Saturday with a short list–eat good food, move your body, get good sleep, drink water and be happy.

And only you can do it.  So go on. Get it done.

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pork chops.

This recipe will be part of my “Eat Like Me” group starting the first full week of April.
Want more recipes? Join the group.
It’s a free Facebook group in which I share a week’s worth of recipes.
And I talk about how we roll at our house as far as food and fitness.
Just message me if you want to join!

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Herb Crusted Pork Chop

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 boneless pork chops, trimmed of visible fat
½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
¼ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Line a baking dish with foil and set aside.
3. Rub 1 teaspoon of the mustard over each pork chop, coating both sides .
4. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, herbs, and pepper; spread out the mixture on a plate. Lightly dredge each chop in the breadcrumb mixture
5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Place the chops, in the skillet and brown them on both sides.
6. Put the chops in the baking dish and bake for about 8 minutes, or until the pork reaches 145 degrees F in the center.
7. Let the chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.

think good thoughts and jump on in.

I have friends.
You know how friends go.
Some are close, some are far, some are acquaintances, some are family, some are very dear.
Today I want to share a story from a friend who fits those last two: family and very dear.

He’s a grown man in the prime of his life.
Nearly 72-years-old.
Most 72 year olds like to hold down a recliner and play bridge.

This one?

He plays bridge alright but moss doesn’t grow on, under or around this man.
He is active in his community, church, family and so much more.
He rarely watches TV and loves riding his bike.

Most importantly, he takes care of himself.

So if you have an excuse for not taking care of yourself,
you need to read this.
You need to read this even if you do take care of yourself, so that you can see what the prime of your life is going to be like!

 This is proof that good nutrition and exercise isn’t about just extending your life, it’s about making your life the best it can be.

If I am going to live a long time, I want to feel really good.
Just like my dear friend, Don.

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(This isn’t Don, but it could be.) <grin>

Here is Don’s story:

“In a little over two weeks I will be turning 72 years old. I am somewhat amused — not so much because another birthday is here, but that aging at this time is not a big deal. Maybe –just maybe– I am in better physical shape at this juncture than I was last year. My doctor will  be giving me more definitive appraisal on that in a couple of weeks, but I certainly feel good–feel healthy and thriving.

Part of that I attribute to good genes, but like any good fortune, one may squander it or  invest it.  Investing in good health is the single most important investment a person can make.  Many overlook that simple truth until it is sometimes too late.

I almost did. I smoked, became overweight ( easy to do after 40 when the metab detabs) and was actually diagnosed as type 2 diabetic. Through the encouragement of family and a good doctor and my dear friend, I began making the needed investment.

It is simple–eat healthier and exercise.
That enables all the other good parts of daily living to be fined tuned and enjoyable.

Here is how I invest:
First, I track it.  I enjoy keeping an eye on what I am consuming.  I use myfitnesspal.com.   It points out what I need and where I need to improve. (I am not really good at drinking all the water suggested… and am making an effort to remedy that).

The past six months or so, I began drinking a protein shake in the morning. It was a good shake, one that is sold at Trader Joe’s. I made it with a Kroger’s CarbMaster milk.  I also eat sardines about three days a week for lunch and then just watch portions at supper.

It was doing pretty well in the maintenance area, but I needed to lose some winter accumulated poundage and that was not happening.  So about  3 weeks ago I tried Shakeology.

Frankly, I was skeptical.  Nutritionally it seemed it was very similar to the shake I was taking and was a couple of dollars higher per serving. Well, you can read about all the good stuff in it, but the bottom line is it works better–the pounds are coming off and I feel really good.  Really good.

The second investment is in the exercise.  I love to ride a bicycle. Winter isn’t so good for that, so I have been going to a fitness center and riding 10 miles twice a week. That in combination with about 40 minutes of swimming activity twice a week is the goal I seek to achieve. The low joint impact of the swimming is wonderful. I don’t just swim, I do International…a Russian cassock dance and Irish jig. I run and do ballet. I am terrific at Swan Lake leaps…lots of fun.

I still hate getting in the water,  but practice my dear friend’s good advice of ‘think warm thoughts and jump on in’.

That is good advice for just about anything a body can do… think good thoughts and jump on in… it works.”

Thank you, Don, for sharing your story.
And for reminding us that even when we are skeptical, all we really have to do is think good thoughts and give it a shot.