26 March 2015

21-day Challenge Continues

Working Out

This is a long post today because I am catching up on the entire rest of this challenge. I feel like I am so inspired with its completion and have gained new insight into taking risks and finishing them to the end.  It really has been a blessing!

Days 9-12

days9101112Day 9 – 100 Crunches

Like the picture says, I would rather be crunching cookies but I got through them all.  I don’t think there was a disclaimer in this challenge about how sore you would be the next day!

Day 10 – Favorite Supplements

Fortunately, I had just visited my sister who has a doctorate in natural health and taught me about the supplements I needed for my specific body needs and after a couple of days, I could feel the difference.  It was always just a guess about what supplements to take before and now I have favorites just for me.

Day 11 – Favorite Breakfast

My favorite is always a “green” drink filled with so many nutritional goodies.

Day 12 – Get Outside

I love working in the garden and planting new things.  Lots of sunshine and the feeling of accomplishing something that will turn out so lovely.  Day 12, I planted all kinds of flowers and lavender.

Days 13-16


Day 13 – Favorite Veggies

Fortunately, we had a mom who introduced us to many vegetables as children, so we learned to love a huge variety.  I think it is so sad that parents let their kids be picky eaters and some folks don’t even figure vegetables into their meat and potatoes diets – potatoes being the only veggie.

Day 14 – 60 Second Plank

This challenge was a toughie.  My 90 year old mother-in-law can do a two-minute plank and I tanked at about 15 seconds…I’m going to keep working on this one and eventually will “get  ‘er done”.

Day 15 – Favorite Healthy Dessert

Fresh fruit is always my favorite…no specific one, I just love them all!

Day 16 – Rest

Power naps are like medicine to me.  If I am exhausted or just need refreshing, I’ll lie down for 10-15 minutes and doze.  I am always amazed by the new energy and mental clarity I have afterwards.  I know it is hard for some to “turn off” so quickly, but all those long road trips as a kid must have trained me.

Days 17-20


Day 17 – Favorite Snack

It is always changing, but currently I love the Kind bars.  If I’m famished and in between meals they are a great pick-me-up and will sustain me until the next chow time.

Day 18 – Favorite Quote

“Being possessed by the promises, I live without options.” – Bill Johnson (from When Heaven Invades Earth, book).   When I was reading this book many years ago and I came across this portion and I began to weep.  I realized that the most  important part of my life were the promises that the Lord has given me for this life and that is what I live for.  The destiny that God has given to me is my goal and purpose, and without that hope I will never find my life to be complete or fulfilling.  Of course, there is a deep, and deeper still meaning for me in this quote but those are the secrets that God gives to each of us…remember Mary pondered in her heart all the things that the angel, Gabriel, spoke to her about the promises concerning Jesus and his birth. We each have promises in our lives that are yet to be fulfilled.

Day 19 – Favorite Fruit

I love all kinds, but if I have a craving for a particular kind, it would be a juicy, ripe pear.  Yummy goodness.

Day 20 – 100 Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks always remind me of gym class.  Not my favorite – too bouncy and not a natural movement for your body.  I love a calm stretching workout, sometimes with free weights

Day 21 – Finally! Best Selfie

selfieI finished this challenge with a happy heart.  It was absolutely fun and I felt so accomplished (despite several interruptions to my schedule – like traveling), and it was hilarious having an interactive bunch of fellow challengers on #GWM2015.  Everyone was so enthusiastic and I felt like cheering them all on to finish this race. They say that if you do something for 21 days straight that it will become a habit…so far, I would miss this new daily workout if things were to change.

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13 March 2015

Keeping Up on the 21-Day Challenge

Journal Pages of Days 5-8

days5-8Day 5: 50 Squat Challenge

It was a really big challenge since I hadn’t done a single squat in a few years.  Fortunately, I got the big idea of using grandma’s handy-bar for balance and to hold onto.  It took me all day doing 10 squats at a time, but I got them done!

Day 6: Favorite Recipe

Thanks to my sister, Shaun, who helped me with this one with her favorite, because I’m living out of town without any of my best recipes and had to rely on Grain Free Muffins. Yummy!

Day 7: Fitness Inspiration

Beni Johnson is my inspiration.  She is my age and she was determined to gain her health and her physical strength back.  I’ve watched her progress for a while via Facebook and Instagram and her determination and passion for betterment really tells a wonderful story.  When Beni put out her challenge, I had to respond…I couldn’t resist.  Thank you!

Day 8: Soul Health

Whatever makes you feel peaceful and brings back vitality to your soul was the feature theme for this day.  Always and forever the beach, waves, and surf will bring me to my happy place!

On to the rest of the challenge, coming soon!  I am having a blast and never imagined for a second that I would make it this far.

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12 March 2015

Weekend in Gold Country

Calavaras County

I went to visit my sister who lives in Murphys, California.  This time of year it is so green and lush the hills look like Ireland (maybe because the town was named after an Irish family!).  Here are some of the amazing things I saw there…

cvcogreeCan you believe how beautiful it is in Calavaras County this time of year?


We went to Ironstone Winery where there were acres and acres of daffodils planted everywhere.




Calvco 3


Calco 4The museum had wonderful pieces of history like this old buggy.

photo 2This is a 44 pound gold nugget on display in the winery museum found in 1998.

My sister, Shaun, and I found so many things in common that we love to do including paper-crafting and gardening, the love of a good story, and catching up on old friends and family. We spent  hours visiting local businesses, eating amazing food, and making succulent gardens,  here is one of our masterpieces.

succs in a box

yes picShaun also gave me cuttings of plants I can use in my garden.

hensand chicksOur mom had a fabulous “green thumb” and could make anything grow.  She always had Hens and Chicks succulents which she continually propagated, I have some of those which are more than 50 years old from an original plant she got from her mom.

Well, it was a fabulous get away and I am looking forward to another visit.

4 March 2015

The 21-Day Challenge

This is Definitely a Challenging Three Weeks

I was on Instagram and found out that Beni Johnson- #grandmawithmuscles (from Bethel Church in Redding, CA) was doing a spring challenge to “Spring Forward” into a new life of health and fitness.  When I saw this challenge something “leaped” in my heart and I made a commitment to “just do it”!

One of the fun things to keep us motivated was to post our challenge of the day with a picture. Here are my first four days:Days1-4collage

Day One: WHY?

Day1 whyWhat is my why?  I had a dream (read it in the pic) and though I’ve procrastinated for a while about getting into shape, (not a good thing when trying to obedient to God’s voice) -but now I’ve stepped into a new season of grace so I can do He wants… I want to do what pleases Him.

(Of course, that is not me in the picture, but a girl can dream…you need a vision to walk toward to see the fulfillment – yeah!)

Day 2: Water

Day2 waterIn Beni’s words:  Let’s drink our water! Before you have anything to drink or eat – drink 8 oz. of warm water and squeeze a half of lemon into your cup. You have done your body a great favor…the benefits:  DNA health, kidney health, brain food, healthy skin, cellular health, fights fatigue, and more.

I also throw in a tablespoon of pure apple cider vinegar into my water, whose benefits are awesome.  The whole thing is definitely tangy! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Day 3: Grounding

Day3groundingframedWhat is grounding, you say?  Beni: Grounding is a scientifically proven technique. It is simple; you walk barefooted on grass, dirt, or sand. It restores your body’s natural systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. Check it out at www.earthing.com

I was outside that day because the weather was so beautiful and sunny, so I just took off my shoes while I was doing some gardening.  When I grew up in Hawaii we never wore shoes, even to school.  So I guess you would say that I was well-grounded as a child.  My little Hobbit feet are so happy.

Day 4: Favorite Workout

Day4workoutI don’t have a favorite workout, though the list above are my favorite things to do.  I’m just trying to establish a routine to incorporate them all.  Since I didn’t have pictures of doing all those exercises, I had to draw them.

So far my challenges have been fun!  When it gets to the crunches, squats, planks, and jumping jacks, I may have to modify some of those. My 92 year old mother-in-law can do a 2 minute plank, so I should at least accomplish half of that!  Looking forward to the next 17 days!

I am making a journal for this challenge (journaling – my daily thing) and that’s why all the pages are in this format and not just pictures. On the back of each page I am writing my experiences; physically, emotionally, and spiritually, with tiny stories in between.  I’ll share my favorite “back side” with you on one of those days!


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