Late Night Inspiration

 So I am a HUGE fraidy-cat of the dark.  Lately, I can hardly sleep at night because I feel like our neighborhood sounds are extra loud at night.  Of course, the husband has to make fun of me about that, but it has caused me to sleep a little during the day, since I’m pretty much up awake during the night reading “how-to” books or brainstorming career changes or huge projects around the house.  The nice thing is that Barney is pretty good about being my companion.

I love this picture of Barney from the river a few days ago.  He has this crazed look on his face as he came running towards us.  Just so you know, he would not go near the other side of the flag for fear it was going to wave and attack him.  He has the same reaction to trash bags and random treats brought home to him.  He has his mom’s courage.

Anyway, I usually spend the evening watching all my DVR shows, including my favorite So You Think You Can Dance.  When I am done with my shows, I usually flip over to HGTV or Food Network.  I especially like this one show called “Restaurant Impossible”.  The host Robert Irvine is a great chef, who goes into restaurants and tries to save them from losing money.  He is pretty hard on them and usually ends up with people either really mad at him or crying as he has broken them down.  I especially like it when he inspects the place and tells them how terrible it is.

Yesterday’s episode was the White House Episode where first lady Michelle Obama put him to a test on a community center that needed a transformation.  She also challenged him to make a garden for the community so that the kids can pick and eat the vegetables.  No joke, after that episode, I was online for two hours looking up gardening tips.

This morning I got up and cleared out some weeds and now I am brainstorming how to make planters with these wooden boards we have in our garage.  I am trying to get this accomplished in the next two days.  I’ll keep you posted.

I do this all the time though, where something will trigger an idea in my mind and I sit for hours at night thinking about it.  Thankfully this occurred on a non-work night.  I’ve had nights where I have three hours left before getting up for work and I can’t shut off my brain!

So yes, I want a garden and I am going to try to keep it simple.  Happy gardening!

Question:  Any suggestions for a new gardener?  Have you ever had a “late night” inspiration? 




The Summer of Fitness

From kindergarten til now, I have dedicated my summers to something.  When I graduated high school, I went straight on through college, and immediately started teaching at the age of 21, I have always had summers off. (Very lucky, I know. I get told that all the time!) By August, I have had to either go back to classes or back to work.  I have never known what it feels like to not do.Twenty seven years later…..I am in the same situation.


(This is my vision board when I was living in Utah in 2005.  I got the idea from a Oprah Winfrey episode on things to do to achieve goals.  I made it to remind me of all the fun things I like to do and to remind me of all the friends and family around me.  Usually a vision board is for goals you have.  Mike and I have one in our second bedroom.  I’ll put it in a future post. )

When I was in college, I dedicated my summers to traveling.  I went and worked in Orlando for a summer at Walt Disney World.  I went to Utah and spent a summer at Brigham Young University learning the college life on campus.  I went on four different cruises to different tropical places.  I dedicated summers to dating right.  Other summers to educating myself.  So many different things!

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, I made a pact to myself that I was going to make this the “summer of fitness”.  I have been addicted to working out since about 2004, when I started taking group fitness classes.  I slipped down to my lowest weight and felt great.  I was especially excited when I found Les Mills’ Body Pump class and started to build muscle and tone out.  I have been interested in eating right and have bought almost every Fitness, Shape, Cooking Light, and Self magazines as the years have passed on.


This year was a very disappointing year on my body.  The stress from my job took a toll on me.  I gained almost 15 pounds from August until May.  I even went as far as going to my doctor about it.  I am an avid mountain biker and still raced, and was even getting faster on the bike!  Why was this happening to me??  With a lot of research and discussion, I concluded the weight gain to two things.  1. Stress.   2.Eating Right. 


(Before And After)

I can go on and on about how I concluded this, but I will spare the details.  So instead, I am going to explain how I am going to get myself back to a “comfortable” physique.  I am not going based on weight, I am going by how I felt.  Being thirty, I have to be realistic that age plays a role, but I am also going to not let it hold me back.  I still want to be healthy.  My goal is to feel “confident” by the end of the summer.  A confidence where I am not embarrassed to sit down and not use my purse to cover my stomach.  A confidence where I am not embarrassed to wear a short sleeve shirt, because I am afraid to show off my arms.  A confidence where I can stop complaining every second I put my clothes on. 

Here is the game plan.  A successful way to diet and exercise is to keep a journal, therefore I will be keeping a journal on this blog through posts:

1. Two a Day Workouts.  It doesn’t mean I go to the gym twice a day.  It means I complete at least two workouts a day. 

2,  Food Journal.  Keep a list of foods and meals eaten.  Keep healthy meals on hand.  Watch portioning.

3. Make life more fun.  Since stress is such a big factor in my life and physically makes me sick, I am going to work on at least one thing a day to relax my body.

4. Organize my life.  When I am organized, things are so much happier around my house. I love organizing and consider it a huge impact on my success in teaching, as well as my success personally.

So here it goes guys.  I send this out into the cyber world!  I will get back to you daily on one of these four subjects, or on all four of these subjects.  Wish me luck.  See you in August!