Daily Prompt: Hidden

Driving through the chowder that was the evening fog,

Cautious of the carriers of stupidity.

Infecting the road with their bulging blank stares,

Dangerous and destructive creatures of the forest.

Starting the day without clarity, without the blue.

Searching for something at the end of the road.

The warmth, the light, the familiar was hidden,

Only returning when we were far above and away.

Time to Prepare

The day is almost here! Tomorrow I am going to relaunch my Juice Plus business! I renewed everything about a month ago, but I really wanted to kick things off at the beginning of the month so July 1st became the starting point.

I have been taking Juice Plus for a little more than a year now, but not regularly until about 6 months ago. It is the only change that I made in my daily routine so far. That changes tomorrow. My first change will be all about how and what I snack on throughout the day. I am dumping potato chips and fun size candy and adding healthier alternatives like fruits and veggies. This will be a big change for me since I really like chips and chocolate, but I have to do this if I want to get my belly back.

I also plan to get back on the road and walk 30 minutes everyday. I really like walking around my neighborhood now, plus there’s some cool wildlife around here that will start showing up on my Instagram account. If it’s raining, because it is summer time in Florida, I can do a 30 minute bike ride on Wii Fit Plus.

Last, but certainly not least, I am going to cut back on my Pepsi intake…again. Instead of just dropping it completely, I am going to ween myself off it. Today, I will keep a log of how many I drink throughout the day and start cutting it out from there and gradually decreasing it through the month of July. I want to be done with it by the end of the month.

I’ll keep you posted on how things are going. 🙂

Opposites Attract

It was completely by chance that my husband and I met. I was at a friend’s house, just a few doors down from mine. His new roommate came home from work one night, and his ride home that night decided to come in for a few minutes. The roommate, Jason, was a friend of mine from elementary school. His ride home from work ended up becoming my husband. That was 22 years ago!!!

The attraction was quite noticeable – I loved his Doc Martin work boots and he loved my ripped jeans. We spent the next week battling each other on Dr. Mario and probably drove everybody crazy with our trash talk. We were obviously flirting big time and also got quite competitive with that game…lol. Fast-forward two years, we became husband and wife and have been together ever since.

Looking back on over two decades together, it is amazing that the two of us made it through all that we have. We have gone through so many challenges together and our relationship grew stronger each and every time. We really are opposite in so many ways. He is spontaneous and impulsive. I am stable and stubborn. He needs to constantly be doing something. I love having the option to sit, relax, and do nothing. He procrastinates. I like to plan things out and get them done.

Nonetheless, the magnetism between us is an unbreakable bond. I can’t imagine life without him and I don’t want to ever find out what that would be like. (yep…scoring brownie points here) 😉

Before You Commit

Today’s Daily Prompt is commit. I think most would agree that “to commit” will involve an agreement to submit your time and/or treasure while sacrificing a bit of yourself mentally, physically, and/or spiritually – sometimes all of the above.

Marriage is one of those “all of the above” categories. If you are not willing to commit everything, then skip it. Seriously, just wait until you are ready.

  1. Your time will not be your own. You can have some “free” time, but what you do with it does affect your other-half.
  2. Your treasures will co-mingle with those of your spouses. When sharing space, it is inevitable.
  3. Your expectations will not be met. Perfect match? Sure. Perfect fit? Sure. Perfect people? Nope.
  4. You give yourself…in a biblical sense. Expectations play a big role in this one, too.
  5. And in my experience, when God is in it, it’s so much better. We spent the first years of our marriage on our own path and we did okay. Once we lined up with God’s, that okay changed to fantastic. (Again, we are not perfect, but we still agree on the big stuff.)

Parenting is another “all of the above” categories. You can start today. All is not lost. 😉

  1. Again, “free” time is okay and healthy, but it will affect your children. Seriously, do you really need an expert to tell you that quality time with your kid is essential to their development?
  2. They become your greatest treasure. If you’re not ready to commit your heart to mini versions of you, then don’t make one.
  3. Throw your expectations out and love on your kiddo.
  4. This is one of the most physically demanding jobs I know. If you’re not ready to be on-call 24/7, then please don’t reproduce.
  5. They are a gift…even when they wipe their bedroom walls with a dirty diaper, carve “f— mom” into their bed post, poop all over your shirt, or take your bed with them when they move into their own room.

Okay, I think I’ll end with that, but I think you get my point. To commit is to agree to submit your time and/or treasure while sacrificing a bit of yourself mentally, physically, and/or spiritually – sometimes all of the above. If you’re not willing to do some or all of that, then just don’t…commit.

Daily Post: Farce

In less than a week, I have to decide whether or not to renew my Juice Plus distributor status. It’s been a rough year for me and Juice Plus. For most of the year, it has helped me regain some nutrients my body was completely and totally lacking… because my eating habits still suck. On the other end though, I have completely failed myself and others by not sharing about it – this journey of mine, and possibly make it into part-time work.

I haven’t shared because I didn’t want it to come off as a farce. Don’t get me wrong, I have had plenty of ups and downs this year as far as my health and wellness is concerned. Times of pure motivation. Times of illness. Times of extra hours at work. Times of concentrated effort to just remember to take my JP. Times of health.

As of today, I have taken my Juice Plus on a mostly regular basis since Christmas. I also added the berries to my fruit and vegetable blends. I’ve been so determined lately, because I forgot to take them regularly at the end of last year and got sick repeatedly. It was not good – especially on those days when calling in to work was not an option. At the end of the last infection, I started taking JP regularly.

Up until today, I have skipped out on some horrendous stuff that has swept through work. I contribute most of that to JP. We had that nasty stomach virus going around at work and it skipped me. Even my girls picked it up – it was horrible – but nothing for me.

 

As for today, i think it has to do with something I ate yesterday…my stomach seems to hate me right now. I don’t feel sick. I’m just fighting with my stomach today and praying it will be over soon…

Anyhow, I really do feel a difference when I’m taking JP regularly. I haven’t lost any weight or dramatically changed…well, anything else. But I know that I am adding essential stuff to my body that I won’t get otherwise – at least not right now. JP gives me more energy, as you would expect when adding the best parts of 30 different fruits and vegetables to your system, and it seems to be helping me fight off some stuff, too. I’ll take that and say it was well worth the money spent.

Yet, I have to make some changes.

Those things that need changing are also a part of the reason why I haven’t been putting much effort into sharing JP, and a year later my income from it is non-existent.  Like I said above, why would I post about all the benefits of JP when I haven’t put the effort into making it happen in my own life. Juice Plus is all about making “One Simple Change” and I have failed at a bunch of them. I’m not going to sign someone up for health and wellness anything, if I am feeling well but not healthy.

Does that make sense?

Another example: I’ve gone back to chewing my nails (I know, I know) but unless you want to see a million pictures of my adorable toenails, then I shouldn’t be selling Jamberry, right?

I feel the same way about Juice Plus.

I do love it and I want to continue taking it. I actually would love to share it more…but should I? If I do, how? The biggest question – when? I could make this post a launching point but I’m not going to do that right now. I am not in the mood to once again set myself up for failure. I still have a little bit of time to figure it out.