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On The Fly: Week 23-24

It is a quiet Saterday morning.  The first time in two weeks where I need  not worry about where I need to be first thing or play the role of air traffic controller with making sure the kids are where they need to be, safe and happy.

So what does a localyokelgal do with this time?  She enjoys a cup of coffee, watches I Love Lucy, and catches up on her blog of course!  The kids will awaken soon and it will be time for baseball.  My son Lee won his first game in the play offs so we return again today to challenge the mighty Mansfield Mariners.

On the list of things to do today is straighten out my family data share plan.  Suddenly am without the ability to take photos and videos of all of those special moments I like to share.  Cloud back up capacity has maxed out since arming my son with his first phone.  Time for that boy to get a job!  I am a storage & data nightmare.  Look out AT&T….here I come!

The last 2 weeks are a blur.    We celebrated my fathers birthday, hosted the children’s friends for several play dates, baseball games, Ava’s Science Fair, Lee’s Shakespeare school play…I am sure I am missing something!!  These are some of the pictures that I managed to take before storage issues took over: 

  

   

  

  
            
Feeling great but missing my Pro-Activity friends.  Very busy so will not be able to get back to base camp until July.  

Big news on Stone Row Farm front….we have a new roof on the barn (pictures to follow). Man power is truly incredible.  Am feeling very grateful for all of the help from my husband’s Uncle Doc who is back here this morning to finish.  Thank you to Wilcox and the Schierer (sp?) family for pulling off some crazy long days in the heat.  You guys are amazing…💪

Happy Birthday to my awesome nephew Kelvin.  Sending lots of love your way 😘. Give my brother a big awkward hug and kiss from me and and lots of love to your mom for me.  Miss you all.

And, also, Happy Birthday to my loving and selfless mother.  Mom- you are beautiful inside and out.  We love you and appreciate you, your sacrifices & decision to be part of our every day life.  Your daily presence is the best gift you could ever give.  Thank you for all you do.  Looking forward to celebrating you later today.  Love you so very much 😘

 

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On The Fly:  Week 22

Tonight I am listening to the sounds of some much needed rain & reflecting upon the busy week now behind.

Rewinding to Memorial Day weekend:

My daughter became sick with a stomach bug from Friday night – Saturday, however managed to make a quick recovery and enjoy some of the holiday weekend.

We had a great time at a family BBQ last Sunday.  We brought along some portobello mushrooms to grill along with some spinach, cheese, flank pinwheels.  Yummy!  I had a taste of the pinwheels but happily stuck to veggies and the Bombay Saphire, tonic & limes that I sipped on around the fire pit.  I also had a great time playing yard soccer with the kids.  Thank you Snyders of Belvidere for another good time👍

The following day I joined my daughter Ava, and her softball team, in the Memorial Day Parade.  The girls came prepared with candy, and were so excited to throw it out to the spectators.  Together we marched from the Hackettstown train station down to the Cemetery located on Mountain Ave.  It was a great time.

On the way home from the parade, I thought about how in years past I would drop the children with their teams and join the crowd sitting curb side.  It felt good to be moving and at the same time supporting my daughter & all of the brave men  and woman who have served our country.  It was a win – mind, body & soul.

The below picture was taken of the girls enjoying the shade as we waited for the parade to commence.  My daughter Ava thought it would be an excellent idea to wear a pink, fuzzy mustache while marching.  And so did I!  Go Ava:
  
 Following the parade, we came back to the house and enjoyed a nice snack:

 
And, after a busy weekend, I dove  into the short work week feeling full of energy and once again finding great options at the Met-Life salad bar for lunch:

  
I am now down 30 lbs and way up in the energy department. I continue to feel motivated, inspired & ready to take on more physical challenges.  I missed my friends this past week at Pro-Activity & am looking forward to seeing them next week.

I am grateful for family & friends. Especially those who continue to support with positive influence.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.💚

 Clover taking a rest from carrying around what she considers to be a fetching stick!!  Go big or go home? 

On The Fly:  Week 21

Started my new job this week!  So far, so good.  I made it out of the house every morning with a delicious greens and fruit smoothie plus fruit & veggies to snack on.  I was also delighted to see that the MetLife Bridgewater cafeteria has a fantastic salad bar 👍

My new friend Snoopy and I had a lunch date on my first day: 
It was a busy week but I still managed to make good choices, remained positive and tried my best to get move minutes in (despite the occupational hazard of a desk job).  I took the stairs over elevator and managed to get outside on Friday with a friend for 2 laps around campus (1 mile).  The new office offers a nicely equipped gym that offers a schedule of classes.  Just need to figure out what on earth “Yopi” is:

  
Feeling on track, motivated & inspired.  Did the usual running around with the kids and sports after work throughout the week.  Attended the children’s school Art Show & Spring Concert:

   
      

Home sick today with my daughter Ava.  My poor baby has the stomach flu.  Hoping that she gets better quickly and can enjoy some of her long weekend.  

 
Gumby says “Happy Memorial Day”!!!  

Am feeling especially grateful for all of those who have made sacrifices to serve our country and defend our freedom. 

Remembering my grandfather today who was one of the brave whom served in World War II. Love you and miss you every day Pop-Pop ❤️  

 

 

On The Fly:  Week 20

Looking back on the past week, I feel dizzy!  Busy, busy…both my mind and body as I prepare to return to work next week.  

Let me start with where we left off…

Last weekend was action packed complete with ball games, birthday party, trip to the RVCC planetarium, shopping at the green houses, planting the veggie/herb garden and celebrating Mother’s Day with my family ❤️:   

   
            

 
 Spent the past week Spring cleaning.  My closet was a disaster…filled with clothes that I hadn’t worn in years.   As I started to weed out a bit,  I remembered that I had an old box of clothing up in the attic from B.C. (Before Children).  My curiosity led me quickly up the attic stairs wondering if I could once again fit back into them.

Going through this box of clothes was like sorting through a time capsule.  There were items in there that I forgot I owned and some that I didn’t remember at all.  I tried on 3 pairs of jeans and to my surprise, they all fit (some a bit more snug than others).  In my excitement, I found an old receipt in the back pocket of one pair of jeans that was dated June of 2003.  Item listed was baby clothing.  An imediate smile took over, followed by fond memories of that summer. This was the summer that I was pregnant with my first born child and son Lee. This time in my life was magical.  I can recall shopping for baby Vans, sleepers, pretty much anything unique that caught my eye and could be purchased in a neutral color.  

After my trip down memory lane was over, it was time to sort through the after math of my 1990’s fashion show and decide what I was gong to keep.   The timing could not have been better to get my health and shape back as I was able to salvage a few good work worthy clothing items.

On Tuesday evening, I met with the greater PBWF group for our final session.  We reflected on accomplishments, challenges, options and plans as we march on in our personal journeys.  After much thought, I have decided to continue with weigh-ins and group sessions to help keep on track as I return to work.  I firmly believe that I will further benefit from continued accountability at this time in my life.

I have come so far.  Feel great.  Mind is clear with energy up.  I wonder how I walked around feeling the way I did for so long & prior to walking through the doors of Pro-Activity for the first time:

  

My daughter Ava and I made a batch of Talia Fuhrman’s black bean brownies last night (substituted butter beans for black beans).

  
 Had a nice time in the kitchen and brownies came out delicious. 

 Then, it was back to the ball fields today:

   

It was a beautiful afternoon spent around the Homefront.  My husband was busy dropping a tree while the kids enjoyed a round of chess:   

And as for me…I kicked back in my anti gravity chair after, food shopping & cleaning windows, when I noticed the clouds making an “x” formation directly over the sun:

  

  

 Pretty cool, huh!!

Am grateful for the love and life that my family brings to me each and every day & the much needed rain that is falling from the sky this evening.  

On The Fly:  Week 19

It is official!  My first post of “On The Fly”.  This is follow-up to the New Begginings blog to share my transition as I return to work and enter life in the fast lane again.  I recognize that by continuing to share my health journey with you, I will remain on track, motivated and inspired to maintain my newly found energy and overall health.  

Ok, so here is the week in review…ready???  Here we go:

Was having fun grilling veggies earlier in the week.  And, I made a batch of cream of broccoli soup in my new blender on Wednesdsy.  Love how this blender makes hot soups!  Yummy:

   
   

  
 On Thursday, I made a bulk batch of very berry sorbet.  It was awesome…just frozen berries, ice and a little soy milk.   I have enjoyed some for breakfast and late afternoon snack.  Very refreshing in this warmer weather:

  
Been really digging the warmer weather, nature and all of the beautiful flowers everywhere:

 
   

Can smell the lilacs now as the breeze blows through the window.  

And, finally…also this week.  Breaking news, in main stream media folks!  It is official, Kylie Jenner has been getting lip injections (in case you were wondering):   

  
Love the clinical photo of an actual lip filler injection procedure!   Hahahaha! The media’s definition of breaking news  today never fails to amaze.

Going to go pick up my plants for my veggie garden this weekend.  Looking forward to getting them in the ground and on the table!

 So, there you have it folks…my first week in review.  Happy Mother’s Day!   See you next week 😄

 

New Beginnings:  Day 77

Had a great day.  Went to my son’s school this AM to watch him play the historical role of John Abbott in the Son’s of Liberty play.  The kids did such a great job remembering their lines and portraying the events leading up to the Boston Massacre and Valley Forge:

  
 I also met with my PBWF group tonight for a delicious and wholesome buffet!  Wish I had taken a picture of the colorful spread.  So delicious.  Left with a very full stomach but feeling good about what was inside.  I made a cold salad (feature picture) loaded with green power:  quinoa, lentils, black beans, soy beans, corn, peas, tomatoes (grape and sun dried), peppers (red, chili and green), mango, lemon grass, onion (white & green), avocado, cucumber, almonds, dates, raisins, lime juice, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cilantro, parsley, ginger and dill.  

That is a total of 22 wholesome and healthy ingredients. Of the 22 ingredients, 6 were puréed into a silky smooth & creamy dressing that I mixed into the salad (avacoda, dill, sun dried tomatoes, cucumber, dates, almonds). I purchased some mangos that did not seem ripe enough plus a back up batch of fresh mango salsa just in case.  I ended up using the back up batch of fresh made mango salsa:

  
I let the lentils soak and then put them in with the quinoa in my rice steamer.  While the quinoa/lentils were steaming, I diced up my veggies and herbs + made a creamy cucumber, avocado, sun dried tomatoe, dill, date and almond dressing in my fancy new blender.

   
   I mixed all of this together along with my mango salsa, canned beans, peas, corn, raisins, seeds and lime juice.  Can be served at room temp or chilled.

Tonight, after enjoying our great feast, we received our program report card.  I am happy to report that I did well.  My blood work was elevated when I started this journey over 10 weeks ago. And today, my blood work reflects low risk in all categories!  After tonight’s weigh in I am down 18 pounds.   I have tons of energy, feel great and  have received compliments about my skin being “more clear” and “creamy” & “glowing”.  Wow!!!  Never received such compliments👍  My family have been making better choices too and all on their own.  I could not be happier.

Am grateful for this eye opening experience, good health and the power of choice.

New Beginnings:  Day 76

Took my Mom to the movies today.  We saw the chic flick Age of Adeline.  It was quite a story.  After the movie, I showed off my new blender by whipping up a batch of smoothies.

Tried Dr. Fuhrman’s Moraccan Chick Pea soup (feature picture). I like it and the kids both gave it two thumbs up.  A definite good pick for the pantry as an on-the-go meal. Thank you to my friend Denise 👍😊

Very chilly out there!  Just returned from my daughter’s softball game and can still feel the chill in my bones.  The girls are doing so well and are so cute to watch!

  
Am grateful for faith, family & friends