Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Becoming a Beachbody Coach is Quite an Adventure!

Okay, so it's been a while since I posted on here, mainly because my life has been a topsy turvy roller coaster for the past few years! I am always looking for ways to improve who I am and how I live my life. I read personal development books all the time, look for mentors and ways to make myself better, and try to work on achieving my goals in every area of my life. The past few years I have started fostering dogs for Texas Cattle Dog Rescue, dabbled in selling insurance and investments, and continued to fight the good fight of getting into shape and eating healthy. Last year I started doing a running workout 3-4 days a week. In June. Throughout the hottest Texas summer weather, I went to the track in town and ran. I worked hard and tried to stay focused, but I did not lose any weight! Ugh that's the biggest frustration, isn't it! I was very consistent until the fall and then I started to slack off and changed my focus to other things... hunting and archery and dogs. But I still continued to look for inspiration on getting in shape. That's when I found this Beachbody coach on Facebook. Her name is Kim and her FB business page is Chickfitkim. I started following her and reading her posts every day. Wow--she didn't get in shape until after she turned 40! She was having similar problems to the ones I was experiencing--what used to work to lose a few pounds wasn't cutting it any longer! It took me until March to finally hold my hand up and say, "Hey Kim, what did you do to get yourself to stick with it until you started to see a change?" And a friendship was begun in that sentence! So boys and girls, if you want to change your life for the better, keep your heart open to all that comes. You might find motivation on Facebook, from a movie, or maybe even from holding up your hand and asking a question! I'm super excited for all that Beachbody represents! I hope you'll join me on this adventure! Time to work! Shellgirl

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Things I Love this Summer!

10 Things I absolutely Love so far this summer:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2--these movies never disappoint!

2. Sonic's Blazin' BBQ Burger--OMG!!!! I am addicted to these things! They are the most flavorful burgers I've ever had from a fast food place!

3. Basil--my basil plants still seem to be thriving. I haven't cooked a lot with them yet, but I love to rub my hands on the leaves; my hands smell like basil for hours afterward!

4. The Doug/Kodi Wedding Experience--last weekend we went to the coolest wedding ever held in a pasture! Wish I'd taken my camera!

5. True Blood--I love my vampire fix!

6. Saving Sarah--I have always loved Fergie! And I love this series about how she's reclaiming her life!

7. Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition--I like weight loss shows. Especially ones that are so honest and inspiring!

8. My Big Comfy Bed--really I haven't stopped loving my bed from the very beginning! It's not quite a year old. I LOVE how well I sleep in it!

9. Getting together with friends and family--this weekend I'm heading to San Marcos and hanging out with my boys. We may head into Austin to see some shows, or drive to a remote honky tonk and dance our boots off!

10. Warped Tour Weekend--it was a really fun experience this year!

What are some of your favorites so far this summer?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Adventures in Growing Things

One of the goals I have had for several years has been to actually start a vegetable garden. This would seem easy enough for a girl who has lived in the country my entire life, but I have not actually tried very hard to grow a garden prior to this year.

One of the reasons that I have put it off, quite honestly, is the dog situation. No matter how I go about growing things, the current dogs in the yard like to take over and use the growing area as their campground!

Case in point. This year I actually planted vegetables in the large syrup tub containers that D has left over from feeding our cows. I filled 8 of them with dirt and potting mix and planted tomatoes, bell peppers, tabasco and habanero pepper plants. (The hot peppers were given to me by a friend of my husband, which is what actually drove me to do this). I had the container garden going for about a week when the dogs started showing signs of interest in them. It didn't take long before I came home to one of the containers being completely dug out by one of the dogs!

Since that day, the dogs have left this particular area alone--with the occasional sniff or dig around the bottom of the container. I always chase them away with threats of beatings, which don't work because they know I'm not going to beat them. I have been able to enjoy cherry tomatoes and bell peppers from my own plants! I don't have a single idea of what to do with the hot peppers.

This Saturday, I got brave once again and purchased herbs to plant in the many pots that I inherited from my mother-in-law. I planted basil, lavender, rosemary, thyme and oregano. I also bought two more tomato plants to replant the emptied syrup tub. These plants really made me happy and I thought I might actually get away with them. NO!!! When I got home yesterday evening, I found that the dogs had dumped out my lavendar, completely dumped out and rolled all over the thyme, and completely destroyed the rosemary.

I promptly captured the main suspected culprit dog, one that I hope has another home VERY SOON, and put her in the trailer. I am hopeful that this will give my poor plants a reprieve, but since I wasn't home at the time, I can't really be 100% sure that the dog I suspect is the actual culprit! Time will tell.

I replanted the lavender plant and hope that it will recover from being attacked. I will let you know how this goes!

In other news, I am going to start a separate blog for my financial services business. More on that later...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In the Line to Get In

Weird Hair of the Day

The "Line Up" Wall

Less than Jake!