That Glance, Waffle Fries, and Yard Service.

You see, just as I was about to go to work, I decided to take a last glance at myself in the bathroom. At that point, I saw the toilet overflowing. I turned the valve off from the back of the toilet seat to make it stop overflowing. Because it happened out of nowhere, I called my principal and said I would be late. I then called a plumber to come out. Seemed liked the things were gonna be fine. Nope.

The plumber mentioned that the water more than likely seeped under the flooring and would require water restoration. I didn’t see all that much water, but it sounded like things were starting to get serious. Since that sounded like some high dollar operation, I called my homeowners insurance and filed a claim. Okay. Not shook. From there, I called a reputable water restoration company to come out. They said they would be able to come out in few hours. Now I have to use a personal day. I wanted to get perfect attendance for the second year in a row! By the time I publish this blog post, I will be over it.

In a nutshell, the water has seeped into about half the house. So half of the flooring and padding is being pulled up.  The fans will be in the house for the next 3 days.

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(Yep. Both bathrooms, the master bedroom, and the den showcase a similar mess.)

I had an errand to run before the water restoration guys stopped by. At this time, I was getting hungry. Chick Fil A fries, large, with ketchup sounded like a great idea. I passed. I knew I had tasty, nourishing food at home. As I looked at my to-do list for this evening, I planned to do yardwork .  I passed at least 4 yard services on the way home. I was very close to asking for a card. As you can imagine, the fans are so loud, I want a reason to get out of the house to do the yardwork.

What I am trying to say, is that the whole eating right and the exercising deal is doable until it hits the fan, or seeps through your floor. No waffle fries and yard-service for me.  Gratitude is the word for today. Because I could have been alot worse if I didn’t stop by the bathroom to take that glance.

 

“I Love You Man!”

It may not seem like it, but I think about you all daily. Something will happen, and I say to whoever is listening to me, “I SHOULD BLOG ABOUT THAT!”.  Sometimes the listener agrees, and sometimes they say nothing. I’m waiting for the day someone says “Nah. Keep that one to yourself”.

Here is a list of some of the things I think of blogging about:

  • Bucket List Item: Taking a Yoga Teacher Training course to deepen my yoga practice.
  • Hair products that I use as a natural hair African American. Particularly while running in high humidity and practicing hot yoga. Our hair is not easy to manage, and I  learned a lot of tips and tricks from social media. I feel compelled to give back.
  • My Debt Freedom Journey: Working to be debt free but my mortgage by August 2018.

My summer, fitness wise, has consisted of building mileage and lots of yoga. I bought a 3-month unlimited yoga pass to a nearby studio, which is something I do once a year or so. I have been enjoying my yoga practices so much that sometimes I go for a run and then do yoga practice that same day.

To be fair, I have the summer off from my school system and teach an Algebra course for my state’s virtual school. Having this setup aids in my body being able to rest and recover for the next day. It’s still quite busy though.

I’ve been running between 3-4.5 miles 3 times a week and a 6 mile run on Saturdays. I want to build my mileage as much as I can before August, but… you know how I am. For example, my running coach instructed us to run 10 miles. When I woke up and got there, I wasn’t feeling that idea. So six miles it was.

That may sound like a humble brag, but I’m not about that. You see, what “had happened was” I was at Fresh Market yesterday evening and my mind told me to get a coffee while I was shopping around. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I couldn’t put together why I did not sleep well. This morning, when I hoped in the car, that empty coffee cup brought me back to reality.

But let me tell you about this gem that I found at Fresh Market:

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(Sweet Baby Mother of All! It was so good! )

How have you all been? Don’t be shy. Comment below.

I’m Had a Corny Moment, But I’m Good Now.

Yesterday, I created a video blog for you all. I wanted to spice things up around here. I tried to upload it, and Miss WordPress wanted me to upgrade this blog for $100. Lol. No.

So I tried to upload it to YouTube. No luck. This morning, I tried to find other options. No luck. Out of frustration, I ALMOST reached for my debit card. However, there was one problem:

This was not planned out at the beginning of the pay period when I created my budget. It wasn’t an emergency, so I couldn’t justify going into savings for it. I can hear some of you right now saying:

“Bookworm, you need to lighten up and live on the wild side sometimes!”

I would have to disagree. I know myself. Giving into wants here and there is how  I would get into consumer debt. That’s right. No consumer debt here. I’m not above it, I just don’t like the bank or companies having dibs to my once a month teacher paycheck.

I like to read blogs, watch videos, and listen to Podcasts for reinforcement. It works.

My Favorite Money Blog: DoubleDebtSingleWoman.com

My Favorite Money YouTuber: FrugalChicLife 

My Favorite Money Itunes Podcast: Dave Ramsey  (I usually don’t agree with his politics, but I still like his sense or humor and overall spirit of helping people better their relationship with their money).

Do you have a favorite money personality? Sharing is caring!!!

 

 

 

Gratitude Post

It seems fitting to create a gratitude post for two reasons:

  1. I am happy to be getting back in to the routine of blogging.
  2. It’s holiday season. This makes for a good time to reflect and be thankful.

Gratitude works in conjunction with the spirit of giving (you know, because you’re busy giving thanks). It’s not a “what’s in it for me” mindset. At the same time, it not about being gullible either.

Well, without further adieu, here is the list:

Support: I am so thankful for my family, friends, associates, and acquaintances who enable me to not loose my marbles. I am also VERY thankful for YOU the reader!

Health: I am thankful for good health. Sometimes it seems like a hassle to make sure I sleep well, hydrate, eat a balanced diet, exercise daily, and meditate/pray/reflect. But it is worth it.

Career: I am a math teacher in an alternative school setting. It is a good fit for me at this point in my career. It has helped me develop a higher level of patience and tolerance that has transferred well into my personal life. This is my 12th year in the education profession. When I was a 19 year old kid choosing this career path, there were so many people (with good intentions) that persuaded me to choose another career option. I am still satisfied about my choice, despite my “busiest” work days.

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(I believe it is a daily task to implement.)

Question: What do you have gratitude for? Take care.

Eureka!!!!!!

GOOD NEWS: It is a teacher in-service day, and also my last work day of the school year! I got the idea to workout during my lunch break today!

BAD NEWS: Today’s WOD is Murph….

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Hopefully this trial run plays out well so that I could do this on other in-service days. For those that don’t know, teacher in-service tends to be chock full of meetings. This can make for a long work day, even though the hours are the same. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but as a teacher (math teacher at an alternative school), I have always envied people with other jobs/careers that are blessed with this option. Seriously, even a lunch break power walk is out of the question for the average educator.

I changed my WOD workout time from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. about a month ago. I plan to maintain this for days when students are scheduled to report to school.  It takes prior planning and organization, but it works for me because it provides enough time for me to also  (power) walk my dog and shower. Right now, I am getting up at 4:45 a.m.; but when the school year resumes I may choose 4:30. I would like to walk my dog first, so that I have time to put on makeup and jewelry.

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(A little after WOD grub. I will drink the shake en route back to work, then eat the salad when I get there. Don’t worry, I have more food around if this isn’t enough.)

Podcast Favorites!

I am really impressed with how Apple itunes Podcast have evolved. I listen to several on a daily basis. I tend to do this when I get home to tidy, cook, and dog walk. It enables a smooth transition from work to home life.

I increase the speed of the podcast of those that tend to talk slowly, have a regional drawl, or doesn’t require deep thought.

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Here is a list of podcasts that I regularly listen to. What do you all listen to?

Health/Fitness

No Meat Athlete

Squats and Espresso

Nom Nom Paleo

Work Related

How I Teach

Personal Growth

Happier With Gretchen

Real Simple

Joel Olsteen

Dave Ramsey

The Art of Charm

Entertainment

This American Life

Yo, Is This Racist?

Back to Work/New School Year/Consistent Habits

Sometimes  when the new school year begins, I temporarily drift off from healthy eating and consistent exercise. So far, I have had a smooth transition. Right now, I haven’t felt like running. However, I go to Crossfit 3-4 times a week. Throughout the summer, I often went 3 times a week. I went 4 times this week, and I didn’t t feel “broke down”. I think I will stick with this workout routine for a while. So here is my eating routine right now:

Breakfast: Oatmeal, almonds, and  coffee (holds me until lunch time with ease)

At Work:  Vitamin pack and a lot of water

Lunch: Chicken breast sandwich, raw veggies, a few tablespoons of ranch dressing

Snack: Can range anywhere from a Quest bar, to scrambled eggs , to  a few handful of Cheetos. I want to do right and stick with a 1/2 cup of almonds from here on.

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Exercise: Pre-workout and Protein shake

Dinner: Whatever my mind tells me to eat. Regardless if it is healthy or not, I am usually pretty sensible with the portions. I want to get more consistent though. I am currently looking for crock-pot meals to solve this sort-of problem.

I need ideas. What have you all been consistently eating that is pretty healthy? I will keep you guys posted.

 

 

I Had BEST See A Return On My Investment!!!!

Daily Prompt: Que Sera Sera

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, I believe that I control my own destiny. The obvious caveat is that it appears to get more difficult as I get older. It is pretty easy for me to reflect on this, because I am an educator for 13 year olds in the system that I was a student at.

At 13, I began school sports where I had P.E. during the school day, and basketball practice afterwards. Adequate rest, hydration, injury prevention, and weight maintenance was not a concern.

At 23, I began teaching. I had just lost that excess college weight, with a mild amount of effort. At this point, I was conscience about resting, and minimum weight maintenance. I still didn’t care about hydrating, injury prevention, or a whole lot of things.

At 33, I somewhat envy the carefree mindset of the 13 and 23 year old. At this point, adequate rest, hydration, proper fueling (for successful workouts), and injury prevention is a moderate concern.

Many females say age 40 and up is not physically kind to females (YOU KNOW WHAT I GETTING AT…..).  I say that age 25 and on have been unkind (physically) to a lot of males and females. A person cannot always prevent accidents, horrible diagnosis such as cancer, and the overall aging process. However, we can all put in the good fight and make a healthy lifestyle a priority. It can’t be done individually. It will take the support AND/OR respect of family, peers, and friends.

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

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I decided to give up coffee for lent. People’s perception of me is like the picture below. That is not true. I was like the picture below  AFTER I TRIED to give up coffee, for lent,  two years ago.

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DETAILS:

I am not fasting from all caffeine; just regular coffee.

I know the bible mentions (somewhere in the New Testament) that you are not supposed to openly discuss what you choose to fast from. However, publishing this post is helping transfer this exciting energy (about my lent goal) into something productive.

I will keep you updated (a little bit).

Yes, I just thought of this.

Yes, I am about to go out and buy a fair amount of green, earl grey, black, and herbal teabags.

Vegetarianism Part I: How It Came to Be For Me (teehee that rhymes)!

I am so glad it is Sunday, and that we move the clock back an hour. This November challenge (National Blog Posting Month) is getting real. My dirty trick has been to create spare blog posts, just in case the work week get to busy. That is so much easier said than done.

Anyway, for this post, let’s talk about me being vegetarian. I would like to discuss my journey to this lifestyle. To me, there had been a decline in the food industry when it comes to the quality (taste wise) of meat. For example, when I was a teenager, Wendy’s had really good hamburgers (I stopped eating hamburgers years before I became vegetarian), then suddenly one day they tasted nasty. Distraught, I would order another burger periodically, and yielded the same results. Another example is that hot wings also stopped tasting good a while back as well, but I always enjoyed the sauce part. And after a while, the poor taste quality escalated to a yucky feeling that lingered on the stomach.

I suspected that it was easy to notice these concerns, because I had developed a plant based diet after I graduated college anyway (I need cleaner food/energy/fuel to be a high school teacher and keep up with the angels). The past couple of years though, I actually kicked up a notch and became full vegetarian (no meat, or fish; but I do eat a small amount of dairy and eggs).

So the actual process started like this. I gave up red meat the day after Thanksgiving years ago. Then lent came, and I gave up poultry (chicken, turkey, etc.). Lastly, I gave up seafood, as well because it had been a long time since I had seafood that tasted really good (shrimp and salmon, in particular). It all still smells good sometimes, like if I am going past a reputable restaurant. But in general, going past a mall food court, or jogging/running past a fast food restaurant has a distinct, non-appetizing smell. So you see, I am not the ethical type of vegetarian; meaning that I am not trying to save the world and such. I am not put off by people that choose to eat meat. That’s none of my concern or business. And let’s face it, different food taste good to different people.

Next Post: Vegetarianism Part II: Frequently Asked Questions

Two common questions that I am asked are:

a) So, what do you eat?  b) So, do you think you will become vegan?