Door – a useful one!

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A very special door, for sure! My son opened this washing machine door at a laundromat near his music school. A first for me! But not for my son. (Proud Dad showing his big smile).

Almost three weeks had gone by without seeing my son in and out of the house.  This felt odd and we, his parents, missed him.  He, in the meantime, was getting comfortable in his six-week program at a music school four hours away from home.  We decided to go see him.  Yay!!

When I saw his room…shared with four other boys…all in their mid teens, I took a deep breath, and said to myself, “It looks really good in here.”  Nothing was quite in its right place, but in that mess, everything was in its right place for these boys.

My son, in the meantime, had learned to take care of himself.  Since we were there, he asked us if we could drive him to the nearby laundromat that the students had been using.  He had his quarters and his detergent.  My son seemed taller, older and so very mature.  I felt like I missed years in his life!  My eyes teared up.

After a quick tour of this place, we headed down to take care of his laundry.   We would eat lunch once the clothes were in the washer.  Then come back and put clothes in the dryer.  And, then go have some ice cream before picking up dried clothes.  At the washing machine, I was about to open his laundry bag and I heard, “I got this, Mama,”  next thing – I’m watching this big boy put his clothes in the washer.  Another teary eye moment.  I was so impressed by my son; hence the picture.  This was the first time I saw him dealing with his dirty laundry!

I am very proud of my son!  A very proud mother, indeed!

To Norm 2.0 Thursday Doors … here’s mine:)

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Every Morning I say…

“I will have a good day, today! Today, if something bad happens; I want to be able to process the bad in my mind; and I certainly want to find the good in it to move my life forward!”…This is my tip to me.  My mornings begin with this short phrase.  A short phrase, which, for sure, has an enormous impact on my day.  I’ve been doing this for a few years now.  This short phrase has now developed into a healthy habit in my life.

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A bad thing happened here. All parties involved, thankfully, were fine. My daughter was shaken up. She was one of the parties involved. The accident happened four months ago. She still thinks about it and has become a more conscious driver. The bad in this has been processed. And, the good in this is that we are able to move forward in our lives. Lesson learned.

What do you say to yourself each morning before starting your day?

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Doggy Photo Shoot Day #31

Sir Thomas TOOK ME FOR A WALK TODAY 🙂 . After two days of bad weather, he said he had enough! With the Sun shining today, he was in some mood…he kept going and going…and going, for a good 3-miles. In this photo, Sir Thomas taking a short break from walking to sniff nature 🙂 .   

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Optimistic

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I’m a grown-up but will always be a kid at heart. My optimism, always colorful!

Things around me are blurry often times, and I understand that’s because the world has infinite offerings.  They all overlap and become out of focus in my mind.  But, one of the infinite offerings is always clear in my head.  I completely embrace it.  And, it’s being optimistic.  Simply put, I live it!   It motivates me.   I am, after all, the Unstoppable Optimistic blogger.

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My Perfect Green Smoothie!

I love this smoothie!  It’s light and has so much good nutrients.  I love to make it for myself and my husband.  Kids totally freak out with the green color.  They don’t know this, but I do add a little bit of green stuff in their smoothie, just enough so it does not turn green on them :).  Crazy mom!

I add strawberry, banana and water into the smoothie tumbler.  We recently bought the Ninja (blender/smoothie-maker/food-processor).  I’m loving the fierce speed of this machine – 1500 watts, and the box says, “Total Crushing Technology.” 🙂  

I add the GREENS!

I use my fingers to push the greens below that -MAX FILL- mark on the tumbler.  The blade-lid unit does not screw in otherwise.

I close the top with the blade-lid.  This top will be the bottom on the Ninja machine.

And, here it goes…the “Total Crushing Technology” at work!    

I take two deep breaths and voila!  The smoothie is ready for my husband.  He drinks it right out of the tumbler.  I love this part too; no extra cups or drinking glass to be washed.  I’m all set to make mine, now. 🙂  I love this drink!  image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direction:

(1 – serving; Prep time: less than 5-minutes; total time: less than 5-minutes)

1/2 of  6″ Banana

1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries

2 Cups Olivia’s Organic mix (can use any other spring mix, spinach or kale)

1 Cup water (more if the smoothie is too thick)

Place all four ingredients in the tumbler.  Close with blade-lid.  Blend.  Blend for 10 seconds and it’s done!  Enjoy.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 80 gram;  Carbohydrate: 21 gram;  Fiber: 4.8 gram;  Protein: 2.55 gram;  Sugar: 10.7 gram;  Fat: 0.17 gram;  Cholesterol: 0 gram;  Potassium: 281 gram

The salad gives me – Vitamin A 110%; Vitamin C 50%; Calcium 6%; Iron 20%.  The Strawberries give me – Vitamin C 45%, Iron 2% and Calcium 2%.  Banana and Strawberries are high in potassium.

(I eat lean meat/fish for my protein to balance my meal.  Sometimes I add protein powder in this smoothie and get protein that way).

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No Pain, No Gain. Oh, Not This Pain!

Workout finished.  Not exactly the way I wanted it to.  I hurt my lower back.  Excruciating pain.  No idea how it started.  It did not happen during my workout, but right after.  Maybe while I was putting away weights, steps or risers…who knows.  (I heard that)…it has nothing to do with my getting older! 🙂

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Having low threshold for pain, I immediately hit the websites –  read, and read on lower back pain. Started treatment.  Iced the affected area, then used heat.  Alternated that for a good couple of days.  Took ibuprofen as well.  Consulted my dear websites, again.  Next step – added some stretch exercises.   (I heard that, too)…I’m not going to the doctor!  And, stop telling me what to do!

After two days, I felt well enough to try my Body Pump class.  Using my body weight for squats and lunges; and low weight (about 5 lbs) for the rest of the class; I finished the one hour class.  For the rest of the week – I kept low weight and focused on my form.  The week ended well. Pain level, in control!  (Heard that)…Awe, that’s sweet!  Thank you for believing in my research and treatment. 🙂

Source of my back pain – who knows!  But I do know that nursing that pain, helped.  I’m happy now –  that much I definitely know.

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Weight(less) 

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My friend and I were nearing the end of our moderate rated (on scale of difficulty), 4-mile trail, on a nice cool day.   These rock steps were the last hike.  Climbing against gravity to conclude our trail was a heavily weighted challenge.  Here, my friend is reaching the end.  Keep going friend, few more to go … you can do it!  (She did do it.)