Tuesday, December 30, 2008

This post never went thru! hmmmm

I wrote this on Dec. 30 and it never posted...hmmmm . It wasn't done, but I will post it anyway!

Wow!!!!!!!! The Christmas holiday is over and my heart is overflowing. My beautiful and precious daughter had an amazing day. I couldn't sleep (of course. I never do). I had the camcorder and camera ready for action before she woke up. The second that I heard her make a peep, I "sprang from the bed to see what was the matter" ...(okay I know, Christmas is over) and she was slow to warm up. She was soooooooooooooo excited to see her 4.5 foot dollhouse! Oh me oh my, I wanted to climb in and take a nap in that thing.

Off to play!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Quick Holiday Post

oooooOOOOHhhhhhhh .....Here is a poem titled Autism Night Before Christmas by Cindy Waeltermann. Please read it here. It brought me to tears both last year and this year. Read it HERE.

Sometimes people don't realize the victory we parents of kiddos with Autism feel..... I'm taking time right now to think about that....

This video by the beautiful and amazing Angela.

I've been so busy lately. I promise to get to your emails really soon. I am making jambalaya (not raw) for Kennedy's dad. I made a HUGE plate of pralines for his office for Kennedy to bring over yesterday. She was so excited. I will post all about her Christmas and what this season has meant to us.

Off to do that... go to the store (last minute things) and will be up all night wrapping and assembling gifts!!

Oh yea... I've not been eating the best (all raw though), but have been getting to the gym. My tummy is NOT happy right now, but I will get her back on track. She knows I love her very much. I'm chugging grapefruit juice right now.

p.s. Check out my amazing friend Kristen's EASY Raw Holidays ebook . Only $6.95 and downloadable NOW. You can run out and make ONE raw dish or hey ALL raw dishes this Christmas day or weekend. ... BBL (be back later)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Photos from NYC & Quick Blurb

Vanessa aka Chocolate Girl's party was a blast. She looked gorgeous as always and the event was amazing. Just think...live b-boxing, breakdancing, spoken word, poetry, live artist painting the scene and David Wolfe. Need I say more?

Jayna' and the Raw Chocolate God D. Wolfe

Philip and me having a blast

It's a shame how gorgeous I am

My "Fuck Cancer" hat. Oh yea..got diagnosed and beat Cancer this year. :-)

Random photo of my princess being a...well, princess

The gorgeous Britainie

Me and Brit

Raw Power Men having a moment

Brit admiring her sundae

Yummy Pure Sundaes

Okay. I wanted to do a super long detailed post about NYC, but I am so busy I can't get it all in.I had a blast though. Drove into Jersey, got my hotel and relaxed for the first time in months. Decided to meet up with my BFF Britanie at Pure Takeaway for dinner and then headed to Pure (restaurant) for a sundae and glass of water.
Took a cab in the brisk air to the venue. Stood in the wrong line for the club...HA. Got searched by a super bi-curious female bouncer who rubbed my ass! I was like, 'Ummmmm.... chill out"
Anyway, I danced the nite away. Ate tons of raw chocolate and laughed til I couldn't laugh anymore. Had a nice chat with David Wolfe. Actually thought I should lick his elbow and see if it tasted like raw chocolate, but decided that should happen on our SECOND meeting.
(as of now)...been going to the gym, working out at home and not doing great with my raw. Am still 100% but when I am not doing green juices, I feel less than optimal and my body knows it. Got tons of juicing ingredients and tomorrow is a new day!!!

Enjoy the random photos

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Making it Happen Winter Wednesday

Woke up all thru the nite to more and more snow. Rain... then ice.

Okay no school for DD so no gym for me right?? My 5 am wakeup didn't workout today. I got up but was so tired I couldn't brush my teeth straight. I went back to bed until 7:30 when DD got up. That is really sleeping late for her!

I set up my laptop in my bedroom and did a cardio DVD for 30 mins. She was whining and asking me to play with her and I am so proud of myself for finishing it. I said to myself, "When she's 16, she won't remember the 30 mins of crying she did when she was 4" That eased the guilt

Ive been cleaning for a playdate and mom just called to say she can't drive b/c of some medicine. Well, guess what????? It's all good. Her house is 8 mins from our gym!! We will go there, hang for a big, exchange gifts (my gosh I took all my money buying her son a gift!) it didnt cost a lot, I just didnt have any :-)

Then I will pack DDs dinner and eat there...run to the gym and get home. What a splendid plan. Today will be legs...ahhhh I miss them. Home in time to put her straight to bed and do my schoolwork.

All things work out for the good.


I typed that earlier before I left home. I'm back now. The playdate broke my heart. I was getting really upset when I was there, but I like to follow Kennedy's lead. When we got in the car she said, "Mommie don't ever bring me there again. He doesn't like me. He's a mean Gus". I assured her that I wouldn't and that wherever mommie is...it's safe and secure. sigh


Since I've been back from NYC my diet has been simple. I had bad diarrhea for one day after I got back. My stomach couldn't handle the pressure. It was all really good food, just too much too many times a day.

Now I'm back simple. Greens. Juices. Smoothies. Massive fat filled salads. Few raw chocolate bites while sipping yerba mate'. Life is good.

@ Gym I did...

WU: 10 mins on crosstrainer
Smith squats 70x2x1 90x1x12
Calf raises 20sx2x30 20sx1x45
Split squats 15sx1x10 15sx2x8 (each leg)
Ab Knee ups 20....30....25
Leg Press 90x3x15
Standing side kick 15sx1x10 (each side) 15sx2x15 (each side)
Ab Knee ups 20....15.....12
Bridges on ball 10, 10, 10 (held for 10 secs between sets)
Cardio 5 mins on treddy and i FELL OFF!! Geez it's Christmas time and no one stopped to help me. On one hand it's great that they were so focused...but they WERE laughing!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I just can't stay away..

Oh me oh my.... I woke up at 4 am after only 3 hours of sleep and while I thought I would be really exhausted, I was revving to go. When Kennedy got up at 6:30, we were ready to start our day. At about 9:30 I asked if she wanted to go to the gym. She has been telling me that she misses the "old" gym. I don't miss the old gym. Too small and it's shaped like a circle so EVERYONE is always staring at you. Well, the "new" gym doesn't have the greatest daycare and since Kennedy IS the most important thing.... I think I will resign up with the old gym. Since I have already cancelled, all I have to do is reinstate. No new fees, just pick up where I left off. I am in a short contract at the "new" gym so that means 2 GYM memberships right now!! I won't lie... I kinda like that. ;-) They are both not really close to the house, but the old gym does have a branch closer than the new one. It's just that Kennedy only likes the daycare at the far one... okay long story short(er)... we drove 30 mins to the old gym today. Kennedy was happy. I had a kick ass workout... 3 hours of sleep and all and I will 9 out of 9 reinstate my membership and pay for 2 gyms and cut costs somewhere else (damn!)

I gave it my all today working out. It's like if you don't see a lover for weeks and then you're all over them. Well, that's me and my weights. I made a new playlist and got busy. Great great great workout. What I didn't count on was the blizzard that came blowing our way!! Oh my. I looked out the gym window and saw the blankets of snow and thought, "I could leave"... nah I'll do 10 more mins and then we can go. It was a fun ride home. Slow, but fun.

I will do a post about NYC later or tomorrow. I had a blast. I drove alone. Did a lot of meditating on the way there and had an enjoyable relaxing day before the party. It was so much fun to be around crazed raw cacao lovers and yes oh yes I DID meet David Wolfe. yes we chatted about raw chocolate for a second. yes we stared into each others' eyes for an eternity. oh my life long connection. He IS amazing.

more later. off to kiss Kennedy and find something fun to do in here since we are snowed in!

Warm fuzzy hugs,

Buy this Book!!!

Okay. Everyone knows (right?) that I want to write a book about raw foods...its powers... its magic. How to go raw...etc. Well, I feel that there are great books out there, but there is something missing. Well, my dear gorgeous friend Kristen wrote an amazing book Kristen's Raw The EASY way to get started & succeed at the Raw Food and Vegan Diet & Lifestyle . Oh me oh my this book talks about everything you would want to know about starting and continuing on this lifestyle. I am serious. I'm not just saying that because I love Kristen's goddess energy. She's the real deal and this book is the best thing to get BEFORE the new year to help you organize your thoughts.

There are chapters with titles like "How Raw Works", "Cravings", "Setting Yourself up to Win", "Where are you Today?", "Travel in the Raw" and "14-Day Sample Meal Plan". WoW. I couldn't put this one down. If I had this book when I first started out, it would have made a major difference in my ability to be successfully raw YEARS ago.

Go read about the lovely Kristen and see all of the ebooks and paper books that she offers Here at her cute website . And also check em out here at AMAZON .
I'm not the only one who believes so... read her reviews on Amazon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I snuck in !

Okay, before you think I meant the movies, I snuck into the gym. I know I know, "DO YOUR SCHOOL WORK!" Well, I read some of my book on the rbike.... I couldn't help it. Kennedy was off from PreK and we didn't have any therapies or doctors this morning...so I went! I had a blast. Felt soooooooo great when I left. It was just what I needed. I know , I sound like a junkie. But I am. A health junkie and I need my fix. MY fix is gym+anything green...ahh yes. Warm feelings.
At the gym, I kept it light and easy and didn't have much time, but hey it did the trick.

My box arrived from One Lucky Duck and I feel like one lucky duck! I ordered chocolate macaroons and the oatmeal raisin cookies. I'm GF (b/c my daughter has to be) so I don't really do oats so I didn't care for them as much, but the macaroons were consumed while drinking really warm tea with wild honey and watching Girlfriends- one of my favorite shows ever invented! Of course Kennedy was napping while all of this happened....what a great day.

I didn't get much schoolwork done today b/c I went out to dinner with Kay, her dad and a few of his friends. I'm on a different wavelength than they are so I mostly tuned into Kay with her radiant light and had a fun nite munching on celery sticks.

Tomorrow is a planned walk outside in the cold followed by at home yoga and grocery shopping before I have to get Kay from school. Perhaps on Thursday and Friday I can sneak back into the gym.

Hope that you are making the most of this holiday season and giving others before you give yourselves. Don't worry, I walk the walk . Those cookies and macaroons? My mom is getting 1/2 in the surprise "happy you're raw" package I mailed for her today.

Smile!! It'a a rawonderful life

Big warm fuzzies,

Monday, December 8, 2008

Raw Thoughts

Ohhhh my soul is crying for the gym :( Freezing winds and slightly icy roads coupled with tons of schoolwork = an inability to go and a lesson on patience, gratitude and acceptance. How long do we sometimes fight a process that is inevitable? For example... I have to be at Kennedy's school for 11:30. It's 11:28 and I am 6 blocks away in traffic. No amount of clock watching, huffing & puffing is going to change anything. I can however change my mind and decide that I will get there whenever I get there and turn up my tunes.

So with that in mind, this morning Kennedy got on the van for school. "I have 2 solid hours" I said to myself.... out the door I went. 21 degrees, windchill 18. I walked for 30 minutes graciously inhaling the crisp pre-winter air as I thought of wonderful it is that I am afforded the opportunity to walk...a safe neighborhood to walk in....comfortable walking shoes and a winter coat. Point is... I wouldn't have reached those feelings of gratitude going round on a treadmill like a hamster on the wheel.

My morning meditation brought me someplace beautiful and I was able to tap into an infinite amount of wisdom there. Images of green grasses, prayer beads and water gave me a great idea for my upcoming trip to CA. Yes I'm going to CA in January for 8 days....OH speaking of trips. I'm going to NYC this weekend for the crazy Raw Choc Party. I'll give the link tomorrow...I'm super busy and trying to post before heading back to my mountain of work.

My raw food has been simpler...as time doesn't allow for much else. Kale salads with lots of seeds, sprouts and avocados.... a few almond dream yumpots, juices, smoothies....simple raw love. I thrive on the diet best this way. I do however have plans tomorrow to make some buckwheat zucchini pizza crust, cashew seed cheese, marinara (pizza!) and a mango cheesecake. But hey it's cold out here!

Stay warm, stay healthy.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Orleans, School, Cold Winds and Lessons

My posts will be scarce for the next two weeks as I delve back into my coursework and attempt to finish off this quarter strongly. I have had some very interesting coursework and am so grateful for it.

Sometimes I wait to post if my pictures aren't uploaded (of my raw foods) or if I don't have time to hyperlink info for you all, but maybe it would be better if I put up a short post or one without links and pictures....it's better than nothing. (lesson learned)

New Orleans was an extremely moving experience for me this time around. I can't go into detail b/c there are people who read this blog who may not appreciate my candor and I have sensitives towards that. Suffice it to say, I am forever changed.

My diet in New Orleans was great. I ate a lot of gRAWnola (although the nuts were soaked, wasn't that great on my digestion). I had massive amounts of green juices, wonderful kale salads and tons of sprouts. I arrived in town and as usual went straight to my 2nd home... Whole Foods. I got a container of very fresh guacamole and added HUGE amounts of sprouts to it and ate it right out of the container. I also fell back in love with mangoes while there. I ate about 20 of them...yum yum. For Thanksgiving dinner, I had the biggest salad known to man with sprouts, kale, lemon juice, tomatoes, avocados, pine nuts and about 16 ozs of really green juice. Kennedy had an amazing time with family....running and jumping and just being herself. We made GF playdough from scratch, test cookies for Santa, tons of juices and raw burgers to leave with my mom.

I'm excited to note that my mom is embarking on a high raw diet. YES. She went veg, not vegan, years ago and is now serious about green juices, green smoothies and the like. She will be more conscious of the other food choices, but 100% raw isn't her deal , neither should it be. She should do what she is comfortable with and that way she will stick with it. I'm excited to see her progress!

My gym time has halted! The freezing winds, daylight savings time, piled up schoolwork...arg! Instead of griping about my desire to go, I am accepting it and changing my definition of exercise. I do a few things around the house....dance with Kay....rebound for short spurts of time, take walks and do standing abs. My muscle definition will be fine over the next couple of weeks. That will mean 4 weeks of a break from the gym by that time. OUCH! I miss her! Don't worry, I'll be back... I always am.

I've been doing something lately that I thought I'd never do...walking outside in the freezing cold! I'm a Southern Gyrl and anything below 50 is too cold to go out in. However, I've begun walking outside in the morning 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. I use the time to clear my mind and focus on my breath. I've even fallen in love with a bony, leave ridden tree. I named her Shanti. I stop and talk to her....listen to her every morning that I go out. I'm proud to say that I'm learning to dress better in this cold weather too!! I've been up her four years, you'd think I know by now ;-)

So much has transformed in my life on a spiritual level. I am open to the process and love and light are flowing in. My hands and heart are open to receiving them.

I have so much more I want to share with you, but it will have to wait until next time.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Really Quickly

Hey Foodies,

I'm back in town from New Orleans....didn't really have internet access there and when I did, I was so super busy, I couldn't take a break!

I will fill you in on ALL the details later today AND the ephiphany I had while on my way back yesterday.

Hope your holiday was full of joy and gratitude



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