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September Update

Monday, September 08, 2014

As usual, our house was dark and quiet this morning as I walked into our workout room at 4:00 a.m., but as I switched on the light, something in the middle of the floor caught my eye. A baby snake! Southern Nevada, has bark scorpions, brown recluse spiders, and rattlesnakes! YIKES! Since baby rattlesnakes, don't have rattles it's harder to tell them apart from a "normal" snake, not that there's anything normal about finding a snake in our house. This was definitely a first. But as the snake tried to find cover, it was not moving like a normal snake, it was moving like a sidewinder rattlesnake. OMG!!! Long story short, I corned the snake and "blocked it in" using some of our weights, and ran to wake my husband. It took us a while, but we were able to get it out of our house and release it back in the dessert where it belonged. Maximum heart rate achieved. No morning cardio necessary.

Just for fun, I googled "spiritual meaning of snake encounter" and came up with this.. When the snake spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting. I find that meaning VERY interesting.... All of the above apply in our life right now. My husband and I have been at a crossroads. It's been necessary for him to travel to California on business, more and more often and we've been trying to decide if it's time for us to move back to California full time and if we do, if we should rent or sell our house. (I'm now leaning move & sell!) I've also been dealing with health issues and working hard to find answers and to heal myself with proper nutrition and exercise.

I've been here before. It's September and there are only 16 weeks left until New Year's Day, 2015! The problem is that these next 16 weeks are always the HARDEST and most STRESSFUL weeks of the year. Normally I plateau, gain weight, or worse... feel like I want to GIVE UP. But THIS year IS and will be different because of my health issues. This journey is no longer about weight loss, looking good in a swimsuit, or fitting into a goal dress. It's about healing my body. No matter how bad I may feel on any given day, giving up isn't an option.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: Stronger than Yesterday!

30 DAY NUTRITON GOALS: Continue to eat Whole30 Clean, with Wahl's Paleo Plus twist.

In July, my SparkFriend CCVINE, blogged about the book, The Wahl's Protocol. I can't thank her enough. I have been feeling SO MUCH better, since adding the Wahl's veggie protocol (9 cups of veggies a day: 3 leafy greens, 3 color, & 3 sulfur rich). For the Bahama Mama team's Stronger than Yesterday Challenge, we're required to replace one meal a day with a healthy green smoothie, which has made getting in all those veggies so much easier. (So far, I'm down 6 pounds and 1 inch everywhere.) This month I'm adding the Wahl's Paleo Plus lower carb twist. My new carb goal is 50-100 g per day.

30 DAY FITNESS GOALS: Practice Chaturanga Pushups daily: Tracy Anderson Method 6 days a week

While looking over my page, I found an old note I had to write to myself for one of the DONE Girls challenges. I'm posting it again as a reminder that the most important promises are the promise I make to myself.

I haven't forgotten the day I promised myself that THIS would be the "last time" I "tried" to lose weight. The day I declared I was done hating my body; done putting my life on hold until I reached a certain weight. The day I decided that I was DONE Being the Fat Girl! Today, it feels like that day was so long ago and yet it also seems like it was just yesterday. These last few years have passed so much faster than I ever imagined. So much has changed. Everyday I'm amazed by my commitment to this process, the strength I've found inside myself, and my determination to reach my goals. I've finally realized that every new day is a gift. A brand new chance to love, laugh, and live life to its fullest.

There have been many days that have felt hard, and self-doubt has tried to creep back in, but I continuously remind myself that this journey is not about perfection. It's about discipline, endurance, adaptability, and discovery. I've learned to take this journey, one day at a time and one choice at a time. Each new day, I'm building momentum and getting closer to my goals. Today I feel energized and optimistic. I absolutely love feeling this way. I'm so proud of myself. I hope these feelings grow stronger with each day and that next year, when I go back and read this, I'll be proud that I kept that promise I made so long ago, to make THIS the "last time" and that I've kept every promise that I've made to myself since.

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    Hope all's well with you.
    2339 days ago
    Hey...I hope all is going well with you, and most of all no SNAKES around! I hope life is settling down for you and that you are able to decorate for Halloween again as in years past! Stay strong emoticon
    2390 days ago
    2401 days ago
    Glad you're doing well.
    That is interesting about snakes. Our house is basically a snake haven. Snakes everywhere. Husband just pulled a snake nest out of dryer vent where a 6 foot black snake I named jake has been living for the past year.

    Sounds like a lot is going on in your world as usual. 4 am, lady, I'm impressed!!
    As usual, you're rocking it.
    2410 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Yowza, snakes don't bother me (let's not even talk about rodents, though....UGH) but even I would have done an impressive leap if I switched on a light and saw one. I came to thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and found yours! Yay. I love when you blog (and am resubscribing ONE MORE TIME, sheesh - keep getting unsubscribed from blogs). And, by the way, my dear girl, you express yourself beautifully. I do think we need to consider letting go of the "this is it!" mentality. I think it makes us feel like failures, rather than like humans with struggles. We make our way, falling and stumbling a bit, BUT, the thing about us is, we don't just lie there in a big weepy heap. We get up, dust off, and set out again. Exciting news that you may be moving! Keep us posted, doll.
    2414 days ago
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    Wow! You have so much going on! I applaud you for the Chatarunga push ups daily! Every time I attempt those, I do a face plant! I have learned to try to catch myself before that happens, but it still happens! Thank you for posting the Paleo chart! Very helpful. I understand the health issue complications too! I have been having more trouble than I have had in years...doctors appt on 9/30 for me. Glad the snake wasn't too much trouble! Keep me posted if you come to Cali! I am on the border of LA and OC. =) Keep up the great work, girly! You are my inspiration!
    2415 days ago
  • THIN133
    The snake was an adventure ! A great story to share & it was neat you researched the meaning of meeting the snake :) all the best to you & your hubby about deciding about moving to CA. It's very hard when work takes hubbies away so much. I hope you can find a good balance & solution for you both.Congratulations to you for your amazing determination & persistence & taking care of you! You're inspiring ! Hope your health issues get better for you & that you feel like a million bucks soon !
    2415 days ago
    I'm so glad you looked up the meaning of that snake. The next time I dream of one, I will see it as a positive thing.

    You are emoticon !
    2416 days ago
    I like looking at the snake patterns when they are behind glass. The meaning of a snake encounter was very interesting. Blessings on your journey and the decisions you and DH will be making for your future. emoticon
    2416 days ago
  • SLEE103
    First off, I want to thank you for not posting a picture of the snake (lol I believe even pictures should carry a warning for those incredibly squeamish such as myself, also note to self, do not move to your part of the US). Secondly, what a great inspirational rest of your blog! I follow modified Paleo, hadn't heard of Wahl's, will definitely be checking that out. Thanks for sharing!
    2416 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    hope the snake really does mean healing energy for you! I would have screamed! So glad we dont' have snakes or anything like that here!

    Hope September is a great month for you

    love and emoticon Donna x
    2416 days ago
    Oh my word! I probably would have screamed.....making the waking up hubby part unnecessary! emoticon

    Great goals you have for yourself! It really puts things into perspective when you start counting the weeks until 2015. Wow!
    2416 days ago
    Whew, that baby snake - yikes! I also try to release living things instead of causing their demise. I don't know how long ago you lived in CA, or what part you're moving back to, but I think you might see a lot that has changed drastically. I am constantly researching where to go, but so unsure. Nice blog.
    2416 days ago
  • KLONG8
    This is so UPLIFTING! Thank you! I appreciate you reminding yourself and us that it's all up to us. We can make our lives what we want them to be if we stay mindful. If you just let the world have its way with you...without goals, without focus, the world will bang you up big time and you'll end up no where near those dreams that you chose not to turn into goals!

    We're rooting for you. End the year STRONG!
    2416 days ago
    I can totally empathize with you about your baby snake situation! I think it must be snake hatching time, because at my house we found four baby copperheads in our yard last weekend. Better in our yard though instead of our basement, my problem is that we have lizards that are somehow getting into our house, so if they can fit into our house somewhere I now those baby copperheads can too! I'm scared to let my kids play outside...eesh.

    It sounds like you are doing an awesome job, keep up all of your hard work, all of your dedication is paying off! emoticon
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