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One Pedal Forward… One Walk Back

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Well, to be honest, I am surprised that the bike lasted this long before breaking down! Carrying my extra weight around for the past month could not have been easy. I am just glad that the chain snapped not far from home.

I have been getting a lot of use out of my bike and with a few minor fixes it will be up and running in no time. This is not a reason to give up the exercise ghost and sit down a watch reality TV for the afternoon.

In fact, it has inspired me to do more!

In a more direct approach to getting myself to move more, I have positioned my treadmill to where my lounge chair used to be in the living room. I don’t necessarily need to do a full workout every single time I watch TV, but just to keep moving while I watch an episode of Mad Men or Ellen, is better than just laying back in the lounger!

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I did not come to this decision easily. In fact, it took about 3 weeks of thinking in my head, “I really should move the treadmill in front of the TV!” And then one day I just stopped procrastinating and did it.

There are many setbacks when you want to exercise… Most of the time, they begin with you. Instead of thinking that you should do something, just do it now and get it over with. Moving the treadmill took a while, but now, to move it away from in front of the TV would take more of an effort and make me realize what I was doing and make me realize that I was giving up.

The process of losing weight and exercising more is a painfully slow process, but with little changes, and not thinking about the setbacks, we can make it!

 

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October Foodie Pen Pals

When I was a kid, I loved the thought of having a pen pal.  In the 2nd grade I had my first pen pal and remember how excited I was to send a letter to someone unknown and to receive a letter in return.  At the end of September, I heard about the Foodie Pen Pal program from my friend Nanci from ” This Crazy Life Of Mine.” She wrote about Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean.

I was SO excited to be a part of this Food Pen Pal group, both because I was able to put a box together for my pen pal but also because I would receive a box from a completely different person.  I had the pleasure of being connected with two amazing people, Sharon from Delicious Musings (who had me) and Megan (my foodie pen pal).

As it turns out, Sharon new of my affinity for “Down East” food and sent a package of goodies from New England!

The Maple Candy from Brown Family Farm was a big hit as anything made of pure sugar melts quickly in the Florida heat.

Next on the list was a jar of natural hone from Windy Hill Farm in Windham, Maine. I put honey in everything, so this is a delicious staple to my pantry

A jar of Maine Wild Blueberry Jam was also in the package from Maine Jams & Jellies Inc. At least I think there was, as it did not last very long!

And finally a delightful book called Sugar and Salt, Book One. It is a collection of recipes, crafts, thoughts and stories from author and chef Annie Mahle who owns and operates a floating restaurant and B&B on the Maine Schooner J. & E. Riggins.

Besides the blueberry jam, I cannot wait to dive into all of these wonderful items!

Thank-you so much Sharon!

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So, do you wanna join us?! Here’s the deal:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by November 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

 

It All Started With A Green Smoothie

In all actuality, I started thinking about getting healthier a few months ago. I was on Pinterest of all places and  I saw a picture of a green smoothie…

Linda, please don’t sue me for stealing your photo!

At first I was disgusted, but as I read about this strange elixir and it’s ingredients, I started to think. “Hey, I could drink that!” I mean, it was mostly fruit and a little bit of spinach. The fruit would have to overpower the taste of spinach so even I could choke it down, right?

I really liked Linda Wagner’s blog where I first saw the green smoothie and started following her. I have to admit, I am not at her healthy level of eating, but a person has to start somewhere. She has great tips and recipes too!

At the time, I did not want to make the commitment of a 200.00 to 300.00 mixer. As we all know in losing weight and getting healthy, commitments are sometimes short lived. I didn’t want to fail and then even worse, have 300.00 juicer mocking me from the kitchen. So I went looking for another option.

My wife and I, have always been a fan of the Magic Bullet; a late-night infomercial staple of how to make milkshakes, smoothies and chopped items. We have had one for a few years and it did its job perfectly, but we wanted something a little stronger that could chop up the fruit and veggies and not lose the vitamins of the skin and fiber.

I was very happy to find the next generation online… The Nutri-Bullet.

Now this is not an advertisement, I am not getting paid…(Nutri-Bullet people, hint, hint) But I am just passing along something that works for me. A compact and inexpensive way to get my daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

As an example, I took some pictures of my breakfast yesterday. I just chopped up a plate of fruit… bananas, kiwi, pineapple, apple, blueberries, grapes and of course the spinach!

Yes, all this will fit it the Nutri-Bullet!

It takes about five minutes to chop it all up and a minute to blend it. A very delicious “Nutri-blast” in under 10 minutes.

Not as green as the original, but I added blueberries that darken it!

Along with being a great health option, the community that have a Nutri-Bullet are very loyal and dedicated. There are recipe books and Facebook pages for recipes. Everything from smoothies to soups etc.

As I said before, I am not making any money from the company, I am just telling you what has worked for me. As I have said in previous postings, I am on the Weight Watchers program and a fruit shake like this is ZERO points and is very filling. And also, I am down another 2 pounds this week!

So go do whatever keeps you on the path to better health. I have found mine. Good luck to you as well!

And let me know if you have a juicer or even a Nutri-Bullet. I would love to hear about your experiences too!

Big “Weight” For An Update

 

Alright, I was waiting to see if I could mange to totally screw up this weight-loss thing within the first two weeks, so that is why I held off on posting. I usually get so hyped up. Get all my food ready, plan my exercise routine and then after about three days, I’m like, “Screw this, Let’s go get a cheesecake!”

It didn’t happen that way, this time. I have actually stayed on the Weight Watchers plan and at the end of my second week, I have lost an incredible 14.2 pounds!

So far, I have been eating pretty much what I have wanted to and I have gone out to eat… a lot. This is sounding like a commercial for WW, but it’s not. I will leave the paid endorsements to Charles Barkley and Jennifer Hudson.

My exercise routine started out great, but then by the third day, I realized that I had a heel spur on my left foot, which was making it difficult to walk…my main form of exercise. I know I will have to get back to it, but for now, my doctor has given me exercises and orthopedic devices to help alleviate some of the pain.

I will go into detail about what I am eating in later posts, but for now, for me, the biggest change in starting to lose weight was my mind. That I felt like now was the time to do something. I could not stay the same shape. If you are trying to lose weight, your mindset cannot be, “I should lose weight.” I has to be, “I have to lose weight.” And I know that people lose weight for many different reasons: family, health, fitting into a new bathing suit. When it comes down to it, losing weight has to be for you. That was the trigger that went off in my mind and hopefully it will for you too.

Have a great week!

 

Checking Out The New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World!

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Decided to load up the car with the wife and her sister and spend the day at DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida to accomplish many things… We wanted to go to Hollywood Studios as we have yet to go on Toy Story Mania, and my Sister in Law had never been on Rockin’ Rollercaoster. We also wanted to go to Epcot and take part in the Food and Wine Festival, and we wanted to head to the Magic Kingdom to see all the holiday decorations for Halloween!

Our day was made however, when we saw that the new Fantasyland was partially open and they were letting guest do a walk through!

We walked up to the “Be Our Guest” restaurant, which will not be opening until the beginning of December. The castmembers told us about the new menu and that it will actually be open for lunch as a fast service place and then change to a full service restaurant for dinner!

We walked around and saw Gaston’s Tavern and who should be out front mugging for pictures, but the egotistical one himself! Going inside is a “roaring fireplace” and a huge picture of the namesake above! There was a drink that everyone was trying that included apple cider and a foam top. It reminded me of Harry Potter’s Butterbeer, but tasted a lot better!

As we walked on we were able to see  that Ariel’s Grotto was allowing people on the ride and we jumped in! The queue is long, but Disney has always known how to keep it moving. There are screens that have little blue crabs that you can interact with. For today’s purpose though, it actually slowed the line down, but in anticipation, we did not mind.

The ride was pure Disney. Clamshell cars on a track, winding through an undersea world with Ariel and her friends. It seemed short to us, but little ones will enjoy it just because it is Ariel!

I apologize in advance for the fuzziness of the pictures inside the ride, I was trying to abide by the no flash photography rule!

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All in all it was a great day and We all can’t wait til the full land opens up shortly (Not short enough for our liking!)

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Tomorrow Is Today

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It has been almost two years since my last post…

Life as we get older seems to move so quickly now. When we say, “Oh, I’ll get to that tomorrow” may turn out to be a month before we get around to doing it. Sometime, if the thing we are putting off is something we don’t like, it could take almost two years! That is the main reason why this posting has taken so long… I haven’t wanted to write it. Let me explain…

Once again, as we get older, not only does time move quickly, but it does terrible things to our bodies. In not paying attention to what has been going into my body and saying, “Oh, I’ll get around to losing weight tomorrow” Tomorrow has become today.

This past weekend I went into a local supermarket called Publix that happens to have a scale in their entryway. It is one of the larger scales that goes up to 300, so I thought I would take a look at what my status was… And not the Facebook kind! And this is what slapped me in the face!

 

I thought that the scale was broken. I thought that the needle hadn’t moved… I thought that an elephant had placed his foot on the back of the scale while I wasn’t looking… No, the scale was calibrated correctly and the needle had gone past the 300 lb. mark and I was well on the way to breaking it myself!

After the initial shock wore off, I knew that getting on that scale was the way the  universe was telling me to get off my couch and do something. It was more than past time.

I signed up for Weight Watchers immediately… Not ready to go to the meetings yet, just signed up for the online program. I also purchased a Nutri-Bullet(more on that in future posts), so I could start eating more fruits and veggies… Something my body was also lacking.

The biggest step that I am doing that I have never done before is this. Telling people! I want everyone to know what I am going through so I can be held responsible. No hiding my diet in the closet. If I am out to dinner with friends, I want them to know, why I am not getting the biggest thing on the menu or having an excess of alcohol or why I am passing on dessert. I want you my reader to know my struggles as well and in doing so, if you have had to lose weight in the past , can share your stories with me. I look forward to the challenge and I look forward to my health and my longer life with my wife an loved ones.

Just please don’t wait for tomorrow to do things… Whether it is to lose weight, go on a trip, or tell someone you love them…do it today.

As the Billy Joel song goes… Tomorrow is Today

 

Feeling Good About Fridays

Great week this week, but as with any week, I am glad it’s over! Spending time with family, going out and enjoying the weekend.

I heard the latest Uncle Kracker song with Kid Rock called Good To Be Me on 99.5 WQYK this week and it just put me in a good mood! I am sharing it and hope that it does the same for you.

Have a great weekend and if you don’t have to work, relax. Monday comes quick enough.

Yeah, It’s Monday!

     Mondays are always hard.  The fun of the weekend is over. The grind of the workweek is beginning and the energy to get up and do it all over again doesn’t seem to be 1/16th as strong of the energy of a Friday afternoon.

     It doesn’t help that everyone else feels the same way. Other folks are just trying to get through the work week and get to the other side. Music also lends itself to take a swipe at Mondays with songs like “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters “Monday, Monday “by The Mamas & The Papas and the classic “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats.

     For me, Monday is the start of something new. There are so many different possibilities. It is like a mini “New Year” happening every seven days.  Most diets as well as fitness regimes are started on Mondays (Mostly because we eat to excess over the weekend and then promise ourselves that come Monday, things will be different). People start new projects and jobs on Mondays. You never hear boss’ say, “Why don’t you come in on Thursday and get started with that.”

     Mondays should serve to be inspirational. That no matter what happened last week; we can fix it and make it better this week. If you give up on a Monday, there are still four days to get through and there will be nothing to celebrate and enjoy when Friday rolls around.

     Kick the covers off the bed, rub the sleep from your eyes and see that this could be the start of a fantastic week ahead!

Beginning My Positive Journey

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Greetings from the inside of my mind. My name is Josh Knauer, I live in Tampa, Florida and today is January 1st, 2011. A day that has always been associated with new beginnings, new starts, resolutions.

I am doing just that…. a new start to being more positive.

There are so many negative influences in our lives on a daily basis that I just wanted to step back from all that and take a look to see more of the positive aspects in not only my life but in others as well.

As you can probably tell, I am not an experienced writer, but it is just the fact of getting something down. Somewhere to start. I will get better as someone who picks up a guitar for the first time or a brain surgeon picking up a scalpel for his first surgery. Although I do hope there is not as much riding on the line with a blog post.

There are so many good things in our lives that they need to be showcased, celebrated and bought to light. Whether it is as small as waking up and realizing that you have fifteen more minutes of sleep until the alarm goes off or as major as finding out that your cancer is in remission, I write this blog not only for myself, but for you as well!

Thank you for staying positive.

 

 

 

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