Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stop Looking at the Past

I just jogged for the first time in a little over two months. I have definitely fallen off the wagon. Two months ago my two mile jog with no stops, was at 17 minutes. Today it took me 32 minutes and 47 seconds with walking in between. I went with my younger sister who is captain at a Division I soccer team. During the summers, she is my partner in crime. I like to exercise with people who are in better shape than me, so I can push myself to be at their level. Jogging with her is always a strenuous workout because she pushes me to run, not settle for jogging. So I have to give her a big thank you for pushing me, even though my personal best today was only 32 minutes and 47 seconds

Before we started our jog, I told her what trail I had in mind and she told me point blank, that I was not ready. I had to tell her, that I had done that trail many times before. However, without sugar coating it, my sister told me- that was then, this is now. I have realized that I have to stop looking at the past. Yes, it would be nice to return to my college basketball days, but why stop there. Why not I strive to beat that shape and get in a different and more improved shape. I need to stop referring to everything as- well in October I did this and in 2008 I did that. Well this is now. I need to work with what I have now. If 32 minutes and 47 seconds is what I can do now, then let me shoot for shaving off 5 minutes in the next three weeks. Let me look forward and push myself to a new personal best. My sister told me, why do I want to settle for the 17 minute two mile jog, why not shoot for 12 minutes. That is exactly what I am shooting for. By summer’s end, I am going to hit that new personal best.

I also realized I need to set realistic goals. My original plan was to wake up at 7am and jog, but that is not realistic. I am not a morning person. I always am more motivated to exercise in the afternoon, late evening, or late at night (24 hour gyms are my best friend). So, I am going to reverse the schedule a bit, I will be exercising at night, not morning.

Today my food intake was erratic. I just ate what was around me.
10am; Breakfast- egg sandwich
12pm; Snack- pancakes (lol, I know what is wrong with me!)
3pm; Lunch- Meal Movement
I still have not eaten dinner. I know I am supposed to be eating on the clock, but I am not hungry. I will make myself eat at 8pm.
I also, will bust out the juicer and make that cabbage juice– I am very curious to how that will taste.

If you would like to give Meal Movement a try, let me know. I will give you a code and you can receive 25$ off your first order and 60$ off your second order (and each on after) when you refer a friend!

I will continue to update you on my journey. 


On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Stop Talking and Start Doing

Stop talking and start doing. My friend who is also my personal trainer told me last week to “stop talking and start doing!” From about August to March, we were meeting one to two times a week and I was seeing progress! Then March came and our schedules did not match up. My basketball league season ended and I just stopped exercising (besides leisurely walking). When he called me, it was because another gym date was cancelled and he for about thirty minutes gave me a pep talk or was it a scolding?

If we were in person, he would have seen my jaw drop at him saying “stop talking and start doing!” I was shocked that he said it, and so forcefully. I was shocked because it was true. I was shocked that he was honest with me. I can at times do a lot of talking and not as much doing or my doing takes a long time. What he said not only applied to my agenda of getting in shape, but it also reminded me that I have many unfinished projects that need to be completed.

I made an exercise agenda that I was going to start today, but it rained heavily all day. Instead of walking, I cleaned my room and reorganized all my papers, this is something that has been in progress for about three weeks and it is almost completed.

This past weekend, I started make fresh smoothies again. I made a dandelion leaf, strawberry, and banana smoothie. I also made a strawberry and blueberry smoothie. Tomorrow, I will make an unusual juice of cauliflower and apples (I hope it is tasty). I have been eating on the clock at: 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm. I am still eating my Meal Movement and I am enjoying it tremendously. I love how the Meal Movement is quick, easy, and surprisingly tasty. I even got other family members who are not dieting to eat it and they eat it every day.

Tomorrow, weather permitting; I will exercise. I am going to do interval training and alternate between walking, jogging, and sprinting. At the end of the park trail, I am going to run up and down the bridge stairs for about 5 minutes. I am estimating that the entire trail that I mapped out, should take me about one hour.
If it does rain again, I will run up and down my house stairs for thirty minutes and then do crunches for fifteen minutes.

The boyfriend says that I need to stop dropping weight, but I think he is just trying to make me feel better. I have not really noticed a change. The only thing I have noticed is that I am seeing more of my curviness return and I also noticed that my face is getting a little bit smaller. My goal is to drop ten pounds by June 22nd. Wish me luck!

If you would like to give Meal Movement a try, let me know. I will give you a code and you can receive 25$ off your first order and 60$ off your second order (and each on after) when you refer a friend!

I will keep you updated on my journey. 

~ L.

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Don't Throw Away Mother's Day Flowers: Basic Potpourri Recipe

Stop! Before you toss your Mother’s Day flowers or any bouquet of flowers into the garbage can, get crafty and reuse them.  Creating potpourri is easy, simple, and has many variations. I have made potpourri from scratch using items in my home.  Potpourri makes a great gift or decoration/air freshener for a home. 

Basic Potpourri Recipe (I do not have measurements, because I just toss things together)

Fresh or dried flowers
Orris root, calamus root, oakmoss, or tonka bean
Allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried lemon/orange peels (optional)
Essential Oil (depends on your desired scent- floral, spicy, etc.)
Storage container
Sachet or decorative bowl/glass

1.      Gather desired flowers. If using fresh flowers, dry flowers by hanging them upside down. Flowers/leaves are dry when they begin to feel brittle, but not crumbling.
2.      Chop desired root
3.      Place remaining ingredients into a storage container
4.      Add chopped root and mix
5.      Leave the covered storage container in a dark place for two to six weeks
6.      After the two to six weeks, transfer  mixture into a decorative bowl or sachet
7.      To prolong the life of the potpourri or add more scent, just sprinkle essential oil

Aromatherapy Scent Choices
Sage, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, and Sandalwood.

Refreshing and Invigorating
Basil, Vetiver, Cypress, Tarragon, Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander, Peppermint,  Atlas Cedar Wood, Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Cypress. 

Warm and Inviting
Cardamom, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Elemi, Vetiver, Cedar Wood, Pine, Patchouli, Sage, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Lavender.

Geranium, Vetiver, Elemi, Davana, Ylang Ylang, Lemongrass, Chamomile, Petigrain, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, and Bergamot.

Do you make potpourri? What are your favorite scent combinations? 

~ L.

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact

Friday, May 11, 2012

"Mom- an enigma wrapped in emotion"

I am forever spring cleaning. That is what I do best. I am always cleaning my room and attempting to reorganize my belongings. By sheer serendipity, while sifting through all my papers, I found an old newspaper clipping that fell in line with Mother’s Day

Having lost my mother at a young age, Mother’s Day is an awkward time for me. I am grateful to have many adopted mothers; these are women who love me just like I am their own daughter. However, despite all these wonderful women in my life, I can’t help but sometimes feel a little indifferent about Mother’s Day. Yes, on Mother’s day I do  acknowledge those who are mothers or even fathers who take care of children. Yet, this time period is a constant reminder that while I have many mothers, I can no longer see, feel, or speak to my own blood mother. Normally, during this time period, I am bombarded with advertisements for flowers, chocolates, dinners, and more. This week all I could see was the Time’s magazine article cover with the statement “Are You Mom Enough?” I have yet to read the article, but it seems to be about attachment parenting. The statement “Are You Mom Enough?” along with the image of a young child breast feeding is an obvious marketing ploy to grab individual’s attention.

However, the question at hand almost perfectly fell in line with the two newspaper columns I found. I tried to Google search the citation for these articles, but I could not find them. However, I do have the author names and article titles.

Love too late is a mournful thing

“Dear Ann: I had a marvelous mother who loved, sacrificed foor and helped me in ever way she could. All my years of growing up, through college and eventually marriage, my mother was at my side. When I needed help with my little ones she was right there for me.

Today we buried that wonderful woman. Can you imagine how I felt when I returned from the services and found this poem?
The Time is Now
“If you are ever going to love me,
 me now, while I can know,
The sweet and tender feelings
Which from true affections flow.
Love me now while I am living.
Do not wait until I’m gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
            Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me
Please tell me now.
If you wait until I am sleeping,
Never to awaken
There will be death between us
And I won’t hear you then.
So if you love me, even a little bit,
Let me know it while I am living
So I can know and treasure it.”

Now she is gone and I am sick with guild because I never told her what she meant to me. Worse yet, I didn’t treat her as she deserved to be treated. I found time for everyone and everything, but I never made time to visit Mom just to give her pleasure. The time we spent together was when I needed her. Never once was she too busy to come help out.

Mom lived nearby. It would have been easy for me to drop in for a cup of team and a hug, but my friends came first. Would any one of them do for me what she had done? I know the answer.

When I called Mom on the phone our conversations were brief and hurried. I feel ashamed when I think of the times I cut her short with, “Sorry, I have to run.” I remember, too, the times I could have included her and didn’t.

Our children loved “Grandma” from the time they were babies. They often turned to her rather than me for counsel and comfort. She understood them. I realize now I was too critical, too short-tempered, too stingy with praise. My goals for them were unrealistic. Grandma gave them unconditional love.

The world is filled with daughters like me. I hope many of them will see this column and profit from it. For me it is too late and I am sick with regrets. I’m signing my letter

Guilty and Heartbroken

Dear Daughter: Here is your letter – on Mother’s Day. I was deeply moved by it and am sure others will be, too. Bless you for sharing.”

Mom- an enigma wrapped in emotion
At Wit’s End
1985 Los Angeles Times Syndicate

“Mothers, you’ve met the ones today on the greeting cards surrounded by roses whose very name rhymes with “no other.” The perfect ones with the saintly smiles and the gentleness of a water softener.
But in reality, who is she?

She’s an enigma who is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a gold American Express car, and able to leap three cars at the drive-in to order you home before 11.

Is she really life set to poetry?
“My mother was Genghis Khan in drag. When she lived with us the world stopped while she napped.”
“Mother drives me crazy. I’m 60 years old and she still pours me half a glass of milk and tells me not to spill it.”
“You wanta talk guilt? I even apologized for having emergency surgery on her birthday.”

She’s an awesome force who has a hold on you that no one can explain, even if you never saw her. She is also a bundle of contradictions.
“Answer me right now. And don’t talk with food in your mouth.”
“I know you love him, but dump him. I want you to be happy.”
“You have got to start standing on your own two feet and being responsible for yourself. You can live at home while you’re doing it.”

She has a scray quality for knowing what you do when she doesn’t see it, what said when she doesn’t hear it, and what you mean when you don’t say it.

You spend a lifetime trying to please her and become what she wants you to be. Just when you think you’ve pulled it off, she pulls in the string, nearly choking you to death.

You can’t seem to sort of the motions you feel for her—fear, apprehension, disappointment, anger, frustration, love.

A mother has another mysterious quality that defies explanation. Although your father is often bigger, louder and pays the bills, she is the glue that holds the family together.
“Your brother’s birthday is next week. Be there!”
“See you at Aunt Kate’s funeral. You don’t have to know what she looks like. I’ll point her out to you.”
“Get rid of this stupid answering machine or you’re out of the will.”

Whether she is a good mother or a difficult mother, know that when she dies, nothing will be the same again. Without her, the family drifts. No one can take the place of the eyes that have seen it all, the hands that reached out and healed, the very presence that brought you comfort and stability just by being there.

The greeting card mothers are nice.

But they don’t even begin to capture that complex woman who touches our lives in such a way that when she goes the pain is unbearable.”

I have no idea what newspaper these two column were in, I do know it was on page 12 in section ‘You’ or maybe ‘You’ is the name of the newspaper. Wherever and whenever these columns were published, their wisdom still holds true today.

What are some stories about your mother?

~ L.

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Self Help Reality

If you are like me, you probably read many self help books or blogs or read many spirituality or new age themed books or blogs. I have been reading and digesting all this information for years, but it was not up until recently I realized, that was just it; I just read and digested. I do not turn all the wisdom into actuality. I am determined to make a change and turn the “I am going to…” into actuality. I am going to take what I have read and learned and actually put it into practice. It will take time to make it a habit, but I am committed to making my dreams and aspirations reality.

I thought of this while reading Steve Pavlina’s web series on generating passive income. I always read his blog, but this time he had a topic that I was committed to trying. I have been thinking to myself that I would like to create passive income and this series was the boost I needed. Over on my business blog, Lisa Inks, I will be posting my passive income story. This is a chance for me to take at least one self help blog’s advice and turn it into actuality.It will be fun to see me turning these words of wisdom that I always read into reality.

Do you take the advice you read in self help books or blogs? 

~ L.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Weight Release Journey Update

I have blogged many times about my journey towards a healthier life. My weight has fluctuated over the years and it has been stressful for me. I have been struggling to return to my former size to no avail. My biggest issue has been erratic diet and exercise. I go months where I eat healthy and exercise daily, but then in a moment’s time, I switch to doing nothing. I recently grabbed this weight issue by the throat and said “no more”, I am done, and I am ready to get into shape. For real this time. I learned from my aunt about Meal Movement and have fallen in love. I just placed my second order and I cannot wait to see the results. What is meal movement?

“The Meal Movement uses ONLY Natural foods like Meats, Vegetables, Eggs, Nuts and NO processed fillers, sugars, starches, noodles, rice, potatoes, gravies, etc. Our convenient ‘heat & eat’ individually packages meats and vegetables allow you to eat natural food while maintaining your busy lifestyle. Because our food tastes great, you will stick with it. Because our variety is large, you will not get bored with it. Because our portions are filling, you will not get hungry and cheat. Because it’s affordable, you will feel good about it. Because it works, you will love it!”

I am enjoying Meal Movement, it saves me time and it has really shown me that my portion sizes were out of control. I also have been eating more on a schedule; I eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Usually these are spaced about every 3-4 hours.

In addition to Meal Movement, I recently started ordering organic fruits and vegetables via Long Island Organic Delivery. I chose the small box, which comes with fruits and vegetables of my choice. The fruits and vegetables came in a Tupperware bin with an ice pack, to keep the fruit and vegetables fresh. I decided to get produce delivered to my home because I do not have a car and riding my bike with bags is irritating, I also have been on the wait list for CSA’s for months. The produce is fresh and it is free delivery, so I figured why not give it a shot. For now, I will continue the deliveries, it might change when I get a car, but by then I will probably be spoiled off of eating organic produce.

Now that I have my diet in order, I need to get to exercising. I have been walking a lot, but I need to do more. I need to return to regular daily meditations. I need to actually get up and go for a jog. I need to get on my bike again and ride 10 miles. I was training with a friend, but our schedules have not matched for about two months. I was playing basketball, but my team did not play this season. It is because I have done a lot of walking that my weight has maintained, but I need it to drop. This weight thing has been an obsession of mine since I was 14 and I am ready to let it go. I feed too much energy into it and I am tired of talking about it. I want to just drop the 50lbs and keep it moving. It is do or die time and I am planning by this time next year to have reached my goal and maybe even pass (maintain) it.

If you would like to give Meal Movement a try, let me know. I will give you a code and you can receive 25$ off your first order and 60$ off your second order (and each on after) when you refer a friend!

I will keep you updated on my journey. 

~ L.

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact. 

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