Thank You, Healthcare Workers

Good morning! 🌞

Thank you healthcare workers!!!

We see you! 🤓

We see how hard you are working! 💪

We see the long hours and extra shifts that you are filling! ⏰

We know that even though you are tired and afraid, you are still stepping into those isolation units and caring for those most effected. 🤒😷

You may not feel we see you or still appreciate you and the work you are doing…We do! We may not be saying it enough but we appreciate you all! 😘

Thank you! Thank you! 🙏🏼

➡️ If you know a healthcare worker or see one out in public, please thank them. They are doing so much more than we realize! And, they are having to do it wearing a mask, not the simple cloth or paper masks that we get to wear…they are wearing masks (6-10 hours at a time) that strap tightly to their faces, that cause imprints and red marks!

✅ If you know a healthcare worker…thank them but also ask them what they are required to wear during their shift. Look closely at the marks that are on their face after a shift. I think we see the facial mask marks on healthcare workers in the news but it is a whole different story when you see it on the ones you know and love! We all need to see that it is our friends and family members who are doing these jobs, bearing these red mask-marks, maskne, and more!

Remember, they are doing this for all of us!

Thank You!!!

Find Your Why

Finding our own personal “Why?” is not always easy. We tend to base our “why” off of what everyone else says they want for us. That’s all fine and good but not realistic. When it comes to accomplishing a goal, we need to have our own personal “why” or we may find it difficult to reach our goal and/or to have lasting results.

Your “Why?” Is your intrinsic motivation and your highest stimulus for change.
from ~ Your LifeBook, Dr. A’s Habits of Health

Find your “Why”.

Almost Caved In to Hangry

Traveling out of town for the day and towards the end of the day we almost caved in to “hangry”. Definition from Oxford Languages: Hangry = bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.

We were making excuses of why we should go to one of our favorite restaurants:

1️⃣ We don’t get here often, we should treat ourselves.

2️⃣ It’s so far to get home, we are hungry now!

3️⃣ It’s one meal out, we’ve eaten healthy all day.

👆🏼It’s not the fact that it’s a restaurant, it’s the fact that most likely we would have made very poor choices while there, Ex: Loaded mashed potatoes, fried onion petals, etc…

In the end, we made the decision to each have a protein bar on the drive home. Stopped at the grocery store and picked up a rotisserie chicken, lettuce, and a bottle of Bolthouse Farms dressing. 😋

Bolthouse Salsa Ranch, Rotisserie Chicken, Spring Mix Lettuce
Quick and Healthy Salad

Aside from being a much healthier choice, we didn’t feel miserable after eating, it only cost $16.00 (compared to the $40+ it would have cost to eat out) AND we have leftovers. 😊

I’d say that is a WIN, WIN! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

What are your go-to quick yet healthy meal ideas?

I’m 50!!! Why Start Now?

This was my thought when I decided to start doing a workout routine. Mind you, I haven’t started yet…I have “decided” to start. 😂

My excuses for not starting until now:

  • I don’t want anyone to see me workout (not even my Dear Farmer)
  • It’s too late/I’m too old
  • It won’t work for me
  • I live too far from a gym
  • I don’t know what exercises to do or how to do them
  • I will hurt myself

With the past months of our “New Normal” I have not stuck to my eating plan perfectly, I have not continued my walks and it is starting to show. I am seeing my weight creep back on in all areas, my tummy, my back, my thighs. I had never really toned up my arms to they are looking as flabby as usual. I want to change all of this.

Reasons over excuses:

  • I can workout when no one is home or in a different room
  • It’s never too late and I will never be too old
  • Why am I so “special” that it works for everyone but won’t work for me???
  • Due to our current “new normal” working out at home is probably a better option for me anyway compared to a gym
  • YouTube will show me what exercises to do and how to do them!
  • I will only hurt myself if I try to push myself to do things that my body is not ready for. If it feels painful…modify it or don’t do it!

Now that I have made the decision and have researched a few different YouTube workout channels to try, what do I really want from the first workout and beyond?

Wants/Goals

  • I want to break a sweat
  • I want to feel like I have pushed myself past my limits for reps
  • I want to feel energized
  • I want to be proud of myself for getting up early to workout
  • I want to do this daily
  • I want to develop my own personal workout plan

How will I accomplish these wants/goals?

  • I will get up earlier than usual
  • I will not make excuses
  • I will workout for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Even if I have to modify the exercise, I will do every exercise in the video I choose
  • If I don’t like the video I choose, I will not stop to search for a new one, I will finish it out and find a new one for the next day.
  • I will document my progress from Day 1 (photos that may never see the light of day 😅 and journal)
  • I WILL NOT QUIT!

I need your input: ❓❓❓If you are over 50 and had not regularly worked out in your pre-50 years…

What age did you start working out?

Do you do cardio and weights?

What is your favorite YouTube workout channel?

Here’s to Day 1…Wish me luck. 😘

This is where it begins.

Well, Hello There!

It’s been a hot minute (am I to old to use that phrase 🤔 ) since I/we started this blog. I feel like I should introduce myself/us again.

Hi! My name is Kristin 👋🏼 My Dear Farmer (a.k.a my adorably handsome husband) and I started this blog to help spread hope, by sharing our weightloss and health stories. We also want to spread positivity and share our humor (I think we are pretty comical 😁 ).

OK. Realistically, I write this blog and he chimes in. 😘 If he wrote this blog it would be much funnier… My Dear Farmer has a “resting b*tch face” (I’ll tell you about it sometime) but he is actually a teddy bear with a heart of gold. He was my high school sweetheart and we have been together ever since ~ not to say there weren’t bumps along the way (even though we made it look perfect and easy)…but, that is a story for another day!

Long story short:

December of 2018 I suffered a debilitating knee condition and the only options I was given were knee surgery or lose the weight! On New Years Eve I ended up in the ER with knee pain and blood pressure of 164/107 ⬅️ that is NOT a type and it was NOT good!

In January of 2019, I decided to contact a friend who had been posting about her weight loss journey on social media. I told her, “I will try your program but if it doesn’t work (like you keep posting about) I’m snoozing you on social media.” I didn’t say unfriend 😂 just “snooze”.

I decided to give it my ALL. If this program failed, it would not be because I didn’t give it 100%!!!

I did say, “Long story short” didn’t I?!?

The program worked!

After my Dear Farmer watched me seemingly “melt away” without doing any exercise…he joined me. Together we lost over 60lbs in a relatively short amount of time. It has been life changing!!!

One of the many fun outcomes…I went in for a check-up and the nurse took my blood pressure with 2 different blood pressure cuffs…she couldn’t believe my blood pressure was 110/60 after being so dangerously high. 😊

You can bet I have saved these jeans…It is where I started.

I tell you, I had tried so many other programs that failed (or I failed them)…this happens to be the one that worked for me/us. I don’t push my program on anyone. I coach a program that worked for us and that we whole heartedly believe in. I offer it hoping that if it is meant for someone, they will come to me. I believe that each person I work with, and am now friends with, were led to contact me not because I tried to sell them something but because shared our story and I offered to walk along with them on their journey! We don’t do this alone!

Here’s where is sounds salesy (feel free to ignore):

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working where weight loss is concerned…contact me, I would love to work with you! You can do this! I know because I did it and if I can do it, so can you! If you don’t feel you can do it, let’s chat (no obligation), I would love to visit about the possibilities. 😘

If you’re not ready, that is a-ok. It took me a long time and a debilitating condition to take the chance and to make the changes I needed to make. You have to be ready in your own time. Some stranger (me) telling you that they can help you change your life is not what you need…you just need to be ready to make the journey. And, when you are, I am here to help you.

How long has it been since you have been happy in your health and weight?

Monday State of Mind…

I have definitely had a Monday State of Mind for the past month (or more). I really don’t even have a good excuse for not checking in here. I feel like I have been floating (as in not doing anything) here in this little wonderful corner of the World Wide Web that I get to occupy. It is about time I kick the Monday State of Mind to the curb!

It is said that perfectionism leads to procrastination. I would have not thought myself a perfectionist until recently.

I (We, because I drag my Dear Farmer into all of my “stuff”) had planned for this blog to be about weight loss and health. We had both just shed a bunch of weight (about 60lbs in under 3 months) and we wanted everyone on the planet to feel as good as we did/do! What better way to get the hope out there (that there is something that truly does work – because I’ve tried about everything) than to start a blog? That then turned into, “OOOh, we are sharing so much fun stuff with our friends on Instagram and Facebook, why not share it here too? For some reason that simply hasn’t happened. I kept reading all of these, “How to” article on blogging. To have a successful blog you should…to reach more people you should…to be relevant you should…to ______ you should… So many “you shoulds”! I “should” not have read so many “how to” articles. Haha

So I have been procrastinating! Anyone else out there know how it feels? Just too much information to move forward! Wanting to be perfect to be able to serve each and every reader who so kindly spends time on my posts. Trust me, I understand reading my posts can be a s**t show! I type like I think…squirrel! I usually always have a good point (at least I think so, but I also think I’m quite funny too, so there’s that) I just don’t usually get to the point in a straight line of thought…it’s a curvy path following my thinking. Kudos to you if you can do it.

My procrastination:

I had wanted to post a great recipe and photos the first week in October but am not fluent enough in add-ons to make it easily printable. And, I just didn’t take the time to figure it out. So, no post and now it is over a month later.

We have also been away from home quite a bit in the last month. :0 This seems quite odd in this time of pandemic, but it was mostly just the two of us enjoying the beauty of our state from the window of our vehicle, chatting and “cogitating” as my Dear Farmer likes to call it, when we disagree. I know, it really doesn’t fit since we are neither thinking deeply or meditating…We are usually “debating” for lack of a better word. Our “debate” style, as a married couple is, shall we say “interesting”. Most people find us quite comical – and we are definitely OK with that. I’ll post about that another day. 😉

For the past almost 2 years I have spent a lot of our “car time” on my phone. Aren’t cell phones AMAZZAZING?!? As a health coach – I am always just a text or call away from my clients. If they need me or my support I am there no matter where I am. As a designer – I can use my phone to create designs, store great photos and ideas, post products, and work on busnessy stuff. Then there is the fact that we can be connected to family and friends no matter where we are. It really wasn’t that long ago that cell phones WEREN’T part of our everyday life…at least it doesn’t seem that long ago to me 😉 yet it is hard to imagine daily life without them.

So, today is Monday…I can honestly say, I have put on my positive pants and am getting stuff done! As you can see from my word-vomit-thought-process above… It is ok to have a Monday State of Mind, it’s just probably not the best to let it stick around for as long as I did. And, don’t let perfectionism turn into procrastination because then you have to show up and figure out where to start all over again.

How was your Monday?

Fall into Fall – Literally

My “fall” into Fall was most definitely not graceful but I am happy to report…I was not injured. 😊

To preface this story…I DO NOT like backing up (any type of vehicle) to the edge of the pit where we dump our tree debris.

Edge of said Pit

“My Farmer” (aka my sweet husband) guided me the first time and had confidence (misplaced as it may have been 😂🤣) that I could do the next few loads on my own.

Well… When I got to the pit, I decided that if I got close enough (but not too close) any debris that landed on the upper edge, I would just swish in with my foot. All was going great, until…

As I was standing on the edge of the pit, holding onto the tailgate, and swishing debris in off the edge; the tailgate suddenly popped open and being so close to the edge, I fell right down into the pit!

View from the bottom of the pit (not the view I should have had).

Thankfully, the piles of leaves and twigs were high enough that it ended up being a rather clumsy few steps and a jump down. They also made it a bit easier to climb out!

Heart pumping a million beats a minute, my next thought was, “Do I tell Dale that I fell off the edge into the pit?” 🤔 Of course I do…that’s just a hilarious story ⬅️ especially since I didn’t get hurt! 😂🤣🤪

Hope you are having a wonderful Fall without a fall! ⬅️ (admittedly cornet sense of humor).

Have an AMAZING weekend! 😘

Hello There – It’s Been a While

It’s October 1st 🤗

Fall is in the air 🍁 🍃🍂

This time I didn’t let “irrational fear” stop me! 👏🏼👏🏼 I’ve taken a step…

❌Nope, not getting on a ✈️ …still have that irrational fear 😂😳

✅Over the next 90 Days I’m going to be looking and showing up differently while I work on some new personal goals! 🤩

Can’t wait to share this with you! 😘

Well Hello There!

Food Feels Like…

There are just some foods (or beverages) that evoke pleasant feelings, emotions or memories.

For me, iced coffee is one of those foods. It’s funny, but not all iced coffees give me a happy/giddy feeling. I hadn’t realized that…now I want to figure out what is in some of my favorite coffeehouse coffees that makes me feel happy/giddy. Hmmmm…

Today’s “What to Write…”

Write about a food that evokes feelings of happiness, not comfort (comfort foods are a whole other subject), and why?

Happiness In A Cup

Farm Wife Improvisation

Sometimes you just make do with what you have at hand.

In the tractor, during seeding, I realized I didn’t have a hair tie. (Note: I do appreciate how clean my farmer keeps his equipment, but at times like this couldn’t he forget 1 rubber band, piece of string, etc…?) I was almost resigned to the fact that I would have to do without until I spotted it; my farmer’s lunch box. Luckily I had brought him a hot sandwich that had been wrapped in aluminum foil.

Found a clean piece of foil, twisted it into a rope, wrapped it around my hair, and voila. Farm wife improvisation for the win!