Fitness guru or couch potato?

I’m definitely not a couch potato. I don’t watch enough TV. I wouldn’t call myself a fitness guru either simply because I don’t qualify. A bit of a fitness junkie maybe but definitely not guru.

I like to jump out of bed and hit the gym first thing. Our days start early so I like to get an early start. Thing is if I don’t get moving, once I park my butt at the computer, it won’t be that easy prying it off πŸ˜† .

Somehow I like the idea of being one of the first few folks at the gym when it’s cool and quiet. I’m kidding myself, of course, because I’m rarely among the first few and by the time I walk in, rarely is the air fresh and cool either.

Still I love the endorphin rush and subsequent burn of an intense workout. I’m not exactly the most disciplined person though. But I try not to dwell on that too much. I just do what I can. If I take a couple of weeks days off, so what? Important thing is to cut yourself some slack. After all, being a mom comes first, right? πŸ˜‰

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A photo to be proud of…

A photo to be proud of...

but I wasn’t the one who took it. I’m a strictly point-and-click kind of girl. But I guess I can claim half-credit since I gave birth to the person who took this shot πŸ˜† .

Yup, my son was snapping away with his kick*ss camera (that’s why he’s the pro) while we were enjoying the show. This photo is unedited and it’s one of my favorite photos of all time.

Killer whales are so amazingly beautiful and graceful, aren’t they, with skin like dye leather and that smooth, flawless complexion? πŸ˜‰

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15 tips to get through life

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1. Mind your manners. Don’t forget to say your thank-you’s and excuse me’s. Always greet your elders i.e. say your hello’s and goodbye’s.

2. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, so says Confucious. Never met the guy but he sure sounds like he knows what he’s talking about πŸ˜‰ .

3. Appreciate and be grateful for what you have and what others do for you.

4. Never go to a party or a function on an empty stomach. Always eat something before you go because you never know when the meal is going to be served and more importantly, when the food is finally served, your hunger won’t make you look like you haven’t eaten in weeks.

5. Live within your means.

6. Don’t take what’s not yours and that includes other people’s money, stuff, scholarships, spouses (?), etc. Karma makes the world go round and it can be a real b*tch. Maybe not now. But definitely somehow.

7. Think for yourself. Have a mind of your own. Form your own opinions. Where the herd is headed may not be right for you.

8. Before you jump into anything, think of the consequences.

9. Live and let live, and that includes animals and creepy crawlies.

10. Show kindness, compassion and humility.

11. Be yourself. Be real. No point trying to keep up with the Kardashians or be someone you’re not because you’ll always be you, not Angelina, not Halle. Besides why would you want to be them? Maybe you’re having it better than they are but you just don’t know it πŸ˜‰ .

12. If you don’t know something, say you don’t know. It’s better than lying or faking it. No one can know everything except maybe for dahling Google. Like my teacher always said, it takes a great man to admit he doesn’t know.

13. Laugh at yourself. It’s therapeutic.

14. Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep. Think that came from a song πŸ˜† .

15. Don’t waste food. Lots of hungry people out there, give them a thought.

Some of these (the more profound ones) I picked up from my doting grandmother and school teachers as I was growing up. Some, I made up along the way. Some are no-brainers.

I can’t believe that I…

I can't believe that I...

… waited this long to try homemade parfait.

I mean, just looking at it now is making me drool. Luscious layers of fresh blueberries, yogurt and granola. The darnest thing to tie me over those few hours between a quick snack after gym and our late, late lunch.

Figuring out what to eat is always a problem for me. I’m not a snacker by nature and I hardly ever think about food during the day. I know it’s deceiving considering how often I post about food on this blog πŸ˜† . So excited I’ve got this great new option. Loving my yogurt parfait πŸ˜‰ !

What’s your favorite snack? Tried any new ones lately?

Best day of my life

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I’d be hard-pressed to name only 1 when clearly the best 3 days of my life were the days each of my babies was born. My pregnancies were a blast, every one of them. I never looked or felt so good except maybe for those 2-hourly hunger pangs, and…

.. well, okay, so I did complain about having to wear tents. But then I realized if I wore them bright and colorful with pops of chunky jewelry, it made me feel really good about myself, barrel and all. It made chugging around the office like a mama train so much more fun!

It would’ve been tempting to say, let the good times roll for a while longer. But I was curious and excited to meet the kiddos. So began the amazing journey of motherhood, 3 times over. Every day, I learnt something new from my kids, and still do. They have taught me so much. Best things that ever happened to me πŸ˜‰ .

Favorite guilty pleasure

Favorite guilty pleasure
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As I was sitting down to write this post, I was exclaiming out loud, “Hmm, let me see, what’s my guilty pleasure?” From the bathroom comes Hip2bDaughter2’s (my 16 year old) voice, “Why do you have to be guilty about something you take pleasure in?” Hmm, good point. I hadn’t really thought about that.

My guilty pleasure would be that I love to shop and Hip2bDaughter2’s right. For the most part, I’m enjoying myself too much to be feeling much guilt. I think I have what they call shoppingitis. But don’t worry, it’s not infectious. Not unless you’re traveling with me.

Once on vacation in Bali (an island in Indonesia), my girl friend and I shopped till we almost missed the bus that was going to take us to the airport for our flight home. I was pregnant then but that didn’t stop me from cramming 4 bags to the brim with my shopping finds. That’s 3 bags more than I arrived with.

I would fly 8,000 miles to shop but I wouldn’t drive 8 miles to eat. If I had a fulltime job now, it’d probably be shopping forΒ cloud backup solutions. Believe me, if I could live at Costco, I would.

Something that makes me happy

Something that makes me happy
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Enough of the laziness, the humdrum and the procrastination. Time to get off my butt and onto something to distract me from the call of my pillows on these hot, dull, drowsy afternoons. I’ve decided I’m going to try the Summer Blog Challenge hosted by Going Green with the Grizls. It’s the sixth day of the challenge. I’m late to the party so let me jump right in.

As my lovelies and I were getting into our minivan this morning, we noticed something that made me us smile. Indeed happiness is when you see a single daisy in full bloom in the front yard of a family of green thumbs.

Our garden, if you can even call it that, might as well be the Sahara Desert. No plant in its right mind would flourish here. So I’m not even sure how this purty little survivor beat the odds and grew into such a raving beauty. Truly a picture of something that makes me happy. Don’t wilt, Daisy, you’re all we got πŸ˜† !

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