My Whole 30 Journey

Wow! What a ride! Well, I am not talking about my amazing trip to Alaska on a motorcycle (that I have yet to finish blogging about…really sorry about that, but the real world took over quickly after I got back…hey, at least I got some blogging done. Who cares about the trip back right…hehehe). Anyway….on to my amazing Whole 30 ride!

About 5 years ago I did Whole30 for the first time and learned a lot about myself and what foods affect my body. It was a great experience. I learned how to read labels, how to prepare and cook delicious foods. I rocked in the gym (which made me very happy). Following whole30 I followed the Paleo way of life. It worked for me.

However, I would say probably the last year I have been slacking. Slacking to me is not going to the gym as much as I believe I should and not eating as healthy as I know I can. Don’t get me wrong, I have been active, but just not as much as I should be. I also do not eat out every day and just come home and sit on the couch and munch on a bag of chips. But, I do know that for me to be a healthy person emotionally and physically I NEED TO WORK OUT 5 days a week and I NEED TO eat what is healthy foods to me!

Back in October, I was thinking of doing Whole 30. Maybe even before that. I don’t know. But, I kept saying to myself,  I don’t want to give up my lattes, or sugar or….whatever my excuse was. Then I picked up this book called “Food For Freedom” by Melissa Hartwig. Wow did that get me fired up and inspired! This book changed my way of looking at a healthy diet. The best part of this book is that Melissa explains that we are all human. We are all GOING to mess up. We. Just. Are. We are all going to have a latte every once in awhile or get our sugar dragon roaring again. We are humans. It will happen. But, she also walks the reader through how to over come all of that. Reading that book really put me at ease for doing a whole30 again and to reintroduce all food groups. Melissa explains that each Whole 30 you choose to do, you will learn something knew about yourself. She puts the reader at ease about how to overcome so many obstacles like family/friends who are not on board with your “crazy diet” decision, or what the heck do you do if you go out to eat etc. She really pushes you to use whole30 as a learning tool to reset your mind about your relationship with food and to explore new foods while putting yourself FIRST!

I would like to share my last 30 day journey with you, in hopes that I will inspire YOU to understand that you ARE important enough to take charge of food rather than food taking charge of you.

To begin my journey, I was feeling pretty lousy about myself. I had gained some unwanted weight, not being as active as I wanted because I was so dang tired at the end of the day to do anything. I was having a latte everyday and not really eating the most healthy meals. The holidays DID NOT help my situation. I was tired at work. Didn’t have the energy to teach my tumblers. Didn’t have patience. Felt bloated. Clothes were tight. It was not a good situation.

After reading Food For Freedom by Melissa Hartwig, I decided that January 3rd was going to be the start of my new life style change. Knowing that I had great results before, was motivation, but also knowing how hard it was before was the kicker. However, I knew I had to do something. I am an all or none type girl. I tried to cut the lattes or only have a latte once a week. It didn’t work, I just needed to complete reset to get me back on track.

Day 1: I was feeling great! I had all my meals planned for the week, got myself the Whole 30 Day by Day book by Melissa Hartwig to journal in every day. Had my Whole30 Fast and Easy cook book by Melissa Hartwig ready to rock and roll. Found all my old whole 30 recipes that I used last time. Started following Melissa on Instgram as well as #whole30, #whole30 recipe. I made sure I was active in ready the whole30 forum. I was on it! I told the people close to me about my new lifestyle change. Life was good! I was super excited that I didn’t have a latte that day!! I know it’s sad…BUT it was my NSV for the day (None Scale Victories).

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Great books to get you started! 

Day 2: For some reason…I DID NOT want to eat breakfast. Over the last year, I would say that I was not much of a breakfast eater. I think my hormones really had changed over the year due to not being as active as I was before, and just not eating right. I had a banana and coffee in the morning. Then by about 10 I was starving and then reach for sugar of some sort. Whether that be peanut butter crackers, candy, animal crackers, fruit snacks and maybe I would have almonds or a piece of fruit. I did find a Paleo protein shake that I did like. So, I had a banana out the door and drank my protein shake with almond milk through out the morning. It was quick and kept me full until lunch.

So this eating breakfast thing….was just not appetizing to me…at all! However, I did find some GAME CHANGING Chipotle sauce that is Whole3o approved. (As well as Mayo!!! ). I am talking GAME CHANGING!! I ate this stuff on almost every meal….delicious I say!!!

My NSV for my day 2 was not having any sweets that was in the lounge and of course no latte! But, I sure was tired! Even though I was tired I was strong mentally and really motivated to get through this!

Day 3-4: I would say these were probably my worst days. Sugar hang over IS a real thing! Wowzer! I had some diarrhea, I was exhausted (slept from 8 pm -8 am the next morning AND had a 1.5 hour nap that day), cranky, had no energy, and dehydrated. I didn’t have much of an appetite either. I ate. But didn’t want to. The whole “Complete just one day of the program” quoted by Mrs. Hartwig, was where I was at on day 4. Day 4 is when I began to realize real quickly that I need to EAT and EAT the meal template that is suggested. I just wasn’t getting enough nutrients in me. From this day on, I made sure that I was eating the protein, fat and veggies as suggested. It was not that I had the “must lose weight” mentality. It was just that nothing tasted good to me. UNTIL I started thinking, “Oh, a piece of pizza sounds good or how about a latte.” That is when I knew I needed to spice up my food and make it delicious to me! The journal and the whole30 forum eased my mind with the symptoms that I was having…..because guess what….a lot of other people shared these same things during their whole 30 journey!

Day 5: I was over the hangover for the most part. Got some good sleep. Food started tasting delicious. I was even waking up a few minutes earlier in the morning to sit down and have breakfast before my busy day. This is something that Melissa suggests to do. So to make the most of my journey, I did just that. To be honest with you, it was really hard to eat eggs in the car on the way to work. I actually like this new NSV! I take 15 minutes in the morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast and I used this time to read the journal for the day. I will now use this time to read my bible:) Life is good!

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Smoked chicken with baked sweet potato and lots of veggies and some Primal Kitchen ranch dressing!

Day 6: Conversations were happening at work at lunch. People commenting on how my lunch looks delicious. Some even inquiring about whole30 and why I chose to do it. I was also being challenged by a few folks. Not necessarily in a bad way, but just asking about whole 30 and how it all works. Having a purpose of why I was doing this really helped people to understand. After I made a quick explanation of “I was having some digestion issues and I needed to figure out what foods were bugging me”, pretty much ended the conversation. So if you are going to do whole30, have an “elevator speech” as Mrs. Hartwig calls it.  A quick description of what it is and why YOU are doing this “crazy diet”.

Something else that kind of got my goat, a lot of people of course think this is a fad diet, that you are restricting calories, and don’t you need milk for calcium?, “I could not eat dairy”….ummm…oh and the “People get defensive about it because you are taking charge of what you are eating and they are not type thing” is a real thing too! I have had a few close people in my life through this journey that I can feel the jealousy. It’s like they know they are doing wrong, but don’t want to change, but are seeing the result in me and maybe wondering if it would help them, but are just not ready to commit or simply don’t want to commit. The restricting calories drives me bonkers!  NO you are not restricting calories. That to me is called a diet. I can eat all the vegetables, and all the meat, and all the fat that I need to nourish my body. If I am low on energy? Guess what? I am going to up my good fats. If I am getting hungry with in a couple of hours, guess what? I am going to up my protein. If I was going to restrict calories I would ignore my hunger and simply not eat when I am hungry. With Whole 30 you need to eat when you are hungry!! The goal, of course, is to not have to eat in between meals, but at the beginning you are learning about how much YOU need to eat for each meal.  Ok…I am off my rant! That felt good:) No…I am not done! The whole “I couldn’t possibly give up……. ( you fill in the blank)”. That is a bunch of crap!! Like Mrs. Hartwig says, “Cancer is hard, whole 30 is NOT hard”! I completely agree with her. IF you choose to put your mind to something, you WILL achieve. IF you believe in yourself and BELIEVE that YOU can and are important and worth doing this YOU WILL ACHIEVE!! Ok…now I am done!

Day 7- 8: I would say that these are the days when I really started feeling great! I had a healthy appetite, food was sounding and tasting delicious. I felt really good about my body composition. I also was beginning to understand what it was going to take to make this journey work! On Wednesdays, I go to a second job as a tumbling teacher. I go right from work to the studio. I usually stop at Starbucks on the way and grab a latte to give me the energy. Day 7 was the day that I needed to prep yet another meal for the way to class. The first Wednesday I didn’t do a great job of keeping the meal template, but I was compliant. The weeks following I did keep the meal template. I am very proud of myself for that! I simply had to prepare for it! This is definitely a NSV for me! This was also my 7th day with out having a latte! BOOM!

Day 9: Another NSV! This was a snow day for me (one of the million perks of being a teacher). Usually on a snow day, I think it’s a free day and eat everything in sight, and take a nap and get nothing done! Well, this snow day was a productive, feel great about it kind of day! I had so much energy that it was AMAZING! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my day. I started off my day by watching The Today Show with a cup of coffee in hand still laying in bed. But, I then got busy. I even tried to lay down for a nap, but wasn’t tired! That NEVER happens to me!

Day 10: Let’s just keep sharing those NSV’s! This day in particular was pretty exciting. My pants were loose when I put them on! My pants had been getting pretty tight there before this journey, and only after 10 days they were baggy on me! I have also been doing some rock climbing and I noticed I was getting better at this as well.

I did need to review my meal template. I was noticing I was getting hungry before lunch. Granted I do eat breakfast at 6:30am and I don’t have lunch until 11:30am.  That is 5 hours. I have a break at about 10ish and usually eat a snack then. However, I was trying to eat enough at breakfast to last until lunch. So I did add a little bit more fat and protein. That seemed to work for me. Lesson learned!

Day 11: I DID NOT want to prep any food. Even though this was only my 2nd time prepping for this journey, I just didn’t want to do it. Even though I prepped the week before, I still felt like I was doing dishes constantly and cleaning the kitchen all the time.   I didn’t want to go make my menu, go to the store, and make the food. But, I did it anyway.  It takes about 1 1/2 hours for me to prep and cook. I have found that it is less daunting if I start working on the menu on Thursday. Then get groceries on Saturday and cook on Sunday. However, the last few prep sessions I have went shopping and cooking on Saturday so that I have Sunday to do other things.  I also found it helpful to make a list on a Google doc and link my favorite recipes. I then keep a tab open of these recipes for when I am ready to cook!

Speaking of cooking….get your kitchen organized! I took my snow day (remember that NSV I was talking about) and organized my kitchen. I have my pans that I use often handy, 2 sets of measuring spoons, 2 spatulas, and 2 sets of measuring cups. I bought a package of 3 plastic cutting boards that are flexible to easily be able to pour my veggies in a pan. I also bought an egg cutter. I then bought an organizer for my utensil drawer. For Christmas, I asked for an oil dispenser. All of these little kitchen gadgets have really helped lessen my time in the kitchen.

Day 12: Another NSV I must share. One of my friend’s had some friends over at her house. Most everyone knew the journey that I was on, but not everyone. I was a little bit nervous going to the party, but I still have to live my life. I decided that I would eat before I went over. Then I just ate the fruits and veggies that were there and all was good. No one asked any questions. It was pretty awesome actually.

Day 13- 15: These were great days! I was reaching my half way mark and I had so much energy I didn’t know what to do with! My clothes were fitting way better. I was feeling great…Tiger Blood maybe….I wasn’t tired at the end of the day. I was a happy person. I felt that I was more patient with my 6th graders. I was just down right happy! But, it was weird to have energy at the end of the day.

About the half way mark, I was also needed to mix up my meals. I was needing something different. When I prep, I prep basically 3 meals for the week. I have the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. For example, I will have a chicken salad for lunch all week. It’s just easier for me, but I am over it by Friday:)

The last time I went through Whole30, I was active in Crossfit. My goal at that time was to be stronger at my lifts etc. It felt that lifting more weight was proof that I was a stronger and healthier person. Which was true, but this time I started off differently.  I simply wanted to be a healthier person. However, I feel healthier, but there is just something missing. So I became active in climbing. I enjoy it. But, I still do want to get back to my Crossfit family!

I miss the Crossfit challenge! I miss hitting Personal Records. I miss every time I leave there I feel that I have gotten a good work out and there is ALWAYS something more to work on! Why haven’t I gone back you ask….to be honest with you, I have been scared to go back. Scared of not being able to do what I use to once do. Scared of others judging me. I am more mad at myself for waiting this long. However, I am taking one step at a time. I told myself that I was going to get my nutrition under control and then slowly get back into intensity work outs. That I have done. Right now, I work out after school with some co-workers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also go to the climbing gym at least once a week. I would not be doing any of these if I was tired after work. Now I am ready to get back to Crossfit!

Day 16-19: All I can say is, hello continued NSV’s! I think I may have just hit the Tiger Blood on these days! Had unbelievable energy and was loving the delicious food I was eating. Fruit is suppose to taste that sweet???  I had also saved up enough money with not having any lattes to get my nails done at the salon. They are so pretty and I really enjoy them:) Life is good!

Day 20: OMG! I only have 10 days left. A little bit of a panic set in I must say! But, the journal really helped me to start thinking about what and how I was going to reintroduce the food groups. I started to think and write down the foods that I wanted to add to my reintroduction days. Organization is key:)

Day 21-30: I am so over this…lol 🙂 Yes, I was over it! I just wanted to be done. I was feeling awesome, eating the meal template, pants for fitting looser, I had a lot of energy….now I just wanted a damn latte! BUT, that was not the purpose of this whole new way of eating. This is where I really had to remember that these 30 days are meant to change my thinking about food. Food is no longer a reward. This is when I had to sit down and make a plan. What was my plan going to be for after my whole 30 was completed? This is when I decided that I would eat a paleo way of life. I followed this type of eating before and it worked for me.

Day 31-42: I have successfully completed my whole 30! What an amazing accomplishment. What I have learned. Sugar is the devil!!! Legumes gave me a little bit of digestion issues. Not too bad, but I know now that I need to have legumes only in moderation. Dairy kicked my butt big time! Wowzer!!! I felt the worst the day after I introduced dairy. I was lethargic, cranky, and just didn’t not feel top notch. I know sugar had a lot to do with that reaction, but I know dairy didn’t help anything either. Non-gluten wasn’t bad, but gluten was another story.  Kind of that same lethargic and cranky mood again.

For MY food freedom, sugar is going to have to be out of the diet as much as I can help it. It just doesn’t do me any good. Dairy just makes me feel bloated, but I can have it every once in awhile. Non-gluten should be ok. Gluten….only if I want to feel irritated the next day. Honestly, I don’t see how the above foods give ME any benefit anyway. Sugar….none what so ever besides psychologically…..the instant gratification….you know…eat my feelings type thing. Dairy…protein I can get elsewhere and calcium I can get from almond milk. I really just don’t miss dairy. Gluten….I don’t see how that is important to my diet either. So for me, Paleo is the best way to go. Now, maybe for YOU ….dairy and gluten area a go! If so….I am jealous!!

I hope this blog has inspired you to do Whole30! If not, read any of Melissa Hartwig’s books and I bet you may change your attitude a little bit!

Until next time….enjoy some new delicious recipes by clicking the following links:

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake

Butternut Squash Fries

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Pumpkin spice latte

Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

Thai chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

Balsamic Beef Roast and Veggies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the road again…

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The Dalton Highway was a very interesting road. This was the only road to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska….the most northern point of The United States of America…the Holy Grail in the motorcycle world. Every motorcyclists wants to be able to say that they have road the Dalton Highway and reached Prudhoe Bay! This was the beginning of our journey. Will we make it in one piece or not…lol 🙂

20170620_144248Well….let me back up the story a little bit.  We were warned by many Alaskans that if it even sprinkles at all, you will NOT make it on the dirt roads with a motorcycle. They say it gets really slippery just like snot. A lot of people suggested that we watch the forcast and if there is any rain coming in at all, don’t even try. The day we left for PB there were some clouds and a little damp. But, we also only had so many days because we needed to be back in Anchorage to meet our friends to go hiking. So the way we went. Our goal was to get to Cold Foot where we would camp for the night and then head out to PB the next morning. Our day started off pretty promising, but then we stopped for some gas and delicious homemade pie and coffee. We noticed the clouds were rolling in, but gave it a shot. Well, it started sprinkling….and the stories were right…there was no way we were going anywhere. We were sliding like we were on ice. I must say, Adam is an amazing driver and I do ride well if I do say so myself:) The bike was dancing beneath of us while he was controlling the bike and I was practicing my squats and putting all my weight on the pegs beneath my feet and not moving a single muscle. We decided that the best thing was to pull off and weight out the rain and for the roads to dry. We found a spot off the road to park it for awhile (picture above). The rain stopped about 15 minutes later. Knowing that we were going to be waiting awhile, I made up a game to play (must be the teacher in me). After an hour, we checked the roads…it was a no go. So we continued our game. Then we thought it would be fun to put up the hammock. With all the trees why not! We could hang out in the hammock and eat a snack. Well, apparently the mosquitoes were worse within the trees. So that lasted about 5 minutes. We put on Deet right away when we got off the road and started playing the game. The Deet actually was working, but apparently there were just too many mosquitoes within the trees! We checked the roads again after 2 hours….no go! We ended up getting back on the road after 3 hours. We were ready to get going again:)

The picture below gives you a little idea of what the roads were like to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The pot holes in front of the bike were all over the road. Adam and I called them the Hell Holes because they were a straight ticket to Hell. I am telling you, some of these holes were pretty bad. You DID NOT want to get your front tire in one of them because you would be a goner! One hole even had a small tree growing out of it…no lie!!

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After a very long ride, no port-a-potties (fun fact- rest stops are port-a-potties all the way through Canada and Alaska), Hell Holes, construction, deep mud to plow through, deep gravel that forces your motorcycle to dance under you, Oil Spill hill that literally has oil spilled on the road and you can imagine how that ride was, more construction (Mind you this isn’t the construction like here in the US. Most roads are not paved, just dirt/gravel roads. So construction is them tearing up the dirt/gravel roads that made it even worse for you to drive on.  The roads were like one of the fun 4 wheeler paths that I ride on back home). The picture above is proof that we made it to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska!! This was a very exciting moment for us. Disclaimer- this was taking the next day after we had a good night sleep, food and showers so we looked refreshed. We did NOT look like this when we got there the night before. That would have been a very scary picture…hehehe.

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All the way to Prudhoe Bay we were along side the oil pipes. I didn’t realize that Prudhoe Bay was one of the homes to an oil refinement. PB reminded me of a deployment residence. People who worked there were there for months on end. There were trailers with rooms in them for the workers to stay. We stayed at a hotel called Prudhoe Bay Hotel. The outside didn’t look too promising for a nice stay, but the inside looked just like a hotel. The rooms were not too shabby. We had one bed, tv, internet, shower (yippee), and a real toilet:) The eating area was pretty big. We did pay around 200 for the night; however, included in that price was a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As you left for the day you could also take a sack lunch with you. The sack lunch area had tons of food to take with you. Not to mentioned they hired chefs to cook the meals for the buffet. The desserts were AMAZING! We also had free access to the washer and dryers too.  That is always a plus when you are camping for an extended period of time! It was a pretty good deal actually!

Taking a motorcycle to Prudhoe Bay was an accomplishment in itself. I didn’t really think of it as the turning point to our vacation, but it kind of was. Up until then, we were always going north. From then on out, we were going south. Even though we had a lot more adventures to go on it was kind of sad that our vacation was 1/2 over.

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Here is another fun picture, we stopped to pose for this on the way to Prudhoe Bay.

Until next time, always challenge yourself each and ever day. It is good for your health and soul!

 

Make new friends, but keep the old!

We did a lot of camping on our adventure. I mean, I know teaching brings in the money and everything (NOT), but we could not afford to get a hotel every night. I love camping! I have always enjoyed nature and being out in God’s world. However, it is not truly camping with out a campfire and smore’s! It’s just so fun to sit around the campfire and learn about how we are all so much alike but yet different while being mesmorized by fire:)

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One gentlemen that we met a long our journey, is 71 years young (I think) and he had never had a s’more!!! I was like, “Wha…..????”. So of course, I had some ingredients for them stashed away in our bags (yes I made room for s’mores).  He ended up loving them!

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This was the group of people that we had met along the way. The gentlemen on the very right sitting in a chair, Jeff. He is from Huntsville, Alabama and Adam and I found out that we have a lot in common with him. We first met him at the Dust to Dawson event in Dawson City. He noticed our bike and saw that we were two up. He struck up a conversation. I then noticed that he was wearing a Crossfit shirt and of course I had to ask him about that:) Then later we found out that he too country dances and his wife is into Crossfit and health! Match made in heaven! We ended up riding to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska with this fun and amazing group.

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We stopped to get gas on our way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Of course gas was like 5 dollars a gallon. Yikes! I thought this was a neat picture of the group leaving the gas station. The first two behind us were Susan and Larry. Very nice couple. I was very impressed with Susan riding on the rough roads to Prudhoe Bay (more about that later). The third one was John (the gentlemen that was 71 years young and had never had a s’more)! John was a very interesting fellow. I think he lived or was from Aftrica. Lot’s of fun stories. Then the last was Buck. He has a side car. He was a retired doctor. He too had some neat stories to tell about his career and where he had been and served.

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This is Jeff our fearless leader. Can’t wait to meet his wife! Yeah, so I may be able to make a trip to Huntsville, Alabama in a few weeks to meet his wife. I am very excited!

Take note of this road and the rain clouds forming….yeah…that made it for an interesting ride….stay tune!

Until next time…take the time to meet someone new everyday! You will never know how they can change your life!

Being thankful

Where do I even start:) First of all, I must apologize for this post being later than expected. I found out quickly that I left my computer charger at home. Do you know how hard it is to get a chrome book charger? Well let me tell you…..I looked in almost every electronic store in two different countries….funny…but that is not a lie! Finally I resolved to amazon; however, with us traveling and moving every day I didn’t know exactly where to sent the stupid thing to, so I just gave up. To top it all off, the shipping would have been more expensive than the actually charger itself. I was done. So there is my excuse to why you are not going to get a day to day log of my adventure to Alaska. That probably is a good thing though, because who really wants to read a day to day blog of some Alaska motorcyle trip? Oh yeah…you !

My gosh, where do I even start. I did a good job of keeping a diary every day and then of course the paragraphs dwindled to short phrases, which ended up to single words and then ended up just taking pictures to refresh my memory. I look up to those who keep up with a blog everyday and add pictures; Kudos to you!

There is so much to be thankful for on our adventure. Neither of us got hurt by any wildlife nor on the motorcycle. Adam and I got along great (well 99.9 % of the time…hehehe). The motorcycle ran great and our butts didn’t get too sore. We met so many wonderful people along the way. It’s interesting how being on a motorcycle and getting gas takes twice as long than when in a car. The reason I say that is because every gas station we stopped at there was always a conversation to be had. Being from Iowa, everyone was very interested in our adventure. They would noticed our bike loaded down and then notice the Iowa license plate and the wow factor set in. Especially when we hit Alaska! Although, to our surprise a lot of people, I would say at least 90% of the people, actually knew where Iowa was AND were either from Iowa or had been through our beautiful state.

I will forever be grateful for Bill and Jennifer in Grande Prairie, Alberta. We needed gas and we ended up talking to this couple. Adam was talking to Bill as I was talking to Jennifer. I got to talking about the time that I was freezing cold in a storm (more on this later) and asked if there was a place in town to buy a heated jacket. She told me about a place about 2 miles down the road called Mark’s (I could be wrong on that). After Adam and Bill finished up their conversation, I told Adam that Jennifer mentioned where to look for a heated vest. Well, this is when Bill chimed in and said, “I have a vest that may fit you.” I didn’t even know how to respond. He said, “We live 15 minutes away, let us go pick it up and we will meet you in the parking lot of Mark’s.” I said, “ok.” So we drove over to Mark’s and waited in the parking lot. About 15 minutes later, here rolls in Bill and Jennifer with a heat vest. He gave it to me and said, “Here try it on.”  I did just that:) He said, “Well look, it fits you perfectly.” He was right, it was a perfect fit. I said, “How much can I pay you for this.” Knowing that the night before, Adam and I were doing research on these things and it was going to cost at least 100 dollars new!! He said, “Nothing, it’s yours!” I said, “What…no…..” He said that he had grown out of it and it was giving to him. I was literally almost in tears. This was definitely a Godly thing! Thank you, thank you, thank you Bill and Jennifer for being so kind to give that to me.  I used that vest EVERY SINGLE day…no lie! It served me very well. I was and still am very grateful for their kindness. I unfortunately did not get a picture with the two of them:( Wish I would have. We did get Bill’s business card so I will be sending him a thank you and maybe a picture with me in my vest:) I am sure he will frame that….lol:)

From time to time, we stopped at a Starbucks. Such a lovely treat when we were on the motorcycle all day. I would talk Adam into it by saying, “Don’t you need Wi-fi for some reason.” He knew better than to say that we could basically get wifi anywhere. He was so good to me. Another thing to be thankful for, my lovely boyfriend Adam. More through out my blogs on how amazing he was to me on this trip! Anyway, this particular stop at Starbucks was not only going to give my my caffeine fix and his wifi, but determine our destination in Alaska. This is where we met Dave. He also drove a BMW. We got to talking with him about motorcycles and trips. He and Adam had a lot in common. They both were pilots and in the military (Dave is retired now). Dave’s wife, Mary, was not on the trip with him, but as I found out later, is very much into health herself! I was very excited to meet her. This is when Dave told us about the Dust to Dawson event in Dawson City and the BMW rally in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both of which we had no idea either was happening. We didn’t know what the Dust to Dawson event was, and neither Adam nor I had ever been to a motorcycle rally before. So we got on the internet and looked both up. We knew that our only obligation was to be at Denali National Park on June 24th to meet some friends hiking. We got Dave’s information and told him we would sure contact him if we could make it. I asked Dave if his wife was coming and he said not to the D2D, but the BMW rally she was going to be at! I was very excited to meet her! It is sure funny how stopping at a simply coffee shop and having conversations with people how much your life changes!

I am also thankful for running water, my bed, and the ability to get up and pour my coffee from a machine rather than boiling my water, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, being able to take a shower everyday with out having to pay money, shampoo, my toilet rather than pit toilets, abundance of toilet paper by my side when going to the rest room, hand soap readily available, running water…or wait I already said that, a bug free place of shelter! Please don’t get me wrong, I am NOT by any means, complaining about ANY part of my trip. I loved camping and the adventure! God created such a wonderful world and is an amazing artist, I will be forever blessed.

I will leave you with just how amazing God is. This picture does not even give it justice, but you get the idea. The reflection of the mountains on the lake was just absolutely beautiful! This was at Glacier National Park.

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I am very thankful and blessed to be able to have the time off to go on this adventure and to share it with all of you! Being healthy is not only about the foods that you put in your mouth, but also being able to enjoy God’s country and know that we have a lot to be thankful for!

Until next time…always count your blessings!

Alaska- June 3, 2017

June 3rd we began our trip to Alaska! We got a good night sleep last night, and started in on packing the motorcycle about 8ish.  After much planning done by Adam when he was overseas, we are now able to put it all together. We both had a lot of hiking and camping supplies before this trip, but we found that buying more efficient items to fit in the motorcycle was well worth the money.

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We laid every piece out on the garage floor and triple checked our list. Then we began packing the motorcycle.

 

 

 

We were both very happy to note that we fit everything in PLUS had some additional room:) Life is good:) We were not in a huge hurry, so after slowly packing, stopping for delicious cinnamon rolls made by his parents, and a few other necessary things we got on the road about 2ish.

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This will be our home for the next 43 days:)

 

 

 

We pretty much just road today. It was a hot day! It got up to 95 degrees! We of course have all of our entire gear on from head to toe, and mine is black!!! We took interstate 90 all the way to Oacoma, South Dakota. Once we got going on the interstate, it wasn’t bad and it did rain for about 10 minutes and it felt great! We stopped for gas and McDonalds and that was about it. We always look for free camp sites.

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We found a free camp site in Oacoma, South Dakota  by a river. We got there about 1 hour before sunset so enough time to set up camp. Not much exploring tonight. We are pretty much ready for bed!

 

 

Until next time… camp free!

 

My next journey

I am so excited to share with you a journey I am about to go on! I truly believe in good health whether it be for Soul or for Life (hence the name of this website:) ).This journey I am about to go on is for my soul. I am going to be hiking in Alaska! My boyfriend and I decided to take his BMW GSA motorcycle to Alaska baby!

Adam just recently got back from overseas. We both have the time off this summer. We started June 3rd. Our transportation will be his motorcycle and our home will be a tent. We will be staying in some hotels along the way. If I have anything to say about it, we will be stopping at coffee shops for the free wi-fi…lol 🙂 So I am going to try really hard to journal at night. When we stop at places that have Wi-fi I will copy and paste my blogs with pictures! This is the plan! Here’s to it working out!!
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Here is a picture to start you off.  This was on Bear Pass in Wyoming. It was a beautiful road and scenery!!

 

 

Until next time….please pray that we won’t get eating by Grizzles….just kidding…well …kind of just kidding 🙂

Vitamin D

Want to take a cat nap? You may be deficient in Vitamin D! 

cat-1538633_1920Any time I am not feeling well, I look to vitamins. Through researching I found that a lot of people are deficient in Vitamin D.  I found come research that suggested for every 25 pounds of body weight a person should take 1000 iu. (Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor and ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting any vitamins!) Vitamin D helps with so many things such as but not limited to: regulating calcium, normal immune function, healthy bones and teeth, fights depression, helps with fatigue, and a ton more. Here is an article that I found will help you understand if you are deficient in vitamin D. Read this, you might learn something 🙂

Until next time…discuss your vitamin D level with your doctor.