How to keep your Camelbak Clean?

Clean and tasting decent…

Let’s face it Camelbaks can harbor some nasty stuff. Here are some tips to help you care for and clean your hydration pack. For some, keeping the pack itself clean is nearly impossible if you are out in the dirt and Desert. There are times when you may not have access to lots of clean water and laundry soap to just clean your pack but I urge you to clean it as much as you can. The cleaner your pack, the less you risk outside contents from affecting the bladder.

 

Do this to keep it tasting fresh (Try to do this day after use)

Prevents Molding (Do not let it sit with stagnant water or sit for days)

-1 cap full of bleach

-1 cup of White or Apple Vinegar (use what you have)

-Fill the bladder with water

-Let sit for 5 minutes

-Run the water through the Nozzle

Shake vigorously and…

Wipe our the bladder completely with Paper towels or Napkins

 

A “Scar” Story

 

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Body Issues 101:

  • As a child (11 years old) I was hospitalized with a ruptured spleen. I jumped pass death. The Nurses said that if I didn’t come in the time I did, I would have been dead within the next few hours. After months at the hospital, I came home. I wrote letters to all the people at the hospital to thank them and also the student’s in my class that wrote me get well letters.
  • My situation instantaneously gave me a different perspective on life. At a young at age, I knew just how precious life could be. I also knew that kids could be cruel. Especially GIRLS whom at 11, took their looks very seriously. I would get the occasional “ewww that scar looks gross”, or “what is that?”.
  • Weirdly, this made me grow extra thick skin to snap back at anyone who acted like they had never seen such an atrocity. As if these people had never seen a scar before? You would think by the way they would ask it. I learned to develop sarcasm and make up stories so that eventually, they would answer their own question. This may have been the wrong way to go about it. But educating people who were really just looking to point out a defect in you was far from what I wanted to do.
  • Keeping a positive and optimistic attitude when things aren’t going right still can say a lot. It means that we control how we react to others. We can choose not to complain or gripe about things. We can accept people for who they are and what they represent. Out of all the bad, I had met so many people who actually gave me “GRACE”. The grace I needed. A young boy named Travis had held the door for me as I limped everywhere trying not to rip my stitches. Others had expressed their willingness to help. Even Doctors who did not know me apologized to me for no reason other than for the struggle they knew I would go through. I remember a Doctor told me “don’t you worry young lady, in the future they will have something called “Laser Surgery”, they are developing it now.  There are many medical journals about it. Laser Surgery will fix your scar right up. I smiled not believing him. But…
  • Remember that your struggles pave the way for your future
  • Without struggle we can not better ourselves or learn to change our ways. We can’t move around bad habits or know how to better handle situations that come our way. Putting ourselves out and leaving our comfort zones are part of that struggle.

Healing Yoga

Have you ever gone to a Yoga class with exercises in healing?

What do you need to let go of? What are you holding onto that is no longer of use? What kind of pain have you experienced in your past that is still lingering within you? What’s weighing you down from your past and how does it affect how you relate with other people?

Yesterday Yoga Girl has 600 people, sitting in a field, sharing their deepest, innermost fears and worries with complete strangers. Two and two. Looking into each other’s eyes. Allowing themselves to be vulnerable, intimate, real, with someone they have never met before. Face to face. Knees touching. Present. Awake. REAL LIFE. So much emotion.

 

We are all waking up. This entire generation and everyone along for the ride. We’re awakening. Opening up. Letting go.

Are you with us?

Yes, I am. I have connected with others like me. People who are empowered through Yoga and fitness. Formerly in the Armed Services, I was going through life numb to so many ways of doing things. For me, it’s a time to reflect, and to have another day to regenerate life and being able to share experiences with other people that I can connect with.

Challenging myself physically and being able to look within mentally are all the best parts of understanding this practice. I discovered that I can embrace being alone. Sharing my thoughts through pen and paper was not enough. I wanted to share with people the adventures i’d been on, the helicopter that swerved through the mountains. The view’s that a picture could not describe but in reality, nothing could compare. I realized I needed to make connections with people so we could experience the beauty firsthand!

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Back to nature

There is something about nature that is takes the stress of life and floats it away. Something that takes all the daily practices and makes them feel small compared to the world. The sights and smells ignite something within each of us that can remind us that we are put on this earth to give ourselves up to the world. We have gifts to share and we are part of a bigger community. Not just the human race but for the longevity of earth.

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If you are not in awe of the Earth then something is truly wrong with you. You are not living!

GUEST BLOGGER: HYPOTHYROIDISM

For those who suffer from Thyroid. Here are some tips that can help. While many people have different body types and Thyroid varies. It is so encouraging to hear other stories so that if you feel you have symptoms of Thyroid, that you are not alone and it’s best to consult a doctor.

You Can Do It Blog

My mom, Twyla, learned a few years ago that she has hypothyroidism. I asked her to please share some things that she does to help fight it. Some people I have talked are frustrated losing weight because their thyroid prevents it. There are ways to get past it and she will share a few things to help, well at least we hope they help!

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Hypothyroidism:  Please educate yourself on this disease

Several years ago I had what was later described as a TIA(mini- stroke). The first thing the physician did was to feel my hair and neck. My hair was extremely coarse and my neck was very thick and hard. They strapped a heart monitor on me and ran thyroid tests, among many other tests. In the end they really believed the attack was brought on by a thyroid issue. It took several months to find…

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Wedding Booze

How to calculate those MACRO’s and Calories while celebrating Weddings or the Holidays?

While this year I plan to lose 59 pounds, I have already started my journey with a weight loss of four pounds. Thank you. I intend to utilize IIFYM which is not new to me but simply a good way for me to stay on track.

This year I am attending three weddings and I have one down two to go. We have all been down that dieting track where we start to lose focus and binge. So I decided to plan my eating weeks prior as in 3 weeks. Sooooo…how you say do you count that booze you’re going to drink? Good question, I have thought of that for you.

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While I am not a big boozie, as I often drank on a weekly basis in college. I have since rarely touched a bottle unless I go to a cocktail party, a girl’s night out, wedding, holiday party etc. Other than that Alcohol is zero. However, my lovely friends are throwing an adult only wedding and I intend to have a great time!

I know my favorite drink is Veuve for Champagne or Premium Vodka. In my later years I had developed Psoriasis and have outed Beer altogether. Even though sometimes I do knock back an Omission or Angry Orchard. It is usually during Superbowl, go figure (Gluten-Free Beer).

These are the figures I have come up with…

Nutrition Facts

Calories in Grey Goose Vodka

Serving Size: 1 oz
Amount Per Serving
  • Calories69.0
  • Total Fat0.0 g
  • Saturated Fat0.0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0.0 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat0.0 g
  • Cholesterol0.0 mg
  • Sodium0.0 mg
  • Potassium0.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate0.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber0.0 g
  • Sugars0.0 g
  • Protein 0.0 g

 

There are many posts out there how to calculate Alcohol as a Fat or a Carb, but I would say really take into consideration exactly what you will be drinking instead of getting a generalized Calculation. That way you can decide what is best for your diet. Therefore, I have decided two shots of Vodka will leave me plenty of room to eat full and flex room.

Remember, when you treat yourself, get ready to work hard in the gym and prove that you deserve that treat and that you are serious about your plans.

As always,

 

Peace & Love!

 

The Best Sandwich ever!

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I could eat this Sandwich everyday, it’s soooo tasty. Please try it and tell me if this is your go-to Tuna sandwich.

Disclaimer: if you are not a TUNA-gal //TUNA-guy Try it with your favorite Chicken Salad or even Pesto.

What you will need:

  1. Measuring Spoon (Tablespoon)
  2. Skillet or Frying Pan
  3. Coconut Oil Spray or regular Coconut Oil (any kind shall do–use what you have) No butter here
  4. Mixing Container

 

Ingredients:

  1. Veganaise (I bought this from Whole Foods and they have several brands.)
  2. Kirkland Brand (Costco) Skipjack TUNA
  3. Colby Jack Cheese (I used Sargento) 70 cals 1 slice
  4. Simply Balanced Organic Sprouted bread (Target//frozen) or EZEKIEL bread (frozen aisle)
  5. Any local Clover Sprouts—-LOCAL is best

 

First, microwave the bread for 35 seconds because of course if you have ever had sprouted from the grain bread you’ll know you most have to warm it up or toast it since it comes from the freezer. Mix the Tuna & Veganaise (salt with Pink Himalayan Salt or Hawaiian salt if you have it) //Pepper Seasoning optional

Grill the bread after spraying the grill with Coconut oil.

Put have a cheese Slice on the bread

1 tablespoon Clover Sprouts

and 1 Tablespoon Tuna.

 

 

YUM!!!

Total: 2 SAMMIES—- 291 Calories BAM!

 

My day off…

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Being mindful of the kindness we show others.

My day off and my calling today was to help someone. NO! To help everyone in my path. Literally, in my path of Tueday’s journey. As I took off to drop my child at school the rain was pouring so hard. I was already soaked to the inner layers from running to the car. I saw two children whom I had to convince to let me give them a ride to the school a block from my house and they did. They were already soaking wet but at least they got to school a little faster and had more time to dry out.

Next, I was on my way to Target to kill time while I wait for traffic to die out. There was a man on the side of the road and luckily, I was on the same side. Sped up, rolled down my window and asked him if he needed a jump. He replied no, but I said, it’s really no problem, I live three minutes from here. But he insisted he had someone on the way.

Today, I am mindful. I am grateful. I live. I am passionate to walk my path. As the energy of kindness is passed through me.

I will also pass it on to others.

Sometimes we all can have tunnel vision and be on a set path to get from A to B to C location. However, today I was wandering and going with the flow. Seeking other ways to kill my time and fill it with productivity. As I was thinking what to do a few tasks were set before me. I felt so good to help just two children today. My next day off, I promise to again, follow my path. Bring it on world!