Wordless Wednesday: St. Patrick’s Day

Freetail Brewing Company

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Blue Star Brewing Company

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The Friendly Spot

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March 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . San Antonio, wordless wednesday. 1 comment.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: First Friday

First Friday in San Antonio…

It was awesome!

We saw a pub run. Literally. They were running.

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We went to the Friendly Spot which is truly the friendliest spot in town. Playground for the kids, dogs welcome. No excuses not to be there!

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Drank some beers

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Went over to Blue Star to meet up with friends and check out the galleries and studios open late for the night

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Saw a painting that looked just like Ruby

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Headed back home super excited to do it all again in April 🙂

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March 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Life, San Antonio. 8 comments.

Wordless Wednesday: Enchanted Rock

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January 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Life, San Antonio. 4 comments.

My Nia White Belt Intensive; Part One

I wanted to share with you this video taken after the graduation ceremony from my Nia White Belt Intensive. It is the perfect illustration of what Nia means to me; happiness, community, acceptance, love, laughter, peacefulness, and friendship. The song is from a Nia routine and at some points you will see us dancing to some of the moves, jazz square – cha, cha, cha and jumping jacks, but most of it is us free dancing, having fun and celebrating this accomplishment. Not only was it a celebration for the graduates but for the trainers as well. It was an amazing day and I hope that plays through in the video.

P.S. Sorry for the fact that most of the video all you see of me is my backside 😉

Here are a couple photos I took on graduation day.

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Adelle Brewer and Joanie Brooks both Nia Black Belts and my trainers for the White Belt. Although I have only known them for six months they have played such a vital role in my journey. They inspire me every day and I am so lucky to have them in my life!

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I just had to sneak in a picture of me in my white belt. How cool???

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December 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Nia, San Antonio, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

My Life These Days…and a Winner is Announced

First and foremost I need to address the business of the giveaway and announce the winner. At about 530am I went to my blog and using excel notated the names of everyone who entered. There were 17 entries in total so I used random.org to generate a random number for me using 1-17 as my range and the lucky number was….drum roll…..da da da da da da….eleven! Number eleven is my friend Racheal and I contacted her this morning to let her know the good news. She had chose prize number 3 which was the Michael Pollan books. I am hoping she will let me know her thoughts of the books and whether or not they changed her eating/purchasing habits at all. Maybe I can even get her to guest post about the books, who knows. It’s totally up to her but Racheal, if you are reading, let me know if you would be interested in doing something for the blog.

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Thank you all who entered and thank you to those who tweeted the link! You guys are awesome and if I could afford everyone who entered would have won! I am looking forward to the next giveaway, whatever it might be, and am open to any suggestions 🙂

In other news, life has been pretty hectic- especially this past weekend. The first half of my Nia White Belt Intensive is behind me and I can’t wait to write a post dedicated to the whole experience that includes a schedule and details as to what it entailed. For now I am just going to give you a few thoughts running through my head. I love Nia, which you already know, but do you know why I love Nia? Nia is a great workout; it is a cardiovascular activity yet it’s not too intense. The dancing, the music, and the community make it such an amazing way to spend an hour of my life. But I love other activities too like yoga and tai chi but I don’t have the same emotional connection to them as I have with Nia. This weekend I realized why that is, why I love Nia so much.

I was talking with DG, another Synergy member and Nia participant yesterday about her weight loss- she looks fabulous by the way. I had asked her about her story and she told me that she was at her heaviest about ten years ago, while still in high school. Then she started running and going to the gym and she lost a lot of weight which she subsequently gained most of it back. Then about two years ago she found Nia and it has brought her to where she is today- about 80 pounds lighter and in great shape. I asked her if she changed other areas of her life or was it just Nia and she told me how she needed something that was spiritual as well as physical and that Nia gave that to her. It made her whole as a person.

I knew exactly what she meant. Nia is good for your body, mind and soul. It has changed my life because it is the first time that I actually love myself. Nia has taught me acceptance and self love and that is why I am where I am today. I have dieted/exercised before and lost weight and it never stuck because I never fixed the cause instead I just tried to fix the effect. Once I found Nia and the self-hate, self-doubt, embarrassment, disgust, all of the negative feelings I had about myself, started to go away I started making better decisions for myself, putting my health first, and really wanting to change and become a better person. I truly understood what I wanted out of my life and set out to try to make it happen. Do you know why? Because I freaking deserve it. I am good enough. I know now that as long as I keep my mind, and my body, and my spirit whole then I will be successful at anything I set my mind towards.

Another great thing about Nia is as I learn more about the principles and ideas it was built on, the mystery of why it has been so life changing is uncovered. As we are taught to ‘dance through life’, view ‘life as art’, and live in ‘the joy of movement’ (in universal joy which is a sensation, opposed to joyfulness/enjoyment which is an emotion) it becomes more and more clear why this practice has transformed my life. I couldn’t be more thankful for where I am today and having the fortune to be learning more about something I hold so dearly. I hope one day to dance with you, my readers, my friends and have you experience this with me.

One last thing before I go I wanted to share this with you.

The Club KO

Pretty cool, huh? One of the owner/trainers asked me if I would write up a testimonial for the gym’s website. The version on the site has been edited since I tend to go a little overboard when I write (I know that’s a shock to you, right?) and if you want to see the full piece, I think it’s three paragraphs, let me know and I will post it. I was just so thrilled that they had asked me to be on their website even though I am still 1/3 of the way from my goal but they said they want to inspire others, people that were/are in my shoes, to not be scared to try boxing. Isn’t that great?

Thanks for reading!

December 5, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Giveaway, Life, San Antonio, Weight Loss. 5 comments.

Wordless Wednesday: Rock n’ Roll Marathon

Just wanted to share some pictures from Sunday; the Rock n’ Roll Marathon. Of course these pictures aren’t of me but instead of my awesome husband, Paul, who ran his first full marathon. I tell him I am proud of him but saying I am proud is such an understatement. He is an amazing person so it’s no surprise he was able to train for and run a freaking marathon. Congrats Paul and to all if the runners/joggers/walkers (and cyclists, too) who participated in Sunday’s event!

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November 16, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Fitness, Running, San Antonio. 2 comments.

Random Thoughts

Random topics and thoughts to help get you through your Thursday 🙂

1. In case you hadn’t heard a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit about 50 miles outside of San Antonio this morning. I was at work, on the ninth floor of a ten floor building, when it happened. The building was swaying; it felt like I was on a boat. I got a little seasick but it passed pretty quickly. Since everyone felt it we all immediately wondered if it was our building possibly about to collapse (kidding, sort of) or if we had an earthquake. People were on their phones and scouring the internet trying to figure out what had happened. It took about 20 minutes but we finally were able to confirm that it was an earthquake. How random? About thirty minutes after the quake our building was evacuated so they could check for structural damage. I was hoping this process would take a long time and we would be able to hang outside and enjoy the fall weather but it wasn’t too long before we were being told we could go back in. Oh, well. I have already lived through a San Antonio snow day I shouldn’t hold my breath for a San Antonio earthquake day 😉

2. Today I went for a walk with the at-work lunchtime walking group. It was the perfect weather for a nice walk along the river. I really enjoyed it and I enjoyed talking with a woman in the group I had never met before. We walked together almost the whole time and it was nice getting to know her. I love meeting new people and I love having company on my walks so it was a win-win for me. Once I was back in the office I promptly went to change back into my work clothes. Unfortunately we don’t have any type of locker room /changing areas in the building I work in. When we get changed we do so in the restroom. Since I am not thrilled with the idea of throwing my clothes onto the bathroom floor while I undress I take the clothes I am changing into and hang them up on the hook on the back of the stall door. Then as I take clothes off I place them on top of my gym bag. As I was doing this clothes switch I hung my work pants on the hook and as I did I noticed the mother of all tears in the crotch of my pants. If I had to guess the tear is four to six inches long. Not sure but it basically runs the length of my lady parts. Ugh! I am pretty sure it is not noticeable from the back but I am trying to stay seated at my desk as much as possible just to be safe. This sucks. I have to pee. Not to mention these are new pants and this is only the second time I have worn them. Boo that!

3. I thought Pandora was spot on today playing all kinds of great songs I love. Then I realized I had my iPod on shuffle. LOL!

4. Will I still be able to float next summer? I am/was a very buoyant person but I think a lot of that is due to my high body fat percentage. Next summer when I am at a normal body fat percentage will I still be able to float? Paul has very little body fat and he can’t float. I wonder if that will happen to me.

5. Should I change my blog name in January once I am 34?

6. If I did another vlog would you want to see a cooking one or a Q&A one? Keep in mind if it is a cooking one it will probably be a vegan dish.

Ok, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading!

October 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Life, San Antonio. 5 comments.

Five Things Friday

Shopping

Well I finally did it; I broke down and went bra shopping. I knew that it was in my best interest to have someone measure me so I wouldn’t end up spending hours trying on a plethora of sizes but that wasn’t the reason stopping me from going. It was sheer laziness coupled with financial reasons. I loathe bra shopping; I usually end up in the fitting room super sweaty and that makes it even harder to pull those bras on and off comfortably. Ugh! Not to mention bras are expensive and I just didn’t feel like spending the money on full price so I waited until there was a sale. I was lured into Avenue last Sunday by an email sent to me advertising $15 bras. Score! Off to Avenue I went. When I arrived I promptly went to an associate and asked her to measure me for my bra size and man was I surprised at the results. I had been wearing 44DD through 48DD (I had a stockpile of various sizes) and she measured me at a 40DD. I knew the numeric size would have gone down but was surprised the cup size hadn’t as well. For the first time in many, many years I found myself trying on bras with underwire. I think I gave up on underwire bras once I hit DD- too painful. However, now the underwire bras felt comfortable and I liked how I looked in them which was an added bonus. I bought two. I bought only two because the sale was really buy one at full price and get a second one for $15- damn fine print. So I took two and figured I would just keep my eyes peeled for future sales where I can go back and get more.

Sound Journey

After bra shopping I jetted over to the Synergy Studio for their monthly Sound Journey session. I had never attended this class before and with hockey season starting next week I thought it might be my last opportunity for awhile to go. Sound Journey is put on by Jodi Roberts and how it works is you lie on the floor, you are encouraged to bring mats, blankets, pillows, anything you would want to be comfortable, and relax while she plays Tibetan bowls and gongs. As per the usual, it is easier for me to copy the description from the Synergy website rather than try to explain it on my own:

“De-stress! Breathe! Relax!
Experience a sound journey: a guided journey using Chinese and Paiste gongs, and Tibetan bowls as the doorway into an experience of deep relaxation, de-stressing and healthy transformation. The music enables the brain to enter the theta state where all beliefs and patterns can be recognized and changed. Your body receives a sound massage for deep relaxation. Combined with your personal intentions the music and journey balance and enhance your body, mind and spirit.”

Deep relaxation is an understatement. I would say my experience was more like being in a coma. I have never been in such a deeply relaxed meditative state. It was amazing. Before Jodi started she told us we might be able to feel the effects of it for days and I certainly did. The next session at Synergy is on October 30th but she is also having a session on October 15th in the Cave Without a Name in Boerne, TX. I have heard amazing things about this cave and hope to check it out someday soon. If you want to learn more about Jodi Roberts, Tibetan bowls, or gongs check out her website: Sacred Inspiration She even has CDs for purchase on her site. It’s really some pretty cool stuff.

Smoothies

For the past week I have been drinking a smoothie for breakfast and it has been a great switch. A friend asked me to share the recipe so I thought I would include it in today’s post. @SensitivePantry posted this recipe on Twitter; I can’t take any credit for it. FYI- this recipe is both gluten free and vegan.

Chocolate Smoothie

1 cup coconut water

3 Tablespoons quinoa flakes

½ a banana

½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate green superfood

Small handful of ice

Blend ingredients until smooth. 1 serving.

Coconut water is a great hydrator; it has lots of natural electrolytes and is high in potassium. The chocolate flavored green superfood is filled with all sorts of goodies; wheat grass, alfalfa, spirulina, acai, carrots, beets, flax seed powder, probiotics, the list goes on and on. It really is a super food. This supplement is supposed to help detoxify and boost your immune system, increase energy and support healthy cholesterol levels. I can’t say whether or not it can do all it claims but I do know I feel fantastic after I drink it. Paul loves it too. This smoothie is super filling and energizing. We have even added a tablespoon of peanut butter for some additional protein and that tasted good too.

Let me say this, it is not a cheap smoothie. Yes, it is still cheaper than going to a smoothie place like Jamba Juice every day but it is probably more expensive that the normal smoothies made at home. However, it is a lot more nutritious than any other smoothie I have ever had. If this recipe interests you but you don’t want to spend so much money or don’t have/want to use all of those ingredients I would say keep the chocolate green superfood, add whatever fruit you like/have, use water instead of coconut water, omit the quinoa flakes or sub in some steel cut oats. You could even add in some yogurt. Note that the changes may make it not vegan or gluten free anymore though.

Sports

Rampage Pre-Season

Do you know what Saturday is? The first day of October- can you believe it? It’s also the first San Antonio Rampage home pre-season game. Next Saturday is the home opener for the regular season. Yes! Hockey is finally back! For those of you who don’t know; the San Antonio Rampage are an AHL team that are affiliated with an NHL team. It’s like the equivalent of a minor league baseball team in the way players move back and forth between the AHL and NHL. Last year the Rampage were the Phoenix Coyotes affiliate which means players would get called up to play for Phoenix or move from Phoenix down to San Antonio based on their performance. This year, however, the Rampage are now the Florida Panthers affiliate team. The contract between the Rampage and the Coyotes expired this past summer and for whatever reason the Coyotes did not choose to renew it. There were also other AHL/NHL affiliation contracts that expired as well so there were multiple teams up for grabs. This is a weird sports phenomenon I had no prior knowledge of existing. What does that mean for me as a fan? It means we have a completely new team. You see hockey players, just like baseball players, are drafted by the NHL team and that team evaluates the players and decide who to place in the AHL or NHL. This means when we lost our affiliation with the Coyotes we lost all of their AHL players as well. So, for this season we have an all new team with all new players. Well, actually two players off the Rampage roster from last season, Nolan Yonkman and Bracken Kearns, were free agents and were picked up by the Panthers so there will be two familiar faces to cheer for tomorrow. I will admit, I was very sad to learn that having a new affiliation meant we would have a whole new team. I had grown accustomed to the players we already had. I even met most of them at different season ticket holder events and they were all very nice. Even though it will be weird to see a whole new group of faces tomorrow it will be a fun season and I am ready to cheer them on. Go Rampage!

Phillies Post Season

Tomorrow is also game 1 of the NLDS which has my favorite team the Philadelphia Phillies facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Phillies have had a great year, they set a franchise record with 102 wins and Charlie Manuel became the Phillies manager with the most wins under his belt with 646. Every media outlet I turn to is predicting the Phils to win the World Series (ha, ha MS- not your stinky Yankees) even in Vegas the odds are favoring the Phillies. That’s all fine and dandy except for one thing- the team everyone thinks will win seldom does. All this talk about another ring for the Phillies is doing nothing but making me nervous. Ugh! My concern right now is not the World Series, it is the NLDS. Hello Phillies fans- the Cards beat us six times this season and we only beat them three times. So for me I am just hoping to get out of the NLDS alive. This time of year is always crazy- the end of baseball, the beginning of hockey, college football on Saturday and NFL on Sunday- what’s a girl to do? Lol!

Are you a sports fan? Who are you cheering for? What games are you looking forward to this year?

Thanks for reading!

September 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Life, San Antonio. 2 comments.

Five Things Friday

This week has been rough, I have been battling a stomach virus and it isn’t pretty. I am very glad to be back up and around. I hate just sitting around feeling like crap; not having strength/energy to do anything. Today I am about 70% better which is a very good thing. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired 😉 So for my first post back I decided to follow the ‘three things Thursday’ format but since it is Friday I have tweaked it to five things Friday instead. Hopefully I can come up with five things to talk about.

-My friend MS has been bugging me to tell you guys about this one thing that happened to me last week. Actually there are two things but one of them isn’t set in stone so I am not going to talk about it- I don’t want to jinx it. Any who, what she wanted me to tell you is I have been selected as Nia student of the month for San Antonio. With the title comes a short write-up about me (and my photo) to be featured in the upcoming issue of the Nia San Antonio newsletter. I was chosen for this honor by Adelle Brewer, the owner of the Synergy Studio and Nia instructor extraordinaire, and when she told me I completely freaked out I was so excited. Adelle later told me that she only gets to choose the student of the month twice a year and when her turn came around she knew immediately that she wanted to pick me. What an honor! I have only been taking Nia classes for three months and to have someone pick me to be recognized is pretty remarkable. I am flattered and very grateful to have been chosen! Oh, and the newsletter is electronic so hopefully I will be able to link it to the blog. If I can’t link it I can always email it out to anyone interested in reading. It comes out next Thursday so we will just have to wait and see!

-The Lee household has gone completely football crazy and the NFL regular season just started yesterday. We have DIRECTV with NFL Sunday Ticket so we will be able to watch all of the Steelers and Eagles games which is very exciting for us. Not to mention Paul bought a new TV last Friday; just in time for the season to begin. He then later asked me if I mind if he moves the TV out of the bedroom on Sundays so we can watch multiple games at once. I of course don’t mind although I am curious as to how the logistics of it all will work. The football frenzy isn’t just affecting Paul. I am participating in two NFL fantasy football leagues as well as two NCAA fantasy football leagues. Last night I downloaded the applicable apps onto my iPhone so I can track my teams and make changes when I am away from home. I also downloaded the DIRECTV Sunday Ticket app so I can even watch football while I am at Rampage hockey games. During the period breaks, of course.

-Next Sunday, the 18th, Paul and I are heading to Austin for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. I am so unbelievably excited for this even if it will be 100 degrees outside. ACL Festival is three days long and since we bought our tickets the day they went on sale we had the choice of what day we wanted to go. We chose Sunday because it was the day that featured bands we both loved but neither of us had seen live before. I am excited for all of the acts we will see that day, AWOLNATION, Fleet Foxes, Social Distortion, the Airborne Toxic Event, however I am most excited to see Arcade Fire. I have been listening to ‘Funeral’, ‘Neon Bible’ and ‘The Suburbs’ on my iPod non-stop for weeks now. As I mentioned earlier, I have never seen any of these groups live but I did see Arcade Fire perform live at the Grammy’s and they were awesome. It’s been a long time since Paul and I have been to a concert together and years since our last music festival so anticipation levels are high. I can’t wait to share pictures and stories from the festival with you. I am also thrilled that I will be able to buy an event t-shirt and actually fit in it. The last concert I went to where I bought a t-shirt was in 2007, The Killers, and it took over 4 years until I was able to fit in it. I wear it now, proudly!

-On Monday, while I lay in a food/beer induced coma, a blog post email notification popped up from one of my favorite ladies in the blogosphere- Average in Suburbia This post was about the Versatile Blogger Award she had been given and in turn passing on to other versatile bloggers. I was fortunate enough to be one of her recipients and am excited for the chance to write up a post giving this award to other bloggers. I also realized that I had received this award from The Kitchen Tutorback in June, after I received it for the first time, and had never wrote up a post for receiving it a second time. So, this post I will be writing will include two times the information and recipients since it will be for both accounts. I was going to do that today but since I write these posts on my lunch break in a Word doc, send it to myself in an email, copy and paste it from email into a new post on my WP app, and then create all the hyperlinks and add pictures that way I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to link to 14 blogs, not to mention write about each of them, during my lunch hour. This post will have to be written at home, where I can actually access your blogs from a computer, and I don’t have to type on tiny little keys. Even though I don’t have the time now to write up the official post I just had to mention it now as it was the highlight of my week 🙂

-I have received nothing but positive feedback (thank you) in regards to first vlog so I have decided I will continue doing them regularly. The next one is scheduled for tonight and I am planning on doing a cooking vlog. Paul has agreed to film it for me. Hopefully it turns out ok, not too shaky, and I don’t end up burning anything or cutting off my finger. That would not be good. I hope you all tune in to watch- there may or may not be an announcement about my next giveaway at the end. Well, I am planning to tell you all about the next giveaway at the end of the vlog but there is a good chance I might get too caught up with the cooking and the filming and forget. Either way the details of the giveaway will be included in the post so definitely check back in this weekend to enter!

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday! Thanks for reading!

September 9, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Life, Nia, San Antonio. 6 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Pictures from my Phone

A true friend is someone who will walk with you even when it is 100+ degrees at 9 pm. This is what we saw along our walk on the river.

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By far the coolest Gerber Daisies I have ever seen.

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The outside of Boehler’s which was featured in my post a few weeks ago where I showed the inside and how crooked it is.

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Did your dogs go to a WNBA game this weekend? Mine did!

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My August!

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Thanks for reading!

August 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Life, San Antonio. 2 comments.

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