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Hey y’all! I hope you had an amazing week! Mine was… well…. eventful! I started the week (as I mentioned in my last blog) with a visit to Dr. Runco then a stop to see my god Grammy who is still in the rehabilitation center. One of the greatest things I’ve been able to truly grab a hold of in this season is the value of people and relationships. Seeing god Grammy was like a breath of fresh air! While there, I was able to discuss (with my god mother’s sister) some possible positive goals to set my feet towards as far as education and/ or employment. By the end of the visit, I felt excited and ready to face some new challenges! The following day held the challenge of recovery. I did a very light, gentle, two mile jog and headed home. Wednesday I headed out after bible study for another jog. This one was about 4 miles. Then… my muscles tightened up and pain began! I consulted Runco and he instructed me to take it easy the next day and do a lot of stretching, so… I did just that! A light 3 miler with lots of stretching and ice… thankfully, stiffness and pain was gone by Friday morning! Mom took little guy and me to Fernandez park and like a happy little puppy, I headed off for a 4 mile run. Just as I was headed over a bridge to finish the last mile, I felt a tug in my left side. So, I pushed myself in by taking shorter strides. I made sure to cool down, stretch and prayed that it would subside. Meanwhile, I refocused on the Hilltop Community Church Harvest Carnival. I was set up as a volunteer to help with the games, so…. I shrugged off the worry about the tug I felt, and prepped myself to enjoy an evening of laughing kids, handing out candies and enjoying a free magic show put on by Alex Ramon (former ring leader of Barnum and Bailey Circus, head magician at Illusion Fusion voted best show two years in a row)! When I arrived at church, the set up was BRILLIANT! Huge jumpies filled the parking lot, games flooded the old sanctuary, and the anticipation of the illusionist show was in the air… and like a little kid…. I wanted to meet the guy behind the magic who actually attended my church in his childhood! After my volunteer shift ended, I waited with the crowds in the foyer for the doors to open, then we headed in for an amazing treat! Alex’s modern twist on classic illusions along with new ones of his own were amazing! I can honestly say that it was pure art! After the event, Janet (our pastor’s sister and church treasurer) told me if I wait till the crowd died I’d get to meet him. So… I waited. As I waited, I talked to his assistant, Meghan who is really involved in fitness and wellness and told me about Alex’s sister who does something called the ring wellness! As we chatted, I began to get even more inspired to set out on the quest I’d talked to my God mom’s sister about on Monday. As I continued to wait I was blown away by what I witnessed.. Alex took time and shook hands, took pictures and talked to pretty much everyone that walked up to him! My reason for waiting to talk to him? Well, here is someone who was raised by a teacher and truck driver (both hard and humble jobs to work), found a form of art that he practiced and perfected, now travels the world blessing people with his giftings, comes back to his home church to do a FREE show and takes the time to make each guest feel important. Ummm that shows a LOT of character! When I got up to talk to him I told him how encouraged I was by his story. We talked a little about what I do and when I told him why I run, he said, “tinkeredeemed! You tagged me on instagram!” Apparently he remembered me from a picture I’d posted and tagged with his name to advertise his event and apparently, he read my mini instagram bio! Wow! What a blessing! Anywho, like a kid I asked for a photo and autograph and like a sweetheart he gave me both =) I then headed home with new ideas and a heart full of hope for the future!
The following morning, I woke up and… I faced my current reality once again. Still unsure if whether or not the tug I felt was anything to worry about, plus worries about finances, the possibility of having to care for little guy while my mom works this upcoming week (meaning I risk further injury due to having to lift him) being that we can’t afford day care thus week… poor little guy. It’s not easy on either of us. uhhh I headed out to Kennedy Grove to the one place I knew I could jog, clear my head, and… pay my respects to my recently deceased God Dad. I pulled up to the fire trail entrance, parked and jogged in. I quickly paid my respects and headed out of the park and onto the streets for my favorite run in my original training grounds. About one third of the way out toward Valley View, the tug in my left side started up again. I carefully pressed on, went to my turn around point and headed back, tug again then… again… SOMETHING was off! I stretched out, got in the car, took off to do some quick errands and headed home. Man… my heart ached. I’m trying so hard to get back up only to continually get smacked down! Again, I shrugged it off and finished my day with a smile. Sunday, church… pain… I almost wanted to stay home, however I sucked it in, kept a smile on my face and headed off to enjoy the purple book class and service. This I’m glad I did! The presence of God was so thick if it were an ocean, I cold swim forever in it! On top of it, Pastor Jim’s message really helped me dig deep! It talked about the faultlessness of God and how Good calls us to pursue holiness. That we should be like Isaiah who, even though he was the”holiest”of men in his time admitted that he was a man of unclean lips the very moment he stepped into the presence of God! Man… something to definitely gnaw on for a while. I didn’t want to leave because again, outside of those doors the realities of life awaited me like laughing giants. After service, my family and I headed home. After lunch, my mom decided to take little guy and me to the park. There, I walked a bit only to feel the tug worsen. I’d hope that it was just muscle tightness, but the pain worsened even more when I headed to the car to go home. I nearly couldn’t walk and I told my mom I needed to see my Chiropractor our go to urgent care. Neither were opened, and tomorrow, well… I face taking care of little guy, praying that I’ll be able to do it without any pain. Not sure of if and when I’ll be able to get some relief from this… I just keep on focusing in the promises of God. No matter what, I’ll continue to believe that God will turn this situation into something good. In the mean time, I’m thankful for the fun that I’ve gotten to have along with the time spent with loved ones. As far as running and racing… honestly, I can only hope and pray for a miracle. Dr Runco has done an amazing job and hopefully he’ll help me get to the root of the issue and Lord willing ( now that I finally have medi-cal ) I may be able to get some sort of physical therapy. However, I choose to keep my chin up despite the pain and frustration of my current situation and encourage those who are in the position to race, run, and even just live in good health to do their best and give it their all. In closing, I just want to say that whatever hand life has dealt you, find something to smile or laugh about, love fearlessly, cherish times with your loved ones and most of all seek the Lord and He will guide you through even the darkest of times! Now on to the recipe!
*Pumpkin Breakfast Bars*
-1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup apple sauce
-1/2 large, ripe banana mashed until liquid smooth
-1/4 cup nonfat or 1% milk
-1/3 cup honey
-1/4 tbs vanilla
-1 15oz can of pumpkin (trader Joe’s)
-2/3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 cup (packed and slightly heaping) brown sugar (you can also use honey)
Preheat oven to 350° spray an 8×8 square baking pan with olive oil cooking spray. Mix banana, Apple sauce, milk, honey, vanilla thoroughly. Mix brown rice flour and oats together, then slowly mix liquid ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, take 2/3 of the mixture and cover the bottom of the pan setting the remaining 1/3 aside. Now, for the filing, mix pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar. Take mixture and cover the dough (inside of the pan) evenly using all of the mixture. Take the remaining 1/3 of the dough mixture, create little crumples and sprinkle over the top of the pumpkin. Place in oven uncovered for 30 min or until crumbles are golden, place out on a rack to cool and serve!
I hope y’all have an amazing and blessed week. If your get to try the recipe I hope your enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it! GOD bless 🙂
Hmmm Fall is here!!! How I love this season! The smells of glade and yankee pumpkin pie candles, cold air, change of leaves, harvest festivals, training in the cold, fall races, great food, enjoying a warm pumpkin spice latte, making memories with family and friends…. ohhh how the list goes on! Growing up in Tahoe, I got to experience a wonderful display of the four seasons, however in the bay… not so much. Thankfully there’s BERKELEY! That place comes to life in the fall and winter seasons! Berkeley bowl always has a wonderful display of produce (my favorite section) that seams to call my name as I run by on the streets 😉 The smell of that place hmmmm, every store with it’s fall decorations and smells, the picturesque houses adorned with harvest and Halloween decorations. Makes me want to just run through the streets, taking it all in and head home to Crockett and wrap up in some sweats and a warm blanket with a good book and pumpkin late and just enjoy every moment! Of all the places in the bay I have to hand it to Berkeley for truly capturing the essence of fall!
Now, as this past week went bye things began to progress. I was finally able to make some progress in training and even got to enjoy a few runs in Berkeley while my mom worked. However, things took a slightly painful turn when mom was on a cram for time… I picked up the broom and dust pan, ruled up my sleeves and began to help her. The following day, I felt a little of on my training run and… the pain set in! Nooo! So, I pushed through the weekend and was thankfully able to see Dr. Runco (my Chiropractor) who carefully examined the issues and corrected them… Lord willing, I’ll be racing again soon! Meanwhile, so much to look forward to! With the hilltop community church harvest carnival coming up, the world famous magician, Alex Ramon will be performing (really excited about this event)! Plus… Thanksgiving coming up…. well, just call me the “running Linus” hitting the roads and trails by day and snuggling with the warm goodness of fall! I close today by saying… whatever challeges you’re facing (as I’ve said time and time again)… stay focused on Christ. Stay the course. Never give up. Never give in. As Joyce Meyer says, “Sometimes just refusing to give up is the breakthrough you really need.”
NOW, onto a recipe for one of my favorite foods of Autumn… Roasted spaghetti squash with ginger!
~Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Ginger
-1 lg spaghetti squash
-1tbs fresh ground ginger
-sea salt to taste
-1 cup extra lean ground turkey
Preheat oven to 400°. Cut squash directly down the center and pull out seeds. Rinse with water. Sprinkle ginger on both halves. Add salt to taste. Place on cookie sheet and pop into oven for 45 min or until thoroughly cooked. Pull out of oven and place on rack to cool. While squash is cooling, place turkey in a skillet, season, with sea salt and cook on med heat until thoroughly cooked into little crumbles. Take squash, toss up center so that its all noodley like spaghetti. Split turkey between the two halves, toss and serve!
Y’all have a wonderful week!
Hey everyone! I hope y’all had a wonderful week! As I promised, I’m back this week with some fall flavors! First, I’ll share an update on my journey! This past week was busy, busy, busy! Yet, it was a good kind of busy. Little guy started daycare/ preschool and mom and I went out to Berkeley for her work and for me to be able to do a pet sit and get back to rebuilding my fitness… carefully and prepping for a speaking engagement I was scheduled for called “The Circle of Sisterhood, health and wellness” at my home church (Hilltop Community) while mom was working. We then would head off to pick up little guy. Meanwhile, I’d been battling issues with self worth once more and somewhat slipped into an unhealthy eating pattern one more.. I began nervously munching and stuffing my face with my favorite veggies until it hurt! Of course, this takes place just before I’m about to speak to a bunch of ladies about the importance of fitness neing balanced in nutrition. I’m guessing it was nerves, feeling that with coming back from an injury, I wasn’t worthy of speaking about taking care of your body. Man… satan truly knows how to mess with your head! Any-who, Mom was overworked and exhausted, and worries with my troubled loved one came up again… the attacks just kept coming! Thursday, a breakthrough! As I lay, face down on my Chiropractor’s table getting electric therapy, the Lord came over me and for the first time, I felt His powerful love wash over me. He assured me how much I’m loved by Him… this joy and amazing warmth just overwhelmed me! Wow… and the ice in me melted. I began to look at how cold and harsh I’d often been and somehow, from that point on, I’ve seen myself and everyone else differently… in the eyes of love. Hmmm. That brings a feeling that’s better that gluten free sugar cookies and hot chocolate on a cold, rainy day! As Friday rolled around, it was cram day… from taking little guy to preschool, going to work with mom, off to feed kitties, home to change, back up to church to prep and speak… whew! What a day! The speaking engagement went wonderfully! I learned a lot from the other speaker and got to share about my passion… fitness and health mixed with some good ‘ol Jesus Christ =) what an honor and blessing! Our always makes me feel good knowing that someone’s health and life could possibly be changed by what the Lord has me say and do. Now, as we head into this new week, I encourage you to find the light, no matter what your circumstances may look like, and know that God loves you… He really, really loves you. He loves you so much that if His love was a liquid, the universe would not be able to contain it! That being said… off to the recipe!
*Mini Pumpkin Pies*
-2lg over-ripened bananas
-2 &2/3 cups rolled oat flour
-1 15oz can of pumpkin
-2 egg whites plus 1/2 a yolk
-1 tsp (slightly heaped) Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice
-1/3 cup nonfat evaporated milk
-1 cup raw sugar, honey, or artificial “baking” sweetener of your choice
Preheat oven to 350° get 2 6count muffin pans and spray then with butter flavored cooking spray.
CRUST: Mash bananas until lumps are gone. Slowly mix flour in until thick and doughy. Some.flour MIGHT end up unused. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then flatten and fit into each cup of the cup cake tins.
FILLING: mix all ingredients thoroughly and fill each crust, leaving a small portion of the crust visible.
Place pans into the oven and let bake for 20-30 min or until crust is golden. Place out on a rack to cool, serve and enjoy!
One foot in front of the other….it’s a lot easier said than done! As this past week went by, I was working a house sit which was supposed to be my time away and alone to recoup and refresh from the home scene, however…. with mom’s work being unexpectedly backed up, I ended up rolling up my sleeves and… taking care of little one a good portion of the time that I was there. Meanwhile, battling with a set back in reoncovery. I spent as much time as I possibly could getting into the Word, went to Bible study, visited the Chropractor 3x’s did my stretches, some careful walking amd hanging out with the dog… finallu a little jogging, some swimmimg in the pool at the house sit (YAY)… wow…. pressing through and pressing on. As the week came to a close, I packed up, then headed to another Chiropractic visit, then…. home to recover. What a week! In the must of these things. God has shown me that regardless of my times of physical pain, show love. I’m learning to be compassionate toward others, especially my mom who has continually carried burdens far too heavy for me to even imagine, and always ask.the Lord to reveal something about Himself and myself in the midst of each circumstance. One thing I can say is that while this has probably been one of the loneliest seasons in my life, I’ve felt closer to Christ than I ever have before. He’s been by my side, through the pain, struggles, heartache, and tears, letting me know that His glory will be seen in my life and the lives of my loved ones. Whatever season you’re in, remember to thank God for the good times, trust Him through the bad, and no matter what your journey looks like…ALL things are possible through Him =) Chin up and enjoy life!
Now, in the East Bay, we’ve had a really hot autumn, so… I’ve been in the mood for something cool and sweet, so… the following is a recipe for something sweet, cold, and fruity to enjoy! Soon to come, flavors of autumn in yummy, healthy recipes!
Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until lumps are gone and it’s smooth and creamy. Place mixture into a freezer safe container, place in freezer for at least 1 hr. Then… enjoy at your leisure!