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A Bit Wiser (Part II)

Things I learned since I last blogged (continued):

6) Dandelions are meant to grow in the wild-huge, yellow, and free or cotton-ball, fly-away fluffy. They are NOT a nuisance there. They are pure beauty. Sometimes life needs to be viewed from a new perspective.

hike dandelions - Copy

7) Cold mountain streams can make your feet bright red but there are moments life must be experienced fully, not from the sidelines. Sometimes you must wade on in instead of wondering about it from the sidelines.

hike cold

8) There is such a thing as purple pine cones whether or not your friends believe you saw one. You have to stick to your convictions no matter what others say or how much you are teased.

hike purple pine cone

9) Green grapes cut in half, romaine lettuce, and cashews make an amazing salad. If veggies make you a little nervous, there are still really healthy, low cal alternatives that make you leaner and stronger. Healthy doesn’t have to be boring and there’s always a new way to get there.

salad cashew

10) You can “make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.” Wait. I learned that one in Brownies . . . How about “friends are friend forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them. And a friend will not say never ’cause the welcome will not end.” That’s one Kathleen, Caryl, Kristin and I clung to in the 80s. They actually thanked me for not making them sing it as we departed this week. Learning #10 is nothing new no matter which way I think about it, but it is forever true. Friends are a gift to be treasured.


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Top it with Cholula Sauce!

salad chicken, salsa, cholula

Ever need a salad with a kick? My great discovery is: Top it with Cholula sauce!

The salad pictured here is spring lettuce, ground chicken, salsa and Cholula sauce.

I LOVE it. Easy. Healthy. Low calories. Filling.

But most of all? TASTY

Share the flavor:

Top it with Cholula Sauce

Low calorie doesn’t have to be bland

Weight Loss Journey Day 17

My super cool new glasses

My kicky new I’m 47 years old reading glasses

Even with flying and being totally off schedule, I stayed in calorie count. Yay! It helped that I carried an apple in my purse, had my BeFull shake for lunch, and that Kathleen had healthy, low calorie food at her place for dinner when I arrived.

I’ve never been away from the whole family for this long before. I’m sure the boys will survive without me, but will I survive without them? When I left I told them that the first thing I hear when I return had BETTER NOT be, “what are you making for dinner?”

Oh the glories of the eve of an adventure with a best friend! In many ways I feel like a kid again, only the adult in me doesn’t want to turn tonight into a slumber party. I need my beauty rest.! Tomorrow we get up at 3 a.m. and head to sunny Florida! Heard that right after I left Denver the temperature dropped. They’re supposed to get snow. I like snow, but this is one time I’m glad to miss it!

Oh . . . and both of my friends are optometrists, so they checked my eyes and told me the only issue is that I’m 47. I could buy reading glasses at Wal-mart and be fine. Only they didn’t let me do that. They sent me home with two kicky new pairs of reading glasses. One is purple and one is pink!

Real Time Update:

I can’t tell you how much I learned on this vacation. Weight dropped off, both physically and emotionally. It was the perfect timing. We had lots of space to exercise and eat right–and process life. Which I did. A lot. I hope you’ll read the next 6 posts ’cause I go deep. (At least I think I will. Still asking myself how much of them I’m really going to post!)

Oh! Here’s some super exciting news about today! Life Force International, who chose me to beta test their new weight loss program, BeNew, invited me to tell my story live! If you want to listen in, here’s the information: 5pm PST/6pm MST! Dial 1-206-402-0100 & enter access code: 299215#

What About You?

Have you gone somewhere new and learned something new? I’m now pushing 50 and proud of it, baby. How do you handle aging? Glasses? Do you have a best friend story?