Week Review: Not So Bad

I know at the beginning of the week I mentally prepared myself to intentionally not get stressed. It turned out not to be that bad at all! I got so much done on Monday and Tuesday, that the rest of the week kinda just came together. There were some hiccups, not gonna lie. Yesterday our power went out for almost three hours, and Abram had a melt down. But all in all, I think it was a success! I could barely get my head on the pillow before I was asleep every night.

 

KONY2012: My Part.

I hate it when I get ahead of the game with my posts and have them done the night before, and then one day of focusing on other things throws me off. I also hate that the last sentence is probably not a well structured sentence.

Blah. Ok. So back to square one (Talk about a Negative Nancy this morning, geez).

So KONY2012… we’ve all heard about it, and I’m sure everyone that has heard about it has something to say of the matter, whether it be good or bad.

Well before I get into it, I just want to first say this (and this is not something I will do often, because normally I appreciate contrasting opinions to my own): If you have something not nice to say about KONY2012, I’d rather you just keep it to yourself as far as this post goes. I understand all the pro’s and con’s and have heard every pessimistic and cynical view in the book about the issue. But until you have a well planned and financially backed solution for the surrender of the LRA, then your negativity doesn’t do any good. I lovingly ask you not to discourage those who have the passion to at least do SOMETHING.

Ok, so now that that uncomfortable part is over… I am super excited for Cover the Night on Friday the 20th! If you haven’t seen KONY2012: Part II, I recommend you go now and watch it. The video addresses a lot of the issues that people had with the first video and goes into more detail about the plan and how we can all do something. The awareness around the world right now about this issue is incredible, and it makes the hairs on my arms stand straight up.

Something someone said in the second video really caught me. I’ve heard a lot about how we need to just stay here and take care of our own country. But one of the guys interviewed in the video talked about how Kony and his rebel army are terrorizing four countries in Africa right now. FOUR. Now according to our standards, that is a threat to the world community and calls for collective action. And personally, the argument that we need to to deal with our own country’s problems has never really made sense to me. Why not do both? The homeless guy downtown and the child being tortured in Africa are just as much my neighbors as my actual neighbor next door. We are all humans on this planet together. It is not o.k. for me to ignore the orphan and the widow in another country simply because I was born in this one. I won’t ever buy that plea, no matter how intelligent the argument may be. Another thing I like about the second video is that they specify that if you want to serve globally, you have to start locally. There’s the answer to that.

So here’s the dealio: I’ve got 250 donated KONY2012 posters that Lake City needs to see Saturday morning, the 21st. That means I need a team of people to help me put these posters up Friday night. Now this isn’t some crazy, illegal stunt that we are going to pull. This will be respectful and non-destructive action. Again, go watch the second video and see how it’s done, or watch the first if you haven’t got around to that one yet either!

Here’s where I get really vulnerable for a minute. The truth is, I am a VERY PASSIONATE person. But I am TERRIFIED of what people think of me, a struggle I am currently being stripped of right now. I know there is the chance that every one of my friends that reads this that lives in Lake City may think I am a complete fool. And if that is the case, well then I am one of millions. I’m gonna choose to be o.k. with that. I’m not special, I just want to take advantage of every chance I get to do something that involves putting my self aside.

This campaign hopefully will be an incredible, worldwide success that results in Joseph Kony’s capture. This is a chance to bring about global unity, even if it is for a few minutes. Sounds like a piece of heaven to me. There’s also the possibility that this could fail. But if that is the case, at least we can say we tried.

 

 

 

 

Easter is Over… And so is the Candy Binge

So Easter is over, and now my house is left with all kinds of delicious candies and treats. The kind of candies and treats that melt in my mouth and then stick in my thighs for 3 years.

I’m not gonna lie; I love candy. It is yummy and it makes me feel good….. but does it really? I mean. no. It might satisfy some immediate craving, but when all is said and done I’m left with a headache, a sugar-coated mouth and a billion extra calories that only a two hour run in the sand would work off. Now I don’t think there is anything wrong with being a child again and stuffing your face with all the sugar your poor mouth can hold on Easter. But like I said, Easter is over.

I have come up with some great replacements from my very own kitchen that I enjoy snacking on during the day. These are exponentially healthier and ultimately tastier than my bowl of holiday left-overs. And they are all easily accessible!

I feel like some of you may be looking at these skeptically and thinking, “Ummm… nah. Those don’t look tastier than what I’ve got stashed in my underwear drawer hidden away from my husband and children.” Well go wash your mouth out. Drink a few glasses of water and give your tastes buds a re-start.

Sambazon Frozen Acai packs are fantastic alternative to, well pretty much anything. Acai is one of those super foods that are packed with all kinds of life giving and restoring goodies. Throw a pack in the blender with a banana and some yogurt and you have yourself a thick smoothie! Not that hungry but just want something cold to sip on? One pack with a small amount of water, and you have yourself an acai slush. You can find these at Whole Foods. Don’t have a Whole Foods? Neither do I. We travel once a month to Jacksonville to stock up on healthy stuff. Don’t feel like driving far? Go to your local Publix, buy some Acai juice and freeze it in bags.

I like to call these my tiny fat destroyers. I ate these every day for dinner before I got married and lost SOOO much weight. Black beans are a fantastic snack, especially if you are really hungry but don’t want to blow it. They are stacked with fiber and can be a good source of protein if you are trying to stay away from a lot of meat. It has recently been discovered that the little cover of the bean is full of phytonutrients. They also do a great job of supporting your digestive tract. I like to spoon a half of a cup of these in a bowl with some pepper and salt and go at it.If you cook them on the stove-top, add some honey and cayenne pepper. It give it a sweet kick.

Well duh. Eat all of those eggs you colored for Easter! Eggs are a great and healthier choice for protein, choline and vitamin B, especially if they are organic! Their calorie count is low too. Each one only packs about 68-70 calories, which is not bad at all!

I’m sorry, but these are the best dang granola bars I’ve ever had. If you are like me, a typical granola bar is almost insulting to food. It’s like they pretend to be yummy but also have to be healthy, and they end up just making me so angry. But these Clif Crunch bars are my fave! You’ve got your whole grains which hold a surprising amount of fiber. 4 grams of protein, and delicious chocolate chips. One pack of these holds two bars, and is a total of 180 calories. These are great for meals on the go, like when you are driving. ALWAYS have one of these in your purse so that you are not tempted to stop at McDonald’s and order the double quarter pounder with cheese combo. You will most like feel like the worst person in the world for it. These organic lil’ guys will help hold you over for a while until you can sit down and eat a real meal.

And last but most certainly not least, the grapefruit. This fruit brings about a nostalgia every time I eat it. When I was really small, like 2 and 3 years old, my mom would have one of these every day for breakfast. We would sit down in the living room and she would share hers with me. It is a very sweet memory, but also a great lesson in eating healthy. Drenched in vitamin C and the tumor-fighting antioxidant lycopene, one of these in the morning will surely wake you up and get you going. A half of this mouth puckering fruit is only 40 calories. As with all fruits, I would suggest eating this first thing in the morning and then waiting 30 minutes to eat something else. When fruit is mixed with other foods at the same time, they often tend to ferment in the gut, and that is just gross.