To My Children

As a parent we never stop worrying about our children, even when they are adults and make their own decisions. We do our best as parents to instill in them the confidence to make their decisions, to steer their lives their way. There comes a time when every parent has to let go.
There is one thing I want my children to always remember, all of them, no matter what, no matter what amount of time passes, how old they become or where they land in life. I will always have their backs, every single time. I will always be in their corner, whether they need a cheer leader, a champion or silent approval, I will always be that person in their lives.
When I became an adult and went into the work world I was shocked to find that everyone didn’t love their parents the way that I did. But then again, not everyone had the same kind of parents I was fortunate enough to have. I can only pray that my children feel about me the way I felt about my parents.
I always knew my mom was in my corner, my dad as well, but his was never silent cornering, his was sometimes loud disapproval of my choices and loud directives to what I should be doing. It was all done with love, I have nothing bad to say about that kind of parenting. However, I strive daily to be more like my mom, if I am just a third as good as she was, then I will have accomplished something.
So I say this to you, always remember I am here, I am never going to judge you, I will always love you and I will always be in your corner.

Rhetoric

Rhetoric:  the undue use of exaggeration. Get used to it folks, we are in for a rocky year, this election year is going to be brutal. All gloves are off, people are just nasty, and I am not talking about the politicians.

Facebook is already filling with memes depicting each side as ignorant and evil. As usual I will not be expounding my side here or on Facebook. I refuse to be drawn into pointless arguments. Anyone who knows me well will know who I will be casting my vote for.

I am really tired of a lot of things lately, wait, tired is the wrong word, disgusted, that’s the word. I am disgusted that police officers are being hunted like animals and shot down, I am disgusted that people think guns are the problem. People, mental illness and the media, those are the problems.

I am disgusted by parents not taking responsibility for their actions, leaving small children alone so they can drink or do drugs. It’s called adoption people, look into it, give your children to people who want them and will take care of them in an appropriate manner. I am a huge advocate of adoption, being that I was adopted myself.

I am disgusted by the ignorance of our history, people spout random thoughts like they are facts. They are not, read a book, better yet, read a history book, read several, not just one, get several different accounts of the same event. Somewhere in the middle is the truth.

I read, on the internet, of course, that the rest of the world doesn’t view our Revolutionary War the same way we do. The article suggested it wasn’t that important. Stupid, stupid author, of course our Revolutionary War is not that important to different countries. It’s OUR Revolutionary War, our break for freedom, not theirs, I read it and thought how ignorant does one have to be to just throw something together and it lands on Yahoo news as gospel. Then I realized that was a stupid thought as almost every story on Yahoo news is inane and stupid. I did the only thing I could, I quickly and quietly closed my browser.

Ignorance is invading our society at an alarming rate, I have to be honest, I am terrified for the future of our nation, no, the world. I am terrified for the future of our world, I am however not terrified for my own future. I know what happens to me when I die and I am good with it. More than good with it, you see I will be going to Heaven. However, while I am here, I am commanded to help where I can and have been taught since I was a child to take a stand, make a difference.

I shall continue to take a stand for what I believe is right, having said that, I do believe I shall become controversial for a moment.

Why have we not defunded Planned Parenthood already? Those videos are disturbing, and another thing, it is a life at conception, it is not just a cluster of cells, and they are pulling out babies from the womb! BABIES. Call them what they are, they are not fetuses, they are babies. I was an unplanned pregnancy, so happy abortion wasn’t readily available when my birth mother became pregnant. Perhaps some of you should be as thankful, you are here to spread rhetoric around like it is truth.

 

 

 

Farewell

So, last night we gathered to say farewell and good luck to Andrew, he was my very first trainer at IPT (Infinity Personal Training). He has always been there with an encouraging word and urging me to work harder and making me laugh when I felt like throwing in the towel during a workout.

Even when he wasn’t training the class he would come by with a high five or a looking good Angie, keep it up. I am going to miss his enthusiastic encouragements and his spontaneous dance moves. I understand the reason for leaving, he is going on the adventure of a lifetime, he is going to the country of his mothers’ origin, to live and work for 6 to nine months maybe longer. He is fortunate as he is getting to share the adventure with his sister. I can hardly wait to see what he does and see his take on the culture and the differences between here and there. Why yes, I will be Facebook stalking his adventure!

I am on day three of a 4-day weekend, and it is amazing, I have achieved nothing I wanted to, I have been almost completely lazy and I don’t care. I have no regrets. None.

This is my third day in a row to have coffee, I have no regrets about that either, after tomorrow the coffee maker will go up until the next weekend, when it will come out for two days then back up.

This will be a short entry as I do need to finish laundry and do some things around here and then go to the grocery store.

 

 

Fitness Update and Other Stuff

Today is the start of my much awaited 4-day weekend, I am so incredibly happy and thankful it is here. I go back to a normal Monday through Friday next week, with Monday being off for the holiday of course.

I worked Sundays so I could have Fridays off during the summer to spend with Tess, I did get to spend quite a few with her. So grateful to her dad and her mother for allowing her to spend time with me, it is a privilege not a right and I understand that.

School is in session now and we go back to our normal schedule, with me picking her up on her dads’ Fridays. I love being able to do that, it is always so much fun when she runs out to the car and gets in and says GiGi I love you!

I am sitting here having coffee, which I do on the weekends, yes, I am still on that, I have found it makes it special. Plus, added bonus, since I don’t have caffeine coursing through my veins the way I used to, I can actually feel the effects. Sometimes I can hear the colors, it’s awesome.

My new fitness goal is well under way, I am back to losing and toning, I stepped off of the curb for a minute, but I am back on the right path. The other day I made my famous lemon pepper chicken and had salads all week. I had a kale salad as big as my head!

I have unexplained bruises all over my legs, so I had the Irishman google it, he refused to read the number one cause, and went to the second. And it made sense:

Vitamin Deficiency- If the body lacks in the nutrients necessary to build tissue properly, the tissue can become worn and more susceptible to injury. Deficiencies in vitamin B12, C or K can lead to poorly formed tissue. Women are more likely to experience these deficiencies than men, especially when they are dieting. As the body loses the excess fat, the thin tissue becomes more exposed and easier to injury.

 

So I am trying to get more of those vitamins into my body naturally with fewer supplements, I have a hard time eating a lot, I know that seems strange give how huge I am. However, when you don’t eat enough your body hangs onto weight as it is scared you will starve it. My body is slowly starting to trust me now that I am feeding it and giving it physical activity.

I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend, enjoy your friends and family and remember what the day is all about, it is to celebrate the laborers who built this great nation.

 

A Couple of Rants

I have a couple of things I want to get out of my brain and writing them down is the only way to do that. So, forewarning, if you drive a minivan or are a person that posts things about “thick” girls being the only real women, you might want to find other reading material.

First off, minivan drivers, seriously, when you bought this vehicle did they tell you to stop driving like a rational human? This morning I was boxed in by three of you! Three! Seemingly your gas pedals refused to work, it was a 5:30 am catastrophe in the making. Do minivans even come with gas pedals? I know they come with brakes, because you all kept riding yours! Since it was all three of you I can only assume all minivan drivers behave in the same fashion. If this does not describe you, please do not take offense, as I am really angry and frustrated with the three this morning and taking it out on all minivan drivers.

Let’s move on shall we, for the past few weeks my Facebook feed has been filled with meme’s regarding “thick” women. Some stating they were the “real” women, that men should get a clue and not go for skinny women only thick women are real. What was the one that pushed me over the edge you might ask, I’m glad you did. It said, and I quote “They ride harder, Cuddle Better, Prettier and Sexier, Thick Girls Rule, Get Yourself 1 Today!” I did not add the exclamation point, that was there.

I wanted to respond with seriously, how do you know? I have a daughter that is tiny, I want to be tiny. All of this talk about being thick and loving the body you are in, it’s unhealthy. Eat real food, real food consists of organic, naturally grown vegetables and fruit, grass fed meat, a treat once in a while. Nothing processed, get some physical exercise in, healthy is not fat, I know this because I have battled it all of my life.

I have never once said oh I’m a thick girl so I am better than everyone, no, I have said I am unhealthy at this weight and it needs to come off. I love Maria Kang for one simple reason, she is real, you want to see a “real” woman, take a look at her. She practices what she preaches, she is honest in telling her story and how she has battled weight and eating disorders and finally getting healthy.

Other real women I know, my friend Gladys, she works hard, she inspires me to work hard and be the best I can physically. My daughter, Elizabeth Anne, inspires me daily, she is also my biggest encourager, and she agrees with most of my rants. The women I work out with at IPT, none of them are perfect, but they are like me, trying to be better physically, I like to think we encourage each other. They inspire me to do more, to lift heavier and go further, love them.

So instead of posting the things that encourage women to stay unhealthy, perhaps we could start a new trend and start posting meme’s that say things like, eat broccoli instead of the pizza.

Whew, that felt good, remember, whatever negative thing you want to say to me, this is MY page and MY opinion. It is called Angie World for a reason.