Michael J. Fox Returns to Prime Time Television!

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see one of my favorite childhood actors return to the small screen after years of therapy, treatment and fundraising for Parkinsons Disease. Not that spreading awareness or improving his overall condition is a bad thing, but I’ve missed him!

Michael J provided me years of laughter and entertainment. His wit and professionalism was the cornerstone of my early teenage years. From “Family Ties” to “Back to the Future” I was hooked. I pray that he enjoys his time in front of the camera and I thank him for his return!!

Can’t wait to see the new show Michael!

The Michael J Fox Show airs September 26 9/8 central on NBC

Juicing for 21 Days (Update)

ImageI began my dietary change to whole foods, which includes daily juicing, 21 days ago. I’d say I’ve adhered to “whole foods” approximately 80% of the time and juiced at least once a day, most days 2-3 juices. This week I reintroduced my 4x weekly 4.5 mile run/walk back into the regimen after the initial detoxification period. 

Despite a nasty bug making its way through the ranks here at the Posse Palace I feel great! My resistance seems to be much higher than my housemates and to date I’ve lost 9 pounds! That is my “scale success”. Some of my other successes include: more energy and deep, satisfying sleep. We’ll see how regular exercise affects my fitness level when I check in next month.

The rest of the family hasn’t adopted my lifestyle as of yet, but we are moving in the right direction! Sean will make juice with me (as seen in the photo above) and he will drink most juices with a fruit base. Soda has been restricted significantly, store bought juices have been banned and water intake increased. Over processed snack foods and convenience foods have been replaced with healthy, home cooked options. Fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh juice is available 100% of the time. 

Refined “white” foods have been eliminated. Dyes, corn syrup and bleach….GONE. 

The rewards are great and I’ve found this lifestyle quite easy to maintain. I don’t feel hungry or deprived because I eat anything I want when I want it. My mindset has changed and I recognize the modern western diet for what it is: pure poison. Therefore I no longer desire it. 

When I pass a chocolate cake it may as well be a box of cyanide, for that is how my minds eye sees it. I knew it would take a major mental shift for me to find success, and apparently God, in His goodness, has granted me the strength and determination to adjust the way I see food. Food is only fuel, a means to power this wonderful machine God has given me I call a “body”. It is up to me to ensure I fuel it properly. 



I Found It!!

ImageI have been crocheting for about four years. I taught myself via “Crocheting for Dummies”. Both of my grandmothers crocheted and I thought it would be a valuable skill both for creativity and relaxation. I’ve made scarves, afghans, place mats, coasters, baby blankets, doll clothes, dog sweaters and bookmarks. 

My scarves and cowls have turned out nicely, my afghans are “so-so” ( I hate the entire blocking process). I’ve been searching for something new and easy to create and possibly sell. Ryan, my second oldest, inadvertently pointed me in the direction of the perfect project!

Ryan is an actor (among other creative things) and needed a piece for his part as a beatnik. We researched and found a wonderful pattern for a beret. I was slightly apprehensive as the instructions included techniques and abbreviations I hadn’t  been exposed to. 

After several “start overs” and less than 3 hours it was DONE. And done so well that I immediately recognized the product as IT. The big IT I’d been searching for. I love making hats and this one was destined to be my signature piece and the inspiration for the name of my Etsy shop: Beatnik Beret Crochet. 

Stop by and follow me for updates as I add to the “Beatnik” collection!