Prevention 28 Day Challenge….let’s go!

healthy living

Good morning, and Happy Healthy Wednesday!

Here in the Valley of the Sun it’s a lovely morning – our high today is supposed to be 84 F.  So after work I’ll be hiking somewhere.  But unfortunately…..I’ve spent the last week and a half slacking off.  And that’s  not good for managing my Prediabetes!

My son had his wisdom teeth taken out last Thursday, and while at the dentist’s office, I came across the Prevention magazine’s 28 Day Challenge (for more info, go here ).  I decided to do it – I’m DEFINITELY  a person who has trouble sticking to an exercise program on her own!  This time of the year is especially hard, because I have 13 days left of teaching for the school year – which means I still have lessons to prepare, papers to grade, a class full of sixth graders who are done for the year to keep under control AS WELL AS packing up the classroom, making sure all papers and paperclips are out of the walls, and getting everything ready on the check out list, as well as the end of the year reports for both students and curriculum specialist.  I don’t want to sit around at home after I get off work for the next 13 days so……I’m hoping the 28 Day Challenge will help with that!  🙂

Step 1: set your intention.  I intend to lost 5 lbs within the next 28 days and work on toning my triceps.

Step 2: exercise 150 minutes a week.  I will spend one hour each day  five days a week exercising.  Part of the time will be spent hiking, and the other days will be 1/2 hour on the elliptical machine and 1/2 hour strength training.

Step 3: eat healthy.  This is a no brainer, and I’ve already made significant changes to my diet to help reduce my sugar intake and up my dietary fiber and monounsaturated fat intake.

So, dear reader… to come along for the ride with me?  The 28 Day Challenge is free (my favorite word!  🙂 ), and we could help cheer each other on!



I got nominated!


Good afternoon World!

I was very surprised – and delighted – to have been nominated to receive the Liebster Award from .  Now you can find out some perfectly random facts about me while I answer the questions that were posed.  Ready?  Here we go!

11 Totally Random Things About Me

  1. I teach sixth graders, and have for eight years now.
  2. I taught in a two room schoolhouse for one year in Nebraska.  I had the classroom on the ground level, and taught Kindergarten through Fourth grade – all content areas, and fifth – eighth grade – Science.
  3. I ran for a pageant at Scottsdale Community College two times, and won the title the second time.
  4. I presented awards (usually a silver bowl, plate, or cup) to Tennessee Walking Horse Show winners when I was a child at a couple of shows.
  5. All of my pets are rescue animals.
  6. I love the music from the twenties, thirties, forties, and Rockabilly.
  7. I’m a die-hard Heavy Metal Fan
  8. I’ve seen Yanni in concert – truly amazing!
  9. I’m trying to lower my triglyceride levels, so I’m now reading labels and watching what I’m eating.
  10. I love, love, love to read!
  11. I’m an only child and grandchild.  My son is also an only child and grandchild.

Questions Answered…

1.  Who or what is Liebster? No clue – sad, isn’t it?
2.  How long have you been blogging?
About a year and a half on this blog.
3.  Do you have animals?
4.  Are you still in contact with any of your high school friends?
5.  What is your favorite tree?
The cottonwoods that live in Oklahoma and Kansas.  Not the Arizona cottonwoods though – I’m allergic to them!
6.  Do you have an artistic side you have expressed?
Yes, I make beaded jewelry and try to draw.
7.  Do you enjoy getting together with your family?
8.  Do you blog on or
9.  What is your favorite color?
It’s a tie – turquoise and Coral
10.  Do you take or do or believe in natural, alternative health?
I believe and practice natural, alternative health.
11.  What do you wish I had asked you?
  How much coffee do I drink in a day?

Now it’s my turn to nominate eleven blogs, and nominate them for the Liebster Award – then pose eleven questions for them to answer.  The blogs I’ve chosen are…


Here are my questions…

  1. Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker?
  2. Do you have any pets?  If so, what?
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. If you were a super hero, who would you be and why?
  5. Name one book/magazine you’ve read lately that really inspired you to do something.
  6. If you found a magic lamp and had ONLY three wishes, what would they be?
  7. Have you ever visited another country?  If so, where?
  8. Name something that is unusual about you.
  9. If you could spend the night in a haunted house, would you?
  10. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  11. What’s your favorite thing to eat?

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