A semi century of wild wisdom. Here’s a cheeky outlook and journey through the second half of a century. Over 50, taking it on and loving it! A challenge to all to fight off a stagnant or indifferent demeanor, the moment you are in right now is a gift. Embrace it. Treasure it. Live it.

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Picture from Grandma's house

Picture from Grandma’s house

I don’t know if I have much to say this week, or if the thoughts will string together enough to make coherent sense. I kind of feel like that plate guy at the circus. Like I am spinning all these plates above my head and holding my breath that they don’t come crashing down. There are some seasons in life that just feel overwhelming. God is always faithful and on time, yet I have to say he certainly misses some great opportunities to be early. Just sayin’…from my mouth to God’s ears.  I say that with a smile, and he knowing my cheek, smiles back.  That in itself is a comfort.

In a way, this reminds of a situation where one of my children wanted rescued. Wanted me to intervene and transfer him from a class in school. Middle school. This teacher and my son’s personality clashed (understated).  This was a difficult teacher. He was militant and my son a creative, free spirit, funny and expressive young man. I don’t think I need to name names.  I had to meet with this teacher several times over and call him out on stuff.  (Mama Bears can be confronting) Yet, I refused to request a transfer. I think the teacher wanted it just as much as my son.  I wasn’t budging for either of them. I secretly enjoyed making this teacher uncomfortable and have to deal my spirited kid with no relief.  I know, cheeky of me.  For my son I saw this as an early lesson, a teaching opportunity. Throughout our journey here we will have seasons where there are difficult times, and/or difficult people, difficult relationships, difficult bosses and we have to work through it and not run away.

Of course, I am not talking about the times we have to respectfully walk away from a situation that is detrimental or poisoning.  I have seen woman remain in abusive situations forgiving over and over again.  Forgiving is one thing, tolerance is another.  There is no way or reason anyone should tolerate abusive situations.   Today my heart is heavy for those who have no control over the situation. Children especially, who do not have a Mama or Papa bear that guards, guides and protects them.  Children are precious, and they love without conditions, regardless of their situation.  I don’t know why my heart is so heavy for children today? Usually I take that as a cue.  I know it is not my heart that is heavy but Gods and it is my call to pray.  I will be the first to confess; I do not know or understand why God himself does not intervene in all cases.  Yet, I do know and understand that my own preservation as a child was the result of a grandmother’s unceasing prayers.  I have no doubt that without those prayers; my life would have taken a destructive path.   Unconditional love is so important and truly conquers.  Some of my young life was less than ideal. I saw and experienced situations children shouldn’t   I never felt unloved, at times unprotected, but not unloved.  I was not kept or protected from harmful experiences, but I was preserved.  My soul was preserved and my spirit unbroken.  It was like I went through some things that should have destroyed me but instead I came through it shielded with my heart guarded.  I wish I could explain it better.

One night I had a dream or a vision. I was taken through my past to watch every painful and frightening experience.  After viewing each event, I saw a huge shadow and then I literally felt the brush and breeze of an angel’s wing sweep over me. Then a hand in the form of a shield cover my heart to block and deflect arrows aim there.  With each moment there was a pause to allow me a cleansing cry before moving to the next scene which repeatedly followed with the shadow, the wing of the angel, the hand that shielded my heart. I woke weeping with thankfulness and humility. Not thankful that I went through hardship; thankful someone loved, interceded and intervened on my behalf. And as a result angels were set charge over me. I was preserved and my spirit unbroken, but still I had wounds that were unhealed. Wounds I did not acknowledge or even recognized until that vision brought healing and cleansing tears. All I can say, is this was real, brutally and beautifully raw. I believe the spiritual world is more real than what we can tangibly touch.

You may or may not believe in a God.  Making you believe in something is not my purpose here. I am sharing my experience and my perspective.  God is love. Love is powerful. Our love and care for one another makes all the difference.  Whether you pray, meditate, send heartfelt thoughts or simply care enough to make a positive expression, it sets into action supernatural forces.

Maybe this is all on my heart because this is the month my grandmother passed away on Valentine’s day. Love, how significant.  I know that no matter what challenges I face in life, I understand I will come through it with my spirit unbroken and my soul preserved.  Wounds are just a part, but they can heal.

This is something I wrote after my grandmother took her place in Gods loving arms.

She was a tiny lady, proof of that was her size 4 ½ shoe.  She taught me more than I can express in a few paragraphs. So that you can have a glimpse of this wonderful woman, I write. Time never eroded her youthfulness or her strength. Strength that was undeniable in every facet. I remember my grandmother in many ways. The fondest memories of her are those unexpected of the grandmother image.  Proving to me in her 60’s that she could still chop wood is one. Not that we ever needed wood chopped for the winter in South Florida.  Storms sweep in and knock the weakest part of trees and other debris everywhere. Grandma was not one to call for someone to do what she could do herself.

 It was most important for her to gather my cousins, myself and any other child she could fit in her little white Falcon with red interior.  Every Sunday she would make her rounds like a school bus and off to church we’d go. One of those mornings at the age of six I encountered God in a very real and tangible way. That experience set a course of protection and preservation throughout my life. I never acknowledged it till later years. At my grandmother’s request, angels were assigned to guard and keep me. They have never left my side. There was another very important event that happened on Sunday’s. This was a Miami Dolphin football game. Yes, it was my grandmother that instilled the love of football. Not just football, but “Miami Dolphin” football.  To this day there is still no other football team as far as I’m concerned. She could name players, call the play and argue the ref with the best of them. A tradition I uphold.  My grandmother became ill when I was pregnant with my daughter. Knowing her journey was ending, one of her desires was to live long enough to see my daughter born. That desire did not happen in earthly time. She passed on February 14, 1993. My daughter was born on April 7th.  Her last words to me ‘Charlene, I want you to have my shoes; you’re the only one who can wear them.”   It didn’t hit me till later that wearing her shoes is a lot more than just sliding my also tiny feet in them. It was a mantle to carry on.

 

Servant of God, Well done!

Thy glorious warfare’s past

The battles fought, the race is won

And thou art crowned at last.

 

 
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Today I want to introduce you to my friend Christine. She shared her own success story with me this week and I ask her if I could post it here.  She is truly an inspiration and encouragement. I am so motivated when I get the opportunity to work out with her. She always presents the challenge to “keep up” with her.  That is one of my favorite things about CrossFit group workouts, keeping one another in the game to push through and finish strong. Christine is another example that your goals are attainable!

Nice guns!!

Nice guns!!

CrossFit Journey
January 7, 2013

On January 6, 2012 I began my CrossFit journey. In order to really bring home what CrossFit has done for me, I will need to give a little background.
I am a 46 year old female and was skinny fat when I met Nick for my intro session. I was 129 lbs and as weak as they come. My sister talked me into trying CrossFit because it seemed less boring than going to the gym. When she explained the concept to me, I was sure I would make a fool of myself and fail miserably. But I was willing to try. During my intro, I rowed for the allotted time and stepped up on to the box for a pull-up or two. When stepping down my legs gave out and I fell off the box. That is how weak I was. Luckily, Nick took it in stride and we moved on. I could not picture myself climbing that very high rope, busting out pull-ups at warp speed or any of the other things a lot of the people in my class were doing. However, I was challenged. This is only part of the story.

Battling Genetics

I have terrible genetics. This is a hard fact that my sister and I have both had to come to terms with. My father died at 66 after multiple health problems stemming from his genetics and lifestyle. My father had two heart valves replaced when he was 46 due to genetic defects. From that moment on, he was taking blood thinners among a myriad of other drugs to help keep him stable. Having said that, my father did very little to help his genetic shortfall. He smoked most of his adult life, drank more than he should and was from the south so he ate everything deep fried with gravy on it. Not only that, he worked too much, slept too little and never exercised.

Bottom line? I have the same heart valve defects he had. At the age of 30 I started getting a very racy heart rate and went to see a Cardiologist. My ultrasound showed 3 plus (moderate insufficiency) on both valves (mitral and aortic). I was put on a beta blocker to control the heart rate and so it began. I guess it really hit me when I turned 46. My dad had passed away a few years prior and I just kept thinking, “He was my age when it all started.” I made a decision to see how much I could improve my genetic lot in life. I knew I could not control everything, but I could control some things.

I had consistently gone to CrossFit twice a week (barring vacations and colds) for the first 6 months or so. I ran 5K twice a week and started yoga around April of 2012. I added CrossFit on Saturdays and wondered why I had not been going on Saturday all along.

Results

I could run down the list of my PR’s and all of my firsts (like the rope climb I can now do), but the real story lies in my repeat ultrasound. After 7 months of consistent CrossFit, I had another ultrasound of my heart. There was no insufficiency detected in my aortic valve and 1 plus (mild) in my mitral valve!!! How could this be?! I immediately called my good friend who is a heart nurse and told her what happened. My first thought was that they just didn’t get a good view. “No,” she said, “your heart is stronger that’s why it has gotten better.” I was blown away. I also battle essential hypertension (another genetic gift). And although my consistently high bottom number (85) has dropped, it’s still not impressive (75-80). But I have recently given up salting my food in hopes this will also improve.

I now weigh 111 lbs and can see my oblique’s (first time ever). My muffin top is gone and I am STRONG!!! My skinny little arms are defined and have gotten some good size for my frame. I’m not the strongest girl in the box, by far, but I have come so far and feel amazing.

Plan

I am determined to continue my good fight against my genetics and become stronger as I start my second year. I have many skills to master, but I have time. I am confident that I will never get bored and always be challenged. My coaches are all amazing and push me to be better and fitter. For this I am most grateful. I appreciate their direction and interest in my progress. I cannot emphasize the impact CrossFit has had on my life. I want to live a healthy long life in spite of my genetics. In combination with clean eating and the CrossFit lifestyle, I expect to do just that.

Christine….killing it !on the SWAT team obstacle course.

Love reading this! Keep climbing up Christine, you look awesome!  Ladies, keep charging and finish strong!!

Do you have a success you would like to share? Please Contact Me. It is so encouraging to read challenges fought and won.  Share yours.

 

 

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I have had a lot of people contact me this week asking for tips on diet. So this week I am going to list a few things that I  keep in mind to stay consistent.  Before I get to that, here are some updates for Cheeky Fit and Fifty.

*I am continuing to add and build to the Cheeky fanfare. This week I have added a Facebook Fan Page and you can connect to it here. At this point I may have more fanfare than fans. So, I would love it if you be a “fan” and “like” my Facebook page. I am just being well prepared for when this goes viral and everyone wants a cheek peek to start their day.

 *Last week I added a forum- Cheeky Junction and it is HOT!  Well, not yet. Currently Cheeky Junction looks like a ghost town. I should probably add a saloon to attract travelers to my Cheeky Junction town.   I am sure there are many of you that have a new goal or PR met, a beauty secret, cooking tip or just have something cheeky and fun to share. So, stop by and try it out.

Just a few things to share that are constants for me.

1)      Be patient with yourself.  Allow yourself time and do not expect changes to be instant. Anything worthwhile is going to time and consistent effort.

2)      Back away from the scale!  The scale is never a good measurement of progress. Take pictures, measurements, and judge by how your clothes are fitting.  I do not completely avoid the scale, but I limit it to occasional visits.  See post. “Divorcing the Scale

3)      Eat when you are hungry, not by the clock. Don’t eat just because it is 12 o’clock and lunchtime. Check if you are truly hungry first.  I am normally not hungry when I first wake up, so I eat a very late breakfast, then a  late lunch (usually my largest meal) Dinner, if I am not hungry I do not eat. This is my body’s clock. Yours may be different.  On days where I may have an intense twilight workout, I will eat even though I am not hungry because I know my body needs recovery nutrients.

4)      Some  of you may have a difficult time with primal diet at first. I would suggest adjust to it in pieces if needed.

  1. First, no liquid calories. Cut out drinking your calories. No sugar, high fructose or corn syrup drinks.  Read labels! Drink water, unsweetened  tea, seltzer water, and NO sweeteners (even all natural no calorie kinds)
  2. Then eliminate t grains, yes even the whole wheat …yada yada …USDA push “You need wholesome grains…blah blah…fiber…blah blah.  Get your carbs and fiber from fruits  and vegetables.
  3. Take note of your sugar intake. You would be surprised by how much sugar is in processed food. Some of the  worst being foods labeled “Fat Free”
  4. On that note do not be afraid of fat. Bacon is your friend and makes everything taste better. I save my bacon grease and cook with it. My dairy, though limited, is full fat, heavy whipping cream, real butter, all natural cheese.  I am not at the place yet where all my meat is grassfed, and my entire dairy, raw. My budget does not allow that at this point but I make the best possible choices available with what I have to work with.

5)      Move. It doesn’t matter how. Do what you love best.  See “Fear Not” for some exercise motivation.

For my Vegan friends, I love you.  You know who you are. Some are already taking advantage of this wonderful site started by my niece Bethany and her husband John Eric. Bethany is so beautiful in every way. She left earth far too young and we miss her dearly. You can read more about Bethany  in Earth to Eternity.

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As this post is about some of the things I do, I have added a new topic in Cheeky Boom! For   “What do you do? What helps you with your goals?” Sign in and let us know!

Let me also recommend visiting FaithPush.com. I love FaithPush and what’s going on there. Check it out!

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Published on January 11, 2013, by in Motivation.

 

We now have a forum!  A meeting place to gather and share in some cheekiness and community.

This week I am opening up a forum “Cheeky Junction”.  The forum is in BETA status and I will be tweaking, adjusting and changing it as we go along.  I wanted get it started and see what works well and what doesn’t.  Since I have a lot of family and friends here, let’s start some conversations to help me test it! The forum is for communicating, sharing encouragement, information and just fun camaraderie.  I have started with just a few forum categories to kick us off.

Cheeky Chatter – Anything goes.  Cheeky fun and chatter about whatever

Cheeky Boom! – Share your successes, goals met and new PR’s.

Cheeky Charm – Have a beauty secret or some cheeky charms?  Please share!

Cheeky Chow – Share cooking ideas, meal plans, tips and tricks

Cheeky Calisthenics – Share your moves and grooves. Workouts, what’s yours?

To participate in the forum you will need to “Register” a unique username and password for Cheeky Fit and Fifty or you can login in with an existing social media account using your credentials for that account. You can login or register using the tabs at the top of this page.To access the forum please select “Cheeky Junction” under “Forum” on sidebar or select “Forum” on tab at the top of this page.

Here are a few “Forum Rules”

For now I will keep this simple;

1) Be nice, be civil and respect each other’s differences without nasty negativity. Cheeky Junction is a place for motivation, encouragement and cheeky fun. If you desire to have political, religious or heated social debates there are other forums designed for that platform.

2) Do no post spam or advertisement for products. You may post a link to your personal (not commercial) website or blog if it is not a direct link to a product or affiliate.

3) Remember this is public forum to be seen by any age group. Do not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening or otherwise violative of any laws.

* I reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Now, let’s have some fun!!!  Register. Login. Start some conversations!

If you have any problems with the registration, login or posting a topic please contact me using the Contact Me form so that I can resolve and work out any issues as soon as possible.

Don’t forget, you can post your Primal/Paleo recipes anytime by selecting “Share a Recipe” on the sidebar. Please share any photos you have of your recipe when you upload.

On another note – Cheeky Fit and Fifty now has a Twitter – cheekyfitnfifty .  Honestly I am not sure what to do with it yet.  I had to enroll a Twitter account in order to add a Twitter login to the forum.  Tweet me, and show me how it’s done.

TTFN!

 
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Please do not be frightened by the length of the title of this recipe. It really is quite simple and pretty damn DELICIOUS. Lori and I thought it would be fun to create a recipe inspired by the FastPaleo.com ‘s Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken. We just decided to put our own twist on things using goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and basil to create our filling. Lori also thought it would be cool to roll the chicken up into a sort of pin-wheel type creation. She’s pretty smart ;) At any rate, here is the recipe. Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
1 pkg bacon (we prefer nitrate free)
4oz goat Cheese
3/4c sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
1 handful of basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
approx 2 cups spinach
salt & pepper
Olive oil ( to coat broiling pan) or if you are really fancy–use olive oil spray

Pre-heat oven to 375.

**Grab your breasts (the chicken breasts…dirty minds) and slice them horizontally in half so that the chicken breast can be opened up like a book and layed flat on the cutting board… I think this technique is called butterflying? But, we weren’t really sure.

**After you have the chicken breasts “butterflied”, grab your meat tenderizer and pound the hell out of those things until they are about 1/4″ inch thick (we are going to roll them up later, so they need to be pretty thin ). Set aside and prepare your filling.

**For the filling, combine your goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and basil in a food processor and pulse until everything is whipped up into a mousse-like consistency. Disperse and spread evenly over one side of your flattened chicken breasts and top with a small handful of spinach.

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**Now– the fun part– starting at one end, roll up the chicken so that it creates a pinwheel structure. We found a couple of the pieces were a little large, so we cut them in half to ensure they were cooked evenly. Wrap each chicken “roll” with 1-2 slices of bacon.

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**Lightly coat a broiling pan with olive oil (or spray) and arrange chicken breast roll ups about 1/2″ apart. If you don’t have a broiling pan, a cookie sheet coated with tin foil would probably work as well (just be mindful of the drippings so they do not run over the edges). Cook at 375 for 35 minutes. Then, turn your broiler on low to get that bacon nice and crispy! Make sure you leave the oven door slightly ajar while broiling…Lori can tell you how NOT fun it is to try and put an oven fire out….yeah. Scary stuff. Anyways, Broil on low with chicken about 6″ from the heat source for 5 min, flip chicken over and repeat on other side for another 5 min.

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Remove from oven, serve with a veggie and BOOM! Delicious!

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