In Memory and in Honor……….

As we spend time remembering all that were lost in the tragedies of 9/11 and give thanks to all of those that worked so diligently in the rescue attempts, let us not forget our canine heroes who did not chose their career paths.  They were certainly amongst the unknown heroes.  Let us remember it all, but let our remembering lead us to a place of compassion.  Hard to believe it’s 13 years.  Time is a crazy concept……..

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Cen...

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Center site after the attacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One Bad Ass Vegan

Happy Vegan (Feast) Thursday!  Here it is another Thursday and another day dedicated to all things animal friendly.  Earlier this week I was totally irked by a quick segment on the morning news (Today Show).  Apparently, (and I haven’t looked into this, but will) Tamron Hall took part in some survivor challenge and was told she needed to skin and cook a….squirrel IN ORDER TO GET HER PROTEIN.  I haven’t decided if I am going to reach out to NBC about this but am pretty sure someone will.  Not because it was so gross, but because people shouldn’t be spreading MISinformation on a news show….

 Because I have learned that being an “in your face” vegan is no better than being an “in your face” religious or political extremist, I try so hard to think of ways to just remind the world that making a choice today, to eat a plant-based meal, is a great way to help the planet, help our health and of course help the animals.  Today, I decided to just let Google images do the talking, since a picture really is worth it’s weight in words.

After I eliminated the images that fell into that “in your face” category I stumbled upon this one, which I thought was really cute.  Lisa is so soulful.

Then I found this one which is pretty educational:

Then I found an old favorite of mine:

And finally, I found this one, which stopped me from looking any further.  For all of you that think that you need more and more and more protein to fuel your muscles.  Here’s all I have to say……..

Mr. December aka Bad Ass Vegan



Compassionate Thursday

English: Animals

English: Animals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will be subbing for Ellen today and tomorrow at 10.  The gym is closed Monday for Labor Day (probably Sunday, too…will let you know later).  Next week I am subbing for Ellen at 10 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  My schedule is regular (less Monday, for the holiday)

Today’s 21 day meditation challenge was focused on compassion.  Especially because today is Vegan (Feast) Thursday, please extend your compassion to animals as well as people.  Considering some plant-based options for your meals today will show compassion towards both!

Thanks everyone who continues to vote and share the SilverSneakers link for Charlotte….Much appreciated….and Much love……..

Breakfast for Dinner and Your Daily Reminder to Vote for Charlotte!!!

Yesterday was Vegan (Feast) Thursday, and Mitch and I were both in the mood for our favorite dinner—breakfast!  I don’t ever have much in the house by Thursday night and I after eating super clean all week I am usually in the mood for something a little more decadent.  I took an inventory of what food I did have and opted to make vegan french toast.  All I did was mash up a couple of ripe bananas and added about a half a cup of almond milk to make a thick batter.  To this  I sprinkled in some ground flax seed and ground cinnamon.  I let it sit for a few minutes before dipping (drenching) my bread in it.  After cooking on each side until browned, I plated it dripping some almond butter over the top along with some fresh maple syrup.  It was breakfast, not JUST for dinner, but for dessert as well, so even though it was a bit over the top for me, I was satisfied for the rest of the night.  YUMMMMO

Whenever I eat a high carb dinner, I feel real good about getting out on the street and running, so I will do that this morning.  In fact, since it’s one of the last Fridays of my summer schedule, I plan to run and swim before going to teach this morning.

This quote came in my quote of the day yesterday and I thought it was worth sharing.  If you aren’t feeling as good as you would like to, you might want to consider this.  There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after you have put in the effort!

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

— Calvin Coolidge

Before I log out and sit for day 5 of the meditation challenge, I have to say that I am overwhelmed with the generosity of spirit regarding the SilverSneakers challenge and all of you that have voted and continued to vote each day.  Thank you so much for sharing your status and asking others to vote as well.  I no longer recognize the names of the friends of the friends of the friends who have shared my status in asking others to vote.  This morning Charlotte is only about 20 votes behind the first place holder, Grace, and I feel together we can move this amazing woman into the first place spot.  If she wins there will be a party in her honor and I am sure her face will be on a lot of promotional material.  Additionally there will be some equipment gifted to the gym for us but above all, Charlotte will be recognized.  She has done so much fundraising and volunteering in her life and this recognition would be a great way to give back to her for all she has given to the world.  Plus I just love her………….

silversneakers photo--charlotte