Is the Time Change a Chance For a Fresh Start?



Is the Time Change a Chance For a Fresh Start?

In the United States we have this thing called Daylight Savings.  Each year clocks are set forward 1 hour in the spring and set back one hour in the fall.  Many reasons are given for the “why” of doing it, but the main result is every fall it suddenly is dark at 5:30 pm leaving no time during the week for non-work related daylight.  So people are left counting the days until the spring jump forward so they can enjoy some daylight following the conclusion of their work day.

But I have a different perspective this year.  I am going to take full advantage of the daylight and I’m using the jump forward as a prompt to get a lot more active.  I am going to push my body to the max and see what I get.  Now, for those who know I live with MS so “pushing” my body takes on a much different meaning than the average healthy person.  My feet cannot take the pounding of running nor can I walk for long distances.  But it is the walking that I am going to tackle in hopes that I can eventually build up to running.

I believe that being fit is the single most important thing anyone can do to get anything they want in life.  I believe that making incredibly healthy food choices is the most important thing someone must do in order to be fit.  Therefore, if you want more from your life, then you must begin to make incredibly healthy food choices.

Some might disagree with statement and that is okay.  It doesn’t make it any less true.

I must begin making strict food choices, especially when eating out.  I will be loading my body with tons of vegetables and fruits, with low-fat proteins like fish.  I am not much of a fish fan so I am going to search out the types of fish that I will like, but I’m making the transition off of beef, chicken and turkey.  My eating will be primarily veggies.

A strong mind begins with a strong body.  If the body is fat, like mine is now, then the mind gets weak.  But if the body is incredibly strong, then the mind will be stronger.  Your Discipline will strengthen.  Your Will will strengthen.  Your Motivation will get stronger.  Your Inspiration will get stronger.  Your Resolve will get stronger.

And all of this happens when you have a strong body.

Conversely when the body is weak, layered in fat cells and receives foods loaded with low nutrients, then the mind is weaker.  This leads to low resolve, low energy and lower results.

I think this time change is a great opportunity for all of us to get outdoors and get fit.

It is time for a fresh start.


Have you seen this? Meet Charles Eugster ~ 98 year old athlete.

The Purple Almond

As we continue on into this new year, I am determined to get myself into better shape. I have the nutrition side of it down, but fitness and exercise are a HUGE sticking point for me. I’ll be blunt…


But, I know just how crucial exercise is to our overall health, so I need to find some inspiration. This past weekend, I shared a post with you about Ernestine Shephard, the world’s oldest female body builder. Today, I would like to introduce you to Charles Eugster, a 98 year old athlete, and considered the fittest pensioner on the planet. Born on July 26, 1919 in London, U.K.,  he was active in rowing, boxing and skiing in his youth.

But, as  he grew older, he became less active. So, in his mid-60’s, he began skiing and rowing again. For 20 years, he reigned over senior…

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2018 Weight Loss Challenge

Snowbird In Training

Here is a great challenge for you to start the new year off on a healthy note.

Ready to lose weight, strengthen your core and tone your abdominals? This is an easy but effective thirty-day challenge to incorporate into your current routine. You will work your core and target the abdominals with specific exercises that can be done at home with no equipment required. These exercises will increase in intensity from week to week, resulting in increased core and abdominal strength. In addition to exercise, changes to your eating habits are imperative if you want to lose some pounds and see definition in your abdominals.

In this challenge, simply eat your carbohydrates earlier in the day when you need them for work and exercise, then reduce your carbohydrates and calories in your evening meal. Your evening meal will consist of 4-6 ounces of lean protein, two cups of green vegetables…

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Back To Skinny Taste


This image I use in some of my posts was from 2014 when I weighed approximately 180 lbs.  Since then I have yo-yoed between 185-193 and I can definitely feel the difference in my body.  So Evelina and I are back on using Skinny Taste recipes and healthier snacks.  The honest truth is I have been so lazy and have not exercised in over a year.  It’s actually a bit embarrassing to admit it out loud.

Last night Evelina made a bow tie pasta lasagna with ground chicken and it was delicious.  I’m excited about getting the weight off and getting stronger.  Eating better combined with the Insanity program will work wonders for me; it’s just hard!

At any rate, I highly recommend any of the Skinny Taste books and most of the recipes are easy to find online.  She has vegetarian, Vegan and meat-based options, all of which are delicious.


An Archive of Meditations – The Purple Almond Year in Review

The Purple Almond

I began my Meditation Monday blog series on December 19, 2016. One year on, I have covered the gambit of meditation and relaxation techniques. I began with Yoga, and have included everything from Qi Gong to chair yoga and candle gazing to stone stacking. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or hate to exercise (like me!) there’s something for everyone.

Many of you may wonder why I focus so heavily on meditation and motivation, despite being a nutrition site. As someone who is studying holistic nutrition, I learned early on that food is only part of the equation when it comes to complete, whole body health. A body under constant stress is an unhealthy body, even if you eat in a super healthy way. Yes, all of that healthy food does help, but the stress still takes a toll on you. That’s why I include so many meditation and motivational posts…

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Love being a Sponsored Athlete at Unchained Muscle.


It’s been a month or two since I became a Sponsored Athlete at Unchained Muscle, and I am so proud of myself.

I have been boxing around 3 years, and about 8 months with my trainer.  I do all kinds of routines, and when I started with the 2 bags, did around 200, now I am doing over 1,000 punches each time.

I never set goals, and just keep improving each time, and have more strength, and stamina.  I love that I feel this way, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.

My first video for some reason turned sideways, but the second one shows me having fun.

If I can do boxing, then anyone can.  Anyone what to take up me up on doing boxing.  If you do, I will happily feature you on my blog.

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Healthy Living Update – October 2, 2017


Some of you may recall this segment from the early days of Dream Big.  Over the last 2 years I have focused on living a healthy life in spurts which has resulted in me gaining a few extra pounds.  As my body doesn’t respond well to carrying around the extra poundage, I have decided it is time to get things under control.

Last Monday I weighed myself and logged 188.4 pounds and today I weighed in at 186.6.  I will only be registering my weight once per week on Mondays.  I have set a goal of losing 1.5 pounds per week which should put me at or around 177 pounds by the time we go to Disney in November for Evelina’s birthday.

My doctor has informed me that my ideal weight should fall somewhere between 160-165 pounds so ultimately that will be my mission.  However, losing weight is secondary to simply eating and living a healthier lifestyle.  I use the weight as a barometer only.

We are also using a simple method to begin.  We will be eliminating all the junk from our regimen: soda (including diet), candy, sugar, processed foods, fast food and the like.  In their place we will be substituting foods we cook and prepare, along with fruit, nuts, veggies and some lean protein.  Eventually I see us eliminating eating anything with a face; a topic I’ll dive deeper into in a future post.

Until then if you would like to join me feel free to create your own post and then leave a link in the comments so others can follow along too.  Maybe we’ll all find some inspiration in each other!

To Exercise Or Not….5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Reclaiming HOPE

Tucker (2)See this cute little guy right here? His name is Tucker. He’s the reason I didn’t get my steps in this week. At least that’s what I told myself when I first looked at my Fitbit report and realized I was way short of my goal for the week….

He had a little surgery and he had to be with either my husband or me all the time to keep him from licking at his surgery sites. This did curtail my activity a little, but if I really wanted to, I still could have gotten my movement in for the week. The bottom line is, I had an excuse not to move so I didn’t.

I would venture to say that all of us have been told by our doctors that exercise is beneficial for fibromyalgia, and I know from experience that it’s true. The problem is that we are…

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Why H.O.P.E.?

Reclaiming HOPE

Fibromyalgia is a funny thing. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. One day you’re feeling well, you’re feeling optimistic that you might actually recover from it, and the next day, you’re in bed, feeling as if you’ve been hit by a truck.

I realized not too long ago that I was starting to feel hopeless. I just started feeling that I might never feel like a “real person” again. I knew two things: 1. I couldn’t live the rest of my life feeling so hopeless and 2. I had to figure out some way to live, and live well within my new parameters. As I thought about the most important thing the fibro has taken away from me, my hope, I started thinking about the best way for me to reclaim it. Part of it, of course, is doing things that help me physically, but I also needed to address…

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies on Multiple experienceS | I found this recipe on the beachbody blog.Every exercise program I do, except Zumba, is from Beachbody. I just…

Source: Vegan Sugar Cookies