{Life} I hate Cancer

I really do.

Truthfully, I’m not sure I know anyone that wants to be friends with it.

Thursday, I spent most of the morning in tears in my car after learning a dear family member was diagnosed with Cancer. She is the same age as me, with 4 wonderful children. As I type this post, she is undergoing surgery. I hope and pray they get every last bit of it’s ugliness.

Cancer is just plane wrong. WRONG.

And when it affects your own family it just feels that much worse.

Also while I type this post, my amazing baby sister is on her way to Canada. She is joining  family friends to ride in the BC Ride this weekend (The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer) which is a unique 2 day cycling event.  Part of their goal is to see a world free of Cancer.

I want to be a part of THAT world.

I don’t want to have to hear about sweet little kids like Maddie James given only a few short months to live.

I don’t want my childhood friend to lose his amazing wife after 9 years of battling (diagnosed days after returning from their honeymoon). And already losing his own mother.

I don’t want to sit in a parking lot and get a call telling me about someone I love dearly is going in for surgery.

I want to be apart of THE OTHER world, the one FREE OF CANCER!

So I’m writing to you today, asking you to support this amazing team of friends, Team Alberto EXTREME STYLE . They are cycling for 2 days to raise money to fight Cancer.  This organization raised $9 Million dollars last year. That can kick some serious Cancer booty!  My baby sister and her team have raised $64,000 so far, but they have a goal of $75,000, and I want to help them meet or exceed it.  She is going to ride from Vancouver to Seattle over a 2 day period.  That is hours and miles, and hours and miles, and hours and miles.

HOURS and MILES!

My booty is sore just thinking about it!  She promises to text and send photos along the way as she can, and I promise to share them with you.  I know they would appreciate your support.

My sister is one of my most Favorite people. She commits her life to her friends and  to her family, and I love her  for being that person. The person that helps raise money to find a Cancer free world, especially this day, the day another dear person to me has been diagnosed.

I will pass along any comments or well wishes….you can see me sister’s donation page HERE and Team Alberto‘s page here. Check out the ride, It’s an amazing commitment, one that my sister has been training months for!! I’m so very, very proud of her.

Thank you for your help,  your support, and your prayers for their safe journey!

Have a wonderful weekend….be sure to hug your family!

Blog Your Heart Out ~ Live Life Fit

I know that losing weight and getting in shape can be an easy task or it can be a daunting task. In my past life maintaining my weight was never that challenging for me, but then older age, and 3 pregnancies in 3 years caught up with me and all of a sudden I find that I’m not as healthy as I used to be.

(I want to insert a four letter word starting with “S” right now ~ but my parents and my mother-in-law read this blog, and well…it just wouldn’t work. So let’s just use our imaginations…)

In December I started my challenge to myself to Get Mama’s Groove Back. It’s a slow and steady road. And I’m OK with that. I wish that I could be me again tomorrow, but by taking the slow road I’m finding that I can:

A.) Stick with it and still feel like I’m a part of my family’s party, rather than “Mom eating lettuce in the corner”

B). And more importantly that I’m making life long changes that will not only affect me, but also how our family lives.

Don’t get me wrong, we are not a Cheetos and Diet Coke family, but our plates are also not overflowing in green veggies and whole grains either. I know we need a change.

Did you know that:

  1. Heart disease kills about 1 woman every minute, or approximately 450,000 women each year?
  2. More women die of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer?
  3. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease?
  4. 80% of cardiac events in women may be prevented by making the right choices involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking?

Seriously, when I read all of that, I’m terrified! I’m not 19 or 14 or 20 anymore. As of this past Wednesday, I’m 38 years old. My children are almost 3, 2, and 1. When my youngest child is 21, I’ll be 58 years old! And I don’t know about you, but I WANT TO BE AROUND FOR ALL THOSE YEARS! I WANT to see them graduate, enjoy life, meet great guys, get married and I want to play with their babes like our parents play with ours.  That’s not going to happen unless we take a minute to take care of ourselves.

Because Erica rocks and is a fabulously plugged in trainer, she introduced me to Angela, the brains behind fitlosophy ~ live life fit. Angela is a spit fire that has LOADS more energy that I could ever imagine at 6:00am on Friday mornings. And her fitbook is an awesome little book that helps you track your food, workouts and goals. I love that it’s tiny to fit in your bag, has easy places to track everything, and it’s set up for a 12 week goal ~ totally doable! And it really helps when you’re making food choices or a workout plan when you know you’re going to be writing it down.

Angela also started Blog Your Heart out which was recognized by the American Heart Association last year. Did you know that almost one woman dies every minute from this preventable disease?? There are 7 women in my immediate family, I don’t want to lose any of us. 90% of the readers of this blog are women, I don’t want to lose any of you either!

Join the Red Movement. You can find more info HERE. You’ll gain access to the American Heart Association BetterU, a free 12 week online nutrition & fitness program ~ which happens to work quite nicely with fitbook. You owe it to yourself, and your family, to be around for the long haul. If heart disease is 80% preventable  ~ then it’s just plane silly not to make a few changes.

Join the movement. Spread the word. Live Life Fit!

Comment below with a healthy change you want to make in your life and fitlosophy will send 1 winner a fitbook!! Giveaway open until Monday, February 14th at midnight PST. Extra entry for Joining the Red Movement and commenting back here that you did.

Good luck!

a call for help ~ pack for the future

All kids love backpacks

It really doesn’t matter how old they are.

It’s THEIR place to keep THEIR things.

When they are younger, they keep their toys  in there.  As they get older, it’s their treasured school supplies.  And even older, their laptop.  It’s how they carry a peice of their home or their very favorite things with them where ever they go.

It’s because of this and in the spirit of today, I felt compelled to tell you about a mom I was recently introduced to that started an organization called Pack for the Future.

Pack for the Future was started after its founder, Cynthia, was researching donation request lists for Toys for Tots annual Toy Drive and was shocked to find that so many of the requests were for basic school supplies.  (When I read this, I was so shocked.  They weren’t asking for the latest video game, iPhone, or sparkly shoes….they were asking for the basics ~ pens, paper, and backpacks. Something many of us take for granted.) So Cynthia took action and started Pack for the Future and in the past 5 years has put 10,000 backpacks and supplies into the hands of children of military families.

Pack for the Future is a completely non profit organization (meaning EVERY dollar goes directly to the backpacks) their sole purpose is to give backpacks to children of military families.  Families that are sacrificing to serve our country, and helping us keep the freedoms we enjoy.  The average age of an enlisted military member is 22 1/2 years old often supporting a family on a salary of $14,000 to $17,000 a year. And often backpacks are not at the top of the “need to buy” list.

Cynthia contacted me as the economy has made Pack for the Future‘s mission difficult this year.  They were prepared to place an order for 500 backpacks to deliver this August, but were notified by the factory a few weeks ago that they could not fill such a small order.  Through much negotiation Pack for the Future was able to place an order for 1,000 bags, 1,000 bears and 5,000 school supply units.  Cynthia has 6 weeks to raise $6,000 to pay for this order.

OK, readers, it’s Memorial Day, and these are children of those families that are giving OUR FAMILIES this amazing holiday weekend (in sunny So Cal, I’ve been enjoying such beautiful days outside with our Littles.  Yesterday we even picked our own strawberries at a Strawberry Farm…not everyone can do that. WE ARE LUCKY and BLESSED.)

Cynthia put it so eloquently in her email to me, “Please let me say that I do not expect anything from you.  Choosing who to support publicly is a private decision.”   And I am saying the same to all of you.  But after seeing the amazing photos of families coming home from serving our country in The Pioneer Woman’s “Coming Home” Series this past week.  And after accidently running into Cynthia and her kids, with a number of other families doing a bake sale at my park last weekend, I can’t help but pass on this request to you.

(Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman / Joiedevivrephotography)

$15 gives 1 child, a backpack, a bear, and school supplies.

I’m planning on skipping a lunch out this week, and making coffee at home for a few days.

Knowing how happy Addie is when she gets to put her backpack on, makes me want to help all these kids that want nothing more than their own backpack.

Donations checks can be mailed to:

Pack for the Future
PO Box 15457
Newport Beach, California 92659

A tax receipt will be returned to you.

Or can be made online through PayPal here.

You can also email packforthefuture@aol.com if you are interested in volunteering or have something to offer for inside the bags.

I hope you all enjoy the holiday with your families today!

Thank you!!

(Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman / Cmhalsey74)

(Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman / BJG)