Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The balance of lives

Li Beirut - To Beirut

A greeting from my heart to Beirut
kisses to the sea and to the houses
to a rock, which is like an old sailor’s face
She is made from the people’s soul..from wine
She is from his sweat…a bread and jasmine
So how does her taste become? A taste of fire and smoke

Glory from the ashes to Beirut
My city has turned out her lamp
From the blood of a child carried upon her hand
She shut her door, and became alone in the sky
Alone with the night
You are mine, you are mine
Ah Hug me you are mine
You are my flag, tomorrow stone
And a travel’s waves
The wounds of my people have blossomed
And mothers tear
You are mine, you are mine
Ah Hug me


I'm still trying to figure this out... need to go edit a ton of stuff on here. so much change in 2 years! -sfoofie

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Top 10 exercise tips

Saved from somewhere....

Diet and exercise tips:

1-Plan ahead of time. Only buy healthy food so that if you get hungry, you have no choice but to eat that food and you won't willingly let your will power go and grab a bag of chips or candies.
 2- Eat in smaller portions. Have a certain bowl and plate that are smaller. That way, if you're still hungry after the initial serving, you won't feel as guilty going for a second portion due to it being a normal portion of what you would have eaten the first time around.
3- Separate your plate into groups of food. If this helps, use a permanent marker and draw a line across your plate to represent 50% of your plate. This should be filled with greens and veggies, such as salad or steamed vegetables. Secondly, draw another line that connects to to first one in the middle of the plate to represent the other side being 25% each. The first 25% should be your whole grain. This could be bread, rice, potatoes. The last 25% is your protein. This includes poultry, fish, eggs, nuts.
4- All snacks should be fruit based. Some good examples are: Sliced apples with a tbsp of peanut butter. A banana mixed in greek yogurt. Fruit smoothies.
 5- Change everything you eat to it's best version. Milk should now be skim or try soy, almond or coconut milk. Bread is now whole grain. Yogurt is better as greek yogurt due to protein being very high. I recommend fish for protein due to having healthy fats as well. Nuts are amazing but only in moderation. So I would say buy them prepackaged in 100 calorie packets. The best thing you can eat for breakfast is oatmeal as I have learned over the years. Try to eat as much organic food as you can, but this is not necessary. Here's a list of my favorite diet foods: greek yogurt, cottage cheese, almonds, tuna, salmon, avocados, egg whites, plain oatmeal, shrimp, tofu, quinoa and hummus.
6- Keep a food diary. If you see what you've eaten then you're less likely to eat more because you are conscious of your goal.
7- Do NOT weigh yourself daily. Your weight changes throughout the day and if you do this you will get discouraged quickly. Weigh yourself roughly once every 2 weeks. If you're too anxious to wait, then once a week.
8- Diet is only 70% of weight loss. 30% is still through exercise. Therefore, I encourage that you make an effort to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. If you can't make it to the gym, you can still do body weight exercises at home. Look them up online.
9- Drink tons of water and try to cut out alcohol. No more juice. Juice has A LOT of sugar in it and so does soda. Try to drink as much water as possible. I drink about 8 glasses a day. As for alcohol, I know it's hard, but if you drink less you're more likely to see results. Most alcohol is jam packed with sugar and will slow your weight loss down. You can still drink in moderation, meaning once or twice a month, but try to stick to hard alcohol such as vodka with water instead of soda or juice.
10- Set a goal weight. Reward yourself if you've accomplished something. For example: I used to not be able to run around the block without getting winded. Now I'm entered in a half marathon for the summer. Throughout the way, when I would be able to run an extra mile, I would reward myself with a piece of clothing or going to the movies.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Motherhood, love this....

There was something so valuable about what happened when one became a mother. For me it was the most liberating thing that ever happened to me. . . . Liberating because the demands that children make are not the demands of a normal ‘other.’ The children’s demands on me were things that nobody ever asked me to do. To be a good manager. To have a sense of humor. To deliver something that somebody could use. And they were not interested in all the things that other people were interested in, like what I was wearing or if I were sensual. . . . Somehow all of the baggage that I had accumulated as a person about what was valuable just fell away. I could not only be me -– whatever that was -– but somebody actually needed me to be that. . . . If you listen to [your children], somehow you are able to free yourself from baggage and vanity and all sorts of things, and deliver a better self, one that you like. The person that was in me that I liked best was the one my children seemed to want. - Toni Morrison.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 - 2012

5x7 Folded Card
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

As You are Now

I will take up all your tears
Salty tissues through the years
Spread them in the sun to dry
Diamonds from each time you cry

I will treasure all your teeth
Your laughter and the pearls beneath
Keep them in a cardboard box
Through the tickings and the tocks

I will gather all your hair
Floating in the sultry air
We will make a braid of gold
For you to keep when you are old

Now I kiss your milky skin
Sheet of silk and soul within
Put this kiss upon your brow
Treasure you as you are now

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

For Obvious and Hidden Reasons....

The original version by Ben Harper is really nice acoustical jam...but this one is softer and still cool too. Our little family. The three of us.