60’s Workout


My schedule allowed me to workout Monday through Thursday this week.  As I was planning out what workouts I wanted to do, I got the idea to structure them like a pyramid workout, but instead have my reps or time go up each day.   So, how it ended up looking was on Monday, everything equaled the number 40.  On Tuesday it went to 50.  60 for Wednesday and finishing off with 70 on Thursday.  I always alternate lifting with weights to give my arms a break.

Tomorrow’s workout looks like this.


The 40’s and 50’s have steadily increased the challenge.  As I get more advanced in my ability I may look to do… 60’s all the way to 100’s.  Another fun idea is make a playlist for the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with that time frame of music mixed in. It was really fun putting these workouts together.  I enjoy variety and this mixed things up for the week.

Is there a unique way you like to put your workouts together?

Meet Tekoa, WA

My little hometown of Tekoa, WA is near and dear to my heart.  I’ve grown up here and besides the years away at college, it has been my home all these 40 years of my life.  There is no stop light in town, but feel free to find a sidewalk bench on a warm summer day and watch the steady traffic in and out of town.  We have a doctor’s office and a Pharmacy which is quite a plus to a town our size.  We have a coffee shop with the cutest decor and best aroma in town.  Inside you will find the owner who has grown up here all her life, as well.  She is very involved in the community and so many great events would not come to fruition if she had not dedicated her love and time.  I admire Melinda for all her many hours away from home at meetings and running around taking care of so many things.  Tekoa is so blessed to have her a part of it’s community.

We have the cutest library with a wonderful museum tucked in the back of the building.  My son was able to be a part of a living history project last year in his 6th grade class.  Each classmate picked someone who lived in Tekoa years ago and brought that person back to life (if you will).  The students dressed up the way they may have been dressed at that time and then they read their report on that certain person, in the Tekoa Museum.  It was called Night at the Museum.  The community and parents loved this hometown project, put on by their 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Mendoza, (who also grew up in Tekoa and after some years away, came back with her family.  She is an excellent teacher that Tekoa gets to call their own).

Tekoa has a grocery store, a restaurant, a bar & grill, a hardware store, a video game store, a home decor shop, a gift shop, a bank, a law office, a hair & nail salon, a post office and a historic theatre all on the main street of town.  We have a few parks and a pool for the summertime.  Again, some small towns in our area are not fortunate enough to have a pool and so they bus kids over once a week to enjoy a day at our pool.  We have a grade school and a junior high/high school.  We have a golf course. We have three churches that congregate on Sunday and a beautiful cemetery.

Tekoa is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and it sits inside various mountain ranges that are only about a ten minute drive.  At the northern base of Tekoa you find the watchful protector, Tekoa Mountain.  She stands strong and proud of her little town below.  We have hangman creek that meanders through town, giving us a few bridges in town.

Tekoa has lots of character and charm.  The people that have sacrificed so much to open a business often times donate more money to support different happenings than they do in bringing home any substantial profit.  They are truly amazing people.

Our little hometown has a celebration every third weekend of June.  This event is put on by a handful of volunteers and different businesses and groups that make up Tekoa.  It is called Slippery Gulch and we are celebrating it’s 90th celebration!  Plans are underway and I am so blessed to be able to work alongside a few mighty people on this project each year.


Celebrating our 90th in 2018!

I could go on and on about this little country town, but I will save more stories for posts down the road.  Instead, enjoy a few pictures of the landscape I get to enjoy and unfortunately take for granted too often.

Throwback Thursday: Farm boys through the years

I haven’t shared this yet, but for about 9 years my husband and I decided to homeschool our children.  We have been blessed with four boys.  Preston is our oldest and I taught him from Kindergarten until 8th grade.  Keegan is the next oldest and then came Braxton.  These pictures and memories are before our fourth baby boy, Ryker was born.

Making the choice to homeschool was so wonderful in many ways.  At the top of the list was building a strong family unit and sharing so many memories together.  Another really great aspect for our family was that we live in the country and we farm.  The boys have spent so many hours outside.  We normally would get our formal schooling done by noon.  So they enjoyed being able to play, build, invent, and work in the shop with their Dad from early afternoon until about dinner time.  These are a few pictures from that time.

Shop Boys from 2011

Braxton was just the right size to fit inside the brand new tank and get any dirt or plastic out before it got filled for the first time.

Ice-cream break from swathing in 2010.

Preston and Keegan had fun hooking two bikes together.  Didn’t work too well, but they had a great afternoon messing around with it in 2010.

 Preston & Keegan helped their Dad with a few painting projects.

Just one of many harvests that the boys have been a part of.

This was harvest 2011.

Well, that is not all the pictures I could share, but that is good enough for now.  The boys have learned so much and shared many memories together.


Low Carb Grilled Cheese

Let me just throw this out there… I love cheese!  I crave grilled cheese, nacho’s, and Cheeto’s.  This craving began in my first pregnancy and it never stopped.  When I make my family grilled cheese sandwiches and soup on those gray dreary days, it can be nearly impossible for me not to bite into that crisped buttery bread with melted cheese inside.  Since I have gone to a more keto eating lifestyle.  Bread is a big no-no when trying to cut carbs.  So, when I found Joseph’s Pita Bread and saw it was only 6 grams of carbs for one whole pita, I was pretty excited.  This is my bread substitute.  My main use has been to use it as a grilled cheese sandwich.

I stick cheddar cheese slices inside and butter the outsides and heat it on a skillet, just as you would a normal grilled cheese sandwich.

A couple of variations… Once I put the cheese in, I mash up some avocado and stick it in the pocket and heat it up.  Or I stick a spoonful of salsa in the pocket and heat it with the melting cheese.

This grilled cheese has a spoonful of salsa inside it. YUM!

Motivational Monday

Gratitude is an attitude.  I love that saying.  When I say that to myself, it really sets the stage in my mind as to what I want to think upon and focus my attention on.

This weekend I was doing laundry.  The simplest of tasks.  As I was bending to the basket to grab the clothes and toss them into the washer I twisted just right to catch my lower back.  I felt it right away.

I knew that feeling from a few years ago when I tweaked my back by sleeping wrong.  At that time I can remember thinking what a blessing it is to have your health and a body that does not hurt.  So, when I tweaked my back again- a dread came over me, because it had debilitated me for a few weeks the last time.

I did only what I knew to do.  I prayed.  I asked the Lord to heal me, because I believe in His power to heal.  I spoke scripture over my body.  I focused on what I knew God could do and not the pain I was feeling at the time.  That day was a bit painful, I admit.  The following day was a little better.  This morning I did my workout with some friends that come over most every weekday.  I was not sure how much I would be able to do, but my back felt pretty good considering.  I am a little stiff, but overall I am so thankful that my loving God continues to help my back feel relieved more and more each day.

I am so grateful for my health.  I am grateful to friends that motivate me to workout most everyday.  I am grateful to know God and that He hears my cries and helps me.

What are you grateful for today?   Keep gratitude your focus today, I am going to.

My Go To Low-Carb Lunch

This last month I have really enjoyed making a little sampler plate.  Here is how I quickly put this plate together.

  1. Heat up (both sides) in a skillet with butter, 1 Joseph’s Pita Pocket.  When finished cut them with a pizza cutter into triangles Δ.
  2. About 4 or 5 Pork Rinds.
  3. String cheese stick or a few slices of cheddar cheese.
  4. Mashed-up or sliced avocado & add Himalayan Salt
  5. A scoop of salsa
  6. A scoop of hummus
  7. Small dill pickle or two
  8. Hard boiled egg & add Himalayan Salt
  9. A few slices of summer sausage
  10. Small Caesar salad

So this sampler plate can consist of any items that sound good that day or that you have on hand.  The only things that takes a couple minutes is to heat and crisp up the Pita.  Simple and satisfying.