Marathon Nerves

The sun has set on the 9th day of March. And I am 10 days away from my marathon! 😬😬

It’s getting a bit scary but also so excited to think about.

I get asked A LOT, why I’m even bothering with running a marathon. In fact I’ve even had people tell me I shouldn’t or flat out tell me not to.

I know it can seem so strange to someone else who is looking at my journey from the outside, but that’s ok. I know nobody else will get it.

Because I do this for me.

This journey is just for me.

So when I am in pain, sore, my feet hurting, my back hurting, I feel like my whole body is stiff and I can’t bend at the knees. I remember WHY I’m putting myself through this torture.
Because I want to see what I can do when I put my MIND to it.

I remind myself that,

Running a marathon is a test of what you can accomplish if you want to…if you are willing to take the time and don’t quit. Sure there are lots of other ways you can test yourself, but doing a marathon is one of the most challenging I have found. When it comes right down to it, you have to do it by yourself. You may be running with hundreds or thousands of other people, but it’s still up to you, the individual, to do it. There is an element of finality to it. There is a start and finish, and in between you just run. That’s when you find out who you are and what you’re made of. Most people don’t even give themselves that chance.

How-To Get Rid of an iPhone Pop-Up!

I made this for my mom after she sent me a text message saying she couldn’t get rid of a safari pop-up on her iPhone, but I figured there are other people who might benefit from my little tutorial.

She sent me a screen grab of her iPhone Pop-Up and it looked exactly like a pop-up I had several months ago.

Her pop-up was a much more obvious scam, most people are wary of ‘sure win’ or ‘congratulations you’re a millionaire’ type stuff, but my pop-up was something someone less familiar with Apple and iPhones (someone like my mom) would believe.  
A few months ago I got an annoying and relentless pop-up that said I had been selected by Apple to win an iPhone 7 (which I knew there wasn’t such a thing, at least not yet. Big red flag.) and the pop-up wouldn’t disappear without my pressing the OK button. So I decided to power off and then back on. Luckily that was enough for me to be able to open safari pop-up free so I could google “iPhone 7 pop-up scam” to see if anyone else got this annoying pop-up too. And I found this article on an Apple discussion thread.

Apparently (from what commenters were saying) the pop-ups are (usually) from downloading a new app that has some bad-ware hijacked to it so you unwittingly download that bad-ware. I’m not sure if this was what happened to me in my case, but I decided to do what several commenters suggested (just in case).

First I double clicked the Home Button:

Then I slid the Safari page UP:

Next I went to Settings and to Safari and cleared my history and website data:

After all that I powered off my iPhone, then restarted:

Voilá! You’re done!

I haven’t had ANY problems with a pop-up since. It has been 6 months and two iOS updates since my pop-up. ☺️

Good luck! I hope this helps you!

Join a FREE Countdown to Christmas Fitness Group!

Do you have a goal of eating HEALTHIER but aren’t sure where to start?
Have you heard of CLEAN EATING but aren’t sure what it means?
Do you need a KICK-START for improving your eating and exercise?
Are you DETERMINED to not go to family events feeling UNCOMFORTABLE this year?

There is STILL time to feel better in you own skin.

Join my FREE Countdown to Christmas Fitness Group. It starts on Thursday, October 1 and I’ll be providing a fitness calendar for each month. I’ll have a few sneek-peek menus, grocery lists, and recipes that I give in my exclusive challenge group boot camps.

All you need to do is commit to 30 minutes of exercise daily. Run, walk, bike, skip, do yoga…it doesn’t matter. Just get moving!
Follow along with eating clean for most of each month! Of course we will be CELEBRATING each of the holidays and having LOTS of fun too.
There will be some fun games and mini-challenges, plus a few prizes and giveaways!

You will earn POINTS toward prizes and giveaways by following along with the games and challenges! I will give you BONUS POINTS for ADDING your friends to the group!
Prizes and winners will be announced at the end of each month.

We have an amazing group forming and we are all going to support each other through this Challenge.

To get started, simply join this Countdown to Christmas Event on Facebook where I’ll be giving you all of the details. I can’t wait to have you in the group!

How to use Canva for Graphic Inspiration

I scroll through’s ideas for Facebook posts and find a ‘style’ or typeface that ‘speaks’ or inspires me.

Then I change everything about it! haha.

Here are examples:

As you can see I was inspired by the rustic colors of Canvas’ example and I liked the typeface and the typeface’s color too.

So after editing  a stock photo of avocados to make it ‘my own’ I added it into the background and updated the text to say what I wanted it to.

Spring Means Parasite Cleansing

Spring is here and, boy, am I glad! I seriously need sunlight to feel good. Spring brings us flowers and sunshine and makes everyone think of parasite cleansing. Wait.. what? hahaha. Just kidding. #butseriouslytho

Actually, I HAVE been thinking that spring is the time to do a parasite cleanse.

After reading an article about how in Traditional Chinese Medicine each season represents one of the Five Elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. And since we mirror nature, each of these elements corresponds with an organ system in the body…

An example:
Fire = summer | the heart + small intestine
Earth = late summer | the stomach
Metal = autumn | the lungs + large intestine
Water = winter | the kidneys + bladder
Wood = spring | the liver + gallbladder

“Spring is a time of rebirth, sudden growth, and rapid expansion. We now find the will to initiate and execute projects that have been contemplated, but not yet begun. Spring is creative, volatile, and powerful and so are we as we enter this phase in our annual cycle. The organ that represents this season is the Liver, tasked in Traditional Chinese Medicine with the job of instigating movement and arousing the mind by allowing tension and pressure to build. If the liver is out of balance, we can feel angry, irritable, frustrated, and stuck.”

I realized that NOW was the perfect time to do my parasite cleanse! I’ve been meaning to do it now for awhile, but it never felt like a good time. Either I was missing parts of my cleanse ingredients or I had an event coming up that I didn’t want to have cleanse bloat for…every time I managed to talk myself out of doing the cleanse.

But for some reason ever since it has been sunny outside and spring has been in the air.. I all of a sudden want to do everything I’ve been putting off (including the dreaded parasite cleanse!).

So. Now I’m mentally ready to! Booya!

{I already know I have liver issues (and possibly gallbladder issues), but in keeping with the Dr. Hulda way, I will complete the parasite cleanse first before I move on to kidneys and then liver/gallbladder. So while Spring may equal liver/gallbladder..I might be doing those in the summer}

The first time I did this cleanse I didn’t finish. I found out about the cleanse for the first time from my fellow coach and friend Lindsay Stay. She herself was going through some health issues and had done a lot of research trying to get her health under control. I already knew from participating in a sugar detox group with her that we were kindred spirits (and holistic divas) so when she posted about creating a group to do the parasite cleanse with her I was ALL on board!

But unfortunately I did not properly prepare for the cleanse and did not buy enough of the tincture and ran out after just two weeks. Then life as it does, got in the way.

But what I learned from the experience (and the group) was invaluable. And I’m better prepared this time!

Things I learned:

  1. You need enough tincture to do the FULL cleanse (and possibly several rounds of the cleanse)
  2. The tincture we all bought tastes terrible!! Gag!
  3. The bentonite clay and phsyllum husks, while it may protect you from toxic buildup, is very constipating and most of the group experienced severe bloating (and complained of looking very pregnant because of it!)
  4. The first three days are extremely hard, but after day three you start to feel euphoric and have great clarity and energy!


This time I will do the cleanse a little differently. I decided to try TriLightHealth‘s parasite cleanse to see if it is just as beneficial as Dr. Hulda’s cleanse protocol.

I found out about TriLightHealth through the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. One of the bonuses of purchasing the bundle was to try a free 2oz. sample of one of TriLightHealth’s products. I opted to try the Liver Cleanse, LivCare, because it said something about complextion. After using the whole 2oz. I found my skin to be completely clear even during my cycle and feel the product worked great and it TASTES GREAT! Like wow! Really tastes great.

parasite cleanse kit

So I thought if their WormOut has the same ingredients needed as Dr. Hulda’s protocol, and it tastes WAY better…. Why the heck not, right! So this round will be with the parasite kit from TriLight. Which uses 10 days of Kyolic Garlic Capsules precleanse and NOW Gr8-Dophilus Probiotics. Since Dr. Hulda’s protocol calls for psyllium husks as a fiber to get the bowels moving, and I found the psyllium and bentonite clay to be very constipating. I thought I would take a fiber capsule that has a psyllium husk free fiber source. I’ll be using FiberSMART capsules (which also have probiotics in them, so, bonus).