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i am far from a girlie girl…..but i convinced myself to jump on the cornball bandwagon on v-day and make some heart-shaped strawberry banana pancakes.

20130214_090404topped with fat-free sugar-free cool whip and pink sprinkles.  it was, dare i say, kinda fun 😯

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in the middle of getting Sonny’s meals together for day before he headed out, he snuck this guy on the counter while my back was turned.  stunned?  not even the word!  my HP died like 2 years ago and i have really needed that thing since i started blogging last year.  also, i wrote down my dream of becoming a well-known blogger just the day before cause Beyonce instructed her followers to do so on Instagram. lol.  coincidence? not at all.

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 God will grant us the desires of our hearts on HIS terms and HIS time.  He promised!  be encouraged and know that He will take your hand and walk with you on your journey, and put the things and people you need in line to help you get there! i knew from the jump it would take a TON of commitment and time to establish this blog.  anything worth having is worth fighting for and i’m ready and willing to grind it out!

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leading up to v-day, there was something that had been on my mind all week and i couldn’t shake it.  i was asked to sub a class format that i had never taught before.  while i have used the ‘sorry i don’t teach that’ excuse for a while now…i couldn’t bring myself to pull that card this time. unless it’s like cycling  or something..i shooole don’t teach that, WHEW! LOL.  i forced myself to accept the challenge right then, but immediately afterwards, doubt, negative thoughts, and nervousness darn near CONSUMED me.

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would the members not like my teaching style since i’m not the regular instructor?  would i mess up and forget some of my routine? would the members walk out? aaaaggghhh! SHUT UP!   i mean really!!!   i’ve been doing this for over 5 years now and can sit down and make up a routine within minutes.  what was i scared of?  the fear of the UNKNOWN.  i couldn’t answer any of those questions and it was not my job to do so. my job was to be on my game and prepared to do my BEST.  control what you can and don’t worry about the rest!  my faith was really tested, and through nerves and all, i wanted to teach this class to prove to myself that i could do it.

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darn right it does.  it’s how we GROW.  i put that mic on, took a deep breath, said my 60 billionth prayer, and let it go.  before i knew it, time had flown by, and class was fun as CRAP! i got positive reviews from the members and guess what? it’s over and I LIVED.  ‘fear only becomes powerful when we give it power.’ stop doubting yourself and your abilities when you know darn well what you are capable of.  usually when someone asks something of you, they already expect and believe you can do whatever it is…so prove them right!

Sonny and i headed to a late, intimate v-day dinner at a churrascaria type restaurant in the museum district.  i tried to take it easy and just hit the salad bar HARD.  when i have to teach a class the following morning, i don’t like to go to bed feeling too full, cause i wake up feeling the same way sometimes and it’s harder to get going.  also, my appetite takes a hike when i’m nervous about something.  does that happen to you?

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plate #1- red and orange roasted red peppers, grilled egg-plant, smoked salmon, artichokes, grilled zucchini, roasted beets, carrots, and swiss cheese.

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2nd plate- the only new things were the crab salad on the left, and the pearl couscous salad at the top. everything was fresh and delish!

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my hubs, on the other hand, had no class to teach the next morning nor did he hold back. his competition diet will be starting soon and he went ALL OUT  that night, lol!

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before,

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after.  no wait,  he was just taking a break and went two more rounds after this. no kidding.

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see?

when the meat men came around (look i don’t remember what they were called) i stuck with 1 nice sized bacon wrapped chicken breast fillet.  oooh bacon can flavor SO WELL!

20130214_221727full, happy, and Chiso-less for the evening;)
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 as we start this new week, remember ^THAT^!!

le

6 replies »

  1. Great messages Le! And you and your hubbs look fabulous!! Love your dress! I love your mindset about going for what you want and not letting fear hold you back. You (we) can accomplish anything we put our minds to!

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    • Hey Colleen! you said you’d check me out and you DID! i’m so appreciative of your comment, lady! just hoping my story will inspire someone else to go for their dreams while i convince myself to keep going for mine lol! we all need that motivation for sure.

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