Why this 50 year old woman plays Pokemon Go!

As soon as the Pokemon Go app launched I immediately downloaded it and began looking for Pokemon in my neighborhood when I walked my dog in the morning. I was so excited about catching Pokemon! However, when I shared my excitement with other adults I know I received comments such as:

“What a waste of time.” and”That is for kids.” and “Really?”, and some even laughed at me.

There were a few adults who were joining in the festivities as well, and with them we talked about what we had caught, and where, and which Team we were on.

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When I talked to kids about it, we discussed the best Pokeballs to use, or the proper way to spin the Pokeball to catch the Pokemon. We also talked about where we were finding them, and which were our favorite Pokemon.

So I am going to tell you Why this 50 year old woman plays Pokemon Go.

I have had a blast playing Pokemon Go, but I will tell you a little secret: there is a much more compelling reason for me to play: my boys.

So when Joe Cool and The Genius were boys they were avid Pokemon players. They played the games on their Gameboys, they watched Pokemon on TV, and we even played the Pokemon card game together. We spent quite a bit of time in the car together, going to daycare, driving home from daycare pickup, doing errands, etc. I was a single mom for quite a few years of their young lives, and the boys and I were together a LOT. Pokemon was an integral part of their lives (and mine because I was always looking for new card packs for birthday, holiday, etc gifts for them).

The Genius

The Genius

Joe Cool

Joe Cool

As they got older Pokemon in our lives went to the back burner because girls, and school, and jobs, and life replaced our Pokemon phase. However, I will say that even into their teens they would play Pokemon on their iPOds and devices.

So when Pokemon Go Launched I felt like it would be a fun thing to do with my boys who are now 19 and 17. Because they are 19 and 17 I don’t see them much. They work, hang out with friends, and spend a LOT of time in their man caves (bedrooms). I thought, this could be fun to do together. And boy was I right!!!

Last week we all got into my car and drive 45 minutes to go to Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach to hunt Pokemon together. We were at the park for about 90 minutes together and then had a 45 minute ride home. It was fun, but what was even BETTER was that I spent over an hour in a car with my kids, and we TALKED!!  Nit just about Pokemon, but about other stuff like their jobs, and friends, and relationships, and their goals, etc. (I slipped as much mentoring in as I could without being too “mom-ish”).

AND I walked enough to hatch a 10km egg and received:

Aerodactyl

Aerodactyl

Oh, Joe Cool was so jealous!!  hee hee

Yesterday I spent ALL day with The Genius. It didn’t start out that way. In the morning we dropped his car off to have the headliner (the upholstery on the roof of the car) fixed. Then we wanted to go to Norfolk to play Pokemon for a bit.

We walked around together, took a couple of gyms together (GO TEAM MYSTIC). HE will do anything to take a Valor gym…..(if this is greek to you, just ask and I will explain). Then we found the MOTHERLODE of Pokemon.

We came to a place called The Pagoda and Oriental Garden . It was a beautiful place right on the water, which was nice because it was HOOOTTTTT and there was a breeze. Anyway, there were 4 Pokestops there (places where you can get Pokeballs, revive potions, healing potions, and other cool stuff), and TONS of people playing Pokemon because there were modules on (a lure someone can turn on for 30 minutes to attract rare Pokemon).

OMG!!!!  We stayed there for at least an hour…maybe more. We caught Squirtles, and Magikarps, and Poliwags, and Seels, but the most exciting catch of the day was a Dratini

Dratini

Dratini

That is super exciting because it evolves into a Dragonite which is one of the most powerful Pokemon!

Isn't Dragonite cute???

Isn’t Dragonite cute???

I was especially excited to catch a Clefairy because they are special Pokemon, but I REALLY REALLY want a Pikachu!!!!

The boys and I have made plans to hang out next week in Norfolk catching Pokemon together! Maybe we will catch a rare one!

So you can scoff at my Pokemon Go playing, but I will stick to my belief that not only am I catching rare Pokemon with my boys but I am catching RARE quality TIME with my boys that I probably wouldn’t otherwise get without spending lot of money on a vacation. And even on vacation I don’t always see them all the time.

Thank you Pokemon Go!!

The Genius and his bestie D came up with my name...apparently that is what they call me  LOL

The Genius and his bestie D came up with my name…apparently that is what they call me LOL

 

 

Dese nuts- a healthy alternative to snacking

Now I know that the phrase “dese nuts” has a meaning that may make you giggle, smirk or even snort, but for my purposes today dese nuts are what I am going to be talking about…..no, not like that, but in a different way.

I want to talk about Nuts. You know, the kind we eat…..the yummy kind….the delicious kind….the healthy kind.

If you have followed my blog at all, then you know about my journey to healthier, cleaner eating. 

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What you may not know is that about a year ago I added vegan, gluten free nutrition products from my health and wellness company to the mix of food in my life. I have a health and wellness company and work with Arbonne International to market and sell these products. In addition I empower people with my business by giving them financial freedom, and improve their self esteem and worth by helping them look and feel better physically.

One of the ways I do that is by inviting people to participate in a 30 days of Healthy Living Program with me. This is a program that helps people remove toxins from their bodies by removing foods that can be allergenic (whether we know it or not) such as gluten, dairy, soy, white starches, corn, and processed sugar. It is interesting to me, (a person who didn’t think I had any food allergies), how much better I felt overall when I removed these foods. And I lost weight also, which made it a win win.

Probably my biggest problem prior to finding this program was snacking. I would grab a bag of chips, or pita chips, or popcorn, etc. What I found was that these snacks really didn’t do much to curb my appetite and I ate more. However, what I found through  the program was how much I love nuts as a snack! I used to be a peanut butter junkie, but on the 30 days program we can’t have peanuts, just tree nuts. I was bummed at first, but you know what I found out? I fell in love with almond butter and cashew butter. Also, I never used to like almonds, but when I took processed sugar out of my diet I found that almonds were super sweet and delicious, and just one handful filled me up and kept me satisfied! Who woulda thunk it??? Not me!

Picture courtesy of www.nuts.com

Picture courtesy of www.nuts.com

Also, I didn’t even know this until recently, but this is also Men’s Health Month. So for all you men out there: Happy Father’s Day (if it applies), and Happy Healthy Month Day. A great snack for you is nuts! Unsalted nuts are a great snacking food that contain many health benefits. Nuts like Brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews have all been considered to help reduce the risk of heart disease and can lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Nuts are also filled with magnesium and selenium, both of which are powerful antioxidants that can aid in prostate health. YAY!!!!

AND just to make things easier, you can not only get them a your local grocery store, but you can get them at Nuts.com. 

nuts.com_mens_health_5tips_x2_v02-1When I searched “healthy” on their website I got over 300 hits!! They also have coffee and tea, and (although not okay for the 30 day program, but okay any other month) when I searched “chocolate” I got over 1000 hits!! WOOHOO!

I suggest you check them out if you want some healthy alternatives to high calorie, empty calorie unfulfilling snacks in your day. And if you want any information about my 30 days to Healthy Living Program and how I can help you feel and look better just leave me a message and I will be sure to get back with you asap.

Clean eating: Caprese Chicken Recipe

So we have trying to be eating clean for a few years, and this year we even went a step further  and removed ground nuts, gluten, dairy (except cheese on occasion), and believe it or not we have removed coffee on most days. It really hasn’t been that challenging, and to be honest now when I eat sugar and gluten and ground nuts I don’t feel well.

Now that’s not to say that we are always good about what we eat. We are humans, and definitely imperfect ones. We eat healthy most of the time, but sometimes I want a cookie, or brownie, or pizza. So we give ourselves one day to eat whatever we want, and then get back on track with clean eating.

Recently I have also reduced my complex carbs, and lost 3.5 pounds last week, which is amazing, since I hardly ever lose anything. Wednesday we will see if this trend will continue or it was a fluke…

Well, Karol saw a recipe on Facebook that appealed to her and so I made it for dinner a few weeks ago. I will say it was quite yummy, and I wanted to share it with you today. It isn’t as pretty as the video by Delish, but it is my version, in a regular kitchen with regular people. So without further ado I give you my Caprese Chicken recipe:

Chicken Caprese

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

2 tbsp. shredded basil

4 slices mozzarella

Brown Rice spaghetti, cooked according to the package

Directions

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil.Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until golden and cooked through, 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Add balsamic vinegar to skillet an let simmer for a few minutes (deglazing), then add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and season with salt. Let simmer until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in basil.Return chicken to skillet and nestle in tomatoes. Top with a slice of mozzarella and cover with lid to melt cheese. Spoon tomatoes over chicken and serve over the cooked pasta. (This would also be quite yummy without pasta, served with some veggies or salad)

Chicken breasts in olive oil over medium heat

Chicken breasts in olive oil over medium heat

Then cook 6 minutes on each side:

cooked chicken

cooked chicken

Remove chicken to a plate and add balsamic vinegar and garlic to hot pan. (I probably used less that 1/4 cup as I am not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar)

garlic and vinegar

garlic and vinegar

Then add the tomatoes and let simmer for a few minutes:

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Put chicken back in the pan:

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Put a slice of mozzerella cheese on each breast and let it melt:

cheesy chicken, tomatoes, vinegar, and basil...yum!

cheesy chicken, tomatoes, vinegar, and basil…yum!

Serve over pasta:

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DELICIOUS!!

DELICIOUS!!

 

It was sooooo good! I used the basil from my garden. Can’t wait until we have some grape tomatoes from the garden and can use those!

I truly believe you will love this dish! Let me know what you think if you try it!