Super Powered Oatmeal

One of the first things I did on my accidental vegan journey was to switch to oatmeal in the mornings. I’ve always liked it occasionally, but making it a regular daily thing has been vital for me personally. I wanted this recipe to be the first thing I shared for that reason. I have this almost every day and it really keeps me powered up and going strong.

Ingredients
Steel cut oats
1T Amaranth seeds
1T Flax seeds
1T Hemp hearts
1T Chia seeds
Natural sweetening (I use maple syrup) to taste
Topping

Make the oatmeal according to the directions. I don’t like mushy food, so that’s why the steel cut matters for me. The taste and texture and completely different. I add the amaranth seeds into the water with the oatmeal.

In my bowl I combine the remaining seeds.

When the oatmeal has finished cooking add it to the seed mixture – combining as you add.

Top with the sweetening agent (to taste) and then I usually like a crunch like a natural granola or even peanuts on top of mine. Dried fried, or fresh fruit – you decide. One thing I really like about this meal is that it is very versatile.. Simple and quick as well.

Essentrics – Day 3

Today my muscles were tense in advance and even during the class. But I knew what that meant. Do what you can and you will feel better afterward. And I did.

I had to stop and shake it out a few times – particularly with arms. I also found that the outer shin was quite sore. This area is always a problem for me any time I start exercising. So I am used to that feeling and know that the stretching will alleviate that.

As with yesterday, I felt very energized after the session and much more focused as I start my day.

Figure 8 Day 1

Today is my first day with Figure 8. I plan on doing this for cardio and for fat burning. I will be following their exercise guidelines, but as a vegan the nutritional plan is not my focus. If you are interested in my dietary intake I am blogging about that separately.

First, I reviewed the materials and the instructions. I like the simple way they start out with the basics for the first few days. Easy enough on day 1 – tomorrow we will see!

My plan is to incorporate this into my lunch routine. Should be a nice kick in the middle of the day and just long enough to get it in!

Check back on day 2 to find out how that goes… 😉

Essentrics Day 2

While it was hard to initially motivate to start this morning, I did it. And all I have to say is WOW. I had no idea how tight my body was. The movements were slow and fluid. The stretch was amazing. This is going to be a GREAT way to start my day! I feel energized and muscle pains I typically feel first thing are much much lighter.

I can honestly say I feel a bit of a rush from this. Which lets me know that this is a great add on.

I did the very first 30 minute workout. My plan is to do that for the next two weeks then move to the next one. Really – this is a phenomenal way to start the day. Looking forward to day 2!

Essentrics – Day 1

I have the full DVD set. I decided to start with Mobility & Bone Strengthening for Beginners. Day one, I watched the video. That’s it. That was my only goal – watch the video and PAY ATTENTION to what was needed.

While it looks simple enough, day 2 will tell the tale. I love how fluid and smooth the movements are. I cannot wait to start first thing tomorrow! Wish me luck and you will find out how it goes in the morning!

Fitness plan for the New Year

I turned 55 this month.

I am approaching fitness as a 3 tiered project. Cardio, flexibility and mobility, and building lean muscle mass and endurance.

Swimming has been a go-to for me for over a year now. At one point, I was swimming more than a mile a day. The struggle with that is it takes a large amount of time. It takes me about 2 minutes to swim a lap (50 yards total) as I do the breaststroke. 1 mile is 60 laps. I can comfortably take 45 minutes a day – I swim at lunchtime so that is impractical and just not working out. Cutting my swimming back to 40-45 laps has been ideal. It does, however, leave a gap. Swimming will help me in overall fitness as well as building lean muscle mass and endurance. I will be moving swimming to an evening activity (after 7pm) as it can be very relaxing – particularly if I do a 15 minute hot tub afterward.

I am adding two new fitness regimens this year. One is Essentrics. I am planning on completing certification frankly as I see this as a bridge for people in my age bracket to increase and improve our quality of life. This will be my morning starter plan. I will do this activity from 6am – 7am.

The second new fitness regimen will be Figure 8. I plan on incorporating this at lunchtime. This will be my cardio. As I will be doing this at home, I can comfortably do an hour long session. While swimming does elevate my heart rate to around 105-110 bpm, I need something more reliable that pushes it a little higher. This activity will happen somewhere between 11:30 am and 1 pm meeting schedule driving that timing.

I plan on blogging about each of these separately so please stay tuned!

Weekly Update 5/12/2018

As expected, the ideas are evolving.

  1.  I am going back to the drawing board on the EA.  It just isn’t doing what I wanted it to do, which is to provide quick, reliable, and easy income anyone could use.  I am rethinking it, and will return to this.
  2. The autotrading system I implemented is going very well.  This is not one I developed so I cannot sell it, but it will create a reliable income stream for the business.
  3. I am back into crypto-currency.  Using Cointracking.info, I can manage what my account looks like so that I can buy low and sell high much more efficiently.  Everything is tracked for tax-time, and I can autoupdate information from the exchange I am using.  This will be another great investment strategy for the business.
  4. DBA work continues as does the search for other income streams for the organization.

Beginning of a New Journey

First steps.

At the beginning of this new journey, I started with, “What would I do if I were unemployed tomorrow.”  I asked myself if I would like to continue to work as an I.T. contractor, which was the original goal of this corporation – I have been a contractor for many years and incorporated (S-Corp) due to a requirement of a very large client.  That got a hard NO.  While a great career path and something I have been involved with since 1980, I have become hyper-specialized in a proprietary system and have absolutely no desire to go back to school to learn more I.T. stuff.  I used to be passionate about it, but not any more.

Then I asked myself, “What have I done in life that made me feel successful, that I was willing to really put myself out there for, and that I feel contributed to real and tangible benefit.

I answered myself with

  • the local “Rally For Sanity” that I organized with the Daily Show crew to try to help elevate the national conversation
  • the TSA protest when I proudly and peacefully stood outside metro-Airport with one other individual to say the erosion of our presumption of innocence and violation by our government were not acceptable
  • Co-Founding the Ferndale Cat Shelter and Cafte Lounge

All three of those things – in addition to others – are moments I am proud of.  All of them required that I put myself out there outside of my comfort zone (quite a bit) and none of them involved a hunger for money or power.  Just the opposite.

I have had Third Wave Matrix, Inc. since 2006 but the past 3 or 4 years really haven’t done anything with it.  There were a few lingering bills – like web hosting etc – that I just hadn’t shut down, but no real income or ambition.  I almost let it dissolve.   Over this year I have had a few epiphanies and decided just this week that I am not ready to do that.  Instead, I want to relaunch and refocus.  This time on ideas and goals that really matter to me.  I won’t be one of those people that just complains online about the state of things without doing anything.

I am in the process of a complete change in mission, goals, and objectives.  Stay tuned.  As I go, I will be documenting and blogging about my journey – it won’t be perfectly formed commentary.  Instead, it will be my personal letter to the world in hopes that what I do here will mean something, help some people (and some animals).  In general, just making the world a better place.

Angela Fisher

Dreamer and ideator