About Tanya F. Cain

Eternal optimist, always wearing a smile. Must haves: sunshine, fitness (jogging, weight training, & CrossFit), reading, writing, music, and fun with family and friends.

A Second Chance

Going to the gym and forgetting my purse is becoming a habit.  A bad habit. This morning I was so focused on getting to the gym that I did it again.

Five minutes away from the gym, I realized I did not have my purse, but I wasn’t about to return home.  That would have cut into my workout.  I would rather take my chances and get stop by the local police.  Slow your roll girl!  I made sure to follow the speed limit, especially in the 25 mph zones.

My day blew by!

Nearly two hours working mostly on my back and a little shoulder.  I have no idea why, but today a couple of folks wanted to stop and chat.  Me… Mrs. Chit Chat was trying to get through my workout.  Ear buds neatly tucked in, head boppin and all… it did not stop them from getting my attention.

One was a couple.  The guy age 65 (he told me), who looked every bit 10 years plus younger.  Nice body!  I could tell he knew what he was doing in the gym.  The girl… well… nice. Huge 80’s style hair, very thin, and bright eyes and pretty smile.   The gentleman complimented me on my physique.

Moving from the cable equipment to the back machines, a 50ish looking male with a solid body stops me… his white hair gave his age away.

“I’ve been watching you!  Your form is excellent! You are doing everything right!  Keep doing what you are doing kiddo!”

“Kiddo!”  Lol!  He has not idea I’m well over 40.  Love it! I thank him and go to put my ear buds back in.  He leans over to tell me that he is or was (I forget) a personal trainer for years.  It took me like 4 or 5 attempts before he finally stopped talking.   Although I did respond, I needed to get back to my workout.

Yes, I finally got through it.  I got home by noon, just in time to meet “Arnold” who runs a home cleaning service.  I need someone to clean my home.  I can’t do it anymore.. truthfully, I don’t want to do anymore, so I’m not. We were suppose to me to discuss my needs, prices, and availability.

I race in the door, quickly fix my post workout meal (oats & eggs) and wolf it down.  15 minutes later.  Where’s Arnold?

I can’t wait, I’ve got things to do. In 2 1/2 hours, I did Shoprite, Bed Bath & Beyond, BJ’s, Macy’s, and the dreaded Walmart.  Hold up…  I don’t hate Walmart, but there are certain times that you do not shop at Walmart in my area and I was in the heart of it. But since I have a busy week, I put my music in my ear and braved the madness.  Lol!

Once home, I cooked a big pot of chilly and prepped a pot of kale.  I called the nail salon. It was 3:45 p.m., the salon’s last appointment was 4:30.  I turned the chili on low and tell hubby to watch it.  It’s Sunday afternoon football; that was a dangerous move.  I was smart enough not to turn the kale on. I called him on my way home from the salon to turn the pot on.

I raced out the door 10 minutes later and got to the nail place at 4:16.  The best thing about driving on a Sunday afternoon is that, at least here in South Jersey, everybody is somewhere watching football.  The roads were clear.  Thank God!

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Yay I got my nails done!  Those sparkles on the black polish are still growing on me, but guess what.  This chica is #happy about getting my nails done today.

#100 Happy Days Challenge #Day 26

Question.  How do you not engage in conversation at they gym?  The social butterfly that I am, loves to chat; however, on most days, I need to skip the chatter.  Should I buy BIGGER headphones?  Any  tips?  Oh please do share.

Geez… do you know what time it is?  Oh gosh… it’s past my bed time.  I really must go.

I hope you had a great weekend.  I did.  B’Dazzle’s JV football team beat another team 36-0!  Sweet!  He did his job as nose guard very well.

Okay.. I’m going this time.  For real!  Lol!

Oh  wait… at 6:54 p.m. Arnold (the owner of the cleaning service) texts me the following:

Wow, I just remember(ed) now, supposed to be there noon time today, completely forgot.  It’s Arnold.  Apology, do you want me to go (come) another time?  Really sorry.

OMG!!  LOL!!  Arnold came highly recommended by a neighbor. Everyone makes mistakes.  I believe in second chances, so I did reschedule. If he forgets this time, it’s a wrap and I will move down my list of recommended cleaning companies.

Serious… Sweet dreams!  :)

Look What I Squeezed In!

Though today is a football night and B’Dazzle has practice. I am happy because I squeezed in time to sauté shrimp and t go with leftover brown rice. During football season, cooking shrimp is reserved for weekends.

I’m feeling special today! Lol!

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💫 100 Happy Days Challenge Day #24 Bam!!!

Enjoy your evening and thanks for stopping by. 😄

100 Happy Days Update

With 88 days remaining of my 100 Happy Days Challenge, I am diggin in full steam ahead.

So far I have not struggled with finding things that make me happy. It is the capturing of the image that is trying to sabotage my success. What’s up? My iPhone is near capacity. Lol!

Every where I go, the novice photographer in me, is taking pictures. I’ve got tons of apps (mostly Free), videos and documents. Who knew that a phone would replace a desktop? You know what I am getting at right? iPhone 6 or iPhone plus💋

Today’s happiness came in the form of a delightful bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh strawberries. I usually add blueberries, but ran out, so in a split second, I sliced up the strawberries and covered my oats. Amazing!! You have to try it.

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#100HappyDaysChallenge #100HappyDays4Lexa #Day 23

I must rise and shine early tomorrow.

Sweet dreams!

4 Tips for Finding Balance, Peace and Success

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Are you a “Broke Brand” struggling to find balance in your life?   Chances are you might be a BB and you are unaware of your status or are too busy immersed in your daily routine to realize it.

A self-described “former Broke Brand,” Adrienne Graham wrote an informative piece on Finding Balance, Peace and Success.  I had to share this with you and hope that it does help you in some way.

4 Tips for Finding Balance, Peace and Success.

Enjoy!

This Is How To Drink Tea

Last night it was chilly outside on the football field.  Tonight was chilly, but I was armed with two additional tops, including an oversized hoodie that kept me warm.

But what really warmed me inside and out and made me childishly happy was that finally, I got to use my Simply Better Tea, Tea Traveler today.  I brought mine from a tea shop in Smithville; however they can be purchased online.

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#100HappyDaysChallenge #100HappyDaysChallenge4Lexa Day#22

So over tea bags, I have been wanting to return to what I knew as a kid.  Sipping my mom’s and grandmother’s tea made from the root of a plant or fresh leaves, pulled straight from mama’s back yard.  None of the grandkids knew that tea bags existed.

What’s so special about this traveler? It has a removable infuser, so you add the loose leaf tea of choice in first.  Secure the infuser on top and pour boiling water in the traveler.  Then simply enjoy freshly brewed organic (if you chose)  tea!   It’s potent but delish!  The aroma is inviting and relaxing.

Today I chose the Turmeric Ginger.

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Although the two are said to have many health benefits, I picked this blend because I enjoy the bold and spicy flavor of both herbs.  Oh it was wonderful!!  The experience of the tea was a great distraction because I wasn’t happy to miss the gym today. Grrr…  :(

Anyways, it’s bed time.  Will talk to you again soon. :)

Sweet dreams!

 

 

Good Cheating!

Hurray! Today is Friday and I completed by day job! Lol!

Mama dukes is setting the stage to get my weekend “chores” done tonight. Laundry is sorted and the house…. Umm… Nope! I’m not cleaning.

Today is Day# 19 of my 100 Happy Days Challenge and it is a tasty one!

IMG_3046.JPGI’ve talked about Z Crackers in earlier posts and I haven’t nibbled on this treat in a hot minute.  The market was out of my favorite dark chocolate, but I have had this brand before and it will work.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to eat them together because I don’t usually combine the two.

The chocolate is for a fine glass of Cabernet, which I haven’t had in months. Still amazed that I gave up my almost glass-a-day craze.  Although I never thought I could give up my daily glass of wine, once I realized the sugar content, I weaned myself off. Heeey!  The crackers are perfect when I feel the need to crunch on something.

Either way, it’s about to go down!! I want to say more, but I have to get this laundry done so I will have a handle on my weekend, starting with the gym on Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll talk to y’all later.

Enjoy the evening.