MY LIFE. MY THOUGHTS. MY WORDS.

Happy Halloween from Alana!:)


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HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM ALANA

MY DEAR LITTLE ONE WANTED ME TO TAKE A PICTURE OF HER BEFORE SHE LEFT DRESSED UP TO HER MATH TUTOR AND READING LITERATURE CLASS AND SHE WANTED ME TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!







Also, Lana saw me put together that little Monster Mash video on my computer from JibJab. This little girl was really sneaky and got on her grandmother's computer and googled JibJab and then clicked on their linked, pictured her ecard and uploaded 5 of her own pictures. I couldn't believe she did this all on her own. I was so shocked when she asked me to come check out what she did. Here's what she came up with (I KID YOU NOT)all on her own.


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Temple Portrait Class...

Last night, I had the privilege to attend Leslie Gleaves's Temple Portrait Class in the comfort and coziness of her beautiful Saratoga Springs home. After reading Monica Fangupo and The Iongi's blogs, I was sold. This was something I added to the top of my "TO DO" checklist. Lucky for me, Leslie attends the same ward as I do. I meant to attend class with my mother so she can help me with the things that we're physically challenging for me. Unfortunately, something came up for her. :( My body was really sore and I was contemplating attending the class or rescheduling for another, because I had already paid the fee for my package. I decided to hit the gym after work and head straight to Leslie's. I probably should have gone home to shower because I smelled so sweaty, but I didn't want to miss it. Leslie has 4 other friends and her mother attend the class. These women were absolute dolls. I had such a great time laughing and conversing with them during our project. I just love my temple portrait. Thank you Leslie! :)

FIRST COAT


PREPPING THE SALT LAKE TEMPLE ON BOARD


SECOND COAT


LESLIE HOOKING UP MY PICTURE 


PUTTING THE FRAME TOGETHER






THE LOVELY SISTER MAKAI

LOVE THIS WOMAN AND HER GRANDKIDS ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL.


HERE IS WHAT LESLIE WAS WORKING ON. THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO BE DOING AT THE NEXT CLASS I ATTEND. 




THE FINISHING PRODUCT! YAY!
I ♥ MY TEMPLE PORTRAIT!

HOT HULA FITNESS

Speaking of workouts, checkout this one. I have downloaded and purchased a great amount of workout DVD's, which include Tae Bo Amp'd. P90X, Insanity, Flirty Girl Fitness, Island Girl Workout, Pilates, RA Yoga and the Hip Hop Body Shop. This one looks like it's going to be my favorite and I know a whole lot of us Polynesian women want in on this. It's going to be so fun that I know we won't realize that we're working the heck out of our hips. I can't wait. I really wish they had these on DVD already. I would so order it already.



Cardioke...



Since I started my high protein diet, I've also added Cardio to my daily routine. This has helped with the RA a great deal. I even started working out today in my new FIT FLOPS, I ordered off Amazon.com. Let me tell ya, AMAZING! I love working out in my fit flops. They are so comfortable and I feel like my calves, butt and thighs are getting an extra boost in burning fat. I love sweating it out.

Anyway, back to what I was trying to get to that besides my new love for Zumba, I had to switch it up. I previously posted about how my daughter and I started to Shimmy (belly dance workout), well I found more workouts to mix in for the week. No more boring walking with my IPod. I started learning hip hop dance routines from Comcast On Demand's Hip Hip Dance section and YouTube.com. As I was browsing through Comcast On Demand menu, I came across "Sports & Fitness". I selected Exercise TV and then I use both Kickboxing and Dance. The Dance section has dance workouts from "So you think you can dance", "Dance your @$$ off" and "Dancing with the Stars" and my new favorite, "Billy Blanks Jr. Dance with me". Billy Blanks Jr. is the son of Tae Bo Legend Billy Blanks. He's fun and not as annoying as his father.

I started out with his Bollywood workout, then bumped it up with his Latin Burn workout. Today, I noticed that Comcast added Billy Blanks, Cardioke on their On Demand menu. I was excited to start. As I got into it, I heard Billy (the instructor) said, we'll be singing while we work out. The lyrics will be displayed on the screen so we can workout, breath and sing. He explained that it would help build our stamina. Now, I realized how Beyonce gets her workout done and why her stamina in the, "I am yours..." concert, just blew me away. She killed it on stage, never out of breathe while dancing and singing in her stilettos. Speaking of stilettos, my daughter loves to workout to the CRUNCH Eroticise Stiletto Strength workout (nothing inappropriate). That's right, this little one will put on my highest pumps and strut her stuff back and forth in my room. It's the funniest thing ever.

Okay, back to the Cardioke, the last section is a cool down section where we sing this song written by Billy's wife. I love what he says's, "Listen to the Lyrics, OWN these words", while we stretch it out.


Start from where you are
take a breath in
take a brave look in the mirror 
at the soul inside your skin
so hard on yourself
perfection's overrated
life's so complicated
simply stated
it's gonna be alright

every flaw is magnified
underneath your hardened eyes
you pick yourself apart
and cut you down to size
it's a standard operation
for your self humiliation
it's become so much your normal 
that you don't realize

you are enough
you are enough
you are exactly where you need to be
right now it's tough
but all that you need to get through
is already in you
you are enough

There's so much pain
all around you
from the nerdy plain jane
to pretty girl too
You just never know
so you think that you're alone
no one can relate to you
and you're the only one

it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright
it's gonna be alright

Don't like your job
don't like you life
fighting with your husband
fighting with your wife
no one understands you
they've never been your age
each new generation
has the same old rage

you are enough
you are enough
you are exactly where you need to be
right now it's tough
but all that you need to get through
is already in you
you are enough

There's never been a you before
so how can someone tell you how to be
I wish that I can take away
your doubt and set you free

Start from where you are
and take it in stride
Call it all good
Call it a win
reach from inside

you are enough
you are enough
you are exactly where you need to be
right now it's tough
but all that you need to get through
is already in you
you are enough




Happy Halloween!


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Pumpkin Time....

Mone and Ashly brought over some pumpkins last night to carve and paint. They even brought over a Frito Bean Salad and a Carmel Apple Fruit Salad. So BOMB.COM! Recipe is provided below. It was super fun and we're so grateful that they came to spend some time with us before Mone leaves. Love them to the max!:) Here's how it turned out.


































SNICKERBAR SALAD  

1 container of Cool Whip (softened)
3 SNICKERS® candy bars
1 large apple
 

Mix Cool Whip in a large bowl. Chop apple into small pieces and add to the cool whip. Chop snicker bar into small squares and stir into apples and Cool Whip mixture. Refrigerate approximately 1 hour.

Serve and Enjoy!