AfTER A NIGHT OF DOUBLE BACON CHEESEBURGERS AND ONION RINGS I DECIDED WE NEEDED A HEALTHY DINNER OPTION. HERE WAS MY STAB AT SALMON PATTIES OR SALMON "CAKES"
On July 1st at 2:30pm I arrived at the American Airlines ticket counter in San Diego. Mr. Flynn was there to greet me and help me with my check-in. I was holding my ES animal at this time. Flynn asked me if I had notified the airline of me traveling with an ES animal. I had not, nor did I know I was supposed to. I have flown through numerous airlines, often, and have never had a problem with my animal's paperwork or the fact that he is an ES animal. Flynn notified me I could not fly because I did not show my letter to the airline 48 hours ahead of time. He then told me I had to speak with customer service to try and get proper documents for my ES animal if I wanted to get on the flight. Flynn, at this time, was in possession of my documents from my physician. I called customer service and waited twenty minutes to speak with a supervisor named Sonya. Sonya told me that Flynn needed to call customer service and fax my paperwork to them. She then started asking the details of my paperwork. She told me it may not be sufficient because of details about my physicians license not being on the document. When I started getting upset and crying she became defensive. She then told me the only way for me to fly was to have Flynn fax my paperwork to customer service. I got off the phone with Sonya and asked Flynn to fax my paperwork. He then informed me that he has no way of doing this and could not help me anymore.
I suffer from anxiety and panic disorders. I travel with an animal to help keep me calm. I have traveled with this same animal for two years because of my anxiety and panic attacks. The employees that I spoke with were not helpful in trying to solve the issue. I am aware of the policy now that 48 hours is needed. But, I have a disorder. The actions and words of the employees caused me to have a panic attack in the middle of an airport. I was hysterically crying, sweating, shaking, dizzy, light headed and could barely breath. These symptoms are what I try to avoid while flying; because of American Airlines policies and horrendous customer service I was not only put in a dangerous situation for my health but I was publicly embarrassed.
On top of this incident, I had to have a man help me to three different ticketing counters to find a flight on another airline because I could no longer fly with American Airlines. I had to purchase a $600 ticket to get within driving distance of my final destination. On top of that I had to have somebody drive three hours to get me at 12:00am to drive me back 3 hours to my original, final destination.
This incident was expensive, dangerous, embarrassing, stressful and inconvenient. American Airline's employees showed no compassion, no empathy and seemed annoyed at the help I was seeking for my disorder.
I would like an immediate response explaining how this can be solved so another customer does not have to go through what I went through. I would also like to be refunded my ticket amount. I would add that I would like a future ticket compensated for me, but that would go to waste because I have no interest in flying American Airlines. I also am sharing my experience with friends, family and coworkers that are frequent flyers as well. With the millions of people that suffers from anxiety and panic attacks who also have a difficult time flying; this is not attention an airline should want.
I hope this can be settled.
Living in California has been AMAZING. A big part of it's amazingness is the shopping. BUT, It is always a let down to go back to Kansas where there is NO shopping. So, in my few short years I have learned to online shop. It is the BEST thing EVER. Thank you TECHNOLOGY!
I wanted to share some really cute new additions to my wardrobe that I found at PinkBlush, an online boutique based out of California. And for you mommy's to be...they have a maternity line too!
You can check out their online boutique here
In honor of Earth Day, I decided to go on a hike. I decided on Torrey Pines in San Diego. I chose this location because along my hike I would be able to feel the wind in my hair as I ran up the inclines. I was able to smell the flowers along the trails. I was able to hear the crashing of the waves. I was able to feel the sand in my toes and the sun on my skin. What better way to honor Mother Earth!
When I reached the water I prayed. I thanked God for the beauty that was in front of me. I thanked God for all he had created; including me. I take advantage of the simple beauty in life that I am blessed with. But today, I felt so close to God and he filled my body with joy and love and amazement.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry groundappear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Let us all pretend for one moment that we REALLY care about the food we put in our bodies. For most of us just getting a vegetable in our diet is a huge deal. Something green added to our daily meals, besides guac on a Chipotle burrito, is quite an accomplishment. Do we really know if these fruits and vegetables are doing as much good as we are told?
Well, yes they are. Sorry. EAT YOURS GREENS! Fruits and vegetables have an INSANE amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Unfortunately, when we buy these at the store, the foods have already started to lose all of these goodies. We import a large amount of produce. (Our food gets here by boat, plane or truck) Some items, such as beans and broccoli can be on shelves 5 days after picking. Potatoes, sometimes 6 months. There are even some fruits that take months to hit shelves. Are we standing in line at the store to grab that fruit or vegetable off the shelf and consume in on day 6!? Yeah, NO. By the time we consume an imported item the fruit or vegetable has already started losing carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavor and nutrients. All things in which we NEED to live…yes we need flavor.
My point of his “lesson” is to get all of you to stop buying fruits and vegetables from large industries out of this country and only buy home grown foods!!! MERICA!!!! Just kidding. I just really enjoyed my time at the farmers market on Saturday. The man who sold me my CAGE FREE eggs told me that he, along with his wife, collected the eggs and packaged them the day before the market. The eggs I consumed this morning in my omelet were maybe 5 days old. AMAZING. And the little chickens were running free in the meadows before laying eggs so that makes my heart happy. Another man and his daughter created a greenhouse so they can grow certain items year round.
I understand not all of us and go out to a farmers market and buy our food for the week. That is fine, my next blog will be about how to grow your own garden and raise chickens.
In all seriousness, if you DO care about your body, your temple, then next time you go to the store try and buy “locally grown” items. Or next Saturday get out of bed early and hit your local market. The people and flavor that you discover will be worth it!
So, yesterday marked day one of 162 games.
These days are filled with sleeping in; multiple days without seeing my loved one; late night dinners that often involve pizza or burgers and a lot of baseball and ball park food.
We got into Los Angeles (Dodgers-Padres) and our first meal was Sushi at Sushi Roku...Try their Brussels sprouts. Yum! The next day we ordered room service.. Pancakes and Huevos Rancheros. We followed this with a pre Opening Day meal of steak at Arroyo Steakhouse; also delicious. The next day, I did go for a run before the game started; mainly getting rid of nervous energy more so than the thrill of cardio. Dinner after opening day? Cheesecake Factory! We both had burgers.. Go figure.
Geeeez. No wonder last year I gained ten pounds during the season. Today I decided to hit the gym before game 2. I did 30 minutes of an uphill walk followed by a full body circuit and 20 minutes in the sauna to attempt to flush my body. (Hotel gyms and spas are AMAZING.. Not)
I'm writing this as I am watching game 2 vs. Dodgers. (Don't judge me for not watching, I can catch 160 more games) I just finished a ballpark ceasar salad that was below par, but better than a hotdog or nachos. Snaps for Kristen.
At this moment, watching D squat behind home plate I have decided to share this years adventures with all. I'm doing this in hopes of eating less late night pizza and burgers and doing a little more cardio than I recorder last season. And hopefully exploring these cities a little more than previous years.
If anybody has recommendations of late night healthy options please share. Mine and Dereks guts and thighs thank you ahead of time.
Stay tuned for overly detailed posts about my days to come.
Between work, family, school and building a home I have not had a chance to workout much...in these desperate times, at home workouts are the best! All you need is 2 dumbbells. Or none, if you prefer :)
I did each of these excercise for 30 seconds with 15 seconds rest between each one. Get up in the morning and try it before you enter your food coma tomorrow!
HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!
Single leg dead lifts
Burpee to deadlift
Sumo squat to front raise
Squat jump to toe taps
*Video will be posted on my Facebook!
I wanted to share a cardio workout with all of you that is not COMPLETELY boring. I am not a fan of cardio at all. Because of my love of food, especially sweets, I unfortunately have to incorporate it into my workout routine.
For those non-track familiar friends 1 lap = 400 meters 4 laps = 1 mile
jog 1 lap
high knees 100 meters- jog back
butt kickers 100 meters -jog back
lunges 100 meters- jog back
high knees 100 meters- jog back
toy soldier (straight front leg kick) 100 meters- jog back
karaoke 100 meters- jog back
For every meter you run, walk (fast pace) a meter.
1- 800 meters
2- 400 meters
4 - 200 meters
6 - 100 meters
1 lap - lung the straights jog the curves
Now that you have been out in the sun for an hour, let's talk about how to take care of your skin!
I am not a make-up person so keeping my skin looking great is a must. Here is a list of some of my favorite products and my skin care routine.
Tip: Whatever skincare products you use on your face...apply them to your neck, chest and hands. I don't want an old, wrinkled face and I sure as heck do not want an old wrinkled neck and chest.
Hydrasonic by Satin Smooth: I use this every time that I shower. It is water proof! The brand that I use is gentile enough to use everyday so if you want to use a product daily, make sure to see how gentile it is on your skin.
Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser by Satin Smooth: I use this each time I shower. I put a little on my hydrasonic and go to work!
Brightening Eyelift Eye Cream by Satin Smooth: I use under my eyes morning and evening after washing my face.
Hydrating Face Cream by Bobbi Brown: I also use this morning and evening after washing my face.
Supershock MAX by AVON: I have tried all kinds of mascara and they either suck or I am allergic. My friend Lainie (who owns AVON down in Derby, KS...go see her she is great) recommended her mascara and I fell in love!
Eye Brightener by Bobbi Brown: I dab a little under my eyes and run out the door.
Tinted Moisturizer by Bobbi Brown: I recommend tinted moisturizers with SPF over foundation any day. Especially, Bobbi Browns.
Tis' the season for Apple Pie! But, apple pie does not help my whole "get fit" mission. Here is a healthy alternative that I learned from one of my favorite fitness icons, Jamie Eason Middleton. Enjoy!
1 cup fat free cottage cheese (80 calories, 5g carbs, 15g protein)
1 small apple (55 calories, 14g carbs, .3g protein) *I like honeycrisp apples!
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 packet, zero calorie, natural sweetener
Take the apple and cut it into about 1 inch cubes and place in a microwaveable bowl. Sprinkle the apple with cinnamon and packet of sweetener. Microwave for 1-2 minutes to soften apple cubes. Take 1/2 cup of cottage and mix into warm, softened apple, sweetener, cinnamon mixture.
My favorite of all body parts to lift is my booty! If one thing could be tight on my body, I would chose the caboose. With that being said, here is an example of how I like to target the "moneymaker"!
Warm Up- 20 minutes on the Stepmaster/Stepmill
Leg press (narrow leg placement) 3x10
Leg press (wide leg placement) 3x10
Walking lunges 3x20
Weighted hip thrusters 3x12
Box or bench jump to squat 3x12
Single leg dead lifts 3x10 on each leg
Cable glute kick backs 3x10 on each leg
Note: Lift HEAVY! Press through your heels. Breath and Squeeze to a nice tush :-)
Please let me know if you have questions on what these lifts are. I am more than happy to post videos and photos to explain!