1.  Exfoliation.  I’ve been using Shower Gloves now for almost 10 years on my body and face.  Yes, my face.  Some skin care experts may say that this is too abrasive on the skin, but I have silky smooth skin as a result of this diligent exfoliation (of course avoiding the eye area!).
  2. PRODUCT!  The good stuff is worth it, ladies!  My skin responds to Le Mer and Darphin products like you wouldn’t believe!  I am a regular at Blue Mercury where they give out all kinds of samples with every purchase.   I use a multitude of these on my face every morning and night.  No method, but simply switch up the products, and use several – a serum, eye cream, whatever you have.  I received a sample of Darphin’s Stimulskin Plus and immediately noticed the difference in the texture and appearance of my skin.  While using this magical stuff a young person told me that my skin looked amazing.  WORTH IT!
  3.  Sweat.  I get a lot of exercise and try to sweat every day – I can’t say that it gets out the toxins from a medical perspective, but does allow my skin to breathe.  The sweat has to go through the skin and pores to get out, creating openness.  Only beneficial things can come from this, right!?
  4. This is a tip I read about in a magazine years ago to reduce “raised  eyebrow lines”:  Put the palms of your hands together, place the fleshy part of the hand (below the thumbs) on your forehead and move in a circular motion, pressing gently and count to 20 repeat the opposite way.  IT WORKS!!


So this injury of mine has set me back a bit.  before the crash I was up to 4 unassisted pull ups.  I still can’t do any because my thumb is not yet healed all the way.  My rib felt SO MUCH better today, but it’s really a day to day thing, so we will see about tomorrow.

Saturday I went to the gym for the first time after the crash.  mY expectations of myself were not very high – I just wanted to be there and do SOMETHING.  I started with calf raises – no big deal.  I did 4 sets – 25/60/100/120.  Next I went down the leg machine circuit:  leg extensions – @ 30 lb., 30 lb. single leg, 35 lb., 40 lb.  (10 – 15 reps); 30 leg curl, 30/30/30, and abductor/adductor, (20 reps).   Then I did my yoga practice and it felt/hurt so good!

I was vey tired the rest of the day, but got on the trainer the next morning for a 30 minute taku workout.

Rest day today, but tomorrow – IT’S ON!!


GOALS 2016


Levi once a week!  (We had him tonight!  
Pappy and Levi

Pappy and Levi

Sunday Family Dinner, or once a week on another day
Daily devotional – Bible reading and prayer time: 15 minutes
Write daily (journal/book/blog/SOMETHING!)
Blog Weekly taking blog course on WordPress
Plan and reevaluate goals every month
1. Save 10% of my gross pay

                      2. Tithe 10% of my gross pay

                      E. HOME
                      1.  See Wunderlist – I added a link to a carpet quote.  : ) 
                      F. FITNESS
                      1. Become a Certified Yoga Instructor
                      2. Become a Certified Aqua Instructor
                           There are  2 aqua classes in January!

                      3.  Lose 10% of my fat mass

                      4.  Adopt a Vegan diet and lifestyle, incorporating the Hallelujah Diet, info from Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell,

                           Robert Cheeke’s Shred It! and  Rich Roll.




I will be posting my specific number in the coming weeks, but to start off, the following are 6 questions I answered for myself from Robert Cheeke’s book, “Shred It! I’m reading now.  Check it out on

#1. What goal do you want to achieve?  Be as specific as possible and find a deep meaning behind it.  I want to follow a vegan diet and lose most of my body fat – meaning I want to be around 10-12% body fat.  I have been trying to lose the same layer of body fat for the past 30 years.  I have run, cycled, life, and swam, eaten MOSTLY a good diet, but always add what I want to eat and never followed any diet strictly.  I make excuses for myself because compared to most people, I don’t really NEED to lose weight.  I have been under 110 lbs. all of my adult life and am tiny by most people’s standards.  But I’m still uncomfortable in my own skin most of the time.  I truly believe that a whole food plant based diet is the best for you, and will help you live the longest disease free, and I want to live that.  I also want to become a Hallelujah Health Minister, yoga instructor and aqua instructor and be a good “leader by example.”

#2.  Why does it matter to you? You can’t just say something like, “to look better.”You have to address the root cause underlying your desires to “look better.” So, why does it really matter to you?

My overarching goal is to live as healthy as possible for as long as possible and to be able to be as active as I age as I am now; to continue to be able to wake up every morning and run 5-8 miles, or swim for 90 minutes, or ride for a few hours, or lift for 90 minutes.  My accident on NYE has really brought this to the forefront.  I know that I am healing more quickly because of my diet and lifestyle (vegan, using essential oils on the wounds)  but this has also really brought  to he forefront the fact that as we age, it takes longer to come back from an injury.  The gains i had made in the gym will take a while  to get back to.  Patience, consistency,  and hard work are the keys!

I also just FEEL BETTER thinner and have a back problem that I believe can be alleviated and even eliminated by a cleaner/vegan whole food plant based diet.

#3. What timeline are you setting for your goal? How did you determine this timeline? How does your reasoning match up with reality, science, and your actual daily schedule?

I am setting a goal of 14 weeks.  I don’t need to lose that much weight – I need to stick to a nutritional program and continue the lifting and cycling that I’ve been doing and increase the running a bit.  It is completely realistic to lose 8 lbs. in 14 weeks, but my goal is not just weight loss – it includes muscle gain and body fat loss.  The research I’ve done says that I can lose 8 lbs. in 14 weeks in a sustainable way.

I already take the time to work out – I just need to keep it up – after my injury is better (I just crashed on my bike and broke my thumb, a rib, and have a bunch of road rash), and refine my diet.  I am an opportunistic eater and will eat “the good stuff” when out, at a party or function, and say I will make up for it later, when that type of eating doesn’t align with my goals or philosophy.

#4. What three actions will you take each day to get you closer to achieving your goal? Be specific and select actions that are truly related to helping you get closer to your dream.

a. Use Shred It! Eat This Much meal plans, the Hallelujah Diet, and FitLauraXO’s videos to keep me on track so that I know what to eat, when to eat, and to NOT eat what I don’t need.

b. I will have a meal plan and grocery list to make sure I have what I need to eat from the plan.

c. I will get up at 4:30 every morning to be at the gym at 5am to complete my body weight exercises, running, weight training, and yoga.  I will continue my cycling plan with my coach to get faster on the bike: LEGS & LUNGS!

d.  100 push ups and 500 crunches every day.

#5. How are you going to measure your accountability?

I will record my progress and journey in my blog.  I will be public about my goals.  I will tell my friends and my husband what I will achieve and I will be transparent with my progress through all the ups and downs.  They will see my commitment to my goals in my body change from one week to the next.    I will follow the Shred It! and Eat This Much programs, drink 3 liters of water a day, eat quality protein, carbs, and fats in each meal.  I will weigh myself daily and record my progress in my journal.  I will record the amount of reps I am able to complete in each workout.

#6. How will your life change as a result of attaining your goal?

My life will be better because I will feel better, be more healthy, stronger, and more confident.  I will prove to myself that I can achieve my goals.


Welcome to The Blue Bandana.  I’m Judi, and I am here to tell stories of adventures.  Life is a grand journey full of excitement and I want to explore it all.   It happens fast and I often forget so much because it goes so quickly and I move on to the next thing before I get a chance to write it all down.  So join me as I travel, cook, eat, design, run, cycle, push myself to the limit.  I am interested in SO MANY things, and I will explore those here also –  everything from poetry, wisdom, love, and beauty in all its forms.  Hop on board!


Crashing New Year’s Eve 2015


Two days into this New Year for all, two days into the New Year’s Eve Crash of 2015 for me.  Michael and I were at the end of our NYE 2 hour 2×20 SST (sweet spot training) cooling down.  I did not see the man carrying a baby in the crosswalk in front of the Lodge;  Michael did.  He slowed down.  I did not.  I hit his wheel, and the next thing I remember is  opening my eyes to a strange man holding my neck in place.  (This man, I later found out, is an ER M.D. propitiously placed at the scene just for me.  Thank you, God!)  Apparently, my helmet clad head made contact with the road, followed by my face, shoulders, then down the rest of the left side of me.  Somewhere along the way my thumb hit hard enough to break the tip.  I don’t remember any of that – I was unconscious for a bit.  The EMTs come and cart me off to Mayo where they perform the requisite CT scans and x-rays, clean me off and staple the cut on my head (4 staples).  Thank goodness at that point in time I had no idea how horrific I look.  Michael did take pictures so I could later see what a mess I was.  He alerted friends and family, Leisha came with clothes and lunch for Michael, and Pop came for support.  Leisha and Pop brought us a car to drive home.  And about 4-5 hours after the doctor and nurses did what they needed to do to make sure I was okay to go home, exhausted, we do.

Highlights of the incident:

  1. Michael dislodging my foot from my handlebars and throwing my bike (I was not awake for this and at this point I still don’t know if IT’S okay);
  2. Michael very sternly telling someone to call 911 NOW (again not awake for this, but I hear he scared that person into it);
  3. A Beaches Velo rider taking care of our bikes for us (not awake for this – ironically the guy who took our bikes to the shop almost ran me off the road the prior Saturday);
  4. Again, the ER doctor who stabilized my neck until the EMTs arrived;
  5. Seeing my precious Michael (he’s really the star of the show here) spent and cold,  wrapped up in a blanket when I came back from x-ray;
  6. Our nurse, Jesse:  I have never felt such tender loving care from any health professional.  I thought she was going to hug me as we left!
  7. Coming home with Michael; nothing makes me feel more loved than his tender loving care of me!

Here is the picture from the day of the crash:


Yeah, epic, right?

Here are more from the next day:

The bruised and broken thumb:


The side view (with a slice of bum):


Closer in on the shoulder ( and a bit more bum):


Staple head:


AND . . . . the face:


Side story: My sister Amy scraped up her face and injured a wrist on Christmas Eve when she fell outside, so we’re now twinkies. She is one week ahead of me and said that her cuts are now mostly healed by keeping Neosporin on them.  I started with that but have now switched to lavender and frankincense essential oils mixed with equal parts coconut oil.  Here is how it looks today close up:

Yesterday I woke up with a VERY swollen face.  Today it’s a bit better!

What I am thankful for:

  1. My sweet Michael taking such good care of me;
  2. NOT having a brain or neck injury – I totally realize that my injuries could have been much more serious!
  3. Family who is there for me;
  4. LIFE.  It’s precious!