Saturday, January 23, 2016

A snowy Saturday in the South

Ahhh here we are---January 23, 2016 and about 5 inches of snow on the ground.  Bug was diagnosed with strep throat on Thursday, so yesterday we just ended up hanging out at the house.  My boss' are amazing, and called me and said with her being sick and the impending weather (the snow didn't start until about 11 a.m.) for me just to stay home.  Bug slept most of the morning, and since I didn't get much sleep Thursday night checking on her, I napped, too.  Tucker (our 11 month old cockapoo) decided it was as good a time as any to take a nap with Mommy and Sissy so he did.   I did let her bundle up and go out to the snow with Tucker, and they stayed about 5 minutes.  She is now laying on her bed watching videos on Youtube.  The Hubs had to go to work this morning....sometimes you gotta do what you don't want to.  At least his direction of travel is a direct shot unlike the hills he used to have to travel.  I've cooked breakfast, scrolled through Facebook, and watched Food Network. Such an exciting Saturday!  I'm not a fan of being out in the snow...I prefer to look at it through the window which is exactly what I'm doing.

I did see a cardinal this came and perched on the porch railing.  It wasn't the normal solid red like you normally see....this one had some gray and black on it.  It was beautiful.  I have heard that a cardinal is a loved one that has passed coming by to say hello.  So when I saw it I smiled, said hello, Tucker barked, and it flew away.

Update on weight loss:  I lost 3.4 lbs this last week which makes a total of 41.1 lbs since August.  I still have a way to go, but I'm happy where I am at the moment.


Friday, January 8, 2016

It's been a while....

It's been almost 2 years since I've written on this blog.  It seems that I had gotten sidetracked (haha) and let the blog slip away. In fact, it's been almost that long since I've even read past blog posts.   But I did go back recently and re-read some.  It's surprising how many times I have been on a weight loss journey only to give up and go back to old habits.  Well....not this time.  I'm about 40 lbs down from the highest weight I can ever remember seeing.  I'm not at a point where I want to share that number, but just know I don't ever plan on going back there.   I joined a great group of folks in this weight loss competition called Lose to Win.  The session I was in was the 14th session....13 had passed and I didn't join them.  13 past sessions where I could have been well on my way (I almost typed weigh lol) to a healthier me.   But I let them slip by.  I told the director that I wish I had done this sooner, and I honestly do, but I don't think I would have had the success.  Something clicked before I ever signed up for it, and I knew THIS WAS MY TIME.  I can't explain what happened, because I really don't know.  But it did and now I am on my way to a healthier me.  It's about time.  I mean I have a gorgeous daughter and awesome (although sometimes frustrating) husband that I love with all that I have and they both deserve to have the best version of me.   So, I'm on a journey.  A journey that will be full of ups and downs and tears and laughter and highs and lows.  But I'm ready for the 2nd leg of my journey.   In the first, I saw a weight (and am seeing now) that I have not seen in 7 years.  I have completed 2 5ks.  The first one I thought I wasn't ever going to finish, but I did.  The second I shaved about 20 minutes off my time.  I also completed a 2 mile walk for Alzheimer's.   In this 2nd leg, I have plans to do 3 more 5ks in the Spring.  The Alzheimer's walk is in September, and that is on my calendar, too.

Let me tell you why I want to walk for Alzheimer's.  It's such an ugly disease, and it slowly stole a person that I had loved and trusted my entire life from me and her entire family.  My grandma was a spitfire.  She was the hardest working woman I have ever known.  She loved as best as she knew how, and was always wanting to feed you.  In February of 2011, her battle with Alzheimer's ended and she became fully healed from that awful disease.  Finding a cure for this will not help her (her cure came from God when He welcomed her home), but could help many others.  It's awful.  That disease ultimately stole her from us.  It stole her from my daughter and my nephews, and from my soon to be born baby niece.  It stole her from my mom, me, my brother and sister.  There has to be a cure, and I believe one day there will be one.

I'm all over the place with thoughts....I think I'll wrap this up tonight.  Maybe tomorrow there will be more.