Category Archives: Getting Older

A Shift in Focus

A lot has happened in the last two months.

I withdrew from my accounting certificate classes back in June because I was really behind due to taking care of Mozzie.

A “W” (withdrawal) looks a heck of a lot better on my transcript than an “F.”

I lost the money too.

That was a very hard and an expensive pill to swallow.

The school wasn’t going to refund my money nor transfer me to the next semester of classes due to a cat emergency.

Believe me, I looked into it.

I also spent the following upcoming three classes’ and textbooks worth of money on Mozzie’s care.

The necessary ultra sound alone cost $600.

So poof, my scholastic goals went up in smoke rather quickly.

To be honest, I was mad at myself for even beginning that goal prior to beginning an even more important goal that could change my life.

Mozzie?

He is purrfectly good now and I do not regret spending any money on helping him.

He has IBS and I give him a pill every other day.

Although neither of us enjoys the process, he is doing well and we are dealing.

The more important goal that could change my life was (and is)….my health.

I knew that I knew that I should have made that my focus before taking accounting classes.

I firmly believe that without your health, you have nothing.

I learned that first hand when I broke my foot, an eye-opening experience for me.

First time I had broken something and became somewhat immobilized.

Yet I put my hopes of excelling at work and finally making six figures ahead of everything else.

Wrong move.

I am administrative.

There are tons of accountants on staff and new ones coming on board with far more knowledge and that have time in than I could ever hope to have…so my health really should have been my first priority.

Now by default, it is.

A blessing in disguise if you will.

As of this last Monday, I started a 90 day fitness program by Jillian Michael AND I have an accountability partner.

We check in daily.

I also signed up for the Hello Fresh food delivery service.

Simple recipes to cook and the food and recipes are delivered to my front doorstep.

I am finally going to learn how to cook!

Hello. Fresh.

I tried this set up once before with Blue Apron.

But the recipes, although really good, were a little bit too fancy for me so it did not last long.

Check out Hello Fresh.

Now this is simple cooking in my book!

 

My last physical with my doc was SO not good.

It was the worst one that I have had in my life to date.

My doctor said – what (the hell, she wanted to say but did not) has changed in the last 3 years????

You went from 115 to 130 to 150 in three years.

Now things really need to change and go the other way.

Beyond my broken foot that took me from 130 to 150, all I could come up with for her was….

Um, my commute and stress and being less physical due to less time and energy.

As she pointed out…I am in control of me.

Not only that, but I am responsible for me.

My health really should be ultra important because without it, um, nothing else matters.

In order to get myself back on track, I realized that I must make the following changes – diet and exercise.

Now.  I have a dedicated accountability partner in place who wants what I want, both for herself, as well as for me.

I really hope that I am only half way done with my time here on earth.

That being the case, it is time that I take my foot out of the grave and begin living life so I can look back one day and say –

I did well, I am happy and holy smack am I hot!

I would not be me without that last comment.

Just sayin’.

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My wish – health for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Go Ahead. Make My Day. Card Me.

Friday I bought a pack of cigarettes.  Not smart, I know.

The clerk was ringing me up.  She was ready to hit the final key that would prompt me to insert my card for payment, when she stopped.

She looked at me funny and said – I have carded you before, right?  You are old enough to buy cigarettes, right?

I assured her, that although my actions weren’t all that smart, I was indeed old enough to purchase cigarettes.

She was relieved and said – Oh good.  I certainly did not want to sell to someone who was underage.

Yesterday I went to the ABC store and bought a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila.

Again, prior to hitting the final key to prompt me for payment, this clerk also asked – You are old enough to make this purchase, right?

Once again, I assured her that I was more than old enough to make the purchase and she too was thankful that she wasn’t selling to someone who was underage.

I mean, who hit the jackpot?  Um, me.  Within 72 hours I was “carded” twice!

Granted, I obviously am not all that bright based on my purchases, but I must still look young.

Now before you try to rain on my parade by pointing out that there are signs posted stating….

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We Reserve the Right

I’ll take it!

After all, I am pushing 46.  So to be mistaken for a 30ish year old…I am good with that.

I mean like I am really, really, really good with that.

That is all I’ve got.

It is my birthday month so I figure I should really enjoy the gifts each day holds.

Plus, as I told my dad last night – I need to relish this because, um, it cannot go on for very much longer! hahaha

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Hello 43 Turning 44

This morning I woke up and said – Happy Birthday.

And then I said – ooooooow!

Can we say effin’ sore?

Yes we can, and we just did!

I am going to need to soak in a hot bath before I go into work.

Yes I said go into work on a Sunday, and on a Sunday which also happens to be my birthday.

Having yesterday off was such a wonderful gift!

What did I do with my first day off in a while?

I drove down to Richmond and did a 10k. No biggie. hahaha

It is something that I like to do with a great friend I have known since 1994.

Wow, that’s 21 years.

WOW, that REALLY sucks!

Not the 21-year-old friendship, no, I am talking about the 21 years that have passed!!!!! Damn.

Any who, back to the positive news.

I have done the Ukrops 10k with her 3 times. This was the first time we stuck together because neither of us had the time of day to train.

She is usually a good 5-7 minutes faster than me.  But she is also younger than me and I smoke….hey, I am just trying to find reason to make my ego feel better.

Anyway, here is what I have managed to pull off in the past with a I just wanna complete this as best as I can but I am not competitive nor will I kill myself trying to get across the finish line mentality:

2011 – Age 40 – 1 hr 15 min 53 sec

2012 – Age 41 – 1 hr 15 min 46 sec

And yesterday, in the extreme bitter cold (I think that was one of the coldest races I have ever done and I must say – I AM NOT A FAN!!!):

2015 – one day shy of 44 – 1 hr 22 min 55 sec

It took me 7 minutes longer this year with z-e-r-o training.

Well I did get on the treadmill once, which obviously didn’t help much! hahaha

I also have been working 7 days a week for the last 3 ½ to 4 weeks, and many of those days have been 12 to 13 hours…..so, I am cutting this old lady some slack even if you don’t, and again I am just trying to soothe my ego.

Here are my stats from yesterday and they are pretty damn decent for a non-training, hard-working, had to drive 2hrs to get there old bird like me….

Overall Results

Time: 1:22:55

Place: 17730

Finishers: 26401

Age Group Results

Group: 43

Place: 893

Finishers: 1691

Gender Results

Gender: F

Place: 9424

Finishers: 16029

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today I am 44, and I cannot walk. At least not normally.

And next year……I am going to do the 10k in 1 hr and 10 min and be skipping down the road afterwards!!

Mark. My. Words.

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OMFG! When Is Winter Leaving?

I don’t know how the winter is going in your neck of the woods, but in mine, Holy Cow winter needs to move right along now!

As in goodbye, adios, see you later!!

Thursday our area was hit with snow, like an all day freakin’ snow.

And yes it is pretty, and it does seem to quiet life down for a little while.

Unless you are a newscaster, weather person, or snowplower, and then you are pulling 18+ hour shifts.

But hey, you signed up for that, I didn’t.

I really dislike snow when it happens during the work week.

And no, I am not clambering to get to work for the joy of it, although I do enjoy my job.

Tax season is underway, and it makes life a whole lot easier when I can get to and from work easily without fear, worry or concern.

Who needs that kind of stress on top of tax season stress?

Well it snowed so much on Thursday that I had to take a co-worker’s offer up to pick me up Friday morning.

I really didn’t want to, but only because picking me up was 50 minutes out of his way.

We agreed that he would pick me up at 7:45am since we were aiming to get to work by 8:45am, when the office opened.

Well along his travels I kept getting updated timetables – make that I’ll be to your place by 8am, then 8:15am and then….it keeping going until I received the final message at 9:02am….I should be there in 8 minutes.

That was my cue to tie things up and go wait for him outside.

And I waited and I waited, all the while freezing my ass off.

Seriously, my fingers went numb.

He texted me and said – Ok, I am sitting outside the leasing office here at blah, blah, blah Drive. Where are you?

Me – Um, I am freezing my ass off at blah, blah, blah CIRCLE!! You know, the address I sent you last night?!

Ok, so I wasn’t that rude, but I did tell him, um it’s blah, blah, blah CIRCLE.

And I did really say, dude I am freezing my ass off!! hahaha

While waiting during my 1 hour and 15 minute delayed pick up, I did do something productive.

I played with my cell phone trying to get a good selfie.

I don’t know how people can take good selfies.

I have been trying forever.

I would just like a few good pics of myself to freeze this point in time, no pun intended, so when I am 105 I can remember that once upon a time, sometimes, I had it going on!

I’d prefer to capture it in a selfie because I don’t want to have to go up to co-workers, friends and family and say, hey do mind taking a picture of me? Why? Um, just because. hahaha

So I think I finally captured a good pic or two that I will share in a moment.

Because first, I want to share with you something else that I discovered by way of mistake, as in I hit something on my computer and taa daa, I had a slide show of all the pictures I have taken over the years.

That was pretty cool.

And here is how good I am with discovering stuff, because for some reason as of late I am getting pretty darn good at it with anything that has to do with technology.

I noticed a small crescent looking moon symbol on my iPhone and thought, uh oh.

What if I pressed something that is charging me through the nose for something that I am not even using? What the hell does that thingy mean and why is it on my phone???

So I took my phone to the expert in the office, the 23-year-old receptionist and said, Help!!

Easy peasy she took my phone fixed it and said, You had your Do Not Disturb on.

Greaaaat. I’d be missing calls and texts (cuz now I am so hip and happening that I finally text), and be none the wiser if I hadn’t noticed that something on my screen looks a tiny weeny bit different.

So the moral of the story is…I accidently touch things on technical items and learn something new every day usually by SURPRISE!!!

Now back to the slide show because this was a very good surprise.

I am aging very nicely.

And by this I mean, slowly.

Thank God!

Check out my discovery, and if you don’t agree, keep it to yourself and don’t burst my bubble! hahaha

An old lady has got to have a dream!!

Speaking of which, later this month I am turning 44.

And I am cool with that until I think….Holy Bleeping Hell!!!! I am only 6 years and a few days away from turning the Big 5.0.

That is just too much to handle so back to my slowly aging dream that keeps me grounding in the I am not 50 yet baby(!!!):

Hello

  Me.  2005/2006.

Me 2012

Me. 2012.

2014 me

Me. 2014.

And me, 9 to 10 years after the first picture….

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My last thoughts on this winter and freezing my ass off yesterday, which obviously I did or I wouldn’t keep repeating it!

Well, it wasn’t so bad now that I can see just how much (as in not much at all) I have changed over the last 10 years.

Thank you Old Man Winter.

Now get the hell out!!! hahahaha


Just Say No!

Last Friday I had my physical and a pap done at the same time by the same doctor.

A two for one special if you will that left me feeling pretty darn efficient knocking it all out in one visit!

This is the first time I have met with this doctor and she is awesome.

She was very thorough and spent a long time talking to me because I came armed with a notepad and lots of questions.

I asked her about my alcohol intake.

I used to drink a glass of red wine each night for a long time.

Then in the last couple of years I switched to margaritas.

Probably because my brother-in-law taught me how to make them, and to make them really well, hello new best friend!

I have one a night, maybe two every now and again.

But I also exercise and eat fairly well.

But I also smoke, which we will talk about later.

She asked me – Do you ever have six drinks in that time of drinking?

I said – Hell no!  I’d end up dead on the floor.

She said – Then we don’t have a problem.

My question stemmed from not knowing how alcohol dorks up your liver and kidneys in your forties, and I’d like to keep those as good as I can since currently I still smoke.

Which led me to my next question – Do doctors smoke?

I have been dying to ask that question forever!

I mean they are human, right?  And some of them, even knowing how harmful it is, have to smoke.

To which she reply – Yes some doctors do smoke, even though they have more information than you would ever want to know about the harmful effects of smoking.  Doctors are human and each of us probably do different things that we know aren’t in our best interest.

I knew it!

Next I asked her to check a mole on my back that I have had every doctor since the beginning of time check, and it is still just a plain ole little mole that is doing no harm.

Then I asked her about birth control.

I am not currently on it, but then again I am not having sex, so all is well.

But I would like to be in a relationship and when that relationship rolls around, I’d like to be able to have safe sex – as in I have made it this far and momma doesn’t want no babies!

Unfortunately, again because I smoke, I cannot go on birth control when that relationship does roll around.

When you are in your forties and you smoke, you cannot take birth control due to the risk of having a stroke.

She then shared something that really alarmed me!

She said – Do you know who the most unexpected pregnancies happen too?

Me – No.

Her – Teenagers and women in their forties.

HOLY SNAP!

She said – Women in their forties think they are safe and cannot get pregnant.

To which I replied – I have spent so long trying NOT to get pregnant that my brain will still be programmed that way when I am 80!

Now she has put the fear of God in me, more than the fear she reignited about the smoking cuz she spent 10 whole minutes talking to me about that.

The good news is I can go on birth control the minute I stop smoking.

So there is a chance for a win-win here.

But for now, unless my future relationship dude is fixed, I am just saying no because of the fear of this:

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And it would totally suck if I made it this far in life and then….well, let’s just not go there! hahaha


Summer Lovin’

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Move it or lose it.

As the years add up, this becomes more and more true. hahaha

I have yet to pull off the making of a great summer body during the winter.

At least not in a long time.

But that doesn’t keep me from trying.


Let 2015 Be The Year…

Health is everything.

I think I heard that on an infomercial once as I was clicking through the channels on my TV.

I stopped long enough to really think about that statement, and then I got up and I wrote it down.

Health is everything.

I can attest to that.

Over the last five years I have struggled with depression and anxiety.

I don’t know if that is because it could be hereditary and hit me later in life, or if it is my response to the many trials and tribulations that I have experienced over the last five years, that in my book, have been far worse than anything else I have ever experienced in my life.

I guess it doesn’t matter why, but I can tell you this, depression and anxiety, wow, such not a great way to live.

It sucks and it is scary.

That brings me back to health, on all levels, truly is everything.

And sometimes it takes a rude wakeup call for us to realize that truth.

Also if you are like me and getting older, everyday is like an ah ha, and not in a good way. hahaha

I didn’t make any resolutions this year.

But I do want to continue to work on something that I have been working on for a long time in different ways…..my body and my health.

I encourage you to do the same.

I’d like to close with a statement the yoga studio that I plan on frequenting more often in 2015 put out as incentive…Let 2015 be the year you find your body and find your spark!

Those will be my bookends for 2015.  Health is everything and Let 2015 be the year you find your body and find your spark!

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