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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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Look Out Ukrops 10k, Here I Come!

I am pretty excited… I’ll  be joining a group of lovely ladies to participle with in this year’s Ukrop’s 10k on Saturday, April 1st!

It is something I’ve tried to do annually with my girl Janie since 2011.

In 2011, I was 40 and finished the race in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 53 seconds.

In 2012, I was 41 and finished the race in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 46 seconds.

In 2015, yeah I took a couple of years off, I was 43 finished the race in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 55 seconds.

And now in 2017, because last year I broke my foot and I could not participate, I will be 4 days into my 46th year of life and my only goal is…..to complete the race! hahaha

My times might not sound like all of that, but to me they rock.

You see, each time I just up and did 6.2 miles with no training in the middle of tax season and I have remained pretty consistent through the years.

I even get up at the crack of dawn, drive 2+ hours, do the race, have lunch and drive the 2+ hours back.

Now that alone has got to be impressive! hahaha

I am not sure what this year holds due to the extra weight I am carrying courtesy of the previously mentioned broken foot last year, but if I can remain consistent, I will be over the moon!

And even if I cannot, but I at least finish the race, well, I will still be as pleased as punch and proud of myself.

I hope you sign up to do something you think you might not be able to pull off this year too, it does wonders for the soul.

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Oahu Hawaii Here We Come!!

Ok. First things first.

I miss the hour I (read everyone, but I am self-centered in this department) lost when we sprang forward.

So totally down with the fall back version.

It is now 10am on Sunday.

Rats.

I need more down time! hahaha

Second things second.

Yesterday I was to run/walk the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in DC.

Originally it was the marathon to celebrate the end of being 44 and ushering in being 45.

Then I scaled back to a half because I wasn’t honestly training to complete another marathon.

Yes I said another because I have at least completed one marathon in my life time and like to insinuate woo hoo me.

But marathons are no joke.

The training and hours it takes to pull one off plus the marathon itself, yikes.

Now I didn’t bag the half yesterday because I couldn’t physically do it.

Nope. I have been Fitbit racing a 23 year old quite healthy and active young man for the last month.

Although mama lost each time, mama got as close as she could and pushed herself right well.

No. I didn’t do the half because, OMG, what a pain in the butt (read ass) it would have been to get my package and get to the race.

I knew from the start – don’t do this – I don’t like big races in DC because it is too much trouble to get there.

Note to self – listen to that voice that says, um no, pick something else.

I even had a beautiful and kind friend willing to mill around DC for up to 4 hours just to accompany me into DC and get me to the race.

Small problem.

They wouldn’t mail the race items to me.

“Open House” to pick up the race items was Thursday and Friday in DC.

For me, it was a 40 minute trek ONE WAY to leave work to pick up my race stuff and then another 40 minutes to get back to work, um, during tax season.

Not counting how much time it would take to grab my stuff, nor if there was traffic either to or from.

Screw that.

Instead. To usher in my 45th year on this planet, same said beautiful and kind friend and I hiked a pretty tough trail at Great Falls (at least 4 miles)!

We then enjoyed a pretty yummy Mexican lunch and got a mani and pedi.

Plus I got an eyebrow waxed.

SA-WEET and HAPPY ENDING OF 44 TURNING 45 INDEED!

Icing on the cake?

I am headed to Oahu, Hawaii this Christmas with my sister and her family.

Mama is finally gonna get to surf with her niece!!

I have waited 13 years for this event!

Hello love, I have been waiting for you!

So happy and so cool with missing my half now.

45 and surfing in Hawaii baby, SO DAMN COOL!

Happy March People!

Surfer

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When Walking Just Isn’t Cutting It

I started using my FitBit on June 22nd of this year.

I still love it and use it daily!

Check it out.

Week 1 – 20.74 miles

Week 2 – 22.08 miles

Week 3 – 36.56 miles

Week 4 – 32.02 miles

Week 5 – 20.99 miles

Week 6 – 30.62 miles

Week 7 – 22.06 miles

Week 8 – 42.60 miles

Week 9 – 41.81 miles

Week 10 – 30.41 miles

Week 11 -28.13 miles

Week 12 – 24.54 miles

Week 13 – 22.46 miles

Week 14 – 13.61 miles

Week 15 – 25.59 miles

Week 16 – 30.82 miles

Week 17 – 27.74 miles

Week 18 – 23.62 miles

Week 19 – 17.97 miles

Week 20 – 20.21 miles

Week 21 – 22.72 miles

If you notice, my mileage dramatically increased in week 8 to 42.60 miles.

That’s when I starting doing the Work Week hustle challenge with friends to see who could walk the farthest during the work week.

I won the challenge that week and I have been doing that challenge every week since then.

But guess what?

It is official.

I am overweight.

I mean like for real, my BMI says so.

I have never in my life seen the words Lisa and Overweight used in the same sentence.

But last night I saw it on my computer staring back at me and thought ~ Well crap, now it is official!

I already knew and have known that my weight is going the wrong way, but to see *overweight* in print, YIKES.

I am five foot tall according to my doctor’s office.

My healthy weight range is 100 – 115 ibs.

Since junior high school I have always fallen in between 100 and 108.

Only in recent years did I get to 115 ibs, and felt like it was the end of the world.

Facebook has this little thing where it shows you your memories on some days.

Well since 2011 I have complained about getting to 115 ibs and then I get it back down and then getting to 115 and then….you get the picture.

I now realize I would gladly, I mean oh so happily, take 115 ibs!

What the hell rover, I now weigh 138.8 ibs.

Holy smackadoodle!

And it cannot go up from here. It just cannot.

I know this might not be a big deal to others, but to me, when you have been a certain way most of your life and then within a year you manage to put on at least 25 ibs, wow it is life changing.

And not in a good way.

I never thought I could be here.

I mean I never thought it was possible.

Seriously.

Never ever.

But I am, so I have got to work with it.

I signed up for a marathon.

I joined a Ladies Running Group.

I met with them once so far.

I subscribed to Runner’s World so I will get a magazine in the mail every month, and I will feel pretty darn bad if I am not doing anything when I get said magazine in the mail monthly.

They even threw in a calendar and I will look at that every month next year.

Gaining weight and feeling bad about yourself is a vicious cycle.

You want to make changes, you start to make changes, you get discouraged by looking at where you are now and how far you have to go, and then you respond by doing something that isn’t going to help you on your new path but brings you comfort in the moment.

Until the next morning.

I am not good at solo hard training.

I need a group.

Even if it is just a one other person group.

The group I joined has a challenge going on the side similar to The Biggest Loser that runs for the next 14 weeks and we will be incorporating small changes into our life every week that I am pretty excited about.

It is a start.

And hopefully in 14 weeks this count will be lower….

11.14.15 Weigh In 138.8 Ibs

 


I Just Paid $40 for a 6-Pack of Coke!

One of the drawbacks of being single is that you have to fend for yourself when you don’t feel well.

Guess what?

I don’t feel well, and there is no one around to wait on me hand and foot.

Really I only want a Coke.

I don’t get sick that often and I have only called in sick twice in the last year and three months.

Today would be that second time.

I brought it on myself.

Saturday morning I drove down to the Outer Banks with the top down on my Jeep.

It was already down, and I hadn’t tried putting it back up by myself yet, plus I was running late so I just threw on a heavy sweatshirt thinking that would cut it.

Um. No.

I froze my butt off for FIVE hours.

I honestly don’t remember ever being that cold and it was so deep in my bones that when I finally did make it to my mom and step-father’s place, I took a nap totally clothed with two blankets on top of me (and I was still chilly!).

I left at 9am Saturday morning.

It was supposed to get up into the upper 60’s so I thought for sure I wouldn’t be too cold for long.

I was wrong.

I took a nap, went to dinner with them and then promptly went back to sleep for the next nine hours.

I felt really bad. My step-father is a very active guy, and he had planned so many different things we could do – fishing in the ocean, fishing in the sound, walking, bike riding, canoeing, etc.

He even got me a temporary fishing license, hoping that I would want to go fishing because he’s an avid fisherman. (I don’t like fishing because I don’t like seeing the poor little fish with hooks in their mouths.)

Sunday morning I got up early, as did my step-father, and we figured out how to put the top back up on the Jeep. There was no way I was driving back with it down!

He also showed me lots of other stuff about my Jeep, because they have one, so I learned a lot much faster than had I been left to my own devices (aka I only learn stuff about my car when it becomes a need).

I went to Starbucks and then to the beach for a little me time.

In my mind, I was going to sit on the beach for a little while and watch and listen to the waves crash.

The beach is a really nice place to be in the morning before all the people come out, it is so peaceful and awe-inspiring.

Well because of recent hurricanes and storms, there isn’t much beach left!

At least not at the public access that I chose to enter, and what sand was left was wet and not conducive to sitting around and relaxing on.

So I watch some surfers from a deck, took a couple of pics, and then headed home.

When I got home, my step-father and I went for a bike ride.

I always say that I don’t like bike riding but I found out that I was wrong, which is a good thing because we rode around sight seeing for 8 miles.

I was pretty impressed with myself and thought, wow, I really could do a triathlon.

I don’t know that I could physically do one, or that I would be willing to train that hard in three areas for one, but biking is no longer off the table.

That bike ride was about the only time I felt well during my trip, and I told him, it was worth coming down just to do this.

We had lunch, I grabbed a shower, kissed them goodbye and headed over to my OBXFF, who also happens to be their backyard neighbor.

I only stayed 30 minutes, but boy were those 30 minutes packed with happiness and excitement.

My friend is 77 and she is gearing up for our next adventure!

When she turned 70, we went parasailing so we could both check that off of our bucket lists.

Now she wants to try zip lining, and I am all for it because I have never done that before either!

I drove home, went to bed, felt poorly this morning, called in sick, ate breakfast and went back to sleep until 4:30pm.

Here we are at 6:30pm and I just happily paid a delivery guy $40 for a six-pack of Coke.

Oh and some food, but really, I just wanted the Coke.

The moral of the story is be sure to get a boyfriend before you become sick.

No really, the moral of the story is don’t be a dumbass and drove five hours in 50 degree weather with the top down on your vehicle!!

The true moral of the story is, always have Coke on hand because you never know what life will throw you.

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August 21, 2015

FitBit Challenge.

August 21st.

Issued a challenge by a dude who said he was going to smoke us.

5 am start time.

5 miles walked.

This was my morning –

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Time for a Change!

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Good Morning Sunshine!

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After 5 mile walk I ran up these stairs.

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And these.

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And these.

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Oh, and these stairs too.

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And holy hell up these stairs too!!!

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Feeling pretty proud of myself.

I won the challenge.

And haven’t done a darn thing since!

Epic fail.

Four challenges have since passed.

Lost them all.

#CouldYouBeAnymoreLazy

TIME. TO. GET. WITH. THE. PROGRAM.

Again.

May you have a happy and fit-filled week!

That’s what I have on tap.


Be Warned: Selfie Stick User in Training

Holy smack-a-doodle, I own a selfie stick!

I know unbelievable, right?

It is so unbelievable that the 16-year-old girl who sold it to me really did ask – Um, this is for you?

Yeah it is for me, that is how I roll!

And then I couldn’t figure out how to use the damn thing, so into my drawer it went.

Until I busted it out yesterday because I am documenting my daily fitness actions (much to my Facebook friends delights! Read: Um, not really.) as I work on losing 25ibs.

Needing to lose 25ibs sucks.

Being a weight that I have never been before, sucks even more!

But if it doesn’t go down now, it will only go up from here.

Um.  Not an a option.

I can truly sympathize with people who are overweight and working on losing it.

It is extremely frustrating, and can be downright depressing that it takes so long to see the changes you are working so hard to create.

Now, back to my handy-dandy new selfie stick.

I knew exactly what to do with my selfie stick; ask a couple of someones younger than me how to use it. Bingo!!

The fruits of my labor from yesterday…..

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What?! It can only get better from here!

Speaking of fitness, I earned a pretty nifty badge from FitBit yesterday.

250 miles covered thus far!

And I have done that in just under two months.

I am pretty happy and proud of that.

Other great news, I will be working out with a personal training this coming Monday!

I am pretty happy and proud of that too.

But ask me again at 7am on Monday, since I am meeting him at 6am.

I might feel differently AFTER meeting with him! hahaha


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