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The Dragonfly

Two months ago today I ran into this dude on my porch…

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I have NEVER seen a dragonfly up close and personal before.

To be honest, this dragonfly scared the BLEEP out of me when I accidentally and unexpectedly came face to face with him on my porch.

“It happened to be” the morning that I was to take Mozzie (my cat) to the emergency vet for a sonogram.

I thought for sure the sonogram would show that Mozzie did not have much time left to live, he was skin and bones and miserable.

I told the big man, aka God, don’t mess with me.  You are trying to make me hopeful when I am pretty sure this is the end.  Please do not lie to me.

But still, I looked up the symbolism of the dragonfly when I came in and read this…When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life.

It turns out the “dragonfly” was correct.

And to date, with medicine, my little man Mozzie is OK.

This really was one of those, did that really happen, wow moments.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Listen To Your Heart, Sharpen Your Mind & Pay Attention to Your Body

I was re-inspired to pick up my lifelong learning tendency again.

I’ve been studying audio books again since December 2015, because what else are you supposed to do when you are sitting in 2 hours of daily traffic to and fro work, you know that traffic you are not supposed to be sitting in because that was not part of the hiring agreement .

Sorry I digress, that is a very sore spot for me.

And that was complaining and bitching. hahaha

Anyhow, I have been studying audio book since December 2015.

The topics I have studied include: Inspiration, Spirituality, Health, Fitness, Self-Development, Money and Business.

I have purchased and listened to 47 books.   And some of them I have listened to many times over.

My focus for the last 9 plus months has been on business.

In particular, I have been studying extremely successful WOMEN and really taking heed in what they have to say.

One of the more recent studies was Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office by Lois Frankel.

Boy did she give me a lot to think about.

She totally blew my plans out of the water by making complete sense as to why I will not get to where I want to go on my current path.

In March, I will be turning 46 and I thought I’d be making $100k by that age.

That may sound like a lot of money, unless you live in the DC metro area and you are the sole-provider for your present and future living conditions and you presently rent so your cost of living increase annually.

In my vision, the $100k didn’t necessarily have to come from one source.

I am not lazy and could work on the side doing bookkeeping or so many other things for others.

But with my current job, commute and maybe even industry – that is not possible.

Frankel pointed out that many women earn certificates or degrees while working but cannot move up where they work once they complete their studies because they have been type cast and are only needed for the position they have been hired to fill.

She also shared that the new norm for those who want to move up is to work for a company for three to five years, learn all that you can and do everything you can for them….and move to another company with a higher position.

Gone are the days that you stay somewhere for your working career, unless of course you have made it to the top, then by all means stay and reap what you have sown and enjoy!

I’ve been with my current company, two different times and positions, for a total of five years.

I’ve learned a lot, and I feel like I have given a lot in return.

Now I want more, but not necessarily more in the way of duties.

I keep getting more and new things to do at work and that is awesome!

Slight problem, these additions are on top of what I was already doing.

So.  That is where I am.

My heart says, I want and can do far more.

My mind says, I am open and keep learning.

My body says, girl, you better get me back in shape!  Don’t you know it helps in all areas of life to be fit and attractive?

My broken foot last year and my love for margaritas have totally dorked up my body!

My focus now, due to tax season, is doing the best job possible at work while focusing on body (fitness and health) too.

That is about all I will have time for until all is said and done aka Tax Day Deadline.

And then we shall see what I can do with the rest of 2017.

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The Crush

Holy wow!  I cannot believe so much time has passed since I last posted.

A lot has happened.

My grandmother passed away, the receptionist resigned to pursue a job more in line with her goals and I pretty much did the work of two people to get the firm I work for through the October 15th tax deadline.

Luckily we did find someone rather quickly to become the new receptionist.  But when you are new, there is only so much you can do.  She did catch onto our phone system quickly, and that was a tremendous help!

All of that led me to unknowingly showing up to sign up for classes two days past the start date, so alas – I am not taking classes right now.  I wasn’t able to join late, even though it was only two days.

But, after all I have been through; this is really not such a bad thing.

Such is life.  The classes will be there on the next start date.

Let’s hope I make it there in time! hahaha

Right now I am struggling with a different decision.

Here’s what woke me up Thursday morning….in my dream I was frantically driving my S2000 trying to find my way home after one hell of a day. I drove between what I thought were two narrow construction barriers. But the space kept narrowing and I discovered I was in between two semi trucks. They inched forward four paces – 1. 2. 3. 4. Each time coming closer together and each pace crushed my car more with me very aware what was happening, but the truck drivers didn’t know. I woke up right before the next pace forward which would have sandwich crushed me and my car completely. Um. So not cool that this is the last thing I dreamed before waking up.

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I posted my dream and the picture on Facebook and a couple of friends pointed out, um, I think you have too much stress going on in your life right now.

I looked up the meaning of my dream on Google, which I do if a dream sticks with me so vividly.  For me, it makes sense that dreams consolidate and process information gathered.  It is your brain trying to solve something when the fully conscious mind is at rest.

The meanings I found:

The action of crushing anything in your dream indicates that you are under tension and/or pressure in regard to making an important decision.

If you dream that a part of your body is being crushed, then it suggests that you are being prevented to full express yourself.

I think both of these fit my situation.

I love my job.  And I enjoy the people I work with.

But the commuting is crushing my spirit and pretty much making me an asshole when in traffic.  I now have little patience or tolerance for slow drivers, and I really don’t like being so aggressive.

When I signed on to return to working for my current firm, my two must were: return me to my former salary and during non-tax season allow me to come in early and leave early to avoid traffic.  My main pitch was, I don’t want to spend my life in rush hour traffic.

The sad thing is that I only live 12.5 miles from my job, yet I spend 7 – 7.5 hours a week going to and fro.  That is almost an entire work day’s worth of hours spent commuting each week.  That is depressing.

In the end it didn’t work out well for me to come in early and leave early during non-tax season.  My job is kind of really need to be on-site during business hours kind of job.

Even shifting my hours to coming in an hour later and leaving an hour later still has me with the 7 – 7.5 hours a week going to and fro commute.

I have been doing this for 2 and half years.

So this is where I am now…What do I do from here?

I am still trying to figure it out.

Maybe a less disturbing dream will happen tonight to shed some light on my situation.

Something warm and fuzzy…

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My Bummed Foot. I’ll Take It!

Last Tuesday I ushered in my birthday in a setting that I haven’t been in since my actual birth day, in the presence of a doctor.

I seem to have dorked up my foot.

This is my foot the night before my birthday…

Exhibit A: The Foot

The Foot

My foot got that big both Sunday and Monday night because I was working and it is tax season, which means I have to move around to get stuff done.

I cried myself to sleep both of those nights because it hurt so badly. So badly that at times I seriously thought my foot would explode.

The previous Friday I had gone to my regular doctor and she sent me to the hospital to have x-rays done.

Nothing was found so she told me to rest, ice it, elevate it, and stay off it as much as I could. She also told me to come back in a week if it hadn’t gotten any better.

Fast forward two days later, Sunday night, Exhibit A above, and I would say that things were going downhill fast.

First thing Monday morning I found and made an appointment with a podiatrist. The earliest they could see me was first thing Tuesday morning (aka my birthday).

I went and they did x-rays too. The doctor couldn’t find anything either so he sent me to get an MRI. Although he couldn’t find anything, he saw my foot in all of its glory and knew something was wrong.

They wrapped my foot in a soft cast and ace bandages and put a huge boot on it (which I am still wearing to this day and might have to for the next TWO MONTHS).

Exhibit B: The Boot

The Boot

Tuesday, my birthday, which I keep saying because it is so not fair this was all going down on my birthday, the only good thing about that day was that I was required to stay home and rest.

I had the MRI done Wednesday morning. It showed that I have a break running left to right in my 3rd metatarsal. Check out the diagram.

Exhibit C: The Foot Diagram

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Now. I have never broken anything. And this is slight versus a broken arm or leg or something.

But let me tell you. It still is uncomfortable and really gets in the way of business as usual.

No FitBit challenges. Difficulty driving. Walking funny and dorking up my hip(s) alignment.

And let’s not even talk about how long it takes me to shower or how I have to do yoga in the shower trying to keep my leg dry just to get clean.

It has only been a week and I am done.

Yesterday at work I was having a smoke. Taking a break for a sec. Thinking about how much this sucked and how badly I wanted to be back to normal.

I saw a couple walking into a restaurant.

The man had one of his legs amputated above the knee and was walking with hand crutches.

In that moment in time I told God – I am good. I’ll take me bummed foot and work with it!

So no more complaining for me.

Currently I am inconvenienced.

But this is not permanent.

And for that I am TRULY grateful.


Getting My Healthy On

I am working on getting my healthy on.

I am not a junk food person.

Nor am I a desert person.

My two pitfalls are Starbuck’s No Whip Mocha Fraps and Margaritas.

They are the bookends of my day, my start and my finish.

Guess what?

Drinking one’s calories at the ripe age of 44, um, those calories turn into unwanted pounds, lots and lots of unwanted pounds.

I have a problem with age, or the process of aging.

Sometimes it makes me sad.

I traced back that sadness.

What is that about?

I get sad sometimes because there are some many things I want to do or try in my lifetime.

If I don’t make some changes, well, I might not be capable of doing or trying many things that I would like to do or try.

I have been a pretty consistent dabbler with exercise for a long time.

I am cool with that.

I do want to kick it up a bit and I am working on that area currently, but unless you fuel your body in a healthy way, well, it just doesn’t work out so well the older you become.

I have been listening to two audio books that are helping me get my healthy education on:

  1. The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz
  2. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Dr. Michael Greger

I have also purchased things I have never bought before, some of which I don’t even know what to do with yet.

But they are in my house and that is a first step!

I am also building an in-home gym, a very simple one and I am very excited about it.

So, I am not sad any more, I am on a mission!

Ok, so sometimes I will still get sad because holy crap I am getting a lot closer to being a half a century old (OH SNAP! How the hell did that happen?).

I guess it beats the alternative, but still, kicking it for a half a century, yikes!

Ok, before I scare myself silly let me show you some pictures that make me happy.

 

The beginning of my in-home gym. I will put mirrors up on the wall, buy an exercise trampoline, the basket house weights, a jump rope, my yoga mat & my foam roller. Everyone should own a foam roller!

The beginning of my in-home gym. I will put mirrors up on the wall, buy an exercise trampoline.  The basket houses weights, a jump rope, my yoga mat & my foam roller. Everyone should own a foam roller!  Oh yeah, I am gonna learn how to hula hoop again.  Presently I suck.  Trust me.  It is NOT like riding a bike.  You cannot pick up where you left off some 35 years ago.

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Check out my dinner! Chicken breast, broccoli and cauliflower simmering in onions and vegetable broth. Vegetable broth has now become my new best friend! Of course, this is the before picture. I was way too hungry to take the time to snap an after picture, but trust me, it was smack your mama good. Not that I would want you to really smack your mama, and for the record I have never raised a hand to mine.

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I really need to google – How do I change the settings on my phone so the damn pictures uploads correctly?  Oh well, turn your head sideways – this stuff is the bomb and the closest I will ever come to eating brown rice (don’t like it, yuck).  I made it using my best friend vegetable broth instead of water and it was uber great! I am going to need you to go smack your mama again now cuz this stuff rocks!

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I am glad you still had your head turned sideways. Now I am pretty sure this is not the healthiest version of Quinoa, but it is a start! This is one of those I don’t know what to do with it yet. I’ll figure it out soon.

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Just keep your head tilted sideways, we are almost done. I bought Flax Seeds! Woo hoo! I think I just put them in smoothies and such. Working on it. Haven’t opened the bag yet.

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This will be my Starbuck’s No Whip Mocha Frap replacement here one day soon. As you can see, I dallied a bit and a banana expired in the process. So sad. I think a Starbuck’s No Whip Mocha Frap will help me get over the loss.

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Woo hoo! Points for getting this shot uploaded straight! Now, I am going to have to smack your mama over this one. I have never in my life bought brown shelled eggs. An eggshell in my mind has always been white. And I don’t know what white or brown eggshells mean (another thing to google!), but I went brown this time. These eggs came from chickens who were cage free and ate 100% vegetarian feed with no antibiotics. I usually eat boiled eggs, just the white part. OMG. I have never ever EVER tasted such great eggs. I am going to have to try an omelet or cheese scrambled eggs. These were divine and now I am going 100% cage free healthy happy animals, unless I go vegetarian. But I am not there yet.

And we are done.

Thanks for sticking with me and my sideways pictures!  You might need to tilt your head in the other direction for a while to balance things out.

And no matter your age, get your healthy on too so you can enjoy more things in life for as long as possible.


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

 


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