Friday, June 22, 2012

Five Things About Me

I'm left handed

I've worn glasses since the age of 6 years old

I don't like sleeping with a top sheet

I've never been to the beach but it's on my bucket list

I've not had soda since the day I graduated high school which was back in 2004

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for stumbling upon a website called MyFitnessPal  this website has been an amazing lifesaver. I joined the site May 21 2011 weighing in at 225 lbs. Going forward from that day until now I am now at 204 lbs. That is total of 21 lbs lost which might seem little to some but for me is a great achievement. I am like many people out one of those who struggles with losing weight and with finding the motivation to lose the weight. I do realize a big part of it is internal and finding the strength inside, the drive, and the determination to do it and help yourself.

However, another big part of it is having support. This site has given me that. I've met a wonderful group of people who I am proud to call my friends who are going through this same journey as me. We support each other, laugh with each other, cry, scream, and everything in between. Having the support and the push they can give when times get rough really does help. It's nice knowing that the journey is not being made alone but rather is being made by people who are stepping along the same stones trying to lose weight and get healthy.

To my friends on MFP this Thursday I say Thank you. I'd not be where I am today without your support, your love, and friendship. I raise my glass of water to you. You all are the best!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time keeps on ticking ticking..

There's 24 hours in the day. Realistically, 8 hours of that is spent asleep and 8 hours of that is spent at work. That's a grand total of 16 hours. So, where's the rest of the time going? What am I doing with my time? Am I using it wisely to my fullest advantage or am I letting little moments pass on by? If I am letting little moment pass me by then surely I can find something to fit into those time slots.

Right now, my schedule looks a bit like this during the week when I'm scheduled to work.

5:30 am - Wake up / Feed Leo and give him attention

6:30 am -7:00 am  - Breakfast

7 am -10:45 am  - Social sites/emails/ blog reading / Time with Leo

10:45 am - 7:15 pm - Work

7:15 pm -8:00 pm - Dinner / Time with Leo

8 pm - 9:30 pm - Social sites/emails/blog reading

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Get ready for sleep / Make sure Leo has food and water for the night while asleep

10:00 pm - 5:30 am - Sleep

Okay, so let's take a look at the above. I'm okay with waking up at 5:30 am each morning and breakfast is at a good time but what in the world am I spending so much time on the internet for before work? I could be doing other things for myself like reading a book, taking a walk outside, or just enjoying being "unplugged' from technology.

It probably isn't healthy to be spending so much time on the internet. That's 3 hours and 45 minutes that I'm sitting either on my chair or the bed when I could be doing other things. I'm thinking I can definitely cut that down to 1 hr and 30 minutes to 2 hours. That would give me some more personal time to myself in the mornings before having to start work.

Work - I can't control the schedule they give me. So I'm stuck with it until the schedule bids come out. The evening internet time isn't so bad and neither is the getting ready for sleep and spending my time with Leo.

The weekend day that I work is an early shift and that weekend day is a Saturday.

That schedule looks like this.

5:30 am - Wake up / Feed Leo and give him attention

6:00 am - 7:00 am Breakfast

7:00 am - 7:45 am - Social sites / emails / blog reading / Time with Leo

7:45 am - 4:15 pm - Work

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Social sites / emails / blog reading / Time with Leo

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  - Dinner

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm ? ? ?

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Get ready for sleep / Make sure Leo has food and water for the night while asleep

10:00 pm - 5:30 am - Sleep

So what the heck on a Saturday between 6:30  pm to 9 pm am I doing? That's three hours there that I can't even account for. So again, that's a little moment slipping by that I could be filling with me time. Also, the 4:30 pm -6:00 pm slot can also definitely be cut down on internet time as well.

Days off are Sunday and Tuesday. I don't have a set schedule or plan on those days. Those days are more of a go with the flow and see how things play out.

I can see it is definitely time to revamp some priorities here with the time that keeps on ticking ticking by.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for the birds song that I've woken to each morning that I've been here at my parents house. With the windows open and the breeze blowing in their melody of different pitches puts a smile on my face. I don't know what kind of birds they are but I am thankful I get to hear them again. That is one of the things I did miss when I moved away. Nature just isn't the same when you live in the city. Living out in the country there is a much bigger appreciation for it.

So, to the birds outside, I say Thank You for gracing me with your beautiful songs in the morning and throughout the day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

"The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks." ~ Fred Beck

Monday, June 11, 2012


Three weeks ago yesterday I moved back to my parents. Last night was the first night I cried myself to sleep.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Slices of Happiness

A list of things that make me smile or make me happy. No order to the list and not complete.

1. Looking at leaves changing colors.

2. Sunshine.

3. Taking a walk.

4. Watching the raindrops on windows.

5. Collecting turtles.

6. Candles burning.

7. Writing.

8. Collecting journals.

9. Taking pictures.

10. Helping other people.

11. Giving advice.

12. The smell of magnolia blossoms.

13. Studying people and their interaction with others and the environment.

14. Cooking.

15. The smell of honeysuckle.

16. Cerulean blue.

17. Laughter.

18. A smile.

19. Jade green.

20. The smell of bread baking.

21. Companionship.

22. Friendship.

23. Swinging on a swing.

24. Railroad tracks.

25. Moonlight.

26. Piano playing.

27. Acoustic guitar playing.

28. Violin playing.

29. Good movies

30. Music.

31. Dancing

32. Holding hands.

33. Strawberries.

34. Tanzanite.

35. Long slow kisses.

36. Jokes.

37. Hugs.

38. Butterflies.

39. Dragonflies.

40. Wildflowers.

41. Oleander.

42. Oval wedding cakes.

43. Pretty wedding dresses.

44. Monkeys.

45. Penguins.

46. Soft blankets.

47. My cat

48. Pictures of the beach/ocean

Friday, June 8, 2012

A gift to myself

When I've got the money needed I plan to make this purchase.
I thought that it was appropriate for the time and transition in my life and I really think it is a beautiful piece of jewelery. It'll be ordered from Lavender Fields Online

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday will now be a Thankful Thursday on this blog.

This Thursday I am thankful for the love and support of all my friends during this transition time. I don't know where I'd be without all of you. It means a lot to know you're here if I need somebody to listen.

Thank you all. Much love to everyone. xx

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The beginning of a bucket list

Be able to support myself financially and be able to provide for myself and for Leo
Pay off my credit cards
Start a savings account
Own my own house
Visit a beach, see the ocean
Make a difference in at least one person's life
Get my turtle tattoo
Write and publish a book
See the northern lights in Alaska and listen to wolves howl
Learn and practice yoga
Visit an amusement park and ride a roller coaster
Visit as many states as possible as time allows
Go to a foreign country 
Love myself including all the minor imperfections that I have no control over.
Understand that happiness is a state of mind. It changes like the tides of the ocean.
Realize that in order to be happy in life I have to be happy even if everybody else  around me is miserable.
 Do not let others opinion reflect how I feel about what I want out of life.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

I Am Not Afraid

I am not afraid of storms,
for I am learning how
to sail my ship

~Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)