Been a little while

Sorry for being away so long.  Life has a way of getting in the way of taking a few minutes and regrouping….yeah know.

Anyway…Life is good.  My business is picking up which is a good thing :0)

The weight loss journey has had it ups and downs but I do have this to share:

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In January these were tight and now I can say that I am down pretty much 4 pants sizes.  Scale hasn’t changed much but when I saw this picture it gave me the faith to keep on keeping on.  People tell me all the time that it looks like I am dropping weight….Now I believe them!

Still struggling to give up pop.  Need to work at that a little harder.  More water.  More exercise.  Its almost the cold months so Hopefully I can get back in the grind of things!

Anyway thanks for stopping in!

Ohiophotogrl

End of 2014

Wow what a year.

I received my college degree in May! Never really saw that happening!  Wooop Wooop!

Got to see Sanibell Island. Got to see my first in the wild alligator. He was a pretty quick fella!

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Then there was the Scotty Convention….Where I got to spend some time with some of the Duck Dynasty cast!

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I am truly blessed to have so many people in my life to help me on my journey.

I dropped 14.75 inches off my body in 2014.  Never to be seen again.  I don’t own a scale so that update will come in Feb when I go back to the doctor.

Thank you for being a part of my blogging life.  I have enjoyed sharing stories with you and hearing your comments.  Ive enjoyed getting to know you along the way as well.

Here is to a 2015 that is full of dreams fulfilled and love beyond our imagination. See you next year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

LOVE,

OHIOPHOTOGRL

 

Mystery…..

What an interesting word, mystery. This one took me some time to think about. This picture makes me wonder what she is wishing with her magic dust…

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Then there is this shot….

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Makes me wonder one….where does this path lead and secondly…..I wonder what kind of conversations happen on these benches.
But lastly I wonder what they are dreaming of…

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There is the true mystery!

May 6, 2014 Turn the page….

What a week it has been….I saw the Indigo Girls with The Columbus Philharmonic…from the 3rd row.

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They were amazing!  Then there was one of my favorite Christmas presents…Tickets to see CHER! Not third row but still good seats.  Not bad for a cell phone shot I think….

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Then I saw a group called Black Violin.  If you haven’t heard them google them or check out youtube.  they have Facebook, twitter and Instagram.  They were amazing.

Better then I could have hoped.

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Busy busy…..

Then there was graduation….what a busy day that was.

However it was worth it.

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Another dream fulfilled.  I am truly blessed.  I’m the one with the thumbs up :0)

As I sat with my classmates and I looked around I wondered if everyone was thinking the something. Now what?  I know I am looking forward to reading a book that does not include a quiz the next day or a comprehensive exam attached to it at the end 🙂  I am looking forward to a little R&R before I have to figure anything out.  I hope to work on my photography this summer and to get my house in order.  I have neglected it just a little bit.  I want to work on me.  To be the me that I am intended to be.  Who Am I here is a poem that has helped me out a lot along my journey…..

I AM ME – POEM by VIRGINIA SATIR

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it
– I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know–
but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new for that which I discarded.
I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am Okay.

Here is to the next chapter of my life and to being me.  If you dream it you can be it!

 

Hugs,

Ohiophotogrl

 

 

closer and closer….

Boy the last week seems like it flew right on by….

Two exams left and my Associates Degree in Communication will be finished.  I just can not believe that I really did it.  It helps when you have a great support group and I surely do!  From texts, to pep talks, to a good kick in the pants from time to time…..It has taken a village to get this girl where she is now.  

Picked up the cap and gown today.  It is out of the bag and hanging up…..I don’t look good in wrinkles :0)

Speaking of looking good I measured on Sunday.  I am now 11.25 inches off of my body science the beginning of March.  4 pounds all together but my clothes show a different story.  I believe that I told you all in my last blog that my doc told me to throw the scale in the trash.  I figure when I go back to her in June I’ll weigh in then.

Still walking and enjoying that.  Bought a air pump for my tires for the bike.  Can’t wait to check out the trails near my house.

I feel like my dreams are finally happening and it all started with me getting my own head wrapped around the fact that I am good enough.  I am smart and I can achieve anything I set my mind to.

With that said I am off to study for finals.  Wish me luck.  I’ll tell you all about graduation soon!

It it almost done

As I have been putting together my last papers for College I have been reminded time and time again that life is to short to not take a minute and reflect on how far I have come in my life.  I am getting ready to Graduate College, something I did not think I could do after being out of high school for so long.  I have a family that supports me in everything that I do. Wish everyone had that :0)

I wish I could share this with my mother.  She passed many years back and I know how very proud she would be of me following thru and walking across the stage to get my diploma.  She will be looking down along with some of her friends and I will feel her wonderful smile and I will have a great peace knowing that.

On another note I am back to walking again.  I did come off half of my BP meds due to exercise.  You gotta love that. Doc thinks that I will be off more meds in 6 months if I lee this up.  I am all for that.  I still haven’t lost weight but I have seen more inches off my body.  She told me to throw the scale in the trash.  I am taking the one I bought back.  She is right if my clothes fit looser then I am doing something right.  We did decide that my body may think it is starving tis self so I am eating a bit more.  That seems to be helping as well.  My body needs more than 1500 calories.  Not many more but a bit.  I am also cutting out some carbs.  That should help too.  Still laying off the three pops a day and having maybe one a week and not a whole one :0)

I am ready for this last cram week to be over.  Exams next week and then next Sunday is graduation.  Then on to a new chapter in my life.  Bring it!

April 1,2014 changes

As I sit here in the cafe at school I am reminded of all the time spent here trying to figure out geology, psychology, different communication classes. I look at the faces around me and I see future teachers, nurses, business owners and many more opportunities for these bright minds. The best part is that the people here are working on there dreams. Just like me. In 5 short weeks I will hear my name called as I walk across the stage to receive my diploma. Yes it may have taken me longer then the kid in front of me but that’s ok. I did this for me. What am I going to be when I grow up? Who knows….but I have more tools now to work with and my possibilities are endless.
With that said….still only a few sips of pop in the last 4 wks and I’ve started walking a few times a day to get my step count up. So I am doing am over all change. Change your mind change your body. Again doing this all for me!
Last week I dropped 1.75 inches off my body. Haven’t weighed myself yet but the clothes are getting much looser :0) stayed under calorie counts almost all the time :0) go me!
To all of you thinking your too old to change or you can’t do something….stop it because you can.
Have a great day!

Back On The Wagon

​Today I decided that I am ready to get back on track once again. Ready to put my best foot forward and get healthier. I am tired of taking meds that I am sure I would not need if I would learn to control my calories and lose some weight. I am ready to be held accountable for this as well.

I am going to start measuring in the a.m. And get this whole process started again. I am going to start the gym again. I feel so much better if I can at least walk for 30 minutes very other day. I need to do this for me. To do this so I am around for the long hall, I deserve this.​

im going to post so you can keep my accountable. I’ve downloaded a few apps to help me see progress. I start being better ​to me starting right now!

Who is with me?​

BIRTHDAY MONTH

As the stars would have it November is birthday month for me. So far it has been a good month. I have got to celebrate a friends bday with Waffle House, I have gotten to finish up some loose ends and school is going well.
I got published in the school newspaper. That was a great way to start bday month. I met with an academic advisor to find out that I can graduate this spring! OMG I will finally have a college degree! 2 classes and a capstone to go!
We are finally settling into the new place. No stairs! Life is good.
The life change is still working. the scale has shown no change but the inches are falling off. I have lost 7.75 inches off my body so I am calling that a big win! Love my Fitbit. not walking as much s I use to but still the data I get rocks!
I feel like life is falling into place. Its good and scary all at the same time. So I will remember to breath and be thankful for all that I have. Not just now but everyday.
another chapter in my life is coming to a close but I am looking forward to turning that page to see what will happen next.

3+ months is a long time

Where do I even begin…
I took the summer off to work on a new house. Yep I am moving again. God works in mysterious ways. Life is good.
School started last week. Going to be an inserting semester. Really a writing intense time and I am good with that my brain needs a challenge and I am up for that challenge.
I was looking thru the school newspaper and my name is there. I made the deans list last semester! So life is getting on track. Thank God!
So what do I want to accomplish the next month.
I want to be moved in by the end of Sept.
Going to keep my grades up and try to stay ahead of the game.
Get on a schedule
Try out my listening skills.
Read the paper every Sunday
Look for a internship
Ride my bike more
Learn to just be
That’s a good start. What will happen…..we will see!
Stay tuned!