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

 

 

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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!

Spring is here April 13,2014

An update is in order.
Still no weight loss…talked to the doctor about it this week and she says as long as inches are coming off don’t worry about the scale…so I’m trying to remember that and not worry about that.
That being said…I lost 2 more inches off my body since the last blog.
1 inch off my abs!
1 inch off my hips
1/2 inch off my waist
We are so calling that a win!
Got my 10,000 steps in most every day!
Been working in the garden and can’t wait for some fresh veggies!
I did manage to get off half of my BP meds we are going to call that a win as well.
So all in all it’s been a good few weeks!
Graduation is right around the corner and I am so ready for the next stage of my life to begin!
Gotta get the bike tires pumped up and we can add that to some cardio!gonna be a busy couple of weeks but I am ready to head into things head on!
This is our year….let’s keep on keeping on!

Today’s thoughts….

Yesterday I went to a life screening event at the Beavercreek Country Club. They were doing preventative screenings for heart disease. The whole experience only took an hour and the staff was beyond friendly. I’ll have my results in a few weeks and will have a base line on my heart and arteries.
Why is this important? My mother dies of a massive coronary at 66. If she would have had these tests done earlier then they could have slowed down and possibly even eliminated this from happening.
I gave up soda 2 weeks ago. I haven’t lost any weight yet however the measurements are still getting smaller. I talked with a nurse yesterday and she told me her hubby stopped drinking pop and dropped 40 pounds and didn’t exercise.
I am hoping now that spring is finally hear I can get out and walk. I love to just be out. My bike is ready to go as well!
I have some 5 Ks planned for this year and I want to better my time each one I do. I downloaded the couch to 5k app on my phone. I don’t want to run it but speeding up and slowing down will help with my journey!
School is winding down. 7 more weeks and I will have my associates. May not seem like much to some of you but to me it’s a major milestone accomplishment. Still not sure what I want to do with my knowledge but what ever it is I will be ready!
Taking one moment at a time……