What now…

So I have caught some kinda cold :0(  Pretty sure my sister gave it to me over Christmas.  So as I have been in a cough syrup funk the last few days, I have been thinking to myself, where do I want this blog to go.  I am a photographer yes and I am working on a website for that.  I have my muses website (www.mrpsadventures.com), but what about this one.  So this one will be a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Some of you will dig it, some of you won’t. That OK!

As the year comes to an end I am grateful for all I have learned from your comments and from reading your blogs as well. On the first I am going to list my goals for this next year and with your help I can put a big dent in making them a reality.

I have started an accountability group on Facebook.  Some past coworkers, high school buddy’s, friends and I are helping one another stay on track.  It has been a blessing being able to be a light at the end of the tunnel.  We aren’t perfect, you know that and so do I.  Sometimes we just need someone to say that s ok you can start again tomorrow. That what we all need.I am really looking forward to seeing where this leads us all.

Thanks for being a part of my blog!  Thanks for reading, commenting, following!

You never know what will happen next!

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Everyone has that one gift they always remember

Growing up I only remember my mother wearing 3 different pair of shoes.  Dress shoes on Sunday, crappy shoes that she had forever to do lawn work in, and loafers.

Up until the year she passed away my father would go out the week before Christmas and go buy her the same pair of shoes….EVERY YEAR.  He would go into Elder Beerman and walk up to the shoe counter and get the same size 8.5 pair of shoes.

On Christmas there would always be a shoe box wrapped by him and she would say….I wonder what is in this box.

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As you can see it was her favorite gift….lol  Now that I am older I am pretty sure it was her fav because my dad went out and bought it himself.  Every time I see a pair of loafers I am reminded of the many years of mom unwrapping the loafers and always acted like she had no idea what was in the box.

May 21 update

Well it has been an eventful 2 weeks.
I went to Sanibel Florida for a week to relax and recharge and the weather was perfect. I also found my creativity again. I had lost my love of photography somewhere in a text book the last year. No worries though I found it in a shell on Sanibel Island.

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It could have helped that the pool was like a warm bath and the sand was white. The ocean was amazing as well.

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With beautiful sunsets. Yep may have taken way to many pictures….wait is that even possible.
Watched my calories while on vacation…..well most of the time. Didn’t drink as much water as I should have…no big surprise there really. But I still managed to loose another inch and a quarter off my body. So that means I am down 12.25 inches off my body sense the beginning of March. Weight wise there hasn’t been any change but I working on that part a bit more starting next week.
I’m going to check out a work out place and Plan to work out 3-4 days a week along with my daily walks. Building muscle and slimming down that is the goal.
My mother died early from lung and heart issues and I don’t want that for me. So I will take good care of me :0)
I’ll keep ya posted!
Ohiophotogrl

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

 

 

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!

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!

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……

Where has the year gone already.

As I sit at the computer taking a small break from studying I am reminded that in just 2 short months I will be a college graduate.  Wow this is like  a dream.  It seems like yesterday that I was walking into Sinclair Community College and talking to them about what my next step in life was going to be.    I am 5 pages away from having my Capstone finished for my degree and 6 tests away from being done with my associates degree.  That may not sound like a lot but to this “GIRL,” it means everything.

I am  firm believer that if you think you can do it then you can.  Will you catch on right away?  Maybe, but most likely not. I have had to learn to be  a better me and for that I am changed for the better for sure.

I am eating better and seeing the inches starting to come back off.  Keeping a food journal has been helping for sure.  Trying to stay under 1500 calories is getting easier now that I have my snacks all made out for the week :0)  I am down to my original measurements so I am good with that.  Now to get a scale that works correctly :0)

Spring has finally stepped in and giving us a bit of sunshine and I am thankful for that.  For a lot of reasons.  One I can get out on the bike path again and I can start walking the dogs in the mornings again.

One day at a time. That’s all we can do…Really one breath and one heart beat.  With that 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?​