Another year is done

Wow 2017 is going to be over in a few hours and I have had some time to think about the last year. I have gotten in better health! Walked not one but two 10ks this year! Went on a great vacation for Sanibel Florida! Planted a wonderful garden. Made better choices for my eating! Kept my blood pressure under control. Had family come and visit at my house for the first time ever! And my business did pretty well this last year as well! I have had a pretty blessed year really!

As 2018 comes rushing in I want to take a few minutes and share what my plans are for the new year.

Business wise I am taking a Master Class and learning more about portraits and getting more candid photos of my clients. Try and get there natural appearance. Even going to work on selling some of my work. Reading the Photographers Market 2018 book and going to get my work out there a bit! Starting January off with promo photos of a client for her new radio show…so exciting!

Still going to work on my health. The gym a few days a week and then some added stretching at home. I plan to walk the Air Force 10k again in 2018 and walk it a bit faster than in 2017. A few 5Ks I’m sure are going to happen as well. Plan to keep taking inches and weight off my body and continue to cook more at home for me and the family.

Going to spend time with friends and family in 2018. Going to try and make a schedule to see people that I have missed this last year. Even if it’s a FaceTime chat. Life is to short not too!

I am taking time for me in 2018. Whether it is a walk, a trip to the gym, some quiet time or what ever I am adding this to my life in 2018. It will help my mind to me healthier as well.

May 2018 be blessed beyond all our imaginations. May we all be healthier than we have ever been and may we be doing what makes us happy!

Bring in 2018! I’m ready!

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Jan is on the way out….

Well the month of January only has about a week left so I thought I would update my life changes.

Last week I am pretty sure I had some of that flu crap that has been going around.  But I will get back in the groove soon!

I got signed up for a web design class that is next week.  Looking forward to getting my photography stuff put on an actual web page.  I even signed up for a digital video class.  I am looking forward to seeing what all I can learn.  They will help me to broadcast my own show.  I have a lot of ideas I just gotta get them all out :0)

I have been drinking a lot more water.  Got signed up for the local gym and have been going 3-5 times a week.  Sure does help get me going in the mornings.  Staying within my calories.  I got a scale.  I am only using it once a week when I measure.  So far 2 pounds gone so we are calling that a win :0)

Been putting together an easy store to sell my cards.  I just gotta get the cards together and a catalog of sorts to keep track of what I have.

I am feeling better and better! life is going well….One day at a time.

 

Who knew….

So I have been walking again.  I know its bout time but I am doing this and feeling good about it again :0)

Last week I logged 28.74 miles and 66,620 steps.  I feel good about it too!

One step is better then one more second on the couch for me. I was going to skip it today and just sleep in but God had other plans.  I woke up from a crazy nightmare and thought well I’m up I might as well walk it off and I did!  Saw a beautiful sun rise.  I am blessed.

I am drinking more water again and eating better and am feeling good!  Started measuring again this week so I will get back caught up with that on my next blog.  Watching my BP.  I am on meds but my BP is way low compared to what it has been to get me on said BP meds.  I go to the Doc in 3 weeks and I am going to talk to her about that.  If it stays low I may have to adjust by calling her.  We shall see.  My BP after a 1.5 mile walk and a 25 minute bike ride in the humidity was 117/63  that seems a bit low but Im watching it.

Other then that life is what it is.  

I made zucchini bread from scratch.  Let me tell ya it was WONDERFUL!  Neighbors liked it and I am taking a piece to my dad and sister the rest well….its mine :0)

well that is my update…..till next time…….

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

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?​

An update

As I sit in my study room I thought I would give an update on my journey.
I haven’t been eating right and I know that. Still been under my calorie counts but not eating food that will help me with weight loss. I really need to work on this. The scale shows no change however…..The inches are falling off. Due to more walking I’m sure. 7 inches off my body in 22 days! 2 alone on my waist. We will call that a win. (insert happy dance)
I didn’t walk much this week due to some stomach issues but I am planning a big come back…..I have a good support system that I need to use more often. I also got a fitbit and let me tell you i love it! It keeps track of so may things and keeps me accountable. If you have fit bit and want to buddy up send me message. we can challenge each other! Being able to see my sleep patterns has helped me adjust when I need to go to bed as well. Love it!
I can tell a big difference in my stamina when i don’t walk so that is getting moved back t the top of the list of things i need to do for me.
Speaking of wins….school s going relatively well. One class I am struggling in but I think I am working it out. Ok my struggling and yours may not be the same, I have an A in the class but i keep failing the exams. I know the material but I’l be danging if I can get it right on the test. Talked with the prof and he gave me a few ideas. We will see if that works.
That pretty much sums up the last few weeks for me.
Hope all of your journeys are successful!

Oct 7, 2013 make that change

Well I got on the scale Sat afternoon and I was down hearted.  I had gained half a pound.  I was discouraged but I didn’t eat crazy like I wanted to.  I knew I was going to measure myself in the morning.  I woke up and went in to measure. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to see any change here and I was wrong….Thank you God!

total of 4.25 inches off my body this week.  I will say the weight is from muscle building due to walking :0)

Go me…no really I gotta go!  Wish me luck!