Posted in #NOEXCUSES, My Fitness Journey, My Journey To Healthy, Uncategorized

Tuesday Water Wonderings

It is water because I’ve already had coffee. And water is healthy. You know of late I am all about HEALTHY.

Today the scale said 158.5 and I was so shocked I got off, reset it, then got back on again. Holy pounds-be-gone….I’m down 28 pounds!!! Only 18 pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. 28 pounds of fat, gone in 2 months time. If it wasn’t happening to me I’d be skeptical. Heck I was very skeptical when my friend took off her 93 in 9 months (she has kept that off 3+ years). My daughter-in-law is now down 53 pounds in 3 months.  Again and again success stories in our Facebook group and across the nation in other groups. It works.

I still have anxiety every morning when I go to pull on jeans, fearing they suddenly won’t fit anymore, becoming tight. But alas, they are getting too big again. I’m out of all my skinnier-me jeans, all too large. Time to go shopping soon I suppose. Until I hit goal I will shop at thrift stores, no sense in paying full price for something that won’t fit a month from now. And health coaching is going amazing. I love it. I’m going to start studying to make it as a certified coach next month. This is too good not to share and help others accomplish.

Yesterday, and today really, are testing my ability to stay on plan. Mom ended up back in the hospital and it was freaking me out. But I have noticed water is my new comfort/coping mechanism, so I indulged in extra water. I made it through the day without caving in to the desire to go jump in a pint of ice cream. In fact the thought of that made me ill. My sister made the dreaded error of eating a nice, sugary, fat filled cup cake one day last week after 6 weeks on plan and eating totally healthy, and it DID make her physically sick to her stomach for 48 hours. Several folks I know have experienced this, as once you detox from crap your body is not real happy when you introduce garbage to your digestive system again.

I’m taking on clients as a coach now, you don’t have to be local to achieve serious results. This is NOT a diet, diets have a start and end. This is changing your lifestyle, it starts but never ends and the results therefore will hold! Contact me and we can talk and see if this might work for you.


Posted in My Fitness Journey, My Journey To Healthy, Uncategorized

Helping Others Find Health

3 years ago I began a new career taking care of our elderly in long term care and dementia/ Alzheimer’s communities. At 51 this took a serious toll on my body, the long shifts, being on my feet all day, bending, squatting and lifting. My blood pressure was at an all time high averaging 145/95 and even higher. 2 days of back to back 16 hour shifts and I thought I was going to drop over. I felt like a slug trying to push through my days and my left foot developed a case of plantar fasciitis that was incredibly painful. On top of that I was bouncing between 187 – 195 pounds. I knew I had found my heart’s calling in healthcare but I also knew something had to change before I ran myself in the ground.

B and A.jpgI had been following a friend’s journey to better health and watched her transformation from a very unhealthy weight with a multitude of health issues, down 93 pounds and to amazing health minus those issues that were making her so sick. My daughter-in-law then began her own move to better health and went from dragging through the day with 3 kids to energy and stamina and so far 45 pounds lighter. I knew I was physically ‘sick’ and had to make some changes so I reached out to them. My own journey began at 186.5 pounds and feeling physically exhausted and mentally fatigued. After only 40 days of making healthy changes in my life my blood pressure is averaging 115/65, my foot is no longer hurting, and I’m 21 pounds lighter. I have the energy of a teenager and plow through my days with stamina. I sleep solid and wake up refreshed, and I’m just getting started.

In my job I care for those at the end of their life journey, walking beside them as they are writing the final paragraphs of their life, trying to help make this time as wonderful as possible. My heart is in helping people and I realized I can help those currently in the early chapters or middle of their life’s book by becoming a health coach and helping them find some of the physical health changes they are seeking. If you are looking to make some healthy, life long changes in your story, I’d like to pay this gift I’ve been given forward. Please contact me and let me walk a journey with you toward a better life.

Posted in Wine & Cheese

Wine & Cheese ~ 98th Serving

wineandcheese2Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Most Wednesdays I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 98th serving of some whine and cheese!

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😦  What is with allergies and my body?  Seriously the weather is such that we can open the windows, turn off the A/C and enjoy it.  But NOOOOO my allergies are freaking out on life and my nose is running like crazy.  And to think I blamed the cats when in fact it seems the great outdoors holds issues for me too. Windows open, nose running. UGH!

😦  Laundry = boo!!!! Really I hate doing laundry and I’ve had to do 3 loads today.  That may not be a lot for you but remember, I only have my own to do and it was piled up in the hamper.  Heading into 5 straight days of working 12.5 hour shifts I will need my scrubs and won’t want to come home to do laundry before bed each night.  So, making sure I have 6 sets just in case something or someone goes sideways (I do mean goes as in poo’s) and I need to change my scrubs, that extra pair will be nice to have on hand.  Living in a large, spread out quad, that laundry room is a LONG way from my bedroom, adding to my unintended workout routine.

😦  I’ve truly neglected so much like my Avon business and my writing.  It took a while to get used to the job and the physical fatigue from those long shifts.  I’m not the spring chicken that I used to be at all.  Thankfully I’m adjusted now.

😦  Nothing like thinking you bought just normal toilet paper, 24 roll pack, the cheap stuff because it IS just toilet paper, and finding out it is 1-ply.  Making that discovery after it is hanging in 3 bathrooms and not wanting to be the laughing stock of the grocery store we keep on using it.  We considered keeping it in storage to use to barter for things during the zombie apocalypse but decided anything that awful wouldn’t get  much in trade other than used tooth picks so we used it up.  We’re too thrifty to just toss it in the trash. UGH.


🙂  We are now about to break into a 24 pack of 2-ply toilet tissue.  Was that a chorus of angels singing?  Oh the bliss!

🙂  I am officially 20 pounds down now and loving it!  Pulled out a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in oh, 5 years now?  YES!!! Slid them right on.  I admit it, I did a bit of a happy dance about that, it felt good to be back in them even if they are old and worn.

🙂  I have so many great books to read!  Just finished up The Drummond Girls, and now reading #GIRLBOSS.  I have a pile of them waiting for me to attack.  I also have to finish up the baby blankets, though cooler weather will make that happen as it gets a bit too warm even under a baby blanket to be hooking my heart out.

🙂  Is it okay if I say again (as in so many posts now) that I just LOVE my job? Really, who would have thought anyone could enjoy what I do in long term care, but I truly love it!  My residents are special to me, I even worry about them when I’m not at the facility.  I leave work feeling like I really made a difference in the little corner of the world in which I exist.


There is so much truth in this one, and I cannot count the number of times!