blogging, finding balance, following your dreams, Maintaining Weight Loss

Diving in the Deep End of Life

Howdy, blogging buddies!!  I’ve clearly been MIA  for quite a while now.  I’m certain that it’s because I’m still struggling to create that imperfectly perfect life balance of family, career, school, fitness, etc.!  Way, way back in December I mentioned  two of my New Years’ resolutions; connect on a deeper level with friends and find a fulfilling career.  My weight loss experience definitely taught me the power of being a doer as well as a dreamer.  Imagining and visualizing your success is extremely important, but at some point the imagination can only go so far before the body has to dive in, head and heart first, to make things happen.  I’ve been quite busy diving in the deep end of life, because that tends to be where all the good stuff happens.  (Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait to be allowed to swim in that mystical area beyond the ropes?)

My dive began in January when my husband and I began making an effort to become more social.  Instead  of casually talking about places and events that we might go to and do in the future, we just started going and doing.  In addition to making new friends, I’ve recommitted to getting together more with dear, old friends. There’s a richness in friendship that I’d forgotten just how much I’d needed.

I haven’t been letting my career goals flounder in the shallow end either. Knowing that I need to brush up on my Excel skills, I’m taking a class at a local college. The assignments are lengthy, but it feels great to exercise my brain (and yes, I do have homework that I should be doing instead of blogging).  I’ve also been making some great connections in the world of PR and marketing, as well as doing some volunteer work in that area that can offer me some credible references. I’m confident that when I’m ready, the right position will come my way.

My fitness level and weight are doing well. I’m continuing to hover around 132 pounds and am still following the basic high protein, lower carb eating plan that my dietician recommends. I’m making it to the gym about twice a week, but I’ve found a plethora of activities to do on my own that are keeping me fit; hiking, treadmill, yard work, swimming, etc.   I mostly visit the gym to make sure I do a thorough weight routine twice a week. I feel like I’ve found a healthy balance.

My family is continuing to thrive! My oldest daughter graduates from med school at the end of this month and she and her hubby are expecting their first child. (I’m going to be a Nana!!) My youngest is finding ongoing success at her job, and her fiancé just landed a wonderful position as a documentarian, editor, etc. in his field (perhaps wedding bells are in their future).   We’re all heading to the beach after my daughter’s graduation. So, basically, it’s all cool in our pool!

I need to swim on over to my study area and get to work and then head to the gym. I hope everyone is doing well. I plan to peruse some much missed blogs soon!

Have a great weekend everyone!

blogging, enjoying family, losing weight, Maintaining Weight Loss, Medical Weight Loss Program, weight loss journal, Wellness Center, Writing

A Crazy Week!

This is my brain on busy!!  (Fractal art by me!)
This is my brain on busy!!
(Fractal art by me!)

Today is weigh-in and though I’ve been following all of my eating rules, my normal exercise routine has managed to elude me this week.  Though I’ve made sure to do some lap walking in my neighborhood, to the tune of about 2.5 miles per day, this is nothing compared to my usual, high intensity, calorie burning workouts at the gym.  Sometimes the business of life just gets in the way of our personal plans, and that’s okay.  It doesn’t mean I’m giving up.

Being a mom often means being a source of moral support, and I’ve certainly spent a majority of my week being my eldest’s sounding board as she’s navigating a tough surgical rotation.  This has meant many late nights and very tired mornings. I’m running so far behind this morning that my workout might have to be after my weigh-in.  I’m not expecting a huge loss, especially after the daily addition of a fruit serving, but that’s alright.  I’m certain I haven’t made any gains.

My husband and I are getting ready to go on a two-week vacation.  The first week we’ll be visiting my father-in-law. (Luckily, he lives in Hilton Head–which is beautiful.)  The second week we’ll be heading to our normal spot in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  This will be the third year that my hubby and I have vacationed without the kids.  I always have a great time when the entire family is present, but having alone time with my husband is certainly needed and appreciated.

I’ve research the gyms in both areas and am taking ample workout clothing and equipment with me.  I’ll have access to a pool and my own kitchen in both of the places that we’re staying, so I know I’ll be alright.  I’m also bringing my computer and camera, and have high hopes to do some blogging by the sea.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  I’ll update my weight loss results shortly! 🙂

 

 

 

blogging, Exercise, losing weight, Maintaining Weight Loss, Medical Weight Loss Program, optifast, weight loss journal, Wellness Center

Break out the Seltzer, ‘Cause this Girl is Under 200!!

My pants aren't quite this bad, but they're getting there!
My pants aren’t quite this bad, but they’re getting there!

It finally happened!!  I don’t know if it was the snow shoveling, working out nearly everyday with my daughter, or my past week at the Wellness Center, BUT the scale finally tipped in my favor!  For the first time in ever so long, I’m under 200 pounds!  I weighed in at 197 lbs. yesterday. I’m so excited that I did extra squats and crunches last night to celebrate!

I’m starting to notice the physical change in myself at this point.  My face and neck are thinner and I only have one and one half chins! I’m feeling lighter on my feet, too.  I’m also sorely in need of some new pants.  They’re hanging down really far in the back–so far, that my daughter accused me of “jailin’.”  I had to look that one up on Urban Dictionary, but couldn’t find the definition that my daughter told me about!  Trust me, according to her, you don’t want to be jailin’–unless that’s something you enjoy–if so, jail away!  Who am I to judge!?

I’m going to be on-the-go today.  I’m off to get my hair trimmed and highlighted and then I’m heading to the Wellness Center for a training session, plus swimming.  I also HAVE to clean my house and do a mountain of laundry.  I’m usually such a neat freak, but lately I’ve let things go.

I hope everyone has a lovely, gorgeous day!  I’ll be reading blogs this evening after my house is clean! 🙂