I am finally taking part of a journey that I should have started a long time ago, and that is getting to a healthy weight. I have been overweight for most of my life and I am pretty much just sick of it. I see my girls starting to fall in to the same patterns, and I am NOT having it. So it is time for me to make some life changes to keep my family healthy. I’m not going all out, because I know if I start too hard, I will stop. So I’m starting small, small changes like changing white bread to “Smart White” (which is fake white bread), bringing more fruits and veggies in the house (and actually eating them), getting the soda out of the house and bring in crystal light, and cutting out the fast food. I also have started to exercise (Jazzercise at home!), 20-30 minutes to get my tolerance built up, then longer sessions later. I started last Tuesday and even with minimal work (I was not feeling well part of the week and I sprained my knee over Labor Day Weekend) I still have seen results!
One pound lost and one inch from the bust, two inches from the stomach, and two inches from the hips lost! WOO HOO!! Already I’m seeing that my clothes fit better! :)
I’m not really worried about losing pounds, because I know I’m building muscle, it’s the inches I want to get rid of. Three goals that I have are: Running in a 5K next Fall, getting down to a size 16, and not being that “heavy” person that can’t ride the roller coasters.
So I need your help! I need you to stay on top of me, even push when I need to be pushed. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings! Thanks for listening and hopefully I’ll have more to report next week!
Wow! Has it really been that long ago?? 10 years ago, the Lord blessed me with my soul mate. The man I will spend the rest of my life with, and I must say, I couldn't be happier. All of the things that we have been through that have changed our lives. In this day and age, 10 years for a young couple is almost unheard of. I am so thankful that I'm not only a part of such a loving relationship, but I am surrounded by so many church friends that are in them too. It is a blessing :) I love him so much!!
For a few months now, I have been doing something I love, just for me. :)
Let me give you some background information:
In high school (10 years ago) I was a clarinet band nerd, among other nerd/geek categories. My freshman year, I was the only freshman on 2nd part, with the rest of my classmates on 3rd. The next three years of high school, I would sit 1st clarinet, 1st chair. My musical journey was an exciting one and I loved it. I was good at what I did and received many awards, including being called the best clarinet player in the Ohio Valley my senior year. At the top of my game, I received a full four year scholarship to West Liberty, in Wheeling, and had plans to go into Music Education. Then the unexpected happened. Dewayne came back into my life :) We had been apart for a couple years, but one day, his parents got in contact with me and told me that he wanted to talk to me. Okay, I thought, so we talked on the phone for a week. 4th of July weekend, he drove from GA, where he was stationed at the time, to WV and proposed. July 13th, I turned 18 and August 8th, we got married (which is a whole other story!) Band Camp started August 13th, so back to college I went. So many things had happened in just a couple months and I was craving to spend time with Dewayne, (he would be leaving in September, for a year, to be stationed overseas) that I started skipping classes. After a couple weeks, I learned that I was failing Marching Band, so I dropped out of school, leaving my music career behind. I put my clarient in it's case and I haven't touched it until a few months ago. A wonderful woman "recruited" me for her volunteer band and after much worry about how good I would be, I went. She plays 1st clarinet, and there is another woman who plays 2nd, so I was given 3rd...I had to check my ego at the door and remember that I haven't touched my clarinet in 10 years and that I should be grateful that a band is giving me a chance. It was a rough, rough start. So many things that I had forgotten. There were a couple times that I wanted to quit, especially after my back surgery, but Dewayne kept pushing me. Now, I'm finally getting to the point that I can recognize the note, trigger my brain to get the fingering, play the note, and keep in time with the rest of the band. Yay! So then what happens?? Cheryl (1st player) goes to China with another band she's in and the 2nd player flat out refuses to play 1st. Okay, that wouldn't be bad, except we have a concert on June 20th and Cheryl doesn't get back until the 21st...are you kidding me?? So Tuesday at practice, I see the 1st part on my chair...hmmmm...all the while thinking, I'm not ready, I can't do this yet, I'm not ready. My instructor told me, just try it, it doesn't matter if you stink, I just want to see how you do. Well, I did okay, to my surprise. My inter-clarineter came out and took over ;) So now, I'm preparing for our concert. My fingers still don't move as fast as I want them to, but they are getting better. And I can look at most notes on the music without looking on a note chart to see what they are. I am loving it :) It is so exciting to watch the girls too. They want to play band with me as I practice and Tori can get a couple notes out, which I couldn't do until 5th grade. I want them to love music with me, it has brought me so much joy over the years. There were things I didn't understand why they happened 10 years ago. But I look back and know my life would not be where it is now without those choices so long ago. I am so thankful God put me on the path He did and I am so thankful that He has brought me to a place where I can play again.
The waiting game. Dewayne will be leaving Qatar at 2am our time on a 14 hour
flight. I don't know why, but the flight there s.t.r.e.s.s.e.d me out I'm already
starting to pace, really! Thankfully, if I can get to sleep, it would kill a chunk
of the time. He'll get to DC at 4pm but has a 6 hour lay over (yuck!) on top of
losing 7 hours. If the flight from DC to Columbus gets delayed, I just might
drive to DC myself to pick him up! He'll be home in 24 hours!!!!!!!!!!
WOO HOO!!!!!! :D
wooooooosah...need to walk away from my cakes for a minute...I just dropped a whole cake that I was lining up to place on another cake. I was able to save one layer of said dropped cake by my mad "puttting cakes back together skills". And on the plus side, the cake looks better with only three layers instead of four :) Okay, now I'm better! Back to the kitchen!