Assessing Current Lifestyle: Goal 2: It’s Time to Get Back in the Studio

I am now unemployed again.  After many, many moves for my Husband’s job, I have had to quit my jobs and start over again.  I have never been able to arrange a job transfer for myself.

Because I have done this several times, my resume is pretty much swiss cheese.  I have lots of experience, but only a short timer in all my positions.  This just isn’t viewed very favorably.  Quite honestly, I have allot of experience and training and am just plain tired of always having to start back at the bottom.

I have decided that at 55 I am retired!  Now what am I going to do all day.  Well, we’ve already talked about my first goal of creating a healthy lifestyle – so I’ve added going to the gym.  But what else am I supposed to do all day – clean the house, yuk.

good-cheer-nyc I have always had a creative side.  I’ve always wanted to be some kind of artist, but I don’t really have any talent.  My artistic outlet for many, many years has been scrapbooking.  I still like it, but I feel like its getting too predictable.  I have a ton of supplies and tools, but I am bored with it.

It’s time to explore other artistic opportunities.  Stay Tuned!

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Assessing Current Lifestyle: Goal 1: Weight loss/Eating Healthy

NNtwIvOx GOAL 1:  Gotta Lose the extra weight and Eat Healthy

Like many people, we have had allot of stress.  It was a major decision for my husband to accept a position with a new company and move so far from family and friends.  Our daughter didn’t want to stay behind and made the difficult decision to leave her job, come with us, and start over again.  For me, I have always handled stress with comfort food, snacking, sweets and salty chips and dips.  Unhealthy.  It finally took its toll and I ended p with a burning set of ulcers and lots of arthritic aches and pains (I had both my hips replaced in 2005 at the age of 45 due to osteoarthritis).  More weight means more pressure on joints.

Our first year here in South Carolina was a challenge as I just love southern food.  I have tried many diets in the past, Weight Watchers, Medifast Weight Clinic, and Jenny Craig.  I really like the Sparkpeople website.  It is free and has great resources.  Let’s face – ultimately its all about calories and calories out.  I never liked exercise much.  Now, with my hip replacements I am even more restrictive.  I usually rely on a treadmill for a brisk walk.

female-doctorI had my first doctor’s physical here and was shocked!  Of course my weight was considered overweight (I have been categorized as obese before).  This time, for the first time, my blood sugar level was considered pre-diabetic.  My doctor gave me 3 months to bring it down.

Last year, I saw on the Today Show a segment on the Whole 30 diet.  I thought, regardless of the weight loss, this diet might solve my health issues.  I followed the diet for 30 days and it worked, down 20 pounds.  No alcohol at all.  Unfortunately, soon after we had the opportunity to do some traveling.  I thought, well, I’m on vacation so I should be able to splurge.  And I completely fell off the wagon.  Now with my blood sugar and ulcer issues, I decided to give it another chance.

jp7243b_300_medium-dark-blue_backget%20to%20a%20healthier%20placeI did really well for 6 months.  I lost 30 pounds and I even joined our local Anytime Fitness gym and was working out faithfully 2-3 times per week.  I was down 2 full sizes!  My husband bought me a pair of jeans I had always wanted – “MissMeJeans“.  All was great, I felt great and even better my medical numbers were great.  My ulcers were gone.

But then came the holidays.  I splurged, and I swear it was like a drug.  My food cravings went through the rough.  Plus, I was having wine nearly every night as there always seemed to be a social moment.

So that brings us today.  Up 10 lbs from my hard work.  Not working out much at all.  Snacking and my stomach ulcer is active again.  Also, my husband has realized he has gained allot of weight in his belly.  It is time to get our life back on track!

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Our New Home

G1284155_4 I am starting this blog at just a little over a year after our move.  We are settled in our new home and have already racked up a few DIY ideas and Honey-Do Lists.    We have a goal to add a detached garage (for my husbands work shop – as this will be our retirement home).  We’d like to add a swimming pool and landscaping.


Our first home project was to screen in our rear porch.  I absolutely love sitting outside and with this house we have a front and rear porch.  I am outside enjoying the view and sounds of nature as often as possible.


20150705_201914My husband has barely started my indoor built-in shelves and cabinets in the family room.  But he did get the TV hung finally – Yay!

In addition to getting my built-in’s in my family room, we also need to customize our master closet.  This is the first time in many years we are both sharing a closet.  So these are our current and future projects.

Stay tuned on these, more info and updates to come and Thank You for visiting.


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