A New Year

Hello, friends, and welcome to the new year. Already more than halfway through the first month. Here I am. Still lost in a quandary. What to do? What to do? Where do I go in life? Where do any of us go in life? Presented with new opportunities due to a new year awash with new beginnings and new challenges, what do we do with them? So many of us begin the new year with such high expectations and goals, but slowly those fall to the wayside. With best of intentions, our hearts filled with excitement, we plow on, looking for that nirvana to change our lives around.

My goals? Get back into better health. Write. Write. Write. Daily. Then keep at it. I will push myself towards the goal of publication. No matter how difficult or panic-inducing, it will be done. How about you? Can you push yourself ever forward, not allowing fear to hold you back? You are worth it, dear friends. Don’t doubt yourself even when all those around you do. If it is something you want to achieve, then go right ahead and set your heart upon your goal. Lose weight. Get a new job. A new, solid relationship. Reconciliation with a former friend. So many possibilities out there to set your sights upon. Don’t give up on yourself. The rewards will be phenomenal. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. If you make it past the first month of the new year, you are way ahead of the pack.

So go ahead, make plans, and keep them. Set goals and go for it!

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What’s New?

Just wanted to give an update on how things are going in my life. With the warmer weather here, I am getting back into running outdoors and it feels great! Haven’t been able to go too far yet but I am intending to get back to my 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 mile run hopefully by mid-June. I’ll also be signing up for a few races this running season also. Did one about four years ago and loved it. Now that I’ve lost 17 lbs. so far and have about 10 to go, I have a lot more confidence. I’ve been studying fitness models’ sites and reading a lot of fitness motivation. Need to work on my sagging abs, but at almost 50 years old I guess I have to be thankful for what I can make of them.

As for the gluten-free, I’ve gone back to eating regular pizza – Home Run Inn’s Ultra Thin Frozen Pizza doesn’t seem to give me any problems. I’m still staying away from anything else bread-y. As for lactose-free, still nothing with that. No High-Fructose for me or my family. Regardless of what the media portrays it as, I still believe it is not good for you. I’m doing the as-close-to-natural-as-possible make-up, Lemongrass Spa Products. Wonderful items. Look them up, if you are interested. As for weight-training, I’m doing well in that category also. Lifting four days a week and finally seeing some definite results. It’s pretty sweet.

As for the Asperger’s. I have come to a peaceful place and an understanding of this is who I am. I am happier now. More content. To finally understand why I am the way that I am is enlightening. I now feel that I can spend my energy and time on doing the things that need to get done, like getting into shape finally. And for reading and writing: I am enjoying some very good books; thrillers mostly and some romance. Writing is going well. Still need to send off for some magazine samples. Just need to find the right ones to spend the money on. I have so many stories going on at ones that at times I am a bit overwhelmed. But that could be part of the Asperger’s.

Gardening season is fast approaching. Will be planting again this year after letting the ground sit and rest last summer. Now comes the fun part of deciding what to grow. We’ll be getting plants so they’ll be easier to grow. Hopefully the weather this summer will be a good mix of rain and sun. Love fresh tomatoes. Okay, and I’ll be getting my hair cut soon also. Trying to decide on a new style, though. Something different to celebrate my approaching 50’th. Will be coloring it red again. Love that color. Not a bright red, but a subtle shade, but definitely red.

Okay, that is what’s going on my end of the world this beautiful May day. Blessings and love to all. If you have any suggestions for any of the above you’d like to share: gardening tips, favorite books, etc. please let me know. Til next time.
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…And I’m a Wimp

Alright.  I can do this.  I can do this.  I need to go outside into my garage and lift those weights.  Even though those dumbbells and bars will be freezing cold, I can do this.  Well, I have to do this.  I want to get in shape and stay that way.  For a change.  It’s probably below zero with the windchill, but I can’t wimp out.  I shouldn’t.  Okay, you’re probably wondering why I work out in my garage in the dead of winter and not at a local health club.  Okay, I’m cheap.  There, I said it.

We have free weights, machines, and a treadmill out in the garage.  Trust me, it’s a BIG garage.  Just not a very warm one.  So, what’s an old girl to do?  Well, she does the unfashionable thing and throws on some sexy black tights and a long-sleeved t-shirt and starts layering other clothes on top of those pieces.  To the point where I can no longer bend over, or lift anything over my head!

But I’m on a roll now, so to speak.  I’ve read somewhere, and unfortunately it normally takes for me to read something for it to sink into my thick skull, that it’s by lifting weights that helps one to lose weight.  And I always thought it was sparkling metabolism.

I’m a runner, or should I say jogger.  I’m very slow.  Must be the age thing, I’m sure.  I always thought that the running helped me shed those extra pounds.  And the elliptical.  Working out on that puppy for an hour a day.  No.  It seemed to only make me hungrier than I ought to be.  So now I’m back to lifting weights.  Of course, not too heavy.  Just want to tone up.  Plus I got me a bum elbow.  Hurts too much whenever I lift too heavy of a weight.  That’ old age creeping up on me.

So I’m back to my predicament:  working out in a cold garage.  Maybe it won’t be good for my muscles?  Perhaps it’ll tear something?  See, there I go again looking for excuses.  But my husband and sons work out in the cold, so I guess it’ll be okay, right? Someone quick, talk me out of it!  It’ crazy cold out there!  I’ll freeze!  My finger and toes’ll get numb.  I’m just an old woman, for pete’s sake!  Okay, get a hold of yourself, woman!  I can do this.  I won’t wimp out.

I’m going to hit “Publish” and turn off the computer now.  I’m going to get up, slowly, and go into my bedroom and change.  Put on those very warm clothes.  Take a few deep breaths and go outside, into my garage.  I’ll be brave.  I’ll tough it out.  For my health’s sake, I can do this.  Wish me luck, all.  And  if I don’t make it back inside, don’t laugh too hard at me.  Okay, here goes nothing.  Til next time.

Peace!

No Longer Unaware

Guess what?  I no longer have to be afraid to eat.  I’ve always wondered why I’d get sick whenever I ate.  Now, I found out my triggers:  lactose and gluten.  What a joy it is to find out that I can eat again without fear.  I’m happy to finally figure it out.  The downside is the cost.  And just trying to figure out what is ‘safe’ to chow down on.  But the internet is great for looking up great information on gluten-free items.

I found a really good cereal:  Barbara’s Puffins Honey Rice.  Really tastes great!  Got to find some coupons online for that product.  Maybe drop the company a note letting them know how good I think their product is.  I’ve tried Amy’s Gluten Free pizza too.  The crust is made with rice flour.  I’m definitely looking forward to trying more items.  Oh, and I found a great recipe for gluten-free blueberry muffins.

Okay, I know I do not normally write about this topic, but I just had to share.  It was exciting to discover this on my own after trying for years to figure out what was wrong with me.  So let me know if any of you out there have a favorite recipe or brand you like.

Happy eating.