No Name Virus from Hell!

Sunday Funday has arrived! Albeit less than fun, considering I am on day 7 of this awful virus that has me breathless, coughing, sneezing, sniffling and miserable. I gave in on Friday and got me some medicine…imagine my surprise and the pharmacist’s laughter when I went to pick up the mother-lode of prescriptions…six in total. Come Sunday and while I still feel like I might perish, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel…maybe. That’s still TBD.

Although my original intent was to post about my well-being, optimism and things that are going well, I had a gigantic wake-up call when I went to the doctor for this virus thingy that doesn’t have a name, but calls for a handful of meds both OTC and prescribed.

My wake-up call had me in tears, shock, agony…you name it, I was in it. The scale had finally hit a number it had never hit before. I have now officially hit the heaviest that I have been in my entire life. Few individuals know the exact number, and for privacy sake, I won’t mention it here, but my journey has to begin to shed 55 pounds. While I’m fighting this ridiculous virus, I am entering planning mode. There isn’t a way to begin working out right now…I can’t walk through my house without practically having an asthma attack. As soon as I can get it under control – it is game on.

The saddest part about this, is that I have known for a while that I needed to lose weight. It started with, oh I gotta lose 10 lbs, then…20. Now 30, 40…NOW 55?!?! WHAT?! Unacceptable at 34 years old and 5’2. Game over.

 

 

 

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Closure to a Long, Lovely Weekend 

Here we are! Back to the grind in the morning. I was lucky enough to get an extra day with my other half, and, for what feels like the first time since our first year of dating and marriage, we had an amazing New Year’s Weekend together. 

Through many of our ups and downs we have tended to lose sight of the beauty of what makes us such an incredible couple…our ability to enjoy each other’s company in complete silence, our willingness to compromise, the ridiculous sense of humor we share among so many other things. It was a truly magical weekend and one I won’t soon forget. 

As we move forward though, I had a huge dose of “reality check” hit me square in the face today as I realized that I am getting slightly more round and less fit than I would like. The body that looks back in the mirror isn’t one that is recognizable or okay in The Book of Me. 

After doing some fact checking and brief soul searching, the answer was obvious…the whole 2017 needs to be a better year HAS to start with my health. Drinking copious amounts of Coke and quite frankly not giving two shits about what I inhale has gone way too far. For F’s sake, I teach dance…to kids. I need to be a role model! Not a huffing,  puffing out of shape slob! 

2016 may have taken its toll on me, but I can’t change the past. All that I can do is focus on the things that I do have control over:

  1. What contributions I make to better myself physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  2. What efforts I make to correct or heal the ailments or illnesses that I cannot control on my own.
  3. How I react to stress on a daily basis. 

Hopefully, I am off to a good start. Coming to positive light is a tough thing to do, especially since we are all our own worst critic.

For those of you who take the time to read this, and have struggles within yourself, maybe you can offer some enlightenment on what has worked for you!

More to come…the gently snoring husband and two cuddly cats are making my eyes heavy…or it could be our newest household staple Restful Sleep gummies. We stand behind these babies 110%!

Sweetest of Dreams!

XO

TD

 

Happy New Year!

New Year! New Me!

No guarantees! I definitely don’t want to sound like the roving millions upon millions of other people across the world that have committed to a “new life” and their resolutions only to revert back to the people that they were in 2016 or before. Truth be told, I don’t want to be the person I was last year, and I don’t even know WHO I want to be this year – all I know is that I want life to be better. It starts with me. That much I do know. What else do I know? I know that I need to do things that make me happy. I suppose that this would be an appropriate time for a list of things that make me happy, but before that – there needs to be a brief intro for any newcomers and first time readers (lucky you!)

Who am I? I’m a thirty-something woman with the mind of a twenty-something, the aches and pains of a fifty-something and I am located in the heart of metro Detroit. I live in a cozy little condo with my other (not always better) half and our children. Stop right there. Before you go any further, let me define children for you.

In our case, children at this time equals our two Bengal cats, 9 year old Onyx and 1.5 year old Obsidian; our two 3 year old Parrotlets Io & Europa; our 5ish year old Indian Ringneck Parrot, Ruby; our 1ish Green Cheek & Pineapple Green Cheek Conures Callisto & Calypso (respectively) and our rescued Umbrella Cockatoo who is roughly between 9 – 14 years of age, Romeo.

The fact that it took a run on paragraph to describe our “children” to you should tell you a little about our crazy life. I am an avid lover of animals…all of them.

What else? I have spent the better part of my thirty-something years involved in the dance industry – performing, educating, competing, instructing, choreographing, you name it. I currently teach at the best studio in our area run by my dearest friend and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a great family.

Anyway – that’s me – my little nutshell. You’ll learn more as the time (posts?)  go on. Back to my intended first post. List of things that make me happy:

  1. Writing
    – I love to write. Mostly blog, edits, shorts, opinions, recaps. I don’t get into stories much, but have thought about writing a life story. Note: THOUGHT.
  2. Cooking
    – Following recipes and trying to create delicious masterpieces are so satisfying to my soul. The funny part is, I don’t even end up eating a meal from my creations most of the time. I simply sample for flavor and making sure I didn’t use salt instead of sugar (you know, the little things). The joy comes from other people’s satisfaction.
  3. Crafting
    – While it isn’t my best activity, I do like DIY projects. My struggle is either A) getting started on them or B) finishing them. That’s the culprit of much of the clutter in our condo and the fuel for many fights!
  4. Animals
    – You saw the mini novella above. Enough said. If I could be Ace Ventura…no questions asked.
  5. A Clean Home
    – Love it, but refer to #3. My inner hoarder struggles with my inner neat freak. They despise each other. It is a daily fight to the death!
  6.  Fitness & Health
    – #6 is something that has been suffering severely for years now. I was diagnosed with a number of health conditions that have impaired my abilities to exercise properly at the right caliber and I struggle with what I can and cannot eat. I’m not getting into detail on the specific issues, but #6 is a big one for me, and is one that cannot go ignored this year. To make 2017 a better year #6 should REALLY be #1.
  7. Dance
    – Again, in the “about me” snippet above, dance is a part of me. You can’t say my name without thinking of dance and you can’t associate me with anything except dance. That’s why I am so thrilled for the part-time position I got this year working with a National Dance Competition as their Backstage Coordinator. I will be traveling across the country working with many dance studios to coordinate their competitions to make sure they run smoothly with as few hiccups as possible. Super exciting and just another testament to my love of the arts.

I think I’ve just decided that I’m going to keep this a running list, and when I think of things that make me happy, I’m going to add them to the list with the date.

For now, I think the whole writing thing is off to a good start! I am off to try to enjoy the beautiful day with my husband and our “New Year, New Us”. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store and I know that this year will be a better one than years before!

Accidentally Originally Yours –

TD