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The year is coming to a close....

Monday, December 07, 2015

Wow, I saw the date of my last blog was in June and I cannot believe I have been away for so long. This year has gone by so fast that everything has seemed to pass me by. I was still attempting to become more healthy and even ordered the 21 day fix and the shakeology mix. I was starting to lose weight and feel better on it, but it was so expensive! I had to cancel my subscriptions. I have also attended not 1, not 2, but 3 weddings this year! Tis' the year for weddings it would seem like. Two of them were literally a week apart. They were a lot of fun and I hope all three couples have a long and happy life together.

One major thing that has happened is that I have FINALLY moved out from under my parents and live in a nice 2 bedroom town home with my boyfriend and my cousin.



It was official as of October 17th! As soon as we moved in and started to get situated I lost almost 5 pounds in less than two weeks. While it is more financial responsibility, it feels so much better being in my own home. It took me until now to realize that I was actually in a fairly toxic relationship with my parents and the stress was causing my weight to stay the same or go up. I can sit on the couch or be in my room. I have time to myself while the guys are at work and I have time for me. It may sound selfish but I really do enjoy my me time. It is also nice that I can control what is in our cabinets and refrigerator. It also helps that the guys are also wanting healthier options and we have cut our eating out literally in half. We cook more and buy groceries for that purpose. Even if it is a " fend for yourself" kind of night or day, we have healthier options to choose from. Now if only we could stop bringing in pop, we would be doing even better! My parents are planning on moving down to South Carolina from Ohio in March. So they will be 9 1/2 hours away. They will be moving to the Myrtle Beach area so we can always go visit them for a week and enjoy the ocean line as well. I'm excited for them and their new beginning since that now have an empty nest.

In other news, I was browsing through my phone and found this app in my google store.



It says it's free and I was thinking about downloading it. I think it would be a definite push to be more active, especially if it were to help raise money for different charity organizations. I haven't looked to see what all charities they take part in but, I still think it would be worth looking into.

This holiday season has been kicking my butt for the past month. Our hours have jumped to just over 40 hours to almost 50 or more plus having a 6 day work week last week has thrown off my entire schedule. I cannot wait until they go back down to a decent level so I can go back to the gym again. I was doing so good and was going almost 5 days a week during the step challenges at work, but then the hours started to go back up and that means 11-14 hour days have also become more prevalent. emoticon I'm thankful for having a decent paying job and being able to work the overtime, but sheesh it makes it hard to really have a social life. I even had to go to the doctor due to some pretty bad hip pain. Turns out I have bursitis and I am currently being treated for it. Hopefully it goes away and I won't have to make another trip to the doctor. So fingers crossed on that.

Another exciting thing is I have just registered for my last two classes to graduate with my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Forensic. emoticon I have worked so hard at this and to have it so close is both relieving and stressful. It has taken me almost 8 years to get this degree and I am very proud of myself not never giving up and trucking through everything that has happened that could have made me quit. Now I have to start looking for a Masters program and maybe I can find a job in my field of study for experience as well. Looking forward to updating my resume!

It is so great to have a lot of positive experiences after being beaten down with negatives for so long. I think I am even looking forward to the holidays even more than I normally do.



This was taken yesterday in front of my grandma's tree. It's a real smile and I enjoyed spending time with her. I hope everyone's holidays are festive and worry free!

I am looking forward to coming back to this site and sharing in everyone's stories and updates and turn more of my focus on myself and not have to worry about everyone else. It is a wonderful feeling and I am so excited to tackle everything coming my way for the rest of the year and into the new year! emoticon
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  • CMITCHELL34
    Sounds like a lot of positive things happening for you. Congrats.
    1710 days ago
  • ADF1981
    So glad to see your blog! Sounds like you've been busy! Congrats on your new place and good luck with your goals.
    1712 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/7/2015 11:52:23 AM
  • GARDENCHRIS
    GOOD FOR YOU!! Glad things are looking up!
    1712 days ago
  • RASPBERRY56
    We *all* need our "me time" - and it's NOT "selfish" at all! (Please note that I use quotes there!)

    Women have been socialized throughout the ages to devalue our own needs - and at our own personal peril, sad to say.......so you *GO*, girl! Enjoy that time - not only do you deserve it, but you (as we all) *need* this!

    And congrats on breaking from your parents - I have no doubt that this will serve you well in more ways than one!
    1712 days ago
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