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Take A Walk At Moss Rock Preserve

As part of a new ongoing series Unplug the Day, my husband and I decided to take a walk at Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, Alabama. One of my main goals for 2016 is to enjoy spending more quality time with my family and friends. To do this I am taking a step away from my computer screen, and getting out to enjoy nature and the world around me. I am calling this, U[...]

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The Traveler’s Notebook: My New Addiction

I may have found my new addiction. It has all the red flags of a paycheck drain, gorgeous leather (oh how I love the smell of leather), amazing beautiful colored paper, little inserts that are nothing but blank canvases begging to be drawn and written upon, every kind of gizmo and gadget you could ever need to customize it for even the most advanced organizer (hem[...]

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A New Year of Change

This past year has been CRAAAAAZY! So much has happened in the last 365 days and everything that I had known as my "LIFE" this time last year has changed. I live in a new house in a new city. I have a new job and have already received a new promotion. I have new friends and new social circles. My daughter is graduated and in college and has new friends and a new[...]

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It’s A Lifestyle Change

So I am doing the Dietbet and so far so good. I am down 6 lbs from the initial weigh-in. There are some hardcore woman competing with me so I am still only in 4th place!?! I haven't been good on my exercise, so this week that is going to be my new challenge. Start waking up early again and get in that morning workout. I am also challenging myself to not drink coff[...]

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Trying Out Dietbet… 28 Day To Go!

One of my awesome Twitter friends @Inelegant_Life invited me to take part in a cool new way to lose weight called Dietbet. Dietbet lets you and others make a bet that you can lose a specified amount of weight in 1 month. For our Dietbet we have 28 days to lose 4% of our body weight. Everyone who makes this goal gets to split the pot, if you are the only one than you[...]

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Watching the Sun Rise

I have not been a good wanna-be-athelete the last few weeks... not even a little bit. I have had every intention of going out walking each morning but with the weather and staying up way too late and every other reason I can come up with, it has not happened... Today though my alarm went off at 5:45 and instead of pushing snooze 20 times, I pulled myself out of[...]

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Week 2 – In Review

This past week went pretty well. I stayed consistent in some areas but still need a lot of work in others. I went down .4 lbs which is still a lose and I will gladly take it. I was also voted a Spark People motivator! Yay! by my fellow Spark members and I can't tell you how much that meant to me. It is such an honor to know that others think that you inspire them. If[...]

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Self-Esteem: The Constant Struggle

I can only think of a maybe a handful of times that words have really cut me to the core in my life. Where I was struck completely speechless and stunned, as the person verbally assaulting me continued to speak on and on, that I couldn't even defend myself. It's this odd feeling of are they really saying what I think they are saying, surely I am imagining it, it almo[...]

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Making Healthy Choices

This has been a really strange year so far. I started off about 40 lbs. lighter than I am now. It has been a real struggle to get a handle on my health since having 5 hand surgeries this past year. I have also had a job change where I went from moving around all the time to now working at a desk the entire day. Don't get me wrong, I love my new job and have n[...]