My Weight Loss & Mental Health Journey Begins

I finally decided to get two of the most important aspects of my life in order, my weight and my mental health. For several years my weight has gone up and down and so have my moods. I have searched for a doctor several times to help with the mental issues, but never could find someone who would take me serious when I said I had problems. Thank God, my doctor in Texas took me serious and has begun a regiment that will help me mentally get my life together.

MENTAL HEALTH

Along with getting my mental health together, I have decided to start working on my weight issues as well. If I’m going to be healthy, I need to be healthy in all areas of my well-being. In the last 3 years I have added 40 pounds to my body and not only do I have to lose those forty, but I need to lose a lot more. I know it will be a total life change in what I eat, what I do and how I look at myself for this change to really work.

TOTAL GYM

We bought a Total Gym, so we could workout at home as we know from previous experience that going to a gym will not work out for us. I have been doing the Total Gym now for two weeks and I’m down 2 pounds. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but for me to stay upbeat and want to continue I must see some type or progress no matter how small or big.

In addition to using the Total Gym I am walking, but need to increase that more and more every day to have even more success in this process.

PROGRESS

My plan is to post about my progress even when things might not be going in my favor. I’m the type of person that must hold myself accountable and I need others to hold me accountable as well. That helps to keep me on track.

The way I look at this is I have nothing to lose, but a hell of a lot to gain on this journey.

My Journey to Becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA)

A few months back I was working a full-time job for a company that I won’t name doing a job that I hated. It was at that point I decided I needed to work for myself. Most people ask, “why would you want to work for yourself?” and I have to say, “so I can be in control of my life.” Of course, we all know that your only in control to a point and then it’s the people you work with that have a certain amount of control over you.

In my lifetime, I have had several job titles and learned many tasks that I am now wanting to use as I make myself available as a Virtual Assistant. What is a Virtual Assistant, aka VA? A VA is a person who assist small businesses, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, etc. doing administrative tasks, website creation and maintenance, social media platforms, bookkeeping and any other tasks that an administrative assistant, personal assistant or executive assistant could do in an office, but when done by a VA, it is done from their home office via online.

I get to set my own hours, which are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (CST) Monday through Friday. I get to decide who I work WITH, not who I work for, but who I work WITH as I am your equal. I am an independent contractor, so I don’t work for you. You do not have to pay me any benefits and give me holiday or vacation pay.

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Adjusting to the Big 5-0 has Not Been an Easy Road

I always thought turning 50 would mean that I had finally hit a momentous occasion and would have really accomplished something in my life. However, when 50 came rolling down the road, it hit me like a ton of bricks that no one cared but me. There was no big celebration, no cake, no candles, no nothing except for the Facebook friends who said Happy Birthday and a couple of calls from family members.

After a few days of it sinking in that I was now of a certain age, it was time to take matters into my own hands and figure out where I wanted my life to go from here. I’ve had an empty nest for almost ten years and for the last two years my husband and I have traveled the eastern United States. So now where do I go and what do I do with myself?

To be honest, these past few months have been very depressing and I have felt that my life had no meaning. It was not until recently that I knew I needed to make some changes and get my crap together and get back to the fun loving, outgoing, energetic human being I use to be.

I know I’ve lived with a lot of guilt and grief over the last ten years and it’s been hard to put all that aside and move on with my life. My guilt involves my children and my grief involves my late husband. I have read many books, articles and blog posts by Carole Brody Fleet who was widowed at an early age and have gotten a lot of inspiration from her. I know deep down that I have what it takes to get my life back on track as I done that back in 2009 and 2013 and now it’s time I got my stuff together again and put my life back together, quit being depressed all the time and enjoy the time that I have because I’m still very much alive and I have a lot to be thankful for. 

I have three beautiful children, a step-son, their spouses and eight adorable grandchildren that I should be doting on as much as possible all while enjoying my life with my wonderful husband. This past year has been harder on him medically than me, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak and we are looking forward to him being 100% recuperated soon.

I am taking the necessary steps to get my life back on track by getting medical help for problems that need to be addressed and starting an exercise regimen that will help me to not only loose some much-needed weight, but will also help me to feel better in the long term. I can already tell a difference over the last 10 days that this has been going on and I look forward to continually getting healthier.

Just because I’ve hit the big 5-0, it doesn’t mean my life is over. My life will always be whatever I make of it and I’m not ready to roll over dead just yet so look out world because I am coming back with a vengeance and I will get my life back on track and will succeed at whatever I put my mind to.

 

My Favorite Furbabies, Oscar & Harley

One of my favorite subjects is my furbabies, Oscar & Harley. In July I switched their dog food, not brand, just type and am wondering if that is what set off Harley’s stomach issues. We have been feeding both of them Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Dry Dog Food  for a long time. Harley is overweight, so we decided to change from the original to the weight management bag, but stayed with the same brand.

Within a few days of switching her food, we noticed she had been limping on her back leg, so we took her to the vet to get that checked out as she would not go up and down the steps at all. After examination and x-rays it was brought to our attention that her back left knee was going out of socket. She was put on Rimadyl to help with swelling and pain. We were to take her back in a couple of weeks for recheck.  

Harley & Oscar

By the time we took her back, she was vomiting after she ate, but mostly in the middle of the night. These episodes would happen off and on, but more on than off. I thought is was from the Rimadyl, but the vet said it could be a number of things including the switching of her food. They wanted to start her on a different brand of food all together.  For the next six days she was to eat Royal Canin, GastroIntestinal Low-Fat, which comes in a can. In addition, they took her off Rimadyl and put her on Sucralfate and Gabapentin. The vomiting stopped almost immediately.  

After six days, we could go back to dry food as the vet was trying to figure out whether the food or the meds might be making her vomit. When we went back to dry food we wanted to stay with the Royal Canin brand, so we switched her to Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Dachshund Adult  dry dog food.

The vomiting continued and some days was after every meal. We went back to the vet and was told that she might just be one of those dogs that have stomach issues and it could last a month, a year or forever.  He wanted us to go back to the GastroIntestinal low-fat canned food. For the past two weeks, we have had only a few episodes of her vomiting and most of those have been after she picked up something outside while going to potty.

I still think there might be something else going on because if she eats anything other than the canned food, she vomits. She is not on any medication at this time. What would be causing this to happen? We will be going back to the vet again for further analysis and testing and if our current vet doesn’t want to seek out other things that might be wrong, then I will have to pick a new doctor because being on canned food for life that costs as much as this stuff does is not going to work. Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated so feel free to leave your comments below.

Our other furbaby, Oscar, has had no issues with the switching of food and has adjusted to each change as if nothing has happened. I guess dogs are like humans, no two of us are alike.

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Our Life on the Lake in Texas

In April we decided to move to Texas to live on Lake Fork. I also decided I would go back to work as sitting at home day in and day out is not my idea of fun and excitement. Living near the lake is great, but if I can’t be on the lake every day, then I need something to occupy my time and making a little money to add to the nest egg doesn’t hurt either.  

We found this quiet little place to park the RV and in the beginning had planned on living in the RV, but after seeing the beautiful park model homes that the people living on the waterfront lots have it was easy to decide we wanted one of them as well. So we put the Montana up for sale and have been anxiously waiting for a buyer before all the good lots are taken. We thought we had found someone who really wanted the RV and our truck as well, but she is now just giving us the run around, which really aggravates me more than anything. I don’t like other people dictating what I can do with my life; but right now this person has us in a tailspin.

We’ve been out on the boat as much as possible, although I wish we could be out there more than we are, but we both have bad days where we just don’t want to do anything and then of course there’s the rain and wind to contend with some days as well. The lake is pretty, but is very stumpy in some areas, which makes it hard to get around, but we are figuring out the best places to go to avoid them. We’ve been thinking about hiring a guide to take us out so we can find out where the big ones are as my husband loves to bass fish. I tried the last time we were out, but I had no luck. I prefer fishing for bream anyway.

Here’s a few pics I’ve taken on the lake with my iPhone.