Saturday, February 21, 2009

One More Try

Well I bit the bullet on Friday and decided to give Weight Watchers one more try. My friends and family know my struggle with my weight, and know I've tried Weight Watchers before. It works- I lost 80 pounds on it- but when I stopped following the program I gained it all back. So typical with many people who try to "diet" instead of changing their lives. I plan to give it 100% this time, since I'm at home all day long and I have a treadmill handy and all sorts of weights and exercise DVD's, not to mention a beautiful new neighborhood to enjoy. I simply have no room for excuses. It's a challenge, and one I've needed to take on for awhile now. Not only for my health but for my flailing self-confidence. I've used my back pain as an excuse for so many things lately, but exercising and losing weight is the answer, not the enemy! Yes, it hurts for me to be on the treadmill, but it hurts even more on days when I sit around and never move. It will be spring soon, and I know James is already talking about hiking, and this year I would like to join him. I miss hiking, I miss discovering new parks and trails, and I miss reasons to be outdoors and away from it all. I hope that my dedication to the program does not falter this time, I would love to be able to climb the next lighthouse without having to stop every two minutes!! (James, you know what I mean.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Home Alone

I don't understand those folks who wish they didn't have to work for a living. I have been home full-time now for less than two months, and I can't possibly be more bored to pieces. Maybe if I had children to watch after, or a home-based business to run, or a huge garden to tend. Since there are millions of people out of work right now, it may be a few days or a few more months before I find work again, who can say? In the interim, I try to stay positive. I decorate the new house, I drive around our new town trying to get familiar with it, I go run errands. I try to read or paint or write letters to fill my hours. I read the paper from front to back now, drinking coffee and watching the birds at the feeders on the back deck. I avoid the pitfall of getting sucked into watching TV all day, so the house is unearthly quiet as I keep the monster turned off. Even the cats sleep all day long in their hiding places, I go hours without even seeing any of them. True there is still work to be done around the house, but James is here for just moments in the morning before he leaves for work, and about two to three hours at night before he goes to bed. Any mess around the house is one I've created myself. There are still boxes left unpacked down in the basement, but on most days I don't really want to work down there for long. One day it will be bright and warm and just another part of the house, once it's finished. Right now it is dark and damp and cold, and the concrete is not conducive for sitting or standing for long periods. I know eventually I will get into my rhythm here, and my hours and days will fly by. Right now I don't even know what day of the week it is.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Welcome to my blog, for my friends and family to follow my new life here in Georgia. I tried MySpace but didn't like the idea that strangers had access to all my information and constantly sent me offers to buy whatever they were hawking, not to mention the creepy guys trying to get "dates" online. I hope to share photos, thoughts, funny stories with all of you! Enjoy!