Soooooo. I don't know if you're curious or not - I haven't posted in a long time - because VIstaprint was disordered or dysfunctional - and I am still waiting for them to tell me it's 'fixed'. . .
I am STILL FOLLOWING THE KETO WAY OF EATING. I have dropped almost 3 full dress sizes.
In fact I am so committed to it now that I feel like I forgot how I used to eat - graze - and fill up on lots of empty carbs. I really thought that I would miss my food groups: pasta, pizza and popcorn - but I DO NOT AT ALL.
I recently fell into the Pinterest vacuum!
I find it so much more refreshing and personalized than the stale news feed of Facebook! I can only handle so much 'hating' or hundreds of wedding - baby - travel photos by posters. Sorry but I can't 'do' much of any of that so I needed a diversion.
On May 1st, I decided to get REALLY serious about losing weight. Although I had not gained more than 5 pounds in more than 5 years (must have figured out how in/out to do that).
This is going to be the start of regular entries on my personal experience of attempting to lose50 POUNDS.
I will share that I have done this once before. I'm repeating my pattern - my last intense weight loss program was the year before my 50th Birthday - when the light bulb moment happened and I became determined to take off my extra weight.
I was hellbent and determined and that is what I knew I needed to do for this round.
My warning is that if you are NOT - then wait until you are - losing 50+ pounds required sustained focus, perseverance, and making a LOT of minute to minute decisions and choices you may not have the ability to do because your life is filled with 1000 other stresses and issues.
This is a share that I have been living through. I know the anxiety, pressure and shame of not having 'enough'. I know the frustration of having to say 'no' to almost everything. I know the way to make bad decisions about money. I know how quickly the best of budgets can be blindsided by external forces that magnify a stressful situation into a dark hole of hopelessness.
I also know the satisfaction of getting yet another debt paid, feeling proud of handling the insecurities related to financial management and being compassionate about those who struggle daily to simply survive.
25 years ago I made the decision to become a Mental Health Counselor. It was encouraged by a Pastor who saw me working with a couple dozen "Alley Kids" and my own statement of 'its sad that I enjoy what I do for free more than what I do for pay'. Several of those kids had real mental health 'issues' -most just assumed they were the 'bad' kids. I intuitively knew different.
Since then - 1995 - I have been in the trenches of mental illness, addiction, grieving, community tragedies, headline events and the real stories that many don't know, won't know and can't know.
I've been on a kick to "Tidy" - the principal of it is to organize your home bycategory.
Please make one category every single medication, vitamin, supplement, diet pills, OTC medications.
Having been on the front line of this horrific drug epidemic that has taken the lives of people I know and left behind even more grieving I know. I can't emphasize enough to remove any 'extra' drugs that you don't need or are not prescribed to you. This is not just a teen problem -adults steal medications too!
Are you interested in Marie Kondo's strategy and process of "Tidying" ?
I'm going to present my edited way of beginning the process and add my personal experiences and tips, some are not in her book - but helped me achieve the ongoing results that I appreciate every day.
Her first step is NOT cleaning - tidying - tossing - or minimizing - its research!!
I'm going to add my secret - I complemented the process with my Smart Phone APP - by Joseph Clough - who provides hypnosis applications.
For those of you who tend to be inspired to 'Spring Clean' when the weather warms up this share is for you.
I will also encourage you to read my other Blog entries about "Tidying" - that I posted as I went through the process 2 years ago - and bear with me if I repeat myself.
If you have not heard of this book and its principals and strategies- this is the book and author it is based on. I cannot repeat or express enough that going through the entire process is truly life changing.
Are you anxious yet excited about starting college??
Having been through the experience of leaving home to attend
college 8 hours from home I understand the anxiety that comes with the
project. Now as an experienced counselor
I see how stressful it is and want to offer some specific tips that will help
you get through the first year.
· Spend the Summer READING– you can do it on
your phone, use ‘real’ books or google on amazon or local library to get more
versed in the subjects you will
Risk / Symptoms Present
Loss of sleep
Not able to sleep 24 hours
Staying up and out late despite other responsibilities
Not able to sleep 2-3 days
Feel and stating they feel ‘wired’
is obvious to others, may include verbal abuse
is inappropriate – now angry and violent.
Desire to be impulsive:
Using drugs –more
of legal or illegal
Sexual acting out
Medium Risk/ Symptoms Obvious:
with impulsive thoughts: