2019 · Carmen · NYC · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Travel

NYC

Y’all! Too much to going on for posting today…but will explain in more detail tomorrow. 😎

Blessings!

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2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Carmen · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thankful · Travel · Uncategorized

DC Again

Carmen and I waited in line to see an oral argument with the Supreme Court Justices. Carmen was in heaven due to being able to see and hear Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG).

Finally saw blooming cherry blossoms 🌸 outside of the Supreme Court building.

Toured the National Geographic Queens of Egypt exhibit. Women should rule the world.

Stood blocks away from the White House. Security had the square blocked off due to an outside press conference. Ugh!

Had cold water oysters (not sure what kind they were). Eh…I love my Florida oysters. These were good, but small and very briney.

End of the day and rode the MARC trains. Great way to get around especially if I don’t have to do this daily.

Today we are off to NYC. I am super excited to be there for a couple of days and to show Carmen some sites. I haven’t been here since I was seventeen.

Blessings!!

2019 · Carmen · family · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · southern girls · stuff · Travel · Uncategorized

DC

Carmen and I are in Washington DC and NYC this week for my spring break, and to celebrate her graduation from LSU last December.

It is aLao a great excuse to spend time with my nieces (and Carmen to have some cousin time). Spending time with family, and their chickens.

The girls are in school, so we explored DC museums yesterday, and are planning on visiting the Supreme Court today.

Oh, by the way, yesterday’s high temperature was 49 degrees! The temperature this morning…29 degrees! Today is supposed to be a bit warmer—51 degrees. Yikes. Carmen and I are warm blooded…and have been freezing! We did bring coats and gloves…but these Florida girls are missing the beach.

Blessings.

2019 · Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · encourage · family · friends · lupus · Uncategorized · WLS

Comfort Zone

This applies to so many things in my life right now.  I am trying to focus on dealing with challenges and problems, and I think I am locked in.  Although I float between the Learning Zone and Fear Zone with the self-confidence, I am building in that area.

My swings apply to my Lupus, weight loss, health in general, work and then life (family and friends).  I feel pulled in so many directions, and want everyone to be happy with me, I forget to be happy with myself.  Staying in the Fear Zone is something I do not want to do.   It seems I don’t consciously think that I am there.

Today I put myself out there…extending my comfort zone.  I spoke up for myself, and felt validated afterwards.  It is so hard, especially when I think others have a preset idea.  It is good to be heard, listened to, and acknowledged for my thoughts and ideas.

Presenting myself in a way that speaks self-confidence, I have gained more self-confidence.  Ironic really, and now I want to grow more.

What zone do you linger in?  How have you conquered your personal growth or not?

Blessings today and always.

 

2019 · 5k · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bucket List · Disney · Princess · Uncategorized · Walt Disney · WLS

Disney Princess 5k

Well, the worst part was getting up at 3 am! Yes, 3:00 am!!  We had to be in our sections by 5:00 a.m.  So bus transports to the EPCOT staging area, walked around a bit, chatted with others, and got nervous.2019-Princess-5K-Course-Map-1Y’all!  I did this…well, Carmen and I did this!  And survived…eh, sort of! It was 74 degrees and about 80 percent humidity.  Ugh…not the best for this type of race…but again we survived.  Disney knows how to put on an event.  Bucket list. So I have on my bucket list as a Disney 1/2 Marathon (walking), but participating in a Disney Run is satisfying!!

374313063Not the most flattering picture…but I will take it!  I cried when I crossed the finish line…Y’all – four years ago I had to have a scooter to be able to survive our family trip to Disney.  I could never had walk over 20,000 steps.  So very grateful for my gastric sleeve, even with my 30 pound regain, for the opportunities to enjoy my life again.  To be able to experience these types of events with my friends and family is truly the BEST thing…truly grateful.

Love and blessings.

 

2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Depression · family · friends · Grief · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized · WLS

There

Trying to stay in the moment. Shari is the one in the middle, and Hank’s precious wife. I love these women. Yesterday was a hard day, but glorious in the way Hank touched so many lives. I am thankful for being his friend.

What I don’t like is how I look in this picture. I feel as though I am huge. I know that I shouldn’t even be thinking this but when I first saw this I immediately thought about my size.

There. We were there when we needed to be. I will be there when I need to be for Shari and her family. I need to just to not obsess about this. Ugh!

Struggling.