2019 · accomplishment · Bucket List · Courage · dreams · encourage · Enough · goal · Goals · motivation · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Uncategorized

Dreams

So I did a thing…

I applied and went to open casting for Masterchef this past Saturday in Atlanta. This has been a dream of mine for the past ten years. I applied and tried.

It was exciting, nerve wracking, and completely out of my comfort zone.

I made a Stacked Tuna Poke’. I will post the recipe later this week…but I did it. I signed up and tried. I didn’t make it past the first interview round but the two tasting chefs liked my dish, tasted it twice and even videotaped it. So there is that.

Lesson learned is simply go for it…if you don’t try you won’t succeed. Pretty simple I know but so worth it.

Go for your dreams…ya never know until you try.

Blessings my friends.

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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.

 

2018 · accomplishment · anniversary · birthdays · Bucket List · David's Thoughts · husband · Millionaire · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Travel · Uncategorized

David’s Thoughts – Millionaire

So, five months after taking the initial audition test, my episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” finally aired last night. I have to say, I am pretty proud of how Jerry and I did. While I would have loved to have won more money, the $50,000 we did win was, as Chris Harrison said at the end of the episode, “Not a bad paycheck for 30 minutes work!”

Looking back, I am happy with the game I played. I used all my lifelines when I needed them, I thought through the questions, and I didn’t take any significant risks. (Of course, getting questions that happened to line up with the storehouse of weird knowledge I keep in my head helped immensely!)

Overall, the entire experience was an amazing adventure! And I have to say, we especially enjoyed meeting and working with the cast and crew of the show. From the folks that hosted the original test, to the producers that I interviewed with, to the production staff that took such good care of us at the studio, they couldn’t have been more supportive or encouraging. A lot of unseen work goes into making sure the final production looks good on the screen, and those folks deserve far more recognition and respect than they typically receive. So, to all of them, I offer my sincerest thanks.

If you ever get the chance to audition, I would highly recommend it! It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am so very grateful to have been able to experience it.

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2018 · anniversary · birthdays · Bucket List · family · husband · Millionaire · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Travel · Uncategorized

Millionaire

Back in June, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE  held open auditions in Pensacola.  David took the test, and we went home.  After several skype interviews, and emails back and forth with producers, he finally got the call to go to Las Vegas for the taping of the  show in August.  We flew out and had a great time.  It ended up being over our wedding anniversary, and birthdays (our wedding anniversary is August 20, David’s birthday is August 21, and my birthday is August 22).  082018G_David_Chancellor_ _15

To quote my hubby:  “I played the game I wanted to play.”

082018G_David_Chancellor_ _09The show airs tonight (November 15) on WEAR-TV abc3 in the Mobile/Pensacola area.  Per legal, we can’t say anything until the show airs…so everyone will have to watch to see how David did.  But I have to say we met some amazing people from other contantests to staff and producers from the show that will always have a special place in our hearts.  It was an amazing experience.

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Blessings.

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Bucket List

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, y’all know that I love going to famous chef’s restaurants.  So David and I were in Las Vegas for our anniversary and birthdays.  We were able to go to several Bucket List places.

We went to Giada’s, and to Robert Irvine’s Public House.  Both were wonderful.But the one place we were absolutely in love with was Hell’s Kitchen-at Caesar’s Palace.  We had seared scallops, lobster risotto as appetizers.  (And I did’t eat all of my meal.)Then I had the Beef Wellington and David had the beef short ribs.  Everything was incredible.  We have watched Hell’s Kitchen, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Being able to eat at the Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen was amazing.  I know that it wasn’t the actually studio for the filming, but…it was incredible experience and meal.We had a ball, had some really great food.  Truly a wonderful day.

Blessings.

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Bucket List-Algebra

I can now say that I have conquered Algebra!  I received my final grade of “C”.  I will take it.  I so struggled with this.

I knew the material, just really struggled with the tests.  Overall, I did well.  I am so thankful it is done.  The anxiety with the tests was really overwhelming.  I tried my oils, medicine, and breathing techniques.  I still found myself staring at my test with – uhm – what is this? I LOVED this from Carmen.  My family has been incredibly supportive.

I have made it a goal to take six courses (two classes per semester) in 2018 beginning with Statistics (math again), and Nutrition.  I am not looking forward to the Statistics course, but I am the Nutrition course.  I think if I can get through this next math, I will be okay in school.  I know that I will struggle, but just looking forward to learning and growing.

So onward, right?  Happy to have a break for a couple of weeks.

Blessings!!

 

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18 Months

Wow…it seems like forever ago that I had my Gastric Sleeve Surgery.  Then again, it seems like yesterday.  It is much harder to work at maintaining especially now with my gain of eight pounds.

I had my 18 month check up Friday. My doctor was concerned about the gain, as am I.  I do not want to go back there.Stephen has this picture hanging up in his room.  I thought I looked good at the time.  It was a good picture of all of us.  I have a fear of this.  I know that I can’t get there quickly, but it will creep up on me if I am not careful.  I know the gain I have had is directly linked to the lack in my planning of meals, or my exercise.  It shows.

So as I said yesterday…resetting my focus.  Reclaiming that I can do this, and will with God’s grace.  Having the support of my nutritionist in what I want to do with my diet, I plan on beginning after Thanksgiving.  I don’t want to start only to set myself up for failure.  Planning my meals and exercise will be the key to my daily success.

I have a month to get off 4 pounds, and have my follow up appointment with my nutritionist.  (Realistic goal – 4 pounds; would love to have all of the regain gone at 8 pounds!)  David and I will be gearing up for the Ho Ho Hustle 5k on December 9.  So exercise is a must to beat my time from last year.

Side note:  I am continuing to take college courses (YAY), and will be taking Nutrition next semester.  It will count as an elective in my AA, but for me personally, something I have had a long desire to learn.  I have a want to relearn what is healthy, and how to be healthy in everyday life.  I think it will benefit my family as well, well hopefully.

Happy thanksgiving week.  Stay safe.

Blessings.