It’s time to get healthy!  Before I joined Gigi at the incredible spa, I
received some news from blood work.  It
was depressing as usual…my triglycerides continue to be elevated as is my total
cholesterol to HDL Ratio!  So tell me,
how are your triglycerdies?  All the
nurse had to say was the word STROKE and she got my attention. 
Here I am last year after I lost thirty pounds on the HCG Diet. I was also walking on a regular basis. So sad to report that most of that weight has returned….yes, after I said, it would not!  This is the power I have allowed stress to have this year!  I gave it permission to ravage my health!
This past school year has been
ADJUSTMENT TIME.  Adjusting to the empty
nest…adjusting to my husband’s new work challenges and possible career changes…adjusting
to teaching plus freelance writing plus blogging… adjusting to my mother
running off with my cousin after she officially disowned my brother and me (a
great story…definite sitcom material…for another day!)…adjusting to new
budgeting challenges….UGH….many adjustments. 
I like to think that I handle stress really well, but even I get dragged
into the mire when there are too many changes at once.  I have always allowed stress to affect my
eating habits and exercise….simply put, it affects exercise in the sense that I DON’T…exercise
that is.  I confess; I am exhausted…drained…in
much need of an overhaul.
So here I am with 12 days and I
desire to change my lifestyle, big time. 
I really think the best advice I received on the low cost pampering post, was from Rose, who said,  “ … When
I get a break from work without any place to go I step up my workouts. Twelve
days is long enough to see results from an extra 30 minutes a day of walking
plus a 15-20 minute toning DVD. It’s also long enough to get your diet tamed.
Without the stress of work you can step back and review what you’re taking in
and get your pantry organized so summer school will have a healthier cuisine.
It’s so easy to slip into bad snacking habits when we’re busy and stressed.”

Thanks Rose….You have given me my
first goal to reach during the 12 days….I want to change my exercise habits so
that in 12 days the healthy schedule is a part of me and I will not quit…no
matter what comes along.  That’s a big
statement coming from me…feel free, ladies, to hold me accountable.
Here are today’s changes:
week, I began to post at night so that my mornings are free.  I do not know how posting became a morning
event, but it is now an evening event. Why? 
Because everything I read says that activity needs to happen first thing
in the morning in order to increase metabolism. 
When I grab coffee, a laptop and a chair, I am not doing myself any
Today, right after I got up, I drank some very
cold water.  Then I stretched and headed
out to my neighborhood for a 30-40 minute brisk walk. 
When I returned, I went straight to my patio for
coffee with the birds (there was more water before that!)  Making sure the water is cold or over ice
also increases metabolism.
A little later into the morning, I joined Jane Fonda for a FIT and STRONG Workout with weights and stretching.  When I return to work, I hope to continue the
morning walk and then invite Jane over in the afternoon for her workout!  I appreciate this workout, because she is
candid about getting older and falling. 
She has had hip and knee surgery and helps with tips about how to avoid
some of these pitfalls…mostly big falls!

5. I kept moving as much as possible.  I walked down to get the mail and I parked far from the grocery store so that I walked more!  I worked arms some more while watching the news.
6.       Mentally, I will not allow my past exercise
failures to shut me down.  This time I
desire to persevere… to finally complete my reinvention and to kiss some of those
trglycerides good bye!  But I have said
that before…so it will take more fortitude this time, and I must take things one day at a time.
For those who may not know, we are currently a lower income
household with no  money for trainers or
a workout facility.  For now, I am on my
own!  I hope the next 12 days will be an encouragement
to those of you with the same struggles. 
I promise to be forthright with the challenges.
Tomorrow, I will share with you what I am changing about the
menu….and, yes, no more Fashionista Cupcakes!! Have a fabulous Thursday to
everyone!!  Be sure to stop by the other
blogs from Katie’s Thursday Blog Hop!! You will find the links tomorrow!  
Thursday Favorite Things

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