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Barry and TootyToday marks the end of the third quarter of 2018. We have completed three fourths of the year. The new year is just around the corner. Today is also the 8th anniversary of Comet, otherwise known as Tooty, becoming a member of the Loyacano family. Eight years ago today, Andrew and I rescued Comet as he was dodging traffic on Happywoods Road. We were on our way to school. Personally, I was not planning on keeping him. However, my hubby and Andrew had other ideas. No chip, no collar, no owner to be found. Needless to say, we kept him, and I am happy we made that decision. He brings us so much joy.

Of the 13 remaining items on my 18 for 2018 list, I completed one of them this quarter:

#9 Visit a museum.

Of my 18 items on my 18 for 2018 list, I am currently working on two of them that will be completed by the end of December:

#4 Lose 18 pounds.
#5 Blog at least once per month.

Counting today’s post, I have blogged 10 times this quarter which brings my total to 30 posts for the year.  As a result of writing more frequently, I had to upgrade my blog which allowed me to obtain more storage, so I can keep previously written posts archived while continuing to write and publish more content. In addition, it allowed me to acquire my own domain name. Amazeballs! As for losing 18 pounds, my progress is creeping along. I have officially lost three pounds. Of course, this means I have 15 more pounds to lose by the end of December if I plan on crossing this item off of my list. It is feasible, but I must get more serious if I want to succeed.

In Other News:

Andrew and I have completed three of our six shifts working LSU Concessions. Yesterday’s game was tough because kickoff was at 8:00 p.m. which put me plopping into my bed at 3:00 a.m. this morning. We are scheduled to work one game in October and two games in November. We are definitely in a season of sacrifice.

Exciting news! I have registered to take an ADR/Looping Workshop in October with my acting coach and mentor, Lance Nichols. He has invited Lynnanne Zager, who is a voice over actress and voice acting coach, and special guest Rif Hutton to conduct the workshop with him and his daughter Indigo, who is also an actress. I am thrilled since this is the first time in a long while that I have been able to participate in an acting class/workshop, especially one run by Lance.

TootyTomorrow begins a new month. I have 12 items to complete on my 18 for 2018 list. I am confident that I will be successful in the remaining last three months of the year. I hope, dear reader, that you are succeeding with whatever goals you have set for this year. Enjoy the remnants of your weekend. Happiness!

 

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” ~ Tom Hiddleston

 

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Today marks the end of the second quarter of 2018. We have completed the first half of the year. Amazing! Time really does fly when you are having fun. And, I have been having a great deal of enjoyment these past couple of months, especially the last three weeks of June. I should have included “intense relaxation” on my 18 for 2018 list because I have definitely excelled at it this summer.

Of the 13 remaining items on my 18 for 2018 list, I have completed zero of them this quarter. Shocking, I know! I could have easily knocked out five of them in the last three weeks; however, I have occupied my time with other activities by spending it with friends and family, reading, watching television, and scrapbooking. I played tennis, met one of my favorite authors, saw a play and a movie, played Pokeno, took in a concert, and attended a baby shower. When I look over my calendar, I am full of joy because of all of the wonderful moments that I have experienced this quarter.

In the midst of it all, I am still finding time to blog at least once per month (#5). Counting today’s post, I have blogged 8 times this quarter which brings my total to 20 posts for the year. Unfortunately, I have not been working as diligently on losing 18 pounds (#4). Not quite sure what is standing in my way of making this important commitment concerning my health. I start…stop…start…stop…start…stop. UGH! I am frustrated with myself because completing this item should not be so difficult.

In Other News:

img_1532.jpgThis past Thursday, Andrew and I went shopping for school uniforms for the last time. It was the first of the “lasts” that we will experience in the upcoming school year. Soon, he’ll be taking senior pictures and applying for college. While senior year is an exciting time, it will be bittersweet (for me). Andrew is the baby, so my hubby and I will be empty nesters. Thankfully, Andrew will not be going too far away for college. He has decided to attend Southeastern in Hammond to earn his undergraduate degree in Biology. While he could easily live at home, he wants the “college experience” of living on campus. After talking to parents of college-age children and to college students who live away from home, I can see the benefits for him.

Tomorrow begins a new month. After three weeks of down-time, it is time for me to buckle down. While I still plan to enjoy what is left of my summer vacation, I also plan to be a bit more productive at home. After all, I do have 13 items to complete on my 18 for 2018 list. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear reader. Happiness!

“The sweetest things become the most bitter by excess.” ~ Democritus

 

 

 

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Today marks the end of the first quarter of 2018. I have decided to review this year in quarters to evaluate my progress with my 18 for 2018 Happiness Project. RE-ENERGIZE is my theme for this year, and I am off to a terrific start. I am gearing up for a lifestyle change (health, fitness, overall well-being). I am blogging more. The school year is nearly over bringing about more change. Events have been scheduled with family and friends. All in an effort to add more joy and happiness to my life which in turn will re-energize me.

Of my 18 items on my 18 for 2018 list, I have completed five of them:

  • #2 Figure out Instagram.
  • #7 Interact with a sloth.
  • #8 Buy Andrew a reasonably priced and reliable used car.
  • #14 Watch Stranger Things.
  • #17 Keep track of my time.

Of my 18 items on my 18 for 2018 list, I am currently working on two of them that will be completed by the end of December:

  • #4 Lose 18 pounds.
  • #5 Blog at least once per month.

Counting today’s post, I have blogged 12 times already this year. I published five posts in January, four posts in February, and three posts in March. Impressive! As for losing 18 pounds, my progress is much slower. However, I know I will get there.

In Other News:

Andrew-airportYesterday morning, my hubby and I brought Andrew to the airport, so he could embark on his journey to Ireland, Wales, and London. I will not see my baby again until April 7th. It will be an unusual week being home alone with just my fur babies. I guess it will give me a taste of what it will be like when Andrew goes off to college.

On Monday, I will start Jackie Warner’s 2-Week Jump Start. I have created a form that I will be using as my food journal for those two weeks. It will be easier for me to record the foods that I will be adding to my existing diet. After the two weeks are completed, I will no longer need to add them to my diet because they will be incorporated as part of my meal choices. If anyone is interested in this form, please email me, and I’ll be happy to send you a copy.

Today is a gorgeous day! Thankfully, I will be spending it outside with my parents, my hubby, and my mother-in-law. My hubby is boiling crawfish. YUM! And, as an extra happiness boost, my momma is spending the weekend with me. I hope you have joyful plans for the Easter weekend, dear reader. Happiness!

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” ~ Charles Kettering 

 

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BottlebrushI realize that I am probably one of the last humans on the planet that waited so long to watch Stranger Things. In my defense, I do not have much time to watch television, and there are few shows that I watch alone in real time or with Andrew. He is just as busy during the school year as I am, so coordinating our schedules to watch a couple of hours of television together can be difficult. However, we manage to squeeze in some time here and there for our favorite shows. Andrew and I had finished watching Parks and Recreation during Mardi Gras break, so we decided to start watching Stranger Things. Many of my friends, family, acquaintances, and even some of my students encouraged me to watch it since they thought it would be a show that I would really enjoy. Boy, were they right. Stranger Things is SUPER awesome! I’m obsessed with it. I absolutely LOVE that it takes place in the 1980s. The show is basically about a group of geeky kids who meet an unusual girl with special abilities around the same time that one of their friends vanishes into a mysterious place that is home to a disturbing creature. It is like the X-Files meets the Goonies. The seasons are not very long, so we blew through both of them within a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the next season does not come out until 2019. Alas, Andrew and I will just have to watch Beyond Stranger Things which delves into the secrets of the Stranger Things universe, specifically Season 2 and re-watch the two seasons prior to Season 3 premiering next year.

In other news…spring has sprung! I have been enjoying the extended daylight in the evenings. Unfortunately,  I only walked on Monday during the first week. I did much better this past week by walking on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and I will walk this afternoon. I’m walking between 30-35 minutes while listening to a podcast.

I started reading Part 2: “This Is How You Eat to Get Hot and Healthy” in Jackie Warner’s book. I read the chapter “Add to Lose” which basically explains the fat-burning foods that need to be added to your existing diet without changing it, supplementing your diet to maximize results, and subtracting foods that cause sensitivities. This chapter is a 2-Week Jump Start to Warner’s program. Therefore, it looks like I will be jump starting on the Monday after Easter along with starting my food journal.

On 19 March (Monday), I started Oprah and Deepak’s Shedding the Weight Meditation. It has been a wonderful way to end my day. It definitely relaxes me.

Only four days, dear reader, until I start Easter break and drop Andrew off at the airport for his adventure to Ireland, Wales, and London. How I wish I could fit in his suitcase! While he is away, I plan to spend time with family and friends, read, meditate, exercise, and organize my scrapbooking materials for my annual girls’ scrapbooking weekend at the end of May. Have a peaceful week while striving to make some area of your life better. Happiness!

“Making each moment count positively is all that life demands from you.”               ~ Edmond Mbiaka

 

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Daylight Saving Time is FINALLY here!MC900432635[1] Three weeks ago I assigned myself some action steps for improving my health that I wanted to complete by today. Unfortunately, I did not complete them all. I have been working quite a bit at school and helping Andrew get ready for his upcoming trip to Ireland. Instead of admonishing myself, I am praising myself for the steps that I did accomplish (week 1). After all, I do have until the end of the year to complete this goal.

I reread Part 1: “This is Why You’re Fat” in Jackie Warner’s This is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever). This section of the book basically explains the three hormones that make you thin, the four hormones that make you fat, balancing your hormones naturally, outsmarting your cravings, sugar overload and weight gain, sugar addiction, hidden sugars, detoxifying your liver, thyroid and metabolism, and avoiding adrenal burnout. Sadly, I am a sugar addict, and I am abusing my body with eating unhealthily and not exercising regularly.

I increased my water intake. In three weeks, I drank a lemonade (Taco Bell) and two mocha lattes (PJ’s/BAM). Otherwise, I drank only water or hot green tea with pomegranate.  I do limit my tea consumption to two cups per day (12 ounce cups) mixed with a little honey.

I weighed myself this afternoon instead of this morning because I forgot that today was the day. I weighed in at 157 pounds which is a three pound increase from my last weigh-in on 12 February 2018. I refuse to fret. This means I need to weigh at least 139 pounds by the end of 2018. Of course, more is BETTER in this situation.

Realistically, I know that I will not start my food journal until the Monday after Easter. I am off of work, so this week will be a perfect week to begin the journal. However, I do need to read Part 2 and Part 3 of Jackie Warner’s book in order to buy the healthy foods I will be implementing in my diet and to create an exercise schedule. Tomorrow, I start walking in the evenings after dinner and will begin keeping an exercise log, as well.

On 19 March 2018, I will again participate in Oprah and Deepak’s Shedding the Weight Meditation. It is a free 21-Day Meditation. I thoroughly enjoy their meditation series. I am thrilled that the Chopra Center is repeating this one. What perfect timing since I am focusing on my health and wanting to shed some weight!

Dear reader, I am getting excited about this leg of the 2018 journey. There is so much to gain from eating clean, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and incorporating meditation in your life. If you want to join the free meditation series, click on the link above to register. Enjoy your upcoming week and be proactive with your own goals for this year. Happiness!

“Life is a great asset we must all endeavor to acquire, keep and daily maintain it well with all due diligence, for without life, all other assets have no real meaning to our lives.” ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

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Kat & Michelle

#oldfriendsarethebestfriends

Over the Mardi Gras break while visiting with my fabulous friend Michelle, I finally figured out Instagram. With her guidance, I was able to create my Instagram account, gain a few followers, and even become a follower myself. Although I am still learning the ropes, it is a fairly easy social media platform to navigate, and it’s a cool way to express yourself. Pictures make me happy!

 

In other news, I weighed myself at the beginning of the week. As of 12 February 2018, I weighed in at 154 pounds. Daylight Saving Time is about 21 days away. This means more daylight which means my running shoes will be hitting the asphalt very soon. This also means that I will begin working on shedding the 18 pounds I want to lose this year. Therefore, the next three weeks leading up to the time change is preparation time for getting serious about exercising more regularly and eating clean. My preparation includes rereading Jackie Warner’s This is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever) and taking a couple of action steps to be ready for the big day.

Week 1: Drink more water. Read Part 1: “This is Why You’re Fat”

Week 2: Start food journal. Read Part 2: “This is How You Eat to Get Hot and Healthy”

Week 3: Create exercise schedule. Read Part 3: “This is How You Exercise to Get Hot and Healthy”

11 March 2018: Reweigh myself. Put 18 marbles in the Pounds To Go container. Read Part 4: “This is How You Stay Hot and Healthy”

I’ll have nine months to achieve my goal. No more excuses. I’m tired of being tired and unhealthy.

For being off of work for a week, I have been quite busy. Thank goodness I had the week off to accomplish everything! I have more to share with you, dear reader; however, it will have to wait for another time. I still owe you a post on my last two weeks of time tracking. I thought for sure I would have more time to write this week, but alas, that was not the case. All in good time. Happiness!

“Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.” ~ Germany Kent

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“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”             ~ Alexander Graham Bell

I discovered the above quote this morning, and it spoke to me loudly and clearly. For the last few months since I started my new job, I’ve been looking back longingly upon the closed door. On the surface, I’m grateful to have a job; however, when I delve deeper, I must admit I have not fully accepted some of the changes the job has made in my life. I miss my flexibility. And, by focusing on what I’ve lost by taking this job instead of what I’ve gained has put me in an underlying funk. Sure, it has presented some challenges, but it also has provided some opportunities. So starting today, my goal is to at least “accept” where I’m at on my life journey right NOW, in the present. Not where I was a few months ago or where I think I’ll be in a few months down the road. According to Eckhart Tolle, “Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it MH900441932willingly….Performing an action in the state of acceptance means you are at peace while you do it.”  I have to adjust my attitude. Tolle says, “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” Whew! I’m happy I spotted the open door before it was too late.

I’m off work today, and that’s no April Fool’s joke.  My little guy and I are going to the movies this afternoon to see The Croods. Afterwards, we plan to work out at the gym. He’ll go to the Fit Kids class and I’ll run/walk. Yep, after two weeks of doing absolutely nothing but exercising my jaw, I’m getting back on the program. This morning I pulled out the scale, my food journal & training log, the club’s exercise schedule, as well as my health & fitness goals. The bad news: I weighed in this morning at 138.5 pounds (gained back 12.5 pounds since December). The good news: I’m getting back on track TODAY.

Two interesting blog posts pertaining to health & fitness: Fool Proof Diet Reboot by Yvette Quantz of Food Therapy and The 38 Best Methods of Successful Exercisers by Leo Babauta of zenhabits.

Whatever the day brings, approach it with the right attitude. In my opinion, this is easier said than done. Remember, I just discovered the open door today. However, strive for acceptance of the situation and don’t let your thoughts about the situation dictate how you will feel. Happiness!

“Breaking old habits and forming new ones always takes time, but it is worth it in the end.” ~ Joyce Meyer 

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