Archive for the ‘2011 – Jan1 thru Mar 31’ Category

It’s Wednesday, July 27th and the official deadline for our Mystery Build contest is not until Sunday. Wow, we have 5 days left to pull this together…or do we?

I was up at 6:30 this morning making my coffee, catching up on emails and sweating out the details of how we might pull this off. We have until early evening to work out the most grueling details on our project. Right, we are artists in dire need of a civil  engineer of sorts. Hell, a brain surgeon, a traffic coordinator, or a sociopath might help, so long as they are not drinking PBR and sidetracked with laughter and strange recipes throughout the night.

I guess that’s what has made this contest so much fun. The collaboration between friends who think quite differently but will laugh, think and listen together. I have the painterly more poetic skills at hand and my partner artist has the carpentry tool, carving skills in her background. So, for hours on end, we discuss ideas, work out experiments, shake our fists, clap our hands. Then we take a break and make some strange concoction in the kitchen that has no bearing on our project other than to replenish our carbs so as we do no more bodily harm. Exacto blades can be very dangerous!

Stuffed Chile Peppers

Creative juices

Here is last nights dinner. Fresh chile peppers (from Wake Forest Farmers Market) stuffed with cream cheese, parsley, garlic, cheese, shrimp. All this wrapped in bacon and placed under the broiler. As any great chef will do, I have left out a secret ingredient but you can doctor it up any way you want. Jalapenos add an extra kick.

Ooh! Here comes my partner in crime. Gotta go create!






I’d venture to say there is a true meaning of life although most of us spend our lives trying to figure out what it is. Or maybe we are so wrapped up in our daily lives that we forget what life is really about.

The recent upheaval that seems to be overcoming this world has shaken me. Just as I begin to do my part to help raise funds for Japan after the Tsunami, my own home state is hit with its own devastating tornados and weather related storms. Friends narrowly escaped with their lives and are left without power for–what may be–weeks. Photographs of the flattened homes, businesses and other structures that keep us safe for much of our days are disturbing at best. The media reports of the lives lost instantly despite peoples intelligent moves toward safety make my heart ache.

As I look at the pictures, hear the stories, see the destruction, I am reminded that life may be short. I am at conflict with myself on who to help, what to do, where to go, etc. One thing I know for certain is that I was lucky this time.

But, no matter how short life may be, remember, you may always need the hand of your enemy. I try to be fair to everyone and always try to put myself in their shoes. My mother and grandmother always said “do unto others as you would want done unto you”. I have lived by that saying and believe my daughter will as well.

Yes, My intent is to update my blog more regularly this ninety-one day cycle. However, when I have Uncle Sam breathing down my neck and an uncertain and rather unbalanced life ahead, it seems as though figuring it all out should really take precedence over updating a blog. And so it will.

I wake nearly every morning saying this is the day. This is the day I hit the send button (to the IRS). This is the day I catch up on ALL my bills. This is the day I call my mom, dad, sister, daughter. This is the day I go grocery shopping, finally. Etc, etc.

Now really. Here it is 4:45 pm and what have I accomplished today? I finished about 4 hours of volunteer work. I sent out necessary emails. I talked to my daughter. I heated leftovers for lunch. I met with a financial consultant. Oh, and I updated my blog.

Tomorrow I promise to let you know what’s brewing over the next couple months.

So, how does this happen?

Well, beginning January 1, 2011 I took on a new Ninety-One Days Challenge. My goal was to make the necessary changes to get me feeling better about my life and overall well-being. I basically had three goals: Get in shape (inner body toning), lose 10 pounds (outer body toning) and lastly, get my mind back in shape.

I joined a gym and worked out about three times per week for the first half of the program, then graduated up to five or six times per week. I met with a pharmacist once per week to weigh in, have BP checked and discuss the weeks progress, etc.

Everything went very well. I lost nearly 15 pounds over all, BP dropped 30 points (within 3 weeks of beginning the program), and I have a new outlook on life. There may be other factors contributing to my optimistic outlook, but I do credit much of it to my commitment of these programs. With a little help form my friends and a whole lot of self control, ninety-one days is enough time to reach any goal. See my overall results below and make your commitment today!

January 1, 2011 –
Height 5′ 4.5″, weight 150.2 BP = 132/81
Body Fat = 38.7%
Fat weight = 58.2
Lean weight = 92.1
Basal Metabolic Rate = 1352
(body measurements in cm)
Neck = 33cm
Shoulder = 103cm
Abdomen = 84
Hip = 107
Rt Thigh = 62

February 11, 2011 –
Height 5′ 4.5″ (still), weight 140.6 (decrease of 9 lbs) BP = 114/77(dropped drastically as of January 21)
Body Fat = 27.6% (decreased by 11.1%)
Fat weight = 38.8 (decrease of 19.6 lbs)
Lean weight = 101.8 (increase of 9.7 lbs)
Basal Metabolic Rate = 1449 (increase of 97)
(body measurements in cm)
Neck = 32.5cm (decrease of .5cm)
Shoulder = 102.5 (decrease of .5cm)
Abdomen = 73.5 (decrease of 10.5cm)
Hip = 100.5 (decrease of 6.5cm)

March 31, 2011 –
Height 5′ 4.5″ (still), weight 136.6 (total decrease of 13.6 lbs) BP = 103/67(down from a beginning reading of 132/81)
Body Fat = 27.6% (total decrease of 11.1%)
Fat weight = 37.6 (total decrease of 20.6 lbs)
Lean weight = 98.9 (overall increase of 6.8 lbs)
Basal Metabolic Rate = 1420 (overall increase of 68)
(body measurements in cm)
Neck = 32cm (overall decrease of 1cm)
Shoulder = 101 (overall decrease of 2cm)
Abdomen = 72.5 (overall decrease of 11.5cm)
Hip = 100.5 (overall decrease of 6.5cm)
Rt Thigh = 58.5 (overall decrease of 3.5cm)

YAY!!! I am smaller but feel a whole lot more confident and stronger!
A Special Thank You to the trainers, mentors and pharmacists at:

Forever Fitness – (which is now O2 Fitness Express)

Villlage Pharmacy –

OK. Yesterday was was full of fools all around me, so I felt today would be a breeze. So far the only April Fools Day trick has been the scale. While I did all I could to shed one last pound this week, that digital reading showed a higher number than last week. For that, I was a little disappointed.

Being early afternoon, I quickly realized I still have much of the day to overcome that little glitch. I am now in a “famous” coffee shop of which the general public has a love/hate relationship. (Insert guess here)

Actually, I think people in general have a love/hate relationship with success. Ever notice how something is really cool until you grow tired of it? There are certainly things I used to adore and then found it downright annoying. Or how about the leftovers in the fridge? Just how long can you eat split pea and ham soup day after day?

More tomorrow! Including my stats for the entire ninety-one days.

Today I realized that after my ninety one day lifestyle challenge, I am truly a changed person. I woke early in the day and got busy right away but decided there would be no other time to go workout if I did not do it right then. So off I went. I feel good about it too.

Ever start something that feels really good only to find that it clearly wasn’t the right relationship or partnership at all? Let me tell you…If it feels good to you, go with it. If it doesn’t, leave it.

As my Ninety-one Day Challenge comes to a close, I realize it is time for me to decide my next challenge. Since weighing in at 139 last week Friday, I have another 4 lbs to shed to reach my goal this time. But, losing weight is not my only goal.

My life does not revolve around my physical appearance. People don’t seem to treat me any differently based on my weight. To tell you the truth, my well being has more to do with how I feel on the inside.

This last week I wanted so bad to erase the indulgence of good foods I had the week before. I did not totally fall off the wagon, but it was enough that I just felt “wrong”. After a week of indulgence, I worked out every day and watched what I was eating. A low calorie diet combined with high intensity workouts and a few outside stresses, made me feel better about my well being but I was emotionally and physically drained. A day of rest and and I bounced back and am now feeling better than ever.

Add to that a weekend of top rate arts and entertainment and then a day of meditation, seed sharing and a bonfire with friends and I am back to where I need to be. The full moon helped to guide my spiritual journey and this ninety-one days is about to come full circle!

Gas prices, health of a loved one, job status and now my weight. Now WAIT!!!
Just one minute!!!

• Gas prices go up about forty or so cents over the weekend,

• A great friend goes to intensive care after battling complications of Lyme Disease for better than 2 years,

• Jobs, mostly volunteer work, have my head spinning all night long and waking with what seems like a migraine the size of Africa (no, Texas has nothing on this),

• And I seem to have put on 2 pounds since a week or so ago! Ugh!

Forget it. I just needed to rant for a second and now that that’s done and out of my system, I think I’ll go focus my thoughts elsewhere. Then as the rain pours from above during tonight’s storms, I’ll sleep as soundly as possible and tomorrow will be yet another day. A better day…

So, I’m going for a Lifestyle Change here, and one thing is certain – “My Creativity Will Never Die!”.

I say this now because over the last week or so I have come to realize that not everyone has the creative gene in their body. And some do not have the gumption to stick out their neck and do something different. Well, all talents and skills aside, I do have the ability to rattle off unique ideas and see what will transpire.

I encourage everyone to “think outside the box” when it comes to life. Be it running your own business, raising a family, or investing in a Lifestyle Change. Give yourself a set amount of time (ninety-one days) and set a new goal for yourself. Reach for the stars. If you only get to the moon, it is still new territory and you just might learn a few things about yourself!

My Lifestyle Change is sponsored by and being monitored through professional staff at:
Forever Fitness in Wakefield –
24 hour access facility costs less than $1 per day
Village Pharmacy in Wake Forest –
3 month Take Charge nutrition program costs less than $4 per balanced meal replacement shake

The 5 Minute Coffee Talk

Posted: February 15, 2011 in 2011 - Jan1 thru Mar 31

I have no idea how to spell “Shpeel” so that’s why I have “Coffee Talk” up there…

This morning I had a short little “talk” to give to a realty company regarding my non-profit organization. Usually I get pretty nervous speaking in the presence of others, but this time I was downright relaxed.

I’m not sure if I have the beautiful NC 70º weather to thank, or maybe it was the kind-hearted nudging from the agents in the room. Or how about the long lasting satisfaction I got from my warmed chocolate nutrition shake this morning? If I had to place a bet, I would go with a healthy balance of all three of these things. And, it could even be a bit of a hangover from the very engaging and mind numbing day I enjoyed on, of all days, Valentines Day!

That’s right! No chocolates for me or from me this year. No roses, no bubble bath and no kisses. Just another busy day exercising a healthy mind and spirit and ending with a good nights sleep. It all prepared me for that presentation in the day ahead and might even lay the ground work for the rest of my life.

Well, OK. I’m not a star, but I do feel I could dance a pretty good jig right about now!

I’ve been on a certain “high” since the Packers won the Super Bowl on Sunday and since then, my workouts have been fun and challenging all at the same time. Knowing everything I ate or drink during the game, I’ve been a little worried to get my chart reading today. So, this morning I went to the gym and stepped up my game a little. Pushing myself to my limits even caught the eye of a fellow fitness buff!

After the circuit, my time was to be on the elliptical for 20 minutes with my heart rate above 150. Just as I began to get bored, ESPN announced Brett Favre was being considered for Dancing With The Stars! I nearly fell off the machine I was laughing so hard! Not because I don’t think he could do it, but more because I just can’t believe he would do it!

Listen, after my daughter finished high school and moved out of the house, I vowed there would be “NO MORE DRAMA”. And, for the most part, my life has been drama free, so I’m not sure I can handle the media circus that this match up would have.

So, Hollywood, I ask, what about me? I am so much more fit than I was just a month ago! I have erased a years worth of stress from my life, and am feeling more confident than ever!

Today my over fat body fat percentage dropped to just 27% from 36% on January 1st. And my weight has dropped another 1.2 pounds from last week. An overall weight loss while at the same time gaining weight in lean muscle mass. Now I think I could do dancing, prancing or just about anything! But, then again, I’m a little shy at times and am always thinking someone could be watching. Hmmmmmmm…

Now that I think about it, it’s probably better to let anyone else, Favre, Fabio or even Frankenstein, take to the stage!