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Living life and having fun (with pics)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

There are a lot of things going on in my life right now. Lots of changes.

First of all my daughter is 8 months pregnant and I'm gonna be a grandma for the first time around Christmas. This has been a huge adjustment. Not what I expected or hoped for but I've adjusted and have fallen in love with this little guy who I've yet to see. Still don't like the gma label though. I've worked so hard to feel better, younger and feisty. Gma doesn't seem to go with that. Here's her latest pic:

She's been staying with me for a while but she and her "boo" are looking for an apartment. She is desperate to get settled -- nesting is setting in.

Also, I've been contemplating returning to school to finish the degree I walked away from 23 years ago. I'd been praying about it and then a friend pointed out a notice that my alma mater (campus is 4 hrs away) had an ad in the paper for an adult program at a satellite campus 30 miles away that offered one night per week classes for 18 months for adults to finish their degrees. Truthfully I don't need to finish for my career --for the last 3+ years I have managed my family's business and the plan is to continue that, but I don't like feeling like I didn't finish something I started. If I do this, I would graduate from the school I started at 25 years after I walked away, kind of full circle. Its a scary idea, but one thing that keeps ringing in my head is something I've heard and learned here on Sparkpeople ... "When 18 months has passed, I can do one of two things. Look back and wish I'd started 18 months ago or have accomplished my goal." Sparkpeople is an awesome way to learn motivation and goal setting.

I admit, I've been struggling with my weight loss journey. This month for some reason, my eating has stunk and my exercise has dropped way down. I see it, I recognise it, I know what I need to do but haven't done it yet. I have my excuses. For some reason for the last couple weeks -- everything on me hurts! My knees, hips shoulders, neck etc are so stiff in the mornings I can hardly move. I have to take an 800 mg Ibuprofen just to get moving. I don't really know why. I will get this back on track. I know what to do. I broke down yesterday and went to my massage therapist. She is soooo amazing. She does wonderful work and can tell you what area of pain is attributed to what part of your body or life. My right side of my back was so painful and knotted up and she said that is finance, business, education and procrastination. HELLO... fit much??? lol! It really helped but I need to go much more often.

Here's my latest before/after pic:

The difference is huge, but I'm not done yet and I have to be careful not to go backwards.

Last night I tried some new things - Paintball and laser tag. It was awesome! Now I'll admit, paintball stunk. My bff and I got all ready and felt super cool, till we got on the field with a bunch of testerone filled guys. We got out there and within 2 mins had been shot 4 times (and have the welts to prove it) and decided we were done. How I got shot in my upper thighs while hiding behind a barrel formation, I can't figure out, but man it hurt!

Here's us before battle:

My friend said we should have taken pics afterward to show the paint mess.

We also did laser tag and that was AWESOME!!! Much more fun and not painful! It was a blast and I realized afterwards how great it was to run and play and not feel awkward or winded or out of place. SOOOO fun!

Anyway, life is good and I will keep moving forward, after all, time passes, down the road do we want to look back at what we wish we'd accomplished or what we have?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/2/2011 10:20PM

    Your daughter is all baby! Congrats to you, her and her boo. Glad you're living life and having tons of fun while doing it. That's what it's all about

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/31/2011 9:31AM

    Congrats on being a grandma, I just became one last month. Sorry your back is hurting and hope you work the kinks out. You look great and you know you have to keep on top of the maintenance phase. So many exciting things happening, keep us posted. You are a true inspiration, and I MEAN THAT !!!!

Thanks for always commenting on my blogs, too. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/30/2011 9:17PM

    Congratulations on the upcoming grand baby. Your daughter is beautiful!

You look great!

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ALOFA0509 10/30/2011 12:32PM

    Congrats on your new lil Angel!!! how exciting emoticon

Your looking great lady, keep strong- You Got this!

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SUNSHYNDREAMER 10/30/2011 12:21PM

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Try not to be afraid of the whole "grandma" stigma. You can be any kind of grandma you want to be. I have always thought of my grandma as young, cool and hip. Even now she is in her 80's and she is one of my best friends in the whole world. I'm sure you will be the hippest grandma in your little grandbaby's play group. emoticon

As for getting back on track, you have come so far and obviously know what you need to do. Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing your story with us.


Oh and your daughter is adorable, she looks great for 8 months pregnant. Congrat's again!

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SUNSCREENISGOOD 10/30/2011 11:11AM

    Sounds like you are making some huge progress and so happy! emoticon

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COOP9002 10/30/2011 10:51AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. Enjoy your special time as a Grandma.

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KGLOVER71 10/30/2011 10:46AM

    Good for you! You will rock the "Grandma" thing. I think kids who have young, fun grandmas are blessed. Good luck to you and to your daughter.

I know what you mean about having a hard time with the motivation. I think it's a lifetime struggle, and every day is a new day. Sometimes your head is in the right place, and sometimes it's more of a struggle. I think we kid ourselves when we start to think it will be easy. It's not easy but it's worth it!

Good luck with school!!!!!!!!

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SBECKER526 10/30/2011 10:41AM

    Your story is so real. I am proud of your accomplishments and running your own business. I had a goal that I gave up on as I felt I was getting too old to pursue. My husband talked me out of it. So I studied for my doctorate during my ages 40-44. I did get the degree and used it for 15 years. Don't be afraid to return to your studies if you really want to do that. Think of you, too. I'd have problems with the concept of grandma. Think of a special word that does not conjure up the aged gray haired lady on a rocking chair.

Keep up the great work!

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