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Catching Up!!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Well, I can't believe it's been this long since I blogged. Fortunately, it's not for all the wrong reasons, which would certainly have been the case in the past. I have just been busy living life! My healthy habits are still intact and I'm feeling stronger everyday. I have posted a recent pic and I'm actually starting to see the changes myself (takes so long, doesn't it?) and the NSVs are happening almost daily. So let me get you caught up on my crazy life!

WORK: I was chosen to move to another Division to participate in the Development of the State Child Welfare Information System (called NCFAST). Very cool - very much an honor - AND I get a raise. Plus, they asked me to be the Team Lead. I have been in Child Welfare for 21 years, but now my job title will be BUSINESS ANALYST with the Division of Information and Resource Management for the State. Pretty cool, huh? Makes me sound all smart and everything... Will be moving to a new office just off I-440 on Glenwood Avenue which is a closer drive to home (minutes). It is also near a Greenway so I can walk during lunch!

FAMILY: My brother is doing well overall. He has been in SC visiting family this week which has been a good break for us both. He has been with me for 6 months and I don't think I realized how much stress just being with him daily is. I love having him with me, but it is hard to constantly be aware of the needs of another person, especially one with a terminal illness. I am, again, so grateful to God that I started taking care of myself when I did - or I could not have been there for my brother. I know it will get harder, but I also know I'm getting stronger and I can do what's needed. The kids are doing well.. having adult issues like adult kids do.. but nothing major for now (knock on wood).

FITNESS: I am down to 279.6 which is an overall loss of 75.4 pounds. I continue to eat mostly protein with few carbs and my challenge lately has been more about eating ENOUGH. Since I don't rely on food like I used to, I sometimes forget to eat! (Holy cow - who are you and what have you done with Tracey!) I do fitness on most days, with at least 4-5 days of an hour workout. I really don't feel right when I miss it, but I also have learned not to panic if things are going on and I can't do my solid one hour workout. I just try to factor in more walking or movement throughout the day. Last night I did a Body Pump (Les Mills) class. The last time I tried the Body Pump was back in March. It was AWFUL. I couldn't do the lunges or squats because my knees hurt too bad. I couldn't do any of the things that involved being on your knees. The next day I hurt so bad I could hardly move. LAST NIGHT? I did the squats, did the lunges, did the PUSH UPS - did the whole workout! And today? A little soreness, but not much at all. Loving how this feels!!

DATING: Hmmm... this has been the most stressful area of my life. I actually have been seeing someone for a couple of months and he has advised me that he is IN LOVE. Oh, crap... and I like him a lot, but there are issues and I know it is not destined to be. But I've had a hard time letting that go. I am also seeing my cop (he's more for fun) and there's this 28 year old that is pursuing me relentlessly (lol), but I've met this other guy who really seems to have it all together and I think I'll focus more on him. I still have a hard time being honest about things I feel... both with the guys I'm seeing AND with myself. It's weird... Never thought I'd say that I have too MANY men in my life... but that seems to be the case most of the time. Oh, well... I AM IN CONTROL. That's the important thing... and it's fun...

So anyways, that's the latest in the crazy life of Rose! Thanks to all of you who continue to reach out to me and make sure I'm ok. It means the world to me!

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    Thanks for the update... Your doing great with the fitness, promotion, and time. Keep up the great work! Love yourself!
    2109 days ago
    You are looking amazing!
    2111 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing great. I'm glad you posted an update. I'm so excited and proud of you for keeping with it! That 75.4 pound lose is fabulous *thumbs up*! Keep your focus on you and your health. Remember that you deserve the best in all things so don't settle for anything even if it says "I love you". There is nothing wrong with dating around, how else will you find your perfect match? :) Stay strong in your personal family life, hugs for all the courage you've shown so far and continued. You are a strong person both physically and mentally! Never forget that. Way to go on your promotion, job titles can be fun. Your new confidence and positive attitude will attract positive good things in your life. You get back what you put out! Love you girl, you're looking fab!!

    2111 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    Your picture looks great! Congratulations on your promotion! Glad you got a bit of a break from your brother, I know how difficult it is to take care of someone 24/7.
    Outstanding job on your weight loss and have fun with all that dating!
    You go girl!
    2111 days ago
    I am so happy to hear from you again. I was blown away by your latest photo. You look so awesome. You're doing really well and should be so proud of yourself.
    2112 days ago
  • SLPORTER1978
    It is great to see that you are doing well. Congrats on the new position. You look amazing, keep doing what you are doing! Prayers for your brother.
    2112 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    You HAVE been busy!!! Sounds like life is going great!!
    2112 days ago
    You go girl! So nice to hear all your great news! I love hearing that you are being so successful in all parts of your life!

    You do indeed, got this!

    2112 days ago
  • YOUNG2012
    Its nice to see you are doing well and you surely jave been busy! You're doing great keeping up with everything and its awesome that you have a busy social life too! You look amazing, so keep doing what you've been doing!
    2112 days ago
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