What I Learned from #MeToo

I wrote an article about the conversations that have been happening after #MeToo starting appearing on social media.

Click the link to read what I learned from these conversations. 


The Best Place To Hide During the Solar Eclipse of 2017


I admit it –  I get a bit nervous about any cosmic event.  Read the post in the link above.

From The Lowcountry to the Upstate


Moving is difficult even when you are excited about moving.  This is going to be an adventure.  Read the post in the link above. 

Why You Need to Stop Being NIce

What did being nice ever get you? Try being honest.  Try being brave. 

Read this post here.

Fear and Trepidation: Transferring Colleges in My Senior Year


Click on the link to read.  Transferring colleges in as I start my senior year is going to be filled with mixed emotions.  I love College of Charleston and hope that I will love Clemson as much!

Life Sentences for Folly Beach Victims’ Families

This is my article for OdysseyOnLine.  I was reminded of this story during a class exercise. In searching for more information, I discovered the challenges faced by the victims’ families.

You can read the article Life Sentences for Folly Beach Victims’ Families here. 


Sanctuary for Apes in Summerville


I discovered the International Primate Protection League in Summerville several years ago and love the work they do.  They had some damaged in Hurricane Matthew, so I decided to write about them this week in my OddysseyOnLine.


I Never Imagined This Could Happen in My Life

This is a post about the day I walked into the middle of a circle to say I believed in God and no one else came with me.



New Blog and Website

I recac4117_cd1b5fba5823426fa0ef1749784d190dently moved my blog site to a self-hosted WordPress account.  You can now find me at http://www.cathysvoice.com

I have also started a new adventure writing for an online site called OdysseyOnLine.

Click here to see my author page and posts from the site!  Let me know what you think in the comments!


Losing It Series -Turning 65


If you have read any of my Losing It Series posts, you know that weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle have been a challenge for me all of my life.  in 2008 after the death of my best friend from a massive heart attack following gastric bypass surgery, I decided to change my lifestyle. My mother died a few months later because she refused to make the lifestyle changes similar to ones I needed to make.  I weighed in at 300 lbs. I wanted to get healthy, lose weight, and get stronger.   It is now 2016.  I have not reached my ultimate goal, but I keep working towards it.

I can give you all of the reasons why it has taken this long.  Knee injury with weeks of boots and physical therapy followed by surgery, Achilles tendon surgery (more boots and physical therapy, a car accident that re-injured my knee and neck, hand surgery, foot surgery,  2 hospital visits for pneumonia,and so on.  Each time I had periods where I was unable to exercise and eating became my coping tool.  Each time I would gain back 15-25 pounds only to have to lose them again.

I managed to get to 199 lbs before the last two set backs.  My goal was never to see 200 again.  I managed to get back up to 239 before I made the decision to once again set my goals and work hard to reach them.   My doctor made a huge light bulb go off when he told me that I could still eat healthy and lose weight even if I couldn’t work out on a regular basis.  I realized I had been using that as another excuse.   However, getting strong and working out are what he prescribes for my arthritis and overall health issues.

This time I took a more drastic, costly choice.  I not only joined the gym, but I signed up with a personal trainer.  We had a long talk before I made the decision to do training. I liked his personal life experience and his education.  I have been working with him for the past few months, and it is working.

He not only teaches me proper forms for working out and creates workout plans, but he goes deeper.  His clients keep a workout log, a food log, and a thought log.  We talk about lifestyle changes and attitudes while we are training.  His training includes your mind and attitude along with the physical.

I am very close to reaching the “onederland” mark again. I turn 65 on August 20.   My goal is to be under 200 lbs and have gained more lean muscle.  My eating has changed drastically.  I have eliminated most refined sugar from my diet and lowered the amount of my carb in take. However, come August 20th, I plan to have a piece of chocolate cake and some ice cream!

I am excited about turning 65.  College classes start back for me the week after my birthday.  I am excited about being able to move more comfortably, to be able to fit into the smaller desks still in some of the classrooms, and to be able to sit down and get up off the floor comfortably. Yes, we sit on the floor in some classes (mainly theater)!

I  look forward to the next phase of my life. I plan on being around a very long time.  I  want to be like the 77 year old body builder or the 92 year old marathon runner.  I have been told grey haired older women at the gym kick butt!  If you see older people at the gym, take a minute to smile and give them a thumbs up.  That might just be you someday!





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