I admit it – I get a bit nervous about any cosmic event. Read the post in the link above.
Read this post here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I recently 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!
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!
It is the July 2 and yesterday I started camp. This camp doesn’t have swimming pools or harmonious songs around a blazing campfire; This camp has pens, paper, keyboards, thesauruses, and spell check programs. We do have cabins, but they are virtual, so that means no pillow fights or mosquito bites.
This camp does require writing 50,000 words in one month. Yes, 50 thousand words in 30 days or less. For you math wiz people, that is 1,667 a day. Since I don’t have summer school, I thought I could use this summer to focus on writing. So far, that hasn’t happened, so I signed up for Camp NanoWriMo and for a writing workshop that starts soon.
I tend to procrastinate when it comes to starting a writing project. I think about it, dream about it, plan it, but when it comes time to do the writing, something happens. Self-doubt and the dreaded internal critic lurk in the shadows plotting my writing demise. Of course, life’s necessary activities get in the way as well. For example, yesterday I was ready to sit down and write when I remembered that I needed to get laundry done so I could pack since I am returning to the upstate on Sunday. This was after going to the gym and the drug store. After I finished the necessary tasks, I was ready once again to begin my writing creation, when I remembered it was Friday. Friday is the day I have to complete the reporting for my part time job. When that was done, I had to shower and get ready to go downtown to the theater. All in all my total word count for the day was 248. That is only 1,418 words short.
Today is a new day at camp. I have already written more words that I did yesterday, but it is going to take some effort to catch up. Wish me luck! I will let you know how it goes.