It’s still summer.

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Hey there and happy autumn! Its only a cool 9,000 degrees here in South Florida today and everyone is feeling kind of grumpy about the weather.  But I’m burning my fall scented candles and am surrounded by vases full of golden Mums

I’m enjoying a nice relaxing day home.  Its National Indian Day today so I have the day off from work.  Yesterday was spent at the community’s Indian Day celebration and I was tuckered out by the end of it, being outside in the blazing sun and trying to prevent the tiny kindergarteners from getting concussions from our giant Jenga game!  My most favorite part of the day was watching a girl carry around a baby alligator the ENTIRE day.  I asked her what her alligator’s name was to which she replied he had no name and then said I could pet him.  I poked at his scutes and let his little clawed foot wrap around my pointer finger and then they darted off to play with her friends!

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Sunday I am off to a conference for several days where I get to hang out with museum colleagues from across the state.  Should be good and hopefully bring back some new inspiration and energy.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, mostly work stuff, but I’m trying to put into practice staying in the present moment and not let myself get all twisted up into a pretzel.  One of the ways I’m working on this is taking time out during my lunch breaks.  I have made an effort to spend some quiet time, alone.  I am lucky to have a big, floor to ceiling window where I can look out at the cypress dome.  I sit in my chair, put a few drops of an essential oil on and then listen to a short, guided meditation — I use the app Relax Melodies.  It has helped so much to reset and start the second part of my day with a level head and positive outlook!  Of course I’m not perfect and there are some days, just 10 minutes after I finish that I get anxious about something else, but practice makes progress!

In other news, I am one pound away from my first weight loss goal of 20 pounds!! Yippee! 11 weeks in and I am still feeling great.  As I’ve mentioned before, I definitely have days that I want to quit my program or binge eat 100 popsicles, but I am proud of how far I’ve come.  I’ve also started to map out my next goals and what that timeline will look like.  However, I’m trying hard not to be too strict on those timelines because, ya know, life happens.  I am most excited that when my nephews come to visit in a few weeks I will have the energy to play and swim and keep up with a 4 and 6 year old!

I have another doctor’s appointment coming up and I’m looking forward to discussing next steps  (ovulation is on the docket) and maybe get some blood work done to see how/if my hormone levels have changed.

Well, enough boring chat for this Friday afternoon– I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day with Aurelia who has forgotten that just because I am home it does not mean she will be fed every 10 seconds.  I see some Netflix, an afternoon cup o’joe, and a couch nap in my future– and maybe some housework…maybe 🙂

 

 

All creatures great and small

Hello.  Just a little life update here.  Work has been hectic, hence my quietness on the ol’ blog, but overall I am feeling A-OK!

Although, currently I am in severe agony over 3 mosquito bites on the side and bottom of my left foot– does anyone else agree that this (and your fingers) is the absolute worst place to get a mosquito bite?  I woke up 3 times in the middle of the night with my foot throbbing and itching.  Working in the Everglades is a beautiful experience, but the mosquitos are from the Jurassic period and WILL CARRY YOU AWAY!  However, most of the wildlife I get to see is amazing and this week I finally got to see something other than the “normal” wildlife.  I saw a  b e a r !  Oh my- talk about a cool experience.  Luckily I was in a car, but I secretly wanted to give it a giant hug.  Florida black bears are small and skinny compared to some of the other species of bears and my native Floridan friends say they tend to be quite shy (I’ll take their word for it).  My next goal is to see a panther– preferably from a safe distance!

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I also saw this caterpillar, obviously just as exciting as a bear.

In terms of my health, I am feeling great!  I am officially on my 5th week of my new program and having a health coach to encourage and keep me on track has made all of the difference.  I am down 11.5 pounds, have so much more energy, am drinking 80oz of water daily, learning to cook new foods, and overall feeling  p r e t t y  proud of myself.

Sometimes I honestly can’t believe I haven’t had pasta in 5 weeks.  To some that may seem like an easy task, but when I started 5 weeks ago, food had a massive control over my mind.  I won’t lie, it still does, but I am working through all of those things as I rebuild healthy habits.  I’ve realized that I am stronger than I ever gave myself credit for and that I am capable of accomplishing really hard things.  There are days that are a struggle and I want to give up, and that’s ok.  There are also much more easy days than hard days now.  I am constantly reminding myself that small accomplishments over significant time bring to pass great things.  So ‘YAY!’ to me and ‘YAY!’ to you for achieving small things!!

(Also I’ve learned that I hate salad.  I don’t truly believe that anyone can really love salad 😉 )

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Well, I am off to accomplish more small things like the laundry mountain.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!