Thank goodness for some time away.  One of our family's Easter traditions is to go to the beach for a week of family fun and relaxation.  Sweet fisherman and I came down today a day early to make preparations for everyone's arrival tomorrow.   Our oldest grandson came with us and what a pleasure to have him along for the six hour drive.  We love being with him as he helps to keep us young with all of his tales of baseball and football and life in general.   He's always loved having a ball in his hands from the time he could hold one so sports is a big topic that he and his papa enjoy discussing.

The new eating plan is going well but I never realized what I was getting into when I signed up.  It's like a part time job keeping up with eating five times a day, walking my 10,000 steps, cardio, weight training and drinking 64 oz of water a day and keeping it all recorded.  The biggest surprise has come with some of the revelations I have received in terms of my emotional eating habits.  My emotions have run the gamete and I have to admit I feel my life is changing from the inside out.  I am gaining a lot of insights that can apply to other areas of my life.  WOW, what a journey this is turning out to be.

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I plan to take lots of walks on the beach and look for shells and just relax and "BE"...How about you?  What are you planning?

Hugs and blessings,


A New Day....A New Way

Sometimes, it's hard to decide just how personal you want to be on a blog.  I ask myself "do I share this or do I share that" personal do I want to be.   Well, I shared about my weight gain in  another post so I am going to share what's going on in the hopes that maybe it will help me to be more accountable.

Yesterday, I officially started the Weight Management Program over at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.   You meet with a doctor, behaviorist, exercise specialist, and a nutritionist and they develop a plan for you.  I did have to go through a rigorous physical and emotional evaluation but it does make you feel if anything was wrong they would have found it.   You go in once a week, physically or virtually, to meet with the team for support.  There's also an online, by phone and computer, program that keeps close tabs on what you eat, your exercise regiment, and any problems you may be having.  They even give you a scale that records and sends your weight back to them.  They know everything you are doing which is a little scary.  They do have to depend on you to record correctly the information they are receiving.  They continue to change your program as you make progress and eventually will teach you how to eat healthy and maintain your weight loss.

Today was the big day the journey began.  I have to eat every three hours which is going to be hard to get used to but they don't want you to get hungry which in turn will probably cause you to go off the program and hey you don't get a lot so it doesn't take you long to eat it...haha

So far so good....I know this first week is going to be the hardest so I am trying to stay busy.  I really want to do this..I've needed to get some weight off for several years and I've just been playing around loosing 5, 6 or 7 pounds and then putting it back on with a few more added.

As I was trying to stay busy, I went outside and cut some branches and started playing with my camera.  Here are the results...

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It's pretty here today but cold.  I am so ready for some warm weather.  I guess one good thing about living where the seasons change is that I am always ready for the next one to arrive.

Hugs and blessings,




The few days we've had in the mountains have been fun and very relaxing.  We've had vegetable soup by the fireplace, watched basketball games on the TV, even went to the movies.  We saw Samson.  It was pretty correct to the Bible's version but he had a brutal life which was reflected in the movie.

Some scenes from many walks outside...a few signs of Spring but not many....

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The water in the stream was cold and I image the fish were hunkered down under the rocks.  It's always refreshing and peaceful to spend some time walking along the stream or sitting listening to water rushing down the mountain.

Hugs and blessings,


Unpredictable Weather....

A couple of days ago, I posted daffodil's blooming and today we are in the mountains and it's snowing and 30 degrees.

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A few things that make a mountain house homey.....the quilt belonged to my husband's great grandmother....

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A choche for treats.....

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An old fly fishing pole and a krill that belonged to a friends's grandfather....

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A little nest of eggs that brings nature inside....

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A warm fire in the fireplace....

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Stay warm and thanks for stopping by....

Hugs and blessings,