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I'm still standing....
Sunday, June 20, 2021      6 comments

It's been awhile. I admittedly blanked on my SP for a while because... well because my depression flared horribly and I fell into a hole.... but I'm back, slowly climbing back out. Post Surgical Depression.... I've worked in mental health ... Read more
What's the take away?
Saturday, May 29, 2021      6 comments

So on April 10th I jumped into the Spring 5% Challenge group and rejoined my Rowdy Rebels for 8 weeks of mindfulness, travel, and a bit of competition. Today we closed our 8 weeks: Here's what I got out of that 8 weeks. I'm a ... Read more
100 Days:
Friday, May 28, 2021      7 comments

What's in 100 days? 2400 Hours... 144000 Minutes 100 Days ago it was February 16th, 2021. I was just a little over a month post surgery. I was just starting to get back to a life without pain and parallelization. I was ju... Read more
Ever been hit by a taser?
Monday, May 17, 2021      12 comments

If you have, you'll understand this post... if not I'll try to explain it. In 2006 I was working for a high end security company that required us to carry tasers on site. In order to carry the weapon, we had to go through the training. To ... Read more
103 hours....
Saturday, May 15, 2021      3 comments

Time I spent at work the last two weeks. . . 23 hours of over time. I am physically exhausted, but energetic at the same time.... it's weird. I love my job, but; it is a job that requires extra time when things are not going ri... Read more
So you had a bad day:
Monday, May 10, 2021      5 comments

Yesterday Sucked. My kids and husband failed hard with acknowledging Mother's day. It made me feel completely unappreciated. My kids (particularly my boys) fought all day, my husband took a nap with the babies..... my 13 year old spent most o... Read more
Tales of a workaholic:
Friday, May 07, 2021      4 comments

I admit it, I'm a work junkie. I always have been, I've worked hard to set limits and boundaries to help maintain a good work/life balance, but this week..... that just wasn't a thing. As I've stated in previous blogs, my profession is sub... Read more
Infections and frustration:
Sunday, May 02, 2021      7 comments

Thursday morning I noticed that my incision site was really sore. Upon inspection I discovered that I had a pretty nasty abscess on my incision line.... I called my Neurosurgery team and they had me go to the hospital. Hospital found a pretty de... Read more
Blog more. Worry less.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021      8 comments

It's been a really busy couple of weeks. Since the last blog entry I have had to wear all the hats.... ALL. OF. THEM. (Some at the same time.) I have been busy and admittedly a bit run down. I have been running like a chicken with my... Read more
Do you smell that? (Fire Safety)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021      6 comments

Okay so today was going to be a blog about my productive 14k step, kick ass around the house, killed all the chores, got things done, Monday..... BUUUUUTTTT. Instead I'm gonna type out a note on Fire Safety and the value of Volunteers. ... Read more
Back to work!
Saturday, April 17, 2021      10 comments

This week has been very stressful, good stress and bad combined made for a pretty significant crash in my motivation on Friday. I admittedly was slipping on my eating the last few days, not that I was over eating or carb loading, but more ... Read more
Huge Win!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021      12 comments

So I had my follow-up with my Neurosurgery team yesterday. I got to UPMC Montefiore at 11:45, to have my MRI's done. I was in the tube for a little over 2 hours while they took pictures of my brain and neck. Not the most exciting time, but... Read more
Bad days are only bad DAYS, not bad lives.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021      6 comments

So yesterday was rough. Like rough rough. . . Yesterday I had to speak with my HR manager about an ethics violation on the part of one of my co-workers. It was stressful and I broke down and gave into the stress. It's okay. It was just a b... Read more
Someone told me this journey is easy:
Sunday, April 11, 2021      6 comments

I was talking with a group of women (Support group for women trying to lose weight.) We were having a discussion about our weekly and overall goals. I dropped a bit in the last few weeks, and we were talking about my changes. Then one woman said... Read more
20 Pounds Down:
Saturday, April 10, 2021      7 comments

So, the week after my surgery I weighed in at 280 lbs. . . that was in January of this year. I started my 8 week challenge at 266.8. I was pretty stoked that I'd managed to get off about 15 lbs just by changing the way that I eat. It motiv... Read more

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