Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Weight Loss Plan

Okay about 5.5 yrs ago I got married, worked a night shift at a hospital where the cafeteria was open 24/7, ate chocolate malt balls at work to stay awake, and did very little exercise. Oh, and I ate out with my husband on a regular basis. I ended up getting close to 200lbs! I lost 38lbs on a weight loss program with my husband (he lost 50lbs, of course). I was able to keep most of the weight off for the next 3.5 yrs. Then I changed jobs, ignored my exercise routine, and started gaining 20lbs. I started creeping back to highest weight again. I am not there and refuse to ever get there again. I have recently been increasing my exercise and watching what I eat. I made an appt with the Center for Nutrition and Preventive Medicine here in Manhattan and am eager to get started on their weight loss plan.

I have already lost 3lbs this week on my own! With the combined efforts of myself and the guidance of the center I know I will be excited about the family pictures that are planned at the next wedding this Sept in Florida!

Until next time...

Monday, July 16, 2007


I recently was honored to visit a friend's birthday party for their 2yr son. I had also had the honor to be at his baby shower prior to his birth and his 1 yr birthday. These experiences have caused me to pause.

Birthdays are fun even when we reach that point of no return and want to start going back down our hills to find our youth rather than going over it. I am turning 27 this September. I know I am not considered old, but I am no longer that young, early 20s, woman who didn't have to really worry about the future- or didn't really feel the need to plan for the future.

Watching "H" celebrate his 2nd birthday made me smile. He has no clue what Saturday meant. He really didn't care about his gifts-well maybe one or two of them. He loves his John Deere riding lawn mower. But he really has no clue, but we all do. We hope for his future. That this coming year will bring him potty training, learning how to play and talk with others, how to share mom and dad with his new baby brother, and continued health.

In fact for my coming birthday I am thankful for health, a job, my husband and family, and hope for the future. I guess turning a year older isn't so bad, at least I can say I have 27 years experience on this earth and have learned a little of what birthdays are all about- being blessed to share time with family and friends....

Thursday, July 12, 2007

3 months later...

Well, I have lived in Manhattan, KS for approx 3 months now. Working in the ER I have fine tuned old skills and knowledge along with new skills and knowledge. I am enjoying working with my co workers along with the techs and physicians.

Living here for 1/4 of a year I have learned all the main streets and can communicate different locations with locals. I still do not know Aggieville like the back of my hand-but that might be a good thing! There are over 10-15 parks in Manhattan, KS and I have only been to 3. I will need to venture out to find more walking areas with our dog Regan!

The first home football game is Sept 7th. We hope to be at a family gathering this weekend, but I am excited to be among the buzz at the 2nd home game. The whole city turns purple! I am also excited to see what the holiday season does to the city streets and shops. I am looking forward to our time in this quiet yet enthusiastic town.

The one thing I miss from our home town in Wichita is the foreign films and some of the lower funded films. The movie theatre here in Manhattan uses digital "film" versus film. The benefits is an awesome picture and color. The disadvantage; not all films are digital and they can "stuff" 15-30 min. of previews and commercials prior to the movie. Oh well.