Yes, Yes, Yes!


Yes to the rhythm,

Yes to the beat,

If you can’t stand the fire,

Then get out of the heat!

Yes to the lyrics,

Yes to the tune,

Swing to the melody,

And dance to the moon!


This is a celebratory piece for sure. I was procrastinating a term paper in comparative religion, and the assignment is now “officially submitted.” Who would have thought that a class I chose to take for “fun” would turn out to be so brutal!? Anyway, my fear and dread is now over and it feels marvelous… almost makes me want to dance!

I’m upcycling today. Or recycling. This was originally my abstract Salsa Dancing art, and I thought it would be fun to make it more literal. I think the colors alone are enough to energize and improve the mood. If you like bright colors anyway. Now… I tried to make the dancers more conspicuous than the girl that I hid in Unraveling, so I’m hoping these two are visible, even without the cheater glasses.

I’m going to take a peek at my short story later and see if I can add to it tonight. As for now, it’s getting hot and I think it may be time to visit the kiddie pool…

Peace & Love!


Word of the Day Challenge: Yes

Fit Fun Facts

It’s Official.

I’m obsessed with my New Lifestyle, New Me project.

I’ve been taking walks every single day now and I’ve had no problem hitting my mark of 6,500 steps per day. In spite of the fact that it’s a little eerie out there (due to the lack of traffic and the masked men on the streets), I actually find a lot of enjoyment in walking.

I notice everything when I’m out… beautiful flowers, cool trees, and lots of sidewalk chalk. “Enjoy the Simple Things” was one of the sketched out messages I read, and then I was prompted along a pathway to skip, hopscotch, spin, and walk like a penguin. Did I do it? I’ll never tell!

Anyway, since I’m trying not to think about FOOD so much, and it’s supposed to to rain any minute now, I thought I’d check around and see what I can do at home to keep my body moving—and not spend a boatload of money.

I found this video and thought it was definitely worth a share.

I’m not so great at DIY projects, but that’s what sons are for, no? I’m going to make some calls and see if I can get one of them started on this.

That’s about all for now. Be safe and stay healthy!

Thank you for reading,
—Janet

When Life . . .

Gives you Lemons.


Life has definitely thrown a curve ball. A part of me wonders if it’s the perfect opportunity to postpone my New Lifestyle, New Me adventure, but the other part of me—the pushy and persistent side—will just not let that happen. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this crazy, twisted, and often convoluted life… it is how to ADAPT.

Some things are going to have to wait. That just can’t be helped. It’s almost impossible to find Ezekiel Bread (or any healthy whole wheat bread for that matter), and Frozen Fruit, Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt and healthy milk alternatives (for my delicious smoothies) have disappeared from the shelves as well. Adjustments are being made. I’ll reassess the food situation in a few weeks—or when healthier foods are back in supply—whichever comes first.

It’s hard to believe I’m starting WEEK FOUR. My how time flies!

Since my “Stepping Goal’ was modified to 5,500 per day, I’ve managed to hit my mark everyday for the last four days. Yay! It’s so awesome to make small goals because your chances of accomplishing them are so great and—in turn—you constantly have little victories to celebrate. I’m 1000 over my previous average; that’s an additional half-mile per day. Not too shabby.

I’ve been reading tidbits here and there about the dangers of sitting for extended periods, so I’ve decided to address that issue this week. After doing a little (Google) research, I found and installed an app called Water Drink Reminder. Default reminders are once every hour, but I’ve revised mine to ring every 30 minutes (for now).

Since the app literally reminds me to drink water (duh), I’m actually killing two birds with one stone. I get a notification, stand up and do my steps for five minutes (or so) AND I’m reminded to drink water and log the amount into my app.

At the end of the day, I’ve put in my steps all day long (as opposed to waiting until just before bed and pacing frantically around the house to hit my goal!) AND I’m tracking how much water I’m drinking—another healthy addition!

As for lemons, we have a tree out back that is full of them and I’ve never been more grateful for that tree. I think you’ll be seeing another post about lemons soon… maybe a fun recipe.

Anyway, thank you for reading!! I hope you found some useful information or enjoyment here. Until next time…

Be safe and Stay healthy!

—Janet

Phase II

Week one has come to an end and I’m happy to report that I’m down 4 pounds. What’s even better? It’s the beginning of week TWO!

Now it’s time to shake things up. I’ve been reading the book I mentioned before, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, and it has inspired me to take some steps. Some very SMALL steps. And I’ll be counting every one of them.

I ordered a fitness tracker and will have that in hand by Tuesday evening. So… starting Wednesday, I’m going to shoot for 10,000 steps a day and see how that works. What I hope is that wearing the tracker around my wrist will be a constant reminder to me—to get up and move!


My image began as a photo of the moon. I shot it a few days ago when the sun was still shining. I always light up when I can see the moon in the afternoon sky. Does it make for a fantastic photograph? Not always. Not this time anyway. That being said… I decided to give her a little makeover of her own… something to bring out her natural glow.

That’s about all for now. Thank you for reading!

This upcoming week I’ll be sharing some of the cool things that I’ve learned on this journey so far. I hope you’ll stay tuned!

Empowered

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts

I thought I’d create this composite piece to express how I’m feeling this evening: Empowered.

Nothing earthshaking has happened. The scale hasn’t tipped and my willpower crumbled again at the sight of the cookies. The good news is that—with a little help from the family—that little brown box is empty now. Yay! Overall I’m eating much better than I was a week ago, so I’m making positive changes. That’s not why I feel empowered, though.

The fact that I see this as an endless undertaking is what is giving me strength. There is no finish line; no gold medal to be won if I move at warp speed. I have months (even years) to work on this lifestyle change… and that is what empowers me. I have time.

I’ve taken the plunge, and although the changes are slow and small, I am in there… moving and dancing with them.

Peace & love everyone. Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you!

Wings to Fly

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.

Gustave Flaubert

I’m back from my mini vacation… and I feel like I’m ready to fly!

I’ve got a ton of catching up to do, and a plethora of images to sort through… but I wanted to share one of my favorite photographs thus far. I shot this the first day of my trip, at a park near the beach.

I love capturing birds on the move (as many of you already know), so I was thrilled when this duck struck a pose and I was able to catch it. I just love it when that happens!

Until later…
Peace & Love Everyone!
—Janet