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Thursday, January 7, 2010

In the name of beauty

Over the past five years or so I've noticed the changes my body has gone through: The difficulty in losing weight, the change in my shape and size, the relaxation of muscle and skin as well as the little wrinkles, a few gray hairs and some other things I'll spare you from hearing about. With the changes came my acknowledgement of what's beautiful to me.

In my effort to "become more beautiful," I've upped my skincare regimens including creams, lotions, gels and scrubs. Some things I use are proven and long-used beauty treatments like applying Vaseline to my lips twice a day to maintain their softness and using vitamin E oil, cocoa butter or shea butter to soften areas of the skin that are prone to roughness. And some of the products I use are those I've discovered through product reviews like eyelash technologies, wrinkle reducers and skin tighteners. All in the name of beauty.

Honestly, I don't mind. I'm addicted to skincare products.

Although, thankfully, I seem to be on the slower end of the aging cycle I have gazed into the mirror and viewed what I think are reasons to get professional help with some... uh... imperfections, for lack of a better word. That's where somewhere like sono bello can come in. Sono Bello, a body contouring clinic, uses a new Micro Laser Liposuction and Body Sculpting technology that reportedly removes fat cells to enhance and shape areas of the body including the stomach, thighs, chin, back and hips.

The center has skilled and board certified physicians who offer procedures that tighten skin, minimize cellulite and diminish stretch marks. Just a quick stop in Sono Bello to get a little skin tightening is all that's needed to give individuals the body they've always wanted. As long as it's what you want - that's beautiful.

It's official

The past two years have been quite an experience. Well, honestly, the past eight years have been life changing and memorable... quite the experience. I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to verbalize what I'm thinking/feeling and I guess I'm a little stuck.

Relief (re: finality)

Regret (re: union)

Happiness (re: new chapter)

Sadness (re: failure)

Hmmm? There are a lot of emotions swirling around.

When I saw the envelope in my mailbox I knew what it contained. So I wasn't surprised when I read the cover letter, which consisted of two sentences: "Enclosed is a copy of your final Judgment and Decree of Divorce and Income Deduction Order. ..."

ImageChef.comThen the wording of the judgement: "... as if no such contract had ever been made or entered into... considered as separate and distinct... unconnected..." Interesting.

I don't know about anyone else, but I think regardless of the circumstances surrounding the dissolution of a marriage there will always be feelings, thoughts, emotions surrounding the finality of it. It's quite a surreal, freeing feeling that causes anxiety and excitement.

Should I celebrate? Cry? Shout? Party? Take a nap? LOL... Well, right now I think I'll just have a third cup of coffee. I deserve it. After eight years, two and a half of those spent separated, I am no longer married.

It's official.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: View from a 4 year old

Photos by Little Miss Amareah using her VTech KidiZoom Camera.

There's more Wordless Wednesday participants at 5 Minutes for Mom.
Oh, and here's one of my previous WW posts.

Is your bowl ready for the big game?

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Mind over matter

I've been hesitant to write my health and weight loss journal this week. I'm not really sure why... I guess it's because I don't really want to think about everything that is going through my head about my health or evaluate how I have been feeling.

Let's start with the easy part: The weight.

The good news is that I still fit in my clothes. LOL... the bad news is that I haven't been exercising (not even yoga) and I've been eating a bunch of sugar. I'm going to blame that on having the teenager at home. Don't tell her I said that. I guess it's not all her fault 'cause my sweet tooth has been going crazy. I think it's a lot of emotional eating too. I don't usually get caught up in that and normally have a lot of control, but I think the parts of my life that I can't control are unconsciously overwhelming my mind and manifesting into serious snack attacks.

You will not believe how many chocolate covered pretzels I had last night in addition to the sugar cookie. Yup, all Amber's fault 'cause she bought the pretzels and made the cookies, but they were soooo good!

Still - as I've said over and over and over again - I'd like to figure out a way to add working out and yoga into my day. I already get up at 5:30ish and I don't rise moving full force so oftentimes I still run late.

That kind of leads to the health side of things...

It's hard to get up moving full force when you're body is working against you. I'm drowsy from the meds, sore from the illnesses (?) disease (?) conditions (?)... you know what I mean. By the time the drowsiness wears off, I have to get the children up, fed, dressed and out the door. And, of course, the later I wait in the day the less time and energy I have to do it.

But wait! There was something I wrote last year about taking the time to exercise. Let me see if I can find it... Oh yea, it was a post called Fittin' it in with dance, yoga. Click over to check out the entire post, but here is the part I am talking about:
... My free feeling started to dwindle away and my face started to frown, and then I was irritated about not having time to do yoga. Geez, I went from one freeing feeling to a total irritating irritation!

I suddenly thought of an article I had read earlier in body+soul magazine about doing certain yoga moves to assist in building the immune system in fighting colds and flu and I decided to do yoga right that moment. Right in the hallway.

Getting out my yoga mat, book, CD, block and strap is such a process. Yoga books recommend wearing certain clothing and being freshly showered while having a designated spot and mat that is just for that. All of that preparation was hindering me in getting it done. ...
I need to do that again - fit in the movement to assist in my overall health. It's an ongoing task and battle.

Okay, honestly, I haven't been feeling that great. I've had a weird throat thing going on for several days. Headaches. My left thigh and lower left side of my back or something has been hurting really bad. Yesterday was absolutely awful! Today I feel "better," so to speak. It's a pain that I occasionally have that lingers for about a few days to several weeks or a couple of months. This seems like the worse it's ever been. I don't know if the cold has made it worse (less than 17 degrees in the morning and about 30 or so during the day), but whatever is causing the pain is really bothersome.

Instead of making another appointment, I'm trying to wait until the next appointment that I have. I'm there - at the VA hospital - so much that I just don't want to go again right now. I'm already feeling a bit bothered about the liver biopsy I'm going to have. It hasn't been scheduled yet and the impending doom of it all is looming.

My effort not to worry is thwarted by the way my body feels. It's a constant reminder of ongoing medical issues. I'll just click on over to the ChronicBabe site and do a little networking and reading; it's always helpful to "hang out" with folks who literally understand the dilemmas of "invisible disease."

Tons of term papers

My oldest child, Amber, returns to college this weekend to begin the second semester of her freshman year. She is a little ahead of the curve, credit wise, so I guess you could call her a freshman and a forth. Regardless of where she is in her college career she will always have term papers to write. With only a little over a semester under her belt she's already written about six papers, and I'm sure there are a lot more to come. (Especially since her major is chemistry and she wants to be a pre-med student who will eventually be a pediatrician.)

Although most students tough it out and write their papers with little assistance from others there is always help available online, at their campus student centers, through fellow students as well as from professors. Writing term papers is definitely a part of all educational endeavors so stop reading and get to writing.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Found words

I discovered the following scribbled on the page of a magazine one day and I ripped it out to save. It seems like I had a thought while reading and I wanted to get it down right away. I thought it was the beginning of a story or a poem, but when I finally read it I see it was just free flow. It's unedited... well, I may have changed a word or two, but it's not re-written.

Thoughts in summer...
I like the outdoors, but I don't like to be outside. The heat, the bugs... they both go against what I find enjoyable. But if the clouds suddenly interrupt the sun's rays, a breeze picks up and the birds begin a frantic song it's the perfect time for me to enjoy being outside. The bugs relax a little and I can concentrate on the sound of the leaves and the darkening of the sky.

I can think without sweat pouring down my face. The breeze ignites my thoughts and my underlying love of nature. Now, under the cover of clouds with a light warmth my thoughts turn to dreams. I imagine myself in the plane that's passing overhead. I don't look; I just see it within my mind... another place where being outside is perfect.

I'm not sure what I was going to do with those words, but I couldn't just throw them away. That would seem a waste. Just thought I would share them with you.

Happy Monday.
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