Welcome to my little place!
My blog was started to help me come to terms with turning 50, to find myself as I become an empty nester, and to help me with my weight loss journey. (Update Here)
I am in an amazing place in my life so now follow me as I move forward with the good and the bad, my continued wieght loss journey and just my life!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I Am Home

I now t's been a while..... I am still trying :)

For years now, Greg has wanted to live in the middle of nowhere....Live off the land.  He would be in his element!  I would jokingly tell him he should find that place, I would visit once or twice a month and bring food......

Recently we have been toying with the idea of getting a little place to get away.  Since we both love the water, we were searching places near bodies of water.  Greg likes to fish and our Lake Erie is good fishing, although it is hit or miss to get out in a boat.  There is a man-made lake near us that he also fishes on so we were looking in that area.  We were shocked to find that even 1/4 a mile a way from the lake, the houses were totally outrageous, price wise, and for just a tiny "shack" that would need tons of work.  It was then that we decided on buying a camper and renting a camp space for the year.  We always wanted to camp, but with me working Saturdays, it wasn't doable.  Now that I don't work Saturdays, we thought OK!  We began looking for campers.  Greg was seriously considering a brand new camper, that he saw and loved, (I was opposed to new.  I hate spending money like that), when we were offered the opportunity to buy his Uncle's hunting camp.  Sadly, his beloved Uncle John passed away unexpectedly and the family was selling his camp.  Greg had spent time there when he was young, so he knew everything about it, and I could tell he wanted it badly!  I knew nothing about it except that it was up a winding road in the mountains.   A few days later, we took our first drive to the camp, and I instantly fell in love!!  A few weeks later, we decided to buy it.  We had the closing and it became ours!!  The camp is a 2 hour drive from our house.  It is an absolutely beautiful drive, easy to navigate and a straight shot until the road to the camp.  The road is winding and 6 miles around and up.  There are other hunting camps here and there, and also permanent residences, which makes me feel safe!  Uncle John had planted dozens of apple trees on the property, and they are just beautiful, plus the deer love them!!  It is situated on a little over an acre and it is our Home Away From Home!

Here is a view of Camp Gala
 (Greg And Lori Adamson)

Another view...

Such a beautiful drive!

Needless to say, I am in love with Gala!  I feel like I should have lived in the mountains all of my life.  I feel a connection with nature that I never knew I had.  I should have listed to my Sis when she talked about nature.  I've missed out on so much time I could have been enjoying trees, the mountains.... I will not let anymore time pass.  I am at home now,  and my heart definitely lives here.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

A Tradition Ends

Happy Easter!

This year was the first year that I didn't do Easter Baskets for my kids.  My kids are 31, 29, and 23, so I guess it was about time, but man it was a tough decision!   When I talked it over with Greg he had no problem stopping this tradition.  He said, "our parents didn't give us Easter Baskets at that age."  I told him, that was because by 30, we were married and had 3 kids.  None of our kids are married, although our daughter Blayne does have a boyfriend, and none have any children yet.  In my head I just always felt like I still needed to do this for them, because they didn't have anyone else to do it.  What prompted this change, is that Blayne and our youngest Dominic are both Vegan now, so I was trying to decided what to get them.  Do I baby my kids?  Is it a "Mom thing"?  All I know is it felt weird and a bit sad.  I always do a little basket for Greg and I, I do one for the dogs,  and I do up a little one for my parents, so I still had that fun, but it just felt like I was missing out on something.  I guess deep down, I knew it was time for this tradition to end.  It's just hard after all of these years.

Anyway, regardless of The Year With No Kid Baskets, we had a wonderful dinner and got to spend time together along with my parents, and  my sister and her family.  It's tough to get all 3 of our kids here at the same time, so it was a perfect day!

These are my parents!
They are just adorable aren't they?

This is my family!
Greg and I, and
in the back left to right
Dominic, Blayne and Connor!

I guess some things have to change and we just need to let them go.  It's all a part of growing up. And although it feels like it's a big deal, it's just a part of life, and it's OK.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hello Little Blog

Hello to my little Blog!

I am going to try my hand at blogging again.  It's been so long, and so much has happened in my life, I really don't know where to begin.  I guess I will start typing and see what comes out!!

I guess I will first tell you that I no longer am a Dog Groomer.  From May to July, my Sister sold her house, bought another (about 30 minutes away), we closed The Dapper Dog Grooming Salon, and I got a new job.  What a crazy time that was!  Closing our beloved salon after almost 18 years of love and friendship with our customers.  It all really happened so quickly, that there hardly was time to think about it.  The exact same time that my Sister was just thinking about moving, (she had always promised her husband that sooner or later they would move back to the city, where he grew up....she moved him out to the country with the rest of us 21 years ago).  Anyways, around that time, there was a job opening at our Church, so it was just perfect timing!  While I worked at Dapper Dog T-W-Th-and Saturdays, I job shadowed at the Church, Mondays and Fridays.  It was perfect!
I am now the Parish Bookkeeper!!  I work M-F, 9:00 - 1:00, and I absolutely love it!!

Here is where I spend my mornings!

Change is HARD!  Change is SCARY!  But you know what?  Change can also be GOOD!  I was so nervous at first.  I didn't know how to do anything except groom dogs!  I surprised myself and learned a new set of skills that I never knew I had! I am proud of myself!   I miss my Sis terribly, I miss seeing her every day, but now when we meet for coffee or meet at our parents, we have so much more to talk about :)

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Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hi Again

Hi Friends!

In attempts to try to rid my life of Instagram,  I am back to start writing again.  I have high hope that this time I will stay and not fall back into the Trap.  I just continually get caught up in that web of posting photos and it slowly takes over my life.  I know I've tried before, but this time I will succeed!!

This little blog,  will continue to be what it always has been.  My joys, my struggles.... just sharing my life.  And, even though I try not to make my life all about my weight loss journey, it still is a part of me.  So,  I've decided that I will do a little update, about my past week, on Mondays.  Just so I can share my ups and downs with someone.   If you've been here before, you know that I post it all....The good, the bad, and the horrific.  It helps me if I am accountable to someone, even if I just put it out there for whoever.

Since today is Monday, I will give you a little update on how my journey has been going.   The last time I was here, I was following the Weight Watchers program.  Recently, for reasons I will write about soon, I had to cancel my membership in May.  Thinking bout it, I was on WW for a year, and actually gained and lost the same 10 pounds the entire time.  That doesn't sound to good, but at least I didn't continually gain, like I would have if I was following no plan at all.  I like WW and probably will go back in the Fall.  I like the accountability at the scale every week.  I like the meetings, and sharing. I miss all of that.  After leaving WW, I floundered for awhile and I gained a considerable amount of weight and was at my highest weight in years.  In the middle of June, after feeling miserable and sorry for myself,  I vowed to cut my carbs down, watch my fat, and stick to or around 1200 calories a day.  I have lost consistently every week since then and am down a total of 19.2 pounds!  I "overindulged" twice but didn't go totally crazy, and was able to get back on track the next day.  Limiting carbs does that to me.  It helps me stay on track and not crave the gooey stuff.  It's all mental for me.  If I tell myself that I can not have a lot of carbs, then I don't eat them.  WW allowed me to have anything I wanted as long as it was within my points.  That works great for some people, but for me....right now....I can not "just have one".  I have to be strict for awhile, so, I am sticking with this for now.  It seems to be working, and I feel amazing :)

Other than that, life has been wonderful!  There have been big changes over here, and I will let you in on what's been going on,  later this week.

Have a wonderful night and don't forget how amazing you are!

xoxo ~L

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Winter Gala

A little over 3 years ago, my nephew Addison and his then girlfriend Kaylee, lost their 8 month gestation baby girl.  Her name was Addalie.  She was stillborn.  Thanks to a local non profit organization, Emma's Footprints, they were flooded with help.   Emma's Footprints is a support organization for families that suffer infant or pregnancy loss.  They provide grieving and counseling support, and also financial help for burial and memorialization.  They came to Addison's aid so he could focus on grieving his tiny daughter.

Every year Emma's Footprints host their annual Winter Gala, which is their biggest fundraiser.  This year I was able to attend, along with my daughter and my sister.  We went with my sister in law and her 3 children, one being my nephew Addison, and their significant others. It was a fabulous night, where everyone dressed up in their best attire and came together to support this amazing cause.  There were drinks, a wonderful program followed by a delicious dinner, a chinese auction, and a prize wheel.  Later came the dancing and desert!  We had the best time ever!!

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The Centerpieces :) 

My daughter Blayne, 
My sister Connie and I 

Blayne with The Signature Drink :) 

My Sister In Law Julie
 with her Signature Drink

I just had to capture the beauty
 of this amazing cup of coffee :) 

My Family 
My nephew is in the middle 

The evening was amazing and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of it all.

If you are looking for a wonderful charity to support please check out Emma's Footprints.  It is such a amazing cause.


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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

If It Doesn't Challenge You........

This post should have been up in October, but since I wasn't blogging all that much last year, I just wanted to share it with you now :)

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At beginning of August, I came across some information on line, about an annual 5K that is hosted by our local Runners Club.  It's basically for women only.  Now, I've been wanting to try a 5K for years, but, you all know, I am not a walker or a runner, or anything like that, so I never thought I could do it.  Well, something something came over me that day and I signed up online without even thinking about it.  I decided to tell people right away, so there was no way to back out of it :)  I signed up to walk it, but after a few days, I began to think that I might try running part of it.  I had 2 months to prepare, so I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone and began my "training".  It was tough....mentally and physically.   I quit a few times and had to restart, so when my race day came, I knew that I wouldn't be able to run the entire thing, but I had figured on that to begin with, so that was fine!     I would be happy just to not come in last!!

 I had decided that this was something I wanted to do on my own, by myself.   I am a big baby, and at 52, I thought it was time for me to actually do something out of my comfort zone, and push myself.
The day of the race came and I was so nervous!  I drove there, parked, walked to the crowd of women all on my own. This may not be a big deal for some, but for me, who always relies on others for confidence....it was huge!  I knew that my sister was going to try to go, but Greg had plans for a long bike ride with a friend and my daughter, Blayne had to work.  The race began and about 1/2 way through, there stood Greg, Blayne and my sister to surprise me, holding a sign and flowers, and cheering me on!  It was amazing!

Here I come...In the pink :) 

I felt so a motivated after I saw them!  I kept up my pace the best I could for the rest of the race.
I finished with the time of 45.35  This being my first race, being a newbie walker and a (now reformed) couch potato, I was thrilled with my time!!

After the race...
Blayne, Greg and I :) 

After the race, my sister Blayne and I went to Panera to celebrate with coffee and bagels.  

This was the most empowering and amazing thing I have ever done.  From start to finish.  Signing up, training, finishing.....  It all played a part in changing me. I didn't give up on something that was tough, and I have much more confidence in myself!   These are two things that I most need work on.

 If you ever thought you couldn't do something, look at me...overweight, inactive, 52 year-old, 5K'er......That's me :)


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

There Is More To Life Than.....


It's a new year, and time for my little blog to transform and take on a new direction.  I created this little place, to find myself after becoming an empty nester.  It slowly morphed into to many discussions on my weight loss struggles and updates.  Although this is and probably always will be a part of my life, I am trying to refocus to not let it be who I am.  You know, when you look at your friends and family and can actually pick one thing that you think of when you think of them?  Like my Sis for instance.  When I think about her, I think of  nature, dogs, books.  My daughter, I think of  dogs, laughing, lipstick.  My husband Greg is, dogs, outdoors, biking.  I asked Greg what words he thought defined me, he said, faith and family.  I loved that, but  I think, when people think of me, they think of  weight loss.  Now, this isn't a bad thing, but it's not what I want to be remembered for.  The woman who was constantly talking about losing weight and food?  No thank you!  It's time to turn it around!

It's time to move past the number on the scale and make my life less about my weight and more about becoming active and healthy.  

So, my New Years Resolution is.....     
To  Lose Weight BECAUSE

BECAUSE I want to get off of my High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol medicine.

BECAUSE I want to become more active and avoid injury from being overweight.

BECAUSE I want to, some day, work for Weight Watchers as a receptionist.

BECAUSE I want to become certified to teach some type of exercise class.

BECAUSE I would love to, someday, work part time at Planet Fitness.

BECAUSE is the only word that I care about now.  It is the only thing that I am focusing on.  I am visualizing all of the things that I want, instead of just the weight loss, and this is a new concept for me.  I am slowly doing things so I can achieve my goals and that includes changing my mindset and not obsessively thinking and talking about food. 

So now that I am trying not to be totally consumed with my weight,  I am trying to figure out where I want my life to go.  Whats next?  Time to make new friends?  Find a hobby?  Explore my creative side?  There is so much more to life than losing weight, so join me in getting healthy, becoming fit,and discovering all the new and exciting things that life has to offer!


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