Time To Change – Quick Update

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Just a quick update this week.  Going to be busy this weekend.  Which means lots of eating challenges.  Need to keep the long range goal in mind, while still having some fun.

I really ran out of motivational gas this past week.  Seven inches of snow put a serious kink in my exercise.  Since the County was advising “no unnecessary travel” I couldn’t even drive over to the mall to walk in circles.  It was tough.

And yet, there was still some positive movement on the big number below.  Let’s see if I can keep it up.

 

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

194.8pounds

Weight Change this week:  -0.4 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 9.3 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Life Among the Unemployed – Networking It

I’m gong to make these posts occasional from here on out.

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At the moment, there’s just not a lot to report on.  I”m still grinding away, applying for any job that looks interesting or for which I may be even somewhat qualified.

I am discovering the joys of networking!  There is a great organization here in Richmond called “Synapse“, a professional networking organization.  I was invited to attend a meeting and they blew me away.  Unfortunately, it’s pretty expensive for an unemployed person.  Maybe someday.

It did result in some new connections and I following up on those, so we’ll see.

Outside of that, it’s mostly the usual irrational anxiety.  “What if the only job I get offered is one I hate?”.  Silly stuff.

 

So I will keep my head up, my eyes open, my heart strong.

Waiting to see the next chapter in my life.

Whatever it turns out to be.

And I’ll keep you up to date on how that goes.

Peace.

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Time To Change – Blood!

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I promise this post will only be minimally bloody.

But you suddenly become very interested in your own blood once you become a diabetic.

I got through the holidays with minimal damage.  By New Year’s weekend, I was only up two pounds.  I consider that a major win.  My glucose numbers seemed to be OK as well.

I really had no idea if they were, however.  There were swings and just a couple numbers that were serious outliers.  But my averages were very good, so I wasn’t too worried.

Part of my new routine were the “Diabetic 101” classes I’ve mentioned before.  That’s what I call them in my head.  After three of them, you “graduate”, so I guess I am a graduate diabetic.  I took a moment at the end of class to check with our instructor, and she assures me that none of the numbers in my record was a problem.  Overall, they were quite good.

I continue to have to make adjustments in my head about diet because of the diabetes.  When it was just losing weight and getting healthy, you were encouraged to eat as much fruit and vegetable as possible.  Now, I’m supposed to be a little more cautious with fruit (lots of sugar).  Beans were great as well.  Lots of fiber and protein.  Yeah, but lots of carbs too.

Sigh.

In the end, my numbers are fine.  The weight loss will continue.  And I’ll get to where I’m going.

Eventually.

Exercise was OK, despite the weather.  Looks like I may some snow to shovel

 

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

195.2pounds

Weight Change this week:  +2.0 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 8.9 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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The Creativity Project – The Struggle

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Being creative is something I really want to do.

I want to be creative regularly, even daily.

Being creative starts to feel like just another chore, another item on the “to-do list”.

Creativity struggles.

 

I have to keep reminding myself that it is not, never has been and never will be, about creating a masterpiece every time I begin.  This is a false argument.  Songwriters write lots of bad music along the way to the good.  Writers write bad stories on their way to good.  Photographers will tell you that they shoot dozens, even hundreds of images to get one truly great one.  Part of being creative is the process, a step by step approach to the goal.  A path that comes with missteps and detours.

Creativity isn’t magic.  Lots of people think of it in those terms.  You say the right words, you make the appropriate gestures and, POOF!  Creativity achieved.  I think it was Michelangelo who said the process of sculpture was simply chipping away everything that didn’t look like what you were sculpting.  Creativity is the process of trial and error, imprecision honed to precision, the exploration of imperfection in pursuit of at least near perfection.

Somedays creativity is one long failed experiment.  The next day you come back and try something different.  It is the learning of technique and the rejection of the same.

There’s only one thing that can stop me from creating.  That is to stop trying.

Never stop creating.

Peace.

 

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2017 Goals

No resolutions this year, just simple definable goals.

2017goalsHealth Goals:

  • Lose the last 20 pounds (be The Guy)
  • Keep my blood glucose within ADA ranges and work toward the lower ranges
  • Maintain a minimum of 150 active minutes a week

Creativity Goals:

  • Add six more songs to my guitar competence list
  • Finish a writing project
  • Create a minimum of one good photo a month

Activity Goals:

  • Bike the Cap2Cap from Richmond to Williamsburg
  • Explore the parks nearby
  • Log a minimum of 1000 miles on the bike

Fun Goals

  • Visit five more historical sites
  • Go to the beach at least twice
  • Visit 20 wineries

Real Life Goals:

  • Find a new job
  • Find a new church home
  • Get involved with community group(s)

All of these are doable, one (the 1,000 miles) is a real challenge.  But it will be a very good year if I can hit all of them.  Let’s see how we do.

Hoping that the new year is what each of us desire.

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The Creativity Project – Creative Obstacles

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It’s amazing the places that will put things in your way when you’re trying to be creative.

 

With my first book available (paperback and e-book), I’m trying to keep the writing momentum going.  The holidays are not helping.  Places to go, people to see, chores to be handled.  Just ties up time when I could be doing something creative.

On the other hand, I’m unemployed so I have a lot MORE time to fill.  One of the things I’m doing is trying to do some reading on various kinds of creativity.  So I’m checking out photo blogs and newsletters and writing blogs and newsletter.

And then they decide to throw some roadblocks in my way.

Really people?

They don’t mean to, I know.  But the writing community is ticking me off right now.  First, struggling writers are apparently rolling in money, and can easily be separated from said money.  Because it seems like everyone has something to sell you.  Books (on writing books, or blogs, or newsletters or whatever), and seminars and webinars and consultations.  After a while, it sounds like a con game.  Which is depressing.  Which creates a roadblock.

Then you read some of the “articles” in the newsletters.  They are free and written, we are told, by people who have achieved some level of success as writers.   Oooooooh, secrets to be shared!

I opened one titled “5 Steps to Writing A Bestseller”.  Let me be honest and say I generally hold out very little hope for articles like this.  It is usually very general, not particularly helpful bits of fairly obvious advice.  From the very beginning, you have to know this is a losing proposition.  There’s no formula for writing a best-selling book.  There just isn’t.  But you never know till you read it.

Step 1 – Write a Good Book.

I stopped reading.

I’m having real trouble trying to put into words how much that first step ticks me off.  Apparently, I’m stupid.  I must be since the writer seems to think that it has never occurred to me that writing a good book was part of the goal.  Shoot, any old piece of semi-articulate drivel can be tossed off and it will sell like hotcakes (spare me the reminders about “Fifty Shades of Grey” or “Twilight”).  This person honestly thought that for this story, that was where they needed to start.

All that irritation creates another roadblock.

What I need to do is ignore all the “experts” and just do what I do.  Work on getting better every day.  Not letting anything block the creative road.  The holidays will pass.  I’ll get a new job.  People will write silly articles about creativity.  I need to remember my single concept.

Never stop creating.

I am taking next week off from creating these blog posts.  Taking an end of year break is just a thing I do.  See you in the new one.  Be safe, be happy.

Peace.

 

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Life Among the Unemployed – End of the Year

There’s really nothing to report.

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I look at all the sites I can think of, and apply for anything that looks even vaguely in my area.  But this is a terrible time to be unemployed.  Even the jobs listed won’t be filled till the New Year.

Meanwhile, Christmas will still be Christmas, just a little leaner.  That’s fine.

 

But it’s no damn fun.

 

Unless something really interesting comes along, I’m going to give this series a rest into that new year.

Somewhere out there is the need for a great story teller.  They probably don’t think about their opening in that way, but it is.  And I will find them.

Have a wonderful holiday, however you may celebrate it (or not).

So I will keep my head up, my eyes open, my heart strong.

Waiting to see the next chapter in my life.

Whatever it turns out to be.

And I’ll keep you up to date on how that goes.

Peace.

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