So busy lately!

Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. That’s okay though. As busy as I was, there wasn’t too much to post about.
My brother graduated from Luther College a few weekends ago (where I had graduated in 2009, my parents in 1982 & 1983, my aunt and uncle in 1994 & 1995, my other uncle in 1977 and my great uncle in 1954!). We all had a fun time watching him graduate.
Our Memorial Weekend was pretty bland since it RAINED the whole weekend. But this week will be a short one and then after work on Friday Ethan and I are heading up to Grand Marais for our mini vacation! I can’t wait to get up there and go hiking, walk along the shores of Lake Superior, relax, etc. It’ll still be a little colder up there, upper 50s but that’s okay as long as it doesn’t rain! I’ve had my fill of rain for awhile. I even had some sad kitties who wanted to go outside!

Sad Nika

Sad Nika

Sad Enzo

Sad Enzo

OH! I almost forgot one thing! Starting June 3rd (while I’m still on my mini vacation), I will be starting to take an online class for accounting! I’m a little nervous about it but excited at the same time. I am taking it for work since I work in the accounting department but don’t have any accounting education. My bachelor’s degree is in history… so not even close lol. The best part…. my work is paying for it! It’s not costing me a dime! I’m not fully enrolled at the school because I’m not sure if I want to complete the degree, get certified or what. So for now I’ll just be taking the one class to see if it’s worth it.

Anyways!  Here are a few more photos from my time away from this blog…

My new camera!

My new camera!

The last Sookie Stackhouse book :(

The last Sookie Stackhouse book 😦

Our new gas grill!

Our new gas grill!

Enzo wanted to go to comic con too!

Enzo wanted to go to comic con too!

Car I saw near my work...

Car I saw near my work…

Just a relaxing evening reading.

Just a relaxing evening reading.

He loves his bags and boxes.

He loves his bags and boxes.

Found my favorite necklace I thought was lost forever!

Found my favorite necklace I thought was lost forever!

Finally had time to get the tank clean.

Finally had time to get the tank clean.

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Quick Update

I am happy to report that my lifestyle changes this time around are working! I have been going to the gym more regularly and going on walks outside if I am unable to go to the gym. I’ve cut back on the majority of the unhealthy foods I used to eat. I did not have any soda for 3.5 weeks! Since then I have had a few sodas every once in awhile but not very often. My weight has been slow coming off but I believe that is because I have been regaining muscle that I have lost over the years. I am currently down 5.6 pounds and it is continuing to drop. Normally I would have lost my focus and motivation a couple of weeks ago but I am feeling great! I’ve been using MyFitnessPal to track calories, sugar, sodium, fat, etc. It’s been a great help to me in realizing what foods are horrible for me.

One thing that has really helped me this time around is not getting overwhelmed by looking at how much total weight I want to lose. I’ve just been concentrating on one pound at a time. Another thing is that I am doing this so that I will feel better about myself and feel healthier. I am doing it for me and no one else. I want to live a long, healthy life.

I am very excited about all of this. Looking to the future of a healthy, happy life. 🙂