Loretta's Countdown to 60

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Doing the Happy Dance

It’s Wednesday check in and I want to share that I am doing the happy dance!

I’ve been slowly and steadily losing weight and I’m finally at a place where I feel so much better. And it shows-inside and out. A few good wins added together can really make a difference in my attitude, which then spurs me on to continue. Continue reading

Get a rhythm

Do I dare jinx it and say things are going well?

Finding my rhythm in life and work has helped me put all of the pieces together.

It took me a long time to find a diet that I felt good on. I’m thankful my daughter in law suggested the AIP diet, which lead me to discover a dairy intolerance.

And I’ve created a good balance between work and exercise and play, which has helped tremendously.

Last week I pulled another piece of the puzzle together and made sure to create a beautiful physical space to work in and relax and rejuvenate my soul.

Finding my rhythm

After almost a year of writing this blog, I finally found a rhythm that is working for me. I used to try to write, edit, find photos, and post all in the same day. The pressure would get to me, and I’d feel like I had to hurry to get a post in.

Well, that wasn’t very smart!

Things are going pretty good…there, I said it. And, yeah, it won’t stay this way, because it never does. But that’s okay. I’ll go with the flow and enjoy the ride just the same.

Thanks for your support and doing this with me!

Let’s do this together video – It’s all about movement

Are you getting enough movement in each day?

After a day of sitting at my computer, I’m more tired than when I started my day. You would think sitting all day wouldn’t be so tiring, but it is.

And more times than I care to admit, I end up sitting in front of the television at night. I mean, season two of Westworld is on! As well as The Handmaid’s Tale, and sure, you’re right, those should only take up a couple of hours, two nights a week right?

But the other night I saw a great older movie show up in the queue that I just had to see again. Have you seen Seabisquit? Such a great movie.

I’m finding all of this sitting is taking a toll on me. My back hurts and I am low energy. I’m not sleeping well either.  Continue reading

Let’s do this together video – happy guts

My body and guts are so much happier!

I’m doing so much better and feel great. My skin is clearer and my belly is shrinking. I am enjoying all of the foods on the diet and don’t feel deprived, although I am looking forward to adding foods back in.

So far so good on this plan. It will be very interesting to see which foods bother me. 

This weekend is John’s birthday, and I’m not eating cake! But, I will introduce dairy back into my diet and see how my body response.

Thanks for all of your support and great comments. It helps to hear what you’ve experienced and what you’ve done too.

Let’s do this together video – Farmer’s Market

Santa Barbara has a local Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Saturday, year-round. How lucky am I to live where I can shop for local, organic, fresh produce?

Do you take advantage of your local Farmer's Markets?

Tuesday Farmer’s Market

Only I haven’t been doing it.

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Let’s do this together video – home from vacation!

Finally catching up with posting my videos…thanks for being patient. We are back from vacation, and I’m happy to report that I had a fabulous time, and didn’t gain any weight!

Yay!

I joined Weight Watchers just before we left, and it helped!!

(Wow, apparently my hair was bugging me! 😉 )

Have you tried Weight Watchers? I have to say, it is very easy and I never for a moment felt like I couldn’t eat anything I wanted to. We ate out every single day and I still didn’t gain weight…unheard of!

Let me know if you’ve tried it, and what you think.

 

Let’s do this together video – Happy

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I had a great walk and talk today, chatting with my daughter-in-law, Amber. She lives a few hours away, so we chat on our phones while getting our steps in. We always have great conversations and she is such a wise women.

Do you eat when you are unhappy? Or are you like me and can’t seem to get food past your throat when you’re sad?

These last five years have been good for me. I am happy in my life right now, and it shows on the scale! Maybe I need to put a post-it note on the scale that says HAPPY and not worry about what the number says?

Let’s do this together – on the road

On the road again!

My husband, John ran the LA Marathon on Sunday and we decided to stay in the area together for his work week. I’ve tagged along to Big Bear and we are now in Long Beach, staying onboard The Queen Mary.

Have you ever stayed on the Queen Mary?

View from our window on The Queen Mary

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Let’s do this together video – Effort

Yesterday I posted that I am making some different food choices so I can still eat Italian food, but lose some unwanted fat also. I mentioned that I am trading zoodles for noodles and broccoli for bread.

I got a lot of good comments but my favorite came from Heike Yates of Pursue Your Spark. She said, eat whatever you want and exercise more.

As if it were that easy! Oh wait, it is that easy.

It’s all about effort. How much effort do you want to put into restricting your diet vs how much effort you put into exercise. I love to eat, so I better keep working out!

Thank you Heike, for the reminder.

Heike is a triathlete/IronMan competitor and practices what she preaches. Check out her FaceBook page, I think you’ll want to follow along!

Heike Yates – Pursue Your Spark

Let’s do this together video – Meeting new friends

Happy Valentine’s Day! What a perfect day to meet a new friend. 

I tagged along with my husband, John, this week for a few work days in Las Vegas. Not only do we get to spend time together, especially on Valentine’s Day, but I also got a chance to meet a new friend.

A wonderful thing about having this blog has been finding new connections along the way. I’ve cultivated friendships from people all over the world, thanks to the world wide web.

One of those friendships is a woman I met through her FaceBook page: Live Balanced Naturally. Patti Stevens lives in Las Vegas and her mission is:

“Helping women at a crossroad to bring their life into balance (body, mind and soul) so they can live radiantly ageless!”

“As an Ageless Lifestyle coach, Holy Fire Reiki Master, Pilates, Yoga and Qigong instructor and essential oil advocate, Patti uses all these modalities (plus some others) to help women be agelessly radiant!”

So, when in Vegas…

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Let’s do this together video – this is for you

I didn’t want to work out today. I’m dealing with some very strong emotions about something I found yesterday…something I wrote years ago. But, I put my tennis shoes on and headed out the door to go for a walk.

It’s a bright, sunny 68 degrees here and everywhere I walk there is beauty all around me. I end up messing up my workout app because I keep stopping to take pictures.  Continue reading

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