Welcome to another new day here in Carol's Corner. The weather was quite an improvement from yesterday and is getting better as the week goes on. Spent another afternoon/evening with my young server friend from Denny's. Took her to Ithaca to find her luggage set for her trip and we also hit another movie and had dinner. She was my photographer today. This is in the ladie's room at the theater. We decided the tile wall would make a good backdrop for the picture. We borrowed the flower arrangements from the sink counters and placed one on each side to add color and visual interest. I think it turned out pretty darn good. I love this blouse and wore it a number of times before. I opted for a totally different look by changing out the jewelry I usually wore to get a whole new vibe. Changing your accessories is a great way to give an ensemble a whole new look and feel. I love planning my look from head to toe. Fashion is a wonderful playground; have fun with it. You will be surprised by the difference it can make in both how you look and how you feel. Even if you are going through a rough patch in your journey (and I am,) these things can make you feel like a million bucks. And believe me people notice. Calling this one, “Walking Garden.”

Except for my ring I decided not to go with coordinating jewelry, instead opted for what I'm calling, “Glitz and Glam; Get your sparkle on.” I've worn this top many times and you can totally change the whole vibe of an ensemble by changing your accessories. Try it and you'll see what I mean.


Even though this ensemble was worn with jeans it had a glamorous feel to it, and I totally adore the blouse. It just feels so feminine and flirty. No matter what your age clothes can make you feel young, vibrant, playful, sexy, and a myriad of other things if you just take the time to have fun with them.

Have you by any chance found yourself here? I know I have and am still struggling to get things back in control. I always said the journey was never over, it just changes and evolves over time. I just didn't think I'd find myself in the spot I presently am, needing to re-lose another 10 pounds. The truth is though, I do know what has to be done and how to do it. I just have to carve out the time to get things organized at home and shop for all the things I know I need to get my eating back on track. Thank goodness I have been able to stay motivated when it comes to my exercise regimen. In fact, yesterday was the first rest day I have taken since the three days in April that I was down with a stomach bug. That is really rather impressive to me because I never saw myself as what some might see as an “exercise addict.” I say bring it on. Couldn't have a healthier addiction. Granted, there are times I might have to force myself a little, but I am always glad I do. Now, I just need to get this train turned around and get my mojo back. In fact, I need to do it sooner rather than later. Between my grandson's birthday party, the things I ate yesterday and at the theater today; I just about flipped out when I tested my blood sugar: it was 185. Not a good thing. I am going to have to see what it is after a good night's sleep. I know my blood work is not going to be the greatest this time, and I have no one to blame but myself. What they say is true. “We can be our own worst enemy.” Are you being yours too? It's time for all of us to get back on the train that's headed for the destination, “‘Fit:’ body, mind, and soul.” We have to, we must.

Sometimes in this journey we can overwhelm ourselves and possibly set ourselves up for failure by trying to do too many things all at once. Maybe we should do just what the above graphic says. Maybe we should make a list of the things that have been negatively affecting where we are in our journey and concentrate on changing what needs to be changed one small step at a time. Eventually, all those small steps will lead to one big giant step forward.

There are times we are so frustrated and disgusted with ourself when we screw up, that we want to give up. Well get that idea right out of your head. That is NOT an option. No matter how many times you fall, or how many times you stumble: quitting is not the answer and never will be. You just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and just get back to the business of finding that new better healthier version of you.



I'd like to close with this. Forget about yesterday, forget about all the things you think you did wrong before now. The past is gone. The door on that is shut forever. It is time to forge ahead and make a new brighter healthier tomorrow. Make the rest of your life, the best of your life. Till next time, God Bless.


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