Sunday, June 23, 2013

Blades and Five Sentence Fiction

The noises of the forest envelop me like a shroud; Musical chimes, melodious harps, glassine crinkling.

It seems no matter how I try, I cannot run away from it all.

Broken dreams and promises, shattered illusions haunt me as I feel a web of dust slowly fall over my being.

Yet, a serene calm wraps it's arms around me, leading and pulling me toward the unknown.

The faeries are working their magic amongst my inner demons as the grasses sway in the new breeze.


Lillie McFerrin Writes has posted a new item, 'Five Sentence Fiction - Blades'

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch
in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone
wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt
word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it [...]

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bruised Laughter

From the car we could see the lights flash, red-blue, yellow-orange, white-green like a beacon beckoning us.

We stop, tugging my hand and pointing, Julie says "C'mon Mom, hurry up", I have no chance to hide the bruises.

I look past her pointing finger to the top of the ferris wheel, the carts rocking back and forth, like my memories.

Glancing down at her upturned face, lit with expectation, her gap-tooth smile tugging my heart-strings, we begin our ride

As we go round and round my tears are hidden by the shrieks of our laughter echoing in the night.

This tale represents Five Sentence Fiction, which is disabled this weekend.  My long-time friend at and I challenged ourselves to a word prompt.  My word prompt is Laughter.  Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A New Day...A New Lifestyle...A Smaller ME

A new day has dawned and with it a positive outlook.

Here is my new realistic healthy lifestyle plan.  I say realistic because
I am aware of the pitfalls involved with lasting change and intend to
conquer them step-by-step with consistent, mindful determination.
These extra 25 pounds didn't jump on my frame overnight so I know
they won't instantly fall off.

As a 47, soon to be 48, year old woman my body is in a hormonal flux.
The waning estrogen is slowing my metabolism so my body doesn't
burn calories as efficiently as it once did. As you can see by the attached link I've done my homework.

First, why do I want to lose weight?  What's my motivation?


Simply stated I'm a size 12/14 physically with a size 8/10 mentality.
A merging of these selves is mandatory.

Rather than rely solely on the scale, I'll be using body measurements
to track my progress.

My goal is a smaller, toned version of me.

Second, how will I achieve this new smaller toned body?


I'm committed to a structured at-home exercise plan.

It's proven that to lose weight easier we must move our bodies.  Here's my plan.

Monday and Thursday - 30 minute Stationary Bike Ride or 8 miles

Tuesday and Friday - Yoga Practice 20 - 30  minutes

Wednesday and Sunday - Strength Train
Saturday - Relax

Changing the way I eat

Eating 3 meals a day plus 2 snacks = 1800/2000 calories per day
Breakfast 300 - 400
Snack 100 - 200
Lunch 500
Snack 100 - 200
Dinner 650

This is a realistic breakdown of calories for me.

I will be planning my meals and creating a shopping
list on a weekly basis.

I'll share low-cal, healthy recipes throughout my journey.

Now onto portion control, my nemesis!
These images will assist me as I make my food and  portion choices.

Third, I'll be taking Verithin with it's 3-Way approach to
weight loss/management for 30 days.  I'll check in with
you weekly to share the journey.

As stated in the directions I'll take 1 capsule 1/2 hour before
both breakfast and dinner with a large glass of water.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle of Verithin
is the wonderful berry smell.  No stinky capsule here.

Here is my current weight and body shape from

My current measurements are as follows:

Bust - 40"                  
R Upper Arm - 12 1/4"
L Upper Arm - 12"    
Waist - 36 1/2"              
Hips - 43 1/2"
R Thigh - 26 3/4"
R Calf - 15 1/4"
L Thigh - 26 1/2"
L Calf - 15 1/4

My weight is 175

I'll update these statistics at the end of my 30 day journey.

As with any weight loss/management product please consult with your physician to be sure you are able to take Verithin.  I have consulted with my physician and have been cleared to use Verithin as part of my healthy living program.