Stop The World, I Wanna Get OFF!

Posted on by Patricia Leever

Greetings my gorgeous little love monkeys!

It’s been a crazy week and it’s only halfway through AND I don’t see it slowing down for the remainder of the week OR next week. Man alive! For one thing, my oldest son graduates high school in a week. ONE FREAKING WEEK! Okay, who stuffed me into the super fast-forward machine and set it to hyper-drive? I mean, just the other day he was like this

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And then before I could blink he’s like this



Where does the time go man? So, needless to say I’m running around like a maniac, trying to wrap my head around all of this. I feel like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic but instead of leaning into the wind and feeling all free and easy I feel like I’m careening toward the iceberg and 11ty million MPH. And on top of that my girls, my BABIES, are getting ready to head into junior high the middle boy is getting his learners permit this summer.

Seriously, someone stop this thing!

Okay, yeah, it’s nice to have virtually self-sufficient kids, I’m not going to lie that part is nice. Years ago, when the kids were really small, my mom told me to enjoy it because it all went by so fast and she wasn’t kidding! Time screams by you before you even realize that it’s moving faster than light speed.

Alright, let’s stop this mushy crap before I burst into tears. Again. How about an update on my quest to be fit? Okie dokie.

I’m still walking every day, a minimum of 2 miles. I say that because earlier this week, Monday night to be exact, I sneezed in a weird position and pulled my abdominal muscle really bad. Yeah, I couldn’t pull it doing something cool, I’m the dork that gets thwarted by a sneeze. So, yesterday I contemplated not even walking because the pain was really severe. But I thought about it and decided that I needed to at least try. About 5 mins into my walk, I almost gave in. I almost threw away 2 weeks of progress because I wasn’t keeping up the pace I had been and as I was pushing toward the bridge over Orchard Village Drive (super steep incline) I nearly turned around and headed for home. I was three steps away from it, to be precise. So instead of giving up because I couldn’t do what I had done, I thought on the fly. Instead of really hurting myself by trying the bridge in order to keep with my usual route, I took the round about at the end of the bridge and made three laps around the park instead. Instead of beating myself up because I had to take a step back, I allowed myself TO take a step back to be able to take more steps forward in the future. I realized that a backward step is better than no steps. Taking it down a notch and slowing it down was better than stopping all together.

In short, I needed to get out of my own head and take a look at the big picture. If I would have given in yesterday, I may very well have given in today and tomorrow because I’m hitting a hump. I can see it, I can feel it. It started over the weekend, at the two week mark. It’s harder and I don’t want to do it. I don’t WANT to get up and walk right now. It feels like the “enjoyable” window is closing and I could give in and let it close or I could pry that mofo open and nail that bad boy up because I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop now!

One more thing before I go, I know I’ve been remiss in posting photos for the Photo-A-Day in May, but I have been taking photos and they are all up in a Facebook album HERE!

That’s all I have for you today my sparkly rays of love monkey sunshine! Be good to yourselves and get out of your own way 🙂

Until next time,
Patty <3

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Happy Friday~This Is Really Good!

Posted on by Patricia Leever

Happy Friday my splendiferous little love monkeys! Did you grab this week by it’s proverbial horns and take it down like the bitch that it is? You’re fling-flanging right you did!

Dang I hadn’t realized how much I missed doing the “Happy Friday” until just now. So glad to be back in the swing!

Okay this week I started a self imposed fitness program. Why? Well, ever since I got sick in March and had to change my diet I figured, if I was changing what I ate to keep myself healthy, why stop there? And because I was tired of being a sedentary creature. Luckily I’m quite a realistic thinker, shocking I know since I’m a novelist, but in everything outside of my books I am very steeped in reality. I know that I’m not fit and I know that this isn’t going to be an overnight transformation. I also know that I’m going to have to sweat, which I hate to do, and I know that the biggest obstacle that I’m going to face is myself. I know that this is going to be the hardest part, the fight with myself to get off of my ass and get out there and move.

I also have to remind myself that I crawled before I walked, I took baby steps before I walked sure, and that I walked sure before I ran. Period. It isn’t brain surgery. So why is it so hard? Partly because it just is. It’s harder to stand up and do something than it is to just sit back and watch. It’s like that with everything in life so why should this be any different? The answer is simple, it’s not. I need to take the words of Tallahassee from one of my favorite movies Zombieland, “Nut up or shut up” or as I like to say, “Grow a set of tits and just do it!”

Granted this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get fit but I really think that this is the first time I’m actually serious about it. In my past efforts I let the smallest thing thwart me. A cold, the weather, time, a hangnail…anything that I could think of. I always thought that it was the universe’s way of telling me that it wanted me to stay sedentary and I accepted that. Until now. Take last night for example. Last night I did a faceplant in the front yard. Seriously, I went down hard. Yeah this morning I feel like I got into a fight with a baseball bat and lost but I dragged my ass out of bed, I got dressed and I got out there. You know what? I went farther and faster than I had all week. Today I looked the universe in the eye and gave it the big ol’ bird! Today I said, you may want me fat, dumb and happy, universe, but you are going to have to settle for FIT, dumb and happy!

That is going to be my new slogan!

Oh! I got so worked up about that that I almost forgot about the Photo-A-Day in May! I don’t know why because it’s in the title of this blog,

This Is Really Good!

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I know, you were expecting food right? I thought I’d go outside of the box with this one because sunscreen IS really good and this is my favorite. Okay so I guess when you are looking at SPF 50 it is not so much sun SCREEN but more sun BLOCK but remember, I’m a pasty white, Irish/English girl. My people don’t tan, we hail from countries with no sun. I have two colors, white and red. If I want any shade of “brown” I have to buy it and apply it.

Well, that’s all I have for you today my darling little love monkeys! Stay tuned because I will be posting photos over the weekend as well! Stay safe and move, no matter if it’s for 60 mins or 6 minutes just move!

Until next time,
Patty <3

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