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Back Home from California

Last week I went to California. I started my trip in San Francisco, and it was immediately evident that I’ve come a long way since September. When I step on the scale it always feels like it’s not moving fast enough, but I’m getting smaller, moving better and enjoying life more fully. That means more to me than a number on the scale every could, so I’m pleased with my progress.

I met up with my dear friend, Leslie, in California, and we didn’t take an Uber even one time throughout our days in San Francisco. We walked up and down hills to go to dinner, to go shopping and see everything we saw. We spent the day (well, two days) at Nieman Marcus, and I was tired by the end of the day. I wasn’t exhausted though, and that was such a cool feeling.

We ate lunch at The Rotunda inside Neiman’s, and the lobster was delicious. The popovers with strawberry butter were just as delicious as i remembered, and they brought me back to the time when I lived in New York. I loved that experience, but I’m so happy where I am now. Who knew that a popover could bring me to such an awesome realization? Ha

When I arrived in Pebble Beach, where I would spend the next few days, I walked along the beach from Monterey to Pacific Grove. The scenery was so gorgeous that I didn’t realize how far I had walked until Leslie drove from home to pick me up. I remember how hard it was to complete the Saints 5k on flat land several months ago, but this time, even though I was wearing boots, I felt so spectacular that I felt brave enough to climb on rocks. I wish I could have gotten better pictures to show how far out I was on the rocks, but a selfie was the best I could do since I was out there alone.


It’s hard to explain how different I feel, and I’m thankful for that because I felt pretty rough in the weeks following my surgery. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how difficult it was to be so miserable, but that’s okay. It helps me remember how far I’ve come, and it encourages me to keep moving forward. Did I mention that I climbed around on rocks while overlooking the ocean? I wouldn’t have done that six months ago, so it’s a big deal to me.

Now that I’m home again I’m feeling pumped up. As fun as it is to go on an adventure it’s even more fun to return home to my fiancé, my friends and the life I’ve created here in New Orleans. That’s a great feeling too, by the way.

I started trying on clothes this morning, and everything was so big that it’s time to clean out my closet. There’s a giant pile of clothes on my bed now, so I’m going to sort through it and figure out what to keep, what to give away and what to toss. Michael and I will be married 3 months from today, so it’s time to start making some space for him too. He’s going to move in with me, at least until my our lease is up, so we’ll have adequate time to find our next home.

I’m working on some big goals that I’ll discuss in an upcoming blog post, and I’m thankful that I’ve finally found an exercise groove again. Life is pretty good right now, and I’m excited about what the next few months will bring.

Until next time…




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  • Reply
    March 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

    How much weight have you lost so far? Can you do a day in the life eating post?

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      March 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      I haven’t stepped in a scale since January, so I can’t give an exact number. My smaller jeans are falling off, so I know I’m losing. I’m just not sure how much.

      I eat different things each day, but sure..I’d love to do a post about that soon. Thank you for asking about that.

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    March 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

    That looks like a really fun trip!!! Congrats for all the activity!!!!!

    • Reply
      March 8, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks! It definitely feels easier and better to move!

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    March 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    So glad you had a great time! How was flying this time compared to other times?

    • Reply
      March 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      I typically fly first-class now, so flying isn’t an issue like it once was. When I make the choice to fly in coach I buy two seats even though they usually refund my second seat when I arrive at the airport.

      First-class is more expensive, but it’s absolutely worth it to be treated like a human being.

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        March 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

        Glad flying is no longer the issue it once was! First class sounds heavenly, especially compared to the no frills airline i usually fly! 🙂 Must try to fly first class at least once in my lifetime! 🙂

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