They call me a Jet-Setter…

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The grass is always greener on the other side… Or so it may seem.

I travel A LOT. While most of the time it’s my choice, and lately it’s been more for pleasure than work, and it seems glamorous… It’s still exhausting. This post is coming to you from high over the skies on a flight from Phoenix to Kansas City. And this was a work trip, my last work trip. No, not last for now, my contact is up and it’s the last with this job anyway.

I appreciate the fun comments and people following my adventures because I make the most out of it all, work or not – I’m going to squeeze it out and maximize the time. I have been home about 10 days total since the end of October. I am tired.

  • October. Tampa to see family, friends, and my new hubby enjoyed some golf (more on that new development later).
  • November. We eloped on the beach in Key West and took about a week to adventure in the Keys and in Miami.
  • Then we came home for 1.5 days and headed off to Texas for Thanksgiving.
  • Then we came home and another 1.5 days later I left for El Paso to finish out my contract and say a proper goodbye to the Wild West.

Again, not a  complaint, but I am ready to crash and live in my house, with my husband, and our pets for the foreseeable future… Until the Chritmas travels begin. Super excited to unpack my toiletries, wash my clothes and camp out in sweats for a few days. I do have a on easy trip next week,but hey – a gal has to keep her A-List on Southwest. I’ve tasted the sweet life and can’t go back. One flight and $55 was all that stood between me and my status for 2018:)

Now, let’s back up a tick. I LOVE to travel and experience new cities and see what makes them unique. I want to eat their food, see their sites, and meet their people. This particular trip has been to shut down my project and walk away with a good relationship, dignity, and respect for the people I have serve on the past five years. I will always have love for UTEP, and for those I have worked with, but El Paso will always have a special place in my heart. So much of my life changed there – I met lifelong friends, earned a master’s degree, grew as a leader in my career, and while it would have been revealed to  me until many years after I moved out of the region, I met my future husband there. (Again, totally another story).

Over the past five years I have worked for UTEP, but in my unique role I worked in five states and traveled a lot. So a few years into my job I moved back to Florida to be closer to family. I traveled at a minimum of once a month, but visited as many of m sites as I cold during that time. And, after six months of long-distance dating my (now) husband, I moved to Kansas to be with him as I had this flexible job that didn’t need me in one particular physical location.

So that all brings me to today. Heading home after my last work trip – my contract ends in a few days and it’s time for the curtain call on our work over the past five years. It’s the nature of grant work, and I knew this would happen someday. no while I knew it would happen, and I knew I wanted to go out on a high note, I’m a sensitive soul and have never been good at drawing a line between work and personal life. I’m passionate about this project and never felt the need to get it out of my head. Anyway, I can’t help but be a little crestfallen – it’s the end of an era.

So on this last trip, my last travels to my beloved Wild West, I tried to take it all in. I hit some of my favorite restaurants.

Exercised at some of my favorite spots . And hugged a lot of really wonderful people that I know I’ll see again.

I am tired. I am thankful. And I am full of love for those I have been so fortunate to call co-workers and friends. Goodbye for now. Adios, El Paso.

Body fat is like compounded interest?? – Interesting…

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Equating debt to body fat?? Yep, this one hit home for me…

If you know me at all, you know I don’t like anyone messing with my piggy bank. I work hard to earn my pennies and I decide how to spend them … and wasting money on paying down interest isn’t on my to-do list.piggy

This morning I watched a motivational video with one point about the physical transformation process of losing body fat and getting in shape being the hardest part of the process. Body fat is compounded interest – and you have to work 100X harder to work it off, just like interest on credit card debt.

The speaker, who was an easy-on-the eyes fitness guru, equated working hard to get your body in shape is like paying down debt and having to work incredibly hard to pay down the amount owed to the easier process of maintaining a state of financial stability. {Not recommending this video to anyone who is easily offended by potty-mouths…or by seemingly hopped up juice heads… his points still resonate}

http://youtu.be/mlKmbwXpKLs?t=1s

Well, this one made total sense to me. I know how to manage my finances, but managing my weight has always been an uphill battle. Add on the last few years of personal struggle, and I’ve dug myself quite a hole of debt in the realm of overall chub.


Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 10.04.57 AMNow, I’m not going to reiterate my comfort eating and how I arrived at my current state. My point today is that we can all dig ourselves out it just takes hard work.
I’ve been doing my beloved P90X lately and while the muscle to fat ratio has changed, and my clothes are starting to fit better, the scale hasn’t changed a lick. Yes, I am well aware that the scale is not the ONLY metric, but right now it’s a pretty important one to me. But change is the only way to dig myself out.

So here are a few of the changes I am making/have made to really get rid of the unhealthy chunk that I’ve accumulated:

  • Last week I started Les Mills Combat to up my cardio and burn calories
  • Lent starts tomorrow, so if I can’t work on myself for a greater purpose, then I am entirely lost. I will improve, and care for the temple God gave to me in this body. Along the way, I hope to inspire a few more people to do the same.
    • For me, this means sticking to a low carb diet and behaving while traveling, even on my Euro vacation
    • Following the workout schedule for the next 40 (OK, 60) days and pushing play according to my online schedule for the Combat program (this one includes no equipment, so just taking the DVDs with me while traveling requires minimal effort)

What motivates you to change? Do you struggle with finances? Health and fitness? We all have our struggles, these ones just resonate with me. I have a few accountability groups going right now in relation to healthy and fitness, so just let me know and I am happy to work with you to get involved with us. We can talk programs and see what’s best for you.

And, I also happen to have an excellent credit score, so if you want help there I can help you dig out… but I might be more austere than you’d like on finances… Hey, I’m honest;) XOXO

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/eliminate-credit-card-debt

Because I am (FINALLY) Happy…

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Coming to you from 30,000 feet up, moving east across Texas. I am thrilled to report that after almost two years of mess, I am happy again. I wake up excited for life with a song playing in my head. My fur-babies are in good health, I am improving each day with my fitness goals, and my job couldn’t be better. I am thankful for my blessings.

Life is good! I had a very productive and positive work week, and I really enjoy the fabulous people I work with.

I had time to get in a weight-lifting session/lesson with LaurenMottFitness, and happen to be sporting her shirt on today’s journey home. I had the opportunity to have most meals with great friends over delicious Mexican/borderland food. It was such a joy to hear about the new things in their lives and share in their accomplishments and future fun to come.

I hope the happiness continues and 2015 and spreads to everyone I know and love, and who read this blog!

Please share your thoughts with me. I love to send happy mojo to all! (Or, if you need to vent about the challenges of life – together we shall overcome.)

XOXO,
Anna