Friday, February 25, 2011

It's A Go!

Everything is coming together!  PRAISE THE LORD!  I've received word that the City of Gahanna is going to let me rent the large room on the 2nd floor of the Ohio Herb Education Center building on Mill Street in Gahanna!  They are currently drawing up a contract and things should be ready to go very soon!  I want to say a special "thank you" to all my friends and co-workers who have been praying with me about this. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LOST: 9 inches - and 4 miles tonight!

When I started this "exercise" thing the first of the year, it was all I could do to walk one mile a day and two on the weekend days!  Not only because I was out of shape, but because it was so BORING to do it on the treadmill!!  My January goal was to walk on the treadmill at least 5 out of 7 days each week.  My February goal is to walk 14 miles every week!  Which is only 2 miles a day - but if I miss a day - I HAVE TO MAKE IT UP!  So far I've done VERY well with that goal!

In fact, I'm so excited to announce that I took my measurements today, and I have lost a total of 9 inches (3 of which are around my waist, and 2 on my hips!!)  I was DELIGHTED!   I knew that when the weather broke and I had more opportunities to walk outside, I would be able to increase it!  I'm also thinking about getting the Zumba DVD's (to do in the privacy of my home - haha) or today my girlfriend told me about a ballet class that she takes at the church!  It is a strenuous 2.5 hours on Sat mornings, and I'm positive that I will have to work up to that, but I think that it will help to boost my weight loss.  I'll keep you posted!
I'm also thinking of signing up for Weight Watchers (which they also have at the church) because I need the accountability and need to be able to know each week how much I have (or have NOT) lost!  I don't have a bathroom scale here at home, so I don't have any idea how much weight I've lost.  I know what my starting point was, so I'll have to get back to you on THAT number!  Also, I want a friend that can have the same goals as myself and we can share our experiences.

As of today, my countdown shows that I have 89 days until my Alaskan Cruise!  I'm excited about losing some of this weight before we go... but wish that I would have started just a little bit sooner!  

I also wish that I would have done a "before" picture and then an "after" picture.... but I have enough pictures around here that I think I can use one of these for my "before" picture.   Here's one from June 2010 - notice the big baggy clothes?    

... and one from July 2010 - again, I'm not very petite. (smile) but - ENOUGH of that!  I'm well on my way and will be posting "as we lose" pictures along the way just for fun!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

FINALLY! The waiting is over...

...and I am now a "Licensed Massage Therapist".  It was a gruelling 8 weeks and 3 days!  Not sure why it takes to long to run about 600+ scantron tests through a machine to get some grades, but hey - it's finally over! 

And, in the SAME DAY, I received an email from a friend asking me to come to the Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna for tea!  Once I got there, we visited and had some great hot tea!  I told her my exciting new news and she said that I would be a great "fit" to rent the room upstairs for my massage business!  Oh my! 

First of all, the building is in a great spot in downtown Gahanna with easy access from the freeway and very easy to find if someone has never been there before.  There is free parking behind the building.  (Wait, it gets better...) 

..the room is absolutely PERFECT!  It is huge - more than enough room to do couples' massage which requires plenty of room for 2 therapists to walk around 2 tables (in the same room at the same time!).  Also, it's large enough to have a retail display area, it has it's own private bathroom, she is willing to give me a 30-day "trial period" if I want, and the weekly rent is absolutely affordable!!

Is GOD good or what?

So now, please pray with me that the City of Gahanna will approve it, and that I can hurry up and get started.  I too think that it is a great fit as the Herb Society is all about herbal teas, and aromatherapy, and holistic healing.    

Also pray that when I order my hydraulic massage table, it will fit up the narrow stairs to the second floor!