November 4, 2018

Surprise! Surprise!

If someone told me a few months ago that I would go back to blogging, I would have called them a liar. I didn't think I would miss blogging, but I do/did.
To be honest, it just sort of hit me to change up how I blogged, what I blogged about and my entire focus.
If you happened to stumble across this blog, you may remember me as Mind, Body & Goal.
I have gone with a few different blog names and they each seemed to fit at the time; just as this new name does now.
When I first started blogging, I was on a weight-loss journey and that morphed in to a blog that focused on running; somewhere in there I began creating healthy recipes and briefly had a recipe blog (which I loved!), it was too much work.
My life changed so much that I tried to keep the blog up to fit my lifestyle and it became stressful; trying to focus on being a "brand" took away from my love of writing and freestyle blogging.
I am a person, not a brand!
I struggled for months before calling it quits.
It has been a wonderful break, but I miss writing!
So this is me...
Just so Michelle!

I am a single mom, and now an empty-nester.
I work as an advanced medical support assistant at a VA hospital.
I am a full-time grad student working on my masters of human services.
I am a cat mom to two fuzzy babies.
I am a daughter and a sister.
I love photography.
I work out. I eat healthy. 
I have some medical issues that have changed how I work out, but I am one day short of 50 years old and love living a healthy lifestyle.
I am gluten-free, dairy-free and have a laundry list of food allergies and intolerance's.
I love crystals, I pray and meditate daily.
I cuss. I have a small case of road rage and I am a big old dork.
So yeah, pretty standard stuff, right?

But here I am to share with you, motivate you, whine to you, and yeah...
I want you to be healthy; inside and out!
You ready to come hang out with me?
Please say yes!

November 3, 2018

Don't Call It A Comeback!

I don't know a proper way to make a come back.
Do I make a big splashy entrance?
Do I slide on in like I never left?
I mean, how does one go from months and months away to full time blogging?

It goes without saying that a million and one things have changed, including myself.
I am not sure it's necessary to update every single aspect of my life; maybe just hit on the highlights?
I have no idea what to do!
Is it a comeback? Do I just pick up where I left off?
As always, I guess I will figure it out as I go along. ☺
My BF LL Cool J!♥
For those of you that are just stumbling across my blog, my name is Michelle and I have been a healthy lifestyle blogger for several years now. My life went through a pretty stressful upheaval and I abandoned the blog because I felt like it either lost sight of me, or I lost sight of it.
I don't come here with magical pearls of wisdom, but I do come in here with straight talk, tough love and 100% me. Like everyone else out there, I probably spit polish things from time to time because no one wants to hear about drama and misery on a daily. That's not to say that my life is either of those things, but I don't find it necessary to be Debbie Downer all of the time so I may come on here and post something that is motivational and/or upbeat when my real day has been pure crap. 
When those times come, I need to be upbeat to help drag my own butt out of a funk. It isn't lying, it isn't being dishonest, but it is faking it until I can make it and I see absolutely nothing wrong with that!
I think we all have to call upon our survival skills sometimes and those include putting on a brave face, faking it until making it and many other tidbits that work for the moment.

Want the quick 'Who Am I'?
I am a Scorpio and like long walks in the moonlight...
Haha! Just kidding!
The real scoop:

I am a Navy veteran and proud mom of a United States Air Force Airman, currently stationed in San Antonio, TX.
I am a grad student completing my masters in Human Services.
I work full time at a VA hospital; I am not doing my dream job, but I am working towards that goal!
I used to be a runner, but now I am stuck with some knee issue that has baffled my doc and made running too painful, so I am admittedly struggling with finding my way back to a love of fitness.
I am hoping to find my sweet spot here really soon.
I have a very small, very important circle of friends and would not trade them for the world!♥
I have a special man in my life that is my BFF. He is my lobster. He is my person.
I have a list of food allergies and intolerances so long that it would be easier to share what things I CAN eat.
I love cooking and baking (even though I don't have the time I'd like to be in the kitchen).
I have lots and lots of healthified recipes to share with you and will be doing that along with lots of other fun little blogging things.

I am excited to be back to blogging and the wheels are starting to turn!
Coming back to blogging is all part of my plan; the plan for my 50th.
I am turning 50 in 2 days and I am ready for some changes.
What I have done is made a commitment to myself to RECONNECT.

Seems broad. Sounds broad. And it is.
I have been like a fish out of water for a couple of years now...
I think it would be more fitting to say that I have been an octopus out of water with all 8 of my tentacles waving around and not sticking to anything.

I have known for a while that I need to get it together, but you have to be ready to make a change and for me, I know it is time to reconnect with a number of things on my life; starting with myself.
I am sure it will come up a lot in the days ahead and will begin to make more sense.
For now, I am glad to be {back} here. I am glad YOU are here!

Let's do this, Golden Girl!