Category Archives: Bucket List

I will not be a fat pigeon in winter!


I will not be a fat pigeon in winter! I exclaimed on December 3rd, 2008. I had already been dieting since the week before Thanksgiving. But that image of fat pigeons puffing up their feathers sticking close to their food source made me think of how uncomfortable I felt when bending over my own belly to put on my boots. How much easier winter would be if I stayed inside? But that mentality did not fit my future vision of myself.

I had dreams of traveling in foreign countries taking photos and writing inspirational articles, filled with hope. My bucket list had the dream of kayaking with whales in the Pacific Northwest. I now had a grandson to chase. The echoes of winter is as good (or fun) as your gear haunted me. Yeah right! But I cannot even hook my feet up to my snowshoes without Mike’s help. Humiliated. I hated that.I vowed to see my feet again with ease no matter how many layers of clothing were needed to ward off the cold.

I Lost 45 @ 45! In fact I have now lost 46 pounds. And I think it might be possible by December 3rd to lose 50. The weight comes off slow now as I am building muscle mass and definition. I have gone from a tight fitting size 18 to a comfortable size 10. I’m still shrinking.

Weight loss and fitness is expensive. I have shrank thru wardrobes of clothes and every couple of months I have bagged up the cast-offs for Vinnes and Goodwill. All my gear, including backpacks, no longer fit. I have shelled out money just to run 5k races; something I can do around Presque Isle on my own everyday. But I vowed not to be a fat pigeon in winter.

Lots of people ask, “How’d you do it?”

The next phrase no mater what my reply is, “I can’t do that ____________ (fill in the blank with reason).”

I am not an athletic trainer. I am not a dietician or nutritionist. I am simply one motivated woman who was sick of not living fully. I, too had the same excuses.

  • I just have a slow metabolism…
  • I don’t have the time…
  • I dont’ have the money…
  • I have other people to cook for…
  • I have an injury…

I had to face all my excuses and find a way around them. I had old injuries, and new injuries. Yet, somehow this time around. Nothing de-railed my efforts. At the Holistic Health Fair I will talk about making change happen, making goals a reality, and how my journey got me to a size 9/10. I am calling the talk “I Lost 45 @ 45!”

The Fall 2009 Holistic Health Fair will be held Nov 7th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UpFront & Co. in Marquette Michigan.


When I go to France…

…I must know how to speak some French. Does anyone have a copy of Rosetta Stone?

I also must create abundance to fund my travels. I currently make far less than some. Aaaahhh how to convey this without kicking myself in the butt. Abundance is everywhere! I know this. But in the past funding a trip to downstate Michigan has been an ordeal and now I am thinking International travel for a month. It is a big step for me.

Let’s just say my two day jobs pay slightly more than min. wage and I work under full-time hours most weeks. Yet, once upon a time we found a way to send my oldest to Australia. We believed he needed to go and we made it happen. I therefore believe I am going to France.

With my son’s trip to Australia we sold tee shirts that said, “Send a Swimmer Downunder” and the continent of Australia on the front. My high school swimmer, as part of a sports exchange program swam in the Olympic pool at the Sydney Aquatic Center.

My trip to France will allow me to travel as an untrained photographer (as I have had no formal training). I will also be writing. I want to spend 1 month.

I am starting a piggy bank now.

I think I can get there by Fall 2009.

Please leave suggestions, ideas, and knowledge below.

Bucket List Objective–Europe

It is true I have started a “Bucket List” but I do not plan for a terminal diagnosis. And I am not going to wait until I am “older”. I plan to go to Europe in less than 1.5 years, perhaps in as little as 9 months.

Now, to achieve the goal I must think how I am going to earn my monies. I have been living below a certain level–some call it being a “starving artist”–I like to call it frugal.

I figure the best way to raise my standard of living and put back money for this trip is to come up with fundraising that is specifically for this goal.

If you have creative ideas–please comment below.

My shortened Bucket List:

  • Publish a chapbook of poetry
  • Publish a book of non-fiction
  • Kayak in the Pacific Northwest and see whales
  • Visit California: Redwoods, San Fransisco and more
  • Publish several ebook/pamphlets
  • Travel to Asia
  • Travel to Europe
  • Sky Dive
  • Swim across a river
  • Visit Isle Royale
  • Visit Mackinaw Island
  • Loose 30-50 pounds
  • Visit Yellowstone
  • Have a photo published in Lake Superior Magazine, or Traverse.
  • See the river Ganges
  • Be a visiting writer in a State Park (Isle Royal, Porkies, Sleeping Bear, or Picture Rocks)
  • Shop for produce in an open air market in a foreign country.
  • Have cheese, bread in wine in France with friends while creating (writing,art, photo)
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