Feeling Good in My Skin

November 25 2023

I did it! 🎉🎉🎉 I’ve lost 20 pounds. Finally starting to feel good in my skin once again. 💋💋💋And look at my beautiful mom! ❤️❤️❤️

Forever grateful to the GI nurse practitioner that helped me figure out my health issue.

***A person’s weight is personal to them, including how they feel emotionally and physically within their body. Please don’t leave comments that they don’t need to lose or gain weight.***

It’s been a lot of trial and error for the past 8 months. It began with receiving the pernicious anemia and iron deficiency anemia diagnoses and addressing those. I got a 3 hour iron infusion and I give myself monthly B12 shots.

I strength train 3 times a week. Believe me when I tell you I fought this like crazy as I did NOT want to incorporate strength training. However, I am only in the gym for 30 minutes each time. I used our community’s gym. If I didn’t have one steps from my front door, I’d be doing home workouts. One whole body workout, one upper body, and one lower body. Then I go for a hike one day a week and a long walk another day of the week (sometimes I miss these depending on my schedule).

I increased my protein intake and decreased my calories. I do one or two 24 hour fasts a month and (mostly) don’t eat anything after 6:00pm.

I think this will be a bit different for each person, as like I say, it was a lot of trying things to see what worked for me and my body. I also incorporated a fiber supplement and a pre & pro biotic supplement.

I was just so uncomfortable, I was motivated to figure out what the hell my body wanted! 😂🤣🤣

Exiting the Cocoon and Stepping Into the Multiverse

June 10 2023

I feel like I’ve stepped into the multiverse and entered a different reality. I continue to have my mind blown almost daily.

New connections who are sweet and fun, re-engaging with old connections who are sweet and fun is a beautiful and inspiring thing. Great opportunities, openness, and authenticity permeate the air and soil of this reality.

It’s absolutely infectious as we inspire one another to exit the cocoon, open up, do the things, and engage fully with life in this moment.

I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday. For the past 8 years, I’ve been a nearly invisible person walking around in public.

A few people literally stopped in their tracks. One commenting on my stone necklace (pictured) and one crossing across the parking lot to share his thoughts.

I’m not sharing to gloat or boast. I’m hoping to give a nudge to anyone who needs it and I’m just so blown away. It’s invigorating to be noticed by others after so long of hiding myself. My wish is that we all get to this place of feeling healthy, open, authentic, and alive. (Photo from my after dinner walk last night.)

Take the Shot and then Dance

June 10 2023

It’s B-12 shot day. I’ve been doing it myself for about 6 months now. When I think about how I felt this time last year, 2 and 3 years ago; it makes me shudder.

Now that I’m healthy and so many other factors have shifted, I’m grabbing life by the hand and dancing until my music ends (or until I can no longer move 🤣). 💋❤️💋

A Cut That Matches

May 11 2023

Next step. A lovely haircut to match me. ❤️💋❤️

See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy”, published December 2019, is a free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 21 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 17 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.