And GFG! is back

I’m baaaack!

Years ago Curt and I were in the Philly area visiting his brother and family along with Curt’s parents and grandma. Some of the family went on a canoe outing. Our nephew James was about 4 at the time. As we got closer to the canoe spot James started to recognize it as he had been there with his dad before. We walked into the place to rent our canoes and James slams the screen door open and says, I’m baaaack!

And so is GFG!

What a whirlwind the move has been. All went well. Movers packed the truck up in three hours and were gone sooner than I had planned. Curt and I took off soon after the truck left and got a few hours on the road.

The following day, which was a Friday, we made the rest of trek to Portland.

For a few days it was like we were on a mini vacation.

The movers arrived last Tuesday. They unloaded our stuff in about three hours. Right after they left the unpacking frenzy began.

Except for pictures hanging on the walls and the books on the bookshelf we are pretty much moved in.

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And GFG! is back on break …

And not a Ross/Rachel kind of break.

Earlier this week I wrote about how I needed to take a break from the blog to focus on packing and the impending move.

I posted a farewell post yesterday and am now back on break.

Have to get a few last minute things done before the movers arrive in a few hours.

I promise once we are set up in our new place in Portland I will be back with regular posts of my new adventures.

So don’t be a stranger. Feel free to peruse the blog and find many past posts for your reading enjoyment.

And if you want to read the top two posts on GFG! …

Almost every day multiple people read about removing toothpaste from clothing. (Thanks to Monica P. for asking that. It’s my top post. I regularly check my stats to see what people are reading and looking for.)

The second most read post asks, should you drink alcohol when you are sick? Because that one was so popular I reposted it the last time I was sick.

You can also find me on Facebook: personal page and GFG! page. And you can find GFG! on Twitter.

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Bidding farewell to the Bay Area

As the last boxes are being packed and the movers will be showing up in about 24 hours I am bidding farewell to Oakland, the East Bay and the Bay Area.

Curt and I came out here in 2005. He in February and me in March.

We first lived in Berkeley and for the past eight years have been in Oakland.

It’s been a great 10 years.

We have made so many good friends who we will miss terribly. Thanks to everyone who has made our time here great.

I have developed an amazing yoga community. I have some pretty awesome yoga teachers.

I know I can find all of that in Portland. It will take time.

This move is bittersweet for me. But isn’t that the best way to go … before you jump the shark?

For years Curt and I have been talking about moving back to Portland and settling there.

Curt has already lived in Portland twice. We met while working at a newspaper in Salem, which is about an hour from Portland.

I have never actually lived in Portland. But I spent enough time there to know I want to settle there.

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GFG! is taking a break …

And not a Ross/Rachel kind of break.

As GFG! and The Husband get ready for the big move this week I need to focus on the last bit of packing and all that comes with it … including the stress and OMG! Am I going to run out of time before Thursday arrives? UGH!

There will be one farewell post (likely posted on Wednesday) before we jump into the Subaru and drive up I-5.

And I promise once we are set up in our new place in Portland I will be back with regular posts of my new adventures.

So don’t be a stranger. Feel free to peruse the blog and find many past posts for your reading enjoyment.

And if you want to read the top two posts on GFG! …

Almost every day multiple people read about removing toothpaste from clothing. (Thanks to Monica P. for asking about that. It’s my top read post. I regularly check my stats to see what people are reading and looking for.)

The second most read post asks, should you drink alcohol when you are sick? Because that one was so popular (used to be No. 1) I reposted it Continue reading

Properly discarding of medications

Part of the moving and packing process is going through stuff and hopefully throwing a bunch of stuff out while donating lots of other stuff worthy of reuse by someone else.

We have lots of old medicines, prescription and over the counter in our medicine cabinet.

There’s a drop off place near us where we take paints, e-waste, batteries and other items.

I decided to check and see if they took old medications and if they didn’t how to go about properly discarding of them.

If you are in the East Bay, there are facilities through Stop Waste in Fremont, Hayward, Livermore and Oakland.

Go to the website for hours (which recently expanded) and items you can drop off. According to the site, you don’t even have to get out of your car. You can show up in your pajamas!

Most places likely take most medications. But likely can’t take controlled substances. They might be able to be dropped off elsewhere. Stop Waste lists one place in the East Bay, San Leandro, to drop off controlled substances.

If you can’t find a place to drop off controlled substances the FDA has recommendations on how to discard.

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I took on the Savasana challenge

For the month of December I took part in a 31-day Savasana challenge.

My teacher Vickie who was my first Restorative Yoga teacher (and one of my regular yoga teachers) challenged her students to do a 31-day Savasana challenge.

Savasana is a relaxed and restorative pose where you can be supported by blankets and bolsters (as you see in the picture to the left) and where your head and heart are on the same level. This is a time to quiet the body and the mind.

The month of December is stressful with the holidays, food, alcohol, family, parties, friends, end of year …

When we don’t think we have time for ourselves, whether that’s yoga, Savasana, time reading a good book, taking a bath, just sitting down for 10-15 minutes to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, etc. is when we need it most.

For the most part the challenge was fairly easy for me since I am not working full time.

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Seeing results with healthy choices

I know that there are so many things challenging about the holidays. There is stress, overeating, over drinking … etc.

But we can overcome a lot of that and stay on a healthy track.

When I quit my job a little more than two months ago I thought the weight would fall off and I would easily fall back to my goal weight rather quickly.

Well, that didn’t happen and then I went on vacation.

Once back from vacation I got back on the healthy eating and regular exercise routine with indoor cycling and yoga (both public classes and my own home practice). I was also able to control my stress levels much more at that point.

I have been at it for about six weeks and am pleased with my results.

Yes, it can be difficult to maintain healthy living during the holidays. But it is possible.

When I first started on my weight loss track eight years ago I lost weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So far this year I lost weight over Thanksgiving. I made sure to get my exercise in last week while still enjoying food and wine, all in moderation.

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