I was in for a shock when I stepped on the scales this morning. I’ve gained back about 6 lbs. That is NOT good. So, what’s a girl to do? Reboot. Recharge. Reclaim my health.

After walking my dog I popped in a DVD and did the Beginner Burn At The Barre workout. It’s a nice starter to getting back in shape. Katie was right at home with getting back to her ballet roots. I have a feeling this is one of those workouts I will feel in my thighs tomorrow. Isn’t it funny how when I took ballet as a child I did it because it was fun. Now it’s an awesome workout.

The the workout completed I made a chocolate Aloha protein shake with cashew milk. I had ordered the two samples of chocolate and vanilla for $2.50 thinking I’d cancel, but I was so impressed by the shake that I decided to keep the subscription. It was rich and creamy and more like drinking a milk shake for pleasure than scarfing down a protein shake. I highly recommend you check out the $2.50 sample and you can use promo code: Renee176 for $20 off your first order. It is really hard to find a tasty vegan and gluten free protein powder so I am a huge fan of this product.

I also ordered The Physique 57(R) Solution: The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body. That should be a nice 2 week reboot and kick up my metabolism with a fresh new workout. I’ll let y’all know how that one goes…


Wimbledon: The Championships

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Wimbledon, and to get in the mood I thought I’d share my favorite Wimbledon matches over the years.

1.  Without a doubt is the second live Breakfast At Wimbledon from 1980 – Bjorn Borg defeated John McEnroe in five epic sets: 1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7 (16-18 tiebreaker) 8-6.


Back in the days of bootylicious short shorts and wooden racquets I was 13 years old and madly in love with Bjorn Borg. I still vividly remember watching this match. I burned a pizza in the oven during the 20 some minute tie breaker where Borg had seven chances to win the match. The fifth set was amazing. Borg cranked up his serve and only lost six of thirty-one points on serve. He charged the net and played brilliant composed tennis. Check out a New York Times article on the match.

2.  Goran Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter in a rain delayed Monday final in 2001 – 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7.

Goran was also one of my all time favorite players and was a wild card entry that year. This final wasn’t shown live and I remember running downstairs on changeovers to check the live score on dial up internet. I was so happy when Goran finally won his only Wimbledon title.

3.  Rafa Nadal defeated Roger Federer – 6-4 6-7 6-7 6-4 9-7 in a four hour forty-minute final in 2008.

Thanks to a rain delay (no roof back then) I had to go to work at Dell during the final set. My niece was texting me the score updates as I followed along on the internet. There were a lot of Vamos Rafa’s that day!

4.  Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick – 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14 in 2009.

The was an emotional roller coaster of a match. Federer served 50 aces. Andy Roddick played the match of his life in the end and still lost. Here is an ESPN account of the match.

5.  2001 4th Round – Roger Federer beats Pete Sampras – 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.

This was Federer’s break thru match and the first time I’d watched him live. I remember thinking that Federer kid is going to be good some day. I believe his 17 Grand Slams have proved me right.

Honorable Mention – Roger Federer destroys Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 in the 2012 finals.

I didn’t watch most of this match live because I HATE Murray and turn off the TV when he is playing. I did watch several replays of the match because I totally enjoyed watching Roger make old Snaggle Tooth cry.

Weight Loss Update


I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy with starting a new job and transitioning to a new schedule. I’ve also not been very good about maintaining my hormone reset lifestyle changes. I was a little scared to step on the scales this morning, but it wasn’t as bad as I’d expected. I seemed to have plateaued at a current weight loss of between 21-23 lbs.

I guess I should be glad the scale is sticking there despite my lack of workouts and overindulgence in Angry Orchard and sushi. That seems to be my go to cheat meal at the moment.

Hopefully by the end of the summer I will be down another 10 lbs and have the scale stuck in that range.

On a bright note: Mercury is now direct, the moon is waxing, and I like my new job.

So… let’s hope that I can finish the second book in Odessa’s story soon.





I had the most amazing experience this morning. After tending to my favorite dog sitting clients I saw a sign for a yard sale a couple of streets up from them. I don’t normally have cash, but they had paid me in cash this time instead of writing a check like the do most of the time.. So, I decide I’ll check out the sale.

As if a Sunday yard sale in Nashville isn’t weird enough, I pull up and they have a couple of tables of books, tapes, DVDs, and tarot cards. I’d already read several of the books, many of them new age and health, specifically about digestive health and clean eating. I decided to buy a book titled, Restoring Your Digestive Health, since as you probably know from reading my blogs, I have Celiac disease.

I picked up a book titled, The Power of Karma, and this lady across the table says, “You’re a seeker. I want to give you this.” She hands me a cassette tape called The Heart of Reiki.

I thank her and mention I don’t have a cassette player.

She says, “You can see me?” as if she is surprised.

Before I realize that she is a spirit and can explain that I am a medium, she flits across the table and hands me an old cassette tape walkman, saying, “Take it.”

With the walkman in hand. I now decide to get The Psychic Pathway audio book since Sonia Choquette is one of my favorites and a stack of meditation cassette tapes all marked as .25 each.

I go to pay and the woman running the yard sale doesn’t recognize the walkman. I told her the other woman there gave it to me and turn around to point to her and she’s gone. I describe her as being in her 40’s with long blond hair and kinda 1970’s hippy looking with a very loving and serene energy. She tells me that sounds just like her sister. I tell her about the seeker comment. She explained that all the new age stuff belonged to her dead sister. By now I have goosebumps on my arm as I tell her I’m a medium, but I am usually clairaudient and don’t usually see the spirits like that. She gave me all the tapes, saying her sister would have wanted that, and I paid her for the books.

I was so stunned that it didn’t fully hit me when I got home and realized that I think I have picked up a new spirit guide. I’m going to stop by there on my afternoon visit with the pups and see if the sister’s name is Lily, because that is what I am picking up on. And I think I am going to buy her tarot cards. I’ve never been much for the cards, but I have a very strong sense that this spirit will help me learn to use them.

Oh, and by the way, the walkman works perfectly.

Demon Child

I have finally completed a book that has been two years in the making. Demon Child, the story of Odessa’s earliest days, is now complete. It’s currently been critiqued by a couple of people and I will soon being the process of submitting to find an agent.

Here is the synopsis:

A teenage girl comes to terms with her abusive childhood by seeking emancipation in order to find her first love and embrace her powers as a witch.

Odessa was dubbed the Demon Child from the day she was born in the midst of a thunderstorm on Halloween. She is a redhead with a fondness for rattlesnakes that never quite fit in with her father’s Pentecostal church congregation. After her sister runs away to Raleigh with her boyfriend, Odessa is befriended by Carmella, the new girl in town and the daughter of a Haitian Hoodoo practitioner. Their friendship in the late 1950’s shocks the rural costal town in North Carolina.

Disowned by her father amid accusations of witchcraft and associating with coloreds, she is taken in by Carmella’s family and homeschooled by Mama Jubilee and Tante Effie, a white woman blinded and widowed when her black husband was killed in fire Charleston. In her new home Odessa becomes smitten with Derek, Tante’s biracial grandson and a college student at Fayetteville State.

Odessa turns sixteen in 1960 right before John F. Kennedy is elected as president. On this pivotal birthday she casts a love spell, gets her first kiss from Derek, and is given a journal she is to us to help her come to terms with her abusive past.

Her first assignment is to connect with her mother’s spirit by visiting her grave. Her mother died when she was bitten by Odessa’s favorite rattlesnake right after the woman stood up to her abusive husband for the first time when she tries to stop him from cutting off Odessa’s long red hair. By connecting with her mother’s spirit Odessa learns that her illiterate and troubled mother did the best she could to protect her and is now watching out for her from the other side.

Odessa’s stepmother also plays a pivotal role in the story. Lillian gives an injured Odessa a ride home in the rain and learns her stepmother is pregnant. She also has to turn to Lillian to get her help in getting her estranged father to sign the papers relinquishing his parental rights.

Odessa and Carmella use a trip to Wilmington to see a movie to secretly meet Derek and Carmella’s boyfriend, Jamal. The date doesn’t go so well when she is confronted by racism and what she thinks is Derek’s lack of interest in her. Derek later admits in a letter that he is attracted to Odessa, but is concerned that if they see each other she could suffer a fate similar to his grandmother’s.

Then there is Roger Rohde, the blond and bronzed pro wrestling champion that Odessa first spots on the cover of a magazine. She develops a crush on the superstar wrestler until she learns he is married and has a young daughter. Still, every time she does any type of magick to test her love interests, she always gets the letter R. All of those reoccurring R’s have her wondering if Derek really is her Mr. Right.

Thanksgiving is another big occasion for Odessa when the family goes to Fayetteville to visit Derek and Jamal and most importantly Odessa has an appointment with a judge to see if he will grant her emancipation. She’s also supposed to get to see her sister for the first time since she ran away five years ago. Only Olivia isn’t on the bus and Odessa learns that she won’t be able to come from Raleigh due to an accident. Olivia surprises her by showing up that Friday morning just moments before Odessa’s appointment with the judge.

Judge Chavis is an old friend of Tante and her deceased husband and meets with them in his chambers to hear the case. He grants the emancipation so that Odessa will be able to get her driver’s license, have control of her health care, and make plans for college.

Things also heat up between Odessa and Derek. First, Carmella catches them making out alone in his apartment, and then on her last night in town Odessa loses her virginity to Derek. It wasn’t everything she had hoped it would be, but she is thrilled to finally be his girlfriend, at least until he wants her to go to church with him the morning after they first make love.

Odessa reluctantly goes into a church for the first time since being disowned by her father. The Baptist church is very different from her Pentecostal upbringings, but a flashback to her last visit to a church sends her running out the door. She finds a rattlesnake and cuddles with him as she realizes that she is okay with being exactly who she is, a witch and a survivor, and no longer the demon child.

Derek comes outside to find her and they both agree to accept each other for what they are. She’s okay with his religious beliefs as long as he accepts her path as a witch.

New Moon


The last days before a new moon are always difficult for me, so I am very glad for the new moon to be arriving today. In those last couple of days I always find my thoughts are scattered and it’s horribly hard to write. The darkness also seems to seep into my mood. This time it wrecked havoc on my diet.

I completed the Hormone Reset losing a total of 16.6 lbs. I didn’t weigh this morning because I gave into temptation and have a gluten free vegan pizza and some Angry Orchard. I plan to amend that by fasting today.

It all just seemed to hit me at once. We had a bad electrical storm that scared my dog and kept me up with him. Our power was off or about 9 1/2 hours. My cable box got zapped. I got some rather disappointing news. Yeah, these last few days were a doozie.

But, I’ll use this weekend to fast and get my thoughts aligned to get back into my writing and trying to figure out the next chapter of my life. Dess says, “That’s not where you’re supposed to be.” So, I’ll listen to her and keep on keeping on.

Hormone Reset: Day 17


“You’re one tough broad,” he says.

I laugh, wishing it were so.

At the moment the words in the photo are my life. I’m currently in a state of transition. I’m reclaiming my old body, writing again, and moving on to new adventures and callings. It’s scary at times, not knowing what will happen next. All I can do is trust that everything happens for a reason and know that as long as I have my amazing spirit guide Odessa that the reasons will be good.

I’ve reached the point where sometimes i find it very hard to eat and I didn’t sleep well last night. I had a nightmare about another part of my life I hope to reclaim next month when I see him again. It’s been eight years and no more than a few days ever go by with me missing him. I want what we had back. No, I want it better.

As for the reset, I am down to 170.6 lbs. for a total loss of 15.4 lbs. I still hate what I see in the mirror and was beginning to doubt my scales until I took some measurements this morning. I’ve lost 1 1/2 inches from my hips and waist and 2 inches from my bust. I went to put my lucky snakey charm in my bra yesterday and it fell out. I think I will need to go bra shopping soon.

I also wrote again yesterday. 3064 words. The most I’ve done in forever and I hope to have this story done by the end of the week.

Life. It happens whether you want it to or not.

So long from no where near the Sunshine State…