Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meditating in March

I've been MIA but for a good cause... VACATION! I had an awesome trip to Thailand! It was right on time. Talk about PERFECT timing! I've had so much going on I really didn't realize what my mind and body were going through until I was 30,000 feet in the air. As I have mentioned I am currently serving as the President for the Junior League of Baltimore! And its A LOT OF WORK! I mean I knew it would be but you really don't know until you know. With over 330 members from ages 21-83, a building, a thrift store, 6 employees, 990s, repairs, fundraising, audits, monthly membership meetings, monthly board meetings, committee meetings, and personalities! Wheewwwwww! Its a lot... I'm basically running a non-profit without an Executive Director, building manager or store manager. Amazing training ground but it quickly became clear being a "working President" poses significant challenges. With that said traveling is my passion and really the only way I can de-stress so I am sure my outgoing president's song will talk about my many travels throughout the year lol (Iceland, Jamaica, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and now Thailand) which by the way was an AMAZING trip! Amazing! I love traveling it keeps me centered and I am blessed to be able to do it. But there was a lot of foooooddddd! Our Thai tour guide told us their goal is to have everyone gain at least five pounds before they go home lol. Well I was successful!

As a quick review I lost 10 pounds after rejoining Weight Watchers and doing Smart Points. It is a great plan then I got sick and it turned out it was bronchitis and everything went downhill! I gained seven pounds in a week! A freaking week! Now I did eat all kinds of "bad" foods so I'm not saying I don't know howwwwww I gained it... I'm just being unreasonable and being annoyed by it lol so indulge me for a venting minute... It took like two months to lose it and poof like that it came back!!!!! In Thailand I gained an additional three. So I am back to where I was when I rejoined WW. *SIGH*

Now for my "Beyond the Scale" moments:

On the upside I came back and went right to the grocery store and bought lots of meats, veggies and fruits! I cooked and packed lunch all week and I must say I was proud of myself for doing that.

I have not made it to a WW meeting in a minute because I've had a lot of things to do on Saturday so I am making that a point to go back this Saturday morning.

Another beyond the scale moment I started the FREE  21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit. with Oprah and Deepak Chopra! I started this morning bright and early and it was a great mediation. Years ago that was how I started my early days at the office and it made a difference so I am glad this popped up in my email box while I was away and made a promise to commit to this! I will be honest I have not meditated in a longgggggg time so my mind was all over the place! I know it will get better though. I used the centering thought for today which was is:

My struggle has ended. I am in harmony with myself.

I reposted an old blog post from 2010 and I said I really need to get the 2010 Cylia back! I was SOOOOOO focused! Soooo focused. I do feel like I did not have a lot of balance at that time I would skip parties, happy hours, etc because I didn't trust myself to exercise good judgement. That wasn't healthy but I was so focused on that goal I got results b y any means necessary so I am trying to incorporate some of those good habits like blogging, journaling, exercising regularly, and mediating back into this journey! 

Similar to other goals I am working on... I used to feed myself good stories, positive affirmations, and vision boards with my weight loss and health and fitness goals since my focus has shifted to other goals I have slacked up on that. So I am going to restart that good Law of Attraction work. So in addition to the 21 Day mediation I am listening to the Oprah call on the Weight Watchers website as I am typing this. Oprah is talking to Weight Watcher Success Stories and its a good way to feed my mind on this goal. Oprah just said its a big spiritual journey its not just about taking off the pounds. I agree with that. The best thing I can hold on to is I've done this before and unlike a newbie trying to figure it out what's best I already have the winning formula its just about following though. 

Well that's all for now! Below here are a few pictures from my awesome trip with my sister!

Bye for now!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Matrix, Blizzards, and Babies

Well we are in the midst of a historic blizzard apparently... I was joking on Facebook that I was just saying to myself I needed like five days off of work and from my extra curricula activities to do some de cluttering, organize my closets and do laundry so my bad about the blizzard because my Law of Attraction game is strong lol

All jokes aside thank The Lord. I have so much stuff between getting married, AKA, Links and Junior League I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I had several bins I already purchased to get my stuff together so I have been making my way through all of it and from the looks of things I won't be back to work until Wednesday earliest so there are my five straight days and no vacation days required!

Lo & behold my favorite movie The Matrix was on yesterday and it's in now. Mannnnnn that movie changed my whole life. It really was my first adult introduction to the Law of Attraction although it never used the term. I typically have a theme for every year and 1999's theme was "1999 is not a game" it was a hard, sad, tough lessons learned, really deep year. Between the Matrix and Lauryn Hill's MisEducation album my mindset started to shift. It was NOT quick or easy and there were lots of ups and downs but I understood changing my life... all aspects of it, began with how I think. The information I willing took in and most importantly learning how to ignore what was not helpful even when people thought their negativity was a form of support or assistance. Most people who know me know I don't like repeating things; I bore easily and so I don't re-read, re-watch, re-do anything often. The Matrix? I can watch everyday. I love it.

As God would have it as I was getting dressed for my wedding it came on and man the photographer had a field day taking pictures of me and my karate moves lol I took it as a good omen :-)

Anyhoo  all of  that was to say watching it yesterday made me realize I am so over the gym. Soooooo over it I  think I need to go do something active like boxing, maybe back to Krav Maga or even Karate... Treadmills aint getting it for me right now. I need to think about it and just do it. I really like Krav Maga and its close to my home. I'll update yall any suggestions are welcomed!

So went to my OB/Gyn recently and had the baby talk so I told her my goal is to lose 50 pounds this year to be ready for us to start next year. She agreed it was a good idea and a lot of women go on a baby diet as she called it.

 So Weight Watchers update this makes three weeks I have not been to the meetings! First week I had the Alpha Kappa Alpha Leadership conference, second week was the day after the Founders' Day celebration (lol) nuff said  see pics below and this week Blizzard 2016. I finally got on my own WW scale and I am now down almost 4 more pounds!!! According to Weight Watchers I am averaging .09 pounds loss a week which is right on track for my goal of 50 pounds in a year! And 2 more pounds and I get a month free. 

I am trying to log in on my phone and really working on my water. The exercise though I'm just not inspired, motivated or feeling it at all but ohhhhhh vanity I need to take my Presidential portrait for Junior League and I would at least like to lose another 10 pounds by then. My face looks so different with every 5 -10 pounds its crazy. So between the future baby and  my photo I'm highly motivate to stick with the Smart Points plan. LOL I aint shamed!

So weird to even think about family planning I have a lot of plans and goals and I had a great conversation with my good friend Danielle last week and she made me put my baby plan in the timeline LOL I just think there is never a perfect time to have a baby. I think there may be times that are better than others but a perfect time to have a whole human being to take care of, pay for, feed, talk to and keep breathing and hope they don't become a serial killer... no perfect time for that. I see some of my family members, Sorors and coworkers and friends do it to varying degrees of  success and I'm getting all kinds of stories some good but most bad lol maybe they don't mean for them to sound bad but I swear I don't know how the planet is over populated lol I'm taking it all in keeping in mind just like my love life... I get to write my own story so their lives are just FYI. Law of Attraction game is strong on my end so I am appreciative of people sharing their stories. I surely don't take parenthood lightly and I think that's a good thing. I think a lot of people go in with rose colored glasses and I don't know why but I  love the conversation and found a new idol Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo! She had her first baby at 40 or almost 40 and took of 2 weeks!!! DUDE TWO WEEKS LOL She's a rock star in my book! Talk about writing your OWN STORY! There are levels to this....

Anyhoo I have the perfect husband for me to make me willing to take the journey. Thank God for that! 

Well that's all for now!! Stay safe and warm good people! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

First 13 days of 2016

The first 13 days of 2016 have been busssyyyyy! All good things though. I missed the Saturday Weight Watchers meeting because of a sorority leadership meeting. I weighed in at home and it was the exact same as last week. I was not as diligent about tracking last week and this week. No real reason just fell behind and next thing you know its been three days. I find I do better when I'm in a routine so going  back to the office helped me a lot. Food hasn't been perfect but that's the beauty and appeal of Weight Watchers... just use your points.

I'm really focused on doing things I enjoy in 2016 and Broadway is one thing high on my list! I took a trip to New York with my friend to see The Gin Game with Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones  they were great! Living Legends! We went to eat at the famous Junior's Cheesecake and I had their Thai ginger wings and got a slice strawberry cheesecake to go. I still have not eaten it lol

I forgot to wear my pedometer but I'm sure I got plenty of steps in on those New York city blocks! I am glad I was feeling a bit better I seem to have injured my left hip after doing Bikram yoga last week Sunday! I mean pain in my hip like I've never felt!! I said that's it no more yoga... my 40 year old hip can't take it lol So I have been sidelined because of that and I was on a roll with walking in my building too! Oh well! I will take it easy for the rest of this week and start up again.

In other news, I've been using my gratitude journal. Not daily but I try to write a few things in it every day I am at work. But I need to do a 2016 Health and Fitness vision board! I need to do my daily affirmations! I found this list online and they are good.

The trick to to say them, write them, and look at them to make them stick. I have been a bit busy between Junior League , AKA and work but I  went to see my doctor and told her I want to lose 50 pounds before getting pregnant so she said that's common to do a "baby diet" so I have a good motivating factor.   I know this is all apart of the puzzle so I am on it. I am also working on getting my water intake up to 64oz. Its been a struggle though but I am at least focused on it and posting in the AKA workout group to add to the accountability and that is better than nothing! Already had 16.9 oz and its on 7:15am! So 3.5 more bottles to go!

That's all the updates for now!!! Have a great week! Will check in after Saturday's weigh in!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Recipes for success... Vision Boards, Smart point meals & second week thoughts

A few recipes since starting Smart Points for ya!


Paleo inspire Scrambled Egg Muffins: 2points
Pros: Easy to prepare and a good grab and go option

6-8 eggs
Add any fillings you desire (green peppers, cooked bacon, ham, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, onions, spinach,
salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 8 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

Beat eggs together in a large bowl. Mix ham, bell pepper, onion, salt, black pepper, and water into the beaten eggs. Pour egg mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are set in the middle, 18 to 20 minutes.

Flatout Bread Pizza 8 (really 9 points but I didn't use as much a recipe)

1 Lite Flatout bread Italian -2
1-2 tablespoons of Trader Joe pasta sauce -1
1/4 cup Six Cheese Italian shredded -3
15 pepperoni slices (25% reduced fat)-3
Bake on 350 for 15 minutes

Beef or Chicken soup- ~2 points 1.5 cups

Add chicken legs and/thighs or beef to a large pot

  • diced onions
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Half bag of baby carrots (chopped or boiled whole)
  1. Bring chicken, water, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  2.  Add carrots, small potatoes, or yams if desired. Simmer, partially covered, for 40 minutes
  3. Chicken- you can add cilantro for added flavor

Ok so hope those help! I will try some more new things and be sure to post them! I was looking around on my laptop and found some old Vision Boards. I have not done a Health and Fitness Vision Board for 2016. I went looking for the O Dream Board and can't find it. I emailed the Oprah.com help desk to see what happened. It was such a great tool for online vision/dream boards! I found another but I didn't like it so I will probably use powerpoint! But here are a few old ones I wanted to share to encourage you to take some time to think about your goals for 2016!

Its only day two of the second week but I am feeling good about Smart Points. I went shopping yesterday, made beef soup, and left some higher point items in the store. I'm really optimistic about my 2016 goals and feel inspired to create a new board this week! Hope you do too!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!! Wow 2015 flew by I can't believe its 2016! I am sooooo excited about another new year! 2016 is a year of transitions. Good transitions. One is my age lol I'm excited to say "40 something" all my blogs, bios etc said 30-something lol I had to update everything now that I'm 40... but 40 is flat BUT 41; I can say 40 something! LOL  Its the little things I suppose!

Welllllllll.... Week One Weight Watchers Smart Points and I am down 3.8 pounds!!!! I really don't know how lol I was over my weekly points by 20+ but some of my reflections of the week:

1) Tracking the good, bad and the ugly is important. Even days I went over it made me think twice  about going even more over board.

2) The daily activity or fit goal was great. I wore my pedometer daily and it really encouraged me to be more active. I set a goal of 5000 steps a day which really wasn't hard and I will increase that this week. I didn't go back to the gym merely walking around the office. The floor of my building is bigger than I ever knew! lol I walked to the printer multiple times vs. waiting to pick up things I printed out all at once.

3) I prepared meals for the week and took them to work everyday without fail. I used my Sunday and work from home Monday wisely. I packed meals and bought salads to supplement. Overall I am satisfied with what I did in terms of the planning portion. I took a bag full of oranges and apples for snacks. I wanted popcorn but  know the one a work is loaded with butter so I opted for the small packs of pistachios.

4) I worked on my choices when I went out to eat. I think I did well in terms of not doing my normal eat whatever I want when I go out. I definitely took more time to think about it and log it in. I went to Founding Farmers and had a Grilled Cheese with bacon and tomato soup. I had half and took the rest back to my office and was immediately tempted to eat the other half. I wasn't hungry just greedy. I remembered I planned to not take home leftovers to prevent going over my points so I took a bit and threw the rest in the trash and poured water in it.

I feel good about the Smart Points plan. Its doable and flexible. I am a fan of the Wendy Plan (google it) so I know you can not be perfect and still see results the body is not a machine. I ended up having a good start to the new year I went for a mani pedi yesterday and going to the spa tomorrow with some friends and ending the day with Bikram Yoga with the AKA workout group Sorors.

Definitely focused on more self care in 2016.  Ironically the topic of today's WW meeting. I'm setting up better habits for my life and being more deliberate about who I keep company with, things I allow in my space and how I react to things. I feel like people have been baiting me the last few weeks but rather than being combative or offended I allowed myself to see the people for who they are and the bait for what it was and realize a few things about people 1. Many are not happy 2. Misery loves company 3. Their opinions have absolutely no impact on the great life I have so the negative energy doesn't serve me any good so the best thing I can do is focus on me.

How productive I've been!!! I mean man I am really excited about 2016. Its going to be a year of learning and growth and for that I am already grateful!

Yesterday was a great start I had my mani pedi then my husband and I went to a Soror's house for dinner with her family and a few other sorors. Man that was fun!!!!! Its good to be around good people! Especially good couples! Like my tshirt says...BLESSED!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Challenges and Opportunities

Well today is Day 4 on the new Smart Points Weight Watcher Plan. The plan makes perfect sense but I am having challenges. So eating out is a biggie for me and as I have shared in the past I like to eat what I like when I eat out. That's a challenge but also an opportunity to do better on a plan like this.

I have a lunch and dinner tomorrow so I went and picked out what I liked in advance on the menu and entered into my WW tracker. Totally blew my points even when I cut the orders in half. Bummer. So I said to myself. "Self ...what else  could you enjoy without the guilt of blowing points on your first week on this new program. Come on Oprah said JOIN HER! Surely I can forgo what I want for what my body needs." I switched for soup and salad with proteins. What I noticed this week is I will eat half of the portion but then eat the rest later. So my favorite Bonefish Bang Bang shrimp is 27 points. I get 31 for the day. Rightttt... So add some fresh bread and pesto, a drink or two I've had a day's worth in an hour. I think I have to get comfortable leaving left overs at the restaurant if I'm going to indulge like that. It seems wasteful but I think that's the only answer.

So that's my plan. It helped that I went to Trader Joe's and stocked up on lots of good stuff. I spent like $70 which is a lot in Trader Joe's here's what I got! What I did, which did take me some time was I used my Smart Points calculator and did the points for everything I picked up. Some shockers: The Feta and caramelized onion bites are 3 points each. I typically have 5 or 6 (like yesterday and that ate up my points pretty fast (3x5= 15 points I get 31 for the day!), throw in two peanut butter cookies I ate from a lovely gift basket my President Elect gave me and next thing you know points are blown!)

Shopping list from TJ
-Eggs are 2 points each
-Fruits and veggies  are still 0 points unless you make a smoothie then you have to calculate them. I made a Green smoothie in the recipe builder its about 2 points per serving.
-Raisin and rosemary crackers are only 3 points for 11 so that was good news
-Trader Joe Salads are 10 and 11 points OUCH! But that's with the dressing.
-Turkey meatball were 3 points for 2 so that's kinda high too

This plan definitely makes you tighten up on the processed foods like Paleo which I really like. I've been googling Smart Points and finding blogs by other WW members who were apart of the Beta test so they are on week 4 or so. Good insight there. For example you can swap fit points for food the way you could with activity points but that's later on.

I did some cooking: Jerk chicken, chicken soup and roasted beets and sweet potatoes

I have not done any gym workouts but I've been pretty active volunteering over the weekend and I used the WW pedometer and got 3000 steps in on Saturday and again on Sunday. My goal is to start using my treadmill at home this week. Any Netflix shows I can use to pass the time like I did with Sons of Anarchy last year?!

I'm also going to commit to walking more at work to get those steps in. I can literally sit alll day. A few minutes around the building will be good for me. I am also going to have to do " The Work" on "The Why" I was working from home yesterday and mindlessly had the news on at 6am which is when I am typically on my way to work and it was soooo depressing. I had to change the channel but I was in a funk all day because of it. I think that impacted my food choices, no I know it did. I still had weekly points but goodness that's a bad habit I need to break. I watched comedies the rest of the day and I am still not back to my regular self. I have to guard my mind because I absorb negatively too easily and I just couldn't find the bright side to alllllll that stuff in one moment. It was overwhelming.

But today is a new day I can packed with my lunch, snacks, and water! Anddd realized I left my work laptop at home LOL Talk about focused. Fortunately most of my coworkers are out so I was able to borrow someone else's! I actually brought a bag full of apples and oranges so my snacks for the week are already here. I think that's helpful consider doing that if you can!

Well that's all for now. Ohhh I did hop on the scale just to peek and I was down over 2 pounds so that was encouraging and will help me focus. Okkkkk Im out!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

I was minding my business and here comes Oprah...

Well I was minding my own business the day after Christmas and here comes Oprah Winfrey and her Weight Watchers commercial telling me to get my butt back on track,. I was already mad at her for what tripling their stock of which I had far too little lol and now here she comes the day after fried chicken, seafood salad, cake, ham, macaroni and cheese and wine talking about everything she;s been through brought her to this moment with Weight Watchers. The two things I have always loved about Oprah and her weight loss journey was she always said: (1). If there was a magic pill she would have bought it... as richest woman in the world duhhhh lol (2). She didn't like/love exercise or eating "right"  she did it because she had to. I liked that because I can't say I love or like exercise or eating right either. I am just at a place where I get that some people struggle with family problems, mental illness, career uncertainty, low self esteem, etc. my challenge is my weight I can't even say my overall health I have a 98 overall cholesterol, almost low blood pressure, and blood work numbers better than people half my size.

I did a half marathon with two-three weeks of  treadmill training, and a triathlon with  maybe four weeks of training, lol most people train for 6 months! What I do have is a strong and self assured mind that tells me I can do anything I put my mind to. Weight loss is just my area off additional need and introspection. And if I can be honest I really don't care sometimes. I'd rather not "worry" about calories, carbs, fat and crap lol but alas here comes Oprah. So off to my local Weight Watchers I go. My husband and I joined before the wedding but stopped after two months and we kept paying and not going so I cancelled it but I said why wait until the new year? I know WW is the best program around and I need the support, accountability and motivation.

I've had a lot going on. I am more than half way though my Presidency for the Junior League of Baltimore. Although I knew it would be hard its way more challenging that anyone can really imagine. My coping skills have not been the best and my go to stress relief methods are not exercise, yoga and mediation lol but this is good training ground to force myself to respond in better ways. I had a few really bad days and I called my Personal Trainer and did some good old school workouts and I definitely felt the benefits! I even hit a new personal best on the leg press! Over 400 lbs!!! Yup I'm the bomb!

So yesterday Oprah got me up and I found out there is new WW program: Beyond the Scale. It really takes what was already a good program to the next level. They even stole my journal idea lol quotes and everything they know I used to bring a journal to every meeting and take notes like I was in school lol they even put a Law of Attraction quote on the front! Humph lol

The program takes a multifaceted approach to weight loss so goal setting, scale, food, and the mental aspect of weight loss. The Why... I did a post about that awhile ago. Its really all about The Why. They have changed the way  we calculate the Points Value again. The last change was good it went from just fat and calories to fat, carbs, protein and fiber.

Now your Smart Points are calculated with: Calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein. The thing I like about it is it will force me to use more of my Paleo knowledge to maximize my points. I did a post awhile back  about Paleo As Promised Paleo Part 1 check it out! I'm looking forward to seeing my results with the program. If you lose 10 pounds in 3 months you get one month of your fees returned! That's incentive!

Another change is there's a daily minimum Activity Point goal. Before exercise wasn't even really emphasized, then it was lightly encouraged then encouraged more now its basically mandatory! lol good bold move because exercise is key.

There was also a weekly extra point allotment well that used to be a set number for everyone but now it is personalized just like your daily points are. Makes sense!

Overall I'm impressed. I enjoyed the meeting but I was a bit resentful to have to come back. The people were warm and friendly and chatty as usual lol but I never really appreciate how much I eat even when I think I'm being good so WW is good for me. I paid for three months up front about $130 and it includes free online coaching.

I got the starter kit for $39 and the calculator $9 so when my cell dies I have a back up lol
Inside the kit you’ll find

• Cutting Board with built-in measuring cups (dishwasher safe)
  - Features removable sides and cups to easily slide your chopped ingredients into convenient measuring cups: 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup included
• Collapsible Bowl (dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe)
  - Convenient bowl that collapses to save you space in your bag or kitchen. This unique bowl comes with a 4-oz container to hold dressing, dip, and yogurt, as well as a separate tray to store additional toppings.
• Fresh & Easy Cookbook
  - 115 SmartPoints friendly, mouthwatering recipes that are perfect for small-scale cooking.
• The Journal
  - Keep track of your SmartPoint values, activity, bright ideas, throughts, feelings, anything in this 12-week Journal.
• Weight Watchers Coupon Flyer
  - You can save $30 on Weight Watchers meeting room and retail products.

I went to Bonefish yesterday after working a few hours in the Wise Penny. To my horror the Bang Bang shrimp was 27 points. I get 31 for the DAY LOL Needless to say I went over my points  yesterday lol

But today I started off on a better note! Had my Trade Joe White Ginger tea 0 points, brown sugar 1 point, egg muffin, bacon, I'd usually have four but that was 7 points so I had 3 for 5 points, and some blueberries. 8 points total

Egg muffin was great and this is a good grab and go recipe.
  • 6 large eggs add 1/2 cup of water
  • Be creative add what you like! For example: 
  • Bacon, sausage (pre cook meat), red, green, or yellow peppers, onions,  frozen kale, spinach, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • cheeses 
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a muffin tin with non-sticking cooking spray or use coconut oil. 
    2. Brown the ground sausage in a medium-sized pan over medium-heat
    3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and then add in the sausage, peppers, kale, and pepper. Pour the batter into the muffin tins, filling ¾ of the way. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
    4. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes, use a knife to loosen from the sides.
    5. I tend to make a variety so I add egg mixture filling the muffin tin only half way then add what I want in each muffin. 

Well I set an over goal of losing 51 pounds. Which would take me 10 pounds less than my lowest weight after losing 100 pounds a few years ago, which would give me a 119.5 pound weight loss overall. Of course I'll still be overweight based on my height and weight chart, but I'm okay with that.

I promise to blog at least weekly and share my journey with Smart Points!! The good, the bad and the ugly! 2016 I see a victory in this area for me. There are 52 weeks in a year so that's less than one pound a week! TOTALLY DOABLE!

I have some other goals in other areas and and I'm just really excited about 2016! 2015 HAS BEEN SOOOO GOOD TO ME! Its almost sad to say goodbye but I recall feeling like that about 2014 and 2013 and God just really blessed my socks off so I'm looking forward to what 2016 has in store!

P.S. How do you like the new look?!