Motivation Monday!!! 🤪
I started program 3 weeks after #july4th 👊🏻 August 6 was almost 2 weeks in and I was down close to 10 lbs!!! More importantly though my #energy had increased and I felt better! I wasn’t falling asleep on my way to work anymore and had gained so much confidence!!! September 19 was 8 weeks in and I was down 17 lbs! My goal was to have a healthy #bmi I reached my goal weight a few weeks after and haven’t looked back! I am free of the scale and really focus on how I feel!!!!
I used the tools and learned to eat every 2-3 hours and how prepare a healthy dinner with the right amounts of protein, veggies and fats. I now know what I was doing wrong before!! It’s so cool learning how to eat right and to watch your body get healthy and strong!!! #watchyourhabits#nevergoback#feelsgoodtofeelgood#bestversion#notskinnybuthealthy#ketosis
First of the engagement celebrations for Becca and Ben! Aunt Heather and Uncle Kevin have been there for every major event in Becca's life. From diapers to soccer and volleyball games, Lyme disease to high school musicals, graduations to Miss America...and now engagement! Such a blessing to walk this life together as families caring for one another. #blessed#itakesavillage#newyearseve#july4th#itscoldoutthere#iloveit ❤️
Having focused on the early 1980’s for a while, here’s a bit of more recent history. Being LGBT is generally acceptable today across the US (depending on where you live and the family you are raised by, of course). My first ever gay connection to my hometown of Bonifay, Florida, @williamalford (who introduced himself to me this weekend), has pointed out to me that gays are even becoming an accepted staple in small conservative towns like ours. And, yet... the ingrained prejudice against homosexuality and being “different” from others doesn’t always disappear so readily and can become internalized. The current photo was taken at Nick Calabrese’s annual July 4th pool party in Provincetown only 2 years ago (July 3, 2016). The subject in this photo is a young man whose face I have darkened to keep his identity unknown. He comes from a family with a strong ethnic core of closeness living in a relatively cosmopolitan area, but he’s not yet willing to risk disclosing his gayness to them. At the same party, I was photographed with another handsome young guy and took pics of him together with two peers, each one clothed only in a Speedo, by the pool. Those photos were posted on this page for a while, but he eventually asked me to remove them. Why? He’d shifted careers, leaving a job in the gay-friendly hotel business for a start-up position in an insurance agency in Manhattan. He was freaked out to find that a Google search of his unusual name led to photos from this party appearing online. Amazingly, even after I acquiesced to his request and removed the pics, a Google search still yielded the same results for months afterwards. He was concerned that the first image his bosses and colleagues at work, as well as his clients and prospects in a conservative field, might see would be of him mostly unclothed in a group of apparently gay men. I’m sad that both these young men must continue cloaking their true selves to be accepted by family and work colleagues, but I vividly recall having had to do the same thing 25 years ago and am sympathetic that our society still hasn’t shed the vestiges of its homophobia enough for everyone to be open about who they really are.