Month: November 2012

Sky Dive Live In DeFuniak Springs And Headed For South Asia

I need to correct something.  Mel is not active military anymore, she is contracted by them now.  Mel and her husband are the owners of skydivelive.  She is headed somewhere in south Asia maybe near Afghanistan, and I wish her a safe return.  On my day of jump, I did not get a chance to carry on a conversation with her, however I would love to. We got there a little late, there were 6 other jumpers, and they waited for us.

I have my own opinions about the war in Afghanistan.  I wonder why we are still there (11years and counting) why do you think the U.S. has  been there?  Could  it be opium, opium wars through the centuries, the interest in the riches of the land ?  There is a powerful group that follows and keeps an eye on the money making resources.  Drugs are a very lucrative business, regardless of our facade war against drugs in the U.S.

I’m Battling With T Mobile Over A Recurring Charge

At the end of June this year I switched my cell phone service from T Mobile To Straight Talk. I wanted more freedom of usage, with ST I have unlimited everything for $45.00 a month. I know offers are changing again and I will eventually make another switch.  I do not like being locked into anything regarding cell phones.

I had gone with a Non contract, non binding account with T Mobile, I did not want to be locked down especially since offers and services become cheaper, little did I know That T Mobile would charge me a recurring fee after the fact.  I was sent a letter with ” we regret your cancellation and there is a remaining balance of $48.42″ I had my last monthly charge to pay, never was there any other charges included in my letter.   Well then I get another bill due by 8/21/12 in amount of 96.78, the added 39.99 recurring charge and taxes totaling 48.36.  I was upset and called them and the customer service rep was not budging. I explained my case and  she insisted I still had to pay it. Well instead of asking to speak to someone with more authority I was upset and did not.  I let it go, I felt powerless going up against the big company, looking back that was a mistake for me to feel or think that way.  I have excellent credit, I have never had problems, delinquency, paying for what I use.   I let it go and then in late October T mobile turned my account over to Diversified Consultants .  I got a letter from them that I have 30 days to dispute or they will consider debt valid.  So I proceeded to fax them a letter with the additional 10 pages of correspondence from T Mobile pleading my case.  I’m  offended that I have to take these measures ( I will own that I did not follow up after my unresolved call with T Mobile)  So It is a waiting game now.

My purpose is not to hate on T Mobile, they are a business that provides service to the masses, and because they do, they have to be professional to all, everyone has a different situation.

I Purchased Three Domains Today

It is my first time going to to purchase a couple domains. I am looking at starting a couple more websites, one is for my dog Sandy.  I’m diving in and becoming  more aware of the internet culture. My boyfriend/ partner ( we have been together for 10 years) is an amazing programmer, Web Developer/ software engineer, IT consultant, he is part of that culture and I keep learning more and more.  I am learning programming, he is teaching me.  Eventually I will make changes to natblog and create other things.  I have several challenges ahead of me and I’m excited.

Continuing On To New Beginnings

So it was a couple days before the jump when I guessed my weight of 160.  I never did get on the scale to weigh myself before the jump.  (Not smart) So a couple days later I decide to get on a home scale.  I stepped on it and it read 220, I was in disbelief.   So I tell my boyfriend and he instantly tells me there is no way that is my weight. (how sweet and supportive of him)  He had guessed my weight at 150.  The following day at my hair appointment I tell my hair dresser the scale said 220 .  Later that night, I tell my mother my weight, and she asks me if I weighed myself on the carpet , and I tell her yes, she laughingly says I’m not suppose to on carpet.  So when I re weigh myself, scale shows 190.  I guessed my weight at 160  because I really thought I had lost weight, then the real number appeared.  It sounds ridiculous, however I did it.  The number is hard to see and digest, however I can do something different about it .    I did forget  also that a couple of months ago I had started running  and adding time to my walks.    I walk with my dog Sandy, she is a motivator too, dogs love their walks and ever since the removal of  her cancer tumor, she has to live a doubly purposeful life.  I am slowly building my endurance with running, I jog 2 or 3 days a week building my distance. Sandy joins me in the runs also, a real trooper !

Nat Will Be Appearing In Natblog

So I will be more transparent with my blog by videoing myself and including  more of me in it.  I have to put a face to my opinions and take criticism face on.

A couple of things have influenced me on to a new path.  My skydive experience was one of them.  To skydive you have to be 250 pounds or less.  Well reality hit me rather quickly, I was going to jump a pretty high jump.  I have had an ongoing struggle of not losing weight.  I was walking everyday did not incorporate any other form of exercise, trying to do it at natural, non excessive pace.  So I start thinking, am I in shape enough to do the jump ?  Its a valid question when your frame expands, everything inside you expands.  So My boyfriend had asked me how much I weighed, and I guessed  160 !  The last time I weighed myself was a year and a half ago at the doctors office at 180 pounds.  I was shocked and in disbelief.  Up until I was 34, I had maintained a 125 pound frame, after that I went  many years without weighing myself, I knew I had gained weight just did not care to know the number. So bottom line was that I did not want to face reality, my truth full circle.  I have always believed that you should always be able to look yourself in the mirror, never be ashamed of anything if you are truthful and honest with yourself, nothing will eat away at you.  So the not weighing myself was damage, a huge denial zone.

This is not  just another weight story, I have always been an active person, I envisioned my older years still spunky, energetic, active.  I have never tried any diet or gadget to lose weight, however, after several years of not seeing changes, I have decided to challenge myself.  I am taking a leap, stepping out of my box.  I am going to do the p90 program, I am going to spend  90 days with Mr. Tony Horton.  I will be displaying myself on video with my progression here on my blog.  I never show much skin in my daily clothing apparel, and I have not worn  a bathing suit in 8 years probably, so to say I am stepping out of the box, my comfort zone, is huge in my world.  I am bearing my body to many, and that was always a private matter for me.  I have watched several YouTube videos on line of people documenting their transformation.   Its courageous, and sure, people have all different kinds of reason that motivate them for change, displaying themselves, regardless, I am taking on a daunting intense training regimen.  My idea of exercise is outdoors, the idea of watching a video and doing the exercise indoors is not my idea of a work out, however, now I say yes.  Its a new outlook, new technique, new experience.   My weight is a small reflection of what is going on in my life.  I have steps to go, and I am taking it on.  I want to be joyful again, somewhere I lost a good part of that.  I have heard enough in the media,  society  about weight issues and it is about so much more than that.  I know I am not alone, and I am so glad I am getting it,realizing it.  Its nice to look slender and fit, but its even more rewarding to feel alive, vibrant, energetic and strong mentally and physically.

Turkey Day Was A Feast

My uncle and aunt have been in town for a little over a week. I got to spend Thanksgiving with them, my parents, and my brother and his family. Would have liked to have visited some of my boyfriends family, there is always Christmas time.

I know I could eat a turkey spread any day of the week, however there is something insanely magical about thanksgiving day.  It is just a day, and my head swims with visions of the food I am going to consume.

I Went Skydiving !!

I went skydiving for my first time on Nov. 10, two weeks ago !   We traveled to  DeFuniak Springs, Fl, where there is a huge hanger  20 + acres of land, just beautiful open country.  We were greeted by the owners of skydivelive Melanie and her husband Jim and her team of instructors.  A nice welcoming family team.

We had to watch standard video on the risk of jumping,  you sign a waiver knowing the possible outcome.  I had no fear, no worries.  Then we proceeded to meet our instructors who put us into our gear, that was provided.  They explained having to strap you in tight and the several positions you would make during the jump.  They were very professional , I did not have many questions, most of it is simple easy rules to follow.

Your first several jumps are tandem, before you jump solo with a instructor next to you.

It was a short and amazing experience.  I analyze everything and because I did not know what to expect or how to feel, it went really quick.  There were about 5 other jumpers besides us, jumping solo, one was  a wingsuit jump.   We were all straddling the two benches in the plane, Melanie the owner, is still active in the military,  flew us into the sky for our jump.  Four jumpers went before me.  The wingsuit  jumper was jumping last.  So I am at the door with high winds and I’m looking out below me, not scared,  and the instructors yells go !  The first 60 seconds of free fall,  did not register for me.  Once the parachute was pulled I got to float in the sky and take it all in. We jumped 13000 feet,  it is the highest sky jump  we found in our area.  It’s a nice experience.

I will post video as soon as I can !

I Have Been MIA,There Has Been Many Events Packed In A Couple Months

My Uncle Richard Passed on,  he had a close call a couple months ago, he fought and held on for a while.   My uncle in Spain has been diagnosed with cancer, My nephew Landon Started Pre K, My sister and her family have moved to her husbands next duty station .

Life happens every second, minute, hour of  everyday.