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Sunday, April 28, 2013

'Stressed' is 'desserts' spelled backwards!

Stress is not good for your body, period. Well, neither is dessert!  If you are under stress for a long period of time, your stress will start manifesting itself physically. Your blood pressure becomes high, your blood glucose levels can elevate, you're more prone to mood swings, emotional outbursts, your cortisol levels skyrocket (more on that in a minute) and not to mention you just feel like shit, am I right?  

Cortisol is a steroid and one of the primary stress hormones. Cortisol lowers when you sleep and is typically highest when you wake and drops slowly throughout the day. If you are not getting enough sleep, your cortisol may not fluctuate like it normally should, causing it to be unusually high, causing you to be constantly stressed. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body craves carbohydrates, and this is what you should give it.... I'm not saying reach for the ho-hos and potato chips, I'm saying give your body a little extra healthy, starchy carbs (sweet potato, oats, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, etc.,) to help your Cortisol levels. Think about it - carbs give you fast fuel, right? Fast fuel can help you feel less sleepy, which in turn, can help you feel less STRESSED. 

That being said, I am at the end of settling an incredibly stressful lawsuit and I am in wine country by myself until Wednesday, so you better believe I am finding a spa on a winery!

Ha! So true.

Friday, April 26, 2013

So Much Relief

It is an amazing feeling to not have a care in the world. Today was my trial, and I've waited two years for this day! I've had an amazing support system from both of my families the entire time and I am so happy it's finally over. It's time to move on, to forget about that madness and to focus on my future. I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like for whatever reasons... Moving, getting ready for my best friend's wedding, working with clients, traveling, etc., 

Patrick and I are finally settled in in Texas. Our house is humungous and Jack finally has an enormous backyard all to himself.  Patrick started the Physician's Assistant program on Monday and is limited to a 250-mile radius in Texas so he was unable to accompany me to my trial. I'm lucky I have the family that I do, because my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were right there with me. 

It's crazy how quickly time creeps up on you. It seems like yesterday that I was just filing my lawsuit, finding out more and more information everyday about what was really happening. But it was today and I was certainly ready for it. Over the next few months I'll be fairly busy... I'll finally be back in Florida for Caitlin's wedding, and sometime in July, I'll be in Hawaii to be on Matt's support boat for his Stand-Up-Paddle board race, and just like this trial, it'll all be over before I even know it! Sheesh!
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Love to love you.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Trial

In less than a week I'll be on my way to California to go to trial. I am beyond excited that this part of my life will finally be over! I finally get to tell the judge my story and let him decide who was the victim in this case.  For those who aren't aware, almost two years ago I found out that someone had stalking me from the opposite side of the country. They were accessing my accounts, including facebook, all of my g-mail accounts, one of which I hadn't even used in years, my husband's accounts and my friend's facebook accounts. They would call me in the middle of the night from a blocked number, ask for Patrick and then hang up.. They created a pinterest page dedicated to me, equipped with everything that defined me as a person. My irrational fear of frogs, my favorite musicians, my love for anything peacock patterned, my fashion, celebrities that I look like, boudoir photos, e-cards and posters -- and that is the short version. What's ironic is, in order for them to know everything that they had posted about - they had to stalk to me.

In addition to the pinterest page, three fake facebook pages were created, one of which harassed Patrick and I, the other harassed a friend from high school. Oh, and a fake instagram page.

It's beyond me what would drive a person to become so utterly obsessed, that even after they were caught, they didn't stop. This event helped me learn so much. I learned that my family won't hesitate to drop anyone who deliberately causes harm to Patrick or me. I learned that some who I thought were my friends definitely were not, and I definitely got a crash course in law school! 

 My attorney handled everything and made me feel like there was nothing to worry about, which really, there wasn't... Because I am not the one whose life is on trial. Patrick and I are starting a new chapter of our life and will feel completely liberated when this is over. Eight days until trial and it cannot come fast enough!
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