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Hey everyone. Life has been absolutely crazy this year. I'm working on my Business Analyst Certification and am doing it online. The course I started in April, I neglected and ended up having to get an extension on. My dad passed away suddenly over the May long weekend from a stroke after 4 days in the hospital. My 2.5 year relationship was on the rocks for months as well and finally ended in June. Luckily I have an amazing support system from my insanely supportive and amazing family and friends. As well as my kitties that provide healing cuddles and love.

I was trying to spend more time outside since it was summer and the summers can be pretty short here in Winnipeg. If it's nice outside I'll opt for a walk rather than my scheduled workout. I'm still trying to do my weights three times a week though. These walks outside have resulted in a tan (even though I  use sunscreen) and beautiful pictures of Winnipeg.

At the duck pond at Assiniboine Park.

Sunset from my friends' backyard.

The pond at one of the baseball complexes we play at.

With all this going on my workouts have been put on the back burner. When I do have the time to workout I've been napping because I've been sleeping worse than normal and I'm exhausted from all this stress. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body and rest when needed.

After the breakup in June I wanted to buy my own place after renting for 12 years. While I was supposed to be working on the course that I had already gotten an extension on, I was house hunting and stressed out about that which made it hard to focus on school. I looked at 30 houses in less than 3 weeks. The 2 I liked sold and the first one crushed me because I wanted it so bad. I ended up buying a condo after deciding that a house is just too much for me alone. All I could see was maintenance, yard work, snow removal, and expensive stuff to replace when I looked at the houses. My condo is 910 sqft and has a giant balcony. I always thought I was against condos but I'm quite happy with my decision. 😀

I ended up reading 12 chapters, completing 8 assignments, and a case study in under 3 weeks. I had to pack and move during this time as well. I would have been happy just passing but finished with an A+ on the course overall!

I also started seeing someone new in August lol. I didn't intend to meet someone so fast because I'm definitely content being single but everything happens for a reason! It's been a long time since I've been this happy and it's nice to be with someone who you gel with so well.

I've been working out a bit more often than previous months but still not as often as previous years. However, I apparently lost a bunch of weight from the stress and am under 135 for the first time in years. I also lost 2" on my waist and 1" on my thighs. I didn't intend to lose weight or inches but apparently I lose weight when I'm stressed. I also think I was eating way less sugar than I normally do and I believe that is the major reason. I didn't even realize it until I started eating all the junk food again!

I started writing this post in August and forgot about it until this week. I was in a pretty bad place when I started it with everything going on but I can happily report that I feel like myself these days with lots of smiling and laughing. 😁

I'm on vacation this week so I'm hoping to do another post. Thanks for reading!

-- Kelsey


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