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Numbers and Goals

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

So I am trying very hard to do a few things:
-swim regularly (in preparation for a vacation with some avid swimmers)
-Run again (now that there is light outside and the dog is old enough)
-lose some weight I put on this winter (I gained 10 lbs in the last year and I'd like to lose 18 total)
-start looking into financial planning
-wake up early to jump start my day, rather than racing the clock

emoticon Here is the weekly workout plan, that has to shift to accommodate real life of course:

-"run" or jog every morning for 45 minutes. Go from walk/jog to full running. At least get out of the house with the dog no matter what for 45 minutes.
-Swim three times weekly (mon/wed/fri). Get to swimming a mile strait in a reasonable time limit.
-Yoga on Tuesdays (already do this)
-Strength training tues/thurs at the work gym (already do this)

Extras are:
-Gardening
-tennis lessons (if I can find something reasonable)
-hiking


*If I do this regularly I should burn about 1.5 lbs per week according to the spark tracker numbers for these activities.

emoticonDiet goals:

-I'm going to try to eat 100 carbs per day. I'm usually way higher than this so it's going to be a challenge.
-Drink 8 glasses of water per day
-Eat 1230 calories per day (My base, according to a pretty sophisticated calculator is 1730 so a 500 cal reduction per day is 1 lbs lost per week)
-Take my thyroid meds every day (I'm terrible at this!!!)
-Switch to half and half with no sugar rather than the coffeemate stuff.
-have a Saturday "cheat day" to eat out ONLY that day to save money and calories and general laziness. I can't make Indian food as well as our local place, and I don't want to give it up!

emoticonLifestyle Goals

-Wake up early. Every few days wake up a 10 minutes earlier. Right now I wake at 6am and my goal is to make it to 4:30.
-Start investing and being more thoughtful about how money is spent
-clean the cat box daily, even if it's technically Scott's job.
-Practice German 4 times a week with duolingo.com
-Study something for work (LEED, Engineering, etc) 4 hours per week
-Read daily


Action Steps:
-Make calender (DONE 3/27/13)
-Make appointment with financial adviser
-Arrange things at night to make new plan easier (pack clothes, prep coffee, set out lunches) (DONE)
-Make a bunch of low carb food for breakfast/lunch/dinners (DONE)
-Get pool pass at both pools (DONE)


I think it's a pretty ambitious but if I slowly work towards the goals, I know it's totally do-able!! I love the summer and the sunlight, so I think this is the time to start getting out and enjoying it! I'm excited. Now I'm off to get recipes and ingredients.

  
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2004SILVERADO 3/28/2013 3:55PM

    Great Goals and action plan. emoticon

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GLENDA2013 3/27/2013 10:23PM

    I like your goals and how you have set it up in categories like that. Very easy to understand where you want to be and how you want to get there. You can look at a goal and follow the steps. Looks like you put a lot of thought into them. Keep us posted.

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CALGALFOX 3/27/2013 7:35PM

    This all does sound doable and ambitious. I know you can do it if you set yourself up for it. I think the planning it out will really help you get there.

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Week Goals for 3/5

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tues:
ST *Did 40min cardio
Yoga *CHECK
Eat leftovers for lunch *CHECK

Wed:
Run in morning (3mi) *boo missed this one!
Girl Scouts Volunteer Meeting *CHECK
Eat leftovers for lunch *CHECK

Thur:
Run in morning (3mi) *also missed this! Morning are not that perky for me.
ST
Yoga
Eat leftovers for lunch *forgot the leftovers, will eat oatmeal and applesauce lol

Fri:
Dentist
Go to bank
Clean house
Swim (700 yards)
Make good choices at Sam's b-day party

Sat:
Clean yard-work on dog house
Swim (700 yards)
Read for Philosophy club

Sun:
long run (to cafe and back? 6 mi)
Philosophy club






  
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PREBRAENIKAE95 3/12/2013 9:23AM

    Maybe with daylight savings time, it will help you out in the mornings! Good to "see" you again :) Have missed you.

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PREBRAENIKAE95 3/12/2013 9:23AM

    Maybe with daylight savings time, it will help you out in the mornings! Good to "see" you again :) Have missed you.

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PREBRAENIKAE95 3/12/2013 9:20AM

    Maybe with daylight savings time, it will help you out in the mornings! Good to "see" you again :) Have missed you.

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CALGALFOX 3/6/2013 9:44AM

    Now just get out there and do it!

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LMB-ESQ 3/5/2013 3:33PM

    emoticon

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Week Goals for 2/25

Monday, February 25, 2013

emoticonMonday:
10 pomodoros *DONE
1 hour Objective C *(downloaded xcode)
Make stew * DONE
Stretching
Drink 32 oz water at work *(drank 8 oz)

emoticonTuesday:
Get to work by 7, leave at 6=20 pomodoros *(close, pretty good workday)
Yoga class *DONE
sweep/mop
Drink 32 oz water at work *(drank 16 oz)

emoticonWednesday:
Get to work by 7, leave at 5=18 pomodoros
Game night in Santa Fe *(cancelled to work late)
Stretching
Drink 32 oz water at work

emoticonThursday:
Get to work by 7, leave at 6=20 pomodoros
Yoga class
dance moms
Drink 32 oz water at work

emoticonFriday:
Get to work by 8, leave at 3 = 8 pomodoros
Stretching
1 hour Objective C
Study for LEED
Drink 32 oz water at work

emoticonSaturday:
Go swimming
Sew dress
clean house
Stretching

emoticonSunday:
clean yard
assemble building materials
sew dress
write letter to Penelope
Stretching


Well, nothing turned out how I thought. There is always next week!

  
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CALGALFOX 2/27/2013 10:46AM

    Oh, what dress are you sewing now? How fun that you're learning to sew. I wish you lived closer!

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XIALUDI 2/27/2013 10:29AM

    Thanks for stopping by. Yoga is still really hard for me! The downward dog, which is supposed to be a "rest" position according to my teacher just about kills me. I guess it will get easier, right?

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Inspirational Song

Friday, January 25, 2013

youtu.be/91iXRMkmFbs

This song "NEEDTOBREATHE - Keep Your Eyes Open" was kind of inspiring so I thought I'd share!

  
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SNOWJESTER 1/26/2013 4:59PM

    Nice lyrics.

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Christmas 2012 Blog

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hi all! I thought i'd write a blog rather than trying to update in thread posts. This way I can include pictures!

I had a wonderful hanukkah with Scott this year. We did 8 days of presents. I got gardening stuff mostly, which is perfect. I gave Scott silly gifts and stuff for his office.



I also got a sewing machine. I made a skirt and dress. This is attempt two of the dress, not he best picture of me but hey, we're forgiving here on sparkpeople. I'm posting this for Carol who I'm hoping I can teach me to sew!


Here is a picture of my dog Kuma in his christmas collar. I love this!


I then went to Luxembourg on the 20th. I visited a friend of mine from collage and it was great!



I then made my way to Germany for Christmas. Many of you, I met when I was an Au Pair. I started on Spark People during that time. For those of you who don't know, I spent one year as a nanny for three kids. The father is a Lutheran minister and the mother is a doctor. For Christmas I went to 5 church services! That's a lot for anyone. The kids were in all of them and it was great to see them doing kids things!

Here is the church on Christmas eve.


Traditional Christmas trees have candles on them.



Presents are opened on Christmas eve. It was great to spend my third Christmas there (2006 and 2008). I really know the traditions now.

We went to a few art exhibitions and toured a cute town on Christmas day. It was great.




That is all for now!


  
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CALGALFOX 12/26/2012 1:39PM

    Fabulous pics! I love the architecture.

There is nothing for us to forgive, you and the dress are adorable! It doesn't look to me like you need me to teach you anything about sewing - woo hoo on first projects! I'm so happy that it worked.

How fun that you went back to see your family again. I'm excited to go visit Martino and his family. It's fun to travel to see "family", even if they are only borrowed.

Kuma looks so adorable. My dog used to carry his leash or collar in his mouth too. ...even when we'd go for walks where a dog has to be on a leash.

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ARMONIA 12/26/2012 10:35AM

    Laurie,

The town is Schwäbisch Hall. It's very cute and has a nice art museum. I liked it a lot. Kuma loved his collar. I would take it off because the bell was annoying and he'd carry it around in his mouth. I'm really lucky because he doesn't chew much so he sticks to Kongs and dog toys. I totally puppy-proofed the house (including buying tonz of rubbermaid containers) and he hasn't even tried to destroy anything.

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LMB-ESQ 12/26/2012 10:18AM

    Cute little town! What town is that?

Your dress looks great and that is the cutest puppy ever. Hopefully he doesn't try to eat his Christmas collar!

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AZMOMXTWO 12/26/2012 6:41AM

  great pictures and good job on the dress it looks great

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