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Update on Those Goals for This Week

Friday, April 13, 2012

Okay, so I had a few goals this week on which I wanted to focus. How'd I do?

emoticon1.5 pounds down this week. (Go big or go home, right?)
-Weigh in's tomorrow, so I don't know yet. Not holding my breath. I may bend down and kiss the scale for giving me a .1 loss this week. =)

emoticonMake one new recipe.
-I did, and it was awesome! So awesome, in fact, that my husband insisted on cooking it again the next day. I didn't get it from SparkRecipes, but rather, from a magazine, so I don't guess I can post it or a link, (EDIT: Found the link!,,1000
) but it was called "Warm Peanut and Sesame Noodles."

emoticonDo the one small thing I've been meaning to do for THREE YEARS. Just do it already.
Kind of. I did send an email making the request. I was so anxious about it that the email was probably very dumb, because they sent me an email back seeking clarification, which I gave them. This was on Monday. I hadn't heard back by today, so I resent the email...we'll see if it can be done, and if it can't, then that was the worst that can happen, and really, is that so bad? Is it really SO TERRIBLE that it had to wait THREE YEARS?

Clearly not.

emoticonDo one relationship-building activity per day (emailing old friends, calling family, etc.)
-Monday, I emailed my old boss.
-Tuesday, I texted an old friend to see if he wanted to get together the next day (he was unavailable).
-Wednesday, I made my MIL cry, but in a good way.
-Thursday, I texted a friend to see if we could get together sometime.
-Today, I emailed some ladies who are coming for a meeting next week at my office to see if they want to get together outside of the official meeting.

All in all, really liked this particular goal. I need to keep this one up, because I still have a lot of people I could have--and should have--contacted.

emoticonDo one irregular house chore per day.
-Monday, I dusted the windows in the bedrooms (achoo!)
-Tuesday, I washed and changed the sheets.
-Wednesday, I wiped the fronts of the cabinets in the kitchen.
-Thursday, I vacuumed the furniture.
-Today, I attempted to clean the shower. It was not as successful as it should have been. I guess that's what happens when routine bathroom chores become "irregular"ly done. *Sigh*

In sum, I really did a good job on these goals for this week. Except for the weight loss one...and who knows? I could still pull it off. And if I don't, it's cool.

I liked this. I think I'll do it again next week. Some same goals, some different ones. Yeah. Maybe some specific daily tasks that may help with "Lose x." Staying in my calorie range, etc. Werd.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/16/2012 12:51PM

    Way to go on getting these DONE!

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AMYLONGHORN 4/14/2012 6:02PM

    Good job on your goals!!

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HONBAD 4/14/2012 5:21PM

    That's a great collection of goals! You should feel proud!

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DUXGRL1 4/14/2012 12:09PM

    I like this!

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4LEEFCLOVER 4/14/2012 12:06PM

    Great example - you did great! I want to try this too. emoticon emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/14/2012 1:26AM

    Those are great and different goals that focus on a nice balance of things. Good job!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/13/2012 11:31PM

    Nicely done....and a nice assortment of meaningful and achievable goals

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Weekly Goals April 8-15

Monday, April 09, 2012

Trying to stay organized this week. I think it will help to put it in a blog. I'd put it in my calendar, but I used the monthly calendar to get everything down for the week, and it's written kind of small and disorganized-like. Just for my own reference--nothing to see here, really.

emoticon 1.5 pounds down this week. (Go big or go home, right?)

emoticon Make one new recipe.

emoticon Do the one small thing I've been meaning to do for THREE YEARS. Just do it already.

emoticon Do one relationship-building activity per day (emailing old friends, calling family, etc.)

emoticon Do one irregular house chore per day.

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CCASKEY37 4/10/2012 6:18AM

    I'm stealing some of your goals for my own life.


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HOPESINGH 4/10/2012 5:28AM

    I like this list!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/9/2012 8:20PM

    Good plan.....let us know how they went at the end of the week!

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DONNACFIT 4/9/2012 2:52PM

    Love your goals...but what is an irregular house chore? Like one sleeve shorter than the other??

Good luck!! You can do it!!

And yeah..share your new recipe with us..always looking for new meals :)

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RUTHXG 4/9/2012 12:06PM

    These look good to me! When you try the new recipe, tell us what it is & whether you recommend it, OK?


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SEATTLESIMS 4/9/2012 12:00PM

    those are GREAT daily goals! yes, getting them down in writing is a great way to work towards crossing them off the list!
Have a great week!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/9/2012 11:54AM

    Good goals! You can do it!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/9/2012 11:52AM

    Awesome goals that I know you will accomplish!!

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Waiting for the Awesome

Friday, April 06, 2012

I'm thinking it's about time for some Awesome.

Thing is, there hasn't been any Awesome coming my way for awhile now. This is evidenced by the blogs I seem to have a penchant for writing.

Incredibly, there is no eye-rolling emoticon.

So, anyway, I'm thinking to myself that I need some Awesome, and it hasn't come around for awhile. Ugh, when is it going to come around?

That's when I realized that Awesome doesn't "come around." You have to go looking for it and find it on your own. It doesn't come to you, at least not all by itself.

Like that quote from Seneca about luck being where opportunity and preparation meet.

I guess I have to get up and go seek out Awesome on my own. Or at least an awesome opportunity. For which I'm preparing by...seeking it out? Right?

But WHAT am I seeking out? WHAT is the Awesome? That's what I gotta figure out before I go a-seekin'.

WHAT is the AWESOME? Is it the little things? Should I accept the little things as the Awesome? It's a nice thought, really. Contemplation on the birds and the flowers and the wonder of nature. It is hard to argue against it being awesome. But should I accept them as the Awesome?


I want the Awesome to be, well, awesome.

I've been considering the Awesome for much of the day and have some ideas about it. One thing I realized is that getting down to my goal weight is NOT THE Awesome. It would be great, and I can't envision an Awesome future without it, but it's more like a given. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

So I'll be seeking out the Awesome (opportunities) and pressing my luck...get me some big plans...and let's go!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/9/2012 2:07PM

    Awesome is what you think it is. I try not to use the work Awesome unless it truly IS, but I do find myself being more liberal with that word, depending on my mood maybe? But i agree with you about waiting for it - you'll spend your life waiting for it if that's all you do to get it! Go get it, Brenda.

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MISSLISA1973 4/7/2012 11:18PM

    I was listening to Tony Robbins a few weeks ago and he says something about the really great ideas don't come to us all at once. We start with little ideas and work toward bigger ideas. I think that can fit here too. You'll definitely know the awesome when you see it and you are definitely taking steps to get there. Trying to figure out what it might look like and developing a plan to get you there puts you on the right track to find it. Way to go! You can do it!! WooHoo!!!!
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DONNACFIT 4/7/2012 9:49PM

    You'll make it AWESOME!!


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REBECCATKD 4/7/2012 8:13PM

    When you picture yourself two years from now, what do you see?

Now, what kind of Awesome are the stepping stones to get there?

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CELIAMINER 4/7/2012 10:33AM

    Had me a little AWESOME meditating yesterday. And I agree about the eye-rolling emoticon. Really REALLY need one.

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HOPESINGH 4/7/2012 6:31AM

    What about that project you were writing about? Will it be awesome when it becomes reality?

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COLLINSCJ2012 4/7/2012 2:31AM

    Go and get your emoticon

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RUTHXG 4/7/2012 12:19AM

    THE AWESOME: may it materialize in your brain & mesmerize your thoughts.

Sometimes googling helps us find the Awesome. I think of a few years ago, when I was very aware that I needed to ratchet up my poetry craft & to find a community of socially conscious poets. So I started googling a couple of names of political poets I wanted to study with, along with the word "workshop" & the year, & then I started sorting through what came up . . . & lo & behold, there was an annual workshop that draws that kind of people, & it wasn't too expensive, & one of my Awesome Poets would be giving a master class there! It has been an AMAZING experience for me over the years--I've gone three times. One year I got to be one of FIVE poets in a class with Awesome Poet!

So dream dream dream, & google & dream & put the word out that you're looking for whatever that Awesome Thing is.

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XRSIZE18 4/6/2012 11:39PM

    Look for it and you'll find it! Awesome is out there - somewhere - waiting for the seekers. Great blog!

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Last Pre-Challenge Assignment

Friday, March 16, 2012

So the last pre-challenge assignment is to list all the reasons/excuses why our plans failed with regard to exercise and diet and how we can resolve these reasons/excuses.

I'm sure this has been assigned before, but I'm not sure I've done it before. I tire of the pre-challenge assignments right around 6 or 7 usually. But I want to take this one very seriously, because I believe it can make or break me. And I AM PULLING THIS 5% OFF THIS TIME. For serious.

So. Here are my excuses (let's not front and call them "reasons"):

emoticon I'm genuinely hungry, but I'm almost out of calories.

Okay, so you're hungry. First thing is, what's the big deal? A little hunger never hurt anyone. It's not something to be afraid of. But you are? Really hungry? Water didn't work? Cup of tea? Piece of gum? Fine. Eat. One portion of one food. And not empty calorie stuff, either. Food means, you know, like, lettuce. Other vegetables. Nuts. An apple. And let's be real here, too. This normally happens when I'm at home, right? I could just go to bed. It mightn't be a bad idea getting more sleep!

emoticon I've had a rough day, and darn it, I want a beer.

Ah, beer. Beer is awesome. It is so fun to go out with Mary Ann after work, and lately, I've been having a beer when I get home if I had an extra-nasty commute. But really? You don't need beer. And more importantly, you don't need 600 calories of beer. That, my friend, is crazy. So...only light beer (which means no more drinking at home, since the stuff we have on hand is not light). And tracking beforehand, especially if I'm eating out, too. I have a smartphone; there's no reason I can't.

emoticon Exercise? But I'm too tired to exercise!

Com'on. Just five minutes, man! And if you're too tired to do even 5 minutes, go to bed. Geez. You clearly need more sleep.

Now, to remember these solutions. I wish there were a solution to THAT that I wouldn't forget!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/19/2012 1:26PM

    Good for you - my solution for not wanting to workout will be making myself clean or do something else productive - like batch cook. But my goal is to force myself to do 10 minutes and see how I feel.
the beer thing is not an issue for me. I do enjoy a glass (or four) of wine from time to time... and Saturday I did have an irish car bomb. oops.

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AMYLONGHORN 3/18/2012 4:41PM

    I like your you just gotta stick to 'em! Let's DO this!! YAY for the challenge starting up again...I really need it to keep on track!!


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RUTHXG 3/17/2012 11:55PM

    Hmmm . . . methinks they might be worthy of posting on the refrigerator & other strategic spots!

You CAN do this--& I'm gonna do it too!

Love you too, my dear!

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DUXGRL1 3/17/2012 9:25PM

    I really like this approach! I think I will try it myself!

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KAREN_NY 3/17/2012 5:30PM

    Truly! I am thinking about printing out my solutions and putting them everywhere. I have a smartphone, but if I'm not looking at it, it isn't doing me much good, lol.

All fabulous ideas!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/17/2012 8:50AM

    I am definitely with you on the need for more sleep! There just aren't enough hours in the day!

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ANNASBF 3/16/2012 11:39PM

    I hope you have found some workable solutions. With all you are doing it sounds like some rest would do you some good! I think an apple or healthy food is a fine solution to the hunger issue. Take care and don't be too hard on yourself. emoticon

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Too Long for a Status Update, Too Short for a Blog...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 I made it a blog anyway. emoticon

I'm going to meet up with an old friend after work. We're going to a brewhouse, and I just finished a steak salad from Chipotle (I'm being single-minded, Kristen, I held the sour cream, cheese and guacamole) at around 400 calories and a whopping 46 grams of protein.

When I arrive at the restaurant, I'm not going to be hungry.

Ergo, I am not ordering food.

If I get hungry while there (say, 7pm, it'll've been 6 hours since I ate), I'll eat a cup of chili. Not a bowl, a cup.

Limit to two beers. I have to drive. I will strive to finish the first beer soooo sloooowly that I won't need the second.

Calories already tracked.

There. It's out there. Now I have to do it.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/16/2012 10:35PM

    So, did you succeed? Inquiring minds want to know. LOL

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/16/2012 4:08PM

    Good idea to plan ahead well done

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SHARON10002 3/15/2012 9:01PM

    Now that's a plan and willpower!!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/15/2012 9:02AM

    Great plan!

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AMYNYNJ 3/14/2012 9:49PM

    Planning is half the battle! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/14/2012 9:40PM

    Yay, great plan.....update blog upon your return!

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ANNIEONLI 3/14/2012 6:50PM

    Now THAT is how you go out!!! WOoohooOo!

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RUTHXG 3/14/2012 4:27PM

    This is just fabulous. I'm proud of you, Brenda! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 3/14/2012 4:00PM

    Enjoy your evening. What a great plan.

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KINEPS 3/14/2012 3:59PM

    Having a plan in place makes it so much easier to forget the food and drink and just have a good time!


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/14/2012 3:40PM

    Yay, you can do it! no chips or apps and tell your friend your plan!

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AMYLONGHORN 3/14/2012 2:24PM

    Sounds like a PLAN! WTG! Have fun!!!

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