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Goals for April 16-21

Monday, April 16, 2012

Since my goals from last week worked out so swimmingly, I'm going to do it again.

emoticon Lose 1.6 pounds this week (this will put me at 139.7).

emoticon Finish my book.

emoticon Do one relationship-building activity each day (already finished today's. We're going to trivia tonight, and I invited housemate's boyfriend)

emoticon Organize my closet. Take those things and the un-Freecyclable things to Goodwill.

emoticon Stay below the max for my calorie range each day.

emoticon Time Goal: Finish something work-related this afternoon.

emoticon Clear out all those branches in my backyard.

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CCASKEY37 4/18/2012 8:34AM

    I'm going to steal some of those for myself.

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SEATTLESIMS 4/16/2012 3:08PM

    great goals outlined for the week.. Go get em'

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/16/2012 12:53PM

    emoticonGreat job last week and I like these goals - I need to do the closet one, too!

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STILLOUT2LUNCH 4/16/2012 9:06AM

    Sounds like an industrious week. All the best. Nice to see you have a little fun scheduled in there with the chores.

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WHITNEYLD 4/16/2012 9:03AM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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Sooo Tired

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I am sooo tired today! Why???

I slept through the night with only one wake-up from Little Dog. And I had 7.5 hours between bedtime and the alarm going off.

I did have a horrible, terrible dream that felt like it lasted all night. I figured after I worked, I'd go back to bed for a bit and napped for an hour or so. Got up and did some cardio.


sufficient sleep? Check.

exercised? Check.

hydrated? Check.

caffeinated? Check.

well-fed? Check.

I don't understand how I can have no energy! I may go to bed around sunset tonight, but that feels like such a waste of perfectly good weekend.

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HAKAPES 4/15/2012 3:09PM

I just loved reading your blog!
Persistent, you are!
That's a great asset!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/15/2012 1:07PM

    I hope you're more rested today!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/15/2012 3:23AM

    Have you had enough vitamin D?

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MADAMES 4/14/2012 10:12PM

    I am tired also, but that is my new normal!


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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/14/2012 7:37PM

    tomorrow you will be the energizer bunny!!!

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MISSLISA1973 4/14/2012 7:15PM

    I'm exhausted.

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AMYLONGHORN 4/14/2012 6:03PM

    You're tired today, and I'm grumpy today...what is with today?!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/14/2012 5:23PM

    Try taking a quick power nap....nothing wrong with listening to your body to get some rest

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HONBAD 4/14/2012 5:18PM

    Hmm, maybe your dream was emotionally draining? How's the weather where you are? I find I am a lot more prone to feeling sleepy if it isn't sunny out. Both my husband and I are extra sleepy today too, but I am recovering from a cold and he got a mild version of it so we know why. I am like you - I always want an explanation! I demand answers!!!!

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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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COLLINSCJ2009 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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