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Results from Last Week and This Week's Goals

Monday, April 30, 2012

Okay, so here are my goals from last week:

emoticon One relationship-building activity per day emoticon
- Monday, I called my BFF from college
- Tuesday, I wrote on one of my German friends' FB wall
- Wednesday, I called another old friend and sent the card to my Grandmother
- Thursday, I went out to support a friend at an event.
- Friday, I didn't do anything, but I did two on Wednesday, so I feel okay.
- Saturday, I returned three phone calls just to talk.

Keep better records of my accomplishments each morning (had a hard time summarizing on Friday night) emoticon, kinda. I kept better records, but not great records

emoticon Read 16 pages of my new book each day emoticon
I didn't do it on Thursday, actually, but I read 32 on Friday to make up for it.

Eat within my calorie range each day. I did okay, but not perfect.

Focus on proactive language for one day. (Today, I imagine)...I dunno. It's so hard to remember to do it. I'm going to put a big P on my hand today to remind me.

Focus on being industrious at work.--I know that's a little vague. I'm going to stay away from news and come on SP half as much as normal. emoticon I wasn't perfect, and I had some days where I was pretty useless, but I did better than normal, finished a project I'd been working on, and am getting ahead of the game.

Goals for This Week:

emoticon Work on my Arabic for a minimum of 5 minutes per day.

emoticon Read 16 pages of my book per day.

emoticon Measure and track everything I eat.

emoticon One relationship-building activity per day.

emoticon Three not-normally-daily chores this week.

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There's a blind chihuahua at a shelter in Baltimore that I'm considering fostering. I'm okay with it if it doesn't happen, but if I can take her and keep her from euthanized, why not? It may already be too late, though--that's my main concern. I also have to find out what our financial responsibility to her will be if we get her, because that's important to my husband...and I guess should be important to me, too. I don't know if Suze would approve me or not, but I think if I were able to promise her it's a FOSTER, and that it's TEMPORARY, that she would approve in a matter of life and death.

  
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JUSTBIRDY 5/3/2012 9:08AM

    you are an inspiration

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BEATLETOT 5/3/2012 8:53AM

    Fortunately, the dog was pulled by a rescue already. I'm keeping an eye on their website in case they put her up and say they still need a foster.

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/3/2012 3:35AM

    Sounds like a good week. Let us know if the dog works out. Your a good soul!
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AMYLONGHORN 5/1/2012 1:41PM

    Perhaps one of your relationship-building goals could include calling your sister?! GAH! Just kidding! LOL

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HOPESINGH 5/1/2012 7:30AM

    Great work on your goals! An almost perfect week is really excellent.
I've read the "proactive" part in stephen covey's book but I'm not sure what a proactive language is.
Are you learning Standard Arabic or some colloquial version? I may have asked you that already, but I don't remember. And I don't really recognize the flag you put there.
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DONNACFIT 4/30/2012 10:45PM

    Loved your goals and your results..especially like the relationship building :)

Great job and good luck on the foster dog... emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/30/2012 8:26PM

    Great job on the goals.....good luck with muttley!

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ROCKPORT9 4/30/2012 7:35PM

    You have great goals and you are doing well working toward each! I am flailing around and hope to join in the focused and committed....sometime.:) Have a great week! Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 4/30/2012 3:20PM

    great job on the goals.. very inspirational.. I need to do it too!
Good luck with the foster situation. My family and I fostered a puppy at the New Year, took us the weekend to see it wasn't the right situation for us, but we were able to get the puppy better ready for a new forever home... I hope that works out.
Have a super week!


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/30/2012 2:50PM

    Great goals for this week - I need to do my May ones. Oh and you did AWESOME on your last week's goals!
Good luck with the pooch, keep us updated!

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HONBAD 4/30/2012 1:31PM

    emoticonKeep at it! I hope it works out with fostering the doggie!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/30/2012 10:42AM

    Those are great goals, I should do some relationship building with friends. I am bad at that. Your doing great, keep up the good work :)

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To-Do/Goals for April 23 - 28

Monday, April 23, 2012

We're going to try for maybe simpler ones this time:

emoticon One relationship-building activity per day

emoticon Keep better records of my accomplishments each morning (had a hard time summarizing on Friday night)

emoticon Read 16 pages of my new book each day

emoticon Eat within my calorie range each day.

emoticon Focus on proactive language for one day. (Today, I imagine)

emoticon Focus on being industrious at work.--I know that's a little vague. I'm going to stay away from news and come on SP half as much as normal.

  
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MISSLISA1973 4/25/2012 1:08AM

    I think I just need to set a goal to go to bed before 2:00 a.m... emoticon

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DONNACFIT 4/23/2012 10:23PM

    Great goals..I love the relationship building goal..what are some examles of what you mean..I could stand a refresher course :)

You can do it!! Have a great week!!

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4LEEFCLOVER 4/23/2012 8:47PM

    Great way to track your progress on quality of life goals. Thanks for being such a good example. Sounds like you have a good balance of activities.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/23/2012 1:37PM

    Good job making these goals and building off your success from last week. Really love that "relationship building" goal. I need to do that!

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WELLNESSME09 4/23/2012 8:59AM

    emoticon plans, good luck to you! emoticon

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No Prizes This Week

Friday, April 20, 2012

I'm just going to go ahead and update those goals now, instead of tomorrow, because I am going to go see a Jeopardy! taping tomorrow and am not going to do any more than I already have done.

This week, I did NOT do as well as last week, wherein I accomplished all but my quantitative weight loss goal. Let's see how I fared, shall we?

Lose 1.6 pounds this week (this will put me at 139.7). I'm almost sure this is a nope, though we will find out tomorrow.

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
-Tuesday, the relationship on which to build was between me and my husband. I baked him a cake, even though I'm a seven-year-old when it comes to the kitchen. If he didn't cook, we would eat cereal and sandwiches every single night.

-Wednesday, I was invited to lunch by that delegation that was coming to the office yesterday. Last week, I asked them to hang out socially and they said no, but offered this as an alternative. My office is very strict regarding lunches and leaving the premises, so I was nervous, but I did ask, and he said yes.

-Thursday, I texted one of the friends from last week again to see about hanging out to see an old friend play a gig. She didn't answer, but I did go see that old friend play his gig. So two activities. =)

-Today, I wrote a card to my grandmother and put a gift card in it.

Organize my closet. Take those things and the un-Freecyclable things to Goodwill. .5 times emoticon I did organize my closet, but haven't taken everything to Goodwill yet.

Stay below the max for my calorie range each day. Um...I did okay. But not each day.

One Time Goal: Finish something work-related this afternoon. emoticon but late. I did it the following day.

Clear out all those branches in my backyard.
Nope. Not. At. All.

This week kind of blew, except for husband's birthday, and even then, there were my high expectations to stress me out and disappoint me. I found out some really upsetting news on Monday, and then when I was out of the office for husband's birthday, there was serious drama which I'm glad I missed, but still didn't enjoy hearing about, and today I got dressed down by my boss because a personal friend sent me an email asking if my workplace could do some charity work, and instead of discussing it with him, I sent it to the appropriate person. Those who know me know that my biggest fear in life is getting in trouble for something I didn't do or didn't know was wrong at the time, and even though I wasn't *really* in trouble, it didn't feel good. I'm trying not to dwell on it by imagining that my boss just wanted the credit for my friend's thing. I'm picturing him going to the big boss and saying, "So, I was talking to my friend Bridget the other day, and she suggested...." But it still kind of stinks.

Oh! And I was going through my SparkFriends today, and I realized I hadn't seen anything on my friend feed in awhile for a formerly very active member. I went to check my mutual friends, and s/he had removed me. This is one of those people that I think are pretty well-known in SparkLand, and I enjoyed reading his/her blogs, and commented relatively frequently. S/he never commented on my stuff, to be clear. I mean, I get it's not personal (or at least "that" personal), and it's sooo not a big deal, but I'm kind of offended and feel like I should have been the one deleting HIZZER, right???

I hope next week will be better. I'll do fewer goals next week and see if that helps.

  
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CARLYG8 4/23/2012 7:59AM

    Sorry about the work thing.. ~hugs~...

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HOPESINGH 4/22/2012 10:46AM

    Not such a bad week after all. Kudos for all those relationship-building activities, I wish I did half as much. And yeah, I wouldn't give so much thought to the disappearing Sparkfriends. It just happens, especially, I guess, to those who have so many friends they can't really follow who's who.
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/21/2012 2:15PM

    You did very well this week! Sorry to hear about the bad news/drama and frustrations at work. And this so-called spark friend... So what? I'm ready to clean house on a few of the spark royalty people who added me and I give them tons of feedback and never get anything in return.

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DONNACFIT 4/21/2012 9:48AM

    Hi....some weeks are just like that...I think you get a prize for a great, honest blog and for looking forward to next week :)

My new favorite quote..

Seek out the happiness in all of life's crappiness

emoticona trophy for being a great spark friend

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/21/2012 9:44AM

    Sounds like a god &bad week....but you stayed on track pretty well, diligently following and meeting your goals, so good on ya!

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DUXGRL1 4/21/2012 9:16AM

    Sounds like you did well considering everything that was going on. Did not sound like an easy week!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/21/2012 3:48AM

    Spark friendships are mainly virtual but we do find great companions to walk the journey with. As our pace is never quite the same as anothers we will fall out of step but never mind, a new friend is coming along side!
best wishes, Sandra

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MISSLISA1973 4/20/2012 11:37PM

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LHLADY517 4/20/2012 10:35PM

    I was impressed with all that you had accomplished. Good job. .

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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.

So...

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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