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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The new round of the BLC starts TODAY! I am stoked and have big plans for this one. I'm frustrated with myself for my lack of progress in the last BLC. I didn't give it my all and it shows.

Life is hectic, but I have to make this a priority. Being in the BLC with likeminded friends helps tremendously. we go again. This time with feeling!

BLC 23 Goals:
1. Track every bite, lick, taste. 12 weeks is a very long time for me when it comes to focus and consistency. But that's the plan. And if it's the only thing I stick to, I'm happy with it.
2. Exercise 5-7 days a week. That'll be easy if I get myself to boot camp every morning...
3. Be able to run 3 miles (again) by the end. Maybe even more?
4. Check in with my BLC team every day. Otherwise, I'm lost.
5. Read an article or an SP blog every day. Otherwise, I'm not motivated.

So it took me hours to write this short blog because of the distractions around me. That in itself shows that I'm facing an uphill battle.

Time to focus. Here we go!

(See how focused that cat is? I want to be like that. Image from Calpokid on Flickr, )

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Empowerment & Paleo

Monday, August 12, 2013

Look! It's my prep for Paleo yesterday and lunch today! I know, not super-exciting to see someone else's food. But I love the pretty colors of fresh fruits and veggies. The chicken and steak weren't as pretty, so they don't get to be in the pictures.

I've jumped on the bandwagon, I suppose, though it's not so much different from what I was already doing. When I gave up sugar, dairy, and wheat in February, I started to feel better and lose weight more quickly. When I "stopped giving up" those things in...June, maybe?...I STOPPED feeling better and stopped losing weight. The scale started moving back up last week, so I've decided it's time to take control again.

In fact, that's my whole point to writing this today: taking control. Not just of my nutrition, but of my whole darn life.

Things are a little hectic right now, between the semester starting back at work, my husband's semester starting, the kids' school year starting. We're all a bit like pin balls in a machine being knocked around--orientation for school, supplies to buy, classes to prep, students to register, ACCK.

Listing it out is apparently a bad idea. .

So I've decided that I need to make sure I've got what I CAN control under control.
1. How we're eating.
2. When I'm exercising.
3. Mental breaks.

1. How we're eating: We're eating "paleo." That means more prep time and more paying attention. Not much eating out. Granted, today is day one, so the first day is kinda fun and easy. I know it won't always be that way. But I'm feeling good about it.

2. When I'm exercising: I can't skip my workouts. The boot camp workouts and the running I do are way too important to my mental health (and my physical shape) to skip them. They have to be at the top of the list of important things.

3. Mental breaks: I'm taking my lunch break and leaving on time every day. Sounds simple, I know. I believe there MAY be people out there who get to do this anyway. However...the workload is such for me at work that I could potentially stay here all day and night and not quite finish. One night last year I took my laptop home and kept answering emails until midnight. I stopped when I realized that my students are online: they'll keep responding no matter when I stop checking. So potentially...I could work FOREVER.

Now I'm making myself stop for lunch and take a break. Today someone knocked on my office door three times during lunch. Rather than jumping up, I trusted that they would find me after my break and put on my headphones. Similarly, at the end of the workday, I'm going home. Otherwise, I'll lose my mind.

These things are a start. It's a work in progress, like everything else. But I feel good knowing that I finally believe it's okay for me to take care of myself (and my family, but I've always believed that was a good thing!).

Now my lunch is over...time to go find that person who kept knocking... emoticon

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SHIRAZSOLLY 8/26/2013 12:17PM

    Good for you for deciding not to work... forever! It's so hard with taking the computer home! And I'm so glad to hear the enthusiasm in your voice about your diet!

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MONIKA1948 8/13/2013 5:09PM

    Great plan, Becky! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/13/2013 3:07PM

    What great pictures! You can do it! Don't let anyone or anything distract you from the most important work of all: You!

I've had students email me at 3 am and then email me at 5 AM to say "Did you get my email?" Is there a way that you can tell them that emails are answered during regular business hours? And if you do make an exception, begin by saying "Although I very rarely check email after hours, I've made an exception in this case..."

Good luck getting through it all!

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AMARILYNH 8/12/2013 6:22PM

    That is SUCH a smart thing to do, Becky! TAKING that lunch break will leave you refreshed and energized! And heck - if you get bored how about trying one of the desk workout videos from SP? I did one just today and quite liked it!! And leaving on time is another good thing - your family will thank you for it!! emoticon emoticon

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SHAPEITUP3 8/12/2013 3:07PM

    Great mind set. I wish you luck as you continue to set realistic and timely goals.

What exactly is Paleo?

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CARRIE1948 8/12/2013 2:41PM

    Sounds like a really good plan

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July's Vision Board: My Visual Playlist

Friday, July 26, 2013

Whew, I got this made during the month of July (just barely!). This month's vision board is my visual playlist of the artists on my "Running" playlist on my phone. The beat from the songs on my playlist are just what I need to keep me going... When I'm running, I don't want songs that inspire or songs with meaning...I just want a fast song that'll make me pick up my feet.

Here's who they are:
1. Cobra Starship
2. Will.I.Am (a favorite. It doesn't matter who he's performing with. If he's part of the song, I LOVE the song.)
3. P!nk (Also a favorite. I wouldn't mind waking up to find that I AM P!nk...)
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Icona Pop
6. Fatboy Slim
8. Sam Obernik (featured in "It Just Won't Do" by Tim Deluxe, who wasn't put on this visual playlist because it's Obernik's voice that keeps me going...)
9. Lady Gaga
10. Jillian Michael (Okay, she doesn't sing. I listen to her podcasts in my cool down after running.)
11. Daft Punk
12. David Guetta
13. Skrillex with Sirah
14. Angelique Sabrina
15. Kelly Clarkson
16. Fall Out Boy

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MINANCY 7/29/2013 6:30PM

    Very harmonic 'take' on the vision board.
YOU ARE PINK! What are you talking about?

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IMABMENOW 7/26/2013 11:37PM

  I love you playlist. And pink is one of my favorites . I run the " push it" by salt n pepper. It's old I know but it get the job done! emoticon

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MUSCLE-UP 7/26/2013 11:34PM

    Love your playlist of artists. I don't know a few of them so I am going to go and check them out.

Thank you for sharing that you wouldn't at all be disappointed if you woke up one morning as PINK. Think of all the aerial tricks you could do. Ok, I want to wake up as PINK too.

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LISA_FRAME 7/26/2013 10:47PM

  I'm always looking for new running songs. I have some of these artists and I will check out the others. Thanks!

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BLC 22: A New 12 Weeks!

Monday, June 17, 2013

This vision board took me a few days to create because life is a little hectic right now. Work is stressful, and the kids and I try to fit a whole week's worth of summer fun just into three day weekends...

That very "busyness" is one thing I want to tackle over this BLC challenge. It's very easy for me to work late instead of going to boot camp or to take work home instead of spending time with my kids or my husband (or all three at once--that's a party!). Instead of falling for that trap, I'm keeping self and family care top of mind this summer. Things that don't get done at work today will get done at work tomorrow. They won't come home with me. My kids are growing so very fast. I don't want to look back and regret how little time I spent with them...

So here's what it all means in this visualization, starting in the top left corner (and reading the images left to right like in a book):

1. Push-ups: My goal is still to get to 100 of them before the end of this BLC. I'm not any closer than I was a week ago, but I'll get there.
2. Strength: I discovered in boot camp last week that I can lift 25 pound weights! My arms are getting stronger! I totally don't see that when I look in the mirror, but I *think* I can feel it in my biceps. Gonna keep working on that!
3. Be Kind To Yourself: Yes. That's exactly why I'm taking my lunch at work instead of working through it. No matter what.
4. Veggies: Eating more of them. It's summer! The best time for fresh fruit and vegetables.
5. Running: Just going to keep going. Right now I have a small goal to completely run a 5k with no walking. I'm just about there. Then I have a medium-sized goal to run 5 miles. Then I have a large goal to run a 10k. Or a bunch of 10ks, maybe. I love the woman running in this picture. I don't know her, but I think we could be friends.
6. That's my before picture. I'm learning to love that woman, too. I know her and I know we can be friends. emoticon
7. My kiddos. They are two of the reasons my health is important.
8. Self-Care: Yeah, important. And I have having blank space on these boards...
9. My boot camp: I'm recommitted to not missing a training unless it's just impossible for me to be there. I love it!
10. Yellow roses as a symbol of my marriage. They're my favorite flower and we had them in our wedding. I like that yellow roses stand for friendship because my husband is my best friend. Hokey, but true.
11. Sleep: Still my biggest issue. Still working on it. Come on 7-9 hours! Sounds so good...

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/20/2013 5:43PM

    I love your vision board and most of all the way you have linked your comments and rationale to each aspect of the board. You can do it!


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YO~YOLANDA 6/19/2013 9:53AM

    YEAH BAYBEE!!! I LOVE this BLOG! Look at you and all you have accomplished...or are working toward...You are DOING IT My Friend!!! KEEP YOUR FOCUS!!! YOU GOT THIS!!! Excellent...very well thought out plan of action...Now just GO FOR IT!!! We have 70 days left in the BLC to Kick some Butt...make some Changes...and see the PROGRESS IN OUR RESULTS!!! We got this...Bring on the CHANGE!!!

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AMARILYNH 6/17/2013 4:43PM

    Great vision board and great blog!! You can do it!!

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OLIVE_LOAF 6/17/2013 4:17PM

    Great vision board, Becky! I especially enjoyed reading your meaningful write-up. Those are some great goals. I like how you said you don't know the woman running but you could be friends with her - I thought I was the only one who thinks like that.

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BLC 22: SMART Goals

Friday, June 07, 2013

For this first weekend challenge of the BLC 22, weíve been asked to set SMART goals for the next 12 weeks (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound). I must confess that before we got started, I sat down and decided I should have 22 goals. You know, since itís BLC TWENTY-TWO...

I looked at those goals again this morning and decided that they arenít very SMART. Some of them are great, but 22 of them? I donít think I could remember them all! So Iím going with my lucky number: 6 goals.

Here they are:
1. Lose 10 pounds by the end of the challenge (by August 28).
2. Be able to do 100 push-ups by the end of the challenge (Iím at 30 now).
3. Create at least 3 vision boards: one for each month of the challenge. More is okay too. Also blog on SP at least once a week (thatís kinda two goals, but theyíre similar).
4. Exercise every day, at least for 20 minutes. Even if thatís a 20-minute walk around the block with the dog. Thatís 20 minutes.
5. Keep wheat, sugar, and most dairy out of my diet for the whole 12 weeks.
6. Get 7-9 hours of sleep at least 5 nights a week for the whole 12 weeks.

Yeah, I can do this. Iím working on the first vision board now. Itíll be posted soon...

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MINANCY 6/9/2013 9:32AM

    Great goals. Very SMART!

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AMARILYNH 6/7/2013 7:04PM

    Wow - GREAT goals!! You are setting the bar HIGH - you go, Girl!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/7/2013 4:27PM

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These are great and very smart goals. Just keep them up only one day at a time and you can do it easily! I'm proud of you!

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