Wednesday, March 26, 2014
At the beginning of this year, I set four goals for myself.
1. Save $1 in week one, $2 in week 2 and so on up to $52 in week 52.
2. Read, on average, one book per week.
3. Lose ten pounds by April 1st.
4. Build tone and definition in my arms.
For the saving goal, my goal is to check off each week. However, I don't have to do them in order. I've already checked off the $52 week and a whole bunch of the smaller ones. The remaining weeks will be a challenge, but I feel like I'm on track to meet this goal.
For the reading goal, I've read 15 books so far this year. Since we are only 12 weeks into the year, I'd say this goal is going well! Please note...I read NOTHING educational! I just finished James Patterson's book "First Love" - written for teens. I don't care...I liked it! But, no educational value. Easier to read that way!
I wanted to lose 10 pounds by now. Partly because my 25th reunion is in one week. Partly because I wanted to get back to maintenance. I managed to lose about four pounds. I didn't hit my goal, but I am closer! I'll get the rest off later. I won't let those few extra pounds ruin my fun!!
My last goal is the least defined and the hardest to measure. My arms have some jiggle and I don't like it! I covet Kelly Ripa's arms!!! I've done more arm and upper body exercises this year than I did all of last year. I took a before picture, but I don't feel like I've made enough progress to call a new picture an "after" picture. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with the trainer at my gym. I'm going to ask him about my arms. My main goals are to get a routine to tone my arms and to get a realistic idea of what my arms could look like. To look like Kelly Ripa (my arms, that is), may require more than I'm willing to do. I'm not willing to give up pizza and the occasional cookie. I'm just not!
Oh, and I added something. It's not really a goal, more of a challenge for myself. Caffeine, to me, is a very good thing. I love caffeine!! However, I do not like coffee. My caffeine of choice, for years, has been Diet Pepsi. I would drink a can on the way to work. Then I would have another at break, a liter bottle at lunch and generally another one in the afternoon. I also get in my water and some iced tea. (I know where every bathroom is at my work!) One of my Spark Friends (Triangle-Woman) has a 100 Days until Summer countdown every year. During those 100 days, she challenges herself to do something good for herself every day. I decided to join her. This year, I decided to stop drinking Diet Pepsi for 100 days. I can still get caffeine from tea, but no Diet Pepsi. It's been almost two weeks, and I've stuck to it...so far. There have been some pretty rough days, but I'm gonna do it!!
Did you make New Year's Resolutions? If so, how are you doing with your goals?
Friday, March 07, 2014
There is a trend at my work - many ladies are chopping off all of their hair! And I mean short, above the ears short. Everyone who has done it looks very cute with their new, short hair. However, I don't think my face can support hair that short...it just wouldn't look right.
But...I did decide that I am sick of my hair. I wanted to do something new and different, but not too different. Goth and pink were both out! I knew I wanted to have shorter hair and I was waffling between going more red or more blond.
Here is what I looked like before. Please note, all of these pictures were taken in my bathroom with my iPhone. I am not a professional photographer, so be kind!
And this is how I look now.
Other side (not the best photo I've ever taken, but again, be nice! Tee hee)
And I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but I did choose to be blonder. We decided that spring and summer are coming and I will get a little bit of a tan, so blond will look good. Besides, DD just went red and I don't want her to think I'm copying her!! LOL!
I'm happy with it, so I'll probably keep it for awhile. After I get used to it, I can decide if I like the length or if I need to let it grow a little.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
People are odd. Okay, so that's not news for any of you.
Today, the entire family went to the gym after work. That is a busy period for my gym (as I'm sure it is in most gyms) and one of the three ellipticals I like is broken. DD got on one of the remaining two...right next to the one already being used. So I got on the treadmill. I don't like the treadmill, but I need to mix it up, so whatever!
Anyway, there are six treadmills in my gym (small gym) and no one was on any of them. I took the second one from one end just because I like to not be on the end. Partway through my treadmill, a woman got on the treadmill to my right. Still no one on any of the other treadmills. That bugged me (really lady? move over!!!) but that's a personal problem and she really didn't do anything wrong. As she started her treadmill, she kept looking at my display. Then she set her machine to go faster with a higher incline than mine. I didn't notice at first, but she kept looking at my machine and I couldn't help but notice.
What did I do? I just did my normal workout. I discovered that I HATE running uphill - it's HARD!!! But, the only way to get better is to practice doing it. So, I practiced...some. When I was running, she upped her incline to 15. I don't know when she lowered it - I was too busy trying to breathe!!
After we left the gym, I asked the family if they noticed...they had. And, apparently, a woman on a treadmill three down the other way (I don't know when she got there - again, trying to breathe) kept looking at me and what I was doing and then checking her DH's display. (She was walking and playing with her phone, so she couldn't possibly compare her activity to mine.) I have no idea how I compared. I don't care.
Which means brings me to my question. Why do people compare themselves to other people in the gym? Or anywhere for that matter? I will admit that I do notice what some other people are doing. If I see someone who looks to be in good shape and doing an exercise that I'm not familiar with, I'll look and try to copy. Helps me learn and add variety. Also, we are having a challenge at the gym - we are walking to different towns within our state. One of the other regulars (and my friend) told me that I have a target on my back - he's going to catch up with me. That kind of comparison, friendly competition, is motivating. I get that kind of "comparison".
But, if the guy next to me is running at 8.0 on the treadmill, I will notice and be impressed. But I won't feel like I should compare myself to him. I don't know his story and he doesn't know mine. Maybe 8.0 is slow for him? Maybe I'm recovering from an injury? Maybe his wife just left him and he's working out the grief, stress, anger by running at an ungodly speed? I don't know. I don't care. I'm there to make myself healthier. If I can learn from someone else, I'm happy. If I did what I planned to do, I'm happy. Heck, some days if I just made it to the gym, I'm happy!
My point? Do what is right for you. Don't worry about the guy next to you. Just do your thing and be proud you did.
Friday, January 31, 2014
I have a few goals for this year and I've found that if I don't regularly review them, I will forget them. So, here is a quick review.
1. Goal: Read an average of one book per week.
Update: I've read five books so far this year and am half way through a sixth book. I'm on target for this goal.
2. Goal: Lose 12 pounds by end of April.
Update: I've lost one pound, so a little behind the pace. However, I'm working on changing my mind set about food and that will be a HUGE benefit. Haven't given up on this goal.
3. Goal: Add definition to arms.
Update: I took a picture of each arm while flexing in the mirror. It's too soon to take a new picture, but I have been doing a large variety of arm exercises. I think I'm making progress, but won't have a good update until a few more weeks (or months) have passed.
4. Goal: Save money each week.
Update: I've saved money and been able to cross off five or six of the 52 weeks. I keep looking for ways to save money and be able to cross off some more weeks. The hard ones will be 30 and up. Maybe I'll win some Super Bowl bets and make a big deposit? Yeah...probably not. I'll keep working on it though.
So, overall, I'm doing pretty well.
How are you doing on your goals?
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Back in June, I was playing softball on a grass field. I was playing catcher and the play was at home. The runner slid and slid right into me. Bruised my shin and squished my toe. The shin healed quickly. The toe, however, had a dead nail. I thought that maybe the nail was going to be black forever. However, about two months ago, I started to see a white line at the base of my nail. A new nail was growing!!!
As the new nail grew, the old nail stayed in place and protected my toe. In the last week, however, I noticed that the old nail was loose on one side. Only one side, though. I put on a bandage and continued through my days.
Tonight, after my shower, the old nail finally fell off!!! The new nail is only about 3/4 of the way up the nail, so there is a new bandage on the toe to protect it until I either get used to it or the new nail grows back.
So, the gross part? I took the old nail out to the living room with me and tried to show my son and his friend. They both shuddered and were grossed out. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to show it off.
So...I told my daughter what had happened. Do you want to see it? I asked her, fully expecting her to say no. She responded, kind of sheepishly, Yeah, I kinda do!
Yippee!! I got to show it to her! She was properly grossed out and I got to share. Win-win for us both! LOL!
Don't worry...I threw it away. No show and tell at work tomorrow.
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