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January Goal Progress

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How I did in January:

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds
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2) Become a half fanatic by the end of August.
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Ran the 1st of 3 HMs last weekend and the next to are scheduled for Feb & Mar

3) Do some sort of housecleaning or maintenance daily.
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Some days the most I did was make my bed, but the goal is about doing a little at a time to build consistency and a habit, not about going all out all at once.

4) Break my dependence on Splenda - reduce to 2 packets per tea cup in January.
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February I go down to 1 packet per cup of tea.

5) Finalize my budget by the end of Jan and stick to it to pay off at least 3 loans by Dec.
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Budget is done and can pay off 4 debts this year if I stick to it (and no major unexpected expenses occur). Stuck to the budget for January and Debt #1 was paid off today!

6) Ready to test for black belt by end of June; post action plan in Jan; pass test
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Action plan posted to be ready to test by end of June; testing date tentatively scheduled for 7/7, depending on Sensei B's final approval

7) Finish replacing all the light switches and wall outlets by the end of March. Then focus on completing 1 room at a time instead of jumping all around the house and never really finishing anything. Complete the 3 in use bedrooms by the end of December. Completing a room involves replacing all moldings & trim, doors, light/ceiling fan and drapes.
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Have not done a single thing yet. Need to start working on the outlets and switches on the weekends to meet this goal.

8) Run my first marathon by October 21.
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I will not even start training for this until after black belt testing, assuming in July.

9) Other goals as they occur to me.
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Got the Boy Scout Troop rechartered yesterday, taxes filed and ACT registration done today.

10) Have fun and stress less!
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So far, so good. Having all the painting done and daily cleaning has really reduced a lot of background stress, as has clearing off a good portion of counter space through new storage solutions. I have some new responsibilities at work, which are challenging and I enjoy, and I am doing better at not letting the occasional stupidity get to me.

On to February, and thankfully there is an extra day this month because I really need it!

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/1/2012 3:11PM

    Hurray! You're headed into a fearless February! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/1/2012 1:43PM

    you are on a rooooooll!!

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CBAILEYC 2/1/2012 10:39AM

    Great job making it all happen!
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C~

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RUSSELL_40 2/1/2012 9:37AM

    Seems like you had a productive month. How did you do in your HM?

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/1/2012 1:40AM

    Awesome, you are doing amazing!!

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CK-DUBYA 2/1/2012 1:19AM

    Wow! Way to attack things. Congrats!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 1/31/2012 8:48PM

    Goodness you just added to my hero list. Your doing awesome on moving towards your goals...very inspirational.

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/31/2012 8:40PM

    You are an animal! (most likely a feline type)

You've been doing fantastic stuff this past year, even with the car break downs and weirdness with the school board.

i have no doubt you can achieve any and all these goals as you set out to conquer them

You should still be careful driving on Thursdays though!

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SWAYDE 1/31/2012 8:37PM

    Well done! Sounds like you are off to a terrific year =) Keep it up!

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Exotic fruit

Monday, January 30, 2012

I like trying new foods, especially fruit. When my kids were babies I would buy whatever "strange" fruits and vegetables I could find to make their baby food. I've kept that up over the years (buying new fruits & veggies, not making baby food lol) and I think that is a good part of the reason my children like such a wide variety of foods today. I never had a problem with picky eaters.

So this morning I found a new exotic fruit to go in the fruit basket on the counter.

However, I think this one is a bit too exotic for my taste:



He is known as Gandalf Crop-Ear or, as we called him for the holidays, Gandy Cane.

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 1/31/2012 1:20PM

    ROFL!!! Kitties are so funny!!!!!!

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SWTHNY- 1/30/2012 5:31PM

    Thats so adorable they will cuddle in just about anything heheh

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/30/2012 3:58PM

    I think you're smart to not eat that fruit. emoticon

Cats pick the strangest places (and poses) to rest . . . emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/30/2012 12:35PM

    What a fruitcake!!



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/30/2012 12:10PM

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JOLIE_ 1/30/2012 9:58AM

    Haha soo cute

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CHANGINGSAM 1/30/2012 9:33AM

    So cute! My cats love to find crazy places to sleep!

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DOODIE59 1/30/2012 9:30AM

    HOW is that comfortable??
Thanks for sharing:)
Deirdre

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RUSSELL_40 1/30/2012 9:05AM

    what a basket case! Amazing the small spaces cats can be comfortable in.

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EMFRAPPIER 1/30/2012 8:29AM

    So cute emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 1/30/2012 8:07AM

    Bwa ha ha ha!!!!!

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CAT609 1/30/2012 7:22AM

    I am surprised he is comfortable in that bowl! Thanks for sharing the picture! It is great! emoticon

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IMKELRAE 1/30/2012 7:17AM

    He's fuzzier than a peach!


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DRKYASHI 1/30/2012 7:15AM

    Looks 'Yummy' -- emoticon!

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Black Belt Requirements & Goal Plan

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I want to earn my black belt. To go from merely wanting to accomplishing I need a plan on how to get there.

The requirements for black belt are:
1) Demonstrate proficiency in all techniques from white belt to black
2) Demonstrate proficiency in all katas (forms, basically a set series of techniques)
3) Know all required terminology in Korean and Japanese
4) 20 class periods as an assistant
5) 2 minute self defense demonstration
6) 2 mile run in 18 minutes or less
7) 50 each push ups, sit ups, lunges, jumping jacks, jump rope
8) term paper on the history of karate

Out of these I have number 6 complete. I have backslid on the pushups and need to build those back up to 50 again. I have 19 techniques still to improve and be "signed off", i.e. good enough to consider testing, and 2 kata left out of the 10 required.

I have formally announced my intention to test for black belt to Sensei B. I will be testing with 1, possibly 2, other students. We agreed on July 7 as the test date, pending availability of the school and the schedules of the black belts who will be evaluating us. If July 7 is not available we will have to wait until August based on our own schedules.

Starting now this is my plan to be ready by the end of June:

1) 4 techniques approved per month
2) Ni kyoso suro no kata approved in February; Bassai kata approved in March
3) Make terminology flashcards by end of February; review weekly until testing
4) Assist in 4 classes per month
5) Write down basic overall demo plan by end of February; finalize by end of March; recruit volunteers and start practicing by end of April
6) Keep running so as to maintain ability to run 2 miles in 18 minutes
7) Be able to do 40 pushups in February; 45 in March; 50 in April; 55 in May; 60 in June
8) Start research by end of March; rough draft by end of April; final paper by end of May

  
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YAGERMONSTER 1/31/2012 4:34AM

    emoticon I miss TKD, I moved to a town that doesn't have it. I can't wait to work mornings again someday so I can get back into it. Kata's were great, but the flashcards were the worst for me. lol

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CHANGINGSAM 1/30/2012 10:51AM

    Love the goals! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/30/2012 3:22AM

    How exciting. This is so awesome of you! Good luck!

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LAPISWITCH 1/29/2012 9:04PM

    Impressive.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 1/29/2012 6:51PM

    WOW! Sounds like you have it all figured out! Good luck!

The run was the hardest for me, too! Especially after a 3-hour test!

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EMFRAPPIER 1/29/2012 4:47PM

    This is so cool! Good luck! you'll do great!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/29/2012 4:39PM

    Good for you. I'm sure you will enjoy the process, let alone achieving this goal.

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Calling all SE Michigan members!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On 4/28/12 in Mt. Clemens, MI there is the Let's Move Festival of Races. There is a 5k walk, 5k run and a half marathon. Registration is now open on active.com.

The 5k run was my first ever race last year so has a special place in my memories.

Before I go ahead and register for one of the races I thought it would be nice if there are other SP members in the SE MI area who would like to enter as a group.

Whether it is for the 5k walk or run, or even the HM, doesn't matter. Any would be good to do as a group.

Is there anyone interested?

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/25/2012 3:41PM

    Oh, have FUN! That sounds like a great race! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/24/2012 1:24PM

    Thank you for your supportive responses to my blogs. Visiting your page always makes me smile. Your photos provide great inspiration in how you have progressed with your adventure. You look fabulous.

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Snow is a four letter word

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tonight we are getting our first real snow of the season.

I really dislike snow. Snow is cold. I don't like being cold. I don't like having to dress in layers or wear heavy sweaters.

And yet I live in Michigan, where it gets cold and there is generally snow. Sigh. One of these days I just might get around to moving to warmer climes.

In the meantime it is snowing and very cold out. Which means I may have to shovel in the morning since neither teenager is likely to be awake when I want to leave for class. Yes, I know shoveling snow is exercise but I have plenty of other ways to get in my fitness minutes.

And in a fit of insanity I just registered for a winter series of 3 half marathons. Did I mention I really dislike snow and cold? Apparently the cold has frozen my brain cells.

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/22/2012 12:17PM

    OK, my sweet Yankee friend, let me tell you some things to help you feel better!

Here are some comparisons, roughly stated...

Snow comes to you clean and beautiful... here, you get brown dust that is dirty and gritty!

Snow is cold, but if you dress for it, it can be a lot of fun.... here, dust blowing can be warm, but it is never fun!

Snow cleans the air and makes it smell fresh and crisp... here, dust clogs up your nose and prevents you from smelling anything but dirt and snot and makes you sneeze.

Cold weather in MI makes the sky and trees look drab and gray for months at a time... here in W TX, the dust and cold make it a drab brown for months at a time... pick your drab!

Just a few things to help you to be happy about when you want the snow to go away! As for me, I keep wishing for Michigan and have to remind myself of these things in reverse, with other comparisons (i.e. Sure, it's drab and brown here, but it's also drab and gray there, etc.).

Everywhere we live, there's going to be that negative side, huh? So go enjoy your snow and I'll go and.. uh... enjoy... uh... the dust?!

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MCJULIEO 1/21/2012 1:32PM

    Yikes!

I don't think I would like more than a day or so of it at a time.... but then I've never had to, either...

Makes you admire the pioneer women, doesn't it!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/21/2012 10:28AM

    Seems like you just found a real good reason to re-stock your workout gear with winter running clothes!!

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ANNA907 1/21/2012 9:41AM

    And we keep asking the question...why do I live here. LOL. I know what you mean. This year has been so great tho. We've always been buried with snow by this time and yet ground has maybe an inch. Unfortunately it's coming tomorrow...
I'm sure while you are shoveling it you're not thinking how pretty it is but maybe after it's cleared off and the streets are cleaned? Just think it's near the end of January, it's half over+ now!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/21/2012 9:11AM

    I grew up in NJ, and even as a kid I knew that I didn't want cold weather. Moved to San Diego in early adulthood. Now that I am researching relocation to more affordable cities, I find that I am truly spoiled and can only think of areas with good weather. Have a good day.

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VYVIENN 1/21/2012 6:30AM

    Honey, we should trade places. This so-called winter is grating on my nerves! It's too warm, hence wet and muddy every day. I don't think I've ever done this much dang laundry!! Send me your snow anytime...

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/21/2012 3:00AM

    Snow is definitely a four-letter word to me right now! We are finally digging out from the white stuff here in Seattle. We don't usually get this much. You are a little crazy for signing up for those winter races, but that's what happens when you start running--you start doing kinda crazy things.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/21/2012 12:37AM

    Sorry I love to see the snoow, but don't like driving in it!!
Feel for you though
Have a good day tomorrow!!

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CODEMAULER 1/21/2012 12:34AM

    I think I appreciate every season because we have them. I grew up in MI, live in MN, and it's futile to fight the weather.

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My poor bike, however, feels VERY differently...

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RITZIBROWN 1/20/2012 11:20PM

    emoticon How I do understand your plight. Michigan is a beautiful state but winter does happen. I grew up on a farm close to the Canadian Rockies but from a young age was drawn towards warmer ares. Life happened, I had a chance for a new adventure,found warmth, went home & started immigration procedures. Florida & California were magnificent when I was there & SC fits my needs now. We may get snow but not much. I secretly love calling my brother & moaning about our 37F & then hearing there high for the day is 41 below. I did enjoy cross country skiing so perhaps you need a diversion emoticon emoticon Keep warm.

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