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Week in review.

Monday, October 07, 2013




***October Goals***

~10,000 steps 5 days a week
*Done! (lost count one day while charging Fitbit, but confident I met goal)

~10 minutes of "very active" activity (according to Fitbit) 5 days a week
*Done!

~10 minutes of meditation 5 days a week
*Meh 50/50 on this one.

~clean out one cabinet, drawer or shelf 5 days a week
*Done! This is going fabulously well! I usually wait til the week before Thanksgiving and just about wear myself out doing it all at once. This year all of my lesser used items will be freshened up and ready BEFORE I plan my menu!

~drink 10 glasses of water everyday
*Done!

~choose the healthiest option available for meals 5 days a week
*Done!

~take a good long soak in the tub once a week
*Not a good week for baths.

~make 1 piece of jewelry 5 days a week
*While I didn't quite do one piece a day, this did help push me thru the perfectionism a few times. Rather than obsessing over getting something perfect (and changing it 12 times or just giving up) I pushed on thru. Definitely continue to strive for this.

~make contact with the person who wanted to see more of my work
*She is interested in more of my glass work and I didn't get in the kiln. I did have another individual wanting to set up an appointment for her Christmas shopping tho. She's a fan. Woot!

~con someone into playing a board game with me once a week
*Hasn't happened yet, but my son and I do have a Yahtzee night planned for tonight!

~start planning Christmas gift list
*Nope

~see what classes are available.....craft, nutrition, exercise or ???????
*Use what ya got! This goal had a dual purpose...social interaction and self improvement. We live in the country and there are days when my husband and son are my only human contact. I need more human interaction. However, I remembered (just last night) I had bought some on-line video classes hoping to help me hone my self taught skills. I want/need to focus on those for now. When I 'm "in the zone" of working or learning, I'm as happy as a kid in a puddle. So for now, I will utilize the "self improvement" part of this goal and save the "social interaction" part for when I take a beautiful display of my items to the lovely shop owner in town.

~make a dental appointment
*Not yet.

All in all, not a bad week. The scale stayed the same, but that's okay. I stayed within my caloric range and did pretty well with everything else.

Now, if I could just get some sleep! I'm doing a lot of tossing and turning. Hormones? Weather changes? Not sure, but even taking Valerian (which usually knocks me out) is not working. emoticon

  
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MIATIA1 10/7/2013 2:01PM

    Great plan of action and super great job of following through... WAY TO GO!!!!!!

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JACKIE542 10/7/2013 11:42AM

    Looks live a very good week to me, 10,000 steps not always easy to do so , way to go!!After reading this I think I should clean out my cabinets too, I always wait, so I should do this too.
You have some great skills there, making jewelry, and glass work, never knew! Good job getting back with your customers. Maybe you could post some pictures would love to see. emoticon
Great week Corena, bet if you got some nice hot bubble baths before bed it would help you sleep. Also hope you got more walks in when you take your son to school.
have another great week. emoticon emoticon

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I stepped outside of the box....and my car.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Every Friday I pick my son up from school. I usually try to get there early to allow myself 20 minutes or so just to read. I enjoy my Friday afternoon book escape.

Today the weather was absolutely beautiful. About 80 degrees with a wonderful breeze and big white puffy clouds that occasionally covered the sun to keep it from feeling too warm.

I didn't want to read. I wanted to walk. But I was too embarrassed to step out of my car and walk in front of all of the other people waiting (more arriving every minute) who would just be sitting there staring at me.

All the negative crap started playing in my head, "I'm sure I look a hot mess after cleaning all day. I can walk the trail when I get home. I've got my brightly colored tennis shoes on and they look ridiculous with this outfit. What if it embarrasses my son? I'm such a sight, someone will probably video my fat ass and post it on Youtube. What if I have to pee all of a sudden and have to do my "potty walk" so I don't piss my pants? (Yes, really)". All kinds of stupid crap floating thru my head was keeping me in the car. But I really wanted to walk!

So I started focusing on the good stuff, " Yay, I've got my tennis shoes on today! It's a perfect day to walk, and here is a nice flat paved surface. Be brave. My hips are tight today and sitting here isn't helping. I need to move. I want to move. I may inspire someone else to walk too. How silly that at my age, I would worry about what strangers think of me walking. Be brave. I need to start doing the things that matter to me and this is one of those things. BE BRAVE!"

I would put my hand on the door, then hesitate. I literally struggled with this for several minutes. Then I looked at the others waiting and realized every single one of us could use the exercise. I was wasting time with this stupid inner struggle that really didn't matter at all. I'm a woman of a certain age, and by gosh if I want to walk, I'm going to walk!

I stepped out of my car and started forward. Of course everyone was looking to see what I was doing. They even looked up from their books and newspapers. I had three cars in front of me and asked two if they would like to join me. (The third was on the phone) Both of my invitations were declined, but I just smiled and kept on going.

There's a circle drive of sorts, so I just walked in circles for.....well I'm not sure because I wasted so much time deliberating, but it was at least 15 minutes. A little under 2000 steps. I absolutely enjoyed my time! And you know what? After the initial interest subsided, most went back to their reading. There were a couple that stared. I bet they wish they would have joined me.

We've got one life. Do what brings you joy. Be brave.

Oh! And no need for the "potty walk". emoticon

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 10/19/2013 11:47AM

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DEEEBEE 10/4/2013 10:51PM

    You walked almost a mile based on the rough estimate that 2,000 steps - 1 mile. Congratulations! I enjoy walking very much. I think the more you do it, the better able you are to walk better and faster, the more you enjoy it. Walking is one of the best exercises. Think how far you can walk if you do that every day! And, maybe, maybe, others will join you and you will have your own Waiting for the Kids Walking Club!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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JACKIE542 10/4/2013 8:12PM

    I so loved this Corena!! When my children went to school I did the same thing and thought about the same things. Than I finally got out of the car, and every day it was easier, and yes, sometimes mothers even joined me.
So glad you got out I am so proud of you, and I assure you each day will get easier, you go girl, WOO HOO!! I agree do what brings you joy!! emoticon emoticon

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Aiming from a different angle.

Monday, September 30, 2013

I have been on this site for nearly three years now. (I think. lol) Even with all of the wonderful information, useful tools and amazing support system, I am only down 15 pounds from my highest weight.

Previously, I based my wins and fails on whether I had lost weight that week or not. I had no other goals (well, to be healthier....blah, blah, blah). My whole world seems to revolve around trying to lose weight. It's exhausting and boring.

While I still desire to have a healthy BMI, I'm going to change my focus. I am setting goals for myself for October that have nothing to do with the scale or how much fat I am carrying. I will focus on healthy habits, cleaning/organizing habits, career habits, self pampering habits and fun.
Here it goes:

***October Goals***

~10,000 steps 5 days a week

~10 minutes of "very active" activity (according to Fitbit) 5 days a week

~10 minutes of meditation 5 days a week

~clean out one cabinet, drawer or shelf 5 days a week

~drink 10 glasses of water everyday

~choose the healthiest option available for meals 5 days a week

~take a good long soak in the tub once a week

~make 1 piece of jewelry 5 days a week

~make contact with the person who wanted to see more of my work

~con someone into playing a board game with me once a week

~start planning Christmas gift list

~see what classes are available.....craft, nutrition, exercise or ???????

~make a dental appointment


That will do it for now. I plan to review weekly. Everything on this list is completely doable. I'm ready.


  
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HOLLYM48 10/2/2013 5:57PM

    You are right Corena! You can do it. Keep the great attitude and you will have everything marked off this list in no time! emoticon emoticon

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RULEBERG 10/1/2013 8:09PM

    Good for you. I try to do something constructive each day and some days I do far more. It's easier to undershoot than make too long a list. Hang in there and have a good week.

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JACKIE542 9/30/2013 9:31PM

    Everyone has to find what works for them, you have thought this through very well. Your list of goals are part of a healthy lifestyle. So glad you are not throwing in the towel, keep moving forward. Change things up and keep going.
I would play a board game with you if I could, and I need to start thinking about christmas too, it always stresses me out getting gifts!!
Also want to say don't worry, be happy!! We are with you Corena, hugs, Jackie, your buddy!!! emoticon emoticon

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Adjusting my weight loss ticker...again.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I'm making a full-on fresh start Monday.

I've regained some of my "shed", so adjusted my ticker to reflect the change.

I've finally committed to my ultimate goal weight.

Previously it seemed like such a large amount to lose, with a goal date so far in the future, that it felt a little too surreal of a goal. I keep saying it's not a race, but still had that mental block of "O.M.G. this is going to take forever!".

Well, I'm tweaking my thinking (again/more) and will focus on a weekly goal of 1.25 lb losses. (My scale doesn't read in quarters, so basically 5 lbs a month) While keeping in mind that I plan to weight train, so I can't fully rely on the scale to gauge my progress. I am also open to the fact that my body has changed and my goal is just a suggestion until I get closer and see how I feel and at what weight I will look and feel healthiest.

My new calculated goal date is 6/18/14.
My goal shed is an additional 60lbs.

I've got this. After all, time just seems to fly by anymore. Next June will be hear before I know it. emoticon

  
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JACKIE542 7/27/2013 10:19PM

    Glad you are back and making adjustments. I was a slow going at first kind of girl, it was no race for me, still is not. Just want to stay fit and healthy as long as I can. I know you can do this and I do like your weekly goal, very well thought out.
Keep moving, I know you got this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/27/2013 8:23PM

    You can do it! Great job resetting your goals and small increments are the best. I will be here cheering you on every step of the way! Keep pushing to be the best that you can be!
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Tending my garden.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I am generally a positive person, a “glass half full” kinda gal, but it has been a bit more challenging the past several years to maintain (yeah right) that perspective. I honestly started dipping below the line and started visiting the “half empty” mind set more and more often. My happiness meter was dipping to new lows and getting stuck. With hormone changes, body changes, deaths, family drama, regular life events and some devastating news that rocked my world so hard 3 years ago I still can’t talk about it, I found myself in a joyless day to day existence. This simply is unacceptable. So I decided to make some changes.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will come.”

Ironically, since I’ve decided to make my happiness a mission, I’ve had many serendipitous occurrences that seem like “messages” of encouragement. A well timed quote, a book that is speaking to me on so many levels I have laughed and cried while reading it, a song on the radio that is perfectly suited to the moment, invitations to do things that I love, and just now, the perfect timing of a friend wanting to partner up for health. We hadn’t spoken in quite some time and we both had planned to start anew tomorrow. Yeah!

I am taking the time to do things that bring me joy. I am reading things that make me feel good. I am working on some meditations to help me center. I am making “friend time” a priority. I have my drama deflector shield up. emoticon I am focusing on the things in my life I am grateful for. I am actively looking for (and planning) fun experiences.

One of my all time favorite things to do is to float the rivers in a canoe. I used to go as often as I could. Vacation days as well as weekends were spent on the water. I had not done it in 15 years. In that time, I had only been out on a boat a small handful of times. While I do enjoy boating, nothing compares to the tranquility of a good old fashioned float trip. I have been on 3 different rivers in the past week! I kayaked one, boated another and floated the third in an inner-tube. Kayaking ROCKS!

Now I am going to sync the “Happiness Mission” with the “Healthy Mission”. Because alone they are both lacking, but together they can take on the world. Bwaahaahaaaha! (Mad scientist laughter)

This journey is much like planting a garden. You have to do more than just want a garden and plant a few seeds. You have to create an environment that encourages your plants to grow and thrive. You have to tend your garden. Pluck out the weeds (negativity), give it plenty of water (hydrate), keep it rich with nutrients (eat well) , prune the dead stuff (things that don't work for you), remove the pests (drama...and the people who create it) and make sure it gets plenty of sunshine (joy) and you will have happy plants. And happy plants produce the most luscious fruit. And fruit is good for you. emoticon


  
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JACKIE542 7/27/2013 10:12PM

    I am sorry, I did not see this blog, I have so much computer trouble all the time now, I lose alerts and half the time I am lucky to log on.
Love this blog, I find being on the water very relaxing and energizing. I do hope you have had the time to get out there and do some kayaking. I have never done that but I am interested.
I love what you say about tending your own garden too, you definitely do have to work on it to get it to thrive.
Glad to see you back again, always wish for the best for you. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/8/2013 5:22PM

    Glad to hear that you are making yourself a priority! Canoeing and kayaking is great exercise so good for you! Keep pushing to keep that glass half full outlook, not always easy but so worth the effort. I try to be happy as much as I can so I hope you can get back to that outlook!!
So plant that garden and tend to it everyday and you will be growing happiness like weeds!! It will sprout everywhere.
I will be looking for your bright shiny Happy face!
Take care. Hugs!! emoticon

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