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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Here's a good year-end-review for 2012! (I was busy :) )


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RLT5089 10/28/2013 1:12PM

    That's awesome! I wouldn't mind having a similar challenge for myself. Thanks for sharing your inspiration as well as a great idea.

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68ANNE 5/5/2013 4:31PM

    Did I miss something? Completed is it?
That's cause for celebration

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2011 Goals

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Long Term Goals:

Do 4 community service activities as a family in 2011
Become a yoga instructor by the time I’m 35
Provide learning/experience opportunities for Noah throughout his whole life
Keep house cleaner/more organized
Show Matt how much I love and appreciate him
Get certified in infant CPR
Feel more confident/comfortable in my job
Get back in the habit of drinking 64 oz of water per day
Help Noah give up his nuk
Work on night potty training with Noah (as he seems ready)
Read 4 books just for me this year
Have 4 date nights this year with Matt
Complete renovation on spare room

Medium Term
Enroll Noah in swimming lessons this year
Enroll Noah in soccer after he turns 3
Recreate herb garden this spring
Do 2 community service projects by June 1 2011
Do 3 community service projects by September 1 2011
Read book number 2 (Water For Elephants) by June 1 2011
Read book number 3 (about yoga?) by September 1 2011
Read book number 4 (?) by end 2011
Have 2nd date night by June 1 2011
Have 3rd date night by September 1 2011
Have 4th date night by end of 2011
Sign up for infant cpr class
Have closet in spare room done (done!) by March 1
Sign noah up for swimming lessons for Spring II term

Short Term
Pack up/donate fat clothes (anything that doesn't fit right now!)
Go to a yoga class 1x/week
Daily meditation
Start keeping daily to do lists again
Do at least one special noah thing per month (just the two of us)
Keep my checkbook balanced
Spread the spark at least 1x/day
Do 1 community service project by March 1 2011
Read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by March 1 2011
Pick one room every day and make sure it’s clean before I go to bed
Have one date night by March 1 2011
Gather info on dates/location/cost of infant cpr classes in the area
Research nighttime potty training
Have floors in spare room and hall done by February 1 2011
Drink 64 oz of water each day for one week

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TMW54812 10/6/2011 11:58AM

    Looks like you haven't posted in a while. I hope you are still doing great. You have achieved so much and learned a lot at a very young age. I only wish there was a SP when I was your age and my weight problem just began. At 63 it's a lot harder but I have been very successful and feel like my goal weight and a fit life is still possible for me.

All the Best,


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LITTLE3LAM 3/17/2011 11:34AM

    I like all your goals. I just wondering how you have been doing with them all. One of my goals was to eat more veggies. It's something I don't really like and I am struggling with it. But it's good for me to have the goal and continue to strive for it.

Happy St Patty's Day!

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2010: A Year-In Review and Happy Tears

Friday, December 31, 2010

emoticon Here are the stats:

January 2010 Measurements (1-4-10)
Weight 163.5lbs
Pants Size 13
Shirt Size Large-XL
Waist 34.0”
Hips 40.5”
Chest 40.5”
Neck 13.5”
Biceps 12.5”
Calves 15.25”
Thighs 24.5”
BMI 27.25 (overweight)

BMI is between 25 and 29.9 (Overweight)
People falling in this BMI range are considered overweight and would benefit from finding healthy ways to lower their weight, such as diet and exercise. Individuals who fall in this range are at increased risk for a variety of illnesses. If your BMI is 27-29.99 your risk of health problems becomes higher. In a recent study an increased rate of blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease was recorded at 27.3 for women and 27.8 for men.

December 2010 Measurements (12-31-10)
Weight 129.0lbs (down 34.5lbs)
Pants Size 6-7
Shirt Size Small/Extra Small
Waist 28.5” (down 5.5")
Hips 34.5” (down 6")
Chest 32.5” (down 8")
Neck 11.75” (down 1.75")
Biceps 10.25” (down 2.25")
Calves 13.25” (down 2")
Thighs 19.0” (down 5.5")
BMI 21.5 (normal)

BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 (Normal Weight)
People whose BMI is within 18.5 to 24.9 possess the ideal amount of body weight, associated with living longest, the lowest incidence of serious illness, as well as being perceived as more physically attractive than people with BMI in higher or lower ranges.

And just to put it all in perspective:

From my starting point...
BMI is over 40 (Obese Class 3 : Morbid Obesity)
With a BMI of 40+ you have an extremely high risk of weight-related disease and premature death. Indeed, you may have already been suffering from a weight-related condition. For the sake of your health it is very important to see your doctor and get specialists help for your condition.



Goals Achieved in 2010:

*Get into the 150s ACHIEVED 2-20-10
*Read a potty training book ACHIEVED 2-24-10
*Pack up all size 16 and up ACHIEVED 2-27-10
*Achieve a healthy BMI (weigh under 150#) ACHIEVED 4-8-10
*Run/walk a 5K by the end of 2010 ACHIEVED 6-4-10
*Have a good family picture taken ACHIEVED 6-4-10
*Read one parenting book ACHIEVED 6-28-10
*Attend a playgroup meet and greet ACHIEVED 6-30-10
*Have an herb garden ACHIEVED 7-4-10
*Complete 7 day pedometer challenge ACHIEVED 7-16-10
*Have my family participate in 4 community service projects in 2010 ACHIEVED 12-6-10
*Take a big pants picture ACHIEVED 12-25-10
*Have less than a 30” waist ACHIEVED 12-31-10

Other cool things that happened this year:

*I officially graduated from college!
*My husband began his college career. He’s on his way to NOT hating his job!
*My son turned 2, began talking a TON, transitioned to his big boy bed, and is now almost completely potty-trained. No more diapers-YAY!
*I accepted a full time grown up job at a domestic violence agency (which I love!). Not only do I now have a desk, a title, and a raise, but I also have a retirement plan, better/cheaper health insurance, and a flex spending plan that will pay for daycare.. tax free!
*We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary
*We began renovations of our spare room (still a work in progress…)
*We took our son camping for the first time
*We tried several new foods, such as quinoa, hummus, butternut squash, artichoke, cous cous, eggplant, papaya, zucchini, and risotto
*We hiked a beautiful waterfall!
*Our son went sledding down a big snow hill.. all by himself

All in all, not a bad year ;)

Here’s to another wonderful year emoticon

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TONISTRELEC 10/6/2011 10:13AM

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CHRISTIEYCPTWIN 12/31/2010 10:45PM

    Sounds like you had a great year...congrats!! I'm hoping it get my son potty trained this year, any tips??
Your weightloss is definately an inspiration...great work!

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PEDNURSEMOM 12/31/2010 10:32PM

    Congrats on all of your accomplishments... it's an inspiration!

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LITTLE3LAM 12/31/2010 7:26PM

    Looks like you had a great year. Best of everything for 2011!

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I Need Some Support & Encouragement Sparkpeople!!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I've started my new position, and I'm a little overwhelmed. I LOVE it, but I'm putting in a lot of hours and stressing quite a bit.. and struggling with finding balance again. I already feel myself getting put on the back-burner, and I'm not sure how to remedy that. I feel a lot of pressure to succeed (and excel) in this position... and as a mom.. and there's just not much left after that. I have NO energy to exercise... not even just the more active lifestyle activities I HAD been doing (like riding my bike to work or taking an evening family walk). NO energy. I'm still eating well, but I don't feel like that's enough. Will balance come with time? Is this just an adjustment period? What do I do sparkfriends??!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 11/27/2011 8:30AM

    Give yourself permission to learn, grow and make mistakes. You can't know how to do this job from day one. If you don't take time for yourself, the wheels will fall off and you won't succeed at all. You need time to take breaks during the day. I do my best thinking while walking around the block. It's NOT frivolous but necessary. Good luck.

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LITTLE3LAM 10/31/2010 8:39AM

    Try to make some time for yourself. Even if it's just 15 minutes!

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REDEEMEDINWI 10/7/2010 11:59AM

    I would like to offer my encouragement by saying that if you need someone to watch the buddy while you exercise, call me first! emoticon

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MAIZY243 10/5/2010 9:13PM

    I think there are times on our journey that the best we can do is hang tight while we rest and recoup our energy, our outlook, our strength. I know I am going through some tough times right now and my goal is to hold tight while I adjust to what God has put in my path. So don't beat yourself up. Maybe wait until the weekend to take that walk or bike ride. You have come far, just don't slip back into bad habits. emoticon

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    First of all, I have to say that your before and after picts on your main page are beautiful! You have made so much progress. Please do not do what I did. I was in your situation when I went back to get my masters degree while working full time and raising 4 children. I REALLY needed sleep and had NO energy. Consequently, I put on about 30 pounds in less than 3 years! My DH is NOT happy about this and I am embarrassed about it. So find a way to keep exercising or cut way down on your calories! You can and will do it! emoticon

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I'm so excited!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I just wanted to share some good news :)

I got a promotion!!

I have been working as a shelter advocate at a domestic violence shelter, but starting October 4th, I'm going to be the new Family Resource Advocate at our agency! I'm going from part time to full time (so my son will go to "school" a few days a month), getting a pretty nice raise (to pay for said "school" and then some), benefits, an office, an assistant, and a lot of responsibility! I'll be the case manager for our transitional living program, case manager for our Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program, case manager for our employment and training program, be our community representative at board meetings, and facilitate my own support group for victims of domestic violence. So excited!!

I really believe that none of this would have been possible without my new lifestyle :)

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LITTLE3LAM 9/16/2010 2:46PM

    Hoo-Ray and Congrats!!!

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