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Betterment

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I decided on my word for the year: betterment.
Believe in the ability to have all my aspirations come true, starting with believing in myself.
Extra. Put in that bit of extra to get that bit extra back.
Time. It's not an excuse to use when I don't have enough. It's a gift to use for my benefit.
Tribe. Be with others who bring me up and who I feel my best self with.
Explore. Take a risk, a leap of faith, what's the worst that could happen?
Read. Get the knowledge and stimulate the creativey to get what I want.
Elevate. Life others up, leave them feeling better.
Nobody can determine my self worth but me.
Thankful. Just be it.

  
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DEANNAMB33 1/7/2013 3:41PM

  Awesome post!

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RISINGBLUESTAR 1/7/2013 9:37AM

    I love it. I especially love what you wrote about time.
If you want, you can always edit your blog and go add the M in there but it's not that big of a deal. I do things like that too! :) I like what the M stands for. Moving is important. So is stress release!

I think this year will be great for you!

Good luck accomplishing your goals! :D

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JACKALACK 1/6/2013 9:33PM

    oops! forgot the M... MOVE! Release stress, get happy, just do something.

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2013 thoughts

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I looked at the goals I set for last year and found that I had met two of them, I didn't crochet a blanket and I didn't continue the photo journal. I started that off pretty well, but didn't keep it together. I really do think I made a lot of progress on dealing with emotional issues, releasing what I can't change, and moving forward towards my best life and what I'm made for. I'm really into positve psychology, and self-improvement challenges. It challenges my mind and my spirit, and makes sure I keep myself aligned with who I really am, instead of with what others expect of me (as easy as that sounds, it wasn't, I really cared a lot about what other people thought).
This year, I still want to focus more on gaining that confidence in myself, and turning the healthy routine into a lifestyle. I don't want to count on others to be happy, but only to contribute to the inner happiness and security that I'll have in my core. I want to be proud of what I accomplish over the year, physically, spiritually, emotionally and habitually. I really liked the idea another sparkbuddy did by defining what I want to happen this year in one word. I'm still thinking over what I want that word to be, but I'll be back once I do!
Good luck to everyone with your own goals and thoughts for this year!

  
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RISINGBLUESTAR 1/6/2013 10:08AM

    I can relate to wanting to build confidence & not wanting to worry about what others think. You CAN do this! I can't wait to see the word you choose! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KCLEVELAND5678 1/5/2013 9:48PM

    Best of luck to you! I hope you accomplish all your goals for this year!

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May Motivation

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My TO do's for may:
To complete the 28 day bootcamp on Sparkpeople.
To attend 15 bootcamp classes.
To get my Mom to the gym with me 2 times a week.
To track my food at least Monday through Friday.
Travel to 3 new cities.

My Rewards:
5 out of 5: Splurge on a new wardrobe
4 out of 5: Get a massage
3 out of 5: Haircut and color
2 out of 5: Pedicure
1 out of 5: A day to myself

Back in the game! Hopefully I can get back on track to losing inches of fat and gaining muscle. My current measurements are:
27.5 waist
33 hips
19.5 left thigh
20 right thigh
(weird, I know)
10.5 for both arms
I'm excited to see how things improve the harder I work!
I know that working out with my mom is going to be a challenge. We don't see eye to eye very often. She asked me for my help, and I am going to do the best that I can to stay positive and motivated to help her, and help me as well. I also signed up for 8 weeks of unlimited bootcamp sessions at this program downtown. I'm going to try and go there 3 times a week after work. The session is half an hour, so I really have no excuse. I could even go in the morning if I could get my lazy butt out of bed. I just love sleep so much, and can be so convincing that I don't need to get up and work out. It would just be so beneficial to have the workout done in the morning before I start my day and make up more excuses not to work out. It's stupid because I really do enjoy exercising and the benefits it brings my life. Im not sure what is holding me back from making this a natural step in my routine, like brushing my teeth.
Well, here's to May and the lessons it will bring!

  
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RISINGBLUESTAR 4/29/2012 10:46AM

    You have set some awesome goals! Nice rewards, too! :)

That's great that you want to help your mom stay motivated. I know it's not always easy to encourage others, but maybe this will end up being a positive thing. You can always hope, right? :)

I wish I could workout more in the morning, too, but my body is always pulling me to sleep instead! Who doesn't love sleeping in? Guess getting up and working out in the morning is something we'll both have to work on! :)

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Coming to terms.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So, I haven't been meeting my goals this month. I think I asked a little too much of myself. It's okay. I got up and worked out 6 days before work, which is better than zero, and did a lot of walking!! Not exactly the way February and March went, but oh well. May is going to be aMAZing!
I just signed up for a bootcamp class that is 8 weeks long with unlimited classes. I am so pumped. I found myself getting so....bored. Bored with my workout routine. I tried each piece of cardio equipment at the gym, but the infomercials that play at 530 am and the blah music just was NOT cutting it for me. Plus, I really didn't have anything to hold myself accountable to. Anyway, my thought is that this will give me that push I need.
I finally marked some major items off of my to do list, and am feeling pretty good about the path I'm on right now. It's just about maintaining this healthy lifestyle!
My mom asked me tonight if I would help hold her accountable for working out in the morning and if she could go to the gym with me.
I have some thoughts on this. My mom has had some seriously unhealhty habits in the past, and she usually goes through this phase in where she pushes her hardest and has all these good ideas and then suddenly turns into phase out where she won't get out of bed for days and is miserable. Watching someone you care about go through that cycle and being totally helpless as it happens, well it sucks. emoticon
I have come to terms with the fact that it is not my responsibility to determine the healthy lifestyle of anyone but my own, and I can't take the blame or feel guilty about someone elses actions.
What I can do, is set a good example, and be supportive.
As much as I love my alone time at the gym, and as much as my mom drives me insane, I would rather have her here and taking good care of herself. Hopefully we get some goals accomplished.
This weekend we are going to make a plan of whatt days to go to the gym and a plan of what we want to do. Anyone with any suggestions on how to make this work, please send them my way! PS..she's not computer savvy so Sparkpeople isn't an option. Even though I love it!
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RISINGBLUESTAR 4/26/2012 3:32AM

    I planned some April goals too, but I haven't been doing so well at reaching them. Lets just leave April behind and like you said, May will be amazing! :) Congrats on marking some things off of your list. :)

I get so bored at the gym if I don't have my ipod. I know they are expensive, but if you are able, investing in one is worth it. An hour at the gym flies by when you have music you enjoy. Also, your mom can go with you to the gym, but you guys can workout separately, if she's okay with that.

I know it's not easy to see when someone close to you is going through a hard time. Sometimes, just listening to someone for a few minutes when they're down helps.


You are right though, you are only responsible for your own health. I learned that people have to want to get healthy on their own but it doesn't hurt to be encouraging or help her set some goals. Start out small, for example, 10-20 minutes of exercise 3x per week. It doesn't seem like much, but it is a good starting point.


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Great Weekend.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

It's been such a great weekend. I got to spend some time with both sides of my family, be outside, make a road trip with my boyfriend, and cook some delicious food. I actually learned how to fly fish today, and I caught a fish! My grandfather taught me how, so that was a great memory to have. It was very sunny and chilly outside, but we all caught at least 2 fish, and released them all back.
My grandmother also gave me a vinegar cup that has been in the family for over 100 years for when I have my own family and place in the future :)
Tomorrow my boyfriend and I are rototilling the backyard for the garden! I can't wait to get my little seedlings and get things going. So looking forward to having my own vegetables!
What a beautiful life. Thank you Jesus for all the blessings you've bestowed upon my family and upon me, and thank you for giving your life so that we can be free.
God Bless, sparkers! I hope your weekend was filled with as much beauty as mine.

  
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