Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Merry Christmas, Nice Spark People!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Holy crap it's been a long time since my last blog. Finally have time (not really) to blog about what's happening.
We finished our basement and promptly put our house up for sale. We decided to move closer in toward DC, as my husbands commute was already horrible and was about to get worse. His office moved to Bailey's Crossroads, which is just dang difficult to get in and out of. So, we decluttered, and put the house on the market. And it sat on the market for what felt like forever, but truly was only a few weeks. We received a couple of offers on our house about 6 hours before we left on vacation for 3 weeks.
Yup... vacation... 2 weeks in Idaho and 1 week in Minnesota visiting family... should have been fun and relaxing, but dealing with negotiating on our house, my crazy aunt taking care of our house and pets and purchasing a home long distance (inspections, appraisals etc) ... we were a wee bit stressed out. And yes, we purchased a house long distance while we are on vacation. Who does that? We toured a bunch of houses with our Realtor on FaceTime, if you can believe that. Isn't it technology fabulous? We are closing on both homes on August 28th, less than 2 weeks away, and we have yet to see the new place. We know it has potential, but right now, it is ugly. Luckily we know how to remodel homes. Monday we will finally get to see it in person.
And it is all about location, location, location. It is an ugly fixer upper, but has potential. It is in a wonderful neighborhood, really good schools and less than 10 miles from my husbands office. And I get to design a new kitchen. That should be really fun. Well, with the exception of finding the closest grocery store, Costco and Target.
We will miss our wonderful next door neighbors, but truly looking forward to the move. A fresh new start, and hopefully a happier hubby with the shortened commute. A happier hubby with projects galore.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Today, just wanted to sit for 10 minutes and think. And this is what I thought:
Something is not working with what I'm doing (or not doing), and I need to go back to the basics and start small. Maybe take on the healthy habits one or two at a time until they stick, then add a new one. No big announcements, no huge plans. Small, manageable baby steps toward health and weight loss.
It seems like when I have these wonderful (and totally doable) plans for weight loss, I make my statements and then break the promise to myself within the hour.
Goals For January:
1. Walk (the dog) every day for 45 minutes (has to be done anyway, so maybe this shouldn't count)
2. Drink 90 oz of water per day (11 glasses - 1 - 8 oz glass per hour?)
3. Wii Zumba twice per week (Can I tell you though, the Zumba guy - he creeps me out completely!)
That's it. Once I get these habits down, it will be onto the next habit(s)...
Monday, October 03, 2011
Sabotage, by definition is a deliberate action aimed at weakening another entity through subversion, obstruction, disruption, or destruction. Self sabotage then is just doing that to yourself.
I have been guilty of self-sabotage. I have been subverting my exercise, obstructing my journey, disrupting my schedule and destroying my diet. Not horribly, mind you, but I have been.
I have all these plans. I love the way thin feels and all that. But I have no follow thru. I really need to get fit, get ridding of my tummy. Lose 30-40 pounds.
I take my dog for a walk every day. But I havenít really been running, I have been walking. I make excuses: not wearing the right sports bra, didnít take my asthma medication, toe hurts blah blah blahÖ I bought a hula hoop, but didnít put it together until today. I have all sorts of exercise videos, Wii workout stuffÖ but not doing a single one. And I can tell Ė my body and my joints ache. Change in weather? Possible. Laziness? Definitely.
I talked about focusing on my diet. Yes, I eat mainly healthy. I love fruits and veggies. I eat mainly whole foods. But there are momentsÖ I want ice cream. I want dates (the fruit, but a date with my husband isnít so bad either). I want chocolate. Guess what? Last week, I had my period. So, I was grumpy and wanting the non-veggie, non-fruit type food even more.
I love water. I love drinking water. I love taking showers. Have I been drinking my water? Nope. Have I been showering every day? Nope.
There was a lot of other stuff happening last week also, not just the spark stuff. We had wonderful visitors from back home for a couple days and the visit was great. They left on Thursday. My husband left for a work trip on Thursday. Our new friends on our new street moved to Chicago on Thursday. Thursday was a difficult one.
SoÖ I was/am going through a little depression. Sabotage.
We just moved to Northern Virginia due to my husbandís job relocation. We left my family, our friends, the kidsí friends. We moved at the end of June. It is now the beginning of October. I still have rooms to organize. A few boxes left to unpack and put away. My plan was to work an hour in each room. One room per day, until it got done. Have I been doing it? Nope. Sitting on my derriere catching up on movies and tv shows that I really donít care about. Me. Really. Sabotage.
Have I been cooking healthy food for the kids? Yes. Have I been eating? No. Not hungry, unless it is really full of good and nummy Swiss chocolate. Luckily I donít have any in the house. But guess what? The scale was not my friend. Yes, it was THAT time of the month, but dangÖ I want to see some progress, even if I donít put all the effort that my body seems to require.
I have errands to do today. But I am waiting for a DHL delivery. Canít go into the shower, because I donít know when they are arriving. Canít go for a walk with the dog, because I donít know when they are arriving. Excuses. So, Iím blogging while catching up on TV shoes on Hulu. Fun, eh? Yes, laundry is going, beds are made, dishes are done, and the hula hoop is put together. But I am sitting on my derriere.
For now, I guess thatís enough. More to come. Hopefully I can kick my patootie and get back into my groove.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Finally getting settled into our new home. Rooms are painted (only a couple left), furniture has been purchased and delivered, found the Costco, kids are registered for school... deep breathing has begun. Not everything is in Ordnung yet, but getting there.
We survived a tornado, record heat, earthquake and Hurricane Irene. Welcome to the neighborhood, I guess.
I sprained/broke my toe a few weeks back just going out to get the mail while barefoot, so I've been trying to get that to feel better. It was hard to walk around for awhile. Needless to say, I gained about 5 pounds (so bummed). Nothing like that to kick you in the patootie.
Haven't been running until today.
Haven't been counting calories until today.
Haven't been logging my fitness until today.
Haven't been logging my food intake until today.
Haven't been drinking all my water until today.
Today feels good.
I updated my main page a bit, changed my ticker and decided it is about time to be honest with myself and everybody here who wants to hear/see it.
School starts on Tuesday for our kidlettes here, and I cannot wait! I am so happy to have the ability to be selfish again. Selfish because I can really spend some focused time on me rather than kids and the house.
My goals for the next few (10) months are as follows:
- lose 5 pounds per month
- weigh myself only once per week
- drink 9+ glasses of water daily
- exercise minimum 30 minutes per day, preferably an hour
- complete my walk/run program (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
- add strength training and yoga into my routine (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- maintain my momentum and increase my desire to have fun and be healthy
- blog at least once per week updating my accomplishments
- keep FLYing
- increase positive self talk, decrease negative self talk (it's one of my talents)
- be accountable
Thank you for reading. Please feel free to check up on me - I would appreciate it greatly.
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