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Thursday, December 01, 2011

I want to update my goals but not lose sight of my achievments so I'm moving them here:

1) To achieve level 3 (of 3) Fitness & Wellness Certification - Completed May 2011

2) Complete my first 10K in at least 120 minutes - Completed April 2011 - time 101.5 minutes, that's right emoticon

3) This wasn't a goal but it is something (given my current size) that I'm proud of for 2011 - I went to a week long Ballet camp this summer, learned a lot and got stronger.

The other goals, ah well, still a work in progress.


Starting Points

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I made a decision during my walk/jog this morning.

A little background first: Last night I ran smack dab into a much needed reality check. I spoke with my jazz teacher about taking the intermediate/advanced level this year (the class I'm currently taking this summer) and the bottom line is - he thinks I'm not ready and I would, reluctantly, have to agree. He plans to take this group to "the next level," and with my weight, leaping is difficult, if not dangerous. I am also struggling to do a decent single pirouette consistently (in part because I've not been doing outside cross-training to strengthen my legs so that my releves are solid) and most of this group is working on doubles. I have a feeling that when I talk to my Lyrical instructor, he's going to say the same thing.

So what does all this have to do with a morning decision? I have decided to restart my Spark weight at my current weight. I don't know if it was a memeber blog or a Slowest Loser blog where I read about someone suggesting this. At the time I thought, who would do this? I mean I want a record of every single pound I've sweated off. But I think right now, it's holding me back. I find myself saying "Look how far you've come! It's okay if you don't plan meals this week or that you don't leave yourself enough time to Spark daily."

But I just can't completely give up having a record of where I started emoticon

237 - that was it on June 21, 2010. But from today, it's 215.6; I don't think of it as starting over or starting fresh because I promised myself this time it would be a journey not a stop/start. Let's just say "New day, New goals."

This set-back in my dancing goals was just the kick I needed to get me moving again towards a holistic lifestyle change. I've been in a holding pattern for quite some time (eh - who am I kidding - a gaining pattern emoticon). It got me up at 5:30 to walk jog in my neighborhood, had me meal planning better for today and got me back in to write this down. So all in all - a real positive (now if I could only nail those darned single pirhouettes!)


De-clutter and Eating Out Update

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

So far so good!

Last night I cleaned off the long counter/breakfast bar and wiped it down and it looks amazing! I kept going back in the kitchen just to look at it. It's so calming to have that clutter GONE! And more to go in the next few days!

Also, this morning I began washing dishes before work. I plan to continue tonight before choir and maybe do a little more after choir, depending on how long it takes me to prep for tomorrow (packing lunch and snacks and getting exercise clothes ready).

One bonus - I had time to get the bathroom sink cleaned and unstopped (it wasn't completely clogged but had been really slow and backing up for quite a while). Liquid Plumber is da bomb!

I'm pretty excited about my progress on this (in case you couldn't tell) emoticon

Also, today I have a pre-planned lunch with former colleagues at one of our favorite places to eat. I've already researched and chosen my meal and made my plan to take 1/2 of it home for dinner tonight.

Of course it helps that a few folks have read the blog - lol - amazing how having someone else know what you've planned really helps you be accountable for doing it.

My New Year's goal (for the past couple of years) has been to simplify my life - one way I'm doing that is with the de-cluttering. I read somewhere that we should be good stewards of our lives and part of being a good steward is taking care of the things (and the people) in our lives. If we aren't able to take care of the things in our lives, perhaps it's because we have too many of them. And the worry about taking care of the things can often interfere with taking care of the people in our lives. That really struck a cord with me and I have been slowly but surely working my way to a simpler life by de-cluttering and getting rid of things (i.e. I no longer have the same shirt in 4 sizes. I have the size I currently wear. All others are in packed and ready for Goodwill or the consignment shop).

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MJK0430 3/1/2011 10:11AM

    What a great start!

When I first de-cluttered my kitchen I would sit in there with a cup of tea and just look at how spacious it was. And I have a tiny kitchen.

You've got me motivated. I feel like cleaning!

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Stopping this right in it's tracks

Monday, February 28, 2011

For the first month since I started tracking back in June of last year, I posted a monthly gain. I know exactly why - I have been doing a poor (read Not doing) job of planning for meals, in particular dinner. I have also been eating out a LOT! This stops now. So here are the measures I'm taking to halt this before it gets (any further) out of hand:

1) I will not eat out more than twice a week and then only for functions with friends. This means, for example, I will need to plan for meals when I am running from Yoga to Tap on Thursdays and not stop at Arby's, McD's etc. I have planned in the past and it works. It takes effort but I and my health are worth it. And I can have a darned satisfying, healthy (and inexpensive) meal on the run, if I just take the time to make it happen.

2) I will make healthy choices when I do eat out. This again means planning, research and sticking to the plan.

3) For the rest of this month, I will not make my usual after 10k training Panera stop. Intead of just being my hot chai tea latte treat, it is turning into my Monday morning Panera stop, my cookie and sandwich stop and it was never intended to be such. And now that it's getting warmer, I'm not feeling the need for the chai latte - it's just become a habit.

4) I will de-clutter my kitchen. This is priority number one. Jen has inspired me. By the end of this weekend, I will have cleaned the kitchen, organized the cabinets and re-supplied myself with healthy staples. This will prevent that call to Pizza Hut because I have nothing in the fridge and I'm too overwhelmed by the clutter to try and fix something healthy.

5) I will take mini-steps throughout the week to get to goal number4:
- Monday 2/28: I will clean off the long counter (this will give me space to put drying dishes)
-Tuesday, 3/1: I will wash half the dishes
-Wednesday, 3/2: I will put away the first half and wash the other half of the dishes
-Thursday, 3/3: I will remove and shred the papers in the "shred" pile in the kitchen
- Friday, 3/4: I will put away all the clean dishes, finish cleaning any dishes that are left, clean off the breakfront counter, clean the fridge, microwave, stoveand dishwasher (inside, out and top)
-Saturday 3/5: I will organize the kitchen: clean out the cabinets and wipe them down, dust the tops of the cabinets, scrub the floors, and donate or toss unwanted/unused items.
-Sunday, 3/6: I will plan and try one new recipe and one old recipe in my lovely de-cluttered kitchen. I will leave enough time to clean up completely afterwards.

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NHGRL68 2/28/2011 4:19PM

    You've really put a lot of thought into this and come up with a great plan:-) I love how you even planned out how to declutter the kitchen. AWESOME emoticon

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KLSSINGS 2/28/2011 3:57PM

    Thanks so much for your words of encouragement (and tupperware goodies - lol). I'm psyched to do it - just making sure I give myself enough time and just get-'er-done already! emoticon

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NDMOM73 2/28/2011 2:08PM

    Love these goals! Although my kitchen is clean I could really use some attention to my fridge and pantry as it is often a headache to find what I need. Garbage day is coming up so it is a good time to take care of both. Thanks for the motivation today! :)

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MJK0430 2/28/2011 12:35PM

    Great goals! and I agree with having a de-cluttered kitchen. It is so much more enjoyable to cook. Have fun! I love to de-clutter!

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Because You Deserve It

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I read two things in blog today that really resonated with me:

1) Exercise because it makes you healthier

2) Eat healthy because your body deserves it

As I've begun to lose weight (and people have been noticing) my focus in both eating and exercise has subtly shifted away from these two points to ways to lose weight (and get more compliments, of course emoticon).

Reminder to self: This is about getting the healthier life you deserve and becoming a better dancer - losing weight is really a big bonus!


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