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Will-ness adventure Week 2

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I successfully completed all of my goals for my start of Will-ness. For my fitness I did some aerobics over lunch at work and a "learning belly dance" dvd thing at home.
I did great in logging my food as well. I'm concentrating on remembering to log it and actually start thinking about what I'm eating before I start calorie restrictions. I did stop myself from putting some stuff into my mouth because I didn't want to have to take the time to log it, so it did help in that sense.
The 5 mins of relaxation exercises didn't really go so well. I did the 5 minutes, but it's been so long since I've done it that I couldn't remember how to actually relax my body.
So, for the second week:
Fitness goal: 90 mins of dedicated exercise
Nutrition: log my food 5 out of 7 days.
Awareness: 5 mins of GUIDED meditation/relaxation. (Now to find an app for that)

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MAPGEEK 2/8/2011 4:22PM

    Actually there are several apps for that! Thanks for the encouragement!

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KSILANO 2/7/2011 3:49PM

    Jen - I don't doubt you could find an app for that! haha - Just need to get Ally (sorry if I spelled wrong)to meditate with you.
Good job with the food logging - really helps when you know you have to write it down afterwards. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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Starting my Will-Ness adventure

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

So, I have these crazy friends with all of these crazy ideas and big dreams. One of their dreams came true last summer when their non-profit theater company, Optimist Theatre, put on a production of The Tempest for free in Milwaukee. It was sold out. It was critically acclaimed. It. Was. Incredible. And expensive. (And they want to do it again. I know. CRAZY! This time they are doing Twelfth Night.)

Around mid-December, I got an e-mail from my friend, Susan, the managing director. She had an idea for a fundraiser and would I sponsor her? Her idea was a long-term fundraiser based on Wellness. She called it Will-ness. For William Shakespeare and for wellness. She wanted to lose 50 pounds and would I sponsor her for each pound lost? At first I thought, "Wow. Um, sweetie, I love you, but, um, that's kind of out there." Then I read about the program. And thought, "Wow. That's not crazy. That's brilliant. So brilliant in fact that I want to do it."

One of the nice things about it is that each particpant sets their own goals. Some are weight loss, some are minutes of exercise, some are nutrition. Whatever the particpant needs to work on to be healthier, as long as the goal is a measurable increment. The particpants have blogs, email their sponsors, go to group meetings and learn about taking care of themselves. Of being Well. Something that I'm striving for. And, now, I can do it for a good cause. What's not to lose (other than weight.)

For me, coming up with a measurable goal took some turns. See, I need to lose 50 pounds, too, but I hate numbers. I hate the scale. It gives me anxiety. I "know" the scale doesn't tell the whole truth, but when I step on it, it becomes the only truth. And if there were money based on it, it would be the most important truth. I didn't want that to be the basis of my goal. I would be too anxious stepping on that scale and having the number not change, or worse yet, go up. So I wanted my actions to be measurable, not the weight. I also know that I need to have an all encompassing goal for each week. One that takes important parts of wellness and combined them. I'm a baby-stepper, so I need something that I can expand upon as the year progresses because this is a year long Wellness-athon for me.

So my measurable goal is a week of successful goal completion. I will have 3 goals to complete each week: one fitness goal, one nutrition goal and one awareness goal. (Awareness goal? What's that? Something for me. Something to help me take care of me, relax, focus on the inner me as well as the outer me.) They are goals that once I master them, I can change to be more involved to make me work harder and to challenge me without being so challenging I can't succeed.

I'm starting after the week starts, so this first week, my goals will be a little less than what they would be for a full week.
Fitness: 60 minutes of dedicated exercise
Nutrition: Log my food for 4 out of the 5 days remaining
Awareness: 5 minutes of relaxation breathing at the end of each day.

And now I'm posting it. So you all know. And I'm a little bit terrified. But I know I can do it. My new motto...

Where there's a Will, there's a way.


Vision and goals

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

It's been a while since I've posted on here. I'm almost done with The Spark. I've been reading and taking notes on my Kindle, so now I need to get them to here. (BTW anybody who is trying to figure out how to get noes off of their Kindle and into a document check this out:
So here is my Vision:
I see paid bills, a nice house with a big back yard. My family is planting in the garden and playing. Mealtimes are relaxed and happy.

Long Term Goals, next on the agenda.

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MAPGEEK 3/10/2010 8:18AM

    Thanks guys!
Now I just need to get there. :)

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    You paint a wonderful picture of family life and health...,sounds wonderful!

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BLUSTAR 3/9/2010 11:05PM

This is great! Keep up the great work :-)


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The Mission of Me

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I've been reading The Spark and it has inspired me both at home and at work. I've mostly been concentrating on work. I had been on maternity leave and "lost direction" since I've been back. I've been doing my job (and doing it well), but I've just been going in, doing what's on my plate and going home. Just sort of bobbing in and out. I'm working on developing my long, medium and short term goals for work, but first I did a mission statement. How can I set goals if I don't know what I'm striving to achieve, right?

So, when I sat down to do my "personal goals" I decided that I needed my own mission statement (I think techinically this is a vision statement, but it works for me.)

So, here is my mission:
My mission is to be a good mom, wife, friend and relative; to maintain a tidy and organized home; to have a happy and healthy family; and to be happy with me.

I will add my goals later. Right now, back to work. Lunch time is over.

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    Awesome mission statement!

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MAPGEEK 1/6/2010 10:21PM

    Thanks, guys!
Janey, just sit and write words that describe you or how you want to be. Then, put them together in a sentence. :)

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40FOREVERGONE 1/6/2010 7:00PM

    what a wonderful ideal!! emoticon

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    I love your personal mission statement! I am struggling with mine still but am considering to comtemplate....

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's been a while since I've posted. I fell about a week and a half ago and broke my foot in two places. Hoping to back up and running (well, zumba-ing) in a few weeks. It's very frustrating because it's my right foot, which means no driving. I could possibly do some strength training at the gym if I could get there.
I just printed out the 20 minute resistance band workout and hope to do that 3 times a week. I just need to find my box of bands. Trying to figure out what to do for cardio.
I'm mostly frustrated because I had actually been seeing some progress and had started getting into a routine. It's been a long time since I've been enthusiastic about exercise and to be knocked out of the game... Grr....
So, time to get up and fighting. I can at least watch what I eat, right?

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MAPGEEK 12/17/2009 11:15PM

    I haven't heard of Exercise tv. I'll start the resistance bands tomorrow. (I was going to say "I'll try to...", but there is no "try". ) :)
I have to have "the boot" on til at least 1/5. Hopefully then I can get a splint and be able to drive and do moderate exercise. My PT said we could possibly do some work in the water again. She did some water work with me when I was pregnant.
Thanks for the ideas. (and the support)

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JANEYINMADTOWN 12/17/2009 11:08PM

    oh man....what a drag! I admire how you are trying to come up with work out solutions...How long will you need to have your foot immobilized?

Did you check out all the upper body options on SP...also check out Utube and Exercise tv....

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