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March 1st...Still Working on Strengthening & Connecting!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

OMG...It's the first of March! I can't believe it's been 2 months exactly since I last blogged. I started my change in eating on 1/5 with a starting weight of 297.4. As of this morning I am at 275.0. It's hard for me to believe I am down 22.4 lbs since the beginning of the year. I have made it my goal to reach 193 by December 1. WOW, that's 9 months from today!

So while I have made some progress in the past 2 months-new eating habits, tracking on an app on my smart phone for 1.5months, and daily exercise -today, I find that my focus is just not where it should be. From 1/31 to this morning I am down 7.2 lbs. That's nothing to snuff at. But I also feel like I was focused more on the squarish box with the telling numbers than I should be emoticon .

So for March, I'm not going to look at the scale til probably the last weekend of the month as the 1st falls on a Tuesday. I need to focus even more on fresh fruits & veggies. I have added them in but not enough to my satisfaction. I'm going to have DH take measurements tonight. And I'm going to pay more attention to how I feel and how my clothes are fitting my body. I also want to commit to more days of really good sweaty workouts for this month. I think I want to shoot for at least 4 hard core days and 3 light days. I am in a challenge where I am working out everyday and I enjoy it. Some days are easier than others but I am not giving up!

I decided I needed to blog today because it is a new month and I want to have a good focus. I have made lots of progress just from January. And there's so much more I want to make with my health & fitness and my career. Nothing is impossible if you make the commitment and take the time to better yourself!

Let's DO THIS! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 4/25/2014 10:43AM

    just dropping by to see if you had posted a new blog that I didn't get alerted to. Hope you are doing well in Sparkland :)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/1/2014 9:50PM

    You are doing great!

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    Glad to hear from you on your blog. All I can say is 'amen' to all your points! Looking forward to seeing you again at the next get-together.

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2014...Strengthening and Connecting

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

So it's January 1st and that means, no matter where people have been, it's time for the obligatory blog emoticon

Last year, for 2013, my motto was: Expect Amazing. And God gave me amazing. I read my daily devotionals by reading 1) most of the Bible in a year and 2)Rick Warren's daily devotional. I pushed myself to do more walking than I ever had and added in lots of running splits. I connected with family, sometimes in times of sadness and sorrow, sometimes in times of happiness, but nonetheless, I connected. I made new friends and I met up with friends whom I'd only known cyberly (through Sparkpeople & FB) for 3.5 years. I also met up with another friend from cyber land-and her daughter-at Sweet Frog before we drove home from vacation.

I tried new things like banana ice cream in a blender by using only bananas and training for my first 5K.

This year is about strength. Finding my strength. Strengthening my faith and connection with Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and my connection to His Church. It's about strengthening my body through health and fitness and pushing myself to newer limits and completing my first 5K. It's about strengthening my marriage. It's about strengthening my relationships with family & friends. It's about having the strength to use what God has called me to do in His Church. It's about having the strength in my everyday life & in my career to serve others before myself. It's about strengthening my finances through tithing as well putting money in a savings account.

This year is also about making connections-with people I have yet to meet and the ones I already have with people I know and interact with.

So I still want to expect amazing this year, but I want to take it even further. I want to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I am doing the same 30 Day Challenge from Chalene Johnson (Think Turbo Jam & Chalean Extreme) that I did last January. I hope to make the principles she teaches stick-especially since it's free.

To keep it brief and to the point and in no particular order, here are some of my goals for 2014:

1. Lose my last 100lbs
2. Be stronger in my faith & connection to my church
3. Work on myself to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend, and coworker

My plan is to break this down into daily/weekly/monthly goals. I am determined that this IS the year to shine. Who's with me?!??!?

Now is our time to shine! Let's ROCK 2014!

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NELLJONES 1/3/2014 7:18AM

    It's great to see someone mentioning the other two parts of the Triune God! I think I met you at the Starbucks in Woodbridge a couple of months ago. I hope to see you when we can get together again.

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LESLIES537 1/2/2014 1:16PM

    Whoop whoop! Love your plan! Let's ROCK 2014!!

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    An obligatory blog? This is a GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing it.

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SARAHJ19 1/2/2014 9:35AM

    Excellent Simone! I love love this!!! 2014 will be a great year to reach your goals! I will be cheering you on girlfriend!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/1/2014 11:57PM

    What an awesome blog my friend! Looking forward to strengthening with you in 2014! I'll miss talking to you for work related items, so we'll have to make it up with gym time and walks ;-)

emoticon and Happy New Year!! emoticon

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JAKENELL 1/1/2014 7:32PM

    Great blog! I'm definitely with you! My "theme" for this year is CONSISTENCY - in all areas of my life.

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SUZIB123 1/1/2014 6:08PM

    Very well put...sounds like your on the road to success! I love banana ice cream.. mine has a talb. of fat free milk and a few walnuts on top. I also live in N. Va and I have 2 Right Size Shakes every day. Let's Rock this year ...I'm into Stormie Omartian and praying for our children...all children. Blessings emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/1/2014 6:00PM

    Love this blog! I'm with you!

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Thanksgiving A&I Blog...

Friday, November 15, 2013

This week's question: What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have done or now do with your family?

My Thanksgiving's have always been unique as my Mom is French and obviously they do not celebrate the holiday. Also, Mom & I have never been very big turkey lovers. My Dad passed away in 2001 and from that point on, Thanksgiving became even more nontraditional emoticon

When my Dad was living, and I was an adult, I remember him having me help cut up veggies for his delicious sausage dressing and a crab salad recipe from a Louisiana chef on tv. I think that looking back, my thoughts on traditions seem to center around food emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I believe last year when my DD was in 1st grade, she had to cut out pictures of our meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I remember we talked about grilled shrimp, capon, ham, coquille St Jacques (scallops in a yummy creamy wine sauce with mushrooms served on a shell), mash potatoes, French style green beans with garlic, butter & parsley. Mom used to order dessert of some sort from a catalog-chocolate usually.

This year we will have Thanksgiving at our apartment. Composing this blog has made me think of some ideas for what I would like to serve. What will you serve for Thanksgiving this year?

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AMYBELLES 11/19/2013 12:30AM

    Yes, it is funny how holiday traditions usually center around food! As much as I like the turkey and all the "traditional" Thanksgiving foods, I love change and love trying new recipes-mixing both old and new is the best, in my opinion. I think all of the French dishes sound delicious!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/17/2013 11:23AM

    emoticon for sharing your TD traditions and plan.

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    We've been having Thanksgiving at my sister's house on whatever day works for our various schedules. My sister does the turkey, I usually make the asparagus and carrots au grautin, another sister makes pies and a concoction from Gramma Walker consisting of eggs, coffee, sugar, vanilla, butter poured over vanilla wafers. (And we wonder why heart disease runs in the family!) Sweet and white potatoes, cooked green vegetables ... and bread.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/16/2013 5:18AM

    Since my husband's family is Italian, I always make lasagna in addition to the turkey.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/16/2013 3:30AM

    Thanksgiving seems to be pretty unique to everyone. It doesn't matter what you serve instead it is usually about being with those you love. Glad that writing this blog made you think of some ideas for what you would like to serve. We will not be serving anything this year. My nephew (DH's nephew) and his wife invited all of the relatives that live within 150 miles of them to come over for Thanksgiving dinner. The last time we went over there for TD we had mexican food. lol It was a unique TD dinner that's for sure. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/15/2013 8:20PM

    Thanksgiving has always been a holiday for family time for us. Doesn't matter whose house or what we eat, but it's just having the day together. As the kids got older and have their own families, we still try to always get together at least this one day. We generally have many traditional foods: turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing,corn pudding, roasted asparagus, a cranberry jello dessert mold, pumpkin pie and rolls.

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DBELLE39 11/15/2013 7:26PM

    Thanksgiving should be mostly about spending time with those near & dear to our hearts. That's why it's my favorite holiday, not as commercialized as the other ones like Easter or Christmas. My Dh doesn't like turkey either. But since we usually are feeding 20-25 each year, we cook a turkey, ham & sometimes even a deer tenderloin with all the trimmings --stuffing, gravy, potato salad, waldorf salad, sweet potato souffle, collards, lima beans & a place of fresh sliced veggies. Then there's usually pies & cakes of everyone's liking. But trust me, leftovers is something in rarity. LOL.

Your menu sounds tasty, I love cooking the green beans in butter & garlic, although I've not added parsley, may have to try that the next time.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today I find myself struggling. It has been brought on by poor food choices and not really following my November plans (see previous blog). I will say I've had way too many bread, pasta items. Yesterday when I was off, I had Nature Valley granola bars, pumpkin spice bagels, pierrhogies and not enough water.

Today I think I will take it one breath at a time. I will focus on my completion of 3 liters of water and not having any of the bagels. I need to focus on progress, not perfection. I don't want to be my own worst enemy. I am definitely my worst critic at times emoticon

That which does not kill us can only make us stronger, right?

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AMYBELLES 11/19/2013 12:34AM

    I hope you are doing better now. I think that blogging about struggles is a hard thing to do, but so beneficial. You realize what you have done, can put it away in the past, and move with fresh goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELLOSONG 11/15/2013 2:40PM

    Keep going! I understand your frustration--I feel like I'm constantly sabotaging myself with what I eat. Keep that narrow focus, you can do it!

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/14/2013 11:38PM

    Each day is a new day. Don't think about the things that happened the prior day. Just one day at a time :-) Hang in there! emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 11/14/2013 10:47PM

    You deserve to do well. What are your goals? So you know when you are doing well.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/14/2013 5:55PM

    The breads and baked goods really suck you in! I hope you were able to stay the course today.

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SHARONCAPPS 11/14/2013 9:31AM

  You can do this. I have been struggling also and finding it so hard to stay on track. I don't know why this is happening but it just seems like I am craving something and don't know what it is. I will keep trying and I will do it.

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New Month...Fresh Start Part 2

Saturday, November 09, 2013

My assignment for my A&I team is to blog about my October progress and November goals. I had already covered October in my previous blog (dated November 1) so that is why this part 2 emoticon

To be perfectly honest, I really have not given much thought to my goals for this new month with the exception of fitness. But as the saying goes, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail!! emoticon

1. Nutrition-This is an area I really need to work on! With finances being tight at this moment, I have to go with what is easier on the checkbook, or check card. LOL. But I would like to start incorporating 2-4 freggies into my daily meals.

2.Nutrition-Also, from today til the end of the month, NO buying food at work. In other words, bring my meals with me. For the most part, I will buy breakfast and that serves as my meal for bfast and lunch. So no skipping meals either!

3.Water-A minimum of 3 liters (101.6 oz) per day.

4.Exercise-Walk/jog/run at least 4 days a week. I am signed up for my first emoticon next month and I need to be consistent with exercising. I am pretty good about this for the most part. But I need to bump up my intensity. When I was at the beach a couple of weeks ago for one of the funerals, I did horrible in sprinting a fairly short stretch. It was my DD(almost 8) and DH's male cousin who's a couple years younger than me. I am determined to do better than last place the next time we meet emoticon

5.Faith-Continue my early morning devotional readings to give me strength emotionally and physically on this journey we call life!

6.Thanksgiving-Having a healthy array of foods for that holiday. Last year we didn't have a traditional Thanksgiving as DH & DD traveled south to spend with DH's family while I stayed in the area with my Mom. Our Thanksgivings have become less traditional since my Dad passed away 12 yrs ago. My Mom is French so we always did things slightly different (no turkey) even before. But now it's even less traditional. I will have to see what we will do this year. I will make that a mission.

7.Organization of home-This is so important to me. I want to be able to invite friends and family over. I want to entertain. But our apartment is beyond out of control. So after reading a book at the beach this week, I think I am set to take the bull by the horns. It's more of a peace of mind. Now to just get the other members of the household on board emoticon

Here are 2 collage pics from my walks while I was at the beach earlier this week...

Even though it was cooler and a bit windy a couple of the days we were there, I SO enjoyed the fresh ocean air and getting away from the regular routine. Now that I'm back into the regular routine after the past couple of crazy weeks, it's on. I am showing my body who's boss! LET'S DO THIS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/11/2013 2:07AM

    I like your goals for this month and I think they are attainable. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DANCIN2ANEWME 11/10/2013 10:08PM

    Great looking goals!! emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/10/2013 8:51AM

    Great pics and goals!

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AMYBELLES 11/9/2013 9:42PM

    emoticon emoticon Your November goals look FANTASTIC, covering all different areas. I loved seeing your picture collages from the beach! Keep on working on the walk/run/jogs and I bet you'll beat your "cousin in-law" next time - maybe not your dd, though - I know how much energy 7/8 year olds have!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/9/2013 1:14PM

    Great, S.M.A.R.T goals. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/9/2013 12:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Those are great goals! Glad you enjoyed your time at the beach!

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JAKENELL 11/9/2013 10:16AM

    Your goals are sensible, reachable, and involve multiple areas of your life. That's so important! I'm gradually putting my home in order - getting rid of clutter and reorganizing. It's hard because my natural inclination is to save things because "I might need this some day" but I'm working on it! It's surprising how much better I feel as things get neater around here. I think you'll find the same feelings.

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