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Quick update...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tomorrow is my big day for goal assessment, but I also have family visiting and an early am meeting at work. I am super exhausted tonight and feeling like there is no time! I still need to practice ear training, plan a meal for tomorrow, stretch, watch a movie with my brother...I'm completely overwhelmed and sort of teary with fatigue. I know I'll get it all done and I'm giving myself a pass for tomorrow in case I don't have time to get in a thorough assessment blog, I'm going to allow myself to postpone it until Sunday. But on Sunday I'll also be writing a four page paper that I just now remembered is due...sigh.

Well, Sparkies, at least I'm here now. I can only do my best, but at least I know that, lately I am doing just that.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/12/2011 10:39AM

    Having some sort of plan in place is wonderful! You sound like you have prepared yourself for the weekend, I know you will get through it all.

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Quick Blog!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hello Sparkies! It's almost midnight. I had a long day, but am proud of myself for still being up and working on homework and Spark. I have a jam packed weekend about to fly at me, but I know I can handle it!

Had an amazing lunch of the Tuna Noodle Casserole from the SparkPeople Cook Book! Yumo!

Probably be a short blog kind of weekend, but that's ok.

I hope you all are well!

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SATIRICON 11/11/2011 10:10AM

    ForBande: It is amazing! I recommend putting your favorite veggies! I used butternut squash, broccoli, and cauliflower. I also used pepper jack cheese and parmesan instead of swiss, which was a lovely substitution.

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SATIRICON 11/11/2011 10:02AM

    OMG. Sajizaz. Do you know that that "mulleticon" is one of the ones that a certain man has been begging me to use? Like: emoticon and emoticon.

I'm not kidding.

He even made up a song "Muuuullleeeeet-icon - uhn uhn uhn uhn" akin to his "cherry pit bowl" song. -_-

Comment edited on: 11/11/2011 10:16:34 AM

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FORBANDE 11/11/2011 7:41AM

    I've been thinking of getting the cookbook and this blog might have just convinced me. I love tuna noodle casserole. =)

Have a great weekend!

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SAJIZAZ 11/11/2011 12:33AM

Do you have any idea what this icon is? Cuz I don't. Maybe it's a mullet icon?

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40 Days.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have blogged for 40 days. This blog post would technically be my 41st day. Wow.

And here is the packed lunch (actually dinner) for work tomorrow! I'm doing the 4 out of 7 days food packing challenge from my Live Meeting. And this doesn't look super appetizing because it's too contrast-y, but it was the only shot I got of it before I put it in the frige. It is the Tuna Noodle Casserole from the SparkPeople Cookbook and it is crazy good! I put my own mix of veggies and substituted pepper jack and parmesan cheese instead of swiss. I'm going to make it again and will maybe do a chicken version for my friends who don't like tuna fish. It's so yummy!

Swim tomorrow before work! It means I have to get right up and do it in the morning. :) But I can't wait to get in that pool and fly through my work out and feel so proud of myself. Every streak I have makes me feel so happy. I never realized that I could feel this good about myself when I still weigh 286 lbs. I thought I needed to be slim, a whisp of a girl, barely here, to love this body, but it's not true. I am perfect right. now. I am. I am precisely who I was meant to be. And I feel like I finally am embracing this body with joy and contentment. Maybe not 100% of the time, but pretty damn I am thankful. So thankful.

Now our minds are one.

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J0ETTE 11/10/2011 6:30AM

    Yeah! It's time for that beautiful butterfly to FLY (finally love yourself) nothing can stop you in reaching your goals.... As long as you don't stop you.

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SAJIZAZ 11/10/2011 12:55AM

    This made me teary. You inspire me. We have so much to learn from each other. Thank you. emoticon

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I'm here.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Blogging again. It's strangely comforting now. I look forward to it. :)

I also finally cooked the meal I have been planning. And I'm proud of myself for not giving up when time got away from me and I couldn't cook the meal I had planned. I said in a SparkPeople Live Meeting that even though I hadn't managed to cook the meal the act of planning it made me mindful of the choices I had to make instead and I made fairly decent ones consistently so this goal has helped me be more mindful.


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GEEKSMEGGLY 11/10/2011 8:48AM


Good for you. So easy to get frazzled and not make the best choices for ourselves. I'm guilty of dropping the ball on myself and am working on slowing down and making informed decisions.

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Managing Goals

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I promised to work on this second part of refocusing on my goals, so here is my goal management analysis...

I will break my goals into:
LONG-TERM GOALS usually one year or more
MEDIUM-TERM MILESTONES usually one to three months
SHORT-TERM ACTION STEPS usually one month or less

1. Within two years I will lose 150 lbs in order to reduce my back pain, to be physically fit, and to be a self confident role model for my family.
LONG-TERM GOAL - 2 years to accomplish goal (September 2013)
* Lose 75 lbs by September 2012
* Join a swim team or club by September 2012
* Lose around 6.25lbs/month.
* Swim 2x/wk
* Exercise a minimum of 10 mins/day
* Plan and Track food (begin small and build momentum)
* Drink at least 6 glass of water/day

2. Within five years I will be making $75,000.00 a year recording and touring with A Bit Cagey and collaborating with my favorite musicians.
LONG-TERM GOAL - 5 years to accomplish goal (December 2016)
* Work as full-time musician by March 2013
* Finish production of first album and begin a tour by March 2013
* Settle on producer
* Begin campaign to raise funds
* Work everyday on writing or production for one song (start small and build momentum)
* Take show opportunities as they arise and seek out some venues to play in regularly
* Work on developing other revenue streams: writing, art, graphic novel etc.
* Develop our relationship with fans and collaborators through networking (online and off)

3. Within three years I will have thousands of followers on my narrative blog and a published book of prose poetry that will significantly supplement my income.
LONG-TERM GOAL - 3 years to accomplish goal (December 2014)
* Have 500 followers by December 2012
* Have 1000 followers by December 2013
* Publish book of poetry by June 2013
* Research poetry publishing and begin submission process
* Brainstorm blog and how I will incorporate everything I want into it
* Research professional blogging
* Begin to create action steps for design and implementation

4. Within one year I will have a financially responsible budget that is simple-to-follow and provides the means for me to live with my son in an affordable, comfortable home, and enjoy life!
LONG-TERM GOAL - 1 year to accomplish goal (December 2012)
* Have an initial budget laid out by June 2012
* Have an initial plan for possible living situations by June 2012
* Calculate actual income
* Use to estimate expenditures
* Begin to be mindful of spending in the same way I have become mindful of eating
* Set family financial goals
* Look at the housing/rental market

Well there is a very general and quick start of breaking down my goals. I believe that my new goal I will add on Saturday will be to review my goals and action steps every week and make sure I am working at them. I will add action steps to my Spark Other Goals every week to begin to get in charge of these goals in the same way that I have become fully in charge of my health and wellness. I feel happy. Even though there is a lot on my plate and I will have my work cut out for me, I know that I can accomplish everything here one small step at a time.

I was feaking out yesterday because I was so afraid of my future, but I understand that in the next few days I need to write down all of the things that are scaring me and make goals for each area. Then I can being the process of chipping away at the marble, revealing a beautiful sculpture, the shape of my life...And that makes me grateful to the Creator Spirit. Now our minds are one.

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SATIRICON 11/8/2011 6:21PM

    I do have a poetry blog, but it's a mess of artwork etc, right now. When I have the website up I will send you a link. :)

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J0ETTE 11/8/2011 4:26PM

    Do you have a place where you blog already? If you share the address here, I would read it. :)

You have a solid sounding plan! It seems well thought out and I will be praying for you to be able to achieve them.

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BERGBA7 11/8/2011 3:11PM

    Wow.... these are lots of goals, big and small ones! Good for you. I wish you energy, endurance, and fun reaching them all on time!

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