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Terrific Tuesday

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Another short blog:

I am happy to say I finally got some exercise in! I felt so guilty and embarrassed yesterday when I missed my workout that I vowed to get some in today and I did. I did my BL Bootcamp workout, 30 minutes and 514 calories later I feel great!

Yay me!

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SBEAR5 1/11/2012 9:01AM

    Way to go TaMara! So proud of you.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/10/2012 5:44PM

    Woohoo! You go!

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Manic Monday

Monday, January 09, 2012

This blog will be short and sweet as I'm not in the best of moods.

I was supposed to get some exercise in today, but I didn't. I'm really annoyed and frustrated with myself for not following through, and embarrassed as well to be honest. I woke up to TOM this morning which explains the increase in my appetite and feelings of fatigue lately. As I laid in bed this morning, looking at the clock, I told myself to get up, that I needed to workout, but I just couldn't. I just felt soo tired. I even thought about not going to work and working from home. I fell back asleep, but did get up and go to work with thoughts of working out when I got home. That didn't happen either. Ugh, I hate disappointing myself! The only good thing that I can say is that I stayed in calorie range today. Today was probably the healthiest I've ever eaten. But I do vow to workout tomorrow! I have to!

So that's it! I hope you all had a much more successful and productive day than I did!

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HOLLIEWALLY 1/10/2012 3:58PM

    Don't get down on yourself. It happens to all of us. At least you did a great job with your eating. That alone is success. I hope your week gets better!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/10/2012 7:54AM

    I guess it's good to balance the one with the other, right? TOM makes it so hard to exercise! Don't be too hard on yourself. Just get yourself back up and move on from here. It's a new day!

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Part III - Exercise

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Exercise. If you have read even one of my blogs before you know I have a love/hate relationship with working out. I love the after effects, but it's the actual process of getting up and moving my butt that I hate. However, to reach my goal it has to be done! So here is my plan of attack:

1) Exercise 4-5 times per week for at least 30 min
2) Include an ab and stretching routine 2 times per week
3) Exercise in the morning as to avoid excuses and schedule disruptions
4) Provide myself with variety to avoid boredom
5) Shut up and do it!

So there's my plan. No special tricks, just determination. I found some videos on YouTube that I'm going to use to change things up, along with BodyRock.tv. I'm going to try to have fun at it and just do it. I have a great work schedule, so I'm going to try and take advantage of it.

Reiko is off this week so I haven't worked out once, but I have been moving a lot with all the cleaning and organization. I know it's not the same thing, but it's better than nothing. I knew I probably wouldn't get in any exercise since she was off, so I'm ready to go first thing Monday morning! I'm ready to start feeling better!

If you read Part II, organization, then let me update you. I cleaned out the drawers in the living room, the bookshelf, and the closet! Now all I have to do is organize my clothes in the closet and we're done with our early spring cleaning. I got my folders set up to to organize recipes and exercises I tear out of magazines. So happy. It gives me a sense of calm to look around and see a clean/organized house. I said that 2012 was going to be a good year and I'm determined to see that through.

I hope you're all feeling as optimistic as I am about what this year is going to bring! Let's do this!

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WILLSMOM731 1/6/2012 5:18PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I wish I could work out in the mornings but my two little boys both wake up no later than 5am. I can't make it out of bed early enough to get a work out in. Oh well. I'm doing mine in the evenings after they go to sleep, and so far, so good. Best of luck with your plan. I think you'll do great. :)

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BACKATITAMY 1/6/2012 1:14PM

  First off, Yay for you getting almost all of your organizing done. My fitness goals are about the same as yours. 30min at least 5 days a week. I hope that after a good solid month of doing it that it will become a habit that I can't break again :) Have a lovely weekend with your LOVE.

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POSITIVE_ONE 1/6/2012 8:53AM

    I remember starting out and hating it and needing to really push myself upfront to get in my exercise. You eventually get to a point where the feelings you have post exercise become something you miss and when you don't get them, you feel disappointed.

Keep focused on those goals and just get out there and get started. Push through the early hard times and you will find on the other side, the boost you get from it will be unmistakeable.


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    Getting workouts in first thing are great, once I got the swing of things I enjoy getting i extra reps and crunches etc in the evening while vegging out to the tv :] Sounds like you've really got your path set and are ready to walk it!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/5/2012 8:24PM

    It took me about 2.5 months of regular exercise to get to where I actually enjoyed and wanted to do my workouts. Why does it take so much longer for it to become a habit than other things, lol? :D Great goals!

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Making Progress!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

One of my goals was to get more organized and we are definitely heading in the right direction. Yesterday I spent hours going through paperwork, mail, magazines and cleaning my side of the bed. Today I got the closet almost under control. All clothes have been hung up, shelves with bags and purses have been organized, and shoes are put away, but there is a pile in the corner of...yep you guessed it PAPERWORK!!! I plan to get a handle on that tomorrow or sometime this weekend. Then, I just need to tackle the bookshelf and get rid of old college textbooks and random papers that have just been shoved in there out of convenience!

Reiko and I have been discussing a cleaning schedule and I think Tuesday and Sunday have been designated as our cleaning days. Hopefully, this system will work for us, but if not we will keep searching until we find a system that does work for us. We just need to stick to a schedule so that things don't get so out of control because then it's overwhelming to try and tackle what needs to be done!

This organization is not just to make me feel better or make life easier, but it's vital to get organized and stay organized for when we have kids. Time to start working on ingraining those healthy habits now! I feel really good that I'm following through on goals that I set for myself. It really does make me realize that with a little effort, I can obtain any and all goals. If you've been following my recent string of blogs, you know that I've been discussing each of my goals in separate blogs. Part I talked about eating healthy and food related goals. Part II talked about getting organized, and Part III (which is yet to come) will discuss exercise! You can expect that one tomorrow!

Don't forget to Spread the Spark. Share your journey with others, the good and the bad, and I promise it will make things a little easier on you. You'll learn things you didn't know and help someone else along the way!

Love and Light

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/5/2012 5:52PM

    If you ever find yourselves caught up on Tuesdays and Sundays, my home is available to practice on!

You are back to your old inspired and inspiring self, TaMara, and I am proud of the progress you are making. I just love you so much!

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NEWLYWED2011 1/5/2012 10:45AM

    It feels SO good to be organized! A fresh start. Good luck with the cleaning system-neat idea!

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POSITIVE_ONE 1/5/2012 7:52AM

    If you ever need any organization practice...my home is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

I am kind of an organization freak - at least, I like things put back in their place. Please note, I did not say clean freak - although a clean house is a happy house - but to me organization helps me think.

Great job on what you have done so far and good luck on your schedule.


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POOKASLUAGH 1/4/2012 6:21PM

    Awesome! I love the idea of dedicated days.

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MISS_KASSANDRA 1/4/2012 5:54PM

    Good job getting organized!

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Plan of Attack - Part II

Monday, January 02, 2012

One of goals this year is to get more organized. So here is my "plan of attack":

1) Plan meals for the week
2) Grocery shop once a week to increase intake of fresh fruits and veggies and get supplies for the weeks meals
3) Have a schedule for myself, but don't be so strict that I can't adapt if/when things change
4) Track food for the day in the morning so I know where I stand as far as calorie range and nutrient intake
5) Keep up with chores daily so I don't get so far behind
6) Do a little bit of deep cleaning everyday to get rid of excess paperwork and junk until I get to a point where I just need to maintain order

I planned out or meals for the week yesterday and went grocery shopping today. We stuck to the list and got what we needed to make it through the week. I don't like grocery shopping, who does, but it works for me. I already feel less stress knowing that I don't have to stand in front of the fridge and pantry trying to decide what to cook that night. Also, planning meals for the week and shopping once a week ensures that I have what I need to make what I want. There's nothing like finally figuring out what you can cook, only to realize that you'e missing one essential ingredient.

I hope to start tackling the bedroom tomorrow. My side of the bed has magazines, paperwork, school work, mail, and who knows what else! I'm not messy, just obsessive. I'm that person that reads a mag article or a recipe and instead of clipping it and putting it in the recipe box, I save the whole magazine.

I tracked all my food/snacks this morning so I didn't have to worry about forgetting anything. It also helped me to formulate a plan because it was clear I was not going to get in enough protein and calcium unless I made a few tweaks, which I did.

I have a tentative schedule that I would like to follow, which I probably won't this week since Reiko is off until Monday. So that means I didn't work out today, but I was also below calorie intake today so I think it all balances out. Do plan to get in at least 10 minutes tomorrow though!

Part III (Exercise) will come tomorrow. Still trying to formulate my plan for that one! I hope you're all making strides towards your goals. If I can help, let me know!!

Be Blessed!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/3/2012 2:47PM

    I don't even want to think about, let alone admit to what is on my side of the bed. Charles calls my mound of papers, mags, books, and assorted junk Mount Angel (Angel is what he calls me). I'm working on getting more organized myself. Took down the tree today and will be putting away ornaments and decorations on the windows, tables, and walls a bit later. My goal this week is to get the kitchen better organized. I cleaned out the fridge and WOW what a difference it makes knowing everything is in its place and organized. Pantry is after that! Keep listing those goals...I might pick up an inspiration or two from you!

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SBEAR5 1/3/2012 12:39PM

    I love it! Seriously, this is basically what I need to do. In reference to the magazines... it was like reading my blog! :) We do make weekly meal plans as well and then shop Monday or Tuesday evenings, because I cannot STAND going to HEB on the weekends. haha.

You're gonna do great girlie!

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POSITIVE_ONE 1/3/2012 9:01AM

    I used to try planning meals but it became more of a chore than a help. Unfortunately, my schedule did not always stay consistent enough to plan ahead. So, I usually stocked up on items that were easy to prepare so I would not have to resort to going out for food. Last minute dining out always resulted in something bad.

Good luck on your organization tasks ahead of you. That is one area I am good at and it bothers me to no end when my family just leaves things lying around. I even send them away at times when I can stay home just so I can put everything back in its place.

You have a lot of great goals this year and if you only meet part of them, you will transform yourself again into something more wonderful than you already are.

SPARK ON IN 2012!!!

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    I haven't ever planned meals BUT buying tons of freshies really helped me with healthy meals. I clean them as soon as I get home so they are ready to go for dinners :] As far as organizing, it is possible! I am on two sides of the spectrum, either OCD organized, or hoards in piles lol, Ive containted my 'mess' to one room for the passed two years and this yr I am trying to get a handle on that area...my crafts stuff! Eap! A to do list, and assigned days like laundry Monday has really helped me too. As a SAHM getting a routine for chores was inevitable. I know you can make this happen and 2012 will be the year you truly make yourself proud. Never stop working towards your goals, resolution, and consistency's!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2012 10:12PM

    Good luck to you! I hate planning meals but Jason and I sit down to do it every week. Sometimes I make him come up with the meals and just run them by me, haha! But with five of us, we have to plan or we'll end up eating at restaurants way too often!

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