Looking Toward Summer

As summer comes hustling in the door, I find my self looking to make new goals. I think it’s important, even if I don’t completely achieve them, to at least have something to aspire to. Last year’s inspirations, though not completely realized, allowed me to see newness in myself. This year I’ve decided to keep it simple. My goals will be for the next six months, June through December. I can do this. Yes I can!

Goal 1. Lose 30 pounds. I lost 20 pounds last year and have kept it off. The funny thing is, I still am a very fat woman, so people say things like, “Boy you really look nice in plaid.” or “Did you get a new haircut?” What they don’t realize is that what they’re noticing is that I’ve lost 20 pounds. I think it’s kind of funny actually. Here’s my before picture for this year:

Me right now.

Me right now.

Sub-goals:
Walk following a program to get progressively better until I am beginning to get fit.
Follow the Emeals clean eating plan to eat at home nightly. (Here’s a link if you’d like to try it) Just click on this picture and you’re there. SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH EMEALS MEAL PLANS
Weigh myself daily. I’ve been going back and forth on this one, but I’ve decided that I can live with the ups and downs if it helps me to see my eating patterns. I plan to track it in an excel sheet. That should give me a nice graph of my week.

Goal 2: Fill this wall with family pictures, old and new. Here’s a picture of the wall now:
blank wall I’ll post the process as I start arranging the photos.

Goal 3: Read through the Bible looking for these things to apply to my life: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Self Control. I think what I really need to do is devote myself to one or two of these things a week and discover what they mean in my life. I know what they mean, but what do I do and how do I show these things as belonging and constant in my personal dealings with people? Do I really show love, joy and peace? I know I’m not always patient or kind or even good. Do we even need to discuss self-control? I think not. lol

These are the goals I have made for myself. They may seem simple, but for me, they are rigorous. After all, what good would it be to attain a goal that wasn’t rigorous? Add a little rigor to your life. There’s no limit to what you can achieve!

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Ok, it’s been two weeks and I haven’t posted.  I’m a little off my game, but I have committed to this through the good, the bad and the ugly.  I told my husband last week that I lost weight.  Ok, it was .2 lbs, but hey, I figure it’s still going down.  He didn’t quite see it that way.  He said, “Take off your shorts, you’ll lose another .2 lbs.”  He may be right, but I’m still seeing this as part of the good.  I can zip my jeans without having to monitor the zipper all day, so that .2 lbs means something!  lol

Car and countertop?  check!  I’m doing well with this except when my husband puts his stuff on my side of the countertop or leaves his coffee cup and napkin on the car floor.  We got some talking to do.  So far, I’ve been just pushing his stuff back on his side and taking the trash out myself, but before I become Monster Wife, I better get a handle on it.

Now for the Bad.  I didn’t do my August act of kindness.  😦  I’m planning to change this by doing 2 in September, but I doesn’t change that I missed my August deadline.  I really do want to keep up with my goals and if I let them slip by, how can I say I’m committed.  Well, I AM committed and my report next week will show that.  I also haven’t done my New Testament study for the past month and I need to get back to that.  I miss it.  It’s funny how you can read the New Testament time and time again and it still speaks to you in a different way.  Lastly for the bad, I haven’t started the couch to 5k program yet.  I do walk my dog morning and night, but it’s definitely NOT a 5k.  I feel like I’ve just misstepped on these goals and will be back on track soon, but…

Now for the UGLY.  Still no painting.  Still no bags.  Still no closet work.  Still no excuses.  What more is there to say?  Not much.  Happy Goal Tending!

Wow!  I’m back from Boston and I didn’t gain a pound.  I didn’t lose a pound either, but hey I feel good about not gaining while on vacation.  The fact of the matter is, I didn’t gain any weight because my health conscious daughter walked my feet all over Boston.  From Cambridge, across the bridge, and all the way over to Fenway Park!  I have to say though, it was a beautiful walk and maybe that’s the best way to see Boston.  There’s beautiful architecture everywhere and some of the oldest buildings in the country.  I think Fenway is the oldest ballpark isn’t it?  Well, here are a few picture to prove you should take your own walk around Boston.  🙂

This is the beautiful MIT man sculpture. I’m standing there with my beautiful Texas man Bob.

Beautiful architecture surrounded by trees. Not uncommon in Boston

Bob and Dolly in Kenmore Park just blocks from Fenway. See the giant CITGO sign? You can see it anywhere you are in Boston.

 

 

I’ve been reading Matthew chapter 3 this week and it reminded me of those old movies where the gangsters go out and kill people and then race the next day to the church to repent, just to go out and do it again.  Maybe the Pharisees were the gangsters of their day.  Who knows?  It certainly seems similar anyway.

This month I’ve decided to do something nice for my principals (anonymously of course).  I was thinking a little care package with some lip balm, lotion, nice pens and some sticky notes.  Any other suggestions about what I should put in?  School starts next week for us and the kids come the following week.  I’m excited and am readying my make up and hair supplies.  Ha ha.

I sewed myself a dress this week and got my pattern all ready for my bags. My dress is purple and pink.  Not usually my colors, but I’m kind of excited about it.  I like to sew.  It’s creative and productive at the same time.

Goals in check and in process–we won’t talk any more about the closet until I get busy and start.  lol

Happy Day to all and Good luck with your goals!

 

Green for Go!

I’ve got busy and am keeping up with my goals–well, most of them.  🙂  I really do plan to finish them before Christmas.  Anyway, Green for Go!  You know the rest.

Goal 1: Lose 26 lbs by Christmas.

I lost another pound this week.  I think my binge horned in on my progress, but as I said baby steps.  That’s 4 lbs gone that were hanging around on my hips and belly.  Do I look skinny yet?  Absolutely not, but I feel better.

Goal 2: Give the “Couch to 5K” program a shot. This will also help with goal 1. (Also inspired by Kristin by the way)

Feel good about my mile a day progress.  Yesterday I took my dog, Bruno, geocaching at the local lake park.  Oh my goodness!  I think we must’ve covered 4 miles.  We were both exhausted and thirsty.  He took a dive in the lake to cool off.  I took a bath when I got home. 

My favorite dog in the whole world.

 

Goal 3: Wear make-up to work everyday for a month. (I understand that this is not a problem for most, but for me, believe me, it’s a challenge.)

I went and prepared to teach a class this week and guess what?  I did my hair and make-up.  Oh yeah, I even wore lipstick.  I think my principal was even impressed.  She didn’t say anything, but her face told the story.  🙂

Goal 4: Put a system in place in 1 room of the house that keeps it clean all the time. (I can add more rooms later. I want to be able to accomplish this.)

My countertops are still clear and free of debris!

Goal 5:  Clean out the closet and get rid of all the clothes I no longer wear or are the wrong size.

Haven’t begun this yet.  I’m so disappointed in myself.  *she shakes her head and sighs

Goal 6: Do something nice for someone every month. After Thanksgiving do something nice for someone once a week.

I’ve decided to send my friend some Oatmeal White Chocolate Cherry Cookies with a package of Hot Chocolate from R & R BEAN.  MMMMM

Goal 7: Sew 10 bags for Mill Street Coffee (my husband owns a coffee shop and he’s asked me to do this, but I’ve been putting it off.)

*Again she hangs her head in shame and sighs.  Actually, I need a new pattern.  Mine’s all crumpled and torn.

Goal 8: Read the Bible’s New Testament and keep a journal about what I’ve read.

I’ve got my journal and I’ve read Matthew Chapter 1.  What I noticed most is that what Joseph had planned, was not what God had planned, but because Joseph was obedient, God saved the entire world.

Cute right?

Goal 9: Begin painting again.

Another walk of shame…

Goal 10: Take the ESL test and pass it.

I’ve taken the 2 day course, but haven’t signed up for the test yet.

This week I’m challenging myself to eliminate most of the red from my goals and, I’m challenging you to set your own goals.  When I’ve had a difficult day, I look at my goals and say to myself, “This is what you’re fighting for.  DON’T GIVE UP!!!”

A Day in the Life…

This week my life was literally almost cut short, not once, but twice.

1.  I was walking along a bridge in the town where my husband works.  It was a beautiful night and my husband and I were walking our dog Bruno.  Bruno loves this town and frequently swims in the creek next to our place of business.  Well, anyway, I was walking along this bridge and I realized Bruno had hung back a little too far, so I called to him.  I turned around and kept walking knowing he’d catch up after I called.  Suddenly I heard Bruno running pell mell as fast as he could down the bridge.  I figured he’d run right past me like he always does, but instead he clipped me in the knee as he ran by.  I’m no small woman, but that dog flipped me up in the air and off the bridge and into the street!  I remember thinking as I flew through the air, “You’ve got to be kidding me!”  On the way down I twisted my ankle and landed on the pole next to the sidewalk on my bottom where I now sport a rather large, purply, blue bruise that feels like bee stings in the morning when I wake up from laying on it all night.  I shutter to think what would have happened if I flipped the other way over the bridge or hit my head instead of my, well, you know what.

2.  Same day.  We had calmed down for the night and were watching a movie and enjoying a cup of coffee when–you guessed it–suddenly I choked on the coffee I was drinking!  It was bad.  I coughed and coughed and couldn’t breathe.  Finally small pockets of air started flowing through gurgling through the coffee.  I still felt like I couldn’t breathe, but knew I must be getting some air since I could hear it mixed in with the coffee.  My husband put my head between my knees and began pounding my back to help the water come out of my lungs.  I honestly thought that might do me in.  I saw little sparks of light before my eyes and was afraid I might pass out. Thankfully my wonderfully calm EMT husband got me through it.

In all of this I guess there are lessons to be learned.  Life is short.  Enjoy it to the fullest.  Be the best you can be.  Love deeply and forgive wrongs.  It all sounds a little cliche, but now I understand the strength of these truthful words.  This is my life.  What am I going to do with it?  It is my hope that I follow the lessons learned.

Make a Plan

My daughter asked me this week if I was proud of the progress I had made this week. Have I been doing what I set out to do? Well, I’d have to say I’m at about 50%. Did I eat breakfast everyday? Yep. Did I exercise 3 times this week? Nope.  Have I tried to look my best everyday this week?  Uh, everyday but one.  I even wore jewelry!  I NEVER wear jewelry.  And, as for updating my blog, you can read for yourself.  🙂

So, what will I do differently next week?  Here are my goals for next week:

  • drastically reduce the amount of sugar in my diet
  • plan meals for breakfast lunch and dinner
  • drink more water!

All of these goals go along with the goals I’ve already set, so I feel like they’re doable.  I just have to start paying attention to the details.  It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, but I have come to realize that everything–and I mean everything–needs a plan, right down to the way you organize your desk.  I thought I could just keep one leg hanging and kind of dance my way through life.   I guess there’s some of that too, but mostly life needs a plan.  Get it in your head now.  Don’t wait till you’re 50 to figure it out.  Make a plan and act on it.  One more time–Make a plan and ACT on it.  You can, I can, we all can make a plan.

Getting into the Act

My husband is now getting into the act.  He is swearing off sugar and challenging me to a weight loss competition.  This is scary because he is crazy competitive.  Right now I weigh less than he does and I think it is his plan to change that and soon.

I want to say that men DO lose weight faster than women, but buddy, IT IS ON!!!  It’s kinda fun having someone to work against or for or whatever.  🙂  We are getting on the scale every Monday night and marking our new weight on the calendar.  Right now we are only 4 lbs apart (He’s heavier)  I just had to say that again.  Ha! Ha!  After a month, I’ll post the differences online.  Hey!  I better get busy!