Category Archives: Self Improvement

Pokemon Go.

I have caved.

I’ve never been interested in Pokemon. Being born in the early 1980s, the whole Pokemon craze happened after I was “too cool” for it. I always thought it was super lame. Until Pokemon Go. I recommend playing the game if you’re interested in fitness. Just be sure to be smart about it. Don’t go in people’s yards, don’t meet up with people you don’t know, etc. Use common sense. But GET THOSE POKEMON!

In the last 72 hours, according to my FitBit, my stats are:

I’ve walked 18.1 miles.
I’ve taken 33,975 steps.
I’ve burned 10,190 calories.
I’ve had 200 active minutes.

That is awesome – it’s so much more than I’ve been doing. I get up, I walk. I work. I pick up Brooklyn and we go hunting Pokemon. It’s just fun! I hate that it’s taken a game to get me inspired, but it is what it is. At least I’m being active! On top of this, I’ve really paid attention to my diet and really made smart choices ūüôā

My meals today:

Breakfast: Spirutein protein shake
Lunch: Minestrone with a pulled pork quesadilla (all homemade)
Dinner: Pork stir fry with veggies and quinoa

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Detox drink: 2 x
Water: 72 ounces of cucumber lemon water + 16 oz of water

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Р Joyce Meyer

 

 

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Healthy: It’s A Choice To Make

This journey with my weight is difficult. I know the right things to do. I know how to lose weight. But for some reason, I can’t bring myself to do what I need to do, 80% of the time, much less 100% of the time. It’s just hard.

Perhaps the hardest part is not wanting to give up the bad habits to make way for the good ones. Truth be told, I fear I’m an alcoholic. It once started out as having fun in college. Then a way to let loose during the weekends when the week was rough. Now I drink at least 5 times a week. I don’t get white girl wasted. I don’t get drunk. But I drink more than I should.

The problem with drinking is it makes the important things go away. For example, I would love to work out. But I’m too tired in the mornings and once I start drinking, I don’t want to work out! Another problem is I’ll eat more than usual if I drink, and I don’t stick to a healthy diet. Pizza Hut has been called quite a few times!

My goal for this week is to stick to my diet plan, taking each day at a time. I also plan to stay away from the drink for five days.

The best things about today are:

1. My house is clean. Jonathan and I did a full, deep clean, from the ceiling to the baseboard. It’s so nice.

2. I made a plan to get back on track. Writing things down is key!

3. I made a fabulous dinner: Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, bacon-wrapped jalape√Īos, and asparagus. It was delicious!

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I’m going to continue to document my journey here. It’s boring but maybe it will keep me accountable!

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go…

My 2015 so far…

So far, my 2015 has been a process of slow change but I haven’t strayed or completely abandoned the changes. First off, I started a Challenge Group that is pretty much changing my life. I have been following Amber Snow over at Creating A Destiny for over a year, and after completing her Happiness and Financial Challenges, I decided it was time to do her Fitness Challenge. While I don’t see much movement on the scale, I have lost nearly a total of 5 inches in two weeks. Aside from that, I have cut my drinking by a LOT. Although I didn’t do so well last weekend (my birthday weekend) or the following week, I’m not discouraged…any little bit helps! Change won’t be radical, but slow, steady changes will make for lifestyle changes. In addition to eating cleaner and cutting some drinks, I’ve actually had 8 days this year where I did 30 minutes or more activity. That is still 10 days I haven’t, but it’s been a long time since I had 8 out 18 days have 30 minutes or more activity.

I’m sleepy so I’m going to bed. I had a few moments and wanted to take a moment to record the fact that I am proud of where I am and where I am going!

Good night!

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Day 4 and The Compound Effect

This happiness challenge¬†is going pretty well. I am already noticing a small change in my attitude! But I must be careful because I have a tendency to get really excited at first but fizzle really quickly. That’s where¬†The Compound Effect¬†by Darren Hardy¬†comes into play.

“The Compound Effect¬†is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default.” – Amazon.com

I’m only on Chapter 2 but this book is making me think. I’ve never really thought about how small, mundane choices can greatly impact our lives in multiple ways. For example, having an alcoholic beverage every night has caused me to put on some weight I lost. Not only am I adding the extra calories, but because of the hangover the next morning, I don’t wake up and work out. Because I’m not working out, I don’t feel good. I feel fat, full, bloated. This puts me in a bad mood which creates problems with my boyfriend. The arguments make life difficult because we just fight all the time, sometimes about nothing! Contrast this to a year ago when I was steadily working out and I had cut all sugar out of my diet. I felt the best I had ever, ever felt. I also lost 30 lbs. in a month! The small, almost automatic decision to drink with my boyfriend has created issues I wouldn’t have thought about!

As I read on, I’ll let you know what I think. At the moment though, Darren Hardy’s anecdotes and stories while explaining his principles really make sense and they are simple enough to read. At least for me. The boyfriend thinks it’s dumb. But he also has a really, really poor attitude.

Happiness Challenge Day 4: Add 15 minutes of cardio to your day.

I did not add cardio; however, I did do yoga for the first time in a long, long time this morning. Unfortunately, my daughter kept me up all night last night so the idea of doing anything really active at 5:30 this morning just wasn’t going to happen. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Reach out to someone and praise them. Kim Lange always posts the right things on Facebook. Today, she posted an article about not comparing ourselves¬†to other from MindBodyGreen. I’m always appreciative of it, so today, I posted a little note and told her. I think this counts, right? I think so.

One meaningful thing that has happened today.¬†Proof that my attitude and spirit is changing. I exchanged¬†something at¬†Walmart today. The cashier made a mistake and gave me a gift card with double the amount I was owed. I could have taken it, and I would have gotten a shirt for free. But I thought about it. I believe in karma. And she could have gotten in trouble if her till was off. A few weeks ago, I would have taken the money. Today, I told her she had made a mistake and gave me too much. Maybe I’m a fool, but I felt better when I left the store.

Three things I’m¬†grateful for:¬†

1. Sleep. I didn’t get much sleep last night and how I missed it! I missed my bed. Dealing with a toddler who doesn’t want to sleep and won’t let me sleep made me appreciate how much sleep means.

2. My mother. She always forgives me. Always helps me. I love her very much and I don’t tell her nearly enough.

3. Netflix! Okay, I’m going to be a little shallow, but I love that I have access to tons of TV shows and movies. My current marathon is Orange is the New Black. Check it out if you have the chance!

What is a small change that you have done in the past that ended up making your life better in the long run?

Pensive Thoughts

For the last 12 hours, I have been in a pensive mood. I have reflected on my life and I don’t like what I see. The path I’m on does not lead anywhere, but I fear I don’t have the strength to find a new one. To blaze a new path if you will. There are some options on the table, but I’m going to think very carefully about any action since I feel will affect the lives of Brooklyn, Jonathan, and me.

To continue on my path to happiness, however, here is my Day 2 challenge.

Write down one meaningful thing that has happened to you in the last 24 hours.

The impetus for my deep thoughts about life is due to something that happened last night. After we put B to sleep, we decided to have a few drinks. Between the wine and vodka, I got pretty buzzed. Not drunk, but I wouldn’t have been able to drive had it been needed. I’m not proud of this by any means; it’s just an integral part to what happens. Then, B woke up. She¬†did not want to sleep because she had taken a 5 hour nap during the day¬†(big mistake, but that’s another story). However, she needed to go to bed. I decided to lay down with her in hopes that she would fall asleep. We then had a very tender, meaningful moment:

She curled up beside me, put my arm around her, and gave me a kiss.

So simple. Something she’s done a million times. But at that moment, I realized that I really, really need to do things different. For her. For me. For my relationship. I’m not happy and drinking is no longer fun. I’m not sure what is going to be different at the moment because I want it to be lasting. But I’m sure I’ll detail my journey here.

Three things I’m grateful for:

1. I’m grateful to be a citizen of the USA. We aren’t perfect, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. America has beauty in its land and in its people. It’s just our celebrities and politicians that are ridiculous.

2. I’m grateful for my computer. It’s a window to the outside world. An escape. And it keeps me sane.

3. I’m grateful for arts and crafts. I love painting and I’ve passed that love along to my daughter. ¬†We had a great time today playing with the paints.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the great Dr. Seuss, one I will be embracing this week:

You’re off to great places
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So get on your way! –¬†Oh the Places You’ll Go!

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