Friday, February 22, 2013
It has been a while since I have updated my blog. My goals are coming along.
1. My routine is still the same. I still do all the house work, cooking, and cleaning. Even with the same routine, things have changed. I obtained a second position at school, providing child care for parents in the ESL class two evenings a week. I also have a new boyfriend so a lot of my time is spent with him and his friends. I am getting out and spending time with people who are around my age
2. I recently started making the steps to go back to school. I am looking at CSU
Global for their teacher licensure/Masters in Teaching. If all goes well, I will start in July and it should take a year and a half.
3. I joined Thornton Walkers, but I missed last month (January). I am planning on attending tomorrow. The walk is for 6 miles, and Iím not sure how long I will go, but I will try to go as far as I can.
4. I am still looking for a second job. The job availability has been dry lately, but I try every day. I do have the second position and I learned that my PEAK program will go through the summer for six weeks. I still need to find a second; however, so I can move out of my parentsí house.
5. Getting my parents to listen to me has not gone so well. Our communication was better when I wasnít living with them. Now, I try to talk to them and they ignore; they want to talk to me when I am unable to; or we argue because they think Iím getting frustrated. Half the time I am because they wonít listen.
My weight loss is going slowly. I have had trouble tracking my food and fitness and my goals have suffered for it. I still work out and eat right, but not as well as I did when I tracked everything. I am still losing weight, but it has been going slowly. My new goal is to get back into tracking my nutrition and fitness as I used to.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
It is officially 2013 in Colorado, and with a new year there are many opportunities. I did not do everything that I did not want to do in 2012. It looks like my goals for 2013 are the same as last year's. Every thing has its ups and its downs but I have a lot to be to be thankful for. I have wonderful parents who are willing to help me while I struggle with getting back in school; I finally have a great job that I love even though I cannot support myself with it; I have great friends.
There is a quote from one if my favorite musicals that says, "you can like the life you're living, you can live the life you like." I am starting to like the life I'm living, but I would like to start living the life I like too.
Someone helped me see that my goals were not realisitic. I did have plans for all of them. But I understood they were realistic. So I revised this section..
1. I need to get out of my boring routine. My routine goes: wake up, feed dogs, eat breakfast, work out, search for jobs, do all house work, eat lunch, go to work, feed dogs, cook dinner, clean up, go for walk, play video games until I fall asleep. I live with my parents and sister; i do all of the house work and errands. It feels like I don't have time for anything else.
2. I need to go back to school. I already have my BA. my job offers discounts at certain schools in my area. I have it narrowed down to two masters programs that I qualify for. I just have to choose which one will be best for me.
3. Join Thornton walkers and go every month. My mom wants to do it with me so if I can get her to follow through, it will be easier to accomplish. Frankly, it is no different than going to the gym or going for a run every day. If I already work out/walk 1-2 hours each day, I can go for a walk with others in my neighborhood.
4. Find a second job. I have to. The most difficult thing about working with the school district is not having a job for the sumer. I am only working part time as it is. Would it be tough with going back to school and everything else? possibly. But in high school, I graduated with a 3.8GPA, I was in FOUR AP classes, I worked on every show in Drama Club while being an officer, I worked full time, I went to church every Wednesday and Sunday, and I did Tae Kwon Doe. In college, I worked full time, went to school full time, paid all of my own bills, and went to church twice a week. I can do it again.
5. Get my parents to listen to me. That one is a tough one. I have yet to find the encouragement there. Things like "I cut my hand and may need stitches" goes unnoticed at home. That's the price I pay for being 24 years old, I need to do everything on my own.
I need to find love, but I need to make friends first. Weight loss will be easy if I keep doing what I am doing. It feels like it is taking FOREVER but I will get there.
Those are what I HAVE to do. I do have plans to do them. I am starting to love myself and my life, but my main goal is to try to gain a bigger sense if surprise and belonging, to be more than a waste of space.
Monday, December 10, 2012
I have been bad about updating my blog lately. I had plans to write on Thanksgiving about what I am thankful for. I had plans to review my November progress and talk about my December goals. I completely forgot to do either one! Oops. It is not too late; however, to write about my goals.
November was an okay month for me. I did the Spring Into Shape Fitness Challenge. I managed to get all of my cardio and videos in every day. My fitness was not as intense or as long as my 28 Day Fitness Challenge, but I did it! I managed to stay somewhat good on Thanksgiving. I did eat too much, but I stayed in my calorie range.
I did not lose any weight in November. But I did lose a few inches and a notch on my belt. I consider that good progress!
I finished the Spring Into Shape Challenge and I started the Jump Start Your Fitness Challenge yesterday. As you can see, I am making my way through all of the fitness challenges.
My goals for December are:
1) Continue toward a healthy, active lifestyle.
2) Continue losing pounds and inches. Maintaining weight during the holidays is not a very good option for me, but I will be happy with that, too.
3) Continue eating five-eight servings of fruits and veggies a day, and drinking eight glasses of water a day.
4) Make good choices during holiday events that are centered on bad foods.
5) Donít let the stress of the holidays get to me.
I will accomplish this by:
1) Completing the Jump Start Challenge and by continuing the goal to add more fitness time and intensity, and by adding more active activities to my daily life.
2) Adding in a morning walk with the dog before starting my workout routine.
3) Preparing and making healthy (yet festive) snacks and dishes to bring to holiday events.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
There are other things I wanted to talk about so I broke this blog entry into three parts.
Part 1: My 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge Progress
I started week 4 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout on Sunday. Donít worry; I wonít post my fitness journal like I usually do every week. I am; however, keeping up with it. I have been doing the 10-minute video every day, and a total of 60 minutes of cardio and exercise 5 days a week. I have not met the goals I would have liked, but I have seen changes in my body, and I am happy with that.
Part 2: The Difference A Good Pair of Shoes Could Make.
At the beginning of last week, my exercise shoes died. They were so worn out that they were cutting up my feet. Ouch! I did my exercise in my room with no shoes. Finally, I bought new shoes last night. I learned the difference that proper footwear can bring to your workout. I noted improved posture, balance, and motivation when wearing proper shoes as opposed to going barefoot. Moral of the story: Wear good shoes every time you work out!
Part 3: November Goals
I guess this can go with my long term goals for the 28 Day Bootcamp, but Iím going to focus on November, as well as my goals for this week.
My goals are for November are:
1) Lose X amount of pounds. I would like to lose 5 lbs. this month, but I donít want to get my hopes up.
2) Lost 2 inches around my hips, waist, arms, and thighs.
3) Work on my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every day. I have an English degree, so why not use it. Every year, I start and never finish.
I will get there by:
1) Paying closer attention to my serving sizes. I do okay at this right now, but I can always getting better, such as breaking out those measuring cups.
2) Eating appropriate food in appropriate serving sizes during the holiday.
3) Keep at my workout plan.
My goals for this week are:
1) Wake up and get to working out early. I have no problem getting in my full hour, but I am trying to get a second job, so I wonít have all this extra time to work out in the mornings. Plus, it feels like it is all I do when I take a while to start up. I usually wake up at 8:30am, workout at 9am. My goal is to wake up at 7am and start by 7:30am or earlier.
2) Finish the 28 Day Bootcamp strong! :)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yesterday, I went shopping for a Bridesmaid's dress for my friend's wedding in June 2013. I did not go as bad as I thought it would. We spent an hour and a half trying on dresses, and bought the first dress we all tried on. I knew all of the girls; and they are all very nice, supportive, and as self conscious as I am. I did not look bad in any of the dresses when I usually think I look horrible in anything I try on.
I was positive for almost the whole thing. Usually, when I try on clothes, I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror. I get so frustrated and depressed with myself and my clothes that I help but cry. Afterwards, I lose my appetite for a few days.
Yesterday, I only said and thought one negative thing about myself. I said, "yeah, I'm a big girl." They did not like me saying this, but to me it is true. I wasn't being negative, but when you are the "fat friend" compared to everyone else, it does have a little truth.
I will be posting a picture on my SparkPage as a little added motivation.
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