Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Ah, I made it a full year without giving up! This is spectacular! In years' past I have gone a couple months and dropped off or tried a month here or there throughout the year. Oh but not this year! I have been faithful to myself in making changes. It has not always been easy and sometimes I see myself wanting to go back to old ways- but I keep plugging along!
Since I am a teacher (and we always begin with positives) I want to review my successes of 2013:
I have stayed pretty faithful to logging on, chatting, and maintaining a portion of my day to sparkpeople to help me with my goals.
I I have lost and kept off 23 pounds! (Sometimes this fluxes by 2 lbs, but I can live!)
I have made time to go to the gym or exercise multiple times a week.
I spent money on myself to take care of what I need!
I even now am starting to enjoy comparing my pictures too!
These are the front shots from Jan 12, 2013 and Dec 5, 2013
These are the side shots from Jan 12, 2013 and Dec 5, 2013
Now to the obstacles that I have let get into my way:
I have struggled staying consistent with tracking. As I let myself get back into some bad habits with work and all- tracking went downhill. (The fitbit has helped with fitness tracking)
I have dropped off going to the gym as often as I would like/ should.
I have allowed myself to get back into some bad routines with late nights at school and eating out too often.
Some things that I am working on now to help myself as I enter a new year of this lifestyle change:
Getting more sleep (at least 7 hours if not more every night!)
Getting back on track with tracking daily
Make a fitness plan and stick with it- it does make me feel better afterwards so not letting myself talk my way out of it!
Allowing myself more me time and not just giving it all to work.
Cooking or preparing a ton more meals at home!
Well, so many things can happen for 2014. I look forward to revising my SMART goals, resolutions, and plans for a new year! I am going to enjoy the last 6 days of 2013 by spending it with family and relaxing- but still keeping up on my current goals!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The question was posed about what would be the ultimate present- if money was no object what would I get for the most important person in my life....
This is a tough one- I think I would get them time together with me- just doing all the fun things we love together without the stress of work, cleaning, or other expectations. I don't see myself giving or needing to give materials- as much as that important time together!
That would be what I would ask for as well! Just time with that important person.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I realized that life has just gotten too much- or more so I am letting things overtake life.
I am getting back into bad habits of staying late, letting people and things control my life with adding more stress! School has gotten crazy with multiple professional developments being assigned, some crazy behaviors, a ton of meetings, and trying to make it all work within all the expectations they have. My parents are almost moved completely out west. I have spent many weekends trying to help them with the packing, loading, and moving! I even drove my brother's car out there over my break alone. I really feel that it is so important for me to help my family- but it has been a lot with the travel, school, and trying to not leave my hubby alone. It is also getting stressful, because in just a few short days I turn 30. So many life goals I had, have not been met... but hopefully things will turn around for that!
I am trying to get back to taking one goal at a time to find myself and start moving out of this plateau.
My first goal for this month is to start getting more sleep- 7 hours or more almost every night.
2nd goal- get back to tracking and drinking more water!
3rd goal- getting to the gym more frequently than just my trainer sessions.
Here is to December!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
So as many have known from my blogs or chats on groups- this summer really has not been a summer- I have taken professional development courses, taught summer school, took more courses, did planning time with my team, went to school and worked for hours on things, and spent lots of money on the classroom. I have also spent money on starting to take even better care of myself- via joining a gym, preparing to sell things (and subsequently doing so), getting a trainer twice a week, and trying to eat healthier. Some of these things worked well, some not so great- they fluctuated a lot! But I am seeing results albeit small they are there!
This weekend is the final "summer" break I get before kids start on Tuesday. I went to the gym this morning followed by spending another 7+ hours in my classroom (I hope it is ready for the kids!). I then spent some time with the hubby- I feel like I have neglected him most of the summer. Tomorrow is double date day- I made sure that I scheduled it during the time I could've gone back to school, but I have to say no! We are going shopping with friends for a couple items and then it is time for a nice lunch and possibly a walk, depending on the weather. Monday may be a day I finish my projects and say- it is finished and pray that I can fall asleep before midnight (first days always kill my sleep habits!)
Now, for sharing before I make new goals. I had lots of friends hearing all about my classroom and things I bought for it. So here is the big reveal! I will show great before and after pics so you can see what I did :)
Now for my reveal!!! After hours of moving, hanging, burning myself on glue guns, spending lots of money, and more: (And yes I know they are upside down :( I am working on fixing them!)
I hope you enjoy! The kids on Friday's open house that came were ooohing and aaaahhhing :)
Now goals for September:
Cut back to 5 sodas a week!!!
Workout at the gym at least 5 days a week!
Track my food daily!
Check in with my teams daily!
Write a weekly blog entry!
Take time for me everyday!
Lost between 5 - 8 lbs this month!
Have a great weekend all!!!
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