Thursday, February 19, 2015

A New Thing...

I'm doing pretty bad at keeping up with this.  I just don't really have any updates.  I'm hanging out in the same place I've been, and while I'm doing ok with most of the goals, I'm not really going anywhere fast.  Or slow even.  And I'm also not exercising regularly.  Sigh...

So I'm going to add something new.  I don't feel like I write very well, and since I help in our 5th and 6th grade language arts classes during writing time, I should maybe practice my skills too.  I saw on another blog about the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge, and I'm going to try to do that.  I'll do a few more early on since I've missed the first several for the year.

So today's topic will be:  Why do this challenge?

Part of it is what I said above: to polish up my writing skills.  It will also give me something to write about, instead of my boring life.  ;)  This will be a good time for reflection, and what I'm really thankful for in my life.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the negative, that we forget to take time out to really be thankful for what we have. 

However, I am NOT thankful that we have yet another snow day tomorrow.  We had one today too, both for cold.  But I guess walking to school or waiting for the bus when it's -13 real temp is probably not a good idea.  (It wasn't that cold today---I think we would have been ok with just a delay, but tomorrow it's supposed to be that temp around 6 or 7 am.)  We are now down to just 2 days of spring break.  I guess I should be thankful that because of that, I don't have to come up with something fun to do over break.  Sigh...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Week ?

I got a little behind on posting lately.  We've been gone every weekend on college visits/scholarship competitions.  I think those are done now, and the waiting game begins.  The FAFSA has been filed, so we'll see what she gets offered from where.

I think I also have a case of the winter blues.  I guess it's not really blues---I'm not depressed or anything.  I'm just SO tired of cold and snow and winter!  We've reached the max on our snow days---#5 was yesterday.  I don't want any more.  I want spring break!  I want to get outside.  I'm ready to start working in the flower beds.  (Yes, this is a crazy thought for me at this time of year, but I have a graduation party here in May, so I need to get the ball rolling!)

So goals:

1.) I will eat clean 90% of the time:
      I'm still doing pretty well with this.  I've had a little trouble on weekends that we're at colleges, but I've tried to make good choices and not over eat.  While I'm kind of stuck where I've been the last 2 weeks, I'm not gaining.  That in itself is a +.

2.) I will exercise more.
      I don't know why I can't kick myself into gear on this one.  It's just one excuse after another, so I'm not even going to make up any to put here.

3.) I will be less lazy.

      Still doing ok with this.  I've been pretty good about getting the dishes done each night, which is the top goal under this heading.  I need to straighten up the house tomorrow evening, and do some laundry.

So still plugging along. I haven't given up yet, which is another + compared to years past.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 2

The end of week 2 brought a couple more pounds off.  I was down 10.4 lbs, but up a couple this morning after a cheat day yesterday.  But I'm not worried about it, and back at it today.

I'm really proud of myself after this weekend.  We had back to back days at colleges, where they fed us lunch.  On Friday, it was catered, so there wasn't really any options.  (Salad, pasta, chicken and dessert)  I ate a small amount of pasta, but definitely didn't over eat.  On Saturday we ate in the dining hall.  College dining halls have come a LONG way since I was in college.  I had a burger (no bun, and skipped the fries), and a big salad from the salad bar.  It was so good.  I felt like I really kept my eating under control where things really weren't in my control. 

As far as goals:

1.) I will eat clean 90% of the time:
      Still happy with this goal.  I had a cheat day yesterday, but it's been the only one.  I have had an occasional treat once or twice, but that is part of the 90%.

2.) I will exercise more.
     This one on the other hand was bad this week.  We did an hour walk around campus on Friday, but other than that, there wasn't much.

3.) I will be less lazy.

     Still doing pretty well with this one too. 

Feeling pretty good about life right now.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

One Week

Tomorrow will be the end of the first week of really working at things.  I'm excited to see where I'll be.  I've been working pretty hard, and while I could amp up the exercise, I have been doing some, and trying.  I'm happy with myself this week.

1.) I will eat clean 90% of the time:
      I am very happy with myself and this goal.  I've been tracking on My Fitness Pal, and I think it helps a lot.  The only "off plan" thing I ate this week was one monster cookie, and I made it so I know what was in it (and there is no flour).

2.) I will exercise more.
     I think I made it 3 days this week.  (Maybe 4?)  I want to work on a plan, but the treadmill is SO boring!

3.) I will be less lazy.
     The dishes got washed every day this week!  I'm a little behind on laundry, but I'm doing much better with this goal so far.

The other 2 are not really updatable at this point.

We missed 2 days of school this week due to the cold, and snow on Friday.  I won't complain.  I didn't get a lot accomplished, but it was nice to be home.  I went down to school today to finish putting up some decorations.  My good friend drew an almost life sized Elsa and Anna for me over break.  I colored them, cut them out, and now they're hanging on the doors of my room and the gym.  Olaf is on the bulletin board across from my room.  It says "Some people are worth melting for", and I've asked the teachers to have their classes come sign the bulletin board.  I also hung snowflakes from the ceiling in the hall.  I think it looks pretty good, and the kids will love it.

About a month ago we started going to a new church.  After about 37 years of going to the same church, there were things going on that I didn't agree with, and that I couldn't get over, so we decided to leave.  It really started about a year ago with my kids wanting to go somewhere else.  It just took me awhile to do it.  It's SO hard to just walk in to a new church to "try it out".  We like the one we've been going to for the last month.  I will admit that my favorite part is the music.  They have a band, and it's  kind of like being at a concert during the music.  I love live music, so it's great.  They have a good youth group for the kids too, but they haven't started going to that yet.  I hope they show in interest in it soon.  It's part of the reason they wanted to find somewhere new, and particularly this church.  (The only downside is it starts at 8:30, and we're used to church starting at 10:30)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's been awhile.  I was just going to start a new blog, but decided since this one is already here, I'd just pick up and start here again.

So much has happened since I last posted.  The biggest change is that my mom lost her battle with cancer in November of 2012.  Even though it's been over 2 years, it still affects me daily.  This past Christmas season was really hard.  I thought it would get easier each year, but for some reason this one was unusually tough.  While I usually love the holiday season, I'm glad they're over this year.  But a great friend did remind me that our parents made the holidays really special for us, and I need to remember to do that for my kids.  

I'm starting again because I want to stay accountable for the things I want to accomplish.  It's easy to sit down and make goals (or resolutions), to never actually write them down, and then after a few weeks, let them fall by the wayside and go back to old habits.  I'm going to do better this time.  I feel like I'm mentally and emotionally in a good place.  I like me, I love my life, and I'm a generally happy person.  Now I have to make that happy person a healthier person too.

1.) I will eat clean 90% of the time.
      We did a challenge at work in October, and I cut wheat out of my diet.  (It started out as carbs, but turned out to be mostly wheat, as I still ate oatmeal and such.)  I felt TONS better, had a lot more energy, and wasn't drop dead tired when I got home from work.  My main goal is to eat very little processed food, and as little wheat as possible. (I will still have the occasional pizza, as it is my favorite food!)  I'd like to cut out soda, and will drink, at minimum, 8 glasses of water a day.

  2.) I will exercise more
     My main goal under this is to run a 5k with my oldest daughter (a color run) before she goes to college in the fall.  To be able to do this, I want to start the C25K running program (or something similar) this week.  I also need to do some strength training.  (Joining a gym is not an option, so it's really hard for me to stay motivated with this on my own.)  I've been using a pedometer app on my phone, but am considering getting a fitbit or something equivalent to stay on track.  I will be going back to DC in the spring of 2016 with my daughter (on her 8th grade class trip), so I want to be in shape to do all that walking again.

  3.) I will be less lazy!
     I will keep up with the housework.  I will do the dishes pretty much every night.  (Sometimes I'll let this slide when there aren't very many from the day, but I know it's easier and less time consuming to do a few every night than to let them pile up and have to do them all at once.  I will do better with this!)  I am also going to go through the house and get rid of the stuff we don't need/use.  I'm tired of clutter!  When the house is clean and in order, I feel so much better.

4.) I will budget my income tax return and stick to it.  I didn't do very well with this last year, and am scraping by until I get mine this year.

5.) I will treat myself to a one day bus trip to NYC at Christmas time when I lose 50 lbs.  I love that city, and want to see it decorated for Christmas so badly.  Guess it's a good motivator, knowing how badly I want to go.

Hopefully if I come back and read this every day, I'll stay on track and get to the place I really want to be.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

End of Week 9

I am so failing this challenge big time.  :(   But, I did lose a couple pounds this week.  Its too bad I feel like I've lost the same few pounds over and over the whole time.  Sigh...

Goals for the last week will be rough again.  We have tomorrow off school, then one last day.  (I'm already done...I took a personal day Tuesday to go watch my daughter's 8th grade graduation.)  Tuesday will be spent at the awards assembly at the elementary school in the morning, then at 8th grade graduation in the afternoon.  I'll go back to the elementary at the end of the day for the 6th grade "Clap out". 

Then Wednesday morning we'll meet my dad and the rest of the family (step mom, great aunt, brother, half-brother and sister-in-law, their 2 kids (which includes a niece I havent met yet), and sister) at Cedar Point for 2 days.  I'm so excited.  I haven't been there for probably 6 years, and my kids have never been there.  This will probably be our vacation for the summer.  We're taking most of the food, and I'm planning on plenty of water too.

That leaves Friday to get ready for the yard sale on Saturday.  Its also our school auction/raffle/bbq (our one and only fund raiser), so I'll have to work at that for a bit.  Saturday evening I'll finish getting the house ready for my grandpa's 90th b-day party which will be here next Sunday.  Oh, I also have to make all the cupcakes for that too.

Then I hope to have a little time to relax a bit.  I am taking a class the following week for 3 days at our high school, and need to take some college classes this summer, but I really hope things will slow down some.

Hope everyone has a great last week!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

99 Things

I saw this on another blog and thought it was neat.  Its funny how some things are just so different for each of us.

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
unless we count rockband or marching band :)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland DisneyWORLD
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
playing the guitar (badly so far)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
next year I will do this!
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  when my kids are sick
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon 

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
an overnight cruise from Italy to Greece

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
I live in the middle of amish country
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
No but I want to pay for someone's order in the drive thru soon
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
Not for me but with my daughter
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching - 
63. Got flowers for no reason -
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
No but just went to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC
67. Bounced a check
by accident
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
will do this when in NYC next year
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
not inside
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
4 actually
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
 That was fun.  :)