Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nothing Beats a Clean House!!

Friday morning we left the house and it was not clean, but it was straightened.
Most of the dishes were done.
I had only one load of laundry left to do and a few towels to fold.
I had just weeded out a bunch of unnecessary items from the master bathroom.  
So don't get me wrong... it wasn't chaos, it wasn't "Hoarders" worthy or anything, but we just haven't kept up on the housekeeping that wasn't essential.

When we came home the housekeepers my reluctant husband and I hired for the Deep Clean were done and let me just say, words do not describe how much better I feel!  I knew I'd feel better, but I didn't KNOW how much better I'd feel.
They scrubbed the oven, they scrubbed the stove-top (and got all the stuff off that I couldn't)  and my bathrooms were so clean and the walls were clean.  The blinds were cleaned.  The floors were clean.  The furniture vacuumed.  They even folded the two loads of towels on the folding table.
As a result, my house and I both had "sparkle".  This weekend has been fabulous!  I was able to "focus", I was able to "connect" with my center.
I can't think of one thing I needed right now more than I needed this.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January Update

Bountiful Baskets... Dennis and I were headed out of town to see Kaylee on the 15th and when the truck was 3 hours late, I ended up just forfeiting my basket.  Dennis and  I had a great time in Cedar with Kaylee just hanging out and we went to an art exhibit themed around Alice in Wonderland.  It was cool.  I did make it the following week to volunteer and pick up my basket.  

Get Under 150 Pounds...   Fast  …lol or not so fast.  The weigh-ins on the last two weeks have me up not down.  We ate out in Cedar and I tried to make good choices, but I still ate too much.  I haven't been feeling that good this last week, but apparently it hasn't affected my appetite.   We had Pho Noodles yesterday, so I'm hoping that the sodium in that stuff can account for two pounds... but we shall see.  I'm hopeful,  but dissapointed I'm not in the pink yet.

Maintain a Calorie Deficit   I haven't used much energy this last week.  I was sick a lot and slept even more.  I still ate... Dennis made a yummy vegetarian sweet potato hash that was SUPER yum.

Log Food*... I made my 7 consecutive days logged, actually getting like 9 days!  I got an asterisk!  We’ll see how many of these “*” I can collect.  Currently I'm at 0.

Exercise    I did some exercise at the hotel with Kaylee.  I got on the elliptical while she ran on the treadmill. We did great!  I got sick on Tuesday and stayed that way through Friday night.  Saturday I felt better though.  Today I'm recovering from a very hard unproductive week.  Inertia... got to love it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

January Focus on Fitness

Bountiful Baskets...  Having a big supply of fruits and veggies on hand makes finding something to eat so easy. I used to plan the meal around the meat. Now I look at the veggies I have and go from there. I Love BB! Also, volunteering once a month will help me connect with others in my community and help make sure the Co-Op can stay in our area. Also it provides some exercise and my BodyBugg just loves it when I get a higher calorie burn! Tomorrow is my first BB of the year. I'll be getting up early and dressing WARM to volunteer.

Get Under 150 Pounds...   Fast  … And then work back towards my Goal Weight of 140-144 lbs.   I am hoping to be “in the pink” meaning under 150 for my birthday weigh-in on the 16th.  I’m really close (150.6 this morning) ...if not, I should be seeing that lilac-pink color soon thereafter!   
Just a note:  
 I posted my for 2010 Weigh-Ins off to the side of the blog.
Then I color coded the weights so I could quickly  see how I did for the year.  
There was more Red in 2010 than any other color :(
I want to  get “out of the red” (150 or higher) 
For Good
  steadily “move through the pink” (144.5-149.9) 
to my Goal Weight (140-144). 
  I want lots of Teal in 2011!!!
To do that... I gotta
Maintain a Calorie Deficit   This means that I used more energy than I ate... Must happen if I’m going to get back to goal!  If I connect my actions to my goal in this area, my weigh-in on Sunday will be less than the weigh-in the week before…   (unless I’ve got a little temporary water weight)

Log Food...

The act of logging my calories makes me feel as if I’m paying attention and I ALWAYS get better results when I’m focused. The big thing for me is to log everything I put in my mouth. Not just the good days / meals. This is how I'm gonna Connect the action (what I eat) with the consequence (what I weigh). Log it!  I track Carbs, (Fiber/Sugar), Protein, Fat and Sodium.

I’m working towards 7 consecutive days logged, I’ll get a star an asterisk every time I do this. I’ll just add it right after Log Food**, like that. Today is DAY 5 … We’ll see how many of these “*” I can collect.


Speaking of activity… This is REALLY where I struggled last year to “connect” my actions with my intentions. This will remain a “focus” in 2011.

I want to set myself up to succeed in this area. I want to get past the attempt to get fit, and actually act to get fit consistently, and get results. I’m still pondering. For now, I have the following intention:

In an easy and relaxed manner
In a healthy and positive way
I enjoy an attractive, healthy, strong, tone, flexible body with plenty of endurance.
I’ll probably start with something small to shake off the inertia and see where that leads me.
However this happens for me, I promise, I’m going to “sparkle”.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Wider Our View

"The wider our view, the less isolated we are. The more connected we stay to everything larger than us, the less turbulent our time on Earth."    ~Mark Nepo
My sister Jamie informed me Friday that she had our next project.  She was right!
When I saw her Saturday she showed me her copy of The Book of Awakening:  Having the Life You Want by Being Present in the Life You Have.
There is a short chapter for every day of the year followed up by a simple meditative-type exercise. I purchased the e-book version today and so far I really like it!
The book fits nicely with my Word of The Year ~*Connect*~
This will be great as a guide to ~connect~ with my center and inner knowing.
I had initially thought that my word "Focus" from 2010 would have led me to something like this book, but I think that it even more fitting to have it make it's way to me this year.
The timing couldn't be better.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy 2011!!

So this year I didn't have to search for my Word of the Year. It came to me.  Truly there is a need for me to "Connect" in the upcoming year.

Connect with my center, my values, my inner knowing...

Of course the obvious aspect of the word points to making actual connections with family.  Not just seeing them but get some good time in learning about what's going on and what's important and exciting in their lives.

I  want to "connect" my actions to my goals.  Acting in ways that bring me closer to them.  When there is a disconnect between actions and the goal... you don't end up getting there.  You could end up somewhere VERY different.  Don't want that, now do we?  Not this girl.

I maintained a focus on my goals this past year... but keeping your eye on the prize is only part of the equation, right?  I have to make the connection that what I do (my actions) has to line up and connect with the ultimate goal. When I connect the actions to the goals... I get closer to them.  HUGE impact on where I will be tomorrow, next week, or next year.

The big plunge...

Starting Weight 193.8
Week 1 194.2 - +.4
W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
August 30, 2009
W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
W- 39 150.1 +0.3
W- 40 156.3 +6.2
W- 41 153.3 -3.0
W- 42 152.6 -0.7
W- 43 152.6 -0.0
W- 44 150.7 -1.9
W- 45 152.4 +1.7
W- 46 153.0 +0.6
W- 47 152.3 +0.7
W- 48 150.1 -2.2

W- 49 147.5 -2.6
W- 50 146.3 -1.2
W- 53 151.0 +2.0
W- 54 149.3 -1.7
W- 55 144.9 -4.4
W- 56 144.1 -0.8
W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!