Monthly Archives: March 2012

April Goals…

April Goals…

March worked really well, having a huge goal of walking 100 miles. The only bad thing about it is that I really did not have much success on the scale. And, while I did lose some inches, I did not lose nearly as much as I thought I would after doing all of that walking. I know I should be happy with what I did lose, and I am, but I really want April to be awesome on the scale and with the tape measure. So I am really planning on stepping it up a notch or two! 

I have been taking the past couple of days to think about what I want my goals to be for April. I have come up with a list, which is ever evolving at this point. I keep thinking of more things to add to it! And only about half of it is weight-loss related… The rest are things that are personal or need to be done around the house. So here are my (current!) goals for April…

  • exercise every day
  • get back into strength training and toning
  • step up my cardio and ab workouts
  • lose 5 pounds
  • keep track of my calories every day… Nothing gets left out, even if I have an awful day.
  • drink at least 96 ounces of water daily
  • stay within my calorie budget
  • do one new activity with Zeeva at least once every two weeks
  • spend more time with God
  • read my Bible at least five minutes every day
  • plant flowers in my container garden
  • do at least one crafty project
  • organize the art studio that is currently masquerading as a junk room
  • have at least one date night with my wonderful husband
  • So there you have it… My goals for April! After sticking with my goal for March, I know I can reach these goals!

    And I Just Walked 100 Miles!

    And I Just Walked 100 Miles!

    I started out the month of March with a very lofty goal in mind… I wanted to walk 100 miles this month. That is more than I walked in January and February combined. And, I am extremely proud to say, I finally reach that goal this afternoon!! I have officially walked 100 miles in the month of March! I cannot even express how great I feel about that. When I reached that 100th mile, I jumped up and down around the room because I was so excited! Why am I so excited? I set out to reach an amazing goal and I did not back down, not even once. I did not even think about giving up, even when I realized that I still had a quarter of my goal to complete with only a week left to reach it. I did not give up when I saw other people doing way more miles than me and reaching their goals days ago. I did not give up when I was sick. I kept pressing on and pushing myself, which is not something that comes naturally for me. That is why I am so excited!

    And now that I have reached this awesome goal, I know that nothing will hold me back! I can do anything!!

    I am so excited that I even had Thomas take a commemorative photo for me, sweat and all! Those last seven miles that I put in today were hard work!  :o)

    Weigh-In Wednesday…

    Weigh-In Wednesday…

    Ok… I was totally expecting a huge weight loss this week. At least two pounds, but I was even having dreams of losing five. I know, kind of crazy. But I have walked 28 miles since Friday, which was actually only three workouts! That is a lot! That is why I was expecting a great scale victory today.

    Well, I did not get it. I lost 0.2 pounds. And that is actually only because I realized I had a bunch of Bobbi pins in my pocket the first time I weighed myself (with a zero pound loss), so I stepped on again. 0.2 pounds… Not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting. But I have thought through it and I have figured out where the lack of loss probably stemmed from… Food. It is also quite possible that I am retaining water from my popcorn splurge on Monday. But I need to splurge less. I went a bit overboard this week. Thankfully not too overboard though!

    I did have some great non-scale victories today, though! I went shopping with my mom and Zeeva and I was able to wear sizes that I have not worn in years! I got jeans and capris that are three whole sizes smaller than the ones I have been wearing (and, yes, those pants have been paso ally falling off my butt!). And I bought not one, but TWO dresses, which is an item that I have avoided like the plague for my whole life! So, even though today started out as a bit of a bummer, I am pretty happy with it’s outcome! And Zeeva was a shopping pro. We went all day and she was pretty great. She passed out about one minute after the car started moving at the end of the day!  Lol

    30x30x30 Revisited…

    30x30x30 Revisited…

    Now that I am officially 30, it is time to see how I did with my 30x30x30 goals. I met the majority of them and had a great time with it. It was nice to be able to make some things off of a list and have it really mean something. There were a few, though, that I did not end up doing and I will now tell you how each of those is coming along…

    Paint something just for fun… I am working on it. I have a couple of great ideas, I just have not executed them yet.

    Do something colorful with my hair… This is actually something that I have decided to make a weight-loss reward for myself. When I hit fifty or seventy-five pounds lost (I have not decided which one yet), I am going to get a fabulous new hair cut and do something funky to the color. I am even growing my hair out for now, so I have the most options available. It is getting so long that it is driving me a bit nuts… Extra motivation to work hard on my weight loss, I guess!  ;o)

    Finish baby proofing the house… Ok, Thomas and I are horrible parents. We have not done this yet. ***hangs head in shame*** What is even sadder is that we actually have the items we need for it, we just have not done it! We do have the main area that Zeeva is in all baby proofed, we just have not extended it to the other rooms yet. It is on my definite list of things to do SOON!!

    Get my blood-sugar out of the pre-diabetic range… I am working on it! I will find out in June if I have succeeded.  :o)

    Organize our junk room (aka art studio)… We have not touched it yet. It is something that needs to be a coordinated effort, because we need someone to watch Zeeva while we work. And that room is freezing during the winter, so I decided to wait until Spring. I know, excuses, excuses. It it WILL get done!

    Sew some cool pillows… I have done quite a few other sewing projects and have a few more waiting in the wings, so I am not too concerned that I did not get around to this one.   ;o)

    Have a fun Girl’s Day with friends… I have not done what I wanted to do, specifically. But, I have gotten together with some awesome friends and have even had a double date with a wonderful couple. 

    Go through the 31 Days to Clean… I have not done this yet, but I am doing better at keeping up with things, so I am happy with that!

    Fill the walls with Zeeva’s photos… We have one picture frame up. Does that count?  ;o) No, seriously, I have a really great plan, I just need to find a great deal on frames!

    Stick with a consistent Bible reading plan… Confession time… I am horrible about reading my Bible. I always have been. This is something I really need to work on!

    So there you have it, for those of you who were wondering. I am really pretty happy with how my last few months of being 29 turned out!  :o) Now it is time to get started on my list of things to do before I turn 40!  ;o)

    Start Strong, Stay Strong, End Strong!

    Start Strong, Stay Strong, End Strong!

    I had a bad bought with my stomach last week… It really was bothering me for three or four days. Thankfully, it was mostly fine yesterday, just in time for my birthday. But it decided that it wanted to other me again when I woke up this morning. And, on top of that, the back of my thigh decided that it wanted to be mysteriously sore today.

    Now, the old me would have taken these things and used them as excuses for not having a workout. And that does happen every now and then. But, today, the new me just got very irritated by this turns of events. I had three days last week where I could not workout… I was really just feeling too bad. So it made me very mad that my body was trying to make that happen again today. I decided to do something about it. I did a four mile DVD this morning… And then I did another six miles while Zeeva was napping this afternoon!! That is TEN MILES today!! Woohoo!! Take that, upset stomach and achy hamstring! My calendar for this month says “Start strong, stay strong, end strong”… And I doing doing just that!

    I was even planning on adding another two miles to my total this afternoon by taking Zeeva for a stroll around the neighborhood. But I am honestly beat now! And the crazy thing is that I am actually kind of irritated at myself for it doing those extra two miles! Which makes me mad because I just finished walking ten miles… I should be able to rejoice in that and just feel proud of my hard work! So go away disappointment, you are not welcome here!

    I now have 13 miles left to go for the week! I think I can now eat popcorn at The Hunger Games tonight and not feel guilty!

    The Big 3-0…

    The Big 3-0…

    Today (Sunday) was/is my birthday! My 30th birthday, to be exact. And the exact time of my birth has now passed, so I am definitely officially thirty, no matter how you look at it. I had a pretty good day too. We, unfortunately, did not make it to church this morning, which was a bummer. But I was able to get in a four mile walking DVD this morning, and then I sprayed for spiders and weeded the gardens a bit. Then it was time for a shower and a bit of relaxation while Zeeva took her nap. I know, I know… None of that sounds exactly exciting. And it was a pretty “dull” day at that point, but I guess that is part of being an adult.

    But after Zeeva woke up from her nap, we had a short photo shoot in front of one of cherry trees, which is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! And then we went and bought tickets to see The Hunger Games tomorrow (YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!), and we met my family at Benihana’s for dinner. Mmmmm…. Benihana’s…. What was really funny was that I texted a friend of mine while we were on our way there, and they ended up driving next to us shortly afterward! Lol… We were not even in the city we live in either! And then I ran into a former coworker of mine at the restaurant, who I have not seen since I quit my job four year ago. Very random!

    Dinner was awesome! Zeeva was pretty well behaved, although the staggered pace of food was a bit distracting to her. And she actually pretty much refused to eat anything but onions and teriyaki mushrooms…. What an odd child we have! I love mushrooms, so it was hard to sacrifice them to her, but we had to give her what she would eat! And I do not like onions so I have no clue where that one came from.  :o) I do have a confession to make… I figured out my calories for what I was going to eat at the restaurant beforehand, but I did end up going over my daily calories a bit because I forgot about cake and ice cream. But I did not do too bad and I am definitely not going to beat myself up over it!

    After dinner, we did presents and cake at our house, which was a blast. I feel so blessed to have such a great family… We all get along so well and always have a great time together!

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes and the cards and the presents! I just know that this is going to be a great year!

    Here are a couple of shots from today’s photo shoot…

    I Am Almost Thirty!

    I Am Almost Thirty!

    I am now down to less than an hour left of being 29. Well, technically speaking, I was not born until around 8:30 pm… So I could get really specific about that, but I think I will just try to go with the flow. It is odd though… I would not say that I am at all uptight about turning thirty. I know some people get really stressed out about that, but I would not put myself in that category. But I do definitely feel a little tug in my chest right now, which is maybe some sadness about leaving my twenties behind.

    This has been a crazy decade, full of huge life changes. I met the love of my life, graduated from college, lived in Colorado for a couple of months, got engaged, got my first design job (as much as I would love to forget it!), moved into my very first apartment, married the man that God created just for me, grew closer to God, left my horrible first job (sorry former coworkers, but it just about killed me to work there!), purchased my first home, bought my first “real” car, was blessed with my first pregnancy ever, painted my very first mural, and gave birth to the most beautifully silly little girl that God ever put on this earth. I have grown a lot and had to make a lot of decisions,some great, some horrible. Yep, it has definitely been a crazy decade.

    My prayer for my new decade is that it is full of joy… The joy of growing with the people I love the most, the joy of finding greater strength in my relationship with God, the joy of letting go of the past, the joy of living to be the person I was meant to be, the joy of using the gifts that God has given me, the joy of being a wonderful mommy to my awesome Zeeva Z (and any other kids we may have). There are so many joys that I could list here, it could really go on and on and on. So my prayer for my thirties is that it is full of joy.  :o)

    Weigh-In Wednesday…

    Weigh-In Wednesday…

    I have kept track of my calories every day for the past week. And, I have to say, I have been doing pretty good with it! It really makes you stop and think more when you know you will have to “fess up” at the end of the day. And keeping track of my calories, along with exercising every day, seem to have paid off! I lost two pounds this week!! Yippeeeeee! I am definitely happy about that one! So my gameplay for the next week is more of the same. I am going to be a bit lenient on Sunday though… It is my 30th birthday, after all!

    Weak or Strong?

    Weak or Strong?

    Ok…. I woke up this morning, feeling completely drained of everything. I felt like I could sleep all day. And, in fact, I was even planning on taking the day off and writing a post about how weak I was feeling. I was definitely feeling week, like I could not even pick up Zeeva. 

    Then something changed… A friend of mine (who I have been friends with since SECOND GRADE!) was going to stop by this afternoon. I had about an hour and a half to kill between putting Zeeva down for her nap and when my friend would get here. So I had to make a choice… Nap, clean or exercise. I definitely wanted to nap. Lol… But I decided it would not be a long enough nap. I needed to clean. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that what I really needed to do was exercise. I have been friends long enough with this wonderful person to know that she would not care it my house was a little messy. So, I put on my workout shoes, turned on my DVD and did my four miles! And I even had time to shower afterward, which I am sure my friend was very grateful about!  ;o)

    My exercise calendar for the month has something that I wrote in the corner… “Start Strong, Stay Strong, End Strong”. It also has a reminder that I need this and deserve this. And that is fully what I intend to do this month!!

    Now it is time for me and Zeeva to go take a walk with my lovely sister! I am adding even more miles to my monthly total!

    If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.

    My Pity Party Pickup…

    My Pity Party Pickup…

    Ok, I am done having a pity party for myself. Yes, I gained this week. My food has not been horrible but there were definitely a couple adjustments I could have made. And my knee is injured so my workouts have not been near what they normally are. But I have been doing great with my water intake and I have been doing some workouts, which is definitely above and beyond what the old me would have done with a hurt knee. Plus, I feel completely swollen today, so i know I am retaining water like crazy right now. So I am moving on from beating myself up. Instead, I am going to focus on the things that I can change for this coming week. 

    One… I am going to take it easy for as long as I need to for my knee. I will do whatever workout that feels comfortable and does not cause a lot of extra pain, but I am not going to push it. I do not want to make myself worse. 

    Two… I am taking the plunge. I have been avoiding counting calories or anything like that since I started this journey six and a half months ago. My reasoning for that is that I do not want to have to count calories (or points or whatever) for the rest of my life. But a friend of mine has made me realize that even doing that for a few weeks or months can make you a lot more cognizant of what you are actually eating, and how many calories you are actually taking in. So, I took the plunge this morning and made an account on an app called “Lose It”. I am hoping that this helps me focus my eating a bit better.

    Three… I am going to feel positive!!  :o) And I am going to focus on the things that make me feel positive, like the fact that I finally fit into my capris after three long years.  

    On that note, I have to say that I have recently run into several friends that I have not seen in a while. And they have all talked about how great I look. While I totally appreciate the compliments, that is something that is really hard for me to digest. I still do not fully see it myself, and I tend to just focus on my flaws. And, while I try to not focus on how much I still have to lose, that is hard at times. So this is my motto for the next week (or year!)… “When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the “I still have more to go” crap. You worked hard and you deserve the compliment!” – Jillian Michaels