Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater

I almost threw in the towel on my weekly challenges because one of them seems to be proving to be too difficult. Because I was failing at one then I was a failure at all.

How ridiculous!  Thank goodness I realized what was happening and have put my foot down!

On 4/27, I planned to start checking things off my To Do list.  My To Do list is too long, but for right now I am going to have to accept that fact. Every time I check something off, something new gets added.

It is just where I am in my life right now, and that is ok. I plan to keep an eye on my To Do list, but if it does not diminish at the rate I hoped I will not beat myself over about it.

Too much pressure.

So, to relieve the pressure this week’s challenge will be to meditate for 5 minutes every day. I have a couple of resources, but would love to hear recommendations that are either free or inexpensive.  Please share in the comments!

Update on previous weekly challenges:

On 4/27, I had 218 items on my To Do list and my challenge was to decrease that number. On 5/4 I was horrified to realize my To Do list grew to 222 items. I am happy to report I am down to 200 items on the list.  Slow progress, but that is okay!

On 4/20/15, I vowed to become more active. My goal was to earn 3 Activity Points every single day, unfortunately this week I had one inactive day – but I did earn 1 point that day.  The rest of the week was stellar, earning between 4 and 7 points each day for a total of 30 APs! This week’s goal is earn a minimum of 4 APs per day, every day.

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I had a steak dinner with a couple of scoops of dessert and a 55 point Mother’s Day brunch buffet!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. Two corners and 4 draws are complete.  Four other draws have been started. And, we opened our summer weekend rental and managed to find a place for everything, so I am making sure we start with no clutter there!

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  I seem to be finding full success on an average of 5 days per week, and the other two days are just slightly less. I find the days I am in the car most are the most problematic. I am going to continue to work at this!

PSA of the Day (again)… Stick to your goals!

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Oops!

I need a mulligan! A redo! Do over!

The last few days I have gone a bit off track. I haven’t been blogging or following my personal challenges as well as I would like to be. I can make many excuses why, but I am not going to…I am just pushing the RESET button and starting again right now with this post.

This week’s challenge is to get back on track!

Update on previous weekly challenges:

On 4/27, I stated I will work to check things off my To Do list.  I thought of everything that needed to be done and added it to my already long list and was horrified that it was 218 items long. Well, imagine my complete shock when the list started to grow the next day instead of shrink!  CRAZY!!!!

My list now stands at 222 items and my goal remains to check of 2 – 3 items per week until I get the list down to only 100 items.

On 4/20/15, I vowed to become more active. I met (and exceeded) my weekly goal of earning 2 Activity Point (Weight Watchers metric) every day. I actually earned between 3 and 7 points each day for a total of 38 APs in the past week. This week, my goal is to earn a minimum of 3 APs per day, every day.

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I ate 55 points at a party and when I had a steak dinner with a couple of scoops of dessert!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. Two corners and 4 draws are complete.  Four other draws have been started. And, we opened our summer weekend rental and managed to find a place for everything, so I am making sure we start with no clutter there!

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  This week I only accomplished this 4 days, but the other 3 days I still drank approximately 6 glasses…so it is all still an improvement. I find the days I am in the car most are the most problematic. I am going to work harder at this!

PSA of the Day… Stick to your goals!

It’s Going Down!

isolated-scale it is going down

The scale that is! Yippee!!!

I mostly credit the tracking of everything I eat. By writing down everything I am more mindful of what I am doing. Also, because I am forcing myself to write it down I am finding that two things are happening:

1- I realize most of the time when I eat something bad it is not nearly as bad as I thought it was

2- Allows (or forces) me to get right back on track, not the next day or week, but the next minute

I am sure that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water and getting a little more activity has helped also.

I lost 4.4 lbs this week for a total of 20 lbs!

Very excited! And very motivated!

What tricks help you stay on track and motivated to eat properly?

PSA of the Day…if you bite it, you write it!

I Have TO DO What???

to do to to dones

I have lost control of my To Do list…or more to the point, it is now controlling me!  Help!

I use Toodledo to keep track of what needs to get done, but there are currently so many things on my list that I forgot to call my favorite (only) niece for her birthday! I felt like the most horrible aunt ever when I realized.

Part of my problem is that every time I check something off my list, I end up adding two new things.  Right now my list stands at 218 items. TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN! Yikes!

Many items are recurring and routine daily, weekly or monthly stuff such as get the mail, pay the bills, change the filters, etc. At this point in my life, if it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get done!

My goal is to get the list to 100 items in less than a year. I plan to do this by completing 2 – 3 items every single week.

What tools or tricks do you use to get your To Dos to become To Dones?

Update on previous weekly challenges:

On 4/20/15, I vowed to become more active. I met (and exceeded) my weekly goal of earning 1 Activity Point (Weight Watchers metric) every day. I actually earned between 2 and 6 points each day for a total of 25 APs in the past week. This week, my goal is to earn a minimum of 2 APs per day, every day.

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I ate the 16 point Nutella Pizza and had a party where I ate 55 points!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. Two corners are complete. I moved out of the office and began organizing four bathroom draws that were in extreme desperate need.  I will report more on this tomorrow.

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  I have managed to accomplish this every day since then except for two. It seems days that I am spending more than 4 hours in a car create a challenge. On the days that I can’t drink 8 glasses I am still making sure to stay fully hydrated by drinking 5 – 6 glasses those days.

PSA of the Day… Make a list and check it twice!

What goals have you set for yourself?

Focus List of Ten

focus list of ten

The new me – same as the old me – just the best me that I can be!

I am challenging myself to focus on the ten things listed below that are important to me and can use a little improvement.

Some I have started already, others will become more of a focus in the coming weeks.

I am happy being me and living my particular life. I am grateful for all that I have…because I have a lot! But that doesn’t mean I don’t need improvement. Everyone needs improvement, because no one is perfect. (I apologize if you are perfect…I do not mean to offend anyone!)

Here is my Focus List of Ten:

#1- Weight Loss (Food): Taking accountability for what I eat and improve my daily diet. I am on Weight Watchers and have committed to tracking every little bite that goes into my mouth!

#2- Weight Loss (Activity): I have committed to moving more every single day.

#3- Organize: Many aspects of my life are organized, but my physical and electronic spaces are disasters in great need of attention. I am working slowly to make necessary improvements (one corner of my life at a time)!

#4- Learning: There are so many things I want to learn…the world is such an interesting place. Right now I am focusing on learning to blog, but there are many other items on the list to learn!

#5- Relationships: Strong friend and family relationships are so important to our happiness, so I want to maintain and grow my current relationship and maybe even create some new ones. I love being part of a community and I am starting to feel part of the blogging community.

#6- Giving Back: I make donations often, but I don’t give enough of my time and energy to improving my world.

#7- Mindfulness: I would like to start to meditate and do yoga.

#8- Fun Stuff: I don’t want to let daily life get in the way of fun stuff. I want to do more fun stuff!!!

#9- Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone: I want to step out of my comfort zone more often. I don’t think that means daily, but maybe weekly.

#10- Decorating: This one freaks me out. I can’t even admit out loud how long we have lived in our home without painting or hanging a picture. I know many of you love this, but for me it is a fear much higher on the list than public speaking!

What are you focusing on improving? Any tips you can provide to help with my improvements are greatly appreciated!

PSA of the Day…Make a list to focus on and then focus on that list!

Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

Slash and Burn – Calories, that is

Eat less move more

It is time to slash and burn my calories! I am excited to recommit to my weight loss journey and I look forward to a more active spring and summer and beyond!

The only way I am going lose weight is by cutting the number of calories I eat and burning more than I have been with my recent coach potato ways!

I can’t even count the number of times I have joined Weight Watchers in the past. The last time I joined was in September 2013 when I hit my heaviest weight ever! I have been going to meetings on and off ever since. I have been paying all along, but like a gym membership, just because you pay doesn’t mean you benefit.

BTW, my gym membership is also being paid for, but not used!

I had lost 38 lbs, but gained 23 of them back.  Right now I am down 15.6 and have a long way to go until hitting my goal.

In the past week I have started tracking (food journaling) everything I eat and have started moving a little bit more.

My goal is to lose something every week. I know some weeks will be better than others, but I need to start and keep forward motion.

I am hoping to not only look and feel better, but to also be healthier and more energized.

What tricks do you have for eating less and moving more?

PSA of the Day…Eat Less and Move More

Daily Prompt: Slash and Burn

Turn This Ship Around – NOW!

Accountable food amnesia 4.15.15

I need to turn this ship around, and by ship, I mean myself. More specifically my weight.

Today I am going to start by focusing on small manageable steps.

This week’s step will be holding myself accountable.

My mentors have been my Weight Watchers leaders.  Some have been better than others, but as a general rule I try to find a good one. Continue reading