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Tidbit Tuesday

Just another, unedited/sloppy post of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I’m gathering together all the stuff I’ll need for my annual planning retreat. I just realized that I’ve been doing this for the past 7 years. It has really been a great experience. I love the location, the people who are there are so friendly and it is just a joy to be there. Plus the food is fantastic and I don’t have to cook it or clean up afterwards.

One of the things I’m concentrating on this year is to really look at the things in my house and decide whether I want to keep them or not. I have a collection of perfume/lotion/moisturizers that I’ve bought or been given over the years. Some I’ve “saved” for special events, some I got when people died and I didn’t want to throw them away, others I’ve bought because I “should” be using them and some I’ve bought because I wanted but haven’t gotten around to using. I’ve started to actually use some of them and I’m deciding whether to keep or toss others.

In a similar vein, I used to hate throwing away food (children are starving in Africa, you know) but I just tossed some packaged quinoa with kale(I know – I shouldn’t be buying packaged foods, baby steps people, baby steps). No one really liked and in the past I would have let it sit in the fridge or put it the hubby’s lunch or try to doctor it up but this time I just threw it out.  It felt so good to just be done with it.

Oh what a difference a few days makes. Saturday it was sunny and mid fifties. I was out cleaning up the yard and thinking about what to grow this spring. Now today it’s in the twenties and I just shoveled the sidewalk for the second time. At least I didn’t have to clean off my windshield before heading out.

In an effort to be more efficient, I decided to follow the advice of scheduling  a bunch of errands for today. The plan was –  a dentist appointment, a meeting with a financial planner, picking up a prescription, stopping at the bank to deposit some checks and get some small bills to pay allowances and lunch with a friend.  Then I was reminded why I don’t do this – the dentist appointment went longer than they thought it would,  I needed to shovel the sidewalk, there was a snow squall as I was driving to lunch, I couldn’t find my deposit slips and I completely forgot about the prescription. It may cost me more in time and gas but the peace of mind I get is worth spreading things out over the course of a few days. I’ll have to look elsewhere to be more efficient.

I need to get off the computer and figure out what’s for dinner. Wherever you are, I hope you are having a great day.

Fitness Friday

I’ve been in a bit of a funk since I got back from Israel and haven’t done much in the way of fitness. I forgot to take my fitbit with me – left it charging at the computer when we left for the airport. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to some record breaking days. Several people in the group did have their devices so I was able to get an estimate of steps for the trip.  Overall it was quite good but I’ve done little to no walking since then. It has been frigid again and the kids were off school three days this week.  I’m behind my goal although I’m not sure how far behind – need to check my records and make a plan to get back up to speed.

Haven’t done much with the cardio/strength training since I’ve been back. I did do some type of stretching/yoga everyday of the trip and most days since. I need to learn to roll with the changes in my schedule – that is still a difficult thing for me. I’m not good at being spontaneous, I tend to get in a bit of thinking rut and spend way too much time bemoaning the changes instead of dealing with them.

I’ve found a strength training plan that I’m going to try. Not sure if I will be able to pull it off but since I’m going for  developing the habit of exercising, I’m going to do minimal repetitions and hopefully I’ll manage it.

What do you do for fitness when the weather is so dreadfully cold? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Please leave me a comment. Thanks

 

Fitness Friday

Mid-month check in

Goal one  –  Two and a half minutes of yoga/stretching daily  13/15

Goal two  –  Two and a half minutes of strength training  3 times per week   5/5

Goal three  –  Two and a half minutes of cardio(not including my daily walks) 3 times per week   3/5

Goal four  –  minimum of 12,000 steps daily   13/15; stretch of 14,000 daily  12/15

Overall I’m pretty pleased. This week wasn’t very good due to cold weather and family drama. I didn’t have the motivation/energy to make myself go out in the cold to walk or to do much of anything else for two days.  I need to let that go and remember that every day is a chance to start over.

How are your fitness goals going? Have you hit your targets or had a bit of a slump like me? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Fitness Friday

Today I am at 4,954,683 steps, so barring any strange unforeseen events I should definitely make my goal of 5 million steps this year! I am very pleased with myself. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it at different points in the year but I kept plugging away and now I’m almost there.

Since I haven’t found an exercise that I like and want to commit to doing regularly, I think I’m going to go with a time goal for next year. First I need to develop the habit of doing something every day. I am walking every day but I’d like to add some yoga or stretching in the morning and/or evening.  I’d also like to add in some kind of cardio and weight training on alternating days.

I’m going to start very small because I am  still really reluctant to add this to my day. I will just try to do two and a half minutes every day of yoga/stretching and two and a half minutes  six times a week of cardio/ weight training. I know that many people will think I should push myself more but that has backfired in the past so I’m going to try it differently this time around. By the end of the year, I’d like to be doing 30 minutes of some kind of exercise six days a week.

Next week I will be trying out snowboarding – we are headed out to the local ski resort for a few days. Hubby will be skiing, the girl will be snowboarding and the boy and I will do some tubing and take a snowboarding lesson. There is also an indoor pool, bowling and roller skating for us to try when we get tired of the slopes.

Anybody want to share their fitness goals? Please leave a comment,I’d love to know how you did this year and what you are doing for next year.

31 days toward completion – day 24

Yesterday was a  busy day of errands and I just didn’t manage to get anything on the list done. What I did do was add to the list! I ended up getting some more fabric(which will need to be sorted and stored) and buying some more books(which will need to be added to the list once I finish reading them). One thing I’ve discovered is that I should not go shopping or to the library.

I need to create some boundaries if I want to accomplish some of these things.  I definitely have enough fabric for several years of projects and I don’t need to buy stuff just because I like the way it looks. I need to commit to starting and finishing some projects to use up what I have before getting any more fabric. Likewise, I have enough books at home that I do not need to visit bookstores or browse at the library. It should be easy to avoid bookstores after I do my Christmas shopping – no, that is not true. It is never easy for me to avoid bookstores, I’ll need to make a commitment to avoid them. I don’t want to avoid the library because I think it is important for the kids to read but I can avoid browsing. I can take something along to read or browse the magazines while they make their selections.

If I want to stop feeling overwhelmed by  what I have on my plate, I need to limit what I bring into this house and start actively working to make a dent in what is already here. As I’ve said before and will continue to tell myself – baby steps/ one bite at a time is the way to go. Towards that end, today I added some more books to the wish list. I am hopeful that I will be able to finish that this month.

31 days toward completion – day 21

Did some more work on my book lists. It is amazing how much there is to do on both of these lists. I keep finding more books to add to my books to read list. I’ve discovered that I am way behind in several series that I have started and that some of the new authors I have discovered have several other books that sound good. I definitely need to get back into the routine of reading books everyday. I have been spending too much time at the computer. Some of it is good – blogs like the 31 dayers- but other stuff not so good – endless computer games, reading facebook updates of people that I really don’t need to know about, celebrity information and the endless rabbit trails that crop up.

I have 15 pages of reading history on my library card to go through. There are 20 items on each page – 300 items!! Not all are books to add to the 1500 challenge list – some are dvds of Criminal Minds and some are things my kids have put on my card because they didn’t have their card at the time. Still, I need to go through the items and see which ones I need to put on the list. This could easily be several hours worth of work. I ‘m not going to think of that – I’m just going to take baby steps and do 15 minutes worth of work whenever I can fit it in. It will eventually get done and then the job will be to stay current.

Enough of this for today – it is time to get off the computer and do something else.

February Update and March Goal

Well I did okay with the February goal but I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I did my night time routine – no tv/computer after 9pm, bath and reading- 26 out of 28 nights. I was in bed before 10pm on 25 nights out of 28. However I only got up and moving by 6am on 11 out of 28 days.

I’m not sure what to do to get myself out of bed in the morning. It is just dark and cold and I’d rather stay in bed. Hopefully with Spring coming it will get easier to get out of bed in the morning.

I probably should work on adding some kind of exercise to my day or sticking to a maximum daily calorie count but I’m not ready nfor the kind of commitment. Instead I’ve decided to work on something else that will improve my health, drinking water. Almost everyone recommends that you get at least 64 ounces of water a day. I’m lucky if I get 32 ounces each day and since I don’t drink anything else, I’m sure my body needs more liquids. I decided to try to increase by one glass each week.

After the weekend I’ve realized that I need to have some kind of plan to help me get into the habit of drinking more than just a few sips here and there. I have a hard time trying to drink a full 8 ounce glass at one time. I’ve been using a five ounce glass and can usually finish it off with my meals. Now I need to add it to snack and other times to get my total up where I want it to be.

What’s your goal for this month??

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