Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
Enjoy EVERY moment in your wedding gown. You can't stay in it forever...SO UNFAIR!!!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Best Laid Plans - New Year Goals
Well yesterday I was going to post about some of my plans for the New Year. I couldn't work on that blog though, because I had an office meeting and that was followed by the celebration of my son's birthday. He turned 16! Oh the agony of it all! I don't begrudge him aging as much as I just hate that someday relatively soon, he will be ready to be a total adult. That kind of hurts. :( I'm not ready for an empty nest.
Where was I?
Oh yes. Changes and the New Year. I am not a resolution kind of gal. I just make new plans and make every attempt to follow them through in order to improve the way I approach life. Sometimes these things go swimmingly and I have a brand new fabulous habit. Other times, I decide that I am just not ready for the change.
There are specific areas in my life that I do want to work on. The other day I kind of touched on a couple. I thought I would get more specific here today. The following are my goals and what I plan on tackling in the year 2011.
1 - Weight 2 - Relationship with God 3 - Finances
I plan on focusing on my steps for each in the next few days. Starting with the first. It seems to me that the best way to achieve my goals is to kind of map them out. This will also be good for accountability as well as a place to whine. ;)
1- Weight management (okay let's face it...WEIGHT LOSS! Are you happy now?)
When thinking about the year 2011 and what I wanted to accomplish I thought and thought about where I want to be. I thought about what needs to be worked on and what needs to change. The first thing I thought of was DIET!!!!!
I am not going to follow a crazy diet. Or at least not yet (no...I kid you, I will not go on a weird diet at all). I kind of get this Richard Simmons voice in my head when I think of diet. He used to say "never say diet!" I may be preaching to a blank stare right now. Richard Simmons hasn't exactly been cutting edge in like 20 years if ever. The dude had a pretty thriving little fitness thing going for a while there. Richard Simmons had a little show which featured very low intensity workouts and I think food prep, and he also had a thing called Deal-A-Meal where I think you got a deck of cards representing food groups. You would deal a card for each one and when you were out of cards, you were done. I think that is how it went. I never watched a whole infomercial to find out. My friend's mom used to work out to his VHS (yes I meant to type VHS) "Sweatin' To The Oldies." Either way, the guy got me to think of diet as a dirty word. He convinced me to focus on things like "lifestyle" change and junk like that.
Mainly I am just thinking of diet as an all the things I will need to do to lose some poundage from eating right to working out. All that fun stuff. And of course, let's not forget the deprivation. Here is a rough sketch of my plan so far.
1 - Exercise
Part of my weight loss journey for the year 2011 will involve getting some exercise in. With the chilly weather upon us, I thought it would be nice to start with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I picked up this little beauty with the Amazon.com credit I earned through searching with Swagbucks. I had also joined Amazon Mom so I got free shipping for it too. By they way...that swagbucks link is a referral (just want to fully disclose there). My plan is to follow the 30 days of possible torture. Who can't do 30 days? After that, I will move on to another exercise routine, but I have not chosen that as of yet. I did want to at least cover how I intended on tackling the first month of 2011.
2- Food & Bev Intake
I am hoping to eat better and drink more water than anything else. As far as food goes, I thought that I would try eating with a small plate for month one. I imagine it sounds kind of silly, but I figure that for a month I would eat my food off of a smaller plate, fill half with my veg and portion my protein and carbs into the other quarters and just see what happens. I will keep a food journal, because I hear that it really helps when it comes to weight loss. It certainly can't hurt. In fact, I might as well keep a journal of my working out too just to keep myself honest. :) Just like I will be changing my workout, I will probably be changing my eating habit, but I do intend to follow one month at a time.
3 - Weigh in/Measure up
I do not want to be a slave to the scale, but I do plan on weighing myself. I figure once a week is the way to go. This way I wont have my day hinging on what I weigh. I have thought of measurements too, but that honestly might drive me nuts. I will keep it in mind. Perhaps I will measure myself in the beginning of the month and at the end of the month. I'll have to give this part some thought. Kind of sounds like a good idea if I don't go crazy measuring every little bit of me. :)
To avoid to much yawn inducing detail, I will be back tomorrow. :)
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