June 30, 2011

How do you make sure you get your 8 – 8oz glasses of water every day?  I know I’m not getting mine in and I just remembered how I used to do it.  If I can get 4 – 8oz glasses in before I have lunch than I’m pretty much guaranteed to get in all 8.  Not exactly sure how this plan always worked for me, but I think it has something to do with programming.  My body likes getting in 8 – 8oz glasses everyday, but without it I think it goes into some kind of survival mode and I end up getting in 3 or 4 – 8 oz glasses, pathetic.  So today I’m going start re-programming: I will get the water I need.  I just finished the first 2 and I’ve started the next 2 glasses.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  But was wondering how all of you make sure you get them all in, do you have a system or did you have a system before it became 2nd nature?

One of my favorite things about my garden is being able to bring it indoors.  Here is what is blooming right now in my garden: Lavender, Veronica and Daisies.







If you walk past a patch of Lavender, be sure to drag your hand through it, you’ll pick up the oils.  Your hand will smell so lovely that your whole body will relax.


June 29, 2011

Is there a spot in your home that is so disorganized that every time you look at it or try to open that drawer you get stressed?  Well I don’t have one, I have several.  The worst by far is the Lazy Susan Turntable that holds all my baking supplies and small kitchen appliances.  Every time I turn it things fall or block it from turning, so frustrating.  Today I will take everything out, sort (there must be things I can get rid of), clean and put everything back in an orderly fashion.  I’m actually looking forward to this task.

On a workout note, I finally got two new workouts.  Yesterday I did Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones and yes I’m feeling it today.  It’s going to be some time before I can complete the whole workout without modifying it.  Although it was tough, it was really good to workout my muscles in a new way and push myself.  Have you pushed yourself in your workouts recently?  Have you been doing the movement the same way for a while?  Is there one part of your workout where you modify the movement?  Try and un-modify one section and see how you feel, you may be surprised at what you can handle.

June 28, 2011

Hello all, or should I say the few and the strong 🙂 thank you to any and all who are still reading my blog.  You help me to feel not quite so lonely in the blog world.

I finished my latest book yesterday and I’m still waiting for Amazon to deliver the latest Stephanie Plum, I’m so excited I keep checking on the tracking, it better arrive today!!!

Yesterday I finished #4 in the Fever Series. I found this series this past February and I love it!!!  Lucky for me the 5th and final book in the series came out this past January, so I get to move right on to the end and oh I can’t wait!!  The 4th book ends with quite the cliffhanger.  I kept reading the last page over and over, wait, wait, what, oh my, what does this mean!!!! 🙂  Love it, so much fun!!

June 27, 2011

Simple truths…

I’ve been thinking this morning about trouble I make for myself.  How does trouble always happen?  There is always something I wish I handled differently, mostly because I’m a procrastinator, but not always.  I’ve been taking a just do it or just get it done attitude lately and it has really helped.  There are still things in my day-to-day life that I wish I would handle differently.  Whether it be with some task for work or house work, I’m always pushing something off until others problems arrives from them not getting done.  I’m wondering today if I have a pattern in my life, of trying to take control.  Trying to feel more empowered in my life by willingly not taking care of some things???  Do you have tasks in your life that you unconsciously put off, or rather have not realized why you put them off?  I’m going to attempt to shove through this pattern and attack head on those tasks that I sense in me a wanting to put off.  I’m curious how I’ll feel when I’m more conscious about the trouble I make for myself.  Will I feel better, worse, more aware and will that lead to better choices…a pattern to the positive?

June 24, 2011

Two quick things.

I finally broke down and bought a new workout outfit (bra, tank and capris).  I wanted to wait until I was truly down a size, but I just didn’t have enough to wear during the week for my workouts.  I’m so glad I did, love the clothes that can wick the wet away and dry quickly!!  As an added plus the tank is not tight but just loose enough that I can easily tell when I don’t have my core pulled in, which made this mornings workout tougher and better.

I love So You Think You Can Dance!!!  This season is going to be amazing, all the dancers are amazing!!!  In years past it has been easy to tell who will go home first, until you get down to the truly talented few.  Well this year is going to be difficult, it’s going to be really really hard to pick!!  I do have a fav though her name is Melanie Moore

June 23, 2011

Love it when I can find some real common sense or new knowledge in my weight loss Journey and I just got both from Bob Greene via an email from Oprah mail.  He provided a great list, be sure to check it out.  Below are the 3 that really stuck with me, as either new to me or provided me with an ah ha moment.

Did you know one of the mistakes often made is simply working out to burn calories, the reason surprised me, but makes so much sense: What matters more is exercise intensity. Vigorous exercise dulls your appetite, while moderate exercise stimulates it.  I’ve been following a pretty intense workout schedule and on these days I do really pretty well on food.  It’s on the weekend (when I have a break) that I have trouble with food, very interesting!!

Another mistake I often make (and a lot of the cause for my weight issues) is eating not because I’m hungry, but because my emotions are on edge.  Bob suggests using a hunger scale, I’ve heard this many times but have never really worked it.  Imagine a scale from one to five—one being full, and five being ravenous. If you’re hitting a three—your stomach’s grumbling, you’re physically dragging—it’s time to eat. Any lower than that, and you’re eating to fill an emotional need, not a physical one.  I’m really going to try using this train of thought.  Last night I so wanted a snack, I kept thinking about it and thinking about it, had myself convinced I was hungry, I don’t think I was.  I ended up having two grapes and the last 5 kernels of popcorn I popped for my boys.  I did give in to the need to eat, but it could have been sooooo much worse.  I’m going to start using this scale and I’ll let you know how it goes.

One of the reasons I’m so excited by my current journey to a health is that I’m not giving up.  I just realized that since I became overweight I’ve only ever worked at it for, at most, 10 weeks.  Although I had not gotten serious about my actions until just over 7 weeks ago, I have been working out for over 10 weeks now!!  I’m not giving up now, I’m in this for the long hall, i.e. the rest of my life.  Bob says we underestimate the power of 80 percent. People tend to have an all-or-nothing attitude when it comes to living healthy. But if you can put these tips into practice even 80 percent of the time, you’re still going to be successful.  I’ve thought a lot about the 80-20 rule as of late.  Failing is difficult for me, always has been and that is how I’ve always looked at my weight, one failure after another.  Well, no more!!!  My reasonable head is on now with a bright light that says: keep moving forward (thanks Walt Disney, love those 3 words).  I’m going to keep working on my goal of working out 200 minutes a week/eating sensibly, but I am only human, things will come up.  Each day I won’t beat myself up over missteps.  I’ll start each day a new, learn from my missteps and work hard to meet my goals.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to keep me going on this journey!!!

June 22, 2011

How’s your garden doing?  Mine is doing pretty good, but it’s so hot lately.  Luckily we got a good rain storm yesterday, everything looks a little perkier today.  I’ve been on top of things this year, my gardens were all weeded and mulched by Memorial weekend, which is a first for me.  I’ve noticed a weed here and there over the last several weeks and they only take a few minutes to pull as I’m walking around checking things out.  This week I’m going to spend a bit more time as a few things need taken care of, i.e. dead heading the Peonies/other perennials already done for the year and fertilizing.  I need to get back on a weekly fertilizing pattern.  My gardens and pots always to bet when I fertilize.  This is also a good time to determine if your plants are getting not enough or too much water.  TO DO: Dead head, fertilize and water check

My workouts for the week are in shambles!!  Sunday I didn’t get in my Pilates, yesterday I didn’t workout at all and today I got up, but so did my oldest (which normally is ok, but not today, one thing after another).  I got in about 10 minutes of my workout and my youngest was already getting up.  I’m still hoping to get a workout in today, but it will have to wait.  I’m frustrated to say the least.  I’m also stressing out in other areas of my life and I could really use a good workout!!!  On a happy note, my body seems to be changing, not in all areas, mostly around my core and I have noticed some changes in my face.  The changes are very exciting, I can’t wait for more…