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Four Months Later May 2, 2012

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On January 1st I wrote several goals for myself.  Four months later, I suppose it’s time to check my progress.

Financial Goals

  1. Save $1,000 — I am only $120 away from completing this goal 🙂
  2. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
  3. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 40% — I have completely paid off 2 credit cards. I’m not sure how much this has reduced my total credit card debt, but it makes me feel like I’m making progress.

Health Goals

  1. Lose 50 pounds — I have lost a total of 8 pounds. Despite being somewhat discouraged my this tiny progress, I am trying to stay positive and focused. If only cookies, chocolate, ice cream, and beer didn’t make my tummy so happy 😦

Professional/Educational Goals

  1. Pass the TExEs certification test in Social Studies — DONE!!! I am moving to the social studies department and will be teaching U.S. history and econmics next school year. 😀
  2. Apply for graduate school

Miscellaneous Goals

  1. Complete a scrapbook
  2. Actively look for “Mr. Right”
  3. Find a new church home with a strong youth program

Obviously I have a long way to go before I can check all of these goals off my list.  Hopefully the summer break will refresh my spirit and give me the motivation to get out there and do something!!

2012 Goals January 1, 2012

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As a new year begins, I find myself reflecting on the things I planned to accomplish in 2011 yet for multiple reasons didn’t. Obviously if I want to find success in 2012 I need to try something different. That’s where my bestie Susan comes in; she and I have agreed to be each other’s accountability partner as we each strive to accomplish our goals for this new year. Here are my major goals for the next 12 months:

Financial Goals

  1. Save $1,000
  2. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
  3. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 40%

Health Goals

  1. Lose 50 pounds

Professional/Educational Goals

  1. Pass the TExEs certification test in Social Studies
  2. Apply for graduate school

Miscellaneous Goals

  1. Complete a scrapbook
  2. Actively look for “Mr. Right”
  3. Find a new church home with a strong youth program

My Very Own Bucket List June 28, 2011

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Weekday afternoons at the museum are notoriously slow and yesterday was no exception.  Having forgotten my book at home, I was desperate for something to do that would help pass the time.  Thanks to my iTouch and the museum’s wi-fi, I was able to create my very own bucket list.

  1. Visit all these places
  2. Watch all of Johnny Depp’s movies (50+ according to IMDb)
  3. Fit in a size 12
  4. Visit every continent
  5. Earn a Mater’s Degree
  6. Drive a 1967 Stingray Corvette
  7. Meet a famous person (preferably Johnny Depp or a member of the Red Wings)
  8. Work or volunteer at the Smithsonian
  9. Get married
  10. See a polar bear in the wild
  11. Live in Scotland
  12. Complete a scrapbook
  13. Learn to waltz
  14. See the Northern Lights
  15. Go 6 months without driving a car
  16. Learn American Sign Language
  17. Visit all 50 states
  18. Go white water rafting
  19. See the Red Wings play in Joe Louis Arena
  20. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany
  21. Ride in a hot air balloon
  22. Fly first class
  23. Read 100 books in one year’s time
  24. Sing karaoke
  25. Be a zombie in a zombie movie

Well Hell! March 11, 2010

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Ok, so the Maintain, Don’t Gain idea did NOT work 😦 I came nowhere near losing 40 pounds before my birthday. I think I lost 6….wow!

I did manage to buy a house 😀

Weight Watchers starts as soon as I get back from my Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.  After all, I have a cruise in June and I want to wear a swimsuit without causing those around me to vomit.

This is Freakin’ Ridiculous! November 16, 2009

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My school district is sponsoring a program called “Maintain to Don’t Gain.”  Basically employees are encouraged to focus on healthy eating and moderation during the holiday season.  If you maintain or lose weight between November 16 and January 8, you are entered in a drawing to win $100.

I have decided to use this contest as a motivational jump-start to my desperate need to lose weight.  I hope to LOSE serious weight.  My goal is to drop 40 pounds by February 27 (my 34th birthday).   This morning I visited our nurse and had the starting weigh-in….

Stupid fucking scale 😡

Lose to Cruise August 23, 2009

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I know I just said good-bye to summer 2009 but my family is already looking forward to summer 2010.  Margie received information this week about a Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruise offered to McNeese State University alumni.  After a bit of discussion and research, we have decided we want to make this our 2010 family vacation.

The four of us (Margie, Mom, Sarah and myself) know that we have to lose weight and get in better shape before next summer.  The trip to London and Paris this summer was great fun but there were several days that ended in pain and discomfort due to extra weight and out-of-shape muscles. In an effort to jump start our weight loss the four of us signed the following pact:

I promise to lose 10 pounds and exercise 3 days per week (at least). Final weigh-in is set for October 8th.  All parties MUST fulfill agreement or cruise plans WILL be canceled.

Sarah and I hit the gym tomorrow afternoon.  Wish us luck!!

I Don’t Want to Be a Yo-Yo February 11, 2009

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Ugh!  I hate trying to lose weight 😦  Monday morning I felt amazing after losing 5 pounds during the previous week.  Today I feel deflated because I have gained 2 of those pounds back.  Grrrr!  I cannot stand playing this up and down game.  So..as much as I dislike the inconvenience I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and start writing down my caloric intake.  Double grrrr!!

Total Disappointment February 2, 2009

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I just completed week 3 of my training for the Avon Walk.  This past week I walked a total of 20 miles.  My back and legs are so sore and stiff that I can barely walk.  Everyone says, “Wow!  You must be dropping weight like crazy!”  WRONG!!  I have gained 2 pounds.

I am so frustrated with this whole weight loss thing.  I hate being this overweight and I know what I need to do to fix the problem — I just can’t seem to find the will power to actually control my eating.  I am disappointed in myself….which makes me want to eat more.  Yay 😦

I had the chance to talk with a friend over the weekend; she is a fitness instructor and she has offered her help.  I am starting a new eating plan tomorrow (no time to grocery shop yesterday).  I am going to focus on eating the bulk of my calories for breakfast and lunch instead of in the evening.  This will be a complete break from my normal routine but I am willing to try something totally different — I want to get rid of this extra weight!

I Survived Week One January 18, 2009

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I just completed my first week of training for the Avon Walk.  Friday is the only day I skipped which means I exercised 6 days in one week…this is a personal record!!  I anticipated that I my legs would be terribly sore and I would be hobbling around the apartment like a 90-year old woman but that is not the case.  Not counting some soreness and stiffness on Wednesday I haven’t had to deal with any aches and pains.  My knees bother me a little while I am walking, but I suspect that will remedy itself once I lose some of this extra weight I’m carrying.  Overall it was a hugely successful week, and I my confidence level is sky high 🙂

Day 1 is Under My Belt January 12, 2009

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I started the training for the Avon Walk today.  I plan to follow the 12 week training plan as closely as possible.  This will be a huge challenge, yet I am determined to see this thing through to completion.  I’m sure I’ll be moaning soon about my decision but for today I feel great 🙂