Saturday, January 31, 2009

DKM's January Wrap Up -& Feb Goals

Jan Goals

  • Drop 10 pounds - Done. I dropped 16.5
  • Hit the gym 4 times a week - Done
  • Swim 25 laps w/o stopping (around 1/4 of a mile) - Not Done. Found bathing suit after most of Jan. was over
  • Take charity stuff to Goodwill - Done

Feb Goals
  • Bento 3 days a week
  • Swim 2 miles a week
  • Drop 5 pounds
  • Drink 1 liter of water a day (I really need to start drinking more water. I’m also giving up Diet Coke for lent)

"Failure" and Opportunity

Lots of people think very negatively about failure and mistakes. But a mistake is an opportunity to learn. Do not feel defeated about a goal you failed to reach, instead look back at what happened, look at where you struggled, where you succeeded. Every failure, every mistake is an opportunity to improve.

The only real failure is to give up. You're cementing your own defeat.

We're coming up on the big trial time: February and March. Most people give up and quit, and lock in the big failure. To succeed, just hold on. Just keep going. A black belt doesn't become a black belt by a single superhuman act. They do something entirely human every single day. The biggest deciding factor in a black belt is determination.

Karate is not made for people who are superbly athletic. It's not made for big men. They don't need to defend themselves. It's made for common people. Most black belts are not people with special coordination skills or exceptional physical skill. They are people who do not give up. More often than not, someone with 'talent' will give up when karate gets too difficult. Since they have natural talent they've never had to struggle. At the first sign of difficulty, they quit. Black belts persevere.

You can all be black belts. The goals you have set are are difficult, but they are not impossible. You can do it!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tips and Tricks

Hey guys - I was brainstorming the other day about some tricks and tips that might help some of you with your weight loss goals. I'm no master, but these are just some thing I came up with to help ME and hopefully they will help you too.


-Choose filling foods and snacks. Filling foods will have more calories, which may deter you initially, but they will allow you eat less over the course of the day, lowering your over all calorie count. Good filling foods include oatmeal, nuts, beef jerky, etc.

-Chew gum. Sometimes I find myself a little "peckish" around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Instead of running to the vending machine, I unwrap a piece of gum. 5 minutes later the urge is gone. It may not work for everyone - but it's worth a try, right?

-Drink water!! I drink at least 2 liters of water a day. It keeps you occupied, it keeps your stomach feeling full, it is good for your digestive system and your skin (the dark bags under my eyes that I used to have to hide with layers of concealer every morning have all but disappeared since I started drinking this much water). If you simply can't drink plain water, add a little lemon juice to it, or a few slices of cucumber, ginger, lime - whatever!


- DO NOT eat fast food. I have not had a single item of fast food in 2009. And I haven't wanted any!! Why? Because I have started making sure that when I leave the house for the day I have packed myself a healthy lunch and low-calorie snacks. The best way to keep yourself from eating bad foods is by providing yourself a tasty alternative. I always cook a little extra for dinner so I have left overs for lunch at work. I keep a bag of rice cakes in my cabinet in my office and every day I bring a piece of fresh fruit, yogurt or a slim fast shake with me. This all helps ward off the McD's urges I used to get.
On the weekends when we run out for errands, I pack an apple or some beef jerky or SOMETHING that will keep me away from the chips at the register of Target or from pulling in to that all-too-convenient drive thru.

-Stay busy. Sometimes when I get home from work the only thing that drives me to the cupboard is .... boredom! Now when I get home, I play with the dogs, take them for a walk, read my favorite magazine, pick up a book, work on a craft project, GO TO THE GYM - whatever it takes to keep from sitting on the couch with a bag of doritos. When you're occupied you don't have time to think about all the things you could be binging on.

-Stretch. I have no idea why this works - but if you're feeling that mid afternoon stomach gurgle....stand up, do some stretches - do a quick sun salutation, do some side stretches, etc. Supposedly, side stretches help facilitate the function of your internal organs. Maybe this is why it seems to make me less hungry, I dunno, but for me, it works. It can't hurt, right?

-Post a picture of yourself at your ideal weight on your fridge door or pantry or cupboard (wherever you stash the snacks). When you go there to reach for your favorite naughty thing, look at that picture and ask yourself 'is it more important that I eat this food or that I feel as good as I felt in that picture?' I bet the answer will always be the same.

-REMEMBER when you work out - you burn more calories. Therefore, your body will require you to consume more calories to account for this. SO often people start a diet and exercise regiment at the same time and then get frustrated when they feel hungry all the time. This is because you're working your body harder than it is used to, and it is burning calories like crazy. It will require a little extra food when you do this. Don't feel guilty about it - just make good choices about the calories you do consume.
A lot of times before I go to the gym I will eat a spoonful of peanut butter - it gives me the calories (aka - energy) to get through my workout without feeling famished or light headed, but it's not an overwhelming amount of bad fats, sugars, etc.

I hope these tips and tricks help you. If you have any more good ideas like this, please comment with them or put your own 'tips and tricks' post together. It's fun and helpful to see what we're all doing to over come those urges.

Oprah January Issue

Hello everyone. I just saw this awesome article in the January Oprah issue. It is about Change and how difficult it is to do. It says that "Not being able to change doesn't mean we're lazy, stubborn or weak." These two Harvard people argue that the best laid plans often fail for SMART, SELF-PROTECTIVE (and ingeniously hidden) reasons.

For anyone who is feeling like they are no getting where they need to be, then you need to read this. It is VERY interesting. And helpful. And it might not be your fault! :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009


So don't take your eyes off your goal!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

S.M.A.R.T. Goal-setting=>Successful Achievement!

This came from my Studio Director. I thought it applied to us as well.

S.M.A.R.T. Goal-setting=>Successful Achievement!
Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-Dated

Most people avoid setting goals simply because they have never learned how to do it right… others have a fear of failure… some people just procrastinate and never take much action toward a better future.

In the martial arts, we learn very early about the value of goal setting. A simple starting point is to apply the S.M.A.R.T. method of determining your desired objectives. The first step is to set a specific goal that is present, positive and personal.Very few goals are unrealistic; however, some people have unrealistic timelines. You aren’t likely to earn a college degree in six months and you won’t become a Black Belt or a degree of Black Belt in that time either.

This is why you work to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself and allow some flexibility in your target dates. Done properly, goal setting leads to goal getting and that is exciting and positive for everyone.

I hope you're having a great start to your year so far...are you? If you are...why? If you are not...why not? There is always a reason for success, just like there is always a reason for failure.

Something you quickly identify in Top Performers, is that they all accept 100% responsibility for their failures as well as their success. (No one here is blaming someone else for their not succeeding.) In fact, most Top Performers are quick to give credit to others for success and equally as quick to accept the blame for their failures and setbacks. One of their mottos: "If it's to's up to me!" If 2009 is going to be our best year ever, it's up to you and me to make it that way.

S. White, Kenpo-Senior Professor

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week Three Update

I know, we're probably behind everyone because we started our 2009 goals after the first of the year.

So far: I have managed to miss at least one blog post a week. This isn't great but it's definitely better than I was doing last fall (this isn't just about Chey's blog).

I am getting clearer about what I want. Also I had a phone call from a Woman about my acupuncture cards and I may actually get to sell them the way I want to, which would be awesome. That's not a goal really but something that I've had on the back burner.

I worked out every day last week with something. Although last Tuesday skiing was aborted due to a major charley horse (on the slopes) I did get out Friday and worked enough to get some sore quads--but not too bad. Gone by the next day. Still a good first day out. Unfortunately the weather isn't cooperating with me this week and I'm here and not there. I'm worried the pass will get enough snow to close the highway which would trap me up there for 12 to 48 hours...!

At any rate, I am down a pound. I would like to be down more, but I know each week I have been gaining muscle as well. I am actually down a total of 7 pounds in the last three weeks. If only I could keep up the three pounds a week weight loss I would be so stoked--but I doubt that will happen. At any rate, I would love to be up to about 8 to 10 pounds a month and that's an iffy proposition at this point.

Needing... SOMETHING

Hi all. Sorry I haven't posted. It's because I've made very little to no progress. I'm having a hard time- my job is exhausting and I really dislike it, wedding planning, which I thought would be fun, has been exactly the opposite and causing fights between, well, everyone... and of course then this brings me to food. And I eat what is fast and easy and comforting. All in all I have been making zero progress on any goals.

I just needed to vent, since I'm not sure if there is any magical thing anyone can say to help motivate me or jump start my progress right now short of getting me a new job, a personal trainer, and supplying a unlimited wedding budget. Ugh!

Tiny Update: Fixing the plan

This morning's pushups hurt at 50. I felt like I couldn't go on, I felt challenged.

After 150 crunches I pushed out another 25 pushups. These were easy, and that's a sign: It's time to update my plan: more pushups!

Tomorrow morning will be interesting.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Worked out today

Went in and worked out today. 30 mins on the arc trainer. I felt so good after. YAHOO!


1. Purging...I have been doing well on going through my remaining craft stuff. I continue to work on getting P and C to make piles of unwanted clothing items.

2. Cook....I have been cooking more at home and we have been eatting out very little.

3. Walk...this has NOT been happening. Weather is really crimping my walks. Hopefully this will change soon.

4. Lost 2 pounds this week. Making my 3 week total just 5 pounds. But....considering that this is cutting back, no snacks, and I have not been exercising AT ALL...I'll take it! I'm also proud that I have eatten only 1 cookie since January 5th! ONE COOKIE! Isn't that awesome?

5. travel plans right now. Too early to know Bloggy Meetup destination. I know I am going to Vermont in September though.

6.....Raise $5,000 for rescue......working on the fundraising. Our first event is May 9th. We also have a few raffles going on and of course my own money I donate from etsy sales. I need to make a tally somewhere to keep track.

7. Bedroom many other things going on have not started this project. Wall prep will take a long time. I know we want to get this done before 4/15....yikes!

8. Save money....haven't saved anything other than usual 401k investments...but haven't spent anything either!

9. Get another Pug.....sigh.....I guess I have to settle myself with working on rehoming and helping rescue organizations! But...ya never know!

Set back

Sorry to put up a second post for the day, but I'm so frustrated right now....
My left ankle has been hurting since about Wednesday of last week. It wasn't bad at first, but each day it got a little worse until last night I couldn't stand it and made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor this morning. They took x-rays this afternoon and my fear was confirmed: I have a stress fracture across my left fibula right at the ankle. This means no more running. Bleh. I was getting better and better at it and I was actually starting to LIKE it! He said if I wanted to continue using the treadmill I would have to cut my time in half and I could only walk, no jogging or running. What's the point in that?!
He also said it is very unusual for a 23 year old woman to get a stress fracture like this after only a few weeks of running, so since osteoporosis runs in my family badly, I probably just have super soft bones which means running will not be advised for me probably.....ever. Basically I have the bones of a woman two times my age.
He said I can still use the elliptical and do any other kind of low-impact exercise, but running and some high impact aerobics and stuff are out of the question.
It's frustrating to me because I had finally found something that I enjoyed doing and was dynamic enough for me to not get bored doing it and now it's entirely out of the question. I don't mind using the elliptical, but I just think it's really boring compared to running and jogging.
He did suggest that I start taking liquid arctic Cod Liver Oil because it's supposed to help increase bone density and contains vitamin D, which he ever so subtly suggested I might need more of since I am so "fair skinned" - he also mentioned I might get *outside* to do more exercising "in the sun."
Hey, I get it buddy - I am PALE, it's OK. You can say it.
Anyways, sorry to rant on about this, but I thought I should put it out there since it will be altering my work-out routine and possibly decreasing it.
Has anyone else had any kind of injury like this? Have any suggestions for some exercises that won't break my bones but will still give me a good, not-boring work out?

Progress Report - Sandra

This is my first week. I feel that I didn't work as hard as I needed, that I have to put more effort into getting things done. Before being part of this blog, I would just convince myself that "this" or "that" isn't really important and at this time would just give up. I have shared my goals with all of you and I have seen how others are progressing, why would I be so weak as to give up something I really want???
Now, this is how my week went:
- Take care of myself. I went to the eye doctor, got my medication and ACTUALLY started using them. I was feeling worst at the beginning but I hope to stop having pain in the eyes soon. I also tried to dress better for work, but this past week was so cold, I ended up wearing the same jacket the whole week!
- Eating habits. I am eating less snacks and drinking more water. I had some bread but just a little (not half a baguette!). I am keeping all my portions small.
- Exercise: My daily walks were almost absent because of the cold weather. This goal actually started today. I also couldn't ride bike because I wasn't home during the weekend. I am looking forward to this for the next weekend.
- Hobbies. I couldn't do much about this. I had headaches during the week and I didn't spend time at my apartment during the weekend. I did bring some books that I wanted to finish reading. I also bought a cute sewing book to get me inspired with my sewing machine.

The Carrot & The Stick

Our studio owner likes to tell us that there are two ways to get humans to do things; the carrot (reward) and the stick (punishment). If you don't believe him, think about April 15th and what it takes for people to do their taxes and why they wait until the last possible minute before doing them.

Now, if you are having trouble getting into a rhythm to workout or get on track for losing weight, instead of beating yourself up, (stick) why don't you give yourself a reward. So, for every 15 minutes of workout or running/walking you do, you can watch the same amount of time of your favorite TV show. Or for every 15 minutes of workout you can give yourself 5 points or dollars toward buying something you want really badly.

If you need inspiration to workout, then hang that dress that you grew out of and want to wear soon right where you will see it every day. That will motivate you (hopefully). At the very least, if you have a bad day, then the next is a new beginning. And you can start again.

The other thing to remember is that MOST of us can't really start three or more goals at once and expect to really do well on all of them. What happens is you hit a bump on one of them, get down on yourself and then soon, you have quit all of them.

IT IS OKAY to have ONLY ONE or TWO GOALS. It really is. Get one goal really cranking and then when you are feeling really positive and good, start a second, or third. Your chances of success are much greater that way, then any other.

I am down 7.5 pounds. I ran three times, but only worked out once. I did, however, go to karate FIVE times this week. Twice in one day. I think I might be good for the moment. But I really DO want to get in two work-out routines a week.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Progress Report - Week 3

Well, I thought for sure that after this crazy week I would be behind on my goals. In addition to the Clementine drama, our gym is having some serious construction done and was closed for two days (including today) so I wasn't able to work out as much as I'd have liked. BUT, I was still (somewhat) triumphant!

I lost .8lbs this week, losing what I had gained back last week and then some, for a total weight loss of 1.4 lbs. This is debatable, however, since my scale kept giving me a different number every 5 minutes....but that 1.4 is factored with the highest weight it showed, so I figure that's safe.

I only lost inches at my hips (.5'') and stayed the same everywhere else. So that's not bad.

I was bad about water this week. I didn't drink nearly as much as I'd have liked, but the good news is that I wasn't substituting it for something else, I just wasn't as hydrated.

My new 'good habit' of the week is that I've substituted sugar with Splenda (c) in my morning coffee. I figure this is a good 50-100 calories I'm getting rid of. I've always used fat free half and half, so now my coffee is pretty much a wash.
I'm trying to institute a new 'good habit' occasionally, rather than doing everything all at once. Last week's habit was substituting at least one meal a day with a slim fast shake or bar. The week before that was the 2L of water a day and only having one cocktail a night. I've kept those up, mostly, except for my slip on the water last week, so I think I'm doing pretty good.

Today, since the gym was closed, we drove out to Jeremy's office park and power walked/jogged on the footpath that goes all the way around this lake. I think the whole circumference of the path was about 3/4 of a mile and we did it twice. But it was cold, and I couldn't breath as well as I can in the room temperature gym, so I wasn't moving as fast as I'd liked. However, I do suggest this for those of you who are trying walking, jogging or running - if you actually drive out to a place for that purpose, you are much more likely to keep going. If you are walking in your own neighborhood, it's real easy to just jog right back in to your house after a lap around the block.
This upcoming week's new 'good habit' will be to start walking the dogs around the neighborhood every afternoon when I come home from work (unless it's raining or is sub-zero).

In regards to my other goal of getting Winston CGC certified, I've fallen a little of the map....the lady who emailed me about a phone interview for his training stuff never called me and I just haven't made the time to try to contact her again or look into another organization. I will make that my February goal. This upcoming week I am working on tax stuff and I really want to get it done, so I'm not going to over load myself right now.

Alright, that's all for now - how is everyone else doing??? I want to hear! Everyone who posted goals needs to give us an update, and anyone who hasn't posted their goals yet....where you at??? This REALLY helps, I'm serious. I get nervous on Sunday mornings now because I think "oh, the Dreams with Deadlines people are going to have to know how I did this week!!" - it is great motivation!

I'm back!

Yay for getting over the plague! I celebrated by getting out of bed and working out for 2 hours at the studio. I was sweating by the end of it, though I didn't work too hard. I was just happy to be there.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's pushups!

How's everyone else doing?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ok - Week #3

Gym 4 times - check (and personal best - 4 miles on the treadmill!)
Down 15lbs - check
Swim - nope; not happening in Jan. so moving to Feb.
Charity stuff - nope

Friday, January 23, 2009

Vent - the pic is sarcasm

I've been pretty pissy all week. Not exactly sure why. Probably because I am not working out. I didn't workout like I had wanted this week. I am still wearing the pedometer and walking at least 10,000 a day but I didn't do the elliptical. No cardio.

I have no motivation to do it and have many excuses. We have a new workout facility room where I work because the whole building is going through construction. I use to be able to workout by myself in an instructional weight room. Now can't. I hate walking into a workout facility. I feel as though everyone is looking at me thinking, why are you here? I know logically that 1) that's very narcissistic and no one probably even notices me, 2) working out has nothing to do with me being thin, it's about health.

I also am afraid that in my mind because I am working out I will start to eat more. I will tell myself, well you worked out so you can eat that. I have been doing so good with food and don't want that to stop. I also am pissed that I haven't lost any weight in a few weeks. I have lost 2 inches off my waist and one off my hips but I have been at a steady weight for 3 weeks. I know that happens. I know the weight didn't take 1 month to get on and it won't take 1 month to get off.

Tonight I almost went to the convenience store and got 2 doughnuts. I ended up eating cereal a banana. I am glad I didn't go get the doughnuts.

I don't know what my plan is for all of this. I just know you can't change what you don't acknowledge. So I am venting about the feelings I have about working out. I need a day to process.
On another note, I am very thankful for this blog and look forward to hearing everyones progress and challenges. It's nice to know I am not alone.

Thought for the day....

Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. While you walk, smile...It's the ultimate anti-depressant!

Trouble With Posting

Some of you have had trouble with posting. It is bcause the setting was on Pacific Time, not Eastern. Sorry about that, guys. I don't know how it got there. But you can thank Lynne for finding the problem.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lynne's Update

Weight: lost 5.5 pounds (after a .5 gain 2 weeks ago)
Kitchen: I have kept it clean, but it's messy right now
Dining room table: normal (not piled full of stuff)
Taxes: done
Quilt top: done
Exercise: nothing (does shoveling snow count?)

Major Roadblock

I have a terrible cold. I can't remember the last time I was this sick. I've missed karate and work. Needless to say, I'm not working out or practicing anything.

But I am proud of all of you. I love the motivational posters, those are great. I loved that poem. I'm sorry I haven't been active on the blog, I've been asleep for *days*

Doctor's appointment Friday. Good luck everyone.


Okay folks! We need to hear from each and every one of you every week. Because I know I can't be the only one who hits some bumps. But I am back on track and twice as determined to reach my goals! Yes, I am still tweaking them. Sometimes it is better to get into a good habit with say, two goals, then to add one at a time until you can handle them all. Sometimes too many goals cause you to crash and burn. We don't want that, so remember, go for what works for YOU!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Week Two

Down only one pound but we ate badly this weekend so I shouldn't be surprised.

I was highly disappointed that my leg cramped up this morning on the first ski run so badly that I had to leave (and had a hard time getting home with a stick shift). That was one big charley horse. Don't know what caused that--if it is diet or just the new movement.

I did get some new marketing up for one of my smaller sites. It now has it's own twitter feed (and it's updating and has some followers) and I've got a page for it one facebook!

Sandra's Goals

I took my time to post my goals because I wanted to be realistic about them. I think it is best for me to set mini goals for now. One of my biggest problems is that I am not consistent with things I want and like to do. Just trying to work towards my goals will be an effort to stop that.

- Take care of myself. This past year I have not taken care of my appearance at all... I need to improve that so I can also feel better. Part of the problem is that I gained weight and my nicer clothes won't fit. I don't buy bigger sizes because I want to go back to the old size. I will also make doctor appointments for whatever makes me feel sick. I have health insurance and I don't use it. I will also follow the doctor's instructions.

MY GOAL FOR THIS WEEK: Go to work with nicer clothes and actually DO something with my hair. I can't use make-up because of my allergies so my face will be just the same :). I have also an appointment with the ophtalmologist. I will probably need new glasses. I will get them.

- Eat healthier. I started today. I don't want this to feel like a real diet otherwise it won't last!

MY GOAL FOR THIS WEEK: No more bread and butter. I will eat less rice and pasta and increase fruits and vegetables. I will keep dessert, but smaller portions. I am also drinking more water. It actually made me feel full today!

- Exercise. I am not good at this. I hate the gym and most sports. I do love to ride bicycle: two years ago I used to ride for 6 hours every saturday. I will try to go back to that routine, maybe for shorter amounts of time. I will also put more effort on my daily walks. I actually take my pug out 3 times per day. I want that to be also an exercise routine. It will benefit both of us!

MY GOAL FOR THIS WEEK: Longer walks in the morning and afternoon - 20 minutes. Start bike riding on saturday, at least for a couple of hours.

- Hobbies. I have lots of hobbies - most of them with unfinished projects. I want to get back to them and be able to actually finish things and be proud of that. Right now my apartment is a mess because I will be moving out soon but I still do want to start choosing ONE small project per week and post the finished product on my blog. Later on, I would like to do the same with my recipes. Be able to plan our meals for a whole week. Learn to be more organized.

MY GOAL FOR THIS WEEK: Learn how to use the sewing machine and use it to finish a journal I started sewing by hand 3 months ago!

See you next week!

I so needed to read this!

C o m m i t m e n t

Until one is committed,
there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts
of initiative (and creation)
there is only one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment
one definitely commits oneself,
the Providence moves, too.
All sorts of things occur
to help one that would never
otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events
issues from the decision,
raising in one’s favor all manner
of unforeseen incidents and meetings
and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamed
would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect
for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do
Or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
Power and magic in it.

~ W.H. Murray

The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

Monday, January 19, 2009

Checking one off the list

Down 11.1 pounds this morning!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Progress Report - Week 2

So a while back Kelly posted her before and after weight gain photos. I told her if I could find some pictures I would be brave and do the same thing. It's kind of hard to see how much I've gained....I think I have become a professional weight-gain cover-er (most people don't even realize I've gained weight, but it is a serious 20 extra lbs) Anyways, these were the best photos I could come up with.

This is me (on the far right) right before my wedding in 2007:
I was just over 120lbs - those shorts are a size 2. They have been retired. Sniff.
This is me this past Christmas (on the left):
Just over 140 lbs, those jeans are a size 6. Sometimes they are uncomfortable....

I realize I'm not fat, I realize that I never need to be the size I was in the 'before' picture either, but I also realize that what got me from A to B was unhealthy eating and a stagnant life style and I need to change that, even if it doesn't make me a size 2 again.

So, with that in progress for this past week was a little up and down.
I gained back 4/10th of a pound. (I use a digital scale so I can be this precise). BUT, I am also measuring myself, and overall, I lost 3 inches - one inch at the waist, one inch at the hips and one inch at my thighs. I started measuring myself exactly for this reason - I do a lot of weight lifting and strength stuff, so I know from experience that you can be trimming down even while you're gaining weight because that fat weight is just turning in to muscle weight. So, while I would have liked to have seen a smaller number on the scale, I'm trying to be positive about it. I think this week I will focus less on my weights and more on cardio and aerobic stuff to try to peel off another pound or so.
How did everyone else do? What are your plans for the week? I'm going to try to run for at least half an hour at least three times this week and maybe even sneak in to a kick boxing class at my gym. No promises there, but I'll keep it in my back pocket. I also stocked up on slim fast stuff and plan on replacing at least one meal a day with a shake or meal bar. Well, that's all for now!
Everyone have a happy MLK day!!

Rough Week

It was a rough week for me. I ran only twice and worked out only one and a half times. I was doing well with the weight then hit a little bump on Thursday. I am supposed to work out this morning, but after having danced at my sister's Christmas party for two hours my knees are killing me and I don't know what I will feel like tomorrow morning. However, if the knees hurt, I will do the upper body workout so that I am still on track.

How are we doing, everyone?

Ok - week two

Gym 4 times - check
Down 7 lbs - check
Swim - nope; I can't find the suit so this one is not going to happen.
Charity stuff - nope

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Good news/bad news

no binging! Still eating healthy

didn't workout like I should have this week (no elliptical at all)
didn't wear pedometer

On the bright side......
Today I am wearing pedometer and plan to use treadmill later today.
I will workout next week while at work

We are all doing great!


Bad news first:
  • I haven't woken up earlier at all.
  • I skipped two classes this week.

Awesome news second:
  • 50 pushups, 75-150 crunches every morning!
  • Took 3 classes.

I jogged on Thursday, at 15ºF...
and liked it. I'm going to jog today.
Currently the temperature is -1º

Stay Warm Saturday

I know it's hard to get out of bed when it is -13 degrees F, but remember these very true words.

We can achieve our goals by working together to support each other, encourage each other and share with each other.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Giving Up

He should know, right?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

You guys are all doing great!!!!!

Life is a lot of one step forward and two setps back.....we just have to remember to NOT stop going forward!

First Step

First off, I just wanted to say thanks for being invited to participate. I work with Mr. Karate and have been introduced to the world of Blogging.

My Goal:
To lose around 10 pounds and (therefore) become more active.

My Steps:
Cardio - Stairs. I want to work up to running again, so I am trying to take stairs everywhere I go. My current accomplishment that I want to keep moving forward is that I'm taking the stairs to my apartment every night after work (20 flights). I also am on the third floor at work and am working on doing those as well.

Exercise - Yoga/Strength training. I started yesterday doing around 30-40 minutes in the morning on my Wii Fit. I would like to get that up to an hour and explore other options (besides the Wii)

My Plan:
To do this every morning during the week and take a break on the weekends.

I'm two days in and have another 19 to create my habit! (And keep going of course)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Poor supporter

I am sorry I haven't made it to comment much on others posts. I am reading them.

I am not going to weigh in yet. I am afraid I won't have lost any weight and will get discouraged and do something stupid. I am still binge free!

I have been slacking on working out which is going to change tomorrow.

I believe in all of us! We are doing a great job!

Cool site

Hi All,

I've been using this great site to track calories, my weight and my gym workouts. The Daily Plate -

Good luck!

Oh BTW - down 6lbs. this month! 4 more to go.


I hesitated about mentioning EFT as part of my goal setting because it sounds very woo woo and in the past I had mixed results with it.

Lately, I've been doing more research (using myself as a guinea pig) and much to my delight I'm starting to see more results, so I'll share this info with anyone who wants to use it to help them achieve their goals, etc.

First of all, it was created by Gary Craig and rather than paraphrase, here's what he says on his site:

"Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is
an emotional, needle free version of acupuncture that is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body's subtle energies, your emotions, and your health. EFT has been reported successful in thousands of cases covering a huge range of emotional, health and performance issues. It often works where nothing else will." ~

People use EFT for all kinds of things, including weight loss, fears/phobias, abuse issues, anger, depression, insomnia, achieving goals, etc.

Gary provides free instructions on his site and offers a free newsletter.

There is lots of free info online, including YouTube. I've found the following people to be helpful: Dr. Mercola and Gloria Arenson It really started to come together for me in an intuitive way when I came across Michele Price's site She offers free teleclasses (which I haven't participated in yet). I found her to be very supportive when I emailed her.

It's simple to learn, but it can take awhile to get to the roots of your issues. That's why drinkers, for example, will give up drinking and start smoking or eating more.

There are lots of books available. I've so far read The Promise of Energy Psychology by David Feinstein, Donna Eden and Gary Craig. It's good, but I would like it a lot more if it had an index. I started, but haven't yet finished, Gloria Arenson's Five Simple Steps To Emotional Healing. I would like to read Freedom at Your Fingertips: Get Rapid Physical and Emotional Relief with the Breakthrough System of Tapping by Joseph Mercola and Ron Ball. Unfortunately, it's not available in Toronto, so when my cash flow improves I'll likely order it from

Hope this helps!

Progress Report

Hi guys, I tried to post this on Monday, but something wacky happened. Anyways, this is mostly reposted from my other blog, with a few extra details for you guys :)

I'm happy to say that this past week was very productive in regards to my goals. I worked out 5 times this week, for a total of about 3.5 hours, at least. I wrote down every single thing I ate, cut back on unnecessary foods, lowered my portions, drank at least 2 litres of water a day, cut back on my evening 'cocktails' and managed to lose one whole pound! My final goal is 10-15, so 1 lb is a good chunk of that.

I also did some more research on the CGC, found a local training organization, contacted the lead trainer and have a 'phone appointment' with her this week to talk about what I'd like to get done with Winston as far as CGC training is concerned.

I'm really proud of myself...I even started working with Winston on one of the CGC test items which is to keep your dog in a sitting position even when being petted and touched - he has already mastered this with me, now the key is to get him to do it with a stranger. This gives me hope that he really can contain his pug-energy when properly trained, and that it doesn't mean he can never be energetic, but that I just have to help him learn when it's appropriate and when it's not. I really feel like this will make my own life much easier as well and am looking forward to seeing what he's capable of.

This week has been harder - work is really stressful right now (I work at a college and it's the first week of classes) so when I get home all I want to do is crash on the couch with a bottle of wine. I had two drinks last night and probably a larger portion of dinner than what I needed (I made home made mac and cheese!! Comfort food, like whoa - I couldn't help myself), and I did not go to the gym - yikes!

But today, I am convinced, will be better - I'm having a slim fast for breakfast, a small portion of left overs for lunch, low-fat fajitas for dinner, and will definitely do some extra time at the gym tonight to make up for yesterday.

I'm wondering, a lot of you are losing a lot of weight: what kind of diets are you doing? Specific regimented diets or just general portion control and consciousness? Are you counting calories, carbs, trans fats? Are you giving up something altogether? I'd like to hear more details about what everyone is doing - I'm not on a specific diet, I'm just portion controlling and being more conscientious about the things I do eat, but I'd like to hear what's working for others.

Awesome Job & Confession

I think we are all doing an awesome job, listing our goals, and the steps we need to do to get there. I am proud of all the really deep sharing that is going on. It is hard to admit some of these things, worse to put it on paper and even worse to post it on a BLOG! But I think that we have a great support team going and we can help each other when the going gets tough.

I DID NOT work out yesterday morning. I had gone to bed at 10:30 the night before (I am trying for 10:00 am) and I just couldn't pull myself out of bed at 6:00 am. I, of course, try to rationalize it by saying that I am going to karate 3 times a week, and running 3 times a week and if I only work out 2 times a week it is okay. But it is NOT okay and I am just putting it down as my plan needs some tweaking. 21 days for a habit. That's what I am working for.

So, I have work to do yet. I will not get discouraged over this and drop everything, I will just tweak my plan. And make certain I work out Thursday morning.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Weigh In -- Bonnie

Our weigh in comes on Tuesday. I've really been struggling with hunger on this diet. However, I did loose 5 pounds so far.

It's hard to get too excited as I'm still so much heavier than I've ever been and I was too afraid to step on the scale on the way up! :). So I'm pleased that I am thinner than last week but can't wait for those numbers to start getting down in the I can live with this weight even if it's not what I want stage!

My website motivation has tanked but I've gotten a couple of little things done.

My goals for 2009 -- Judy

I used to be the queen of setting goals and making lists, but during the last few years I’ve been so overwhelmed with health issues, I’ve been doing my best to deal with immediate concerns like getting to the doctor on time and after recovering from treatments.

I’m still ill and have come to realize that I might never fully recover; it’s not something I’m thrilled about, but I’m too driven to settle for treading water as a way of living, so I need to find solutions to make my dreams come true in a way that will work for me. Setting goals while dealing with my limitations is daunting, but I’m going to give it my best effort because every moment counts. How I spend the moments is my choice. I’m choosing to move forward even if the steps I take are baby steps.

Personal goals
Get more quality sleep – This is by far the most important because years of sleep deprivation is making it more challenging to function.

Stop pushing myself and start listening to my body.

See a doctor about my hand issues this week.

Make time to rest, relax and have fun.

Continue going for walks five to seven days a week, but earlier in the day so I can get more sun (also because it tends to boost my energy and discourage asthma attacks).

Be more consistent with morning yoga sessions. I tend to do it later in the day when I’m running on empty.

My confidence has taken a huge hit with all my health issues and I’ve become very negative. I want to “listen” more to what I tell myself and to use EFT more than once a day to help me stay positive and focused on what I want to achieve instead of allowing my fears to dominate.

Stop being such a perfectionist. Set deadlines and then move on!!!

Be more consistent with morning meditation sessions to set the tone for the next 24 hours. (I tend to do it later in the day.)

Prepare earlier dinners (a challenge since my partner doesn’t come home from work until after 7 and sometimes not until 8).

Get rid of the clutter and organize our home – especially my office area – taking 15 minutes a day to do this.

Do more with my photography with the goal of collecting enough material for a book idea. (I met my first deadline with getting my photo blog seriously amused up and running again last week.)

Get organized so I can start my Reiki business (I met my first goal for this on the weekend when I bought two phones to replace our old, crotchety ones)... still working on my business cards.

Start making money again with my writing. Not enthusiastic about doing journalism or PR as I’ve done in the past, but am thinking of sending out one short story a month to start (this is very scary for me). I also need to set regular time every day for writing. I allow everything else to take over.

When I start making money, it’s time to get back into the habit of saving 10 percent of my income and donating another 10 percent or instead donating my time with free Reiki sessions.

Get in touch with friends I haven’t seen or talked to in ages.

Have a “date” once a week with my partner where it’s all about having fun.

Learn to be a more effective listener.

Progress Report - Lynne

I've lost 4-1/2 pounds since Christmas. ;-)

I haven't been walking. :-(
I haven't got started working with weights either. :-(

The kitchen is clean, and I want to leave it clean before going to bed each night. I don't want to wake up to a messy kitchen with dirty dishes in the sink. ;-)

The rest of the house is finally getting back to normal after the holiday season. I want to keep it clean and neat. It makes me feel good. ;-)

I am sleeping better at night. Sleeping better means I make better eating decisions during the day, and I don't find myself standing in front of the refrigerator, eating, at 2:00 in the morning. (Hot flashes have made it very difficult over the last few years, and I can't take Estrogen.) ;-)

I want to spend less on groceries every week. My goal is to stay under $100. Two weeks, so far, so good. I am really planning my menus and working to use my pantry and the stuff in my freezer more effectively. ;-)

I have been working on my special project.

The Five Steps

At the studio, we're taught the five steps to achieving your goals. Here they are:

  1. Set it
  2. Plan it
  3. Check it
  4. Fix it
  5. Achieve it!

Everyone here has set their goal, and bravely posted it. Excellent! Step two is to plan a path to reach that goal.

Your plan should be realistic, yet challenging; just like your goal. Here's my plan:

  • Wake up 15-30 minutes earlier every weekday, do 50 pushups, *75-150 crunches.
  • 2 hour endurance practice every Sunday at 8am.
  • Go to class 3-4 times a week. Includes:
  • 2 regular classes,
  • 2 classes focusing on specific technique & forms practice.
*75 regular crunches, or 75 side crunches each side. Alternating daily.

This morning I started the plan, however I did not get out of bed early, hesitated during my pushups, and only did 75 crunches. It was still a success, in spite of these shortcomings. I know pushing these numbers won't be the hard part. The hard part will be getting out of bed and doing it.

OK people, what's your plan?

Monday, January 12, 2009


I believe in all of you. Do you believe in yourself?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Update

Weight in set for Tuesday AM -- but I've been sticking to this alternate day thing pretty well. I feel like my body is detoxing.

Worked out with weights 3 times
Walked 5 times this week
Yoga 1 time.

And we got up two new themes for two websites. Now we can move on to other stuff online!


I do not know if I lost any weight. I did not get on scales for past 3 days. I will start checking each Monday....I think I weighed myself last Monday...or was it Tuesday......hmmm

I only walked once this week...too icy out. Should have gone to the high school and walked inside - bad me!

I did cook breakfast and dinner today and no snacks! Yesterday I met up with some chocolate...oh...and cookies, but I am happy to report I did NOT eat one cookie today....only 20 more days to break that habit!

Hope everyone has a good week!

Marie's Week One

Weight Lost: 5.5 pounds
Running: 3x - Check
Workout: 2x :(
Getting to bed earlier: 5 days :)

Ok - week one

Gym 4 times - check
Down 4 lbs - check
Swim - nope
Charity stuff - nope

Goals We Set - Are Goals We Get

The New Year is here and almost everyone has hopes and dreams to see it be their best year ever. Our advice is that you take the time to put those wishes and dreams down on paper. It's called a WISHLIST because that's exactly what it is, a list of wishes, hopes and dreams.

If you had a magic wand in your hand and could create the perfect life for yourself in the next 3-5 years...what would it look like? Where would you be living? What would you be doing? What kind of shape would you be in? What Martial Art skills would you possess? How much money would you have? Writing down your wishes and dreams is a great exercise. It's a lot of fun and it helps you to start thinking about the goals that will move you in the direction of your dreams.

The next step is to create your GOALS LIST for 2009.

These are goals that you want to achieve in the next 6-12 months.

Experts agree the moment you take action on your dreams, you have begun the process of Goal Achievement. The first action should always be to write your goals down on paper. Better known as Think it...Ink it!

Never leave the sight of a goal without taking action. Goal Setting is such an essential and powerful tool for success in life.

The best way to achieve a long range goal is to break it down into bite sized portions. You do this by creating short and mid-range goals that lead you toward your ultimate long range objective.

"A Goal properly set is halfway met!"

Remember everyone, we want to know how you are doing on your goals, so you have to let us know. If it's working, great, if it's not working, maybe someone has another way of approaching your goal that will help you reach it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

I even procrastinate on posting my dreams with deadlines...

...ok, I procrastinated since I have to post pictures. That way I have to actually look at what I need to do and be. I'm going with Rachel- I'm being brutally honest. Oh, and if you don't know me- I'm Kelly, the mom of Sophie Dixie and Harley from Pug(s) and Bugg.

This is me two years ago. I was a size 12. Which, I don't think I look necessarily like a 12. I've always worn larger sizes, I'm big boned and have very wide hips. Enter 2009, 2 years and about 50 pounds later...

It was hard for me to find a picture. I don't even take pictures of myself much anymore, definitely not full-body ones. Of course- I am happy. I am engaged to the most wonderful man! So having all of 2009 to achieve my "dreams with deadlines" will be perfect for our 2010 wedding. Here they are:

1) Lose as much weight as possible. I won't set a number because I just want to push myself on a day-to-day basis. I'm going to try and do Weight Watchers again. I used it to get down to that 12 I was before, and while it's harder living with a guy- I have motivation- the wedding. And wedding dress. My check-in will be our engagement party in June when I go to New Jersey to try on dresses with my bridesmaids.

2) "Try" more on my appearance. Again, lacking- since I've got my man, I don't need to attract anything! The superficiality of my work has me scoffing at appearances since they're all so shallow. So, I think I need to set that aside and do my nails once in a while, or go tanning.

3) Be more organized. I need to take pride in myself and what I own, and keep it neat. Not let the laundry pile up. Not sigh when the fiance asks me to wash the dishes. Actually care about things around me so I will be less full of stress and anxiety.

I think those are my main goals! I will flesh them out more as the year progresses. Thanks for your support!

Bird House and Flowers

I finished this scarf last night and at this very moment it is steaming for an hour. Next I wash it and wash it and rinse it and rinse it. I iron it and it is finished and ready to bring to EW Poore Art for them to sell it. So much fun.
Tomorrow I am starting to teach my first drawing class in a long time. I am excited, the class is full and I am delighted. It is a mixed group so should be very challenging for me and for the students.

I'm no Mr. Karate...

But I did manage to bike 10 miles at the gym last night! Oh and I'm 6 lbs. away from dropping my 10 this month.

Punchy's Nine in '09

1. Continue to purge myself of unwanted and unneeded items in my house.
2. Cook more. P is a big steak and potatoes guy. Now that it is the two of us most of the time, I'm trying to get him to try different things and get both of us to eat better!
3. Get back to walking! 2008 was NOT a good walking year for me! I used to walk 4 miles a day.
4. Loose weight. I have not been good to myself the past few years! Age, injuries, habits! UGH!
5. Travel to one new city.
6. Raise $5000 for Pugs! Continue to spread the word about Pug Rescue!
7. Redo our bedroom! I had to have at least one home improvement on my list!
8. Save money! This could prove interesting with a wedding coming up in the Fall.
9. Get another Pug....heck, a girl can dream, right

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Hi all. I am Brutus mom, Stacy Thanks for letting me join. I'm tardy. I procrastinated on a grant and it's set everything off. I need to lose about 40 lbs.

I have one goal. I will not binge eat. No pints or half gallons of ice cream in one day, pizza, baked lays and monrey jack cheese. So far I am 11 days without a binge. The binging started out innocently. A day would be going bad and I would think, heck with it. The day is ruined I'll start tomorrow. Then the next day, etc. Some days I'd not do too bad. Some days I'd eat an entire half gallon of ice cream. Chocolate, eggnog, peppermint, etc. Yum. Then I just wanted more food.

I ordered Nutrisystem and am eating those meals. I did it because they are easy to eat and quick. I did Nutrisystem this time of year last year but it didn't take. I wasn't ready. Also I did the random and after I ate the food I liked, I didn't want to finish the rest. So this year I ordered what I wanted. Lots of the same stuff but I like it.

We start back to school next week and I also would like to get back into working out on the elliptical at least 3 times a week. So that's me for now.


No binge eating
fruits, vegtables, lean meals (small protien) and nutrisystem meals
keep wearing pedometer and try to get 10,000 steps a day or more

I'm sorry I have't posted since now nor have I commented on anyone's post. I feel as though I came up for air but a foot pushed me back under.


I've been thinking lately about how I need to start recording things in order to reach the goals I've set for myself. I used to journal like crazy - I do have a BA in Creative Writing - it used to be second nature. But in the past year or so I've fallen off my crazy writing-everything-down wagon, and I feel like I'm lacking accountability now.

The thing is, it's really easy to forget the things you've done, not done, eaten, not eaten, etc as you're going through your day.

So I'm going to get back into my journaling ways - tomorrow I will pull out one of my many empty journals and start recording - goals, mini goals, why I want to reach those goals and then my daily progress.

I'm going to write down every single thing I eat, how much water I drank that day, any weight lost or gained, what research I've put into CGC, Winston's training goals and progress, and any NC real estate research I've done.

Of course I will continue to post and write about my goals here, but I think I need something even more tedious and particular.

Does anyone else do journaling to help them with their goals or accountability? Do you have any suggestions or ideas about how to make journaling as productive as possible? Do you use pre-written journal prompts or do you just write whatever is on your mind?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


It takes 21 days to create a habit, or rather, twenty one times of running before the habit is there to roll out of bed at 6:00 am and go down to your treadmill to run three days a week. So remember, the first 21 times are the hardest. But I know you all can do it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

One Black Belt's Goals

I have one major goal: 3rd Degree Black Belt

The requirements for this incredible, almost unbelievable goal are twofold:

  1. Mastery of the art of Kenpo
  2. Physical conditioning

As for the art itself, there are 128 techniques and 6 major forms. A technique is a self-defense scenario, where a form is a set of basics and/or techniques in isolation. I have to know them, not just know of them. As in: perform on command without hesitation or thought.

The physical conditioning is more hazy. There will probably be a requirement of 60 pushups, 100 crunches, or something like that, so I'm just going to aim for 100 pushups and 200 crunches. Also, I want to be un-phased by running my material. At the end of the test I should be tired, but not during it.

Sunday I woke up at 6am and practiced with a 4th degree black belt for 2 hours. No instruction, just as a workout buddy. Thirty minutes of forms, one hour of techniques, thirty minutes of bag work. The goal is to continue this every Sunday, so a 2 hour workout will feel normal.

The testing sequence starts in February, the final test is in May. I will earn my 3rd Degree Black Belt in May.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Studio Jeanne's Goals

Jeanne wants to be part of this.

1. I need to do my stretches every day

2. I need to walk four times a week and use my daughters treadmill twice a week.

3. I need to finish a painting every week.

4. I need to finish one scarf every month.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Chey's Person's Goals

Wow! What a great place to write down some of the goals that I am trying to work on for this year.

1. Loosing weight and getting healthier. I've packed on a good 20 more pounds this year and I'd like to loose those and while I'm at it, hopefully the 15 to 20 extra I've always carried. I'm hoping for 35 pounds this year.

2. Get more serious with my creative endeavors. I've blogged and have several and also some static online sites. I have photography and writing projects half finished. I'd like to create some focus and organization to work on this more like a business project and start getting things done and making more income off some things I really enjoy.

3. Chey needs to loose a few ounces too.

Lynne - A few little things of my own

I've packed on a bit of weight since last summer, and I want to get rid of it this year. I need to lose 14 pounds.

I also want to walk for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week.

I also have to work out with weights. I have osteoporosis, and I need the weight work to help build my bone density.

I have to make two Gizzy Quilts for the lady who graciously met me at the airport last summer and brought me to my hotel.

I have to make two more for another blogger who donated many yards of beautiful fabric.

I have to finish a yellow quilt for my son.

I am working on a quilt for myself.

I want to keep my house clean and neat, and not let it get really messy.

My big project for this year is a big secret. I'm not divulging anything about it to anybody. The Devil Dog and Mr Karate know what it is, and they can hold me accountable if I don't work on it at all.

DKM January Goals

Ok - I have some long term goals. The standard losing weight, walking more and so forth. I think I'm going to break them into smaller goals on a monthly basis. So here are January's goals.
  • Drop 10 pounds
  • Hit the gym 4 times a week
  • Swim 25 laps w/o stopping (around 1/4 of a mile)
  • Take charity stuff to Goodwill


Minor Goals

Along with major goals, like losing 30 pounds (and hey, everyone, when is your worst I wanna snack munch munch munch munch time) I have some minor goals.

Like finally making the switch to the phone company for the $10.00/month phone service.

Like making temporary drapes in the front curtains until I get off my butt and make the ones I really want there.

Like finishing the valance for the second set of long windows in the front...

Things like that.

Which I did this weekend.

This (above) will soon look like this (below).

And yes, the half curtains don't match, but they are better than the sheets I had up there (please don't ask, I'm embarrassed enough about it as it is.) But since I am starting this, I figure I should try to get one minor goal done every week. I figure that's a safe bet, and if I get more than one done, fine. But I have to at least get one done.

So everyone, take a look around for those small things that you keep putting off and list them. (here is fine, that way we can ask if you have completed it yet) This is a support blog as well. And if you want to be able to post here, let me know. Send me your email address and I will add you as an author. Just remember, one post per day and if someone has something scheduled for the next day, schedule it for the day after, please. :)

Rachel's 2008 goals

Reposted from Ladypug Mugs....

It's a new year. Yup. 2008 has faded away and in its place a shiny, new, exciting year with untold excitement and goals and plans that will inevitably slip by you before you even had the chance to notice, leaving you feeling empty and depressed come 2010, thinking that you hadn't even started writing down the resolutions that you felt so strongly about just one year ago.
NOT THIS YEAR!! Right?! Are you with me, bloggie buddies?? This year is different! This year we're going to come out with it - we're going to lay it on the table. We're going to be honest about our short comings, and confident about our abilities to overcome them. We're going to hold each other accountable and help coach each other through the tough times. Right?!?!

So, without further adieu - here's the 2009 Ladypugmugs resolution list....

1. I have GOT to lose weight. I have gained 20 pounds since I got married just over a year and a half ago. (I told you I was going to be honest...) I recently discovered that this may have been partially due to a prescription I was on, which I have also recently stopped taking, so I'm hoping this will help, but I also know that it is partly because I have become less regimented with my exercising, and since coming off the vegetarian bandwagon, have become less concerned with what I put in my body. This is going to change!!
This year I resolve to lose at least 10 of the 20 pounds I've gained (trying to be realistic and not disappoint myself. 15-20 would be awesome, but I would be proud of myself at 10).
I plan on doing this by cooking more conscienciously, exercising at least 3 times a week, and eating vegetarian at least one night a week.

2. I want to get Winston CGC certified. For those of you that haven't heard of CGC certification, it stands for Canine Good Citizenship. Here is a description from the AKC website: "CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club." Getting Winston CGC certified will be the first step in my eventual goal to get Winston therapy dog certified. This was my goal for him from day one, but I let it slip to the side after we got Clementine. But Winston is a great, smart, loving dog - he would be perfect as a therapy dog, and he deserves to be able to use his ability, so I'm going to do it.

3. My third and final 'big' goal is to find a way to work from home or to be able to set my own schedule. My primary thought here is to potentially get my real estate license for North Carolina to become my parents independent real estate agent for the construction company they own. They have told me multiple times that if I just took the test and became licensed that they would give me all their business. I've been job hunting for a long time and trying to find ways out of my current job and I think that it's time I took more control of the situation instead of just waiting for something to come along to me. I'm going to take 2009 to do research on the NC real estate program and what steps I need to go through. I'm not saying I plan on being a licensed agent by the end of the year, but I'd like to have taken the first step, at least.

So there it is. What do you plan on doing this year? If you have some big plans, why not share them? It helps, I think, to put them out there so that people can help you get through them. Feedback is key to success.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas (and Boxing day) - we have had a very busy, jam packed holiday season, and I promise I will give more details of all that later on - right now I'm too exhausted from deconstructing the Holiday House to write any more than this. Good night, sweet friends - may 2009 be your best year yet.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sandy's Goals

Sandy's goals for 2009

1: actually do in a timely manner all the things I need to do to get ready to safely (as possible) retire on Jan 1, 2010.

2: lose the 25 pounds I need to be at a healthy weight for my height.

3: begin to ease down my TV watching and use my time better (I don't want to spend my retirement lumpishly in front of the TV).

I just wish I had a Roxy, Lucky, Norman, Winston or Louise, et al. to help!!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Goals

1) I want to lose 30 pounds.

2) I want to do my workout with weights three times a week.

3) I want to run three times a week.

4) I want to pass my 2nd degree black belt exam.

5) I want to sew better.