Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Back on Track

I just got back from a very needed vacation and I am starting to feel the need to go back to my normal life. I still have lots of work to do in the house, specially in the "disaster room" but since I still have not found the solution to organize everything in there, I have decided to not let THAT disturb all the other things I want to do each day. I have spent more than a month moving things back and forth and now I prefer to ignore the fact that it is still a disaster.

I would like to go back to my first list of goals from January:

- Take care of myself. I am doing this already. I feel better but I still need to learn how to manage my hair.

- Eat healthier. Working on this, too. My portions have been reduced a lot and I am trying to add a wide variety of things on my lunch box: yogurt, fruit, milk, veggies... a little bit of everything and I am drinking a lot of water also.

- Exercise. I walked a lot during my vacation and it is always sad to realize I am not in shape at all. On monday I went to the gym with my husband, its the first time we go together and I was very enthusiastic but on tuesday I woke up with a very bad cold so we haven't gone back. But we intend to do so, as soon as I feel better. I am trying to get to like the gym and since I go with him, it is much more fun. I am not walking Coco as much as I used to before, but I think that the fact that he climbs the stairs of the house many times throughout the day have helped him slim down.

- Hobbies. I was feeling bad of doing something else than working on the house but as I mentioned above, I will take my time to do things that I like also. I will focus on a few projects I have going on, one of them involving the sewing machine. I am so excited!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I think it's been a few weeks since I last updated - Sorry!! I was out of town in DC for a while, and then I started teaching a class for the Navy last week, so I've been swamped with stuff.
So here's the real quick run down:

-I'm down about 8 lbs. Two more and I'll be at my "summer goal" weight and half way to my over all goal. Yay!!

-Back on the Slim Fast lunch plan. This may have contributed to my weight loss over the past two weeks or so. I had kind of stalled out last month and have finally gotten back into dropping pounds.

-Have been awful about the gym for the aforementioned reasons. Will be back on again with this soon, I hope.

-Winston's training....almost completely out the window. Where did I fall off with this one? I just feel like even if I get through the training, I don't have the time to do the therapy work with him that I'd be getting him certified for. You know, if you can't find the time to do the classes and training, then you probably don't have the time to do the real work with it. Sigh. This needs more thought on my part.

How is everyone else doing??? I want updates. I feel like some people have fallen off the map, and I want to know what's up.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bento Goal

Hi all, a few have asked what my bento goals mean. My bento goal is packing and bringing my lunch, via bento, on a daily basis to work. Here's a bento sample.

Bento Proven├žal

If you want to see my daily bentos you can check out my flickr page, visit the blog or friend me on Facebook. I'm going to start taking pictures again now that I've 're-found' my camera.

Magnify the Positives – Shrink the Negatives!

Everyday we are all likely to experience positive things and people, as well as negative things and people. What we focus on, is a choice we all get to make.

You can choose to magnify the negatives and allow yourself to get stressed out by your problems and challenges. When you choose this route, you will attract more negatives.

It will seem as if you have a black cloud over your head.

Whenever you magnify the negatives in your life, you also shrink the positives.

You become blind to the good stuff, simply because you are focusing on all the crap!

Or, you can choose the magnify the positives and feed your spirit with great optimism and an energy force that will attract more of the good stuff into your life.

It’s a choice we all get to make every moment of everyday.

Have you ever noticed how lucky some people seem to be?”

The harder you work, the luckier you will become!”

Experience tells me there is a lot of truth to that statement.

People that work hard at achieving pre-determined worthwhile goals and objectives, tend to focus on what they want in their lives.

And are generally happier because of their excitement toward their goals.

They soon begin to attract the people, situations and opportunities that bring the luck they need to become successful achievers.

A good exercise for you to improve on this area, for the next seven days, is to focus only on the positives in your life.

Positive people, events, activities, language and positive actions.

Like everything…Practice makes Permanent!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

3 Days

Thank you for the comments on my last post.

Ok Folks I have followed the Nutrisystem diet for 3 days now. Not going over 1200 cals and also eating all of the salad, fruits, veggies. As long as I don't get physically hungry I am fine. Nights are the hardest so I've been waiting till close to bedtime to eat the "dessert" which has worked out well so far.

I also have kept my goal of working out! I did the crosstrainer Mon and Today.

I've been telling myself "It can wait" It meaning other stuff in general.

Hope you all are having a great Wed!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Working Hard

The color of my stripe has changed from orange to purple. I will be testing next Tuesday to change it to green. Once that happens, I will be eligible to test for my 2nd Degree Black Belt.

I have been doing shoulder exercises with weights, sit ups, and running, as well as a lot of practicing. Today I decided to see what I was made of. I got on the treadmill and ran for 5 minutes, fast walked for 2, ran for 5, fast walked for 2, ran for 5 and then cooled down.

Yes, I can run for twenty minutes. I have until June 26th to get there, but after today, I know I can. Then every Saturday morning I will be running twenty uninterrupted minutes. Oh joy! But hey, I want that second degree, so what can I say.

If you can't you must, if you must you will!

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I have been doing so so. 80% of the time I do ok. My problem is that I end up eating something every day that prevents me from losing any weight. Chocolate, chips, brownies or someone asks me to dinner. Something each day. I did manage to stick to the Nutrisystem diet except for that. I have probably eaten more fruit and veggies in the past month than in the past few years.

As far as exercise goes I get in 10,000 steps a day but I have been slacking on the ellipitcal. I have it in my mind that I will eat more or be more hungry if I workout so I don't.

So with all that said, here are my goals for April.

1. No binging
2. Elliptical or treadmill 30 mins a day
3. Stick to the nutrisystem eating plan
4. Take this eating thing moment by moment and not think if it as days

What happens is I have this whole philosophical argument with myself about food. On the one hand I am not hugely overweight and am in good health. So why deprive myself of food? On the other hand I have wanted to lose about 30 lbs for over a year now. So when I get hungry or crave chocolate or have repetitive thoughts about food, I think, is this mental anguish worth it? Sometimes I say yes and sometimes I say no. My goal is to start saying yes more.

The good thing is that I can't eat as much as I use to. So when I do eat breakfast or lunch I am usually full. Teh problem is afternoon and dinner. I get hungry and it's a real hungry in that my blood sugar is low. So by the time I get to eat the food doesn't get into my system quick enough and I am still hungry.

So I haven't lost any weight but eating wise I am making progress but it's slow. I basically do something every day or so to blow it just enough.

Tomorrow is a new day. Persistence.

Thanks for letting me share.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

March Wrap up & April goals

Ok - wrapping up March

  • Bento 4 days a week - Done (well except for those weeks when I had business lunches)
  • Keep my Daily Plate updated everyday - mostly done. I missed a few days here and there
  • Swim 2 miles a week - argh, just argh
  • Drink 1 liter of water a day - DONE! Finally!

Ok now on to April

  • Swim 2 miles a week - I WILL do this
  • Drink 1.5 liters of water a day
  • Stay off of the Diet Coke after lent and Easter are complete
  • Go somewhere for a hike

Hope everyone is doing well!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Which Way Do I Go To Find Success?

When you reach for success and can't quite get there…it's both a lesson and an adventure - not a failure. If you consider it a failed attempt, FIRST look at your attitude.

Let me give you my formula for success -- at no charge:

1. Find something to do that you believe in, and that you love.

2. Dedicate the time that it takes to become a world-class expert at it.
NOTE: I was taught long ago that there are three kinds of experts: an expert, a world-class expert, and THE world-class expert. In order to get what you want, in order to become successful, you have to be at least a world-class expert.

3. Believe in yourself, and let no one around you shake that belief.

4. Wake up every morning with an attitude of YES! And, have it be strong enough to shake off the NOs. And, if you have all of those elements...

4.5 You must then be willing to work hard. Not just "do whatever it takes," but actually see the vision of completion and fulfillment, and work hard towards that with all your heart, every day.

SUCCESS FORMULA RECAP: If you love it, if you believe in it, if you believe in yourself, and you're willing to work your butt off, you can march to success.

by: Jeffrey Gitomer

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Personal Responsibility

"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." -- Denis Waitley

"Errant assumptions lie at the root of every failure. What are yours? What if they are wrong?" -- Brian Tracy

"It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts." -- Jim Rohn

"A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying." -- John Burroughs