Sunday, May 31, 2009

5 month wrap up

Wow – has it already been 5 months. I have to thank everyone for keeping me motivated. I took the opportunity of this blog to get myself active again after my meniscus tear.

  • When I started in January I had a prominent limp and could walk on the treadmill for 10 min at 1.4 miles per hour. Now, I have no limp and walk 60 min at 3.5 miles an hour
  • I’ve dropped over 40 pounds (that’s the 20 I gained after injuring my knee and more)
  • Cut my food spending bill by not eating out as much - I'm hoping to cut it in half by the end of the year
  • I can swim a mile
  • I’m now drinking at least a liter of water a day
  • Wearing clothing that I’ve not worn in 12 years
  • Went for a hike for the first time in 15+ years
  • I signed up to walk a 5K
  • Donated over 150 pieces of clothing & linens to the women’s shelter
  • Donated 200 books and CD to my grandmother’s assisted living facility
  • Gutted and cleaned two rooms of my house from top to bottom getting rid of everything and anything that I’ve not used in the past year. It was a lot of shit – and now it’s helping others. I love

So – what does the rest of the year have in store for me? No clue. I’m going to keep making monthly goals and by the end of the year – feel like I really accomplished something and hopefully helped others.

Now on to June Goals!

I’m going to really focus on eating this month. I’ve gotten lax and my dietary bad habits have come back.

  • Do another use it up monthI still have way too much stuff in my pantry.
  • Walk across the BridgeThe Carquinez Bridge has a pathway over to Crockett. I plan to take over a picnic and enjoy the view. I promise to take pictures!
  • Bento 4 times a weekPart of my focusing on my diet is planning what I will eat for the week.
  • Drink 1.5 liters of water a dayupping my water & trying to get to 2 liters a day by the end of the year.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Hi! I have been reading your posts but I have not been able to comment due to computer problems. I have been feeling really good with the fact that I have achieved some of my goals. I have organized the room that I was using as a storage. My husband was very proud of me for doing so, because we both thought that there was no solution. I found a way to re-arrange everything and move some things to other rooms, so now I have a decent guest room and my clothes, purses and shoes are not in the way anymore. We also started eating more healthy during weekdays, lots of veggies and little or no meat at all. I think both of us are feeling that this is a good decision, and I am sleeping good now. I still need to buy a scale to measure my weight loss - if any. I substituted cookies and chocolate with grapes and other fruits for dessert at lunchtime. I have been going to the doctor - a mission for me - for check ups as I am trying to be more responsible with myself. Now I have to find a way to convice my husband to do the same - his allergies are so severe he can't breath at night. I also started sewing. Sometimes I feel frustrated because some projects take a little time and I tend to leave things unfinished... and it is funny because I really enjoy doing them, so i am trying to focus on finishing things instead of moving on to another type of hobby.
I hope everyone is doing fine!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Almost there!

well, after taking two weeks off from weighing in, I finally bit the bullet this past Sunday and jumped on the scale. To my complete amazement.....135.6!!! I have lost 9.4 lbs!! My goal was to have lost 10 lbs by the summer, so I think I can pull off the .6 lbs over the next week or so.
My overall goal is still 15lbs, so I have ways to go with that, but I'm amazed that I've gotten this far this quickly. I know it has a lot to do with keeping track of my progress on this blog and for all the feedback and support I get from you all, so thank you all so much.

I had taken a few weeks off from the counting calories and going to the gym because life has just gotten crazy hectic, I was teaching a class for the Navy that was taking up all my time and my supervisor is leaving our office, and now I've been left in charge of...well...everything! So it's been hard to keep to my regular schedule, but last week I prevailed! I went to the gym three times and actually went to yoga! It felt so great, and I'm glad I did because it paid off.

I picked up my first CSA share this week, which you can read about here. I'm eating part of it right now! And I think it's going to help me a lot with my goal to eat vegetarian at least once a week and just to eat healthier and fresher over all. If you have the opportunity to do this in your area, I highly recommend it. Knowing where your food comes from, and even knowing the very people who grow it is not such a novel concept. It wasn't that long ago that people either grew their own food or bought their food from farmers right in their town. I really think it's time to get back to this and return ourselves to the idea of supporting our communities, our farm lands, and learning to love what is here and now, rather than demanding whatever we feel like we want that particular day.

I'll be doing a special Foodie Friday post this week about a recipe I made with my CSA share and talking a little bit about it, so tune in if you're interested in trying it yourself. (

I hope everyone else is doing well with their goals - I'm eager to see some more posts from others to see how they're doing!! What are you struggling with? What kind of information or posts would you like to see? What goals have worked and what goals have you had to put on the back burner? I've certainly had to drop my work goals to the bottom of my priorities. What have you had to change around or re-evaluate?

Friday, May 1, 2009

April Wrap Up and May Goals

Ok April... not my best month

  • Swim 2 miles a week - ARG! I hit a few weeks but not all. I'm taking this one off for a month and then coming back to it.
  • Drink 1.5 liters of water a day - I didn't quite hit1.5 but I didn't drop below 1 liter. So I'll call this one mostly done!
  • Stay off of the Diet Coke after lent and Easter are complete - Oops
  • Go somewhere for a hike - Done! My niece and I went for a long trek on the Sacramento River
So May goals! I'm going to focus this month on getting some 'me' things done.
  • Sign up for the Korman 5K walk in September
  • Clean out the linen & yarn closets - I have a huge mess in there and really need to send a bunch of stuff on to charity
  • Do a use it up month - which means no purchasing of any groceries with the exception of veggies and dairy. I need to use up stuff in my pantry before it goes bad.
  • Go somewhere for a hike - I'm keeping this one on because I want to head out into the wilderness... but come back for a rest in the spa afterwards... you know
  • Bento 4 times a week - I slacked a bit so I'm tossing this one back on.

Roll Call

Okay everybody, we gotta get cracking on our goals. How is everyone doing? We need to have a role call. So if you're here, leave a comment and let me know you're alive!

This is one of my goals. It's getting closer to being finished. It's a light in the breezeway, heading out to the garage. At night it is dark and I can't see to get the key in the lock. So I am wiring this up so I will be able to have light. It will have switches at both doors, so the wiring was a bit tricky, but with help, mom is getting it done. :)