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One Month: April 2012

April 3, 2012

Oh My! I guess the joke was on me–I forgot to post about my One Month Goals! (I don’t feel all that bad as Jen on the Edge herself didn’t post until today!)

March Review

1. Finish figuring out how to track everything and make an understandable budget. Um, well, I spent way more than I planned to but now I can see how that happens. As I type this I am getting ready to finally install Quicken and hopefully April will be better.

2. Turn 38 with a bang! My birthday was great because I am surrounded by Vivacious women. Bummed I didn’t get to see SoccerMom or finally me Jen on the Edge, but one day I will. My scrapbooking weekend was awesome as usual. Can’t wait for next year. While I did not top my all-time high of 81 views … and really considering that was a weird day with spam referer traffic … I did get my 38th, 39th, 40th AND 41st follower during the month of March. Thank you guys!

3. Lose weight. Oooo not so good. Actually, I think I finally broke the cycle and was trending downward this past week but then I had dinner at Castiglia’s, finished off both daughters’ Blizzards, lunch at Chili’s (for a great cause–raising funds for Relay for Life), and celebratory Rita’s gelatis to celebrate two wins for a great start to this spring soccer season. So if I can behave the rest of this week… oh who am I kidding Easter is on Sunday.

April Goals:

1. Have a fun and stress free Spring Break. Not sure what we’ll do but day trips and time with the grandparents will be the order of the day.

2. Get caught up on Spring Cleaning. Just a little at a time. Make list for home repairs and what not for DH and I to conquer together (whether by proper budgeting or as a family project).

3. Take the dogs for more walks. And allow this time to clear the head. It will be good for the soul.

For the blog that started this all, check out JenontheEdge.

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One Month: March 2012

March 1, 2012

So let’s recap how I did…

1. Find a way to have a special, relaxing Valentines with DH before he ships out. DH and I had some quality time together but I can’t really say we did anything too special. We did go to a great Indian restaurant and had a quiet meal. However, no gifts were exchanged (unless you count that he got me another air filter for the basement) and he got me a giant card that I heard puzzled/mortified T1 and I got him a small card that I bought on the day… I really wasn’t expecting him to be home and if you read Lesson Learned? FAIL you can see I blew many opportunities. I will totally make it up to him when he gets home.

2. Conquer all (or most of) my anxiety about taking care of Crook & Heddie on my own. Check! We’re doing great. I’ve taken them to the groomer by myself and I’ve walked them a few times. They have survived thunderstorms without freaking out and other than eating a pair of T1’s shoes and trying to get on the couch we’re doing wonderfully!

3. Start running again. We have officially added runs (130-140 feet x however many the trainer makes me do…) to my workouts. (And even though it is a no-no still I did body weight squats today. Shhh! Don’t tell!) And I am using my new recumbent bike and am working up to 6 miles in 21 minutes… then I will start adding resistance.

So, for my March goals:

1. Finish figuring out how to track everything and make an understandable budget. You have no idea how much this perplexes me and makes me want to cry. But DH and I are at a point in our lives where we really do need to think about expenses. For example, the normal average healthy family should budget between 5-8% for medical expenses a month. I haven’t figured everything in but with my medicine and because I now consider the training a medical expense, I’m already at 9%… a chronic illness changes everything and I guess we need to make sure our future plans take it all into consideration.

2. Turn 38 with a bang! I cannot wait until my annual scrapbooking weekend to celebrate and have fun. I have to figure out how to meet SoccerMom (her former alias) and JenontheEdge that weekend too … and can I do it without giving away my blog secret?? Also, I would love to have my 38th follower. And see if I can’t figure out a way to top my busiest views day (84 views on March 10th) in the past year. Is this more than one goal??

3. Lose weight. Any weight I don’t care how much. I’m finally off prednisone so it is time to buckle down (except on my weekend crop). I’m running and if I can’t have a training session I’m using the bike.

For the blog that started this all, check out JenontheEdge.

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One Month: February

February 1, 2012

So let’s review January… how successful was I?

January 1: Keep up the momentum of the cleaning and organizing that took place last month. The house for New Year’s Day was awesome and really it was a family effort that I hope the girls are proud of. Check! The momentum is still going and the clean up is getting easier, the girls are more helpful. Sadly the laundry is getting backed up because the thermal control fuse burned out. DH is currently trying to fix it.

January 2: Get as many of my digital album projects completed and ordered so that I can take advantage of a really good discount at Creative Memories. This will include sitting with my MIL for an entire day to get the summer family portraits into an album. Well, I got some of them done and took advantage of the sale to get my 84 page Disney book printed. My MIL never found the time to come down but we will get to it one day and there will be another sale I’m sure!

January 3: Make sure that even when I’m feeling a little on the blah side to not dress frumpy. This includes trying not to grab an oversized shirt to cover up just because I haven’t gotten the weight off. I have found myself hiding in oversized shirts again, even at the gym. But other days I have put on more form-fitting things. I went to get my hair done even though seeing how thin it is now (from the MTX) is a bit depressing. I think the steroids are one of the reasons I’m holding on to the weight now–before I used to be able to get away with the cheating on the diet. I have a follow-up appointment next week to see about switch to new meds.

Now on to February:

1. Find a way to have a special, relaxing Valentines with DH before he ships out. This can be anything from a movie and lunch date while the girls are in school to a special day trip… who knows.

2. Conquer all (or most of) my anxiety about taking care of Crook & Heddie on my own. We’re half-way there. I think the two biggest hurdles have already been cleared. These girls are really mellow and not showing signs of anxiety themselves. (Greyhounds can have serious separation anxiety.) We’ve confined them, they are in their routines, and they are generally content with retirement. Second, I was really worried about getting them in and out of a vehicle on my own. DH and I have done a couple of practice runs and it is getting easier.

3. Start running again. This will depend on the weather and a change in medicine but I’m hopeful. 70 degrees today! I will take all I can get. I cannot believe I just said I wanted to run again. LOL Part of the reason is my trainer is chomping at the bit to get me to do squats and lunges again–both no-nos per my rhuematologist. However, I can run all I want… we just haven’t had dry enough or warm enough days to try it. Oh, and his treadmill is broken.

For the blog that started this all, check out JenontheEdge.

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One Month: January 2012 Goals

January 2, 2012

I guess I’ll use this as my kick-off post. I’ll recap December and then dive right in…

Goals for December:

1. Enjoy the month and not stress so much. I actually acheived this. Other than my initial freak-out about why on earth our troop was participating in a Christmas parade if more than half the leaders were unavailable–and letting said leaders know–the month only continued to get better and better.

2. Not put on any weight and hopefully get off what I put on in November. Well, I at least didn’t put any more on. Either the continued Prednisone use is starting to catch up to me or things are just at a bad platuea with all the rich holiday food and increased eating out. I am happy that I basically only put on the same amount that I put on at camp and for the whole year I am only up about 6 pounds. Considering everything, I’m not really going to complain.

3. Find more ways to give to those in need. The girls and I got to do some shopping for children at a residential orphanage/school. T1 later got to go on her first “mission” trip to take the donated items to that school. What an experience for her! We also collected items at our troop party to donate instead of exchanging with each other–like my children need another present like they need new holes in their heads. Those items made their way to Toys for Tots and my girls are continuing to learn from these experiences.

So what do I want for January and 2012 in general….

January 1: Keep up the momentum of the cleaning and organizing that took place last month. The house for New Year’s Day was awesome and really it was a family effort that I hope the girls are proud of.

January 2: Get as many of my digital album projects completed and ordered so that I can take advantage of a really good discount at Creative Memories. This will include sitting with my MIL for an entire day to get the summer family portraits into an album.

January 3: Make sure that even when I’m feeling a little on the blah side to not dress frumpy. This includes trying not to grab an oversized shirt to cover up just because I haven’t gotten the weight off.

2012 Goal 1: Take off just 12 pounds and possible get into those size 12 pants in the closet. I can wear them now but it’s not a pretty picture. This takes off those 6 pounds I’ve put on since November and gives me another 6 pounds to work off. It is a very doable and realistic goal considering all the medicine changes and the limitations while we’re still trying to find the right drugs to combat my PA.

2012 Goal 2: Admit that I blew it again with the writing course and try again without beating myself up about it. That being said, I need to download the last of the valuable teacher notes and just move on.

2012 Goal 3: Continue to evaluate the stress in my life and set reasonable limits. I have to be mindful though to never let these limits be excuses. There are things I can try to get back into, things that I am very capable of doing, when I’m ready.

2012 Goal 4: Take a photo a day for 365 days. Hmmm… better get to it today or I’ll miss this already!

2012 Goal 5: Continue with my Fruits of the Spirit study. I haven’t forgotten about it. But it will be nice to approach it without the pity party I was having this time last year.

For the blog that started it all, check out JenontheEdge’s One Month post for January.

**Wordpress is not letting me spell check this post so please, please ignore the typos for the time being. I’m sure there are quite a few of them!**

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