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Shifting my focus…

It’s only the fourth day of my 21 day challenge and I already feel like I am making a change.  Sully has even gotten on board, he suggested a trip to Sprout’s.  We bought fruit and veggies to snack on and didn’t even stop at the bins with the salty snacks.   It’s a good feeling having him on my side, his support can really lift me up when I am having a hard day.

I’ve got to be better about starting my water drinking earlier in the day.  I didn’t finish my last 24oz of water until after 11:30pm.  I feel like I spent most of the night  crawling out of bed to use the bathroom.  The extra water is definitely making me feel better and I am definitely getting added exercise walking to the bathroom three times as much as I did before.  

 I was supposed to get so much done today and I didn’t get around to half of it.  I was supposed to do yard work this morning but I completely forgot about the sprinklers.  I ended up doing part of it in the late afternoon but it threw my morning off.  Laundry was messed up because of the summer savings hours.  I enjoy saving money, especially during the summer but I have the hardest time getting all of the laundry done.  It would be easier if I got up earlier, and if I didn’t have swim class and all of the other crazy things that I have to do each day.

I will work on getting it done tomorrow though.  I am focusing on my 21 day challenge.  I am almost a fifth of the way through, can you tell I look for the bright side of stuff?  🙂

Day 4 

 1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 4 (shoulder rolls, m and m’s, chest camel)

3.  Writing  –  Brainstorming chapter outline

4.  Exercises – Abs/leg workout and stretching

5.  Project –  Master bath room (20 minutes)

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Working it out…

Last night didn’t go as planned.  At about 10:00 I got really tired, I decided to take my shower and after that my stomach was so upset.  I laid down just before 11pm and I was out for the count.  I missed my arm workout but since Sunday is a free day I can get back on track that day without messing up my 21 day challenge.  I had gotten everything else done before that.  So, yay me!  I think my tummy problem was more muscle soreness than general nausea.  Apparently I needed the sleep too.

I feel much better today and we are having a good day of swimming and watching the Olympic Trials.  The trials are a good mix of Swimming, Track and Field and Gymnastics.  I can’t believe they hold the trials only a few weeks before the Olympics start.  I guess it is good for picking the athletes that are ready right now to compete but it must be hard for families to plan ahead for getting to the Games.  How do they get plane tickets and event tickets?  Much less hotel rooms, kind of crazy.

After dinner I worked on finally sewing the curtains for the master bathroom.  For the beach theme I picked out a dark teal color.  I kind of wanted to get a blue, like azure or blue topaz but the towels are a light teal and this was a close as I could get.  The dark teal is really pretty regardless of where it’s going, and it looks good in the bathroom.  I will try to add a picture of the final result later in the week.

Dinner tonight was so good.  We had salmon with tomatoes, avocados and hummus, pita chips and pesto pasta salad for dinner.  It felt like a feast, really one of my favorite meals now.  I think a regular green salad would’ve gone great with everything too.

Day 3

 1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 3 (hip piston, snake arms, three quarter shimmy)

3.  Writing  –  Brainstorm Timeline

4.  ExercisesArms workout and stretching

5.  Project –  Craft room (20 minutes)

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Shaking it…

I am so happy to be belly dancing again.  I need to find a class to take after I finish the episodes of Shimmy.   Maybe that can be a reward for one of my challenges.   I’ve been wanting a belly dance workout outfit from MissBellydance.com for a long time.  I think I have already mentioned that months ago.   When I finish this 21 day challenge I think I will reward myself with the outfit I want.

I really enjoy belly dancing, the movement is something that seems to come naturally to me.  Don’t get me wrong, there are moves that take me a while to figure out and even some that I can only do slowly and then completely fail at when sped up.  I am hoping I will be able to pick up those moves as I dance through the other episodes.  Either way, I am really enjoying the workouts.  I don’t know if it’s just the physical benefits or that I am actually enjoying doing some stuff for me.

Day 2

 1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 2 (Egyptian step, hip circles, Turkish figure eight)

3.  Writing  –  Brainstorming session about mystery storyline

4.  Exercises Arms workout/stretching

5.  Project –  Backyard – raking (15 minutes)

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No disappointments…


Ok, so the other day I mentioned that I didn’t make resolutions this year but I do have goals and a bit of a sketchy plan to semi-greatness.  Part of this plan was to start exercising, yeah, yeah, I know it’s part of every year’s plan.  It’s also been every season’s plan, every birthday’s plan for the last ten years, whatever.  I am working up to it, okay?

My plan last night was to get up this morning when the dog starts barking at 7:15 just like every morning since 1999 when we got our dearest Labrador, Foley.  I was going to feed the dogs and then break out my DVD’s that I recorded of the show Shimmy.  Twenty four minutes of stretching and bellydancing would be a great start of the day.

Sure, it would but not this day.  We had drama overnight, Sully and I sleep on one of those nifty airbeds.  I love that bed, it’s the most comfortable bed I have ever had.  Or it was until it sprung a leak, so the night was spent trying to get comfortable, along with disputes over sheet and pillow ownership.  I finally ended up on the couch at about 3:00 am.  By 6:00 I was up because of a cramp in the calf of my leg.  Luckily I caught it just as it started to hurt instead of the screaming awful pain of a full blown calf cramp.

I am flexible though, I didn’t get the exercise done this morning.  There are still plenty of hours in the day, I will just make time for it later today.  I will not be disappointed.  Do you hear me?  I WILL NOT… alright, I got it.  🙂

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Almost time to dive back in…

Today was the last day of our family holiday vacation.  Sully had taken the week off between Christmas and New Year’s and had today off too.  Boo and I won’t start school until later in the month.   I honestly need to check my calendar to see if we are starting next week or the week after.  Sully has to go into the office tomorrow which is a bummer because we will miss him, it’s been fun all of us hanging out.  The silver lining is that the garage will be empty and I can put Christmas decorations away easier.  Boo’s dance classes started up tonight, I wasn’t too thrilled this afternoon but her classes went by quickly and I was able to work on my next writing project.

It’s still January 2nd, at least for twelve more minutes and these are my thoughts about my goals for this next year…

More water, less Dr Pepper, more writing, less worrying, and yeah, more exercising. I tried belly dancing a few years ago and loved it.

I think I need more of that.   I’ve been wanting a belly button ring for the longest time, I think this is the year.  Blue topaz butterfly, perfect!  🙂