Rinse. Repeat.

This is a good reminder and I will be repeating it as often as necessary.  I’ve got a lot going on this week and it would be easy to just let it all go.  I am going to stay on track even though I’d much rather build a blanket fort and eat Nilla wafers.

Stop being afraidSo, I’ve got my plan and I’ve got some ideas for extra motivation.  Wish me luck!  I hope everyone has a good and successful week.  See you Wednesday!


Double Kickstart…

My friend and author, Kate George has a project up on Kickstarter.  You can check it out Here.

It’s actually a dual project…

Double the Trouble – Two Books, Two Badass Broads

‘Staying Alive’ is the working title of her fourth installment of the Bree McGowan Mysteries.

‘Glimmer Girls’ is the introduction of Clara Delmare, a mermaid on a mission.

Bree 4


The Bree McGowan Mysteries are fun, with likable characters and a good amount of humor. Each book has a twist, or two, that will keep you guessing until the very end.   You can find them at Amazon.

Kate George

Kate George lives in Vermont with her four kids and three rescue dogs.  Check out her blog, Mystery with a Side of Laughter, here.



For the most part, I am a very honest person.  I expect honesty from other people and so I extend that same courtesy to others.  Don’t get me wrong, I will dance around a touchy subject to save feelings and pride as much as the next person.  At the same time though, I will try to convey my honest feelings in instances where it is needed.  I harbor no delusions that my friends and family are on constant stand by waiting for my input.

As I strive to be as honest as possible with the people around me, I tend to be less than honest with myself.  I want to be more honest with myself, writing it down here I think will help me to stay honest.  If I really want to achieve change then I have to be honest, right?

I like this quote that is attributed to Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  

It’s so very true.  Every year I say I am going to take better care of myself and then every year something comes up and I end up in the same cycle of bad habits.   This year I am holding my ground.  I honestly feel that there is nothing more important than my health this year.   I’ve put it off too long and it happens now.  There’s no I’ll start tomorrow, or I’ll skip today and pick up again or any of those excuses.    It’s today, it’s now, it’s on…

Phase 1:  Day 2…

I wasn’t able to walk due to time issues, instead I did a step workout that burned a comparable number of calories.

My lower body workout went well, 2 sets of 15 reps.

Water = 56 ounces


51 weeks…

I have mentioned it here and have been talking with a friend about how it takes 21 days to make something a habit.  It doesn’t matter what it is, good or bad, 21 days is pretty much the time for your brain to latch on to something and make it routine.

Every new year we hear a lot of talk about people either making resolutions or breaking resolutions.   I’ve already mentioned that I am not making resolutions but that I have a plan.  Well, part of my plan is to change how I do things.  It’s not a big stretch to think that making good habits is the first step to real change.

I did a quick check of the calendar and discovered that there are 51 weeks left in 2013, divided by three that’s 17 good habit forming sections. I am going to make a list of 17 new and improved habits that I want to develop this year.   This list will be a work in progress as the year goes on.  

Tomorrow I will start the first three week time period.  I will call them phases, mostly because that sounds groovy and kind of sci fi-ish.  I will let you know how it goes.



Prep week…

I have big plans for 2013, too many to count.  Yesterday I mentioned a few but there’s so many more, little, big, personal, public, symbolic, and a few are just to make a point.  I am making a list, writing them all down.  This year I want to get things done.  I want to see some progress, the house, the yard, me, my writing, whatever it is, it’s going to be better this year.    

This week I am working on my plan of attack and then next week it’s on.

In addition to planning I am working on a few things for me…

At the end of 2012, I had slowly started making some changes, more water, less Dr Pepper.  I was feeling like it was ok to take time for me; a morning routine and a night routine.  I started thinking about food choices: more vegetables, less processed foods.  It’s been working, I’ve lost ten pounds between mid October and last Friday.  I actually lost three pounds Christmas week.  How crazy is that?  Losing weight in the middle of all the amazing Christmas food and cookies.

So this week I am…

–  Drinking 48 + ounces of water every day

–  Drinking 12 ounces or less  of Dr Pepper a day.

–  Strength exercises  (abs/legs – Mon/Wed/Fri, arms/back – Tues/Thurs/Sat)-  Walking briskly (10 minutes this week, increasing a little each week)

–  Stretching (everyday with a longer stretch on Sundays)

So far, I am on schedule, I’ve had my water, took my walks, and done my strength exercises.