Getting it done…

Sully had to go into the office today so I was very busy.  I worked on the laundry, changed the sheets, cleared all of the craft stuff out of the kitchen, went out to the pool,  inflated the ring and started the filter.  I even organized the cabinet under the sink on my side of the bathroom while we were watching TV.  Clearly, Sully and Boo were watching and I was just listening from where I was sitting on the bathroom floor.  We’ve been re-watching episodes of  The Office so watching wasn’t really necessary.

I am amazed at how much I got done in the garage today.  Last night, I hit a crossroads on my cleaning in the garage.  I was able to make a clear list of things to tackle today and the garage is nearly clean.  Well, nearly clean enough to park Sully’s car in the garage before we leave for vacation on Friday.  

Day 18

1.  Water –  2 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 18 (grapevine, m and m’s and chest camel)

3.  Writing  –  

4.  Exercises – Stretching**

5.  Project –  Garage (5 x 20 minutes)


Rainy crafty day…

It was a pretty good day.  We had an uncharacteristically rainy day today.  Usually in the summer we get monsoon storms that develop in the afternoons and bring dust storms, wind and sometimes rain in the evening.  The day started out overcast and just got darker and darker.  Just after lunch the rain started and kept up for over an hour.  It flooded our backyard and overfilled our pool.  It was crazy and I loved it.

Boo and I spent the afternoon sewing.  Boo wanted a tote bag to use at the beach and we used the same pattern I used for my embroidery machine.


Day 16 

1.  Water –  2 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 16 (flame, ripple and 1, 2, 3 pop)

3.  Writing  –  

4.  Exercises –  Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 30 minutes)


Two down and one to go…

I am two thirds of the way through my personal 21 day challenge.  It’s really gone well, I am actually surprised.  My only trip up is my writing, I am working on it but not enough.  I will have to step it up this next week and for my next 21 day challenge.  

I am pretty proud of the fact that I have been able to stay with drinking 72oz of water every day.  That’s pretty huge, during stressful times I’ve gone days without drinking water, which is so bad.  It wasn’t intentional but I would be busy or stressed and turn to soda first.  I feel much better now that I am drinking enough water.  The exercise, dancing and stretching has helped too.  

I weighed myself this morning and I’ve lost 3 pounds since I started two weeks ago.  I think it’s a good start.

Day 14 

1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 14 (shoulder shimmy, hip rotations and cut turn)

3.  Writing  –  Story Arc

4.  Exercises – Arms/Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 15 minutes)


Fair to midland…

It’s the middle of the week and I am so ready for the weekend.  That’s pretty much it.

Day 13

 1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 13 (shimmy layered hip circle, tremor figure eight, and Sa’idi turn)

3.  Writing  –  Research

4.  Exercises – Abs/legs/Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 20 minutes)


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)


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)


Looking at the plusses…

I’ve spent June working on finding things to do for myself.  It’s been good, I’ve learned that I can work taking care of myself into my day.  I’ve seen how the stretching and exercising has made me feel healthier and more in control of how I feel day to day.  One of the really important things I learned though, is that I really do need to drink more water, it makes me feel more energenic on a daily basis.

So, as June comes to a close I have been looking for a way to use what I learned.  I decided to make up a new challenge using the 21 days to form a habit idea.  I am calling it “21 Days for Me!”

Tomorrow will mark 21 days until my vacation and I am hoping to spend that time wisely.  I haven’t quite decided what I am going to work on, I’ve got some good stuff from June to think about though.  It all starts tomorrow, wish me luck!