Planning Out My Life

 

I made these for my girls I visit at church courtesy of Pinterest (I am on a roll!).  Mike was tempted to eat them but explained to me he couldn’t “accidentally” take one because it would leave a hole in the styrofoam.  So they are husband-stealing proof. 

I am trying to plan out the rest of my year so I have a lot to look forward to.  Yes, when school starts, I get a little dramatic and feel like my life is going to end.  To get me through each work day, I must have something on my mind. In the past, mountain bike races have been a really good help for me, but since we aren’t racing as much this year, we are planning other things too.

Here is what I have to look forward to in the month of August:

1. Camping in Silver City with Barney

2. Signal Peak Mountain Bike Race

3. The Color Run in Albuquerque (www.thecolorrun.com/albuquerque )

4. Road Trip to California!

So yes, I have to keep telling myself that my life will not end and I have some really fun stuff coming up!  Happy August!

P.S. Today was the cycling time trial with the Olympics and I have found my new hero!! Kristen Armstrong.  She took time off in cycling to have a family and came back with a vengeance today.  Did I mention she also broker her collarbone in May? And still pulled it off? Love her!

 Photo is courtesy of About.com

 

7 Day Carb Cycle

 I really love the show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.  It is so inspiring to see the people who are extremely overweight turn their lives around to make things healthier.  I think Chris Powell is an excellent trainer and would love to have a job like that one day (after I get my health regimen in order).

I was searching on Amazon for nutrition books and found “The 7 Day Carb Cycle” by Chris Powell.  I immediately downloaded and started reading it to give it a try.  I only have about four more weeks until I am back at work, so I thought I would try it out and get into a healthy routine before then.

 

Yesterday was a Low Carb day and the process goes like this:

Sunday:  Rest

Monday: Low Carb

Tuesday: High Carb

Wednesday: Low Carb

Thursday: High Carb

Friday: Low Carb

Saturday: High Carb

A high carb day doesn’t mean you eat as many cookies as possible.  It’s more healthy carbs alongside protein.  Fruits are a really good idea for those days.  On the low carb day, it is mainly protein and veggies the whole day.  After our 4th of July, I was going through withdrawal on sugar yesterday. 

Most people on the reviews said that they lost two pounds the first week.  It received four out of five stars on Amazon, so I figure I’ll be a guinea pig and try it out.  I’ll keep you posted!

It helps if you cut up your veggies and fruits and leave them accessible in the fridge. 

Barney is moping around the house today because of all the rain.  Any time we attempt to walk outside, he gets so excited.  I can understand since I get a little ancy too when it comes to rainy days.  I was a little disappointed yesterday on my attempt to road ride and this beauty of a storm paid a visit.

P.S.  Lists are so awesome.  Then you don’t have to try to remember everything.  When I spoke in church on Sunday, I was talking about how I write lists all the time.  A lot of girls came up to me afterwards talking about their lists and their husbands told me that their wives are obsessed with them.  Ha ha. Must be a girl thing.

Question: Are you a list person?  If so, what are some ideas on where to keep your lists?

Three A Day Workout

WORKOUTS

 I actually was pretty impressed with myself for working out three times today.  Working out in my terms means doing some kind of physical activity longer than 30 minutes.  Thankfully on Mondays and Wednesdays, there are a group of girls who like to play volleyball at my local church, so I was able to go.  Then I was headed over to the gym for some elliptical and weights.  It feels good to start getting my arms back.  I can’t wait til I can get my Les Mill’s Body Pump DVD/set.  When I got home, my husband wanted to go for a road ride, so we did some laps on a coarse called the “Ocho” in this really nice golfing community on our side of town.  It’s a three-mile loop that makes a figure eight.  It’s about six minutes of pure climbing, and then the rest is all downhill.  My goal tonight was four laps, and I did it!

ORGANIZATION

So one of my areas of focus this summer for my “Summer of Fitness” was to organize away the house.  Since I am on a budget this week and can’t go too crazy buying bookshelves and stands (which I would go crazy at Target doing), I decided to go through the “easy and cheap” things that need to be organized.

I have always had my clothes color coded from dark to light. Its nice so when you walk in the closet, and say that you are in the mood to wear red, then you know where all your red shirts are.  The hubby’s side of the closet had random shirts thrown in there.  Every once in a while I will hear him say “I haven’t seen this shirt in a while.”, because of how disorganized it is.  I decided to help him out and color coordinate his side of the closet too. 

I also found this organizer at Wal-Mart for $4.95, which you pretty much hang from your door.  It has a bunch of hooks and you put all your purses on it.  Most of my purses are piled in a corner in my closet, so its nice to have a visual on it.  Now to just get more purses to fill it. 🙂

Here is the picture of the “vision board” I was telling you about.  Mike and I have done it the last three years on New Years when we make all of our resolutions.  One side is dedicated to my goals, the other side for him, and then anything we both want to do I put in the middle.  This last year I put a list of all the goals we accomplished in a “newsletter” and then posted it up there.  We usually put biking goals, education goals, a lot of physical goals, and other stuff.  I try to make them really easy, like “take a class” so that way I can take a simple sewing class to accomplish that or a college course towards my nursing degree. Something like that.

Question:  What are some organizing things you do around the house that are inexpensive?

The Summer of Fitness

From kindergarten til now, I have dedicated my summers to something.  When I graduated high school, I went straight on through college, and immediately started teaching at the age of 21, I have always had summers off. (Very lucky, I know. I get told that all the time!) By August, I have had to either go back to classes or back to work.  I have never known what it feels like to not do.Twenty seven years later…..I am in the same situation.

Image

(This is my vision board when I was living in Utah in 2005.  I got the idea from a Oprah Winfrey episode on things to do to achieve goals.  I made it to remind me of all the fun things I like to do and to remind me of all the friends and family around me.  Usually a vision board is for goals you have.  Mike and I have one in our second bedroom.  I’ll put it in a future post. )

When I was in college, I dedicated my summers to traveling.  I went and worked in Orlando for a summer at Walt Disney World.  I went to Utah and spent a summer at Brigham Young University learning the college life on campus.  I went on four different cruises to different tropical places.  I dedicated summers to dating right.  Other summers to educating myself.  So many different things!

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, I made a pact to myself that I was going to make this the “summer of fitness”.  I have been addicted to working out since about 2004, when I started taking group fitness classes.  I slipped down to my lowest weight and felt great.  I was especially excited when I found Les Mills’ Body Pump class and started to build muscle and tone out.  I have been interested in eating right and have bought almost every Fitness, Shape, Cooking Light, and Self magazines as the years have passed on.

 

This year was a very disappointing year on my body.  The stress from my job took a toll on me.  I gained almost 15 pounds from August until May.  I even went as far as going to my doctor about it.  I am an avid mountain biker and still raced, and was even getting faster on the bike!  Why was this happening to me??  With a lot of research and discussion, I concluded the weight gain to two things.  1. Stress.   2.Eating Right. 

 

(Before And After)

I can go on and on about how I concluded this, but I will spare the details.  So instead, I am going to explain how I am going to get myself back to a “comfortable” physique.  I am not going based on weight, I am going by how I felt.  Being thirty, I have to be realistic that age plays a role, but I am also going to not let it hold me back.  I still want to be healthy.  My goal is to feel “confident” by the end of the summer.  A confidence where I am not embarrassed to sit down and not use my purse to cover my stomach.  A confidence where I am not embarrassed to wear a short sleeve shirt, because I am afraid to show off my arms.  A confidence where I can stop complaining every second I put my clothes on. 

Here is the game plan.  A successful way to diet and exercise is to keep a journal, therefore I will be keeping a journal on this blog through posts:

1. Two a Day Workouts.  It doesn’t mean I go to the gym twice a day.  It means I complete at least two workouts a day. 

2,  Food Journal.  Keep a list of foods and meals eaten.  Keep healthy meals on hand.  Watch portioning.

3. Make life more fun.  Since stress is such a big factor in my life and physically makes me sick, I am going to work on at least one thing a day to relax my body.

4. Organize my life.  When I am organized, things are so much happier around my house. I love organizing and consider it a huge impact on my success in teaching, as well as my success personally.

So here it goes guys.  I send this out into the cyber world!  I will get back to you daily on one of these four subjects, or on all four of these subjects.  Wish me luck.  See you in August!