100+ Days of Change

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I know that it’s only April, but I did want to post a blog about my journey of change that I started on January 2nd – not the 1st since I was up long past my bedtime on New Year’s Eve!  So, my major change has been to work out every single morning this year.  Knock wood, but so far, I have managed to do this.  I also changed how I work out.  I initially started with a combination of Denise Austin, Fitness Blender and my old-school Soloflex machine, along with my daily walks.  Then I decided that instead of doing weights only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would just do them every other day while trading off with pure cardio on the other days.  I don’t “do” leg day and then arm day – I just do all weights on one day.  This is easier for me, because one day is a longer workout, and the next is a little shorter – kind of like a “treat” on the shorter days.  And, we all need a treat once in a while.

Since I started in January I’ve made a few changes.  I started with a “lighter” Fitness Blender and then changed to a harder cardio.  But now I’m off Fitness Blender and am doing Boot Camp with Denise Austin instead.  I’m sure I’ll change that up at some point, but I’m enjoying huffing and puffing along with Denise.  I’d also like to eventually get back into Tae Bo with Billy Blanks, but I’m not there yet.  I have aged since the last time I did Tae Bo!  I’ve also added more miles to my weekly walking with the dog.  I’m trying to go on a longer walk at least three times a week, and I did do over 17 miles last week.

So, that being said, do I feel better?  Well, that’s a process I guess.  For the first month everything was sore, but I felt good.  Then, I hit a hard patch that lasted over a month and I just gritted my teeth and forced myself through it.  It wasn’t easy, and everything went wrong.  My back started to give me trouble, and everything just hurt – my knees, arms, legs.  But, for the past week or so, I’ve been feeling much better.  It does help to work out when you’ve just gotten up, because for the first part of it you’re not really awake!

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Is there a change?  Yes, I can see muscle, and my butt is looking less droopy.  I have more endurance and those long walks are not making my legs sore.  So, yes, there is a difference.  How are your goals for 2018 going?  Are you working on them, or have you given up?  Let me know in the comments below.  Remember that every day is a new beginning.

 

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The Importance of Positivity

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Here’s the thing, it’s really easy to be negative.  For whatever ludicrous reason, our brains tend to focus on negative comments and situations.  And that is the problem.  Negativity can become hard-wired onto our brains, and once that happens, we will create grooves of negativity right into our brains.  Crazy, but true.

So, that being said, what can you do to create a positive outlook?  It’s something that you’ll have to work at.  And, work it will be…since our natural tendency is to be critical, and look on the dark side of everything.

I know that I’ve written about this before, but the other morning, as I looked out the window after having just gotten out of bed, I realized that my first thoughts of the morning – almost every morning – were negative, and that made me want to cry.  That’s not the way to start a day.  So, mostly because I couldn’t think of anything else, I started to say my affirmations to myself.  Guess what?  I’ve been doing that first thing most mornings, and I’ve been feeling better.

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Depression has been dodging my footsteps for about two months now.  Rotten things have been happening since February, and they’ve been taking a toll.  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and not in control.  But with consistent work, I’ve started feeling a little bit better.  There are always things in life that we can’t control, but now I’m making an effort to not worry about whether this or that might happen and realize that if it happens I’ll deal with it, but not before.  We can only take some things as they come, since we really have no ability to prepare for everything.  Worrying about maybes is just a waste of time.  And dwelling in the negative only creates more negativity.

So, affirmations first thing in the morning, realizing you can’t control everything, and trying to take things as the come are my order of business for now.  Positivity, positivity, positivity!

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Happy End of Week!

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Today is Friday, and I wanted to remind you all to make sure that you have a wonderful, fun weekend!  I hope that you get to do something fun rather than just running all the errands that you haven’t gotten to during the week.

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It’s important to take the time and do something relaxing and fun.  So, have a great weekend!

 

 

Announcement – I’m Making a Change

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I have been writing this blog since June, 2014, and for all that time, I’ve been putting three posts per week out into the world.  It’s been fun, and I’ve learned a lot, since many of my posts have taken some research.  However, lately my level of commitment has been leveling off, and I don’t feel as compelled to post as before.  Four years is a long time, and I need to write fewer posts in order to spend more time with my fiction writing and study commitments.

So, I will be posting only on Monday and Friday from now on.  In the future I may add a few Wednesday posts, maybe, but right now I need to focus on some other parts of my writing life.  So, rest assured, I’ll still be posting, just not three times a week.  Hope to share some of my creative pursuits with you in the future!

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Goals for April

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Seeing as how my goals for March didn’t really work out all that well, I decided to forge ahead getting something done for the month, here are my goals:

  1. Novel checked and printed out for reading.
  2. 600-word short story written.
  3. Coaching lessons and homework done, certification requested.
  4. Spring cleaning accomplished with “some” crap discarded. I want to concentrate on actually cleaning before discarding.  That way the house is *gasp* clean.
  5. Organization of paperwork and filing.
  6. Adding more yoga to my workouts; walking 4 more miles per week.

I think that’s it…  If I add more to the list, I’ll let you know.  What are your goals for the month?  I’m so hoping that the snow is finished with us, that the weather gets a little bit warmer, and that the mud dries out.  Let me know your goals for the month, and we can encourage each other.

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Goals Re-cap for March 2018

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This is the story of March…or really the story of my not achieving all my goals.  You can decide which story it is, but in reality, it’s a little of both.  Okay, we’ve had five (5)!! Nor’easters this month.  Seems more than a little excessive to me.  So, no Spring Cleaning.  I’ve done plenty of wood hauling and kindling making, though!  I am simply done with winter…but still it’s not done with me.  I am such a lucky person!

The other goals that did not get accomplished were my writing, my certificate and my website.  Working on these, but not accomplished yet.

I have achieved one goal, yes, I have worked out every single day this month (year)!  Yay me!  I can feel myself getting stronger and fitter – now, if only I didn’t hurt so much!  No, it’s really only the usual working-out aches and pains.

How did your month go?  Did you accomplish your goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

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