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Realizations

28 Sep

So I have come to a couple of realizations in the past couple of weeks. Get ready I think this is going to be my favorite post.

Realization number 1: I don’t think I ever want my blog to be my full time job. I am just not comfortable with my writing or sharing my personal thoughts. I enjoy getting a chance to play around with my own website, write occasionally as a therapeutic way to get all my thoughts on paper, and of course chronicle my journey. I read a handful of other blogs and occasionally they will have a post about blogging and how to increase your readership, and I found myself thinking yesterday – I really don’t want that. I want this for me. Ahhh finally – something I am doing only for myself. J

Realization number 2 – I love morning workouts but I am really not a morning person! Continue reading

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September here we go and my theme song

5 Sep

Hi guys!! I know I haven’t been the best at making sure I am posting consistently and I am sorry. But considering this is mostly for me I am not that sorry hehe. Well these past couple of days have been a quite a change. We reached a big deadline at work finally, and I have gotten some days of PTO. So I have been off of work since Thursday September 1. Considering that was 5 days ago I am not terribly pleased with myself. I haven’t been feeling that great and to top it off I feel like I have been in a rut. I was so used to working like crazy that I let things go and I wasn’t keeping myself accountable. That is all going to change. Things have to start changing that is for sure. I want to start keeping promises to myself more, but at the same time I am going to have to realize that I can’t be perfect, and this journey isn’t going to be either. So through reading all my blogs I have gotten a second wind. I spent some time today updating my Weight Loss Journey page so make sure to check it out, and now I am going to get to cleaning, and organizing things for the rest of the day. I spent my time relaxing, and not its time to get to it. So here is my game plan for the Week…

Monday – Finish Cleaning, make Fall Budget, Work at Desk and on Computer, Workout, and Laundry (considering its 4 o’clock I better get a definite move on it huh??!!! – enter my theme song see below)

Tuesday – Complete my workout, meet for a work lunch, Work on Home Organization Notebook, Cook

Wednesday – Work on Routines, Workout, Work on Home Organization, Cook

Thursday – Workout, Pack, Laundry

Friday – Workout, Travel to Texas

Saturday – Monday – Out of town 🙂

Yea that is right I haven’t mentioned my family and I are traveling to Texas this weekend where my Aunt is getting married. It should be quite some fun. I have missed my family, and I think I need  a break away too 🙂

So as you know I have some hefty goals for my life and September is the perfect month to get started on those. I have  goals related to food, fitness, and home organization. The three areas I am trying to work on. You know the part in the movies where the music takes over and you see the character kicking their life into gear or falling into love, well that is going to be my September. I have decided my theme song is going to be the one from Something Borrowed..

Favorite Movie - September

I am a little obsessed with this movie and the theme song. So…  “Everybody hurts a little too much, Everybody hurts but its never enough. Its wonderful to fall, let’s love and risk it all. I’d rather love just a little too much!”

Here are my goals for the month and at the end I will update you on my progress:

Food goals for September

  • Cook 4 nights of the week, 1 quick meal, 2 nights out
  • Put grocery spending on a budget $75-$100 a week
  • Cook with fresh veggies 3x a week
  • Don’t throw out meat uncooked
  • Track food

Workout Goals for September ( see my Workout Page for specifics on my workout plan each week)

  • Make 2 workouts B4 Work
  • Strength train 1x week
  • Walk consistently to work up to running
  • Yoga 1x week

Well I think that is all for now. I just listened to my “theme song” for the 3rd time and now I am pumped and ready to accomplish things  – what a perfect song to get you smiling and moving

~Michelle

Perfectionista

29 Aug

Perfectionista!

I feel like this term describes me. Sometimes it’s a good thing and other times its part of my downfall. I can be such a perfectionist that I stop myself from reaching my goals, because my journey isn’t perfect like I imagine it. I know I am probably not the only one with this problem, but it seems to be butting into my life more recently. So here is what made me come to this realization…

I look at myself in the mirror on Saturday night when I was out with a few friends (after a long day mind you) and just saw myself as this really overweight person that surely couldn’t be me – in fact I made myself look twice. I don’t think I have ever looked at myself and thought this before, but it was definitely a wake up call! UGH! How did I let this happen to my body?!? The one that I had taken care of throughout high school by playing sports constantly… Well I can tell you how.. LIFE! I Not only has my fabulous metabolism slowed down, but I also haven’t quite gotten rid of some awful college habits I picked up. Not to mention after college I went straight into Grad School where I had to work part time, go to school full time, and study for the CPA full time. I know whew! (makes me tired just writing it). All of those things in addition to the fact that now my full time job is anything but a 40 hour a week! So after 8 months of using those excuses I am going to make some changes. Even if they are small changes, and even if they changes don’t get made perfectly, I know I can do this. I know I can take better care of myself and lead a healthier life. Don’t get me wrong I want to continue to enjoy weekends with friends, birthday parties, and nights out, but I want my life to be balanced.

So even though I know change doesn’t happen overnight, I also know change doesn’t’ t happen without a plan. So here it is – my plan to change my life one day at a time out for the whole blog world to see (even if my mom is my only reader) I want to be able to look back at this post and say – this was my tipping point. The realization that if I am not healthy and loving myself how can I expect anyone to love me back. I want to engage in all sorts of activities, sports, and events without stressing to the point of tears about what I am going to wear, if people are going to think I’m fat, or if people are going to just laugh when they see what I have become.  So enough of feeling like that, enough of not loving myself!!! I am worth it!

See my workout page for my workout logs, as well as recipes page for my meal plans.

Weekend Update – My Birthday!!

24 Aug

Hello everyone! So since I am new to this blogging thing, I think my goal is going to be to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Until I get more time on my hands I think that is all I can handle. So I have a couple pieces of news.

First off last Monday was my BIRTHDAY! I am 24. Besides going to work, I am had a night with my honey just us two (and Sophie of course). I am very excited about that because as you will read I had quite the busy weekend. My birthday definitely made me realize just how lucky and blessed I am with such wonderful family and friends. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.

Friday turned into a pretty late day at the client site where I didn’t get to leave until about 6:30. I was definitely okay with this considering I didn’t have to work this weekend!! Chris and I decided that despite the monsoon outside we would rough it to the local TGI Fridays, in honor of the day, and enjoy some adult beverages. My new favorite right now is Sam Adams Summer Ale. It ‘s heavy though so I only drink one. We shared an appetizer, chatted up the bartender, and then headed home for a movie night. It was fantastic.

Saturday was quite a busy day. I went on my first walk in a long time to start out my new found lifestyle a day or two early. I was met with some frustration as my arches hurt for quite a while. I know some people who battled with a minor case of plantar fasciitis, but I think I might have a more severe case. Even brisk walking started the ole arch a burning. Then this brought on lovely debate in my head…. When is pain a matter of pushing through something hard, and when is it actually a sign something is wrong? I decided I would talk to my dad, the doctor, about some referrals, and I invest in some custom insoles for my shoes. I don’t know if it will work, but I guess I am going to have to ease into the running plan, which was definitely not expected. I am more than a little bummed.  So then and a quick little detour, it was operation clean house! I hate doing this drill EVERY Saturday, but it always seems to end up like that. I was having my birthday dinner at a Mexican restaurant in town, and decided it would be much better if gift giving and cake happened at our apartment. WHY OH WHY do I do things like that to myself! I then spent the next 3 hours cleaning. I do find cleaning fun, but not when there is a time sensitive deadline. At about 3:30 when the final headcount was determined for my dinner, I called the restaurant only to find out that they don’t take reservations on Saturday nights, AND for the size of table I wanted I would have to be there at 5:00 when my guests were supposed to arrive at 6:30!!! Enter freak out moment. After quite a long conversation with my mom, we decided it would be better to keep our plans and just get to the restaurant early. After that my perfect plan of cleaning entered chaos as it was already 3:30 and I hadn’t showered. I was running around like crazy, but it all worked out where I finished the necessary cleaning, showered and looked presentable, and got our table in time. Needless to say I was a little more than tipsy after my margarita while I was waiting. The birthday dinner was amazing. I felt so blessed to see all the family and friends that cared enough to spend time with me. Dinner was fantastic, and the apartment ended up looking great, and I felt like a very lucky little lady.

 

I wish I could say Sunday was a little more relaxed, but it wasn’t. Chris had the day off and we decided to spend it doing the things I wanted to do most, which was of course shopping! I went and spent my gift card to one of my favorite stores, Sephora! Got some great perfume, and some much needed Clinque supplies. Then off to lunch with my family at Chicgao Pizza. MMMMMM. After which we headed to BJ’s to buy my dad’s bday present, a blue ray player. We ended up shopping for about another hour there, and then headed to my absolute favorite store, HOME GOODS. I just love getting things for our home at a discount. Then we headed to Target, and Home Depot. Then we took a little break and got some Cold Stone Ice Cream considering it was soooo hot outside. Then it was about time to head to over to my dad’s house for his surprise bday party. I was the major planner with his fiancé, and things were kind of last minute. We ended up going to another Target because they were holding the Wipeout Xbox Kinect game for us! (BTW: sooo much fun and quite the work out). We then bought him a couple of blue rays for his new player and then headed to Moe’s to pick up dinner for everyone. Luckily my brothers picked up the cake. When we arrived it was pretty relaxing as we just sat around the table and ate, and listened to music per my dad’s stereo. A favorite childhood memory of mine. I was so grateful I got to spend time with my Dad for his birthday. It was a great end to my Sunday.

Whew that is an even longer day when I write it all down!! Chris and I then headed home for a glass of wine and a quite competitive game of wipeout (I lost both but put up a good fight).

So far I had a great birthday. Work is always a little rough, more about that at another time, but I am very much looking forward to the week ahead. Tonight is a nice romantic dinner with Chris at Mitchells Fish Market.  Tomorrow I am having dinner with my dad and his fiancé and Chris at Melting Pot, which I think is my new favorite restaurant! Then to wrap up the week Chris and I are going to the preseason Jags game on Friday! GOOOO Jags! I am so excited football is back!

Go Jags Go!

 

Well that is all I have for now. On Wednesday I will update you on the progress for my weekly goals.

Monday – Kinect/exercise 30 mins.

Tuesday – 30 min walk

Wednesday – Try to run per the plan and cook Asiago Crusted Pork Chops. (pictures to come!)

Thanks for keeping me honest!!