Week 4 – New Month, New Goals!

After last week’s stress and cat drama I had a poor start to the week. I let my emotional eating get the better of me and I made some poor choices. I did turn things around midway through the week however and I am back on track and feeling much better and very excited for February!

Things I did right:

  1. Recognized my self destructive patterns were returning and turned it around
  2. Did a Zumba workout
  3. Made a batch of broccoli salad
  4. Made a healthy lasagna and ate leftovers for lunch
  5. Made a healthy oatmeal bar recipe and snacked on them throughout the week
  6. Cleaned up my apartment and washed several of my blankets
  7. Took the stairs with my laundry basket (it’s huge and weighs about 20 lbs)
  8. Took some time to relax and charge my personal batteries
  9. Used my acupressure mat several times
  10. Stayed in touch with my MFP and Facebook fitness friends

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WTF Week 3? Why you have to be so mean?



My week 3 report is delayed as I had a very terrible week. I woke up Sunday night feeling awful and I ended up being sick most of the week. Went back to work on Wednesday but was still feeling weak so decided to go home. Then I noticed my kitty was having symptoms of a urinary blockage (I used to work as a veterinary assistant so knew what I was seeing) and so I ended up spending the rest of the week looking after him. $1200 later he is OK but it really put me through the ringer.

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TGIF! Week 2

Well here we are, another Friday and another week done. I feel really good about this week’s progress although my emotions have been up and down throughout the week. First things first, let’s see how I did with the goals I set last week.

I had planned to walk to work 3 times this week, I did twice and I could do today but I will see how I am feeling as I am fighting a bug of some kind and want to ensure I listen to my body. Although I am a bit short on this goal, I have been using my fitbit every day and have increased my steps goal from 7000-8500 and have met this goal each day with one day even having over 16000 and another one over 11000 so I have definitely increased my activity.

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Week One – A Great Week

IMG_8075 Well I turned it around for sure. Last Friday I really did feel I was at a rock bottom and this week, while not perfect (and who ever is) was pretty danged incredible. Things I did right:

  1. Went swimming
  2. Stayed Vegetarian
  3. Drank around 72oz or more of water each day
  4. Walked to and from work once (the picture above was taken yesterday on the walk home)
  5. Had a moderate amount of alcohol and logged it in my diary
  6. Logged my food every day
  7. Joined a Facebook Fitness group and participated actively
  8. Supported my colleagues with their fitness goals
  9. Brought my lunch to work every day
  10. Practiced the Ukulele every evening and mastered a new chord

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2015 – Time to Shine!

I am experiencing something of a rock bottom. Well I would rather phrase that in a more positive way, but in addition to focusing on the positive changes that I plan to make, I need to realize the hole I have dug myself into and the steps that brought me there. Since my move my weight has creeped up and I have gained about 15lbs since the summer (and I have probably rounded that up to an even 20 with the holidays but I am not getting near a scale until I have done some work). I have a million excuses that I make to myself, it’s not that bad, I’m going through a breakup, I’ll start tomorrow, just one more time, I’m tired, It’s OK it’s the weekend, etc.

But now I am stuck here with a big belly, low energy and feeling pretty crappy about the whole thing. I am not going to wallow in things at this point, but I am going to take action and get myself back to where I want to be, to where I am really myself.

I started this morning by walking to work, it is a brisk 15-20 min walk and I will repeat it for the way home. I am also having a Vega smoothie with fruit for breakfast. I plan to drink a lot of water and tea today as well.

My goals for the month of January are as follows:

  1. Keep a positive attitude
  2. Transition to eating clean
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Drink less booze
  5. Read 4 books
  6. Go on 2 good hikes
  7. Practice Ukulele every day



Book Reviews – Heart Shaped Box



One one hand, I want to finish off some reviews to get myself closer to my goal but on the other hand I have already scraped together two and I don’t really have that much else to say. To compound this problem it has been a while since I read this book so some of the details are fading. I have been writing book reviews for Cannonball Read for like 5 years (crazy!) and it does get hard to come up with new ways to say, it was a decent book and I liked reading it.

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Book Reviews – Where We Belong


Lately I have taken a ton of books out from the library and have read very few of them. When I was living in my old town, the library dicked me around, saying that I damaged a book when I hadn’t so I decided to forgo the library and just read what I had (as well as download a ton off amazon). Now that I am in a new city, I have a new library card free of fines and I plan to keep it that way (OK I already have $3 in late fees but who’s counting) Anyways, where I was getting at was that I have taken a lot of books out lately and if I am being completely honest, this is the only one that I have read. I maybe didn’t pick the best books, or I wasn’t in the right head space to read them or whatever, so I decided to get myself a comfort food book.

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Book Reviews – Horns


I read this book when I heard about the movie and I am pretty bummed about how that turned out but at least I did get an enjoyable read out of the deal. I read this book a few months back and I am woefully behind on reviews but I figured I had better get them finished as the end of the year is fast approaching.

Horns is the tale of a young man who is assumed by all in his town to have brutally murdered his girlfriend. He awakens one day to discover the titular horns have started to sprout on his head. He quickly finds out that the horns make people do very strange things, seeming to voice and act out their innermost desires, and their more self destructive desires for the most part.

The book is told through flashbacks and present day encounters with his friends and family and eventually the murder mystery is resolved. I read this book rather fast like the junk food it is. I would recommend reading it if you like this sort of thing.