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Marching On

Fresh starts are wonderful! I am super excited about March! I began with the cleaning challenge and was able to get a lot of cooking and cleaned the rest of the kitchen as well as deep cleaning the microwave and oven. I also began the fitness challenge today and…ouch! I hate lunges. But I did them. 

Now, I did not realize the hair challenge I had planned on doing was an ebook that costs money. I don’t have money so I have switched it up and have decided to just find a new hair tutorial each day. I will not necessarily post every day but I will keep track and update you all so you should have a slew of hair tutorials by the end of this month. I took pictures today. It turned out…ok. I would need to practice braiding sideways a bit more to get to where I would feel this is wearable. But here’s to a new month and trying new things! 

Day 1 Braided Half Updo



March: 
The End of February and Fresh Starts

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The End of February and Fresh Starts

Well I never was able to get back into the swing of things for February. Life got in the way. So I have let it go and am trying to catch up on life. Part of why I was excited about this year long plan was how easy it would be to let one month go and start fresh if it wasn’t working out. Well, I still feel guilty!!! I shouldn’t because I did accomplish a lot this month. So I will shake it off and start fresh for March. On a positive note, I have been drinking 64 oz of water a day! I am really excited for April as there is a green smoothy challenge I want to try. But I can’t get the info until April.

March challenges! A cleaning challenge, I will continue to Declutter as the areas suggested to be cleaned warrant it, but my focus will be more on cleaning. 30 day cleaning challenge

Secondly, for fun, I will do a 30 day hair challenge! This one I may or may not hit every day but even if I just get a few in, it will be fun! 30 day hair challenge

And finally another fitness challenge….30 day fitness challenge

February:  
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
Catching Up

I Just Dont Care

March: 
Marching On

I just don’t care!

The past few…days? Weeks? It feels like forever…I have been struggling keeping up on my challenges. In fact, tonight’s ab set I am skipping because it’s a lot of side plank stuff which, in the past, I have done wrong and hurt myself. The decluttering has been hard because I haven’t had time to get rid of the stuff I am decluttering. So I am not motivated because I have too many bags of stuff in the way. So discouraged. However, tomorrow I will start fresh. I will stop trying to catch up and just start on day 14. I’m not too terribly far behind, but I have done only have hearted decluttering the past few days. So tomorrow I will make trips to get rid of bags and I will also do day 14. Halfway. Need a second wind.

February:
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
Catching Up
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

Catching Up

In sorting through my bookshelves I came across several pieces of writing that I had begun and never finished. Treasures. Treasures that will never be published, may or may not get finished, but treasures nonetheless. Perhaps one of my future 30-day challenges could be to finish one of these treasures and publish it here. Perhaps…

What has happened so far…
4 large bags donated
4 more filled
1 bin of books ready to be donated
Quite a bit of trash dumped
Abs, abs, and more abs!

I actually got begin on the Declutter challenge but I am caught up today. The ab challenge has been going great! Some days it feels a bit too easy, not sure if that is progress or simply not doing the exercises correctly. But I am sticking to it!

Things that have helped…taking the bags to the trash and to donation has really encouraged me a lot when it comes to not giving up. It has also helped me to be motivated to catch up even though I was three days behind. With the ab challenge the advantages are that it has built in rest days. That has motivated me not to get behind so that I can have the rest days at the proper time and see how well the program works.

I have also added a smaller challenge that is not confined to one month. I am getting up 1 minute earlier a day until I am getting up at 6:30 a.m. It will take me a while to get there but it will help me when I start going to the gym in the mornings.

So here we go, 9 days in and so far so good!

Oh one last note! I have also added drinking water to my daily challenge. I am not going all in and trying for 8, 8 oz. cups a day…simply trying to drink 16 oz in the morning when I take my vitamins, and 16 oz at night when I take my vitamins. I am also trying to cut back on other types of beverages and adding more tea to the mix. So far so good!

February:
The Final Lap Begins But February Looms
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

Rest Day

The 28-day ab challenge has a rest day every fourth day. I am so glad because yesterday was difficult. I was beginning to doubt my ability to continue but knowing today would be a rest day helped me get through the workout. Turns out the Declutter challenge also gave me a rest day without intending to. The closet I was supposed to clean out today was actually clean. I looked at it, realized it was good, and counted my challenges for the day finished.

So tonight I cleaned my kitchen, made meringues, started making a few more homemade extracts, and cleaned out my mice cage. Productive rest day.

At this point I have a pile that is probably too big for my car ready to be donated. I am trying to figure out if I have time before Saturday to do this. Not sure. But other than that the challenges are going well. I am trying to remember that this is a Declutter challenge not a cleaning challenge. Which is hard. I want to try to clean everything, but if I do that I will run out of steam. So I have been just keeping up with the normal basics and simply decluttering. Maybe next month I will deep clean.

February:
The Final Lap Begins But February Looms
The New Adventure Has Begun
Catching Up
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

The New Adventure Has Begun!!!

The day has finally arrived! I have been looking forward to this day for a while now. I started with the ab challenge, it was squats, a straight leg crunch and starfish…it’s ok if you don’t know what those are. I was doing 15 of each move 3 times. I started off with the squats…not bad, I can do this  then the straight leg crunch and I thought, ok this will challenge me by the third rep but still doable. But the first round of the starfish I realized I might not make it through 3 rounds! So I took a 1 minute break after that set and started again  with similar thought processes. I did the starfish in sets of five with a  few second break in between. By the end of the second round I was exhausted!!! But I got through it, and through a third round and I was so happy! I can already feel it in my legs and abs. It makes me excited to see how I feel after the 28 days! But, I am not going to post before and after pictures.

Then I moved on to my second challenge of cleaning out things. I forgot to post previously the link to this one. So here it is: 28-Day Declutter Challenge. I do not have a husband or children so I have adjusted the list to fit me. The first item was toys, so I did my shoes. Here’s the before pic:

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And here is the after pic:

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I was trying to get the shoes down to the absolute necessities but I kept a few that probably weren’t necessary. One day, one day I will have a shoe closet that is more like less fortunate countries. But for today, I am happy with what I have accomplished.

February:
The Final Lap Begins But February Looms
Rest Day
Catching Up
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

Strong Starts With Hopes To Finish

Nano has begun. I am rather nervous about this because since I decided to do Nano some things have happened in my world that have made me wonder if I should even be attempting Nano. For those who follow me regularly you know that I had to quit doing the 31 Days of Humility due to some issues with my grandmother’s health.

As a side note things are still not settled with my grandmother. She is doing well but keeps having some issues that the doctors are trying to figure out.

If I couldn’t keep up a post that had no constraints on how long it needed to be how am I going to write 2000 words a day? I tend to set high goals for myself and then crash when the reality of life hits. Plus I have had in the past 48 hours two people tell me to be careful not to take on too much. Everything with my grandmother, I am leaving for El Salvador again in 24 days, and the business of the season as well as the business at work…all of this adds up to the fact that I should probably listen to their advice and try again next year.

But something in me doesn’t want to give up without even trying. So I am going to try but I will also do my very best to keep a realistic perspective and as soon as it begins to feel like something I have to do instead of want to do then I will back off and either let it go or just not plan to hit 50,000 words.

So I have begun. I wrote a good 2700 words already and am quickly realizing that this is going to be difficult. I thought I had a good story line to keep it going, as well as an outline, but according to my outline I need to write another 3300 words before I can move the story on to the next phase. That just might not happen. And one of my characters is already misbehaving. She is supposed to be the bad guy but she keeps ducking out of the story every chance she gets. Its rather annoying. She is leaving my main character stranded out there all by herself.

I am also breaking all the writing rules. Over the past several weeks I have been reading lots of tips and tricks on how to structure stories, how to create good plots, how to carry a story etc. Yup, all that has flown out the window and my character is her own worst enemy, I have no hook at all in my first 2700 words and the only conflict that I have created is internal. My character is drowning in self doubt and its spilling over into my world. How can I keep the conflict without making my plot disappear?

So, I may get to 4000 words and realize this is just a no go. We will take it one day at a time. Meanwhile, I must sleep.

Goodnight fellow wrimos. As for the rest of you, see you in December…or maybe next week. Who knows. Anything can happen in Nano November.

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