Hello again! I totally missed writing yesterday. I fell asleep watching TV with the hubby and then was too tired to write. I didn’t get my 7,000 steps but I am doing better with drinking lots of water. I didn’t do my online workouts either. I need to start getting up early and exercising before the rest of the family gets up. One of the reasons I wanted a Bellicon in the first place was because it is so quiet. I’ll try to get up early and bounce a couple of days next week and see how it goes. Maybe if I can get my bounces in during the morning and do the workouts in the evening I’ll start to get in the rhythm of things.
Even though I didn’t post anything yesterday, I did work on the blog a bit and added a side menu with a calendar of my posts (all 4 of them after this one), an easy link to follow the blog, and some of my Goodreads stuff. I’m still working on it to get it how I like it, but it’s shaping up nicely. When I tried to view the site on my laptop at home though, the side bar wouldn’t fit because the page was too small. It really was difficult working on such a small screen when my day to day at work is with two 24″ monitors. So, I decided I needed an upgrade at home. I searched around a bit and found at 31.5″ Dell LED monitor at Staples on sale for $139.99. I couldn’t resist. So it took a bit of moving things around but it’s totally worth it. I love the screen. And, as a bonus the screen will work great as a way to view my online workout videos for the both the online training and the Bellicon Home videos.
What do you think?
I knew I would do it y’all! I knew that if I started blogging again that it wouldn’t be too long before I decided to fiddle with the theme and the settings and ultimately spend more time designing the blog than actually writing. I almost made it three whole days before giving in. The thing that bothered me the most about the old format (which I really, really liked otherwise)? The fact that the comments were at the top of a post instead of the bottom. Who does that? I mean after reading an article, I know I wouldn’t normally scroll back to the top of the page to comment. Comments are supposed to be at the bottom of the article!
Big shout out to whoever created Independent Publisher 2. I’m sure if I go back and look at the notes it will say who created it. Anyway, this is a free WordPress theme and so far I really like. It has options to add your own header, have side columns if you choose (maybe coming in the future… had to actually get some writing done today first), and has some pretty nice fonts available.
So, on the weight loss goals and my baby steps — I think I’m not taking baby steps I’m still crawling, LOL! But at least I’m moving in the right direction. I am drinking more water, if not the 64 ounces that is my goal and I’m walking more than I normally do, even if I’m not hitting my goal of 7,000 steps. On a positive note, I have done at least 15 minutes of exercise for the past two days. Yesterday, I followed along with the online training that I mentioned yesterday. It was a lot of arm work. I think there was supposed to be some ab work in there, but I didn’t make it that far yet. Today, I followed along with my Bellicon at home studio for 15 minutes of bouncing fun. I don’t know how much fun it was after a few minutes. 😛 . My calves are really out of shape and start to ache almost as soon as I start to bounce. I had to take a couple of breaks during my brief 15 minute workout. That sounds really pathetic when I type it out, but hey – it’s the truth. I need to be honest with myself about what I’m doing and not doing and what I’m eating or not eating. The only way to improve is to acknowledge where I am in the first place. If this time a couple of weeks from now I can jump for 15 minutes without stopping, I’d definitely say that’s progress.
I’ll leave you with this quote from a friend. It’s not her original quote and I’ve heard it other places after she told me, but it will always be her quote because she was the first person that ever told me this.
What about you? How’s your new year going? Also, what do you think of the new blog theme and layout?
Happy New Year! Today is the day that thousands of people across the globe will set new goals for a healthier, happier new year … and I am jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve been trying to get healthy for a while and get my life a little more organized but life always seems to get in the way. Looking back, trying to start Weight Watchers in October with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas coming up was not my best decision ever. Oh well, today is a not only a new day, it’s the beginning of a New Year.
My big picture goals for 2019:
- Lose Weight (50 lbs minimum)
- Get Fit (complete a 5K)
- Read & Write more (do both everyday, even if it’s only a little)
- Clean and organize more (goal 1: clean out bedroom closet)
Phew! That’s enough for now. Just typing all of that makes me tired, LOL
Since one of my goals is to read and write more I hope to make these blog posts a regular thing. I don’t want to commit to writing here daily because I’d just be setting myself up for failure, but I would like to post at least three times a week. I can use these posts to update you on my progress (and inevitable setbacks) and in that way I’m almost my own personal accountability coach. You’ll have to keep me on my toes. If you don’t hear from me for a week, drop me a comment to let me know you’re here and missing me.
For Christmas, my wonderful husband got me a writing desk for the bedroom. It was on my Amazon wish list. I wanted a desk that can double as a vanity table for the mornings when I want to wear makeup (which is starting to be more often as I get older). I’ve been having so much fun setting it up. First I had to clean up the space, which had an old entertainment center piled up with stuff. We went to Big Lots and bought 6 cube storage shelf that I’ve setup in front of the bed instead of in the corner. I’ve moved the TV to there for now, but will probably mount it to the wall above the shelf later. I’ll post of pic of that in a different post. Right now it’s still a work in progress.
This was the before pic of the area where I wanted to put the desk. What a mess!
And the finished product!
I bought a new chair, a lamp, and a makeup mirror to personalize the area. I love it! It’s where I’m sitting now to type this. Alright, well that’s enough for tonight. Here’s to a new day and a new beginning tomorrow.
Baby step goals for the day:
- Drink at least 64 ounces of water
- Walk at least 7,000 steps
What are your big picture goals for the new year? What about baby steps?