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I divided this year into quarters to complete my 21 for 2021 list. I have added a few new items (*) from the list to complete this quarter (April-June) along with continuing to work on some ongoing items for the duration of 2021. I will continue to manage my time, eat more vegetables, and scrapbook at least two times per month. I am hoping to complete the WordPress Blogging course, so that I can start the WordPress Podcasting course in the third quarter. I am excited about all the items I will be engaging in throughout the next three months.

  • #1 Manage time.
  • #2 Maintain a regular fitness regimen. *
  • #3 Create weekly meal plans. *
  • #4 Eat more vegetables.
  • #5 Try intermittent fasting for one month (Fast Burn). *
  • #10 Complete The Four Tendencies course (Gretchen Rubin). *
  • #14 Take a WordPress Blogging course.
  • #20 Scrapbook at least two times per month.

I did make one slight change to my list. Instead of trying intermittent fasting for one month using Dr. Ian K. Smith’s Clean & Lean book, I am using his recently published book, Fast Burn: The Power of Negative Energy Balance. I also joined his Fast Burn Challenge on Facebook which starts on Monday, 19 April. The challenge will be slightly longer than one month. It is actually nine weeks long. Shelly also bought the book and joined the challenge which will make this whole intermittant fasting adventure even more enjoyable.

Why now? Well…I had read Mind Over Weight last year and had planned to start eating clean again and exercising more regularly in June. Well, that did NOT happen. I read the book, completed the journal exercises, got my food journal ready, marked my calendar for 01 June, wrote a blog post about it, and NOT a damn thing happened. NO excuses! I have no excuses because I had plenty of time (all summer), resources, and the knowledge to accomplish the goal I set for myself in June. I had already successfully completed Smith’s The Clean 20 program in the fall of 2019 and was walking at least 20 minutes daily. I chose not to follow through, and that is all on me. As a result of my poor choices, I have gained more weight and feel tired all the time which is hindering me from making positive changes in other areas of my life. Therefore, I am ready to FOCUS on getting healthy during the next nine weeks.

Wish me luck, dear reader. Sometimes, it feels bewildering to start something brand new even when you are excited; however, it seems arduous to restart something that requires a great deal of effort like weight loss. It is definitely time for me to get off the struggle bus with my weight and get healthy. Happiness!

“If you believe in yourself first, then believe in the plan, and then put in the work, you will find that at the end of nine weeks, you are a different person physically and mentally than you were when you began the journey.” ~ Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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June 2020 CalendarToday is the first day of June, and it falls on a Monday. What do I like about that fact? For me and my personality, I like to start a new fitness/diet routine on a Monday. I like the fact that it is a brand new month, a blank slate, which makes it mentally great for me to keep track of my progress. And, my summer break officially begins today. This summer I want to settle into a routine that encompasses several goals that I have set for myself. I am ready to make changes in different areas of my life which I have been ready to make for some time. Some changes have already been put into motion, some need action steps to set changes into motion while other changes need more time to come to fruition. Basically, I want to reboot some old routines and establish some new ones.

First order of business is rebooting my diet routine. Dear readers, I fell off the wagon hard during the mandated stay-at-home period due to COVID-19. I am an emotional eater and addicted to sugar. Therefore, it is no huge surprise that I ate my feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and restlessness throughout the last two months in lockdown, and many of my food choices contained sugar. I lost 13.5 pounds before the new year and have gained 10 pounds back. Today, I weighed in at 159 pounds. It is what it is, and I do NOT plan to cry about it, dwell on it, or shame myself.

What is the goal? My goal is to lose 20 pounds (#5 on my 20 for 2020) this year starting TODAY. What is the plan? Increase my water intake, complete The Clean 20 program, replace emotional eating, and rev up my fitness routine. Thankfully, I have been walking daily since March 23rd. I need to add some strength training, cardio workouts, more stretching, and eventually running to my exercise regimen.

Mind Over WeightI recently finished reading Mind Over Weight written by Dr. Ian K. Smith, who is the author of The Clean 20. It is a wonderful little book that gave me a much-needed pep talk. I will be referring to this book for motivation throughout my weight loss journey. It has some terrific questions to reflect upon, tips on curbing cravings, and suggestions on dealing with emotional eating. Journaling and tracking my progress is also part of the plan.

The excitement of a new beginning energizes me, dear reader. There are so many avenues that I want to traverse this summer, and I invite you to tag along. I can always use encouragement and support from you, my tribe, since my mind likes to play tricks on me, inviting doubt and fear to put up roadblocks. Any routines that you want to reboot this summer or new ones that you want to establish? If so, please share, and we can encourage each other. Happiness!

“A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. The routine is exceptionally powerful.” ~ Darren Hardy

 

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For the last couple of weeks, I have been wrapping up summer activities with family and friends and steadily making preparations to return to work. August is generally a busy month in my household between Andrew and I starting school, Andrew’s birthday, and my wedding anniversary. Since we do not go to the same school anymore, coordinating our schedules in the beginning of this month can be a bit challenging. Andrew drives now which is totally convenient. However, it feels slightly weird this year since we are no longer leaving together in the mornings. STA takes in later this year, so I am basically leaving the house for work as he is getting out of bed.

Andrew officially turned 17 years old on August 1st. I had meetings at school that morning, so he and I went to Chili’s that evening to celebrate his birthday. Unfortunately, Barry, Sr. was out of town with work. Afterwards, we hung out at home and watched television together. Our extended family and his friends will celebrate Andrew later in the month.

Last Sunday, my hubby and I went to the Imagine Dragons concert with Andrew and his friend Sophie. Yes, it was a Sunday night; and yes, I had to go to school the next morning. Of the four of us, I was the only one that had to get up early the next morning. Thankfully, there was only one opening act, so I was in bed and asleep by midnight. The performance by the Imagine Dragons was amazing. It was definitely worth missing a little sleep.

My hubby and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on August 6th. Although we did not do anything special to commemorate this marital milestone, we are tossing around the idea of staying overnight at The Myrtles Plantation located in St. Francisville, Louisiana. We would like to visit when the weather gets cooler.

The school year has officially begun. I am slowly establishing myself in my new position at school as an instructional (curriculum) coach. While it was surreal not getting a classroom ready for students, it was somewhat of a relief. Honestly, I think I was ready for a change. The initial meetings with my grade levels went well. I’m excited about my new role and look forward to working with the teachers and the administration.

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Senior Breakfast

Before signing off, I must mention that Andrew experienced his last first day of high school. The senior parents organized a breakfast to honor the seniors. I was able to help with setting up and cleaning up. It was quite lovely to be able to participate as a mom and to spend time with Andrew and many of my former students as they embarked on a new school year and their last school year at STA.

Dear reader, are you experiencing some firsts and lasts? Are there any changes in your future that you are looking forward to or dreading? Whatever is awaiting you on the horizon, try to embrace it positively. A positive perspective is a key ingredient to a happy life. Happiness!

“There is something magical about beginnings, about the challenges that come with territory not yet conquered, about being the underdog. I think I’d far rather stand at the beginning of something, looking up, rather than at a summit, looking down.” ~ Jo Malone, My Story

 

 

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