Friday, June 13, 2014

Goals - part 1

I've sort of felt like I don't know whether I'm coming or going and it's been that way for quite some time. A couple of things yesterday really highlighted this for me. First, I forgot to brush my teeth in the morning. Second, I went to the bathroom, sat down, got up, and while washing my hands realized I still needed to pee. As in I sat there, got distracted about what I needed to do next, and forgot to pee.

It occurred to me that I've been letting the days get the better of me and somehow pushed planning way down my to do list. I'm taking the time today to pause and reflect. First up, let's look back at how I did with 2013's goals. Scroll to the bottom for a summary.

Goals: 2013 edition in review

My goals for the year were:

As a physically healthy person (this role used to be called "athlete" but c'mon who am I kidding?) I will:
  • do EP Lifefit workouts 3X/week - NOT EVEN CLOSE
  • do some other workout (golf/yoga/swim) 2X/week - NOT EVEN CLOSE
  • get all of my big lifts over 100#s (the only one outstanding is shoulder press) - NOPE
  • walk dogs 30 min/day - MOST DAYS YES
  • drop some pounds on Weight Watchers (15 would be fine, 35 would be better) - NOPE
  • do 4 Whole 30 challenges - ONLY DID ONE
  • get massages twice a month - PRETTY MUCH
  • take up a martial art, maybe Hapkido - NOPE
  • and this last bullet is for my extra-super-stretch items: ripped by 40, prepped for a Tough Mudder, pull ups, general badassery. - HAHAHA NO
As a homeowner I (we - as most of these require Casey's blood, sweat and tears) will:
  • finish the storage room - MOSTLY, THERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL, SMALL IMPROVEMENTS WE COULD MAKE
  • have a kickass garden - ONLY BECAUSE OF CASEY
  • refinance mortgage (done) - YAY
  • remodel the master bathroom - DON'T GET ME STARTED
  • refinish the hardwood floor on the main level - I BOUGHT ALL THE STUFF BUT THAT'S IT
As an explorer/learner I will:
  • knit and crochet more - NOPE
  • take more pictures - NOPE
  • finish a scrapbook - NOPE
  • buy a sewing machine and learn to use it - YES!!!
  • garden and can - NOPE
  • learn a martial art (as mentioned above) - NOPE
  • get my concealed carry permit - YES!
  • finish my current piano book - NOPE, BUT I DID MAKE SOME PROGRESS
  • travel to Reno, Texas, Virginia, Florida, and somewhere for Casey's 35th. - RENO YES, VIRGINIA YES AND NYC WITH THE GIRLS SO I GIVE MYSELF PARTIAL CREDIT
As I wife I will:
  • show affection every day - MAYBE? I TRIED
  • cook with Casey- A LITTLE BIT
  • go to the farmers market and other stuff we love to do together. - OK MOSTLY WE WATCHED SHOWS. 
As a stepmom I will:
  • teach Caelen how to do more things around the house and more things independently - THIS ONE IS KILLING ME. IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEA HOW TO GET A CHILD TO ENJOY WORK OR AT LEAST THE RESULT OF WORK, LET ME KNOW.
  • host at least 1 sleepover - NO, BUT WE DID HAVE GAME TRUCK FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.
  • have a couple of dates just the two of us. - WE DID QUITE A FEW THINGS TOGETHER, ACTUALLY.
As a member of my family I will:
  • get together monthly with Karen and Dani (at least)  - I CAN'T REMEMBER FOR SURE BUT WE TRIED.
  • walk with Sarah when we can - THIS PRETTY MUCH STOPPED SINCE SARAH WAS PREGNANT AND NOT FEELING WELL FOR MOST OF IT.
  • be on time with birthday cards - YES, I THINK.
  • visit my sister and grandma in Cedar Falls twice - NOT EVEN ONCE.
  • call my parents once in awhile (this sounds bad, but they don't call me either) - YEP, AS MUSH AS THEY CALLED ME ANYWAY.
  • the VA, NV, TX, FL visits are about family too. - SEE ABOVE.
As a professional I will:
  • attend an agile conference - TWO ACTUALLY
  • read the stack of business books on my desk - YES, BUT I ACQUIRED A NEW STACK
  • do a little programming, if only for fun - DOES SCRATCH COUNT?
  • kick some ass (accidentally typed "kiss" instead of "kick" on my first try, but that'll work too). - IN SPITE OF THAT PROJECT THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED, YES.
As a patriot I will: 
  • blog about issues that matter to me (so my mom will know at least) - NOPE
  • attend an LPIA event, maybe even help out with it - ACTUALLY I DID ATTEND A WORKSHOP THAT LIBERTY ON THE ROCKS PUT ON.
  • be followed by Jonathan Hoenig from Cashin' In on Twitter (DONE!) - YAY!
  • try not to get so frustrated by the state of our world that I shoot myself in the face. - YAY!
So, 2013 basically sucked and I sucked in it. Work was crazy busy and I had one project that basically destroyed my will to live, but by the end of the year it was over. Actually, looking back on my work life last year, I managed to kick ass really. 

Out of nowhere, I went from having seasonal allergies to ALL THE ALLERGIES and severe asthma. It took most of the year to get my meds right. I missed so much sleep from having attacks every night and feeling like crap all day. I'm still not 100%, but am much improved compared to this time last year. 

Casey changed jobs which was great yet brutal as he started working long hours. The two of us somehow managed to have one of our best years though. We're actually really good partners in slogging through what needs slogging through. 

Caelen turned 10 so there are lots of interesting things he's doing now. But he's also 100% tween so that pretty much blows.

I really just feel like I'm still licking my wounds from 2013. Which is probably why I haven't looked back until now. 2013 was about survival. Looks like recovery is the watchword for 2014.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Friday Update

Up .6 this week.

I thought it would be worse since my plan for a migraine usually involves all the Mountain Dew I can drink plus whatever will still taste good if it comes back up. I ate ice cream twice. And lots and lots of chocolate. Yikes.

However, I'm all better now and last night when I could have gotten all manner of terrible but wonderful mall food court junk I opted for chicken and mushrooms with a side of veggies from Panda Express. Small victory, I guess.


Monday, May 05, 2014

Weekend wrap up

I spent most of the weekend with a migraine that is still hanging around today. Because of that, not much was accomplished but we managed to salvage some family time and get some work done.

Friday evening Casey and I took the dogs on an extra long walk before making burgers on the grill.

I slept in Saturday but was up in time to catch my favorite show, Fox News's Cashin' In. Then Casey took me and Caelen to see the new Captain America. I really enjoyed it but my headache started to kick in during the previews. Afterward, we hit up Baskin Robbins. Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate, amirite. I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening on the couch with an ice pack in the dark. Oh, and I got my copy of the Veronica Mars movie and watched that.

Sunday was laundry and shopping and yard work and more headache.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Friday Update

Down .2 this week. That's fine and all but really I have to come clean.

I regained almost 10 pounds. I kind of overdid it during my birthday month. Well, not kind of. I really extra super overdid it during my birthday month. It actually started the weekend I went to KC with the girls. I told myself I was going to do whatever I wanted from then until I got back from Ireland. I should have known it would be harder to get back on that wagon than that. I didn't manage to do that until Monday of this week.

Sorry I'm not sorry.

Seriously. I had a great birthday month! There was lots of time with family and friends and travel and celebration. There was lots and lots (and lots) of great food and drink. It was worth it.

And even though I let loose a bit longer than necessary, I'm back on track now. All is as it should be.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Random displacement activities to avoid what I should really be doing.

I didn't blog all of March due to being busy and today I'm busier than I was then, but I'm blogging to avoid thinking about (or doing) the eleventy gillion things I should be doing. So this entry is going to be super random.

I'm still trying to eat right and exercise but they've both fallen off a bit. I'm still down 16 pounds from the start of the year. With impending birthday celebrations coming up, I'm not going to worry about it. Ain't nobody got time fo dat.

Speaking of impending birthday celebrations, I'll be 40 in 6 days. I leave for Ireland in 3 days. I already had one birthday "party". Dani and Karen took me to Kansas City last weekend. It was awesome and they're awesome. I hope to post more on that later.

Speaking of Ireland, I have a crap ton to get done before then. I mean, obviously I have multiple, detailed spreadsheets for tasks and packing. But I haven't had time to execute on them. And as far as what we're doing in Ireland, I guess we'll plan that during our long flight there or our long layover before the flight.

Less than a week after I get back from Ireland, we're having a house guest, which is awesome, but means more stuff to do.

The upshot of all this busy-ness is that I haven't had time to dwell on turning 40.

I'm sure it still sucks though.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Update

Down 2.6 today.

I was pretty surprised by that since I was sick this week and only worked out twice. I ended up with just 10 WW points left over, which usually isn't enough to give me a loss. I also ate pizza, which could explain why I was sick.

I tried eating some free range, organic eggs this week as well. However, since I was sick, I don't think I have a fair assessment. I'll try them again this week. I reintroduced tomatoes this week as well, and I'm stoked to say that I don't have any problems with them. I don't want to live in a world without marinara. This week I'm also going to try adding back nuts. (I'm looking at you, blueberry muffin Lara Bars.)

This week's loss puts me just over 15 pounds lost for the year since the beginning of the year. Woo hoo!



Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Update

Ok, we know that usually when I miss updating these for a few weeks, it means I'm off the wagon, but not this time. I just haven't made time for blogging.

I've been doing a good job of logging what I'm eating on WW, staying Paleo and working out. The numbers look like this:

week 5 down 2
week 6 down .8
week 7 down 1.4.

That's 13 pounds since I've really been trying.

I've also tried to slowly reintroduce some of the foods I eliminated in January. It seems like eggs are a problem. I tried them a couple of weeks ago as well as last week and had stomach problems both times. I read that people who eat a lot of eggs (like I did) can start to have tolerance issues with them. The problems sometimes go away (after a break) and sometimes are just about eggs by themselves - ie. things with eggs in them are ok (like baked goods). I'm going to try once more this week, with some organic, cage free eggs and see if that makes a difference. I also tried a diet soda yesterday, and had to run to the bathroom before finishing it. The soda is not a big deal like the eggs, as I know I shouldn't be drinking it at all anyway.

On the plus side, I tried alcohol, and while red wine seemed to cause a little congestion, it wasn't anything I can't live with. Still, in the interest of dropping a few pounds, I'm keeping my liquor intake to a minimum. A minimum for me, obviously, which is probably average for a lot of people.