Monday, November 16, 2015

What's Going On

I've been too busy living to write.  I keep thinking I need to update the blog but then I seem to have no time.

I've started to work some Sundays for the holiday season. This requires extremely good time management on my part so that all the things I normally would do on Sundays are handled.  I did have yesterday off and distinctly thought about how my flow changes come fall.  In the summer all I want to do on the weekend is go to the beach.  I'm pretty sure my housekeeping suffers for that.

In my efforts not to sit at home a sulk in the dark, I've made so much progress that this week I have no evenings home.  I'm sure there's balance there but this is not the week for it.


I'm really enjoying the 100 days of healthier eating challenge I've been doing.  With the mini challenges I've found it makes me consider other things around food.  It's like there's an awareness there that I was blindly pushing past.  I've also enjoyed this graphics our leader is putting up every day.  This has been one of my favorites so far!


I LOVE my new exercise class!!  In fact, I love it so much I am sad that I cannot take it two times a week right now.  The instructor is great - lots of personality - but also really good at teaching this class.  It's a true cardio kickboxing class, which was fun for me as I pretty much know the moves from doing Muay Thai Boxing.  We end with lots of ab work and stretching, including some yoga moves during the cool down.  Love, love, love!  I will definitely be signing up for two days a week when the session restarts at the end of January. Even though it means I will be out of the house 4 nights a week for a month, I think that will be good for me as January-February are the worst months of winter to me.

I did exactly what I said I would do:  as soon as I got home, I changed into my exercise clothes and did some cleaning.  That kept me busy right up until I needed to leave again and made all the difference in the world for me getting back out of the house,  Also helps with that time management thing I mentioned before.


In other exercise efforts, one of the things I have always enjoyed is some form of step aerobics.  I have have the old Step Reebok tape from the 1980's and do it about every 10 days.  I have long wished someone would update step.

I found out about this guy via the woman who is doing our healthy eating challenge.  He came to where she lives in Maryland and she loved the class.  I've been following him on Facebook and YouTube and have been impressed that his groups seem to have regular people in them (i.e., not exercise "models" or obviously super fit people who do it for a living). Yesterday he had a prerelease of his first DVD.  I ordered it - can't wait for it to come in!  If you want to see more of his stuff, search Extreme Hip-Hop with Phil on You Tube.

I saw this on Facebook and thought it worth repeating.  In fact, I thought it worth printing out and sticking it with my exercise notebook.  I wish we could teach our young women each one of these!

  1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.
  2. When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying.
  3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.
  4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.
  5. You should DEFINITELY have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way that others see you, you would.
  6. Don't look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.
  7. It's okay to not love every part of your body...but you should.
  8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.
  9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.
  10. You're a woman. And that alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

And that's all the news that's fit to print!


  1. Even though you are very busy at the moment, I read between the lines (at least that's what I think :) ) that you are also feeling good these days and that makes me happy.

  2. You sound so happy about your new exercise class - I love hearing the joy in your words! Go YOU for finding something new to love, and your winter doldrums plan sounds excellent!!!

  3. So happy about your exercise class - and you just convinced me to do a spin class. It's at 6:00 which I always thought was too late to take because I get off at 5 and then have an hour to kill before the class. I can definitely get more steps in, or find something to do before the class starts.

    # 9 was my favorite: You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.

  4. Whew! You have been busy! I'm so glad you like that new exercise class.

  5. That class sounds wonderful!!!! and I LOVE the last post. Saw it on facebook too - I should print it out and add it to my "happy wall" at work. Have a great week Helen.

  6. Dang, you are busy! I am glad you love the class, it makes such a difference to motivate you to get out of the house!

    That list - I have to take number 8 to heart because I always feel ike others are so put together and I am just...not... in so many ways.

  7. So glad you like the exercise class. Exercise has been the missing component in my weight loss/maintenance struggle, and I have taken steps to do something about it. I will meet with a trainer from our club this week. You sound busy and upbeat. Love hearing what's going on with you.