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English: New Year's Resolutions postcard

Wow y’all! I had not even realized I have not been on here since May! Far too long to be absent!

As the new year rolls in, many of us reflect over the last year and consider what we want to change in the year to come. I do not make New Year’s resolutions, so to speak, but I do consider what I want to do in the coming year. Normally, the result is the same as those making resolutions though. It just doesn’t stick or gets forgotten.

Let’s consider the statistics on resolution making for a moment. Statistic Brain¬†helped me find a nice list of statistics for this topic from the 2012 resolution reports.

The top ten New Year’s resolutions from 2012 included: (more…)

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Hey all. Yes, it has been awhile. I haven’t forgotten my blogging duties, but merely have had to put them on hold. I am taking a quick break now from studying to give a brief update. Can I just say wow!

So, note one…when taking an extended break from school, it is wise to re-enter the virtual class environment with an exciting class. When your academic adviser says “your first class is Accounting in a Health Care Environment” and you get that little twinge that says “make her change it!”, listen!!! I do love furthering my education and growing intellectually; however, re-entry into school after a 6-month leave should involve a class with a much higher excitement level.

Note two…I am a HUGE procrastinator! I know this about myself and accountingis fueling my procrastination flaw like you wouldn’t believe! I started off great, worked ahead and was doing awesome! Then, I fell out with boredom. I like doing the accounting work, but studying theory is killing me! At this point, I am willing to let just about any excuse pop up and hold me back from studying until that day the school week closes out and everything is due (ie. I am blogging now instead of finishing those last 8-pages on budgeting).

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Procrastination (Photo credit: Emilie Ogez)

Note three…Scheduling out my week has become a must! With school, the gym, work, kids, and my refusal to let go of all social activities, I must really start budgeting (see, I am picking up something from this class) my time wisely. I really need to sit down in the coming week and start looking out how to really fit everything in, including sleep (which I have not been getting enough of). I guess I will have to pencil in some time somewhere in my schedule for scheduling life.

Note four…Forget all this craziness about accounting, how about life! Wow! What a ride this month has been. I have been working to integrate into my new position at work. I am getting faster at my new tasks and have trained my junior on many of my old tasks. I am still learning much day by day and feel I am making progress. I am working to convert fully to my e-cigarette due to my joining a gym that makes me run every visit. Speaking of the gym, CrossFit is so totally cool y’all (I added a few links at the bottom that WordPress recommended). I cannot wait to have more time to fill y’all in on exactly what it is and what I have been learning. I think this week I get to meet with the owner (also a nutritionist) to go over my food plan and goals. I am totally excited. Other activities have included Spring Fling at my young one’s school, cook out and pool days with friends, fewer bar nights (but still there because you just got to have a nice drink and relax sometimes), and seeing a few friends I hadn’t in a bit. Life has just been crazy!

Hope everyone out there following is doing well and hope to catch up again soon! Guess life isn’t so idle anymore :)

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Ok. So very quick update as I still have a paper to write that’s due tonight. No, no, I swear I’m not a procrastinator! Well, maybe I am a little!

Started Crossfit boot camp tonight; and although I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow, I’m wondering if my body will feel the same come morning. Tonight was all about dead lifts and I swear everything involves squats. We used the weighted bar, kettle balls, and just for fun threw in some crazy medicine ball move. Sometime this week I will write up something on what Crossfit is for any of you who haven’t heard about it. For now, it’s time to write a kick butt paper. Have a good night all :)

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Oh my goodness y’all! I definitely figured out how to get out of the idle rut that started this blog! I can definitely say I am on my way to things being fantastic :)

I often refer to the various areas of my life I’m working on. Currently, several areas of my life are seeing major improvement. My career and finances, due to my recent promotion, are in an upswing. I started back to class last week, so education is moving in a positive direction. I’m working on personal relationships that were previously in a decline and are now steadily improving. Then, this morning, I did something to improve my health.

This morning’s new adventure found me at Crossfit. Crossfit is an intense athletic training program. I just did the test drive today; but holy crap was it intense!

The warm up alone consisted of 10 each squats, push ups, pull ups, sit ups, back extensions, and tri raises. Then the mini workout included a 500 meter row, 30 squats, 20 sit ups, 10 push ups, and 5 pull ups.

I start a two week boot camp Monday. I’m both excited and a tad scared! Wish me luck y’all and I’ll be checking in soon!

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What is an e-cigarette and can they help me quit smoking? Are they safe for me? Those are the questions I am looking to answer. Having been a bit stressed lately, I have been smoking more than a pack of cigarettes per day. Once I realized what I was doing and how much I was spending, I realized something had to give. At that rate, quitting cold turkey is not an option. So, e-cigarettes, here I come. I have already made the switch, so I guess it is time to do my research.

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I know I have talked about my Wheel of Life Tree and how I am using it to work on myself, so I figured I would talk a bit about the health and fitness part of my plan. I want to give a little back story, outline my goals, and use this as a platform to keep myself motivated. As long as I am blogging, I am probably better served if I am also getting motivation out of it as well ;)

Okay, here it goes, the about me part. I have been a very unhealthy girl in the past who thought or did little with regards to changing my unhealthy ways. At one time, I weighed nearly 230 lbs, which was definitely not a good thing on my 5’5″ frame. I had had two children and blamed my weight on baby weight gain. I forget to add in the fried foods, fast foods, and other generally unhealthy stuff in my diet. I am not saying I didn’t eat fruits and veggies; however, there was no focus on nutrition what-so-ever. There was no focus on exercise either. Add to that cigarettes and occasional alcohol and, well, you get my point, I was in sad shape.

Luckily, I was in my 20’s and had time to implement change if only I could see change was necessary. I had no thought of change back then. Sure, I did all of the fad diets, but didn’t have the strength to stick to anything. I would always revert back to my old ways.

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I have figured out I have done nothing with the information I learned and talked about in my previous post Wheel of Life Tree, Part 1. I actually went back and reworked my Wheel of Life and found I am less happy in those aspects of my life than I was when I started. Needless to say, I have been slipping in working on the things I wanted to get busy on in my life. I started focusing on the wrong things the last month, such as going out with the girls a bit too often, and forgot that I had goals.

Today, I am reworking my goals. I am starting still with Home/Physical Environment and Health/Fitness. I do have a start on my Growth/Learning area of my Wheel of Life. I just paid off a debt to my school so I can resume classes once again once all of the paperwork has been handled. I only have five classes left to finish my Masters Degree, so I am completely excited about this move.

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