Category Archives: Goals

Life Redesign – Goal 1: Getting Healthy – Starting again

This has been a rough month for getting healthy. On February 26, I started feeling bad… & on March 20, I found out it was diverticulitis & started antibiotics.

In March, I exercised 7 times. Today, March ends with my 1st trip to the gym in 2 weeks.

It’s discouraging to start over after 7 weeks of going strong.

But I can see, for the first time 2 great things:

  1. Exercise is really good for my mental health!
    I have been able to see clearly how much harder to fight darkness is without energy.
  2. My metabolism is working.
    After years of being sure I don’t have one, I think it’s going – cuz I continued to lose (a very small) amount of weight this month.

I’m clinging to these to help me push back into working out.


Life Redesign – Goal 4: Review of

I tried out Once A Month cooking using Once A Month Meals Traditional Menu – January 2014. 20140205-105525.jpg


  • It has been really nice to have food to take out of the freezer for dinner.
  • Most of the meals have been really tasty.


  • The calculations on both the shopping list & the recipes were not 100% accurate. Probably 80%… but when you are cooking for 8-10 hrs, 20% can be very frustrating.
    • The biggest deal has been portions for eating – meals that had me put one recipe in 4 gallon bags only have fed 3-4 people. So I should have realized when it said “10 servings” on the recipe, I should put it in 2 gallon bags – only getting 2 dinners, not 4 out of it.
    • The most confusing part was that they had me cook a certain # of lbs of each meat ahead of time, but it was portioned in recipes in cups… So it didn’t spread out quite right. Luckily, I had frozen precooked chicken in my freezer…

Overall, I think the method is good… I think the recipes & variety are great!

I’ll probably try it one more time to see how it goes.

Life Redesign – Goal 2: Create a healthier home environment – regarding both meals & leisure time.

I need help on this one. We need a starting point for eating healthy as a family.
What standards do you follow?

Life Redesign – Goal 1: Getting Healthy – 1 month report!

So, a month ago, I started working on getting healthier. For the past 8-10 years, my life has gone NONSTOP… and I was the thing I let slip through the cracks!

Every year, I have started working out 3 days a week, then whittled down to 2 days per week… And that starts feeling pointless when I don’t make any progress.

So I asked for help this time. I asked a friend, Lana, who leads a fitness boot camp, for some advice.
And she gave me a simple set of starting points:

  • Do 30 mins of cardio 5 out of 7 days… Even if it’s marching in place at home. She recommended mixing it up to keep from getting bored.
  • Do 30 repetitions of each of these strength exercises 3 out of 7 days:
    • Bicep curls (both arms at the same time)
    • Tricep extensions (both arms over head)
    • Crunches
    • Push-ups
  • Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water. Specifically, drink a big glass of water before a meal, to fill up your stomach.

I also know I tend to stress eat and have little portion awareness. So I added:

  • Tracking my eating in MyFitnessPal & staying at 1200 calories.

It’s been going very good! I actually find myself looking forward to exercising.

Here’s my stats:

  1. January 8-14
    • Cardio 30 min x 4 days out of 7 days
    • Strength exercises 30 reps 2x
    • Water 3 days at 80+ oz!
    • Weight loss 2.2#
  1. January 15-21
    • Cardio: 30 min x 5 days out of 7 (1 kickboxing, 2 stationary bike @ home, 2 power walking)
    • Strength exercises: 30 reps each x 3 days
    • Water: 7 days at 80 or more oz!
    • Weight loss 2.4#
  1. January 16-28
    • Cardio: 2 kickboxing classes (50 min each), stationary bike @ home (45 min & 30 min), 1 power walking (15 min)… Let’s call it 4.5 of 7 days
    • Strength exercises: 30 reps each x 2 days, Pilates class 1 day
    • Water: I’m still drowning in it! 80+ oz per day
    • Weight loss 1.6#
  1. January 29-February 4
    • Cardio: 1 kickboxing classes (50 min each), 1 elliptical (31 min), 1 stationary bike @ home (30 min), 1 combo (power walking 25 min & elliptical 20 min)… 4 of 7 days
    • Strength exercises: 30 reps each x 4 once, 15 reps each x 4 once, 30 reps of 2 arm exercises (I haven’t found a good place at home for push-ups & sit-ups)
    • Water: I’ve found drinking on exercise days is so much more successful than off days. But getting over 80 oz everyday.
    • Weight loss 1.6#

Total weight loss: 7.8# (4.15% of original weight)

Neck: -1″
Shoulders: +1″
Chest: -3″
Waist: 0 change
Hips: 0 change
R: -0.5″
L: -0.5″
R: -0.5″
L: -0.25″
R: +1.75″
L: +1.75″

Life Redesign – Goal 3: Begin spending time getting to know the hearts of women in my church – 1 month report & New Goal 5: Get consistent with bible study.

Mixed reviews on this one…

I have really enjoyed meeting for lunch with several ladies from church. I was really excited when I got invited to lunch with 3 ladies… I hadn’t realized how much initiating I had been doing.

Several ladies got together to plan a bible study. They are open to trying my beloved method through Kay Arthur’s Precept Ministries International of inductive bible study. But to do that, I’ve got to step up and lead it… which also means I have to keep up with my homework! I’ve spent my 10 years attending Precept bible studies at Houston’s First Baptist Church and Sagemont Church, and since I worked full-time, I never made myself do all the homework.
So this is good for me… I need to do the homework. I have the time. I need to make it important.
So we will be doing Matthew Chapters 1-13 for the next 8 weeks.20140205-102400.jpg

I guess this meets Goal 5: Get consistent with bible study

This month has also been hard. I have experience some spiritual attack that made me want to walk away. I have put myself out there and been criticized, and I realize it would be so much easier to leave the church work to Joel.

Then I must remember:
I was called to follow The Lord and minister with my life BEFORE Joel. Before kids.

I don’t have the option to turn away. Turning away will be like deciding not to be me.

Life Redesign: Update

I haven’t made much progress on figuring out what my Maine life will look like.
Between illness & holidays, I’m mostly treading water.

But I don’t want to get stuck here.

While there is nothing profound about a new month or a new year passing, it does feel like a good marker for change.

I’m hoping that I can set my mind on some goals to start in January… especially since this will be my first time with all 3 kids attending public school here in Maine (Arabella joins the boys there on January 6).

Goal 1: Consistent exercise!
Goal 2: Find something to volunteer to help with at the kids school.
Goal 3: Begin spending time getting to know the hearts of women in my community.
Goal 4: Create another income source and/or cut down our food budget by shopping more intentionally.

Well, those were right off the top of my head, so now I have like 14 days to figure out how to get going on them. Wish me luck!

Simplifying: not being a hypocrite

I don’t want to try something on Holden I won’t try myself….

So I’m trying Project333 for me, too.
I think I’m gonna modify it a little though.
I’m not going to stress about including jewelry or shoes in my 33 items.

My main problem is buying clothes just because they are a deal. Who doesn’t need another shirt for 40% off?

I’m excited to see how many outfits I can make by mixing tops & bottoms!

I was pretty blown away looking at this Goodwill 10-piece Wardrobe.

Here is my starting list:

  1. Stitchfix dress (houndstooth with off white, grey, black, navy)
  2. Royal blue 3/4-sleeve tunic/dress
  3. Chambray 3-button long-sleeve tunic
  4. Grey/black stripe long-sleeve tunic
  5. Purple plaid long-sleeve button up
  6. Stitchfix off-white black polkadot sweater
  7. Multicolor stripe sweater
  8. Hot pink sweater
  9. Turquise flower 3/4-sleeve button up
  10. Black short-sleeve shirt
  11. Khaki/off-white stripe short-sleeve shirt
  12. Red short-sleeve sweater
  13. Navy/off-white stripe short-sleeve shirt
  14. Black/grey sequin tank top
  15. Grey with black polkadot sequins long cardigan
  16. Navy 3/4-sleeve cardigan
  17. Black short-waist 3/4-sleeve cardigan
  18. Charcoal long wrap sweater
  19. Beige long wool wrap sweater
  20. Dark jeans
  21. Light jeans
  22. Black pants
  23. Khaki pants
  24. Black/khaki stripe cotton skirt
  25. Black leggings
  26. Brown leggings
  27. Off white leggings
  28. Burgundy leggings
  29. Black with white rings wrap dress
  30. Green with white/blue dots wrap dress
  31. Grey dress with broach

What’s funny is: Now that I’ve made this list, this seems like a lot of clothes!