I don’t have any “fun” plans like a trip away or anything, but I am going to enjoy every minute of my time off. My job is always busy in the fall and I work a lot of overtime. This year seemed worse than the others. There were lots of unusual problems, and they kept coming up. I worked almost 60 hours every week for 6 weeks in a row. Plus I still had parental duties. It was absolutely exhausting, inside and out. So I am thrilled to be off work and don’t go back until December 2.

What am I going to do with my time off? Well, today I need to do some MAJOR cleaning. Tomorrow my sister and I are supposed to have our annual shopping day. We go to the Mall of America and walk the entire mall, popping into any stores that interest us. Sometimes we do a fair amount of Christmas shopping. Other times we don’t. We’re expecting maybe 4 inches of snow tonight and the morning commute will be impacted. So depending on what happens, we might postpone our trip. I hope it turns out roads are decent and we can still go…I always look forward to this fun sister day!

I also have a ton of miscellaneous projects I need to work on. I haven’t started Kody’s baby book, and he’s 2 ½ years old. Luckily, I have all the information. I just need to take the time to write in his book. I have tons of pictures to organize. I have more painting I want to do in the house. Among many other projects. So there is plenty to do.

I have been struggling to get back on track with my diet and exercise. How can I have a weight loss blog and struggle so much?? No matter what, I will continue to blog about it. Sharing my struggles helps me, and hopefully helps others out there realize they aren’t alone. As long as we keep fighting, and make a valiant effort, we are making progress.

Over the past week, I’ve been thinking about my goals. It seems I don’t do well with specific ones. Goals like lose 50 pounds before Christmas. So I think I am going to stop making these goals and just focus on the day-to-day. As long as I am making healthy choices today, I know it will help my tomorrow. And then I will worry about tomorrow when it gets here. If I do this, I will make progress. Once I make some progress and build momentum, this whole thing will be a lot easier. Right now I feel like I can’t get over the hump, but I will continue to climb.

For now, I am going to work on drinking more water. I have really slacked on that, and I know it helps with weight loss, among other things. Yes, I will work on making healthy food choices, but no matter what I eat, I will drink 96 ounces of water every single day. I’m at 16 now, so I better drink up.

A couple of weeks ago, my sister mentioned a plank challenge to me. You know the type…the first day you plank for 20 seconds and gradually increase your time every day. I decided to do it! Not a real plank, mind you. I tried and was lucky if I could hold it for 3 seconds! I am doing a modified version with my knees on the ground. I am up to 60 seconds now and am starting to find it to be challenging. By about 45 seconds I am struggling but have made it to 60 seconds for 3 days in a row. Tomorrow I’m supposed to do 90. I don’t know about that! I’ll try it and see how it goes. One thing I do know is I do feel like my core is stronger already. When my core is stronger, I feel taller and leaner. Even if I’m not! Lol

Another thing I’ve been up to is trying to update my wardrobe. I rarely buy things for myself because I don’t think we can afford it. Then I literally have no clothes that fit, so buy a few inexpensive things that I really don’t like and that don’t last. I am finally making myself buy things that I really like. They’re fitting a bit snugger than I like, but I think they look better, so I feel better about myself.

Okay, enough rambling. 🙂 Thank you for reading if you’re still here. I must get off the computer now and tackle the housework! I will feel wonderful when things are cleaned up!


6 thoughts on “Ramblings

  1. Enjoy your vaca! I’m so jealous, I’ve heard of Mall of America since I was a kid and always wanted to see it! Isn’t there an amusement park in there? Crazy!

    I think a part of having a weight loss blog is to mention your struggles so that you can get through it with support. 🙂 I mean, every single person who has tried to lose weight has had struggles, right? I struggle like crazy even when I’m not trying to lose weight. haha Your goals make sense, especially since you are focusing on the daily stuff. It’s hard to get to that exact desired weight by a certain date without focusing on the now.

    • Thank you for your support…I appreciate it! 🙂

      Yes, there is an amusement park in the Mall of America. I usually don’t go in that part. The MOA really isn’t all that exciting to me. It’s just a big, really big, mall. But it’s a fun sister day, and the thing I like is sometimes I find gifts that I wouldn’t find by sticking to a smaller mall.

  2. Teresa, I wish I had half your energy. It sounds like you are doing very well. I like your day-to-day philosophy and how you’ve modified the plank challenge to work for you. You are making so much progress! Good for you!

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