I moved!!!!!

2 05 2011

I’m at www.reinventionave.com now.  I figured out how to do this self hosting deal so far.  We’ll see how this works out in the long run.  Wish me luck and stay with me!





Back to the Gym…Again…

21 04 2011

UUUHGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  You know why I wish I hadn’t stopped going to the gym?  Because it’s so flipping hard to start back up!!!  That is why I am sitting here typing this post 30 pounds heavier than I was in February.

Now before I start being too hard on myself, I did quit smoking and that is a large part of why the weight came back on so fast, but that really isn’t any excuse for me to not have been going to the gym for the last several months.

So I have to get my behind in gear now and get a plan going.  Now that I am working 12 hour shifts, two things are going to change.  The first is that I will NOT be working out on days that I work.  I will be walking the stairs again on a regular (yesterday, I did over 150 steps!) instead when I work.  The second, is that I will have a lot more time to go to the gym when I am not working because my days off are now in three to nine day stretches at a time!

I would like to say that I will be going to the gym everyday that I don’t work, but to be honest, I know that I won’t do that because on a day like today, my body already hurts from doing the stairs and 24 hours working in a 48 hour period.  So maybe I will take a day off after my work stretches and then get to the gym.

Also, I think that I am going to get to add a bit more variety into my workouts.  While I adore my personal trainer, I can’t expect that he be around for every calorie I burn, but at the same time, I love having company when I work out.   Therefore, I am going to pick up a ten class card for Core Power Yoga.  There are two very near where I live and I have co-workers who are more than willing to go with me.  I expect that it is going to be so challenging and that my co-workers are going to give me a lot of crap.  I also suspect that it is going to be a blast!

Another thing I am looking forward to is being a non-smoker while working out.  I have to admit that last year while I was always proud of myself for the strides that I made, I always felt like I was setting myself back by smoking.  That was why I would never take my cigarettes in my purse with my when I went to work out.  Now there are no more setbacks and I don’t have to feel all kind of ways because I came home from the gym and had a cigarette!

Wow just typing this post is actually getting me excited.  Like I said, my legs are killing me from all those steps yesterday, but I think I’ll go for a walk today.  Maybe I’ll even post some pics from the neighborhood….





Coming Up Next…

6 04 2011

So currently I am working on a post about cash flow projections and how they can help you manage your money more efficiently.  I also have a few hair posts in the works as always including a Tangle Teezer review.  Lastly, Since I have gained 26 of the 29 pounds that I lost, I have a new weight loss plan for the rest of 2011.  I’m really excited about rolling it out!  So please stay tuned.  There will be a surprise posting by the end of this day!





Sorry…

2 04 2011

I’m sorry I have been gone so long.  People have been asking me where I have been and I’ve been here, I have just been unmotivated.  That is why the fifth item on my reinvent list is follow through.  I did very well for the first few months then I just sort of fell off.  To be honest, at first I took a break because I was thinking about how I could improve this blog.  There are a few things about my blog that I am really unhappy with but in order to change those things, it will require a bigger commitment from me.  When I realized that, I ran.

One thing that I learned though was this, I really like blogging and youtubing.  I came back because I missed it so much!  I had never felt so official before.  I really felt like I was making strides in taking over control of my life.  With that freedom though comes some responsibilities.  I can’t run just because I’m scared, that was why I even started doing this right?  To get out of that habit!

I’ll be honest, in my experience, it’s this coming back part that is the hardest.  So I feel as though I am facing my biggest challenge to date now.  I’m gonna keep trying though because like I said, this is so much fun even if it is work!

So what have I been up to?  I am almost 2.5 months smoke free!  I am so excited about that.  However, I have gained back 26 of the 29 pounds that I lost last year.  I’m really trying not to be to upset about it because I gained it back because I quit smoking.  It isn’t surprising, but it isn’t acceptable either.

So I have been easing back into working out as well.  I’m back on the stairs at work now and I have been doing short Bodyrock.tv type workouts at home again.  I am thinking that I need to start recording them as more motivation as well.  I can’t quit and I will blackmail myself if need be!

Financially, I have been very complacent as well.  I am still contributing to my 403b but that is about it.  I haven’t really been sticking to my budget and I haven’t saved anything more that the $1,000 emergency fund.  But hey, I haven’t touched that and the rent is paid on time.

Not much to brag about but that is where I am at.  I’m back, and I’m doing everything that I can to stay back!!





Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 02 2011

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Halfway Through Rehab…

7 02 2011

Otherwise known as 14 days smoke free!!!  I’m so happy and I am totally feeling like a non-smoker.  I felt so much like a non-smoker this afternoon, that I forgot it was cold outside because I hadn’t been outside all day long!!  I’m really loving it!

Thank you so much to everyone who has encouraged, supported and indulged me these last two weeks.  I honestly didn’t know if I could make it this far in the first place.  Now I am ready to put two more weeks behind me as well instead.  Then they can make a rehab movie about me and instead of Sandra Bullock, I’d get Kerry Washington to play me!  LOL





One month down…

26 01 2011

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I can’t believe it!  I’ve been blogging for over a month now! I made my first post on Christmas Eve.   My eyes opened up at 5am on the dot today and that was the first thought in my head.  How about that I wasn’t thinking about smoking. LOL  I just want to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to critique, comment, and read my blog.  Even to those who just let me ramble on and on about it.   This is way more fun than I thought it was going to be.  Even my daughter was like “I didn’t think you’d keep it up.”  What she doesn’t know is that blogging isn’t hard, making a good blog is what is challenging!  I can’t wait to see how up to the challenge I am!