100 Days to a Better Me

I discovered a couple years ago that I liked blogging.  I have decided to kick it up a notch and become a regular blogger!  This blog will primarily be about a continual desire to improve myself.  I believe that even our best version of ourselves has room for improvement.

There are the obvious and typical things that I want to improve–my weight, which will lead to improved health.  And, then there’s my approach to life–I want it to ALWAYS be positive and true.  And, then there’s my desire to be the best mom and wife I can be–and then be even better than that.  And, lastly but most importantly is my relationship with God.  This relationship is the most important and might be the weakest.

My hope is that in sharing my journey to improve myself and these specific areas in my life you will be inspired to make some changes too.  And, who knows if we are all working towards being our best selves, we might cause a big change in the world.

This is a journey and I hope you will join me on it…let’s see where it takes us!

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100 Days?

I’m waiting at the nail salon for my turn and thought I would multi-task a bit. Over the weekend, I have been contemplating getting back to blogging. I have always enjoyed blogging, but I feel like my message has been less clear recently. Or that I have struggled with motivation to do much of anything outside of the day to day necessities–and working on myself has not been on that list of necessities.

I realize that every time I start back to blogging, I whine about where I am physically and I pledge to make a change. I state that “this time is different.”

So that is all true this time. I am disgusted with where I have physically let myself get. I have been so busy with work that I have not been doing much else. And since I’ve let myself go, it takes so much energy and motivation to get my butt off the couch. It is a vicious cycle-and it’s time to stop it.

Tomorrow marks the first day of the rest of my life. I have a business trp next month and I would like my initial focus to be getting healthier. I think I need to set some weekly goals for myself.

  • I am going to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day this week.
  • I am increasing my water intake.
  • No eating out for lunch.

As I have done in the past, I will share my progress on here. I hope that this blog begins to record a real change in me…and not just a physical one. If you have been thinking some of the same things I have shared, come along with me. Everything is more fun with friends!


Day Twosday!

I have kinda decided that maybe I should start my “diet” every day.  The weight usually comes off really fast in the beginning and it is so much easier to be focused for one day.  How many times have said “one day at a time?” Do we ever really mean it?

Let’s think about it- I could set my goal to lose 1 pound tomorrow.  It’s early in my weight loss, that should be attainable.  But, if I miss my goal, I set a new goal for the next day and move on.  I focus really for one day at a time!  And think about those days like yesterday…i crushed that goal- I lost 2.6 pounds yesterday.  Can I get a heck ya?! Isn’t this so much better than having weekly or total goals?  I think I just had a little aha moment here!

And not every daily goal needs to be about a number on a scale.  Maybe it will be making a healthy food choice at a meeting, or taking a walk, or going to bed at a decent time…but set a goal on this journey for each and every day.  My goal for Wednesday is to lose another pound (weigh in on Thursday).  I will check in with you and report on my progress Thursday!  

Please share your thoughts with me on this new approach.

And, since my life is not 100% focused on my health journey, I wanted to share a little seasonal decorating I have on my desk.  Just this year, I moved offices at work.  For almost all of my adult working life, my office has been behind the scenes. But in March, I moved into an office that is very visible to all customers.  I decided that maybe it was time to do a little holiday decorating.   In the picture, you will see my inspiration (idea from a fellow blogger) and the actual decoration on my desk.  I love how it turned out and look forward to continuing as the seasons/holidays change!

Life Is Pretty Grand

I am completely humbled by the love and support you all have sent my way!  Here we are at Day 1 and so far so Good!  How many people decided to get going today on their health journey?  

I did it.  I have journaled all that I have eaten today.  I have resisted the cookies at work.  I am doing this!

A goal for this evening is to get on that Gazelle tonight.  Probably going to need to dust it off, but I did already put the skirt away that I always hang on it to dry.  That’s a step in the right direction, isn’t It?  Ha!  How about I set the goal for tonight at 15 minutes?

I mentioned earlier that I have received lots of support from all of you.  Many of you have shared kind and motivating words.  Some have shared a meme or two…my favorite so far “Wake Up, Kick Butt.  Repeat.”  Heck ya!  Another friend brought a little plant to me at work today-representing my new journey it was a new plant.  How awesome is that?  And, what a wonderful and visual reminder that I am on this journey.  It will stay on my desk and give me the strength to say no to all of the temptations we encounter at work!  Again, thank you to everyone that took a moment to say “You got this” or all of the other words you shared!

So here’s my Day 1 picture.  Not a full body shot, but this is 303# Nancy.  Let’s say goodbye to her!

Do This With Me

I have planned to do this many times this year.  Every time I had good intentions to actually follow through.  I made declarations at times that “this time” I was going to do it.  And, nearly every time I failed.  I have gained back everything I lost from the one time I was successful this year.

You all know what I am talking about…AGAIN.  I need to lose weight and I need to start now.  But not only do I need to lose weight, I need to fix whatever it is inside me that keeps me here or brings me back here every time!  I have tried to use special events as motivation.  I have tried to motivate myself by knowing I need to be healthier to watch my son grow in to an old man.  Now it’s time to stop the tricks and know I need to do this for myself.  Plain and simple, if I want to be the person I know I can be, if I want to be the mom and wife I know I can be, if I want to be the leader I know I can be then this is what I need to do.  

This is not going to be easy.  There are going to be moments, days, and maybe even weeks.  The reward will be so worth it.

Today I am doing the prep work.  I am satisfying some cravings and making sure I have things in place to start strong tomorrow. I am starting out with journaling what I eat on My Fitness Pal.  I am going to begin regular exercise.  I have not decided what that will look like yet.  I am going to work towards eliminating soda.  I’m going to see where these changes get me in 30 days.  

Over the next 30 days, I will be sharing on here my successes and struggles.  I will probably over share and I apologize in advance for that.   But, I know that will help me be accountable.

I have contemplated this for a while…what if I shared my weight on my blog.  The actual number.  It is big and it is scary, but if I’m serious about all of this it will NEVER be here again.

Well, I start this all tomorrow.  I have until then to make that decision.  You will have to check back in tomorrow to see if i did it or not.

I encourage all of you to consider doing this with me.  If you aren’t ready to start tomorrow or even this week, please continue to follow me and maybe you will be inspired to start your own journey on your own way!

Thank you for always reading and encouraging me!  This time is the time!

Pumpkin Flavored Creativity

Pumpkin is EVERYWHERE this time of year!  I think it might be on the verge of ridiculousness, but who am I to say? I have been through many autumn seasons and abstained from all of the pumpkin craziness. 

But this year, the pumpkin craze spilled over to my creativity attempts.  I organized a little pumpkin decorating contest at work. It was so fun to see what everyone did.  I contemplated what I was going to do.  We couldn’t carve the pumpkins.  I tried to think of something that was either a reflection of me or represented one of my interests.  One of my first thoughts was to do a K-State design, but I thought this too predictable.  The next thought was something related to sewing.  I thought about painting a quilt design onto the pumpkin.  Then I reminded myself that I really suck at painting.  I went in search of an idea.  Thank goodness for this Internet thing!  

While searching for quilted look pumpkin ideas, I saw so many cool ideas.  I considered changing my design.  I really liked my idea, but I didn’t think it was going to be good enough to win.  In the end, I found an idea to mod podge fabric onto the pumpkin.  I wanted it to look like  scrap quilt.  I went to JoAnn’s and the idea became a reality.

I still don’t think it will win the contest, but I love my end product.  Not only did I being my idea to life, but I mod podged!  I thought that was pretty fun.  Might have to do some of that for Christmas this year!

I do love being creative.  I’m so glad I had a reason to force myself to do something this weekend!  I have another project that has been hanging over my head for over a year…and now I need to just do it!  The good news, no pumpkin flavoring involved in my next project!

And by the way, did you know that most things sold as pumpkin flavored is most likely primarily squash and has very little pumpkin in it?!  Yeah, I listen to John Test and his Intelligence For Your Life!  🙂

I hope you take some time this fall to do what you enjoy!  And if you do, share with us what how you are enjoying life!

Getting My Nerd On

Very excited for this afternoon.  I’m spending some quality time with my son at a Mini Makers Faire.  

We have only been to this particular Makers Faire one other time, a couple years ago.  It is in the same town as my college alma mater and so there are several university engineering clubs showing off their talents.  It is really cool.  The most fun part is watching my son take it all in.  He has such a mechanical mind and really loves to see these things.  You can literally see his mind working.  As his mom, it’s more enjoyable to see his mind working while learning something rather than figuring out the right way to word a sentence to ask to play video games in a different way!

Science is one way that I have found to connect with him.  He and my husband have music which is SUPER cool, but not really my thing.  But science is our thing.  Would you believe I started college as a biology major?  I wanted to be a genetic engineer.  I didn’t want to do crazy scary things, but wanted to do the cool and good for the world things.  But, during my sophomore year of college I took microbiology and really questioned my interests.   Truthfully, if I didn’t have such a strong interest in beer drinking, I probably could have stuck with it.  But, somehow I found myself in a business course and fell in love with the black and white, balanced world of accounting. 

So now as I work day in and day out as a banker, I take opportunities like today to go back to one of my first loves-science.  And how perfect that I get to share it with another of my loves-my totally awesome son!

I hope you are doing something totally fun today with the ones you love!

Try It Thursday

I did it! I walked for 30 minutes over my lunch break.  Because it was a hot Kansas day-this last day of summer- I went to the gym and walked.  

That was my first experience of going to the gym and doing the whole locker room changing bit.  I was not prepared for the wet floors.  How are you supposed to change back in to work clothes without getting your pants all wet?  There is a pool at the gym and so the locker room floor was all sorts of wet.  

I tried my best to not get my pants wet as I was changing back into my clothes, but it was not pretty!  In fact, a woman coming from the pool using a cane says to me, “Once you get yourself together, I’ll grab my bag under the bench there.”  I told her I didn’t know if I was ever going to be together!  My goodness!

But, I did it and I will do it again.  Let’s just hope the locker room part gets easier!

Help me feel better about my locker room struggles today- and share your gym/locker room stories!  PG stories only…this isn’t Trumps locker room talk!

Work It Wednesday

I’m starting my 100 days over again.  I think this might be for the third time in about 3 years.  I’m trying to figure out how to approach this 100 day period in a way that “sticks.”  I want the new things I try or the old things I do again that work–to become habits.  I want to see actual progress–changes in how I feel, how I look at the world, and the way I present myself to the world.  I want to see it and I want to look back at my blog posts from this week and read the change.  

I’m going to try to introduce a new habit into my daily routine each “Try It Thursday.”  That’s tomorrow…and I’m starting with a healthy habit.  I’m going to walk over my lunch break.  I’m going to try to walk for 30 minutes.  I think that’s a pretty fair amount of time for my first day.  In order to do this, I will have to do some planning.  Not only do I need to pack walking clothes for work, but I will also need to take a lunch.  As I prepared for bed tonight, I packed a bag for my clothes.  Half of the prep is done.  No excuses for tomorrow.  No excuses.  Only rain will keep me from doing this!

I hope you ride along with me on this 100 day journey.  Let’s see where it takes us together!  We have start somewhere…and where I am right now is sick and tired of being where I’m at and not doing anything about it!  It’s time to turn this out of control train around!  Choo! Choo!

December 27, 2017

Going back to the premise of this blog-bettering myself in 100 days.  

I have just been doing the status quo Nancy for quite some time and it is time to change that!

Have to head back to the office now, but will give this some thought over the next day or two and will report back to you!

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