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Day 44: Resolution Check In

Since it is St. Valentine’s eve officially marking the half way point through the 2nd month of the year, I think it’s a good time to Stop. Look at my resolutions. And asses where I am at.

123 Day Exercise Challenge:
44 days of exercise DONE! I have managed to DO something, EVERYDAY even if it is just 15 minutes of yoga! I’m a morning person so I tackle exercise as soon as I roll out of bed (while the baby is sleeping). Otherwise there is a good chance it won’t happen.

January STATS:
ME: 861 minutes of exercise for the month (14.4 hours)
HUBS: 1067 minutes of exercise for the month (17.8 hours)

February STATS to date:
ME: 329 minutes (5.5 hours)
HUBS: 140 minutes (2.3 hours)

365 Dog Walks
40 dog walks to date. The days I missed were either because I ran out of time in the morning before work OR because it was -20 degrees with the wind chill and I didn’t feel it was safe for doggy paws to be exposed to the cold snow pack and the wind chill. I have however started taking our dog to a new doggie daycare where its open play so she comes home tired! A tired dog is a happy dog, or so they say.  Also, I originally mapped my dog walks with MapMyWalk but it was a real pain to remember to log it everyday on top of the spreadsheet I am keeping. So I have ditched the app and am sticking to my old school method.

Small Saving Goal
This fall I opened a new bank account where my husband banks. For the start of the new year I ordered my checks, initiated direct deposit and am ready to close my old account. As it turns out, there are a few hundred dollars in there I used as a cushion to avoid overdraft charges (which I never had to use) so I am putting that extra money toward my small savings goal. 🙂

Found Money Jar
Since I rarely go anywhere these days, I am failing miserably in this area….I guess it will have to be a longer term goal.

So what’s new with your goals? Are you forging ahead?


Feel good vibes: The Liebster Award

When it strikes you twice, it’s time to accept. 🙂 Back in November (2014 – so last year! 😉 ) theoldfellowgoesrunning nominated me for the Liebster. I had really, really wanted to accept the award but I felt I did not have the time to answer all the questions, pass on the goodness, etc… I have often thought about responding to Carl’s nomination all these months since, but it looks like I have a second chance and this time I am ready. By the way, theoldfellowgoesrunning is a wonderful blog.  Carl’s posts are always thoughtful and thought-provoking. Thank for the original nomination Carl!

The current nomination comes from spanishmossseries!! A BIG THANK YOU to Janet. This blog goddess is a writer and foodie ;-). And by the way, I really enjoy these awards, not because my blog is any big deal, but because it feels like a ray of sunshine when you are nominated by a fellow blogger. It just spreads cheer (and blog love) and we could all use MORE cheer (and Love) in our lives.

The Liebster Award Rules

  • Acknowledge and link back to the person who nominated you (Thank you Janet!)
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post about the Liebster Award.

Random Facts About Myself

  1. I got married at the age of 35
  2. I hold a Master’s degree in Community & Counseling Psychology (and I don’t work as a counselor – go figure)
  3. I have lived in two states (NY and CO)
  4. I have a strong desire to continue to grow emotionally and spiritually through my life
  5. I do not wear or own makeup
  6. I play Tai Chi (Sun Family Style)
  7. I haven’t met a vegetable I didn’t like
  8. I have no desire to ride a horse
  9. I really DISLIKE the taste of milk (in ALL it’s cow forms including chocolate)
  10. I want to learn how to sew
  11. My favorite book is Ethan Frome

Q&A From My Nominator (nominees please answer these same 11 questions)

  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 29, and find line 4. What is the book and does it say? Business, Society & Government, “…firms must abide by when conducting business in the market environment”
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?  Hmmm, definitely somewhere in Europe
  3. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you do? Eliminate greed
  4. Is the glass half empty or half full? Depends on my mood...
  5. When is the last time you ate a homegrown tomato? I don’t grow tomatoes but my CSA does – last tomato from the farm was September
  6. What did you want to be when you grew up? My childhood love was dance (10 years!)- as a teen, Magazine layout editor.
  7. What is your favorite time of the day? Just before the sun comes up…Stillness…
  8. What inspires you? Bravery
  9. What is your favorite childhood memory? Making mud pies and pretending a broken tree stump was the thrown to our ‘kingdom’. 
  10. What three things in nature do you find most beautiful? The stars, waterfalls, mountains
  11. Who are your Nominees?
    1. Accidental Hippies
    2. Angie Does Until She Doesn’t
    3. Aspen & Pine
    4. bunnyciao
    5. DIY Simple Beauty Secrets
    6. Deb Palmer
    7. Domesticated Momster
    8. Erin’s Backyard Farm
    9. Hatches and Rambles
    10. France’s Organic Beauty Secrets
    11. The Journal Writer’s Handbook

Another reason I really enjoy these awards, I like to see what other bloggers are reading. If you have time, check out some of these blogs. They are all interesting in their own write 🙂 And of course, please stop by  spanishmossseries.

Happy Blogging!


Dog walking in -4 degree weather

Upon waking up to a crisp -4 degrees this morning, I was happy for two things. One, we have been doing the T25 workouts so we did not have to physically leave the house this morning. Two, it was toasty warm in our room since my husband recently put plastic over the windows to keep out the draft. Since I have promised my dog and made it a new year’s resolution to walk her every. single. day. I layered up after my cool down and out the door we went.

Feeling the chill when I opened the door, she was a little hesitant but went with it. I knew in this weather we were not going to walk far, a few houses maybe. Her breed is actually the national dog of Malta. While she loves to play in the snow she loves warmth and sun even more. Four houses down and back with a few sniffing tangents along the way and our pup was already limping from the cold. I brought her inside and cupped her paws in my warm hands (which she always seems greatful for) then served her breakfast. I would say she is one happy pup.

Workout done. Dog walk done. It’s now 7:46 a.m. and it’s up to -3 degrees. Schools are delayed 2 hours due to the chill. I plan to stay warm and cozy as I work from home today. I hope you stay warm and cozy as well. Happy Thursday…it’s almost Friday. 🙂

Day 5: Self Investment

When the New Year begins and you have time away from the 9-5 and it’s the weekend – your goals seem pretty easy to meet. But in reality, meeting goals takes both mental and physical time. With a full time job, a seven month old baby, a dog and my heavy involvement in nonprofit community work; ‘free’ time can be scarce.
Since we are adding extra workouts into our schedule for our 123 exercise challenge, I know I need to get back to my 5 am routine. Baby J is well into a sleep patterns so it is doable. Despite feeling great 5 days into our challenge, I know I will battle the time crunch.
Other obstacles include:
1. Some mornings I am not going to want to move at 5am or 6 am…or at all.
2. I know there is a high probability my hip will give out on me (thank you scoliosis) and I will be tethered to walking and stretching for a few days.
3. It is January and the snow and cold will be an invitation to press the snooze button again and again.
4. The cat and dog snuggle around my legs at night making it difficult to physically maneuver my way out of bed in the morning.
5. Infants do not come with a sleep through the night guarantee (I have been taking her sleep and mine, for granted).

I can probably come up with a dozen more impending challenges most of which are mental more than physical. Despite road blocks ahead, as of today, five days moving my body feels great! Besides, most things worth doing in life take time. Why not spend that time investing in yourself?