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2015...so far

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I haven't blogged in a while, mostly because I just haven't had that much to say. I started my new job in mid December and it is going well, though its an adjustment getting up at 4:20 am and commuting to a full time job, but I am really enjoying it so far, and thats been the main focus of my life since I started, just settling in and getting used to the new job and new routine.

I got sick in December with what I believe was Bronchitis, which is still lingering, and I see a doc in early February. I have been treating myself at home with various herbs and am mostly on the mend but still have a bit of shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, due in part to the poor air quality days we've been having here in Seattle for the last 2-3 weeks. Today is sunny and much clearer with a forecast to stay this way for the next several days which will help my lungs and breathing issues a lot. Its also real nice to see the sun! emoticon We've been locked in fog for weeks now.

My goals for the coming year are, unfortunately, basically the same as last year's. I didn't do so well in my goals for last year aside from getting a higher paying job with benefits. So this year I want to work hard at decluttering my house. I'm not in a hurry per se, though my sister will likely visit this summer, so I can do it slowly. I need the help of my husband and /or son for much of it, which is frustrating because I then have to rely on them to get the job done, which they don't really want to do (the work aspect) it any more than I do so in the end we are very good at procrastinating so our house looks more and more like a hoarders episode every year. This is the year I can't take it anymore. I need some help and advice on how best to start and don't say Fly Lady because I can't deal with that website emoticon

The new year is off to a decent start for me and is full of promise and hope. I want to work on personal things such as just having more fun. I want to spend time building the relationships I now have, especially with the few female friends I have. Yesterday I got together with the gals from my last job. We met at Kim's house and she made us wonderful homemade indian food with raspberry tart and chai tea, all homemade and wonderful as well as organic and gluten free. We had such a great time all of us, laughing and enjoying each other and remembering both good and bad times at the clinic. It made me realize how much I miss having fellowship with friends. I'm going to do it more often.

As for my health and fitness goals, I want to lose 10 lbs and get consistent with exercising. I'm getting in lots of cardio just by walking up and down the hills of Seattle as part of my commute, averaging 2.2 miles per day and about 12,000 steps. I'm getting into the good habit of doing a 10-15 minute ST workout when I get home from work and those short workouts are very effective...my muscles are FEELING IT, holy moly! I'm eating better and bringing a large bag of assorted cut up veggies that I munch on all day at work to keep me full and free of temptation when coworkers bring in goodies. Last week it was a chocolate sour cream cake, yum...but I didn't ever go near it. Munched on raw zucchini, cucumbers, snap peas, carrots, celery and grape tomatoes instead. I've been 95% better about avoiding the evening munchies and junk that I have no business eating. I pack healthy lunches and drink tons of water through the day and I feel good knowing I'm making lasting changes. Yesterday I decided to buy lunch, something I rarely do, so I went to Jimmy Johns and got an "unwich" which is your sandwich in a lettuce wrap rather than bread. It was delicious though a bit messy, but I really enjoyed it and realized that bread is not needed for a good sandwich. I did not even miss the bread. A revelation! emoticon

So all in all, for me, 2015 is off to a promising start. I know that I need to work hard on my goals but I'm in the mindset to do it, determined, motivated and ready. I hope your 2015 is happy and full of great things!
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    Great blog! I am sure you will continue to work hard at accomplishing your goals. Whether it's decluttering or achieving health and fitness I find it's just one step at a time. I need to set myself small goals: ie. last fall I cleaned and organized the cupboards in the laundry room and labelled everything. Also I took back my pantry cupboard from lightbulbs and things DH puts in there and they are now in the laundry room. Much more efficient. Also DH pulled a pile of stuff out of a storage cupboard to find his fishing jacket and we got rid of a whole whack of stuff. Just take smaller areas to start. Good luck anyway. Interesting about your breathing issues. I have asthsma and that adds a lot of challenge to my fitness goals. Some days even after taking my puffers I still have problems when walking or golfing; it all depends on the air quality. We were at the coast for all of December and I found it hard out walking - so much wood smoke in the air and the heavy dampness didn't help. Nice to find you on Spark People. Keep up the good work and stay positivie!! emoticon
    2135 days ago

    I liked your blog. You seem motivated for 2015!

    I am a 51 (52 in April) woman living in Oslo, Norway. Menopausal and about 20-25 pounds overweight = a jummy mummy.

    My goals are to get a flat sexy tummy and a bikini butt - thank you! Well, if I get better health and get fit in the process, bring it on!

    Go see my spark page and maybe add me as a friend

    Have a wonderful day - I know I will emoticon
    2136 days ago
    Glad your year is off to a great start. I hope it continues throughout the year.
    2136 days ago
    It sounds like you are starting the year off right other than the health issue. I hope it clears up soon.

    I am taking different immune boosters to attempt to ward off everything that is going around here. I stocked up on the Gypsy Cold Care Tea, that you recommended, before the season started. Last year I had trouble finding it. I gave my son a box of it when he came home for Christmas. He was very pleased and said I always look out for him. He can't buy it where he lives, which is stupid. I feel relieved to have it on hand in case I need it.

    I am wanting to get back to de-cluttering too. I tend to do it but not be ruthless enough. I still hang on to too much.
    2136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2015 3:09:54 PM
    Good luck with the de-cluttering. It takes time, and I find I just have to do maybe 15 minutes/day till one area is done and move on.

    Wishing you good health and good luck w/the new job.
    2137 days ago
    Love this blog! You sound great and very upbeat!! I'm so glad you're liking your new job (although that wakeup hour sounds brutal!). Sounds like you have solid goals and a good plan to achieve them!! Have a great Sunday!
    2138 days ago
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