Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What is it all about?

Pick-up the Pace: Lifestyle 2009 is about me and changing the things that I have an influence on in my personal life: weight, exercise, health, eating habits, and spending.

Here are my goals as of January 1, 2009:

1. No new clothes for one year (the exception is underclothes). I'm sure to save a couple hundred right here. Though I don't do any big shopping for myself, I do like the sales and can succumb pretty quick to a discount at Christopher & Banks. My husband will enjoy needling me on this one. Let's see who has the last laugh....cuz I plan to take the money, just not the clothes! Haha!

2. I gotta lose weight. There are no if, ands, or buts about it. I let myself go this past couple of months and I need to take care of myself. My goal is realistic...20 lbs. I can do it!

3. Exercise daily. I have a treadmill that I was using every day but then I got busy and couldn't seem to reorganize my daily life to fit it in. I HAVE to. I also have to go back to lifting because once you stop, those muscles get flabby. Ewwww! I also have DDR and my kids and I love it. That 's a quick calorie burner and it's fun! And hard. It is hard. But fun.

4. 8 hours of shut-eye. Faithfully. Now I know as a mom and all that jazz that there is going to be the occasional late night. But I've gotten really bad about sleep habits and I realized the other night when I couldn't fall asleep til after 4am that I really needed to work on this. Plus, getting enough sleep helps you lose weight. BONUS!

5. Eating right. This is something I've been working on already. But I do occasionally go ballistic and hit the snacks big time. My challenge is portion control which is really the crux of any weight loss strategy. I crave pasta, chicken, a good steak, veggies. Some of those things isn't too bad...like the veggies. But when it's all of it, that's a BIG problem.

6. My health. This is a combination of many of these goals but I also need to keep up with preventative care. I'm bad about keeping my doctor appointments, or even making them. I've also let the kids check-ups slip too often. So I'm gonna 'Do better'.

7. This is the trickiest but probably most important goal. I'm gonna teach my kids to implement kindness, compassion and respect in their daily lives. How? I'm not sure yet but I'm open to suggestions. My kids can be mean, nasty and just down-right rude. I want to change that while I can. Now, don't get me wrong, I've taught my kids these principles since they were babies but somewhere things got off track. Maybe the public schools, their friends, or maybe we as parents just haven't been diligent and very good examples. Hmmm. We're gonna work on that.

Stay tuned. I hope to make some major changes-little by little!


  1. You didn't tell me you had DDR! Jealous! I guess when we come up in the fall, I'll have to DD with you.

  2. Best wishes on your goals. :) No new clothes for a year would be really hard for me. But, it would be a good goal to aim for.

  3. Good for you, these are GREAT goals. I'm looking forward to checking in on your progress (I promise no nagging, only support:). As my own kids are growing up (and are around each other 24 hrs a day with HS) I'm finding there's MUCH more fussing going on. So maybe we can share what we come up with in this area, cause I'm lookin'!

  4. Hey you!! Pick up the pace... I keep expecting a new post now that its January 5.... ???

  5. I just discovered you had added my blog as a follower. I will return the favor. YOu have some ambitious goals but you can do it. I have a diet blog, I dont know if you've read it or not but feel free to hop over there for support too. It's listed on my sidebar,

  6. Those are some good goals! No new clothes for a year? That would be tough. I don't buy many, but I do buy some.

  7. Hi all! Thanks for dropping in. I am trying to get a few more things up here. I'm also gonna try my hand at 101 in 1001. I'll be listing info on that later.
    Kim: We got it the day you left, but Mike didn't tell me the power supply was shot so I just got to play it for the first time after Christmas! And I did add something yesterday! So there! =P
    Mrs. D: I'll be checking out your diet blog. I'm all for new ideas. I definitely don't know it all.
    Nikki & Blue: I have so much clothes, I don't have room for any more. and i get quite attached, so it's hard to get rid of any. Also, my rule is: if it's too tight, lose weight cuz you can't afford a new wardrobe! So that's what I gotta do.
    MKM: I look forward to every ounce of support cuz this goal stuff is HARD! =)

  8. I just found your blog through "Temporary Insanity". I wanted to suggest www.myfitnesspal.com. I've lost 40# using that site. It is a free calorie counter/exercise log. Great tool when you're trying your best to get with the program! Just wanted to throw that out there. May God bless your day!