Lake George

My Lake George get-a-way with my mom and sister is only four days away.

Woohoo!

We will be traveling to Lake George and then taking day trips from there to other locales in the Adirondacks.  Lake Placid is on the agenda, as is Saranac Lake. We may tour over to Vermont and New Hampshire on route 4 while we’re in the neighborhood.  I want my fam to see the winding trail-of-a-road that leads to Killington-The Beast, one of Vermont’s premiere ski slopes/resorts.

KillingtonI don’t ski, but I do love the landscape and the travel in and around Killington, VT.

Gorgeous country!

We ladies were planning to sit along the beach at Lake George, travel to the top of Prospect Mountain and hike down again, and enjoy the fall foliage from outdoors while we were in the Adirondacks.  This tropical storm that is dumping rain on us through the middle of next week is quickly destroying that plan.  I asked my sister if she wanted to wait a bit and go later in the month, but she is ready now.

More than ready!

I’m hoping this time away will be a chance for the three of us to connect, renew, refresh, and recharge.  I don’t suspect we’ll have too many more chances like this.  When I think about it, Carpe Diem comes to mind, along with Chevy Chase and his wild vacation movies.

Hilarious!

This weekend we three will “seize the day,” rain or shine.  I’m looking forward to this trip and to sharing some pictures with you after we return.

What memories do you have of travel together with your family or friends?  What funny vacation stories do you love to tell to others? 

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This Week’s Goals

000boy-eating-vegetables1I’m having trouble meeting my goals for this week.  Ugh.  I have done nothing about trimming calories by 100 pts, and I have had a hard time getting in my breakfast veggies.

Thinking that last goal was a mistake.

I worked so hard to eat oatmeal every day during the summer, in order to build a fiber habit. What was I thinking making this change?

My habit brain keeps saying I should be eating oatmeal!

If the difference between who I am and who I want to be is what I do, I best put a lil more thought into 1. Who I want to be, and 2. What I am doing in order to become that person.

How well are you meeting your goals this week?  What one thing do you feel needs to be tweaked in your life to make you who you want to be?

Cyber Cliques

000blogginSometimes I get frustrated with the blogs I visit and the bloggers who write them.

Sometimes I feel like blogs are exclusive.

Sometimes I feel like I’m on the outside, looking in, even though I comment on what is posted.  Why don’t these bloggers comment on my comment.

Sometimes I wonder…

Sometimes I feel like I should stop visiting these sites.

Sometimes I wish I could find suitable replacements.

When I find a blogger who actually responds to his or her blogging audience, individually, I’m thrilled.  !!!!

Note: The above thrilling exclamation points!

I come to cyber spaced BlogVille seeking community.

I think it’s a shame when bloggers work hard for a while to gain a following, then ignore new readers.

Mean Girls!!!

I guess I would say I don’t mind it so much if the blogger treats everyone in like manner.  I notice, though, when they don’t.

When have you felt like a blog you frequented was turning cliquish?  What do you do to make sure that doesn’t happen when you post to your blog?

ThreeGoals-AlternativeMy Three Goals for last week were these:  Exercise for seven minutes each morning, before doing anything else…Eat a veggie wrap for breakfast five out of seven days… Publicly acknowledge three people on social media or my blog.

How I did:

Goal No. 1, check, and double-check.  Most mornings I did more than seven minutes of exercise,but all mornings this week I did at least seven minutes.  Yay!

Goal No. 2. Check!  I did not eat my veggies in a wrap, but I’m still giving myself a gold star for my eating this week. I did have whole and raw veggies every day this week for breakfast and lunch, along with whole grain toast or bread of some kind in the morning.  I thought this one would be harder to achieve, but it was not.  Yay!

Goal No. 3. This was the hardest one of all for me to accomplish. Go figure.  I had this sense this week that people didn’t want to be acknowledged on social media, and I listened to that impression, mostly.  I did applaud the help I had received from a few people, but honestly, I felt awkward singling some folks out while ignoring others. Maybe that’s why more people don’t give those attaboys we all like to receive.  In any case, this didn’t feel like a habit-building activity to me, so I will not be setting it as a goal again.

I will continue to acknowledge others privately or in small groups, but not in a way that hinders relationships. I want to help, not harm, with my kudos. Trying to be sensitive toward others.  I did do three acknowledgements, but I felt just so so about them.

This week’s teeny, tiny goals:

  1. I will complete another 7N7 challenge; seven minutes of exercise in the morning, for seven days.

2. I will continue to eat raw veggies with a lil bit of protein every day for both breakfast and lunch.

3. I will reduce my daily caloric intake by 100 calories each day. Working my way down slowly, hoping to be at 1500 calories per day by Christmas.  I will accomplish this through meal planning.

In related news:

I am really beginning to love my early morning exercise routines, and I’m feeling stronger because of them. I hurt less during the day and I ache less at night.  I feel confident that I can continue to do seven minutes or more each morning, and I am excited to see how this teeny, tiny goal will work to shape the rest of my day, achieving each goal early in the morning.

I feel like a true habit is being formed through these exercise routines.

My slacks continue to feel loose on me.  I also wore a pair of pants twice this week that had been too uncomfortable to wear over the last six months.  Woohoo!

The scale still refuses to cooperate, and still insists that I have not lost any weight.  I spit at you, scale.  Keep this up and I will hide you from view or toss you away.  What do I get from you, if not good news? 

Regarding the scale: I am not seriously agitated about the number on my scale not going down.  I believe that if I continue to do the right things every day, that will change.  Right now, my focus is on changing my daily behaviors to ensure that I am not living a lifestyle that is contrary to my goal of losing more weight and getting healthier.  If you didn’t see my post on “lifestyle” you can read that here.

I helped my SIL pack up her kitchen on Tuesday night, in anticipation of the big move.  She is leaving the city and coming back to her country roots. Yeehaw!  She is moving to a six-acre lot right around the corner from our property.  She, and her dog, horses, and cowboy boots. We couldn’t be more excited for her.

I did not feel sore after helping Linda pack, and it felt good to be able to do it without the pain I usually feel when pushing and shoving stuff around.  We are both hopeful that her move to our neighborhood will mean increased activity for both of us. We are planning many walkabouts with the dogs this fall.  Maybe some zumba during the winter months…  We’ll see.

All in all, I am finding that my goals are helping greatly to keep me present and accountable.  I am seeing progress, and that’s exciting!

What goals will you set for yourself this week?  What accountability factors have you put in place to ensure you don’t slack on your efforts to reach your goals?