Previous weight - 194.4
Current weight - 193.6
Difference - lost .8 pounds
Total weight lost -51.4
In my last post I talked about needing to do some reflecting to figure out priorities and how to best manage my time. This is going to be a work in progress, but I'm very serious about it and I'm already taking baby steps to make some changes.
I've had a successful weekend so far. Friday night is my favorite night of the week. Gracie has ballet and Jacob has karate at the YMCA and then we go over to Five Guys for dinner (Jim and I save up points for this meal all week). It's our family night and it's something I look forward to every week.
Usually I stay with Gracie at ballet and Jim goes with Jacob to karate since they are in different parts of the building. At ballet the parents sit in the hallway during class. Usually I bring a magazine or play a game on my phone but I figured that time is a perfect opportunity to get a small task done. This week I took my Christmas cards with me. Usually I hand address my cards, but in keeping with what is the best use of my time I figured I could save at least an hour by printing off labels instead. So I sat in the hallway and knocked out all my cards. It felt great. Now, I just need stamps :)
Saturday morning I went to Zumba and man I tell you, it is so hard to get back into exercise physically when you've been away. I struggled the whole class but I'm so glad I went. I already know I'm going to miss Tuesday and Thursday's class this week because of Christmas programs so I knew I needed to go. I'm planning to go Monday evening as well.
Saturday afternoon Gracie and I went to see The Nutcracker with her ballet class. It was amazing and just the one-on-one time I needed with her. We got dressed up and headed to the performance. She was so excited. Here she is before the show.
After the ballet (Gracie said "the movie's not finished already is it?") we stopped at Starbucks (we don't drink coffee so we never go to coffee shops) for a hot chocolate.
Normally I would have put it off for another day, but I wanted to do this for my little guy so I made it a priority. I think he appreciated the effort.
So a week ago I tried again and made sure I converted to black and white. I also paid the extra couple of bucks to have them delivered to the house instead of having to waste time going to Walmart (which I never go to - it's all about ROI people). So last night I pulled down the frames, put in the new photos, cleaned them and hung them back up. I'm so happy I got this done. This would have been one of those things that would have been nagging at me to get done and I would have been disappointed in myself each day that went by with the old photos still up. And then on Dec. 23 I would be up until 2 a.m. doing it in preparation of our family Christmas party and been miserable and tired. Baby steps.
So now that I knew I wasn't going to early mass I had a decision to make. I could go back to bed, watch tv, play on the computer, play with the kids or cross something off my to-do list. I decided to tackle the laundry because it was the thing that was stressing me out the most. I folder four loads of laundry and started another. I also separated the clothes that still need to be washed and straightened the laundry room. It took about 45 minutes. I took a break in the middle to watch the kids play Mario Kart.
I headed back upstairs, made the kids breakfast and sat back on the couch. What next? Well, I hadn't blogged on Friday and it felt like something I'd enjoy doing at the moment so I did decide to open the laptop and write this post.
I've been thinking about my blog lately. Do I still benefit from writing? Do others benefit from reading? The answer to both is yes for right now (Jim tells me he likes to read it at least) so I'm going to keep doing it. However, I'm going to write when it feels right. Not necessarily every weekday like I have been doing. In keeping with my low stress, priority-focus, time management goals, that is what I need to do to keep a good balance.
So now it's 10 a.m. and I need to figure out if we're going to 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. Mass ;) Decisions, decisions.