Challenge Up!

Happy Monday! Posts two days in a row? No way?!

Yes way!

A few months back (August, I think) I did a 30 miles in 30 days challenge and I really enjoyed trying to meet my goal. I was able to easily exceed it and decided that December is time for a new challenge.

This time, I’ve enlisted the help of some of my friends. I’ve started a Facebook group and added a few friends, near and far, to join me in starting and finishing a monthly challenge. This is different in that I’m asking them to do any challenge they want. The goal of the group is to support each other, not just do a specific challenge. I’ve actually posted a few on our group page, and tonight I decided to mix and match the different workout moves to make my own challenge.Tomorrow, I will probably mix and match day two from a few of the challenges I’ve posted. Below are the ones I posted for the group chose from:

30_day_kickstart holiday_challange multi_30_Day_challenge standard_30_day_challenge

Interested in getting motivated and healthy in December? Try out one of the challenges!

Happy holidays!

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The Purge

First let me say a very belated happy new year. This year came in like a lion and hasn’t really slowed down. I apologize, as always, for my absence.

So onto the purge…not the movie, though, I did enjoy it. What I am referring to is removing toxic people from my life. I am not and have never been good at this. I always keep people in my life past the expiration date. I don’t like to burn bridges. I don’t like to lose touch. But one thing that I realize in my old age that I hate more than those things is being constantly on edge. I know that in life, I will not get along with everyone. Some people will always rub me the wrong way. There will always be that one coworker that you wish would just transfer or quit so you don’t have to deal with them anymore. But what of those in our lives that we choose? Why would I choose to have someone in my life that irks me?

In reality it is a combination of things. I spend too much time on social media. This in turns means I am too connected with others who spend too much time on social media. I see these posts, these statements, these agendas from my “friends” and some of them drive me batty. I am sure my presence has the same effect on others. Each of us telling ourselves that well, if they don’t like it, they can delete me. This defiance feeds the need to post the controversial. The problem is that I truly don’t have the time for it. Family, school, work…all of these things infinitely more important than the latest post about the evils of parents who spank their kids. The “bait” posts as I call them. To bait me into an argument about how this is better than that. In reality, my only belief is usually that we should spend less time judging each other and more time finding out what works for us. But it never works. I just get baited more.

So for now, I’m done. I’m not going to keep feeding the beast inside me that wants to argue these trivial life points. At the end of the day, no one’s mind will be changed. We will just dig our heels in more. So why fret? I am going to free myself from the madness. In doing so though, I have to do something I hate. Delete people. I have to remove those people from my social media life that constantly bait and constantly get on their soap box to talk down to all of us. It is liberating. I feel like I have already lifted the weight of annoyance from my already tired shoulders.

Challenge Update, etc.

First let me apologize for my absence. With work overwhelming, the end of one terms of classes (straight As by the way), and the start of the other. Did I mention my husband is still in the hospital and I’m still flying solo doing the mommy thang? Yep, that’s been my 2013 so far.

As for my personal challenge to reduce my social media use…I have failed. Miserably. For the first few days I struggled. When I would open Facebook mindlessly, I would have to consciously remember to close it out. I think it did help, especially at work. But I also think I am the master at finding another distraction when another one is unavailable. Finally, I gave in. I don’t police myself anymore and I’m a little disappointed I gave up the challenge so easily. Maybe I needed to make my goal more manageable? IDK, seemed pretty straight-forward to me. Maybe I’m just weak. I think that is the more likely of the two. Such is life…

Two more days son turns one year old. This is a bitter sweet milestone for me. I can’t believe we have made it a year. It’s been magical and trying but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I look back at some many things starting with my pregnancy to having him and it makes me well up. And then I think of all the wonderful things to come. That makes me smile. This year will be especially tough because my husband won’t even be able our son’s  first birthday party because he is still in the hospital. It can’t be avoided so we’ll just have to  to do FaceTime, take video, and lots of pictures. 

In the meantime, this mama is just trying to keep all the balls I am juggling in the air. Can’t let anything drop!

Personal Challenge

Productivity is at the utmost of importance right now because I have so much on my plate. Especially at work. I have taken on additional duties and my time seems to be stretched so thin. This blog post, sadly, is me wasting time not doing dishes, cleaning the littler boxes, doing reading for my current set of classes, or getting an early jump on the next term that starts on Monday. But I feel I need to issue myself this challenge in a public forum. I need an official record of my promise to myself. In that way, it can become a promise to you too, the reader.  Continue reading