Thursday, January 28, 2010
My favorites include Super Hula Hoop, Rhythm Parade, and Island Biking. Her are recent results from 10 mins on Super Hula Hoop.I started this post before I worked out today. I just got done about 20 mins ago. I was doing expert level on Island Biking and was having a heck of a time getting to the flags. I finally quit to save my credits and it turns out I was at it almost 30 mins. My overall time for today was 81 mins. I did it with no breaks, so no wonder I feel ick!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I am continuing to walk each day, although I only did a long distance once over the weekend. My pants are loosening up a little, so I know my efforts are paying off!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
How to Help the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort, Avoid Scams
The tragic images pouring out of Haiti have inspired Americans across the country to help. Even in tough times, Americans have a generous spirit.
But whether you donate your time or your money, you'll want to know it's well spent.
Let's start with the Do's and the Don'ts.
You should give to a group with disaster relief experience that will make good use of the money. It's also best to give to a group that had operations in Haiti before the earthquake, so its personnel and equipment are already there.
Third, give to an organization that meets the Better Business Bureau's 20 standards for charity accountability.
What Are Some Major Groups That Have Already Been Vetted?
The granddaddy of them all is the American Red Cross.
This age-old organization is even going modern. You can text the word "HAITI" to 90999 to make an instant $10 donation.
World Vision is already distributing first aid kits and other staples in Haiti.
Save the Children is focusing on children and families and taking truly grass roots actions like sending out motorbike teams to help people in the capital.
Care USA is distributing stocks of high-protein biscuits that it already had in warehouses in Haiti.Can I Donate Supplies Instead of Cash?
It's not a good idea to donate supplies, since getting them to the affected area costs money because of shipping and storage needs. Relief groups prefer to buy supplies in the country affected, because that has the added benefit of stimulating the local economy.
For people who have already started gathering supplies, one suggestion is to sell them to raise cash and donate the cash.
What About Volunteering?
There are opportunities for volunteering, but on a limited basis.
Relief groups are only interested in people with previous disaster relief experience and technical expertise.
For example, doctors and nurses and people with knowledge of telephone service, water, sanitation and engineering.
If you would like to volunteer, you should register with the Center for International Disaster Information.
Our family supports the ELCA International Disaster Relief, which works through LWF. Their offices in Haiti were not damaged so they've already begun relief efforts. 100% of donations will be used in full to bring life sustaining support to this crisis. You can visit their site here.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
My other 'focus' is to be healthier and trim down. I feel like I gained a lot of weight in 2009 and my clothes are so tight.
I am happy to report that I've been exercising everyday. DH & I have been walking about 35-60 minutes a day...out in the frigid temps. Today we walked an hour and had several spots along our path that hadn't been plowed at all. That is a lot of work. Trying to keep warm when the wind chill is nine below zero is a lot of work too. We are both very tired this evening.
I've been doing good with my eats too. I haven't been overeating and have avoided junk. I did have a few bites of cheesecake one day and I felt sick afterward. I think my body is adjusting well. I've really increased my fluid intake which I know is an important component of losing weight. I think I've shrunk my tummy a little bit because I am feeling full sooner.
How are your plans for the new year going? Are you able to stick to your goals?
Friday, January 8, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I don't eat a lot of junk, I just eat too much. I mostly drink water and milk, but over the holidays (Nov/Dec) I had sodas and started drinking coffee. Coffee isn't so bad, but I like chocolate in my coffee. I am going to change to sugar free hot cocoa mix and I am going to cut sodas all together. Coke helps me get rid of a headache, so I will have to find an alternative. Maybe my choc-coffee will do the trick. I went to the store this morning and I picked up healthier/lower calorie snacks. I don't plan ahead and will just grab something quick to each, so I am going to make sure I have some of those 100 calorie snack packs and fruit on hand. I'll probably just keep some in the car so I am not tempted to overeat when I get home cause I am so hungry. I am good about not picking up any fast food on the go, but if there are cookies or similar available at Dori's preschool or church I will eat too many.
I am not going to weigh myself and make a goal. I just want my clothes to fit. And I will NOT buy bigger clothes. I am off to do some sit-ups!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
So we have officially dubbed 2010 the Year of Gratitude! It's now Jan 2 and what has changed? Nothing really. Have we had been overly thankful for things? Certainly not! I went to bed very grumpy about my dog peeing on my new slippers (because people didn't get him out right away) about 90 mins into the new year. We are just going to need to keep reminding ourselves to be grateful. It's not exactly like remembering to make your bed each day or to give someone a phone message. We are going to need to focus on the positive side of things. Each night at dinner we go around and ask each other, "What was a positive thing for you today?" That barely scratches the surface~ so we are going to have to create some similar exercises like that. While our motivation for gratitude was to avoid complaining, I do think that practicing, even forcing gratitude will make us more gracious/thankful/grateful/appreciative of everything in our lives.