Happy February 1st!

Happy February 1st! How are your resolutions coming? Yeah? Forgot about those? I didn’t.

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I made the mistake of putting my goals out there in a blog post from last year. Let’s recap about the absolute success of all those…

 Because I really love the off-season of every sport ever, real or Madden, I’m going to give myself a goal grade like it’s the NFL Draft.

 

  1. My sleeping pattern.

Goals I set to alter my sleeping pattern: Be in bed by 10pm, disconnect from my phone after 10pm, and somehow, I connected Sophie, my pup, to staying at my house during the day and not going to puppy daycare at my parents. How is that related? Who proofreads these? How do I have a job?

Grade: C

I, used to be, am the ultimate nerd, and only ever accepted myself getting A’s. So this grading thing is a real kick in the ego…and this is the goal I did the best on…

  • There have been several days that I’ve actually accomplished going to bed before 10pm! But, there are 365 days in a year. And there was a lot more days that I didn’t. But, I am not completely upset with myself; it’s not a fully realistic goal. Last night, I went to the New Lisbon Girls’ Basketball Game. I arrived home a bit after 9pm. It is absolutely not possible for me to wind down for the day in ONE hour.  Sophie needed to play, I needed to look in the fridge several times, I needed to desperately flip through Hulu to get background noise, and finally selecting  on grapefruit for dinner at 9:40pm, wasn’t helpful. So 10pm didn’t happen. Friends, there is no rushing a good grapefruit. Here’s a side story about my love affair with grapefruits…

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    My keyboard is really small.

So, my grandparents, Hutch and Vera, loved grapefruits. To be fair, I don’t know if my gram loved them, but gramp did, and gram loved gramp. So every year they would order giant grapefruit by the cases. Gram taught me how to cut them in half, outline the segments with the knife, the proper amount of salt or sugar to use, selecting the correct grapefruit spoon and then inhaling the grapefruit in about half of the time it took to prepare the grapefruit. She would then give me a tiny cup to squeeze the remaining grapefruit juice into; I however, just squeeze it onto the spoon these days. I don’t fully know if grapefruits are my favorite fruit or if nostalgia makes them my favorite fruit. But gosh, I love grapefruits and gosh I love my grandparents. Anyways…back to 10pm.

  • I’m still connected to my phone. I’ve lived in my house for over a year. I have pretty close to zero bedroom furniture. So I should get a table of some sort and just put my phone on it. Really, it needs to happen. Anytime I wake up in night, I’ll respond to emails, texts, and of course I’ll check Facebook and the “on this day” feature. There are a lot of gems in that. This section hurt my goal grade the most.

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    Here’s today’s “on this day”

  • The odd part about Sophie not going to daycare…The one I said would “never” happen. Happens. I prep Soph every morning with a long talk about how she needs to protect the house. I put her thunder coat on her. She understands her duties, she doesn’t love her duties, but I’m positive she loves the added responsibility.

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Non related side story, I have a bad habit of throwing sweatshirts on my bed, not folding them, not putting them away, and just throwing them on my bed. One day, I came home, and she had escaped her jacket. I had no idea where it was, when I finally went to bed, bam, and her jacket was on my bed right next to my sweatshirt. Love Soph.

 

 

  1. Using my kitchen.

Goals I set to use my kitchen: Take the crock-pot out of the box, buy bread, make two meals a week, and use the Traeger 3 times a month.

Grade: Z-. Yes, I’ve failed this, times a gazillion.

I took my crock-pot out in January…of 2017. Used it twice, once successful, second I disregarded the directions and the recipe…..so.

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I was, however, a special guest chef at Silver Star Health and made this. And it sold out…but it was already 2017. Ugh. RULES

I threw out a full loaf of bread last week, I mean it was a new level of, “Ricki please do not eat that.” So I’m buying bread, (A+), just not consuming it (F). I have a cutting board and I’ve used it. So that’s a plus. I used the Traeger one time in 2016. Yep, failed this goal.But this goal was super lofty.

 

Overall 2016 Grade A

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I don’t believe 2016 was a fail. I just focused on other goals that I put in front of these goals. And really, I enjoyed 2016. I didn’t make a few meals, I lost some sleep.  I didn’t burn down my house and that’s pretty awesome. Soph lost five pounds. I kept my job. Really, both feet kept moving forward.

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Really she likes exercising now.

Was I super dedicated to these goals? No. I wasn’t. I’m a super independent career and community minded person. Going to bed early and learning how to cook doesn’t match up with my “big” goals or lifestyle choices. Although Hollie has called me a hermit several times this week. I’m not really a hermit. I want to be busy, I want to be active, and I want to respond to things incredibly fast.

So this is what I have learned through setting New Year’s Resolutions… Make sure your Resolutions match up to your life goals, make your goals work for the YOU you genuinely want to be.   And hey, it’s a great day to set new goals.

Happy 2016 Friends!!!

HAPPY 2016!

Let’s talk GOALS.

It is said that if people share their goals with others, they have a better chance of sticking to their goals. I’ve never been one to set a New Year’s Resolution, but I do set a lot of goals hourly, daily, weekly, monthly etc. But, in honor of the blog and the New Year, I’m game to create some and share.

If you recall my earlier blog, I discussed goal setting, remember, goals need to be realistic and timely, it helps that they are attainable. There should be a “pinnacle goal” but then also “step goals” to reach that pinnacle goal. In our goals, there needs to be some room to fail. We are HUMAN so there’s going to be a day where we all of a sudden remember that we are hungry and reach for a Snickers….

So here we go…

  1. My sleeping pattern is absolutely terrible from Sunday – Thursday. I seem to finally hit the pillow around 11 give or take 20 minutes, which then leads to a final run through of every social media distraction possible. A final refresh of my emails. A quick check of the texts I didn’t respond to and to make myself sound less cool, the texts that say read, or in my brother’s case, delivered. Thanks Brady. To be fair, mine also say delivered even after I read them, because Brady knows best. I skipped out Friday…because really when I go and retrieve my pup from my parents’ house to take her home, I regularly fall asleep on one of their recliners at around 7pm. I am so much fun. Sometimes, I don’t even take off my shoes.
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But…to be fair I really like shoes.

So with this, I have three issues. First, I’d like to be in bed around 10pm, 10:30 at the latest. Here’s how I plan on fixing the first…I have some odd emotional connection with the 10pm news, I don’t really watch it, but having it on in the background is nostalgic for me. Guess what, problem fixed, I no longer have anything but Hulu and Netflix. So see ya later News Channel 8…but really, I miss you and will get cable again. So I’ll have to figure out this issue later this year.

Two, I need to chill out with needing to be connected to my phone. This I will struggle with, for those that know me, know that delivered really means I read the message. So, I think I’m going to do 1 of 2 options, once I get to my bed, set my alarm and be done, cold turkey. Or 2: use a different outlet to charge my phone from the one right by my bed.  The second option isn’t really viable because I like hitting snooze once. Which, I should change but STOP IT I’M NOT GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING. So, here’s my room to fail goal: snoozing is ok.

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Side goal: delete emails.

 

Lastly, let my dog stay alone in my house and not go to puppy day care at my parents, this one is never happening. Soph gets what she wants.

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She wins.

I did say we need to allow room to fail and stepping stone goals. Well here are my stepping stone goals. The Packers might play on Sunday, Monday, or Thursday Night. I’m going to watch those, even last night’s gem of a game versus the Vikings…

But seriously, Micha Hyde’s interception was incredible…the rest not so great. And this is the time when I chant, “Abby, Abby, Abby.” Yes, Jared Abbrederis. SO with that being said there will be instances where a 10pm bedtime isn’t viable.

So here is my wording of my goal: Sunday through Thursday average a before 10:30 bedtime. That allows each day to being a stepping stone goal.

Side note I did not stay up and watch the Badger Holiday Bowl game.  I watched our first 3 points and decided I needed to sleep. A 9:30 start time on a weekday???? COME ON DO BETTER COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

  1. Yep. I am terrible at being remotely active in my kitchen. When I originally moved in, I panicked the night before because I didn’t have a crock pot. So my mother to calm my crock pot nerves, bought me one that week. I have since not taken the crock pot out of the box. I have been moved in since October.  I also really needed a toaster because I was toast sensitive. Earlier that week Hollie questioned the lack of toast intake…and I realized I had no idea when the last time I had toast. I have since used my toaster twice…but for bagels.

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    Here’s my kitchen, sans bread. Just lots of paint.

I do have a game plan. Throw out the full loaf of bread that I haven’t opened since I moved in. Replace the bread, because if you have been keeping up, I used to make pb&j sandwiches on the regular. And buy other groceries.

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See, my love is real.

I was recently gifted the coolest gift I’ve ever received, a new fridge. I feel like my excitement level has to be comparable to when my brother found out he was getting a little sister, or at least what his excitement level should have been. So, I’m going to get to grocery shopping like a normal human.

I do actually like cooking, I’m not good at it, so I’ve found out the best method for me is the crockpot or Traeger Grill method. Because really the Traeger is just a giant crockpot that makes everything taste delicious.

For the record, I don’t really snack; I just really like Papa Murphy’s take n bake, specifically Taco (which is back for this month) and Spinach, Bacon Artichoke. Both on thin, because I’ve already told you earlier that dough in general is just filler to me. And as you found out earlier…I go over and get my pup from my parents every night just around supper time.

I do have some great resources from the moments I did cook.

  1. http://www.chef-in-training.com/ Yes, Chef in Training, that’s me. I’ve never had a recipe from here that I didn’t love. Like seriously, try them all, and give me your leftovers. My favorite meal is the Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken. Try it.
  2. http://www.skinnytaste.com/ This site is awesome so many ideas, I’ve never tried any but I’ve written several down and proceeded to forget about them. They even have weekly meal plans…if you’re trying to cook every day and not just twice. I mean look at this beaut.
  3. I’m also a huge fan of soup. Check out Tidymom. Scroll to the bottom…235 soup links all on one page.

Yes. I’m looking to cook two meals a week. Judge that. BUT I’m one person, I eat like a bird. I’d also like to really have a family meal with my parents more often. I gifted my Pops the Traeger for his birthday and they struggle with google.  So, really I’d like to use that around three times a month. And who knows, maybe this will take off and I’ll get fancy and freeze things and cook more often…but come on now. DON’T PUSH IT.

So when you are evaluating and creating your goals, make sure you don’t just evaluate the long haul, but also the hourly, daily, weekly goals, because that will make the process so much easier.

So if your goal is to lose weight. Change it, to becoming healthier. Let’s start off by what are your hourly goals? Yes, hourly goals for losing weight are necessary. So, if you are going to work at 8. You need to set a goal of have breakfast. I won’t pick your breakfast for you, but it should be high in protein and low in sugar.

Then you are going to need to set a goal for pre-lunch hunger. A goal without a plan is headed straight to nowhere. So, plan on packing something to snack on: vegetables WITHOUT DIP, fruit, almonds, protein shakes that has recognizable ingredients…low sugars, granola, SOMETHING HEALTHY. I also think planning on drinking a certain amount of water by lunch is also super helpful. You can learn why I think that here. Then have a lunch prepared so you aren’t feeling those hunger kicks and have that urge to drive to a drive thru or a quick convenient store lunch.

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Things you shouldn’t have on your desk:  a Snickers bar the size of your arm. Thanks Shelly.

Also set an afternoon goal of more water and a second snack just until you figure out your habits and what you need. It’s better to be prepared with a snack then to have to look elsewhere. Boom, there is a detailed goal with a plan. We are human so, allow yourself fails, it shouldn’t be a huge day of cheat, but cheat meals, or half cheat meals, or cheat snack, which ever works best for you, while staying honest to your goals. Don’t get disappointed, plan for fails, then get right back at it the next day.

Adding exercise to any health related goal is also crucial. BUT again, do it in steps. Going to the gym every day for a beginner…is too much. Plan a daily exercise that includes some form of movement; walking for a certain distance, mix in jogging, and even times of sprinting, biking, hiking, so you don’t have to spend all of your time in the gym.

Weight training is crucial, muscle mass and muscle tissue burn more calories than fat. And after your body starts building muscle that will increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which is really how many calories you would burn a day without leaving your bed. The more muscle mass the higher the BMR. Yes, burning calories just because you’re you.

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But…to be fair I really like shoes.

Set a goal of exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, with 3 of those days being more intense and make sure you mix in weights!!!! I like to do weights three times a week. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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Yes, I even hike in clean shoes.

I’ll post another blog about some of my favorite exercises in a future blog.  For the time being, bodybuilding.com, google, and youtube are great resources!

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I mean I really like shoes.

I’ll take a progress pic of my fridge and maybe even a meal or two! My fridge isn’t in yet. BUT once it is, be prepared for the inside view, like MTV Cribs, and pictures of meals!

Again, HAPPY 2016! Let yourself fail, have fun with your goals, and work for them.

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” SO GET WORKING!

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Yes, please read the title in your best David Bowie.

It’s almost 2016, which means I’ve successfully blogged one other time, I feel like I have to be close to the quota, but seriously it’s almost time for RESOLUTIONS!

Here’s a Ricki stat for you, 912% (+/- 5%) of resolutions are related to health and wellness. But I think, latest Ricki findings were that 911.7% of those resolutions fail. But why do they fail? Lack of effort? Lack of time? Lack of dedication? I think otherwise…

I bought my first house, an unbelievably well-kept and clean home… In a not needed side story, some of my favorite memories with my brother, Brady, are the times that we were extremely clumsy. I fondly remember him flipping spaghetti sauce in front of the pantry resulting in him, dropping the spaghetti sauce and watching it explode on the white carpet. Or me taking my spaghetti into the front room and somehow managing to fling the entire plate forward in speeds that are only comparable to Usain Bolt’s 100m time, hitting every wall, the fireplace, and ceiling. Well, the new house, my new house, definitely has zero signs of spaghetti, or any other stain ever happening.

Anyways…in typical Ricki fashion I started 80, (no +/-) projects when really, the house was move in ready. I took apart the kitchen cabinets, I took off all the electrical outlets in two rooms, started redoing windows, started painting two rooms in different wall colors, pulled out appliances to create zero walk ways. So, really I took a move in ready house, and made it impossible to move in.

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My Kitchen…wall painted, but the cabinets are missing and i created a fire hazard with the fridge.

In related news, the day I closed on the house, I went to the grocery store for Hollie and Shelly, because they were making, you guessed it spaghetti dinner for the football and volleyball teams that week, and needed…yep, spaghetti sauce. After departing the pasta aisle, I made a pit stop in the cereal aisle because really who wouldn’t want some Captain Crunch in the morning in their new house? As I reached for the big box, because I’m always looking at best price per amount, I remembered, I didn’t have milk, bowls, spoons, or a table. So, I left the cereal aisle. Again proving the, I don’t plan things out well.

My lesson: prepare, plan, one step at a time, and have a really great support team when tasks become overwhelming.

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Front room…Painted the window…several times because I forgot windows open and didn’t detach things…and the walls

Resolutions fail not because of our dedication, our time, our effort, but the lofty goals we force ourselves to achieve in a short amount of time.

Things I should have done: move my bed in right away, yes Brian, you were right. Planned for things I would need, for functioning like a human; bowls, spoons, a microwave, a toaster, kitchen things, I don’t know maybe some furniture. I still haven’t moved in, but the support team, I definitely had/have. My grandma brought me some cereal bowls when she found out my dilemma. My mother watched me panic picking out a microwave and pretty much just calmly took over when she realized I was slowly…ok, rapidly, starting to panic about my lack of preparation and picked out my necessities. My pops did the jobs I have no idea how to do, fixed locks, fixed a wood chute, brought me all the tools I could use, and then made sure I used them correctly. Then my brother, came to visit this past weekend, and by visit, I mean to work non- stop with me to put my kitchen back together.

This is the challenge: want less right away, do a progressive resolution, with steps. Share the goals, with friends, family, trustworthy supportive people that want to see the goals reached. Keep the goal, of “Losing Certain Amount of Pounds” but, have a plan that isn’t extreme. Plan on perpetual changes to add into regular activities and diet. Let yourself fail, with chance of recovery. Here, I’ll help:

  1. Drink more water! It’s calorie free, helps out your system, your dentist will be thrilled you are replacing your calorie filled sugar drinks with sugar free water! Here read up on my earlier blog discussing WATER. Also diet soda is still rough my friends, I’m going to quote myself from an earlier blog, Soda Pressing…”  It’s Diet Though.Diet soda means relatively nothing.  There have been several studies that prove that people that do drink diet soda daily increase overall weight. When our liver takes on too much glucose the excess is converted to body fat. So to quote Mean Girls, “First you bloat, .” Yep, you just bloat.”
  2. Get moving my friends. A large chunk of us work at a desk for a solid 8 hours, then we go home, and watch a football game on the couch. Lucky for me, I don’t think I’m allowed to sit for longer than 20 minutes in the same spot at work. And I don’t have a couch yet. So, walk when you can, take the steps over the elevator, take the dog for a walk, take the neighbor’s dog for a walk…but ask first. Don’t be that person.

    She will refuse to walk with you though..

    She will refuse to walk with you though..

  3. Prepare more meals! I know a lot of us claim we don’t have enough time. I’m guilty of this. BUT we need to tell ourselves, if we don’t make it, we can’t have it. When we prepare our meals, we know exactly what is in it, we can pronounce the ingredients, and it’s easier on our bodies to process food we should know. So, cut out the lunch visits to a drive through, if you absolutely have to visit a drive thru, cut out the combos, cut out the fried, look for items you know are lower in calories, ask for dressing on the side or no dressing.
  4. Tell your friends, have them join in! When all my cabinets were all over I was ready to take down the sold sign and just leave, when I saw the selection of microwaves I was ready to leave my cart in the aisle and go back to my car, but I had my people to assure me that I wasn’t alone. If 912% of people are doing wellness resolutions, there a really solid chance someone you know is reaching for a similar goal.
  5. Be open to trying new things, because those create neat memories, even if they don’t stick. Hollie made me go to a yoga class a year ago. We found out we aren’t great at yoga. But gosh, I can still remember when the instructor said if we could go further with a pose, go ahead, and us just laughing and struggling with the easier pose. In a related side story, when I was younger, I really disliked asparagus, now as an adult. I love it. So, explore!

    I never pull an asparapass anymore. YAY greens.

    I never pull an asparapass anymore. YAY greens.

  6. Forgive your fails. I took on a lot more than I should of, but I know I’m going to do it again. But I know I’ll get through it. That’s the joy, enjoy the process, the challenges, the setbacks, celebrate the progress! Because realistically, we are human, we are meant to fail, we are meant to be tempted, chocolate chip cookies exist because they are ridiculously good and someone needs to enjoy them. So enjoy, but enjoy in moderation, one cookie, not the whole batch. Give them to your neighbors…since you walk their dog now, they like you, and you know them.

    Absolutely nailed it....not my plates. Still don't have those.

    Absolutely nailed it….not my plate. Still don’t have those.

Enjoy the process my friends, because if we love what we do, the results will come.

Also, I’m not done yet, hardware and a counter project this weekend!

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Kitchen window needs to be fixed yet. BUT the PROCESS!!!