January Focus Report Card

Okay, so I have been really focused on my goals for 2018 - because, Really, you can achieve whatever you set your mind, right?

My fitness goals are below and I am proud to say that I am keeping up:

Barre at least once a week:Cycle classes at least once a week - Weight training   - once weekRunning/Walking - at least 3 times a weekThe scale says I've lost four pounds - the first pic was the beginning of Jan and the second yesterday  - I can't see a huge difference but I can tell you I feel a difference in how I feel - and that is probably the best benefit

As a matter of fact, I have been so focused that my stay-cation has not been hobbit-like as usual. I have been leaving the house and going to the YMCA taking classes - mainly because on Monday, Mr. Man wanted me to go to the store and pick up some lunch meat so since I had to be out - I took a weight training class and jogged on the treadmill. Tuesday, I managed to not leave the house and did an hour on my elliptical and 40 minut…

Treadmill Running for Slow Pokes

Really, you can enjoy treadmill running when you cannot get outside. I have read many blogs and Pinterest articles on running on a treadmill.

I must admit that I did not think I was physically fit to do any of them, even "beginner".

I am a slow runner outside, I usually average 13-minute miles and usually walk up steep hills, after I hurt myself charging up a hill thinking my body would do whatever I wanted.  You know, mind over matter...well sometimes, the body rebels resulting in an injury. I learned that hills were the culprit when traveling on business and found a treadmill with those cool maps to run anywhere. I chose Italy and right away my shin starting hurting and I was struggling, looked down and I was on an incline and oh, it hurt so badly. This pain has made me shy away from running hills and I have never run an incline on the treadmill, I was happy to run at 5.2 flat (feeling accomplished even).

The injury caused me to have to stop running for a bit and now that…


Really, you can just stay at home and be productive...

At least, that is what I usually do for my birthday week off from work. I normally pick a project that ranges from painting and decorating with last year, I decluttered the laundry room, office, and closets. I have done pretty good about keeping everything in order. I have been looking around and there are few rooms that I see need fresh paint. I normally like to peruse the "Oops Paints" at Lowes

The current rooms of interest - foyer/hallway, living room, office, my bedroom. The problem is Mr. Man only likes, yellow, grays, tans, and oranges, my current colors. My living room is currently a  Valspar color called Allspice picture below - I like it but it's been this way for about 8 years, at least.

I think I want to do something lighter - I am really in love with Wasabi - it screams fresh and clean to me - but that is definitely a no-go for Mr. Man

I kicked off the weekend with a quick 3-mile run when I got off work.…

Grateful for...

Really, you can change your mindset to enjoy the little things.. such as sunshine, ability to be able to work out (health), gyms such as the YMCA, trackers that offer different views into your work out,  and I am very grateful to other bloggers.

Yesterday was the BEST running weather - I got to run outside YAHHHH- it was so nice to be in the sunshine and running/walking on the Greenway - got my 6 miles in and it seemed everyone else had the same thing in mind. I was grateful though that the people seemed to be spaced out so there were times when I felt like I had it to myself. I am a selfish runner and do not like to share....but what a wonderful and blissful place.

I am also grateful that my body is healthy enough to be able to work out - This past week was mostly on the elliptical, got a treadmill run in on last Sunday with the weight class, and did get a Barre class in on Thursday.

 I worked out last week :

Sunday - 30-minute treadmill 1-hour weight training class,
Monday - one ho…

Warm Runner Weather - Meanwhile..

Really you can be a runner in the winter, or at least you can get fit to be strong for the best Stacey warmer runner weather...

Winter running blues - I admit I am a new runner/jogger but I really cannot fathom running in temps below 50 and especially in snow. The past week here in TN, we actually got some snow - the pics below are round two - the old wives tale was right - it was laying around a few days waiting on some friends - it's actually up to my ankles..

Not only do I not want to run in the cold but I am clumsy and I would fall and injure myself, guaranteed. So as I sat looking out the window at the snow, wearing my fuzzy housecoat, and sipping my hot tea,  I spy a runner - my eyebrows involuntarily went up and my lips formed the infamous southern saying, "Bless his heart." Then I went into admiration mode but quickly decided I did not aspire to be like them.

Not for me: 

I have been reading other blogs and some bloggers suggest to take the cold running weather …

Winter Retreat Reset

Really, you can slow down and find the reset button

The past four days have been quite peaceful and a much needed reset for my soul. My middle brother, Jeff, came for a short visit. So I took off Thursday and Friday and Monday was a scheduled holiday. He was supposed to be here Thursday and Friday but the threat of bad weather forced him to come Wednesday night and he left Thursday afternoon. It was a good visit even though it was short.

Below are my favorite pictures of us when we were little and one on his wedding day...

Snow is something that we do not get a lot of it always starts with ice unfortunately and shuts us down - the big joke in TN when there is a forecast of snow -  everyone runs out and buys up milk and bread and there is usually none left...

Friday I had the house to myself watching the snow fall, reading,  playing on the computer while I listened to meditation music on my TV. I found a Yoga TV app for my firestick and listening to Morning in the Forest -birds chirpi…

Employer Incentive Goals

Really, you can meet your fitness  goals, especially when your employer gives you incentives for lower health premiums. My company is having us use Power of Vitality and I must admit at first I wasn't happy about it. You know- something different that I don't know anything about it but thought no biggie, I work out anyways not going to really explore it...But....

I found I have really enjoyed using the system. I like the content, been introduced to meditation, challenges me to achieve 10,000 points (it's also replacing a lot of Facebook time)

The system gives your points for reading articles which are very interesting about weight loss, mind health, and etc. The first think was to do a vitality check, which said my Vitality Age as 55 (I'm going to 47 at the end of the month) that mad  me sad. The reasons were my weight and food choices.

One way to get points is to mediate and one of the compatible apps is Calm. I found Calm at the beginning of last year but quickly fo…