my apologies if anyone missed me, but if you know me well, you know that once the summer ends and school begins, i'm nothing short of a chicken with it's head cut off!
i've been super busy in the classroom and with my own children.
and as soon as we all get settled into a new school year, plans for our november birthdays start looming... then, before you know it, the holiday season is upon us!!
where does the time go???
new year, old resolutions?
* eat right and exercise
* lose 10 pounds
* save a decent amount of money
sometimes i start off the year gung-ho, sweating away on my stationary bike each morning or evening, only eating half of my dinner, being really stingy with the sweets...
but in the end, the resolutions really only last till some time in mid-january, and then it's back to the same ol' thing.
this year, as i reflect on my prior progress, or lack thereof, i realize that i must choose a different path for myself. i must find something else that works for me and helps me to feel more satisfied with myself.
a tough task, but not impossible...
the buddy system
a few years ago, a co-worker and i started a "biggest loser" contest at work. we gathered paying participants, grouped ourselves into teams, made regular challenges for prizes, and weighed in weekly.
of course paying for a contest, and the thought of winning $100, will motivate just about anyone to work out. but even when we knew who the clear winner would be, we all continued to work hard till the end, some of us, including myself, losing quite a few pounds and inches!
there is something to be said for camaraderie, and we were truly motivational for each other, reminding one another to forgo dessert, pushing each other to meet on the weekends for power-walking, even convincing fellow teammates to sign up for a 5K (pictured above)!
i must say, one of my greatest weight-loss successes was during this time period, when i lost about 20 pounds in just 3 months, and 30 overall, going from a size 14 to a size 10. and it wasn't as difficult as it would have been if i had attempted to do it on my own.
we ended up running our "biggest loser" contest for a total of 3 sessions over 2 school years, gaining more participants and more money into the pot each time. but the administrative pressures mounted and we stopped.
now that hot tempers have died down and the long and draining winter is upon us, i may propose starting up again.
strength in numbers, indeed!
thank goodness for the internet!
i will save my latest money ventures for another post, soon-to-come, but here is something i found on pinterest that i have started, which will hopefully help me get to barbados this summer for my cousin's wedding. from the blog life as you live it, i have discovered an ingenious, and easy, way to save money-- $1378 in a year, to be exact!
find an empty jar, affix a checklist/label to it, and put away $1 for each week of the year it is. for example, if it is the third week of the year, you put in $3. i would imagine this gets increasingly challenging as the year goes on, especially when you get up to the last few weeks of the year, but you never have to set aside more than $52 per week, and by christmas time, you have over a grand to spend on gifts, a family ski trip, or whatever! and this blog even includes plans for kids to save 25 or 50 cents a week, a plan to save only once a month, and even a plan to start backwards, with $52.
you can find the link, including templates, here.
see you soon!