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Motive …

Yesterday was day 1 of Yoga with Adriene’s new True 30 day yoga programme with the theme of Motive.  If you sign up to the programme via the website, you get a daily email to help you get the most out of the practice (today’s theme is Trust).  In yesterday’s email, and through the 24 minute practice, Adriene asks:

What is your motive for joining True?

Now, I hadn’t really thought about it but, having followed 9 days of one of the previous 30 day challenges in the past, I know that daily yoga helps me in so many ways.  It isn’t only the stretching, although that certainly helps, and it is more than the self reflection.  It helps my mood, my running, my posture, my body has less aches and pains.  It’s time for me to concentrate on me for anywhere between 24 and 40 minutes before I go to fight with Adam about bedtime.

I also find that yoga practice also complements, and maybe even enhances, all the other changes that I have made/am making to my life.  I am, usually, careful about what I eat.  I don’t eat “clean” but I don’t overeat and I don’t eat cakes and chocolates as much as I would love to.  I exercise on a regular basis with running or walking most days, if not every day.  I am aiming to add strength training back into the mix too but at the moment the yoga will have to fill that void.

However, this time round, I think my main goal/motive is to get further than day 9 and, maybe, even get to day 31!

If you haven’t done yoga before, or even if you have and haven’t found Adriene yet, check out her youtube videos.  The runners’ post run practice is a must for me and, when I have time (and I’m not doing a 30 day challenge) the runners’ yoga is great too.  What I really like is that Adriene tells you to do what feels good to you, you don’t have to stay and hold a pose with out moving, if you want to wag your tail while doing cat/cow then do it!

Day 1 of True was completed last night.  Bring on day 2 this evening.

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Dreaming BIG

As part of my businesses, I attend webinars on a regular basis.  It is so much easier to have training which you can access in your own home rather than having to travel to a training morning, afternoon, evening or day.  Don’t get me wrong, I like attending trainings where I can meet people and see the speakers face to face but having a young adult at home who needs someone in the house with him makes going to “live” trainings difficult.

Last night was the first of a new six week rolling programme and it was all about goal setting/getting.  After all, how are you going to know what you need to do within your business if you don’t know where you are going?  What do you want?  What are your dreams?  If money were no object, what do you want to do? What do you want to see?  Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to do it with?

Listening to the speaker on the webinar really got me motivated to re-visit my life goals, not just the goals which I set for this year.  I was so inspired that it took me ages to fall asleep last night thinking about my Big Dreams.  What was I thinking about?  A house, my dream house.

So, this is one of my DREAMS and, now that I am writing it down, a GOAL.  Within the next 10 years, I will have moved into a house with 3, preferably 4, bedrooms, a large kitchen with plenty of cupboard space for all my Tupperware, crockery, pans, baking supplies and electrical appliances (crock pot, Kenwood mixer, bread maker …) etc, a large living room with lots of bookshelf space for books, dvds and ornaments, a dining room – I really want a dining room again, ours is now an office as we have too much stuff with 3 businesses being run from home – a study/office room, 2 bathrooms (1 as an en-suite to the master bedroom) and a downstairs toilet, a double garage and large driveway.  I don’t need a big garden but I’d like enough space to be able to sit outside in the sun, if we ever get any in the UK.

Goal Getting in 2016

This year I’m not going to just set goals, I’m going to get them too.  I’ve split my goals down into different categories and have also looked back on 2015 to see what I have achieved in those categories too.

Fitness and Wellbeing

After getting to my goal weight with Weight Watchers in 2014, I have now maintained my goal weight (within 3 lbs) for 17 months.  At my weigh-in on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) I was 1.5 lbs over my goal weight but that is OK.  In January, I am going to re-gain my goal weight.  I am going to get back down to my original goal weight, which is 5 lbs lighter than my current goal weight, by my birthday in September.  I know that is a long time but it took me 9 months to lose the final 3.5 lbs to get to my current goal weight and it is a timed goal.

As we all know, the weight on the scale/BMI really isn’t a good indicator of good health so I’m also setting myself a body fat percentage goal.  My weighing scales have the option to measure body fat and whilst I know they aren’t exactly accurate, they aren’t too bad.  My current body fat is 30.3%.  According to most of the information I have found online, I am within the normal range of 26-32% for women.  However, a healthy range is 20-25% and I would love to get down there.  Initially though, I am going to aim for 29.0%

For my fitness goals, my main focus is getting my strength back to where it was at the beginning of 2015, especially in my upper body following my shoulder injury in January.  Pre-injury, I had got up to using 8kg dumbbells for shoulder presses and 10kg for rows.  Unfortunately, I am now back down to 3 to 4 kg.  Although I have still been able to work my legs, due to the shoulder I am not able to lift as much for the deadlift or squat as I used to but this is slowly going back up and I lifted 20kg for the deadlift for the first time in over a year in December 🙂

Of course, I am also going to be focusing on running.  I managed to complete the parkrun (5km) in under 30 minutes in February 2015 but haven’t managed to do it since.  In fact, I think my average time for 2015 is around the 32 minute mark.  This year, my initial goal will be to get back under 33 minutes for 5km, then 32 minutes, 31 minutes and finally back under 30 minutes.  Adam and I will also be taking part in the York 10k run, York 10 mile and, the big one, the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon 😀  I’m so excited!

Family/Relationship

During 2015, my husband and I started having date night once a week while Adam is at his youth group on a Thursday evening.  This has meant that we have made time for us away from everything at home.  This is going to continue in 2016.

Finance/Business

I have some finance and business goals but they are, at the moment, private.

Adventure/exploration – where did I go and where do I want to go?

In 2015 we went back to Disney World.  We love it there and have never had a bad experience.  As it was Adam’s 21st birthday and he wanted to go, we went.  In 2016, we are going to Disneyland Paris – the half marathon is there so it has to be done.

Learning and Growth

Personal development has become a big thing for me over the past few months.  In 2016, I am going to read at least one book for personal development e.g. The Seven Decisions, Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.  I will also listen to personal development CDs in my car (when my son isn’t in it – he insists on the radio).  I am going to get back to reading in general too with a goal of reading at least 50 books in 2016.

Contribution/Community

During 2015, I ran 6 events with Adam to raise money for charity.  I also use easyfundraising.org.uk to claim donations when shopping online and will continue to do this in 2016.  I have also donated 10% of my Tupperware sales and 10% of my Forever Living Products sales in August.

I also volunteered at parkrun 3 times in 2015.  I am going to increase that to at least 4 times in 2016.  Much as I love taking part in parkrun, I know that it is only possible because people come out and volunteer instead of run.  I think I need to give back.  It isn’t just about raising and giving money, it’s about giving time too.

So, those are some of my goals for 2016.  What are yours?  Did you achieve what you wanted to in 2015 or are some of your goals rolling over into 2016?

I Found My Why

When you start out in a network marketing business, or as a self-employed or even employed person, you are asked to set goals.  What do you want to achieve in 3, 6 or 12 months time?  Where do you want to be in 3 or 5 years?

I’ve always found it hard to set goals and know where I want to be or what I want.  I’ve always been satisfied with what I have and have budgeted and saved for the extras.  For that reason, when I was asked to set my goals in my first planning meeting, I was stumped and, as my son is my reason for most things, said that I want to make sure that my son is going to be OK and looked after.  However, that isn’t my real “Why”.  It may become a more realistic, real why in the future but it isn’t the true one at the moment.

When you feel like quitting

Yesterday, my upline manager came to see me with my friend and sponsor.  She knew that I had joined initially because I wanted to save money on the products.  I’ve used them for over 4 years and love the ones that I have used and can recoup the money I spent on my kit within a year on the amount I save being able to buy them wholesale.  What she wanted to know was why I had shifted from being a personal use distributor to someone who wants to do this business.

What do I need from this business?  I need enough money to cover my husband’s salary if he stops working the rotational job he is currently doing away from home.

Before I get into the “Why?”, let me give you a bit of background.  My husband has been working ad hoc within the oil and gas industry since 2008 and has been on the same site on a rotational basis since 2012.  This means that every 4 weeks, I am a single mum.  I know that there are a lot of single parents out there and I take my hat off to them.  I don’t know how they do it. But, and this is a big but, most of the time they didn’t choose to be single parents.  Most of them are single parents because the relationship with their partner broke down.  In my case, I’m a single parent every other month by choice, sort of.  My husband works rotations because that is his job and he goes with my blessing.  However, we did choose for him to go and we choose for him to continue, for now.

So back to the question, and the answer: What do I need? Enough money to cover my husband’s salary.

Why? So he can come home and we can choose for him to stay and set up the business which he wants to do.

Why do I want/need him to come home?  Because I don’t want to be a single mum.  Because I don’t want to be the sole carer for Adam.  Because I have a choice about this.  Because I miss my husband, even though we shout and argue most of the time he is home because we don’t have time to get back into a routine which includes him and he disrupts the routine Adam and I have established while he is away.  I need to get back to a routine where my husband takes a share of the responsibility and I don’t feel guilty about working my business.  I don’t want to cram 2 months of living and loving into 3 to 4 weeks.

TDon't wish it was easy - Jim Rohnhey say you need to have an emotional attachment to your why because it is the emotion that gives you the drive.  This is my emotional why.

I have other dreams too – Disney is always going to be the biggie in our household – but the emotional connection is what is going to get me out there talking to people about the business opportunity and the products.

May Challenge Re-Cap

OK, I know we’ve got through over a week of June already and I haven’t let you all know how badly May went.  So, here it is:

  1. I have signed up for #MayMiles with SparkPeople.  Every day in May I will walk, run or swim at least 1 mile (1.6 km).
    Apart from the 31 May I walked at least a mile every day.  The only reason 31 May got missed was because I was at work all day and parkrun was cancelled due to horse racing. 
  2. I will exercise for more than 250 minutes per week.  I got my 1500 minutes trophy from SparkPeople for the second time in
  3. April and I would love to get another one in May 🙂I did it, I exercised for at least 250 minutes per week.  I didn’t get the 1,500 minute trophy but I did get the 1,000 minute one 😀
  4. I started a 30 day plank challenge on Facebook on 28 April, I will finish all 30 days.
    I don’t know why I didn’t finish this but I stopped doing the plank after about 17 days 😦

  5. I have less than 6 months to finish my Self Assessment Diploma.  To help me to do this, I will complete at least one lesson of my course every week.
    I didn’t do a lesson every week but I did finish 3 out of 4.
  6. I will swim or run at least 1x per week, not including parkrun.  I’ve been doing a lot of walking and PT but not a lot of running or swimming.
    I think I did this in 3 out of the 4 weeks.  I forgot it was half term at the end of May and exercise just doesn’t happen when my son is off school.  We did lots of walking that week though, can that count instead of the run?
  7. I will read/finish at least 2 books.
    I read and finished 2 books in May.  It was great to get back to reading.  Note to self: must read more often.
  8. I will continue to post photos for #100HappyDays.
    I didn’t do it.  Not because I didn’t want to or because I didn’t have things which made me happy but because I couldn’t take photos of what made me happy or smile every day.  Sometimes it’s just a thought or something someone says and a picture doesn’t cover it.

I’m not setting goals for June except to complete at least 2 more lessons for my Self Assessment Diploma; exercise at least 275 minutes per week; and read more 😀

Jumping on the Bandwagon

I’m feeling the pressure.  I shouldn’t be feeling the pressure but I am.  Why?  Because Nancy, Sam and Helen are all putting their goals for May out there in the blogosphere.  Admittedly, Nancy hasn’t posted her’s yet but she will.  So now, since getting to know these girls through their blogs, I’m feeling that I should put my goals out there too.  Maybe I’ll actually accomplish what I set out to do if I post them.  I’ll have at least 3 people to be accountable too plus anyone else who’s read this post.

I am not going to promise to exercise every day in May.  Oops!  Actually, I think I am, when you see my goals you’ll see that.  What I mean is I’m not going to promise to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes or anything like that every day in May.  I am posting both exercise and personal goals here:

  1. I have signed up for #MayMiles with SparkPeople.  Every day in May I will walk, run or swim at least 1 mile (1.6 km).
  2. I will exercise for more than 250 minutes per week.  I got my 1500 minutes trophy from SparkPeople for the second time in April and I would love to get another one in May 🙂
  3. I started a 30 day plank challenge on Facebook on 28 April, I will finish all 30 days.
  4. I have less than 6 months to finish my Self Assessment Diploma.  To help me to do this, I will complete at least one lesson of my course every week.
  5. I will swim or run at least 1x per week, not including parkrun.  I’ve been doing a lot of walking and PT but not a lot of running or swimming.
  6. I will read/finish at least 2 books.
  7. I will continue to post photos for #100HappyDays.

Writing Challenge: New Year’s Resolutions

A new challenge from Daily Post which, as I posted the blog which would have been today’s daily prompt yesterday, I need to be able to complete my week-long post a day challenge.  So, here I am taking part in the writing challenge.

2013 is almost upon us, so what better time to make half-hearted promises to ourselves about things we’ll fail to do within a couple of weeks, because they weren’t all that important anyway? Only this year. This year is different. In this week’s writing challenge, we’re going to get resolute with our resolutions. Yes indeed, it’s time to… resolve! 

You can read more about the Writing Challenge here

I haven’t written New Year’s Resolutions for a long time but I do write my goals for the year after reviewing the goals I set for the previous year.

I couldn’t find a blog for last year’s goals, I slipped up there so can’t review them but I do know that I started the year weighing in at 10st 12lbs (152lbs) on 31 December 2011 but went up to 11 st 1lb (155lbs) in February 2012.  So at my current weight of 11st (154lbs) I am 2lbs heavier than I started last year but 1lb lighter than my heaviest weight through the year.  However, my body measurements are the same now as they were at the end of 2011 so I must have done something right.

I also participated in the York 10k Run for All for the 4th year but did not get a PB as my training was very hit and miss due to not being a member of a gym and the weather being an absolute wash out for most of the summer leading up to my 10k.

I swam the Swimathon 5k and maintained my average time of around 1 hour 50 minutes.

Now, on to my goals for the coming year.

  • End 2013 lighter than I started.  I don’t need to aim for a goal weight, if I can lose enough during the year that I end the year at 10st 13.75lbs then I’ll be very happy.  I’m always heavier at the end of the year due to all the Christmas chocolate, biscuits and cake!  I really should set a goal to be lighter in September than I was last September as that is my lightest time of year.
  • Complete the York 10k Run for All in a time of 1 hour 15 minutes or less
  • Complete the Swimathon in under 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Complete the Race for Life (5k) in under 35 minutes

Plan to achieve goals:

  • I aim to lose 1lb a month as this allows me to have a higher calorie allowance. I have found that if I aim to lose more than this and restrict my calorie allowance to less than this I go off track a lot quicker.
  • Cardio exercise – 250-300 minutes per week to include swimming,running, walking to work and karate.
  • Follow the 10k training programme on http://www.myasics.co.uk for the Run for All 10k or find an alternative programme which works for me.
  • Follow the Fitness training programmes on http://www.swimfit.com for the swimming.
  • Follow a couch to 5k training programme for the Race for Life.
  • Strength training – follow training programme devised by the trainer in the gym after discussion of my goals.
  • I will also be more active on my teams on SparkPeople (especially those I am leader/co-leader of) so that I can give/receive support.
  • I will blog about my diet/fitness goals/achievements at least once a week either on this blog or on SparkPeople, with a link to the blog on my other blogs.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic 2013. May you all achieve what you set out to achieve and may all your dreams come true.