35 Goals to Meet Before I Turn 35

birthdayI decided to join Alex’s project! Alex has started a list of 35 things that she wants to accomplish while she is 35. Click here to check out her site and see her list– she is updating as she goes. I adore bucket lists and I turned 34 today. I think that 35 things before 35 is a super fun idea! She wants to get 100 people, so you should think about joining the party as well.

I thought I would provide the adorable picture of Kuma the Shiba Inu’s eighth birthday for motivation. How can you not want to better yourself when you see that face?

My list of goals to accomplish is below. Many of them are ongoing, so the challenge will be pretty intense. I will update on this page when I accomplish a goal or find it needs to be modified. Let me know if you have any great ideas or want to join in the fun!

The list has been edited to show what I accomplished. Italicized items were completed. Some things were partially completed, and the number following will show how much.

Health (1-8):

  1. lose 50 pounds
  2. work out four times per week 2/52
  3. Use my Happy Herbivore meal plans for at least a month (June/July)
  4. lower dose or go off cholesterol medication
  5. do two cleanses (2nd done 7/6/15)
  6. create shopping schedule (7/13/15 combining with Happy Herbivore)
  7. practice yoga at least once a week (can be at home) 23/52
  8. Try a month of Muay Thai

House (9-19)

  1. minimalism: bathrooms (1/18/15)
  2. minimalism: closet/clothes (1/17/15 did main clothes closet and dresser, 1/18/15 did guest room and bedroom closets)
  3. minimalism: guest room (1/18/15)
  4. minimalism: game room (1/18/15)
  5. minimalism: kitchen (2/14/15)
  6. minimalism: living room (2/14/15)
  7. minimalism: garage (4/17/15)
  8. minimalism: linen closets (1/16/15 did main floor linen closet, 2/7/15 did downstairs closet)
  9. minimalism: bedroom (2/28/15)
  10. minimalism: car (smashed car and got free detail with repair, 1/28- unintentionally part way there//finished 6/8/15)
  11. minimalism: shed (4/17/15)

Friends and Family (20-22):

  1. meet up with a friend once a week 42/52
  2. visit at least one grandparent once a month 12/12
  3. send someone a card or letter once a week (thank you cards do not count!) 22/52

Personal (23- 30):

  1. get a new tattoo- possibly a white Shiba on my right wrist
  2. Work harder at planning cute outfits to look put together 
  3. find cuter things to wear at home so my husband doesn’t always see me looking like a slob (4/17/15)
  4. wash face every day and stop using disposable cleaning cloths (used up the last of the disposable cloths, replaced with a stack of colorful washcloths 1/27/15)
  5.  Pay off student loan (12/15)
  6. Budget for Vermont trip (taken and paid off May 2015)
  7. stay strong- do not chop off hair
  8. Take puppy to training and help her graduate (4/27/15. She also finished her second class in September.)
  9. Stick with therapy until I feel confident (7/27/15)

Work and Blog (31- 34):

  1. get blog posts on a dependable schedule (1/18/15- posting every day at 7:00 EST, by 11:00 EST on Wednesdays)
  2. After getting on a schedule, I abandoned the blog. Decided that pressuring myself would make for a bad blog. I’m now  trying to do once a week. 
  3. build blog to 500 followers
  4. Meet annual work goals

Does anyone else want to join me, Alex, and Chloe?

Jillian

Weigh In Wednesday #2

Happy Herbivore Stuffed Bell PeppersThis week was my first time using the Happy Herbivore meal plan (all vegan, oil free, whole foods based) exactly as intended. The idea is that she provides a meal plan (for every meal for a week, including snacks) that gives you around 1,200 calories a day. You also get a shopping list, recipes, and prep plan. The prep is meant to take about two hours and sets you up for the WHOLE WEEK. It took me four hours and thirteen minutes, including cleaning the kitchen. I think I will get faster with practice. It’s a little crazy cooking several meals at once time, and I wasn’t really ready for this level of multitasking. Three to four dishes at once was the most I could pull off. The prep plan was so cool- she tells you what grains to start (like rice and pasta) and what to do with each veggie. Once you start cooking you have everything ready for every dish! The meal pictured is the Stuffed Bell Pepper.

The one I did this week had me making all meals except for a few quick breakfasts that I put together on the go. I was very skeptical of this idea, worrying that the food would go bad. I’ve previously just made the meals every day. However, a huge stumbling block for me is eating whatever I can find that is ready to go when I’m hungry. This results in eating french fries at work, chip type snacks or cookies at home, anything I can find and it is always unhealthy. Having healthy food ready to go is incredible!

My weigh in has me at a gain of one pound. So, that brings me to 3.2 pounds lost in two weeks. I wish I had actually lost this week, but I actually feel really good about using the meal plans. I can’t blame them, since I have been eating extra snacks and it’s also every woman’s favorite time of the month.

I’m worried that I will lose stamina on spending a huge block of time on the weekends cooking everything, but it was so beneficial this week and I’m hoping I’ll be able to remember that when I’m feeling lazy. It saves so much time during my crazy work week, and definitely helped me avoid junk food. Now I just need to stay stronger!

Next week I have my first personal training session at the Diva Den (I got a great deal on a three session package on Black Friday), and I am excited to see how it goes. I already had the consultation and I loved my trainer. We had a great talk about how I do have a big weight loss goal, but my end game is to be thin, toned, and strong. My focus needs to be to stop eating anything that isn’t on the plan, but it is almost my birthday and I think that the rest of this week will bring challenges on that front.

I have been asked if I will post before and after pictures. I’m considering the yellow dress picture in this post my before picture, and I will post some photos along the way as the loss becomes noticeable.

Here is my journal link if anyone wants to check it!

Jillian

Weigh In Wednesday #1

calories for the weekI decided it would be best to just do a weekly update on my diet, aka lifestyle change, so that no one gets overwhelmed (including me!). I am trying to weigh myself just once a week, but I have not been able to resist a few check ins. These are done while wearing tons of clothes, so they’re not very accurate; but they let me know that at least I’m not gaining. This is good for calming down my weight freak outs and motivating me to not binge eat. Today was my “official” weigh in. I lost 4.2 pounds this week! I am so excited, because it really motivates me to keep going when I see that first week big loss.

This first week has not been the start with a bang that I usually go for (discipline wise), but I actually think that is probably a good thing. I typically start a new diet with some sort of fast, based on the premise that after that I would be grateful for any food (even healthy food). I greatly suspect that it is extremes like this that get me in trouble in the first place. I’m not saying that I won’t throw in a juice fast, master cleanse, et cetera- just that it doesn’t feel right at the moment. Maybe in February?

skinnier JillianThis week has been about controlling my portions and not snacking. I haven’t been perfect. I have only done two work outs, when my goal for a week is four. I have gone over my calories three times, but still have been under what I would normally eat each day. I also haven’t started my Happy Herbivore plan yet. That will be my big goal for next week. Her plans give you 1,200 calories a day without having to count, which is so fantastic I don’t even have words. I don’t know why I sabotaged myself by not doing it this week. I’m using another old picture for motivation, the one that I posted on the left. Or maybe I’m just wishing I had a drink in my hand?

Knowing that I have you all watching my back is a big help! Thank you so much 🙂 I have bl3ss3dfitn3ss helping me out- does anyone else want to join us? What are your goals? I am very serious about losing weight and getting back in shape to run. I want this Spring to be a great one full of gorgeous runs, and I would love to be able to go off my high cholesterol medication. You can still follow my eating and exercise on my Sparkpage, if you’re curious to see what’s really going on over here. You don’t have to sign up for anything, you just follow the link and click on “shared food & fitness trackers”. It’s about halfway down the right hand side. I’m hoping this week will be less embarrassing than last week.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Jillian

Free Excel Running Log/Exercise Journal!

Eugene Women's Half MarathonA little over a year ago now, I quit running. I mostly quit due to two different injuries, but I can’t blame it just on that. I lost motivation and focus. In that time I have gained 20 pounds. I looked over my journals and it’s super obvious how this happened. In 2014 I stopped even bothering to track in the end.

Jillian’s 2013 Exercise Log

Jillian’s 2014 Exercise Log

The evolution is a bit appalling, but it gives me a clear picture of where to go from here. Do you want to track your workouts, too? You can use the below Excel file to input your workouts. If you total the weekly miles (or kilometers) in the mileage column, the formula at the bottom will keep a running total for you. I also like to use my spreadsheet to note how many miles I have run in each pair of shoes. I usually switch them out at about 300 miles. Some people go longer than that, but my knees and shins get hurt easily, so I like to play it safe. I filled in the first two rows as a sample- just clear these out and you’ll be good to go! If anyone doesn’t have Excel and wants me to email a PDF or convert it to something else, just leave me a comment. Let’s get in shape!

2015 Exercise Log

Jillian