Tuesday, May 17, 2011

10 years goes by too fast.

Yes, that's right. I have completed one decade since my high school graduation. A concept that still does not settle in my mind. Up until recently, I had been undecided as to whether or not I would attend. I mean, I keep in touch with the people from high school that I want to keep in touch with so what's the sense in spending my hard earned money to see people i'm not sure I really care to see. May sound harsh, just being honest.

Now i'm about 95% positive that I am going to go. It's at the end of august. We are doing a dinner (somewhere) and a Sunday family beach day. I think I may be more interested in the beach day than the dinner.

So, with that being said. It is 14 weeks (starting yesterday) until the reunion. I have decided to use this time frame to work on a couple new/old healthy habits. In the last year due to A LOT of stress & anxiety i've somehow gotten away from the person I was striving to be (Don't ask me to define, i'm still figuring that out). But I was exercising regularly, spending time with friends and family. Enjoying life for the most part.

You could say I hit a landslide. And fell. Hard.

Although I am an entirely different person than when I graduated (in more ways that one) I still feel a little empty. I'm not married, nor do I have kids. Two things I had hoped to accomplish by this time of my life. Lifetime career is still unknown (though I CAN tell you it does not include 24-7 office work lol). I feel my health is the one thing I have going for me. At least I did. Which brings me back to the beginning of my rambling. Using this time to create/resurrect healthy habits. I've chosen to work on 7~giving myself two weeks to work on each one before adding a new one to the mix.

Although not a priority, I would like to lose weight during this time frame~specifically 5 lbs. And before you comment on how trivial 5 lbs is, it brings me over my healthy BMI which I am not ok with. I don't really care how much I lose so long as I get back in that healthy range. Which leads me to my first goal~journaling.

Journaling is something that is not only proven to work for weight loss, but has proven to work for me in the past. Although I have to admit, it is tedious but it's worth it. Instead of writing it on paper I am using caloriecount{dot}com as it is absolutely free. It's already been a bit more of a hassle then just writing it down, but I DO like the fact that it breaks down the different nutrients we should be striving for each day.

So if any of you are out there are looking to expand, resurrect or create new goals/habits and are looking for a reason to start..join in. I'd love to hear them. And if you have any suggestions on my goals/habits please don't hesitate to comment :) I'll be posting a new one every two weeks along with updates on my progress!

Here's to healthy habits :)


  1. Jen,

    I am totally with you on not being sure of whether or not to go to your HS reunion. Mine was scheduled for last Thanksgiving and fortunately I didn't have to make the decision bec I was here in Chicago with my family ( iwent to school in MD).

    I am the same way with keeping in touch with the people I want to keep in touch with. I'm not really dying to find out what everyone is up to! :P

    I think goals of reducing stress and losing weight for health reasons are great ones. I am feeling good about my phsycial health but I have to say some personal things are causing me undue stress (not separating enough time at home from work, too much advice from the in-laws, self doubt). My main goal is to work on all of these issues.

    I look forward to following your goals Jen, I think it's a great idea :)

  2. @Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food I love your goals too Jenny as those are things I struggle with too (minus the in-laws lol).

    Do you think you'd go to any of your other HS reunions?

  3. Hey Jen,

    Good luck on all your goals! I hope you accomplish them all. One of the tools I've used in the past (not necessarily to lose weight, but to become more aware about what I was eating everyday) is the mypyramid meal planner http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/planner/launchPage.aspx
    It breaks everything down pretty well and I find it is more inclusive compared to other sites. It also let's you know which nutrients you're lacking which has really helped me eat a more balanced diet.
    Hope this helps :) I'm rooting for you.

  4. @Danielle Thanks so much for sharing that link Danielle. I will definitely check it out :) And thanks for your support and kind comments. I really appreciate it!