Yep. The snow came last night, just like they said it would - all 2" of it. Here in my neck of the woods that's enough to shut the entire city down - schools included. I'm glad, because the roads are very icy and I don't like icy.
Of course, I didn't hear about the school closing until 4:30, and because I was already awake - I couldn't go back to bed. Not that I really wanted to, I feel asleep early last night so I'm at my quota for sleep.
I usually always like snow days - but I'm a little bummed we had to get one during my solo week. The one week I get to teach all by myself, teaching what I want, when I want to....I have to miss a day.
Today was supposed to be the first day of the Biggest Loser challenge. Luckily for me, the school nurse had her bad weather plan in place - and we all weighed in yesterday to get our starting weight. I didn't weigh in until after lunch - so, of course, my weight was much higher than it should be. I guess I'm not too worried about that - just means I have more "wiggle room" for weight loss by next week.
Biggest Loser Challenge first weigh in: 225lbs.
That's about right for a mid-day weight. I usually see a fluctuation of 2-3lbs. I'm just hoping that my weight doesn't say that tomorrow morning when I weigh-in for The Power of One Challenge.
Going forward, if the weight for the Biggest Loser is similar to what I'm seeing at home, then I'll just use that weigh-in for both challenges. This week, with the snow, is going to make it difficult to run - so I'm going to have to find some other form of exercise to do indoors.
Today, I have my work cut out for me. I'm going to work on my second project for The Power of One. I have to make a list of short term and long term goals AND rewards. Now, making goals I've already done - they come pretty easy - but I've never really thought about rewards before. I guess, in my mind, completing a goal has been a reward in it's self. Knowing that I did something that I had set my mind to do brings joy and happiness - never really needed a reward.
Now that I think about it, though, it would be really nice to have something to help motivate me even more. It's going to be tough, because I really have no idea what kinds of rewards I want...I guess I could get REALLY creative. I guess I can also think about rewarding myself with things I've always wanted to try - but have never had the funds, or the time, to do. Hmm...
In addition to writing out the goals, I also have to challenge myself to put due dates on them - YIKES!! I'm pretty sure I don't have to know the exact date that I want to lose the weight by...but I need a month in mind. I have to put my goals on a calendar. I've always worked really well with deadlines - maybe this is a genius idea, one that I should have thought about long ago. Where has this challenge been all my life?
So, the title of my post today...I should get to that. I spend a lot of time rambling on and on about myself in my blog. It's my blog, about my life - so it's only fitting that I spend 99.9% of the time talking about myself. Then, I realize why I love reading other blogs so much...because they ask for my input.
When I read my favorite blogs, I often wonder how these authors get so many comments each day. They have "loyal followers", myself being one of them. I love to comment on blogs - I do it almost every day - and then I come back to mine. I see that people have read my posts - but the comment section collects cobwebs almost every day. Then, as I was typing a comment this morning on a blog I got that "A-HA" moment. I was responding to a question - that's why I commented. I was responding because I was asked to.
I don't always comment just because of questions. There are many blogs that I comment because I'm interested in sharing my opinion, because the post moved me, because...well, I just want to say hi. So, I decided that I want people to feel like they can do the same here.
Every day, I will ask a question or an opinion...or something...about the post topic of that day. Hopefully I can get some interaction with people. Yes, I'm jealous of the bloggers who have blogging "friends". I have a couple of acquaintances...but I still don't feel like I can really say I'm a part of a blogging community. I want to change that - and yes, it's going on my goal list..HA! Don't feel like you have to answer all of the questions...just wanted to give some variety.
So, the questions for today:
What are some rewards that you think are good motivators for achieving goals?
When you think about rewards for yourself, what are some that you like?
Do your rewards increase by the goals you're working on (are they getting bigger with the size of the goals you're marking off your list)?
I also need some ideas on working out indoors. Being that my favorite exercise is walking/jogging/running outside - I need something that I will enjoy just as much while being stuck inside.
What are some of your favorite ways to work-out in your home?
If you use DVDs, what are some that you recommend?
What exercise equipment do you have in your house that you use regularly?
Till next time. ;)