#24 Pre-job weight

I started the job I currently have just about 3 years ago. I began right out of maternity leave when my youngest was 3 months old. I had lost all the pregnancy weight and was pretty healthy.

Since that time I managed to pack on a few (30) extra pounds. I don’t know what happened or if it was a combination of things…but about 3 months ago it just became very apparent that this was not okay for me and needed to take my body back under control.

So thinking about what happened…The city where I work has extremely limited eating choices. You can have fast food, go to the grocery store, or pho. In the past year was my most significant gain which had been filled with my supervisor being laid off and taking on her job as well as my own and then the two people I work with on Maternity leave at the same time and all those additional responsibilities. So…busy, basically.

Change needed to be made.

Somewhat starting with my running in the Sound to Narrows Race as well as a pedometer challenge that we had at work… I just started paying attention. I read a whole slew of books about health/diet/nutrition and have cut much of the carbohydrates out of my diet – not hard core Atkins, but rather just avoiding bread and pasta and empty sugars.

I’ve lost a ton of weight and feel fantastic. I went to a naturopath the other day and got on a cleanse program (#8) to help re-set the baseline and support my efforts. I’ve been continuing to run 2-3 times per week and do yoga now a couple times a week in morning. I feel like I’ve been enjoying food more than ever and making fresh good things – and bringing it to work every day as well.

So I have completely accomplished #24 on my 36 things to do when I am 36, but the new challenge for me is to maintain these lifestyle habits through the winter when it gets cold, rainy, dark and depressing. So, they say it takes 6 weeks to cement new habits – I’m giving it the whole summer for it to last a lifetime.

36 things to do when I am 36

I had a birthday a few weeks back and have been formulating a new list of to-do’s or goals for this next year. So to continue the tradition of 35 things to do when I am 35 – a new year and a new list! (in no particular order)

1. Join a organized group that has regular meetings
2. Make a new friend
3. CSA Subscription
4. Eliminate credit card debt
5. 11:11:11 Significant plans
6. Resubmit children’s book idea
7. Prototype of great idea
8. Detox/Cleanse week
9. Guided meditation class
10. Weekend away with hubs
11. Special day with Maren
12. Special day with Tallulah
13. Weekend trip alone
14. Send a Birthday Card to all Family
15. Register to run 10K or ½ Marathon Race
16. Pay it Forward
17. Go Snowshoeing
18. Take a class and learn something new
19. Teach someone something new
20. Set-up a consignment account
21. Set-up wholesale account
22. Keep a gratitude journal
23. Set-up website
24. Pre-Auburn job weight
25. Volunteer in Kindergarten
26. Attend a school board meeting
Carried over from 35, but still relevant
27. Photo albums/memory boxes for the girls
28. Buy a pair of fabulous shoes (and don’t feel guilty)
29. Have a dinner party with friends
30. Studio family photo shoot
31. Change to married name for all accounts/documents
32. Fix Lulu’s birth certificate
33. Give my time to something that I believe in
34. Attend live music performance (not work related)
35. Paint bedroom
36. Attend a roller derby

Creating a New List

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about making a new list for my upcoming birthday to carry on the tradition of last years 35 things to do when I am 35. Creating this list last year was inspired by seeing someone I admire do this and share her accomplishments throughout the year, as well as a bit of a birthday panic of not really remembering where the last year went. Creating the list this past year has forced me out of my comfort zone and to pursue things that I would not have otherwise. I look at this past year with pride and a sense of accomplishment and am excited how I can take the foundation that I created this past year forward into the next.

Some of the items on my list in hindsight are more of a ‘to do’ list – which I STILL HAVEN’T DONE. Goes to show the power of dislike of sitting in Government offices like the County Building to fix Lulu’s birth certificate (#20) in which they managed to completely and utterly misspell my name – to the point of not even being recognizable (its actually quite impressive how they thought of how to add g’s and n’s to my first name…very creative). Or sitting in the DMV, Social Security Office, and others to make sure my name is listed correctly on official documents (#19). The sheer thought makes me groan, but I know that it needs to be taken care of.

To start thinking about making my new list and wanting to make a good list for myself I checked out from the library “Creating Your Best Live: The Ultimate Life List Guide“. Reading it makes me feel a bit mid-life crisis self-help bookie – but so far it’s been a good inspiration point to start thinking holistically and reinforcing the power of list making.

I’ve always been a list maker as a way to organize my thoughts, to-do lists, as well as the ever satisfying “check” in the box once an item is complete (and yes I draw the little boxes too). I’ve extended this to my kids as well – when we are all home and want to give them an idea of what to expect for the day and empowerment to choose we create an illustrated list that we create together and cross off as we go through our day. This is today’s list for example – we’ve been cooped up for the past few days with one and then all of us with strep. I feel great besides the burning throat and being completely contagious. So on the docket for today:


35 things at 35

I was perusing Jennevieve Schlemmer’s blog http://houseinsideout.blogspot.com/ a few months ago.  She (inspired by another in turn) created a 35 by 35 list. My 35th birthday was in June and for my 35th year I have been creating a list of 35 things to accomplish throughout the year. I’ve started the list, some big things some small – but all  goals that I want to accomplish throughout the year.

35 Things When I’m 35

  1. Run in a Race
  2. Participate in a craft fair as a vendor
  3. Set-up a Etsy shop
  4. Have a special day with Maren
  5. Have a special day with Tallulah
  6. Weekend away with hubby
  7. Presents and love notes for Cousins and Family
  8. Photo albums/memory boxes for the girls
  9. Start a blog
  10. Take art class and learn something newPart Deux
  11. Send an unexpected someone unexpected flowers
  12. Organize a field trip for Maren’s class
  13. Buy a pair of fabulous shoes  (and don’t feel guilty)
  14. Mail Christmas card to all
  15. Can summer garden bounty
  16. Have a dinner party with friends
  17. Studio family photo shoot
  18. Get a pedicure
  19. Change to married name for all accounts/documents
  20. Fix Lulu’s birth certificate
  21. Pitch  inventions
  22. Give my time to something that I believe in
  23. Write and illustrate a children’s story
  24. Have a housewarming party
  25. Paint a picture for each of the girls’ rooms
  26. Make gifts for the Helena girls
  27. Pay it Forward
  28. Paint bedroom
  29. Shade Garden
  30. Worm composting
  31. Attend a roller derby
  32. Go to a movie alone
  33. Project runway inspiration jewelry
  34. Finish downstairs bathroom (or help as much as I can)
  35. Laugh until I cry

11:11 Wish

When I was on my 6 month maternity leave with my first daughter, feeling completely cooped and isolated up in the depths of Seattle rainy winter, I became acutely aware of the time at two points in the day 11:11am and 11:11pm. I thought I was going a little crazy, because every day – seriously – I saw the clock at this time in the late morning and night. I was more than a little weirded out by it, and when Nov 11th rolled around I was holding my breath waiting for *something* to happen.
Well nothing earthshaking occured, except sometime after 11/11 I saw a painting. I was standing waiting for the elevator at my work, looked over at the label and noticed it said “11:11 Wish”. I commented aloud something to the tune of, “well that’s weird”. My friend then commented, yeah like when you see a clock that says 11:11 you are supposed to make a wish, isn’t it weird how you always notice it? The sigh of relief was audible and all of a sudden all those months of weirded out anticipation could be turned into wishes! How great is that!
The 11:11 Wish painting was by Larry Bemm. I was familiar with Bemm’s artwork mainly through another piece that he had in the collection. (I should explain at this point that I worked in an art museum.) The artwork that I knew about was a large scale work – probably 5′ x 5′ with a creamy white textured background with a jumble of 3″ diameter circles that were in a variety of pastel colors. The circles or balls were lined up on a scratchy horizontal line on the left side, and on the right appearing to fall from the horizontal line falling and bouncing out of the painting frame. The title of the artwork, which I cannot remember, was an obscure word meaning the study of happiness. A painting of happiness!

So all those wishes, all the wishes turned into happiness.