Goals

Do you have a goal?

During my session with my trainer, Jeff, Saturday morning we talked about goals. More specifically my goals, or lack there of lately. I told him that I had begun realizing one reason for the “funk” I’ve been in is possibly because I really haven’t had any goals to speak of for quite some time.

For more than two years it seemed I had lived with goals, for everything; my first was to lose weight, then to run that first half marathon, to continue running, then to run The King Crab Challenge that included and ended with a marathon, and then on to run last years five half marathons in five weeks. And that was really over four weekends, not even a full month. The first one was on April 23rd and the last on May 20th. Since then I haven’t had any real goal to work towards. I think I am much more motivated when I have a goal in front of me; a goal race, or in last years case an endurance goal. It keeps me going.

I have not been able to get myself to commit to a running goal this year. Because I don’t have a carrot dangling in front of me I don’t have much motivation to run. Why haven’t I committed ? I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt? What else is there left to do? I’m still not sure. We talked about my goal being to try to get faster, maybe, or attempting a racing/running in different states.

One race I’ve had my eye on, is the dopey challenge in Walt Disney World. This is a four-day endurance challenge; a 5k, 10k, half and full marathons; that’s a total of 48.6 miles! Crazy? Maybe. My daughter, DIL, and I had considered it for 2018 but then nothings been said about it for a while. After talking with Jeff I decided I was going to do it, with our without them. I would have more than enough time to train for it and get ready. Well, I got home logged in to look at the sign-up, and in less than two weeks it’s sold out…..so that won’t be happening in January 2018. Now maybe it went so fast this year because it’s the 5th anniversary for this craziness, so I’ll have to reassess and look at that for another year. The half and full marathons are still open, so there is the option for doing one or both of those; I’m considering that. And being a Florida native, I’ve always planned to run at least one race in Florida. It is a must do for me. But in the meantime back to the drawing board….

The more I thought and pondered about it though I realized I do have some goals. Just new goals of a different variety. They just aren’t weight loss and fitness related at the moment. Although losing weight isn’t a factor, I have a goal to maintain the weight I lost. It’s not lost, it’s gone, I have no intention of ever finding again!

I had a goal to start a blog. I’ve done that. I have started my Plunder and Legging businesses; I have a goal to grow them and make them successful. So these are goals, just different.

I will continue to work to grow the blog and my businesses. When you comment and share the blog posts with your friends you are helping me to do just that.

My goal and intention with the blog is to reach and encourage as many people as I can. I want to encourage others with their weight loss, fitness, and even fashion goals. I hope that sharing my journey does just that.

I will continue to work on finding a fitness goal for this year.

Do you have a goal? What is it? Leave a comment and let me know.

As always the comment section is at the bottom, just keep scrolling. I love to hear what you have to say. Please share the blog with your Facebook and twitter friends. You clicking the share and like buttons it helps more people to see all my wonderful ramblings.

Until the next time

Janet

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A Beautiful Saturday at the Harbor 

Don’t you just love the spring rain smell in the air


Our weekend plans were a bit up in the air, this past weekend, due to some changes in our regular schedule so I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to do.

I started the day off with my weekly meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub and I was back on track with my regularly scheduled Saturday session with Jeff, my trainer. We had a great workout and talked about some goals. I’ll be talking to you about that over the next couple of days.

I came home, did a little cleaning (the man worked again this weekend) he usually only works every other Saturday, but helped out for this weekend. I had a little visitor, after I got home, our youngest grand little came over for a bit. She’s growing too fast, and developing quite a personality.

The man decided we should go down to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, so we did.

We have had some exceptionally gorgeous weather the past couple of weeks. It has been so spring-like that it can really trick you into forgetting that it’s February. It was a nice day to walk along the waterfront. Very often we are dealing with snow and/or a blizzard around this time of year. As lovely as the warm days have been it does make it hard to handle days like today, when the temperatures are back to normal, lol! A storm was expected and rolled in while we were out and about. We were quickly tossed back into reality! But before the temperatures dropped, during and after the thunderstorms, you could smell that spring was in the air. Don’t you just love the spring rain smell in the air?

It was nice not to need a coat or jacket! I decided to wear leggings from Legging Army. These are called Laced in Blue, you can find them here (if they haven’t sold out again) at www.leggingarmy.com/#grandma2glamma the tunic type top is from Lululemon. That was one of the stops on our outing. The lovely young ladies working there were so kind and told me they loved my outfit and that I was “so put together”. I’m glad I looked put together (because truth be known I’m so unorganized most days it’s not funny). Of course I had to tell them about the blog and invited them to come over, check it out, and leave some feedback. I hope they do, just to get an opinion from someone I don’t “know” lol. I wore my Poppy necklace from Plunder, which you can find here www.plunderdesign.com/party/JanetE1/ the boots are by Guess via DSW I got them on clearance a couple of years ago. The hat (I’ve decided I love them) is from Hats in the Belfry; you can’t see it but there is brown leather band around it that matches back to the boots. It was kind of a Christmas gift from “The Man”.

Here is a close up of Poppy. Isn’t she just precious?


When the storms rolled in while we were strolling around the harbor, we had to take shelter a couple of times in various stores to escape the downpours. One time we just made it into Barnes and Noble booksellers before the bottom fell out! We picked up some books for the grand littles, and while standing in the checkout line I came across this wonderful tote


How fun is it?

We finished up the day by doing some regular shopping for the house, and a late (for us) dinner at a local neighborhood restaurant called The Caddyshack Express.

I had the most amazing appetizer: crab nachos! I only ate half (the man won’t eat seafood) and brought the rest home for my daughter. I also had a shrimp salad wrap and a few fries.

Since I told y’all Saturday morning I was taking a screen break for the weekend;  I didn’t even log into my weight watchers app to track my food. I mentally tracked what I ate, but wasn’t going to obsess and I know I left plenty of my weekly extra points in the table. I have learned that I can go for a few days without tracking and not go off the rails. I also know that if I go too long without getting back to basics I can and will likely run a muck. So today it’s back to tracking and working the plan like it’s my job. After all this upcoming Saturday is the first Saturday of March and I must weigh in to establish myself free for the month, and to maintain my free lifetime status.

The comment section is down at the end of the post if you keep scrolling. I always love to hear what you have to say. I’d love for you to follow me and share the blog, on Facebook at: Grandma2GlammaToo (I think that’s going to be the permanent FB page after last weeks issue). If you haven’t had a chance to switch over yet, please do. You can also follow me on twitter at Grandma2Glamma. My goal is to reach and inspire as many people as I can.

Let’s make this week great!

Until the next time

Janet

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Unplugging 

After yesterday’s crazy day with Facebook, I’ve decided to unplug for the weekend. I was literally making myself nuts by the end of the day trying to figure out what was going on. So I have decided to take a screen break for the weekend, unless absolutely it absolutely necessary to check in. 

Have a wonderful weekend. See you next week! 

Janet

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Facebook Problem

Dear Followers,

I had Facebook go a little wonky on me today and had to change my password. I have since forgotten, the new password and cannot log in, and Facebook is still acting wonky so I’m not able to reset it. If you can see this post please follow the accidental Facebook page I set up “Grandma2GlammaToo”. Hopefully it won’t be long before things are running back to normal.

Just when I think everything is set up and starting to run smoothly, LOL.

Thank you for your patience.

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Excuses Excuses

I might just be the queen of excuses

Do you make excuses for why you can’t or don’t do something? I imagine most of us do. Are you helping or hurting yourself? I bet it’s not helping. The only way to succeed is to quit making excuses. They say the definition of insanity is “to keep doing what you’ve always done, expecting a different result”. So let’s stop making excuses and start doing.

I finally got my rear end out of the house and down to the gym for yoga last night. It’s been several weeks since my last practice. It’s been too cold, too windy, too dark. I was sick, ok that might be a valid reason, it is a bit hard to breathe in through your nose and out through your nose if you can’t breathe period! And I wouldn’t want someone else to knowingly come in sick and spread germs.

Those others are just excuses. It’s not that I don’t like going. I love yoga. I consider it part of my “me time”. I can relax, recharge, and refocus. I known that I am a much better me when I attend practice regularly. So why do I let excuses keep me from going?

The truth is, and I’ve said this before, I don’t like driving in the dark. But the gym is only 3/4 of a mile from my house. I don’t have far to drive, I can walk which I have done in the spring and fall, but it’s not safe in the dark, for many reasons. I don’t like going out in extremely cold weather anymore and parking when I get back home is hit or miss. So while at the end of the day they could be valid reasons too, for me, they are excuses. I can stay in my warm house and essentially hibernate, and I have been. It’s so much easier to stay comfortable.

Could I practice at home? Yes, and I do. Sometimes. But, and here’s another excuse. There’s not much room, and it’s the not amount of space as much as, the overall environment is not conducive to a peaceful yoga practice. So I don’t find or make time and space to do it like I should. I can lift weights in my bedroom, where I keep them, but there’s not enough room to really practice yoga properly, unless I rearrange things and then I have to arrange them back after. Who wants to do all that? More excuses? Yes. I might just be the queen of excuses!

When I left home last night it was still light out. It’s starting to stay light later and the time will be “springing forward” in a couple of weeks. I will be able to get myself back in sync, not only with yoga but running too.

Had I made these excuses when I was in my weight loss phase, do you think I would have succeeded? I can tell you; the answer is no. So why after achieving my goal do I let them take over now? Am I becoming comfortable with me and where I’m at? Complacent? Probably. Will that serve me well in the long run? No.

Let me know what you think. The comment section is down below. I’d love for you to share the blog on Facebook and Twitter. That will help me reach more people. My goal is to reach, help, and encourage as many people as I can.

Until the next time

Janet 

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Does Fear Hold You Back

Reach for that brass ring!

It’s time for you to let it go!


  • Have you always stopped short of reaching your goal(s) in weight loss, fitness, business? The list can go on.  Do you know why? Is it fear of what now, how others close to you will react? Are you afraid that once you achieve that goal you won’t have anything else to work on or that you won’t be able to achieve those goals so you just give up, or worse don’t even try?

Are there people in your life that try to sabotage your efforts and do you consciously or unconsciously allow it? Does this stop you from even trying? This seems to happen to many people, especially in weight loss. Why? It is possible your friends or family may  not realize what they are doing. They could be intimidated or jealous of  your success, especially if they are afraid to try themselves. The old saying goes “misery loves company”.  If you lose weight or succeed at whatever you are trying, will you not want to be them anymore? Often they start off being supportive, but as it becomes apparent that you are accomplishing what you set out to do, their attitude changes.

This can be especially true for couples. If your partner has never known you thin, and has their own insecurities they are less likely to be supportive. They worry when you reach your goal you will not want to be with them anymore. So they may appear and try to be supportive for a time, but as you become more successful their insecurities and sabotage attempts emerge.

Only you can stop it or not allow it. It’s your time to do you. Reach for that brass ring! That might mean removing negative, unsupportive people from your life or at least not being around them unless absolutely necessary. That might not be quite so easy with a spouse. In that case you have to try to understand, do what you can to reassure them, and still move forward.

I feel lucky. “The man” has always supported me. He’s loved me thin and fat. When we got married I didn’t weigh 100 lbs soak and wet. I didn’t start gaining weight until after the birth of our third child, and then it was a few years before I really started gaining, I just actually never lost all the baby weight. He never once commented on the weight I’d gained, and always tried to make me feel sexy.

I have many insecurities that go way back. If I’m not careful they can creep in and cause me to doubt myself. Ironically the source of those doubts is no longer a factor, but the voices are there at times, just the same.

Starting this blog is one of the scariest things I’ve done in a long while. I’ve always thought I would like to write, but never thought I’d be good at it. I’m not sure now that I’m good at it, but I’m enjoying it. On top of that I decided to add my Plunder Jewelry business: www.plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and my Legging Army business: www.leggingarmy.com/#grandma2glamma at the same time. Go big or go home? lol! If you haven’t had a chance to check them out head over and have a look.

I hope you have supportive people in your life. If not don’t give up, you too can succeed.

As always I love hearing from you. The comment section is down below, just keep scrolling. Please share the blog and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instagram @ Grandma2Glamma.

I hope y’all have a great weekend! I’m not sure, yet, what we’ll be getting into.

Until the next time

Janet 

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The First Mile

Don’t Think Just Go

In the world of running the saying goes “the first mile is a liar, don’t trust it”. Today that was not true. Or maybe in the big scheme of things it was.

All four miles felt awful! The numbers said otherwise. Or at least the stats look better than the run felt.


After not running for a couple of weeks; the pace (for me) was good, real good, and I had some decent negative splits!

But.

I wanted to quit after mile one and go home. When that happens I tend to make a change in my route so that it takes me farther away from home. I know the farther away I go the farther it will be to get back. I have no choice but to continue on or call “the man” to come pick me up….I’m not going to do that unless I’m hurt and can’t make it back under my own power! And even then, if possible, I would just walk back.

I was determined I was not going to go less than three miles (the distance of my last run) once I got close to three, I mentally started calculating my route to hit four. Had the sun come out early I might have gone five, but running in short sleeves, in Maryland, in February? That was heaven in itself.

I never did get my breathing quite right this morning and that made it so much harder. I kept telling myself to “come back to the breath” which is what we do in yoga, but I was not able to get it quite right. Hmmm. Maybe that’s a sign that I need get back to my regularly scheduled yoga practices! And considering that I’m contemplating a two-day intensive yoga training next month, I think I better do just that…..

If I want to even think about running a race this year, I need to get myself back in the game and start getting out there each week and working it! I think I’m having a bit of a hard time getting back in the swing because I’m completely on my own this year. I just need to “suck it up” and remember:

I have 11 weeks before the first race. There’s just enough time to be ready. I’ll keep you posted.

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Until the next time

Janet

 

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Saturday Date Night 

I was a bit uncertain how to dress for the weather

Saturday morning I made it to the meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub after waking up a bit late! Since I didn’t have my Saturday session with Jeff (my trainer) I came home to clean…I do lead an exciting life, lol!

It was a beautiful spring-like day (the entire weekend was gorgeous) “the man” and I had made plans earlier in the week to go out to dinner and a movie. It was a kinda, sorta, belated valentines date. The last time we went to the movies was Valentines Day 2015! We actually had what I called “lunner” (a late lunch, early dinner). The movie started at 4:30 and we were back home by 7:30….yep, life is exciting here, haha! Because he works nights we rarely, if ever, go out during the week.

I was a bit uncertain on how to dress for the weather, lol. Most of my warm weather clothes are packed away. Digging them out was not an option and I might have looked a little silly wearing them in February, in Maryland….no need to borrow trouble and ask to be carted off to the funny farm. After going back and forth I chose this:


The denim dress is from Anthropology. While it has that denim look, it really is more of a chambray fabric. Shauna from Chicover50.com featured it on her blog late last summer. I thought it was just a bit sassy; and who doesn’t need a bit of sassy now and  then? The over the knee suede boots are by Vince Camuto from HSN, the cuff will turn down so that you can wear them below the knee too. They are on clearance now and still available in all colors. They are called Briella. This color is called sugarplum, I have always loved the burgundy/wine shades and I was so excited when I learned that it was the hot color for this winter! I also bought them in black leather. I was actually shocked I could wear them. They aren’t wide calf and this is a style I usually cannot get over my calves. These do have an elastic gusset in the back that gives them a little stretch, but not a lot. Three years ago, I would have never got them even half way up, gusset or not! Losing 70 lbs has made wearing and buying boots much more enjoyable, and I wear them often. The jewelry I wore is from Plunder. The set is called Eros, when I checked it was still available and you can find it here: www.plunderdesign.com/party/JanetE/ it was a valentine’s special and the necklace and earrings were only $24 for the set! I love the floating hearts on the necklace. I’ve always been drawn to jewelry with hearts.

I have worn this dress with short boots, but I wasn’t feeling it this day. I think I just didn’t like the look with the textured tights. Bare legs were not an option this time of year, I look like Casper! Ain’t nobody ready to see that, LOL!!! But when I saw these pictures I wasn’t sure this worked or looked as good as I thought it did in the mirror. This is why it’s good to take pictures. It’s much more telling than looking in the mirror. I think it’s starting to grow on me again though. What do you think?

This dress will also be cute with sandals in the summer. It’s very lightweight and flowy without a belt, so even if it’s hot out, it will still be cool.

Please take a few minutes to let me know what you think. If you keep scrolling there’s a comment section at the end. I would like for you to share the posts on Facebook and twitter too. My goal is to reach and inspire anyone who might need it. I hope I can do that. I know each and every post doesn’t resonate with every one but you never know who might need to hear something that day.

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

 

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