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Change on the Horizon

6 Sep

Life is always moving forward little by little.

This has been very apparent to me recently as I am almost exactly one year away from separating from the Navy.  The past four years have gone by so quickly even though at times it felt like forever.

It is really dawning on me how I am entering a new phase very shortly and need to get my plans in order.  Amidst all that though are the daily tasks of  life.  It would be easy to get sidetracked from health and wellness, school, my relationships, and work by this looming future, but that would ultimately make me fall behind.

For me to be a whole person, fully alive, I need to be balanced and press onward with all of my goals while making specific plans for my future.

I just started my third class of the year for college, that means that goal is completed!  Yay!

Health goals are still going well and I am on track for my weight loss goals. Yay!

My husband and I are enjoying life together and actively discussing our life after the Navy.  Yay!

We have more in savings that we have ever had, and will leave the Navy with a nice security savings fund.  Yay!

I am looking into school options and real estate job options as a plan for when I get out.  Yay!

Major life changes don’t happen every day.  That would be exhausting!  But everyday we can prepare for major life changes by being diligent to create the kind of life that can weather storms and sunshine.

I am excited for the future and what it will bring!  I hope you are too!

What is on your horizon?

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Halfway There: An Honest Look at This Years Goals

22 Jun

It is almost summer and that means the year is already halfway done.

If you are like me, you made a list of goals to start the year off.  Making goals is a great first step to learning and growing, but it is always good to review them periodically and see how it is going.

So that’s what I am going to do today!  I will fill you in on most of my goals for this year and find out what ones I am doing great at and which ones need more focus.

I followed Zig Ziglar‘s wheel of life plan for making my goals.  It is the concept that there are 7 main areas of life that need to be balanced.  If one is out of line, then everything starts to get shaky.

Here are the 7 areas and my goals:

  1. Physical: Lose 20lbs by the end of the year and get down to 135lbs.  Accomplish this through portion control, CrossFit at least 3x a week, swimming/running once a week, Paleo+butter and cheese.
  2. Financial:  Become debt free by May 2012. Finish 3 month emergency fund by the end of the year.
  3. Intellectual:  Read one business/self-development book a month.  Take 3 classes this year for college.
  4. Family:  Go on more regular dates with my husband.  Call my mom and sister at least once a week.
  5. Social:  Hang out with a girlfriend every 2 weeks.  Call a friend from home (Syracuse) once a week.
  6. Spiritual:  Listen to a podcast once a week.  Spend an hour every week contemplating life and goals.
  7. Career:  Score well on my Navy rating exam (for promotion).  Get a great evaluation at work.

So there they are.  Now it’s time to see how it is going.

  1. Physical: Well, I haven’t lost any weight, but I haven’t gained any either.  Nutrition is my downfall.  I don’t drink alcohol or coffee so at least once a week I will have gluten free pasta or full on gluten filled pizza for fun.  Portion control when I eat these things unfortunately goes out the window.  The past couple weeks I have been feeling fed up with myself on this issue. I have now been a week of Paleo+butter and some dairy, and I am feeling good about keeping it up.  On the upside, I am seeing great improvements in strength and metabolic capacity from my workout program which is encouraging!
  2. Financial:  We’re debt free!  As of May 15th we paid off our last school loan.  We have begun saving for our three month emergency fun and I feels great.
  3. Intellectual:  I am averaging one book every 2 months.  A bit slower than I had wanted but still progress.  I am also in my second college class and on track to take a third before the year is out.

    My sis and I. It is really important to me to stay close when we live far away!

  4. Family:  Dating my husband at least once every 2 weeks is a blast.  Getting out of the household routine is really fun.  I have been keeping in fairly good touch with my mom and sis as well.  Some weeks are really busy, but we usually make up for that.
  5. Social:  Calling friends from home is great, especially since we are moving back in a year and a half.  However, I struggle with making time for girlfriends out here.  Everyone is married and several have young baby’s so it is sometimes hard to work that out with schedules.  I want to work on this area.
  6. Spiritual:  No podcasts, but lots of time spent contemplating.  I think this is an area I would like to spend more time in.
  7. Career:  I am really happy with this area.  I scored well on my test and am moving closer to promotion.  I also got a good evaluation.

Overall,  I am feeling fairly balanced.  A bit more time in the spiritual and social areas would do me good though.

I like having direction and goals to move forward to, but I also try to be realistic and cut myself some slack.  Goals should be inspiring, not a vehicle for guilt.

How are you doing on your goals?  Have you accomplished any big goals so far?  What do you want to change?

What I’ve Learned (CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course review)

19 Jun

This past weekend was awesome!

The CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course this weekend. From CrossFit.com. We are the left column fifth down.

As you know if you have been reading regularly, my husband and I went to CrossFit Bellevue this weekend for theCrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate course.

So much to say…

The Staff:  Hands down some of the greatest teaching and coaching I have seen.  I don’t just mean in relation to CrossFit, I mean in my whole life!  The trainers were engaging, dynamic, knowledgeable, experienced and personable.  I felt like I was in great hands and got really good information that I could immediately internalize and put to use.  In fact that’s what I did!

Yesturday at Command PT for the Navy Band Northwest, where I am a Assistant Command Fitness Leader, I led the band through a  warm up, taught a movement that I learned how to coach at the course (medicine ball clean), and led 16 people through a workout and cool down.

Absorbing how the staff coached and taught really helped me grow.  How about applicability!

The Format:  Everything in the course flowed and was broken down brilliantly!  I was never bored or sitting in my seat too long.  Every hour or so we were up and moving, performing and critiquing movements we had just learned about.  That really helped to solidify what was taught.  It also made the weekend fun!

The Content:  Content is King.  I was just reading at Jon Acuff’s blog about how you can have great delivery and packaging, but without content you still have nothing.  Not only was this course taught by great people and formatted wonderfully, but the content is life changing.  Learning about the functional movements, the models of fitness, nutrition, and programming solidified what I already knew, and gave me tools to fix my weaknesses.

I have been doing CrossFit for two and a half years and my life is very different:  

  • I have discovered my own strength and learned how to move and use my body functionally.
  • I work out consistently now and have seen great results.
  • I know what to feed my body to feel good and sustain long term health.
  • I have more confidence and better self-image.
  • I have formed new relationships and strengthened my marriage.
Overall I had  a great weekend, and it was wonderful to share the whole experience with my husband!  We are really looking forward to the future, and are excited about what is next for us in relation to CrossFit and life!

Music in Portland

6 Jun

Hey everyone!

I hope your marriage and week are going well!

Sorry for my absence the past few days.

I am currently in Portland playing some gigs with the Navy Band Northwest for Portland’s Rose Festival!

I will be back online later this week.  Till then…

If you want to check out what I do with the Navy you can “Like” Navy Band Northwest’s Facebook page here.
 

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