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December 2015 is history. As usual, I’m always a little sad to see December end after all the anticipation and build up of the season. I’m trying to get excited about Valentine’s Day so I have something new to look forward to and help motivate me to pack away the Christmas decorations. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s wrap up December.
2 – Pounds gained, overtime and extra holiday busyness aren’t good for my workout routine.
4 – Social events including a Christmas Eve brunch.
6 – Projects completed, including a bar stool overhaul.
35 – Christmas cards mailed.
36 – Photos posted on Instagram.
48 – Rolls made to take to Christmas dinner. Since there was only 7 of us eating, I have a couple dozen in my freezer.
401 – Page views on Just Wanna Be Me.
114185 – Pinterest views.
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Please share what made your Christmas magical in the comments section. I hope your New Year will be a healthy and happy one.
Christmas season is in full swing and I want to review November before it gets away completely. I can’t believe December is a third of the way over and I’m just barely wrapping up November. I have so many ideas I want to write about, now if I could just get that whole time thing under control.
1.6 – Pounds gained, I guess my boost in exercise was not enough to offset the holiday goodies.
2 – Pies made, both of them were Chocolate Mousse Praline Pecan.
2 – Books read, only one was an insurance book.
3 – Blog posts this month! It’s been way to long since this poor blog had that much attention.
5 – Social events; there was a Girls Night Out, a Blogger event that introduced my to barre (no Mom, there wasn’t any drinking involved), a studio tour that made yearn for more time to be creative, Zoolights, and of coarse Thanksgiving.
18 – Projects completed, some of them were fun and others I’m just glad to have out of the way.
23 – Photos added to Instagram.
41 – Leaves on my gratitude tree
48 – Rolls made for Thanksgiving, that and the pie is my favorite part of the dinner.
1458 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, it’s nice to see the extra attention to my blog paid off.
82,733 – Just Wanna Be Me Pinterest viewers.
With the holidays and National Write a Novel Month happening in November, everyone is busy. I’d love to hear about your successes, attempts and accomplishments in the comment section below!
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August was crazy busy and full of transitions! My nest is a little roomier as I sent a kiddo off to college. And I started training for a new position. I’m surprised at how much energy those two changes took!
1 – Test passed, only 5 left to earn my CPCU and a trip to Hawaii!
1 – Book read; my friend Tamara Passey’s The Christmas Tree Keeper.
2 – Cub Scout meetings, sadly they were my last.
3 – Kiddos attended an 80’s Murder Mystery party.
4 – Days in New York City with some of my favorite people.
10 – Sit ups, a weak effort.
15 – Projects completed, four of them were even fun.
16 – Photos on Instagram.
23 – Days of the 30 Butt Lift Challenge. A stupid cough kept me down!
38 – States visited the blog, including the District of Columbia
39 – Countries visited Just Wanna Be Me
110 – Flutter Abs
125 – Bicycle Abs
165 – Crunches
312 – Bridges
368 – Heel Kicks
449 – Fire Hydrants
517 – Just Wanna Be Me page views
551 – Pointed Butt Lifts
711 – Squats
42,055 – Pinterest viewers
I’m not sure how I gained weight this August with all that exercising, but I’m ready to finish kicking these respiratory issues and get back on track! Please share your accomplishments from last month and this month’s goals!
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July 2015 is in the books and I am so glad I wasn’t moving this year (unlike the previous 2 Julys). Not only did I not move, but I continue to get more settled and have added a little more character to my home – bicycle wheel and all!
1 – Blogger event at Kneaders. There was delicious food with all kinds of interesting things to look at and socializing. In addition to some of my favorite things, we had a kitchen tour.
1 – New software, yay Scrivener! I did get my book transferred over, but I’m still learning all the cool things it can do.
1.6 – Pounds lost in July, almost as much as I gained in June.
2 – Kinds of muffins for Sunday breakfasts; Blueberry and Chocolate.
3 – I finished 3 books! It took me a couple of months to finish my commercial insurance book (AINS 23). And significantly longer to finish The Corner of Bitter and Sweet and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. (Add links)
5 – People around the table at Ted’s Hot Dogs.
11 – Projects completed, a little cleaning, a little decorating and quite a bit of reading.
38 – States visited the blog.
41 – Photos posted on Instagram.
54.15 – Percentage of Just Wanna Be Me visitors are men!
100 – Plastic dinosaurs hidden around my house. When we find one, we hide it again for someone else to find.
150 – Crunches, baby steps.
205 – Number of visits from Russia, beating out USA. What’s going on there?
464 – Inner Thigh Pulses
512 – Side Leg Lifts
551 – Side Lunges
633 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews
712 – Leg Swings
751 – Plie Squats
762 – Words added to my book.
25884 – Pinterest views
As you can see by some of the last numbers, I did pretty good sticking to the 30 day leg challenge.This month I focusing on my bootie and trying to sneak more ab work too. August holds some other excitement other loving my body back into shape, but I’ll tell you about that in a few short weeks. Please share your July highlights or August goals!
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1. Pizza Nachos