Saturday, February 21, 2009

The New Patty

I'm sure I've kept everyone in suspense (kidding) with the latest "New Patty" stuff. I have to say that I'm pretty excited about it all. I feel highly motivated and inspired. So here are the components that I've come up with for the New Patty. After a few staff developments, conversations, reflections, and I suppose divine intervention I'm living life to the fullest and without regrets.
  • Health: I have chosen not to follow any particular weight loss program. Instead I am doing my research and just being healthier. I am including my return to Curves, my evening walking dates with my dad, my better eating habits, getting the right amount of sleep, and the necessary visits to doctors, dentists, and dermatologists to ensure I'm on the right path. The difference this time around is that I have no set goal, only to be healthier. My issue with goals, in my experience, is that when I don't reach it I get discouraged. So I don't have a target weight in mind. And let's be real here, at this point any weight loss would be a success. I'm just going to enjoy the work outs and walks and the wiser eating choices. Below is one of the most recent pictures of me. It was taken at my birthday party in January. See what I mean by any weight loss would be a success?
  • Entertainment: I will admit that I have become rather lazy. I am typically on my laptop, watching TV (Go Spurs Go), movies, or something of the sorts. Something new my cousin and I want to do is go out to eat at local places, and not the chain restaurants. At the same time, even though it will be so hard, I want to learn to eat healthy while I'm out. Secondly, there are also so many opportunities to see different shows and bands. Lastly, I want to go to movies alone. I've always wanted to and hey...I'm independent and confident so I am going to do it.
  • Recreation: I want to get out in the city and do things that I know are out there. And the thing I'm feeling great about is that I may have to do them alone and I don't mind. I also want to get to know my city so when my friends from San Antonio or my boyfriend come into town I can show them the best places to go. I'll be sure to post some great finds in my city. The other recreational thing I want to do is consistently work on my scrapbooking, card making, and jewelry making. When I get to do my arts and crafts I find it very therapeutic. But once I start I can't stop and then that takes the fun out of it. So I figured if I limit myself to one a weekend then I can concentrate on what I'm making and it'll be enjoyable.
  • Personal Growth: I love to read. I love to read children's books, magazines, and a few adult books. I also want to volunteer at different places. I already donate money to many causes so now I should look into donating my time. A couple of places I've considered are the local Breast Cancer branch and the local USO and work with the military. Honestly, I've been too lazy to do it. But since I'm embarking on a new adventure and I guess this is the best time to do it. I've thought for a while that I need to spend a little less time on my computer too. Filling up that time with reading and volunteering will help my soul become healthier.
  • Professional Growth: I need to continue to read books or attend staff development that will help me be a better teacher and future administrator. How ironic that some of these same staff developments are what inspired me to become the New Patty. So in the end it's not just about becoming a better teacher or administrator but a better me.
  • Financial Fitness: What can I say? I need to save, save, save for a rainy day. I guess my entertainment and recreational components better be cheap...yeah right!
Question. Do y'all think I should write a weekly post journaling my weekly progress? Maybe it would help me to reflect on what I did and what I can do better. Let me know what y'all think.

These are my components for a healthier and happier Patty. I challenge all of you to check up on me and keep me accountable for any of them. As I like to think of it...even if I am physically alone on this adventure I am not alone because I have the support of my friends. So thanks for caring.

Let the adventure begin!!!


Celine said...

Patty, that post was very inspiring and I'm rooting for you!
I think making a weekly post would be helping you watching the progress you're making!
Go Patty Go! ^^

Bonnie said...

I'm here for you babe! You can email me or call me anytime you need support! I'll be checking in on you to try and keep you on track. I know that is what is helping me on my new lifestyle adventure. Good luck!

Jen said...

Good for you!! I am so proud of you and hope that I can crash your father daughter walking dates sometime! I totally think you should do weekly posts on your progress!! In fact as I was reading I was thinking, "she should do a post every week on what craft she creates!!" You can come up with a cute post title!! I'll even create a graphic for you to post every week!!

Ok I am getting a little excited!! See why I LOVE this wonderful thing called....BLOGGING!!

Love you friend!


Oh and you can put in your post next week how you grew professionally by becoming a special ed inclusion teacher for a week!! Hee

Patty said...

Thanks ladies. I really appreciate the support. And a special thanks Jen. I would love a cute graphic for those posts. Yay!!! Now I have to think of a cute post title.

Juls said...

Hey PATTY! First of all, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you do come back soon, there's always something crazee and/or fun going on around our place! Your blog is the cutest thing ever... So precious!
Now, on to your post:
I think that making healthier choices is a great idea... I've been on diets on and off for...well, forever.. and I didn't have lasting results myself until I just decided not to set a goal and just try making healthier choices.
(sorry, I tend to ramble...)
anyway, I think journaling about your results is a great idea too!
Take care!

AndreaLeigh said...

thanks for displaying my button, girlie! sounds like you have quite the plan. good luck on your journey to a better you!

Marie Reed said...

I think that it's wonderful that you've written down all of your goals! You are quite an inspiration! I need to do exactly the same thing. My 'to do ' list just seems to be getting longer and longer! It's overwhelming! Writing it down would really help to cement everything in!

Amy said...

Hello Patty,

I just read your blog and I thought it was great. I use to go to Curves but it closed down here and I so loved it. Oh well. I say go to a movie by yourself. I use to do it all the time before Alyce. I love the changes you are making they are nice and simple and they are what you want for you. Way to go. I think if you are up for it you should do a weekly post on things you have done. I love the picture of you. You look so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

twinklescrapbooks said...

These goals are great and very inspiring! I wish you all the best of luck! :)

Patti said...

From one Patti to another Patty:

Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet words.

I think you should write, journal or blog daily instead of weekly...You must keep your ideas, thoughts or goals fresh daily. Keep them up front, where you are constantly aware.

I have lost 104 lbs. It is a everyday, every minute batlle.

You are on the right track, You can do it. If you have set backs it is okay. Start over, it;s okay.
I start over frequently.

I'm in your corner rooting for you...

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