My Weekly Lifestyle: Steps for a better results to reach your goals

Happy Monday Everyone!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Welcome to my new and improve weekly lifestyle. I’m pretty much excited to be doing this section of my blog again and as you notice I decided to change from weekly workout to weekly lifestyle. I thought it will give me a wide range of different options to improve on myself, like they say if you don’t like the way your life heading change it. I want my daughter Emily to have a positive role model when it comes to living a healthy and happy life.

Now for a quick recap, of what been happening with my life for the last year. It’s been a really rough year for my family, which has taken a lot of my time and drain me mentally and physically. For the last 4 months I have taken the time to focus on my health and to lose weight and I’m proud to say I lost a total of 37 pounds. It wasn’t easy but I made time to work out on a daily basis. Not only did I slim down but my asthma has not been a bother to me, except now for the change of weather but it manageable. I’m not taking a pump every day, almost every 4 hours. I’m able to run and jump with Emily and that a reward in itself to see her happy that her mami is acting silly with her. So, with everything said I will start off the first two steps I did, then the reason for my plans and what to expect every Monday.

The first step I did was to write everything down, what are my main goals, short term goal, reason I decided to lose weight and my plans to lose the weight.

My Main Goal: Lose 122 pounds
My Medium Goal: Lose 50 pounds
My Short Term Goal: Lose 20 pound this month

Reasons to lose weight: : Around April my parents and I took Emily to Disney World. I had a fear if I get on a ride they might tell me I need to get off because I was too heavy for it. I spend the whole vacation watching her have fun on the sideline getting on every ride with my dad. That not the only time during the summer Emily and I had fun but everywhere we went my self-esteem and the fear left me on the sideline. That when the reality came crashing down, I want to be able to get on ride with her and live life to the fullest not site on the sideline. I didn’t grow up sitting on the sideline, I always been an adventures person and my daughter has that same quality. I took matters, I did something, I started to process to lose weight. I want to be able to run, jump and keep up with my daughter. I want to take control of my asthma, anemia, make my heart stronger and avoid any other medical conditions such as diabetes. I want to buy clothes and feel comfortable wearing them and to feel confident and sexy; I want to live till I’m old and see my great grandchildren. I would like to have more children without the fear that they will lose their mother. I know I will be comfortable and happy being 150, I love having meat on bones. I also want to set an example for Emily, that way she is healthy and avoid future medical problems such as diabetes (it runs strong on her father side) and asthma (which runs strong on both side of the family, I had my asthma at the age of 19 or 20).

My plans: I will do a workout DVD Tae Bo (it help me lose weight before) every morning, walk every day 15 minutes to start and increase as the day goes by, go to planet fitness 3 times a week to do weights to strength my body and keep my skin tight, I also would like to include yoga every other day to stretch my muscle, be flexible and especially have inner peace. I will rest on Sundays and have my cheat day or meal on Saturdays or Sundays. If I do have a cheat meal during the week (by going to an amusement park , etc) I will make sure to work out the next day and wait for the following Saturday to have my next cheat meal.

My eating habits: I will eat moderate portions, no soda or junk food (only on my cheat day), I will eat every 3 to 4 hours, 6 meals a day, 3 meals and 3 snacks and not eat past 8pm. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Now that you see, what I written for myself, I will explain what I have done and how can it benefit yourself as well:

• For the first week, I say start off slow, get your body into the flow of moving around. Remember your body is not use to moving around so much, it been stuck in the same routine for months by the following week start on your plan.
• Write everything down your reasons first, this will help you reach your goal. By writing your reasons, you learn more about yourself and why you decided to make that first step, this will help you stay in focus especially moments when you feel like giving up or leave it for tomorrow and tomorrow will never come.
• Write your main goal, your medium goals and your short term goals next. Your main goal should be what you want to lose overall, but it will get frustrating and you will get discourage to see that high number and will feel like you’re not losing weight fast enough that where the frustration and discourage will come about. That why you write your medium and short term goal it will be easier and once you reach it your boost will go up and then you want to make another short term goal to continue losing that weight and feel happy and confident (for me, personally I like to also add a mini goal, lose 5 pounds per week)

**FYI if you did not reach your goals is okay don’t get discourage look back what you did see if there anything that need to be change such as changing your workout routine or it may be what you been eating. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep moving forward we all go through this, so don’t worry if you don’t reach your goal. If for any reason you don’t understand what you did wrong, consult with others they may see something that you didn’t see in the first place.**

• Write everything down, the more detail the better. This will guide you through your workout and eating habits. Writing in details will help you see your progress, not only losing weight , you will see a tremendous change in the way you run, walk, able to lift certain heavy objects that you couldn’t before, happiness, Energy and the list will go on. Also, if your weight training 3 day a week like myself, it great to have your journal with you by letting yourself know what you did last week and up a notch this week.
• Have a cheat day or meal but please monitor what you eat during this time. The reason for a cheat meal is to help control those urges of eating the things we love but know it not good. How can this help? Well most people go on a diet, a strict diet, lose the weight and decided they can eat healthy but have their not so good meals here and there. Now, they start to like the food their eating, forgets all the progress they have done, and they have gain double the weight from where they started off. Having a cheat meal is not to hurt you but to help you move forward, plus I love food, all kinds of food. Having my cheat meal is my reward for workout hard and doing things right.

****Please note what I have writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Only you know what you’re capable of and how far you can go beyond. Most of the tips I put up, are tips that I read, look up, or learn when I work in a gym (years ago). ****

What can you expect every Monday,

• Tips that I either look up online or consulted with a nutritionist or personal trainer.
• Ideas on how to manage a busy schedule with work, school, and / or children.
• My weekly bio, what in my journal for that week and my progress, in a more detail format than last week.
• Also if anyone wants to share their own personal experience and the progress of losing weight, strength training or any other experience. Please feel free to drop a comment, I will get in contact with you and send you a guide line of what we need from you. This will be great for the motivation!!!!

Here are some photos of my progress of losing weight, top is the most recent photo.

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Also, if you want to see my  first video partially base on this post, please visit my facebook page, Lil Jomie Creations. I know it’s not the best quality and I know you will see how nervous I am through the video. I find recording myself scary but I know once I continue to make more videos you will see more of a confidence within me and a better video quality. Either way I added a tip to this video, hopefully it will prepare anyone who want to start or is feeling discourage.

 

I wish you luck on this journey to a better life style, have a great day!

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Is it 2014, yet?

Hello,

         It’s been awhile and now it’s the time that I feel it’s the right time to write. Yes, it cliche, new the year is finally here and I’m starting my blog once again.  As we say farewell to 2013, the year I was desperate to finish since the beginning of 2013. My family and I has been hit with a slump that seem to never end. I’m  hoping  confident that 2014 will be there year, not only for myself but  my family as well. As for my goals of 2013, my ideas and plan that I started will be reintroduce but there will be a few changes to them. Well with that said I would like to give a few my experiences, that will help make 2014 one of the best and productive year.

To start off,  I never like to begin my new year by saying my resolution, I prefer the term goals. Reason being if you happen to lose focus on your goals it easier to get back to it. Then stating you failed your resolution and now “I have to wait for 2015”. NO! you’re human you’re entitled to mess up or lose focus. What important it’s to get back to your goals. Keep in mind, things won’t go as you plan, situation will occur that will shake you to your core. That’s okay, and it’s okay if you need to change or alter goals. We grow daily by the influences and experience that we go through. By this your goals will change and that fine, it is healthy. Why keep a goal that will not benefit you needs?

** If you  are interested to read more on how I set my goals, click here. This will take you to an older post, my goals may have change but the way I set it up it’s still the same system.

Look back through the year of 2013, this will you setup your goals. Think what will you like to do, it can be to travel, get better grades, get a promotion and the list goes on.

All it take, is a paper and a pen to start.

All it take, is a paper and a pen to start.

Create a To Do list

        Now I don’t know about anyone, but the beginning of year I do my “spring cleaning”. I like to start my new year with a nice clean apartment, get rid of anything that will not be use or needed.  Unfortunately you can get overwhelm, so this year I decided to do a to do list. I create separate categories, each section of my  apartment is in a category (mind you, my apartment is clean but I haven’t done the “spring cleaning” of 2014). In each category I wrote down what need to be fix, what need to be deep clean,  what I don’t need  and what going to be place there. From there I will create a to do for my husband or super of the building, then once a week I will choose a part of the apartment that need to be deep clean or organize. Now from experience I will never get rid of anything that is useful, it may not be useful to me but it can be a blessing to another. Like I said 2013 was a rough year for us but I don’t think I want to change anything. It taught me to be humble and appreciate what I have. I take all of the belonging that not useful to me or my family and look for someone or donate. I do this because I know there’s someone out there who is going through worse than I am and this will be their blessing.

Organize yourself and your surrounding.

       2013 I was everywhere, I was disorganized, lost , confuse…I couldn’t keep up with anything and it was horrible, a total chaos. To start 2014 right I suggest to get a calendar, it can be any calendar that you will love. It can be really simple or with color coded and whole bunch of stuff. Only you will know what type of calendar/ organizer/planner that you want and that will WORK FOR YOU &/OR YOUR FAMILY!

The biggest advice that I should have taken for the 2013.

       In order to accomplish anything in life either starting your own business, get promote, finish school…you have to organize or fix yourself and/or your household…even if you live with someone.  It doesn’t mean that you will never go through something but you will be better prepared to handle the situation. When you have everything organize and a situation occurs within yourself and household your are capable to do anything and address the situation. This is also a stress reliever or can minimize the stress that will occur. this is a stress that can be avoid knowing that you have your house organize, yourself organize and your family organize. Keep in mind when something changes or a situation occur you better prepare to handle and alter what need to be alter.

I hope that this post will you  in someway or somehow to start off the new year right.

I won’t promise anything but I might post my goals for 2014, how I’m organizing myself and my family and among others stuff.

****Please note that what I have been writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Everyone is different, only you know what works for you and if you’re doing this for the first time trial and error will help you make the best schedule for yourself****

Till next time & Happy New Year!!!

Jomarie

Taking back my life. Even if my world is upside down, it will be an organized upside down world.

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been awhile since I posted my Monday, weekly workouts. It’s no surprise that I been derailed. Being that it’s the summer (BBQ’s, Birthdays, beaches, amusement parks, etc.), the everyday responsibilities (working, appointments, home cleaning, cooking, everyday essentials shopping, etc.) and the unfortunates emergency (hospitals, deaths, family crisis, etc.). It’s so easy to derail yourself from your goals.

One of my biggest problem and mainly the reason I haven’t sat down and scheduled my time (even if there has been an emergency). I was never like this not too long ago I would schedule, write everything down and I always been on point of everything. Unfortunate I let a little nasty depression turn my world upside down. Well not anymore, I’m taking back my life. Even if my world is upside down, it will be an organized upside down world…haha.

**First order of business, Monday weekly workout will be back on 7/8/13 with another post my family weekly workout. **

Instead of doing a Monday weekly workout today, I decided to dedicate this post on how I’m organizing myself (this would be the first of many but it will be posted on a different day, the day will be coming soon**) I know I have to schedule myself in order to reach my many goals, which one major goal is to lose weight and improve my health.  So here it goes my first step:

First, I’ve taken a piece of paper and pen and wrote down the days of the week. From there I wrote the daily routine of the week which is work schedule and hours, workout routine, Emily learning path, Joey work hours and schedule, cleaning, coupons, and church this is my week overview (photo shown below).

It take only a paper & a pen

I wanted to hang my week overview where either I or Joey can see. It’s great when I write my week in details on my planner. Now I wanted to make it look nice, so I made a template on excel, decorated it and color coded it for that particular person such as Emily is pink, I’m purple and Joey is blue. Now it’s hanging above my desk on a bulletin board (photo show below).

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Last of scheduling myself, I write my weekly schedule on my planner (which I made). Keep in mind some is already pre-written in my planner. My planner consists of a monthly two page overview and a week on two pages. Everything that I write on my planner is color coded; I find it is easier to find what I’m looking for. My color code is red for bills, pink is for Emily, Purple is anything that pertains to me, Blue is Joey, Orange is Birthdays, Lavender is for Little Jomie Creations, my blog and youtube (photos are show below). I write everything else in pencil and black ink for important information that I don’t want to erase easily.

Planner Planner Planner

For an added note: I just wrote and overview for Lil Jomie Creations, this blog and youtube. All of my details and information in a separate binder but that is for another day, another post.

****Please note that what I have been writing is my personal view you can either change certain things to benefit yourself. Everyone is different, only you know what works for you and if you’re doing this for the first time trial and error will help you make the best schedule for yourself****

 

If you have any tips that you would like to share I would love to hear them, I’m open minded, I’m willing to try. I’m always looking for the best way to perfect my system (even though we know their is nothing perfect…hahaha but a system that will work for me and my loved ones).

Happy Scheduling,

Jomarie

Monday, Weekly Workout 5/27/13

Wishing everyone a great Memorial Day!

Also, let’s take the time to honor Americas Heroes, thank you for your service.

Last week weight (5/20): 262

This week weight (5/27): 260

I lost 2 pounds!!!

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Monday 5/20/2013

Workout:  Tae-bo for 45 minutes.

Meals: 8:00am: Home fries w/ sausage

3:00pm: 2 Hotdog

6:30pm: Pasta season with olive oil and garlic and 1 grill chicken

3 Cups of water, slept for 3 hours, after my work out I felt extremely exhausted, taken 2 multivitamin.

Tuesday 5/21/2013

Workout:  I didn’t do any work out. I went to work and deep clean my apartment.

Meals: 6:35am: Bagel w/ cream cheese and Snapple mango

3:00pm: Microwave Beefaroni

6:20pm: Homemade tacos (eat 3)

5 Cups of water and slept for 4 hours

Wednesday 5/22/2013

Workout: Half an hour Zumba

Meals: 8:00am: Eggs and bacon

1:24pm: Bertolli soup

5:00pm: Rice, beans and chicken wings (2)

3 Cups of water and slept for 7 hours

Thursday 5/23/13

Workout:  Another day of not working out. Was running errands all day .

Meals:   6:30am: Coffee and a bagel w/ cream cheese

1:16pm: Sandwich ham and cheese

5:35pm: Bertolli pasta

5 Cups of water and slept for 5 1/2 hours.

Friday 5/24/2013

Workout: Walk for an hour and played Zumba for an half an hour

Meals: 10:35am: 2 Pancake

2:53pm:  Bagel with cream cheese

9:15pm: Went to Cici Pizza buffet, 2 slices and a bowl of soup (also had a cup of soda)

6 Cups of water and slept for 4 1/2 hours

Saturday 5/25/2013

Workout:  I didn’t work out. I continued deep cleaning my apartment.

Meals: 9:36am: Bowl of cereal.

2:45pm: Sandwich of ham and cheese

7:30pm: Japanese, Beef teriyaki and vegetable tempura (also had 2 cups of soda)   .

5 Cups of water and slept for 4 hours.

Sunday 5/26/2013

Workout:  Play and run all over the park with my munchkin for an hour. I went to work and prepare for tomorrow BBQ’s.

Meals: 6:55am: Bagel with cream cheese

1:15pm: Pernil Sandwich

10:35pm: Bowl of cereal

6 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours.

Note to self:

After reviewing this week, I still need to improve the same as the week before:

  • I need sleep 6-8 hours a day.
  • Take  multi-vitamins and iron pills daily
  •  Force myself to work out on the days that I work.
  • Drink 8 cups of water daily and limit my soda intake to one can a week.
  • Make and eat snacks in between my meals like fruits, vegetables and/ or nuts.
  • Eat every 4 hours.

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Tip of the week:  After reviewing the last few weeks with my daily workout routines, eating, and every other routine outside of this I realize I NEED to do a schedule. Which is something I know from the beginning and I always had a habit that I start and never quite stick to it. Either today or tomorrow (it might take a little longer to find a right schedule) I will be sitting and making a schedule that involves with myself and my family. My tip is to sit down and jot down everything that you and your family (if you do have one) do on a regular basis, and outside of your regular routine.  Take a calendar and jot down the time of your regular routine after you finish with the regular plan on your workout routine, what time you’re going to exercise, the time you’re going to eat, what type of workout and your meal plan.

 

This is a quick tip to start of your schedule for your everyday life to mesh with your workouts. Now I’m starting to realize that this type of scheduling deserve its own post. So, for the next  few days I will be making my schedule that involves with my daily ( and my family) routine and get this ball rolling, I believe this will help me to lose weight and keep track of everything that going on with my life. Keep checking back or follow my blog (that way you can receive an email when I post my article) and I will give a detail information how I schedule myself with photos. Hopefully by that time I will have my youtube channel up and I will post it as well.

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News: Starting next Monday, I will be posting two post one for my weekly workout but also one for my family weekly workout. I feel that the whole journey of living a better and healthy lifestyle should be involved with the whole family. So, you will be able to follow my journey and the journey of my family in two different posts. I do apologize in advance for the two posts in one day; Monday is the start of the new week for all of us when it comes to our workout.

 

Wish you the best,

Jomarie

A fear that cost me to stop writing…

It’s been awhile since I written something, it’s been a crazy month and a few weeks (I will do a quick recap at the end of this blog). As I sit on my bed with the munchkin sleeping next to me, I can’t help to feel a little anxious in writing this blog. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say, I have plenty to say.What is causing this fear or anxiety is my grammar. Most of you who have been reading my other blogs know my grammar is not perfect and I know it’s a big issue not only for this blog but for work, school, interacting with others and so on. I always knew the importance of grammar and I have been practicing but for some reason it just doesn’t want to go through my head. Which is frustrating in my part because I learn everything else with ease. Don’t get me wrong I won’t give up on it and I plan to work extra hard till I’m flawless. I guess the reason I bring this up was the fear that was growing inside of me, which lead me the fear to write and look like a fool. I can’t let this fear stop me or how else will I learn and perfect it or express myself or write a novel, which is something I always wanted to do. So if you are reading this and have been following or new to my blog, all I ask is to be patient with me and this learning process.

Now that my anxiety is under control, it is time to let everyone know what to expect from me!

  • As of yesterday, I started to work out in order to lose weight and become healthier. I will be recording my process weekly, which will contain my weight at that moment, what I eat, how I felt that day emotional and physically, and the type of exercise I have done throughout the day. At this moment,  I’m still debating what day I will post my weekly progress, most likely on Mondays.
  • I will try to post something on a daily basis but to be honest the summer is here, Joey and I planned activities everyday with Emily (Joey gets out of work early during summer).
  • In the next few weeks I will be posting sneak peeks of the creations that I been making for Lil Jomie Creations.
  • I have a few more ideas on my mind on what to expect but it still debatable, let see how everything ends up.

I’m extremely excited of the new adventures that coming our (my little family) way, it won’t be easy but I can’t wait to try and see the end results.  Here a quick recap on what been going on with myself and my family…

I like to be creative, enjoy!

As we all know that my munchkin birthday party was on April 21st, which she had a blast as well as for my guest and her birthday on the 25th where I bake cupcakes and watch her blow out the candle with a few family members. I can’t believe she two already and the terrible two is something else… ;-).

After 12 years of living in Cicero Bronx, N.Y, my parent move 4 blocks away from my apartment. I have live there for 11 years, it’s Emily  first home and watch her grow for a year, it were she learn how to crawl, walk, said her first word, and many more. It was sad to say good bye.

My parent weren’t the only one who move, my sister in law Sandy bought her FIRST HOME!!!  Last weekend her family and my in laws move to their new home, which is gorgeous!!! Sandy and I are planning to do many creative piece for her new home. I’m excited and happy for them.

Finally, I been focusing on my grammar, how to use my Nikon D3100 manually, Photoshop, and of course making creations, tons of creations!

Now it’s time for me to say, until next time!

p.s  Please bare with me, I’m trying to customize my blog…so you might see different themes for the next few weeks. Thank you for your understanding!

Jomarie, Where have you been???

Hi everyone,

I know, I know most of you probably thought I got lost or something…lol…well I didn’t get lost. Unfortunately many things have happen to me since my last post. Okay, so where do I start…not too long ago I experience a really bad asthma attack, which left me in the hospital for days. The day I had an asthma attack I couldn’t move from my bed, it was an effort to move, I couldn’t breathe or talk, it was a very scary moment not only for myself but for my little family. Emily was scared I saw the worriedness in her eyes; she will constantly ask if I’m okay and wouldn’t move from my side. Not only did my asthma play a roll but my anemia was really low. I spent the next few weeks recuperating…yes, my asthma felt so much better, I could breathe easier but I had other challenges as well. I had to deal with my anemia, which my iron was extremely low and I had to fight off dizziness and extreme fatigue.

On the day, that the hospital release me a few hours later I had to run to the emergency room with Emily. She was playing and throwing herself back, my mom caught her by the arm (that way she didn’t hurt her head) and her arm was dislocated after a few hours of waiting the doctor pop her arm in and she was running around the ER like nothing ever happen to her. 2 days later I had a stomach virus and then Emily caught it. After all is done I can finally say that I feel like I’m 85 percent better and I’m ready for the next challenge. Why the 85 percent.. I’m still fighting the anemia but it never stop me before.

What about my school, you may ask, I didn’t drop it…with all the medical situation I had to drop my classes and I WILL return to school in the middle of July.

So what is my next step? I took time off to get better and even though I’m not 100 percent, I know I have to do certain things to get to 100 percent…I’m better enough to start and continue my goals and dreams, and now more than ever I want to accomplish those. For the next few months I will focus on losing weight, taking my medicine without fail, and change not only my eating habit but my little family as well.

I want to live for a long time and especially for my little munchkin and for my other half. So I hope you will follow me in my journey and hopefully it will motivate someone to follow the same but their own personal path to being better.

*** I would like to thank everyone who has been there and supporting me in reaching my goals. I would like to also thank for anyone who read and follow my blogs even though this is my third blog, it means so much to me that you have taken the time to read my blogs. And last I would like to thank everyone who has wish me a speedy recover. Thank You All! ***

Who am I?

Welcome to my blog!!!

My name is Jomarie and I’m a housewife, currently going to school to learn how to manage and grow my business. I’m currently living in The Bronx, New York with my husband of 2 years, Joey and our beautiful active almost 2 years old daughter, Emily (but we call her Emi for short). I’m pretty much an open-minded person, who like to laugh, hardworking, and enjoy being with my little family.  I currently started a business name Lil Jomie Creations, where I do unique, fun diaper cakes and party favors.

I’m really horrible at introducing myself…lol…but it something that must be done, one can say I’m practicing.  One of the things I learn, you have 30 second in the business world  to introduce yourself and who you are, especially if you own a business or want to work in a company. Those 30 second will either make you or break you!

Now that I gave you the first piece of knowledge. Why the blog?

I have to many thought running through my mind about current situation either that affect myself and my family or what happen in the world we live in. Most of you may think why the world? You can see how New York can affect me but truth may be told, what happen in any part of the world such as the United State, Europe, Asia, etc can affect us in a positive or negative way.

Once again, what the purpose of me writing a blog?  Okay, here it goes… knowledge is power! So I’m guessing you’re shaking your head at this moment and telling the computer screen, I know this already (lol).  My blogs will have everything it’s not base on one category, there to many stuff going on out there to stay in one category.  Most likely I be writing about my experience and the step I’m taking such as financial freedom, losing weight, my family, there I say it…couponing and more. My goal is to help others who either in the same situation as myself (or worse) or learn something new that they can apply. We as human have the habit and the mindset to learn things the hard way and not listen to any advice (I’m also including myself but I’m trying to breaking this habit  :-D) by doing this we waste valuable time, that can be use for something great. So it goes back to what I said knowledge is power, the more knowledge you acquire, the successful you become in life. There also another reason for the blog, I know it giving me the motivation, to continue on my goals. Hopefully it give you the motivation as well to move on forward and yes it is scary at first, we only have to take it one step at a time.

I hope you enjoy my first blog! I tried to write it if I were talking to you in person and not make it boring. Comments and advice are welcome!

Have a wonderful day!!!

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