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).

weekly overview Weekly overview

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

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!

Last week weight (5/13): 264

This week weight (5/20): 262

I lost 2 pounds!!!

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Monday 5/13/2013

Workout:  Zumba (for the Xbox) for 20 minutes.

Meals: 8:00am: Pancake and sausage w/ orange juice

2:25pm: Croissant and coffee

6:30pm: Rice, beans and chicken

4 Cups of water, slept for 3 hours, after my work out I felt a little tired, taken 2 multivitamin.

Tuesday 5/14/2013

Workout:  I didn’t do any work out today, went to work.

Meals: 6:10am: Coffee and Bagel w/ cream cheese

3:30pm: Sandwich of ham and cheese and coffee

6:10pm: Pasta w/ ground beef and Ragu sauce

3 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours

Wednesday 5/15/2013

Workout: I didn’t do any work out today, went to work

Meals: 5:30am: Coffee and a donuts

1:38pm: Bertolli soup

5:15pm: Rice, beans and pork chops

4 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours

Thursday 5/16/13

Workout:  Another day of not working out. I went to work.

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

1:35pm: Croissant and coffee

5:35pm: Bertolli pasta

3 Cups of water and slept for 5 hours.

Friday 5/17/2013

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

Meals: 10:09am: Pancake and sausage with apple juice

2:15pm: Coffee

7:00pm: Rice, beans and chicken breast.

4 Cups of water and slept for 3 hours

Saturday 5/18/2013

Workout:  I didn’t work out. I went to work.

Meals: 9:25am: Coffee and a donuts.

2:45pm: BBQ’s Restaurant, I ate steak, shrimp, french fries and a texas size pina collada.

5 Cups of water, slept for 5 hours, taken 2 steroids medicine for the asthma

Sunday 5/19/2013

Workout:  I didn’t work out. I went to work

Meals: 6:55am: Coffee and a donuts

3:00pm, Bertolli pasta

6:30pm, Burger King, number 1 whopper meal.

5 Cups of water, slept for 5 hours, and taken 2 steroids pills.

Note to self:

After reviewing this week I realize I need to change a lot of my bad habits.

  • I need sleep 6-8 hours a day.
  • Take  multivitamins 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 snack in between my meals like fruits, vegetables and/ or nuts.
  • Eat every 4 hours.

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Tip of the week: This week’s tip is pretty small but it can impact in a big way. Snacks, eating snacks between meals will help your metabolism running throughout the day. It helps control your appetite that way when you finally sit down and eat you don’t over eat or eat something that you shouldn’t. Making a snack doesn’t take long to make and it can be anything you like to eat and help those cravings that we seem to have on the worst possible moment. If you’re craving for something sweet eat a yogurt or a piece of fruit. If you’re craving for something salty eat a handful of nuts or it can be a mixture of both. Planning on your snack can be enjoyable and fun. Plus the benefit of planning your snack will help you save money (I hear a few extra bucks for a new craft supply, haha).

 

Wish you the best,

Jomarie

Weekly Workout Update!!!

It’s been more than a month since I post a weekly workout and quite frankly I haven’t done anything not because I didn’t want to but I became busy and extremely sick. During my time in bed I wondered how easy I lost my focus when I became extremely busy, even though I lost 10 pounds and still maintain the weight for the last month. It still bothers me that I haven’t made it as a priority…. So I still wonder was I that busy? Where their moments when I could have worked out?  Should I have been more conscious of what I was eating? The answer to those questions is YES!!. I should have done something, I know that working out is an essential for me in order to be healthy and live longer.

After sitting, thinking what should I have done (this is a step that I don’t ponder too much on, learn from the past and apply to the now), I decided to add a key factor onto my goals. If a week becomes extremely busy, I have to work out at least 3 times a week. I have to make this into a rule especially that I will start working, going to school and manage Lil Jomie Creations. I’m not quitting and I haven’t failed, you can only fail if you quit. I haven’t done that, It’s just that I fell, got up, dusted myself off and figured out a plan not to fall again.

I guess, writing this is to help motivate myself but to also to say hey I’m human and I will make mistakes, or lose focus or both but I can only learn from it and continue.  I hope for anyone who fell and feels that it’s the end, so why bother… I’m here to say don’t give up.  Just because you lost focus or made a mistake doesn’t mean it’s the end, get back on it and give it your best again. If you fall again get back on but learn from that fall that way you can avoid it and not get frustrated. I’m happy to say I’m better but I have to slow down a bit because my asthma is strong from the nasty cold I had but if I can’t do the Tae Bo there is always walking for me which I will be doing.

I do have exciting news hopefully next week I will have a Q&A with my friend, who is a personal trainer and for the next two weeks I will take anyone’s questions about health and fitness (the reason I say hopefully I’ll have the Q&A with him, is because he recently had his first-born son and if you are a parent then you’ll know how busy and exhausting it is to take care of a new-born and handle the everyday activities). If you do have any questions feel free to leave a comment.

 

** Tip: If you know you have a busy day, week or month, it is best to sit down and write a schedule for that day or week. Write down your everyday schedule such as days you go to class, work, children activities (if you have children), Doctors appointments and so on (also write the time).  Once you’re done, plan your meals in advance, then the days you can work out and the type of workout you’re going to do. Also have a backup plan with your meals and workout in case a curve ball is thrown at you. **

 

Thanks and Take Care ❤

Monday, weekly workout

Happy Monday Everyone!!!! This week weekly workout, enjoy ♥

Last week weight (6/17): 260

This week weight (6/24): 255

Hooray!!! I lost 5 pounds, I reach my mini goal ☺

Monday 6/18/12

Workout: 45 Minute Tae Bo at 10:00 am, Walk for an hour and half

Meals: 5:15am, Coffee, sandwich with ham, cheese and italian bread toasted

9:25am, A bowl of oatmeal, banana and small cup of orange juice, Tropic

1:30pm, Sweet potatoes french fries in an oven (added a pinch of salt, black pepper and a   spoonful of olive oil) with chicken breast.

5:40pm, White rice, black beans and chicken breast

10:40pm, 2 handful of pretzels

8 Cups of water, only slept for 2 hours, after my work out I felt exhausted but happy and ready for more, and 2 iron pills

Tuesday 6/19/12

Workout: 45 Minute Tae Bo at 10:00am, walk for 2 hours

Meals: 8:00am, Coffee and pancakes

12:15am, Mix vegetables and coffee

5:30pm, Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn on a cob, bake mac and cheese

12:30am, Piece of bake mac and cheese (so good but so bad)

9 Cups of water, slept for 4 hours, exhausted throughout the day, and taken 2 iron pills

Wednesday 6/20/2012

Workout: 45 Minute Tae Bo at 3pm, Zumba for the Xbox for a half hour. (This day was extremely hot, so I decided not to go out)

Meals: 10:30am, Toast with 2 eggs and coffee

2:30pm, Left-over meat loaf and bake mac and cheese

6:30pm, Mix vegetables and 3 slices of spam

11:30pm Half of a yogurt

9 Cups of water, Slept for 8 hours, feeling great through the day!! and taken 2 iron pills

Thursday 6/21/2012

Workout: 45 minute Tae Bo at 4:30pm, Zumba for the Xbox for an hour and half (another hot day, Joey and Emily joined me in the Zumba, had fun!)

Meals:  9:45am, Coffee and toast

1:30am, Chicken nuggets in the oven with bake potatoes

5:30pm, Pasta with ground beef

10:00pm, Watermelon

9 Cups of water, Slept for 8 hours, felt great and up to speed with the Tae Bo and taken 2 iron pills.

Friday 6/22/2012

Workout: 45 Minute Tae Bo at 9:30am, walk for 3 hours

Meals: 8:00am, Bowl of cereal Special K

12:00pm, White rice with spam

4:00pm, Coffee and crackers

7:30pm, Chicken Sandwich from burger king

9:50pm, 3 handful of popcorn (went to see Brave, awesome movie)

8 Cups of water, Slept for 7 hours, felt full of energy and I can walk without breathing hard!!!, taken 2 iron pills.

Saturday 6/23/2012

Workout:  Walk for 4 hours

Meals: 1:30pm, Burger with cheese and white bread (burger was cook in a George foreman grill)

7:00pm, Rice with pigeon peas (arroz con gandules), spare ribs and green beans

3:30am, Sandwich with ham and cheese and a small cup of ice tea

8 Cups of water, slept for 12 and 1/2 hours, much-needed sleep, taken 2 iron pills.

Sunday 6/24/2011

Workout: I rested this day, I did a lot of stretching and walk for 7 hours in a mall.

Meals: 1:30pm, Chicken sandwich from Mc Donald’s

5:30pm, Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mix vegetables, a piece of a banana cheesecake and 1 tall glass of Dr. Pepper (My dad took me to the cheesecake factory to celebrate my birthday from last week).

3 Bottle of water, slept for 7 hours, and taken 2 iron pills.

This week, I was proud of myself to workout everyday twice a day. My asthma is doing better, I can walk without having difficulty in breathing and I notice my posture is better.

Next week, I plan to find cooking ingredients to cook healthier and great for diabetes (for my husband) and make homemade snack bags to go for Emily and for myself. I also plan to find workout DVD that are kid friendly or find some on the internet. (Emily love to workout with me, well for the first half an hour of the Tea Bo, but she will dance with me in the Zumba. She loves to dance!).

My tip for this week: If you, taken your first step in deciding to eat healthier and workout on a regular basis, then congratulations!! Second step is to write everything down (if you need a guide line, you can check mine, click here) and now you ready to begin on this tough journey but once you reach your goal is worth it. So, you have written everything down, you bought your workout clothes, food, etc. Now you ready for your work out but WAIT, you forgot one more step! What?! What you mean one more step? I’m ready now!  Continue on the plans you written for yourself but take a minute and call your doctor and /or nutritionist to make an appointment…if you can only see your doctor every 3 months (like me, except when I have an asthma attack) continue on your plan till you see them.

Why contact the doctor?  It’s very important that you consult with him or her of your plans, reason being they can do a physical and see if there anything you need to know, speak with them about your eating plans and ESPECIALLY any supplements you are taking or thinking of taking. Reason being if you’re taking a multivitamin and you have low iron, you would want to know if the multivitamin has enough iron that you need or do you need to take another pill that only contains iron in additional to the multivitamin. It’s very important to consult with them and see what you can take or not, it like the saying “too much of a good thing can be bad” and this is true (it can be for anything other than supplements and exercise, as well). The more you know the better chance you can actually take care of yourself in all aspects. What better way, when you leave from that appointment, you confidence increases, you have learn something new, you’re not lost, and it show your motivation to reach that main goal.

What to take with you:

  • Take the notebook that you been writing down your plans and your weekly workout.
  • Print out any supplement information that you are either taking and or want to take.
  • Take a pen with you if you need to write down any information that they are telling you, especially when it come to your body and any condition you need to be aware off.

Wish you the best on this journey for a better you!

♥ Thank you for reading my second weekly workout and hopefully my little information help you. If you have any question, comments or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment ♥

We are toward the end of June, the halfway mark of 2012.

What have we done to so far this year?

At the beginning of every year before January 1st roll by, we all sit down and make our New Year resolution. Some people take it serious, while others make a joke about it but in all serious have you kept up with your New Year resolution or have you forgotten about it? Don’t feel bad majority of people either forget or give up on it. I’m one of those people I forget what promises I made on December 31st but then again I always take it as a joke. I never like to use that term or wait till January 1st to start new in my life. If you really wanted to start new or change something you do it ASAP anytime, any month, any day.

Okay I don’t use New Year resolution, what do I use? I prefer to use goals and soon to make my dreams come true. If you have read some of my other blogs such as Monday is a new start, you will see I set up 3 different goals in order to lose weight my main goal, short-term goals and my mini goal. If you would like to read Monday is a new start, click here -> https://liljomarie.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/monday-is-a-new-start/. I love to set my goals, it helps me to stay on focus in my upside down life and I make many of them and no it not chaotic :-). I honestly think goals can be set up anytime time and about anything you want it to be, you don’t have to wait for the New Year to start on what need to be change, you can start it right now!!!  What perfect about setting your goals, if we forget our goals or mess up it okay we all human, it not the end of the world. It a new experience or something has happen that derail you from reaching your goals, this is not to discourage you on setting your goals, its reality (you wouldn’t want me to sugar coat it?). Getting back, what great about it you can get right back to it and continue reaching those goals you laid out for yourself, it has happen to me so many times that I derails myself from my goals but I get back on it and once I reach my goals I feel extremely proud of myself even more so because I gotten derail and got back on it.

So are you ready to sit down and write down your goals, it only take a paper and pen to start. It pretty simple to start and you can start one goal (as time goes, you can add more goals). If you have already set a few of them, go and review them and see if you need to alter them or even bring the inspiration back to life. Just to give an example, I’ll add one of my goals and this goal is actually a new one:

Goal: To purchase our first home and save a down payment in 3 years

Steps:

  • If we save $287 a month in 3 years we would have $10,000.
  • Increase and fix our credit score (MUST do research)
  • Pay down as much debt as we can (that way were not house broke and help with our credit)

Keep in mind that there will be challenges reaching your goals and possibly you might have to change or re-alter your goals to a new situation in front of you. Keep going and you never know how proud you will feel once you completed your goals, especially if it a challenging one. You will feel like you can do anything in the world even if you had to make a few changes.

**FYI, there will be goals that you might want to drop not because you can’t do it but something has come across and it okay, I had to change a lot of my goals and drop a few of them because I made those goals while I was single now as a wife and mother I have set new goals and I don’t feel bad for my old goals, I just made changes and still pursuing it. **

I do wish you the best of luck in completing your goals, and even though this post has the positive and negative, my purpose is not derailing you. It’s to actually prepare you on what to come and changes are okay.

♥♥ Would like to share your goals with me and other please leave a comment, I would love to hear about them and you never know if you encourage someone else with your goals such as ways to improve our planet. Also in the near future I would love to make a post dedicating other persons goals to encourage and even make a difference in our community or our little world (you never know, ☺). Hopefully by next week I will post what I need from you. ♥♥

Once again, I wish you the best!!!

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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