Transform Your Life Project: #15


ACADEMICALLY, things were better than they have Ever been and everything went smoothly.  I was prepared for my classes and could go in feeling confident and prepared.  It is nice that my efforts throughout the weekend payed off.  I think it also helped that I was in the first presentation group in my Statistics class.  At the time I hated it and was wishing that I had more time to prepare, but now that it is over and done with; I am glad.  I had a little bit of a “breakdown moment” in my computer lab, but I am determined to BREAKTHROUGH and overcome my fears.

PROFESSIONALLY, as in my life at work, I am enjoying my job.  I really enjoy working with the highschoolers and my co-workers are great to work with too.  I also started working with our school’s athletic trainer and sports’ medicine teacher.  She is training for her 1st triathlon and I am helping her with swimming technique and carrying out her training.  It makes me so happy to be serving in a coaching capacity again.

SPIRITUALLY, I feel blessed to have my health, family, friends, and a safe place to call home.  I have faith in God and an open heart.

PERSONALLY, things were a little challenging.  Our water heater broke down so that is always stressful.  It looks like there will be more changes on the horizon, but I have faith that things will work out the way that they are supposed to.  Obstacles are meant to be worked through and we should never allow them to stop us from moving forward.

PHYSICALLY, I am at an all-time low.  My nutrition has been trashy and I am not getting enough exercise.  I think this is the link in my chain that has been compromised with everything that is going on in my life, but I will recover.

It was a lot of work and effort, but I know without a doubt that getting all of my homework done over the weekend was the BEST thing that I could have done for myself.  I was so busy during the rest of the week so having that foresight payed off tremendously.  

I love sitting in class feeling prepared and able to contribute my answers and opinions.  We had our first computer lab in Statistics class and it felt like the scariest moment in my life.  I felt so clueless and lost.  I was not even able to complete the lab in class.  Thank goodness it is not due until next Thursday.  It is just proof that I have my work cut out for me.  I am determined to break through my walls and mental barriers.  

I really enjoyed my choir and music classes.  I decided to be bold and sit in the front during choir rehearsal and it helped because I was able to see the conductor and hear the other singers a lot better.  I want to start practicing my singing every day.

I am disappointed that I did not get all of my homework done over this past weekend.  My boyfriend and I spent the weekend together.  I know that is NOT a valid excuse.

On Friday night I went for a swim at our college swimming pool and it felt wonderful.  I think that I am going to start swimming more consistently.  I even got a compliment on my butterfly from one of the swim coaches.

I feel like this weekend has ended a lot more abruptly than most.  I did not accomplish as much as I wanted and my emotions were high and swirling about.  Something good happened though.  I decided to switch to another gym.  

I have been working out and the local YMCA since the end of December and I have really enjoyed my time there.  I got to take Zumba and Mixxedfit classes to my hearts’ content and I started strength training.  From January through early March I was on such a roll, but when we got the puppy that kind of turned my world upside down.  Now I am not going to blame the puppy for all of my poor choices, but she did contribute to my dramatic lifestyle change.  I think I went over a month without visiting the Y.  Last weekend my friend Paige mentioned that a single membership at the health club I used to work at full-time might not be as expensive as I thought.

I think a big reason why I didn’t join in the first place was the distance and the fact that I needed a little time away.  I gave my notice kind of abruptly (2 weeks) when I decided to leave last August and I know that it was a challenging transition for everyone.  I don’t regret my choice and I know that I made the right one, but I was worried that it would be awkward to be around there.  Also, I am so out of shape and feel a little ashamed of my body.  I don’t want people to wonder why I let myself go, but who cares what others think, right?

I think the biggest reason why I decided to join was because on May 1st they will be opening up the outdoor lap swimming pool and that is just heavenly.  I have my heart set on getting a killer workout AND a tan at the same time.  Also, I will get SO much more for my money.  I may run into old managers now and then and some people will probably ask me questions about my life.  Luckily, I like who I am becoming.  My decision to switch gyms met a little bit of opposition because I had to pay an enrollment fee, but I guess that is just part of it.

With this new gym membership I am making the deliberate decision to invest in myself, my health, and my well-being.  I am ready to continue my Transformation!  Let’s think of this as a New Beginning!


Challenge Yourself

  • Do what you must and do it with ALL your heart.
  • Learn a new language and/or expand on what you have learned so far.
  • Train a little harder.
  • Wake up a little earlier for an early start.

I would really like to workout in the morning before work, but that will depend on whether or not I get to bed at a decent time tonight.  I feel a little uneasy because I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I was hoping to, but tomorrow is a new day and I will just try again.  

Have a wonderful week my Dear Darling Friends!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

Alana Xoxoxo


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