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After a series of failed attempts at finding some lighter wash jeans with mild distressing, Express finally came through for me with these jeans. They are from the new Eco-Friendly line (made from fabric that contains at least two recycled water bottles!), but in terms of fit and sizing, they are just like my regular Express jean leggings. My normal size fit great and they have a good amount of stretch while still holding their shape throughout the day.
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Monday Motivation: Following Up
Five weeks ago, I started a Monday Motivation series to keep myself accountable and on track with the goals I made for the new year (you can see those here). Rather than sharing a new motivation today, I wanted to give an update on how things are going with each of my past topics. So let's start at the beginning...
Week One: Black Belt Motivation (Original Post Here)
Over the holidays, the studio where I practice Tae Kwon Do with my boys was bought out by another chain of studios. The changes in instructors, style and curriculum were shocking and frustrating. I could write an entire post with my feelings on that, but thef fact is, I am only one belt away from Black Belt and I am not quitting at this point. I looked into other options around town and none are as convenient for me (in terms of location and family class options), and all of them would still require me to learn some of their unique curriculum. So one way or another I have some new hurdles to jump over to get to Black Belt and I can't change that. Now that I've accepted that, I've just decided to stay where I am and at least jump over those extra hurdles at a convenient time and place. Some of the new instructors are growing on me, all of my friends from the adult class are staying at the studio (so far), so despite taking a major hit, I held on and my motivation to achieve this goal is slowly getting back to where it was.
Week Two: Time Management/Punctuality (Original Post Here) |
Ugh. Well, I wish I could say I'm doing much better in this area but to be honest I'm not. I improved for about a week after I wrote that post...and then my old habits crept back in. I even listed to an audiobook The Power of Habit to see if it would spark some changes, but that didn't work. The book was actually very interesting, but I felt it was geared more toward the brain fuctions of habits and how habits make or break a partcular business or organization. There was only one chapter that addressed "how to change your habits" and that wasn't enough to help me.
By no means am I giving up on this goal, but if this were a report card I'd mark myself as Needs Improvement.
Week Three: New and Improved Flexibility Routine (Original Post Here)
In week three I shared my plan to reduce my cardio days in favor of more yoga and stretching workouts, and I'm happy to report that is going well. This just feels like the right choice for my body right now. I promised to follow up with reviews on the DVDs I purchased, and I will do that in a separate post. In short they're both decent but Eoin Finn's place as my #1 favorite yoga instructor is safe for now.
Week Four: De-Cluttering and Closet Cleanout: Here
If you follow me on social media or read my Wednesday/Friday blog posts last week, then you know that I am getting an A+ for this project. I spent a lot of time sorting and donating over the weekend, then I've continued to make time for a little more here and there each day. Even when I'm driving around town running errands I am thinking my way through my house at what area I'm going to attack next. By the sound of all this you'd think my house was covered in junk when I started, but truthfully it's all stuff that's been stuffed in closets, cupboards or under beds and it's amazing just how much stuff can fit in there. Once again, this has been a very enlightening experience and it may merit another separate follow-up post since I've gone way beyond cleaning out my clothing closet and learned a lot in the process. I have also been listening to Peter Walsh's audiobook on de-cluttering, "It's All Too Much" to help me stay motivated. I'm a little over halfway through and so far I think it's excellent. A lot of his examples are far more extreme cases of clutter than mine and sometimes he goes into more detail than I need on a particular area (e.g. I don't need help organizing a garage sale or directions to order pizza for my family on the day we de-clutter), but his principles and strategies are practical and realistic, and so far the book gets my recommendation.
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