Sunday Confession: Bullet Journal Vol 1

26 February, 2017

Happy Sunday friends!

Today's Sunday Confessions is a wee bit different than normal.

But it's still going to be one BIG confession.....

I kind of hate my bullet journal.


I know. I know. I mean, I love it. But I hate it all at the same time.

Because this post ended up being WAAAAAAY too freaking long when it was all said and done, I've decided to break it into 3 parts, or volumes as I like to call them. It just sounds more fancy. In this first part, I'll go over what didn't work, the next what did work and the last will be what I'm doing differently!

Hopefully, in the end, it will all make sense and I don't end up sounding like a total nutter.

Here we go.......

The best part about the start of a new year is that we all come up with ALL THE PLANS on how we are going to do things……get in shape, get organized, get our spending and budgets under control, etc.

And then we actually sit down to do all the things and we quickly realize doing ALL THE THINGS is just not going to happen.

I had lofty plans of getting not only myself, but also my house and finances under control and organized. I crack myself up sometimes.

One of the first things I did was set up a no spend tracker and spending log to track how much I spending, where I was spending my money and what I was buying. The ONLY thing this told me was that I buy A LOT of food, so really, not anything I didn’t already know. I’m single, I’m only cooking for one and doing on BIG grocery shopping trip does work for me (I end up throwing food away). So, while in theory it was a GREAT idea to track both of these things, it just isn’t realistic.

I also did a Savings Tracker to keep track of how much money I tuck away each week to beef up my savings account. Again, in theory this was a great idea but no need to really track something that is automatically taken from my paycheck and tucked away for a rainy day. I think if I do something like this again in my next bujo, I’ll track specific savings goals rather than just one giant, general goal.

Next up was the cleaning tracker. Oh, silly, silly Meg. This was a bust from day one! I didn’t think this out enough in terms of marking individual cleaning activities so yeah. It was a waste of 2 pages!

I also tried to do some fancy color coding with my days but that quickly got SUPER annoying when I JUST wanted to write down an appointment or a task and had to dig through my bag ‘o pens to find the appropriate color.

All the above spreads were done with good intensions but sadly, they just weren't realistic for me. I take that back.....the actual layouts for the monthly and weekly spreads are AMAZING and working perfectly for me. It's just the color coding that got really old, really fast that I bailed on.

Thankfully thought, with the bujo you can try something and if it doesn't work, just move onto the next thing!

Which is exactly what we will do in the next post!! Next time we'll talk about all the goodness that did work.

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19 February, 2017

Crazy Town // Holy cannoli. This past week has been crazy busy and the upcoming one is going to be just as nuts.

Reset // I don't know if this is really a "thing" but every so often I find that I need a bit of a break from the gym and from working out. And that is what I did this weekend. Usually, my long days are Saturday and Sunday because I, obviously, have the extra time. But the last few weeks have been ROUGH emotionally so I decided to take this weekend off from the gym, spend some time outside with Bandit and do some things to take care of myself mentally.

Journal Junkie // I am a journal junkie! Currently, I am working my way through three of bullet journal, my workout journal and I just recently started back with a "regular" journal.  But one night after falling down the blackhole called YouTube and all the videos about journaling, a NEW (to me) style popped up! A Travelers Notebook. Sooooo...yeah, I bought one. I love it and have started making my own inserts because because it's cheaper and a way for me to distract myself and be creative.

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12 February, 2017

I've had this draft open on my screen but haven't been able to bring myself to type anything. It's not that I haven't had ANYTHING to say. It's more like I've had too much to say and I can't get it cohesive enough to make any sense!

The gym life has been hard recently. Not physically, but mentally. Even though the numbers have been going up, the 'ole self esteem has been going down. If only I could get those to to UP at the sam time. Ah well.....sometimes life it all about being a "work in progress". At. All. Times.

I know I promised updates on my bullet journal and I'm working on it. It's just that it is totally has evolved into something different than I had intended it to be. It's also spawned a new journal that I'm working on as well. So again, as soon I am wrap my head around everything I will do a post or two about them.

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My New Training Program

25 January, 2017

When I left my crossfit box at the end of October, I signed myself up at a gym that is closer to home. I knew it wouldn’t be the same but it has a halfway decent weight room, a couple of areas to do AMRAPs and Metcons, a good number of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and rower. I also felt pretty comfortable writing my own workouts but I knew I would have to push myself  now that I was going at it solo. It would be a challenge, but I was up for it.

About a month or so into the whole thing though I started to struggle. Yes, the workouts I wrote were “hard” but it was taking me a long time to finish them. Not having someone working out next to me didn’t give me the push I needed to go “harder”.

I also found myself struggling with the barbells. There are certain lifts I absolutely love doing (deadlifts, squats and cleans) and lifts I absolutely hate doing (push/strict press, bench press, any kind of jerk). I was constantly changing the workouts I wrote to include only the lifts I liked doing and left out the ones I hate. I wasn’t getting in the variety of movements I was used to and was beginning to feel like I was getting weaker and not stronger.

I finally decided after failing at a lift I most definitely should have nailed it was time to look into something different. I mean, if I failed a lift only a month into my own training, what would happen after six months of training on my own?! I didn’t want to find out.
I looked into joining some of the other gyms in the area, but they were all nearly an hour awhile from my home. If I was going to do that, I might as well just join back up at my old box and hope I didn’t catch too much flack for it.

So, I started to look into online training programs, the two that I gave the most consideration too being Strong Lifts and

I started with Strong Lifts but quickly became bored with the workouts. I never felt like I was getting a really good workout, the weights were well under what I was already able to lift so I bailed pretty quickly.

Body had some pretty good programs, but most of them lacked actual barbell work, which is what I LOVE. Sure, I used machines from time to time, but I would much rather load up a barbell than fuss around with the machines.

I finally decided since I wasn’t finding what I wanted through free resources and that I wasn’t able to commit to joining another gym/box, it was time to look at online or remote training.

Again, I looked at a few different options/programs before decided to reach out to Rob at No Coast Strength and Conditioning. I don’t know how, when or why I started following him on Instagram, but that’s how I heard about him and his programming. After sending him a pretty short “Hey, can you tell me what you offer for training?” email, he sent me back a pretty extensive explanation of what he offered and addressed my concern of wanting to still do some lifting (i.e. I LOVE deadlifts). I was sold and immediately signed up for him monthly programming.
O.M.G. One of the best decisions I have ever made.

Every Monday I wake up to that weeks programming. It is SO nice to know what the workouts are for the week. I can better plan my time at the gym and based on what the movements are can plan my rest days accordingly (i.e. if Day 2 is a heavy upper body day, I know I’ll be taking the next day off from the gym or just doing straight cardio because I have the upper body strength of a toddler). Rob programs a good mix of lifting heavy (the first workout he gave me included deadlifts.....I mean seriously!) and accessory work. I definitely feel like I have gotten a full, well-rounded workout when I'm done.

Admittedly this isn’t necessarily the route for everyone. I’m pretty comfortable with throwing some weight around in the weight room and am skittish enough to know that I’m not going try and go too heavy. 9 times out of 10 I am in the weight room… myself! It’s kind of awesome but also keeps my "I can't TOTALLY lift that!" ideas in check. I’m also pretty good at pushing myself especially if it is doing something that I really enjoy.

Sunday Confessions

22 January, 2017

I try to stay away from politics as much as I can, but my frustration and anger over Donald Trump being elected president is no longer about politics. It is about a horrible human being being elected to represent the United States of America. We are better than this.

Yesterday I attended the Women's March: We Are Watching in Traverse City. I didn't really know what to expect, but it was SO great to be involved in what was happening. There were so many people of different ages, races, was inspiring to know we aren't alone in our frustration and anger over what is happening in our country right now.

At bookclub the other night, one of the members told me about Indivisible Guide. It's a guide (duh, Caption Obvious) on what we can do to remain engaged with Congress and to make sure our voices continue to be heard. I've not had a chance to really dive into it, but from what I've heard, it will be a great resource.

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Thanks for reading!