Monday, April 30, 2007


What does it take to truly change? I am referring to those big changes in life, such as breaking a bad habit, starting a good habit, or mastering something that is difficult.

At work I see students who want to change. This semester they are going to get good grades. They have a plan. Now that it is the end of the semester, some are coming back to the advising center to withdraw from one or all their classes. They are not getting the good grades; change is much harder than they expected. (Also, sometimes outside influences can prevent change.)

I also find (long-term) change difficult. For years I have wanted to lose weight. I know what I need to do: eat healthier and exercise (burn more calories than I consume). This sounds so simple! Yet, I struggle to make this change for a long period of time.

I have started exercising, but not without help and a financial commitment. I have been working with a personal trainer since late November to make exercise a regular part of my life. I go to the gym three to four times a week. Some days I do not want to go, but knowing that I am paying for a personal trainer keeps me going. I am not a celebrity, so I cannot have a personal trainer forever. Soon I will phase out the personal training. Have I changed? Will I continue to go to the gym three to four times a week without a set appointment with the personal trainer? I hope so! Thanks to Rita I have learned a lot about exercise and enjoy it more.

Next I want to change my eating habits...

Sunday, April 29, 2007


It was a low-key weekend, which I needed after a busy week at work. John and his friends went to the Fiesta Gartenfest at the Beethoven Maennorchor on Friday night. I stayed home as you can see from my previous post. (I would have been the only wife going with the group...) I decided to not to go to any Fiesta events except Fiesta UTSA this year. It was a nice break after being wrapped up in Fiesta while working in Student Activities. Plus, I was not up for the crowds.

John and I have started a tradition of going out to lunch on Sundays. We usually go late enough to miss the crowds and enjoy the time together. We also like to try new restaurants during this time.

I won't be staying up much longer. I have started going to the gym before work, so I am getting up between 5:00 and 5:30 A.M. about 4 days a week. It is nice to know that I have gotten in my workout for the day, but man it is early. I am not sure yet if I can keep this up for the long run.

Friday, April 27, 2007


Welcome to my new blog! After reading other blogs, I decided that I wanted to try my own. This is really an online scrapbook, and I have found that I really enjoy scrapbooking. I plan to share tid-bits of my everyday life, thoughts, photos, and scrapbook pages. I think that the biggest challenge will be to consistently update the blog. Enjoy!