For change to happen, you gotta get uncomfortable

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That’s the line Jillian Michaels screamed at me this morning. No, I am not involved with the next season of The Biggest Loser (I love that show! Just watching transformations unfold are enough to get me to tune in every week.). I was working out with one of Jillian Michaels’ DVDs and she was screaming into the camera “Let’s go people, give me 10 more seconds, for change to happen, you gotta get uncomfortable … and that’s 5-4-3-2-1.”

Right about that point, I hit the ground sweating, breathing heavily and trying to do my one minute of abs. I tried to keep up but all I could do was look at the ceiling and whimpered back, “Jillian I’m uncomfortable!”

I’m sure you’re all wondering what the heck is wrong with me. Why would I put myself through something like that when I could spend that time reading posts from the bloggers I follow or pinning cupcakes on Pinterest. I told you folks a few weeks ago that 2013 was the Year of Me (read the post here). If a person is going to say something like that than it means you have to make changes and those changes are going to make you feel uncomfortable.

If there’s one thing my Pinterest addiction has taught me is that it’s time to get myself and my house in order. I spent the last month researching and pinning. Reading and re-pinning. And now its time to do what I need to do to get uncomfortable. I’m turning chaos into order and that always warms my little OCD heart.

This is what I found and what I’m going to try to do to make some changes (the key word to notice here is TRY):

1. Fitness

I can honestly tell you that I do my best to work out every week. I usually try to do some kind of exercise like step aerobics or lifting weights. I’m a big fan of Billy Blanks and his Tae Bo series. There’s nothing better than punching and kicking to help you get rid of your stress. And let’s not forget the daily walks with my dog Winston. On a bad day, I can power walk at least a mile.

So you’d think with all that exercise I’d drop all kinds of weight but it seems my body has other plans. I think I hit that point where I wasn’t challenging my body anymore. I have enough workout DVDs to mix up my exercise routine but over time, my body remembered all the moves and I was just going through the motions.

In walked Jillian and her ‘I’m going to make you uncomfortable’ DVDs. These were recommended to me by my sister who lost 30 pounds last year from doing these workouts every day. I love the idea that these are 30 – 45 minute blocks of time but man, she shoves as much exercise as she can into that short time period. I’ve only been using them for a few weeks so I’ll let you how it all comes out … or should I say, comes off?

2. Financial

Every year, I say I’m going to get a handle on my finances and I pull together some tracking system. That usually lasts about two months and then life throws something at me like a car repair or I see some conference I want to go to for work.

BUT this is the Year of Me … and I’ve found mint.com! A friend of mine told me about this site last year and I didn’t pay much attention to it until I saw a post about taking care of your finances on Pinterest. When I read the article, the biggest piece of advice I picked up was to keep an eye on where your money is going. I always had problems with tracking every little thing I spent my money on so I’m here to say that the mint.com program does it for you and for FREE.

Basically you have to agree to let the program connect to your bank accounts. They can’t get INTO your accounts, just monitor your spending into different categories that you set up. So far I’ve figured out where most of my money is going – the weekly grocery bill. It was an eye-opener to see my whole month of spending charted out in a pie-shaped diagram.

3. Writing

You knew this would be one of my goals! Isn’t that why we’re all here blogging? Because we love to write so much that we couldn’t imagine not being able to do it.

I struggle like everyone else to find time to write, read everyone’s blogs and post comments. In my blogging workshops, I talk about how to create your own routine and make it something you can keep up with every week. I figured out a pretty good plan for myself but like everything else, plans only work when we remember to include how to re-work everything when other stuff comes up.

I got off track last year when I was trying to get my 12 week online course up and running. It took most of my attention away from the blogging plan I had so carefully crafted. And then I started blogging for my business site because as you know, I have nothing else to do (if you want to see my business blog, click here). The class has been launched – check it out here: Social Media with a Strategy – and I’ve been trying to get back on track.

Pinterest to the rescue! Take a look at what I found: 10 Free blog planners to download (click on the link to see the planners). Be still my organizational heart! I clicked until I found what I was looking for and re-worked my routine. I’m happy to say that I’m so organized that I’m actually tracking my weekly word count and have a monthly list of projects, to-do lists and a place to map out ideas … ALL printed out into 2 (yes, I said 2) pieces of paper.

I’m pretty darn proud of myself right now 🙂

If you have any ideas or suggestions of programs you’re using to help you stay organized, please let me know in the comments! It never hurts to add something else if it helps makes my life easier.

Photo credit: How to overcome fear

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11 thoughts on “For change to happen, you gotta get uncomfortable

    • Yes, yes she is. And I probably said the same words 🙂
      I tell you what though, the financial stuff is probably the most uncomfortable. Its hard to really look at that.

  1. Are we related? I swear you sound like me talking to me. Good luck with Jillian, and if you get tired of listening to her, just do what I do and turn off the sound and pump up the tunes!

    • I think its the Buffett connection and maybe the fact, we both had our boys on Thanksgiving week. Somehow the universe has connected us 🙂

      I put this post up hoping others were doing this kind of stuff and to see if anyone had some other ideas I was missing.

      • I’m trying to get my family to loose weight in the form of clutter because I really think we could clothe a small village, trying to get closer to my graduation weight and trying to learn to like eating vegetables! Nope, you’re not alone.

      • Totally on the same page! I’m on mission this year to clean out the crap in this house and get organized. Guess I spend way too much time on Pinterest … those organizing bloggers are getting to me 🙂

    • Well so far so good – let’s see where I am a month from now.
      The mint.com program seems like it could cause some issues but after using it awhile, I can say its more like a 3rd party app connected to something like facebook. It can see your posts but it can’t comment or change anything. It’s monitoring my account but I have to go into the program to change stuff like the categories. I can’t use it to go into my bank accounts to do something like a transfer. You can see how it works online.

      It’s interesting tracking my spending and seeing what I’m really doing vs what I thought I was doing.

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