Project 219 Update

 

my project 219 chart

How is my Project 219 coming along? This was my challenge for 2019. Last year, it was my art journal.

Project 219

This was to do some sort of a work out daily, for at least 219 of the 365 days. In other terms, work out 60%, or 2/3 daily of the year.

So Far So Good

Out of the 151 days ,I had some sort of exercise work out on 89 days out of 151. This could have been a bike ride, ride on the trainer, walk at least one mile, or some sort of weight training for at least 30 minutes. In other words, doing a plank for 45 seconds does not constitute a work out.

Ways for Improvement

I don’t tend to work out on the days where I work  until 7am, drive home, sleep, then drive back to work at 730 pm. I probably need to not come home midweek  for my six day work week. ( I’m working six *midnight* shifts in a row, 9 pm to 7 am. My work place is 1 hour 15 minutes away.)

New Work Schedule

As said above, I have a new job, in a hospital, in another state. That makes it sound far away, but it’s not. I LIKE my new job! How many people can say that? I don’t really love the midnight shift, but that’s what shift was available.

My new job has a very nice work out room. Elliptical, treadmills, stairclimber, lots of machines that I’ve forgotten how to use. I’ve just dug out my old weight training book, with some print outs from 2006. What’s old is new again.

 

More Mini Adventures

Spring is here, and time to look at the calendar. More importantly, I appear to have a “work schedule” where I can predict what my days on-and OFF-will be. That leads to future scheming and dreaming.

Get the Bike Out

I’m torn between hiking and biking. Biking leads to a bit more planning. But biking is looming large in my future mini adventures.

Bikepacking

What’s bikepacking? It’s backpacking with a bike. Or: any ride that requires an overnight stay.

Bikepacking trips I am planning:

Bike Overnight: It doesn’t have to be far away. Just get out for a night, camp out, return home. I will ride from my house, to Salt Fork State Park, and camp out in one of my tents overnight.

It’s only 13 miles, but a bit hilly. This will be a good excuse to get the gear out, and see about packing my new bike.

Steel City Loop: This is a 72 mile loop around Pittsburgh, using mostly trails-The Montour, Great Allegheny Passage, Three Rivers Heritage Trail. This could be a one day, or two day tour. I’m leaning toward an overnight, as this would give me plenty of time to hang out and explore Pittsburgh.

Greenbrier Trail-this is a long rails trail in Southern West Virginia. Due to the time involved driving to the southern trailhead (not far from White Sulphur Springs) this would be at least a two day overnight.

Wabash Cannonball Trail-this is a rail trail in northwestern Ohio, 63 miles long.

National Trails Day, June 1-bikepack to the Buckeye Trail Association Barn-this is about 33 miles away for me. But this is the route I would take:

a stout undertaking!

As you can see, most of these rides are fairly close by for me. You don’t have to travel far to have a big adventure!

2019 Update

Dog jumping in snow
2019 Update

Hola! How is your winter progressing? It’s finally arrived here in Ohio with a vengeance. But it’s already trending toward the bottom of the month, spring is closer!

 

219 Workouts

Yes, I am doing them! I found this cool habit tracker from Elise Joy, it is free from this website. I’ve been doing some sort of movement almost daily! I need to put some intensity into said workouts.

Career
My gap year has ended. I have a new position which I begin on Tuesday. I don’t talk about my career so much on my blog, as I have chosen to focus the blog on the more personal aspects than the professional.


The very good news is my job is local, in fact I used to work in the same town ten years ago.  We don’t have to move! I didn’t realize how much I appreciate and LOVE where we live until I was faced with possibly relocating.

 

Comfort Zone


There is nothing like job interviews to take you outside of your comfort zone! Last time I interviewed for a job, there were not behavioural or situational interviews happening! I certainly learned bunches about the current job market, LinkedIn, networking, etc!

Progress not perfection sheet
Progress not perfection

219 Workouts in 2019 Challenge

Work out 219 times in 2019

This year’s challenge is going back to the physical. I am going to work out 219 times in the year 2019.

What constitutes a workout? A work out can be a hike, bike, weights, kayak-anything that is out of the regular workings of life. Taking the dogs for a walk is not a workout. Washing floors does not count as a work out. If I end up painting the barn for six hours-well, yes, I will count that as a work out.

Working out 2/3 of the Year?!?

It’s not that difficult, people. It’s making the commitment. This would be working out five days a week. Need help with a schedule? Here’s a plan from Self Magazine.

Here are 19 moves you should be doing in 2019 from Stacked.com. It’s all about the core!

Keeping Track

I think I will make a calendar like I used to to record my work outs. That will help to keep me accountable. (I wish I could find this old school calendar software!)

Old School Work out calendar from 2004.

It’s a new year, a new breath of freshness. Someone noted online that this will be the last time we see a “teen” in our lifetime. Shall we make it the best teen year ever? Let’s go!

What are you going to do in 2019?

52 in 52 Art Journal Challenge Completed!

I did it! I completed my challenge for 2018, 52 in 52. This was to create a weekly mixed media art page-outside of my comfort zone, based on some random prompts generated.

This turned into a  true challenge. Many weeks I ran out of time, realizing my gung ho attitude on Monday had dwindled toward the end of the week. I ran out of time on most.  Sometimes the prompt wouldn’t trip my trigger of creativity.

I’m not much of an artist. This was a fun exercise to use some materials not very familiar to me and “get out of the comfort zone”.

My 2019 challenge will go in a different direction, far more physical than cerebral. Below, please find completely out of order, my creations for 2018 52 in 52 Challenge.

 

My only big fail “Dream Fire Tower”. I’ll have to do this and redeem myself.

 

 

 

art journal challenge tree graffiti
 Journal Challenge Fireworks
Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

Week 52 Art Journal Challenge Winter

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

Week 52 is here of my art journal challenge. This week prompt is “winter”. I was pleased with my color choices. It was driven by my “horses” picture. This is why I like to have my camera/phone with me always. It was great to capture these Amish horses on a cold bluebird winter day.

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

All pictures are mine. Living in Ohio there are many opportunities to take great winter photos.

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

Media used was paint, markers, stickers. Very happy to end my art journal challenge with this page. My wrap up post will be coming at the end of the month.

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter