Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Neverending Lists

I posted yesterday about taking control of my life and getting refocused.  As part of this process I stated that I was going to make out lists for every aspect of my life.....from school to home.  The purpose of these lists are to give me a starting point to accomplish everything I need to get done.  Raych from left me a comment saying that she would love to see my lists so I agreed to post some of them today.  I'm still not done because my lists are always a work in progress but here is what I have so far.

I just began with a plain notebook and wrote down everything that I needed to do or remember.  Most of these lists run through December 31, 2010 and then I will start a new list.
1.  The first few pages in my notebook are devoted to my finances.  I won't go into detail on this but its just the bills I have due and when and what money I have coming in.  I also made out my Christmas shopping list because its only 66 days away. 
2.  The next 5 pages list all my daily and weekly chores and big jobs around my house I have been putting off.  I'm not going to post my lists here because then you all would know I'm but I have it broke down room by room and outside jobs. 
3.  The next section explains what each one of my children are doing in school right now and what they need help from me on. 
4.  I have one page devoted to phone calls I need to make or return which I always seem to forget.
5.  I have my grocery list made out for the month.
6.  A page for appointments and special events
7.  All my assignments and tests for my photography class, when they are assigned and due.
8.  My college schedule of classes that I need to take to finish the photography program.
9.  And a chore list for each one of my kids.

The next few lists are about my weight loss.
10. I made out a calendar where I am going to write down my weight after I weigh in every morning.  Some people think this is unhealthy but it helps me to see where I am going wrong.
11. A page where I can set goals for my walking from now until the end of the year so I can meet my 160 miles that I'm trying to walk by New Years and I might even increase this goal.
12. I made out a list of the things I still need to work on to improve my weight loss and health.  I will be adding more things to this list but this is all I have right now.
     a.  Drink at least 96 oz of water daily.
     b.  Eat more vegetables.
     c.  Walk 5-6 times a week.
     d.  No eating after 6 PM.
     e.  Start strength training.
     f.  No drinking soda.
     g.  No eating fast food.
     h.  Take a multivitamin.
13. A page listing my weight loss goals if I managed to lose 2 lbs a week. 
14. And my recommended daily allowances.
I have most of these things listed on my blog but I want them where I can access them quickly if I need to remember what I'm trying to accomplish.

The last thing I have in my notebook is my bucket list.  If you don't know what a bucket list is its a list that you make up telling everything you would like to do or accomplish before you kick the bucket (slang for die).
So here is my bucket list:
1.  Graduate college.
2.  Get a job after I graduate college.
3.  Purchase a house.
4.  Get to a healthy weight.
5.  Go on a cruise.
6.  Run a marathon.
7.  Donate blood.
8.  Take my kids to Disneyland.
9.  Visit Niagra Falls.
10. Sell a picture that I have taken.
11. Take a photo everyday for a year.
12. Start my own business.
13. Visit the Grand Canyon.
14. Visit a foreign country.
15. Drive across country.
16. Have a picture I have taken published in a magazine.
17. Have a picture I have taken published on the front cover of a magazine.
18. Finish all my current scrapbooks.
I know some of these will probably never happen but thats the fun of making a bucket list because you can list anything that pops into your head.

Well I've spent most of the morning working on my lists and have yet to start doing any of the things so I guess I better get busy now.


  1. I, too, am a listmaker. In my case, I have found it helpful to actually read my list. Hahaha


  2. My favorite book as a kid was "The Book of Lists". I still love to make them.

    It's a great tool to have in trying to lose weight because sometimes we need that visual aid to help us see our progress.

  3. I keep a note book that I have lists in also. I keep up with my bills and things I need to do. I also of course keep a daily food journal..

  4. I love the photo every day for a year! My close friend is doing that and I think I'm going to start on December 31st! SO excited! :DDD I also need to get working on a bucket list.

    Also, here's my only comment. 96 oz. is a whole lot of water. I know some people recommend the 64 oz. but even that has no medical explanation behind it. I talked to my mom who is a nurse and here is what she told me. You don't want to drink too much water, because what can happen (rarely, but it can) is that your body will start to lose electrolytes, which can lead to drowsiness, exhaustion and in very rare cases (as in infants and marathon runners who drink gallons a day), it can lead to death. I wouldn't worry about the last one, but you're a mom and a college student AND you're trying to lose weight. You don't want to worry about exhaustion.

    Most professionals are now saying to drink a glass of water with each meal and a glass of water in between, which leads to about 6 glasses, which you can average out to around 50 oz. Of course, if you're thirsty, drink more. Just don't start losing any electrolytes. And if you really want that 96 oz, I would look into vitamin water (they have bottles at 10 calories each), which contain electrolytes!

    This is, of course, just my personal opinion and I've read a couple of articles, so don't take my word for it: do some research :)


  5. I'm a list-maker too. Fanatic about it. Then I lose the list and have to make a new one. I've started keeping a folder. Then a binder. Now can I can't find my binder.

    Gonna go look for it, clean it out, reorganize it and make a new smaller one in a folder. Thanks for the nudge. Vee at

  6. Mary, Anna and Debbie I definitely can't live without my lists, I would get nothing done.

    Raych I will do some research on how much water to drink. I've always been told the more you drink the better but thanks for the information.

    Vee thats funny, you make the lists then lose them, that sounds like something I would do.

  7. I love lists. Without them I would always forget what it was that I was supposed to accomplish.

    And I've read that you should drink as many ounces as you weigh in kilograms. so take your weight in pounds, divide by 2.2, and that 's how many ounces of water you should drink. 96 doesn't seem like too many to me.

  8. Thanks Kendra for that formula. I'm still going to do some research but by using that equation I should be drinking 102 oz of water daily. Its just so hard to get that much water in.