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Maggie Friedrichs

spent the last 7 months working 14 hrs a day



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walk the dogs everyday (read all 4 entries…)
Its nice and cool out in the morning

but we don’t run into any other dogs or people. I am trying to expose my dogs to more socialized situations. The small dog is such a yappy little annoying thing. I was told he needs to get out and get exposed. I don’t want the big dog to end up being difficult. I hope to get the big puppy the rest of his shots in two weeks. We can then register for the dog parks. I will have to find someone who goes there who might be interested in helping me socialize my dogs slowly.
The walks are a great way to start our day.



walk the dogs everyday (read all 4 entries…)
Walked early today

Slept most of Sunday because I got a cold. My lung capacity is about 62% so any time I get a chest cold, I lose my air. It makes me really tired. So the poor dogs just had to be satisfied with a run around the yard. Today I got up at 4:30 and took them for a walk before it was too hot. I have been seeing the seasonal warnings about the pavement burning the dogs feet. Luckily the path I walk in the park is lined with grass on both sides all of the way around. We will just have to cross the street to get to the park and I will make sure we do that very quickly. Early morning walks seems to be the answer all the way around.



walk the dogs everyday (read all 4 entries…)
5 am habit

This seems to fit best 1st thing in the morning. I think with the weather turning warmer; it will be best for the dogs to walk in the cool morning. I know its more pleasant for me.



May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)
I lost my joy in life for a couple of months

After my mother died I seemed to have lost the joy and just started going through the motions to get through the day. Since I have started getting back to the gym; cut down on my work hours; and focused on my 15 mins a day goals life is becoming a joy again.



Rearrange my bedroom and do deep clean (read all 11 entries…)
My room is a disaster right now

I have used it for a drop zone for the last couple of months. I need to spend 15 minutes a day clearing out the old piles while not creating any new piles. This weekend I am getting up early in the morning and getting started on my bedroom right after I take the dogs for a walk and have a peaceful cup of coffee on the deck.



May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)
Walking the dogs peacefully

I am finding that 5 am is a great time. I get the peace and quiet and I feel I did the dogs right. Rearranging my schedule may allow me to get all my priorities handled-getting done what matters while enjoying my life.



walk the dogs everyday (read all 4 entries…)
5 am works for me

I have been walking the dogs at 5 am because I can get it in before my day starts. I was walking them between jobs, but I found myself short of time two days and they didn’t get their walk. So I am getting out of bed and doing it first thing. I hope to continue to walk them between jobs also, but at least I am sure they will get one walk a day.



Make out a budget and savings plan (read all 6 entries…)
Now that the mortgage is paid off

I can focus on paying off my auto loan, and start paying all of my other bills on time. Still very tight on money, but I will at least be able to pay most of the bills on time.



Deal with the disappointment and depression (read all 5 entries…)
Wondering what I will do without 43 things

It has been an on again off again relationship but mostly on. I have met very many wonderful people on this site. I have opened my mind up to different views and learned from people who have shared their experiences. The saddest moment for me was the death of “Seasons” I have been profoundly changed by my exposure to her. Her memory lives on in many of us. Thanks for all the love, support, and sharing everyone has done. I hope they change their minds, but as the saying goes all good things must come to an end.



Look as good as possible. (read all 34 entries…)
Need to refocus

I gained some of the weight back that I lost. Two jobs, Mom’s illness and death, and menopause made gaining 25lbs very easy. I have made it a priority to hit the gym between jobs. I am going even if I only have 20 or 30 minutes. I feel so much better the last two days, because I have done my treadmill walking. Walking the dogs doesn’t really give me enough exercise because the pace is to slow. I am hoping to train the Golden to run beside my bike this summer. That would give us both much needed exercise.



continue to throw out or give away the clutter in my house (read all 38 entries…)
Garbage day

I was able to get rid of a few things this morning that have been cluttering up the driveway. The scrap man picked up some of it for free and the garbage man took the rest. That felt really good to see the stuff go.



May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)
This was a timely goal

I was staying to long at my parttime job in the mornings; so I was rushing from 1 job to the next. I am getting out close to ontime right now. If I get out on time, I have time to go to the gym, walk the dogs and switch the laundry before going to my full time job. The dog walks and the gym time are very important to me.



Flylady.net (read all 12 entries…)
Everytime I stray

away from the Flylady system, my house becomes a disaster. I wish I could get my daughter and my granddaughter on board. Its time for the get with it or else because I dannot keep up with everything myself.



Flylady.net (read all 12 entries…)
Everytime I stray

away from the Flylady system, my house becomes a disaster. I wish I could get my daughter and my granddaughter on board. Its time for the get with it or else because I dannot keep up with everything myself.



Flylady.net (read all 12 entries…)
Everytime I stray

away from the Flylady system, my house becomes a disaster. I wish I could get my daughter and my granddaughter on board. Its time for the get with it or else because I dannot keep up with everything myself.



May Bootcamp 2014: Making Time for What Matters (read all 4 entries…)
On my mind a lot lately

I think that my second job is robbing me of too much valuable time. I do enjoy the work; and the people; and the extra money; but I am missing out on a lot of things because I am always at work or i am to tired to enjoy anything. I have asked my boss at my part time job to either hire another part time person so I don’t have to work any more than 4 hours a day there or to find someone to replace me completely. I found out early last week he has hired another young lady for the summer to give me some time off while still keeping me on the job. I am grateful and plan to get myself out of there right at 4 hours. My friend who works there told me, just get up and turn work over to next person and leave. She said you need to take some time for yourself. I agree. I need to have time to appreciate life.



remember to send out Birthday and Anniversary Cards in a timely manner (read all 11 entries…)
Another year has started and failing miserably

I don’t seem to be able to master this and it is entirely lack of organization and not forming good habits. My eldest sister is the queen of getting cards out to everyone on time. I would like to be just like that and remind people how important they are to me. I think this is symptomatic of my entire life. I am very disorganized and a procrastinator. I am still going to try and focus on this goal even though I have missed several important dates so far this year.



Quit Sweating The Small Stuff (read all 20 entries…)
I have made some progress

on this goal. I am learning to put things in perspective and deal with them accordingly. Some things that would have sent me over the edge in the past are not consuming me as much as before. The recycling guy threw out my recycling container lid when he grabbed the cardboard. I would have been really pissed about that in the past, but then it just harms my mental and physical health. He won’t care or even know that it bothered me. My daughter was surprised that I wasn’t more upset; since I just bought that container with a lid so it wouldn’t fill with water when it rains. I told her its not worth getting upset about and it will ultimately be the recycling guys problem as I wanted the container covered so he wouldn’t dump water all over himself when he picked up our recycling. I will stop by the Home depot and see if I can get another lid.



stop buying things i dont need. (read all 20 entries…)
Getting better but....

I sure didn’t need to buy the new dog even though I love him. I have always wanted a Golden Retriever, and I bought one in February. I spent way to much money on him, and I really don’t think I needed another dog. I am so happy to have him. He has really helped with my other dogs disposition. We are getting much joy out of him being in our family. I can’t believe how big he has gotten. I met a GR breeder down at the park and she said he is going to be a very large Retriever. She said he is way above average in size. His name is Sonny, and he thinks he is a lap dog.



ride my bike more (read all 10 entries…)
Last Summer ended

and my Granddaughter did not really master the bicycle. I thought she was going well, but all of a sudden she didn’t want to get back on the bike. I thought she would never get back on a bike. She kept asking me to put her training wheels back on her bicycle, but frankly she was to big for them. Three weeks ago, she decided that she wanted to be able to ride her bike with her friends on Easter break. She was so determined to learn-the look of concentration and determination was priceless. She had a death grip on the handlebars. She wouldn’t let us help, but insisted we stand at opposite ends of the sidewalk so she could ride towards us. We are so happy she can finally ride a two wheeler. We are currently taking short rides around the park path. We are hoping to build up to longer rides on the nature trail.



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