Monday, December 4, 2017

November Update


Hello everyone! It's been a while since I updated again, and I apologize for that. I need to get back to posting regularly, but it's been difficult with everything I've been doing the past few months. Anyway, I wanted to give you a quick update on how I've been doing with my goals.

Work

Apptical

Still hanging in there with Apptical - the past few months have gotten very busy, because we've added a few new clients that have been giving us a lot of business. Also, open enrollment season is wrapping up here in the United States (for my non-US readers, open enrollment is the time when people can choose to make changes to their health insurance), and now that the holiday season is here, I know we'll be getting a lot more calls. Still not sure if I want to stay there indefinitely, but we'll see.

Writing

Haven't been doing a whole lot of paid writing this month, but I need to get back to doing some. I have been doing some work on my websites, especially My eBook Journey. There's not a whole lot of content on it right now, because I've been working on repurposing it - I'm turning it into a website that's more about book reviews and information on how to read more books and eBooks. I've also been working on the freebie I want to send out to people who sign up for my mailing list on my freelance writing website. 

Health

My weight loss efforts have NOT been good this month. I've gained a lot more than I've lost - I gained three pounds over Thanksgiving weekend, which I knew I would between the food we ate for Thanksgiving (we made our first Thanksgiving dinner in our new house!) and the food we ate when we went up to  Michigan. I also went to see the new neurologist I've got here in Kannapolis now for a follow-up from an appointment I had with him two months ago. 

Family

I talked to my dad twice in November - once for his birthday, and also a few days ago when I got the Christmas card he and my stepmom sent us. I know I'll be talking to him, as well as some of my other family members, in December for the holidays. 

Home

We're making progress on our house. Kevin bought a leaf blower and has been using it to get all up off our lawn that have fallen off the trees. 


That's about all I can think of for right now, I'll try to remember to write another post next week. I hope everyone has a great week! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Update!

Good morning! It's been a while since I posted, but I wanted to give everyone an update on my life and what I've been up to.  

Home

My husband and I bought our first home a few months ago! We closed on it in June and moved in at the beginning of July. It's been great, we've been really busy with it and our personal lives, but we both love being homeowners rather than renters!

Health

 Gained a little weight over the past few months, but now I'm working on losing it again. I started P90x 3 this morning - did my first workout, Accelerator, and I LOVED it. I'm also trying out Beachbody's streaming service, and so far I love that too.

Work

Still hanging in there with Apptical, but also doing some freelance writing on the side - working on making some changes to my business website, ericalynnmartin.com, which I hope will start attracting more clients. Things slowed down a little last week because of Hurricane Irma, but I'm hoping they pick up again soon. 

That's it for now, I hope everyone has a great week! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Update for the Past Two Weeks

Good morning everyone! Sorry I haven't published an update in two weeks, but the past two weeks have been very busy between work and other things going on in my life. As most of you know, last Sunday (April 30th) was my 43rd birthday. I spent it with my husband - we drove out to Kannapolis, North Carolina where we found a  house we're going to be hopefully buying. We put in an offer on the place which the seller accepted. We sent in the money that the attorney needs to get things going I guess. Other than that, here's what's been going on in my life:

Health/Fitness

Still doing pretty well in these areas. Getting ready to start my last week of the Focus T25 Beta Cycle, after that I'll be doing a three week Gamma Cycle which is a bit more advanced and focuses mostly on body sculpting. After the three week Gamma Cycle I'm not sure what I'll do, but I'm hoping by then we'll be starting to get things going with the house, and that I'll be doing more physical stuff with that anyway.

Work

Apptical

Apptical has been busy, which is good since we're going to be buying a house soon. And it's actually been easier to go to work every day, knowing that soon we're going to be buying a house and moving to a different part of North Carolina.

Lionbridge

I actually have done some work for Lionbridge the past two weeks, though not as much as I would like. 

Writing

I've been doing a lot more writing lately - I have done some paid writing on Wordgigs, but at the beginning of this month I also started a challenge to write one post a day on Medium, which has really sparked my creativity. You can check out some of my writing on Medium here: 


Other than that, not a whole lot has gone on the past two weeks. I'm hoping to get back to my weekly updates next week, but not sure what will happen if we get this house - I'll probably end up being a lot busier. 



Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 4/23/17

Good morning! This week has been busy, both with work and with life in general. Here's what's been going on.

Health/Fitness

Had a good week health-wise - went and got my mammogram done on Monday, and got results on Friday saying it was negative. Also did my second week of the Focus T-25 Beta Cycle, which was a bit easier now that I'm used to the workouts, but still challenging. I also decided to do a bonus workout yesterday because I gained weight on Friday. I kind of expected it though because my time of the month started. My workout schedule for the coming week is as follows:

Monday - Core Cardio
Tuesday - Upper Focus
Wednesday - Speed 2.0
Thursday - Rip'T Circuit
Friday - Dynamic Core/Speed 2.0

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 4/16/17

Good morning! Hope everyone had a great week this week. My week has been interesting, here's what's been going on:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Must-Haves for a Trip to the Beach

If you've never been to a beach, you're in for a treat. Going to the beach is very different from going to a public pool, though, or even hanging out at your own pool. Because you're out under direct sunlight, and you're also going to be walking on sand A LOT, there are a few things that you need for a trip to the beach that are must haves. This blog post will provide some information on those things.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 4/9/17

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've written. I had a great time in Pensacola Beach last weekend - I didn't want to leave. I got a little sunburnt, but otherwise had a great time. Pensacola is beautiful and Kevin and I hope to go back next year for a longer stay. In case you haven't already seen it, I've published a post about the things I learned on my trip to Pensacola Beach. I'm back at my regular routine now though - completed my last week of Focus T25 Alpha this week. I will take my measurements tomorrow, before I start Beta and post them next week. My schedule for the first week of the Beta cycle is as follows:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Things I Learned on my Trip to Pensacola Beach

This past weekend I went on my first trip ever to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and I had a GREAT time. But I learned a few things about Florida, and about traveling in general, that I wanted to share with you in this post.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 3/26/17

Good morning! Last week was a great week in many ways. I made a lot of progress with my health and career goals, as well as some other things I'm working on.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 3/19/17

Good morning! I've had a decent week this week. Things have been a bit slower this week in all aspects of my life, but I did have one thing happen that affects all aspects of my life - I got a new computer! I love it, it's much faster than my old one, which was almost three years old and really starting to slow down (and also starting to make some noises I didn't like). I also had a few things happen this week that are forcing me to re-think things a bit. Here's what happened this week:


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 3/12/17

Good evening! I'm pleased to say I had a decent week this week - it didn't go as well as I'd hoped it would, because of some unforeseen circumstances which I'll get to in a minute, but it still went pretty well.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 3/5/17

Good afternoon! I'm pleased to report I had another good week this week, both as far as my health and my career goals are concerned. Here's what I have to report.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 2/26/17

Last week was another great week! My major accomplishments last week were:

Health - Got through my third week of Brazil Butt Lift.  Also got my Focus T25 workouts and started looking through those. Focus T25 looks like an interesting program, we'll see how I do with it. This week's schedule for Brazil Butt Lift is:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly Update for the Week Ending 2/19/17

Good afternoon everyone! I hope everyone had a great week last week, and if there any guys reading this, I hope you and your wives/sweethearts had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Last week was a great week in many different ways:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I'm back!

Hello everyone! I'm back after a very long hiatus. I'm glad to say I'm still at it, but have slacked off a bit on the exercise and eating - I got bored with Beachbody programs, so I switched to doing mostly YouTube workout videos with the occasional Beachbody workout thrown in. Unfortunately, during that time I gained back a lot of the weight I'd lost. I'm now back to eating more the way I should, and this week I also started back to doing Brazil Butt Lift, to try and firm up my rear end for swimsuit season. Trying to decide what program I want to do after that, I'm thinking of trying Focus T25.