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It must be September

Monday, September 09, 2013

Not sure why but every year at this time, I have a hard time with my attitude about many things (not just weight loss). I'm going to attempt to beat it by focusing on my habits of recent past blogs.

Three things to be grateful for:
1) Monday morning's schedule. If I have to come to work on Monday, I'm glad my students have Art class first thing. I can catch up on plans and grading... and SHHHHH check in here.
2) Exercise- I don't believe I'll ever like it but I am intelligent enough to know it helps me with mental/emotional balance as well as physical benefits. I want to love it. I really do.
3) Rain clouds. I live in New Mexico. We need rain. Come on!!!!

A positive happening of the last 24 hours: I did my workout and meditation this morning. I haven't been as regular with either of those helpful things and it shows in my recent mindset and eating habits. I was really P.O.d during the stationary bike session but I feel better now. I don't even think I'd have checked in here today without that impact. All crankiness of the weekend considered, that really was the most positive thing I can think of.

Meditation: Done. The first 10 minutes were spent getting to a place where I can really call the last five minutes a mediation session.

Exercise: Done. Ive gone on enough about that today. :)

Act of kindness: Working on that one.

  
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CDRFLORES 9/9/2013 2:50PM

    Thanks all. KINGSLAYER -- Believe me, I've considered the same on more than one occasion. :)

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JOANNKW 9/9/2013 2:16PM

    Did you get any of that rain on Saturday? We did - lovely! My fingers are crossed that we get more today or tomorrow!

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KING_SLAYER 9/9/2013 1:03PM

    It may be cheating, but I think sometimes not doing something can be considered an act of kindness. For instance, if someone is being a jerk and you decide to not slap them upside the head, that should count as an act of kindness!

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EMMACORY 9/9/2013 11:15AM

    Sending positive energy your way! One day at a time....One choice at a time....hang in there you are doing fine. emoticon

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Happy through the exhaustion

Monday, August 26, 2013

The humidity in (we RARELY have any) is making me cranky. I'm burning up!
The beginning of school routines in my first grade classroom have me exhausted.
I could go on with a list of things to complain about but I have decided that I will celebrate instead. ALTHOUGH the above things are true, I pushed myself to make a healthy dinner tonight. My husband and I have eaten dinner out WAY too many times lately and I promised myself I'd focus on that improvement this week. Not only did I save 20 or more bucks, I rounded out my day with an all vegetable meal from my own garden. It took me 90 minutes to get everything together because I moved at a snails pace. Yes, teacher tired is DOG tired today. Yet as I unpeel my hair from the back of my neck to wash dishes, I have a smile on my face and am proud to have done my best today. My best might be somebody else's mediocre but I will call it a triumph.

  
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DESERTDREAMERS 8/31/2013 7:57AM

    Excellent work pushing thru and making healthy meals. The humidity is making my hair curley. Looks strange, but, heh, I used to get perms for this!

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JOANNKW 8/27/2013 2:33PM

    Amen to the humidity. It is making everyone cranky! The veggie dinner sounds great!

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Reflections

Thursday, August 22, 2013

So I made it through my 21 day happiness challenge and I can't begin to express how exiting it is to start something that nobody required me to do and finish it. This is especially exciting because it was personally beneficial-- something I have always put last in line of my priorities. I had one day of not blogging and had a very easy time letting that go -- not true on other life areas in the past where I mentally and emotionally flip out over my failures. This has given me a very different perspective on the weight loss journey. I have much to improve on but I'm being much easier on myself so that I don't just give up at every turn.
This weight loss journey really plays with my ability to see things through and believe I can actually succeed all the way. This challenge helped me get my attitude in check as well as get some great habits into place. This helped me more than the stacks of self help books I've collected on the different topics. It took me from learning mode to action mode. BE positive, BE at peace, BE active, BE grateful for EVERYTHING. Other peoples writings are incredibly wonderful but not as self-helpful as my own DOing.
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CYBERCITYSHELL 8/22/2013 10:51PM

    Good on you emoticon it is all about how we see things and training our mind to think the way we want to behave. And you are right actions say what words can only partially say. We can say something a million times, I will do this, I will do that but we must put our words into actions. Good on you emoticon

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Small mental changes to success Day 21 of 21

Monday, August 19, 2013

Donít be happy AFTER success.
LIVE HAPPY and success will come.

Challenge based on this TedTalk:
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work | Video on TED.com

3 DAILY GRATITUDES:
1) 2 assessment days-- Instead of fitting in reading assessments for my students, our school generously schedules in 2 full days of no regular teaching so that we can focus on one student at a time for their assessments. Day one was a success. Day 2- tomorrow.
2) This challenge -- once again, the positive impact it has had on my mind has been so significant. Has it made me drop 21 pounds in 21 days?? Not exactly. But it has helped me keep my mind on a path that helps me avoid finding old habits of negative or self defeated thinking. I posted 20 days- worth and I plan to continue living it out. I have found practice in things I only mostly read and talked about and those practices make me better.
3) The third flush of rosebush flowerings for the year. Our state has suffered severe drought this year. The first and second rose flushes never did happen. THanks to the recent dangerous but much needed monsoons, we finally got some flowers. They are so beautiful.

JOURNALING (A positive occurrence of the last 24 hours): I completed 21 days of mental changes toward happiness. I'm not sure I've ever been able to do something for 21 days straight that was not required by law or someone in an official position in my life. If I can do 21 days of this, then I know there's hope for beating my sugar addiction or for becoming athletic. I celebrate my accomplishment even if it may very well be a party of one.

EXERCISE: On the way to my DVR for some yoga tonight

MEDITATION: Hand me my headphones please. :)

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS:
I think I"ve gotten the most joy out of this part.
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KING_SLAYER 8/20/2013 2:03AM

    Glad to see that you made it through the 21 days. So many of us would have fallen off before making it all the way!!

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FITK34 8/19/2013 9:24PM

    Good for you! This sounds interesting!

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Small mental changes to success Day 20 of 21

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Donít be happy AFTER success.
LIVE HAPPY and success will come.

Challenge based on this TedTalk:
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work | Video on TED.com

3 DAILY GRATITUDES:
1) Rest: This weekend has been gloriously restful
2) Time to myself: Most days I am frustrated about my husband's non traditional and never consistent work schedule. I realized this weekend though, that I do treasure the time alone that I have when I do have it. During the summer break, of course there is more but during the school year, I treasure the time a bit more graciously.
3) Letting go (see below)

JOURNALING (A positive occurrence of the last 24 hours): I have spent way too much time in my life being hard on myself for decisions I make that are actually good for me in the end. One current one -- to be ok with not posting my Day 19 blog for this happiness challenge. I still had the experiences I had yesterday, I was conscious of the different things I wanted to do and just becuase I did not want to get on the computer for a day, doesn't make me a bad person. It is what it is and I refuse to get caught up in a silly detail of not writing it down.

Another more serious/long term self judgement was remedied yesterday as well. A toxic relationship I had with a group of family members/girlfriends made me very sick in many ways. I had to let it go a few years ago. Last night, I attended a family function for the first time where it is obvious to all that they still depend way too much on alcohol and each other's dysfunctions to be "happy". It's taken me a long time to forgive myself for hurting them with my decision. I tried to offer my explanations when they were ready to hear me. They never were. Assumptions and judgements and grudges have formed. Last night, I had a new point of view from which to watch things. I am so proud of being a part of the family but at the same time, I'm proud of myself for not being a part of that festering set of wounds. I am not perfect by any means. I have my own wounds but these days, I can forgive the people who hurt me (both intentionally and unintentionally) in the past and just hope they will find their own way around their own issues. Most of all, I forgive myself and celebrate my own good decisions.

EXERCISE: Absolutely not. I have enjoyed a very lazy day and I am not sorry for it in the least. I have my exercise plans all laid out for the week ahead.

MEDITATION: I'm on it right after this post.

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS:

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GIRLNUMBERTHREE 8/18/2013 11:16PM

    :) Wooohoo on letting go of the toxic! :) So glad your weekend was so restful and beautiful sounding!! :)

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