The Step Into September Challenge ~ Let's start a new season on the right foot! Log at least 500 fitness minutes in September with your Spark to win a special virtual trophy. ~ I can do this! It's only about 17 minutes a day which I can easily do with my Gazelle. Okay.. place that on my to-do-list.
I'm not happy with myself this past week. I didn't even get a medal. I knew I was lagging behind. I could feel it. The scales showed it. But that doesn't mean I'm a loser it just means I've lost out on some time I could have spent on myself. This brings me to something else as well. Giving time to myself.
Let's see a raise of hands for others who find this a difficult task.
The job I have is a helping one. I provide information and referral for a 2-1-1 agency in Ohio. We provide this information for anyone who calls but generally a four county area. Our callers are needy. They need help finding food pantries, electric or gas assistance, perhaps they are in an abusive situation and need a domestic violence shelter, it is my responsibility to help them. With a job like this there also comes a lot of stress. Sometimes you take the call home with you and mull it over instead of leaving it at the door when you leave. I'm one for doing that. I want to be someone they can turn to in case they need me again. But...where does that leave me?
I need to find me time! Bottom line. My boyfriend lives we me. I work full time. I make time for church. I make time for my mom's and siblings. My me time is generally writing poetry / songs or being on SP. I don't count my exercise as me time even though I'm by myself. It's time I set aside for me but it just isn't the same. I read a good article this morning on SP 8 ways to put yourself on your priority list (You can read the article here) www.sparkpeople.com/resourcewellness _articles.asp?id=1657
So I think this month I'm going to work on me time, along with getting that 17 min a day in everyday for the September challenge.
Today I want to talk about fleas. Yes you heard that right fleas. They seem to be pretty pesky this years and my poor dog looks like he has a mohawk he has eaten that much of his hair off of his body. Scoobies a big dog about 100 lbs and he looks so funny right now. We have done front line and pills but they aren't helping much. I ran a cross a great article How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally which you can read here www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Nat urally
I hope this helps someone get rid of those pesky little boogers.
I also ran across something in our local newspaper that I got a BIG kick out of. It's a typing error but so worth my funny for the day. It is actually the DOOBIE BROTHERS that will be playing....
Now I know why so many young men are going to be there..
Have a blessed Friday everyone and let the weekend begin ~ Donna
I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by my blog "Name five non-scale victories you have accomplished" and making it a featured blog. The results are in and many people do not just rely on those scale numbers. Whew!!!!!!!!! What a relief.
So today is a blessing. I'm up! I'm awake! I'm ready to seize the day!
I had also forgotten that I have a three day weekend coming up due to Labor Day . For those who may not be familiar with Labor Day it is a day to celebrate the achievements of our American workforce.
My co-worker and I have had a blast this week since she's been back. There's nothing like being able to laugh-out-loud during your work day.
So I'm checking out all of the Spark e-mails this morning and noticed the above pictures (thank you SP) in one of them. And I got to thinking about the entire concept behind SP to begin with and how SparkGuy says: "10+ fitness minutes--done consistently--can transform your life. This is the top strategy I used to create the SparkPeople program"
Think about that 10 minutes a day. It's not much time, but if done consistently you will begin to see results. I've been a part of SP for quite a few years. I've dropped over 50 lbs the slower way but I'm not in it for immediate results, I'm in it for life time changes. Remember my recent blog about non-scale victories? Everything adds up in time. Including that 10 minutes. 10 minutes a day x 30 days is 300 minutes x 12 months is 3600 minutes a year or 60 hours total. When you first began your journey you didn't even exercise. For most people that 10 minutes eventually begins to accumulate even more minutes until you are doing marathons and bench pressing and everything else you can think of that you could never do before.
Be your own cheerleader Heck.. be everyone elses too!!! It surely can't hurt right? Be kind to yourself. It matters. You are the only that can take care of your own body.