Join me as we "Unwrap Christmas" with a new challenge and discover the real meaning of Christmas.
SHARON10002 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
These three words should be our very foundation for starting each new day. We are given the gift of a clean slate, and 24 hours to accomplish whatever we want. We are our own designers and painters of our life. How wonderful is that?!
Life flies by so quickly. Looking back, it seems like a blink of an eye. Now, looking forward, how can we slow it down? We can if we remember to heighten our awareness to each moment, to be fully present, and be conscious of living life to its fullest each day, thereby creating enduring memories that we will treasure for years to come.
The cost is minimal. The benefit is priceless. It is about attention, focus, one day at a time, and gratitude. But we seem to forget that it is ours for the taking - the brass ring. Reach out for it each moment in every day, and grab it and hold on to it.
Begin with noticing all the little things. We tend to rush right on by while onto "more. important things or priorities". As you notice them, simply say "Thank You" to yourself, and stay in the present as much as you can each day, and watch what happens in your life.
I have done this 30 Days of Gratitude for two years in a row now, and I am continually surprised and amazed by the difference it makes in my life. I have spent this past year trying to remember each and every day to be thankful for God's little graces, miracles - the "presents" in my life. I find myself saying "Thank You" for the small things that used to go unnoticed.
Give it a try, and watch with wonder as life unfurls its richly woven tapestry in front of you. Wrap yourself in its wonder, excitement, and joy.
TODAY I CAN
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up, or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends, or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work, or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.
Today I can complain because I have to go to school, or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework, or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.
What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!
Have a GREAT DAY! Unless you have other plans.
Spring 5% Challenge Goals
* I will track my food and water every day.
* I will track my exercise every day.
* I will concentrate my efforts on a combination of strength training and cardio to achieve my weight loss goal.
* I will strive to exercise every day, but will exercise no less than 5 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.
* I will aim to accumulate at least 800 Spark Fitness Points every month.
* I will follow the nutritional guidelines set forth by Spark People for me during this challenge.
* I will strive to stay within my Spark nutritional guidelines during this challenge.
* I will stay focused on my efforts to help me move forward to achieve my goals.
* I will strive to lose 12 pounds by the end of this challenge.
* I will eat between 1200-1600 calories/day
* I will try to burn 650 or more calories each week
I am doing 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times per week.
I am focusing on the foods that I eat and how they fit into my nutritional guidelines for the day.
I am also drinking my water, and logging it every day.
I am a certified Ai Chi Trainer, and love the water. It is a very giving, healing thing.
Ai Chi, like life, is all about balance - mind, body, and spirit.
Secrets of Success
1 hour ago
Hey you. Yes you.
Stop being unhappy with yourself.
Stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing people
liked you as much as they like someone else.
Stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you.
Stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your quirks. Love them.
Without those things, you wouldn't be you & why would you want to be anyone else?
Be confident with who you are, smile, it'll draw people in.
If anyone hates you because you are happy with yourself,
tell yourself my happiness will not depend on others anymore.
I'm happy because I love who I am, I love my flaws,
I love my imperfections, they make me, me. & 'me' is pretty amazing!!
Remember, love yourself for who you are, not how others want you to be
2 hours ago
Hi Sharon, I have been having computer issues now for 3 weeks and my son-in-law has been working on it and I am now on a new wireless system and he has cleaned up my computer and fixed the issues so hopefully I am back to stay. I hope this finds you doing well and that you have a blessed and wonderful week.
5 hours ago
Thanks for the reminders about reminders on my phone. Have an awesome day!
12 hours ago
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There will be moments when you feel that your challenges are just too much, but if you look around, you will see others who want to help you, shoulder your burden and give you respite and comfort so you can come back with the courage, faith, and stamina you need. Judy O’Brien
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14 hours ago