Sunday, December 01, 2013
Happy December! I have been AWOL a few days, or perhaps it's a couple of weeks...my time sense is off a bit apparently. Anyway, it has been a rough one. The dark "UGH" returned three fold as several friends have lost loved ones over the past couple of weeks. My ex-husband lost not only his nephew to cancer, but his mother two weeks later, also from cancer. I have been feeling so helpless as I see my friends suffering. I know there is nothing I can do. I have spent a lot of time talking with my ex and I'm grateful we are still friends. Another friend almost died in a car accident, but is thankfully slowly on the road to recovery.
I am starting to come out of my funk...I had the best Thanksgiving I've had in a long time and I am actually excited about the coming month. I was perusing my blog entries from the past year and in reading my posts from a year ago, I felt the need to repost a couple in part. It's just what I needed to see today!
The first is part of my 11/29/12 post:
I read a Daily Spark Blog this morning on how to stay on track through the holidays by Tana Jolliffe "Enjoy the holidays and still lose weight." I had a stupendous "Aha" moment when I read one specific comment that made me stop and think:
''I try to remember that Thanksgiving is a single day in November, and Christmas is a single day in December. The holidays do NOT include all the days in between--unless I let them!''
Growing up, the holidays were all encompassing, from Thanksgiving and the arrival of Santa at the end of the Macy's Parade, until Christmas day..and sometimes even till New Years. I have always lumped the whole month into "The Holidays."
What a great shift in thinking! By not indulging (or over indulging) through out the whole month, I can indulge a wee bit on each "Holiday," and not feel the least bit of guilt. I am going to post that quote in my cubicle at work and on my bathroom mirror to remind myself every day. I feel so empowered! Silly as it may seem...this made my day!
I want to end this year on a high note! I don't want to slink into the New Year with my head hanging because I allowed myself to get carried away during the Holidays. I do not plan to make "Lose weight" a resolution for next year! (Not that I make resolutions, I prefer to set goals) Anyway...I am going to print up and keep the quote I mentioned on Thursday where I can see it...on my fridge, at my computer at work and laminate a copy I can carry with me as I journey through the holidays.
I will set daily goals this month, living in the here and now. I know I have a long term goal: To get healthy and fit! But I am working really hard to live in the here and now. So I will go day by day.
I will be blogging much more often as an act of accountability. I will weigh myself once a month on the first day of the month. I will participate more in my teams and be more encouraging to my my friends and teammates. I will accept more challenges.
1. Meet my calorie range
2. Dance or walk for 15 minutes(more if the spirit hits me)
3. Find a new motivational quote and meditate & comment on it in my blog.
Life is good and This is going to be a spectacular December!
This is my Spark! I have copies of this all over to remind me! "
I'm full of hope and excitement. I weighed myself this morning and in spite of having not exercised over the last couple of weeks and Thanksgiving and what not, I only gained 1 pound! Color me amazed! Pretty jazzed am I and I look forward to this month and what it holds! My head held high and a real smile on my face!
Since I spent Thanksgiving with one of my best friends and her family, I am going to cook my turkey today. (We had ham at Sandy's house, which was excellent!) Going to go start it now, then do some more laundry and work on my room. Wednesday I woke up to squishy carpet in my bed room and two inches of water in my bathroom. Still cleaning and rearranging. Tonight I'm going to decorate my Yule tree. WooHoo!