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Heat, Hot Emotions, & it's Time to Engage My Deep Self!

Friday, August 21, 2009

The heat has been relentless here in Austin TX and I can't get out in this heat (60+ days over 100 now & counting) without some heat distress (regardless of the early hour) and the treadmill isn't as fun. I loved my 1-2 hour walks outside, but now, only do 30 minutes on the indoors treadmill most days. The heat is my main excuse... it feels like walking thru think mud not to mention making me feel bad physically and emotionally. It pisses me off really. So I focus on what I eat. I've tracked, counted calories and found it a bit daunting to keep up with. Am going to 2 meals a day; breakfast and a late lunch. So far I've lost 2#'s this week. I am a bit hungry at night but nothing I can't manage. Better I stay focused on my creative projects and wake up hungry in the morning.

I just realized I am still working on the goals I set almost a year ago. I've accomplished a few but haven't keep the entire oversight in my daily Mind. So I guess that's part of the answer too. I need to create daily reminders and shorter steps to goals I've set.


  
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SPEEDWACER 8/21/2009 12:52PM

    Yeah, I live in Florida, the air is so heavy you can cut it with a knife. I wanted to start a C25K, but I might wait until January or something. I'd die out there if I tried it now.

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January Goals ♑ Capricorn Season Recommitment

Thursday, January 01, 2009



RE~Start Date ❅ Jan 1st thursday.
I've looked over my 2009 goals (below) and noted what steps I can target on for Jan. to help me reach those goals.

State your GOAL for Jan/Cap Moon:
Work my program~no excuses & lose 10's by the EOM.
This is how I am going to Love Myself!

Specific Jan/Cap Moon Goals notes merged on Program:
✔ 6 mile walk daily.
✔ Weights 3x wk.
✔ Salsa 2x wk.
✔ Ecstatic dance 2x wk.
✔ Clean out Garden in Jan

⚡ make one meal raw daily
⚡ 6 glass water a day
⚡ 1 soda max
⚡ 1 green tea a day
⚡ Write in health notebook daily

☪ Formal Meditation Daily
☪ Full Moon fast (dawn to dusk)
☪ New Moon fast (dawn to dusk)

♕ Weekly item focus from Winter Solstice goal list:
Jan/Cap -get hormones checked
♕ Weekly reward : (flexible-subject to moments change)
Week 1: get nails done (no more 'slob' appearance!)
Week 2: massage
Week 3: order gardening catalogs
Week 4: perm hair

OVERALL 2009 Goals:
BODY
1. Develop a clear obtainable workout program.
2. Track what I eat & drink in separate book and note food effect on weight, mood, skin and energy level.
3. Get hormones checked and see if my health team can't solve some minor problems including:
a) fatigue ~way do I sleep so much and remain so dang tired all the time!
b) skin ~acne at 50 is just plain embarrassing
c) hair issues ~hairdresser says my hair isn't strong enough for a perm & I would like to change that
d) weight issues ~yes I believe my messed up hormones aren't helping....(I understand our environment is full of active hormonal toxins interfering with women's natural rhythms up and will research this more)

MIND
4. Work on a developing more of positive body image
a) dress more in a fitness fashion ~yep, even when going to the gym
5. Pamper myself more:
a) french nails
b) monthly massage
c) weekly soak
6. Read at least one book per month.

SPIRIT
7. Formal daily seated meditation
8. Continue daily Practice & study
9. Smile more and work on being less 'hard'!

PURPOSE & SERVICE
10. Work and nurture creative outlets
a) set aside 30 min.s min a day to work on writing book
b) sew more
c) painting
11. Dedicate work time to support non-profit dance co
12. Be aware of opportunities to gift or volunteer to community

RELATIONSHIP
13. Use any excuse to celebrate Other's successes!

CALIFORNIA MOVE (2010)
1. Continue area/ house pricing
2. Gather list of recommended plants for growing in area
3. Continue on wish list of amenities for house and area

  


2009 Best Year Yet Exercise!

Thursday, January 01, 2009



This is a really cool motivation/ materialization exercise (adapted from growyourdivinespirit.com) I am going to work on today that I thought I'ld share!

Think of what you REALLY REALLY REALLY want in 2009! : ) Just pretend for the purpose of this exercise all these wishes have come true in'09.(which they do but they may not MATERIALIZE all at once!). Grab a nice piece of paper and your best pen and begin a list of all the accomplishments and gratitudes you have for 09.

When working on that list:
-Pretend you are at the end of 2009 - yes - a year from now.
-Keep in mind that you have just had the most incredible year of your life. In fact, you are grateful that soooo many wonderful things have happened to you that have exceeded all expectations!
-Be as detailed as possible - the more detailed the more real you can FEEL about it. Don’t let the “POO POO Monkeys” or Self Critic on your shoulder chatter away at you — put them back in their cage, at the back of the closet with some bananas!
-You don’t have to know the HOW - just write it like it has already happened.
-Feel the feelings as if it has already happened.
-Feel the gratitude as if it has already happened.
-Feel the joy as if it has already happened..
-Feel the POWER! Know that you DID IT!!! : )

The bigger and brighter and more you can get into the feeling that it has ALREADY happened - the closer it is to you! The Universe wants to fullfil your (specific) desires !: )

You have the power to make 2009 your best year yet! Yes - FOR REAL!
You ABSOLUTELY HAVE THE POWER!
The time for Magic is N~O~W!
Use it! Place where you can see it daily or where you look over when you need motivation!

Blessings!
Devi Vak

  


Merry Merry Christmas ☆ Present & Past Gratitudes

Thursday, December 25, 2008



I love the serenity of spending a peaceful, gift-free Yule season at home with my Beloved, sitting by the glow cast by flicker flames and deep red embers in our fireplace drinking a warm cup of apple raspberry cider, watching old movies and just enjoying each others company. I did a little baking this year since I was gifted with a very large bag of sliced almonds. I made a fantastic cranberry cake made with almonds mixed in the batter & sprinkled on top (along with a liberal sprinkling of Cointreau) and cranberry cider (in place of OJ-I simply modified the bread recipe on the back of a bag of cranberries) which was delightfully eaten by many at a friends party tuesday evening I also made almond cookies, half made with Splenda (hubbies) and sugar (for me) ... well of the versions of the almond cookies kinda sucked, so that is actually a blessing as I still have plenty to bring to a big gathering today vs eating them all myself :0. The only 'present' we self~gifted this year is a beautiful big red vase of arranged flowers on our living room square table adding whiffs of fragrant grace to our holiday environment. So I've plenty of time to work out- I even put in a whole 2 hours yesterday in fact! My gym is closed today, but I'll get in my 6-7 mile walk easily enough before trotting off to a fellow dancers Christmas open house. I should say open house and yard... they have a big deck and short trail leading to a hugh fire pit surrounded by wood benches along with several acres I can meander around. I figure there will be about 50-100 people there, so there will be no shortage of hopefully esoteric (at best) or intelligent (at least) conversations!

All of this is a vast improvement of my past gorging 'merry' days of past. Sometimes I do miss having children & more family around. .....humm, well let me just think about that some more... Ok, I wouldn't want to go back to all that unless I can also bring my current knowledge with me and we all know one can't do that...! Oh I do send them love where ever they find themselves now! ♡

This time of year I frequently think of my mom & dad, both of who have long passed away youngish - too young in fact to see me happily married (ok, I waited till I was 50!) to a wise and secure man, and me 'skinny' and healthier then my old heavy days. And I am more happy and fulfilled then ever before! My own life force mojo is fine tuned and primed; I have my own seamstress business, which I love, and volunteer my time doing artish things like (designing a logo for a non-profit dance studio) that benefits my community. And I have a community!!! A series of overlapping circles within circles, each interconnected by a love of ecstatic dancing, most conscious & awake (or becoming so) with a wide variety of unconventional artistic talents and metaphysical expertise! A blessing beyond all other riches!!!

I have Soooo much to be grateful for! I must never lose sight of that!!!

Well I am off to walk the walk and present a gift to you, gentle reader, this blessing:

I wish you peace and joy throughout the holiday season.
I wish you time with loved ones and friends to warm your heart.
I wish you serenity and calm from all the rush and chaos the season tends to bring.
I wish you hope for the new year to come.
I bring you gratitude and appreciation from my heart for everything you do for me.
I hope this holiday season is filled with whatever brings you happiness and a peaceful heart.

Love & More Love,
Devi Vak

  


Solstice Mirror

Monday, December 22, 2008



I like using the Solstice rather then the New Year to reflect on the years past goals effectiveness and set new goals for the upcoming year.
So without further adieu here they are:

BODY
1. Develop a clear obtainable workout program.
2. Track what I eat & drink in separate book and note food effect on weight, mood, skin and energy level.
3. Get hormones checked and see if my health team can't solve some minor problems including:
a) fatigue ~way do I sleep so much and remain so dang tired all the time!
b) skin ~acne at 50 is just plain embarrassing
c) hair issues ~hairdresser says my hair isn't strong enough for a perm & I would like to change that
d) weight issues ~yes I believe my messed up hormones aren't helping....(I understand our environment is full of active hormonal toxins interfering with women's natural rhythms up and will research this more)

MIND
4. Work on a developing more of positive body image
a) dress more in a fitness fashion ~yep, even when going to the gym
5. Pamper myself more:
a) french nails
b) monthly massage
c) weekly soak
6. Read at least one book per month.

SPIRIT
7. Formal daily seated meditation
8. Continue daily Practice & study
9. Smile more and work on being less 'hard'!

PURPOSE & SERVICE
10. Work and nurture creative outlets
a) set aside 30 min.s min a day to work on writing book
b) sew more
c) painting
11. Dedicate work time to support non-profit dance co
12. Be aware of opportunities to gift or volunteer to community

RELATIONSHIP
13. Use any excuse to celebrate Other's successes!

CALIFORNIA MOVE (2010)
1. Continue area/ house pricing
2. Gather list of recommended plants for growing in area
3. Continue on wish list of amenities for house and area

  
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SPARKNB 12/23/2008 3:11AM

    Excellent. Very detailed and well thought out. Inspirational...I've got a kind of continual list going, but maybe I will formalize it at this site, and spell everything out as you have. I also liked the section: purpose & service.

Where in CA is the move planned for...check out Sunset's Western Garden Guide for a *VERY* detailed and precise understanding of plants there...when I moved to AZ from MI, I became a Mistress (Master) Gardener to be able to wrap my head around all the info and variation. If I can be of any help, please mail me.


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WRWW13 12/22/2008 11:07AM

    Loved your plan!!! I know you can do this. You have inspired me to create a plan of my own, Thanks!!!! Have a very blessed week! Huggss!!!

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