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30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 2

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

"Get Plenty of Sleep." Sleep is good. I like to sleep. I like to nap. I like to dream. Lately, my sleep hasn't been so great. I have trouble falling asleep some times, wake up through the night and then have even more trouble waking up. Here's my plan:

1. Put my microfleece sheets on the bed (like sleeping in my favourite sweatshirt!)
2. Plan on going to sleep by 10:00 on work nights
3. Journal before going to sleep. If something is bothering me, I can get it out of my head and on paper. Or I could use my worry dolls...
4. Be sure that bed is cleaned off before crawling in. The clean clothes are just waiting there to be folded and put away... so do it!!

Here's a decent article on the benefits of good sleep:

And another on the links between weight gain and sleep apnea and other health problems:

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TINATC26 11/3/2011 3:02PM

    I hope you get back to restful nights!!

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ALASKASKY 11/2/2011 9:27PM

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ERIKO1908 11/2/2011 9:09PM

    I so need to tackle this myself!! Not ready though...I know if I don't have 100% commitment behind it, that it won't I keep it in the back of my mind & just know that the goal is there waiting for me to pick it up and run with it!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 11/2/2011 2:39PM

    Don't forget to have no/little light in your bedroom. I even turned off the light on the face of the clock by my bed and it really helped.

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BOBINVA 11/2/2011 1:32PM

    Thanks for all that information. I need to sleep better. You have set some great goals.

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CHRYS13 11/2/2011 12:26PM

    emoticon (I can definitely relate to cleaning-off the bed before "hitting-the-hay"!)
Thanks for the info.....and sweet dreams!
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30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 1

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Sparkpeople gives us these wonderful calendars
to Spark our well being. I know I could use a little happiness in my life... So what the heck. I'm going to give myself 30 days and see what happens.

Day 1 Start a Hobby:
Okay, so I have several that have been gathering dust. Calligraphy was very important to me for a while and I let that slide. It's time to dust of the workbech and get back to writing some pretty words again. I'll post picks when I have some final projects.
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TINATC26 11/3/2011 3:01PM

    can't wait to see your work!!!

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CHRYS13 11/2/2011 12:19PM

    Great! Can't wait to see the pictures!
Keep smiling!

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ERIKO1908 11/2/2011 12:06AM

    I'm glad you took on the challenge this month!! You will reap the rewards...enjoy getting back to your hobby that has been put on the back burner...excited to see pics!!

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JAMGIRL8 11/1/2011 4:40PM

    Ohhh, I love calligraphy! Looking forward to seeing the finished creations! emoticon

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BOBINVA 11/1/2011 3:43PM

    Go and get happy. Can't wait to see the pics.

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Fall down 7 times, get up 8...

Monday, October 24, 2011

It happened... again. I got off track. Fell of the wagon. Lost my focus. However you phrase it, it was a glitch.

This time, a mental one. I went back to a bad habit of using food to "ease emotional pain". The eating, it didn't help. Now I just feel guilt as well as the extra weight.

Fall down 7 times, get up 8.

It's not about the failure. It's about learning from the mistake. It's not about what was broken, it's about how to fix it.

Lesson learned: Eating the Oreo cookies will not make the Idiot who chose another woman over me, like me more. Eating the pint of Ben & Jerry's will not make me more attractive to another smarter man. Not exercising because I was sick to my stomach didn't do anything but make me feel even more yucky.

So, what to do with that lesson???

Fall down 7 times, get up 8.

RE-FOCUS. I am worth it. I am worth eating healty. I am worth exercising. I am worth being well. I am not defined by my relationships (or lack thereof), I am defined by me, how I treat myself.

Until I find the man that realizes that I kick a$$, I'll be happily single. Until I find the man that realizes that I am beautiful and healthy and smart and independant and sometimes wounded, I will focus on me. I can NOT let myself ruin all my hard work because one man didn't realize what a great catch I am. I wil NOT allow myself to wallow in self pity because I chose to let the wrong person into my heart.

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
~ Vivian Greene

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
~ Helen Keller

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Fall down 7 times, get up 8....

It's not a true failure if you learn the lesson and get back up. It's only a failure if you stay down.

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NURSESUSIE51 11/5/2011 1:33PM

    Oh, Girl!!! Thank goodness you have come to all those realizations. Although...from experience, it's easy to say them and sometimes harder to put all this wisdom into practice. I've fallen more than 7 times and keep getting up. We must and we WILL succeed.

YOU CAN DO IT!! (But aren't Oreos & Ben & Jerry's good emoticon )

PS: I love those quotes.

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DTSOBEL 10/27/2011 1:10PM

    I am right there with you. Good for you to getting back up after fall down and brushing yourself off. You are re focusing and will do great! Keep up the great attitude. No man is worth it! This is for you!

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MISSYGEEN 10/26/2011 5:14PM

    I can relate. I used to eat my loneliness and when I realized how blessed i really am I made many changes in my life. That was almost 2 years ago. A few weeks ago I was on a business trip with a co-worker (we travel a lot) Her husband drove down to meet her for a few days (sweet guy) and I instantly felt alone, feelings that I had not had in over a year. that night I went to dinner and ate waaaay to much. The good thing these days is I recognize it sooner and my next meal was a healthier choice. I don't feel lonely often but now that I know that it is a trigger for emotional eating I can make a choice to do something different like play tennis or spark a few friends.

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CHRYS13 10/24/2011 5:31PM

    ....and you will NOT stay down!
You are focused. You are knowledgeable! You have the tools. You are worth it.
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I want to be stronger and last longer.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Today we started a new session for Group Power. For those of you who don't know, GP is a strength training class, set to music, using weights and barbells. Over the course of an hour you pretty much work every muscle in the body... And then some! The class runs in 3 month cycles but my gym didn't provide the summer cycle.

Other than free weights (which I admit I didn't do enough of this summer) I've been mostly Cardio and Golf Girl.

My gym was doing a big kickoff for the new GP cycle, with 3 instructors, extra energy and even some good give aways. When we entered the classroom, written on the mirrors in big letters was the phrase "I want...".

None of us new what it meant until we started class and one of the instructors yells "I want to rock hard abs!". Another says "I don't want to have to be in biggest loser every year". The third said " I want to turn my flab into fab!". Each statement was written on the mirror. (**edit after going back to class today, I confused 2 of the instructor 'I Wants' one was "I want a healthy addiction", 'rock hard abs' was one of the class members. The other was "I want to turn my fluff to tough". Heck, I remembered mine correctly, and for me, that was the most important one!!)

Okay, I get it now. They're going to ask us all. No worries, I'm in the middle so I'm going to
have time to think of what I want to say to make it clever and..."Hey Gretchen, what do you want??" yells one of the instructors.

"I WANT TO BE STRONGER AND LAST LONGER!" was what I said. No time to think. It just
came out. There was clapping, some giggling and my sentence was written up on the mirror.

I looked at it all class long as more "I want..." statements were added. And the realization hit me. I meant what I said.

I want to be stronger and last longer. Stronger in health, strength, will power, in making and sticking to my goals. To last longer, longer walk, longer workout, longer life, longer *ahem*
(sorry, that one would be TMI), longer time playing with my nieces.

It's true, I want to be stronger and live longer. It is one thing to want that. It is entirely another thing to DO! I am the only one who can do this for me. The instructors can stand there and clap and pat me on the back and say the wonderful inspirational things that they say. But in the end, I must lift the weights, eat healthy and move my body. I must put the
effort forward. No magic pill. No quick fix. Effort. Strength. Sweat.

It's amazing what a little on the spot panic moment can do. Today, it brought me clarity and a renewed focus.


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SWEETNEENI 10/10/2011 11:06PM


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CHRYS13 10/8/2011 12:50PM

    Fantastic! I have no doubt that you will! I love your statement (and the "fluff" one, too!)
It's mantra time!!
Keep us posted on how you're doing...thanks for the SPARK! emoticon

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BOBINVA 10/4/2011 4:39PM

    Great list of wants. (including the TMI ;) )
Now believe you can. I believe you can.

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LABOSOXGIRL 10/4/2011 2:28PM

    Great Blog! My I want...."I want to be healthy, happy and hot lol"

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EMRALDIZE 10/4/2011 12:21PM

    Great blog!!!!!!!! I will have to think on my I want. The first thing is a very superficial i want to look good in a bikini... but I want to be healthier and have stamina and energy be more athletic. very inspiration post. thank you for sharing

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LOPEYP 10/4/2011 6:31AM

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 6:09AM

    there is no magic pill for this...amazing how that is missed by so many. you've got what it takes to make your on-the-spot honesty your reality!! we can all learn (and live better) by taking your words & running with them!! happy sparking!!!

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JANTWO 10/4/2011 12:46AM

    Yes you will!!!! emoticon

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Waking up full of awesome...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I saw this blog today

and it made me think... Yes, I had it. Yes, it was taken away. Yes, I let people take my awesome.

But the best part is, I'm getting it back. I know that I'm beautiful. I know that I stand up for myself. I know that I stand up for others. I know my body is a work in process, a temple being built from the bones up. I know that I am strong and fit and smart and bold.

"All I know is that if you arenít waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out."

Look at your daughters, neices, neighborhood children and let them know that they are AWESOME. Tell them they are smart. Tell them they are strong. Tell them they are loved. Tell them they are special every day. Don't let them lose their awesome.

And when you're done talking to them, look in the mirror and repeat after me... "I AM AWESOME!" Because YOU ARE.

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CHRYS13 9/17/2011 11:30AM

    I am emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!
You, my friend, are emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for the link ...

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LABOSOXGIRL 9/8/2011 5:27PM

    In the words of Abilene...

You is kind
You is smart
You is important


You is strong
You is beautiful
You is awesome!


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JSPIN74 9/8/2011 3:10PM

    SO so awesome! thx for sharing this with another girl who is seizing her awesome again...i'm going to show this to my daughter later...i already tell ehr she is so awesome everyday ;)

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/8/2011 3:05PM

    Awesome blog! If we give away our self worth, we've given everything away.

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