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Dance like no-one is watching

Friday, January 28, 2011

Got this story in my inbox today and it really resonated with me, so I wanted to blog it.

Author Unknown

We convince ourselves that life 
will be better after we get married, 
have a baby, then another. 
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough 
and we'll be more content when they are.

After that we're frustrated that we 
have teenagers to deal with, 
we will certainly be happy 
when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete 
when our spouse gets his or her act together, 
when we get a nicer car, 
are able to go on a nice vacation, 
when we retire. 
The truth is there's no better time 
to be happy than right now. 
If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. 
It's best to admit this to yourself 
and decide to be happy anyway. 
One of my favorite quotes comes 
from Alfred D Souza.

He said, "For a long time it had seemed 
to me that life was about to begin -real life. 
But there was always some obstacle in the way, 
something to be gotten through first, 
some unfinished business, 
time still to be served, 
a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. 
At last it dawned on me that these 
obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see 
that there is no way to happiness. 
Happiness is the way, 
so, treasure every moment that you have. 
And treasure it more because you shared it 
with someone special, 
special enough to spend your time... 
and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, 
until you go back to school, 
until you lose ten pounds, 
until you gain ten pounds, 
until you have kids, 
until your kids leave the house, 
until you start work, 
until you retire, 
until you get married, 
until you get divorced, 
until Friday night, 
until Sunday morning, 
until you get a new car or home, 
until your car or home is paid off, 
until spring, until summer, 
until fall, until winter, 
until you are off welfare, 
until the first or fifteenth, 
until your song comes on, 
until you've had a drink, 
until you've sobered up, 
until you die, until you are born again 
to decide that there is no better time 
than right now to be happy... 
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So, work like you don't need money. 
Love like you've never been hurt and 
dance like no one's watching.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VW_STEPH 1/28/2011 4:43PM

    I LOVE this saying! Love like you'll never get hurt, sing like nobody's listening and dance like nobody's watching... Fabulous! x

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KARATE 1/28/2011 9:12AM

    Awesome, thank you for sharing this! Sometimes we forget we can be happy right now, if we let ourselves!

Cheers, heres to being happy right now, this minute, this hour, this day, this month, this year, this lifetime!!!

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Being kind to myself

Monday, January 24, 2011

I realise that I am my own worst critic and if I don't always attain the high standards I set for myself, then I will beat myself up and feel angry, guilty and then sad.

This isn't helping me to attain my health, fitness and weight goals as I am knocking my own self-esteem. I need to learn to be kinder to myself and acknowledge the small steps I have taken each day and look for the positives that will keep me motivated. I have to realise that aiming for perfection is a fool's game (what is perfection?) and that aiming to do my best each day and recognising this will help me enjoy my progress

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MOMMABOF7 1/25/2011 7:28AM

    WoohOO being kind to ourselves is essential to happiness!

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VW_STEPH 1/24/2011 3:46PM

    GREAT BLOG!! Everyone can use this, and i am glad you have realised and are trying for yourself, good on you girl. YOU DESERVE IT. Always remember that. Perfection is something nobody can possibly be. Putting all your effort in and doing the best you can do is wonderful enough!

Ooooh you're going to London? Have a great time!!! xox

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DXTREME45 1/24/2011 3:42PM

    Just look in the mirror every day and say, "I love me some me."

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NINETANGEL 1/24/2011 2:33PM

    Now that you realize this can you teach it to the rest of the women in the world? We could all use a daily reminder!

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Fitness routine

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I am reflecting on the last few months over the summer when I haven't made many blog entries and realising that I usually turn to blogging when I am facing a challenge or feeling blue. I need to get into the habit of acknowledging the progress I am making and focussing on the areas of my life where I am grateful.

I am grateful that I decided to find activities that I really love doing, rather than forcing myself to go the gym and pound the treadmill etc which I find rather boring

Over the last few months I have found a fantastic Pilates class that I have been going to religiously every week - we use the reformer so it gives a great work-out that is a mix of core strength training and circuits. They guy who runs the class, Steve, always mixes it up so that we are challening new muscle groups.

I've also found a fabulous yoga class - it is kundalini yoga which was new to me and it focuses on physical and spiritual elements and has really improved my energy and amazingly has helped me reduce my pot belly - I think it must be all the active breathing exercises which help to move stagnant energy

Finally I love to dance but my husband doesn't have the greatest sense of rhythm and I don't like those classes where you get passed from partner to partner (too many gropey men!) so I was delighted to find Zumba - I just love the uplifting music and the energetic movements.

Hopefully these will be activities that I enjoy for life

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MOMMABOF7 11/8/2010 6:43AM

    Great that you are finding what works for you! It is great that exercise is not all that bad:) I also love yoga and zumba.

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VW_STEPH 11/7/2010 9:54AM

    Oooooh well done you finding out what you like and taking action!! I have to research and try out this Zumba everyone is talking about... is it a class you go to or can i buy a dvd? xxoxx

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CTEMPLE 11/7/2010 5:13AM

Claudia emoticon

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Positive choices

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Being a member of SP is really making a difference to my behaviour. I am starting to deal with negative emotions more when they appear and either acknowledge them and do something to change them such as journalling how I am feeling, talking to my husband or looking for posts from others to get inspiration. In the past I would have just headed straight for the food or wine to suppress these feelings rather than dealing with them.

I have also realised that I was not making time to exercise, so last week I started a regular Yoga class and also signed up for a 10 week pilates course. This week I am going to add zumba and schedule this as an appointment in my calendar.

I'm feeling positive about the changes

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CTEMPLE 6/13/2010 5:18PM

    emoticon Attitude. Well dome!

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HARPERLADY 6/13/2010 2:57PM

    YOU ARE DOING FANTASTIC!!!!! emoticon recognizing those almost second nature behaviours means they no longer have control over you and you are listening to your body , they want to be useful to us but some how getting or keeping them in shape while it should be at the top of your list becomes one of the last we think about, I am sooo happy you're taking back your reigns and here to share it with us emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Awake and planning

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

For some reason I can't sleep tonight (it's 1.30am here in the UK), so thought I would make a quick blog entry. I think my recent loss is playing on my mind as I never usually have a problem sleeping.

I have been taking a look at my SP history and realising that I am not doing too well on the resistance exercises, so I need to find a way to make these part of my routine. I am going to start by doing body weight exercises and incorporating these into everyday activities - maybe some squats and lunges while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil, or in the evenings when I watch TV (which is often). I'll have a look on SP to see what has worked for others in my groups

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TIME2JUSTDOIT 6/3/2010 10:57PM

    At least you were making good use of your time rather than just tossing and turning. I hope you're sleeping better now. It's so hard when you lose someone you love. Thoughts just kind of creep in at random times. I hope you're doing okay.

You have a great plan! I can't do squats or lunges without killing my knees! Enjoy those knees of yours! emoticon

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DALAI_LALA 6/2/2010 4:34PM

    I haven't been consistent enough with it yet, but hubby has a set of very light dumbbells - 5 pounds I think - that I leave near my computer desk. I am supposed to do bicep curls and such while I'm on the net or watching TV. Maybe you'll have better luck at it than me? LOL

What I have been doing is some of SP's little upper body exercises: Side Bend with Towel and such - things that don't require serious equipment. I also try to do 10 pushups every other morning. I hate them, but I need to build some upper body strength, and I think it's starting to work.

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