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Stress Busting Challenge Update

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I am now done with Week 1 of the Stress Busting Challenge and I thought it would be a good idea to review what I've learned this week and set goals for the rest of the challenge.

This week, I have been keeping a stress journal. As I said even before I started this challenge, I have no "real" or obvious reason to be so stressed out. I think most of it comes just from not being very organized and also from procrastinating which is a problem for me. Poor time management is also an issue. So it didn't surprise me when I found myself writing down things in my journal like: "Today I've been stressing out about the fact that I haven't worked on my novel for a few days and I should have." or: "I'm stressed out because I should email my professor and ask about this course / order new books for the poetry course / I'm not sure when and where a certain lecture takes place etc."

So it's obvious I needed to find ways to become more organized, establish some routines and STOP PROCRASTINATING. And I have to say, I haven't been stressed at all this week after I started doing this!! I can't believe how little it took! I just started writing down daily (realistic) to-do lists and making a daily schedule for myself (except for the weekends when I just want to relax and not follow a schedule). Poor time management has always been my problem and I'm now finding ways and tools to deal with that. I also sorted out all my lecture notes and school stuff, wrote down a weekly schedule (what lectures to attend, where they're held and at what time). I started using the calendar my mom gave me as a Christmas present and now all the deadlines and dates to remember are no longer floating around in my head but are actually right there, in black and white. What a relief!

I'm now realizing it doesn't take a lot to get rid of "pointless stress" which is what I call this type of stress I'm mostly dealing with. It's self-inflicted and easy to fix. It's just my mind telling me I need to stop slacking and procrastinating, and start to plan my days more carefully so I have enough time to do the things I need to do in order to feel happy and content with my life (exercising, writing, reading, relaxing).

I hope that with this challenge I'll be able to recognize my stressors, eliminate them effectively by doing the things I mentioned earlier and learning new ways to deal with stress whenever it occurs. I feel really good about this challenge! :) It's helping me a lot already.

  
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JULESJET 1/9/2013 11:43PM

    Wonderful!
Yay for realizations and fixable, doable goals!

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IUHRYTR 1/9/2013 10:45PM

    Sounds like it was an insightful and productive week stress-wise. Keep going strong. -- Lou

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OMMAMA7 1/9/2013 5:32PM

    That is awesome! So glad you are seeing such positive results. It's pretty empowering when we take the step to make some changes in our lives and we can see how they better ourselves and our lives. WOOHOO!

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JACKIE542 1/9/2013 4:06PM

    Vary happy you have found answers and that the challenge is helping you. emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 1/9/2013 4:01PM

    I couldn't keep my sanity without my calendar... Especially in my university with all the essays, it's impossible to remember everything...
I procrastinate and postpone things, too... It's my only reason for stress but I keep doing it... I make to-do lists but I never follow them, especially if they include studying...
But I still hope that I'll overcome this at some point of my life...
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IGSBETH 1/9/2013 3:26PM

    Great insights!

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LYNSEY723 1/9/2013 3:12PM

    Awesome changes! It's so great that you are already seeing results!!

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I miss summer! (A few pictures I found..)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I was going through the pictures we took in Greece last summer and I started to miss summer so much! Not the scorching heat but the warm, beautiful days when it's not too hot or too chilly. We took so many pictures while we were there (about 1500 pictures to be more exact) and it's been a long process going through them. I've already shared some of my favorites with you but I wish I could share many more! Here are a few more pictures from Parga, Greece:

(I weighed about 158.5 lbs in these pictures, about 4.5 lbs more than I weigh now. I remember feeling so good, healthy and beautiful while we were there. I think it shows in the pictures as well! I used to be so camera shy but now I actually enjoyed being photographed.)























Haha, that last picture! Apparently the water was a bit too cold for me, judging by my facial expression ;)

There are so many beautiful pictures I wish I could show you. I tried uploading a few really beautiful landscape pictures but it said the file was too large to save. Oh well. These will have to do!

Pretty soon it will be summer again and by then, I will be thinner, healthier and even more confident! Until then pictures will have to do! :)

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TONLIZ05 1/10/2013 10:02PM

    OH IM SO JEALOUS I WISH I COULD GO!!LOL
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JADOMB 1/9/2013 11:27AM

    You make that country look beautiful. ;-)

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MERRY_XMAS 1/9/2013 3:59AM

    I miss summer, too! I hate wearing so many clothes in order to feel warm...

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MOVES327 1/9/2013 12:30AM

    Great pictures, it has been many years since I have been to Greece or the Med for the matter. These photos make me want to go back.

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THATGALNIKKI06 1/9/2013 12:25AM

    Beautiful Pics!

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IUHRYTR 1/8/2013 7:45PM

    Terrific photos. You're looking good, Annie. Great progress. Keep it up. -- Lou

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JACKIE542 1/8/2013 7:28PM

    Great pictures, thank you! emoticon

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/8/2013 7:15PM

    Thank you for sharing :)
I can't wait for summer weather ..... emoticon

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OMMAMA7 1/8/2013 6:40PM

    All the pics are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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LYNSEY723 1/8/2013 5:44PM

    Beautiful pictures! You look great!!!

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Motivational Monday!

Monday, January 07, 2013



This quote rings true to me.

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."
(The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr)

I've seen that quote all over the internet lately and it really hit home with me. There are things about myself that I do not necessarily like but that are beyond my control (my nose is an appearance related example that comes to mind; I've always had a bit of a nose complex but I should just let it go because there's nothing I can do about it unless I get plastic surgery which I do not plan to do). Most of us can name examples like these. When I was a teenager, I used to hate being so short and I didn't like my curvy figure. I would dream of somehow magically growing taller and becoming more model-esque. What a waste of time and energy!

And then there are things I don't like about me but that are something I can work on, like my health, my well-being or my happiness. I think we often waste too much energy worrying about the things that are beyond our control. Instead, we should be focusing on the things we can work on, little by little, and to eventually have the courage to change.

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  
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DMANN104 1/8/2013 5:20PM

    What a great reminder... something I have needed lately - thanks! Hope you have a great week!

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JADOMB 1/8/2013 1:25PM

    I love your healthy attitude, it goes well with a healthy body. Keep the faith.

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SADWHITEWOLF 1/8/2013 11:02AM

    You are very right I ofen apply the serenity prayer to my life and surroundings, but not my actual self! I will try to look at it that way!

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IUHRYTR 1/7/2013 11:19PM

    For what it's worth I think you have a cute nose. Good message. -- Lou

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MISTYBLUE716 1/7/2013 7:31PM

    you're totally right

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THATGALNIKKI06 1/7/2013 5:48PM

    I can definitely relate to your post. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week. emoticon

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Goals for next week

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I've had a really nice, relaxing weekend! I've also been quite productive actually and I feel great! I worked on my novel a lot and wrote about 30 pages yesterday and today. I also went for a walk this morning. It was finally sunny and I loved just walking along the river and seeing the city wake up.

Sunday is the day when I get ready for the week to come. I plan all my meals for the upcoming week and on Mondays we go grocery shopping. I also came up with small, weekly goals I want to set for myself and at the end of the week I'll see how I did.

Here they are:

Eat at least 2 pieces of fruit/veggies a day.
Do 10 minutes of strength training 5 times a week.
Do 30 minutes of yoga 5 times a week.
Go for a walk every day.
Write for an hour every day.
Update my blog daily.
Don't eat in front of the TV/computer (except on Saturdays).

I don't think I'll be having much difficulty reaching these goals, but still they're a nice challenge. The one goal I think I might have a difficulty reaching is the not eating in front of the TV. I honestly don't know why it's such a big problem for me! I almost feel ashamed to admit that. Even if it's a healthy meal and I don't mindlessly binge while watching a movie, I sometimes find that something is missing if I'm not watching TV while I eat!! It's crazy and I really want to shake that habit. I will only allow myself one day a week to do that (Saturday nights if we're watching a movie) but all the other meals I must eat at the table. Do any of you have this problem? It's just a habit that I picked up years and years ago and haven't been able to shake. It's time to give it a try.

I would so love to get down to 69 kg (152 lbs) this week! I can't remember the last time my weight was in the 60's!! I didn't lose any weight this week so I think I might be able to lose those two pounds this week as long as I stick to my meal plan and work out daily. We'll see what the scale says on Saturday!

I hope all of you had a great weekend!

  
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JADOMB 1/7/2013 12:57PM

    I think there are two ways one eats in front of the TV. One is just doing it as multi-tasking. (having ones breakfast as the watch morning news) The other as a marathon "mindless" process making the jaw work in sync with the eyes and time involved during movies and such. So I don't see a problem with having my meals in front of the TV as long as I am eating the same things and amounts I would have at the table. But when I am watching TV and I get the urge to snack, then I do my best to choose good snacks, like fruit or vegetables.

As far as the rest of your plan, it looks fine. Just stay consistent and watch that intake and you'll do great.

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/7/2013 12:20PM

    How about listening to the radio instead of having the t.v. on? Maybe that will help with it not being too quiet while you eat.
I'm also planning my goals in a weekly basis and I feel it's less overwhelming to look at it by week instead of the whole month.

Good Luck with your goals this week !!!

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IUHRYTR 1/6/2013 9:23PM

    Sometimes I have the television on in the living room while I eat in the dining room but I usually do not watch it while I eat and often tune it out using it as white noise to break up the silence. Good luck with all your goals, especially the TV one. I look forward to more photos of your success. Go for it! -- Lou

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JACKIE542 1/6/2013 9:17PM

    Great goals, you always have great plans. Good for working on you novel.

I use to always eat in front of the tv too, I did stop doing that, I also don't watch very much anymore, mostly in the evening to relax before going to bed.

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Please read this! :)

Saturday, January 05, 2013



I really do hope so because you're all beautiful!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

  
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PROJECTFIT4LIFE 1/7/2013 10:11PM

    loved this. thank you! :)

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/7/2013 12:12PM

    Awww .... Thank you Gorgeous !!! :)
Have a Beautiful Day !

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TAYSMOM77642 1/6/2013 6:16PM

    emoticon You are so sweet and what a wonderful surprise! I love it.

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JADOMB 1/6/2013 2:06PM

    Thank you, and you are too sweetie.

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IUHRYTR 1/6/2013 12:17AM

    Such a nice thought to share. I hope you feel as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. emoticon -- Lou

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ANDYLIN90 1/5/2013 11:52PM

    No I don't because I just ate a bunch of candy that I wish I hadn't, but seeing your post reminds me that feeling negative about myself will get me no where. Thanks for posting and I will let the candy go and tomorrow is another day to do better.

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TENGELS82 1/5/2013 11:50PM

    Love this!! :-)

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JACKALACK 1/5/2013 9:27PM

    Aww that's so sweet! I hope you do too! congratulations on all the progree you've made!

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-LINDA_S 1/5/2013 7:13PM

    emoticon Working on it!

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DMANN104 1/5/2013 5:45PM

    emoticon It's just what I needed! emoticon Right back at you!

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GLITTER60 1/5/2013 5:45PM

    love your wall paper. thanks for the compliment

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YOUNG2012 1/5/2013 5:19PM

    That was a nice surprise! Thank you and you are beautiful too!
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LYNSEY723 1/5/2013 5:16PM

    Thank you! And you are beautiful too!

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NETTYBREAD 1/5/2013 5:16PM

    emoticon So glad I read this. Made me *smile* YOU are beautiful and kind as well. Have a great weekend.

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KRISKAY1962 1/5/2013 5:16PM

    HI I AM NEW, THIS IS DAY 3 SINCE I FOUND SPARKPEOPLE. SO FAR I LOVE IT. JUST WORKING A 12 HOUR SHIFT AT THE HOSPITAL . HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO WORK. HAVE A GREAT DAY. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. emoticon

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JULESJET 1/5/2013 5:07PM

    Why thank you very much! I think you look absolutely wonderful today, too!

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    Thank you very much. emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/5/2013 5:00PM

    I like that, I hope you do too! Thank you. emoticon

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