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Starting Official Stress Busting Challenge: week 1. Day 1

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ok week one of the Official Stress Busting Challenge I am to create a "public journal". I find this a bit intimidating. Who wants the whole world to know all your problems and what your going through??!?!!? Anyways here goes nothing.

week 1:

Start a stress journal. Keep track of the most common or intense stressors you encounter this week. Your SparkPage blog is a great place to track what causes you stress, how strong the stressor feels, and how you responded to it. You can also rate your daily stress level on this online tracker.
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Week 1: Day 1: 6/29/10

The most current common stressor for me is school. I'm taking a load of 3 classes this summer, while working a full-time job! Anyone that know about college knows that 3 classes are too much during a normal semester (fall/spring) so during 3 classes in the summer is insane because your cramming 4 months worth of work into 2months!

Most of my week (7days) is spent studying and doing homework. Almost getting slight rest because I have to be at work at 7am. Sometimes I feel like I dont have a life. All my friends and family are enjoying the summer when I'm closed in a house all day doing homework. There are times when I bust into tears while during homework because I'm tired and wants to rest or enjoy the summer, but I can't I have many deadlines to meet.

I rarely get the time to spend with my boyfriend and it very sad at times for because I feel like I'm neglecting myself, family, and him; even though it's for a good cause.

School has caused alot of stress: weight gain, high blood pressure, mood swings, etc. The way I respond is by eating, sometimes drinking, secluding my self from others, , sex (sorry I'm being honest), and sleeping.

Day 1 complete wheww

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Tomorrow for Day 2 I will discuss both common and intense stressors for me: my weight and my condition PCOS. Stay tuned!

  
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49DEBBET 6/29/2010 5:09PM

    Hang in there Sweetie!! but do try and set aside some time for you to just chill and enjoy life!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/29/2010 1:11PM

    Hope this will help reduce some of your stress. Although I haven't done it daily, I do journal (not online, I'm not as brave as you) and it sure does help.
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I agree with belljoann - you need to set aside some time for yourself. Best of luck juggling it all - it will certainly be worth it when you're holding that degree.
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BELLJOANN 6/29/2010 11:15AM

    They are right that this journal will help because people cannot help you if you dont tell them what you need.

I went to school for almost 10 years, worked full time, raised 2 kids...in an accelerated program. I took 1 class at a time but the workload was normal. The class was 5-6 weeks long. Papers due every week...group projects due every week. So I do understand.

You do feel that you don't have a life so here is what I did. I made sure that one night a week I did something for myself. Mine was a singles group that I went to. It really saved my life. It became just as important to me as my job and school. I never missed it. I made sure that I worked hard throughout the week to be able to take the 4 hours off. It releaved a lot of stress for me and made me feel better.

JoAnn
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PCOS website encouragement: Are You Rushing Through Life?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hey this is some encouragement for anyone, but I got it from a website dedicated to women like me who live with PCOS.

Are You Rushing Through Life?

"Stop rushing through life. Live it instead."

"We must be completely present for what we are doing, without sacrificing or rushing what's in front of us in order to get to 'more important' stuff later. No matter how mundane the activity, treat everything as important and take pleasure in it. At bottom, whatever we are doing right now is what we are engaged in and it deserves our full attention and appreciation."

These thoughtful passages are from "Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less", by Marc Lesser. It made me think about how often I do one thing while thinking about something else.

Last week I went to my exercise studio where I do a rather complex set of routines called Gyrotonic. Considerable concentration is needed to get the most out of this exercise routine.

As soon as I started, my mind jumped to a phone conversation I had with someone a few hours earlier. I become so absorbed in the details of the conversation and what I would do next with this person that I started doing my exercises incorrectly. Finally I got so distracted that I could not think of what exercise to do next.

In other words, by thinking of something else, I lost the benefit of helping my body by doing the correct exercise.

There are also consequences when another person is "not present". A couple of weeks ago I had a phone conversation with someone who obviously was washing the dishes in her sink as we were having our conversation. We were discussing what I thought were some pretty important business issues. But I felt like she was not giving our conversation the 100% of her attention that the topic deserved. Not only was I annoyed but I felt we did not accomplish as much as we could have.

Was this person so terrifically busy that she was compelled to do the dishes while talking with me? Was she signaling to me that our conversation was less important to her than dirty plates in her sink?

You can actually accomplish more and have a higher quality of life if you focus your full attention on the present moment, and focus on the most important task at hand.

I encourage you to do two things:

1) Simply notice where your mind is while engaged in an activity. Bring awareness to your behavior without judging it.

2) If your mind has wandered, bring it back to the present activity by saying something like: "I choose to be fully engaged in this activity right now."

Use your senses to ground yourself in the present moment. What do you feel with your body? What do you hear or see? What can you taste or smell?

You'll know you're getting it when you feel yourself slowing down, relaxing, and breathing more deeply and fully. Then, wait for the moments of joy to come -- the experience of realizing that this very moment is actually the best time of your life, regardless of what you're doing.

www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/news109.h
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MNCYCLIST 6/28/2010 1:10PM

    Thanks for sharing

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BOVEY63 6/28/2010 11:52AM

    Thanks for sharing. I often find my mind wandering to something other than what I am doing. I will try and be more conscious to this and attempt to stay focused on what is at hand.
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ALOT2GO1 6/28/2010 11:10AM

    Great blog! "stop rushing through life, live it instead" How true. how many of us do this. We all need to live it.
Have a great day!

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Nashville Tennessee Flood 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjaQoOdJvI


www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=NEW%5FME%5FFOREVER#3253134

  
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MZSASSY 5/26/2010 4:24PM

    SUPPORTING!!!!

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TROUBLE635 5/26/2010 12:14PM

    Love the info. It broke my heart.

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Nashville Floods We need your support!

Friday, May 21, 2010

On May the 2nd and 3rd my hometown Nashville, TN and surrounding counties was flooded. Due to the damages many lost everything they own and even their lives. There have been reports of bodies found floating in rivers. It is really truley sad!

I never thought anything would happen like this. It reminds me of Katrina when New Orleans was flooded. Here are some pictures:



















If you have a heart please join the Nashville Flood Relief Group to help us get through the recovery process.

We need your help with Nashville Flood victims. Help lift Nashvillians spirits up when they feel down. Nashvillians may join the group to get help from anyone on spark no matter where you live. Please Join.

Nashville Flood Relief Group
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=42755


I've created a group for the victims of Nashville, TN and surrounding counties. This group is for anyone weather you live in Nashville or Not. Feel free to help, share stories, give guidance, and give support. "We need your help"!

Please consider being apart of the help for victims that are on Sparkpeople.

Also I need 4 Co-Leaders:

Co-Leaders #1 Greeter (Greet new members)
Co-Leaders #2 Pastor or a good Prayer (answer prayer request)
Co-Leaders #3 Monitor (monitor daily chat and discussions)
Co-Leaser #4 Birthdat (schedule and give birthday wishes)
Co-Leader #5 pictures (upload pictures of flood damage)

please contact me if your interested through my email keonm4@aol.com

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PLAYBLUES22 5/21/2010 10:24AM

    Oh my what devastation

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MRE1956 5/21/2010 9:29AM

    I will keep you and the Nashville area in my best thoughts - I live near a notorious flood zone, myself, and have seen firsthand what that kind of flooding can do to an area.....

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Round 7 Spark Nashville Challenge

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Round 7
SPARK NASHVILLE'S 5-WK
STARTING CHALLENGE WEIGH-IN,
weigh in Oct 1: 263

Wk 1: 140 mins Weigh-in = 262 -1lb
Wk 2: 284 mins Weigh-in = 259 -3
Wk 3: 275 mins Weigh-in = 261 +2
Wk 4: 375 mins Weigh-in = 259 -2
Wk 5: 255 mins Weigh-in = 258 -1


FINAL 5-WK WEIGH-IN = 258

TOTAL WEIGHT/POUNDS LOST DURING THESE 6 WKS = - 5

TOTAL EXERCISE MINUTES DURING THESE 6 WKS = 1,329



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EXERCISE MINUTES Wk 1:

Wednesday=

Thursday = 30 Walk

Friday =

Saturday =rest

Sunday =rest

Monday = 60 walk/kickboxing

Tuesday = 50 kickboxing/strength

total minutes for week 1= 140

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EXERCISE MINUTES Wk 2

Wednesday= 30 walk

Thursday = 60 walk/kickboxin

Friday = rest

Saturday = 45 kickboxing/strength

Sunday = 30 kickboxing

Monday = 30 kickboxing

Tuesday = 89 walk/kickboxing/butt blast/strength

total minutes for week 2 = 284

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EXERCISE MINUTES Wk 3

Wednesday= 30 walk

Thursday = 75 walk/kickboxing

Friday = 20 walk

Saturday = 45 kickboxing/strength

Sunday = rest

Monday = 60 walk/kickboxing

Tuesday = 45 kickball/walk/strength

total minutes for week 3 = 275

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EXERCISE MINUTES Wk 4

Wednesday= 60 walk/kickboxing

Thursday = 75 walk/kickboxing

Friday = rest

Saturday = rest

Sunday = 120 aerobics/kickboxing/walk/strength

Monday = 75 walk/core aerobics/strength

Tuesday = 45 walk

total minutes for week 4 = 375

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EXERCISE MINUTES Wk 5

Wednesday= 75 walk/cardio/strength

Thursday = 30 aerobics

Friday = 45 walk

Saturday = rest

Sunday = 60 walk

Monday = 45 walk

Tuesday = rest

total for week 5 = 255

  
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TOOFATPIA 10/14/2009 1:09PM

    I know you are ready and doing this. Keep up the good work

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 9/24/2009 8:00PM

    All right...the plan is there...all organized and looks so nice...good job! I look forward to see all the awesome numbers you will be posting there to show how well you are doing!!!
Good losing

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