Sunday, January 06, 2013
2. How can you do more of the things that give you energy and less of the things that deplete your energy?
Hmm. This is a toughie. In the previous blog I identified the people around me as being both the source of energy and the greatest energy suckers. So the answer to this question is pretty simple: continue to surround myself with positive people and reject negativism.
Lets face it, misery loves company and when you feel like whining, there's nothing like a friend's shoulder to lean on. The trick is not to get trapped in that cycle of feeling helpless.
Sorry - its a short blog, but sometimes the answers, while individual, are simple. "And knowing is half the battle!"
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Leaping off of my SparkSister DogLady13's idea (she does a lovely intro)
What has given you or depleted energy from you this year?
One year ago I decided that the key for me finally losing the weight was to start tracking calories. I had lost my job in June 2010, decided this was the impetus to finally "Lose the Baby Weight!" - Nov 2010 I weighed in at an astonishing 197 lbs. Thanks to the support and encouragement of my SparkFriends, I'm now a much more manageable 156.
I gain energy from the people around me. The people around me also deplete me. You dont realize how much until you spend time around such a relentlessly positive group like SparkPeople. When you need energy, you post a blog, a question in the forums, I've even gotten emails from people when I put a sad little blurb on a Team Huddle. And we all pay it back in Spades when we have extra. We encourage each other and the group dynamic makes it possible for us to succeed as individuals.
On a more personal level, my brief stint this fall, refueled my desire, my love of teaching. When I lost my job, I lost my identity. Where most people have confidence and self worth, I was plagued with doubt. I would drop Child off at preSchool, sit on the sofa for 3 hours and cry, then scrape myself back together and go pick him up. Although the teaching assignment was temporary and flippin' FAR to commute, it refilled my confidence that I can do it, I'm not a terrible teacher and person.
Depleted: well, when you finish your first Triathlon in the freezing rain, charging up that hill and there is nothing NOTHING left in your gas tank. Then you are depleted. But go to the diner and eat Pork Souvlaki WITH the french fries. Do your first Brick workout. Then you are depleted. Break something: I've done ribs and fractured my elbow. The pursuit of endurance sports has taught me in a more viceral way than any other lesson that I should measure my best against my own best and not any others. I'm 38 yr old woman, not a 19 yr old boy. I will never be able to complete a triathlon in 56 minutes. Just not gonna happen! But I can do better than I did last time. I can set new goals for myself and be satisfied with my own performance. I can inspire the people around me. I can lead by example.
Let that be good enough.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
The end is here. And boy am I thankful.
While this year's holiday season seemed busier than normal I am extremely thankful for my blessings. My favorite two memories from this year:
1) Walking with my son on Christmas Eve, looking at all the lights.
2) Driving home last night from the last in a looooong line of holiday events, talking about our favorite memories of the year.
I note these, because neither involved money or food and can become family traditions. Yes I think its good to reflect at the end of the holiday season so that I can move forward into the new year wiser and with a great appreciation for what I have.
PS. Its my one year Sparkiversary! Yes, I joined Spark as a New Year's Resolution and what a change it has made in my life. I know most resolutions are broken within 2 weeks of making them, but 2012 was one of my best years ever because of you'z guyz. Thanks for supporting me in my weakness and celebrating my strengths and victories.
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