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Day 1687: 3 Things I Did Well This Week...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Heyyyoo! I didn't do yesterday's prompt because it was a repeat of day 1684 :)

Here's today's prompt: Today, list three things you've been doing well with during the past week. Are you sticking to your meal plan or putting a lot of effort into your workouts? Give yourself credit where it's due!

I have been doing a lot of things really well the past week :) I am proud of myself. Here are some my favorites:

1. I am doing well at practicing non attachment...where I'm very actively pursuing the steps that are going to empower me to accomplish my goals without being attached to the outcome. I am doing very great at being happy now..even though I have goals I want to still accomplish. This has been a very hard thing for me to master and I am doing very well at it this week :) Woohoo! :)

2. I have been getting in a lot of movement. Even though I'm not burning a million calories..I'm getting in a lot of yoga-like exercises and walking...like 90 minutes a day. It feels good!

3. I'm keeping up with this whole program and the prompts. I am also doing REALLY well with my streaks that I am tracking on my phone.

I think this is such a great practice to participate in..never gets old!

What are 3 things YOU did well this week?

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Day 1685: My favorite quote...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today's prompt: What is your favorite motivational quote? Reflect on it in your blog.

I have a lot of favorite quotes..so many it's hard to choose..but the first quote I put on my SparkPage when I started losing weight on Spark was "success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." I think it's ironic I chose this quote..because it's very accurate of the approach I have taken on my healthy lifestyle/the approach that works best for me. It's not about changing everything overnight...it's about rocking the baby steps :)

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 10/20/2014 12:57PM

    Great quote.

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LIMOM2TWINS 10/18/2014 9:53AM

    "A year from now you wish you started today" Kristen Lamb - it is what I live by - also love your quote

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/18/2014 9:44AM

    That's a great one and so true!!

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Day 1684: How I feel in 5 words or less...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's prompt: in your blog, describe how you feel in five words or less.

1. Motivated
2. Present
3. Peaceful
4. Crampy (lol-TOM for me)
5. Loved

That was quick :)

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 10/17/2014 3:32PM

    How I feel in 5 words or less...
1. Happy
2. Excited
3. Content
4. Powerful
5. Sick

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Day 1683: My friends and their influence...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today's Prompt: Do you think your friends are a positive or negative influence on your healthy lifestyle? Write about this in your blog--and think of some ways you and your friends can make healthier choices when you are together.

Welp, first things first...to be quite honest, at the moment I don't have friends that I am hanging out with. I am living in Florida right now and am from Chicago. Over the past few years, I have spent a lot of time on my own. For awhile, I was going to Dahn Yoga and hanging with a lot of people my age from there..but now I pretty much just see the same few people back home. I spend a lot of time with myself..which is very different than how I was my whole life. I used to constantly surround myself with people. I feel like the past few years I have really been learning how to be alone.

Through spending all this time alone, I have realized the tremendous impact that your friends have on your lifestyle. There's that one quote about how you are the average of the five people you spend the most time around. Because I was raised to always be taking care of other people, I had a tendency to surround myself with people who always needed my help. As a result, I had very little time for myself.

As I started letting go my relationships that were all about me giving and stopped needing to feel needed, I really noticed how much energy I was putting into others. Often times, these people wouldn't even change. I was just sticking a temporary bandaid on their problems. It really made me realize a lot about myself and how unhealthy most of my relationships had been. If they weren't unhealthy, they were usually shallow.

As a result, I started to crave to spend more time alone so I could find my voice and put the energy I was giving everyone else into myself. That may sound selfish, but it was actually the most selfless thing I have ever done. Now, when I am around other people, I show up in a completely different way. Partly because I don't have as many close relationships (so I have more energy for the most important ones) and partly because I am not drained.

I also tried to make sure that I was being conscious of how I felt after spending time with certain people. Some people just suck all the energy out of you..and some people's negative energy I absorb like I sponge. I have even found myself emotionally eating after I'm around certain people..literally emotionally eating *for them*

So I do think it's extremely important to monitor who you spend your time with. Quite honestly, minimizing the amount of relationships I have in my life has felt really good. It's helped me get in touch with myself so I can see who is a good influence on me (and who is not).

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/16/2014 2:00PM

    I find on Facebook I often take on negative emotions and get caught up in other's drama. It is draining. Maybe I need to give myself a time limit on how long I stay on Facebook.
Being alone isn't something a lot of people enjoy. I like it sometimes. I am enjoying reading your reflections.

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This reminds me of the book The Celestine Prophecy. Its fictional but reads like non fiction with the way he describes certain people as energy suckers. Many people take take take without giving and many give give give without taking. Its good you are looking for a healthy balance for you.
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Day 1682: Going clothes shopping makes me feel...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today's prompt: Going clothes shopping makes me feel ____ (fill in the blank)

Honestly, I have never really been a big clothes shopper. LOL. I like clothes..but I think the process of buying them is so boring. However, I Love going dress shopping (I Love wearing dresses and pretty much wear them whenever the weather permits). I'm pretty neutral about clothes shopping..unless I have a special event that is coming up (then I get excited). I also wear a lot of the same clothes (aka my "favorite outfits":).

I can remember while I was gaining weight..I used to dread clothes shopping soooo much. One of the most impactful stories of clothes shopping for is when I tried on a coat at Target..it was like an XXL...and it didn't fit. I think I was wearing a sweatshirt at the time...but still. It was clear, I was getting into sizes that aren't sold at regular stores. I realized if I gained more weight, I'd have to start shopping at special stores. I had already been unable to buy clothes at my favorite store, so this was a pretty big blow to my ego. Shortly after that (though it wasn't really related..I felt like crap about my weight all the time..feeling like crap wasn't enough for me to change because I was so hopeless in my ability to lose weight due to failing so many times), I started losing weight.

Now, I don't pay much attention to sizes (especially because they tend to vary so much from store to store)..but I have definitely gone up and down since reaching my goal weight. I tend to put on weight when I am doing a lot of emotional healing..which has been my primary focus the past few years. The more I don't deal with how I am feeling (which can be hard..because as I have written about before..I am extremely sensitive), the more weight I gain. It's really been a lesson in getting present and self-Love.

At first, these weight fluctuations used to really bother me because it made me feel like I was a failure (by gaining weight back). Now I realize that reaching your "goal weight" doesn't necessarily mean remaining there for the rest of you life. It means being kind to yourself when you gain a few pounds..because if you aren't..you're just going to gain more weight. This journey isn't about being perfect...it's about becoming better :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/16/2014 12:23AM

    " Now I realize that reaching your "goal weight" doesn't necessarily mean remaining there for the rest of you life. It means being kind to yourself when you gain a few pounds..because if you aren't..you're just going to gain more weight. This journey isn't about being perfect...it's about becoming better :)"
I wish there was a "love button" for this blog and especially this part. Yes, yes!

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