Saturday, March 29, 2014
Spring 5% Challenge is just around the corner. I did NOT do well in the Winter Challenge. To be honest, I probably gained at least 3 pounds during the challenge. I have learned that Utz Pub Mix is not my friend. I have also learned that standing with just my tiptoes on the edge of the scale is just lying to myself.
My motivation for the Spring 5% Challenge is:
I want to be healthier - need to keep my weight down because of health problems
I want to look good in a swimsuit
I want to look good for my husband's 30th high school reunion this summer.
I want to learn what works for me so I can sustain a healthy weight loss.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Warning: Pity party blog post ahead - read at your own risk!!
So today's my birthday. My mom and dad remembered, bless their hearts. My mother-in-law remembered and of course, my friends on Facebook remembered. One friend even texted me and we chatted for awhile. All in all, you'd think I'd be in a good mood.
But, hubby is sick and whiny and doesn't want to go anywhere or do anything (to be fair, he didn't want to make plans BEFORE he got sick). My son is away today, but will probably remember. My daughter got up this morning and spent an hour with me before she asked me what was wrong. I gave her a dirty look and she thought for a full five minutes before she said - oh, that's right!! But still no happy birthday from her!!
I mean, I'm 47, I don't expect a big deal, but it would be nice to feel special on that one day a year - you know what I mean?
Anyway, did some yoga, vented here, and feeling a little better. If the situation does not improve, I may have to take myself to the movies to celebrate.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This week is Happiness Week in the 5% Challenge. We have been tasked with doing something (anything) that makes us happy - for 10 minutes per day.
I know that some have struggled with finding their "happiness". A few have even told me they have nothing to be happy about.
In a quick poll of those who know me in real life, it was determined that I am a very happy person. This is not to say I don't have my moments of fear, sadness, even the occasional sleepless night, but I don't have anything mentally or chemically that is keeping me from being happy.
For that reason, I have found this week's challenge to be insanely easy. It has also caused me, however, to actually analyze which things I do on a daily, weekly or occasional basis that actually make me happy. If you are having a problem finding your happiness, maybe this list will help you too
- cooking or baking - especially food that is comforting and healthy
- watching the Olympics - my favorites this year are figure skating, short track, skeleton and snowboard cross
- Completing tasks that I have been procrastinating (got my blood drawn today)
- spending time with my hubby or my kids
- taking a walk
- sitting outside on a cool day and enjoying the beauty of nature
- having a good cry (I mean really getting it all out of my system)
- listening to really sad or really happy music
- talking to a friend or my mom on the phone
- writing my blog
- compliments - I LOVE compliments!!!
- looking at old photos and seeing how far I've come
- eating out - especially when I make choices I can be proud of
- a clean house (as long as I can delegate the cleaning, LOL)
- going to work (we are a really happy bunch - seriously)
What makes you happy?
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Last year my one word was "courage". I feel like I've come a long way in not being so fearful of everything. My word for this year is self-confidence because I need to learn to trust and respect myself more.
Today I feel like I made a huge step. Over a year ago, a dear friend said something incredibly rude to me. I didn't know how to respond so basically just stopped talking to her all this time. Last week she reached out to me and we met today for coffee. I was confident enough in myself to bring up the issue and apologize for letting it sit for so long. She, in turn had been feeling horrible about what she said all this time but didn't know how to apologize. It was a good reunion and I'm glad I did it. In some ways, I'm also glad we were apart for over a year, because we have both grown tremendously in that time.
I am very excited about this new year and the possibilities it holds as I learn to trust myself more!!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I posted this the last three years on Facebook and it resonated so well then I thought I would share it this year with my Sparkfriends as well!! - if you share, please give credit - Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
"We are all broken. None of us get through this life without some damage. But when we come together, we broken pieces make a beautiful mosaic. I thank God for you - my friends and family - for being part of my mosaic. Without you, I would not be whole." -Teressa Morris, November 2010
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