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Loving Myself Challenge: 21 days

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First, I would like to THANK EVERYONE who read my blog!! However, I got nominated for Popular Blog Award... it was SUCH a surpirse. I didn't think anyone actually read this blog anyway! lol. I just write things down because I like writing and being able to go back and read where my mind was at a certain part of my journey!

I am on one of my 24 hour shifts ( I am a doctor for those people who asked in the previous blog who don't know me. :) and am taking a quick minute to say THANK YOU for taking the time to read my blog. THANK YOU for your suggestions/tips/comments. :-) I LOVE SparkPeople! ... That award ranks up there with my becoming a SparkPeople Motivator! lol

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But, back to the point of this quick blog.

I have been doing this in my own journal at home when I can remember, but I figured... accountability never hurts. So, I am going to but it out there for you guys to see for the next 21 days.

This Loving Myself Challenge will lead me close to Valentine's Day, I'm guessing? :-) The goal is to find FIVE things I'm proud of each day and take the time to recognize that I've done something well. The recognizing the "GOOD " that I've done wil be the art/evidence of loving myself. I've found in the past that knowing I need 5 things I'm proud of by the end of the day, usually gets me up and moving and doing something so I can write it down.

Not that I'm not already active and working hard and you know.... busy.

But, this helps me refocus at the end of the day and try to give credit where it is due.

The 5 things I write down can be: physical exercise, eating well, doing something nice for someone else, or basically anything I want. NOTHING is too small to put on your list.

NOW, if anyone is still reading from yesterday... want to join in!? If not, I'll still be here doing the challenge until someone decides to check back in :-)

Yesterday was the official start for me... But I guess it's today now? I'm not sure, I've been up all night. :) (a little humor to get me through the LAST 4 hours at work. 20 down, 4 to go. )

1. I woke up early and realized work had been delayed due to the weather. Instead of going back to sleep as I had originally planned, I jumped on my treadmill and did a quick 30 min run. Then, I got dressed and headed to work.
2. I logged all of my food. Even the little extras I hadn't expected to eat. wasn't many :)
3. I wore my FitBit Pedometer ALL day and purposely tried to take the long way while walking around the hospital.
4. I walked > 15,000 steps before midnight. The FitBit automatically resets at midnight so all of my latest steps are counting towards today now. ;-)
5. HMMMM.... I have to come up with one last thing. Well, I took the time to talk to a young lady at work who looked particulary stressed out and tried to brighten her day a bit.

BONUS- ** I ate fruit for my snacks.
(OK, I'll stop being a show-off. I logged an extra one. ;-) Maybe I get Extra credit love today since I'm working so hard!? emoticon emoticon emoticon )

See! That wasn't anything spectacular and probably not life changing. But, I bet if you give yourself some Self-Love for the next 3 weeks, and recognize how well you are really doing.... you will be EVEN stronger and ready to take on this weight loss *healthy living* challenge we are on.

Can't give away what you don't have. Want love, give it (to yourself), then to others! Want acceptance, give it (to yourself), THEN to others!

Break is over. Later Sparkies!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LILY_SPARK 2/3/2013 8:19PM

    I just found you -- what a great idea! I think I'll come up with something similar for myself. I'm in need of some motivation and positivity is MOTIVATION :)

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 1/22/2013 11:26PM

    Hi! Just found you and your blog, and I absolutely love this challenge! And it makes me want to do it to! I'll start tomorrow.

P.S. I also run a motivation blog that's not on SP (link is on my profile if interested) and I think my readers on FB and G+ might enjoy this challenge. Would you mind if I borrowed the idea to use in February?

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REMEMBER2BME 1/20/2013 4:02PM

    Love this!

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JSTETSER 1/19/2013 5:55PM

    Great post! Thank you for visiting my post and leaving a comment today!
I added you as my Spark Friend today!

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THESLIMMERME1 1/19/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon I have been trying to do something like this too - so I feel like I have accomplished something for the of the challenges of going from Full time work to full time retirement!
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TEDYBEAR2838 1/19/2013 4:40PM

    Having a plan is the best!

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123ELAINE456 1/19/2013 3:58PM

  I Love Your Blogs. Will have to think about Your Love Challenge for Feb. You are Doing a Teriffic Job. Keep It Up. God Bless You and Have a Delightful Fun Day. Take Care. Congratulations on Your 21 Days Too and being Nominated For POPULAR BLOG AWARD. You Deserve It. WOOHOO.

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NELLIEC 1/19/2013 3:39PM

    It starts with God loving us, and we have to accept it. Once we accept it, we can begin loving ourselves and loving others.

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DONNA5281 1/19/2013 1:37PM

  Great blog. I love your goals.
I think I will try this next month but I will write it in my note book.

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REBBYREB99 1/19/2013 10:52AM

    I love your goals. You can't give to others what you do not have yourself. So everyone needs to tell themselves everyday how important you are and your life has a purpose. I do not think people really realize how meaningful it would be if the next time you are standing in line at the grocery store and that clerk is looking like she/he is having a bad day that you smile and tell them what a great job they are doing. Look how it makes yourself feel when someone pays you a compliment? I won't go on and I will just say that I love your blog. Thank you and I am excited for you and your 21 day goal. I too have a goal to lose 15 pounds by February 20th where I will meet my 4 high school girlfriends in Vegas. It is now going on 2 weeks of my challenge and I am planning on meeting it with the help of people on here. emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 1/19/2013 10:50AM

    This is a great challenge! I'm doing a Love Myself Challenge in February. I like the idea of writing 5 things you're proud of on a daily basis! Much success to you with your challenge!

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ANGHARAD3 1/19/2013 4:32AM

  Great blog. Good luck with your challenge.

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