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Thoughts on habits, rewards and obstacles.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Habits.

Seems so easy. Should be so easy. Just pick one and then do it. Right?

Wrong.

Some days it feels like the commitment needs to be renewed on a minute-to-minute basis.

Who knew it could take so much energy? That it could be so very difficult to do something so very simple?

Today has been one of those days. You know; THOSE days. I did okay food-wise at work. I got my walk in, I tried to keep my positive outlook.

But I was also feeling stressed and overworked, Couldn't make myself go to the gym, not when I had a desk full of overdue cases. Couldn't make myself leave work at quittin' time either. Which makes it the 9th day in a row that I work late (yes, my family is so happy about that).

I had a plan in place. Exercise, stick to my calorie range and I had also picked a brand new habit: to reward myself for my accomplishments. But what about when I don't feel like I've accomplished anything more than just surviving the day? What's the reward for that?

I came home so tired I felt like I might fall asleep between one step and the next. Literally. Still, the kids expect attention - a smile, hugs, praise, and "look at my drawing, mamma!" And I love them, so I bend over backwards to give it to them.

And then I hit the chocolate. And blew off my PT training. And had a glass of wine.

Some days are just hard.

Habits don't form easily. Sometimes you need to take it a minute at a time. And sometimes you just give up on this day and vow to do better the next.
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NUOVAELLE 3/8/2013 3:20AM

    You didn't just survive the day. You came home after an exhausting day and gave your children the attention and love they needed even though you were sooo tired. And maybe that's a reward in itself but a mom's dedication should always be rewarded. Not with chocolate, of course!
Try to find the good version of yourself in the details of your daily life. There's always something good to boost your self-esteem and help you move forward.
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MARTY728 3/6/2013 12:30PM

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BILL60 3/6/2013 7:55AM

    Life is tough. One has to be tougher.

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MICKEYH 3/6/2013 1:43AM

    Hanging in there, sometime it is hard to keep up the habit but as long as you have right attitude you will make it. Remember, don't rush, just little by little will make a lot in the end.

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NINETOZE 3/5/2013 11:12PM

    Totally been there! I'm one to take work home with me when I have too much to get done in a day/week. My work isn't bad right now but our company is struggling. They laid off another employee today. We are about half the size we were a year ago. I'm thankful to have a job and will trade days of working extra for days of unemployment.
I agree with the others. You are successful in other areas so you do have reason for your rewards. We are not perfect all the time. Just have to forgive and keep strong and get back in there.

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GEMLADYONE 3/5/2013 9:49PM

    Amen Sister! You're not alone in having those days...and it's ok to miss the target once in a while. You'll wake feeling rested, and with a new start, can just decide to do better tomorrow. Hey, the reward is for progress, not perfection, right? emoticon

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CAROLJ35 3/5/2013 9:35PM

    Sorry about your lousy day. Your job sounds like so many others where the load is just too much. Overworked and underpaid!!!
But remember your family is of utmost importance - those kids grow up soooo fast!!! Love 'em lots!!!

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LJR4HEALTH 3/5/2013 8:37PM

    I agree changing habits is not an easy task it is something we have to work on constantly but emoticon

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/5/2013 8:24PM

    Your accomplishments included being a good employee, a good momma, and a good team leader. Tomorrow is a new day. A bad day of eating won't kill you - just make tomorrow better!

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ELLFIN3 3/5/2013 8:19PM

    Sorry! It is hard to have that much work! One of the Girls at My office works late and then She take stuff home! I hope Your work load eases soon!!! You will find that one habit You can do and not beat Yourself up when You do not get to do it!! Hang in there together We can do it!!!!! ((HUGS)))

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MUSTANG0421 3/5/2013 8:14PM

    I always think that everyone else has it easier than I do. I am sorry you had a rough day but I am happy that you shared. It helps to know that we are really all on the same journey. emoticon

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MORETA63 3/5/2013 6:52PM

    Oh Minna. Life can get in the way of so many things. I like your attitude of "just give up on this day and vow to do better the next." Just remember to take care of yourself.

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SLIMLEAF 3/5/2013 5:18PM

    Sorry to hear you had another tough day, Minna.

It sounds like you did well just to get through it and still be attentive to your children - that's a big achievement!

As you say, tomorrow is a chance to try again.
God bless - and sleep well!

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PREDFAN 3/5/2013 4:51PM

    Nothing about this is easy. Some days really push our boundaries. You just do the best you can with what you have and acknowledge what you could do better and move it on to the next day!
Stay strong and focused and it will all come around!

Enjoy your glass of wine, sounds like you need it!
HUGS!!!

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MUSOLF6 3/5/2013 4:39PM

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