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Week 12's Joy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

What happened to week eleven? It happened. I haven’t found the ability to pause time, yet.

After I returned from my business trip during week ten, I felt tired and overwhelmed by all the things I want to do. I don’t fret about what I need to do too much. Sometimes I let things slide. The laundry piles up. I’ve also been known to let my payments get late. It doesn’t bother me too much. Yet, it does bother me a bit.

I like order. I just don’t enjoy the planning and the work involved in living a neat orderly life. When the holes this causes get too deep, I get anxious. Maybe there is a corollary there with my feelings about weight loss and fitness.

I so enjoy looking in the mirror and seeing a fit and trim body. Yet, I don’t enjoy getting up early to workout. Nor do I jump for joy when I need to pack for tomorrow’s activities the night before.

I’m going to change that this week. I’m going to find the fun in everything I do. Everything WILL be a JOY. Why shouldn’t it be? I’m alive and I’m healthy. I’m pretty strong too.

That’s a good start.

This week my goal is simply to enjoy every moment…especially the routines that make tomorrow better!

(It’s funny. When I sat down to write this blog, this is not where I was going to go…)


I need to clarify: I LOVE my workouts, which are swimming and bootcamp classes. The joy they give me is the reason I put up with waking up early and planning my snacks and rinsing my swim gear. Now, I need to focus on the joy of other activities like bill paying and cleaning house.

Monday’s Magnificence
I swim. The water was warm. My shoulder is less troubling. I was able to swim the front stroke several hundred yards.
I work. I have a job. I can work the hours I need without being told what hours they should be.
I have all I need and much of what I want.
I don’t know hunger.
I have hot water on demand.
And most importantly, I’m above ground. Any day above ground is a good one.

Tuesday is Terrific
My honey kisses me good bye every morning.
He appreciates my company in the evening.
My boss seems to want to help me improve and progress.
I decided grazing wasn’t going to happen, and it didn’t.
I felt well; better than in a while. I still feel of center, but no strong pains.
And most importantly, I’m above ground. Any day above ground is a good one.

Wonderful Wednesday
1) I swam 200 yards without thinking about my shoulder. It was hurt late last year and is still on the road to recovery.
2) I swam the breast stroke the full length of the deep pool. I have in the past psyched myself out of doing this because the movement puts my body under water in a different way that free style.
3) I swam in a middle lane in the deep pool. I have in the past preferred to be next to the wall because the depth is deep.
4) I am getting closer to solving a problem at work.
5) I am on the road to doing something besides grazing in the evening. I was even within calorie limits for two days because of this change.
6) And most importantly, I’m above ground. Any day above ground is a good one.

Thrilling Thursday
1) My body and mind work!
2) Sometimes my body has an ache and it helps me remember how fortunate #1 (above) is.
3) If I keep pluggin’ away at my current work problem, I’ll eventually get beyond it. It will pass.
4) My boot camp class was indoors today.
5) My husband does the dishes three times a week.
6) And most importantly, I’m above ground. Any day above ground is a good one.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I hear ya! My house is pretty out of control right now because we've been traveling, I've been working long, long hours and our work outs trump organizing/cleaning. It's all about priorities, right? I guess we just have to keep juggling to keep things going...

    All the best to you!
    1828 days ago
    Keep it up. emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Great reflection on attitude! An attitude of joy is not only helpful to you, but it spreads to all those around you. Something for all of us to consider.
    1829 days ago
  • JENKOP11
    I know that this involves work, but one thing I have found that makes the prep work easier is finding something novel for the next day. Picking out some funky earrings or cool scarf to compliment my outfit choice makes those 15 minutes a little more engaging.

    I am proud of you!!
    1829 days ago
    Yes! This should be fun; if it's not--find a workout activity that is. I crave my workout. I have to leave too early to work out in the morning. Instead, I get a walk in at lunch, and then another workout after work. And I look forward to those parts of my day with so much anticipation.

    Life is a journey to be cherished and enjoyed. Find your joy and embrace it! I know you can do it!!

    1829 days ago
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