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The rebel continues her search

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I hereby declare victory in terms of decent decisions made yesterday. emoticon We all know that every day is an opportunity to be a day one. In a sense every day IS day one. The first day of the rest of our lives. It's a cliché... one of many that happen to have the advantage of being true.

I'm still pondering what that "rest of my life" needs to look like. This whole month-long crisis of motivation has many roots. Looking back over my entire lifetime, most of my big slides back to sloth and obesity have begun in the autumn. Most of my successful healthy initiatives have begun at "odd" times... never the first of a month, first of a year... more like the end of February, or on into Spring.

Since I live in a geography with seasons, that kind of ties into the natural rhythms of life. The problem (lifetime) is one of the extremes that a slide begins. Important note to self: each good decision is a victory. String a few of them together, and you have a day of victory. You don't have to wait for Spring to make a good decision about taking care of yourself.

No promises. Just decisions.

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BLUENOSE63 11/17/2013 7:34AM

  Barb

Very well said. I, too, live in a country with seasons and I find that November is my month that I struggle with motivation. This year I have will continue to push using your saying "no promises, just decisions"

Carpe Diem

Bluenose63

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NICKYCRANE 11/15/2013 1:46PM

    well done!

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SHELLYED 11/15/2013 9:14AM

    Love this! Especially how you talked about stringing the victories together! I always gain weight around the same time of year as well, fall leading into winter so I feel even bigger and more self conscious at the worst possible time - the holidays, when I see people I haven't seen in awhile!

Working on making that my next victory. : )

Awesome post, thanks so much for sharing! : )

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BOHEMIANCAT 11/15/2013 8:09AM

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MSLZZY 11/14/2013 10:33PM

    As always, the key is not to wait but to make it happen-now!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/14/2013 6:45PM

    Congrats on your success!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2013 2:34PM

    Congrats on day one!! In my experience it is the hardest and the most important day. Tremendous victory. Keep going, Barb. See you soon for a fun romp!!

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-STARRYEYED- 11/14/2013 10:45AM

    "No promises. Just decisions." Love it! Thank you SO much for sharing your journey.

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DALID414 11/14/2013 9:43AM

    I think about 'the rest of my life' during my birthday month, too.

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MARUKI52 11/14/2013 8:48AM

    I, too, find my good intentions more difficult to keep come the autumn. Although I love seeing the leaves turn I cannot help feeling low at this time. Grey days just do not suit me and I find more things to be challenging at this time of year. I hate wishing the years away but I do find myself longing for Spring even before Christmas has come. As you say, if we can have even one little victory then all to the good. emoticon

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GABY1948 11/14/2013 8:29AM

    WOW, do I agree with this one, but never thought of it in those terms! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/14/2013 8:09AM

    These short, dark days can surely play a number into zapping energy out of our bods! That was a nice observation.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2013 8:09AM

    S.A.D. has so much to do with MY slides (or the potential for a slide) and it really is about being aware, and taking things a day-at-a-time, an hour-at-a-time, a second-at-a-time if necessary, and put one foot in front of the other. Pretty soon, as you say, you have one victory, then another and it adds up.

For today, onto victory! HUGS Barb. You really have made me think over the last 2 weeks! I thank you for that. Stressors of all kinds abound and it can lead to a path of destruction OR renewal. Today, NOW, I'm choosing renewal.

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KALIGIRL 11/14/2013 8:05AM

    Here's to emoticon emoticon emoticon decisions - the sky is ablaze this morning and holds many 'promises' for the day ahead.
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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2013 7:58AM

    Love this . . . November is probably the cruellest month actually. Grey grey grey here and not enough snow for skiing.

(So: would a light box help?)

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