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#SparktheSeason

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Did you hear of the latest SparkPeople challenge for the month of December?

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I've decided to follow along on this challenge for a few reasons, but the biggest is to keep my mind occupied. See, after this week, I won't have any counseling sessions with my psychologist until mid-January when the new semester starts. I am a little apprehensive about going so long without having some sort of release and feedback weekly. I've got a list of agencies and their phone numbers in case things get pretty terrible and I am unable to cope. So, part of my strategy on the interim is to fill my time and mind with things to do, so I'm not so focused inward.

I will be participating in this challenge in two ways:
Creating a few simple goals to accomplish daily for the month and following along on Instagram for the SparkPeople Photo A Day. :-) I love doing photos on Instagram anyway, so this should be fun!

My #SparktheSeason goals:
emoticon Spend 10 minutes a day reading my Bible. I'll probably just stick to the Book of Psalms, as there are so many uplifting and encouraging works in there, but I'll be open to reading something else if a verse is mentioned in church or if someone suggests one to me.

emoticon Do 1 thing for yourself that's healthy per day: either drink 8 glasses of water, eat 5 servings of fruits and/or veggies, spend a minimum of 10 minutes on the treadmill, take a multivitamin with dinner (best time to do so, FYI), track meals for the full day and stay within ranges, do some strength training. I can choose whichever one of these to do.

That's it. Those are my two goals. Today I'm 6 glasses of water in, so I'll be having at least 2 more tonight with dinner. Psalm 73 is on the docket for this evening. And this is the photo I took for Instagram:

Day 1- Lights
(I probably won't post these daily here to SparkPeople, but do a few at a time every few days or once a week or something of the sort.)
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GREGGWEISBROD 12/18/2013 3:06PM

    That picture is fantastic! :-D Hope you've been coping alright without the sessions. It's tough because we come to depend on our routines, our habits, and seeing your therapist is all part of that.

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DSHONEYC 12/11/2013 1:08PM

    Love everything about this goal for December. I think (for what that's worth) it will see you through what can be a depressing and stressing month. Your Bible reading will help and I suggest adding a subscription to a daily devotional on-line or just picking up a book. Starting your day in the Word and from God's perspective can put a whole new spin on your day. I think of you often and appreciate your support and comments.
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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/2/2013 12:57PM

    Awesome goals, Jill! I love your lights picture. Is your costume for IronGirl all done? I can't wait to see it!

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/2/2013 11:57AM

    Love your plan for the month of December! I like this challenge a lot and think I am going to jump on board. I am also doing a 4% weight loss challenge, but might as well add in another one. emoticon

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BAREFITNESS 12/2/2013 9:42AM

    I just admitted to my boyfriend, might have been bit by the Christmas bug! I'm usually more of a Scrooge lol so I think going to participate in this challenge as well. I personally don't have a struggle with the holiday season, but know it can be hard for alot of folks to cope with feelings and stresses that come with family and the holidays.

Look forward to see what develops~and ready to get started emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SDLOV3R 12/2/2013 12:32AM

    Gorgeous photo! I know the feeling of apprehension about not having a scheduled therapy session. My therapist tried to break up with me twice andi broke down into tears both times. You have a great plan to keep your mind occupied though. Love You dear!

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SUPERDAD55 12/1/2013 11:22PM

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