Yesterday I tried to post this and it got "lost" (no, I don't know what that means):
One of my students is a "challenge". He's never on task and rarely pays attention. He wants to talk but never about Spanish. Yeah, a challenge. He thinks I hate him because his behavior is so unproductive.
Yesterday, I hadn't even read this (yet) and decided to have a "kindness" day. This included just being quiet and gentle with all my students. I called him "darlin'" and focused on what he did well "oh, you've got a pencil today -- well good". He was confused but responded well. I was delighted to have a new way of thinking about things that hadn't been working.
Overall it was a great way to move back to the positive attitude I had at first (with Spark)!!
Pounds lost: 10.4
Fitness Minutes: (41,275) Posts: 5,035 4/17/13 7:54 P
Coach Nicole posted something on her facebook page yesterday that really motivated me and moved me. I had tears in my eyes. How we see ourselves is important. So I plan to be more gentle to myself. I am very hard on myself. My daughter tells me this all the time.
My daughter needed encouragement this morning. She is trying to get out of wearing just tshirts and bluejeans. She wants to look more girly. She wore a different type of blouse this morning. I told her she looked very nice. It made a difference because before she would go and change into a tshirt. In return I got a compliment too. Teenagers go through some really stressful situations. They need our positive support.
I am going to try not to be so hard on myself. I told myself in the mirror this morning. "You are beautiful."
Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV) Mark 11:24
I only take one day at a time, and not worry about the past. Right now is what is important.
One person said to me, "if you don't try, you have lost nothing, but if you do try, then you have gained confidence to do better"
current weight: 197.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,195) Posts: 58 4/17/13 7:54 A
I am late, too, but I also did a nice thing. Last night at the gym, a son brought his mother in. They were from Colombia, and she only spoke Spanish. I partnered with her and we did well on partner yoga. I made her frown once, but mostly she was smiling, especially when I hugged her as she came out of one position.
I didn't read the challenge for today until just now, but did meet it. A gentleman was getting coffee at a convenience store at the same time I was, but he was not smiling. I smiled at him and made a humorous remark, to which he pleasantly replied, but still no smile. He noted my smile and said that he was not a smiler, to which I replied, "Well, I probably smile enough for both of us. I teach nursing students at the hospital, so I smile constantly at people I pass or meet." He said, "That's good." And, then, he gave a little half-smile.
I will have to work on this one tomorrow as today is already gone (LOL actually it is already tomorrow) but I am posting on back threads as I complete each days challenge that I am behind on. Today I did number 7 and blogged about two things that made me smile.
current weight: 275.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,635) Posts: 154 4/16/13 11:38 P
I complimented my daughter for doing the things she is supposed to do. I added a vegetable to the meal I cooked instead of just meat and potatoes in keeping with my goal to increase fruits and veggies.
Fitness Minutes: (907) Posts: 66 4/16/13 8:36 P
Sent an email to my older sister and her husband just to let them know how we are doing and asking how they were. I am really enjoying the challenges altho I don't always make it on time. They are fun to do and I like having something different to look forward too each day.
Today I opened the door for an elderly lady at the train station and held the elevator for another lady. I got 2 nice smiles in return. As for myself, all I can say is that I am persistent. I keep on trying even if I don't always succeed. Also, I have a lot of fun doing this.
Had to wait until after my grocery shopping to do this one. I told checker at Safeway I always enjoyed going through his line because he was so upbeat about everything. I can compliment myself on sticking with this program without seeing results to speak of. I've enjoyed the challenge and learned a few things.
Edited by: BEBARB149 at: 4/16/2013 (14:39)
Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens
Pounds lost: 9.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,032) Posts: 71 4/16/13 2:02 P
Provided words of encouragement to my DH. Both of us are working together on weight loss. We agreed to go out for a walk, something we haven't done in awhile. Complimented him on his desire to get up, move and take the weight off.
current weight: 169.0
Fitness Minutes: (43,524) Posts: 7,091 4/16/13 11:51 A
I'll be better able to do this challenge tomorrow. I shop on Wednesday's so that is when i get out and see people. I did do this several weeks ago when I wrote a letter to the manager at my local Walamrt and praised four employees who are outstanding. they make my shopping experience better. I also told them what I think of them. they were pleased.
I have continually gotten in 10 glasses of water daily and have gotten up on time.
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"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach." - Tom Robbins
"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton
"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ..." 2 Corinthians 2:14
current weight: 252.0
Fitness Minutes: (91,251) Posts: 4,943 4/16/13 11:44 A
Random act of kindness challenge: give someone you don't know -- maybe a busy store clerk, or just someone you pass while walking through the shopping center -- a compliment, or send a note to someone that could use a little cheer (an elderly relative, a coworker that is having problems at home... you get the idea). Now give YOURSELF a compliment -- you've made it to day #16 ! How are you feeling about yourself? You can share as much or as little of this with us as you want.
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