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Report Card for 500 Days - Second Quarter-Term

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I committed to blog my progress each quarter-term during this 500-Day Course.

I tracked nutrition and exercise every day for this 30-day period. I did have one binge and one binge-ette, but I still put everything on my nutrition tracker. I averaged 1530 calories per day, staying in my range of 1310 - 1660 every day but two. By God's grace I averaged well over an hour of exercise per day. Five pounds left my frame in that interval; I credit that mostly to the motivation and support of my remarkable Spark friends.

I committed to blog twice a week during the "Blossom" theme focus; I posted eight blogs during the 30 days, so that is close enough.

I wrote this at the beginning of the quarter-term: "My assignment is to do 3 things each day to blossom....something to express myself, to let myself flower or open up, to let my life unfold." I grade myself at C+ or B- on this specific task. I did a couple of things every day, and I stayed aware of the quest, but I did not accomplish 3 conscious choices to that end, each and every day. In this new quarter term, I will read my assignment over daily to keep it fresh in my focus.

My Spark friends were generous with my request for suggestions of how to bloom, and here are some of the things I did repeatedly during the last 30 days, mostly from friends' creative encouragement:

-Much laughter. We even tell jokes in the brief moments of breath-catching during family workout class at the church. At home I keep collecting cartoons and funny photos, and we pass them around.
-Step out of my comfort zone, do something different. I did stay pretty conscious of this and kept nudging myself to expand my horizons. It wasn't as scary as I expected. I liked it.
-I took on an intimidating sewing project, instead of procrastinating out of perfectionist-paralysis. Guess wasn't perfect. But it was successful and loads of fun!
-Pray a new prayer. As suggested I found some very meaningful ones online.
-Take a online class in a subject that interests you . I began a review of New Testament Greek online. I really enjoyed it in college, but have gotten really rusty. I'm loving it...and this is a brand new, techno-savvy approach that tickles my brain cells even more!
-Try a different way to clean: all sorts of ideas (again on the web). Well, this was an excellent suggestion, but I ended up watching an episode of "Hoarders" one evening at a friend's house who has cable. When I got home, my own house didn't look so bad. [Just kidding....I saw that joke in an online cartoon]
-Actually I did try several new things from this smart lady:

- Pamper yourself - I took more time to moisturize and attend to "details"
-Starting a conversation with a store clerk or performing a "random act of kindness" -- maybe letting someone with a few items go ahead of me at the grocery. I did pursue this daily, with God's help. Great mood lifter.

Wow, don't I have insightful friends!!

I had listed some things originally: Wear a colorful item, Try a new foods or a new recipe, Sing around the house or in the car, Research blossom theme in Spark blogs, Dance whether alone or not, Express more personal preferences.
I did all of these many times in the focus interval, so I give myself a grade of A on that.

One assignment bears a poor score or at least an "incomplete." I had listed, Get my bike fixed, and also my husband's bike. I did not get that done. I have to make a plan to find a reasonable repair source and JUST DO IT.

My evaluation is that this quarter-term of the 500-Day program was successful. I feel very good about the concept of just proceeding step by step, quarter-term by quarter-term, until my course is done, and see where I end up.

For reference, here are the two original blogs detailing my 500 DAYS course:

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    I enjoyed this update so much. Since I can't hug you, just consider it done. My hubby is wondering why I am smiling at my computer : ) I too am getting my bike ready. I liked that you tackled a sewing project and relaxed to enjoy the process. Good for you. I found some very cute bike baskets to sew. I think I will tackle one. I'll upload a photo when (not if) I get it done.

    Please keep up the good work. I am living vicariously through your blogs at this time. emoticon
    1850 days ago
    Loved sharing your experiences with you. Thank you for all of your encouragement.
    1852 days ago
    Look how much you HAVE accomplished!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1854 days ago
    These evaluations are so great to see where you came from, how far you have come and to make the necessary adjustments.
    A+ on the blog! emoticon
    1855 days ago
    So wonderful! I know you probably hate spending money getting your bikes fixed but you just have to grit your teeth and do it. Then you will have something new and fun to add to your list: riding your bike!

    Love your report card, and love the focus on life, not just calories.
    1856 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Love the term perfectionist-paralysis. ( A malady I am plagued with)
    You certainly did step up and out to blossom. WTG on expanding your horizon.

    I like that you phrased the bike thing as incomplete, what is your deadline for completion?
    1856 days ago
    What an inspiration you are! I am so proud of you.
    1856 days ago
    Awesome! You sound like you are having a lot of fun and living life to its fullest on your journey. Way to go!

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    1856 days ago
    Way to goal set and follow through. emoticon
    1856 days ago
  • SHARON2018
    You are doing just great! You are so very creative. YOU are an inspiration!!
    1856 days ago
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    1856 days ago
    Well done!! You are indeed in full bloom just like your wallpaper!
    1856 days ago
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