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Time for Reflection--halfway through

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Looking back on the last six weeks, I see a lot of ups and downs instead of steady progress on my goals. A lot of it has to do with stress at work and vacation thinking. I had family visiting for a couple weeks, and even though all of my children are currently focused on health and nutrition, I thought I should take a vacation from healthy eating. Just ridiculous!

And my answer for stress at work is to go in earlier and come home later, leaving no time or energy for exercise. The unhappiness also makes it easy for me to turn to food for comfort.

I have spent most of 50 years hiding the truth from myself. I am done with hiding. I am successful when I draw on my inner strength, my mental and spiritual toughness. That is what I commit to do the next 6 weeks:

I will pray & meditate at the beginning of each day to make that daily commitment to be the best I can be and making choices to reach my long term goals.

I will be productive at work, and then leave the problems there, leaving time for exercise and ME time.

I will give myself positive self-talk every day for the good things I do.

I have the ability and skills I need to accomplish anything I want to do. And I want to have a strong and healthy body!!

Writing this blog is such a good way to focus. I really appreciate how I always get great feedback and support from my Spark Friends!
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    emoticon MARIA
    1755 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Carolyn, A prayer at the start of the day helps me too.
    And the evening pryaer goes like this ... 3 things:
    What went well that I can be thankful for.
    What went not particularly well, and how can I improve that next time.
    What am I worried about tomorrow, and how can I give it over to God to help me.

    Keep up your good habits. How about tracking a streak here on Spark under other goals?
    1763 days ago
    Early on in my teaching career, I learned that despite my best intentions, if I brought work home with me, it would not get done. I learned to do what I needed to do at school, so that when I went home, it was "me" time. I've held on to that over the years. Yes, it occasionally makes for some long days at school (trust me, school teachers NEVER work 8-3, lol), but I don't have the specter of work hanging over my head once I get home.

    So, a question for you: does going in to work earlier and staying later help with the stress at work, make it worse, or somewhere in between? If the stress is coming from the actual job, try to figure out how to work smarter, not harder. If the stress is coming from certain people at work, if you can, avoid them or distance yourself from them.

    You ARE strong Carolyn!! You should give yourself a positive self talk every day! Oh..and LISTEN to yourself when you do it!!

    The ups and downs will stop, and you will see progress!!
    1765 days ago
    emoticon I think you're right on track for organizing your day, prioritizing what is important to you, what will help you be successful! This sounds like a great plan and I know you can accomplish what you set out to do! This summer I've also made it a priority to start out my day with prayer and it has made such a big difference. Still trying to get exercise done in the morning after quiet time. That is my next goal. Good for you for doing this. emoticon
    1765 days ago
  • ELSAT137
    Great Blog Carolyn! I'm sorry it has been a struggle this first part of the round but you still have 6 more weeks to turn things around!! And I know you can do it! Great plan. Take those small steps forward and focus on a healthy lifestyle, not a diet or losing weight. Good job on leaving the problems at work! I'll have to check in with you and make sure you are doing that!!!
    1765 days ago
    It is good to stop and take stock. I think you have done well by realising you are really, really in control. Good on you.
    1765 days ago
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