Hello Journal & Friends,
Hotdog! I've been looking forward to this month's weigh-in. I get to officially change my sidebar, The Monthly Shrink. I am finally, FINALLY down past the 350's.
This morning: 338 lbs, for a monthly loss of 12 lbs. I'll take that!
OKay, on to the...
Spring Challenge Update, for Week 6.
Remember the overall goal of the Challenge?
"The goal of this challenge is to teach yourself to look at your new behaviors positively, to learn to be nicer to yourself and believe in yourself, to learn to enjoy healthy behaviors and learn some moderation. A little balance. It's important. More important to learn than the extremes - too much and deprivation." Nicely put, from Mary at Wistful Nebulae.
Spring Challenge Warriors: go ahead and put the link to your weekly update, whatever day you chose, here in Saturday's comment section, so we can be together and find one another.
My own Spring Challenge goals:
1. Every day for the next 13 weeks, do some kind of Exercise.
2. Every day for the next 13 weeks, drink a Greenie.
3. Check in every Saturday.
4. Tell one thing each week that I like about myself.
5. Save up to buy myself a fun Reward at the end.
My Exercise: Well, yesterday was the first day back. I did some exercising with my resistance bands, and some stretching. As soon as this cough/congestion improves, I plan to add in stuff that will get the ol' ticker racing.
My Greenies: Started up again. But must admit, it's not as fun when you can't taste much. Soon, soon I'll be better in that department.
One thing I like about myself: I appreciate all kinds of music... I like so many different styles. Everything from Andrea Bocelli to Zydeco... Rod Stewart, Golden Oldies, Hawaiian Island music, Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Temptations, Classical music, Celtic and instrumental Irish music, Handel's Messiah, Native American flute & drums, Elvis love songs, Ravel, any early Yanni... almost anything except harsh or non-melodic types that are jarring to the soul.
I credit my sister, Karen, with opening up my appreciation to music. She inherited the music gene in our family. In high school, she frequently had orchestra practice after school, and I had to wait for her to finish because that's when my Mom would arrive to pick us up (the times we didn't trudge 50 miles home through 10 foot snowbanks over hill and dale... mwha ha ha ha).
Anyway, by being forced to wait, I watched and listened as they would take a new song, and painstakingly learn it. They worked hard! At first, it sounded pretty rough. But I was amazed as the days went by how they improved, and at the end, it was a beautiful thing to hear. Ever since, I've had an appreciation for what it took to make beautiful music... the behind the scenes hard work and dedication.
For my Reward: Still squirrelling away money in my glass bear jar.
Remember, we want progress, not perfection.
Some of our fellow Spring Challenge members have disappeared... everyone doing okay??
From Dr Phil's book: "You talk to yourself more than everybody else in your life combined."
My verse for today: "A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul."
My quote for today: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." --Albert Einstein
Enjoy the Journey,