Saturday, May 8, 2010

DAY 272 Energy & The Spring Challenge 7th Update

Hi Journal & Friends,

Once again it's time for the Spring Challenge update... can you believe we are at the halfway point!!?

First, I need to remind myself the overall goal of the Spring 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." (from Mary, at Wistful Nebulae)

Yesterday was the first days in WEEKS that I have felt "normal". Yippee! I did dishes... and didn't want to fall back into bed. I vacuumed, and didn't collapse. I danced with Richard Simmons, and didn't take a nap afterwards. I had energy! Oh, how we take our health for granted... it's something for which to genuinely feel thankful.

Now, on to my challenge results this week...

My 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: I gingerly started back, but it wasn't until yesterday that I could honestly say that I felt "back". From here on out, I'm planning to keep up nicely with my goal.

My Greenies: Yes, daily except the one day our plumbing went on the fritz and we had no water all day in the kitchen... aarrgh.

One thing I like about myself: I like that I am not usually wimpy. I have a stubborn streak. I know that sounds weird, but when turned towards the right goal, this stubborn streak transforms itself into perseverance, and is a positive, useful trait.

For my Reward:  My little glass bear shaped jar is slowly filling up.

So, that's it for my update. I look forward to reading how the rest of our Spring Challenge Warriors did this week. :-)

Remember, we want progress, not perfection.

From Dr Phil's book: "I'm not powerless over this behavior. I'm in charge of myself."

My verse for today: "Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

My quote for today: "Do not let great ambitions overshadow small successes." --Chinese proverb

Enjoy the Journey,



M Pax said...

I love the way you decorated your money jar, adding to the positiveness. :)

I'm stubborn, too.

1. Drink more water ... I need to do better. I have been overwhelmed with panic this week, which made every though, but what I need to get done fly out of my head.

2. I have implemented mini workouts on the days I don't do hard-hitting, formal workouts. I drop on the floor and do situps, or dance around or something - crunches while driving.

3. Remaining positive through the sea of rejection. Siiiigh. Some days it's tough. I'll start doubting myself. Then I tell that little voice to shut the heck up. I tell myself to wear the feathers proudly. It is my right of passage. It won't last forever. It will toughen me up for later. I have not done any new subs because of what I wrote under goal 1. I need to do some new ones though. I will reward myself with more work of this nature when I get to a certain point in editing. Yeah, work is rewarded with more work! I know how to live.

4. Continuing to be out there goes. My twitter followers grow. I read in public again this weekend. I got a few more followers on my blog.

Like about me: I learned from loosing the weight how to deal with feeling overwhelmed - break it down into smaller segments, then make a plan for the first little bite and keep at it one bite at a time. I loved I learn to channel that panic into organization and plans.

Peace out! Keep at it! Eventually it becomes habit.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. I just read MPax's comment. I, too, have learned to channel that panic into plans and organization. That hadn't really occurred to me until now. I mean I knew that my need for a plan was anxiety-based, but MPas made it sound so much more positive. :) Nice bonus for being an obedient challenge reporter. hahaha

Anyway, I hit all of my goals this week, although some were tough and midnight hour to get done. Note: if you grind up a serving of cauliflower and slip it into your banana processor "ice cream" just to get that last veggie in--you WILL notice the flavor. ick.

Here's my link:

Thanks, Loretta!

I could tell yesterday that you were feeling better. So glad.


karen@fitnessjourney said...

You're absolutely right, we appreciate our health so much more after we've had a bout of poor health. I'm so happy to hear you are feeling better and have more energy.

cmoursler said...

Nice update loretta.
Glad you are getting back to normal. Being sick sucks.
Have a great weekend

Kat said...

I love your positive attitude! I am glad you are feeling better...:-) Will post my update tomorrow.

Fiona said...

Whats a Greenie? They sound horrid.

CinciMom11 said...

Grrreat week, especially with the greenies!

Here's my update:

Thank you for reminding us each week that we want progress, not perfection. That's finally starting to sink into my dense head. Also, if you hadn't recommended Dr. Phil's book, and if you hadn't talked about working through your feelings, I probably would have stayed in denial about mine. I wrote a post on my feelings, and I have you to thank for getting me to really think and dig deep. Thanks a trillion, Loretta!

M @ the Woes and Throes said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better!

I seriously needed this post today. Mary's words are encouraging. I sure can't think of anything positive about myself, or anything that I particularly like about me. I must change! So Dr. Phil's quote today is also spot on for me.

I like the colorful bear jar...I see it's money, but what are you going to buy with all the reward money?

(I'm not sure what a greenie is...but it sounds gross. lol)

Kat said...

Here is my update...:-)

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