I am grateful that I have always been one to self-assess. I believe this has saved my life.
As a teacher, I realize that assessments are invaluable when it comes to determining growth. One of the reasons I survive tough times is that I am able to think and self-talk through it. That skill set has improved exponentially over the last few years.
Well – this time I have decided to SUCCEED at living a healthy lifestyle!
On December 22. 2015, I made up my mind. I began with the Green Smoothie Detox and progressed from there to revamping my cupboards by throwing away unhealthy chemical laced foods. I was teetering at the brink of 300lbs (that ‘s all I will mention about weight for now). I am more concerned with my health than my size.
For some reason, I had that “do or die” feeling. This was 3 days before Christmas and 10 days before New Year’s Day. In fact, On New Year’s Day I celebrated my 10th day on the detox and my new healthy lifestyle!
As I assess my current state of being – I am on target and very pleased! I have a lot more energy! My breathing is normal. I can run up stairs. I no longer crave sugar. My clothes fit me better. My mood is cheerful (most of the time). There are more good things but I will save those for another post.
My point is – stop to assess where you are in life and course correct if needed. Do this as frequent as possible until your new habits replace your old ones (if that is what you desire).
I am pleased to be on target. My pattern is still P3 – that’s how I grow…pain, passion, purpose!
I started blogging in 2013 and took a year off because my focus and direction changed. Now, I am a part of an active blogging community and look forward to reading more amazing posts and posting on my own almost daily.
I would like to thank all of those bloggers who inspire me daily to keep going! Your brilliance and creativity consistently re-energizes me.
Photo credit: WordPress
I often say, ” I wouldn’t trade anything for my journey now.” This reminds me of the book entitled, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for my Journey Now”, written by Maya Angelou. In other words, I’m alright with my life and have no regrets. When I look back all I can see is VICTORY – the things I have had to overcome have made me so much stronger. I do count it all joy.
Whether I wanted the situations or circumstances that have shaped me to be who I am today or not, I AM here. I AM fine. I AM inspired to encourage others to get to this place. I reblogged this post because I really appreciate what this writer is conveying. No regrets…
In the last few days, I have really been under a lot of stress and feeling the pressure of all I am involved with. I know that stress is not the tangible item here. The real deal is how you choose to handle or face a situation or circumstance that creates the stress. I have been doing a lot of self-talk in the last few days. The goal is to beat how I am feeling and conquer the giants I am facing: my four teaching internship courses, my mother’s recovery from the back surgery, and my son’s passive/aggressive demands to drive a car without a permit or license just because he is 18 and tired of riding the bus are only a sampling of what I must juggle day by day.
Last night. I just happened to find a blog on this topic —-> https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html
After watching this – I believe one’s life may be prolonged considerably as they change the way they look at stress. What do you think? Please view the video and come back to share your thoughts!
My grandmother passed away many years ago. At her grave I experienced a bright yellow butterfly and a flash memory that confirmed our connection.
When I was a teenager, I visited my grandma in North Carolina for the summer. She could sew anything in record time. So one Sunday morning, she decided to make a wrap around skirt and matching shawl. It was bright yellow! When she came of out the house dressed in this outfit, I like most kids, had something to say about this outfit. So, she laughed and twirled around the yard waving her bright yellow shawl like a butterfly in flight.
That yellow butterfly was her way of reminding me that she was alright and at peace. I am reblogging this post because it reminds me of how our loved ones maintain a connection with our spirits. It is a warm and comforting experience if you allow it to be. The last time my grandma connected with me in the form of a butterfly, I was on a retreat with women who have lost their children of all ages to death. It was “Hope on Wheels.” I was on a trail with other women walking through the woods and the yellow butterfly was floating alongside me as we walked. I was immediately comforted. I will always love and appreciate the butterfly because I get the significance and beauty in what it represents.