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90-Days of Happy Dancing!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Firstly, let me acknowledge the not-so-happy Covid-19 situation for so many people, especially for those who have lost their jobs, became afflicted or lost a loved one. This is such a tragedy, with no real end in sight. My thoughts and prayers are with so many people I do not know, but cry inwardly for. Please wear a mask and stay home as much as you can.
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I did lose my part-time job, but it precipitated a closer inspection of my financial situation. I made some changes and am lucky to be in a safe and secure home and location. I count my blessings that I am safe and happy. Spending less, saving more, cleaning house! Win, win, win!
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So, the 90-day happy dance is because I have been able to focus on ME, selfishly or not, and the results have been outstanding! I changed my eating habits, walk those 10,000+ steps daily, and track everything on SparkPeople. Being single, I can finally put my needs first, and the biggest changes were work and food. My day is my own! Now I know what retirement could and should look like! Get creative and get out of debt! A great burden will be lifted! What do you really need?
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Results of the new lifestyle include daily exercise, a 36-lb decrease in weight, shifting from the BMI obese category to overweight category, fitting into smaller clothes again, being at my lightest weight in four years, a 10-point drop in resting heart rate, reduced inches (which I didn't record) and an overwhelming boost in self-esteem and self-confidence. I recognize that I (and only I) have the power and motivation to look after my health. I have been empowered to become and be my best self. I feel pretty great! Can you tell?
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One day at a time, one mouthful at a time, one step at a time, one change at a time. It all adds up! This blog is for me, but if it inspires you, I am willing to share. There are some amazing SP friends who cheer you on, applaud your successes, answer your questions and praise you (or kick your keister!) when needed. Thank you SP friends for all that you do to encourage me!

I don't often (like never!) take selfies, but this day was pretty special. I am now motivated to continue into month four of my journey. I fear the "goal reached" stage as I've been there before and it hasn't lasted. I will have to learn the "maintenance" phase, but I'm not there yet. I'm sure I'll have some great role models in SP to guide me in the right direction. Can you tell, I have no doubt I will reach my goal? I'm not wishing; I'm doing!
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