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10/11/10 7:55 A

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So this morning I woke to find that my cell phone wasn't working. Normally something like this would be catastrophic for me, but I feel that the things I've learned during this challenge have helped me for sure. It's something beyond my control. I can fix it eventually. After doing some exercise and lighting a candle I felt even better. I don't think four weeks ago I would have been able to do that, I would be fretting away and wondering what I did that made this happen and for what I was being punished. Just the fact that I don't feel that I know that this challenge has helped tremendously.

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Today is going to be a challenge for me. I had a bad night sleeping, and naturally am more irritable when tired. UGH! Can't wait to get home & relax tonight!

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to be distilled into actions which bring results.--Florence Nightengale


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10/11/10 1:33 A

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I have learned that if I do deep breathing exercises when I am beginning to feel stressed that I am able to relax more. I am more aware that prayer is also a big help and reading inspirational material relaxes me.

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10/10/10 11:52 A

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Wow I can't believe I made it to week 4!

Some of the stress causers I've identified are:
1. Procrastination - this is my biggest one and I'm still working on it.
2. Worrying about things beyond my control.
3. My weight.

Things I've learned that relieve my stress:
1. lighting a candle
2. drinking tea
3. exercising
4. listening to my "power" music.
5. meditating

Here's to a successful week everyone!

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10/10/10 7:22 A

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My stress relievers are to:

Take a walk at lunch time.
Walk the dog when I get home & not worry about dinner right that instant:
Realize that if other people are snappy it's because they are under stree, and it's not directed at me.:
Light candles after dinner to create a peaceful atmosphere:
Not to worry about things I can't do anything about:
Give people a smile.
Spend time in Spark
Read before bed:

Enjoy the end result of having done something instead of thinking of it as a chore.

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to be distilled into actions which bring results.--Florence Nightengale


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9/23/10 8:29 P

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i have learned to take time for me, get more sleep, put at least 15 min into solving a problem and it will slowley work itself out i take my vitimins and i get my exercise

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9/22/10 2:04 P

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I have accepted that just because I am a therapist helping people manage their stress does not mean that I have the "stress thing" licked. We are all works in progress. It is heartening that this is what I've been seeing: progress.


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ONICAM's Photo ONICAM Posts: 11,786
9/19/10 5:59 P

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I can tell that my anxiety spikes are reduced.
My relievers are -
Meditation
Go walk in nature or take the dog for a walk
Be the SP site!
Write a blog each day
go to yoga once a week

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I am totally amazed at how much of the impact of stress comes from my own elevated expectations of how things will go poorly. I am gaining in calmness as I see how silly this is.

Getting up to move is a fail safe stress reliever and more powerful for me than even meditation - I am not close to a Master meditator though.

I will return here to learn more about my stress in a few months. I am clearly thousands of steps further ahead and yet know there are many more to take.

So my major relievers are -
Get up and move
Meditation
Go walk in nature or take the dog for a walk
Go running
Get on to the SP site!
Journal to share the feelings
Fill in 5 items in a Gratitude Journal

'devote yourself to an idea. go make it happen. struggle on it. overcome your fears. smile. don't you forget: this is your dream'
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9/15/10 2:15 P

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My long term goals for stress busting are:

1. Prayer: It is my greatest destressor.
2. Maintain a true perspective instead of
thinking of the worst case scenario.
3. Get out and enjoy nature this fall: I'm planning
on getting a fire pit for the back yard and
enjoy sitting out under the stars, yay!
4. Continue to lose weight and exercise: I have
found weight gain and lack of exercise
contributed to my stress levels and I am much
happier and thankful for the Spark People web
community :)

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"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."---Charles Reade

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

"Eat to live, do not live to eat!"

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." ---Carl Gustav Jung


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9/15/10 8:23 A

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I have decreased on caffeine. Started drinking fragrant tea's. Little aroma to my hectic mornings. Bought a stress ball. Found threw charting that sleep and stress mostly goes together. So days I get no sleep or next to no sleep I find that coping with stress decreases. Found that water sound cd I bought not only helps relieve stress It helps me sleep too. This challenge has open my mind to new Idea's. Thanks for that. Long term goals is to continue using what works and try to incorporate them more into my day.
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I've come through these last 4 weeks better than I thought I would, thanks to working at stress reduction and reading comments and suggestions here.
I have enjoyed exploring some different ideas for stress busting.
I have realised, for definite, keeping a diary does NOT work for me - I was getting stressed thinking I had to write it!
Being outside in the fresh air for a while nearly every day has been a big plus.
I reckon I have had quite a change in mental attitude this past 4 weeks. I used to reckon I should just be able to think myself stress free, now I know I have to do more than just think. But those extras have made a huge difference.
And finally, I've been managing to get myself out the chair and get on with things more than I thought possible, given my hectic and tiring times.

So now I know - I can move on and improve.

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8/30/10 11:20 A

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Well, I've made it. Thanks everyone.

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I'm wrapping up week 4. Hugh amount of stress this last week caring for 4 yr old grandson while mommy delivered his new brother. emoticon
I have consciously used deep breathing techniques. Cutting sugar intake and adding supplements has helped.
This was a must do challenge for me and really helped me focus on some basic steps toward feeling better.



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8/26/10 8:52 P

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I am looking to add some kind of high intensity martial arts (I am considering mui thai - or however you spell it!) to my workout routine. I think it will really help with additional stress relief.

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You'd think with school starting back up this week, I'd be more stressed than before. But I'm not. I've been using journaling, aromatherapy, and meditation to keep my stress down, and it's really helped.

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8/24/10 6:55 A

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I have really been working hard over the past month to take a step back from those things that make me feel overwhelmed, and then trying to take a deep breath before I get myself back into them. Journaling has also been a huge help, and honestly, I am not sure what I would do without the other folks on SP trying to help, listen, and be supportive. So thanks everyone!

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8/23/10 1:49 P

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Journaling this month has really helped me to identify exactly what the problem is. I am still working on ways of dealing with it, though. While trying to "organize my life" (#5 on the calendar) I end up "over-planning" (#25 on the calendar says stop it). Going forward, I think I will continue journaling a few times a week. For all of the things I need to get done, I want to make a good effort every day while still allowing some down-time. And whatever doesn't get done can wait.


You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up. -Chuck Yeager


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There are two major things that help me deal with stress. One is very mundane and that is sleeping. I have been getting good sleeping habits and using Sleepytime Tea to help me relax and get that GOOOOOOOD sleep.

The second is prayer. I use prayer throughout the day when I tense up about something. It is my constant companion.

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I have been doing visualisation each evening to help unwind, put stressful situations out of my mind and relaxing, peaceful images into my mind. It works for me anyway.

Also, been thinking hard about what I actually want from my life. I am still in the thinking stage - but I am getting things more into perspective.

As for stress, well, the things that stress me out are beyond my control - I can only control myself and I try to say NO more often and keep my distance from those stressful people/situations - even though those people are my kids (grown up kids!)

I got a new focus for my fitness - Tiki Challenge - and I am DOING things not just sitting about THINKING ABOUT DOING THINGS!!

I have to MAKE things happen - I have to be a lot more PROACTIVE in my life and less REACTIVE. No good just waiting for things to happen and then dealing with it all the best I can (this is the story of my life). Time is now - and I really want a better quality of life - in all respects.



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8/22/10 5:21 A

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Well I have finished the four weeks challenge.
Again what a coincidence I have done it in the most stressful moment of my life.
Putting myself first, absolutely not easy, is in my case the key.
Pampering myself a couple of times a week and the warm cloth on the face on a daily basis work great for me.
Goodluck to you all in this challenge.
Promulgate it. It would be a pitty if people would miss this challenge.
See you around!

Every season has its charm.


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8/21/10 1:19 A

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I realized this challenge that I DO have time for me. I just need to make myself a priority, or else I will keep that stress spiral going.

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." -J.K. Rowling


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Ending week 4, I guess the biggest thing I've learned is to recognize when the stress is getting to be too much. It's taught me to start dealing with the stress before it gets to the point of me exploding, losing sleep, etc. My long term goal is to continue working on reducing stress and also keep my sense of when things are becoming too much. Daily "me" time will continue to help (walking, reading, etc).

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8/19/10 1:37 P

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I'm on week 4, only a few more days. This challenge made me stop and think of ways to calm my stress. I feel better knowing I can stop the stress.

I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. David Livingstone

You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for 20 minutes and watch your heart start beating. Barbara Sher


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8/18/10 8:47 P

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I'm just about finished with this 4-week challenge. It's been great. Work/Life balance for me is my greatest source of stress. Work is very busy and I tend to allow it to take over my life. I'm slowly learning to make a greater balance. Especially on this journey toward a healthier life....it requires much more of my time and focus.

The biggest lesson I've learned is that I'm the one causing most of my stress at work...no one else....because I have trouble saying no to things and also worry about how I'll be viewed if I set boundaries. My exercise routine has been a huge help in getting me more focused on cutting back on the extra hours...because I can only fit so much into one day. The second benefit of the exercise is that it really burns off all the negative energy. Overall, I'm very pleased in the progress I've made during these last 4 weeks.

My long-term goal is to continue this progress and to do a better job of not showing all of my frustration and raw feelings to my co-workers. My goal is to process the feelings internally versus externally...which always gets me in trouble or makes me feel super lousy about myself. I have a goal to do some in-depth journaling about this specific goal.


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Finishing week 4: didn't think I would but I have managed to learn to deal with stress better. Alot of walking and reading. I guess it really works.

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COLOURFULME's Photo COLOURFULME Posts: 4,700
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Am starting with week 4 today.
What a coincidence that in the less relaxing moment of my life I am doing this challenge.
Well I have been doing it anyway like a chore.
The most relaxing for me is to pamper myself 2-3 times a week and on a daily basis put a warm cloth on my face. So there I go at work boyle water and do it. Lovely!
Looking forward to weeks' four mail.


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I have found the deep breathing exercises to be very helpful when I get stressed. I also have found walking away (or taking a short break) to also be helpful along with listening to soothing music.

All in all, I have improved how I handle stress so this 4 week challenge has been a good thing.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

Now that I am way way past my BIG 50: Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.


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8/10/10 12:46 P

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Clutter is a big part of my stress. Or the intent to get rid of it. I start to tackle it but it is always just too much. I will find something else to take my mind off of it.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


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Taking more me time. Tea time, facials, pedicures. s. Are going good. Now If I could remember to take mini breaks with pilates and do my devotionals mini breaks....I have learned a lot while here and I am a work in progress. Stress is not going away. So I have to be more consciencous of things and be mindful.

FEAR THOU NOT: FOR I AM WITH THEE; BE NOT DISMAYED FOR I AM THY GOD, I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE; YEA I WILL HELP THEE, YEA, I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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I've come so far in 4 weeks when it comes to managing my stress, I am doing so much better and handling things that pop up so much better, even M has noticed I'm calmer and less frazzled.
I've continued to use the techniques to calm down when stress happens, even when M accidentally locked us out of my parents house, when we were house sitting, in 100 degree weather I calmed down pretty quick (I was able to go to a neighbor's and call my dad and he called my brother who, thankfully, did not have class that day; we were outside for about half an hour) and still worked out after we got back inside.

my favorite stress reduction technique is what I call Mini Meditations, I'll take 60 seconds up to 2 or 3 minutes and just close my eyes, relax and breath, I calm down or stay calm pretty well when I do this.

My long term goals are to not get as frustrated with the everyday irritations and to remember to not stress over the small things and most everything is a small thing!

I make time, not excuses.


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I agree that clutter has been a stressful thing, and I hadn't even realized it. Just removing some things that weren't really serving any purpose has made me feel more peaceful in my apartment.

I have also gotten into the habit of an early morning walk...even if it is short. The quiet around me is nice at that time of day, and it helps me sort through the plan of the day as I walk.

After all that, she was surprised to find that she still knew the words to the song in her heart...and she began to sing along.


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So.... I have continued to work on de-cluttering, as I mentioned in Week 1 that having a tidy environment is very soothing for me. I continue to exercise as this helps A LOT with my stress. I have begun a gratitude journal, which helps me focus on the positive. I am working on my perfectionism with some success. For example, I recently went on a short vacation where I was not able to exercise and eat as healthfully as I would at home; however, I found a way to get in some exercise and made the best food choices I could and was satisfied with this. My life is due to get a little more hectic in the near future, so I will have to make sure to keep what I have in place: breaking things down into manageable tasks, building in time for myself.... A goal I have yet to accomplish is incorporating yoga or meditation. I'd still like to do this.

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8/7/10 9:22 P

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I cant believe that this is the end of the 4th week. I noticed that my stress is a tad bit better on how i handle with issues that comes up. Exercising and writing in my blog has helped also i learned to step back and refocus on the problem and what is the best way to deal with the issues. emoticon

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I noticed a huge change in my stress level with noise - I never realized how sensitive I was to it. Taking a few minutes to gather myself in a silence, especially before bed - really helped.

I agree, exercise also played a big roll not only on my mood and quality of sleep - but my ability to handle the bumps in my day!

" Walking is man's best medicine" ~Hippocrates~


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I've always known that exercise is a huge part of my stress relief. On the days I didn't get it in these past four weeks I noticied I was more on edge. I have to be extra careful on these days with my family especially. I'm going to continue to deep breath, count and do my best to create a silly response with my kids instead of yell.

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Tenacity is the quality displayed by someone who just won't quit -- who keeps trying until they reach their goal. Anything really worth doing takes persistence, perseverance, and stubborn determination! I AM a Tenacious Jungle Tiger and these are my survival skills!!



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i have learned if its not in my "circle" i cant stress about it. hard lesson, hope to keep it up. take me time every day. breathe and think before saying anything or committing to anything. get rest, drink fluids, laugh everyday, enjoy the small stuff too.

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Through these 4 weeks I have realized that my help has been with me all along. I already knew that but didn't really stop and look to the Lord before going to food or getting frustrated. I have a long way to go. I still get stressed and frustrated and I don't always handle it correctly, but I am doing better about following my plan I set in week one.

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Have to admit, I joined with low expectations of what I could learn/do in 4 weeks. I have definitely benefited from this challenge.

I have tried journaling before, without success. This challenge gave me a focus for journaling. While journaling stresses and then concentrating on what is good in my life, the journal became more of a gratitude journal which in turn became a stress reducer and made me more calm.

Also learned how important sleep is in helping to deal with stress the next day.



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I have found many different activities I enjoy to relieve stress. Watching comedies helps. Journaling helps. Reading and listening to music can help relax me. And, of course, exercising helps.

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." -George Eliot



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I've found that exercise is my best stress buster and that journaling is not something I enjoy.
I would like to stay on the team, because I find it really beneficial to have the team goals in my daily goals. :)

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Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
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Seem to have been very calm of late, nothing has rocked my boat, I'm learning to relax myself before I get too stressed out!

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Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. ~H. L. Hunt

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You have done what you could.


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laugh! today was super hard for me, laughter was the best way to get over it. I needed it as much as possible today.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, and that is why it is called the "present".
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The stress is back today in full force. So I am thankful that I can still use this site for relaxtion and getting calm again.

Please call me SANDRA

email me at: knittables@shaw.ca
check out my web site at:
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8/2/10 9:08 A

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THIS HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL CHANGE FOR ME-WILL KEEP ON WITH MEDITATION AND KEEPING A JOURNAL-THESE REALLY HELP.THANKS GUYS!

Indian standard Time!Now 54 yrs old.Had a Sleeve Gastrectomy and like most of us who have had this survey-it is a welcome surgery and ,howeer a radical lifestyle change-in diet,exercise,evrything.Weight is down by 20 kilos.That is a whole new me but I need to lose a couple of 5 more kilose hopefully due to newly diagnosed psoriatic arthritis.Well here's to all of us ,everybody!I am on a new challenge that
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CD7434349 Posts: 242
8/2/10 3:59 A

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The Challenge has been a true eye opener for me. I've been aware of many things before but it's like they have truly registered only during these weeks. Mindfulness has been a key to it, the ultimate aim that I've been working towards while first reading all the articles that go alongside the specific actions.

My goals for the future are to stick with a good and healthy sleeping habit as well as practice mindfulness daily. As soon as I forget to be aware, I fall off the wagon in more areas than I can even count. It's also really sunk in that unless I take some time off for myself daily, I'm of no use to myself or others. "Healthy selfishness" therefore is to be prioritized.

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8/1/10 1:33 A

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My life is in flux right now, because I work as a nanny and I will be losing one day of work a week because some of my charges will be going to pre-school. I learned not to stress over things that I can't control, yet also to prepare myself as much as possible.

To that end, I asked the mom to send out a website messsage about me to her mother's club to see if anyone might need me on that one day a week. Amazingly, I have received 7 responses!! I am in the process of meeting these families and deciding what will be the best connection. So, I had worried needlessly dwelling on what-ifs, when all it took was being pro-active.

I also decided my life would be less stressful if I could downsize to a studio apartment and save $$ on rent. Can you imagine that a studio opened up just 2 blocks down the road? That means that I can save $350 a month and still be in my convenient neighborhood.

Through these decisions, I have been talking a lot with my sister and my best friend, which has also relieved stress by not keeping things bottled up inside as I used to.

After all that, she was surprised to find that she still knew the words to the song in her heart...and she began to sing along.


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7/29/10 8:07 P

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The fourth week of this challenge came at just the right time for me. I am starting a new class in a new school (for me), leaving behind friends that I have taught with for twelve years.
My first goal when I started was to let go of frustrations over things I have no control of. There are many things right now that I have no control of. I do not have control over the fact I was transfered. I do not have control over the fact that all equiptment is not in the school yet. I do have control over how I deal with all of this. I am looking at this positively. It is a great school and it will be a great year. The equiptment will come when it comes, until then we will deal with it.
My second goal was to talk to those I live with about my feelings. I have been and it has lead me to be more open with the people I am now working with. I need to let them know what I need and I need to learn what they need. Had a lesson in that today.
My third goal is to continue to track calories and exercise. I have done well with that but I hope that next week will be doing more time at the gym. The first few weeks back at school is crazy time and sometimes exercise in the gym gets pushed to the back burner... on the other hand I am doing more walking in a bigger school.
I learned a lot about me during this challenge. I will continue to practice techniques to relieve stress and remember I can only control my actions.

Beth, Georgia Eastern Time Zone
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"Make one healthy choice then make another."
"Faith in myself, Love of family, Hope for the future"


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7/28/10 12:19 P

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I have finished this challenge and I have learnt alot from my fellow sparkers and I have learnt alot about myself. My biggest problem is I wear my heart on my sleeve. Every comment good or bad effect my mood to the point of stressing out about it and since I lost my job 3 months ago and can't find a new one my stress has gotten worse. In this last fourth week I have learnt new breathing techniques, meditation and different pilates moves.
So when I feel the stress come on I know to take a break for a minute or two or three and just breath and think positively and it is helping. I still suffer with the occasional insomnia but it has gotten so much better. I know what my triggers are and I am staying away from them.
This challenge has been a good one. I will stay on this team but only check in once in awhile. It is time for me to focus on my other teams that I have neglected.

Please call me SANDRA

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7/27/10 3:10 P

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I really had a time in week 4. I thought I would get better at dealing with stress but sometimes you just can't help it. I have told myself to just walk away from the situation if it deals with people and come back at a time with I have cooled down. Even that sometimes doesn't work. I will continue to try and use my techniques I have learned after this challenge is over but that's a challenge in itself.


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