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Reflection on starting 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I had hoped to be more eloquent with this entry but a cold has me under the weather. However, just as it was important to me to start the New Year with a hike, it is important to also start it with some reflection.

Exercise--Continue what I've been doing. Every week in 2010, I worked out for a minimum of 30 minutes/day for a minimum of 4 days/week. This week with my cold may be a challenge. My health is more important than my streak (56 weeks). I know I have the exercise habit and one or two weeks will not derail me.

Eating habits-Continue what I've been doing. Thanks to tracking on Spark my daily sodium level has come down dramatically. My blood pressure has come down from preHypertensive & some days hypertensive, to NORMAL. I journal my food almost daily and track calories several days a week. In the beginning I tracked calories more daily. I have lost over 20 pounds and am keeping hem off. I have a few more pounds to come off but would like to lose them VERY slowly. (At 63, it would be easy to get more loose skin from additional weight loss.) I have added more fruits & veggies to my life. I have eaten a minimum of five fruits and veggies daily for over 180 days.

What I want to add to my life: Get back to doing art work. The right side of my brain has been neglected for too long.

What would be helpful to change: Spend several 15 minutes increments of organizing my house per week.

My two biggest challenges: Perfectionism and dealing with stress. These are the two areas, that in the next few week, I hope to come up with concrete steps to deal with them.

My body off & on has wanted to come down with the office cold I have been exposed to. Most weeks, I don't get enough sleep during the week & catch up on the weekend. But before last Friday, there were only fleeting moments of thinking I might succumb to the cold. Friday during the day it hit. I had hoped at first, it was only not drinking enough water. What was different for me this past week was my stress level. The cold is a message that I need to add something (or let go of something) that will help me deal with stress. My initial thought that meditation would be a good tool. Now if I can figure how to fit it on regular basis to my life.

Re Perfectionism, it might be helpful to add positive affirmations to my meditation plans. RE THIS, I AM SO OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.
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    I didn't know that you were into art! See, you learn something new everyday. What ever you decide to do, start with baby steps so that you don't burn yourself out. Doing too much too soon creates stress and you're trying to reduce stress. Just a thought....
    3817 days ago
    Hi there,

    Thank you for sharing what you have. Your cold did not hinder you from inspiring - for you inspired me.

    In this new year of your life I encourage you to purposefully strive to "Get back to doing art work.". Your right brain is obviously telling you it longs to be reawakened! :)

    Perfectionism is a lie that binds us and prohibits us from accomplishing and living out all we are meant to be! We cannot achieve perfection. However, we CAN defeat the lie of perfectionism simply just by DOING.

    Don't even take a lot of time to figure out what to DO, artistically.... just pick up the brush, the pen, the pencil ~ whatever medium sings over you ~ and DO something. And then dare to share it with us! :) For in doing so, you will give us a gift! :)

    Be blessed in this day! Give comfort to yourself, and LIVE the moments at hand, in whatever way they present themselves to you.

    Smiles to you,

    ~ Sherry

    Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker

    Sometimes... when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing. ~From the television show Ally McBeal

    When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target. ~George Fisher

    The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. ~Winston Churchill

    The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. ~Stanley J. Randall

    Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. ~Salvador Dali

    3819 days ago
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