245 Days to go and I feel like I lost the entire month of November. A lot of good things happened, just not on the health front. Now that I have those many things out of the way, (most of them were good things!) I feel renewed and ready to take on the future!
Although I do seem to be able to take on many things at once, sometimes that leaves me in a rush, not eating on time and then crashing later on with too many calories.
Like the many failures that were made in making a lightbulb, I am sure they learned from each failure & that is something I am trying to embrace in many areas of my life from horses, to photography to health and relationships.
My tendency has been to beat myself up over failures- though I now see that as a waste of time and the faster I jump back at it the better off it will be.
What I have learned that works best for me is eating early and often. I tried to fast in the morning, though for me it led to bad choices later on.
I have noticed that if I plan my meals the day ahead, then I stick to it.
If I go on the elliptical it sets me up for a good day.
Time with my horses busts stress as much as walking, though I still love and need walking too.
Planning meals helps me reduce stress
Prayer & time with God helps me reduce stress
Budgeting helps me feel better and reduces my stress- as I feel like I have a plan
Growing up, I was a kid who always wanted to do right, and when I failed, it was so hard on me, I had a hard time not beating myself up about it. Though the Bible has been a place I turn to for advice when I get stuck. For MANY MANY years our family motto has been "Life is Journey, enjoy the ride!" with our family verse being "Trust in the Lord and do good." Psalm 37:3
So this morning I was thinking about my set backs, and what was being a stumbling stone, and I remembered this:
Anxiety/worry/beating myself up about missing the mark is a truckload of my stumbling blocks & it is what keeps me down. If I am trying to worry to punish myself? It is pointless, it is a trap that leads to deflation. My advice that I found was something I am thinking of making like my fight song in 2020, my theme- my go to attitude to help me reset. That is two things, to take the advice in the above image, to lay down my anxiety (that ought to be an interesting new experience, I imagine it will be a way to get back some of my energy!)
this scripture has amazed me, and the more I think of it, I have never heard it in church. It seems like a little golden nugget that was just waiting to be found. So there you have it, it is okay to not worry, it is okay to be an energetic Pollyanna~ I am laying down some of my old practices and waking up to new possibilities