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Keep The Faith and Focus

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Blogging can really help with perspective. Also.... it can help us get the mojo back, if we seem to have temporarily lost it.

I lost both the perspective and the mojo for a while. Maybe some of it may be back now.

During the winter challenge, occurring now, I found myself earlier this week, and most of last week, getting into one of those 'funk like' states of mind. I started out so well.... a whirlwind in the winter challenge. Lost weight, doing everything right, following the guidance of challenge leaders. "This is easy" so I said. I felt like a real "Mr Spark People." Until that is, gave up on my healthy 2 week life style endeavor and slipped back into bad behaviors. I found myself getting depressed, self critical, and discouraged.
"I can't even sustain those healthy choices for 8 weeks," so I said.

Then, in my dark moment of being mad at myself, a bit of light came through and lighted up a small bit of path in front of me. The idea came of making a list of some good positive things I just might have done. I know there are some. I even reported many in my daily challenge reports. But I was more interested in self criticism than even acknowledging something good

My partial list of good behaviors and good thoughts...(from this past week)
1. Went to Aldis and loaded up on veggies an fruits. Lots of salads...
2.. Found a couple of new Instant Pot recipes, healthy ones to try for fun.
3. Pulled up some yoga stretches from Youtube I had long since buried and actually did them.
4 In my AM devotionals, included prayers for myself along with every one else on my prayer list.
5. In spite of it being cold, icy and non stop snow out there.... I still put on warm stuff and my Yaktrax on my shoes and got out for a walk most days.

Well ...you get the idea. I allowed myself to counter the negativity with some real bona fide acknowledgments of some successes. (NSV's as they say in SP).
Suddenly .... it all feels better. Maybe I can create some SP success.... or maybe I am already and didn't remember to notice them. ,

I write this so I can sustain some positives. Not allow the self depreciating funkiness to prevail. Get myself out of the negativity. Doesn't feel good to stay in such a mindset.

Three weeks left in the winter SP challenge. Thanks for helping me keep the good stuff going.

Best wishes to all Spark Friends, may we all keep the faith and the focus.
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    Bill I so understand how you feel. Thanks for your blog, it's wonderful to see you look for the positives in life.

    156 days ago
  • DRDIVA28
    emoticon Thanks for sharing Bill. Happy for you. You've tested and tried yet another tool in your toolbox to protect your motivational candle from those self-sabotaging winds. emoticon emoticon
    160 days ago
    Bill, thanks for the blog. Perfect timing for me. I've been in the winter doldrums also with this cold and snow and we have another storm heading our way. I'm going to make a "positive list" also. Thanks for the idea.
    160 days ago
    emoticon I'm going to make myself a list, too!
    160 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    emoticon with you. Seems that negativity can creep up faster than not. This time of winter, with the cold and snow is really a terrible for most. Living here in Michigan, I truly understand how this can deter one from being positive, plus the added on caution of the virus.

    I know that if I exercise and I have been faithfully everyday that I feel better. I also look for the positive things in my life that I accomplish everyday. It has been helping keeping those negative thoughts and cravings away.

    Keep up the good work of know what you did good for yourself. Throw out all those negative thoughts, as they need to go away as this winter does.
    160 days ago

    I Love this! emoticon
    Always, always, always ... there is something positive happening.
    And I find that when I spend time counting up things that are going right, more right things happen.
    So, it's not just me then, Huh?

    A really super visual tool I use to keep track of my positives ... is a Habit Tracker.
    Easy to log, just an "X' for each Daily Habit. And soon, all those filled in boxes, look like a huge gold Star.

    Here's the link to the one I print and use ... but there are lots out there.
    Maybe give it a try.

    160 days ago
    great idea of writing down the positives... i need to do that instead of focusing on the few things i did wrong.
    i needed this today!!
    160 days ago
  • V72392
    160 days ago

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    "Change is the end result of all true learning."
    Leo Buscaglia

    160 days ago
  • YMWONG22
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    160 days ago
    We are on similar paths, Bill.

    I also had good success and thought how great I was doing, until the maddening pace at work for a couple weeks had me fall into the spell of grabbing on the go and with all this work, who needs to workout extra?

    I am still in comfort food mode for a few days, as snow and now an ice storm have come to town and gee, it is Valentine's weekend, President's day and Fasnacht, before Lent begins. emoticon emoticon

    I think the lesson to learn is, we can do it and even when we don't, we know enough to get back with it and do the right thing more often than not.

    Let us keep the faith and focus. We have got the right stuff. emoticon

    160 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2021 9:09:18 AM
  • GEORGE815
    Visited family in the fall, and like those Aldis stores. Stay with it.
    160 days ago
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