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.