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WOW ~ 30 Day DCC – Catch Up

WOW ~ 30 Day DCC – Catch Up

Day 18

WOW!

It has definitely been a busy week. I’ll catch you up as quickly as I can, considering it’s been an entire week!

I was so busy with work last week, that I did not take time to write about my progress. Day 13 I had a long work day, leaving home at 6:30am and returning home about 8:30pm. I got in a workout in the morning and made smart food choices until dinner, when I chose to eat at an awesome little Brewery / Pizza Kitchen in the town I ended my day in (prior to the 90 minute drive home). It was worth it. The food was awesome, and I was definitely ready for a beer! – I still managed to stay within my calorie goal! I obviously did not get any decluttering done, but I was a ray of sunshine and positivity to every single human I interacted with. In all, a great day! Day 14 was another long work day, but no travel. Workout was a good one, food choices were all good, and the attitude was good. Nothing spectacular, but all good! (Down 4 pounds total) Day 15 was another “on the road” day. I had a meeting with some colleagues. It just happened to be the birthday of one of my colleagues and someone made cake. I took a teeny tiny piece of cake. It was so moist and delicious that I took a bigger piece. Yum! Then, I stopped and had lunch with Daughter Number Two on my way back to my office. By the time I got back to my office I felt like I’d been run over. I was so draggy and out of sorts. I started wondering if that cake was such a good idea. I had very little energy the rest of the day and dropped into a chair when I got home, where I remained until I put myself to bed. Sugar be damned! Day 16 started off very slowly. I almost felt hungover I was so tired and out of sorts, from the onset of the day. I didn’t work out. I did manage to go through more closets and belongings and felt amazing about the hours spent decluttering my space. Daughters 3 and 4 helped me do the weekly housework: dusting, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, etc. Ah, the feeling of a clean house is so good! The decluttering makes it even better. D2 and her roommate came home from college for a visit, so I made homemade pizza and some healthy peanut butter banana cookies. It was a nice, quiet visit and a bright spot in the weekend! I was within my calories that day, and found an awesome guided meditation for bedtime. Day 17: Woke up feeling re-energized and amazing! I did an awesome workout – an hour of cardio at a super pace (for me) and then did a 7 minute HIIT. AMAZING! Went to my mother’s and spent some time with her, drinking coffee and just being. When I got home from her house I made homemade (healthy) pancakes for brunch. They were so good! D3 ate 5 or 6 of them…and NO, I did not tell her they were healthy. Later, I did some more decluttering. I also spent some time working on “Save the Date” announcements for Daughter Number One’s wedding. D2 had started them the day before, because she has the best handwriting. She didn’t get them finished by the time she left, so I worked on them with the 2 other girls. We had a little assembly line of write, stuff, seal, stamp. It seemed like no time and we had them all done! What a truly amazing and awesome day, finished with gratitude journal and meditation. Day 18 was another good day. Good workout and meditation in the morning, good (not great) food choices, and I managed some more decluttering! It brings a sense of accomplishment as well as a certain peace to have the spaces becoming uncluttered. I was positive and loving all day, even when I had what I might have become negative over in the past come up. I ended the day spending time with the family!

I love seeing some results of my cleanse, but feeling the results is so much better!

“People who produce good results feel good about themselves.” ~ Ken Blanchard

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

WOW ~ 30 DCC Day 12 ~ Kaizen

WOW ~ 30 DCC Day 12 ~ Kaizen

Doing well on all fronts for Tuesday; making positive progress on all of my challenges.

In fact at 12 days into this challenge I am seeing and feeling the benefits of Kaizen. I learned about this principle several years ago and have experienced it before; it’s great to experience it again.

One of the great things about continuously working toward a goal, and working on a challenge such as this one, is that if you keep doing the things that you know you need to do to move you toward your goals, you will enjoy the compounding of your efforts. There is a method by which you can multiply your success. Based on the Japanese idea of kaizen this is a method by which you can multiply your success. Kaizen, which means good change (improvement), is a method of continuous and incremental improvement. The principles of kaizen go deeper than I will touch on today. What is important right now is how to use this to become 26% “more” in one year than you are today. Your ‘more’ should correspond to your ‘what’. 26% more productive, healthier, fitter, happier; ‘what’ ever you are reaching for.

If you look at the big goal it sometimes seems daunting. If you look at any aspect of life that you want to change, sometimes that can be overwhelming. If you look at changing the whole it is overwhelming and daunting. If you look at changing it incrementally, just a small bit, every day you will discover that your growth and positive movement is multiplying! If you can make one small improvement every day, that is only equal to a change of 1/10 of 1% (one-tenth of one percent) you will become ½ of 1% better in 5 days; one work week. If you continue to make those small daily improvements you will notice growth in that area of 2% in one month. Two percent may not sound like much, but imagine if you will that one of your health goals is to go from a BMI that shows you as overweight to a BMI in the healthy range. A decrease in your weight of only 2% could do that.  If you continue to make small daily changes to your habits 2% a month will equal 26% in one year. Now, that is multiplying nicely! If you continue each and every day, making a small bit of improvement over the previous day, you will be 50% ‘more’ in about 2 and ½ years. Over 10 years that is an improvement of 1000% percent.

This process can change your life. It will change it more quickly. The great part is that you will barely notice a change in the time that it takes! As you make those small daily changes, you also become more efficient. Think about doing one thing just a little bit ‘more’ tomorrow. If you are working out, try running just 5 seconds longer. If you have a goal at work, do one extra thing. The next day, do just 5 MORE seconds or do one MORE extra thing. As these habits form and you continue to make daily incremental improvements you will be reaching your goals in record time!

 “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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WOW ~ 30 DCC ~ Monday, Best Laid Plans

WOW ~ 30 DCC ~ Monday, Best Laid Plans

Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday mornin’, Monday mornin’ couldn’t guarantee
That Monday evenin’ you would still be here with me…

That was my day yesterday when it came to my willpower and food. It started out amazing, mid-day was amazing, and then… dinner happened. I had a last minute late day appointment schedule with me. I had to contact The Hubs and let him know I would be home late and he was going to have to feed the girls. He let me now that would be no problem. I could smell it before I even got in the house; Stouffer’s Lasagna. I had a small piece (so high in sodium) and a large salad and passed on the bread. Not the worst thing I could have done, but certainly not the best.

There was no decluttering or organizing accomplished, since I got home so late.

I was a ray of sunshine, happiness, motivation, and inspiration for myself and those around me, even at the end of the day.

Another part of my day that did not let me down was my meditation. I did an extra meditation before my guided meditation. I slept better last night than I have slept in months. It was a gift.

fieldmouse

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. ~ Robert Burns

As a child I remember hearing my dad use this phrase and having no idea what it meant. Around Junior High age when I discovered Steinbeck I had a hard time connecting the saying to the book. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I understood the meaning. Even the most well thought out and directed plans can come upon an unknown, unplanned turn of events. In Burns’ case, it was the upturning of a field mouse’s nest as he plowed the field; an unplanned turn of events for both Burns’ and the field mouse.

I can only guess that Burns’ managed to get the field plowed. Even when the path gets Monday’ed  it’s best to get back on the path or do another thing my father would say and “beginagain”; as if it was one word. For me, I’m going to get back to plowing my field.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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WOW ~ 30 DCC Day 10 ~ Sunday Funday

WOW ~ 30 DCC Day 10 ~ Sunday Funday

Following my rest day Saturday I got up raring to go (after sleeping in only a little bit). I got up and weighed, first thing. BIG WIN! Down another .7 pounds! That’s a total of 2.7 in 10 days, and I feel so awesome about it! I did ½ of my normal and promised hour walk, partly because I slept in and partly because I had told Daughter Number Four that I would wake her early and taker her with me to my mother’s for our routine of Sunday morning coffee and talk (we do this on Saturday, too). We had been down at my mother’s yesterday afternoon for a bit and mother had asked D4 to check in her freezer to see if she had ever seen anything so silly. Mom had bought some confetti toaster waffles for the girls, just in case they might want to come down to eat breakfast one of these weekend mornings. So, I got up the youngest and earliest riser and we headed the long 3 blocks down to Moms. I don’t eat toaster waffles (nor do I buy them) so I didn’t try any of the confetti goodness. I am told they were delicious.

When I got back from mom’s house I continued with some of the decluttering and organizing I had started yesterday. I focused on my bedroom. I am thrilled to say that it is in the best shape it has been in since the flood in June! It feels so light and peaceful!

I hadn’t had my normal breakfast smoothie by mid-morning and I was feeling a little bit eleven o’clock-ish (although it was closer to 10). I decided to treat myself and make one of my absolute favorite brunches – shrimp and grits. I knew I wanted to healthy it up, so I made some swaps to my normal Southern style shrimp and grits recipe. I didn’t make Cheese Grits, just a pan of plain grits. I subbed the cream and some of the butter in the grits for a roux with chicken broth. I also made some healthier biscuits, using whole wheat flour along with the white and fat free buttermilk. I was not at all disappointed in my healthy version of my favorite brunch, in fact it was very satisfying. D4 loved it, too. D3 doesn’t do shrimp and grits, but she did like the biscuits. The Hubs isn’t a breakfast guy, and brunch came fairly close to his awakening this morning. I tried to keep it warm for him, and noticed that he did have some a little bit later. He said that these grits were better than the last ones I made (he didn’t even miss the fat and calories)! Win!

I did some decluttering in my bathroom and was excited to throw away some things I had been holding on to for at least 10 years. What was I saving that old contact lens case for? Or the emery board that is worn slick? WIN!

The positive environment I have been providing for myself and others (especially over the past 3 days) is carrying over to everyone, most of the time. My life with the tween and teen will likely have some periods of mild conflict at the least. I am working to redirect both my own frustration, and theirs. Win?

I haven’t meditated yet today, but am going to before bed. I have a lovely space to meditate in – and am so very excited. Win!

A super exciting win… I had set a goal to walk 150 miles in April and did a 10 day tally (drum roll) ~ 49.6 miles! I am on pace to hit my 150 miles! WOO HOO! Big WIN!

Another win…one of my co-challengers is down almost FOUR pounds since April 1! Let’s all give her a high-five for being consistent and working hard on her cleanse challenge!

I would love to hear from YOU to see how you are doing on this challenge, or any other goals or challenges you are working on!

The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better. ~ Barbara Pletcher

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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WOW ~ 30 DCC Days 8,9 update

WOW ~ 30 DCC Days 8,9 update

Here’s an update for the past couple of days:

Friday, I had to travel for work. I’ve mentioned in the past that my travelling for work isn’t grand or luxurious, it almost always means I am driving somewhere in Kansas. Most of my travelling these days is only about 90 minutes from home, which is more body and time friendly than the up to 6 hours I used to travel. This business, however, was about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive from home. I had to be on the road by 8:30 for my 11 o’clock appointment. After my meeting I grabbed a salad for lunch, which was not very good. A spinach, chicken, and avocado salad would typically make me happy and satisfied. This one was subpar. I only ate half of the salad, pushing aside some of the overly dry chicken and the not-very-tasty sun-dried tomatoes. I did break down and order a beer to choke down the salad that I did eat. On the 2 hours and 15 minutes home, the Kansas wind decided to pick up. I’m glad that I was only about 30 minutes from home before the 40 mph gusts kicked in. I would have been a bit frazzled if that whole drive was a windy one! I had done my 60 minute workout before I left for the drive and I’m glad I had. I was so worn out after the drive(s), the appointment, and the week that I stopped by to pick up pizza on the way home. I did get a thin crust spinach and garlic pizza for me, which I knew would work into my calories and nutrition for the day. Of course I got cheese, pepperoni, and chicken bacon ranch (half cheese/pepperoni) for the girls and The Hubs. The girls were thrilled. I did not manage any decluttering or organizing when I got home, because I crawled into bed shortly after dinner and fell asleep to my guided meditation.

Saturday I was able to catch up on my missed days of decluttering and organizing; I put in four hours of closet and drawer deconstruction and reconstruction. I pulled out a couple of bags worth of clothes and shoes! I took a rest day from working out, because I was a little bit tight from the drive Friday. I was under calories, so felt good about that! I did teach my mother how to make kale chips (which I told her she would hate, and she did) and tortilla chips by baking corn tortillas (which she liked). I had a bedtime meditation. A winning day!

I’m glad I took the chance to get the extra sleep Friday night and didn’t push myself to work out yesterday. I took it easy and it really paid off! I feel so much more energized and ready to hit the ground running.

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. ~ Ralph Marston

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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WOW ~ 30 DCC – Okie’s

WOW ~ 30 DCC – Okie’s

With yesterday behind me, I was ready to kick today’s butt! On the scale first thing… another .9 pounds down! 1.8 total, feeling pretty darn good.

My food intake was excellent for breakfast and lunch. I got an excellent (great pace) 60 minute walk in this morning. I had an excellent start to the day!

I had the opportunity late morning to do a couple of short meditations.

Then I spoke with my mother on the phone. I called her to see if she had heard Merle Haggard, country singer, had passed away. He sang the song, “Okie from Muskogee”. It was one of my dad’s favorites, because he was from Oklahoma, too. She said she had heard that. Then, she got quiet and told me that my father had had an “incident” today.

Here, I will give some back story: on Christmas night 2012 my father had a massive hemorrhagic stroke. He has been in a nursing home ever since, due to his level of care.

Apparently he had what they believe to be a TIA (Trans Ischemic Attack (small stroke)). Mom was visiting him, as she does every day when he quit talking or responding at all. His expression went blank and his gaze was fixed. She reached over to touch his arm, and then his leg; he was drenched in sweat. She hurried down the hall to get the nurse. She checked on him and got 3 other people to assist her in doing vitals and getting him into bed, comfortably.

Upon hearing this information my initial reaction was to go to the “candy drawer” at my office. If you don’t have one, you should. I work in an office with 3 other women. We are all fairly close in age. We all understand that some days you just need chocolate. I have been so good this week. I haven’t finished my Easter Candy. I even gave some of it to my girls. Why would I immediately think about gobbling down a handful of Reese’s miniatures or Hershey’s miniatures? Then I thought about grabbing a glass of wine. What? You don’t keep wine in your office? See above. Actually, it’s for events we do quarterly for client appreciation. We just keep the leftovers in the fridge (just in case). Again, I talked myself out of that knee-jerk reaction. I told the office manager about the phone call, and told her I was going to go spend time with my dad. And I did just that. I drove over and held his hand, stroked his forehead, and told him I loved him. He was sound asleep, so I decided not to stay very long. After about 10 minutes I left. I wasn’t sure what to do next. I was still upset about my dad, so I was pretty sure I couldn’t go back to work. I drove home. I walked in, told The Hubs what was going on. He said, “I’m sorry.” I turned around, changed into workout clothes, and went outside.

I decided to take a walk to our local cemetery. It’s a nice walk from my house; about 1 mile from my house, outside of town on a gravel road.  The cemetery is on a hill that overlooks the town. It’s where my mom and dad will rest in peace after they pass. It’s usually a fairly quick walk, but today we had gusts of wind (constantly) over 30 mph. By the time I got to the base of the hill I had to walk up I was winded. Once I got to the cemetery I walked over to the my parents gravesite. That might seem morbid, but I usually find peace knowing where their bodies will spend eternity. Mom made sure to finalize the plots and even ordered a headstone and had it set after dad’s stroke. She felt that she would do a better job of choosing if she took her time and made the decision with a clear head. On some level I think it worried her that one of her 4 children might be picking for her! I spent about 10 minutes there today, talking to my dad and talking to the universe. I didn’t feel the sense of peace I normally do…I’m sure it was the stress of the day and the whipping winds. I walked back to the house, drank an enormous amount of water, and ate 6 Hershey’s Kisses. I did not, or do not, feel one bit of guilt or regret!

I did a minimal amount of decluttering… if I stretched I could say it was 10 minutes.

Although the incident with my dad caught me off guard, I did my best to remain as positive throughout the remainder of the day as possible. I even helped the girls with their chores so they could have an extra hour of playtime with their friends. I reheated leftover cheese enchiladas from last nights dinner, and no one complained.

I spoke with mom after dinner and dad seemed to be doing better.

“And I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.”

~Merle Haggard, Okie from Muskogee

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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WOW ~ a part of life…

WOW ~ a part of life…

Yesterday was a great day for my physical cleanse. I ate well. I had a good (not great) workout. I was below calories and full all day.

The rest of the cleanse categories got pushed away a bit; we laid to rest a family pet who had passed during the winter. The ground was too frozen to lay him to rest, so (do not judge) we wrapped him in a towel and a plastic bag and put our beloved pet rabbit, Rexy, in the deep freeze. I’m sure the ground has been unfrozen enough for a few weeks, but this was the first best opportunity. It was a very hard thing for Daughter Number Four, who was the primary caregiver of this little rabbit. The Hubs dug a hole, and D3, D4, and I gathered around while he laid him gently in. D4 brought one of his toys to bury with him, and we tossed in some dandelion greens; his favorite treat. I said a few words, and we covered him over with the dirt and placed a large, flat stone on his resting place. The mood was somber after that, so it was hard to be super positive, and I certainly wasn’t going to put any pressure on the girls to push down their grief. Decluttering didn’t seem important, either.

We had dinner and moved through the rest of the evening reverently.

I did a meditation at bedtime, and asked D4 if she would like to join me. She jumped at the chance. I believe she was more interested in being close to me, and enjoying the quiet music.

I understand the importance of living life, and living each day to its fullest. The cleanse challenge can wait one day…

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Uncategorized