Monday, April 29, 2013

One Word | April 2013 prompt

Well - this is a late post for the April prompt.  Still, here it is - and it's good as long as you need it.

This month - sometime soon - get out a piece of paper...any size, any color...and write one of the following words:


Write big - fill the whole page (leaving just a little room around the edges).  Write with a marker, a paint brush, a crayon, a pencil.  Color it in, decorate it up, spend some time connecting with this word.

just above the word (or inside, or on the side, or on the bottom) write these two small words:

I am.

Put your piece of paper where you can see it.

Put you and your piece of paper in front of a mirror and take a picture.  Or ask someone to take a picture of you holding your paper with some of these words on it:

I am enough
I am worthy
I am good

How does that feel?  Repeat this phrase every time you see yourself in the mirror, or reflected in a car window, or anywhere.  Try it for a few weeks.

Eventually you will put it in your folder or notebook.

Say a little prayer, or call me if you forget these messages.  I am here to remind and support you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

One Word | April 16 meeting

Tuesday night at the church six of us met to work on our One Word pursuit.

We finished up our January prompt - here's mine...

Most everyone had already finished their vision boards (our February prompt).  I took a photo of mine and put it in my album behind the January  page.  And then we worked on our March prompt by meditating for 15 minutes (or so, I couldn't eyes were closed!).

We put pages in page protectors, page protectors in folders, and we talked.  We talked about the answers we received during our meditation time.  We talked about the fact that it was easy to come up with what we're doing "wrong" and difficult to come up with what we're doing "right."

We talked about sacrificing what we want for so long that we've forgotten what we want.

We talked about being vulnerable, eating well, and listening to our bodies.  Our bodies know what to eat.  Our hearts know what we want.  Our sisters know how to succor us - even when we don't know how to do this for ourselves.

I'm glad you were there/I wish you were there.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Little Word | March reflections

Over at Big Picture Classes I'm taking Ali Edward's class called One Little Word - just in case I haven't said that enough.

The prompt for March was to take action.  Ali encouraged us to identify something we've wanted to do, pick a date, mark it on the calendar, and DO IT!  

My personal "intention" for March was Dare to be Powerful - because power is liberating!  

So my action for March was to set aside time to "dream, think, pray and ponder what's next."  

And I did it.  The path just ahead of me is still unclear, but the fog is lifting and I know I am on the right path.  

My daring to be powerful in March resulted in FOUR blog posts - up FOUR from January!  Daring to be powerful also helped me to push though some work around making amends.  Daring to be powerful prepped me to launch a complete studio re-do, which is something I've been working on little by very little since last summer.  

In March I bought a new computer and printer - and I let it sit in the living room because I was too afraid to be powerful enough to set it up and claim it for myself.  What a discovery - neither good nor bad - just information and another little evidence that I stop myself from experiencing life wholeheartedly (as Brené Brown says).

Well guess what?  The computer is set up now!  

I'm off to rule the world.  Take care!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Healthy Habits - What I'm learning

I'm involved in two healthy habit challenges right now and I love it.  Last week was the first week of my Healthy Habit Challenge with friends from work and family.  I was so motivated and I notice that the support really helped me stay focused.  I still ended up with two treat days (all it took was having to taste a piece of chocolate to see if I could use it in my recipe...oh well). I still got in 5 days of exercise and I can tell choices.

I'd love to hear what you learned from this experience.

Here's what I learned: 

1) I don't get in as much fruit and vegetables as I thought
2) On the weekends my timetable for eating shifts down and I often don't finish eating by 9pm (this was a big surprise)
3) It didn't take long for my body to adjust to the extra water - and now I am better at identifying that thirsty feeling

Thank you so much for doing this with me.  I am LOVING the extra motivation and support.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Healthy Habit Challenge FAQ

This is the beginning of my week 3 on the healthy habit challenge and I am really happy with how my clothes are fitting more loosely - already!

What a great day it was yesterday - I drank lots of water and got in a great work out, and I'm hearing that you did too!  I really appreciate your support.  I am learning that it is really important for me to have an accountability structure in place.

Answer to some frequently asked questions. 

1) Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want - making sure you eat a minimum of 2 fruits and 3 vegetables to earn your points

2) A sugary treat or dessert is something like ice cream, candy, cake, cookies, jello, pudding, chocolate, gummy bears...  It is NOT: a little sugar added to your Greek yogurt, sugar in your coffee or tea, foods that have sugar in them (granola bar).  We are not giving up sugar!  We are rewarding ourselves for reaching for a healthier choice over a sugary food choice.

3) You can eat sugar/drink alcohol as many days as you want each week - but you only earn points for avoiding sugar/alcohol 6 days of the week.  During the first few weeks you may want to reduce gradually - going to three days, then two days and then one day each week.  It's all up to you.  And I am NOT taking a point handicap because I don't drink alcohol! :-)

4) You earn points for exercising only five days each week.  If you want to gradually build up the amount of exercise you do, that's fine!  The point is sustainable shifts, not dramatic and often injury-inducing hyper exercise.  Slow and steady!

5) I've heard some people are concerned about integrity since we are self-reporting our points.  I trust that we will all be honest since, as Linda D said, "The challenge is really me against me."  In addition, the weight loss component will act as a check and balance.  When we make these positive/healthy shifts, our bodies will shift too.

Some portion guidelines:

1 vegetable serving = 1 cup raw vegetables or 1/2 cup cooked vegetable

1 fruit serving = 1/2 cup - 1 cup fresh fruit, 1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, etc), or one piece of fruit - bananas are typically two fruit servings.  Your call

These foods do not count as anything (not vegetables, not fats, not illegal): pickles, ketchup, 1 tsp sugar, salt, 1 Tbsp honey, mustard

1 protein serving = 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 oz cheese (1/4 cup shredded cheese), 1 oz meat, 1 egg, 1/4 cup nuts, 3 pieces of bacon

1 fat serving = 1/4 avocado, 1 tsp butter, 1 tsp mayo, 1 Tbsp salad dressing, 1 Tbsp nuts, 1 piece of bacon, 1 Tbsp cream, 1 Tbsp sour cream, 1 Tbsp cream cheese, 1/4 cup olives

1 dairy serving = 6 oz yogurt, 6 oz milk

Until next time - Keep up the terrific work!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Healthy Habit Challenge

We are starting the Healthy Habit Challenge April 8, 2013

Come on along for the fun.

Here's a .pdf file for you to download and print out.  Fill in your points every day and send me your scores every Sunday evening.

Leave comments and questions below and check back for rankings next Monday.


Challenge pdf

Also!  I need to give credit to Six Sister's Stuff.  I used their healthy challenge printable as the basis for the form we are using for our challenge.  Thanks ladies!