Happy Monday, everyone! I think I’m going to make these posts regular installations since Mondays are almost always rest days for me. I like to start the week with refreshers, goal setting, little bits and bobs, and things that make me smile.
My boyfriend is nearly recovered from the flu and back to work in his office now. Not going to lie, it’s nice to have the apartment to myself again. I work out of a home studio and I just cannot focus when he’s home. I love him but he’s loud, and I sort of use my ears at an extremely high level to work. So far, I show no symptoms of catching his flu. That will make me flu-free since 2009. It’s not like I’m keeping a tally and trying to rub it in, but it’s pretty damn impressive, right? I should somehow find a way to submit my immune system for official study.
Push-Up Challenge: I’m starting this today. 100 push ups, 1 month. Arms have always gotten special attention from me. Though, I think I’m going to have to do modified wall push-ups at first. The plan is to build up enough strength to eventually attempt the challenge with traditional push-ups.
Eat at My Table: So, this will sound a little depressing, but people who grew up in dysfunctional families may know exactly where I’m coming from. Anyway, I’ve never really eaten at a dinner table! When my boyfriend and I rearranged the living room and cleaned up, we actually cleared our table. I’ve set it, and you know what? I don’t associate with toxic people anymore so I’m going to stop using my table as a “put all the crap you can’t find a place for” area.
Bits and Bobs
A Few Random Health Apps I Love: I just wanted to give some shout outs to some helpful health apps that I use. As it might be obvious, I use Fitbit. If you also use Fitbit and want to add me, PM me and we’ll set up this digital walking friendship and race each other! If you’re a migraineur, I recommend Migraine Buddy. I think this might be the most comprehensive digital migraine journal and it’s helped me nail down a few of my triggers and kept my appointments with my specialist highly informative for both parties. I sucked at keeping paper ones. If you have anxiety problems and want to track your mood, a habit’s effect on mood, as well have some small pocket-sized CBT exercises, check out Pacifica. I’ve been using this a lot the past few months and it’s an excellent little app to pull out when you’re getting yourself stuck in a bad thought. It will make you re-word your negative thought into something else and have you identify the thinking traps you’re using.
Reminder: If you have any student loan payments due on the 1st, or Hell, your rent, February ends after tomorrow!
Things That Make me Smile
It’s a bit eclectic but here’s our little table (picture below). I’ve set it with several porcelain flower sculptures that were left to me after my aunt’s passing. Many of the ribbons and fake flowers in the basket came from her funeral. My aunt took my sister and I in during particularly tumultuous times of our adolescence, and we actually did eat at her table. She was a master gardener and loved all things to do with nature and forest critters. I probably would have ended up in foster care without her. So, I’m going to continue eating dinner with her.
Set some goals, and a price at the end of each one.
Get yourself a cupcake, new book, a lipstick you’ve always wanted or even a long relaxing bath!
You need to treat yourself every once in awhile, and celebrate your tiny success of the past week or month.
Celebrate you getting up, going to the gym, eating healthy, sleeping well, losing some pounds.
Celebrate you getting a full marks or finishing a work. Just celebrate your small successes by treating yourself.
You deserve to be happy.
Going into high school and throughout my freshman and sophomore year, I was really insecure about my body and couldn’t really appreciate the way my body was. I was soft in most places with some rolls here and there, and most of the girls around me were much thinner. I wasn’t necessarily very overweight, but I wasn’t at an “average” weight.
In the beginning of this year, my junior year, I really started to focus on little things that I wanted to improve, and I lost a little bit of weight to make me appreciate my body more.
Now at the end of my junior year, I FINALLY realize that I don’t need to lose weight to be beautiful. My body is perfect just the way it is. I am happy, and I am healthy. I would be beautiful if I was 20 pounds heavier or lighter. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone, and I love my thick thighs and squishy tummy.
When you want something in life, you must put your all into it. You must become obsessed with your vision for greatness. Obsession is absolutely necessary to achieve your goals. Even the world’s strongest man started lifting light weight until he moved up on the racks. Don’t give up because you don’t see progress within a month, keep attacking. You must set your fitness goals for the long term. Stay dedicated and never miss a workout. You can always slip and have several cheat meals but don’t stop training. This is only the beginning for me!
All the planning, thinking, goal setting, organizing and wanting won’t mean anything unless you take action. Action is what makes a dream become reality. Action is what gets you from here to there. Action is your key to success.
What steps can you take today to better your future tomorrow?