Day One Hundred Sixty-Three …

I had a challenging day at work. After my workday was done, I had to stay after school and run professional development for many dedicated teachers, who also had busy days filled with their own challenges. Then when I got home I had to work on a very tedious data report and I just finished now, at 10:04 pm. We all have stressful days, and that is nothing new.

What is new… in the past, I would have been snacking throughout all of these stressful situations. Mindlessly picking at chips and candy.  That didn’t happen and that is a huge step forward for me. I didn’t go on auto-pilot and revert back to old unhealthy habits. I didn’t even recognize this when it was happening, it’s only now that I have this quiet moment to reflect that I can appreciate this NSV.

What changed?

I wonder how I am making these changes now when it’s been so difficult in the past. I think about getting to goal every day, and when I think about it I believe it will happen. When I think about NSV’s I am genuinely proud of them.  Not thinking about or needing to snack during stressful moments is something I wasn’t able to do last year at this time. All these little steps are steps in the right direction, and expect for there to be “bumps in the road”. Writing these posts is a rewarding way to reflect by elevating my awareness for this process – that is really different from past attempts. When I write, I imagine you reading my posts. My hope is that something I write will connect with you because I feel like I’ve been let in on a secret and I want to share it.

Words of Wisdom

By doing all these things, I am learning that the challenging days don’t derail my efforts. There will always be hard days, but learning how to get through them without sabotaging myself feels pretty amazing. I hope you had a great day.  Even if you didn’t, just remember any day you are on plan (even if it’s not what you would call a successful day on plan) is a better day you spent wishing things were different – you can do this! Believe it!








Day One Hundred Sixty-Two…

Looking for beauty in everyday objects is something that makes me happy. The little Buddha, seen in my featured image,  was a gift from my father.  There is something very special about him, he is an intangible connection to my dad. He stirs feelings that are endearing, touching and sad all at once. There is beauty in simplicity, there is beauty in complexity.

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It’s been a very busy Sunday and I began the day with spinning and breakfast both were very satisfying!  So many people are noticing my weight loss lately. It is strange for me to think about how different I look and feel. Really, it hasn’t been that long and my results are pretty striking.

I am prepping to get ready for professional development tomorrow. Aside from the work, it takes to meet that challenge, I am charged with bringing “snacks”. I figured I would offer both indulgences and a healthier option.

Snack options for PD

I am being careful to appreciate the small things as much as the big things. A hot cup of tea on this rainy cold day. Receiving pictures from my daughter, and good conversation. These are small things but they mean a lot to me.

I appreciate all the small things that make me happy because they make this journey easier. A hot cup of tea on a rainy night. A beautiful picture my daughter shared. These are reasons to be happy. One of student’s told me that his dad tells him to, “Choose happy.”  This is great advice for us all.