Three Goals Thursday-Christmas Eve Edition

It’s the morning of the day of Christmas Eve in America! Yay!!!

Because I suspect you are busy with your holiday celebrations, and because I am so thankful that with all that busyness you still stopped by to check out my TGT posting today and because like me, I’m guessing some of you may still be wrapping the gifts you bought for others, I wanted to keep today’s Three Goals Thursday update brief.

That was a brief paragraph, wasn’t it?  😉

HOW’D I DO THIS WEEK WITH MY GOALS?

I did my fifteen minutes of exercise every morning (some days it was H.A.R.D. but I did it).

I worked at meditating and being consciously aware of the help that is available to me.

I counted calories all week, giving special attention to portion sizes and my desire to want “just a lil more” once I have had enough.

I’m happy for the progress I’ve made this week, and feel like I completed all my goals on time and in good fashion.

I feel like a winner as I look over my progress this week.

Here is my calorie count through Wednesday’s lunch. I will report on Thursday later.  I’ve got some vacation time to blow through this next week and I’m looking forward to spending that time with family and friends (Dec 24-Jan 4)! Can’t wait!!

Calorie Count for this week is as follows:

Thursday 1844
Friday 1295
Saturday 1528
Sunday 1943
Monday 1351
Tuesday  1705
Wednesday (excluding dinner)  750

WHAT I LEARNED FROM SETTING GOALS THIS WEEK

1. It is easier for me to SEE what I’m doing when I write it down.

2. Calorie counting helps me MAP OUT a strategy for the future, as well as see PATTERNS that are developing with my eating.

3. STAYING THE COURSE isn’t always easy, but it can be as simple as setting three teeny, tiny goals each week.

4. When I feel discouraged, God PROVIDES someone to cheer me on and help me up and out. Those folks are so important to me and my recovery.

5. My inner dialogue with myself needs to remain POSITIVE. Negativity never got me anywhere.

NEXT WEEK’S GOALS

  1. Continue on with morning exercise and meditation.
  2. Enjoy the holiday with family and friends!
  3. Laugh, Love, and Eat with an attitude of gratitude.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!! 

A Lil Good News Today

Remember that song by Anne Murray: A Little Good News?  The guy who wrote that song attends my church. Imagine, a famous song writer rubbin’ elbows with me, right here in NEPA.  Imagine.

A lil good news today–that’s what many of us yearn for, and some of us work for it.  We amass our talents, humble as they may be, and we put them to work in the world with the hopes of making a dent in all the bad news we hear every day.  Most of the time our good efforts go unnoticed by the major media outlets in this country, but every once in a while we hear something that gives us hope.

Every once in a while we turn our heads to the Master of Hope, that lil babe that started life in a simple manger among the cattle.

This past Sunday I had a gentleman bring a clipping from the newspapers to the lil corner room where we weekly change the world through self-change. I wanted to share that clipping today, in the hopes of passing along to you a lil good news to you, my readers.  I hope you can see this well enough to read it. I know it scanned darker than I would have liked, but if you persist, despite the variants of gray that might make reading this clip troublesome, I think you’ll feel more encouraged when you’re done. At least that is my hope.  Enjoy!

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What do you do when you’re tempted to worry, but don’t want to give in to that temptation?  What good news do you have to share with the world today?

Whimsical Wildlife

Hey there fellow bloggers,

I wanted to share a link with you this morning, but first an explanation.

I know Hanni, and Hanni knows whimsical.  Hanni also knows how to draw, and sketch, and paint and take amazing pictures.  She’s a renaissance woman with an adventurous soul, and I love reading her short stories and poems.  I  met Hanni when she began to comment on my blog. She’s an encouraging spirit.  Hanni inspired me, so I wanted to let you all know about a new series of art pieces she has put up in her shop.  I was captivated by her designs when I saw purple cat (below), and I think I like them so much because of their minimalist cuteness and simple lines and shading. But enough of my gushing about Hanni’s talents (I’m really envious and wish I could do what she does). What I really wanted to do this morning is share The link to Hanni’s gallery with my readers, so here it is. Enjoy!

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/hanni-jakob

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Seriously, these designs are so, soooo cute. Check them out today.

In other news:  For those who had my TGT post accidentally sent to them this morning, my apologies.  I guess scheduling on that one didn’t work out quite the way I’d planned. Never fear though, while I’ve taken the post down for today, it will be back again tomorrow with Tuesdays calorie count included.

Again, sorry for the premature release of that Christmas Eve post.  It is not the morning of Christmas Eve in America today.  “For that, you will have to come back tomorrow,” she sheepishly said, with a slightly hot blush on her morning cheeks.  😉

Do you love whimsical?  Do you DO whimsical?

The Room

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Last night I met with my sistahs in The Room.

We talked about The Plan.

We talked about The Power.

We talked about procrastination…

Cooperation…

Being on time…

Outside interference…

We talked about having a goal, and making that goal preeminent.

What would it take to align our lives with our goal, not waiting for “something” to happen, but planning for it to occur…working to make it so…putting our “all” into that thing that we hope, wish, and dream about?

Delay gets us nowhere.

Resisting is worse than delay.

A new year is about to begin.

If not now, when?

So much to think about. So much!

What are you hoping for, but not planning for at this time in your life?  What do you need to do to move out of the planning stage and into action?

Habit is My Thing

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Do you have a thing!

Something you’re focused on right now?

Something that keeps comin’ back to you again and again?

Something that’s rattling around in your brain and won’t stop?

For me, that thing is habit.

I can’t stop thinking about the potential that exists for me, for you, for us all when we apply habit-building skills to our daily “to-do” list.

A friend of mine loves Joyce Meyer.  She’s not my cup of tea, but she is a major voice in the inspirational community at this time, and has been for some time.  She wrote a book on habit:000joyce meyerI bought the book for Christmas for a friend.

I bought it for her, but I cannot give it to her without reading it first.  Is that wrong?

Wrong or right, I’m doing it! 

I hope she loves the book, and the quiche that will come along with it.  Time will tell whether that’s true or not. I worry she will think I’m trying to send her a message by giving her this book. I’m not, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if she was able to change and shape her future by off-loading a few of her uglier habits and picking up a few good ones that are tailor-made for her?

Who doesn’t have a bad habit or two they’d like to get rid of?

I’m excited about what this gift might do for my friend!

I’ll let ya know how she processes the gift–after I read it.  I hope she loves it. I love, LOVE learning all I can about how to build strong and lasting habits in life.

You want easy? Build a habit!!!!

Do you ever use or read a gift before giving it to someone else?  What gift are you hoping for this year, and would you be okay with someone else using it first?