Okay - I have been working on health and there are a lot of things I haven't really talked about - like water.... and chemicals.... and so on...
For this month though - I'd like to focus on my mind!
I have been so befuddled for months.... in a really BLAH space.... not exactly unhappy - but not happy either.... no energy.... not very positive. The healthy habit idea was one to help pull me out of my slump - something to hang on to so that I would feel like I was making progress without stressing me unduly. And it has worked.... A few weeks ago, I added fruit and vegetable smoothies to my arsenal of tricks and WOW! I don't know if that was it - or my beach vacation - or if the cumulative effect of my new habits finally kicked in - but I do feel more energetic and am ready to do a little more.
I have decided to hire a virtual personal trainer. I live far away from any gym or regular fitness opportunity - and discovered a new online club that will start next week. It's not very expensive but I'm not advertising it :-) I've done several things this year that have helped with the mental journey to better health - you've read about them: specifically Hannah Keeley's Thrive in Five program (www.hannahkeeley.com) - which I HIGHLY recommend to help you start the journey to better living.. and the Coach Yourself Thin book and webinar series by the gurus at www.novowellness.com - Greg Hottinger and Michael Scholtz. Also pretty awesome - the webinar series was approximately $14/week for a 10 week series - but included personal coaching and, again, focused on the mental journey. And, as someone who has gained and lost... and gained and lost.... I am prepared to come to terms - and PEACE - with my health and body this year! Anyway - I finally feel like I have enough energy to face some daily motivation and pushing to get moving a little more - so am pleased to have found a solution that will work for me!
One more possibility that is free - is from Michele Connelly - the Get Organized Wizard. She has an April Weight-Loss-a-thon... go to www.http://52wlm.com/30-day-weight-loss-athon-ready for 30 daily missions that may help make it FUN to re-gain your focus :-)
But - for the mind!
A Happiness journal... not gratitude, per se. I like the idea of a gratitude journal and have used it once before to pull me out of a deep depression. It is a good tool. But I AM grateful.... this time I want to smile. I think that since many of the things that make me smile are family memories, my new journal will be a great thing to pass on to the family.... (unlike many of my GRIPING journals that I plan to BURN later this month :-). So - things that make me smile.... memories, jokes, quotes, maybe even photos that I can print out and put in my book. Not inspirational - FUNNY!
That is this week's habit - to begin work on my happiness journal.
And I don't even have to go buy a journal.... like many of you, I have a weakness for empty books and stationery and other goodies I haven't been able to use yet because I don't have the 'perfect' reason to mess up the pages.. LOL!! Actually I even started a pencil / paper journal this year but couldn't keep it up.... I think I will use that one since it is already 'not perfect' and will make me smile!
So - how about you? Want to join me and create a Happy-making masterpiece?