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I know what you mean. Many days we do take it for granted or just don't take that time. We are very quick to be down on ourselves or ridicule our bodies for not working. We would NEVER treat someone the way we treat ourselves. It is hard to be gracious to ourselves but we are LEARNING to change that. I loved this challenge too. I have learned a lot in this challenge. I think we ought to continue in the tracking thread because I have stopped taking that special time to do something special. I like that even the exercises I don't like was just taking a moment to do something loving for my body. We are very blessed to be healthy & strong and we are just beginning. We are going to make this an exciting journey back to GREAT health. Mind, body, & soul.

You are very sweet. I think we have helped each other get through this difficult time. It has been a rough time but I think we are both on the other side of it and ready to build some energy. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sticking with me through all the challenges too. Many have come & gone but you have continued with me. It has allowed me to really take the challenges to heart because I know I have a partner supporting me. I love creating these challenges and it is so much fun having you with me. That means so much. Thank you!!!

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Taking time to care for my body and my health also gives me a great feeling - when I take the time to appreciate it! I guess I do most days, but sometimes I just take it for granted, or feel frustrated that things hurt,or wonít do what I want them to.
But I know how lucky I am to be as healthy and as fit as iam.

I have really enjoyed this challenge, DJ, and it helped me get through a tough spring and summer. You always help keep me on track and remind me that I have so much to be thankful for! I am so grateful to you for your friendship. emoticon

I am excited for the next challenge, and I feel like I am in a much better place than I was, mentally and emotionally. Onward and upward!

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We had a very busy day today. I was quite tired when we came home and needed to cook something. DH put some steaks on the grill. I made some baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and garlic bread. I thought how can I best relax. So I did some yoga. So nice to just flow through the moves. It was a rich, relaxing way to let go of the day. It just made me so appreciative of taking time for my body. It does so much for me and most of the time I take it for granted. This yoga practice just made me relax and appreciate all of my life. Wow, It is so funny how when we take time for ourselves, it brings us back to life so everything is in a new, refreshed light. I really appreciate this team where we can share what is on our mind. It sort of cement what I am learning by talking about it with people who understand what I am talking about. Most of my family just has a blank stare when I tell them that yoga or hooping refreshes me when I am whipped. Lol, they just do not get it.

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9/23/20 9:39 P

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I totally agree about any motivation will do. It is funny how it is more about keeping the mind committed than the body. If my silly mind would stay motivated & committed the body just follows. The body rebels when it gets too long of a break. I have always known it was more mind than the body but never realized the body is such a willing participant. I think the body actually likes the consistent patterns of a healthy lifestyle. Mmmm, I wonder why the mind gets lazy or ornery. I realized it took mostly mind to get determination but didn't realize it really is rebelous.

Yes, It is so easy not to make our health a priority. I find that so many times something/anything can get in the way of my exercises and other healthy habits. I am FINALLY getting back to exercising enough to feel strong. Not as strong as I want but enough to feel hope and excitement. I still find I don't guard that time.

I am the same way about not wanting to disappoint a teacher if I am in a class. I really like working out by myself better because I can find the exact level of difficulty that I need. With classes, I find it is too hard or too easy. You always had so many classes offered in your area. Have they started back? Some of ours have started back but I am not ready to go back to a group setting.

I appreciate you so much participating in my challenges. I have learned so much from you and from our conversations. It is funny how just being able to talk to someone who is like-minded inspires me, challenges me, and clarifies my goals. It also helps me stay accountable. Plus it is just more fun having a partner. emoticon

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I canít decide which was the most meaningful for me. It is important for me to know my why! I am always looking for some little motivator, such as an event coming up, or seeing a friend I havenít seen in awhile and wanting to look good. I have even told myself, ďShe can do it, so so can I!Ē Any WHY will do, as long as it helps me stick to my goals and maintain my current weight and fitness levels.
It is also super important to me to be present, or I get lazy and donít give my health and fitness the attention I need. Finding balance is also a key one, and one of the hardest to achieve.
I sometimes struggle with making my fitness a priority, but I find if I am registered in a class, I will show up 99% of the time. I feel terrible if I let down the instructor by not showing up! So signing up for a class is the one thing that best keeps me on track.
It is good to think about these things, and remind myself just what my priorities are. Thanks DJ!

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Today I am taking another look at what I need and why. I really want to establish an exercise routine that is easy to follow even in the midst of craziness. I want to establish that it is a time to really enjoy getting strong and maintaining it and not ditching it just because the day is mixed up on when I do it. I remember one of those fixer up house shows where they were doing a make-over and the wife jumped up to go for a run before starting to work. The husband was upset that she was doing that first. She just remarked that it doesn't take that long and it is something that improves her work when she comes back. She took off on her run and came back all ready to work. I have admired her attitude so much because I would not have protected my run time. I would have ditched it until the job was over. Actually, I have done just that in the past. Then suffered from the results of stopping my exercises. I want to LEARN how to PROTECT my exercise regimine. I have no idea how to stand up and say I am doing this FIRST. Even if someone else doesn't mind me doing my exercises first, I think I need to do whatever first. I guess I don't put exercising as top priority. I know sometimes it is important to ditch the exercises but I want to have the attitude of the girl on TV. It better be life or death to miss her run. Whew! Any ideas would be appreciated.

DJ--Team Leader of Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness. We reinforce healthy habits like tracking, having fun, & learning to hoop. Waist hooping is amazing core workout & off body hooping really works those arms. Anyone can hoop on their hand. Come check us out. https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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9/20/20 11:53 P

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Whew, We are in good shape and feel very blessed. People are still trying to get electricity in the next town over. This hurricane caught a lot of people off guard because they were saying it was going into Louisiana instead of between Florida & Alabama. I send our love to those facing Hurricane Beta that is now heading to Louisiana & Texas. Especially since they just dealt with Hurricane Laura about a month ago. It has been a crazy year in all aspects. California fires and didn't Canada have a bunch of fires too? Anyway, It is so important that we make self-care a priority so we are ready for anything. So we are extending this challenge this week with a review of what we have done. Let me know what was your favorite week.

What do you need?
Know your why
Start & Stop something
Create your environment
Balance
Be present
Be active
80/20 rule

DJ--Team Leader of Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness. We reinforce healthy habits like tracking, having fun, & learning to hoop. Waist hooping is amazing core workout & off body hooping really works those arms. Anyone can hoop on their hand. Come check us out. https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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9/18/20 2:07 P

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I am finally back with you. The hurricane hit Wednesday morning. Most of my town is just now getting electricity. It still has thousands without electricity still. It came closer to us than they were expecting so a lot of people were not prepared. We are sll healthy. Both my son & daughter's house had some damage and small leaks but will be able to be fixed. Luckily we know how to do construction because there will be a lot of waiting lists for contractors. We are without internet until later next week so I will check in when I can. Miss you guys.

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I just saw them talking about the hurricane on the tv, and how it is moving so exceptionally slowly, which will mean A LOT of rain. Possibly three months worth of rain in one go!
Stay safe!!

Rosie and her dad have both received negative results for their COVID tests and are back at school. I hope they remain healthy now for awhile!

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Btw, how is Rosie's cold doing? Hope she is able to get back to school soon. I hope the rest of the family recovers soon too. How are you doing? I hope you were able to outrun it. I have our grandkids because the schools are closed due to Hurricane Sally. It is taking it's time hitting shore so we are getting a lot of rain. Hopefully, it will decide to come ashore and move out soon.

DJ--Team Leader of Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness. We reinforce healthy habits like tracking, having fun, & learning to hoop. Waist hooping is amazing core workout & off body hooping really works those arms. Anyone can hoop on their hand. Come check us out. https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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I agree with you so much. The exercises & meal planning are essential but definitely not fun. Getting started and maintaining a practice is so hard and easily gets derailed. I am not sure why that is. I am starting to the strength building up from my exercises so that is giving me encouragement. I also still see how much more I need to build. I am hoping that focusing on just the three things will keep me going. It is funny how many self-care activities there are. The list almost seems endless. Yet we get into a rut and not think of it as self-care or needed.

I know what you mean about that bewildered look then it changes to "we will just eat the table". Lol, It is not pretty. I really hate that panicked feeling of OMG, it is 5:00 and the hungry wolves will be coming licking their chops. I really never thought of it as self-care but now I do. I would love to get into my rotating meal planning like I had when the kids were small. It was wonderful. Now it is not as desperately needed and just can't seem to get it set up like that again. Why is it we fight what is good for us?

Our freezer went out and we finally got it fixed. Hopefully, when I organize the freezer again, I can set up a small system that will get me started. Right now I can't find anything because it was all thrown into the other freezer. So glad it is fixed. The repairman said to wait a couple of days before putting food back into it. I can's wait to get organized again.

Great goals. I love the outside goal. That is a really good one too. I think I need to keep my self-care list in my calendar/planner just to remind me of all the little things that make a difference.



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9/15/20 9:32 A

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That is such a good idea to set an alarm! We have ALWAYS eaten supper at 5:30. My family just shows up at the table at that time, and then looks totally bewildered if the food doesnít magically appear! Lol! (Well, it is not QUITE that bad, but close!)

It is so hard to pick the top three things. I know food prep and exercise are probably top of the list, but they almost seem essential, and so I would say they are a focus, but donít always make me FEEL happy...

The top feel good activities I would like to include in my daily life are:
Exercise; with specifically yoga being my #1
Getting outdoors daily; dramatically affects my well-being
Meditation: I feel so much better when I do it, but it is such a hard habit to develop


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9/14/20 12:01 P

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I also realize my alarms on my phone help me not to lose track of time. It really keeps time from slipping past me. Especially in the summer when it stays light longer. I forget about time and supper winds up at 8:30 or 9:00. Now I have an alarm set to start cooking at 5:30 and I am so much happier about my night time schedule.

DJ--Team Leader of Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness. We reinforce healthy habits like tracking, having fun, & learning to hoop. Waist hooping is amazing core workout & off body hooping really works those arms. Anyone can hoop on their hand. Come check us out. https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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OMG, I picked my three top self-care things. I get the biggest return on exercising, food prep, & hula hooping. I would not have thought of those first two as self-care but the results really make me feel good. I don't like doing them but I LOVE feeling strong and not having to think about what to eat. So for me, this challenge has been VERY eye-opening.

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Wow, time flies! This is our last week of the self-care challenge. We have so far:
Asked what we need
Know your why
Start & Stop something
Create your environment
Balance in everything
Be present
Be active

This week is to look at all the self-care that you have done and figure out easy-to-do things that give you the greatest return. Write down everything you can think of and then pick 3 of them. That will be your focus. It is like the 80/20 rule. If we focus on those top 3 things, every day will have some GREAT self-care. Have fun with this and let's make it a habit to do at least one of the three each day.

DJ--Team Leader of Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness. We reinforce healthy habits like tracking, having fun, & learning to hoop. Waist hooping is amazing core workout & off body hooping really works those arms. Anyone can hoop on their hand. Come check us out. https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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That is great she just had a cold and a negative test. Hopefully, you or DH won't get it. I know what you mean about enjoying them, but it is nice when it is back to "normal". We had our grandkids over the weekend because mom had to work. We had a good time, but I enjoy our regular routine with them.

That is great you don't have any cases in your community. Your town sounds so charming. We definitely have more cases but really small compared to the hotspots in large cities. We are averaging a few deaths per day in the 3 counties in our area. We wear our mask too and don't go places unless we need to. Some people here believe it is a hoax too. Yes, that is all you can do is the best you can do. That is how we feel too. It is scary.

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Rosieís result came back negative; Thursday evening her dad had a sore throat, and Fri morning he went for a test and had to get a sub in at school, and stay at home himself. DH and I had a great time with the grandkids, but hopefully everyone will be back to ďnormalĒ next week....

I heard there have been over 11000 tests in Alberta so far this week. And our health service is scrambling to hire people to keep up with the demand for testing and reading the results. I guess the silver lining is jobs for some!

DH and I have a family event today. We will wear masks and try to attend safely, but there are some in this branch of the family who are not taking it seriously, think it is a hoax, etc. We have zero cases in our community right now, but some family is coming from areas with many active cases. So we may make a brief appearance and then hurry home... All we can do is the best we can do given the circumstance we find ourselves in at any given moment...

I am glad to hear you are in an area with low infection rates, DJ. Stay safe!

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Oh no, I am glad that it is only a cold but so hard that she is missing her first week of school. I am surprised mom & dad are not required to quarantine. I have been concerned about how that will work for our grandkids. So much uncertainty. Luckily we live in a lower rate area, but I know it will increase. I hope the cold gets better soon without sharing it with you. How long will it take to get the test back? I bet it was tough to get the test. It goes so far back into the nasal cavity. I have wondered how they keep the children still. Rosie is a brave little girl. I proud of you for making time to do yoga and get a lovely bike ride in. Keep taking care of yourself. Hopefully, your weeks will slow down.

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I am in the midst of another crazy week.
On Monday, our granddaughter had a fever, so after only two days of school, she had to stay home and go for COVID testing, and now has to stay home until the test results come back. By Wednesday we were entirely sure she had a cold and nothing more, but we have to follow protocol, and she is missing her first week at school! It also meant that her little brother could not go to his day home until she got the all clear. Her mom and dad are both teachers, so I have been babysitting, and it has to be at their house since she is required to self-isolate (as much as possible).

Still I did fit in a short yoga practice on Monday, and on Tuesday, and last evening I went for a bike ride. Just hoping I donít get Rosieís darn cold!!

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9/9/20 11:04 P

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Ugh!!! It is Wednesday and I feel I have barely moved. The harder I tried to move the more something has come up to keep me sitting. I agree time is flying.


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Everyone has been sort of quiet on the threads. I hope everyone is out enjoying the last of summer. I know Joanne is busy with her garden. The days seem to be going faster. It is time for a new weekly focus.

So far we have asked what do we need, why do we need it?, start & stop something, create your environment, be present, and now this week we are going to focus on being active. It is so easy to sit down in the chair & turn on electronic devices. This week, think of ways to move your body, get it in action, shake that booty, all those good sayings. Have fun with this one.

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Wow, that is great about the zucchini recipes. I have done some meal prepping. It has been nice. I have worked on being more present and really enjoying it but I agree, it is a constant goal. I have always been slow on eating but my mind is not always focused on the delicious food.

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A really good article DJ. I do feel better when I slow down my eating, but inevitably I am the first person at the table to clear my plate... this is something I would like to work on! We are having fun this week focusing on zucchini dishes and posting the recipes and photos to my FB page. I have had such an immense crop of zucchini this year that I decided to make a point of eating as much of it as possible this week! I feel like that focus has helped me be more present at mealtime, and while preparing food.
But mindfulness is another one of those things that is a practice - we never really master it, but we keep on trying!

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Whew, it has been another week. It is funny how the beginning of the year seemed to stand still and now we are flying through the weeks. I hope this challenge is helping you to embrace self-care and helping you to figure out ways to support ourselves on what we need to THRIVE. For me, it is still a work in progress, but I am improving on KNOWING that I need this challenge. So far we have practiced:
What we need
Know our why
Start and Stop habits
Create your environment
Balance
This week is something that I noticed I need to work on. That is to be truly present in the moment. How many times do we ask did we really lock the door or clean something and have your mind on everything else that is worrying us? Instead, let's pay attention to how beautiful our work is. Especially concentrate on replacing worry with being present and enjoying the moment. Make each moment a party. Enjoy everything that we do and be present for it. Have fun with it. I recently read a really good article about slowing down and being present while eating. It will inspire you. Disclaimer: I have never used their products and I am not soliciting them. Please forgive the ad at the bottom of the article, but it was just too good not to share. www.precisionnutrition.com/3
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Lol, I am glad you like it. You are doing really well. I feel like since COVID started and we have been more isolated, my schedule lacks that balance of excitement vs stillness. I really miss that energy that gets sparked when it is exciting. It seems like I am not in a hurry for anything because my schedule is not that full. I really miss having that balance of in-town activities. I am starting to add more things in town, but they aren't scheduled so I don't have that anticipation of it coming. Today I walked at a local college track for about two miles. Then hula hooped for about 30 minutes. Then on my way home, I stopped by the trail with all the steps. I did half of it and came home and cleaned and straightened up the house. It felt good to have some activities. Yesterday, I did a Pilates workout. Then in the afternoon, I took grandkids to the trail and then cooled down in the pool. They were ready for bed last night. I was too!

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I like this one DJ, and since I will have the grandkids a lot over the next two weeks while school gets underway, I know it will be harder for me to find balance in many of my other things.

I think though, that overall my life is pretty balanced. That is the beauty of retirement! You decide what to do with your time!!

Yesterday (Monday) for example, I worked hard in the yard and garden, but also found time to sit and read for a bit, and to watch a Netflix show in the evening, I enjoyed a solitary 30 minute walk with the dog in the morning, then had the grandkids all afternoon, and I ate healthy meals but allowed myself some delicious snacks: cheese nips for one and a fudgesicle for the other. At yoga yesterday we did a lot of balancing poses - it was as if she knew what my focus was for the week!

Of course, not every day is as balanced as that one was! Sometimes I focus in too much on one thing, and it feels as if everything else is put aside. I am going to try to find little ways to balance out the grandkids times so that I donít feel like I am losing out on the time I spend doing other things!

Once again DJ, you have hit right on what I need! Thank you!

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The weeks are flying by so fast! I can't believe another week is GONE!

So far we have looked at:
what we need
5 levels of why
Things we want to start & stop
Creating an environment that supports self-care

This week is all about Balance: Balance is a complex thing. I find there are so many things that I NEED balance with:
Alone time/social time/family time
Quiet time/exciting times
stretching/yoga/meditation vs cardio/heart-pumping workouts
meals
sleep
work vs play
doing for others vs taking time to care for me
physical balance (example: on one foot)
sitting vs doing things
screen time vs outside
structured (prepped) vs spontaneity

The list could go on and on. What things do you feel you lack balance with? Try to incorporate small changes that help to achieve that balance. If possible, put it into the schedule to automate it. Oh, so many things need balance. Just remember we have more success with having fun making these changes than the scolding emoticon . I often forget that.

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Omg, you are so right about the worry is greater when I sit.

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I can definitely relate DJ. The less I do, the less I want to do. And the more I sit, the more I brood about things, and worry, and let my mind imagine the worst. Too much idleness is definitely not good for me!

Good for you for getting up and choosing movement!

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Today we visited with my SIL. It was a wonderful day. We visited most of the day. Then we came home and fixed supper. We didn't eat lunch and we were starving! After eating, we sat down in our recliners to digest. I felt so tired. I thought about hooping, but I just wanted to rest. After a rest. I hooped. I thought about how whenever I have sat most of the day, I always feel really tired and if I have sat for a week, it takes a major effort to get me moving again. It reminds me of our Movement is Medicine Challenge. Have any of you had the same experience with sitting a long time?

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I love your assistants. They look like eager beavers. They have grown so much. Mine grandkids are growing too. I find it so hard to believe how time flies.

I got my bolster in the mail about a week ago. I am enjoying it. It is a beautiful purple. I was really glad I found it so cheap. ($22 and free shipping).

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I thought I was posting my last one on the tracking thread... and then somewhere in the mix I seem to have lost a post as well...

Oops! I'm not the most tech-ish of people!

Here is a photo from the garden yesterday:


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That is great! I bet it was nice meditating on the deck after doing all that work. Sounds like you are making a beautiful environment to support your self-care. Good job!

I realize I need to read/listen more to healthy living books/programs. I do a lot better when I am getting examples around me. I also am trying to increase music. I love having music playing. It seems to give me a boost of energy. I also am enjoying some room fresheners.

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I am doing another Commune course - Compassionate Resilience with Sharon Salzburg. She is a well-known author and meditation guru. Maybe this will help me get back into a regular meditation practice.

Create a space: M:Y (sat on my deck to do my meditation practice)
Active: M:Y
Outdoors: M: Y
Tracking: M:Y,

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Have you ever noticed how you feel when you watch too much news or around someone who complains all the time? How does it affect your mood? How does music affect you or an upbeat person? Our environment can make or break our mood. This week we are going to CREATE our environment so that it enhances our self-care. It can be music, flowers, scented candles, podcasts that lift you up, soothing sounds, corner with markers and journal, a meditation corner, etc. Get imaginative with it and have fun.

Keep asking what you NEED, ask 5 levels of why, and keep working on starts & stops. These things will help give you ideas for your environment.

Added challenge: I was listening to a podcast and she said sometimes our to-do list can make us feel like we never do enough. She suggested making a done list. Make a list of anything/everything that you do to support your healthy lifestyle. Especially if you have those things that are habits that you don't even notice you do. I did this and was surprised at how many things I do and never give it a notice. Have fun and celebrate the good things you do.

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Keep trying. It will get there.

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Yeah, this week is flying by fast! I can't believe tomorrow is Friday already!
Like DJ I have been trying to go to sleep earlier (my goal is to be asleep by 11pm, but it's still not happening) and like Joanne I am trying to hoop more :)


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They really do go by so fast! We had time with the grandkids on a different day than usual. DH said it was Friday. Lol, it was only Tuesday. I am not sure where my time goes, but I can find plenty to keep me from what I NEED to be doing.

That is awesome you are using tools to help. Some seasons are busier than others. You are doing it right. Use the quick tools to help yourself. That is how I got so good at the One-minute blasts and the power of 10. Anything you can sneak in is a plus. You are doing a great job. Sneak in a scooter ride when you can. They make you feel so good. I am really proud of you for the breathwork you are doing!

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I have been using some meditation techniques this week, counting my breaths, deep measured breathing, but havenít actually sat down with the door closed and followed my thoughts. It is alreadyWednesday! The weeks go by so fast, I hardly have time for a quiet moment!

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So true! I like how in yoga, they say to just acknowledge the thoughts and then release them. I find that is a lot easier than harnessing them. I just have to be careful while I am acknowledging them, that I don't hoard them or let them stick.

So far my start & stop goals have not happened. I am about to go to bed. Maybe I will get to yoga tomorrow.

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I want to start doing a regular meditation again. I have gotten away from it as my mind has been so scattered for the past few months, it just seemed pointless to keep trying to harness it. Isnít that always the way though - when we need it the most we donít do it!?!
I also want to get back to hooping as I have also been away from it the past while.

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I am going to set an alarm so I will do my nightly yoga.
I am going to set a timer so I will stop staying on the computer for so long at night. I am hoping that this will help me get to bed at 10:00 pm. I am averaging midnight. emoticon

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So far in our self-love challenge, we have looked at what we need and 5 levels of why. I hope you are finding insight into some new motivation. This week we are going to focus on one thing you want to START doing and one thing that you want to STOP doing that will support your self-love. It can be anything. Here are just a few examples.

Start: Yoga, running, meal prep, making a morning routine, pep talk, eat breakfast, listen to music, hula hoop more, journal, meditate, clean the kitchen before bed, having a healthier snack, Listen to a podcast, etc.

Stop: Staying up so late, biting your nails, listening to too much news, losing track of time on computer/phone, running late, etc.

Have fun with this and find what will make you feel your love.

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Whew, I am surprised I missed a few days. I was busy with grandkids. Both sets but at different times. We had lots of fun.

Joanne, Glad you found the thread. I am glad you started your meditation. You always enjoyed your meditation.

Good job, Diane. It is funny how our body lets us know when/what is enough. I think that is a great transition. What is your line of work?

You guys are doing well with the 5 levels of why. Several years ago, I found an article about that and it really blew me away. Now I never accept the first why because it usually isn't the true why. Mine went like this:
Why do I want to get my blood pressure down?
Because I don't want to be on meds
Why don't you want to be on meds?
Because of the side effects.
Why don't you want side effects?
Because I don't want things that will hurt my health.
Why don't you want that? (By this time it was getting a little harder)
Because I want to be able to enjoy grandkids.
Why do you want to enjoy the grandkids?
Because they are the delight of my life. BINGO. Finally, I got it. Lol.

Thanks, Diane, for reminding me of the layered whys. Now I want energy.
Why do I want to have energy? Because it FEELS so good!
Why does it feel good? Because it is not a struggle to do what I want/need to do.
Why don't I want to struggle? Because life should be enjoyable with a bounce instead of a crawl.
Why should I have a bounce? Because it is more fun and uplifting?
Why should I be more uplifting? Because that brightens everyone around me including myself. (Reminds me of the friend that we worked on in the Summerlove Challenge).

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I got out my bolster and reclined in Goddess pose for several minutes. I didnít actually succeed in quieting my monkey mind, but I sure did enjoy the hip opener!

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Did 7 minutes between work and "home" this evening. I think I started feeling antsy around 6 minutes, so this is about the right length for me right now.

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Okay, I get it! I am going to try to use it with some things today and see how I feel about it!

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YPSARF, that's exactly the idea!
I did my transition meditation again today-6 minutes and change. It really feels good.

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I think because I live in Europe and we have the very complicated privacy thing I can't access SP app and I don't receive emails about new threads either, so I understand how easy it is to miss one :)

The 5 levels of why seems interesting. I tried it with the questions that were posted by Diane and got this:
WHY do I spend so much time preparing healthy meals? Because I wanna to lose weight - Why do I want to lose weight? Because I wanna be healthy and have more energy Why do I want that? because I want to live a fulfilling and active life.

Is it like that? Should I continue to ask myself WHY until I am satisfied with the answer?




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Hi all! I am finally jumping into this conversation! I donít know how I missed it, but I didnít get an email alert for this thread, and look at all I have missed!

Diane, I would be interested in this 5 levels fo why. Can you tell us more?

My DH gave me a beautiful bolster for my birthday. I need to start using it for meditation time. I have been taking a break from meditation because I found it was just one thing I was only doing so I could cross it off my list... my mind has been all over the map these last few months, and I was finding it frustrating more than relaxing... I do hope to go back to it at some point. I probably need it most when my mind is all over the place. I like your idea of one minute. Maybe I should start there.

I will keep you posted on my progress! Thanks for all the insights!

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That is funny. I am glad you mentioned that there are layers of why. I had forgotten that. I will dig even deeper.

I think your first why is great! I know you can do it. It is a good goal. I have seen a healthy lifestyle help 80 and 90-year-olds still be able to do things like that. It is like the fountain of youth.

Why do I want a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and active exercises? Because whatever the future has for us (good or bad), being healthy makes it easier and more fun to enjoy/handle whatever comes up.

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So funny that you should start this "WHY" line of thinking. Last week I gave a TED talk at my work's internal TEDx event about how one needs to seek UNDERSTANDING before seeking SOLUTIONS. One way to get that understanding is the "Five Whys" technique, where you ask why to each subsequent answer to a question. This helps you to get to the root of a problem so the eventual solution will be more effective!

My 1st why: WHY do I spend so much time preparing healthy meals and tracking my food? Because I want to be able to hike long into my old age - I'd love to be on the Adirondack trails well into my 90s (and I'm only 56 now).

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Interesting idea: I tend to be more accepting than inquisitive (why?), I will challenge that :)

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I hope we continue to ask ourselves what we need. We need to keep making time to nurture ourselves and take care of ourselves for whatever is coming in our future.

One of the most powerful words in any language is why. If we know why we will figure out the answers to other questions. However, if we don't know the why, we usually don't bother with the other who, what, when, where, or how. So this week we are going to ask why about everything. Why do we do what we do? Why do we want to be healthy? Why do we feel the way we feel and does it benefit us or hurt us? I also want you to use why in curious ways. Why does the sunset have so much red? Why do the birds sing? Why not do something silly. Why not play in the rain? Why, why, why? Be that curious kid that drives everyone nuts by asking WHY? Have fun with this one and who knows, maybe we will make more AWESOME habits because we KNOW the why. I am excited to hear your whys.

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The mountains sound nice. That is its own meditation. I am sure you will get back to your meditation. Have a wonderful time.

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Today we stopped work a little early to head to the mountains. But, no meditation today either. I don't usually notice a difference after only 2 days, but when I get t days or so under my belt I start craving more, just as with exercise.

Now to bed!

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Hi Diane, Absolutely. I bet even though it only has been a few days, could you tell the difference? Habits are so hard to form and a lot easier to break. You will get back to it.

The main self-care I have done this week is hula hooping in the morning. I know hoop dancing really is good for my soul. It relaxes me so much. It has made me nervous because I am using my exercise time for hooping. I am very pleased to say the hoop playtime has really made a difference. Between the moving, the music, and just the flowing has popped me up. I have gotten more done in the last two days than I have in the last two months. My playtime usually starts slow and perks up as I go. Then I leave my music on and dive into my day. I did not expect it to make that big of a difference. I actually think it will continue to help my mood. I am not sure when to fit in my exercises but I definitely NEED my hoop playtime. Who knew it would make such a difference.

I am also excited to try the meditation with the bolster. I also want to try some aromatherapy with it. I think I would enjoy that moment of stillness. I can't wait for the bolster to get here.

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Hi folks, my name is Diane. I don't do still very easily either! I got so busy prepping dinner right after work yesterday that I forgot my meditation time! Oh well, it takes fits and starts to build a habit. We must be kind to ourselves!

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Thank you all so much for all the wonderful compliments you have given me. I love being your team leader and all of you inspire me so much. Today I thought about how you each are such a blessing to me. Thank you for your encouragement and accountability!

Fran, I think 1 minute is a good goal. You are so good at starting with small, achievable goals. It is not cheating when you fall asleep. It means your meditation was successful because it relaxed you. Keep up the good work.

POINDEXTRA, I love the thought of your heart openers meditation and an eye mask so I ordered a yoga bolster. I am excited to give it a try. I am like Fran. I don't do still very well. Btw, what is your first name?

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POINDEXTRA; congrats on your 2nd day! Inspired by you, I am trying 1min meditation... I have troubles standing still, doing nothing (I can stand still and read for hours, study, write but emptying my head is hard) (maybe my view of meditation is totally wrong), so 1 minute is a huge goal!

DJ great activity! I am so glad your knees were tired but accomplishing everything you needed!!!

At lunch I had a tortilla filled with veggies and afterwards I couldn't keep my eyes open, so I took a nap. Right before sleeping it was my 1 min meditation for the day (yes, I know this is cheating :p)


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I am not sure if any of us really know what we need. So we keep asking and experimenting. I am glad you are getting back to your journaling and have an evening schedule. That is great you are going to bed a little earlier so you can get up early to exercise. I find it hard to get to bed on time with the sun staying up so long. I am working on my schedule too.

Today I went to the trail with lots of steps. I was able to do it but I was panting by the end. I did it! Knees were very tired but it will build them up.

So glad you are back.

Yey POINDEXTRA! Keep up the good work.

Edited by: SIMMONSCORNER at: 7/29/2020 (23:57)
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Awww, thanks, Simmons! That's why we join these teams - to give others a boost, and get boosted when we need it. I did it again today. 2 day streak! ūüėĀ

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Hi there! I'm in, self-care is always needed! Thanks DJ for this beautiful challenge!

I am not sure what I need right now, but after over a month of not writing in my bullet journal, I got it out and deranged my carefully crafted evening schedule to update it!

I discovered over the years that if I don't exercise in the morning, I never do it, so I am trying to go to sleep a little earlier and wake up a little earlier as well :)


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POINDEXTRA That is great! Sounds like you are doing a great thing for yourself. Thanks for sharing. I needed to hear it. I am down on myself pretty badly today. I did go out and hula hoop this morning while it was cooler. It was very nice and I am really enjoying it. I am concerned about taking my usual exercise time to hula hoop. I just need to figure out a good time to exercise in the middle of the day. I really appreciate you sharing what you are doing. It sounds like an act of self-love. That is what this challenge is all about. You have inspired me. Thank you.

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Today I rested for 5 whole minutes after work. It was a triple victory. Lying on the yoga bolster to open my chest, using my eye compress, and meditation.

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So glad you guys like the challenge. Welcome back POINDEXTRA. I like the idea of the 1-minute transition. It is amazing how one minute is so powerful.

I know that the hoop is good for so many things and I enjoy it so much. I jumped outside early this morning and hooped my little heart out. Then I hit the office and actually got a lot done. I also made bread. I am going to work on getting hoop time early in the morning. I am not sure how bad that will derail my regular exercising but I hope I will get it later in the day. We shall see.

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Great topic? What do I need? I'm such a doer, that I need to make time to be still. Even if I start with just 1 minute, that will start a habit. So, I can "do" being still for a minute a day. My goal will be to do this after work doing to transition back into home doing:).

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Thank you, thank you DJ. I think this is exactly the kind of challenge I need. So right there is one of the things I need for self care! You hit the nail right on the head!

I feel like if is time to make some new lists, which is an activity I love.

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I thought about going back to the regular challenges but I really felt like I needed another challenge to take care of myself. It is funny because I have never been very good at self-care. I am finding that with all the uncertainty and concern for the elderly/compromised people my nerves are about shot. I hope this challenge will help all of us to feel a little calmer.

The other day I was listening to a trainer saying that it is okay if you are not killing your workouts like you used to. She said she had a ring that monitored heart rate and signals when you are under stress. She was asked if she was under stress. Her reaction was no. Family is good, work is well, but something was getting her heart rate up and affecting her sleep. She thought just because she has a new norm she didn't have any stress. She quickly realized that she was still being affected by the world of events that we have now even though she felt she had a handle on it. She explained that with that stress weighing on our minds, it is unfair to think we can add the stress of a tough workout routine. She went on to say we shouldn't give in to emotional eating but be kind to ourselves and really think about what you NEED instead of what you EXPECT of yourself. That hit hard because I have been trying to do that.

So this first week of our Self-care Challenge is to think about what you NEED. I realize that even though I need to do cardio to lose weight, I really need more yoga to nurture instead of a strenuous workout. I also found that writing down everything that is bothering me and just ranting about everything that I am feeling really helped. It really felt good sending it through the shredder after writing it. It was almost symbolic of those things being shredded-- if it were only that easy. I have found myself doing nurturing/slower things. While I was in the pool, I splashed a wasp by running my hand over the water. It felt really good so I just made as many waves as I could. It made the most turbulent water that the wasp could not land on the water. So don't be surprised if even the weird activities is maybe what feels good. Lol, Don't let your shoulds and ought to's be what you do. Instead, really think about what you need. It may take experimenting but see what happens. Also, recognize any negative nurturing you are doing. I never thought I was an emotional eater, but I have become one. So I am trying to replace some of the eating with slow-moving meditation. This is a really unique, weird time in our world and it is okay not to be okay. So think about what you need and experiment to figure out what you need. Have fun as you pull back the layers to see what and how we deal with stress. Share if you feel like it. Here is the link to the lady talking about it is okay to not be okay. www.facebook.com/watch/live/
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