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Day 3 on the Road to Happiness

"Silhouette" courtesy of arztsamui/

“Silhouette” courtesy of arztsamui/ 

1. Health No exercise today.  Gotta get back on the horse tomorrow.  Eating was good until tonight, but still did ok.  Splurged a bit on dessert for Easter tonight: a brownie, 2 chocolate-covered strawberries, an almond butter chocolate ball.  Had some Merlot and Pinot Noir, as well.

2. Creative Time/ Me Time — My head has been awhirl with ideas, but I haven’t written them down.  I still have this major mindblock when it comes to writing.  I feel like I could create great things if I could just get over what ever needs getting over.  I think it’s a matter of just doing it.  Just putting pen to paper over and over.  Watching some King of Thrones.  It’s a bit violent and full of drama for my tastes, but other than that, I’m enjoying it.

3. People — I got to see Brian much of today and spent Easter with my dad’s side of the family (and my mom and sister).  I’m a bit awkward with my relatives, but I enjoyed some brief conversation.  My aunt has a beautiful sun room with many windows and a sunroof, looking out onto her deck and her backyard.  I could imagine myself writing in a room like that.

4. Being in the Moment — Did some meditating, finishing up 21 Day Meditation challenge and also focusing on the moment while moving about.  I’m also more aware of my emotions and reactions to things.

5. Life Purpose — Didn’t do too much work with my life purpose today.  I had a a rough tutoring session today.  We got some good things accomplished, but my student wasn’t too motivated today.  I suppose it doesn’t help that it was Easter today and the very end of his spring break.

Dreamt of the Terminator last night.  I left my small group of people to go find him to come help save us.  One found me, but I thought a second one might be all the more helpful.  But I couldn’t remember his name.  I kept calling and calling various names, and in my search, I lost the first one, too. . .

I have no idea what that dream means. . .


Today I am grateful for. . .

  • remembering some basic guitar (just like getting back on a bike!) and having a great lesson with my Dad
  • having self-control and not overeating at Easter (maybe only slightly this time)
  • a nice little nap after an Easter meal
  •  lying on the couch, meditating on a perfect view of a vibrant yellow green tree, peeking through the window
  • time with family
  • awkward questions about my religious status that keep me on my toes
  • great food!
  • friends who are looking out for me during my time of change
  • new friends and old friends and GAMES!  (I LOVE games.)
  • Easter chocolate. . .
  • a great boyfriend
  • hope
  • crazy dreams about tornadoes and houses (yes, again!) that remind me to look inward and keep onward — change is coming!
  • gorgeous weather
  • doing weights for the first time in weeks and not losing a lot of ground!
  • yoga tonight (need it badly!)
  • monthly conversations and spiritual discussions with my favorite uncle
  • music — itunes has changed my world and taken me back down memory lane oh, so many times.
  • plans for getting some great fresh air and sunshine with some good people at one of the most beautiful parks in Illinois — Starved Rock

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

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What goes in. . .

You know you’re getting old when. . .  you can’t eat whatever you want anymore without paying for it dearly.  Sadly, I have acquired my father’s digestive tract, and I get the gurgly-wurglies — and all related unpleasant side effects — fairly often these days.

My latest transgressions?

Last weekend: uncontrolled consuming of M&Ms (of both the regular and peanut varieties)

Wednesday: Shots of Kahlua (so NOT a good idea on the same night as orchestra rehearsal)

Thursday: cheesecake (only ONE piece — what the heck?)

So, here I am, wondering what I’m going to do to get back on track.  Because seriously, with the stomach pains I had the last time, I think my body is trying to tell me something.


1. No more cheesecake.  I’ve never been a huge fan, so why am I participating now?

2. Also, no more ice cream.   <– That could be a tough one.   But, it’s about lactose intolerance (which probably also explains the cheesecake).  I don’t drink milk for this reason.  Ice cream gives me just as much trouble.  But I don’t think I can give up cheese. . .

3.  Eat slowly.  I still tend to eat fast, finding stopping to eat really inconvenient.  This is an awful habit.  The last time I tried this, it helped tremendously.  Also, the slower I eat, the sooner I can get my body’s “Don’t eat anymore of this” message before I start to feel really sick.  In fact, slowing down in life in general would probably be of great benefit to my health.

4.  More fruits, veggies, and nuts, and less of the other stuff.  I think I will put some out on the table today for while I’m working.  I also need to pick up some of my favorite ranch dressing to encourage me to eat the raw veggies. (Yes, I know ranch has some dairy in it.  I have to cut myself some slack somewhere.)

5. More exercise.  I lost my beautiful daily exercise streak.  But it’s never to late to start it again!  (Went for a walk with the pup today already.)

Challenge: Easter Lunch/Dinner.

I think I should be able to handle #1 and #2 without difficulty.  I’m sure I’ll have time for #5.   And #3 shouldn’t be a problem, either, since there will be no rush, and eating is one of the main reasons we get together.  It’s #4 that will be rough.  I think the key to keep from succumbing to the delicious, not-nutritious food is to make sure I have a good meal before I go.  Actually, that will help me with #3 AND #4.

Plan complete.  Challenge accepted.

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