Spring at Last
September is here and that means spring is here. Over the long, cold winter, the thought of spring makes me feel more than happy and extremely energised. At the moment, all I want to do is get out into the sunshine.
You may have noticed that I’ve been missing for a few weeks. I thought it was only two weeks, and was shocked to see that my last post was three weeks ago. I don’t really have an excuse or reason for my absence other than the winter blues and not feeling well. Over the past few weeks, I’ve felt really lethargic as I tried to recover from a virus that struck me down.
But now that spring is here and the sun is shining, my enthusiasm has miraculously reappeared, and I’m trying to play catch up with all that I let slip.
At the moment I’m working on setting end of year goals. I’m very disappointed that my participation in Maxine’s Challenge was a bit haphazard when I wasn’t feeling well. The challenge ended a month ago but instead of finishing with a bang, for me it just slowly fizzled out.
The new and final challenge for 2019 is now in week two and finishes in December. Now that I’m recovered and feeling well again, I’ve recommitted to following the program to the letter, so have had to change a few bad habits that have crept in.
No chocolate: To have success with Maxines Challenge and to follow the program with integrity, this chocoholic needs to give up chocolate. Originally I decided to go chocolate free in September. I’ve now been 16 days with no chocolate, and so far, surprisingly, it hasn’t been a struggle. . I seem to be in the right mindset for it.
I’m amazed at how easy it’s been. Other than a mild headache during the first few days, giving up chocolate has really been a non-event. I’m feeling quite proud of myself for this, and have decided that chocolate is a food group that I doo not need for now. With this in mind, I’ve extended chocolate free past September and have decided to go without chocolate until Maxine’s ends in December.
At least 15000 steps every day: On the days I don’t work or when I do a long walk, reaching this goal isn’t at all difficult. But when working, though on my feet all day, I’m mostly standing in the one spot, so clicking up steps is difficult. To reach my 15000 goal, is taking a conscious effort on those days.
Change My Mindset: This is the biggie for me. I have realised that I need to change my mindset in order to get the results that I’m chasing, In order to facilitate that change, I’ve been listening to podcasts and I subscribed to an online audio program. I believe that the mindset training I’ve been doing, is the reason that giving up chocolate hasn’t been a problem for me.
Journalling: My goal is to record my thoughts about the mindset lessons here. I’ve been making daily entries about them and anything else that comes to mind. Previously, I’ve found journalling to be a ‘task’ and have become bored with it very quickly and given it away. I’m now finding it enjoyable and feel that I’m going a huge benefit from it.
I have much to be grateful for, but I rarely stop and acknowledge those aspects of my life that I really should be thankful for. While I’ve been unwell, I’ve slipped onto the habit of spending too much time dwelling on the negative. To break that habit October will be Gratitude Month for me. I’m looking forward to the reflection that gratitude month will bring.
A big thank you to all who read this post and thanks also to the huge support given to me here. The blogging community is an amazingly supportive community and truly enhances my life. While I was having my short break from blogging, I missed catching up with the adventures of fellow bloggers. So I’m feeling very happy to be back and look forward to reconnecting soon.
If there is anything in this post that resonates with you or that you can identify with, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I appreciate it when you join in the conversation and promise to reply to all comments