Been a busy week around our household. Mostly I continue to fight the good fight of eating healthy, staying organized and making exercise a part of my life. Some have been better than others this week. Would love to tell you that I haven’t been running so much because of SnowZilla 2016 but this is what it looked like on my run this week. 60 degress of magic. No excuses here. So nice of the local sugar cane farmers to keep such beautiful roads just for my running. With that said, I need to get out there more often.
Met the author of the Gratitude Diaries this week, Janice Kaplan. Everything I thought she’d be from reading her book. If you haven’t read it, you are missing out. If you don’t have a gratitude journal, get one. Right. Now. It is life changing.
Not been such a good eating week. I challenge anyone to eat well with hundreds of girl scout cookies sitting in your living room. I’m my own best customer. Spent some quality time last night hawking some cookies outside of a Walgreens.
And worst of all…….
Blue Bell ice cream has returned to South Florida. This ice cream has literally killed people and I was so elated to see it back on the shelves. Gives me a reason to go run now.
What gets you out the door for a run?
So the dog barfed on the rug, a kid let you know as you’re on your way out the door that they need $20 today for a field trip (of course you have 35 cents in your wallet), then there is the mystery oil puddle under your car that you know is going to be big money. It’s the definite beginnings of negative mind and it may not take a lot to find yourself mired down into the depths of despair. Before you know it you’re raging at world, or if you’re like me,seething in anger and silence. It always seems so easy to fall into the pit and a monumental effort to claw your way out of there. Over the years I’ve developed some ways to put the ladder down into the pit of despair. Maybe they can work for you too.
- Do something. Once you’re in that negative mindset it’s time to stop thinking. Do something. Anything. Distract that anger. Stop replaying upsetting events or conversations over and over in your mind. One of the best ways to do that is to distract yourself. Watch a funny TV show, read a book, go for a run, call a friend. This is not the time for self-reflection mode.
- Stay off of Facebook. News flash: Facebook is not the real-world. It’s just a fictitious society much like Farmville. Those people on there aren’t that happy, their life is not that good and they have serious problems like everyone else. Facebook is just where we put the version of ourselves we want to be.
- State the facts. So what are the facts of the situation minus any emotion. Yes, the dog barfed. Paper towels and some spray will fix it. My dog loves me. He’s normally a great dog. Yes, there is oil on the driveway but it may be nothing major. Either way the next stop is to schedule an appointment with my mechanic. My child needs $20 now. They should have told me sooner. So, the answer is no. You will have to miss this field trip because you didn’t plan better. The best way to teach a lesson is to let kids live with the consequences of their actions.
- Take some time to write down some gratitude statements. What has been good about today or yesterday. Dig deep if you have to but remember, you have your health. That is a big thing to be grateful for.
- Wine. Nothing more to say about that.
How do you pull yourself out of the pit of negativity?
For many of you today is your last day of vacation. Tomorrow it is back to work and a more regimented schedule. I rushed around today trying to get all the Christmas decorations packed away, the floors mopped and all my calendar orders shipped before the tightening of my time resumes.
One thing I like to do is clean off my open shelving in my kitchen. I go through all my spices and condiments and throw away all the old stuff. Seriously, when did I ever use ground coriander?
I apparently don’t need any tortilla chips for awhile. It’s a fresh start on food for a fresh year. It will be difficult getting up tomorrow morning but I always feel invigorated when my house is organized and clean.
I wish everyone a clean and organized 2016.