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Friday, January 22, 2021

Today I am taking a Mental Health day. Do you ever need one of those? A day when you free yourself from ALL expectations and use the day to refill your Motivation Bucket.

Since the first of this year I have stayed strong, diligent, determined, committed. I have been following the No S Diet plan and reinstating a fitness plan. I am also on a personal 30-Day Challenge of abstinence.

22 Days of commitment. However, this week has been hard. I have slipped a couple of days by letting the influences of the world get to me. All when I was trying to increase my fitness game and other efforts. Sunday we had Family Game Day. It was great! My eating was not. I am feeling more and more starved for the in-person experience of being with our family. I think it was an emotionally packed day. Yesterday we had my 94 yr. old dad for dinner. It too was a good experience! But again, my eating was not. This experience had an entirely different set of stresses for me.

The end result of this week can be summed up in one word - Disappointment. I plunged into despair last night. When I feel this way sometimes I can pull myself out of a funk by browsing through positive quotes on Pinterest and asking Google for some inspiring quotes. Nothing seemed to touch my soul last night. This morning didn't seem much brighter to me. However, I did more internet browsing and finally I started to feel lighter and able to take my first steps of the day!

There was also a quote from Mother Teresa that went perfectly with this -

"I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness."

That includes kindness to myself!

If you ever find yourself feeling down and filled with despair because of your mistakes, know that you are O.K. and treat yourself to a Mental Health day.
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    Beautiful blog!
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    106 days ago
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    106 days ago
    Well done.

    We are NOT held to a standard of perfection.

    But: kindness to ourselves and others . . . now that's always a good thing!!
    106 days ago
    Yup! I’m with you! I’ve been good for 9 months, have reached a new low, and what did I do last night? ... ate junk! Weight went up. Today, lunch with my aunt and a restaurant take-out with a friend. I’m obviously taking the weekend off - mental health indeed! I’m still getting my steps in, so all is not lost. I’m sure by Monday I’ll be back on track. I’m sure you will back on track after your time off. Just don’t let it go too long. You have described this - so recognition is established. You’ve got this!
    106 days ago
    Yep! I have those days sometimes, too!
    Remember reading much about “burnout” even when efforts are successful...
    We start off so full of energy and then crash. I’m getting a little better on the burn part.
    It takes much willpower or emotional strength to sustain any new, developing habits like getting back to routine eating and fitness. Throw in added COVID stresses and ugh!
    I’m sorry to hear of your disappointment. That is quite a hurdle to overcome. Be gentle in your thinking. we do know a better day will come. You will find your way. Rest up and you will be ready to continue with strategies you know are best for you.

    106 days ago
    Mental health days, R&R ... we call them jammie days.

    A total day to rejuvenate. Every soul needs them.
    106 days ago
    (((HUGS))) The way this Covid has affected our relationships has been extremely stressful.
    107 days ago
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