Day 19: 21-Day-Detox

Friday, July 14, 2017 

I don’t know why I am so down today. Probably because I can’t go to The Camp to workout some of my frustration and anger about my personal life. I was late taking my daughter to childcare, so I missed the block of time in the morning when I would be able to go to the gym.

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Day 3: 21-Day-Detox

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Today’s workout was rough. I went a little too hard on Day 1 and Day 2, so now my body is really paying for it. I think I overextended my right hip, but its nothing a good stretch won’t fix. Tomorrow, is a day of rest for me, so no workout until Friday. I am looking forward to taking a long bath with Epsom Salt and relaxing my muscles for the next 24+ hours.

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Day 2: 21-Day-Detox

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I went to bed tired, and I woke up tired. I am sore and nothing in me wanted to go and workout today.  I have to push myself to think differently, eat differently, and love my body differently by taking care of it. Working out is showing me that my body is weak…

I am not able to do certain things, but I am rebuilding my muscles and working hard to reach my goal of losing 20 lbs by July 17, 2017, the last day of the 21-day-detox. 

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Everything in Moderation: the story of a thick girl

​I always wanted an hour-glass figure. It was all I could think about. I would binge exercise and go on diets for months at a time.

I spent so much time in the gym imagining how I would look with that figure. I day-dreamed that if I was shaped like a Coke bottle, I would walk the streets, like a runway, and Beyoncé all over everyone. 

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My Gratitude Journal: Day 1

Self-Care: Thankfulness and Gratitude

Do you need something positive, for yourself, in your life?

Often times, it can be difficult to look at life and see it for all the beauty that it brings. It is so easy for us to judge, point fingers, and complain, but it is important to point out the blessings in our lives because this is what keeps us humble. Expressing thanks and gratitude are so important, because even in difficult times, we are able to focus on the positive aspects of life. Stress is a killer, and finding ways to reduce stress is so important for healthy living.

Introducing positive self-care habits into your life, can help relieve stress and give you another outlook on your current situation.

Keeping a Gratitude Journal can help with can provide multiple benefits:

“As we’ve reported many times over the years, studies have traced a range of impressive benefits to the simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful—benefits including better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among adults and kids alike.” -Jason Marsh

Read More: Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/tips_for_keeping_a_gratitude_journal

What is a Gratitude Journal?

According to Jason Marsh , “The basic practice is straightforward. In many of the studies, people are simply instructed to record five things they experienced in the past week for which they’re grateful. The entries are supposed to be brief—just a single sentence—and they range from the mundane (“waking up this morning”) to the sublime (“the generosity of friends”) to the timeless (“the Rolling Stones”).”

“For years I’ve been advocating the power and pleasure of being grateful. I kept a gratitude journal for a full decade without fail—and urged you all to do the same. Then life got busy. My schedule overwhelmed me. I still opened my journal some nights, but my ritual of writing down five things I was grateful for every day started slipping away.” -Oprah Winfrey

Read More: What Oprah Knows for Sure About Gratitude http://www.oprah.com/spirit/oprahs-gratitude-journal-oprah-on-gratitude

The most important aspect about keeping a Gratitude Journal is highlighting those things that you are grateful for, the positive things in your life, and the things that bring you joy.

My Pledge

It is important for me to keep this journal because I have low moments, and I need to remind myself of my blessings. I have been slowly adapting self-care habits into my life because I do not want to be a pessimistic, negative thinking, spiteful person. I have not always expressed myself in the most healthy way, and with this Gratitude Journal, I am hoping I can express and remind myself that there is so much to be thankful for.

Pledge: Every day, for the next 7 days, I will write down 5 things that I am grateful for; the positive things in my life, and the things that make me happy!

Journal Entry 1

Today was a really rough day for me. I have not been in the best mood…my personal life is a little rocky but I can still see the joys in my life. Although, I am not sure of what the future holds, I know that God has me in his hands and he will guide me through whatever obstacles that may come my way. I am truly thankful and so grateful for so many things in my life, but it is important to document these things because it is easy to take things for granted. I don’t want to forget my blessings, and I don’t want to be ungrateful for all that God has blessed me with.

1. I am so grateful for my beautiful daughter! She is so intelligent, energetic, and she has a beautiful spirit. I am so blessed to have her, to hold her, to watch her grow up. I thank God for this little girl and I love her more and more every day. 

2. I have a great family! My mother, father, younger sister, my cousins… their support, love, and prayers are what motivates me to be a better me. 

3. I am grateful for waking up in the morning, for life and breath!

4. I am grateful for writing. It helps me get through tough times because I can express my thoughts in a way that I cannot when I speak.

5. I feel so blessed for my boyfriend. He is such an awesome father, and I do not tell him enough. No matter the difficulties, we have so much love for one another. I cherish our love and value our relationship.

-Pinkspen

a few of my favorite things…

Watching the sunrise …

Sipping a Chai Tea Latte…

spooning in bed…

Listening to Coldplay

a porch swing…or laying in a hammock…

Driving on an open road…

my daughters smile…

Blowing out birthday candles…

the smell, after a rainstorm…

Autumn…

Nostalgic pictures with family & friends…

Riding a bike…

a waterfall…

catching snowflakes…

Reading Maya Angelou

anything Chocolate…

a full moon…

Seeing the stars, outside the city…

talking to God…

photography…

horseback-riding…

Singing opera with friends…

a hot bubble bath…

writing poetry…

a glass of red wine…maybe two…

These are a few of my favorite things! 

-Pinkspen

 

via Daily Prompt: Simple

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius

It is important to take the time to appreciate the little things. What are a few of your favorite things? 

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