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Day #100 of 100 ~ Creating an Energetic Life + How did I do?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hello, Sparkers!

Woohoo for day 100! :) For those of you who may be reading my blog for the first time, I have been working on a 100 day plan to increase my energy. I had some health issues holding me back, and now that I am moving forward into a healthier era of my life, I am working on building more energy, stamina, and just plain joy! Some wonderful people have been following along with me here, and I just can't thank you all enough. Each comment has made my days brighter, and I can honestly say that I wouldn't have continued on past a few days without you all! Thank You So Much!

I have reviewed my blogs, and while I wouldn't say that I have specifically reached my goal of "Creating an Energetic Life", I have definitely created a MORE energetic life. Importantly, I have learned a lot about myself and how the "statistics" of my life really play out over time.

Here's how I did:

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Mood: MUCH improved due to saying yes(!) to going on vacation and also increasing magnesium (surgeries I've had make it less easily absorbed, so even though I was getting 100% of the RDA, I apparently needed more).

Sleep: Improved via bedtime routine and using a sleep mask in the morning.

Eating: A LOT less "overdoing it" via breaking the pattern while on vacation and no longer counting calories.

Weight: Stopped the gain that had been happening since my Mom passed away (also aided by stopping the calorie counting).

Flossing: I am now a flosser! It only took me a few decades to make this a real habit. LOL

New fun things: I learned to make tatted lace, took a few piano lessons, and learned to make string figures. (Did you know that cultures all over the world have made string figures for centuries? I didn't know it was much more than "cat's cradle"!)

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Overdoing activity: I can see the pattern of how an overly active day leads directly to a useless/exhausted day the next day. Although I try not to overdo things, life sometimes asks more of us than we have. Sometimes it's just too many errands, chores, or too much dancing! I have improved in this area, but still have work to do for sure.

Exercise: I have not improved as much as I wanted to; this is a direct result of the overdoing above. I plan to improve exercise by reducing the overdoing, as the correlation is so obvious. I actually enjoy exercise when I am not exhausted! ;)

Planning ahead: I eat so much healthier when I prep food ahead. I need to be more consistent with cooking grains/chopping freggies ahead so that I can just throw things together when needed.

Danger zones: As I looked at my blogs, I noticed that my two consistent food pitfalls were tortilla chips at home and desserts with friends (just because they made a special vegan cake for me doesn't mean I have to have two pieces ;) ). One of the keys for me is to not get overly hungry (so that I don't enter the ravenous snack zombie state)!

Thanks again for reading! I know that reading Spark blogs has often helped me feel like I am "not the only one", and I hope my series has done a little bit of that for someone out there in Spark land. :)


As is traditional, I will list my stats for the day...

* Exercise: ~ 4 week hiatus due to foot & rib injuries ~
* Healthy Food: Did well!
* Qigong: (to be determined, as it is still early :) )
* Clear the clutter: The kitchen table is looking much better!

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    I know this is an old post but I still enjoyed reading it.

    You just gave me something to ponder with this line: " I can see the pattern of how an overly active day leads directly to a useless/exhausted day the next day."
    That may just be an insight that I can use! emoticon
    1788 days ago
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    Thank you so much for sharing. It sounds like this really worked for you, and was very inspiring for others as we followed along. Self knowledge is so important and being true to ourselves to learn more is such a valuable asset. I hope your journey continues to be strong (with less clutter - I have added that to my list too!).


    1926 days ago
  • BUGGY1968
    The phrase "ravenous snack zombie" is perfect -- I know just how that feels!
    I love your priorities, your attitude, and your goals!
    Very inspired by your blog. It was exactly what I needed to read this morning!
    1926 days ago
    100 days - fantastic!!

    It's great to list the results like this, to see the improvements you have made in so many areas!! What a success!

    I've enjoyed following your journey, and wish you the best going forward with your healthy, energetic, joyful life!

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    1926 days ago
    Congrats on achieving your goal and learning more about yourself as well
    1926 days ago
    You made great progress in these 100 days, and you have a smart plan for the future.
    Successful challenge!
    1926 days ago
    Wows...applause all the way dearest... what a lovely post... thank you for sharing
    1926 days ago
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