2017- My Aspirations

Everywhere you look there are articles about New Year resolutions, diet changes, new exercise programs and so on.  You know the drill.  Sometimes is seems that’s all there is for two months.

I’ll let you in a little secret- I enjoy reading all about these things.  My resolutions were made a month ago and a dashboard created on my Happy Planner. That way, I see them every day and multiple times a day.  A little reminder never hurt anyone . However, you know when the Universe gives a little push? If you don’t pay attention, it’ll send another and so on until you finally give in.  Sometimes there have been missed opportunities along the way.  Sometimes you are able to recognize what is happening in time to benefit fully.

The past several months have brought into my world lots of things surrounding meditation, visualization and mindfulness.  I did start meditating briefly  in the mornings.  It’s a little hard to do when your alarm goes off and your pooches bladder kicks in immediately.  The risk reward just doesn’t pay off if you know what I mean.

So I try to do a little here and there. I did try on the train while commuting and missed my stop so that’s not an option really.  My goal is to do a minimum of 10 minutes a day.  Think I might try before bed. Could be a good option and may help with sleep. Ariana Huffington is a huge fan of meditating and getting the appropriate amount of sleep.  I’ll try it out over the next few weeks and let you know how things go.

Tune in next week for a discussion on visualization.

Until then,

SH

Who needs botox when you have eczema???

So over on Instagram (shellyh0420) I talked about the crazy eczema that is taking over my face.  It started several months ago but it getting worse. I tried a food journal and couldn’t figure it out. Changed up my makeup routine, still no luck. The best thing I can say about it is It looks like I have had botox. Lips swollen so hiding my fine lines, redness as thought I just had shots and overall plumpness.  However, it’s crazy itchy and I really do think I’ve been scratching in my sleep.

Finally, I broke down and went to the dermotologist.  She promptly prescribed a cortisone cream and return appointment in 2 weeks.  The cream did help but as soon as I stopped using it, there it was again.

So, I went to my integrative primary doctor who thought it was viral and prescribed an antibiotic cream.  I have used it for a week and don’t see improvements. This led me to the book Skin Cleanse. In the book, she talks about giving your skin a break for a couple of days and only using a bare minimum of products.  So that started today.

Once I am able to get things under control, I’m starting a skin care smackdown for 6 months and using a different natural | organic product line to see what gives me the best results.  My Goal is to find a routine and product line that is simple, good for me, not crazy expensive and works for my skin.  The companies I am considering are: L’bri, Suki, Eminence and SW Basics. (FYI: the book was written by the founder of SW Basics).  I would love to hear any ideas of may have.

Monday Mayhem

Two weeks in.  I feel better than I have in a while, lost some inches (notice not weight but inches), getting my sweat on consistently and pushing through my comfort zone.  How you ask?  I signed up for the Oxygen Challenge with Oxygen Magazine. Highly recommend this program.  You get 90 days of workouts and meal plans.  Be sure to take pics to see your progress.  At 2 weeks,  I’m seeing definition in muscles and control in my workouts.

I enjoy it and feel like it helps me achieve my goals. 

Consider this: what are you doing to achieve  your goals? Have you started a program to get you there? 

Smh

Tuesday thought

So today I’m headed here after work to get my sweat on. If you are in Decatur I highly recommend checking this out.  A super fun group,  awesome music,  instructors , all just waiting  for you to be here.  I’m really a nicer person after a class and consider it a great way to clean my pores. ..lol

See you there! 

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Monday Mayhem

I’m finally writing a post. My weekend was a little busy,  more on that later,  so Tuesday  was like Monday to me.
I’ll check in later with you.
Have you every had days like that? 

The Origin of a Name, part therapy

Welcome back.

So starting this blogventure (my version of an adventure) has been on my mind for sometime.  The original idea came to me while running with my two poochies, Alice and Dora.  Since I try to be a responsible poochie parent, I was carrying two bags of poo. In case you were wondering, it’s not a good look or fun. The stories I could share  of the mishaps along the way would have you laughing so hard, stuff would come out of your nose.  But that is for another time.

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Cutie isn’t she? She’s definitely therapy.  Reminds me to take every day for what it is and enjoy it.

Back to the idea. When I had the idea originally, I wanted to call it “Running with Poo”.  I know, pretty weird right? At the time, it sort of captured what was happening in my life.  Sort of the Life running me instead of the other way around.

Flash forward to a couple of business trips Mr. Hubby had. Picture this: he leaves and the house is a certain way and color scheme. He returns to someting completely different- down to furniture, painted rooms, curtains, etc.  I had been doing stuff like this to him since we have been married.  Fortunately for me, he is super tolerant. For the most part, he will make a few comments and let it go. (As I typed that, I heard the Frozen song in my head…)  I had always explained it was a destresser for me. After the third or fourth time of a complete redo of a room, a discussion had to take place.

Always a lover of design and pre Pinterest, I would save pictures from Southern Living, Traditional Home and others as my inspiration.  Don’t know about you, but I find inspiration much easier when I implement it by myself.

Given that, I waited until he was out of town to put plans in action. After all, having someone else provide an opinion yeah or nay, gave the whole process a level of stress I didn’t need.  I simply explained that doing something to make the home better (at least I thought so) was therapeutic for me.  And most of the time cheaper than going to a therapist.  I guess one could argue that in itself is a reason to see a therapist.  But hey, Mr. Hubby figured out it was something he could live with.  It was therapy.

I started running a while back and have done multiple Marathons, half marathons and 10K races. About a month into training for my first race, it occurred to me I missed it when I didn’t get to my workout for the day.  It also became apparent to me, the activity gave me an outlet for stress and was very cathartic.  It became therapy.

Several years ago, I joined the Atlanta Track Club’s In Training for the Women’s 5K.  You can more information about it here  ATC In Training for Womens 5K.  This wonderful group of women are so much fun to train with and give me inspiration every time.  They are therapy.

There are so many more examples of things I do I consider therapy. Stuff that enhances my life, reduces stress, gives me an outlet or uses a different part of my brain.  I found myself saying ” it’s therapy I swear” to people when explaining why I was doing something.  And now here you go.  The blog.

What do you do that’s therapy?  I’ll bet you have a bunch of things too.  Let me know what gives you the most happiness.

 

Til next time…

shelly 

 

 

So what is my therapy?

ther·a·py

ˈTHerəpē/
noun
  • treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder
  • the treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means.

For this blog, my intent is to ponder all the various things we can use to get through day to day, a tough spot or something to make us happy. It’s going o be a journey so I plan to write one every couple  of weeks or so. Feel free to chime in on any of them or add your own. I look forward to hearing from you.

My therapies vary from physical fitness to decorating to reading. (note: hubby will be ecstatic I didn’t say shopping , lol)

The mantra is from the great Jimmy Dugan in A  League of Their Own.

Let’s begin 2016 with resolutions. Mine is to do one thing better each day in these categories : wife, mom, at my job, physically , mentally,financially and homemaker.

This may sound vague and completely unmeasurable but hear me out. I figure if I do one thing in each category better than the day before, I’ll be successful at getting the end result I want.  On the measurable component, I use a MomAgenda planner and am keeping tabs on some of the categories. For Physical fitness, I use a fitplanner to document workouts and progress. For homemaker, I have some things lined up: cooking class on meal planning and some organization projects. More those in another post. You get the drift right?

At any rate, this is my plan for 2016. What goals have you set?  Got them on your calendar?