Positive experiences in a jar

So I said in my Happy New Year post that I wouldn’t be posting GFG! Monthly Challenges each month. But I would post occasional challenges on the Facebook Challenge page.

This is a challenge I am doing for myself for 2014.

And I decided that more than Facebook Challengers needed to know about this one.

Throughout the year I plan to fill the mason jar pictured to the left with little pieces of paper with positive things that I experience.

I think this is a great practice for anyone.

The things written down can be something small or something huge. Think … I saw a gorgeous rainbow today; I got a promotion; I had a baby; I became an aunt; I had the most delicious meal; I traveled somewhere glorious; I planted my garden; I read a beautiful poem; I woke up; I made a scrumptious meal; I told a joke and got a good laugh; I got paid; I watched a funny movie …

As long as it is positive it can go in the jar, hat, bucket, basket or whatever you are holding your positive notes in.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone.

A new year is always exciting. A clean state. A new start. Or maybe just a continuation of things already forming and molding and becoming.

I have known for some time that January is going to be a challenging month for me. And I am trying to not freak out about it and go with the flow (which is not typical for me and may not last passed today).

Work will be a new adventure as our teams/staff are changing; yoga teacher training is ramping up with new projects and tasks along with the continuation of classes and an intensive weekend at the end of the month; a visit to Tucson mid-month to see family and a few friends.

Yea, it will be busy. But nothing I can’t handle. Right?

I have decided for at least the temporary to discontinue the Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenges. I know many of you really like them. But there is little participation (at least with the posting on the blog and Facebook page), myself included, and they are rather time-consuming. And with school time increasing in 2014 I have to reevaluate and alter things in my life.

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Regular Restorative practice helps keep me balanced

The December Monthly Challenge was nicknamed 5 for 5.

A challenge I made for myself was to attend the Sunday night Restorative Yoga class at my yoga studio every Sunday in December (as long as I was in town). (I won’t be attending this coming Sunday as I will be out of town.)

The first four Sundays in December I attended the class. And actually I attended the last Sunday in November and the Sunday before that I attended a 2-hour Restorative workshop.

This past week I have been off work with little planned. I have incorporated more and longer Restorative poses in my home practice. At the end of every home practice I have a Savasana.

Vickie reminds her students as we are getting into a Restorative pose that we should be warm, comfortable and even (body should be symmetrical). And it should be dark and quiet.

There are times when I don’t feel like doing an active home practice. Those days I do an all Restorative practice with just a couple of poses. I am now well-equipped with props, such as bolsters and blankets, which really support me in particular poses.

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Meditating, lunch breaks & doing nothing are winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

There were just a few responses. But they were all great and I appreciated every single one of them.

It is so important for us to take care of ourselves while we are taking care of others.

This Comment Contest Tuesday was part of December’s Monthly Challenge. It lasted for a two-week period and had Challengers do and comment on 5 things attempted each day or over the two weeks.

Brenda mentioned that she wanted to try meditating for 5 minutes each day. Alicia said she was going to take a lunch break at work. Nicole M. is trying to do nothing for a whole 5 minutes. Nicole and her family are going to volunteer 5 times this month, for organizations or events that don’t benefit them personally. One of the volunteer items Nicole and her family are doing is taking canned food donations at WinterHaven, which essentially is a neighborhood festival of lights in Tucson. Brenda said she would be visiting WinterHaven and bringing 5 cans of food.

According to the WinterHaven website, in 2012, more than $20,000 and 33,905 pounds of food were donated to the food bank … Continue reading

Keeping the calm this December

Almost every December I sign myself up for too much and get completely overwhelmed.

I have decided to cut back on a few things this year.

Between a crazy time at work and school and the usual December craziness I had to make some decisions for me.

I love sending out holiday cards. So that is still happening. (In fact, I got most of them labeled, stamped and stuffed over Thanksgiving weekend.)

We pretty much stopped doing Christmas gifts a few years ago. (We do charity gifts instead.) But I like to send cards to the kids in our lives and let them know what charity we chose. I decided for my own sanity to not do cards this year.

I usually make some sort of tiny gift to include with cards to family and co-workers. Like last year’s knitted Santa hat (pictured to the left). Nope, not doing anything like that this year either.

My good friend Monica has a cocktail competition party every year around Christmastime. I will brag and tell you all that I won in 2010 and tied in 2011. Damn that Alexi and her 2012 win! 🙂

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Comment Contest Tuesday: 5 for 5

This Comment Contest Tuesday stems from Go Fit Girl’s December Monthly Challenge: Free(ish) for 5.

In the spirit of the holiday season we are usually thinking about others, which makes us amazing people. But we also have to make sure we take care of ourselves.

In the spirit of 5 for 5, over the next two weeks tell me 5 things you attempt each day or over the two weeks. (This Comment Contest Tuesday is going to last from today until Tuesday, Dec. 17). But you can can continue 5 for 5 this whole month and beyond.

This CCT is simple and we can all participate.

Some 5-minute ideas: Meditate for 5 minutes; take a brisk 5-minute walk; try handstand or headstand for 5 minutes (this one is definitely one for me); do crunches for 5 minutes; do a couple of relaxing yoga poses for 5 minutes …

Some 5-things ideas: Let 5 cars ahead of you while in traffic (doesn’t have to be all at once); smile at 5 strangers; give 5 strangers a compliment; find 5 things you like about yourself; pick up 5 pieces of trash (maybe while on your 5-minute walk); have 5 servings of water … Continue reading

Keeping calm, simple for Monthly Challenge

I asked my readers for ideas for the November Monthly Challenge. I got a lot of great ideas and used them.

I saved one idea for Go Fit Girl’s December Monthly Challenge.

We’ll get to that shortly.

December is a tough month for me and for many others as well. We are so busy with the end of the year at work, with the holidays, travel, extra tasks, multiple parties, certain expectations, many pressures.

Be kind to yourself this month. Let’s not forget the post I wrote in August titled, Do you want to be happy? Make sure to take care of yourself during this hectic, stressful over the top time.

Exercise: Exercise of any kind is important all year round. But it is really important when under stress. Try to exercise at least three times a week, but more is better. Go for a walk, catch a yoga class, take Zumba. Whatever you like to do do it. Make sure to make time for yourself. You can do as little as 15 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a full exercise regime to alter your mood.

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Challenge: Get those abs in while watching calories

Wow, can you believe that it is already November? Halloween is over. Do you have candy lingering? Before we know it it will be December and Christmas and then a new year. 2014!

Go Fit Girl’s November Monthly Challenge ideas come from many Go Fit Girl! readers/friends.

Nicole M. asked for something abs related and a good challenge that has to do with resisting holiday overrating! She meant to type overeating.

Others concured on the stress eating. There was a request for maintaining food diaries.

Jen C. said, I would second the holiday eating (I’m trying to plan WW-friendly stuff already) and stress eating. Maybe … take a walk or finding healthy alternative instead of stress-eating?

Let’s explore Nicole’s typo: Resist holiday overrating. The holidays are supposed to be joyful and fun and full of spirit, right?

But for so many it is a depressing, sad, unfun, stressful time. How do many of us deal with those kind of emotions? Well, I drink (usually too much) and I definitely eat like crap. Bad choices and too many bad choices. And sometimes my great exercise routine goes out the window.

I have to say when I regularly exercise and eat healthy I … Continue reading

Committing to your good health

I have been thinking a lot about priorities lately. About what is important for me and to me. And what makes me happy. (Don’t forget about Do you want to be happy?)

One of my friends/co-workers told me that something I said to her lately really hit a chord. And she suggested this be a Monthly Challenge.

I love ideas, suggestions and questions that lead to posts of any kind. So let’s try this for Go Fit Girl’s October Monthly Challenge.

What is a priority in your life? What is important? If something is really important you will make a commitment to it.

We all have excuses for why we don’t have time for something, right?

Choose a focus/commitment for the month. You, of course, can choose more than one. But don’t overwhelm yourself.

You can make a commitment to eat healthier; eat at least one fruit and one vegetable a day; get to the gym at least three times a week; do something that makes you happy (don’t forget about that theme we are working on for the rest of the year and was part of September’s Monthly Challenge); learn a new craft; get back into … Continue reading

Winners have challenges, post advice, solutions

Thank you to everyone who participated in Comment Contest Tuesday, which was part of September’s Monthly Challenge.

Many amazing women posted their challenges and so many posted advice and solutions to others’ challenges. The support that everyone shared with each other was truly amazing.

Go Fit Girl! tries to be a regular person with everyday problems and issues. The thing she can’t relate to is the other moms. I was so grateful for so many moms giving each other support and advice.

Many talked about not having enough time in the day. We can all relate to that one, right?

Some of the challenges being faced were: Running around for all of their kids’ activities. Getting to bed on time and consistently. Reading. Getting in regular exercise. Getting to a yoga class regularly. Spending too much time on the Internet. Having more time to ourselves. Not having support from loved ones when we need something just for No. 1. Guilt! Being happy. Trying to get in those fruits and vegetables. Taking walks during the work day. Not creating drama or taking on anyone else’s.

OK, the random drawing winners are as follows: