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Day 17 and 18

Two days in a row! This might be hard to keep up with until I get my grad school routine down. I need to get a feel for how much work is required, and make sure I understand the system being used for the online classes (all the features on the site and places I need to look for information.)

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today?
Going for a walk on the track after school. (Both days)
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day?
Reading more of Sherman Alexie’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” (Both days. Finished it tonight! Now it will be donated to the school library. Ha ha.
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
Hmm somebody at school!

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes, both nights. But last night was the better sleep of the two.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done; Cereal with blueberries both days; an apple juice today, plus my prenatal vitamin to a different one that has Iron in it.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I’m not sure if I got that in, the full amount but I did use my water bottle. I need to start counting!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes I walked on the track both days.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Not done either day. I never remember to do this!
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I think I’ve done pretty good both days, it has helped having a lot of things to keep me occupied.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, some people at school. Today, a third grader saw me walking around the track and decided to walk with me.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I finished the Sherman Alexie book.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, walking around the track and Denise Austin’s vid yesterday.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Not really, but I don’t have the time to be as awful about it as I was this summer.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes.
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Thinking about being pregnant.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
Thinking about being pregnant. I’ve been repeating myself a lot but for the most part that’s good. I think this really is helping me develop routines!

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Day 16

Today was a good day! Posts may be short and sweet for awhile while I get used to my grad school classes. Need to figure out a routine and then I will be all right.

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today?
Going for a walk on the track after school.
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day?
Reading more of Sherman Alexie’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
Hmm somebody at school!

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes. I was super tired when I went to bed. I’m wide awake now so not sure how that bodes for sleepy time.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done; Total and a different cereal with blueberries and milk, with a little bit of coffee and a lot of milk and sugar. Plus I switched my prenatal vitamin to a different one that has Iron in it.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I’m not sure if I got that in, but I did remember my water bottle at school!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes I walked on the track.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Not done today.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I think I was pretty calm today, considering. Still worried about a miscarriage. Looking forward to getting to the 8-12 week mark where it will seem more real, and the odds of losing the pregnancy will go down. Same. It’s going to be a long four weeks til my first checkup.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, some people at school. Unexpectedly all the Sophomores and Juniors came in to look for books for science projects. It was a little overwhelming!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I’m about to read some of Sherman Alexie’s new book.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, I walked on the track and did the stretching portion of a Denise Austin vid.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Not really, but I don’t have the time to be as awful about it as I was this summer.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes.
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Thinking about being pregnant.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
Thinking about being pregnant. This might be my answers for awhile!!

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Day 15

Today was a good day, but I’m really tired. Going to do a quick post and go to bed. My online grad classes started today and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Once I develop a plan I should be good. I tried to eat healthy again today; I found out my prenatal vitamin doesn’t have iron in it, and that it should. So I got new prenatal vitamins today.

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Seeing my first class of students today at school.
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day?
Reading more of Sherman Alexie’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
Hopefully I will connect with the kindergarten!

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Kind of. It was hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done; Total with blueberries and milk, with a little bit of coffee and a lot of milk and sugar.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I drank this today. I remembered to take my water bottle to school!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Not really except walking back and forth from school.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Not done today.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I think I was pretty calm today, considering. Still worried about a miscarriage. Looking forward to getting to the 8-12 week mark where it will seem more real, and the odds of losing the pregnancy will go down.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, some people at school.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I’m about to read some of Sherman Alexie’s new book.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, I walked did one of Jack Lalanne’s old workout videos. Well, it was about 24 minutes.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Not really, but I did my online class work in that window.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes.
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Thinking about being pregnant.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
Thinking about being pregnant.

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Day 11

It’s day eleven!

Today I was not very good about following the rules. I didn’t have fruit for the breakfast smoothie, I didn’t have my water bottle for drinking water at school, it was the first day with kids at the school so it was chaotic… plus I was there til seven because there was a back-to-school night.

For this day, Denise said it was “get over carb phobia” day. That as long as we are eating the right, complex carbs, not simple carbs with no nutrients or sugars, we are doing good and that our bodies need carbs.

For breakfast, she told me to have a banana/almond milk smoothie. But I didn’t have either ingredients, I need to get to the store tomorrow after school to get the rest of the ingredients. She said to stop at the grocery store today and pick up healthy carbs; I will do that tomorrow. I live twenty miles from the nearest grocery store. I also didn’t have the hummus/rice cake snack because I didn’t pack it and was at school til 7. Maybe I will add a “day 15” on to Denise’s plan, and redo this day on Day 15!!

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Finishing my book when I get home from work. (Boo hoo! This is a good one and I will need to find a new one for tomorrow).
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Walking after school. 
◊ How will I connect to someone today? 
I will chat with the counselor for a bit, he’s a good guy.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes, but I still haven’t been falling asleep quickly.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, although not the prescribed breakfast.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I had about six glasses again today. I keep forgetting to take my water bottle along with my coffee in the morning.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. I manned the bouncy house outside at the back-to-school night.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Will do with the evening stretch.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this. I think I sit pretty straight in my chair at school.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Yes for the most part.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, lots of people at school. I did sit with the Counselor at lunch.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. Not today but I do plan to finish my book tonight!
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. I’m counting manning the bouncy house as my exercise! I was on my feet controlling chaos for an hour and a half!
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Except for school related things, yes. There was no time!
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 I didn’t get the walk after school in.
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 School stuff felt good. Being helpful felt good.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
It was an extra long day. Tomorrow is TGIF!

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Day 7

This will be a quick blog post because a new school year starts tomorrow where I work, and I spent several hours just now working on my project that involves listing addresses/workplaces since age 18. Here is a brief report from today!

Today, Denise talked about using all the tools in my “energy kit” to stay positive. I think I did a pretty good job today. My favorite “tool” so far that she has given is definitely to quit trying to control what others think of me or wonder what they are thinking about me. It brings negative energy and it is exhausting!

Today, Denise said to have a low-fat waffle for breakfast, with a mixture of cottage cheese, vanilla, and cinnamon on top, along with some blueberries. (I added some maple syrup.) I thought it might be gross but it was actually good! For the afternoon she said to make sure I was drinking enough water and to eat either a half of an avocado with a 20170820_101222corn tortilla, or some more blueberries; I ate more blueberries. They are good and they have a longer shelf life than some other berries like strawberries, I’ve noticed.

For the evening she said to jam out on my i-pod; I haven’t done that yet but I will when I’m done with this blog.

All in all, a good day, feeling relaxed and ready for the school year to begin. I think I’m ready to just get going with it all ready!

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Walking on the running track near by with an audio book.
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day?
Waffles in the morning!
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
If we spot our new neighbors moving in, offer them pizza.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes, although I had trouble falling asleep.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done. Yummy!
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I have about 14 ounces to go. I think this will be easier once school starts and I just always have it on my desk.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, while I was walking around the running track.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). I will do this while listening to some music as prescribed by Denise.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this. Will try and remember at school tomorrow.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Yes for the most part.
◊ I connected with someone. The neighbors did indeed move in, and we did serve them pizza. And loaned them our spare bed (brought it to their house).
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I will read before bed.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Hmm, probably twenty minutes on the track and also cleaned around the house? Today this is a stretch.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Was working on a project but didn’t mindlessly surf the net too much today.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Well, I did get started on the “where have I been since age 18” project, which, when you were traveling about two years of that time, and living in five different states, and did temp work sometimes and had real jobs sometimes… it’s challenging.
◊ What tired me out today, and why?
I just couldn’t sleep last night, so I woke up tired. But still, it was nice waking up to a clean room with my clothes laid out.

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Day 4

On day four, Denise discuses tips for, if you are having a bad day, turning it into a good one. For example, calming down, having a cup of tea, and vowing to start over. Other tips include repeating the serenity prayer, or a mantra. I think my mantra is, “In the End, it doesn’t even matter.” (And yes, I sing that line in my head.) I know that doesn’t sound very upbeat, but to me it is comforting sometimes to think about the fact that we’re all going to die and that the earth will get eaten by the sun, and these small little negative thoughts I have that get stuck in my brain are really rather insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

Today was okay… I did text my friend from my previous job like I said I would yesterday. I finished my owl from yesterday… see picture here! I did practice some breaking of 20170816_222850negative thought patterns by saying “no!” out loud when I was stuck on one. On the downside, I did spend too much time on the internet, and I still had the fuzzy cloud hanging over my head. I did a little reading of Denise’s chapter on negative thinking, and one thing that resonated with me, was to stop trying to anticipate what other people are thinking, and to try and control every situation, especially in regards to work. She says it’s exhausting, and she’s right. She also recommended in that chapter to do a “Positive Thinking” night cap. Each night, right down 1) At any point today, did I choose to take the positive view? 2) At any point today did I slip into negative thinking? 3) What shall I look forward to tomorrow? I think that this exercise might really help me. Additionally, sometimes I think I get so stuck in negative thought patterns that I forget what else to think about! Perhaps I should make a list titled “other more interesting things to think about” and look at it when I find myself stuck!!

Alright moving on. Today, Denise reminded me to go with the flow today. She told me to have a bagel with ricotta cheese plus jam and cinnamon on it, plus an apple for breakfast. I had cream cheese instead of ricotta and a banana instead of the apple, but I believe the spirit was the same!

She said, during the chaos of my day, to return to my Mantra, and to have a protein bar as a snack. I repeated “In the End, it doesn’t Even Matter!” as I was driving to a nearby town to go to the library again, and, I did have that protein bar. After work she said to denise austin dancingsweat out a bad day on my cardio machine, or to do the workout routine in her book, which I forgot was a suggestion for the day, but I did sweat out to her dancing workout video pictured here.

She said if I need an extra pick-me-up, which I do, to watch a favorite comedy this evening. I rented Edwards Scissorhands from the library, which somehow my husband has not seen, so we are going to watch that tonight. I seem to be backsliding instead of moving forward in some ways. I doubt this is what Denise anticipated; probably not, and probably it is my unique quirks. Also, my worst habits, like internet surfing, don’t show up on the Personal Energy Report, but are listed as an energy drain in her book. I think need to list a “stuck to only going online between six and eight PM” as part of my own addition to the Personal Energy Report. Gotta keep myself honest somehow!

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
More books from the library, including “The Abstinence Teacher” by Tom Perrotta.
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? Reading
◊ How will I connect to someone today? Message a woman I used to work with about books I need to get back to her and meeting for lunch sometime when next I am in her town.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions (mostly).
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I  have fourteen more to go. Hope I don’t have to pee a lot tonight! Also, I’m breaking my no screens before bed rule to watch Edward Scissorhands. Tbd if my sleep is affected, ha ha.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, the sun was back out today and I walked along the main street of a nearby town.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Done.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Only remembered when I typed this. Again!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Again, I’m definitely more aware of how often I’m in negative thought cycles, but in some ways I think this is stressing me out even more. In some ways it is exactly the same as when I used to obsessively keep a running tally of the calories I ate in a day, even though I didn’t really want to be doing it.
◊ I connected with someone. I chatted with a different lady that was working at the library today.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I started The Abstinence Teacher.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, one of Denise’s “Dance Party” workout videos
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Getting out to the small town near by was good for me.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
Ruminating again, also, I surfed the net a lot of the morning and didn’t get out of the house until after lunch. It has become abundantly clear that my two main enemies of having much more positive energy and being more healthy are my net surfing habits and my negative thoughts habits (especially around things I can’t control, like other people’s perceptions of me, or wanting to get a project done but not having a clear idea of how to do it).

Onward!