Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Today I'm going to be GREAT!

Every morning when my kids head out to the bus I kiss them goodbye and say "Be GREAT today!" Every night at dinner we discuss what they did to be great. I usually get a variety of answers from helped my teacher stack the chairs, picked up paper off the floor, showed a younger student where something was etc. I love to hear of the ways my kids are going out of their way to help someone else and be the best they can be. I've noticed a difference in attitude at home since I started doing this. My oldest two seem to butt heads the most in the family. But this morning I heard my 10 yr. old say to my 13 yr. old "Jenna have a good day. Love you". I almost cried. I have also noticed a little more "fun" rough play and wrestling and having more laughing sessions between them. The two oldest boys share a room and I hear them at night talking. I hear them telling each other secrets and I feel so proud that they have that bond between each other.

Anyway, the point is I'm always telling my kids to be GREAT and I am the type of person who often sees the glass 1/2 empty. I am now questioning myself on what I'm doing to be GREAT. How can I start seeing the glass 1/2 full? What am I doing to take care of me and not everyone else all the time?

Well, this weight loss journey is for me. Unfortunately I have a needy husband and children....of course I realize I have caused this. They don't seem to be able to get along w/o my constant guidance. However, later I have put my foot down when it comes to something I am wanting. I use to not go to the gym if they asked me not to or if I was given a guilt trip. I'd skip my nightly walks, even though they helped me clear my head, to make sure all homework was done, the kitchen cleaned, baths were done, and all were read to and tucked in. Well last night after dinner I gave the kids their jobs and let them know what I expected when I returned form my walk. Things weren't done exactly as I'd hope...but I got in a 45 min. walk with the baby and then took the dog for a 20 min. run. When I returned it was lights out whether things were done or not. I took myself upstairs, lit candles and while my bubble bath was running I did 15 min. of Yoga w/ the candles and quite music. WOW how refreshed I felt when I was done. I just let the rest go! And I felt so free!

This morning I woke up and asked myself what I was going to do to be GREAT today and I've made a plan of how I'm going to take care of myself. Eating fresh fruits and veggies all day, cut out the processed foods, and what days and times I can get to the gym or get my runs in. I've made a calendar and can't wait to start crossing off the days to look back and see all that I've accomplished.

I feel so good and GREAT today.

What are you going to do to be GREAT?

1 comment:

  1. Love this post! (Thanks for visiting my blog BTW!) It took me forever to decide to do things for ME, and I still struggle with that. However, I think the hubby and kids (well at least one of them) has noticed how much better I feel and it has helped them to value me getting that time as well.
    Good luck on C25K and let me know if you have any questions. It's a fantastic program!